Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker it’s fun for a long list of reasons. The disappointing sequel, which makes the bank but recently fell 60% in its second weekend at the domestic box-office, made a series of clumsy, not bold, mistakes that left much more than the final entry into the Skywalker epic. An unsatisfactory end, to say the least. Worst of all, the director limited a central new character for no reason at all.
Abrams gave the rose Tico Nothing to do
One of the most confusing and unpleasant decisions made by screenwriters J.J. Abrams and Chris Terry almost removed Rose Tico (Kelly Maria Tran) from the following. It is not more than a few minutes from screen time after a major role in The Last Jedi, which created a strong relationship between Finn and Rose.
This time, they just interact. No recognition of intimacy, romantic or not, with each other. It felt like a very conscious decision on Abrams’ part to reduce the character to almost nothing after a general fan behavior towards Tran, but according to Terrio, he had more scenes cut due to VFX.
The General Smoothie and Pink Tic Tents
When Finn asks Rose to come along with the original cast, she refuses and stays back at the base with Leia. They become almost interactive in the film, but according to Terrio, that wasn’t the plan. More scenes were shot between the two, but the VFX was apparently not convincing enough to depict the late Carrie Fisher. Here is the explanation given by Terrio at the Daily Awards:
Well, first of all, J.J. and I love Kelly Marie Tran. One of the reasons why Rose has some scenes less than we would like to have to do has to do with the difficulty of using Carrie’s footage the way we wanted it. We wanted Rose to be the anchor at the guerrilla base that was with Leia. We thought we couldn’t leave Leia at the base without some of the gentlemen we love, so Leah and Rosa worked together. As the process progressed, a few scenes we had written with Rose and Leia proved to not meet the pattern of photorealism we hoped for. These scenes, unfortunately, fell out of the film. The last thing we did was deliberately try to line up Rose. We will love the character and adore Kelly – so much so that we anchored her with our beloved face in this galaxy, General Leha.
Terrio’s response downgrades how disastrous Abrams and he handled the character. Adding insult to injury, actress Kelly Marie Tran was harassed by a large number of racist and / or rude Star Wars fans, who shouted and tweeted as babies about their misery for her role and the last Jedi.
Tran’s page on the Star Wars-related Wookieepedia site was even changed to include a racist description of her character.
“Ching Chong Wing Tong is a dumbass f-character made by Disney and is stupid, autistic and retarded love for the Finn,” reads the page.
It’s bad enough that Tran left social media last June after the attacks, writing an essay to The New York Times about his experience:
“Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard all my life: that I was ‘other’, that I did not belong, that I was not good enough just because I was not like them,” he wrote. “And that feeling, I realize now, was and is a shame, a shame for the things they did to me differently, a shame for the culture I came from. And for me, the most frustrating thing was that I didn’t feel it at all.”
With its latest single, the film plays as if Abrams was trying to please these fake fans. That wasn’t his purpose, of course, but that’s the content and how it plays. It’s a really ugly part of a movie and franchise that should inspire hope, not pleasure.
Rey and Rose Rico Scenes
Another problem with the CGI defense is that Tran said he was very excited for the fans to see Rose and Rey interacting in the movie for the first time. And they don’t. They may cross paths once or twice, but there are no significant scenes between them at any point in the film. Any rando resistance fighter could play the role of Tran then.
The soldier had a big bow in The Last Jedi, represented the best heroes of Star Wars and shared more chemistry with Finn than Rey. In spite of their past together, Abrams gave her nothing serious, but she gave much time and attention to half-hearted nostalgia and unnecessary characters.