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Rise Of Skywalker’s Strangest Decisions Mocked In Hilarious Star Wars Meme

A new meme mocks Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s strangest decision. The final movie in Star Wars’ sequel trilogy was certainly controversial, in large part because director J.J. Abrams played the nostalgia card. He even resurrected Emperor Palpatine himself, with precious little explanation. But, although most viewers didn’t really stop to think about it, Palpatine’s wasn’t the only return that made precious little sense in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Co-opting The Rise of Skywalker’s most controversial line, “Somehow Palpatine returned,” a new meme shared by Redditor owenskinner05 points to the absurdity of the Death Star’s throne room surviving intact.

As the meme notes, the destruction of the Second Death Star in Return of the Jedi was no less apparently final than the Emperor’s own demise. Although meteors were later shown falling on to the Forest Moon of Endor, they were far smaller chunks. All this is even stranger given Palpatine’s throne room featured an open vent to the reactor shaft – which meant the energy of the blast should have realistically obliterated everything there.


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s many plot holes have largely been explained away, in large part due to tie-in comics and novels. But this is one plot hole that, realistically, cannot possibly be resolved. There is no conceivable way such a massive chunk of the Death Star should have stayed intact – especially a part so close to the reactor vent. Viewers are best left to shrug, laugh, and carry on with the show.

To be fair, the image of the Death Star’s wreckage is an incredibly compelling one. What’s more, this wasn’t a decision made lightly; the idea of a quest through the Death Star’s wreckage was actually considered for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, only to be recycled into the final movie instead. It’s easy to see why Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s writers went for the idea – even if it doesn’t make sense.

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