10 Sequel Trilogy Characters Who Deserved More Screen Time
Most reviews of the star wars The sequel trilogy can be attributed to the fact that it was not plotted from the beginning. Lucasfilm made Episode VIIthen understood Episode VIIIthen figured out how to tie it all together in Episode IX. As a result of this unplanned storytelling, many promising characters and narrative threads ended up falling by the wayside.
From Rose Tico to Maz Kanata to the Knights of Ren, there’s a long list of exciting but underdeveloped characters from the star wars sequel trilogy that deserved a lot more screen time to flesh out its arcs.
10/10 Captain Phasma
Played by Gwendoline Christie, Captain Phasma had the potential to be this trilogy’s answer to Boba Fett. Like Fett, she’s an icy badass with a stern face hidden under a helmet; a villainess who only speaks when necessary and lets her blaster do the talking the rest of the time.
Unfortunately, Phasma ended up following in Fett’s footsteps a little too closely. She had an impressive introduction in one film, then suffered a quick and unceremonious death in the next.
Jannah was introduced too late to get the development she deserved. She didn’t show up until The Rise of Skywalker, and even then, she only appears halfway through the film. Another love interest for Finn was Jannah after his budding relationships with Rey and Rose came to nothing.
Like Finn, Jannah is a former Stormtrooper who left the First Order to join the Resistance. Naomi Ackie did her best with the material she received, but she should have received a lot more.
8/10 Babou Frik
One of the few strengths of The Rise of Skywalker was Babu Frik’s adorable debut. Babu is the little droid engineer who unlocks the ancient Sith language inexplicably buried in C-3PO’s memory drive.
Driven by old-school puppet effects and an endearing vocal performance by Shirley Henderson, Babu gave Grogu a run for his money as the cutest character in a galaxy far, far away.
7/10 General relieving Pryde
Richard E. Grant is tailor-made for the role of a smarmy imperial bureaucrat. But his star wars the character, Allegiant General Pryde, was only introduced The Rise of Skywalkerin which he competes with General Hux to influence Kylo Ren’s decision-making.
Pryde gets a cool death scene on the deck of a Star Destroyer being spectacularly blown up by a Resistance starfighter. But he should have had more substantial scenes before that.
6/10 Maz Kanata
When Rey found Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber in Maz Kanata’s basement and wondered how it got there after being thrown down a bottomless pit on Cloud City, Maz said it was “a good story…for another time”. But that other time never came.
The star wars had at his disposal one of the greatest actors on Earth with Lupita Nyong’o, but after his tantalizing introduction in the force awakensMaz was confined to a brief video call in The Last Jedi and relegated to a blink-and-miss cameo appearance in The Rise of Skywalker.
5/10 Emperor Palpatine
In The Rise of Skywalker, after audiences dismissed Supreme Leader Snoke as a ripoff of Emperor Palpatine, the filmmakers decided to cast Palpatine as the villain. Weakly explained in the infamous line, “Somehow Palpatine came back”, The Rise of Skywalker brought back the Emperor from the dead.
If Palpatine was going to be the sequel trilogy’s big bad, he should have been set up much earlier. His role in the story felt rushed as he was entirely confined to The Rise of Skywalker.
In the force awakens, Finn was featured on equal footing with Rey as one of the heroes of the sequel trilogy. As the trilogy progressed, however, Rey became the sole protagonist and Finn unfortunately fell by the wayside.
An ex-Stormtrooper who abandons his evil empire, trains as a Jedi, and ultimately frees the galaxy from that empire would have been a unique and ultimate case. star wars hero. But the sequel trilogy squandered the opportunity to tell that story as Finn was increasingly sidelined.
3/10 Lieutenant Connix
Carrie Fisher’s Real-Life Daughter, Billie Lourd, Has Been Cast For The star wars sequel trilogy. Lourd played one of the main commanders of the Resistance forces alongside General Leia Organa with the role of Lieutenant Connix.
Like her mother, Lourd is a great actress. She proved as much with her breakout performance as Gigi in Olivia Wilde Library. But in the star wars sequels, she was confined to a background role.
2/10 The Knights of Ren
From the start of the sequel trilogy, Kylo Ren was introduced as the lord of the Knights of Ren. Her evil Force-wielding henchmen briefly appeared in Rey’s vision in the force awakensthen wasn’t even mentioned in The Last Jedi. In The Rise of Skywalkerwhen the Knights of Ren made their long-awaited debut without a vision, they stood there.
There’s a cool shot of them huddled on top of a rock on Pasaana, and then they’re quickly slaughtered by Ben Solo in the final battle. After so much buildup, the Knights of Ren deserved a more substantial payout.
1/10 Pink Tico
Rose Tico was introduced in The Last Jedi as a woman the audience could identify with. After that promising introduction – and a great performance from Kelly Marie Tran – it seemed like a no-brainer to make Rose a part of the main band of The Rise of Skywalkermuch like Lando joining the main cast of the original trilogy.
But in The Rise of Skywalkerof the hefty two and a half hour runtime, Rose only appears for a little over a minute. After being sidelined in the sequel trilogy, Rose deserves her own Disney+ series.
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