So we have you to thank! You were the one that helped cause a major plot point in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Read on to find out exactly how, if you don’t mind spoilers for both “The Rise of Skywalker” movie and the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland park.
Thanks to the “Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker Visual Dictionary”, we have lots of new details about the final movie in the Skywalker saga, and a few new details about Batuu, the planet guests are visiting at the new theme park land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
When experiencing Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, guests are taken aboard a First Order Star Destroyer. Although you aren’t specifically told the name of the ship, it’s the Finalizer, Kylo Ren’s flagship, and General Hux is in command.
As those who have ridden or watched videos of the attraction know, the battle over Batuu doesn’t go well for the First Order. As guests also see in their final meeting with Kylo Ren during the ride, the Finalizer is badly damaged.
The “Visual Dictionary” tells us it’s because of this major damage that Kylo Ren transfers to his new flagship, the Steadfast. Hux is also assigned to the Steadfast, but he’s no longer in charge. Here he serves below Allegiant General Pryde. It’s assumed that because of the disastrous battle over Batuu and Hux letting us Resistance prisoners get away, among other things, that Kylo demoted him.
We can further assume that because of this demotion, which was a direct result of the battle over Batuu, that Hux decides to try to get rid of Kylo Ren by becoming a spy for the Resistance.
We also learn in the “Visual Dictionary” that Pryde was friends with Hux’s father, and that Hux had his father killed (Also in “Phasma”). This helps explain why Pryde was so quick to shoot Hux when he found out he was the spy.
The book also mentions how Finn once again dons Stormtrooper armor when infiltrating the “Finalizer” (which guests can see during the ride) that resulted in Kylo and Hux’s Star Destroyer being severely damaged over Batuu.
It’s great to be able to tie the theme park ride into the movie so directly, but this still doesn’t explain why Kylo is wearing his helmet on the attraction.