Imagination Connoisseur, Christopher Whitfield, could only get fifteen minutes of his way into ROBSERVSATIONS #326 before he had to send in a letter and share his opinion about DUEL OF THE FATES, THE RISE OF SKYWALKER and the rest of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

Hey Rob,

I’m about 15 minutes into episode 326 and was compelled to send a thought over. I guess it wouldn’t be a true first letter if I didn’t say: “first-time letter writer, but long-time fan.”

I discovered FREE ENTERPRISE long ago on Netflix, when Netflix was only a mass shipper of rental DVDs. I find myself watching that movie at least once a year — maybe more. Possibly because I see myself in the characters of Rob and Mark. And seeing a movie about film and toy buffs in the late 90s is just groovy nostalgia. Perhaps one day I will share more of my thoughts but onto that idea!

I’ve been quite intrigued by the un-produced Star Wars Episode IX script and “what if?” the movie had gotten made instead of the jumbled mess we got with STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (SW:TROS).

I don’t really understand why the loss of Carrie Fisher would have been a death knell for it. Scripts are reworked all the time for loss of actors (or the characters they portray). Sometimes, they are painfully obvious like in STAR TREK: GENERATIONS (ST:GEN) (it’s obvious Scotty and Chekov’s lines are for Spock and Bones but Leonard and DeForest turned it down).

My opinion is: Colin Trevorrow was more irritated by trying to follow up STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (SW:TLJ) and possibly the agendas of a Kennedy’s Lucasfilm. But I digress.

As you discussed some interesting details and character development about General Hux, you mentioned story board art for Trevorrow’s script, and the Art of Star Wars books. I personally love these books. I’ve always been intrigued about the slow and evolving process to any creative endeavor. Just look at the script variations of George Lucas’ first runs at Star Wars.

As a writer, I’ve used these as tools to help build my worlds and tell my stories. I own all the Star Wars art books, from the Original Trilogy to those of the Prequel era, and believe it or not, I own the art book for The Last Jedi even though I dislike the film. For me the enjoyment is seeing the designs — the process. Even when a movie is lack luster (i.e. SOLO: A STAR WARS SAGA) the designs in the film can be very much “on target.” So this brings me to the forth coming book, “The Art of Rise of Skywalker.”

Not sure if you’ve noticed, this book isn’t set to be released until March 2020. Yet, if you look at the release of its predecessors for SW:TFA and SW:TLJ, they were released around the time of the film. Unlike its siblings, production on SW:TROS was not completed in enough time so writers, researchers and book designers could finish their art book and release it with the big release of the movie.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but this seems to confirm that this movie (SW:TROS) was still heavily into production literally right up to its December release. The rumors of the chaos are true.

I don’t mind waiting for the book. But what I’m really hoping for: that we get some preproduction art of Trevorrow’s version of the story, too, and maybe hints of what could have been.

But it wouldn’t surprise me if Disney covers it up and glorifies that JJ Abram’s version was truly the only planned and produced film to wrap up the Saga.

Oh well.

What’s your thoughts? Thanks for taking the time to read this crazy thought pattern.

Good day sir!
– Christopher