December 15th, 2016 came just like any other day. I woke up for work at about 5:30am, made my coffee, fed my cat Zeke, and…oh, I don’t need to make my lunch; I’m leaving work early. Why? Because I’m seeing a new Star Wars movie today! The much-anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I want to talk about my personal experience of being a Star Wars fan and leading up to Rogue One. I, for one, didn’t buy into the “re-shoots are a bad sign that Disney isn’t happy with how things are progressing” jazz. Re-shoots happen all the time. No worries!
In September, just like I did for The Force Awakens, I wrote out a viewing schedule for myself. I planned on watching everything that leads up to Rogue One. Starting September 4th with The Phantom Menace and ending on December 14th with the most current episode of Star Wars Rebels, which was Visions and Voices. I’d either watch one movie or two episodes of The Clone Wars or Rebels per day depending on the schedule. On Rogue Friday I didn’t buy much, but since that day I’ve picked up a few 3 ¾” figures, read Ahsoka, and Catalyst which I loved. It’s possible that this could be my second favorite Star Wars novel after Lost Stars. By October’s end, I got more and more excited for Rogue One with each trailer.
But one question remained. When are Rogue One tickets going on sale? I actually responded to a twitter message from Amy Ratcliffe of starwars.com, for an article she was getting ready to write, she asked any fans that want to share their fan experience with Rogue One to email her. So I did. Let’s just say it was pretty cool to see my name mentioned on the official Star Wars website. Last year, tickets for The Force Awakens went on sale October 19th. Here it is, halfway through November and no word yet, until finally, it was announced that tickets would be going on sale Monday, November 28th at midnight. Yes, I had to get up early for work, but I didn’t care. It was for Star Wars! So just like last year, my niece, and I coordinated efforts. We both logged on at midnight to buy tickets, and just like last year, Fandango crashed and I couldn’t do a thing. Luckily, she was able to get through and order 3 tickets for her, her fiancé, and me for Thursday, December 15th at 7 pm and Friday, December 16th at 7:30 pm.
It didn’t hit me until I sat in my reserved seat, that I was about to watch another new Star Wars movie. And wow, what a movie! I loved it! Friday morning before I went to see it for a second time, I bought the soundtrack on CD at a local Newbury Comics; I think I’ve listened to it a half-dozen times since then.With only a mere four weeks to score the music, I think, Michael Giacchino hit a home-run. The music is different, yet there is some familiarity to it, and it’s very emotional. It’s different, but not too different. I’ve decided to spread out my Rogue One viewings over the time it’ll be in theaters. Anyone want to guess how long it’ll be playing? Last year I saw The Force Awakens four times in the first three days, and eight times total. I imagine I’ll see Rogue One about the same amount, but I’ll spread it out. I’ll savor it. It needs savoring. I’ll avoid writing any reviews of Rogue One. I’ll leave that up to Becca, but I will say it is very emotionally draining. I didn’t get quite as emotional as I did during The Force Awakens, but for me, it was the constant intensity that wore me out. In a good way.
One thing is for sure, I’ll never look at A New Hope the same ever again. If anyone wants to share their experience of getting ready for Rogue One, I’d love to hear it.
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