December 22nd, 2016

mace windu, star wars

so I saw Rogue One

Here's what I particularly loved about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story....

For years, one of the purposes and joys of tie-in fiction is that it fills in the side stories and the back alleys and the untold tales and the like. Rogue One is exactly the sort of story that would never be told as part of the front-story, but left to secondary storytelling sources to tell.

But the popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its coherency has led to other franchises doing the same thing, and it results in things like this. Fleshing out the how of the one line we got about how many rebels died to get the Death Star plans in Star Wars is exactly the sort of tale that used to be left to tie-ins, but now is fodder for its own movie.

I gotta say, I think that's kind of awesome. And I want to write tie-in fiction featuring Malbus and Imwe, though I'm sure someone else has already gotten that gig.........

As for the movie itself -- it was fun, if a bit too thin on characterization. Jyn's journey from criminal who doesn't give a fuck to rebel with a cause is a bit too fast and unconvincing. She's one way one second, another way the next, and the transition never really happens except because we're at that part of the script. The rest of the characters were horribly underdeveloped, too, with the exception of the aforementioned Malbus and Imwe, who are by far the most lived-in characters in the movie.

I especially like the fact that Rogue One expanded the scope of the rebellion beyond the five or six people with speaking parts we saw in the first three films, and showed that it was a much bigger movement, one that mattered to a lot of people in a lot of different ways. You can rewatch the first trilogy, and the rebel cause is now much less of an abstraction thanks to this film.

I also love the fact that they finally addressed the biggest flaw in Star Wars, and it only took 40 years, to wit, why the Death Star has such a ridiculously lame weakness......
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