First Glance: “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker”

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Hype is not something I put a ton of stock in nor is it something I generally get caught up in. But I would be dishonest if I didn’t admit to having my excitement level shoot through the roof following the drop of the “Star Wars: Episode IX” trailer.

The annual Star Wars Celebration in Chicago has given franchise fans a ton to be excited about, nothing bigger than our first look at this year’s huge Star Wars installment. The teaser alone has several cheer-worthy moments – Rey’s tearful embrace with Princess Leia, the return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and of course the all too familiar laugh we hear right before the title is revealed.

Those tired of Star Wars or with no invested interest in the franchise will understandably shrug it off. Me, I’m pumped. What about you? Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or giving it a pass.

24 thoughts on “First Glance: “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker”

    • Oh I bet he went through the roof. My daughter and I were on a daddy-daughter baseball trip. We were setting in a restaurant completely geeking out while watching it on my phone.

  1. I’m hyped for this as I’m actually one of those that liked The Last Jedi as I hope this film would be good and give us a fitting end to the series. Then the franchise should take a few years off and create something new. It’ll be cool to see Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious.

    • I’m really excited. But Stat Wars has been a love of mine since I was a kid in the 80s so it should surprise no one. I can’t wait to see where things land.

  2. I’ve stopped trying to make sense of the divisiveness towards Last Jedi a long time ago (truly amazing to me how the same ppl who say “if you don’t like something, let others enjoy it” are of the same ilk who routinely post “Last Jedi suuuuucked”). It’s been tremendously freeing just focusing on how much I enjoyed the movie and conversing with others who enjoy the sequel trilogy too.

    It is so SO GOOD to see Billy Dee Williams in the Falcon again, and I’m very interested to see how the story incorporates Palpatine. My daughter’s excited for Rey (she went nuts after that backflip), as for me I’m just stoked to see where Kylo will end up. Here’s hoping J.J. Abrams and crew can stick the landing!

    • Stick the landing indeed! I had some narrative issues with The Last Jedi but I still liked it. It had some stellar Star Wars moments.

      My daughter also loved the flip (and Rey). I personally love the Kylo character. So many interesting layers to him.

  3. I hated TLJ so much but that teaser got me so hyped. Hopefully there will actually be an adventure featuring the main trio together because two movies in and they didn’t even spend much time together which is ridiculous

    • TLJ caused quite the split. I actually liked it but didn’t quite love it as I had hoped. My issue was mostly with some ridiculous holes in the Poe, Finn, and Rose story. I actually didn’t mind how it handled Luke.

  4. Loved this trailer. Concerned about the Emperor’s reveal so early in the marketing, surprised they didn’t keep THAT tidbit back for release, but in doing so I guess they’re suggesting that maybe the film has other, even larger surprises in store maybe?

    • My son actually mentioned that. Wondering why they would reveal him so soon. But I think you hit the nail on the head. Abrams said he knew the trailer would be provocative and seemed indicate there is plenty more for us to see. Fingers crossed.

  5. Damage is already done . Luke and Star Wars in general was denigrated and desrtroyed. The characters that matter are dead. They never were treated with respect, especially Luke . Now they try and tempt us with lando . It’s not enough

      • Yeah I know I am so called “Gate Keeper “ but I care about the old characters . I care about that they are “in character” that they are true to who they have always been . To me the true casual fans are the ones that don’t care . Who put story or splash first. I have been watching and reading Star Wars since 1977. To me Luke was treated. So horribly . It’s the opposite of who he is and what he deserved. The eu though far from perfect was far kinder .

      • That’s very interesting. I too am an old-school Star Wars fan. But I honestly didn’t have a problem with Luke. I do agree he is in a much different place than when we last saw him, but I think the movie gives a good reason why. For me his troubling state of mind makes sense.

        Anyway, I’ll be saying more in a day or two and I hope you’ll check it out.

      • But it’s not Luke. Luke would never try to kill his apprentice in cold blood. He would confront him and if possible redeem him . He was also the most powerful Jedi in history with the full fledged potential of Anakin. He could ever have been defeated by a joke like Kylo and his gang. Luke would never no matter what tragedy occurred reject the force and go to some island to die . He is not a coward . Yet he refused to train Rey properly , and he never leaves the island . The illusion was cowardly. And he dies from the effort … really ?! This is the polar opposite of who Luke Skywalker is or has ever been . They should have had Luke, Han, and Leia together for a reunion . Big mistake killing them all off . The Last Jedi in my opinion is one of the worst films ever made even in a vacuum. I found myself wishing I was watching jar jar instead and I hate jar jar . For me 40 year of fandom is over . I will never watch another Disney Star Wars movie again . All that I hold dear is defiled and destroyed . I understand most will not agree with this post . That is fine. We all have our opinions . But these characters have been like old friends to me . It’s not just a movie .

      • That’s interesting because I don’t see him as cowardly at all. I simply see him as human. I think the Jedi aren’t without their own historical blemishes. And Luke isn’t without his own struggles. He has been impulsive and emotional (he almost killed Vader). But he caught himself before killing Kylo. His POV is what I believe, not Kylo’s. Such a great discussion. More in a couple of days. 😁

  6. I don’t normally go to the cinema, but I’m seriously considering making an exception with this one (and Frozen II). Especially since I’m in the middle of watching the series & am highly enjoying it.

      • Yep. I saw the first half of A New Hope several years ago, and that was it. Until this year. I’ve now seen the original trilogy & The Phantom Menace. I should be seeing the other two prequels in the next couple days.

      • Fantastic. Thrilled you’re enjoying them. It’s a franchise that has had a huge impact on my life since I was a kid.

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