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Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker - Refined Edition

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The Rise of Skywalker is good. But it can be better. That's what this edit is all about. Unlike how I felt about The Last Jedi, this movie did a decent job moving the story forward considering the mess Rian Johnson created. However, that didn't mean this movie was free from its own faults, which I wanted to take care of.

Serving as a continuation to The Last Jedi - Consistency Edition, this edit modifies The Rise of Skywalker to be a more fulfilling end to the trilogy by smoothing out the plot, removing convoluted elements, and modifying aspects of the film to elevate the story.

Special Thanks:

- INIGHTMARES, Poppasketti, Burbin, Johnh, Sade1212, CaptainFaraday, Sherlockpotter, Skenera, Kewlfish, Luka Frik, NeverarGreat, and Jar Jar Bricks for their fan editing resources.

- DanRuta for the xVASynth program that was used to create lines for the Knights of Ren.

- Tremault for suggesting me to use Davinci Resolve for editing.

Cuts and Additions:

- Added FanEdit.org copyright disclaimer and logo. (Modified logo by INIGHTMARES)

- Color correction to remove the green tint.

- New title crawl that recaps Palpatine's return, Rey struggling with her abilities while training under Leia, and the Millennium Falcon racing towards the Resistance outpost.

- The Millennium Falcon jumps out of hyperspace after the camera pans down. (FX by Poppasketti)

- The chess scene between Chewie, Poe, and Finn is moved to the end of the movie.

- Removed Klaud from the Falcon. (FX by Poppasketti)

- Removed lightspeed skipping. (FX by Poppasketti)

- Recreated Rey's vision using repurposed footage of Kijimi's destruction and a documentary shot of her sitting on the Sith throne.

- Recolored Exogel from blue to grey (LUT by Skenera)

- Kylo reforges his helmet after Rey's training and heads out with the Knights of Ren. A documentary shot is added for a more dramatic reveal.

- Removed the Knights of Ren being referred to as ghouls.

- Replaced Poe's "Somehow Palpatine returned" line with Leia saying that Palpatine has returned from the dead. (AI line by Jar Jar Bricks)

- Replaced Poe saying that Palpatine has been planning his revenge with a line explaining he's clinging to life in a cloned body. (AI line by Jar Jar Bricks)

- Removed the 16 hour ticking clock element.

- Removed, cropped, or replaced shots that blatantly feature Rose when possible.

- Leia tells Rey that Palpatine is too dangerous after she explains how to find Exogel. (AI line by Jar Jar Bricks)

- Rey and Kylo look at each other before Poe tells her that they should get going.

- Kylo doesn't tell Rey that he'll turn her to the dark side once he finds her.

- Lando isn't introduced by Threepio.

- Threepio is the only that says "They fly now!"

- Finn doesn't try to tell Rey about his secret, as that plot thread was never finished.

- Poe isn't startled by Ochi's remains.

- Sith whispers are heard from the dagger throughout the events of the film and act as a guide for Rey to find the Wayfinder while inside the Death Star ruins later on.

- Two of the Knights of Ren are given bits of dialogue on Pasaana, Kijimi, and Exogel. The voices are those of Yuri Lowenthal and Seth Green that were AI generated using the xVASynth program.

- Trimmed Kylo's fighter crashing so it isn't shown excessively spinning and blowing up.

- The tug of war between Rey and Kylo doesn't happen so that Chewie's fake death is removed. He's still captured by the First Order but no one thinks he's dead.

- Trimmed Rey's conversation with Finn so she doesn't mention seeing both herself and Kylo on the Sith throne.

- Replaced Hux informing General Pryde about Chewie with Palpatine contacting Kylo about Rey being alive.

- Moments where Poe snags at Threepio have been removed.

- Threepio's memories stay wiped. References to R2 backing up his memories are taken out.

- Removed the scene where Threepio has another idea before being shut off.

- Poe doesn't say anything about the hyperspace routes being blocked and Zorii doesn't show the First Order medallion.

- Removed Poe asking Finn where to go after they land inside the hanger and removed the mind trick scene. Making Finn the lead on where to go to find Chewie.

- Removed Finn yelling at Poe when he is shot.

- Rey sees her parents being attacked by Ochi when she retrieves the dagger.

- Kylo tells Rey that he sees the darkness in her and she was right that her parents were no one. (AI lines by Jar Jar Bricks)

- Moved Finn and Poe being taken to Pryde right after Kylo explains the fate of Rey's parents to her.

- Poe doesn't say "I knew it!" when Hux reveals that he is the spy.

- Added a Wilhelm scream when Rey shoots at the stormtroopers in the hanger.

- Rey and her parents are not related to Palpatine.

- Inside the hanger, Kylo tells Rey that she has the power of darkness and encourages her to kill Palpatine and take the Sith throne. (Inspired by TROS - Ascendant)

- Swapped the moons of Endor. (FX by Poppasketti)

- Removed Rey lining up the dagger with the Death Star ruins.

- Threepio doesn’t refer to Babu Frik as one of his oldest friends.

- The Skywalker saber becomes cracked at the end of Rey's encounter with her dark side apparition. (FX by Kewlfish/Luka Frik)

- Dark Rey's eyes become Sith looking when she yells. (FX by Burbin)

- Finn doesn't interrupt the duel between Rey and Kylo.

- Added the trailer shot of Leia holding the medal when she makes contact with Kylo.

- Rey doesn't say Leia's name in shock.

- Kijimi isn't destroyed by the Final Order.

- Moved R2 reuniting with Threepio before Poe speaks to Leia.

- Removed the shot featuring the Porgs.

- Luke's appearance is improved during the start of his conversation with Rey. (FX by NeverarGreat and jonh)

- Leia's lightsaber color is changed from blue to purple. (FX by Skenera)

- The Holdo Maneuver is not mentioned.

- Removed Finn telling BB-8 that he’s doing great.

- Intentionally kept Palpatine calling Rey "Empress Palpatine" when he offers her the Sith throne as his twisted way of giving her a family name and a belonging.

- Replaced the standard Tie fighter that Ben used with Vader's Tie fighter. (FX by Poppasketti)

- The Skywalker saber is restored when Ben receives it.

- Replaced Poe telling the galactic fleet that every cannon taken down is a world saved and Wedge's cameo with an extended shot of the fleet engaging the Final Order.

- Centered the close up shot of Rey's eyes when the Jedi spirits speak to her.

- Yoda, Obi-Wan, Luke, and Anakin appear behind Rey and assist her in defeating Palpatine once and for all. (FX by Jonh)

- Rey says "I'm a Jedi" instead of "I'm all the Jedi" (Modified line by sade1212, CaptainFaraday, sherlockpotter)

- Removed the lesbian kiss.

- Removed the conversation between Jana and Lando.

- Added a flashback from ANH where Leia gives Han his medal to clarify the one Chewie receives is the same.

- The quick color switch from Rey's saber is changed from blue and green to blue and purple. (FX by Burbin)

- Ben accompanies Leia and Luke on Tatooine. (FX by jonh)

- Replaced the theatrical "Rey Skywalker" take with the one featured in the documentary for a more emotional delivery. (Modified shot by Poppasketti)
 
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Rey's vision was remade entirely with the repurposed footage of Kijimi's destruction with a shot of the Sith throne and a documentary shot of Rey sitting on it. One of the issues I had with the original sequence was that the footage seemed too quick to process properly. This updated sequence has more breathing room, allowing less confusion.

 
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AI voice samples provided by Jar Jar Bricks from OriginalTrilogy.com allowed me to adjust Kylo's lines to have him prey on Rey's conflict and fills in the gaps of removed dialogue of Rey being pushed to remember her parents. Since in my TLJ edit, she already saw them while underneath the island. So this was a nice way to reconfigure the scene.

 
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Here's what I have done so far:

Color correction to remove the slight green tint.

New title crawl that pans down to the Millennium Falcon jumping out of hyperspace. (FX by Poppasketti)

Removed Kladd (FX by Poppasketti)

References to Rey and her parents being related to Emperor Palpatine have been removed. Intentionally kept Palpatine calling Rey "Empress Palpatine" when he offers her the Sith throne as his twisted way of giving her a family name and a belonging.

Lightspeed Skipping and mentions of it are removed. (FX by Poppasketti)

Recreated Rey's vision using repurposed footage of Kijimi's destruction and Rey sitting on the Sith throne.

Kylo reforges his helmet after Rey's training and heads out with the Knights of Ren walking through the hallways. A documentray shot is added for a more dramatic entrance.

Replaced Poe's "Somehow Palpatine returned" line with Leia saying that Emperor Palpatine has returned from the dead. (AI line by Jar Jar Bricks)

Removed Rose.

Leia tells Rey that Palpatine is too dangerous after she explains how to find Exogel. (AI line by Jar Jar Bricks)

Rey looks at Kylo right before Poe tells her that they should get going.

Threepio is the only that says "They fly now!"

Poe isn't startled by Ochi's remains.

Sith whispers are heard from the dagger throughout the events of the film.

Trimmed Kylo's fighter crashing so it isn't shown excessively spinning and blowing up.

Chewie's fake death is removed. He's still captured by the First Order but no one thinks he's dead.

Palpatine contacts Kylo about Rey being alive when the Falcon is being recovered by the First Order.

Moments where Poe snags at Threepio have been removed.

Threepio's memories stay wiped. References to R2 backing up his memories are taken out.

Poe doesn't say anything about the hyperspace routes being blocked and Zorii doesn't show the First Order medallion.

Removed Poe asking Finn where to go after they land inside the hanger and removed the mind trick scene. Giving Finn point on where to go to find Chewie.

Removed Finn yelling at Poe when he is shot.

Rey's sees her parents being attacked by Ochi when she retrieves the dagger.

Kylo tells Rey that he sees the darkness in her and that she was right that her parents were no one. (AI lines by Jar Jar Bricks)

Moved Finn and Poe being taken to General Pryde after Kylo explains the fate of Rey's parents to her.

Poe doesn't say "I knew it!" when Hux reveals that he is the spy.

Inside the hanger, Kylo tells Rey that she has the power of darkness and encourages her to kill Palpatine and take the Sith throne. (Inspired by Rise of Skywalker - Ascendant)

Swapped the moons of Endor. (FX by Poppasketti)

Removed Rey lining up the dagger with the Death Star ruins.

The Skywalker saber becomes cracked at the end of Rey's encounter with her dark side apparition. (FX by Kewlfish/Luka Frik)

Dark Rey's eyes become sith looking when she yells. (FX by Burbin)

Finn doesn't interrupt the duel between Rey and Kylo.

Kijimi isn't destroyed by the Final Order.

Moved R2 reuniting with Threepio before Poe speaks to Leia.

Removed the shot featuring the Porgs.

Luke's reshoot hair and overall appearance is improved during the start of his conversation with Rey. (FX by NeverarGreat and jonh)

Leia's lightsaber color is changed from blue to purple. (FX by skenera)

The Holdo Maneuver is not mentioned.

Recolored Exogel from blue to grey (LUT by Skenera)

The Tie Fighter that Ben uses to travel to Exogel is changed to be Vader's Tie. (FX by Poppasketti)

The Skywalker saber is restored when Ben receives it.

Replaced Poe telling the galactic fleet that every cannon taken down is a world saved and Wedge's cameo with an extended shot of the fleet engaging the Final Order.
 
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This edit is almost ready. I just have to do a few more things and double check the audio. After that, the main page will be updated with the full list of changes and the edit will be listed on the IFDB.
 
This edit is completed and ready for viewing.
 

Inspired by Skenera's purple edit for Leia's saber in TROS, I decided to see if I could achieve the same quality result but make it more purple than pinkish.
 
Interesting visual choices for certain sequences within this project. The editing in the actual film was so rough & fast that it was hard to keep up with all of the information & visual overload that one's mind was bombarded with. Good to see someone actually giving key scenes, moments & transitions a room to breathe.
 
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