Star Wars: End of Skywalker

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Original Release Date:
2020
Original Running Time:
445
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Fanedit Running Time:
117
Time Cut:
328
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Brief Synopsis:
A darker take on the Star Wars sequel trilogy, End of Skywalker transforms The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker into a single movie with an all-new, more cohesive story focused on the connection between Rey and Kylo and their uncertain relationship to the Jedi and the Force. Major cuts and changes, not least of which is the use of the Japanese dubs to allow for rewritten dialogue and new English subtitles, results in a thrilling, reimagined Star Wars experience that acts as a definitive end to the Skywalker saga.

Note: This fanedit requires you do not understand the Japanese language.
Intention:
Right after watching The Rise of Skywalker for the first time, I couldn’t help but feel unsatisfied with the sequel trilogy as a whole. Having The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi also fresh on my mind, I saw the potential for a fanedit within this amazing collection of footage and I knew there was a movie in there that more closely resembled the Star Wars movie I wanted to see. And so, I set out to combine all 3 movies into one with a much more streamlined and focused story. Knowing the script and dialogue would dramatically limit any serious changes, very early on I decided to employ the same approach as the prequel trilogy The Blackened Mantle by Darth Lunar, which utilized the Japanese dubs and rewrote all of the English subtitles (unfortunately, this requires that you don’t understand spoken Japanese). Ultimately, my intention was to produce a darker, more serious movie that focuses on the connection between Rey and Kylo and their uncertain relationship to the Jedi and the Force. I also wanted this fanedit to stand as a narrative conclusion for the Skywalker family, depicting the end of Luke, Leia and Kylo. Thus, the title End of Skywalker.
Additional Notes:
Below is the opening text that sets the stage for the beginning of End of Skywalker: 30 YEARS AFTER THE BATTLE OF ENDOR, THE NEW REPUBLIC CONTINUES TO REBUILD WHAT THE EMPIRE DESTROYED. BUT GROWING DARK FORCES THREATEN THE GALAXY... THE SKYWALKER JEDI TEMPLE HAS BEEN RAZED BY FOLLOWERS OF A SITH SORCERER, AMONG THEM THE ONLY CHILD OF LEIA ORGANA AND HAN SOLO WHO NOW DONS THE NAME KYLO REN. LEIA AND LUKE SKYWALKER HAVE PUT THEIR HOPES IN REY, THE ONLY SURVIVING JEDI APPRENTICE, TO CONFRONT THE COMING STORM. FROM THE ASHES OF THE EMPIRE, THE IMPERIAL FIRST ORDER HAVE SECRETLY CONSTRUCTED AN UNSTABLE NEW SUPERWEAPON WITH THE POWER TO SHATTER EVERYTHING THE REBELLION FOUGHT FOR.
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Special Thanks:
Thanks to the Fanedit.org team! You guys rock!
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Not long after watching The Rise of Skywalker, I imagined a story that could be told using the existing sequel trilogy footage in combination with rewritten subtitles/dialogue. I spent some time composing a point-form outline that established the scenes, their order and a brief description of the dialogue between the characters in each scene. This formed the basis for the entire fanedit and remained largely unchanged throughout the process. Editing the footage together was relatively straightforward while most of the time completing this project was spent on rewriting the dialogue.
Cuts and Additions:
-Only a very limited amount of TFA footage is used including Starkiller base firing and destroying New Republic planets, Rey flying to Ahch-To and meeting Luke and a very brief shot of Kylo killing Han.
-Most of the footage from TLJ and TRoS has been cut. In general, scenes and shots that focus on characters other than Rey, Kylo and Luke (such as Finn, Poe and Rose) have been removed.
-Significant restructuring and reordering of a number of scenes but generally footage from TLJ takes up approximately the first 60% of the movie and the final 40% is TRoS footage.

TLJ Edits/Cuts
-Luke throwing lightsaber cut.
-Luke drinking milk cut.
-Shots of porgs have been minimized and mostly cut.
-Scene with Yoda on Ahch-To cut.
-Finn and Rose's secret mission, including the casino town, cut.
-When the Resistance ship's bridge is destroyed and Leia is pulled out into space, she is described as having died and is not seen again.
-Kylo destroys his mask in the lift after returning from the attack on Leia's ship and his mask is not seen again.
-Admiral Holdo's kamikaze maneuver cut.
-On the surface of Crait, as we look out from the blast doors, the First Order ships flying towards the base have been removed.
-Shot of soldier licking salt on the surface of Crait cut.
-Much of the conversation between speeder pilots on the surface of Crait cut.
-Kiss between Rose and Finn cut.
-No shots of Han's dice when Luke appears on Crait.
-Rey's confrontation with Snoke in his throne room and Snoke's death now takes place after the battle of Crait.
-When Rey looks into the "looking glass" in Snoke's throne room, visions of the Emperor on Exegol appear on screen.
-After the struggle over Luke's lightsaber resulting in an explosion, the next scene is of General Hux discovering what has happened to Snoke.

TRoS Edits/Cuts
-Shots of Kylo cut from Rey's forest training sequence.
-Shots of Rey’s parents and Ochi the Jedi hunter cut.
-Mission to find the Sith Dagger cut.
-Shots and references of the wayfinders have been cut, except for the one in the Emperor's throne room which is now referred to as a Sith holocron.
-When Rey touches the Emperor’s wayfinder, visions of Exegol appear.
-Journeys to Pasaana and Kijimi cut.
-Mission to rescue Chewie cut.
-Rey on rough waters on a boat cut.
-Shots of Finn during the lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo cut.
-Brief shots of Luke and Leia lightsaber training in the forest while wearing blast shields over their faces are inter-cut during the battle between Rey and Kylo.
-Footage of Leia cut when Kylo is about to strike a finishing blow to Rey with his lightsaber and he hears the voice of Leia say "Ben".
-Poe’s & Finn’s speech before the Resistance fleet takes off from the jungle planet has been removed and the footage of the ships preparing to depart has been turned into a montage with music overtop.
-Lando has been completely cut and the shot of him flying in the opposite direction of the fleet in the Falcon cut.
-Shots of Snoke clones cut.
-Kylo shrugging after receiving Rey's lightsaber through the Force cut.
-Shot of countless Resistance ships arriving cut along with most wide shots showing the size of the Emperor's fleet.
-Kiss between Rey and Kylo cut.
-Rey sliding down sand on Tatooine cut.
-Scene of Rey speaking with the local old lady on Tatooine cut.
-New music used when Rey wraps up the Skywalker lightsabers and buries them in the sand.
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User reviews

5 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.4
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(5)
Audio Editing
 
9.6(5)
Visual Editing
 
9.4(5)
Narrative
 
9.0(5)
Enjoyment
 
9.2(5)
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9.4
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
7.0
Well now Ive had quite a treat lately. Finding out about 'The Blackened Mantle' lead me to this page and upon seeing what a success that was I was hyped to see another ONDUB (ref. 'undub' - a term used in video game modding) for Star Wars. I'm so hyped in fact that I sincirely believe that TOT will benefit from this overhaul treatment in so far as the dubbing and plot twisting goes. TOWS and ROTR. With TBM now being the defacto Episode I in TSWS we are now missing II&III!

INLUCENT deftly showcases the effectiveness of the 'less is more' concept here... Go see!!!

One thing one must say that really needs mention is the Japanese language. At first I was thinking it was going to be too much: but not only does it allow for the adjustments in story; it actually suits the Star Wars setting perfectly. Over and above the native one even. There is a heightened sense of drama woven into it now. It is quite inexplicable. Yet the subtitles alter the perception of the words in such a way that just seems to fit the expressions. It was meant to be. Props to the writer too of course.

I put a seven for enjoyment in honour of the samurai code. The quest for vengeance upon them studios whom scuttle-butted the epic of a million childhoods continues. Only once a complete and coherent saga is brought forth will it be attained. Let us pray The Fandom Menace may one day rest in peace!!

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Overall rating
 
9.0
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10.0
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9.0
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9.0
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8.0
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9.0
The Short Answer:
A fantastic alternate take on the sequel trilogy that explores a very different idea on how the trilogy could have played out. 100% worth the watch for anyone looking for something new.

The Long Answer:
This movie takes place in an alternate timeline where Rey and Ben were students together at the Skywalker academy. This new dynamic really creates fantastic tension between the two characters, and allows for some very different storytelling. Rey having known Kylo for years makes her argument that "There's still good in him" have a lot more believability and emotional weight. Also, I absolutely love how Han Solo was handled! And a few simple dialogue tweaks helped turn Snoke from a sneering cartoon into a villain with a bit of depth. A number of times I was blown away by the small changes that really added new depth to the story.

This edit also does a much better job of introducing the Emperor returning storyline, though unfortunately this is where the source material becomes and issue. While I'd say the edit is a perfect 10/10 before Exogol, there is only so much writing you can do to fix just how ridiculous the Emperor's return feels. That said, there is an actual attempt to explain the Emperor that was honestly very satisfying. I think in this instance the Japanese dub really helped with the atmosphere. I'm very used to watching anime where villains become insanely powerful and over the top, so I found the Japanese voices made it easier to accept the insanity.

Criticisms:
There were a couple of awkward audio cuts, and Starkiller imploding at the beginning could have used some VFX or some extra text to tie the shots together. I would have considered going "text -> footage -> text -> footage" to tell the prologue a little more clearly. Or even just a second block of text afterwards explaining the repercussions of what we just saw. But all in all these are very infrequent and minor issues that did not detract from my enjoyment.

This edit would be hard to follow in some places if you weren't familiar with the original movies, but I don't really think that's the point of the edit, so this is a very minor complaint.

I think this concept could have been pushed further in a few places. My imagination is running full tilt now at the possibilities.

Overall:
I really enjoyed this. To have a completely new story rewritten into an enjoyable 2 hours is something every fanedit fan needs to see. This is something truly unique and exciting.

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9.0
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10.0
The pitch: "Imagine if Disney had made a Star Wars movie in which Rey and Kylo had been childhood friends and classmates at the Skywalker Jedi Academy, but now find themselves on opposite sides of the war." I can't recommend this edit enough. I wish I could give this edit an 11 for Narrative! I'm a TV/screenwriter and the storytelling acrobatics on display here had my jaw on the floor. Working with a similar conceit as The Blackened Mantle, this edit takes the Japanese dub and re-writes the subtitles to tell a totally new--and maybe I would say BETTER--story. The emotional stakes between Rey and Kylo are so much higher than in the actual Sequel Trilogy, and by re-ordering scenes and trimming out the tangents, their character arcs are crystal clear. There's a strong feeling of DRAMATIC CLARITY throughout this edit, with so many great decisions here that I found myself shouting "HOW DID THE ORIGINAL MISS THIS!" Just to name one example, moving Rey's confrontation with Snoke AFTER the escape from Crait creates a perfect escalation of drama (and feels like Empire Strikes Back in a GOOD WAY!).

My only knock against it after seeing Hal9000's edits is that I wish the opening title cards had been an opening crawl (and I think you could move or lose the star killer base prologue (which reads a little unclear-- only later did I put together than their super weapon blew itself up... which I don't know that you need to see and could go in the title crawl). But giving notes at this micro-level only goes to show how solid the edit is overall, and the spirit in which I give this feedback is one of excitement and shared creativity. Your new story has ignited my imagination and I want to see what else is possible. SERIOUSLY AMAZING WORK! RUN, DON'T WALK TO SEE THIS AS SOON AS YOU CAN!

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Owner's reply March 26, 2023

Wow, you are too kind! Thanks so much for your great review!! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the story I came up with! Though, as you mention, it felt like a lot of my narrative choices were the most obvious ones and, at times, it almost felt like this fanedit made itself. ;) Ultimately, I really tried to construct something that captured the drama and tension between Rey and Kylo.

As for the opening crawl, I was thinking more Blade Runner than Star Wars with the opening text and just wanted to deliver, as quickly as possible, the setup for this fanedit. And the theme music that goes with the opening crawl in other Star Wars movies is far more uplifting than the tragic, doomsday tone in the opening of EoS. So I just decided to do something simpler, but can understand why this omission may seem strange.

Without any dialogue explaining the opening, I can see how Starkiller Base exploding could be confusing at first; I tried to provide a bit of a setup for the reason why in the opening text that describes the super weapon as 'unstable.'

Thanks again for taking the time to watch and give your review!

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Changing the narrative through use of Japanese dubs and subtitles is a fantastic idea to approach fan-editing Star Wars. Something about the Japanese language and Star Wars feels quite authentic, and it allows much more flexibility to make narrative changes.

My only criticism is that you didn't go far enough. There is a real opportunity to make very bold changes to the overall story, after finishing, my mind was spinning with the potential of what this format of fan-editing can do.

I am no audio/visual expert, but from what I could tell, the edit was made pretty flawlessly from a technical aspect. I didn't notice any bad cuts or transitions, and all the music flowed well.

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Owner's reply March 19, 2023

Thanks so much for the positive review! I may not have been able to completely satisfy you with my narrative choices, but I'm glad this fanedit at least provoked your imagination. Interestingly, your experience with EoS sounds a bit like mine with the sequel trilogy! Hehe.

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Three-in-one edits are some of the more interesting projects to come across on this site. They require much more creativity and careful choices to make the edit work. I also appreciate Star Wars edits that dare to forego a traditional title crawl. As someone who's seen every Star Wars movie an exhaustive amount of times, and plenty of edits as well, I found this edit a pretty fresh take.

The main strength of this edit is in the Japanese language track, which INLUCENT utilizes to manipulate the subtitles and take more comprehensive control of dialogue and story. In small ways, this approach offers some great dialogue rewrites (Kylo's speech to his Vader altar for instance), and in broader ways allows for more flexibility in scene selection and story direction. It felt like watching a Star Wars themed samurai film or an anime. Very fun.

From a narrative standpoint, it was very interesting to watch. Integrating footage of Exegol during Snoke's throne room scene was a great way to transition to the third act 'big bad' that felt far less abrupt than Palpatine's introduction in Rise of Skywalker. I felt some previous context for Palpatine's would've sold it a bit more, but nevertheless it was a solid editing choice to marry the two films.

From a technical standpoint it's all pretty solid. I only noticed a minor audio edit or two as being a bit abrupt (music fadeouts/transitions are always difficult), but I didn't really notice many technical flaws throughout.

If I had some constructive comments about the narrative, I think there could have been a bit more pretense for certain scenes (Rey and Kylo's force-talk felt a bit out of the blue for instance). I thought The Force Awakens as a prologue was perfectly serviceable to the goal of the edit, but could easily have been expanded a bit, maybe to help explain later aspects of the film earlier.

Overall, speaking as someone who hasn't seen a Star Wars edit in quite awhile out of pure fatigue, this one stood out as worth checking out.
Owner's reply September 02, 2022

Wow, thanks for watching and for this awesome review! Yes, I agree some aspects of the narrative may feel like they appear without much warning (Rey and Kylo's connection through the force, how characters got from one planet to another, etc) or didn't get the time they deserve to flesh things out. While I really did consider all the footage in each of the sequel trilogy movies, I felt that in order to focus on a story about Rey, Kylo and Luke, I had to make choices that really concentrated on a limited amount of footage; I can see how this focus may have come at the expense of some narrative clarity.

And I tried to be very careful with editing the audio, but next time I watch, I'll try and keep an ear out for any rough audio transitions for a potential minor update in the future.

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