Lightspeed Skipping and the Rule of Cool

Or: Another nerd yelling “You can’t do that in Star Wars!”

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These are VERY serious movies.

The Limitations of the “Rule of Cool”

In the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons, there’s a trope called the “Rule of Cool.” While the game — which takes place almost wholly in the imaginations of the players — is bound by specific and extensive rules, sometimes something unexpected comes up.

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Yep, this would tooootally work.

All Too Easy

I didn’t go into Rise of Skywalker expecting Rey, Poe, Finn or any of our heroes to die – that would be a very un-Disney, un-J.J., un-Star Wars thing to do (Rogue One notwithstanding). But I did expect there to be some tension; that the heroes might fail at something they try, or suffer some setback.

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Surprise: he’s fine.

Not-so-phantom Menaces

In Star Wars, the heroes bumbled their way through the entire movie.

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Evening the Odds

Like good Rebel Scum, I don’t really want the Empire (or the First Order, or the Final Order) to win. I’m not saying The Rise of Skywalker would have been better if Rey lost an arm, or if Chewie had actually died, or if the Resistance gave in and learned to love Big Emperor.

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Writer, mostly. www.jakechristie.com

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