Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Editors Argue The Last Jedi 'Undid' The Force Awakens

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It's no secret that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is divisive amongst fans and critics. However, its predecessor, The Last Jedi, still remains a hot topic. Part of these discussions is that some fans argue Episode IX retconned Rian Johnson's film, but for The Rise of Skywalker editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, The Last Jedi "undid" what happened in The Force Awakens.

In a recent appearance on Light The Fuse: A Mission: Impossible Podcast, Brandon and Markey shared their thoughts on Johnson's Star Wars film. "I feel very much like, in hindsight, that the trilogy, the last part of the trilogy, needed one vision," Brandon said.


While Markey says something surprising, saying that The Last Jedi basically undid the first movie of the sequel trilogy. "I couldn't agree more," she said. "It's very strange to have the second film consciously undo the storytelling of the first film. I'm sorry, that's what it felt like."

It's quite a bold statement to claim but whatever The Last Jedi did or didn't do for the franchise and the sequel trilogy has been a topic of discussion amongst fans for a while. That said, when Episode IX hit theaters, some fans felt like it was actually J.J. Abrams' film that undid some things from The Last Jedi, like the identity of Rey's parents, Snoke being a clone all this time, as well as minimizing Rose Tico's role in the plot.

Greg Grunberg, who played the role of Snap Wexley, revealed in a previous interview that he has "never heard one disparaging thing from J.J. about Rian." "Rian is a brilliant storyteller and filmmaker," he said. "It's one of those things where if you pay attention to the film and engage with it, all it does is keep that story going."

He added that he's glad to be asked about that too because he "would absolutely tell you if there were moments here and there." However, Grungerg says, "there weren't, there just absolutely weren't."

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