The Outrage Over Palpatine In Rise of Skywalker

  • Published: 04 October 2019
  • Ever since we heard that unmistakable laughter at the end of the trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker...

    … we've been stunned that Emperor Palpatine is returning for the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga. More than a few fans, however, are less stunned than peeved.

    They want to know why on Earth director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio would bring back a Big Bad who has supposedly been dead for more than 30 years. Could they simply not think of any other way to raise the stakes of the sequel's story? What kind of narrative gymnastics will Rise of Skywalker have to engage in to make this plot development make sense? How, exactly, can this even happen?

    Palpatine is a central figure in both the original and prequel trilogies. He starts as a Sith Lord in disguise serving as a senator in the Galactic Republic, where he engineers the rise of the Empire. He successfully turns Anakin Skywalker to the Dark Side of the Force and nearly achieves complete dominance over the galaxy.

    It's ultimately his rage at his inability to turn Anakin's son Luke to the Dark Side that's his undoing. At the conclusion of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Palpatine attempts to manipulate Luke into killing his father, Anakin, a.k.a. Darth Vader. But the plan fails. When Luke refuses to fight, Palpatine attempts to simply kill the young Jedi, assaulting him with Force lightning as Vader watches.

    But Vader turns away from the Dark Side and toward redemption. He seizes the Emperor and tosses him down a seemingly bottomless shaft, mortally wounding himself in the process. He seemingly kills Palpatine and brings balance to the Force.

    The sequel trilogy picks up 30 years after these events, as the remnants of the Empire are reforming into the nefarious First Order under the guidance of the Supreme Leader Snoke and his protege, Kylo Ren. Ren is Ben Skywalker, son of Han Solo and General Leia, and a former apprentice of Luke's. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens clearly seems to set up Snoke as the Big Bad of the sequel trilogy, but midway through Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren kills Snoke, leaving the trilogy without a top bad guy.

    Snoke's death was puzzling for many fans, and was a major factor in the backlash that The Last Jedi endured from some Star Wars fans. The tease of Palpatine's return to the franchise stoked the ire of these fans even further, as the move is easy to interpret as an attempt by Abrams and company to cash in on nostalgia for the original series. After all, Palpatine has not been featured in the sequel series up to this point, and resurrecting him could be seen as lazy writing. Keep watching the video to see the outrage over Palpatine in Rise of Skywalker.

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Comments • 979

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

    Is Palpatine the Jump the Shark moment or was the shark jumped long ago?

    • Knotgrada unknown
      Knotgrada unknown  2 weeks back

      I'm calling it Palpatine comes back as a Sith holocron. If anyone else has already said this, ... Cest' la vie.

    • Morgoth Bauglir
      Morgoth Bauglir  2 weeks back

      Shark was jumped in Last Jedi. And I think that he has been shoe horned in because they couldn't write Kylo as a good villain in 9. That or they wanted to force a a redemption arc for some stupid reason

    • Renee Lasswell
      Renee Lasswell  2 weeks back

      Luke tossing his light sabre over his shoulder for a cheap joke was when the shark was jumped imo.

    • pablohanc
      pablohanc  2 weeks back

      It is a jump the shark moment, but there have been several in the new trilogy. I'll watch it when its on tv. After tlj I won't pay for SW again.

    • Cortex Zero
      Cortex Zero  2 weeks back

      Just stop with this shit and give it a chance.

  • athansky25
    athansky25  7 hours back

    Vader: I am your Father.
    Luke: Noooo !
    Emperor: I am your GrandPoppy.
    Rey: Nooo ! 😱😱😱

    • athansky25
      athansky25  8 hours back

      Is it time to jump off SW Titanic ship ? Get my life vests on ready ? 😉

      • athansky25
        athansky25  8 hours back

        If JJ Abrams screws us up (fans) real good, the SW franchise is toast. 🙅

        • Marc king
          Marc king  2 days back

          Palpatine returned for Mary Sue to kill him to show us how powerful she is.

          • Shreedhar Jajoo
            Shreedhar Jajoo  3 days back

            This movie will bomb, fuck this new trilogy.

            • Martin B
              Martin B  3 days back

              Guys I get all that anger & disappointment after LAST JEDI - BUT please consider:
              LUCAS & JJ ABRAMS worked on Episode 9 script - It's a fact - Lucas was involved !!
              PALPATINE = A FORCE-FULL END :)

              I still don't like Episode 1, have my issues with Episode 2 - Lucas prequel trilogy was far from perfect - but there was not so much discussion about everythin' online 15 years ago.
              DISCUSS & CRITICISE AFTER YOU SEEN THE FILM - Don't fall for rumours, wrong expectations before - it's a 100% fact you'll be disappointed afterwards.

              • Andrew Dean
                Andrew Dean  4 days back

                Any real star wars fan knows the palpatine returned many times in the (now legends) expanded universe. This is NOT a new concept.

                • Christopher Ramos
                  Christopher Ramos  1 weeks back

                  If Maul and Boba can survive, why not Palpatine?

                  • Phil Osredkar
                    Phil Osredkar  1 weeks back

                    JJ Abrams deserves no trust, he has proven time and time again that he cant finish original stories. Also, when he continues other franchises he is unable to craft a story that is unique or truly meaningful.

                    • Andrew Cortesi
                      Andrew Cortesi  1 weeks back

                      Great job Looper, yet another video where you seemingly say nothing.

                      • thegr8rambino
                        thegr8rambino  1 weeks back

                        looper ur doing too much, with ur misleading titles and so on

                        • Zara Wimperis
                          Zara Wimperis  1 weeks back

                          Wait! I’ve cracked it!
                          Palpatine is Rey!!
                          Fell down the shaft & was reborn as Mary Sue from Jakku? In episode 9 she will take over the galaxy as High Empress & Darth Jar Jar will be her right hand man! Gotta be honest I’d love that! Then they don’t get to ruin Ian mcdirmand for me & they can keep their grubby mitts off lando calrisian too!

                          • Mike McMath
                            Mike McMath  1 weeks back

                            He could be a sentinel droid from the books

                            • emcats84
                              emcats84  1 weeks back

                              A desperate attempt to suck fools in with nostalgia. Also, because of how poorly written the new characters are.

                              • skyroe2
                                skyroe2  1 weeks back

                                Is there a dumber term than. Big bad. Uh no

                                • lendial
                                  lendial  1 weeks back

                                  well better palp than jar jar

                                  • StuUngar
                                    StuUngar  1 weeks back

                                    Why would anyone bitch about Palpatine coming back? SW fans bitched and moaned about Disney disregarding the Expanded Universe.

                                    So theyre taking a page from one of the EU’s most popular storylines and now people are bitching about that.

                                    People complain about everything

                                    • Black Unicorn
                                      Black Unicorn  1 weeks back

                                      Anybody know the song in the background?

                                      • Dakota
                                        Dakota  1 weeks back

                                        Disney Star Wars is complete garbage. The Last Jedi took a massive dump all over the series and now it all sinks.

                                        • The Crooked Man
                                          The Crooked Man  1 weeks back

                                          I don't mind as long as it makes sense and shit.

                                          • Tokiofritz
                                            Tokiofritz  2 weeks back

                                            It's crazy that the big bad that's been pulling strings in the last 6 films is being seen as a ridiculous addition to the final chapter of the new trilogy. It's always been about him trying to destroy all remnants of the Jedi and the Force. I have a ton of gripes about the new trilogy, but Palpatine isn't one of them. Considering he talked about finding ways to beat death in the prequels, it's perfectly feasible he's alive.

                                            • Nico C.
                                              Nico C.  2 weeks back

                                              Too much blabla for nothing. Try to be satisfied one Time. The prelogy was crap and now everyone loves this movies... So... Be more wise and less stupid

                                              • Tom Cools
                                                Tom Cools  2 weeks back

                                                So it's fine when Yoda comes back but the glorious empire can't have their big one?
                                                We are talking about the guy who lures Anakin into the dark side by saying the dark side can "return people from the dead". Why couldn't he do it to himself?

                                                That being said, yeah, cashing in on those nostalgia-dollars.

                                                • Kathy Main
                                                  Kathy Main  2 weeks back

                                                  Maybe he is a clone

                                                  • notmyrealname
                                                    notmyrealname  2 weeks back

                                                    So...I'm really confused now. I thought this trilogy was supposed to be a new generation of star wars and not a continuation. Now after 2 next gen movies, suddenly it makes sense to continue the the story from the original trilogy?

                                                    Please guys, don't go see this movie. I'm begging you!

                                                    • Glotch
                                                      Glotch  2 weeks back

                                                      If The Rise Of Skywalker isnt as good as its meant to be, then the sequel trilogy failed. Hopefully if thats the case Disney can redeem themselves with an Old Republic trilogy afterwards.

                                                      • Mike Dorsey
                                                        Mike Dorsey  2 weeks back

                                                        It also could be like the Saw series where jigsaw had an after death contingency plan but this time in the form of a palpatine robot.

                                                        • Mike Dorsey
                                                          Mike Dorsey  2 weeks back

                                                          I don't think the new trilogy is bad at all. I reserve judgment until its completed maybe there is a good reason for everything that ties in beautifully. Either way better to be hopeful in my opinion.

                                                          • Jorge E. Ramirez M.
                                                            Jorge E. Ramirez M.  2 weeks back

                                                            George Lucas: im going to ruin my legacy doing three bad prequels

                                                            Disney: Hold my Money

                                                            • Ray Riley
                                                              Ray Riley  2 weeks back

                                                              I knew it was over as soon as I watched The Forced Agenda.

                                                              • Damian England
                                                                Damian England  2 weeks back

                                                                If Palpatine Is alive then that means Han and Luke are alive as well

                                                                • Damian England
                                                                  Damian England  2 weeks back

                                                                  They just used his laugh, he's not going to show up in the movie, I bet you anything

                                                                  • Andrew MacLeod
                                                                    Andrew MacLeod  2 weeks back

                                                                    I love all the butt-hurt people on here! So funny... Get over it! Enjoy it or don't enjoy it... who cares!!

                                                                    • Christopher Layton
                                                                      Christopher Layton  2 weeks back

                                                                      Lazy writing, lazy thought process, lazy planning, lazy, lazy, lazy, lazy! By bringing back Palpatine they really showed they have 0 original thoughts and this is just a crap replay of nostalgia of the original trilogy. FUCK THIS.

                                                                      • RJ Cardenas
                                                                        RJ Cardenas  2 weeks back

                                                                        Why couldn’t we have darth plagueis be the big bad? That’s how you raise the stakes and connect the first 6 movies to these ones appropriately.

                                                                        • Elliot Wallace
                                                                          Elliot Wallace  2 weeks back

                                                                          Yes Looper, everyone watching this knows how the movies have gone, you don’t need to explain them. I’ve seen the movies

                                                                          • Metal Michael
                                                                            Metal Michael  2 weeks back

                                                                            I cant wait for this movie to be amazing and then all you little whiny bitches go see it. “Oh they’re not getting my money nope” stfu.

                                                                            • Broncos Fan
                                                                              Broncos Fan  2 weeks back

                                                                              Clone is a easy one.

                                                                              • D. Hastings
                                                                                D. Hastings  2 weeks back

                                                                                Also. The shaft was not “bottomless.” That doesn’t even make sense. The shaft is bigger than the Death Star that contains it?

                                                                                • D. Hastings
                                                                                  D. Hastings  2 weeks back

                                                                                  I’m sure the long-ago planted seed about Palpatine knowing how to use the force to manipulate life and death has nothing to do with it.

                                                                                  • D. Hastings
                                                                                    D. Hastings  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Seems pretty obvious that he used the Force to at least partially keep himself alive, and has remained in the ruins of the DS2.

                                                                                • Julie Powell
                                                                                  Julie Powell  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Well snoke sucked

                                                                                  • Elijahjsmith22
                                                                                    Elijahjsmith22  2 weeks back

                                                                                    If only they followed the “legends” story
                                                                                    It would be EPIC!...but we get this version smh 🤦🏾‍♂️

                                                                                    • Blake D
                                                                                      Blake D  2 weeks back

                                                                                      The problem is that the last Jedi was such a poor movie. Palpitine was very powerful and had a very powerful master. It makes sense to me, but the last Jedi needed to dive into sith lore to understand it a little better. The Rise of sky walker needs to answer ALOT of questions, questions I foresee won't be answered unfortunately. Such a shame. I hope I'm wrong and the rise of skywalker is awesome and brings everything together.

                                                                                      • Mike Bridges
                                                                                        Mike Bridges  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Just worthless. But jj Abrams will make $$. I'm boycotting

                                                                                        • Joachim Osmundsen
                                                                                          Joachim Osmundsen  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Am I the only one kind of rooting for Palpatine?

                                                                                          • Ehren Knappe
                                                                                            Ehren Knappe  2 weeks back

                                                                                            It’s JJ “rehash” Abrams bringing back old ideas because he has none of his own. So tired of this guy.

                                                                                            • Damien Robinson
                                                                                              Damien Robinson  2 weeks back

                                                                                              It is just crazy what is happening to the franchise
                                                                                              To me it was about a very good person who was the chosen one, went through hell losing his mum and wife and to his knowledge a child. He was manipulated by the dark side and turned. In the END it was proven he was the chosen one by KILLING the emperor.
                                                                                              It showed that the chosen one had to go through hell before he could come back to heaven which alot of people can relate to in their own lifes
                                                                                              It is cery sad wehat disney have done ALL FOR MONEY