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Qi’Ra or Jyn Erso: Who’s Cooler?

In the past three years there have been two Star Wars Stories for me to enjoy. The first was Rogue One, a Star Wars film that highlighted the ugliness of war in the galaxy from a non Force-wielding perspective. And then Solo was a classic heist film done in a Star Wars fashion that was simply awesome to watch. Both films had compelling leading ladies who took charge when the moments arose and set their own stamp on the Star Wars franchise. But which of the two heroines were cooler? That’s what I’m here to find out. Enjoy!

Their Stories:

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Qi’Ra, like Han, was an orphan living on the rough streets of Corellia hoping to one day escape the gang they worked for. Unfortunately Han escaped and Qi’Ra didn’t and was forced to work for the crime syndicate, Crimson Dawn for the rest of her life.

In Solo we see Qi’Ra’s many chances at redemption but she’s too far in to the criminal system. She’s made a name for herself in the criminal underworld and she wasn’t about to give that up, even for Han, the man she loved. But at the end of the day, he escaped to live his life while she remained on Corellia. You have to think that through those years she acquired some bitterness to her ex-boyfriend. It’s probably why she was able to make the decision to betray him so easily.

Qi’Ra has been through the wringer and I’m super interested in seeing where her story continues.

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Jyn’s story is one of tragedy. She lost her mother when she was but a child. She was abandoned as a teenager by the only people she could call family; Saw Gerrera and his rebels. And, in an attempt to find out what the Empire was building, her only family member remaining, her father Galen Erso, was killed before her very eyes.

And yet through all of this sorrow she kept on fighting to the very end. That’s quite inspiring indeed.

Honestly, both of these women have compelling storylines that I would love to no more of. I have this category at a tie.

Qi’Ra: 1 pt

Jyn Erso: 1 pt

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How Women Have Become the New Forces of ‘Star Wars’

I have loved Star Wars since I was a little girl during the days when the only woman I could look up to in a Star Wars film was Queen/Senator Padme Amidala, a woman who was reduced from being a no-nonsense leader to a sappy, damsel-in-distress who was utilized into the films only to further Anakin’s fall to the dark side. When I finally saw the original trilogy it was like a breath of fresh air meeting Princess Leia’s fiery, strong-willed character that didn’t even let intimidating villains such as Darth Vader make her bat an eye. But I was still in a dilemma. Here were these six films that had countless major male characters and only one main woman in each trilogy. It was such a bad disparity that in the Family Guy special of Return of the Jedi they joked that the only women in the galaxy was Leia and Mon Mothma.

Disney has since fixed that problem by adding more and more strong female characters of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities in their various films, tv shows, and games. So today I’m going to share the list of all of the incredible women that have become the new forces driving this incredible franchise forward for a new generation of Star Wars fans. Enjoy!

Rey

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When Disney created this new trilogy that would kickstart a brand new dawn for Star Wars they could’ve easily placed a man at the helm like the two previous trilogies but they decided to go a different route and make Rey the new face of Star Wars. The thought of a woman being the new Luke was the last thing in my mind so imagine my surprise when I watched The Force Awakens for the first time and I found out Rey was the one who was going to be destined to be the next new hope. I couldn’t have been happier! My jaw practically dropped when she Force pulled Luke’s lightsaber out of the ground, ignited it, and stood ready to fight Kylo Ren like a Jedi.

When the movie ended with her finding Luke Skywalker on that cliff and the film insinuating that the legendary master would be the one to train her to become a Jedi I was legitimately overwhelmed with happiness.

Since then she has only grown stronger with the Force and has cemented herself even further as the new hope of the galaxy because she is officially now the last Jedi. When we see her again in Episode IX her journey, I’m sure, will lead to a rather satisfying ending that’ll be worthy of her awesomeness. 🙂

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The Five Best Scenes of ‘Rogue One’

When Disney announced that, along with a new trilogy, there would be Star Wars stand-alone films I was undoubtedly skeptical. I love Star Wars and I know there are tons of stories in the universe that hadn’t been told but I wasn’t exactly sure if these Star Wars stories would be enjoyable or not. And then when I found out the first Star Wars story was going to be about the rebels who stole the Death Star plans I was even more unenthusiastic. That was a story I didn’t think needed to be told, a story that I wasn’t very interested in, but I held out hope that LucasFilm knew what they were doing and this was going to be an amazing film. Well, Rogue One ended up becoming an incredible, no, extraordinary movie that took what I thought of Star Wars to a whole other level. Now Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming out in a matter of months and if it’s anything like I think it could be it’s going to blow a lot of minds.

So, today, I’m going to share with you the five scenes from Rogue One that have made this film my second favorite Star Wars movie ever made. Enjoy!

1. The Death Star Test

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The moment when Rogue One hits another gear in the already good movie status is when the Death Star obliterates Jedha. It’s such a horrifically riveting scene as the rebel heroes try to escape the planet before being crushed by mountain sized boulders and buried in the roiling sand and it’s the first time the Death Star was ever tested, making this scene all the more important. I mean, the glee on the Imperials’ faces as they watch the poor city of Jedha eradicated within minutes is slightly terrifying to witness.

The other day I watched Rogue One and something dawned on me. Jyn Erso saved a little girl during the skirmish between Saw’s rebels and the Imperial stormtroopers on Jedha but that girl still ended up dying thanks to the Death Star. That’s a sad realization I discovered and it makes the rebels’ goal to rid the galaxy of the genocidal weapon that much more understandable.

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Jyn’s Greatest Moments

Rogue One introduced another fascinating heroine in Jyn Erso, daughter of Galen Erso, the creator of the Death Star weapon, and I loved her character. She was rugged and gritty, determined and brave, and she was the perfect leading lady for the movie. Throughout the movie she had some impressive moments and I’m here to tell you which ones were my favorite. Enjoy!

1. A Failed Escape

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We saw Jyn Erso when she was a child in the supposed prologue of the movie and when we see her again as an adult she is a prisoner of the Empire. You can tell she’s lived a hard life just by looking at her. She’s covered in dirt and her face is hardened into a mask of grim acceptance…and unwavering determination. When the rebels came to rescue her it’s one of my favorite moments from her because it’s the moment you realize how tough she is. She waits patiently for her chance and then she dispatches the rebels within seconds. It’s kind of amazing. If not for the droid, K-2SO, she would’ve gotten away and that speaks to the survivalist in her. Impressive, most impressive.

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Who Has The Best Outfit in ‘Star Wars’?

There are a lot of different characters in Star Wars, I mean a whole lot of them. There are new characters, old characters, famous characters and background characters, and every single one of them has a unique style about them that makes them memorable, whether it’s good or bad. So, on that note, in this post, I’m going to see who reigns supreme in the realm of fashion in the galaxy. Enjoy.

 

10. Jyn Erso

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I like Jyn’s outfit a lot. First of all, the outfit she wears throughout the entire film looks very logical for her field of work. I love that there aren’t any low necklines or ultra tight leggings to try to sexualize her. And I love the dark brown. And there aren’t a lot of main female characters in Star Wars, so far, who have worn dark colors. Padme was always in something vibrant or colorful except for a few times. Princess Leia (not General Leia) was always in white or if not that color at least green. Jyn was the first female protagonist to wear some dark clothing and I love it. And by the way, are her pants for sale anywhere because they look so comfortable?

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Rogue One After Seven Months

I watched Rogue One in the movie theaters seven months ago. It was amazing!!! The story was compelling, Darth Vader (this was the first time I was able to witness him in the movies) was at, to me, his most terrifying, and everybody died which was a very bold move by LucasFilm. I now know, if they deem it necessary, characters in Star Wars, no matter how much you like them, will be killed off. Boo.

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So anyway the movie was great. I loved it so much I said it was the best Star Wars movie ever made. Now it’s been over half a year since I saw it for the first time and I have to admit, it isn’t as magical as it once was. Now I’m not saying the movie is bad. It’s still clearly in the top three of my favorite Star Wars films but it just lost its pizzaz that it once had. Jyn’s story is terribly inconsistent and has me constantly wondering what her character was like before the infamous reshoots. Director Krennic was also supposed to be much more menacing but they changed his character’s arc as well. And Saw Gerrera was supposedly going to have a bigger role but they dialed it back some so the movie would stay in the PG-13 range. I understand that but now he’s become a useless character. He’s in the movie and I know he’s very important because of his fatherly relationship with Jyn but they could’ve definitely done something a little more with him. I think the movie should’ve been fifteen to twenty minutes longer. It would’ve really helped the depth of the film.

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Now The Force Awakens hasn’t diminished in its enjoyable factor in any way. In fact, the more I watch the better it’s getting. It’s magical from the opening scene with the pitch-black underbelly of Kylo Ren’s ship passing over the glowing white planet of StarKiller Base to Rey brandishing Luke’s lightsaber to Luke himself atop the stunning island at the very end. Between those two scenes, the story never feels disjointed. I know who Rey is and what motivates her to go find Luke at the end. I know who Finn is and why he decided to leave the First Order. I can even figure out Poe despite the little screen time. Everything is polished and well written. I never have to ask myself any questions while I’m watching the movie.

Rogue One does, however, have a spectacular ending. The Battle on Scarif is a little long and drawn out, I will definitely admit that, but the last fifteen minutes or so are magnificent. The data tower is one of my favorite moments in the whole film. The gruesome deaths of Rogue One’s main members are heartbreaking to watch. Especially Jyn and Cassian. I cry like a baby every time still to this day. And there are no words to express how wonderful the scene where Darth Vader goes on a murderous rampage to retrieve the Death Star plans is. It’s simply jaw-dropping. And then Leia at the end, even with her CGI, is amazing. It really molds into A New Hope seamlessly and makes itself easily the best prequel ever made in Star Wars. Rogue One, unfortunately, does have too many mistakes to fill and has me wishing they could’ve fixed some elements to the movie every time I watch it.

And The Empire Strikes Back is still, to this day, the best Star Wars film ever made. It’s been around since 1980 and it continues to stands the test of time. The special effects, Luke’s journey, the love story, it’s all just perfect. And it ends with one of the biggest reveals in cinema history. How can you top that? I thought Rogue One did but it’s only been half a year and I’m already bumping it down to being my third favorite Star Wars movie. Rogue One is a very good movie and gives every Star Wars fan like me hope for standalone Star Wars films in the future but it isn’t perfect. The fifth Star Wars is.

It’s been fun writing this and I can’t wait to write something about The Last Jedi. Until that time I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for reading my post.

What I Think About the Bonus Features of Rogue One

I loved Rogue One. It was and still is a fantastic addition to the Star Wars universe. When I got it on DVD I immediately rushed to the bonus features because who doesn’t want to know how this beautiful movie was made? Some of the features were really fun to watch and gave me some incredible insight into how the movie was made while others were just okay. On that note let me talk about these features.

My Favorite Bonus Features

There were a few features that I really loved.

Visions Of Hope: The Look of Rogue One

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One of the reasons why Rogue One was such an amazing film was because of the visuals. From Krennic’s shuttle flying over the black sand beaches of the planet where the Ersos were hiding to the Death Star eclipsing the sun over Jedha. It was an incredibly stunning movie that still has me shaking my head in wide-eyed wonder so of course it comes as no surprise that this was my favorite feature. I loved learning the inspiration behind the movie’s gorgeous designs and how they created the classic Yavin 4 base.

The Princess and the Governor

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One of the biggest surprises of Rogue One was the CGI revival of Governor Tarkin and the digitalized young Princess Leia. Yes they weren’t perfect but they were good enough to pass as human around real people. It was fascinating learning how they digitally recreated these iconic characters. First of all, for Leia to have only one scene in the entire movie it took months of work for them to have her look perfect for the film. Secondly watching them CGI Tarkin’s face onto the actor’s face was jaw dropping. It’s truly amazing what people can do these days with computers. I have a feeling this is the beginning of a new era of boundaries for where these Star Wars stories can go.

The Empire

 

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The Empire are really frightening in this movie. This is the one Star Wars film that displays their incredible menace at the fullest. One thing behind their scary demeanor is their look. It was fun to learn how they came up with designs for the Death Troopers as well as other things. That was another interesting feature.

The Not-So-Great Features

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The seven other features were enjoyable but not memorable. I came away from the bonus features wishing I would’ve learned so much more such as how they created the Battle on Scarif. There was so much work that went into those final forty or so minutes of the movie there’s no way they didn’t have behind-the-scenes footage of it. I learned more on Flipboard about how they made Rogue One than the bonus features which is very unfortunate. And don’t get me started about the missing deleted or extended scenes.

In comparison The Force Awakens’ bonus features were wonderful. They gave a lot of information I would’ve never known. Their features were all over seven minutes long. They did have deleted scenes, all of which were really fun to watch. Their bonus features were so good in fact that I have watched them more than once and I’ll probably watch them again in the near future.

It still is nice to have Rogue One on DVD to watch over and over again. It’s a gorgeously made film that has raised the bar impressively high for any Star Wars stories that follow it. Whether or not the bonus features were that great you should still watch them. It’s an hour and two minutes of decent information that only makes the movie that much better.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. In a few days the Star Wars Celebration will start and the teaser for The Last Jedi will be released. I am so excited! Be sure to read my post about the new teaser trailer. You won’t want to miss it. Thank you and May the force be with you!