Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tells the tale of one of the most important moments in the history of a galaxy far, far away. The plundering of the Empire’s data banks and the acquisition of the plans to the Imperial’s most fearsome weapon marks a turning point in the war against the Empire by the upstart Rebel Alliance.
Jyn Erso, Saw Gerrera, Chirrut Imwe, Captain Cassian Andor, Baze Malbus, and K-2SO. These are just a few of the names that will be forever remembered in the Reliance archives, as the ones that “pulled off the caper” and turned the tide of war. While, I can’t wait to meet these characters and see their story unfold. I can’t help but feel, that the names associated with this mission should be as follows: Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren, Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios, Captain Rex, Ahsoka Tano, and of course, Chopper.
The mission to steal the Death Star plans was tailor made for the Ghost crew, and would make a grand finale for this valiant band of rebels. Alas, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is not their story, but I can’t help but wonder what if it was.
A live action Star Wars Rebels movie has lots of potentials. It also has a number downsides as well. Star Wars Rebels is good, but it’s a children’s show. That’s not to say adults should avoid it. That’s nonsense, but its fanbase is deeply rooted in younglings, and a live action movie would need to target them. The film would be lighter in tone, and less gritty than Rogue One appears to be. That’s not a bad thing, but I find myself more in the mood for the type of film that Rogue One is offering.
A Star Wars Rebels film would likely place a greater emphasis on the Force, the Jedi, and the Sith. Stealing the Death Star plans would almost feel like a sub-plot, and it would most certainly be secondary. The movie would have two threads. The crew would start together and then branch off. Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka representing the Jedi’s last stand as they take on Darth Vader and the Emperor in one final attempt to defeat the Sith. Meanwhile, Hera, Sabine, and Zeb go off to steal the plans.
Ultimately, I see a bittersweet ending for the story. The plans are stolen and delivered, but the Ghost crew, at least some of them, are not making it out alive. I think that’s the hardest part to deliver, and something that both children and adults don’t want to see. It would also create and ending for Star Wars Rebels right when the show is at its height. That said the absence of the Ghost crew from the events of Rogue One and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and beyond is glaring.
Star Wars Rebels is starting to look more like an alternate reality. A square peg in a round hole, in a manner of speaking. Why seek out an aging Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has been in seclusion, when you have this group who has been actively assisting the rebellion? Unless of course they never make it to this point.
That’s why this story is so fitting for them. It’s the perfect ending. Steal the plans and then go out in a blaze of glory. I feel like this should be their story, and yet in some ways, I’m glad it’s not.
The beauty of Rogue One is that it’s a story about the power of the people, not about people with powers. The ability to rise up and strike a blow, without the power of the Force, and ultimately beat the Empire by using their natural strengths is inspiring. In the end, it gives those who are living under the banner of tyranny a belief that a New Hope does exist.
The Cantina Cast
The wretched hive your Jedi Master warned you about!