I just recently watched Rogue One after not having seen it for quite some time and it. Was. AMAZING!!!! My focus has been on The Last Jedi for the past few weeks and for a little while I thought The Last Jedi was the best Star Wars movie ever made but the more I watch it the more flaws I’ve seen and it’s slightly began to deteriorate in quality. Rogue One has not gotten less enjoyable over the years, in fact, it’s only gotten better and it’s hands down the best Star Wars movie, in my opinion. The whole movie, from beginning to end, is absolutely incredible and I’m just so glad it exists in the Star Wars universe. But as I watched it the last time I realized something that I hadn’t really noticed before and that is the fascinating stories of Cassian and Bodhi throughout the film.
Jyn is the face of Rogue One. She is what the whole movie is wrapped around and she’s the central character to the story but, when you really look at the film, she’s not the hero of the movie. She’s one of the heroes who helped begin a destructive chain in defeating the Empire but the rebels didn’t succeed in getting the Death Star plans because of her exactly. It was the heroic acts of Cassian Andor and Bodhi Rook who made that possible. And so, in this post, I’m going to relay to you why they are the true heroes of Rogue One.
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Star Wars has been a fascinating franchise since it came out in the May of 1977 and since then, with nine movies and several different directors and creative minds behind these films most of these Star Wars flicks have had their own, unique, artistic spin to them. So today I’m going to share with you how I rank these movies by their visual prowess or lackluster effect in the aesthetic department. Enjoy!
9. The Phantom Menace
The Phantom Menace isn’t my least favorite Star Wars film but it definitely is the least pretty. The cinematography is boring and unimaginatively straight forward. There aren’t any stunning shots or breathtaking visuals. It’s just a Star Wars movie.
8. Return of the Jedi
A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back were such great films and Return of the Jedi, for me, has become kind of boring in comparison in nearly every department. This film has its exciting moments but none of those moments are accentuated by any visually jaw dropping shots.
7. A New Hope
When A New Hope came out it was simply ahead of its time in imagination, creativity, and even special effects but, of course, now many of the Star Wars films have just gotten better at being visually enticing. But that doesn’t diminish A New Hope in the slightest. There are still some fascinating shots that have come with this movie like for example; Princess Leia putting the Death Star plans in R2-D2, Luke staring at the binary sunset, etc. I wouldn’t be an avid Star Wars fan if it wasn’t for this movie and that’s why it will always have a special place in my heart.
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Part of the joy of being a Star Wars fan is not just about watching the movies and discussing theories about some of my favorite characters but it’s also simply a blast seeing all of the weird and fascinating aliens in the background or being introduced to some rather cool characters who are seen only briefly in the various movies and yet they manage, in their scenes, to steal the show. So, today, I’m going to share with you the minor Star Wars characters that I have found to be the coolest. Enjoy!
For a long time the only wookie in Star Wars was Chewbacca and then, with Revenge of the Sith, not only were Star Wars fans able to see Chewie’s native home planet, Kashyyyk, but we were also able to see other Wookies which is just as awesome and the one that fascinated me the most was Tarfful. He was a little bigger than Chewbacca and I loved how dark his fur was. I wonder what happened to him? *shrug*
Lobot was Lando’s assistant in the Cloud City and what has always fascinated me about this strange mute character is the fact that he basically resembled a human robot, which is kind of creepy but very cool at the same time.
8. Jocasta Nu
Jocasta Nu, the protector of the Jedi Archives a.k.a the Jedi librarian. So cool! One of my favorite scenes in Attack of the Clones is when Obi-Wan goes to the archives to find the planet, Kamino, and Jocasta Nu is part of the mystique of this scene. The sheer magnitude of the library and the idea that there was a Jedi, or maybe even Jedi, who watched over it is pretty awesome to me. It’s too bad what ends up happening to her (if you don’t remember, Anakin and his army of troopers destroyed the Jedi temple and all of the Jedi within its confines.)
7. Commander D’acy
Commander D’acy was a very interesting character that was introduced in The Last Jedi. Whenever she was onscreen talking she stole the show, drawing my attention completely on her despite the fact that sometimes she shared scenes with major characters in the movie. D’acy is a great commander (she’s kind of better than Poe, if I’m being honest) and I’m glad she managed to survive to the end. Hopefully she’ll return in Episode IX.
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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
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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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
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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One of my favorite things about Rogue One were the characters. You had Jyn Erso, the daughter of the man who built the Death Star! Captain Cassian Andor, a rebel spy. K-2SO, a reprogrammed Imperial droid. Bodhi Rook, a defected Imperial pilot. Baze Malbus, a seasoned soldier. And finally you have Chirrut, the spiritual warrior who believed in the ways of the Force wholeheartedly.
I loved the concept of Chirrut ever since I saw him in the first teaser because there had never been a blind person in Star Wars and it’s always exciting seeing new characters with unique characteristics about themselves. But to also find out that he had the Force was beyond awesome. Even though he wasn’t a Jedi he was so cool and he really became one of my favorite characters in Star Wars. So today on this segment of Greatest Moments I’m going to share with you all of the things that made me like his character so much in Rogue One.
1. Chirrut Kicks Stormtrooper Booty
I remember the first time I saw this scene. Before this scene Chirrut had already been briefly inserted into the movie as he participated in a quick conversation with Jyn Erso but this scene was the true debut for him. I recall watching this part carefully watching what was going to happen as he was surrounded by stormtroopers ready to kill him. Then he went plum off on them martial arts style and defeated all of them without even getting a scratch. And may I remind you, he’s blind!!! How incredible is that? Chirrut might not have been a Jedi but his ability with the Force was off the charts. After this scene I immediately knew I was a Chirrut fan and that’s why this is undoubtedly one of his greatest moments.
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Late last year I wrote a post about the ten coolest weapons in Star Wars and now that The Last Jedi has come out its time for this list to receive an update. Enjoy!
10. Jyn Erso’s Blastech A-180 Blaster
There are many different types of blasters in Star Wars but this blaster really differentiated itself from the rest of the pack because of its versatility and the fact that it can turn into a close-range weapon. I still remember my immense surprise when I saw this blaster become a short baton of sorts. It was very cool. I still haven’t seen any other blasters like it and so that’s why this is one of my favorite weapons.
9. Rey’s Quarterstaff
To live in the desolate junk world of Jakku you have to be resourceful and Rey is every bit of that. I love her quarterstaff because it’s such a crude looking weapon and yet, it’s perfect. The strips of cloth keeping parts of it together, the metal pieces, it’s utterly fascinating and it kind of shines a light on who Rey really is; a survivor, and this weapon speaks that in volumes.
8. Chirrut Imwe’s Staff/Lightbow
First of all Chirrut is already one of the coolest characters created in Star Wars and so the fact that he has such an awesome weapon isn’t surprising. The main reason why I love his staff so much is simply because it is such a versatile weapon.
I remember the first time I saw him transform his staff into a crossbow. It was during the skirmish on Eadu. There were all of these Tie fighters flying around chasing Rebel X-Wing pilots and he took his staff, hit a button or something turning it into a crossbow, and then shot down a tie fighter. I was shocked. It was undoubtedly one of Chirrut’s greatest moments and it instantly placed his weapon in my top ten list.
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