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A judge has announced in court that ‘Last Jedi’ and ‘Rise of Skywalker’ are mediocre films

Why a judge said ‘The Last Jedi’ and ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ are mediocre compared to the rest of the Skywalker Saga

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
Rey (Daisy Ridley) in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which was deemed a mediocre movie.
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Judge Kenneth K. Lee, a 9th Circuit Court judge, has officially ruled “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker” are mediocre “Star Wars” films.

Did a judge rule on ‘Star Wars’ movies?

Yes, sort of. Lee is overseeing a case between ConAgra Foods Inc. and Wesson Oil. The case is centered around how Conagra marketed Wesson Oil.

  • The case alleged that Wesson Oils was marketed as “100% natural” even though Conagra agreed to stop using the label.

In his ruling, Lee mentioned “Star Wars” films to draw a comparison between the two sides in the case.

  • “Simply put, Richardson — the new owner of Wesson Oil — can resume using the ‘100% Natural’ label at any time it wishes, thereby depriving the class of any value theoretically afforded by the injunction. ConAgra thus essentially agreed not to do something over which it lacks the power to do,” he wrote in the ruling.
  • “That is like George Lucas promising no more mediocre and schlocky Star Wars sequels shortly after selling the franchise to Disney. Such a promise would be illusory,” he continued in the ruling, according to Screen Rant.
  • He added a footnote: “As evident by Disney’s production of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.”

Was there a plan for the sequel trilogy?

The “Star Wars” sequel trilogy was brought back into the national conversation after JJ Abrams — the director of the sequel trilogy’s beginning film, “The Force Awakens,” and its final one, “The Rise of Skywalker” — admitted there was no overarching plan for the trilogy.

Abrams told Collider that the sequel trilogy would have been better with a plan in mind.

  • “I feel like what I’ve learned as a lesson a few times now, and it’s something that especially in this pandemic year working with writers (has become clear), the lesson is that you have to plan things as best you can, and you always need to be able to respond to the unexpected. And the unexpected can come in all sorts of forms, and I do think that there’s nothing more important than knowing where you’re going.”