At the moment, we are now, only seven days away from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the anticipation is overwhelming. Of course, all the new info and reveals aren’t exactly helping with this. For instance, the photo still of the Ghost ship from Star Wars Rebels in the most recent TV spot for Rogue One that also features Leia’s theme song playing in the background. It’s just a lot to take in, with only one week to go, literally, until show time. However, we do seem to have far more information and back-story for Rogue One than we ever did for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and that segues me to my topic for discussion.
Is Rogue One the “Mockingjay” of the Star Wars films? Or rather, is Jyn Erso the “Mockingjay” of the galaxy far, far away? Yes, I’m referencing the “Hunger Games” in a Star Wars blog, but stay with me, and I’ll explain. If you’ve never seen the “Hunger Games” movies, I strongly suggest that you do, they’re great films with a lot of similarities to the Star Wars saga. The main character, Katniss Everdeen (portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence) is the one individual that the people of Panem can look up to, the one that brings them a feeling of Hope. Sound familiar?
The “Mockingjay” symbolizes a creature with a spirit of its own, uncontrolled and undisciplined. These birds are signs of resistance and rebellion. In other words, the “Mockingjay” is a symbol of Hope for those that have none. A “Rogue” is something or someone that is uncontrolled or undisciplined, someone who acts independently and strays from the usual ways of the group.
“I rebel!” – Jyn Erso
Honestly, both characters Katniss Everdeen and Jyn Erso, seem to have a lot in common, even their outfits mimic each other. Whether this was intentional on Disney’s part or not, there’s no denying it, the similarities are there.
Both women want to protect their loved-ones too. As Katniss volunteers herself as a tribute in order to spare her sister’s life in the dreaded Hunger Games, Jyn wants to free her father from the clutches of the Empire and bring him home. It is their personal missions that turn into something far greater, far bigger than who they are. It’s their selfless acts of courage that catch the eye of the people. It gives them Hope. That Hope is the fuel they need to stand up against what is wrong and to fight back in what they believe in.
In both stories “The Hunger Games,” and Star Wars, the people are at their most vulnerable. They are in need of something or someone to believe in, a symbol of optimism and possibilities for a better tomorrow. That a brighter future is possible, and that having hope, isn’t just a pipedream. But the people need to have someone they can believe in, someone who they can trust without a shadow of a doubt, a leader that will lead the resistance against a wrongful rule. This is, the “Mockingjay.” A mantle; someone to embody the Hope of all the people and in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this is none other than, Jyn Erso. She will carry the torch through the trenches and with it, the Rebellions’ hopes and dreams for diplomacy to resume. She will fight to keep Hope alive …
“We’ll take the next chance, and the next, until we win or the chances are spent.” – Jyn Erso
Yes, she’s a symbol of Hope and she will lead her team with honor. We know she will succeed because of A New Hope and that the baton will be passed down for Luke Skywalker to carry through in the end. After all, they’re all rebels and they must save the Rebellion. Save the dream!
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The wretched hive your Jedi Master warned you about!
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiers in theaters on December 15th, 2016.
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 for Coffee with Kenobi.