Eric Anthony Rodriguez

Eric Anthony Rodriguez

As has become the holiday tradition, I went to see “The Rise of Skywalker” this past week. This movie is supposed to be the final battle between the Empire and the Resistance. At the end, we do find out if good triumphs over evil, and I will try not to spoil the outcome for anyone who has not yet seen the picture. For those of you who do not like knowing anything that happens in a movie before you see it, you might want to put this down and come back to it after you have seen the film.

There have been many less-than-stellar reviews of this ninth movie in the “Star Wars” series. I don’t understand why after eight installments, where people who we thought were dead have come back to life and of suicide missions that are miraculously survived, this was a problem for some viewers. This has always been part of the magic of “Star Wars.” You get tensed up when a character is about to die, and then relieved when they somehow survive. Yes, parts of the script were not easy to follow. Yes, you had to do a little extra suspending of disbelief. That’s “Star Wars.” You either love it or hate it.

For those of us that do love “Star Wars,” “The Rise of Skywalker” must be seen. We finally find out if all of that Jedi mumbo-jumbo amounts to anything more than just a few neat tricks. We finally find out who wins the war. It might not be a perfect ending to the series, but it is the ending we have been waiting so long for. While I cannot say this was the best “Star Wars” movie ever, Episode IX would fall somewhere in the middle if I had to rank them all. If you are not a big “Star Wars” fan, you might want to wait until this one is released on DVD or Disney+.

I spent the entire two hours and 22 minutes in the theater looking for Baby Yoda. I had seen pictures of this mythical creature on the Internet, but had not read anything about it so as not to spoil any of the movie details. It turns out that Baby Yoda is from the new Star Wars TV show on Disney+ called “The Mandalorian.” If you are sad about “The Rise of Skywalker” being the end of the Star Wars saga, “The Mandalorian” will quickly pull you out of the doldrums.

If you thought Boba Fett was the coolest guy ever, wait until you meet the Mandalorian. I have only seen a few of the first episodes, but it is quickly becoming my favorite show. The first season is already completed and fans have been promised a new season at some point in 2020. You can add this to my list of things I am looking forward to this year.

Eric lives in Suwannee County and is a public school educator. He is an independent contractor. You can reach him at

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