Star Wars: 10 Sequel Trilogy Characters Who Deserved More Screen Time

Most criticisms of the Star Wars sequel trilogy can be traced back to the fact that it wasn’t mapped out from the beginning. Lucasfilm made Episode VII, then figured out Episode VIII, then figured out how to tie it all together in Episode IX. As a result of this unplanned storytelling, a lot of promising characters and narrative threads ended up falling by the wayside.

From Rose Tico to Maz Kanata to the Knights of Ren, there’s a laundry list of exciting but underdeveloped characters from the Star Wars sequel trilogy who deserved a lot more screen time to flesh out their arcs.


10/10 Captain Phasma

Captain Phasma with a rifle in The Force Awakens

Played by Gwendoline Christie, Captain Phasma had the potential to be this trilogy’s answer to Boba Fett. Like Fett, she’s an ice-cool badass with a stern face hidden underneath a helmet; a villain who only speaks when necessary and lets her blaster do the talking the rest of the time.

Unfortunately, Phasma ended up following in Fett’s footsteps a little too closely. She got an awesome introduction in one movie, then suffered a swift, unceremonious death in the next.

9/10 Jannah

Jannah in a field in The Rise of Skywalker

Jannah was introduced too late to get the development she deserved. She didn’t show up until The Rise of Skywalker, and even then, she doesn’t appear until about halfway through the movie. Jannah served as yet another love interest for Finn after his burgeoning relationships with Rey and Rose went nowhere.

Like Finn, Jannah is an ex-Stormtrooper who defected from the First Order to join the Resistance. Naomi Ackie did the best she could with the material she was given, but she should’ve been given a lot more.

8/10 Babu Frik

Babu Frik working on a droid in The Rise of Skywalker

One of the few highlights of The Rise of Skywalker was the adorable debut of Babu Frik. Babu is the diminutive droid engineer who unlocks the ancient Sith language inexplicably burrowed in C-3PO’s memory drive.

Brought to life with old-school puppetry effects and an endearing vocal performance by Shirley Henderson, Babu gave Grogu a run for his money as the cutest character in a galaxy far, far away.

7/10 Allegiant General Pryde

Allegiant General Pryde on an Imperial ship in The Rise of Skywalker

Richard E. Grant is tailor-made for the role of a smarmy Imperial bureaucrat. But his Star Wars character, Allegiant General Pryde, wasn’t introduced until The Rise of Skywalker, in which he vies with General Hux to influence Kylo Ren’s decision-making.

Pryde gets a cool death scene on the bridge of a Star Destroyer that gets blown up in spectacular style by a Resistance starfighter. But he should’ve gotten some more substantial scenes before then.

6/10 Maz Kanata

Maz Kanata with Luke's lightsaber in The Force Awakens

When Rey found Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber in Maz Kanata’s basement and wondered how it got there after being dropped into a bottomless pit on Cloud City, Maz said that it was “a good story... for another time.” But that other time never came.

The Star Wars team had one of the greatest actors on Earth at their disposal with Lupita Nyong’o, but after her tantalizing introduction in The Force Awakens, Maz was confined to a brief video call in The Last Jedi and relegated to a blink-and-miss-it cameo appearance in The Rise of Skywalker.

5/10 Emperor Palpatine

Zombie Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker

In The Rise of Skywalker, after audiences had rejected Supreme Leader Snoke as a rip-off of Emperor Palpatine, the filmmakers decided to just make Palpatine the villain. Feebly explained in the infamous line, “Somehow, Palpatine returned,” The Rise of Skywalker brought the Emperor back from the dead.

If Palpatine was going to be the big bad of the sequel trilogy, it should have been set up much earlier. His role in the story felt rushed as it was confined entirely to The Rise of Skywalker.

4/10 Finn

Finn in Stormtrooper armor on the Jakku desert

In The Force Awakens, Finn was introduced on equal footing with Rey as one of the heroes of the sequel trilogy. As the trilogy went on, however, Rey took over as the sole protagonist and Finn sadly fell by the wayside.

An ex-Stormtrooper who abandons his evil empire, trains as a Jedi, and ultimately liberates the galaxy from that empire would’ve been a unique and ultimate Star Wars hero. But the sequel trilogy squandered the opportunity to tell that story as Finn was increasingly sidelined.

3/10 Lieutenant Connix

Lieutenant Connix on a Resistance base

Carrie Fisher’s real-life daughter, Billie Lourd, was cast in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Lourd played one of the top commanders of the Resistance forces alongside General Leia Organa with the role of Lieutenant Connix.

Like her mother, Lourd is a great actor. She proved as much with her breakout performance as Gigi in Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart. But in the Star Wars sequels, she was confined to a background role.

2/10 The Knights Of Ren

The Knights of Ren on Pasaana in The Rise of Skywalker

From the beginning of the sequel trilogy, Kylo Ren was introduced as the overlord of the Knights of Ren. His evil Force-wielding henchmen appeared briefly in Rey’s vision in The Force Awakens, then didn’t even get a mention in The Last Jedi. In The Rise of Skywalker, when the Knights of Ren made their long-awaited non-vision debut, they just stood there.

There’s a cool shot of them gathered atop a rock on Pasaana, then they get promptly massacred by Ben Solo in the final battle. After so much build-up, the Knights of Ren deserved a more substantial payoff.

1/10 Rose Tico

Rose Tico at a Resistance base in The Rise of Skywalker

Rose Tico was introduced in The Last Jedi as an everywoman that the audience could relate to. After that promising introduction – and a great performance by Kelly Marie Tran – it seemed like a no-brainer to make Rose a part of the main group in The Rise of Skywalker, much like Lando joining the main cast in the original trilogy.

But in The Rise of Skywalker’s unwieldy two-and-a-half-hour runtime, Rose only shows up for just over a minute. After being sidelined in the sequel trilogy, Rose deserves her own Disney+ series.

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