Star Wars Sequel Trilogy themes (spoilers) 

The Force Awakens: There will always be a new generation of fascists, and people from all walks of life can band together to work against them.

The Last Jedi: Evil will relentlessly work to snuff out hope. Do what you can, even if you're just some nobody, and you may be able to inspire others as well.

The Rise of Skywalker: It was all zombie space Hitler's fault. Kill him and we'll be fine.

Star Wars Sequel Trilogy themes (spoilers) 

That's really my biggest problem with the Rise of Skywalker. It completely undermines the themes of the previous two movies by making it all about Palpatine - and not even in a good way. Ian McDiarmid was fascinating as the master manipulator in Return of the Jedi & the prequels, but here he wasn't even a character. He was an obstacle, like a video game boss.

Star Wars Sequel Trilogy themes (spoilers) 

And it changes Rey's journey as well, from "anyone can be a hero" to "people with powerful families/bloodlines can be heroes even if their families are evil" - which is related, but not the same thing.

Star Wars Sequel Trilogy themes (spoilers) 

I mean, it was entertaining, and they pulled a lot of triggers on metaphorical guns (and literal ones), and there was some amazing cinematography and multi-layered call-backs. I loved the way it evoked the Mustafar battle on Endor, with the elements reversed, for instance.

But overall it's kind of -- we needed a big finish, so we're finishing it. Hope to see you with the 5 million spinoffs.

Star Wars Sequel Trilogy themes (spoilers) 

Agh, sorry for rambling. I was going to just post the themes, which is something I've been thinking about for a few days now, and just kept writing

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