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* And there's Creator/BillyDeeWilliams back as LoveableRogue Lando Calrissian after all these years, with Chewbacca as his copilot. He is visibly happy to pilot the ''Millennium Falcon'' once again.

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* And there's Creator/BillyDeeWilliams back as LoveableRogue Lando Calrissian after all these years, years with Chewbacca as his copilot. He is visibly happy to pilot the ''Millennium Falcon'' once again.



* Though they parted on bitter terms in ''Film/TheLastJedi'', Luke's dialogue in the teaser makes it very clear that he bears Rey no ill will, and that they will get the chance to reconcile.

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* Though they parted on bitter terms in ''Film/TheLastJedi'', Luke's dialogue in the teaser makes it very clear that he bears Rey no ill will, will and that they will get the chance to reconcile.



* Poe's line from the final trailer: "[[YouAreNotAlone We're not alone]]. Good people will fight if we lead them." ''Film/TheLastJedi'' ended with the Resistance small enough to fit on the ''Falcon'', and no one willing to respond to their distress signals. Now, they have a fleet that can go toe-to-toe with the First Order, and allies new and old joining them from all across the galaxy. Evidently, Rey has been exactly the kind of HopeBringer that Leia predicted she would be, and the story of Luke's sacrifice has spread like wildfire, reminding the whole galaxy what a hero should look like.

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* Poe's line from the final trailer: "[[YouAreNotAlone We're not alone]]. Good people will fight if we lead them." ''Film/TheLastJedi'' ended with the Resistance small enough to fit on the ''Falcon'', ''Falcon'' and no one willing to respond to their distress signals. Now, Now they have a fleet that can go toe-to-toe with the First Order, Order and allies new and old joining them from all across the galaxy. Evidently, Rey has been exactly the kind of HopeBringer that Leia predicted she would be, and the story of Luke's sacrifice has spread like wildfire, reminding the whole galaxy what a hero should look like.



* It's rather sweet seeing C-3PO constantly try to insert himself into the group's moments of bonding, and itís definitely a bit of CharacterDevelopment for him. Instead of spending the whole time complaining about everything, he only does it at extreme situations, and takes the rest of the craziness in stride.

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* It's rather sweet seeing C-3PO constantly try to insert himself into the group's moments of bonding, and itís definitely a bit of CharacterDevelopment for him. Instead of spending the whole time complaining about everything, he only does it at in extreme situations, situations and takes the rest of the craziness in stride.



* Artoo staying faithfully by Leia's side in her final moments before giving herself to the Force to save Ben. He's been in service to the Skywalkers all the way back as a simple Astromech that helped Padme escape safely from Naboo, and remained loyal to them, all the way to the end.
* Even if the context itself is horrifying in the sense of what type of scene it is, seeing Sith Rey truly comfortable in her own skin and content as foil to the genuine article is somewhat heartwarming.

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* Artoo staying faithfully by Leia's side in her final moments before giving herself to the Force to save Ben. He's been in service to the Skywalkers all the way back as a simple Astromech that helped Padme Padmé escape safely from Naboo, Naboo and has remained loyal to them, them all the way to the end.
* Even if the context itself is horrifying in the sense of what type of scene it is, seeing Sith Rey truly comfortable in her own skin and content as a foil to the genuine article is somewhat heartwarming.



* After learning she is the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine, she confesses to Luke Skywalker that she is afraid of herself. Luke reveals that he and Leia always knew of her lineage, then he comforts her that the reason Leia still trained her is because she has two things that her grandfather lacks; a spirit and a heart.

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* After learning she is the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine, she confesses to Luke Skywalker that she is afraid of herself. Luke reveals that he and Leia always knew of her lineage, then he comforts her that the reason Leia still trained her is because that she has two things that her grandfather lacks; lacks: a spirit and a heart.



** Not only does Lando bring TheCavalry, he does so while flying his old ship one more time.

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** Not only does Lando bring TheCavalry, but he also does so while flying his old ship one more time.



** It's also a HeartwarmingInHindsight moment as well when you remember what happened with Ben's grandfather Anakin. Anakin's entire motivation and the main reason for turning to the Dark Side was to save Padmé, the woman he loved, from dying. This ended up backfiring horribly and Padmé died anyway, with Anakin being unable to do anything to save her. Now, Anakin's grandson finally manages to do what he failed: Renounce the Dark Side and save the his dyad from death. Even if he's not there in spirit, Anakin would definitely be proud of Ben Solo.

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** It's also a HeartwarmingInHindsight moment as well when you remember what happened with Ben's grandfather Anakin. Anakin's entire motivation and the main reason for turning to the Dark Side was to save Padmé, the woman he loved, from dying. This ended up backfiring horribly and Padmé died anyway, anyway with Anakin being unable to do anything to save her. Now, Anakin's grandson finally manages to do what he failed: Renounce the Dark Side and save the his dyad from death. Even if he's not there in spirit, Anakin would definitely be proud of Ben Solo.



* When Ben dies he leaves behind no body, becoming one with the Force just like Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Luke before him. If there was any doubt that Ben had been fully redeemed and returned to the Light, that proves it.

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* When Ben dies dies, he leaves behind no body, becoming one with the Force just like Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Luke before him. If there was any doubt that Ben had been fully redeemed and returned to the Light, that proves it.



* When Rey goes to the Lars Homestead on Tatooine, as soon as she descends into the half-buried courtyard, she finds a piece of scrap metal... then climbs out, and rides it as a sled to re-enter the courtyard. For perhaps the first time since she crossed paths with BB-8 on Jakku, and after all the things she's been through, Rey's allowed to just relax and have some fun.
* At the very end, Rey buries Luke and Leia's lightsabers, the last relics of the Skywalkers. Furthermore, any fear at that point that Rey has abandoned the calling of the Jedi is extinguished when she then ignites her own lightsaber, the construction of which is the final rite of passage for a Jedi Knight. An old woman of the neighborhood passes by, and asks her name. She answers "Rey Skywalker" [[ShedTheFamilyName instead of "Rey Palpatine"]], with the Force spirits of Luke and Leia kindly and proudly watching her under the planet's twin suns. [[BookEnds Thus]] [[TheEnd ends]] the Skywalker Saga, in the same place it began.

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* When Rey goes to the Lars Homestead on Tatooine, as soon as she descends into the half-buried courtyard, she finds a piece of scrap metal... then climbs out, and rides it as a sled to re-enter the courtyard. For perhaps the first time since she crossed paths with BB-8 on Jakku, Jakku and after all the things she's been through, Rey's allowed to just relax and have some fun.
* At the very end, Rey buries Luke Luke's and Leia's lightsabers, the last relics of the Skywalkers. Furthermore, any fear at that point that Rey has abandoned the calling of the Jedi is extinguished when she then ignites her own lightsaber, the construction of which is the final rite of passage for a Jedi Knight. An old woman of the neighborhood passes by, by and asks her name. She answers "Rey Skywalker" [[ShedTheFamilyName instead of "Rey Palpatine"]], with the Force spirits of Luke and Leia kindly and proudly watching her under the planet's twin suns. [[BookEnds Thus]] [[TheEnd ends]] the Skywalker Saga, in the same place it began.



* J.J. gave Music/JohnWilliams a cameo as a merchant on Kajimi. That's nice enough as it is, but he goes one step further; every one of the little odds and ends surrounding him represents one of Williams' Oscar-nominated films.

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* J.J. gave Music/JohnWilliams a cameo as a merchant on Kajimi. That's nice enough as it is, but he goes one step further; every one of the little odds and ends surrounding him represents one of Williams' Williams's Oscar-nominated films.


** The last person to speak and solidifies her HeroicSecondWind: Luke Skywalker himself.

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** The last person to speak and solidifies her HeroicSecondWind: her own master, Luke Skywalker himself.

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** The last person to speak and solidifies her HeroicSecondWind: Luke Skywalker himself.
--->'''Luke:''' Rey, the Force will be with you. '''Always'''.


* The Skywalker Saga began with a Skywalker and a Palpatine coming together and bringing ruin to the galaxy whilst exterminating the Jedi. It ends with a Skywalker and a Palpatine coming together to ''save'' the galaxy and ensuring the birth of a new generation of Jedi.

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** In a bittersweet way, the novelization has his spirit telling her he'll always be with her before fading away.
* The Skywalker Saga began with a Skywalker and a Palpatine coming together and bringing ruin to the galaxy whilst exterminating the Jedi. It ends with a Skywalker and a Palpatine (the grandchildren of the original two, no less) coming together to ''save'' the galaxy and ensuring the birth of a new generation of Jedi.


** Rey's face when she sees the redeemed Ben Solo through their force bond. She'd only seen glimpses of him before, but here, she's truly seeing her dya for the first time. She'd given up on trying to redeem him after the last movie, accepting that he needs to make that choice by himself. Here, she's clearly overjoyed that he's finally turned his life around.

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** Rey's face when she sees the redeemed Ben Solo through their force bond. She'd only seen glimpses of him before, but here, she's truly seeing her dya dyad for the first time. She'd given up on trying to redeem him after the last movie, accepting that he needs to make that choice by himself. Here, she's clearly overjoyed that he's finally turned his life around.


** The lead-up to the above moment. Palpatine cruelly tells Rey that her only family present is himself, and she looks crushed... and then who should she [[HeroicSecondWind sense coming]] [[MindlinkMates but her dyad partner.]]
** Rey's face when she sees the redeemed Ben Solo through their force bond. She'd only seen glimpses of him before, but here, she's truly seeing the man she loves for the first time. She'd given up on trying to redeem him after the last movie, accepting that he needs to make that choice by himself. Here, she's clearly overjoyed that he's finally turned his life around.

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** The lead-up to the above moment. Palpatine cruelly tells Rey that her only family present is himself, and she looks crushed... and then who should she [[HeroicSecondWind sense coming]] [[MindlinkMates coming but her dyad partner.]]
** Rey's face when she sees the redeemed Ben Solo through their force bond. She'd only seen glimpses of him before, but here, she's truly seeing the man she loves her dya for the first time. She'd given up on trying to redeem him after the last movie, accepting that he needs to make that choice by himself. Here, she's clearly overjoyed that he's finally turned his life around.



** It's also a HeartwarmingInHindsight moment as well when you remember what happened with Ben's grandfather Anakin. Anakin's entire motivation and the main reason for turning to the Dark Side was to save Padmé, the woman he loved, from dying. This ended up backfiring horribly and Padmé died anyway, with Anakin being unable to do anything to save her. Now, Anakin's grandson finally manages to do what he failed: Renounce the Dark Side and save the woman he loves from death. Even if he's not there in spirit, Anakin would definitely be proud of Ben Solo.

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** It's also a HeartwarmingInHindsight moment as well when you remember what happened with Ben's grandfather Anakin. Anakin's entire motivation and the main reason for turning to the Dark Side was to save Padmé, the woman he loved, from dying. This ended up backfiring horribly and Padmé died anyway, with Anakin being unable to do anything to save her. Now, Anakin's grandson finally manages to do what he failed: Renounce the Dark Side and save the woman he loves his dyad from death. Even if he's not there in spirit, Anakin would definitely be proud of Ben Solo.


* There's an offhand remark about using a "Holdo Maneuver", i.e. [[RammingAlwaysWorks smashing a ship into another]] at lightspeed to instantly destroy it. Despite how divisive she was amongst the Resistance in the previous film, the Resistance holds the late Vice Admiral in high enough honor to name a tactic after her.

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* There's an offhand remark about using a "Holdo Maneuver", i.e. [[RammingAlwaysWorks smashing a ship into another]] at lightspeed to instantly destroy it. Despite how divisive she was amongst the Resistance in the previous film, the Resistance holds the late Vice Admiral Vice-Admiral in high enough honor to name a tactic after her.



** Rey was actually on the ropes during the duel, but what gave her an opening to recover? A dying Leia reaching out to her son one last time, distracting him so that Rey could beat him. And when Rey ''did'' mortally wound Kylo Ren, she realized how close she was to succumbing to her hate, and healed him back from the brink of death. And after their confrontation with Palpatine, Ben Solo used that same technique to save Rey. The point is, with her dying act, Leia: saved Rey's life, started her son's path to redemption, helped Rey turn away from the Dark Side, indirectly allowed Rey and Ben to save the galaxy from Palpatine, and set things up to save Rey's life ''again''.

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** Rey was actually on the ropes during the duel, but what gave her an opening to recover? A dying Leia reaching out to her son one last time, distracting him so that Rey could beat him. And when Rey ''did'' mortally wound Kylo Ren, she realized how close she was to succumbing to her hate, hate and healed him back from the brink of death. And after their confrontation with Palpatine, Ben Solo used that same technique to save Rey. The point is, with her dying act, Leia: saved Rey's life, started her son's path to redemption, helped Rey turn away from the Dark Side, indirectly allowed Rey and Ben to save the galaxy from Palpatine, and set things up to save Rey's life ''again''.



** It's also a HeartwarmingInHindsight moment as well when you remember what happened with Ben's grandfather Anakin. Anakin's entire motivation and the main reason for turning to the Dark Side was to save Padme, the woman he loved, from dying. This ended up backfiring horribly and Padme died anyway, with Anakin being unable to do anything to save her. Now, Anakin's grandson finally manages to do what he failed: Renounce the Dark Side and save the woman he loves from death. Even if he's not there in spirit, Anakin would definitely be proud of Ben Solo.

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** It's also a HeartwarmingInHindsight moment as well when you remember what happened with Ben's grandfather Anakin. Anakin's entire motivation and the main reason for turning to the Dark Side was to save Padme, Padmé, the woman he loved, from dying. This ended up backfiring horribly and Padme Padmé died anyway, with Anakin being unable to do anything to save her. Now, Anakin's grandson finally manages to do what he failed: Renounce the Dark Side and save the woman he loves from death. Even if he's not there in spirit, Anakin would definitely be proud of Ben Solo.



* The Skywalker Saga began with an Skywalker and a Palpatine coming together and bringing ruin to the galaxy whilst exterminating the Jedi. It ends with a Skywalker and a Palpatine coming together to ''save'' the galaxy and ensuring the birth of a new generation of Jedi.
* When Ben dies he leaves behind no body, becoming one with the Force just like Obi Wan, Yoda, and Luke before him. If there was any doubt that Ben had been fully redeemed and returned to the Light, that proves it.

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* The Skywalker Saga began with an a Skywalker and a Palpatine coming together and bringing ruin to the galaxy whilst exterminating the Jedi. It ends with a Skywalker and a Palpatine coming together to ''save'' the galaxy and ensuring the birth of a new generation of Jedi.
* When Ben dies he leaves behind no body, becoming one with the Force just like Obi Wan, Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Luke before him. If there was any doubt that Ben had been fully redeemed and returned to the Light, that proves it.



** Which he already had, so it's more likely that it was Han's. But the fact that he has both means that he can keep them together despite his friends death is still heartwarming.

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** Which he already had, so it's more likely that it was Han's. But the fact that he has both means that he can keep them together despite his friends friends' death is still heartwarming.



* When Rey goes to the Lars Homestead on Tatooine, as soon as she descends into the half-buried courtyard, she fines a piece of scrap metal... then climbs out, and rides it as a sled to re-enter the courtyard. For perhaps the first time since she crossed paths with BB-8 on Jakku, and after all the things she's been through, Rey's allowed to just relax and have some fun.

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* When Rey goes to the Lars Homestead on Tatooine, as soon as she descends into the half-buried courtyard, she fines finds a piece of scrap metal... then climbs out, and rides it as a sled to re-enter the courtyard. For perhaps the first time since she crossed paths with BB-8 on Jakku, and after all the things she's been through, Rey's allowed to just relax and have some fun.



* Creator/RianJohnson has heaped praise on Creator/JJAbrams, saying he doesn't care how he handles the controversial plot points from ''The Last Jedi'' in this film, since he's sure it'll be a great film. Likewise, Abrams has made it clear he respects Johnson as a person and as a filmmaker. After all the vitriol and debate among portions of the fanbase, it's nice to know the people behind the franchise aren't letting the rivalries dampen their passion for it.

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* Creator/RianJohnson has heaped praise on Creator/JJAbrams, saying he doesn't care how he handles the controversial plot points from ''The Last Jedi'' in this film, film since he's sure it'll be a great film. Likewise, Abrams has made it clear he respects Johnson as a person and as a filmmaker. After all the vitriol and debate among portions of the fanbase, it's nice to know the people behind the franchise aren't letting the rivalries dampen their passion for it.

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** It's also implied that both Luke and Leia can relate to Rey. Luke and Leia are Darth Vader's children, just like how Rey is Emperor Palpatine's granddaughter. They ''know'' -- better than everybody else -- the shame that Rey's feeling.


** It's also something of an AwwTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment for Rey and Poe, who had spent the entire movie bickering with one another.

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** It's also something of an AwwTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment for Rey and Poe, who had spent the entire movie bickering with one another.

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** It's also something of an AwwTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment for Rey and Poe, who had spent the entire movie bickering with one another.

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* A dark and villainous example, but the scene between Palpatine and Pryde before the destruction of Kijimi counts. Pryde once loyally served Palpatine in the Empire and gladly jumps at the opportunity to serve him again. How does Palpatine reward Pryde for his loyalty? By giving him full command of the Final Order and the First Order.
-->'''Pryde:''' As I served you in the old wars, I serve you now. \\
'''Palpatine:''' Send a ship to a world they know. Let it burn. The Final Order begins. She will come, her friends will follow. \\
'''Pryde:''' Yes, my lord.

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** Anakin specifically encouraging her to "bring balance to the force, as [he] did" is a reminder that if he could overcome his massive mistakes, then she can definitely overcome her legacy.


** Leia's body disappears the moment Ben's does. She was holding out until she knew for sure her son had truly returned to the light

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** Leia's body disappears the moment Ben's does. She was holding out until she knew for sure her son had truly returned to the lightlight.
** Like his father and grandfather before him, Ben Solo went out with an act of faith and love.

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** Not only does Lando bring TheCavalry, he does so while flying his old ship one more time.

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* Harrison Ford returning one more time to play Han definitely counts.

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