Star Wars: Abridged III - The Resistance

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2015
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430
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116
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Brief Synopsis:
Star Wars: Abridged is meant to tell the Skywalker saga as succinctly as possible, taking all nine films and cutting them down to three. While many narrative threads remain the same, some have been vastly altered.
Intention:
The Skywalker saga is now told over nine films and I wanted to trim that down as much as possible to create a narrative that can be watched in a single day. Narrative choices have been made to remove what I believe didn't work or created new narratives that I think work better. Most of the side quests and subplots that don't really add to the main plot have also been removed.
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Digital
Editing Details:
My version of the sequels is a vast departure from the original story we got from Disney. The largest changes here are the removal of (most of) the legacy characters by setting the sequels 60 years after Endor and changing Rey to Rey Solo, Han and Leia's granddaughter. Ben Solo no longer exists as a character with Kylo Ren being the character's actual name.

There's a bunch of reasons for these changes, first and foremost is that the sequels as they are now don't work as a cohesive story. The legacy characters weren't really treated that well IMO and the change in setting basically assumes they succeeded and didn't let things fall apart on their watch. It also lets us focus in on the brand new characters.

The Sith Eternal have been removed (as has Palpatine) and the climax is a battle over Exogal where Starkiller Base is located. Palpatine's fleet is reworked as the First Order fleet waiting for the Resistance to attack. The mission to Canto Bight has now been reworked as a way to find a codebreaker who can deactivate the shields around Exogal so that mission is no longer a pointless sidequest. The final battle is now Poe in the air, Finn and Rose in the base, and Rey and Kylo having a final duel.

Reylo is now a piece of backstory: they were a thing until Kylo betrayed the Jedi. This is the emotional story throughline for the 3-in-1, two characters who still have feelings for each other but are on opposing sides. I think that even if you're against Reylo (like I am, TBH), it works in this context really well.

What you don't get is Han, Leia, or Lando at all. Luke only shows up briefly as a force ghost and is used sparingly.

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9.3
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9.0(1)
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7.0(1)
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7.0(1)
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10.0(1)
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Overall rating
 
9.3
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9.0
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7.0
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7.0
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10.0
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10.0
Subjectzero brings his unique alternate narrative of the Star Wars trilogy to a close with a reinvention of the sequel trilogy, taking all three of the divisive films and rearranging key sequences into a new and inspiring tale of broken trust, looming threats, different destinies, and more.

Rey is now defined by a different blood relation and very much already a big part of the resistance from the off-set. Starkiller Base is the big threat to the stability of the galaxy, Luke's big arc from Last Jedi is entirely scrubbed, thus sparing his character a lot of needless deconstruction and propping him up as a guiding light, very much the hope he embodies in the Star Wars mythology.

The film moves at a brisk pace and thanks to some audio and visual mixing, you don't feel like there's any senselessness to the choices made, the plot is cohesive, and it truly does feel like you could have told a linear sequel story in half the time and with only one film.

It is not a perfect edit. The version I saw saw some moments where the video slowed down in places, which was unfortunately a recurring glitch (I'm very familiar with this from some versions of my editing projects), there's also a scene where Subject tries to get Rey to utter rearranged lines and the audio doesn't quite synch up with her mouth movements.

Those niggles aside, which I'm sure he'll comb over and fix in later versions, this is a very special edit, part of the most creative SW trilogy I've ever seen undertaken in the community...from a certified genius who's ambition runs away with him, and, I'm glad to say, he's got no problem taking you on the ride with him
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