The latest edition of From A Certain Point of View pits Lucasfilm creative executive Emily Shkoukani against Coffee With Kenobi supremo Dan Zehr, putting their cases forward for the most powerful moment of the sequel trilogy.
Rey’s confrontation with Palpatine on Exegol is the most powerful moment in the latest trilogy, says Emily.
The arc Rey goes through from the beginning to the end of the sequel trilogy is perfectly captured in her confrontation with Palpatine. As Palpatine strikes lightning at his estranged granddaughter, Rey uses Leia’s lightsaber to withhold the overwhelming power coming from him. Palpatine claims, “I am all the Sith.” And Rey, while using the Force to pull Luke’s saber to her free hand, confirms, “And I… I’m all the Jedi.” With both lightsabers, the lightning deflects right back at Palpatine until he’s nothing more than dust.
It’s Luke Skywalker’s final duel with Kylo Ren, says Dan.
As the modern mythology, Star Wars is well known for evoking the pathos within so many of us, which is one of the reasons we continually come back for more. And while there are many powerful moments to choose from in the sequel trilogy, there can only be one winner, and naturally, it’s from the hero that started it all: Luke Skywalker.
At the end of The Force Awakens, we learn that Luke is hiding out on the mysterious planet Ahch-To, in a self-imposed exile, to essentially contemplate his existence and reinvent himself. His perceived failure with his nephew, Ben Solo, has left him bereft of hope, which is something altogether unexpected. How can one of the greatest heroes have given up on himself and the galaxy?