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The Pop Culture Download #19: Star Wars IX, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and More


It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one of these Pop Culture Downloads, but I had just been re-watching my favorite Christmas movies leading up to the holidays and didn’t have much to share. But now I do! I also got Disney + for Christmas so I am so watching things on there, so look out for that content in the future in these Pop Culture Downloads. Anyways, onto my thoughts on some things that I discovered or watched recently.

Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker

Credit: Newsweek

I saw Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker on Christmas with my extended family and I LOVED it! I thought it was the perfect way to round out the nine part series on the Skywalker family. I won’t give spoilers here in case you want to see it without having the plot of the movie given away. The special effects were great, almost every single lingering question was answered by J.J. Abrams, and they brought a feature of something from each trilogy into the finale which really made it finally feel complete while still leaving enough wiggle room that they could do spin offs in the future. If you hated the first two movies in the final trilogy or thought they were too fanfiction, you won’t like this movie. I, on the other hand, did not feel that way and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s impossible to please everyone I suppose.


Alright now if you want my thoughts on the spoilers, expand this next section. Again don’t mention spoilers in the comments so other people can still be surprised if they don’t want to know in advance of seeing the movie.

I love that they made Rey a Palpatine and it didn’t just come out of no where. They hinted at it far before they showed it and used Emperor Palpatine who was the big bad of the other movies as the final enemy that Rey had to face off against. So, she had to do a full circle like Luke did against his own father. Acknowledge the fact that someone in the family may be dark but that doesn’t mean you have to be too. And that they had a sort of redemption arc for Kylo Ren (Ben) though that might have just been Princess Leia considering she died immediately after Ben gave up his life to bring Rey back. Then she went by Skywalker afterwards when she buried Luke’s and Leia’s lightsabers where the entire story began for the first two series. It was a nice touch. The one questionable thing was them saving Finn from the command ship, he was dead. One hundred percent. Also Ben, Ben totally should’ve been dead when Palpatine threw him but he died in the end so that’s alright.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

My mom got me Luigi’s Mansion 3 for Christmas along with Disney +, and I have just started playing it in addition to the other Nintendo Switch games I haven’t completed yet (Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey). Not doing a review of it quite yet but it’s really fun so far. As all I’ve actually played so far is the introduction, but not quite out of the tutorial phase yet.

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Mae Polzine

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