A lot went on offscreen between the 2017 movie and this week’s final installment of the Skywalker Saga.
As Star Wars: the increase of Skywalker opens, it’s clear that a while has passed since Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and not simply because Finn’s hair has grown. After Rian Johnson’s 2017 movie left the Resistance decimated, the new movie opens with a Resistance that’s larger than simply a gang on board the Millennium Falcon — but how did that happen?
The answer is to be found via Lucasfilm’s broad publishing program Journey to Star Wars: the increase of Skywalker, which told a large bridging story between the 2 movies, handling the reconstruction of the Resistance, and what was happening with the primary Order at an equivalent time. Spanning multiple magazine issues and novels aimed toward different age groups, Journey fills during a number of blanks and lays groundwork for the galaxy during which Rise takes place… and every one of it happens off-screen. For those that didn’t have an opportunity to read everything, this is often what you missed…
In the immediate wake of the events of The Last Jedi, General Leia Organa makes the choice to succeed in bent old allies in an effort to stay the movement alive — and within the process, regain the resources with which to fight a war.
This process finishes up recruiting Wedge Antilles, who had flown alongside Luke Skywalker during the first trilogy, also as variety of other former Rebellion members and supporters, who staff three important missions to varying degrees of success: While an effort to make a replacement political alliance with the ruling bodies on Corellia fails because the First Order arrives because it expands across the galaxy, a second team manages to accumulate an inventory of prisoners being held by the primary Order, while a 3rd team manages to steal variety of spacecraft intended for the scrapyard within the hopes of using them because the start line for a replacement fleet.
Wedge and a few others retire after these missions, whilst the rebuilding of the Resistance itself gets fully underway.
Leia reaches bent the Mon Calamarians, asking them to renounce their neutrality and use their shipbuilding skills to rebuild the Resistance fleet at an equivalent time as Finn and Poe Dameron are sent to accumulate a weapon cache on the moon of Avedot. Of course, neither mission goes smoothly, with the previous interrupted by both an isolationist movement that rejects any involvement with offworlders and an unfortunate appearance by the primary Order, and therefore the latter by bounty hunters tasked with bringing Finn back to the primary Order.
Thankfully, everything works out well on both fronts; the Resistance gains a replacement fleet of starships, and therefore the Dameron/Finn team manages to flee with… most of the weaponry they came for, minus that utilized in order to make sure their escape within the first place.