I wake up, do my normal check of what's happenin' on the web and immediately see two thing trending on Twitter that worried me. "Palpatine" and "Rey Kenobi". My eye begins to twitch.
I knew it. I'm telling you. I absolutely knew it.
I could FEEL that the end of Episode IX felt like it was just sloshed together and now, even though I absolutely LOVED The Force Awakens, and I didn't hate The Last Jedi, I am now absolutely furious at JJ Abrams for taking what could've been an absolutely poetic end to The Skywalker Saga and made me think of Palpatine finding someone to have sex with for the rest of my life.
That least me to a video of Josh Gad interviewing Daisy Ridley on Jimmy Kimmel Live(yeah. huh?) in her first interview post-The Rise Of Skywalker where the bomb is dropped. First Rey was a Kenobi. Then she was nobody, then she was...a Palpatine...but then almost no one again.
"There were different versions and then it really went to that she was no one - it kept changing."
I don't know about you, but this infuriates me even more about the ending of the most fabled story in cinematic history. Imagine the absolutely iconic end to the series if a Kenobi had successfully saved a Skywalker from the Darkside, and THEN she returned to Tattooine to bury the light sabers to tie it up with a nice little bow, dual sunsets and all. Right? HA. Cool. What are your thoughts? Me personally I had hoped she was a Kenobi the entire time and finding out she was a Palpatine just ruined the final trilogy for me. I was able to accept the issues with TLJ...sorta. But now knowing this? I'm not going to start a petition for The Kenobi Cut or anything, but I feel like the franchise would've been in a much better place this way. I'm gonna go pour some vodka in Bantha milk and forget this ever happened. Paul Brown is the Founder of Kulture Popped and avid pop culture collector