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so I saw Rogue One - KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
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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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From: dewline Date: December 22nd, 2016 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to have my heart broken when I watch this, aren't I?
jslinder From: jslinder Date: December 22nd, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Several times very possibly.
From: dewline Date: December 22nd, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Somehow, I don't doubt that.

And owing to recent reports (fake or not), I am becoming more inclined to see going to watch this movie as a civic duty in a way that I'd never viewed seeing Star Wars movies as before.
doniago From: doniago Date: December 22nd, 2016 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Was hoping you'd post about this :)

I pretty much agree with everything you've said, though I'm a little surprised you didn't comment on the political subtext. :)

Or on K2, who I'd consider the break-out star of the whole film. :)
petemosq From: petemosq Date: December 24th, 2016 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you ever read this? It was really golden and had aonother theory. It's all non canon now but so fucking what. Being able to pick out random points from the SW Universe is a great opportunity because there are countless stories to tell.

Edited at 2016-12-24 06:52 pm (UTC)
kradical From: kradical Date: December 24th, 2016 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't, no, but that's only because I was never a big enough SW fan to get into the tie-in fiction in a big way the way I have been with other franchises. I have read some SW books, and many of them were excellent, but that isn't one of them.

And why should I give an airborne intercourse whether or not it's canon? As I've said many times, I don't stress over what's real in a fictional construct. I'm no more concerned with Rogue One decanonizing Michael's book than I am Star Trek: First Contact decanonizing Judy & Gar Reeves-Stevens's novel Federation. They're both excellent stories, and I'm sure that Death Star is also. That's what's important, quality, not perfect compatibility.
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