One of the common bugaboos that pops up in the negative reviews for Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is that the film seemingly derails plans setup by J.J. Abrams in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
Abrams’ film was criticised for resembling the original 1977 “Star Wars” a bit too much, but it laid some obvious groundwork for future chapters which audiences – very familiar with both the original trilogy’s story beats and increasingly familiar with Abrams’ mystery box of tricks – could grapple onto.
“The Last Jedi’ proceeded to dash those expectations, setting up a far less predictable third chapter and so some delighted in that fact whilst others considering it a major downside of the film and are expecting the new film to ‘fix’ or retcon events of ‘Last Jedi’.
One of the few people who knew what was originally planned when this trilogy was loosely mapped out is Abrams himself and speaking with ET Canada last weekend, Abrams revealed that despite what fans think, Johnson’s film didn’t change anything about the story he envisioned:
“The story that we’re telling, the story that we started to conceive when we did ‘The Force Awakens,’ was allowed to continue. Episode VIII didn’t really derail anything that we were thinking about.”
This would suggest that some of the reveals in Johnson’s film, like the seeming reveal of Rey’s lineage or the death of a key antagonist, didn’t change what Abrams had in mind – certainly not in the overall arcs that were planned for the characters.
The film’s leading actress Daisy Ridley also spoke with MTV News and says “I think this ending will be less controversial” when asked about how the ending of the Skywalker saga will be different to that of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.