Jyn Erso kicks ass in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the stand-alone anthology film that paves the way for the events of Star Wars: A New Hope.
Whether or not George Lucas could have ever came up with the story for Rogue One, this is a film that gives us another strong independent woman such as Jyn in the Star Wars universe and we need more of them. It gives young girls more female role models that they can look up to and admire.
Special effects technology has come so far that Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin has re-appeared on the screen in a larger role than his brief cameo towards the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
The best cameo was that of the one saved for the end: Princess Leia Organa. Rogue One isn’t just a stand-alone anthology film. It’s the movie that immediately sets up the events of A New Hope. We see the leaders of the Rebel Alliance on Yavin 4, including Senators Bail Organa and Mon Mothma, General Jan Dodonna, and more.
We’re introduced to Admiral Raddus, a new Mon Calimari character in the universe. He’s a Winston Churchill-type figure. No clue if he’s related to Admiral Ackbar.
Before leaving to head back to his ill-fated death on Alderaan, Organa and Mothma are discussing an old Jedi fried on Tattooine and how to reach him. Organa says there is one person he would trust with his life: his daughter, Leia. Sure enough, the final scene features the Tantive IV leaving their dock at the rebel flagship and heading for Tattooine after escaping the grips of Darth Vader. Rogue One changes how we view A New Hope with new context being brought to scenes and characters. An episode this season of Star Wars Rebels makes a reference to Luke Skywalker being one to destroy the Sith, only we don’t hear Luke’s name being mentioned.
Moreover, at the beginning of A New Hope, the crew of the Tantive IV is prepared for the arrival of Vader after what happened at the end of Rogue One. The boarding of the ship in Rogue One is just as similar to that of what happened at the start of A New Hope. It’s just a question of how much time is spent in between the two films.
Our two favorite droids, C-3PO and R2-D2 make their cameos on Yavin 4. Sure enough. the golden droid has no clue what’s going on.
The Death Star’s exhaust port? Completely intentional. When Galen Erso was forced back into the Empire, he made sure that there was a built-in flaw.
Ponda Baba and Doctor Evazan, previously seen in A New Hope, run into Jyn Erson and Cassian Andor on Jedha.
For Star Wars Rebels fans, the Ghost is featured in the film and Chopper has a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo while “General Syndulla, please report” can be heard over the intercome on Yavin 4.
If you remember watching A New Hope, there’s an empty seat in the conference room as the Imperials are discussing the stolen Death Star plans and the rebellion. Pablo Hidalgo tweeted a few weeks back as to the importance of this scene. After watching Rogue One, the scene can be seen in an entirely different light. This empty seat very well could have belonged to Orson Krennic, who died during the Battle of Sarif.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. The screenplay is written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy with the story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta.