A few months ago, there were Episode IX leaks in the Star Wars community about the return of Kylo Ren’s helmet which have since been proven true through the mural that was unveiled at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and subsequently through the teaser trailer itself. This was an interesting development because the last time we saw Kylo’s helmet in The Last Jedi, Snoke was ridiculing Kylo, telling him to take that “ridiculous thing off.” Kylo proceeds to smash the mask inside the turbolift, where we last see it in pieces on the ground as he storms away. Rian Johnson has stated that it was actually quite difficult to destroy the mask because its design was so integral to the character’s development in The Force Awakens. He felt it was necessary though as his film sought to begin to understand what was behind the mask.
Caitlin and Charlotte break down the first teaser for Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker and provide a detailed analysis. Listen for wild theories, Palpatine discussions, Caitlin finally getting to talk about kintsugi, and much more.
The theme of defiance takes center stage on this episode. In part one, we define it (how it is different than rebellion or resistance?). In part two, we talk about defiance throughout Star Wars. In part three, we speculate on future moments of defiance.