Over the past week, we have received two new trailers and a TV spot for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that has focused primarily on Jyn Erso, her closest extensions (Lyra and Galen), and the Force. Of course, the blaster fire of battle is predominately playing throughout the background, but the “meat and potatoes” surrounds Jyn Erso, and who she really is.
So, who is Jyn Erso? Well, we already know the obvious. She is the one who infiltrates the Death Star Plans and transmits them to Princess Leia Organa. Still, why Jyn? Ok, so her Dad has spent most of his life working on this powerful weapon known as the Death Star, and so, one would assume she’d have some knowledge of what he was doing. Yeah, I can see how that would make sense, but still, what’s so “special” about Jyn?
“Trust the Force.” – Lyra Erso
What a powerful moment, even though it lasted a few seconds, still packed quite a punch to the gut. Not to mention, we finally got to see Lyra, Jyn’s Mom! And, might I add, a Kyber crystal as an amulet? Yes, that’s exactly how I interpreted that scene. First, it appears as though Lyra is a firm believer in the Force itself and secondly, she seems to believe that the Kyber crystal (yes, the same crystal that is used to power the laser beam on the Death Star) will protect her daughter from danger.
Now, before this international trailer aired, there was an excerpt from the upcoming novel “Catalyst” by James Luceno that released via Entertainment Weekly. It depicted a scene of the Erso’s being released from their prison cells and turned over to Director Krennic. What I found most interesting was the dialogue between the characters, especially Lyra, Galen, and Krennic.
There’s a moment where Galen looks upon his baby daughter for the first time in what seems to be months after she was born. She’s swaddled in a blanket, from head to toe, but there’s no inclination that the weather outside is bad. In my opinion, I would guess that her identity is being hidden, deliberately. Why? Jyn’s an infant. What could possibly be so incriminating about a baby? We’ll come back to that in a moment.
When Galen sneaks a peek of his baby girl for the first time in months, he comments that her eyes have changed and that they appear to be flecked or freckled. Hence his nickname for her, Stardust. Lyra quickly states, “She remembers you, Galen.” Wait, what? I don’t know about any of you, but I definitely, had a “Leia moment” when reading this part of the passage. Again, it’s all about personal interpretation. And that’s the beauty of the story group here. So for me, I see Jyn in a whole new light; a Force light.
This segues me to Krennic’s introduction during this scene. First, he greets Doctor Erso as if they are old friends or at the very least, acquaintances. Then his attention shifts to Lyra and the baby in her arms. He pauses and then focuses on the swaddled bundle nestled protectively in her mother’s embrace.
“Is this the child?” – Krennic from Star Wars: Catalyst
Interesting, isn’t it? I said we’d come back to it and here we are. So, yeah, that’s a very bold statement and one with a lot of underlying meaning. Ok, so some may argue that Krennic is just pointing out that Erso’s now have some major vulnerability that can be used to his advantage, a.k.a. collateral. But, my Star Wars mind doesn’t work that way folks. It’s been trained to look deeply at things and pierce the ambiguity veil of critical thinking. Am I saying she has the Force? I’m not entirely sure, but I’m not dismissing it either. What I am saying is that there’s more to Jyn than just retrieving the Death Star Plans successfully. One can be attuned to the Force, but that doesn’t mean that they are Force-sensitive to the degree of a Jedi or a Sith. After all, look at Chirrut Imwe, he believes in the Force but is not a Jedi. Regardless, she’s “gifted” in some way, special, and I’m on pins-and-needles waiting to find out!
“Rebellions are built on Hope.” – Jyn Erso
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Becca Benjamin is a Medical Receptionist for a Retina Specialist, and the Editor-in-chief for The Cantina Cast, an innovative and thought-provoking Star Wars podcast and website, with a down-to-earth approach. She is also a host (with co-host Mark Sutter) on Tarkin’s Top Shelf, a literary Star Wars podcast and the personal author for Lucasfilm artist Steve Anderson. Becca is a monthly blog contributor to Coffee with Kenobi.