There’s a moment in the latest teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that made me sit up and go “Huh!” At the 1:20 mark, we see a fleet of Resistance fighters and capital ships drop out of hyperspace, and seconds later, we get a glimpse of a massive fleet of Star Destroyers. It looks as though the scene is teeing up a massive confrontation between the Resistance and First Order, but when you look a little closer, something’s off — something that gives me vibes of one of the earliest Star Wars novels: Timothy Zahn’s Dark Force Rising. When we see the fleet of Star Destroyers — dozens of them — they’re parked in rows, lights off. Moreover, these aren’t the hulking, Resurgent-class Star Destroyers that we’ve seen the First Order use in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi: these look like the classic Imperial-class Star Destroyers of A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi — ships we’ve seen crashed in the deserts of Jakku, but were phased out in the years since the Empire fell. Cue the rampant speculation. The Resistance was hit hard at the end of The Last Jedi. The… Read full this story
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