Ask any fan of the Star Wars franchise the reason behind ardently worshiping the series and apart from the usual glam, like the lightsabers and robots, that attracts novices to The Force, the crucial reason behind it being a world-favorite is the fact that it never shies away from the very human fact that nothing is ever perfect. But Star War: The Rise Of Skywalker chose to do away with this very intrinsic detail when they went ahead and depicted George Lucas’ Jedi wrong.
While the Jedi are portrayed as peacekeepers of the Old Republic who act on the light side of the Force, they are not devoid of flaws or above being selfish and George Lucas, the American filmmaker who created the original Star Wars movies never tried to put them across as Mr. Goody Two Shoes.
The Jedi were never true heroes or the maestros of worldly wisdom. But in its haste (and desperation) to cash in on the nostalgia associated with the original films, Disney brought back characters from the death (they took it too literally for one) and left behind the qualities that made the original films so memorable. So, in a nutshell, Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker seriously botched up the theme George Lucas had built the entire Star Wars universe on!
Even Star Wars: The Last Jedi continued with George Lucas’ vision
Sticking to the thematic continuation of George Lucas’ version of the Jedi, who themselves as good but were seriously flawed thanks to their problematic teachings and practices, Star Wars: The Last Jedi depicted an apt storyline for the group. It showed how Luke refused to finish Rey’s training as he planned to let the Jedi Order die as it was its rules that gave Palpatine the chance to seduce Anakin to the dark side. We see how Luke learns and accepts that he has failed as a teacher and that there resides a darkness in every Jedi.
Whatever flaws The Last Jedi had, it managed to be on track the Star War’s core theme by nailing this crucial point.
But Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker dumped the entire premise out of the window
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had Rey searching for the Jedi of old, seeking their guidance in her fight against Palpatine. They are depicted as virtuous beings having nothing but good intentions, the very embodiment of perfection. Rey summons them for help when she needed them and even beats Palpatine using their wisdom. The Jedi in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker are poles apart from their portrayal in the original series- far from being ‘perfect’, one example being the fact that they lied to Luke, painting Darth Vader as his absolute enemy, hiding the fact that he was his father.
By trying to employ the done-and-dusted superhero plotline of good being always right, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker pretty much butchered George Lucas’ vision that kept the franchise alive for 42 years.