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As we dive deeper into our examination of The Rise of Skywalker, and the comparison of it to Return of the Jedi, structure is where we want to head next. But before we get there, there’s a related pair of topics we need to consider.
First is the question of the final boss battles – the “big bads,” if you will. Because the primary job of both movies is for the heroes to strike the winning blow, and it needs to be against something that presents the greatest challenge our heroes have seen yet.
And the other thing we need to consider is the timeframe. By an interesting coincidence – if it is, actually, coincidence – both of these final movies in their trilogies take place about a year after the events of the previous movie. There’s a very clear reason for that in Return of the Jedi. As for The Rise of Skywalker, the answer is not so clear, but with the application of a couple of thought experiments, it turns out that it had to be closer to a year than the five or ten years we previously discussed on the show.
I’ll be addressing both the big bads and the timeframes on today’s show… Punch it!