A long time ago, in pandemic-free world far, far away…

In December 2019, the Star Wars sequel trilogy came to a close with Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Critical reaction was far from glowing, and fans weren’t too hot on it either. Rather than concluding on a note of triumph like Return of the Jedi, or of hope, as in Revenge of the Sith, the ‘Skywalker saga’ ends with kind of a sour taste.

In putting my finger on why it was such an unsatisfying finale, an idea I found helpful is what Michael Arndt calls “philosophical stakes”. Arndt…

Sanj Krishnan


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