In the wake of the release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” some of the complaints had by critics of the film have dealt with the messiness of the script and the lingering questions the film leaves behind.
Some of those unanswered questions are deliberately designed that way, while others appear to have revealed themselves in other in-canon material.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR ‘RISE OF SKYWALKER’
One such mystery deals with Lando Calrissian’s final scene in which Resistance fighter Jannah (Naomi Ackie) asks Lando (Billy Dee Williams) a question and he offers to help her find her family – she explained earlier that the First Order abducted her as a child. Taken as is, it’s either seen as a sweet gesture or even Lando hitting on a woman several decades his junior.
Now though, a key detail about Lando’s backstory has been found in the Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary companion book which changes the context of the scene. It says: “When peace reigned, [Lando] attempted to start a family, but tragedy struck and his infant daughter vanished. It was only later that it became clear who the culprits behind the abduction were: the First Order, building their fighting forces but also specifically striking out at the old Alliance leadership.”
Jennifer Heddle, an editor for Disney Publishing’s Star Wars books, seems to confirm the suggestion that Jannah may be Lando’s long-lost daughter saying on Twitter: “It will still be in the novelization… it is considered canon, yes” in response to a user who said: “They left in the resolution but not the setup, so in the movie it reads as a beloved character being a weirdo perv.”
Separately, another reveal to have emerged is that the film’s opening scene with Kylo Ren slaughtering his way through a crowd of aliens in a red forest to reach the ‘Wayfinder’ is actually set on Mustafar, the lava planet where Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi fought in ‘Revenge of the Sith,’ and said ‘Wayfinder’ was located in Vader’s castle.
Next, director J.J. Abrams spoke about Luke’s big scene in the film which begins with him catching a tossed lightsaber and saying such a weapon should be respected. Said scene is being seen as a direct response to Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” moment when Luke casually tosses away the saber that Rey gives him. Abrams is aware of how that scene will be seen, but says it’s not what some might think:
“I’ll say, I think that people who say “Oh, this film is flipping off The Last Jedi”, like when Luke says the thing he does about the lightsaber…If the scene in The Last Jedi, where Luke tosses the saber over his shoulder, was immediately followed by Luke saying ‘A Jedi’s weapon deserves more respect,’ I’d think it was insane. But one of the many brilliant things that Rian did in Last Jedi was give Luke an arc. He learned something. He got somewhere. He ended that film and recommitted to the thing that in the very beginning of the film, he was rejecting. The idea that even Luke Skywalker can learn something. For a kid to hear Luke Skywalker say ‘I was wrong,’ I think is a beautiful thing.”
Finally, Abrams spoke at a screening (via Twitter) where the question of Finn’s comments on Pasaana came up. The scene sees our heroes sinking into quicksand and Finn (John Boyega) begins to tell Rey (Daisy Ridley) something important before they’re engulfed. They survive of course, but Finn decides not to reveal what he was trying to say. Was it a declaration of love? Nope, Abrams reportedly has confirmed that what Finn wanted to tell Rey was that he’s force sensitive. That’s how he can sense when Rey dies after destroying Palpatine.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is in cinemas now.