Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise Of Skywalker: Ascendant

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Franchise:
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Original Release Date:
2019
Original Running Time:
142 minutes
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Fanedit Running Time:
138 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gets an overhaul to serve as a conclusion to the Star Wars saga. Pacing, character journeys, and story continuity are improved via an unprecedented fan editing collaboration. A layer of polish and care applied to a relentlessly fast-paced film. Subtle character tweaks. And a few new surprises.

(Also included is a ‘Rey Nobody’ alternate version that removes her family connection to Emperor Palpatine.)
Intention:
To improve upon this film as the series conclusion to the degree possible, from a constructive perspective. This project does not seriously alter the story, but enhances it.
Other Sources:
Various sound effects from the Star Wars franchise and elsewhere
Special Thanks:
Everyone at OriginalTrilogy.com who contributed, including:
poppasketti (voice, audio and visual FX, puppet show)
jonh (visual FX)
skenera (visual FX)
NeverarGreat (visual FX)
Movies Remastered (visual FX, ideas, puppet show, various)
kewlfish (visual FX)
Luka Frik (visual FX)
DominicCobb (clips provided)
Sir Ridley (visual FX)
axlanian (KoR voice project)
krausfadr (KoR voice project)
RogueLeader (voice and audio work, puppet show)
sherlockpotter (audio work)
Jar Jar Bricks (AI voicework)
ChainsawAsh (DTS encode)
snooker (visual FX)
ThisIsCreation (vocal work for puppet show)
CaptainFaraday (audio work, puppet show)
IlFanEditore (Italian language audio track)
rik (help with Italian language audio track)
KetchupGore (German language audio track)
Kumbbl (help with German audio)
Burbin (English, Spanish, and French subtitles)
||FanEditore (Italian subtitles)
nevertellmetheodds (Dutch, German subtitles)
ChernobylLiquidator86 (Portuguese subtitles)
LILLIAN02230 (audio work)
21C Peasant (visual FX)
Chase Adams (3PO dialogue)
Cinefy (music mockups, puppet show)
sade1212 (video help, audio work)
idir_hh (video help)
Octorox (video help)
mrbenjamino (audio work)
bbghost (audio work)
onje_berdy (Russian subtitles)
MaláStrana (help proofreading French subtitles)
Release Information:
  • Digital
  • DVD
Special Features:
German Language Audio track
Italian Language Audio track
Fan Editors’ Commentary track
Alternate Audio track without added ‘Knights of Ren’ dialogue
Chapter stops
Subtitles (English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, German, Russian)
Editing Details:
This was a highly collaborative endeavor made possible by the community of OriginalTrilogy.com.
Cuts and Additions:
Cuts and Additions (changes for Version 4 indicated with asterisks):

Overall color correction using LUTs provided by skenera

Added a new opening crawl, thanks to Sir Ridley:

Episode IX
THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Flames of rebellion burn across the galaxy. The tyrannical First Order has retaliated by attacking any planetary system that supports their enemy.

As Rey, sole heir to the Jedi, continues her training, General Leia Organa sends her brave agents across the stars to unite the disparate worlds in the name of Resistance.

Meanwhile, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren has traveled to Mustafar, chasing whispers of a hidden power that would allow him to destroy any threat to his rule…

Added a Wilhelm scream, somewhere in the film…

Added two new establishing shots to the opening Mustafar sequence to slow the pacing slightly, building on what was done for V1 (visual FX from poppasketti, Movies Remastered, NeverarGreat, and 21C Peasant as well as audio assistance from LILLIAN02230)

Added a subtle call from Palpatine, saying “Find me,” as Kylo Ren picks up the Wayfinder

Replaced the vat of cloned Snokes with cloned Palpatine’s (FX by poppasketti)

Added a line for Kylo Ren calling Palpatine “a ghost in a rotting clone” (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks)*

Removed the slight electrical crackle as Palpatine reveals his hands (FX by skenera)

Moved Palpatine describing spirit transfer into his first scene, turning it into a warning to Kylo Ren and setting up stakes for later (RogueLeader idea)

Reordered opening scenes for a more logical progression and better pacing (Kylo Ren meets Palpatine > Rey trains > Falcon mission > Returning to base)

Moved the scene with Chewie, Poe, and Finn playing holochess to the end of the movie, with a shot having been modified here to depict dropping out of hyperspace (FX by poppasketti)

Replaced Finn’s now first line “Artoo” with “Look sharp” (dgraham414 idea)

Removed lightspeed skipping sequence. It made no sense given how hyperspace has always been depicted, as quick travel, not teleportation. Now, the Falcon bursts through the ice wall while jumping to hyperspace, and the pursuing TIEs peel off, ending the scene (visual FX by poppasketti)

Only because he has no proper introduction and would appear suddenly due to other changes made, removed Klaud from a few shots (FX by poppasketti)

Moved Rey’s repeat of “nothing’s impossible” to after Leia hands her the saber to make it feel more endearing (Movies Remastered change)

The blue Skywalker lightsaber is now portrayed throughout the film with a somewhat ‘cracked’ appearance similar to Kylo Ren’s in order to build on the conclusion to TLJ and reflect Rey’s inner conflict (visual FX by kewlfish, Luke Frik, and Movies Remastered)

The vision Rey experiences while training with the remote has been heavily modified to better establish her apprehension about the Sith throne, and separated from Kylo’s vision. For V4, this is extended further. (by DominicCobb)*

Added ‘Sith Eyes’ to ‘Evil Rey’, including replacing her milky eyes for one shot (FX by Burbin)

Changed Rey’s line to Leia as she turns over the lightsaber from “your brother’s saber” to “your family’s saber” to begin to plant a seed about eventually identifying herself with the Skywalker family (AI voice provided by RogueLeader)*

Added a new illustration to the ancient Jedi texts to foreshadow the healing technique seen in this film (illustration by NeverarGreat, composited by RogueLeader)*

Reinstated previously cut dialogue as the heroes reunite at the Resistance base, replacing the term ‘lightspeed skipping’ with ‘lightspeed ramming’ (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks and RogueLeader)*

Replaced Poe’s lines, including “Somehow, Palpatine returned,” with part of the Emperor’s speech being played, implied to be part of the gathered intel

New dialogue for Poe during the briefing scene establishes clearly that the Final Order fleet consists of modified ships from the Empire, rather than implying they were built from the ground up later on (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks and RogueLeader)*

Removed a line of dialogue establishing an unnecessary 16-hour ‘ticking clock’ to the plot

In a callback to a line modified earlier, when Leia hands Leia the saber before she departs the base, she tells Rey, “You are family” (AI line provided by RogueLeader)*

Kylo now has a vision separate from Rey’s, before reforging his mask, better establishing his motivation for doing so (by DominicCobb)

Added the planet Coruscant to two shots during the scene with Kylo Ren in a boardroom on his Star Destroyer (visual FX by poppasketti)

Redubbed the two stormtroopers who introduce the Knights of Ren (sherlockpotter and axlanian)

Removed Poe’s use of the word ‘random.’

The puppet show now depicts Luke’s feats at the Battle of Crait in TLJ, strengthening the idea that Luke’s ‘legend’ has taken root in the galaxy and better setting up in conjunction with the following story beat Rey’s identity formation at the end of the film (RogueLeader handmade and filmed puppet elements influenced by designs from CaptainFaraday and Cinefy, poppasketti and Movies Remastered provided a tedious clean backplate, and ThisIsCreation provided a new vocal dub for the alien narrator)

Cut Rey saying “that’s an excellent name.” This statement felt overly modern.

After Kylo Ren says “I will find you,” cut him saying “…and turn you to the dark side.” It’s implied that he will try to do that once he finds her, but why say it aloud? He should be trying to seduce her to the dark side and masking his intentions.

Moved the scene forward in which Rey’s necklace is reported to be traced to Pasaana aboard the Star Destroyer, for better pacing. Trooper line modified not to show him reporting Rey and company’s identities. (Ziggyonice idea)

Used a foreign language dub for a milder delivery of Lando’s chauffeur’s one line

Removed the “they fly now” gag

Removed Finn telling Rey he “never told you—“ while the heroes sink in the quicksand, as well as two subsequent references to it

Removed Rey commenting that “horrible things” have happened with the dagger, to uncouple it from her parents’ murders and allow her to sense the blade’s pull to the darkness in keeping with a later change.

After Rey heals the sandworm, she mentions to BB8 that she learned how “from the ancient texts,” involving them to a greater extent in the movie to increase a sense of connection to TLJ (AI voice provided Jar Jar Bricks)*

Added a few lines of dialogue throughout the film to the Knights of Ren (sourced from project by axlanian and krausfadr, with voice recordings submitted by axlanian, krausfadr, Ben, axlanian’s wife, poppasketti, DG) (Included an alternate audio track that omits these added lines.)

Extended the confrontation between Rey and Kylo’s TIE in the desert using footage from the trailer (by DominicCobb)

Removed the explosion of Kylo Ren’s TIE, though it still rolls after being sliced by Rey

After Kylo Ren’s TIE is destroyed, for the remainder of the film his TIE is depicted with a differently color stripe (visual FX by poppasketti)

Added new shot of Ochi’s ship taking off with the heroes as Kylo Ren watches in order to slightly slow the pace (visual FX by poppasketti)

When Rey mentions her vision of seeing the Sith throne, she comments she saw herself on it, making no reference to Kylo Ren, for greater consistency with her vision as seen by the audience and connection to her inner conflict of identity (RogueLeader idea)

Removed part of Poe’s line about their efforts being for nothing, allowing 3PO’s statement later to feel original to him

Reordered shots to show Rey contemplating before asking 3PO to consider going through with the memory wipe

Chewie is not revealed to be alive until Rey senses him from Kijimi, and not seen until he is rescued by Poe and Finn. The reveal with Hux and Pryde has been replaced with the telepathic Palpatine-Kylo conversation from later. (Help and brief color correction from ziggyonice)

Zorri gives Poe a cold stare, muting her line about seeing his brains in the snow

Removed dialogue referencing R2 backing up 3PO’s memory, which immediately destroyed any weight his sacrifice had before it had even happened, practically stating to the audience what will later happen.

Removed “from the Southern shore” from 3PO’s recital of the Sith dagger inscription to better fit in with its altered characteristics.

Extended the “squeaky wheel” sequence in order to slow the pace using footage from the bonus disc (audio help from LILLIAN2330, visual FX by poppasketti)

Replaced 3PO line starting with “Whoever this Chewie person is…” due to being one of a few clunky reminders that he had his memory erased (alternate line provided by Chase Adams)

Removed Finn yelling “POE!”

Removed another instance of the Sith dagger triggering a memory of her parents.

Replaced Kylo Ren’s line “I never lied to you” with “You were right” for more intuitive and precise continuity with TLJ even as the scene retcons it. In that film, it is Rey herself who supplies the information that her parents “were nobody.” (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks; voiceover provided for prior versions by poppasketti)

Added new dialogue for Kylo Ren during his ‘ForceTime’ duel with Rey to provide a more focused retcon of TLJ and make it explicit that Rey’s parents paid Unklar Plutt rather than selling her (AI provided by Jar Jar Bricks)*

Removed the single time either of Rey’s parents called her by name, to allow for headcanon that Rey named herself

Removed line from Rey’s mother, “She’s not on Jakku, she’s gone.” This paints Ochi as a moron not to have found Rey, and appears to have been included to explicitly harmonize with TLJ describing Rey’s parents as being buried on Jakku. This is clunky and unnecessary, all the moreso because that line was omitted from this editor’s TLJ project.

Replace 3PO/trooper dialogue to depict 3PO somewhat out of his element (by axlanian, replacing work from RogueLeader for V1)

Removed single line “You are a Palpatine.” The rest of the scene works well enough without this heavy-handed line.

Altered Kylo Ren’s line to, “We’ve become a dyad in the Force,” which feels like it builds on TLJ’s ending (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks; audio used in prior versions from sherlockpotter)

The moon containing the wreckage of the second Death Star has been recontextualized as Endor, replacing what was Endor with an ice moon during the space establishing shot and moving the Ewok snippet up from the film’s climax. (Visual FX by poppasketti and snooker)

Replaced the obtuse reminder that 3PO had his memory erased in the form of a line “Is everyday like this for you people?” (alternate line provided by Chase Adams)

Added two brief lines for Jannah to establish that her stormtrooper mutiny was inspired by Finn (AI lines provided by RogueLeader)*

Removed Rey using the dagger as an impossible compass while surveying the wreckage of the second Death Star. ‘Sith whispers’ have been added strategically to imply the dagger mystically guiding her to the Wayfinder.

Replaced the obtuse reminder while working on the Falcon that 3PO had his memory erased in the form of a line wishing they had an R2 unit to help (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks; audio provided for prior versions by Chase Adams)*

Added a brief musical allusion to ‘Duel of the Fates’ during the duel on the Death Star using music from Maul’s scene in Solo (idea and help from Cinefy)

Added a subtle vocalization as Leia drops her headphones (idea and clip from JarJar Bricks)

Trimmed Finn’s final whimper of “Rey!” during the duel

Worked in the shot of Leia holding Han’s medal from the trailer, which makes it clearer that she promoted Kylo’s memory and sets up Chewie receiving it later which felt like it came out of nowhere (help from sade1212, idir_hh, and sherlockpotter)

Reordered the sequence of dialogue and action as Rey heals Ben’s wound

Extended the establishing shot of Kylo during the Han scene by a few seconds to slow the pace (thanks to Luka Frik and Octorox)

Completely removed the destruction of Kijimi and the Resistance’s reaction. This helps us imagine the Final Order as an Imperial stockpile since it was the only glimpse into them before the First Order arrives to help. It avoids yet another planet destruction, and generally smooths things over.

Softened the stark sound effect slightly as Luke catches the lightsaber, since he is immaterial

Regraded Ach-To sequence to take place at night, concluding at dawn (grading and rotoscoping by NeverarGreat)

Added an additional establishing shot breaking up the Rey on Ahch-to scenes so it doesn’t seem like she only spends a couple minutes on the island (modeled after DominicCobb’s clip)

A porg sound continues to trail off after their single shot, to help them feel like they were really there

Reduced blue coloration to Luke’s ghostly visage, slimmed him down somewhat, and shortened Mark Hammil’s wig to better fit his prior appearances (NeverarGreat and jonh, respectively)

Removed talk about Leia (and possibly Luke, depending on one’s interpretation of the scene) having known about Rey being a Palpatine. In this version, Luke essentially tells Rey, “So what if you’re a Palpatine?” It also seems to make a great deal more sense to assume they did not know this during the events of TFA and TLJ, with Luke learning this postmortem.

Leia’s lightsaber blade has been recolored to purple throughout. Carrie Fisher expressed a preference for this color of saber in a TFA-era interview, and it is more visually striking in the Exegol setting which helps the audience track which saber is which, particularly following a restored Leia line before Rey prominently uses her saber. (FX by amobex for this scene, originally by skenera)

During the flashback to Luke and Leia training together, replaced mention that Leia sensed the death of her son at the end of her Jedi path with mention that she felt called to serve via diplomacy as their mother did (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks)*

Replaced Luke’s line, “you’ll take both sabers to Exegol,” with, “We’ll always be with you” (Movies Remastered, NeverarGreat, and ThisIsCreation)

Added R2 and 3PO’s prequel theme briefly during the memory restoration scene (Cinefy idea)

As 3PO has his memory restored, he no longer implies this was Rey’s very first mission, as it either has or will surely be retconned by ancillary material (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks)

Removed Finn’s line, “He wanted her alive,” as part of an effort to smooth over Palpatine’s motivations as initially grooming Kylo Ren and switching to Rey once Ben Solo had been redeemed.

Removed the line about the Holdo maneuver. If it is something legitimate then someone who lives in that universe shouldn’t have the same misconception as we may.

Removed the subtitle for Nien Nunb’s one line. He was never subtitled in the past and it’s not needed.

Slightly restructured the Exegol space battle’s beginning to consolidate story threads (DominicCobb)

Removed Finn telling BB8 “great job, buddy” during the mounted attack in order to preserve a sense of tension or seriousness

Removed Palpatine’s lines, “I never wanted you dead, I wanted you here,” and, “…for my grandchild to come home,” to assist in smoothing Palpatine’s motives to switching from grooming Kylo Ren to Rey once Ben Solo was redeemed.

Replaced the Imperial TIE Kylo took to Exegol with Vader’s TIE, because ANH had made a point to establish that TIEs don’t have hyperdrives. (Was originally an Imperial shuttle in V1; FX by poppasketti)

Trimmed a moment when Ben seems to wait for the Knight to hit his saber (David_B idea)

Added a small bit of score from ROTS as Palpatine absorbs the power of Rey and Ben’s friendship (Cinefy idea)

Added a cacophony of voices to the appearance of the civilian fleet to the battle. Several craft can be heard signing in via comm, and a few cheer “For Skywalker!” during the charge in order to tie into Luke’s Inspiring act at the Battle of Crait (thanks to axlanian for help mixing, and to the few dozen contributors who sent in recordings: poppasketti, AbramPT, Wesyeed, mrbenjamino, KieranKhalid, alastair, Anakin Skywalker, JKMaxx, Cinefy, Knight of Kalee, Chase, jonh, tobar, Doubleofive, Dana Domenick, Master Lawdog, Harmy, brewzter, Blake, Justin W, Reylochriso, Elia97963000, EllaLisa15, JediTwilight, deefayy, joelkarnold, AnEnemyAnemone, sixtailedcat, 5footwonderful, ThisIsCreation, CaptainFaraday, CaptainFaraday’s mother, sherlockpotter, Richard D, DZ-330, Ed Slushie, EddieDean, Jar Jar Bricks, JXEditor, and snooker)

Extended a space exterior shot using an ILM demo clip in order to remove Poe’s line, “Every [underbelly cannon] we knock out is a world saved.” (Visual FX to remove watermark by Sir Ridley, audio FX assisted by mrbenjamino)

Since Kijimi isn’t destroyed, there’s no need for Babu Frik to pop up only to show he’s alive

The FX for Leia’s now purple lightsaber has been color corrected to look less pink during sequences on Exegol than in prior versions (color correction by Burbin, FX by Skenera)*

Added a line during the spirits of the Jedi communing with Rey from the actor who portrayed the youngling in the Jedi Council chambers in Revenge of the Sith (enlisted by CaptainFaraday, voice by Ross Beadman)

Added Leia concluding the Jedi voices with “always,” taken from the trailer.

The ghostly visages of Yoda, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Luke appear behind Rey and assist with overpowering the Emperor (incredible visual FX work from jonh)

V2 adjusts one particular shot of the four spirits (still jonh)

Altered Rey’s climactic line from, “I am all the Jedi,” to simply, “I am a Jedi.” (sade1212, CaptainFaraday, sherlockpotter)

Added a subtle Sith scream effect as Palpatine explodes (Cinefy idea)

Because the first Ewok shot was used earlier, Coruscant and Naboo have been added in its place in the planetary celebration montage (Coruscant FX by poppasketti, and Naboo FX by snooker and skenera)

The holochess scene between Chewie, Finn, and Poe has been moved to Tatooine

Added a subtle double rainbow to the first shot of the Lars homestead, originally inspired by a similar phenomena at that filming location as seen on the bonus material, rationalized into a deep cut reference to Leia’s infantile destination of Alderaan, which sports a double rainbow in ROTS. (FX by poppasketti)

The quick light sequence when Rey ignites her yellow saber has been changed from blue and green to blue and purple to reflect Leia’s new saber color, as the original was an homage to the two Skywalker sabers (visual FX by Burbin)

The ghostly visage of a redeemed Ben Solo now accompanies the Skywalker twins during the final scene (visual FX by jonh)

Rey’s delivery of her final line has been swapped with one from the behind the scenes bonus material that appeared more emotionally resonant, with the background modified to match the finished film (visual FX by poppasketti)

The final shot has been replaced with the Falcon taking off, flying toward the suns, and jumping to hyperspace. (FX by snooker and poppasketti)

The musical cue leading into the credits has been replaced with something more fitting that does not reuse the cue from the end of TFA (audio help from bbghost and sherlockpotter)
Faneditor Name:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2019
Original Running Time:
142 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
138 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gets an overhaul to serve as a conclusion to the Star Wars saga. Pacing, character journeys, and story continuity are improved via an unprecedented fan editing collaboration. A layer of polish and care applied to a relentlessly fast-paced film. Subtle character tweaks. And a few new surprises.

(Also included is a ‘Rey Nobody’ alternate version that removes her family connection to Emperor Palpatine.)
Intention:
To improve upon this film as the series conclusion to the degree possible, from a constructive perspective. This project does not seriously alter the story, but enhances it.
Other Sources:
Various sound effects from the Star Wars franchise and elsewhere
Special Thanks:
Everyone at OriginalTrilogy.com who contributed, including:
poppasketti (voice, audio and visual FX, puppet show)
jonh (visual FX)
skenera (visual FX)
NeverarGreat (visual FX)
Movies Remastered (visual FX, ideas, puppet show, various)
kewlfish (visual FX)
Luka Frik (visual FX)
DominicCobb (clips provided)
Sir Ridley (visual FX)
axlanian (KoR voice project)
krausfadr (KoR voice project)
RogueLeader (voice and audio work, puppet show)
sherlockpotter (audio work)
Jar Jar Bricks (AI voicework)
ChainsawAsh (DTS encode)
snooker (visual FX)
ThisIsCreation (vocal work for puppet show)
CaptainFaraday (audio work, puppet show)
IlFanEditore (Italian language audio track)
rik (help with Italian language audio track)
KetchupGore (German language audio track)
Kumbbl (help with German audio)
Burbin (English, Spanish, and French subtitles)
||FanEditore (Italian subtitles)
nevertellmetheodds (Dutch, German subtitles)
ChernobylLiquidator86 (Portuguese subtitles)
LILLIAN02230 (audio work)
21C Peasant (visual FX)
Chase Adams (3PO dialogue)
Cinefy (music mockups, puppet show)
sade1212 (video help, audio work)
idir_hh (video help)
Octorox (video help)
mrbenjamino (audio work)
bbghost (audio work)
onje_berdy (Russian subtitles)
MaláStrana (help proofreading French subtitles)
Release Information:
  • Digital
  • DVD
Special Features:
German Language Audio track
Italian Language Audio track
Fan Editors’ Commentary track
Alternate Audio track without added ‘Knights of Ren’ dialogue
Chapter stops
Subtitles (English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, German, Russian)
Editing Details:
This was a highly collaborative endeavor made possible by the community of OriginalTrilogy.com.
Cuts and Additions:
Cuts and Additions (changes for Version 4 indicated with asterisks):

Overall color correction using LUTs provided by skenera

Added a new opening crawl, thanks to Sir Ridley:

Episode IX
THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Flames of rebellion burn across the galaxy. The tyrannical First Order has retaliated by attacking any planetary system that supports their enemy.

As Rey, sole heir to the Jedi, continues her training, General Leia Organa sends her brave agents across the stars to unite the disparate worlds in the name of Resistance.

Meanwhile, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren has traveled to Mustafar, chasing whispers of a hidden power that would allow him to destroy any threat to his rule…

Added a Wilhelm scream, somewhere in the film…

Added two new establishing shots to the opening Mustafar sequence to slow the pacing slightly, building on what was done for V1 (visual FX from poppasketti, Movies Remastered, NeverarGreat, and 21C Peasant as well as audio assistance from LILLIAN02230)

Added a subtle call from Palpatine, saying “Find me,” as Kylo Ren picks up the Wayfinder

Replaced the vat of cloned Snokes with cloned Palpatine’s (FX by poppasketti)

Added a line for Kylo Ren calling Palpatine “a ghost in a rotting clone” (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks)*

Removed the slight electrical crackle as Palpatine reveals his hands (FX by skenera)

Moved Palpatine describing spirit transfer into his first scene, turning it into a warning to Kylo Ren and setting up stakes for later (RogueLeader idea)

Reordered opening scenes for a more logical progression and better pacing (Kylo Ren meets Palpatine > Rey trains > Falcon mission > Returning to base)

Moved the scene with Chewie, Poe, and Finn playing holochess to the end of the movie, with a shot having been modified here to depict dropping out of hyperspace (FX by poppasketti)

Replaced Finn’s now first line “Artoo” with “Look sharp” (dgraham414 idea)

Removed lightspeed skipping sequence. It made no sense given how hyperspace has always been depicted, as quick travel, not teleportation. Now, the Falcon bursts through the ice wall while jumping to hyperspace, and the pursuing TIEs peel off, ending the scene (visual FX by poppasketti)

Only because he has no proper introduction and would appear suddenly due to other changes made, removed Klaud from a few shots (FX by poppasketti)

Moved Rey’s repeat of “nothing’s impossible” to after Leia hands her the saber to make it feel more endearing (Movies Remastered change)

The blue Skywalker lightsaber is now portrayed throughout the film with a somewhat ‘cracked’ appearance similar to Kylo Ren’s in order to build on the conclusion to TLJ and reflect Rey’s inner conflict (visual FX by kewlfish, Luke Frik, and Movies Remastered)

The vision Rey experiences while training with the remote has been heavily modified to better establish her apprehension about the Sith throne, and separated from Kylo’s vision. For V4, this is extended further. (by DominicCobb)*

Added ‘Sith Eyes’ to ‘Evil Rey’, including replacing her milky eyes for one shot (FX by Burbin)

Changed Rey’s line to Leia as she turns over the lightsaber from “your brother’s saber” to “your family’s saber” to begin to plant a seed about eventually identifying herself with the Skywalker family (AI voice provided by RogueLeader)*

Added a new illustration to the ancient Jedi texts to foreshadow the healing technique seen in this film (illustration by NeverarGreat, composited by RogueLeader)*

Reinstated previously cut dialogue as the heroes reunite at the Resistance base, replacing the term ‘lightspeed skipping’ with ‘lightspeed ramming’ (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks and RogueLeader)*

Replaced Poe’s lines, including “Somehow, Palpatine returned,” with part of the Emperor’s speech being played, implied to be part of the gathered intel

New dialogue for Poe during the briefing scene establishes clearly that the Final Order fleet consists of modified ships from the Empire, rather than implying they were built from the ground up later on (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks and RogueLeader)*

Removed a line of dialogue establishing an unnecessary 16-hour ‘ticking clock’ to the plot

In a callback to a line modified earlier, when Leia hands Leia the saber before she departs the base, she tells Rey, “You are family” (AI line provided by RogueLeader)*

Kylo now has a vision separate from Rey’s, before reforging his mask, better establishing his motivation for doing so (by DominicCobb)

Added the planet Coruscant to two shots during the scene with Kylo Ren in a boardroom on his Star Destroyer (visual FX by poppasketti)

Redubbed the two stormtroopers who introduce the Knights of Ren (sherlockpotter and axlanian)

Removed Poe’s use of the word ‘random.’

The puppet show now depicts Luke’s feats at the Battle of Crait in TLJ, strengthening the idea that Luke’s ‘legend’ has taken root in the galaxy and better setting up in conjunction with the following story beat Rey’s identity formation at the end of the film (RogueLeader handmade and filmed puppet elements influenced by designs from CaptainFaraday and Cinefy, poppasketti and Movies Remastered provided a tedious clean backplate, and ThisIsCreation provided a new vocal dub for the alien narrator)

Cut Rey saying “that’s an excellent name.” This statement felt overly modern.

After Kylo Ren says “I will find you,” cut him saying “…and turn you to the dark side.” It’s implied that he will try to do that once he finds her, but why say it aloud? He should be trying to seduce her to the dark side and masking his intentions.

Moved the scene forward in which Rey’s necklace is reported to be traced to Pasaana aboard the Star Destroyer, for better pacing. Trooper line modified not to show him reporting Rey and company’s identities. (Ziggyonice idea)

Used a foreign language dub for a milder delivery of Lando’s chauffeur’s one line

Removed the “they fly now” gag

Removed Finn telling Rey he “never told you—“ while the heroes sink in the quicksand, as well as two subsequent references to it

Removed Rey commenting that “horrible things” have happened with the dagger, to uncouple it from her parents’ murders and allow her to sense the blade’s pull to the darkness in keeping with a later change.

After Rey heals the sandworm, she mentions to BB8 that she learned how “from the ancient texts,” involving them to a greater extent in the movie to increase a sense of connection to TLJ (AI voice provided Jar Jar Bricks)*

Added a few lines of dialogue throughout the film to the Knights of Ren (sourced from project by axlanian and krausfadr, with voice recordings submitted by axlanian, krausfadr, Ben, axlanian’s wife, poppasketti, DG) (Included an alternate audio track that omits these added lines.)

Extended the confrontation between Rey and Kylo’s TIE in the desert using footage from the trailer (by DominicCobb)

Removed the explosion of Kylo Ren’s TIE, though it still rolls after being sliced by Rey

After Kylo Ren’s TIE is destroyed, for the remainder of the film his TIE is depicted with a differently color stripe (visual FX by poppasketti)

Added new shot of Ochi’s ship taking off with the heroes as Kylo Ren watches in order to slightly slow the pace (visual FX by poppasketti)

When Rey mentions her vision of seeing the Sith throne, she comments she saw herself on it, making no reference to Kylo Ren, for greater consistency with her vision as seen by the audience and connection to her inner conflict of identity (RogueLeader idea)

Removed part of Poe’s line about their efforts being for nothing, allowing 3PO’s statement later to feel original to him

Reordered shots to show Rey contemplating before asking 3PO to consider going through with the memory wipe

Chewie is not revealed to be alive until Rey senses him from Kijimi, and not seen until he is rescued by Poe and Finn. The reveal with Hux and Pryde has been replaced with the telepathic Palpatine-Kylo conversation from later. (Help and brief color correction from ziggyonice)

Zorri gives Poe a cold stare, muting her line about seeing his brains in the snow

Removed dialogue referencing R2 backing up 3PO’s memory, which immediately destroyed any weight his sacrifice had before it had even happened, practically stating to the audience what will later happen.

Removed “from the Southern shore” from 3PO’s recital of the Sith dagger inscription to better fit in with its altered characteristics.

Extended the “squeaky wheel” sequence in order to slow the pace using footage from the bonus disc (audio help from LILLIAN2330, visual FX by poppasketti)

Replaced 3PO line starting with “Whoever this Chewie person is…” due to being one of a few clunky reminders that he had his memory erased (alternate line provided by Chase Adams)

Removed Finn yelling “POE!”

Removed another instance of the Sith dagger triggering a memory of her parents.

Replaced Kylo Ren’s line “I never lied to you” with “You were right” for more intuitive and precise continuity with TLJ even as the scene retcons it. In that film, it is Rey herself who supplies the information that her parents “were nobody.” (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks; voiceover provided for prior versions by poppasketti)

Added new dialogue for Kylo Ren during his ‘ForceTime’ duel with Rey to provide a more focused retcon of TLJ and make it explicit that Rey’s parents paid Unklar Plutt rather than selling her (AI provided by Jar Jar Bricks)*

Removed the single time either of Rey’s parents called her by name, to allow for headcanon that Rey named herself

Removed line from Rey’s mother, “She’s not on Jakku, she’s gone.” This paints Ochi as a moron not to have found Rey, and appears to have been included to explicitly harmonize with TLJ describing Rey’s parents as being buried on Jakku. This is clunky and unnecessary, all the moreso because that line was omitted from this editor’s TLJ project.

Replace 3PO/trooper dialogue to depict 3PO somewhat out of his element (by axlanian, replacing work from RogueLeader for V1)

Removed single line “You are a Palpatine.” The rest of the scene works well enough without this heavy-handed line.

Altered Kylo Ren’s line to, “We’ve become a dyad in the Force,” which feels like it builds on TLJ’s ending (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks; audio used in prior versions from sherlockpotter)

The moon containing the wreckage of the second Death Star has been recontextualized as Endor, replacing what was Endor with an ice moon during the space establishing shot and moving the Ewok snippet up from the film’s climax. (Visual FX by poppasketti and snooker)

Replaced the obtuse reminder that 3PO had his memory erased in the form of a line “Is everyday like this for you people?” (alternate line provided by Chase Adams)

Added two brief lines for Jannah to establish that her stormtrooper mutiny was inspired by Finn (AI lines provided by RogueLeader)*

Removed Rey using the dagger as an impossible compass while surveying the wreckage of the second Death Star. ‘Sith whispers’ have been added strategically to imply the dagger mystically guiding her to the Wayfinder.

Replaced the obtuse reminder while working on the Falcon that 3PO had his memory erased in the form of a line wishing they had an R2 unit to help (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks; audio provided for prior versions by Chase Adams)*

Added a brief musical allusion to ‘Duel of the Fates’ during the duel on the Death Star using music from Maul’s scene in Solo (idea and help from Cinefy)

Added a subtle vocalization as Leia drops her headphones (idea and clip from JarJar Bricks)

Trimmed Finn’s final whimper of “Rey!” during the duel

Worked in the shot of Leia holding Han’s medal from the trailer, which makes it clearer that she promoted Kylo’s memory and sets up Chewie receiving it later which felt like it came out of nowhere (help from sade1212, idir_hh, and sherlockpotter)

Reordered the sequence of dialogue and action as Rey heals Ben’s wound

Extended the establishing shot of Kylo during the Han scene by a few seconds to slow the pace (thanks to Luka Frik and Octorox)

Completely removed the destruction of Kijimi and the Resistance’s reaction. This helps us imagine the Final Order as an Imperial stockpile since it was the only glimpse into them before the First Order arrives to help. It avoids yet another planet destruction, and generally smooths things over.

Softened the stark sound effect slightly as Luke catches the lightsaber, since he is immaterial

Regraded Ach-To sequence to take place at night, concluding at dawn (grading and rotoscoping by NeverarGreat)

Added an additional establishing shot breaking up the Rey on Ahch-to scenes so it doesn’t seem like she only spends a couple minutes on the island (modeled after DominicCobb’s clip)

A porg sound continues to trail off after their single shot, to help them feel like they were really there

Reduced blue coloration to Luke’s ghostly visage, slimmed him down somewhat, and shortened Mark Hammil’s wig to better fit his prior appearances (NeverarGreat and jonh, respectively)

Removed talk about Leia (and possibly Luke, depending on one’s interpretation of the scene) having known about Rey being a Palpatine. In this version, Luke essentially tells Rey, “So what if you’re a Palpatine?” It also seems to make a great deal more sense to assume they did not know this during the events of TFA and TLJ, with Luke learning this postmortem.

Leia’s lightsaber blade has been recolored to purple throughout. Carrie Fisher expressed a preference for this color of saber in a TFA-era interview, and it is more visually striking in the Exegol setting which helps the audience track which saber is which, particularly following a restored Leia line before Rey prominently uses her saber. (FX by amobex for this scene, originally by skenera)

During the flashback to Luke and Leia training together, replaced mention that Leia sensed the death of her son at the end of her Jedi path with mention that she felt called to serve via diplomacy as their mother did (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks)*

Replaced Luke’s line, “you’ll take both sabers to Exegol,” with, “We’ll always be with you” (Movies Remastered, NeverarGreat, and ThisIsCreation)

Added R2 and 3PO’s prequel theme briefly during the memory restoration scene (Cinefy idea)

As 3PO has his memory restored, he no longer implies this was Rey’s very first mission, as it either has or will surely be retconned by ancillary material (AI voice provided by Jar Jar Bricks)

Removed Finn’s line, “He wanted her alive,” as part of an effort to smooth over Palpatine’s motivations as initially grooming Kylo Ren and switching to Rey once Ben Solo had been redeemed.

Removed the line about the Holdo maneuver. If it is something legitimate then someone who lives in that universe shouldn’t have the same misconception as we may.

Removed the subtitle for Nien Nunb’s one line. He was never subtitled in the past and it’s not needed.

Slightly restructured the Exegol space battle’s beginning to consolidate story threads (DominicCobb)

Removed Finn telling BB8 “great job, buddy” during the mounted attack in order to preserve a sense of tension or seriousness

Removed Palpatine’s lines, “I never wanted you dead, I wanted you here,” and, “…for my grandchild to come home,” to assist in smoothing Palpatine’s motives to switching from grooming Kylo Ren to Rey once Ben Solo was redeemed.

Replaced the Imperial TIE Kylo took to Exegol with Vader’s TIE, because ANH had made a point to establish that TIEs don’t have hyperdrives. (Was originally an Imperial shuttle in V1; FX by poppasketti)

Trimmed a moment when Ben seems to wait for the Knight to hit his saber (David_B idea)

Added a small bit of score from ROTS as Palpatine absorbs the power of Rey and Ben’s friendship (Cinefy idea)

Added a cacophony of voices to the appearance of the civilian fleet to the battle. Several craft can be heard signing in via comm, and a few cheer “For Skywalker!” during the charge in order to tie into Luke’s Inspiring act at the Battle of Crait (thanks to axlanian for help mixing, and to the few dozen contributors who sent in recordings: poppasketti, AbramPT, Wesyeed, mrbenjamino, KieranKhalid, alastair, Anakin Skywalker, JKMaxx, Cinefy, Knight of Kalee, Chase, jonh, tobar, Doubleofive, Dana Domenick, Master Lawdog, Harmy, brewzter, Blake, Justin W, Reylochriso, Elia97963000, EllaLisa15, JediTwilight, deefayy, joelkarnold, AnEnemyAnemone, sixtailedcat, 5footwonderful, ThisIsCreation, CaptainFaraday, CaptainFaraday’s mother, sherlockpotter, Richard D, DZ-330, Ed Slushie, EddieDean, Jar Jar Bricks, JXEditor, and snooker)

Extended a space exterior shot using an ILM demo clip in order to remove Poe’s line, “Every [underbelly cannon] we knock out is a world saved.” (Visual FX to remove watermark by Sir Ridley, audio FX assisted by mrbenjamino)

Since Kijimi isn’t destroyed, there’s no need for Babu Frik to pop up only to show he’s alive

The FX for Leia’s now purple lightsaber has been color corrected to look less pink during sequences on Exegol than in prior versions (color correction by Burbin, FX by Skenera)*

Added a line during the spirits of the Jedi communing with Rey from the actor who portrayed the youngling in the Jedi Council chambers in Revenge of the Sith (enlisted by CaptainFaraday, voice by Ross Beadman)

Added Leia concluding the Jedi voices with “always,” taken from the trailer.

The ghostly visages of Yoda, Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Luke appear behind Rey and assist with overpowering the Emperor (incredible visual FX work from jonh)

V2 adjusts one particular shot of the four spirits (still jonh)

Altered Rey’s climactic line from, “I am all the Jedi,” to simply, “I am a Jedi.” (sade1212, CaptainFaraday, sherlockpotter)

Added a subtle Sith scream effect as Palpatine explodes (Cinefy idea)

Because the first Ewok shot was used earlier, Coruscant and Naboo have been added in its place in the planetary celebration montage (Coruscant FX by poppasketti, and Naboo FX by snooker and skenera)

The holochess scene between Chewie, Finn, and Poe has been moved to Tatooine

Added a subtle double rainbow to the first shot of the Lars homestead, originally inspired by a similar phenomena at that filming location as seen on the bonus material, rationalized into a deep cut reference to Leia’s infantile destination of Alderaan, which sports a double rainbow in ROTS. (FX by poppasketti)

The quick light sequence when Rey ignites her yellow saber has been changed from blue and green to blue and purple to reflect Leia’s new saber color, as the original was an homage to the two Skywalker sabers (visual FX by Burbin)

The ghostly visage of a redeemed Ben Solo now accompanies the Skywalker twins during the final scene (visual FX by jonh)

Rey’s delivery of her final line has been swapped with one from the behind the scenes bonus material that appeared more emotionally resonant, with the background modified to match the finished film (visual FX by poppasketti)

The final shot has been replaced with the Falcon taking off, flying toward the suns, and jumping to hyperspace. (FX by snooker and poppasketti)

The musical cue leading into the credits has been replaced with something more fitting that does not reuse the cue from the end of TFA (audio help from bbghost and sherlockpotter)

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First of all, the original is a terrible film. And maybe it can’t really be saved. This edit improves it by removing the cringe-worthy moments, but the plot is still so bad…
There were many improvements, for sure, but I felt that a lot more cuts were needed to improve the overall pacing of the film, something like 20-30min of runtime. Most of it could probably be removed from the first act, I believe.
Removing the awkward jokes helps (a lot) but I still got a sense that most of the film all the characters (on both sides) were just chasing MacGuffins for no reason.
Noticed a few artifacts in some dark scenes.

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Superbly done in a technical sense, and it makes almost every improvement possible to what was - narrative-wise and pacing-wise - the weakest of the sequel trilogy. Won't be watching the original version anymore - this one is the business.
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After the past couple years of watching clips, giving feedback, and even contributing material to this edit, I finally thought "hey, I ought to watch this." Obviously, I'm glad I did.

This edit is really remarkable, and something of a landmark in the history of our little hobby here. While the majority of the changes are subtle, to the point where a casual fan might not even notice anything has changed (although I would argue they would still find the film a better experience whether they realized or not), the changes that are made are impressive in their ingenuity and technique. What Hal has done here, which I have hardly seen done elsewhere, is essentially wrangle an entire community of talented individuals - be they editors, VFX artists, sound designers, and even some actors - to make the most out of a film that is very difficult to fan edit (lacking deleted scenes when the main problem is the film feels too short).

Not every change I would make, and I think there are a few key changes that really should have been made that weren't, but you won't find me arguing this isn't much better than the original. While the whole team of fan editors on this get my praise, obviously Hal gets the main credit for managing the project, sifting through the clutter of a thousand ideas, and executing the final product with skill. Most of all, though, it's a testament to his ability, his past work, and his character that so many came out of the woodwork to help. Exciting stuff.
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*This is a review of Version 2 of this Fanedit*

Let me start by saying that this is easily one of the most impressive fanedits I've ever seen from a technical perspective. The new FX work, supplied by multiple contributors, is excellent, and all of it feels like it has a purpose. The editing choices are also great: several sequences flow much better than the theatrical version of the film.

Nearly all of the cuts are flawless both in visuals and audio, although I do feel the way the conversation about lightspeed skipping is cut is a little jarring. I think it would have been a better choice to leave lightspeed skipping in the movie as is.

Overall, this fanedit takes a film I intensely dislike and makes the experience go down a little easier. Frankly, I think there are fundamental flaws with this film that would require major story changes to address, but for what it is, I think this edit as about as best as it could be.

Viewing the 30+GB version, video and audio quality are great, although there is some noticeable artifacting in dark scenes like the trek through the catacombs. The new color grade really brings the movie's visuals to life.

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Quality is excellent. This looks and sounds great.

Visual editing is flawless, and regardless of whether it works for you or not, some of the FX work here is spectacular. Top tier fanediting.

I hate to say it, but there were a couple of audio moments that seemed a little off to me. Nothing jarring, just some moments where it sounded like two scores were clashing and probably needed smoothing a touch more. They are pretty minor, but they're there.

The original narrative... ugh. I'm not going to go into that in any real detail. But suffice to say that Rise was a sequel to what many fans wished for Episodes VII and VIII to be, but it was not a sequel to what those films actually were. Rise is an onslaught of jarring narrative choices, odd character moments and bad writing. Rushed production and erratic editing are the poison-icing on top of a badly-baked cake; one that has severe, foundational problems that are either unfixable or are going to take a hell of a lot of work/brainstorming.

But then here come Hal and friends to the rescue... Have they magicked Rise into a masterpiece? Absolutely not. But what has been achieved is a better paced, better looking, more enjoyable foundation for which many can build upon in the future. I did not enjoy TROS at all in the cinema - it didn't let me breathe, and it looked disgusting, but the trims and re-ordering of scenes here really works wonders in terms of being able to just sit and take in what is happening. Yes, it's still a little erratic at points (mainly the first act), but it's one hell of an improvement, and I dare say I actually ENJOYED watching it. The colour correction is also a masterstroke, and meant that I could actually appreciate some of the cinematography, rather than simply wishing it didn't look like someone had thrown up all over the screen.

Some other, very bold (yet easy to miss), editing choices have been made to strengthen the narrative. They will work for some and not for others. My problems with the film run deeper than any of the things these changes try to improve upon, and so I don't have any strong feelings about them either way. But I would say they meet their goal in fixing what they were designed to fix, and they are executed with Hollywood-level professionalism.

Enjoyment: I don't like this film. It's a bad film. BUT I like elements, aspects, scenes (Solo and Kylo, anyone? *chef's kiss*) - and this edit allowed me to realise that. It drew my attention to what there was to like and, overall, created something that (unlike the theatrical) I could actually fathom sitting down and watching for a 2nd time.

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Thanks for the review! As we’re working on a version 2, would you message me about the audio issues you noticed?

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One can only do so much to improve a flawed product..... What Hal did with this one is overall pretty solid; the most embarrassing moments and lines are cut/replaced and the story is more streamlined, with some clever additions along the way.

Granted, the main narrative choices of the base film remain and are kinda difficult to accept at times (I can accept the return of Palpatine, but not the fact that Rey is his granddaughter), but as I said, there are limits when it comes to fixing a bad film.

Overall, it's a solid improvement over the theatrical version; good job, Hal.

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thank you for the great work done in this edit.

finally a worthy conclusion to an iconic saga.
I was surprised and satisfied with the excellent changes made to the film.
considers the Rey Nobody version to be the definitive version of the film.
thank you and thank you again, may the force be with you

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So I have a very complicated relationship with Rise of Skywalker. When I first watched it, after hating the first 20 minutes of the movie, I actually really enjoyed it and had a blast watching it in theaters despite having tons of problems with the movie, but as time went on those issues started to annoy me more and more. When it came out on Blu-Ray, I watched it again and while I still enjoyed watching it in the moment, mere hours after I finished watching it I started to dislike it a lot. The last time I rewatched the movie in its entirety was when I tried to make my own fan edit of the movie, and that was when my hatred for Rise of Skywalker was cemented. Since then, around 2 years ago, not only have I been unable to watch Rise of Skywalker I have become unable to watch even the first 2 of the sequel trilogy despite really enjoying Force Awakens and adoring The Last Jedi. I’ve been interested in a few edits of Rise of Skywalker, and also a few 3-in-1 edits of the sequel trilogy, but I could never bring myself to watch them. However this year several things have reinvigorated my interest in Star Wars, and I really wanted to be able to enjoy the sequel trilogy again. I’ve been debating whether or not to try an edit of Rise of Skywalker for some time and there have been a few I’ve been interested in, but I thought that if any edit would be able to fix the film it would be Rise of Skywalker Ascendant, and since version 4 has been completed I decided to start here. I know that’s kind of a long preamble before actually reviewing the edit, but I really needed to write it so I could fully give my thoughts on the edit itself.

Despite making some of the best Star Wars edits out there, I wasn’t sure that even Hal9000 would be able to salvage the movie but I knew that if anyone could it would be him. Still, I was very nervous before watching the edit, and thankfully I had no need to be hesitant. I can gladly say the film has been almost completely salvaged for me. The edit isn’t significantly shorter than the theatrical edition, only around 4 minutes, but despite that, the film works way better. There’s been so many awful lines and cringy moments cut, such as “Somehow Palpatine returned”, “They Fly Now” and the line about the Holdo maneuver, and a ton of little additions to the film that massively improve the film, such as some added lines of dialogue for the Knights of Ren, and a few AI line replacements, and they’re almost all completely seamless. In fact, I believe that if you showed this edit to someone who’d never seen the film before they wouldn’t even be able to notice that this is a fan edit. I watched the Rey Nobody version of the edit, which is slightly shorter than the regular cut, 4 minutes shorter, and before watching it I didn’t realize how much I hated her being a Palpatine, and that so many of my issues with the movie stemmed from that choice. I thought I was OK with her being a Palpatine, that her arc still worked really well, and that it was mostly other things that made me so dissatisfied with the film, but now I can never go back to watching the theatrical edit, or any edit of the film where Rey remains a Palpatine for that matter.

Now for the technical aspects of the review, I didn’t notice any issues with the video, I watched the 30-gig 1080P version of the movie and it looked really good I didn’t notice any issues. The video editing is also pretty much flawless I didn’t notice any cuts. Audio editing is also nearly flawless, there were 2 or 3 AI line replacements that I could tell weren’t in the original cut, and the audio during the duel between Rey and Kylo Ren on Endor sounded like it was peaking a bit, but other than that nothing of note was out of place.

However, nothing is perfect and there were still some things that I’m not a fan of that remain in the movie. Some of these are nearly impossible to change, such as the Chewie fake-out death and Rose barely being in the movie, and there were some minor issues I still had with certain lines of dialogue and character moments that could be changed but weren’t, such as Poe flirting with Zori Bliss, and the Lando and Jannah scene, although these I excuse as being down to personal preference. I’m also still not a fan of the final scenes on Tatooine, although the additions to the scene in this edit make me no longer wish it wasn’t in the film.

Also like I said before I watched the Rey Nobody edit which so drastically improves the film that I can no longer watch any edit where Rey remains a Palpatine. Now when I finish the movie I’m no longer thinking about all of the problems and issues that drag it down, I’m thinking about how much better the movie is and how it’s now a film I can enjoy with little reservation. I cannot thank Hal900 and the very many collaborators who helped with the edit as it has now not only replaced the original version of the movie, which to be fair isn’t that hard given how awful I find the theatrical cut is. While I still have my issues with the film, and it’s still my least favorite of the trilogy, this edit has completely salvaged the movie and now the entire sequel trilogy for me. I can finally watch all 3 movies in the sequel trilogy without dreading getting to the ending, and I can't wait to do so.

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Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant is a vast improvement.
The effort and work and collaboration in this edit is to be commended. I'm blown away by the work put into making this movie a coherent story, and while a lot of aspects of Episode IX are unfixable, this manages to make the absolute best out of the worst situation.

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What Hal9000 and his many collaborators have accomplished with Rise of Skywalker is probably my favorite of his superlative Star Wars edits. This manages to take a really bungled product that originally felt more like a corporate-mandated attempt to placate a divided fandom and reshapes it to a fitting conclusion for the Skywalker Saga.

You guys really outdid yourselves on this one. Congradulations!

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