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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Yeah, I’m excited.

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 7, 2016

“It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.”

That’s the first two-thirds of the opening crawl to the original Star Wars, later subtitled “Episode 4: A New Hope.” When I was a kid, the implication… in the style of the old Flash Gordon serials that Lucas emulated for Star Wars… was that this was a summary of what happened in the imaginary Episode 3.

When Lucas finally got around to making the prequel trilogy, he trashed that idea.

But now… FINALLY… my inner eight-year-old might get to see something worthy of his imagination. Because they are making that story. It’s called Rogue One, and it’s the first of the one-off Star Wars films that will be coming out between the episodic films. These will take place at different times and places in the Star Wars continuity.

The trailer dropped this morning, and I’m excited. This one has a younger Mon Mothma, and a rag-tag bunch of rebel agents kicking butt against good ol’ fashioned original-trilogy enemies (Storm Troopers! AT-ATs!) plus a whole lot more. Since this is the first Death Star, I guess many Bothans won’t have to die just yet. Also, since the only two Jedis left in the universe are still in hiding, we’re probably not going to see much of the Force in this one. Which I am more than okay with.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens gave me faith in the franchise again. Yeah, flaws and all. After watching it three times, I think I prefer it over Return of the Jedi. I’ve got confidence that Disney can do a good job with the franchise, and I’m giving myself permission to be as excited as hell over this movie.


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