What’s missing from Rogue One?
NOTE: This article will contain spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! If you have not seen this movie yet, then please come back and read this after you do.
Based on the latest box office numbers via Variety, many Star Wars fans, like myself, have seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at least once. There are many unexpected cameos and Easter eggs throughout Rogue One that have already been mentioned by many. However, not many articles are talking about what is missing from Rogue One. Especially, on what is missing. Based on both what fans knew before the film’s release or what is usually included in a Star Wars film, in general. Therefore, without further ado, here is what I see is missing from Rogue One based on that criteria…
This is one of those changes from the other Star Wars films that has been rumored since June 2016. The film does begin with the iconic ‘A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…’ with blue letters on a black background. However, as rumored, and later confirmed by Kathleen Kennedy during Star Wars Celebration Europe, the title followed by the crawl is indeed missing from the beginning of Rogue One.
‘Star Wars’ in the movie title
All of the trailers and advertisements included logos with ‘A Star Wars Story’ around the Rogue One title. However, when the title is actually shown on screen as Rogue One, it does not have ‘A Star Wars Story’ accompanying it.Why the difference between what is used to advertise the film, versus what is actually in the final film, is a mystery to me.
Footage from the Trailers
Whether it’s from the reshoots, rewrites or from the edits, there were many scenes that were shown in the trailers, especially the first teaser trailer, that have changed or are missing in the final version of the film. For a very good list of these missing trailer footage check out these articles from Slashfilm.com or Superherostuff.com. I hope that these extras will be included on an upcoming digital or Blu-ray release. Hopefully, it will help shed some light on what aspects of the trailers and why they were from deleted scenes, and from editing, and from the reshoots.
‘Sergeant’ Jyn Erso
When the toys for Rogue One were released, each of the packages said that Jyn Erso is a Sergeant in the Rebel Alliance. However, not once during the film is Jyn addressed by this rank in the Rebel Alliance. Actually, the narrative leads me to believe that Jyn is not part of the Rebel Alliance, well, not formally. I am hoping that this rank is something either given to Jyn during a deleted scene or conferred upon her after the events of Rogue One, which may explain why the toys reflect this.
Desert Planet One of the most common type of planet in Star Wars films are Desert planets, like Tatooine, and Jakku. Rogue One includes a location, Jedha that has a desert environment, but it is not the same because it is actually a moon and not a planet.
Emperor Palpatine like, Star Wars: A New Hope — the Emperor is mentioned quite a bit, especially by Director Krennic, who is seeking his favor through Darth Vader. However, not once is the Emperor seen in Rogue One, not even via hologram. Upon reflection, it is not a surprise that the Emperor isn’t in this film because this story’s point of view, is not from that level within the Empire.
The ‘Skywalker’ Family — Rogue One is described as a stand alone Star Wars film that does not focus on the ‘Skywalker’ family lineage like the saga films do. The main characters are not, in any way, related to the Skywalker family. Now, some would argue that there were indeed Skywalker family members in Rogue One because both Darth Vader, and Princess Leia appear in the film. However, at this point in the timeline, neither bear the family name of ‘Skywalker’ or recognize themselves as being part of that lineage.
John Williams — This composer is definately a fixure in all the pervious Star Wars saga films. Many fans were sad that John Williams would not be doing the score for the first Star Wars standalone film. Although, John Williams may not have created the music for this film, his presence is felt in the music that Michael Giacchino created for the Rogue One. Therefore, fear not, there are plenty of scores that include the iconic music of John Williams, even though the man himself is missing.
The Jedi — There are mentions of Jedi Knights within Rogue One in connection to the Force and the kyber crystals. It’s in the visuals on Jedha and by characters, like Chirrut, and Lyra within the film. However, not once during the film do we see a living, breathing Jedi.
Lightsaber battles — Since 1977, lightsaber battles are an expected aspect of a Star Wars saga films. The lack of lightsabers clashing in Rogue One is definitely, one of the biggest changes from all of the other Star Wars films. However, this does not mean that we do not see lightsabers in action in Rogue One. Darth Vader wields a lightsaber near the end of the film, but no one is facing him with a lightsaber of their own.
I am sure that these only scratch the surface with this topic since seeing Rogue One only once.
So did you find something else that is missing from Rogue One that I missed?
The Cantina Cast
The wretched hive your Jedi Master warned you about!