Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire (Sequel Trilogy Edit Part 1)

Updated: 27th May 2024

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Faneditor: LordAlvarezEdits  
Fanedit Type: FanMix
Fanedit Release Date: 15th March 2024
Fanedit Runtime: 2h:56m:54s
Time Cut: 1h:54m:0s
Time Added: 0h:0m:0s
Franchise: Star Wars
Genre: ActionAdventureFantasySci-Fi
Original Title: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)   Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)   
Original Release Date: 1st January 2017
Original Runtime: 4h:50m:0s
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Certificate: 12A
Format: Digital
Resolution: 1080p
Sound Mix: Stereo
Language: English
Subtitles: No


The First Order rises from the ashes of The Empire as Rey, Finn, and the rest of the Resistance look for a way to restore peace before an all out battle with the First Order begins.


I like some stuff in these movies but the thing I miss the most is a strong line through each movie, connecting them. My goal here was to connect the three films into one viewing experience. I ended up splitting this trilogy into two parts because it was just a little too much for one edit. The overall goal of the edit though was to trim down the fluff and things that didn't really work for me personally but still give the viewer the full story experience with hopefully an even more satisfying experience than what we originally got.

Change List:

[Smaller edits may be done as well that are not part of this list of bigger edits.] 1. New opening credits and title of film. 2. A few scenes of Rey on Jakku are cut. 3. The scene with the squid-like creatures after Han Solo shows up is completely gone. 4. Some additional subtitles have been added in the Maz's Tavern scene. 5. The scene with the First Order talking and then shooting the lasers at the planet is cut. I liked the idea that we as the audience is learning about the lasers shooting at the planet at the same time the characters are. 6. The Rey and Kylo talking scenes, where she is locked up, I moved some more of those scenes in between some of the talking at the Resistance scenes. I didn't like that all the Rey and Kylo scenes were all together because it made it seem like she escapes almost immediately. I liked the idea that more time passed in-between these events. 7. Some of the scenes on the First Order base are cut/shortened. 8. Rey climbing up the mountain is cut down a bit. 9. After Rey hands Luke the lightsaber we stay with her and Luke for a bit. I moved some of the scenes around again. In Episode VIII the movie starts with the attack on the resistance and then they get to the Rey and Luke stuff later but I switched it around so they Rey and Luke stuff happens first and then we cut to the Resistance being attacked. The more comedic scene where Poe is pretending to be on the phone with the First Order captain while his ship is warming up, all that is cut. 10. Some more of the Resistance scenes and the Rey and Luke scenes are switched around to fit better. 11. Finn and Rose scenes are cut down a ton. This is more important for Part 2 (The Last Skywalker edit) but some of it is included in this edit. Finn meeting rose is included, Finn talking to Poe about their plan is included, them leaving the ship is included. Everything else is cut. No Canto Bight scenes are included at all. It is simply inferred that they are on a mission we just never see what the mission is. 12. A few of the Rey and Luke scenes are cut down / cut out including some of the more comedic dialogue. 13. The film ends with Rey leaving Luke and flying away.

Additional Notes:

My edits are really for people who want to get the story without having to watch hours on hours of content. I like to shorten films, or sets of films, into digestible content that lets you understand everything the director was trying to show in much less time.

Other Sources:

Special Shoutout to Samuel Kim music on YouTube for the end credits music.

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