Disney+ secretly changed Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on their streaming network.
Lucasfilm’s conclusion to the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, has been criticized for a lot of things, like its story, how it is paced, the severe diversions the plot makes from the story of The Last Jedi, etc. While these are errors that can’t be rectified anymore and are part of Star Wars legacy now, Disney+ has altered what it could in the film such that eagle-eyed viewers have discovered that the film looks a lot different than the time when we viewed it in the theaters.
It has now been over a year since the film has been available on the streaming platform but it is only now that two Twitter users, in now-deleted tweets, pointed out subtle changes made to the Star Wars film. As pointed out by Twitter user PalpyYT Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has lost a lot of its considerably annoying blue-green hue that reigned over many of its scenes in the original, theatrical version. But now, thankfully because of the changes, the scenes look a lot better and easy on the eye. So, now if you watch the scene of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) appearing to his son Ben (Adam Driver) before he heads out to defeat Palpatine’s clone army, the blue-green tint is mostly absent.
Disney+ has made one more change to the Star Wars film as Twitter user Jbandos pointed out that earlier, in the scene where Rey hears Jedi voices, the voices were denoted as “Female Jedi 2” and “Female Jedi 3.” But now, the error has been rectified such that the caption explicitly mentions Anakin, Luminara, Aayla, and Ahsoka’s names.
These changes had not been announced by Disney in advance, so there is no clue as to what triggered these “developments” almost two years after the film’s release and one year of it being on the streaming platform. While the changes do nothing to improve the story of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker for those who found it unappealing, it certainly is an added perk for its admirers.
But a blue-green tint and erroneous caption weren’t the only flaws of the Star Wars film which is majorly panned for retconning many plotlines established by previous films. We saw Kylo Ren assume control and establish himself as a force to reckon in the first two films in the sequel trilogy when he killed his father and Snoke. But in The Rise of Skywalker, he was back to playing second fiddle to another bad guy, a revived Emperor Palpatine who just poofed into existence out of nowhere.
Then there is the glaring omission of the fact that in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke’s lightsaber was destroyed by Rey and was not repaired by her by the end of the film. But by the time she appears in The Rise of Skywalker, the lightsaber is once again intact and no explanation is provided about its miraculous resurrection. And that’s not the last issue that the conclusion of the sequel trilogy has. But as they can’t be removed, all Star Wars can do is build a better and cohesive cinematic world going forward.