Star Wars: Fixing The Modern Trilogy – Part 18

Make sure you’ve read the previous parts before continuing with this next part of this Star Wars patch up!

Back on Ahch-To, Luke looks over some of the sacred Jedi texts with his notes. Perhaps he’s about to make a breakthrough on something before the communication device Leia gave him when she visited starts to go off. Luke answers the call. Luke says that she wouldn’t be contacting him to just give him a sisterly ‘hello’. Leia comments that she really, really wishes she was. Leia then gives him the rundown of the situation. Luke says he’ll come, but adds that they both know what will happen. Leia comments that there’s still good inside Ben. Luke shares the sentiment. Leia then asks about Rey. Luke says that her training is progressing nicely, even if she doesn’t believe so herself. He adds that she’s currently on the quest to construct her own lightsaber.

Leia says that it’s probably better for her not to come. Luke mentions that he knows all about cutting his training too early. Leia says that he and Rey are the best chances they have at keeping the First Order from getting out of hand. Luke adds that maybe in the coming years, his current school of younglings will also be able to lend a hand. Leia chuckles and says that she hopes that this issue will be taken care of by then. Luke agrees. He tells his sister that he loves her and that he’ll see her soon. Leia does the same before the call ends.

Chewie and R2 step in on Luke as the call ends. Luke asks them if they heard all of that. Chewie gives a knowing wail. R2 beeps and boops. Luke chuckles, relieved that he won’t have to explain it to them. He then adds that Chewie’s going to have to stay here to help watch the younglings. Chewie exhales a slightly annoyed wail. Luke responds, telling him that someone has to. (Although if we’re still going the local’s route, perhaps Luke trusts one of them to do it instead? Either way, it won’t change much if Chewie comes along or not. Having R2 come won’t change much either. It could be interesting to have R2 and 3PO give some commentary together, but my biggest issue is that it’d really wouldn’t make much sense for either of them to be there.)

We briefly return to Rey, Finn, and Poe. They’ve just finished up eating together, possibly on another planet. Getting back on Poe’s ship, Rey finally sits down to construct her lightsaber. Finn, Poe, and BB-8 all observe her. Rey sits cross-legged on the floor. She spreads all of the pieces for her lightsaber and her crystal out in front of her. She recalls what Luke told her: to visualize the saber in your mind. Rey takes a deep breath and closes her eyes. Holding her hands out in front of her, the crystal and saber pieces all begin to rise off the floor. Finn, Poe, and BB-8 look on in a bit of awe. The pieces begin to snap together meticulously.

After a few quick seconds, Rey opens her eyes. She looks down at her lightsaber floating between her hands. (I suppose we already have a model to work with from the end of Episode 9. A black lightsaber with a funky switch and a yellow blade. Perfect. Is anyone else upset that we never actually got to see this pretty unique-looking lightsaber in action? Seriously, this is the first time, to my knowledge, that we’ve ever seen a lightsaber in the films with a rotating switch and a yellow blade color. It’s just such a waste of an iconic combat item unique to this character to be thrown in at the very end of the trilogy.)

After a moment, Rey takes her newly built lightsaber in her hand and switches it on. The yellow blade shoots up and hums with a few low whooshes as Rey examines her new weapon. The gang gets excited for her and congratulates her. She is now one step closer to becoming a Jedi.

And there’s part 18. Stay tuned for the next parts soon!

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