Daisy Ridley’s Rey is continuing her training as a Jedi knight among the rebel forces in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Picture: Lucasfilm Ltd

In “Star Wars,” no one’s ever really gone.

So Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) says, near the end of 2017’s “The Last Jedi” and again in the trailer for the new sequel, “The Rise of Skywalker.” In the trailer, those words are followed by an evil laugh so instantly familiar to fans of the long-running sci-fi franchise as belonging to a character who was killed five movies ago that it held out the promise of resuscitation.

That promise is confirmed in the on-screen text “crawl” that, as with previous films, opens “Skywalker,” catching us up with what we need to know.

What that text crawl – which opens with the words “The dead speak!” – doesn’t tell us is that the new movie, while fast-paced, eventful, occasionally even surprising, also panders wildly, closing out this last chapter of the nine films that have come to be known as the Skywalker Saga with a story that delivers to the faithful exactly the movie they wanted.

On the one hand, that’s a good thing. On the other, it may not be the closure this epic, now 42 years in the making, deserves.