The Rise of Skywalker is filled with fan service, but does it all make sense? J.J. Abrams did his best to please everybody and ended up creating a lot of things that don't really add up. Making a movie within the Star Wars franchise is never going to be an easy thing to pull off, no matter how much time and effort go into mapping out a movie in advance. Some things are going to slip through the cracks. With that said, we compiled 13 of the biggest things from the movie that make absolutely no sense. There are SPOILERS for The Rise of Skywalker below, so read ahead at your own risk.

Emperor Palpatine's Return Makes Zero Sense

When the first footage from The Rise of Skywalker debuted, Star Wars fans were shocked to hear the iconic laugh of Ian McDiarmid. But how can this be? The villain was killed during Return of the Jedi back in 1983 and the latest sequel trilogy hasn't brought him up once until now. J.J. Abrams doesn't explain it in the movie and only leaves us with a vague quote from the prequels: "The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural." That's it. No mention of a contingency plan, no world within worlds, no cloning, nothing. He's just alive and really decrepit. Deal with it.

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Rey Burying the Lightsabers on Tatooine

Why does Rey go to Tatooine to bury Luke and Leia's Lightsabers? Leia was previously Jabba the Hutt's scantily clad slave on the planet, while Luke couldn't wait to get out of there. Never mind the fact that his father was a child slave on the planet, his grandmother was murdered there, and his aunt and uncle were burnt to a crisp by Stormtroopers. That doesn't sound like the best place to pay tribute to Luke and Leia at all. Naboo would have been a much better choice for all involved and it would have also served as a good nod to the prequels.

Instant Force Healing?

Technically, Force Healing was introduced in the Extended Universe, but was not considered to be official Star Wars canon until now. The Mandalorian introduced it on the small screen right before The Rise of Skywalker opened in theaters. However, without any real background knowledge, Rey out of nowhere senses she can heal a giant underground snake-like creature? And then she's able to save Kylo Ren's life after she stabbed him with a Lightsaber? And Ben Solo can do it too? Why didn't Palpatine heal Anakin Skywalker back in the day? Instead Darth Vader is left to be a miserable half-cyborg man? Like Palpatine, we are given zero explanation for this, though it will probably be included in the many comics and books that come out along the way.

Han Solo Force Ghost, Not Really, But Really

After Kylo Ren gets stabbed and then Force Healed by Rey, he sees his father, Han Solo. Harrison Ford is back in The Rise of Skywalker, but he's not a Force Ghost, but he kind of is. Instead of looking like a ghost, he looks like Ford rolled out of bed 5 minutes before to deliver a few lines against a green screen in his backyard before going back to bed and collecting some dough. So, the Force can bring back characters through vivid memories to have deep life discussions now? It's not explained, but as Solo would say, "I know."

Knight of Ren Aren't Explained

The Rise of Skywalker brings back the Knights of Ren after their slumber during The Last Jedi. However, who, or what they are is not explained on the big screen, leaving viewers to guess. Or if you're a diehard Star Wars fan, you'll already know about Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 hitting newsstands earlier this week. We get a little backstory, but not a whole lot. Instead, we learn that Ren is a name for the Lightsaber, which they worship, which basically means their name is actually the Knights of Lightsaber and Kylo Ren is really Kylo Lightsaber. It's more than a little confusing, but the comic does say that the Knights are able to use the Force while in battle, though they're not strong users.

Poe Dameron All of a Sudden Has Han Solo's Backstory?

In The Rise of Skywalker we learn that Poe Dameron used to be a spice runner before becoming an ace Resistance pilot. This is more or less the same backstory as Han Solo for some reason, though it's never really talked about again. The information comes to us on Kijimi when Keri Russell's Zori Bliss originally wants to chop off Poe's head and then suddenly wants to run away with him. Bliss ends up giving the Resistance the First Order medallion which they use to board Kylo Ren's Resurgent-class Star Destroyer.

Where Did Maz Kanata Get Luke's Lightsaber?

Ok, this one goes all the way back to The Force Awakens and it's still a mystery in The Rise of Skywalker. Some fans will say this is the classic mystery box method from J.J. Abrams. Others will say it flat out doesn't make any sense. Luke lost his Lightsaber, which was originally Anakin Skywalker's, during the battle on Bespin when his hand is sliced off. The Lightsaber in question then falls down the air shafts of Cloud City. Apparently, Cloud City isn't too far from Takodana, which could explain how a scavenger found it? More mystery box for us to ponder.

Finn Suddenly Feels the Force?

One of the more curious aspects of the movie comes when Finn starts to all of a sudden feel the Force. It's never confirmed that's what he's feeling or using, but Finn starts to become more mysterious as the movie goes along as he gets in touch with his feelings. When Finn meets another former Stormtrooper, Jannah, they decide that it was the Force that caused them to rebel. Obviously this is never explained and we have no idea what he wanted to tell Rey throughout the whole movie. Was he going to tell her that he can feel the Force? Was he going to say that he loves her? Does she have something stuck in her teeth? We won't know until they release the Finn comics or a standalone book.

Where Does Lando Get that Huge Rebel Fleet?

Towards The Rise of Skywalker conclusion, the Resistance is getting beat badly by the Emperor and the Final Order. Just when all hope is lost, Lando and Chewie come save the day with a huge Rebel fleet that seemingly comes out of nowhere. At the beginning of The Force Awakens the Resistance is tiny and by the end of The Last Jedi, there is nothing left and nobody responded to their distress calls on Crait. But suddenly, Lando is able to rally the troops to take down the Final Order. Maybe it was his smooth talking. Whatever it was, it worked and it saved the day. Much like Anakin's Lightsaber, it's probably a story for another time.

What Decides Who Disappears in Jedi Death?

Why does Ben Solo disappear, but Rey didn't, and Darth Vader didn't, but Yoda did, and Obi-Wan Kenobi did? This is another frustrating piece of The Rise of Skywalker puzzle. Most Jedi disappear when they die, this has been shown to us multiple times in the last 40+ years. But Rey stays here for quite a while, which allows Ben Solo to resurrect her, which in turn kills him. Leia does disappear, but she waits for her son to go first, though that was more than likely supposed to be an emotional moment for audiences to grasp ahold of. Anakin Skywalker didn't disappear either, but that one falls on George Lucas and Return of the Jedi.

Who Are Rey's Parents, and Do They Have Dark Side Tendencies?

If Rey is Palpatine's granddaughter, who are her parents? Are they nobodies, or did they have Dark Side tendencies as well? We see her parents for all of two seconds on the big screen. Doesn't this mean that her father is Palpatine's son? If so, who is Rey's grandmother? This one is almost too mind-blowing to think about and will almost certainly either fall into the mythical mystery box or be told in an outside comic book story in the future. It's understandable not to explain every little thing, but this is Emperor Palpatine we're talking about here, one of the most iconic villains of all time. We should know about his kids.

Why Did Leia Die After Contacting Kylo Ren?

Luke Skywalker was able to Force Project himself at the end of The Last Jedi and fight Kylo Ren to provide a crazy distraction, which let the surviving members of The Resistance escape. He completely drained his lifeforce in doing so, which is understandable. So why did Leia die after briefly contacting her son? We understand there wasn't much footage of Carrie Fisher to use, but this seemed like an unnecessary part of the story that leaves more questions than answers. It seems to insinuate that Leia was weaker than Luke.

Was Balance to the Force Ever Achieved?

40 years in the making of this final chapter, and so many fanboys screaming about a "completely satisfying ending," why are we still clueless if balance was brought to The Force? This has been what the franchise has been based on since day one and something that carried on to the prequel and the sequel trilogy. Why was it lost in the final installment of the Skywalker Saga? If the balance was achieved, why weren't we explicitly told that it was? More stuff for the mystery box, I guess.

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