I recently re-watched The Force Awakens, and I found a couple of lines from Snoke very interesting.
At the 49-minute mark, he is addressing General Hux and Kylo Ren about allowing BB-8 to be returned to the Resistance.
I’m not going to quote the movie’s villain verbatim, but he basically complained that if the Resistance can locate “the last Jedi” then “the new Jedi will rise.”
I did a double-take. Did Snoke preview the entire sequel trilogy back in 2015?
The 2017 episode was named The Last Jedi, and the final episode of the saga is named The Rise of Skywalker.
Back before Episode VII, I remember reading that Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams essentially laid out the story for the sequel trilogy early on. And when I read about the departures of creators who took too many creative liberties with Star Wars (Gareth Edwards, Colin Trevorrow, Lord and Miller), I think Rian Johnson might be getting a lot of undeserved flak over The Last Jedi. I suspect he wrote and directed the movie with careful oversight from Kennedy and Abrams. And I, personally, don’t think The Last Jedi was a bad movie, at all. Remember, not everyone liked The Empire Strikes Back when it was originally released.
Anyway, I don’t want to turn into a Star Wars apologist here, so I will just end this article here.