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Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Rogue One Scene

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An amazing Star Wars website, Anakin And His Angel, has a monthly writing prompt about the SW universe. Willing to try it for the first time, I discovered this month’s topic is to pick a favorite scene from Rogue One.  But how can one pick just a single favorite scene of Rogue One?!

*Spoiler Alert* I decided to go with a surprisingly touching moment, not between the humans in the movie, but with the “death” of the droid K-2SO.  Yes, a death scene of a robot was my favorite scene. Why? Well, first off, I loved K-2SO. The Star Wars droids have always been enduring, with R2-D2 and BB-8 being fan favs, but this Rogue One droid had something special. As such, his death was especially poignant.

K-2SO, voiced and acted by the epically awesome Alan Tudyk, was introduced as a former Imperial droid, who had been reprogrammed for the Rebels. He wasn’t cute like the previously mentioned chirping droids, and not an annoying know-it-all like C-3PO. Instead, this talking monolith had personality to spare. He cracked jokes, spoke bluntly, and gave his all to the cause.

The scene in question occurred in the Death Star control room, as K-2SO helps Jyn and Cassian find the database that will give them the plans for the weak spot that Jyn’s father built into the original Death Star. Jyn and Cassian have to leave the room to retrieve the data, and K-2SO stays behind to give his friends a fighting chance. Stormtroopers blast their way into the control room, as my beloved droid fights them off valiantly. He prevents the soldiers from getting to Jyn and Cassian, but dies in the effort of doing so. As his eyes blink out, you know he is no more.

As with many of the characters of Rogue One, you know his death makes sense, as it a prequel to A New Hope, but that doesn’t makes the deaths any easier. But to have a droid show such friendship, compassion and bravery for the Rebel cause is a credit to the movie as a whole. K-2SO made me care, and then cry for his humanity and the sacrifice he so willingly made.

-Nancy

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Rogue One movie review

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This movie has given my love for The Force Awakens a run for its money! Despite no Luke (♥), Leia or Han Solo it tugged at my heartstrings and made me love it too. Warning- some spoilers ahead.

Rogue One is the first atypical Star Wars movie, that isn’t part of the existing numbered series; but yet, it does better than that, it FITS into the series seamlessly. It ties up loose ends that didn’t quite make sense before, and connects the various movie and tv series together.

The movie starts by showing Jyn Erso, as a girl witnessing her mother’s death, and her father’s kidnapping by the Emperor’s troops. She is saved by a Rebel maverick who raises her for many years until it becomes too dangerous for him to do so, as she is known to be the daughter of the lead engineer of the Death Star, which put a heavy price on her head. Through some dicey interactions, she becomes entangled with some Rebels and a defector from the Death Star who knew her father. Jyn is swept into a plot that uses her connection to her father as bait to help the Rebel Alliance. A true motley group of men (see my later criticism of this) head out to get plans that will help destroy the planet killer. There are several epic battle scenes and many difficult sacrifices are made.

That the movie ends on a tragic note, is realistic. The war phrase “All gave some, but some gave all” is the sad reality of a rebellion. Yet, they make sure that connects in with another phrase used in the film, “Rebellions are built on hope”. There is a nugget of hope built into the satisfying but sad conclusion, and that then leads us into the original movie, A New Hope.

Easter eggs abound in the movie- and I adored trying to find them all. From the blue milk in the beginning, to the Rebels connections such as showing The Ghost ship, an intercom page for General Syndulla and showing the droid Chopper, and the use of the bacta tank for a certain someone. I personally was okay with the digitally recreated actor and actress used in the film, the old footage used, and for some characters to be recast or brought in again to make connections between the films. It was done well, and made sense in furthering the plot.

For all my fangirling, this movie is not perfect. Despite Jyn being absolutely kick ass, there was a dearth of other female characters. Two major ways in which the movie failed to represent was with the rebel fighters, and what the hell, why were there no female scientists on the Death Star?! There was little character development and/or background on many of the main characters, but I will give that a relative pass, due to the stand alone nature of the film.

Overall, this movie showed that Disney can do the proper research in connecting Star Wars canon together. I hate when series have major loop holes or blatantly go against what was previously said (such as when Leia says she remembers her mother, but then a “later” movie shows Padmé dying after giving birth…but I digress) so that the writers and director showed proper respect to a legion of fans who notice these kind of details in the Star Wars universe. Jyn, Cassian, Chirrut, Baze, Bodhi and K-2SO (loved him) were fantastic additions to the Star Wars cast and if this storytelling continues, Disney will have handled the buyout of Star Wars beautifully.

So my Star Wars friends, remember, “I’m one with the force, the force is with me”!

-Nancy

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