Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is probably the biggest event any Star Wars fan is anticipating right now. Bigger than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm has given us a peek of the more nitty-gritty war side of Star Wars.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is definitely before the Rebellion Era of Episode VI, but after the Clone Wars Era of Episode III. There is a scene in Episode VI where they ask where they got the plans for the Death Star, and there is a reference to the call sign “Rogue One”. Now we get to see what lead to the events of Episode VI.
Like said above, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story seems to be showing off the war side of Star Wars, and even though Darth Vader is making a reappearance, we can assume that there will be less, if not none, of the lightsaber duels and jedi in general.
From piecing together the trailers, the story focuses on a girl named Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), whose father (Mads Mikkelsen) is a mastermind capable of designing the Death Star. He is taken by the Empire and Jyn is left to raise herself, turning to crime. In her teens, she is arrested by the Empire for “forgery of Imperial documents, possession of stolen property, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.” Years later a rebellion leader Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) sends a team to break Jyn out of prison, where they later interrogate her. They know that the Empire is planning something, and know that her father is behind it, maybe connecting her father to the early rebellion. Then they all band together to steal the plans to the Death Star and maybe find Jyn’s father.
Let’s talk about those Stormtroopers though! I think I lost it when I saw the sleek and tactical black design of the Death Squad Trooper. Then there were the Tank Troopers in the market riding around in their hover tank. Then the Scarab Troopers running reminded me of the Scout Troopers. All of these show us the specializations of stormtroopers and hopefully they are for use and not for show.
The team members spark an interest as well. Out of the three cool guys—make that two because Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) isn’t shown in any of the posters, already foreshadowing an early death—Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) is the most interesting, seen in the teaser trailer beating Stormtroopers down with… a stick. Yep. No lightsaber, no blaster—well he has a crossbow, but he beats and entire squad of troopers down with a stick. Then there are the quotes of the force and the facts that he’s blind. A blind, force-sensitive, martial artist who wields a stick and crossbow. We can assume that Chirrut isn’t actually a jedi or can use the force for telekinesis, but knows about and uses the force to see.
They better do something with Darth Vader (Spencer Wilding). Again, use not show. There’s a vibe that when the iconic villain makes his appearance, he won’t have much of anything to say or do. Just for nostalgia to get the movie-goers rowdy and suck in skeptics who don’t really care about the war side of the franchise to see the movie.
Please! USE not SHOW!
Written by Nifa Kaniga