Star Wars: The Last Skywalker Awakens

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The saga of a generation ends... like you've never experienced before!
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Brief Synopsis:
Star Wars: The Last Skywalker Awakens is a fan edit amalgamating the Star Wars sequel trilogy into a single monolithic tale, told in two parts.

This edit focusses on Rey, Kylo Ren, and their battle over the Skywalker legacy, and brings together the best from a host of popular sequel trilogy fanedits.

It is meant to serve as an epilogue to Lucas’ Star Wars saga (episodes I-VI).

Intention:
Our story remains much the same: a metatextual space opera of lineage, legacy, belonging, betrayal, war, family, and lucrative merchandising potential.

This is not a “cut out everything I don’t like” edit; I’m incredibly fond of Finn, Phasma, Poe, Rose, Holdo, Zorii and many other characters whose roles wound up in the margins of this story.

This is more an attempt to refocus and amplify what I felt already lay at the heart of the sequel trilogy, without losing a wider sense of scope.

It was also just a fun thing to make while learning my way around editing software over several years, and wouldn’t exist without a passionate and collaborative fan editing community, so thanks to you all.


Some of the most significant changes and additions include:

- An earlier introduction of insert shots, visions, and flashbacks, meshing with their increasing use in the later films
- A huge amount of small and large changes sourced from the fanediting community, with many other new bespoke edits
- Removal of any planet-killer weapons from the story
- Restored the 16:9 IMAX version of the Falcon’s escape from Jakku
- New use of musical score in two previously music-less sequences in TRoS
- An overall colour grading






Other Sources:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
freesound.org
Special Thanks:
Huge thanks to @ArtIsDead for their helping in bringing together @spence, @Wraith, @DigModiFicaTion and
@INIGHTMARES and all their help in getting this edit finished.

Thanks to @Wraith for the bespoke credits sequence.

An enormous shout out to the people at OriginalTrilogy.com and their good humor, generosity and passion for Star Wars, in particular Hal9000, whose edits partly inspired this project. Thanks also to poppasketti, NeverarGreat, SherlockPotter, skenera, Sir Ridley, snooker, Luka Frik, and burbin.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Read my manifesto on what Star Wars and the sequel trilogy mean to me on a thematic and emotional level, and how this informed my editing approach here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U7QcmOSbdEwHZ2b8OE3TqrWMf2iEWXjHs4etIHZuiRE/edit#bookmark=id.l0b96vpgv67q
Cuts and Additions:
PART I

New opening crawl

Overall and selective color grading (thanks to skenera and Hal 9000 for the use of their custom LUTs in places)

Trimmed the attack on the Jakku village, focussing on the First Order assault and Kylo Ren’s arrival

Added couple quick shots to the First Order’s opening assault from the first TFA trailer

Added “force sounds” as Kylo reads Poe’s mind at the village

Cut Unkar Plutt’s first bits of dialogue

From TFA The Starlight Project: added etching depicting the island on Ach-To in Rey’s home (VFX by NeverarGreat)

Cut Kylo telling Hux/the audience where the map is

Cut Finn razing a platoon of stormtroopers

Cut Kylo Ren saying Finn’s stormtrooper number

Moved Kylo reprimanding Hux about his troops to replace the Phasma/Hux exchange about Finn

Finn awakes in the desert alone, clutching Poe’s jacket, and begins to wander desperately

Cut Finn’s second “I am with the resistance” and his pleading with BB-8 for the Resistance base’s location (BB-8 trusts these two by now)

Removed overt musical cue and extended crane shot of the Millennium Falcon’s reveal

Replaced the Falcon’s escape from Jakku with the restored 16:9 IMAX version (thanks to adywan and DylanValenti)

Cut Finn’s final exclamation as the Falcon leaves Jakku

Bespoke transition from 16:9 back to 2.39:1 as the Falcon leaves the Jakku system

Trimmed Kylo’s tantrum slightly

Trimmed Finn and Rey’s exchange as they fix the Falcon

From TFA The Starlight Project: added sequence of Han placing his his dice back on the Falcon’s dash (extensive VFX by NeverarGreat)

Cut Han’s “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”

Trimmed “wrong fuses” slightly

Trimmed the rathtar sequence significantly

Cut Snoke’s line “... in the hands of your father, Han Solo”

Cut a couple of extraneous shots of aliens inside Maz’s cantina

Added Kylo experiencing a vision of the Sith temple on Exogol as he prays to Vader’s helmet

From TFA Restructured: added two lines from Palpatine during Rey’s force vision

From TFA Restructured: replaced the Hosnian system being destroyed with the First Order arriving on Takodana (VFX by Sir Ridley
and NeverarGreat)

From TFA: The Starlight Project: Added a shot of Rey heading toward the pirate ship that Finn was about to board, intending to leave with him (VFX by NeverarGreat)

The battle on Takodana is trimmed down to focus on Rey and Kylo’s first encounter

Cut C-3PO interrupting Han and Leia’s reunion on Takodana

Han, Finn and the Resistance’s arrival on Ilum is rearranged significantly. No more planet-killer weapons. “Starkiller Base” is a forebodingly-named First Order staging ground on which the Resistance leads a daring attack in an attempt to strike a blow against their enemy, rescue the force-sensitive Rey, stop Supreme Leader Snoke from finding Luke, and give Han a chance to save his son

From TFA Restructured: R2D2 now has a blinking light to indicate that he has begun searching for the map, booting up later as the
Resistance arrives back at base (VFX by NeverarGreat)

Added some insert shots during the interrogation scene as Kylo reads Rey’s mind: Rey etching days into the wall of her home (“desperate to sleep”), and two of Ach-To (“I see the island...”): the old Jedi tree and an unused shot of Rey standing above the dark side cave from a TLJ trailer

Replaced a shot of Finn and Rey reacting to the sun “setting” on Ilum before Kylo’s betrayal with a shot of Leia sensing her son on the precipice of darkness

Trimmed the shot of Rey raising her blaster at Kylo Ren by a few frames

Added some very faint Sith whispers in the forest on Ilum

From TFA The Starlight Project: the Cloaked Binary Beacon can be seen briefly next to an unconscious Finn as Rey says goodbye (VFX by NeverarGreat)

Trimmed sequence where Rey leaves the Resistance base and travels to Ach-To

Edited Rey meeting Luke into a continuous sequence, borrowing the adjusted timing of Luke’s saber toss from TLJ Legendary.

The First Order slowly chasing the Resistance fleet has been pared back significantly. After Poe buys time for the Resistance to escape, we see Kylo’s attack on the flagship, and as Rey struggles to convince Luke, the fleet is slowly whittled away. This involved numerous cuts and changes throughout TLJ

Cut Snoke’s line “As long as it does, hope lives in the galaxy.”

Re-added deleted scenes “Luke Has a Moment” and “Poe: Not Much of a Sewer” and embellished the unfinished audio

From TLJ Legendary: removed both appearances of the ‘Caretakers’ on Ach-to (VFX by snooker)

Cut Luke’s line to R2D2 “Nothing can make me change my mind”

Cut Luke’s practical joke during his first lesson

From TLJ Rekindled: added hints and whispers of Palptine’s presence throughout TLJ

Trimmed the gag with Chewie eating roasted porgs slightly

Edited a sequence wherein Leia awakens from her coma as Luke reaches out to her in the force


PART II

Cut Kylo’s line “buried in a pauper’s grave in the Jakku desert”

Leia stares out of the old Rebel base as the sound of approaching First Order walkers thunders across the tundra (masked out the ship that Finn and Rose arrive on Crait in)

Edited the Battle of Crait, intercutting the TIEs chasing the Falcon with Poe’s decision to pull back and Finn’s refusal, borrowing Finn’s kamikaze run from TLJ Rekindled

Cut Connix and D’Acy’s lines about their signal not being received

Luke has a brief vision of the future before dying with “peace and purpose”

The Falcon going to hyperspace at the end of TLJ cuts to Kylo Ren being summoned to Exegol by Palpatine. Between this and when we see Rey training on Ajan Kloss, a year or so has passed

From TRoS Ascendant: added a new establishing shot to the opening Mustafar sequence (VFX by poppasketti, SFX by LILLIAN02230)

Fortress Vader has been added to the background of one shot on Mustafar (VFX by Movies Remastered)

From TRoS Ascendant: replaced the vat of cloned Snokes with cloned Palpatines (VFX by poppasketti)

From TRoS Ascendant: removed the slight electrical crackle as Palpatine reveals his hands (VFX by skenera)

Rey trains alone on Ajan Kloss, becoming distracted by her visions, but has no explicit force connection to Kylo Ren until she is on Pasaana

Added a line to Leia and Rey’s exchange after the training course (REY: “Didn’t finish the training course, got distracted...” LEIA: “There’s been a lot of that lately.”) (thanks to Jar Jar Bricks and poppasketti)

From TRoS Ascendant: Moved the Falcon getting a message from Boolio until after Rey’s training course, and cut “lightspeed skipping” thanks to a VFX shot by poppasketti, as well as subsequent dialogue references

While dispatching TIE fighters, Finn hears Chewie and Poe arguing about Rey over comms

From TRoS Ascendant: Replaced Poe’s lines, including “Somehow, Palpatine returned,” with part of the Emperor’s speech being played

Cut Leia refusing to let Rey follow Luke’s path

Cut Leia’s line “never be afraid of who you are”

From TRoS Ascendant: Coruscant has been added to the background of the scene on the First Order command ship (VFX by poppasketti)

Cut Nambi Ghima asking Rey her family name

Edited Rey and Kylo’s force bond conversation

Cut Lando’s “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”

Cut Finn and Poe repeating “they fly now”

Trimmed the Pasaana speeder chase (quicksand pacing broken up by reused aerial shot, thanks to SherlockPotter for the idea)

Cut Snap reporting to Leia

Cut Rey’s line “terrible things were done with this” and the sound of her mother screaming when she first picks up the Sith dagger

Cut C-3PO’s line “I know exactly where the wayfinder is”

Added ambient lightsaber sounds in the cave scenes on Pasaana

From TRoS Ascendant: added a few lines of dialogue throughout the film to the Knights of Ren (thanks to axlanian and krausfadr)

From TRoS Ascendant: extended the confrontation between Rey and Kylo’s TIE in the desert using footage from the trailer (thanks to DominicCobb)

Scored the confrontation between Rey and Kylo’s TIE in the Pasaana desert using cues from ‘The Ways of the Force’ and ‘The Cave’

Cut Kylo’s TIE exploding after it rolls away

Edited the sequence of shots around Rey’s fit of force lightning

Cut the exchange with Zorii about Poe being a former spice runner

Cut the Knights of Ren appearing on Kijimi

Cut C-3PO’s speech before being rebooted

Trimmed Zorii’s “there are more of us” line

Added insert shots of Rey’s memories as she remembers Ochii’s ship

Removed “from the southern shore” from the dagger inscription

From TRoS Ascendant: extended the “squeaky wheel” sequence using footage from the bonus disc (SFX by LILLIAN2330, VFX by poppasketti)

After Rey says “Chewie… he’s on Ren’s ship” we cut to Chewie being taken to interrogation by Pryde and Hux

Cut C-3PO’s line “whoever this Chewie person is…”

Added more sounds indicating Rey’s psychometry when she touches the dagger again, this time more overtly linked to the Emperor and the Death Star

Re-edited the force bond duel between Rey and Kylo Ren on Kijimi significantly

From TRoS Ascendant: replaced Kylo Ren’s line “I never lied to you” with “You were right” (SFX by poppasketti)

Shifted Finn, Poe and Chewie’s escape and Hux’s turncoat moment until after Rey and Kylo’s force bond duel

Cut Kylo’s lines “You’re a Palpatine.” and “... and take the throne.”

After escaping Kijimi on the Falcon, added insert shots of Rey’s parents as her memories continue to unlock - “he killed my mother…”

From TRoS Ascendant: the moon containing the wreckage of the second Death Star has been recontextualized as Endor, replacing what was Endor with an ice moon during the space establishing shot and moving the Ewok snippet up from the film’s climax (VFX by poppasketti and snooker)

Slightly embellished the audio of Hal 9000’s editing around the Sith dagger on Endor

Trimmed repairing the Falcon

Cut Dark Rey dialogue as well as trimmed the teeth-baring jump scare to be a bit more of a scare

The Skywalker saber is further damaged during Rey’s encounter with her shadow self, crackling and spitting like Kylo’s until it is “healed” via their force bond on Exogol (VFX thanks to Luka Frik, SFX by me)

Scored part of Rey and Kylo’s saber duel on the Death Star II wreckage using the cue ‘A Jedi’s Fury’ from Return of the Jedi

Added sound effect from Kylo and Leia’s force-connection in TLJ when she reaches out to him on Endor

From TRoS Ascendant: worked in the shot of Leia holding Han’s medal from the trailer (help from sade1212 and idir_hh)

From TRoS Ascendant: extended the establishing shot of Kylo during the Han scene by a few seconds (thanks to Luka Frik and Octorox)

Replaced Luke’s line “I was wrong” with a knowing look

Cut Luke and Rey’s lines about Leia being aware of her familial lineage

From TRoS Ascendant: Rey arrives on Ach-To at night and leaves at dawn (VFX by NeverarGreat)

From TRoS Ascendant: Leia’s saber has been recolored purple throughout (VFX by Skenera, with some bespoke masking on Exegol by me)

Cut the Resistance’s big conference meeting to plan the attack on Exegol, while still retaining Finn and Poe’s inspirational speech

The final battle at Exegol has been edited to focus on the encounter between Rey/Ben/Palpatine, and Finn and Jannah’s “ground” assault

From TRoS Ascendant: replaced the TIE that Ben arrives back on Exegol in with Vader’s TIE Advanced (VFX by Poppasketti)

Added a brief montage of insert shots showing Rey’s journey through the force, as well as removed the chorus of random “voices of the Jedi who came before”, her final bit of strength coming from Luke and Leia themselves before rising to confront Palpatine

Added a small cue from ‘Anthem of Evil’ before Palpatine begins shooting lightning at Rey

Rey’s hero line before defeating Palpatine has been changed from “I’m all the Jedi” to “I… am a Jedi”

Cut Poe’s line “I see her” and Finn’s line “People are rising up all over the galaxy”

From TRoS Ascendant: because the first Ewok shot was used earlier, Coruscant and Naboo have been added in its place in the
planetary celebration montage (Coruscant VFX by poppasketti, Naboo VFX by snooker and skenera)

Trimmed celebration montage to focus on Rey reuniting with her friends

Retained Hal 9000’s shifting of the dejarik table scene to Tatooine, adding a quick reaction shot of Finn and Poe and some Chewie noises

Colors in the startup sequence of Rey’s saber have been changed from green and blue to purple and blue, having used the crystals from Leia and Luke’s sabers to power her own before laying them to rest (VFX by Burbin)

Cut the old woman on Tatooine asking “Rey who?”

The force ghosts on Tatooine have been cut. Rey looks to the sunrise while ruminating on her new family, deciding to take up the Skywalker name (shout out to Lev Kuleshov)

From TRoS Ascendant: Rey’s delivery of her final line has been swapped with one from the behind the scenes bonus material that appeared more emotionally resonant, with the background modified to match the finished film (VFX by poppasketti)

The final music cue has been changed from the same cue used at the end of TFA to one from the TFA credits suite that melds Rey’s theme with the Force theme

From TRoS Ascendant: The final shot has been replaced with the Falcon taking off, flying toward the suns, and jumping to hyperspace (thanks to snooker and poppasketti)

New closing credits combining crawls and titles from all three films (thanks to Wraith)

Replaced the final part of the TRoS credits suite with Rey’s theme from the final part of the TLJ credits suite
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Bbghost takes on the monumental task of melding three very distinct, very flawed films. The result is something surprisingly special. By stripping down the ST to just a story about two individuals and their ying-yang relationship, bbghost is able to present a character driven epilogue to the OT.

I'm someone who emotionally connected with some of the more mythic character arcs of the ST, conceptually. Ben is someone who feels shackled by his identity. Rey is someone who is in search of identity. Unfortunately, this dual narrative was complicated by haphazard plotting and fan service (especially in the third film). The biggest problem in this edit is still that third film. That strong character focus is still jarringly swept aside in favor of a out there plot. Bbghost does do a great job in making that transition feel less jarring here though. The focus is on the characters. Overall, probably my favorite way to view three movies that I'm very conflicted about.

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About three-fourths of the way through my watch, I realized what I really wanted to see was 'The Last Jedi Awakens', as the first two films worked a heck of a lot better together than Rise of Skywalker did. I *loved* the edits done to The First Awakens and The Last Jedi segments, but nothing changed my mind: there's no getting around the avalanche of head-scratcher 'story-telling' decisions made in ROS, no matter the thoughtfulness of the excisions made by the platoon of fan-editors behind it. Nevertheless, this two-parter works pretty well considering the limitations of what it had to do.

Consider my 'Enjoyment' score a 8/10 for the TFA and TLJ combination, but a -1 for ROS.

But regarding what I loved, just to mention a few: the removal of the superweapon subplot, the addition of the Han Solo dice scene, the Luke Skywalker Han Solo grief scene, the removal of the useless Canto Bight sequence, and the removal of the wheel-spinning Poe Dameron/Admiral Holdo subplot. Distractions/redundancies removed, it was easier to see more of the vibe the original filmmakers were going for.

The video and audio editing really helps bring out the beauty of the films. Whatever flaws the ST has, at least the films always look good and sound good. Not much that can be done to smooth the transition between TLJ and ROS, but the attempt here is inspired.

If you enjoyed Rise of Skywalker and the first two films as well, you'll really like this edit.

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Wow, this edit was outstanding, and this is coming from one who dislikes the disney sequels intensely.
The light trimes to dialogue to remove the cringe throughout makes the leads of Kylo and Rey so much more likable, the cutting of redundant scenes such as the entire removal the Finn and Rose subplot, no super weapons and adding foreshadowing throughout was perfect.
Some minor critiques, by having starkiller not destroy the republic, its absence is felt a lot and if possible an explanation needs to be stated as to why it remains neutral, perhaps when the First Order says that they're just people, when referring to Lando's fleet, they could say it's the republic! Also a lack of 5.1 sound is keenly felt. I also think this edit would work if broken up into episodes like a TV show then you could have a mini crawl to explain things that cannot be edited in.
But all in all I'll say this edit is the one I'll watch next time I feel the need to watch the sequels.
Thank you for making this.

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I come at these 3 movies in a slightly split manner. I enjoyed all 3 more on first viewing more than the subsequent fermentation latterly allowed as the issues with each grew in my mind and the lack of a clear objective binding the three became clear...(then again, I'm not certain LUCAS imagined using the death Twice himself either).

I especially loved the chaos that The Last Jedi drew into the journey, so having that unwound and then the retrofit of SKYWALKER, never sat well. So how does this two part epic fair?

bbghost has managed to eliminate many (but not all) of the conundrms, dead ends and spurious elements into what is unquestionably a far more enjoyable re-telling of the final trilogy....technically there is little to fault here (and as noted no deductions for Stereo only).

There are some very well executed and ambitious elements to this work, and putting aside any personal taste issues as a previewer, I found myself checking the originals over and over to remind myself of what had been altered or eliminated.

Inevitably, there remains a episodic feel to the overall narrative, and in fact it may ot really be possible to tie these together without putting it all in a blender....however, I certainly will not be watching the theatricals again, and this will be my go to version (for now).

Visual quality and editing is superb throughout, and despite a few tell-tale hints at edits in places (not enough to distract or mark down) none of i got in the way of enjoyment (scored a 9 whereas theatrical would have been an 8....or 7.5 for ep 9). I can't in all fairness knock down narrative since bbghost is actually improving that mess...hence 9 rather than 8 for theatricals.

Definite improvement and Highly recommended indeed.
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I come at this from the angle of somebody who enjoys The Force Awakens a lot, thinks The Las Jedi is one of the best films in the whole series, and found Rise of Skywalker very disappointing, with some interesting elements. Overall, the trilogy feels very separate from each other, each movie having it's own vibe and story that doesn't necessarily gel with what came before or what comes after. This isn't meant entirely as a negative, as I believe a lot of interesting things come up in each film, but overall they don't work in harmony with each other the way you would expect a trilogy to.

What bbghost has done here is take all of the elements from this disjointed trilogy that work alongside each other, remove what didn't, then amplify what is kept to work in concert with each other. It's definitely a more coherent way to digest the main story of the sequel trilogy.

Overall, the cuts are clean, audio is solid (only 2.0 stereo though. I don't take a point off for that, but it's worth mentioning). there's a few spots where I felt things were maybe moving a little too fast due to what was cut, but that's hard to help, especially in the Rise of Skywalker section. Video quality is excellent across the board.

Generally, this is a great way to watch it, especially if you aren't a huge fan of some of the diversions in The Last Jedi. As a fan of that movie, I miss what was cut, but I would still highly recommend this edit.
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