Wondering how Rogue One Makes Star Wars Better?
When you look back, the original Star Wars movie, released in 1977, (now called Star Wars: A new hope) changed everything in cinema. It was a visual epic that took place in the stars and gave us characters that are now part of cinematic folklore. It was one of the first trilogies which gave it an almost Greek epic vibe.
Star Wars made it ok, even cool, to be a nerd and say terms like a lightsaber, Darth Vader, Yoda, the Force and Tatooine out in public. Simply put, I could keep going on about why the first Star Wars was awesome.
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But if you look at it with adult eyes, then you do start to see some plot holes which could potentially derail the movie or at least make it a little less special. Some of these are:
Just pop in A new hope before reading the rest of this, and you’ll probably have similar questions. But fear not! Rogue One: A Star Wars story, the first of the Star Wars anthology films isn’t just a good movie in its right. It also sets up the original Star Wars in delightfully nuanced ways that every fan will love.
As you’d expect, there are many easter eggs in the movie, but they weren’t thrown at me during the movie. Instead, they rounded stories nearly four decades in the making. So, Rogue One somehow stood in the past and the present at the same time and made it all the better for us.
It wasn’t just happenstance that Princess Leia was near the home planet of one of the last Jedi Masters. In Rogue One, Senate member of Bail Organa mentions Kenobi as a potential ally who could help Princess Leia. In fact, the movie ends probably 10 minutes before Episode IV begins and gives us a direct lead into the motivations of the princess.
R2D2 and C3PO then get into a pod and the rest, as they say, is history.
In 1977, we first heard of the Jedi and the Force, but it was shown as a forgotten religion with few practitioners. But Rogue One gives us Donnie Yen’s Chirrutimwe, not a Jedi but a follower of the Force. Through his stories, we get little fill-ins of what happened after Order-66. There’s also the ginormous fallen Jedi statue that puts things into perspective. It seems like things were pretty bleak before Luke Skywalker picked up his father’s lightsaber.
At the beginning of Episode IV, the Emperor dissolves the Senate and takes full control of the Galaxy. But why doesn’t anyone oppose him? That’s simple now because of Rogue One. We see two “test runs” of the Death Star meant to show its power to the Senate.
After two entire cities are destroyed, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who would stand against the imperial forces. You don’t want to go up against something that lives up to the name Death Star.
Darth Vader and the Emperor were far too busy to take control of the Death Star, so that fell to Governor Tarkin. But who was he and why did even Vader take orders from him? Rogue One, with the use of absolutely astonishing CGI, fleshes his character out and lets us know why he was so despicable in the first place.
He took all the credit from Director Krennic about the construction of the Death Star and even ensured that Krennic was killed because of his creation.
The most important question of all from “a new hope”, how could the construction of something as important as the Death Star be compromised? Who would build in that shaft that would lead directly to the reactor and blow up this massive space station?
We have the answer now – Galen Erso and also a motive – revenge. The father of Rogue One protagonist, JynErso, Galen was a scientist in the Empire. He was forced to work on the Death Star, even after Director Krennic kills his wife. To get back at them, he builds in a fatal flaw in the planet-destroying station and sends a message to his daughter about this.
That sets up Rogue One as a movie about getting the plans that would fulfil Galen’s final revenge and propel us into Star Wars.
It is a rare movie that contributes to improving a beloved film series. Rogue One does that and more. No wonder that as soon as you’re back from the theatre, you want to pop in Episode IV.
How else do you think Rogue One makes Star Wars Better and Interesting? Do let me know in the comments section below.