Rogue One Trailer

I almost didn’t write a post on this because it seems like everyone and their mother is doing it.  But that wouldn’t make sense for a Star Wars themed blog now, would it?

We all know how excited I was (and I guess still am) about the movie.  I think it could be a very different take for the Star Wars universe and if it goes well, I think these anthology films could open a whole new window for them to play in the sandbox of story lines outside of the Skywalker family.

But this trailer kind of made me backup a little bit and I couldn’t quite pinpoint why.  I have two reasons below but there is definitely some hesitation on my part.

What I liked:

  • I’m feeling Felicity Jones as a lead and it definitely feeds into my need for more female leads in the Star Wars movies.
  • I also liked seeing Mon Mothma and the Rebellion without any of our heroes (though we still don’t know if that guy is Biggs or not).
  • The trailer showed that Rogue One has a completely different feel from any other Star Wars movie.  You can see this one will have more grit and could possibly play out like a Legends novel.
  • I like that Jones’ character’s name is Jen.  Like Luke.  Kinda bringing it back to some good ol’ American/English names that aren’t way out there. (Update: I’ve been alerted it’s spelled Jyn, so similar to Rey – normal but not normal)
  • Friends have mentioned I look like Mon Mothma/Genevieve O’Reilly.  Really?  I can see it now that I have blond highlights but I’m unsure if this is a good or bad thing.
  • GONK DROIDS!
  • When they put the shield (super laser cannon well?) over the Death Star.  Soooo cooool.  It’s like the cross-sections book coming to life!
  • The guy with the staff.  Yay, more staff fighting.  I was a big fan of Rey fighting with her staff, but this is bound to be SO much cooler.  You can already see one dead stormtrooper in the background.
  • AND!!  Oh, and!!  There didn’t seem to be one speck of romance in it and I’m all about that.

What I was unsure of:

  • I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.  I know they said that this movie was going to put the “war” in Star Wars, but some of me felt like it was a rip off of other war movies, but with Star Wars in it.  The desert looked like Iraq in American Sniper and the scene with the AT-ATs looked like every Vietnam movie out there.  I guess, for me, if you are going to do a war movie, don’t pick locations that scream American wars.
  • When I took a step back from being a Star Wars fan and viewing this as a regular audience member, I thought it looked slightly hokey and campy.  Like we could throw Vin Diesel in there for giggles and it would work.  Sometimes it had the flavor of a fan made film.

I’m a little surprised that I came away with doubts, but I’m definitely still excited.  I don’t really care about staying spoiler-free for this movie and I’ll definitely see it as soon as it comes out.  I’m keeping an open mind and will eagerly await the next trailer.  Still more excited over this one than a Han Solo movie.

Thoughts?

P.S. Was that Darth Vader or the Emperor in that cloak that went to a kneeling position?

*Another update*: This is a great read.  Short but io9 also did it for TFA.  I love this dissecting and TOTALLY didn’t notice the droid before.  That could be a very interesting twist.  Instead of a slow, lumbering, protocol or astromech droid, we get something more along the lines of IG-88: http://io9.gizmodo.com/every-cool-detail-we-spotted-in-the-rogue-one-a-star-w-1769606654

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Haiku Me Friday! The Lightsaber Passes On

Early Rey Concept Art

It’s been found again
The lightsaber awakens
A new Skywalker?

I thought today would be a good day to discuss the speculations surrounding Rey, my new favorite character (I can’t tell if this is a phase or if she really is taking over Luke for my new favorite character).

If you haven’t seen TFA: move along, move along.

So far I’ve heard two main theories:

  1. Rey is Luke’s daughter.
  2. Rey is Obi-Wan’s granddaughter.

 

I like theory #1 the best…

  • The trilogies have always followed the Skywalker family.
  • Even though you could argue that Kylo Ren is a Skywalker, it would be an interesting twist to start following Leia’s side of the family. It makes more sense to follow Luke.
  • As part of this theory, there’s a sub-theory that I like a lot:
    • Luke gets married. We’ll call her Mara.
    • Luke and Mara have a daughter – Rey.
    • Luke trains Jedi’s, including Ben Solo.
    • Ben Solo falls to the dark side and kills Mara, along with all the other Jedi knights Luke was training (I believe this second part is canon but all we know is that the Knights of Ren killed the Jedi, not necessarily Ben).
    • Luke goes into despair. He can’t look at Rey because it reminds him of Mara.  Or he isn’t even thinking about her.
    • For whatever reason, Rey ends up dumped on Jakku.   Maybe because Luke wanted to go search for Jedi Temples.
    • Part of this is that Luke shut down Artoo and told him to only let people know where he is when Rey shows up again.
    • This is why Rey goes to search for Luke, not Leia. Because she’s his daughter and somehow knows.
  • There seemed to be a moment of recognition on Luke’s face at the end of TFA. There could have been tears in his eyes though that might have been the strong winds.

 

As for theory #2…

  • You’re really messing with canon and the Prequels if you think Obi-Wan had a daughter.
  • I understand that JJ and possibly KK too, turn up their noses at the PT, but Obi-Wan was a very by-the-books Jedi. He was even a stickler for obi wan and satinerules when Qui-Gon was his master.
  • Kenobi did love Satine, as was recognized in the TCW, but I don’t think he ever acted on it.
  • Based on Rey’s age, the only way to make this work would be for Obi-Wan to have a daughter or son when he was guarding Luke, and then they have the child Rey. But even that is questionable as we only know Obi-Wan as loving Satine and again, I do not think he compromised his vow with the Jedi Order for her.  It would also mean that Satine had to hide the child…it starts getting complicated.

 

So, no, I do not think she is related to Obi-Wan and I think mainly because that would really be messing with canon and the PT to have that be the case.  Also, story-wise, they should be staying with the Skywalker family.  If anything, we learned that JJ is obsessed with ANH (sometimes I felt like TFA was just ANH 2.0) and he stuck as close as possible to the Original Trilogy.

I’ve basically accepted that I believe Rey is Luke’s daughter in some way.  Just like I thought that logically Han had to die, I believe that common sense points to Rey being Luke’s daughter.  BUT I WOULD LOVE TO BE WRONG.

 

What are your thoughts/theories/speculations on Rey?

 

P.S. Found out today I am having a girl! So the name Luke is out. 😦  Any suggestions?