In the very minimal footage of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker there's a lot to break, including an allusion to Rey, who may be angry, but there's a little detail that makes me very angry Interested that I missed the first try until a Facebook friend pointed it out. On the sizzling roll is an absolutely beautiful shot of a fleet of Star Destroyers standing out from the lightning. However, these are not the same designs as the First Order Star Destroyers. Instead, these are classic imperial designs.
We know that the Empire would play a role in the film as Emperor Palpatine persecutes our protagonists. The books and films also made it clear that the First Order came from the ashes of the Empire, we thought. Even though he is still the villains, the First Order may not be the only monsters to track the galaxy. They could be the pawns of a larger piece of Palpatine long before the Emperor met his fate.
We have reported on how Chuck Wendig's sequel could be linked to the film, but here is a brief refresher: Palpatine allegedly had a contingency plan for the fall of the empire that many of us considered interpreted the First Order. However, between Palpatine's startling performance, these Star Destroyers, and Jakku's unexplored dark-side energies, it could also be that this particular fleet is actually part of the plan.
There is also the question of Allegiant General Pryce (Richard E. Grant), a mysterious new character that we only saw on the Vanity Fair photos with Hux. Allegiant General implies loyalty to something, such as loyalty to Hux and the First Order over newly crowned Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. Or perhaps he is faithful to the Emperor and commands his hidden fleet of Star Destroyers. Finally, his Vanity Fair photo appears to be in the destroyer's conference room. Is Pryce a remnant of the past to help the Emperor regain control?
The existence of a fleet also raises the question of when Palpatine hid its forces. These ships could not have been at the Battle of Endor. All of these Star Destroyers were captured in various forms of cannon. Did Palpatine protect his bets before Endor came into play, or did he brew that long before his death? The Thrawn novels by Timothy Zahn indicate that Thrawn Palpatine is leading to an emergency plan or at least a military presence in the unknown regions. This may be the reason why Palpatine sent a fleet to hide from the conflict between the rebels and the Empire.
There is plenty of material here for The Rise of Skywalker and canon novels for details on the plot. Something has to do with the return of the Empire, and I can not wait to see how it is defeated once and for all, provided we have a happy ending. As long as the First Order does not suddenly become a necessary ally, I'm sure I'll invest in the development of that whole.
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