#RogueOneWeek was an exciting week at #Creators. We were allowed to express our opinions and experiences on different topics related to Star Wars and seeing how many people share love for all things #StarWars, it was indeed a great build up towards the opening of Rogue One.
The last day of this thematic week was "Why Are You Excited for Rogue One", so I was ready to write about it but I decided to hold on to that until I was able to watch the movie itself. I completely understood that the entry would be late but that wasn't the point, it was more about confirming something that I have been feeling about the new direction Disney is taking Star Wars and after watching the movie, I think I have just been proven right.
Before watching the film, my feelings about Rogue One were that it is set to be a very important film because it will be the beginning of the Expanded Universe according to the film canon. Let us remember that Disney and Lucasfilm decided to scrap all of the Expanded Universe that ranged from video games, comic books and graphic novels in favor of focusing more on the films. Whereas Star Wars: The Force Awakens aka Episode VII is the continuation of this story and the consequences after the Battle of Endor, Rogue One will be the first film that will start filling in the gaps between movies and to try to fill the massive void left by the exclusion of the Expanded Universe.
After finally watching the movie, man, does the future look bright.
This movie not only filled in the gaps of what happened before and during the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, but expanded on different topics and characters that could have an impact in the future of the canon.
I could talk for hours about the positives and negatives of the movie but I will just focus on just one, that I believe it's the most important of all so far and it seems we are starting to see connections to the saga films like The Force Awakens: non-Force sensitives or Force worshipers.
The non-Force sensitives or Force worshipers is starting to become a heavy theme in the new era of Star Wars mythos and Rogue One doesn't appear to be the exception.
Donnie Yen's character Chirrut Imwe (a blind spiritual warrior-monk) is the perfect example. His character doesn't seem to posses the Force but seems to follow its teachings.
In a subtle way, during the opening scenes of The Force Awakens, we see a village full of people led by Lor San Tekka being attacked by Kylo Ren. Lor San Tekka's home, that is Tuanul Village and its inhabitants which in turn, as described by The Visual Dictionary, are worshipers who praise the virtues of the Force without being graced by the ability to wield it. Sounds familiar? Well, it might be that Disney and Lucasfilm might surprise us down the stretch by low key focusing more in the people outside Jedi and Sith. Perhaps Tuanul Village and the Knights of Ren are connected and these worshipers broke down in different groups.
And lastly, the Death Star and Star Killer Base. We have seen so far evidence that Galen Erso is vital in the development of the Death Star. What if years later, radical Force worshipers (Knights of Ren or The First Order) tried to salvage this obscure knowledge that has roots since the events of Episode III and that started as good intentions but as always, something went wrong along the way. What if we are witnessing the evolution of the Force via corruption of non-Force sensitives?
A lot of people considered lazy the inclusion of Star Killer Base, but what if this is a tribute to the Dark Side and its teachings? Remember, there are good Force worshipers like Lor San Tekka and Chirrut Imwe and evil ones like The Knights of Ren. Some follow the light, others the dark. Star Killer base is a temple dedicated to what Darth Vader and the Empire represented.
It might be a stretch but what I have seen so far with the Force Awakens and Rogue One, I feel so relieved that the future of Star Wars, although very different from the Expanded Universe that I grew up with, seems really bright, and I can't wait to see more of it.
This is why I was excited for Rogue One, and boy, did it deliver.