Following the divisive The Last Jedi, director J.J. Abrams returns to restore balance to the Force and conclude the four-decade Skywalker Saga.

Abrams’ opening move is to resurrect Emperor Palpatine, who’s been lurking in the shadows all this time while the First Order play surrogate Empire. When the Resistance learns of his return, it’s full speed ahead to acquire a relic that points the way to the Sith home world, and prevent the Emperor from unleashing Final Order on the galaxy.

Once The Rise of Skywalker gets underway, the events of The Last Jedi are largely sidelined – with the exception of Luke’s involvement, and Rey and Kylo Ren’s love/hate relationship via Force mind-meld. The pacing is frantic as Abrams reconnects the narrative to what he conceived for The Force Awakens and finally answers some of the big questions raised in that episode, as well as adding some surprising revelations concerning the Jedi and Sith. The result is a largely satisfying, epic and nostalgia-infused conclusion. The Skywalker Saga may be over, but remember, the Force will be with you… always.

Q&A with Star Wars creature creator Neal Scanlan

Release Date: April 1, 2020
Format: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K
Starring:
Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega

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