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Heroes turning to Myth

By idolising the old cast of characters, both the heroes and the villain & ultimately redeemed hero, the movie breaks the metaphysical wall by embodying within its own universe the reverential tone fans around the world employ when uttering the words Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca.

Going beyond the near future and immediate happiness following the Rebellion’s victory, we arrive at a world that has already moved on past the hallowed heroes, and Luke Skywalker is treated as the legend he is in the real world.

Perhaps no less could be asked of a Star Wars sequel: to dignify the original trilogy’s events in such a way that they are myth, rather than the events of a couple of decades ago.