Friday, January 12, 2024

Plots Part 2/3: And Therefore . . .

In a previous discussion, I delved into the insights of South Park creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who emphasized the importance of constructing a compelling plot with the judicious use of "therefore" or "but," as opposed to the mundane "and then." The crux of their argument was that a plot driven by the latter tends to be lackluster. In that context, I provided examples of movie plots, namely Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker and The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which unfortunately succumbed to the narrative trap of excessive "and then."

This post aims to exercise creative freedom by reimagining the summary of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, infusing it with the recommended narrative elements of "therefore" or "but."

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Kylo Ren, having suffered defeat in his latest battle, therefore embarks on a quest to amass greater power to overcome Rey. Driven by an unwavering commitment, he follows rumors that ultimately lead him to the ominous Palpatine (I am not trying to change everything about the movie, even thought this part was cringe). Despite the predictability of this plot twist, Kylo Ren is promised increased power, but the catch is that he must eliminate Rey. Faced with the daunting prospect of confronting an adversary he has never conquered and lacks the desire to defeat, therefore Kylo is torn. The allure of power echoes persistently in his mind, intensifying his inner conflict.

Simultaneously, Rey grows increasingly suspicious of the reformed Empire's silence. Her paranoia manifests in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), therefore propels her to seek out Kylo Ren. Despite reservations about Rey's mental state, the rebels fortify their base, but allow her friends to accompany her in the search for Kylo Ren. As they investigate, they learn about the Sith wayfinder that Kylo obtained but they don’t know where to find one, so they meet up with Lando in search of one.

During a confrontation on Pasaana, Kylo attempts to eliminate Rey, resulting in the outcome in the movie. The apparent death of Chewbacca therefore Rey's PTSD exacerbates, intensifying her anger and determination to hunt down Kylo. Their fateful encounter on the moon in the Endor system sees Rey tapping into the dark side of the Force. But, her inexperience and struggle with the dark side, coupled with unresolved trauma therefore gives Kylo the upper hand. Recognizing Rey's vulnerability and PTSD, Kylo, unexpectedly, exhibits compassion and departs, leaving Rey to question his motives.

Reflecting on his actions, Kylo acknowledges the error of his ways Therefore wants to atone for his mistakes and resolves to confront Palpatine. Rey, committed to seeing this through, follows Kylo using the Force. Together, they confront Palpatine, facing overwhelming odds. In a crucial moment, Kylo sacrifices himself, absorbing a lethal blow intended for Rey. This selfless act leaves Palpatine vulnerable, allowing Rey to vanquish him definitively. Kylo's demise prompts Rey to commit to training the next generation of Jedi.


The question that looms is whether these nuanced changes would have elevated the movie's overall quality. Consideration of these alterations prompts a thoughtful reflection on the narrative structure and character dynamics, leaving room for speculation on potential improvements.

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