Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker | Spoiler review and lessons learned

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker had a really choppy story that worked too hard to right the wrongs of the prior episode.  It had some good parts, but it wasn’t anywhere near the Star Wars movie we wanted.

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Lessons Learned from Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

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Dusty: You’ve got a camera on you at all times, take pictures of important things.

  • Weird how in the future they don’t have phones to snap a few quick pics of this incredibly important dagger with directions on it to the Sith home world.

A great water-soaked light saber battle between Kylo Ren and Rey.

Sky: You are not your ancestors. 

  • Ray has this little dilemma that she thinks she’ll turn evil because she’s a Palpatine.  It doesn’t matter who your ancestors were what they did in the past. What matters is what you do in this life. If anybody wants to hold you accountable for your parent’s or ancestor’s actions, kick ’em to the curb.

Finn and Poe had a few more sensible things to do in this episode.

Dusty: Communication is critical.

  • As seen in this and almost every movie, a lack of communication leads to problems.

Billy Dee, Billy Dee, Billy Dee!

Sky: Never underestimate an android.

  • Not so applicable now, but it was a cool lesson because their droids are just as helpful/important/useful as any human in the story.

We love Carrie Fisher, but Leia wasn’t needed in this movie.



Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 86%
  • The Critics: 55%


  • D from Sky
  • D- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Jumanji: The Next Level.

Solo: A Star Wars Story | Episode 2

Solo: A Star Wars Story was a surprisingly good movie, given that we didn’t care for the most recent two releases in the Star Wars Universe.

Lessons Learned from Solo: A Star Wars Story:

When you see an opportunity, take it.

  • Signing up for the Imperial Order; meeting Beckett and joining him

Anti-lesson: Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.

Real lesson: Don’t have expectations, plan as much as you can and improvise when necessary.

  • The anti-lesson was Becket’s point of view.  Sky doesn’t prescribe to that as it’s a negative, unfriendly way to go through life.

Think outside the box for solutions to your problems.

  • Making it through the Kessel Run in record time.

Know how you’re going to win before you play.

  • Gambling between Han and Lando.  Lando has a “card up his sleeve” but it ends up back-firing on him late in the movie.
Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

Think a few moves ahead of your opponent.

  • Becket’s teaching Han, and we can learn from Becket as well

Assume people will let you down.  Understand that heading into anything.

  • Becket (played by Woody Harrelson) betraying Han at the end


Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

83% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Why not 100%?!

Dusty has chosen Deadpool 2 as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Avengers: Infinity War.