Star Wars maintained making use of the “Force Theme”, best called “Luke’s Theme”, in the follow up trilogy, showing that they ought to have transformed the legend’s major style after the initial trilogy finished. Back in 1977, George Lucas presented target markets to a galaxy much, away in the movie currently called Star Wars: A New Hope, which was additionally the start of among one of the most effective as well as precious franchises in the entertainment industry. A New Hope was followed by two more films – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back as well as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – forming what’s known as the “original trilogy”.
Years later, Lucas decided to expand the Star Wars saga with a prequel trilogy exploring Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker’s backstory, from his days as a young slave to his rise as the powerful Sith lord. Following the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, another trilogy was released with the purpose of introducing a new generation of characters and bring closure to the Skywalker saga. The sequel trilogy brought Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO back, but didn’t really give them a big role, instead focusing on the new (and younger) heroes and villains. What the sequels did do, however, was bring the music from the original trilogy back.
As per Star Wars tradition, the saga’s main theme, “The Force Theme” (best known as “Luke’s Theme” thanks to the scene where Luke looks out at the sunset in A New Hope) played in the sequel trilogy, but it had been misused since the prequels came out, taking away its meaning. “The Force Theme” is widely associated with Luke, playing during key moments in his arc in the original trilogy and becoming the main theme of the saga. With that in mind, it doesn’t make sense to have it playing in the prequel trilogy as Luke isn’t even present because he hadn’t been born yet, and not in the sequel trilogy either as he wasn’t a main character.
“Luke’s Theme” playing in the sequel trilogy represents another problem, as the sequels relied too much on nostalgia and elements from the original trilogy, especially the music. The theme was used anytime something related to the original trilogy happened, no matter if it wasn’t related to Luke or the Force (for example, it plays when Lando Calrissian shows up in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), just for the sake of adding emotion. This ended up recontextualizing the theme, as it’s no longer one used in key moments involving Luke or the Force – and for those who pay extra attention to the music, it can be very misleading having it playing in a scene unrelated to what the original movies established.
Of course, the new characters in the Star Wars sequels got their own themes, which were also misused a couple of times, but Star Wars should have taken Rey’s theme (given that she turned out to be the last Jedi) as well as turn it into the new theme of the legend. This would have not only allowed Luke to keep his own theme as well as the significance of it, but it would have also served to give the sequels their own essence as well as distinctive music, while also giving Rey as well as the music associated with her their own meaning. Ultimately, the Star Wars follows up clinging to so many elements from the initial trilogy further proves that Disney didn’t have a clear plan, other than overusing every possible element from the first films for the sake of fond memories.