Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker left us Having a lot of questions. The most forgiving of fans raised their eyebrows.
Some of these plot holes opened up by Episode IX could be stuffed by some critical thinking, but it takes a glimpse of the Star Wars Visual Dictionary to satisfy others. If it comes to describing the circumstance of Palpatine’s yield, this (as seen by MovieWeb) is a requirement.
He is living in hiding, paralyzed, on Earth Exegol, when we’re introduced to Palpatine. We learn that Snoke was merely a clone casing Palpatine’s consciousness.
However, how did he arrive? And how did he get that giant fleet of Star Destroyers? And who are all those hooded minions?
Perhaps not Sure what we’re talking about? That’s fine. The Sith Eternal is not Mentioned in the film itself, but now that they’ve been established may Become a part of future Star Wars content.
The Sith Eternal is, according to the Visual Dictionary, Dedicated followers whose belief in Palpatine brought them to resurrect him. The dictionary says they could revive him with”technology and the occult” which is rather vague.
So now that we have figured out how he came back (no real thanks to the movie itself) We need to understand how he got that giant fleet constructed on a planet to find you want a MacGuffin — sorry, Wayfinder — to get there.
The ships are known as Xyston-class Star Destroyers. Exegol is apparently occupied by”shipwrights, engineers, and slaves” (via MovieWeb) under the control of the Sith Eternal that was able to create the ships. The parts were smuggled onto Exegol, of course.
Utilizing The Sith Eternal, their various occult powers managed to sneak in Parts from the Kuat-Entralla and Sienar-Jaemus shipyards to Exegol to Construct the ships. (Again, how? We do not know. Do not ask. Perhaps a director’s cut will clarify.)
Now, onto glimpsed Sith Troopers on Exegol. Like Storm Troopersthey are kids who’ve been raised to devote themselves.
However, they were not kidnapped. Instead, they were the children of the Sith Eternal (who will not win any parenting awards) whose dedication to the Final Order was bred into them from birth. Yikes. Somehow no one noticed any of this was happening during the thirty-odd years because of Palpatine’s reactor-dive.
It might have been helpful if any of this was covered in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Instead, we obtained Poe’s deadpan and sarcastic explanation: “somehow, Palpatine is back.”