Top Ten Questions and Plot Holes in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

This list covers the many plot holes in The Rise of Skywalker, and there are lots! Parts of this will overlap with the Biggest Problems list that I made a while back too.

The Top Ten Questions and Plot Holes in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

1 How can Finn feel the Force?

MAJOR SPOILER THAT MOST PEOPLE PROBABLY LOOKED OVER. Finn somehow can feel the Force in this movie, and at some points he wanted to tell Rey about it, but never got the chance. His apparent Force sense managed to help tremendously in the battle of Exegol, but you gotta understand, Finn has no real past to speak of. Unless he was connected by some chance to a Jedi or other Force user (possibly Mace Windu) it's hard to say just how Finn was able to feel the Force.

I bet he's related to Mace Windy.

2 How did Palpatine end up alive on a distant world?

First time we see him in the flesh, he's hooked on some crazy machine. He's also on the world of Exegol, far away from where Endor's Death Star blew up. Further more, he says he's "already died before", which probably could explain things, but not so much coming back to life. I don't buy into "Sith magic" as a thing, for the record.

Reasons. Actually he did mention in Revenge of the Sith that Darth Plageius taught him everything. He may of taught him how to rebuild life.

3 How did the second Death Star's remains end up on a completely different moon?

You gotta understand how the first two death stars (ANH and ROTJ) were destroyed, they were gone in an almost complete explosion (yes, it was primitive filming at the time). Almost all particles and structures were completely wiped out and disintegrated in the explosion. Yet the remains of the ROTJ Death Star are located in one of the moons and one of the moons alone.

I don't know man

4 How come the Sith dagger hasn't been worn out from erosion?

Naturally films don't really pay much attention to how much weathering and erosion play a part in decomposing things. Therefore, it's pretty crazy that the Sith dagger that the group finds manages to somehow be a central puzzle piece to reaching the remains of the Death Star, and even crazier that given that the thing has been in the desert for THAT long it has not eroded. Maybe some Sith magic, again.

Maybe Sith artifacts like that don't erode.

5 What's the deal with the lightspeed skip?

This is probably the most forgettable one since it happens at a midway point between locations, but there's quite a few lightspeed skips done in the Millenium Falcon. Poe who's piloting it goes from planet to planet with lightspeed skips near notable gravity wells (planets). This contradicts something in Empire Strikes Back, where the Rebel fleet had to flee into space before launching the lightspeed maneuver.

This is the only actual plot hole on this list, all the others have explanations.

6 What's the deal with TIE fighters chasing the Falcon during the lightspeed skip?

Unlike the last hole, this one contradicts something that was in the last movie, where they talk about how ships have been unable to track other ships through hyperspace. The Supremacy, the big star destroyer in that movie, apparently had new state-of-the-art technology that allowed it to happen but of course this star destroyer was destroyed. Yet the First Order managed to put this kind of technology on the fighters that were chasing the Falcon through hyperspace jumps.

7 How was Luke Skywalker's old X-Wing repaired?

Seriously that thing has been submerged under the water in the last movie and confirmed in the Visual Dictionary of The Last Jedi to have been wrecked by Luke himself before it was submerged. With it being submerged that long the electronics would have short-circuited long ago.

8 How was the blue lightsaber repaired?

The blue lightsaber as I like to call it is referring to the one Anakin Skywalker had, which passed down to Luke, was lost in Empire Strikes Back along with his hand, ends up in The Force Awakens, with Rey wielding it until the moment it got split in half by the Force users Rey and Ren. Accordingly it is the same one from those movies, but I'm left wondering if it really is, as there's no sign of visible tear on the thing, or if it is a completely different blue lightsaber altogether.

9 How was the secret armada of Star Destroyers maintained so well, only to be used by Palpatine when the time came?

There's so much I wanted to say about this one. How were the Star Destroyers constructed over there? How come Palpatine never did this well before in the other movies to take over the entire galaxy? And more importantly, the importance of Kyber crystals, which are used to power the Death Stars and their reactors, and just how much of the resource was used up. So how did these Star Destroyers, each equipped with planet-killing lasers, end up having this much Kyber in them?

That's a lot of Star Destroyers. It looks like the Sith preferred quantity over quality of the fleet ordered by the Emperor. It's poorly built.

10 How does Ben Solo leave Kef Bir?

After the lightsaber duel with Rey and Ren and Han Solo's fantastic appearance as a memory to Kylo, Ben Solo sets off, but exactly how? Rey stole his specialized TIE fighter and fled to exile in Ahch-To. Ben was on the Death Star wreckage, and his only real options are to find locals who have spaceships or to find a derelict one that was actually operable in some way. But it's never explained.

The Contenders

11 Why does Kylo Ren become a good guy so quickly and so completely?
12 What happened to all the Porgs on the Millennium Falcon?

Chewy must've eaten them all.

13 Did Rey and Ben's force dyad have any side effects?

Like that stupid kiss

14 Where is Sith Jarjar?

Jar Jar is dead

15 Where Did Rey's Golden Lightsaber Come From?
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