There’s a lot of things that people get wrong about Star Wars: The Last Jedi it what it really means to “let the past die”.
When Kylo says it to Rey, the two characters are at a crossroads. They can either continue to fight the same, tired war that has wages for eons, or to keep rehashing the same ol’ plot points from movies past…or they can create something new. They don’t have to have a Jedi Order. They don’t need the Sith. The past has to die, because the old ways are not the best. The only way to make something new is to deconstruct the old thing, to bury it, to try again from scratch.
It’s the director’s way of trying to convince an rabid audience that it is okay to let go of the things we once cherished. It’s okay that Star Wars isn’t for you anymore. It can’t be anymore. There’s so much history between that movie and these movies, so many writers, so many visions, so many takes and turns, countless novels, endless hot takes and hot takes about hot takes and hot takes about hot takes about hot takes. The only way Star Wars can exist is to fucking evolve. You let it die, so it can live.
That’s why the microwaved leftovers of Rise of Skywalker went down so bad. Because repackaging ideas from the worst elements of your fanbase trying to fill a hole that you can’t possibly fill in pointless. It doesn’t matter what the intent was; even if it was completely innocent, it feels of corporate meddling from Herbs who have no fucking idea what this thing is or what makes people upset about how it gets treated or why they love it. And even if it does make money, it will never be as loved as the past movies, or even as loathed as the prequels and TLJ. They would’ve been better off leaving it dead, building on new ideas, then trying to fool us into buying something we know is garbage.
In other news, the Chief Herb hired a Scab Herb to try and reanimate the corpse of a formerly good website. It’s gonna suck.