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The Importance of Rogue One In The Star Wars Universe

In just a couple weeks, we will be graced once more with yet another Star Wars in our movie theatres. Set before A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is about a group of rebels sent out to retrieve the schematics of the Death Star. But just how important is this movie to the rest of them? I mean, we already know what happens with this super weapon. If they’re trying to go for a suspenseful, “are they going to destroy it in time?” feel for this movie, they won’t get anywhere. That question was already answered back in 1977. So what significance does the first of the anthology movies have to bring? Well, quite a bit actually.

It’s a War Movie

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Every Star Wars movie takes place during a war. Yet none of them would really be considered a war movie. They mainly focused on the Jedi, either the entire order or the one in the group, and the Sith. Sure there were scenes of the rebels strategizing against the opposing force, as well as some pretty cool battle scenes, but about 85-90 percent of the movie were lightsaber battles, force wielding, or boring counsel meeting. But there hasn’t been a movie solely focused on the war aspect. It is called Star Wars after all. From what we’ve seen of Rogue One so far, we will finally get to see the struggle against the Empire wholly from the Rebel’s point of view. This will indeed show us the war from an angle we haven’t seen on the big screen.

New Things

Even though this is pretty much a prequel and there are already movies that take place after this one, we’re still getting new things. From new ships like the Rebel U-Wing and the Imperial Tie Striker to new looking Stormtroopers, there’s so much in store for this movie. This will either work to add confusion as to why none of these things made an appearance in the other movies, or add depth to an already flourishing universe.

Saw Gerrera

Forest Whitaker has taken the role of rebel known as Saw Gerrera. To anyone who has only watched the movies (which isn’t a bad thing) this name means nothing. But to those of us who have watched the TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we have already become acquainted with him. Making his first appearance on the season 5 episode A War on Two Fronts, he and a group of loyalists, along with his sister Steela are trained by Obi-Wan, Anakin, and his padawan Ahsoka (who I hope will at least be mentioned in the movie). Although he started out very rash and arrogant, I believe, due to a shocking death, he went through a lot of character development that later led him to a very important role in the rebellion. But the most important thing about him is that he is a character taken from one of the shows. This switch from animated to live action is the first to be done in this series. That’s a pretty big deal. Hopefully, we’ll see more of this with future films.

Darth Vader

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He’s back. That alone is a big deal, but this is about what’s important to the story, not just what to get excited about. So, what’s so special about having Darth Vader back? Other than the return of the greatest movie villain of all times of course. We get more of his story. We know how he started (as a whiny kid) and how he ended (as a great man returned to the light). We’ve seen him in the trilogy a million times. We’ve even seen him in Star Wars Rebels (I am so not over the season 2 ending), and now we get to see him again in a new story. He’ll do things that we have yet to see. The importance of his role in the film isn’t just to be a villain, but to add even more to his character. After watching this movie, all of his actions and choices will play in the back of our heads every time we think of him. Because of this, we’ll have even more insight into the best villain ever.

I’m pretty excited for this movie. I think it’s going to offer a lot. It might even answer one of the biggest plot holes since 1977. You know, like, maybe the exhaust pipe that leads to the destruction of the Death Star may have been placed there on purpose as sabotage against the Empire and it’s actually not just the dumbest design flaw in history. But I guess we’ll have to wait until December 15th to find out. In the meantime, I’ll just pine over numerous of fan theories until then.

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Video production school attendee Evan!Julia Kelso,18, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She’s an aspiring producer, writer, director who grew up involved in theatre and now attends Center For Creative Media, a Christian Film School. In addition to being a strong supporter of the arts, Julia is a left-handed, right-minded, introvert living in a right-handed, left-minded, extroverted world.

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