We’ve had some time to digest and process the spectacular mess that is The Rise of Skywalker. While I thoroughly enjoyed the film, there was a lot that was Not Great and needs to be discussed. The first glaring atrocity that stood out to me, an Asian American woman: the absence of Rose Tico.
If you’re a Rose Tico fan, I can imagine you’re as upset as I am. We were promised Commander Tico, and we were absolutely let down by The Rise of Skywalker. There was a lot to wrap up in TROS-that’s a fair assessment. But Rose Tico had a grand total of 1 minute and 16 seconds of screen time… in a 2 hour 22 minute film. This is less than Dominic Monaghan’s character, and we don’t even learn his name on screen! After some of the promotional photos we saw of her and Rey interacting at the Resistance base at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and J.J.’s declaration on stage that the best thing Rian Johnson did was cast Kelly as Rose, and , it’s hard not to feel betrayed.