Star Wars: Rogue One – Trailer Reaction

The latest trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One is here, and it provides us with a better picture of how the film is going to be. The what, you ask? Rogue One tells the story of a band of rebels & mercenaries who embark on a near-suicide mission to steal the Death Star plans to aid the Rebellion. So basically, this movie is the direct precursor to the first Star Wars film. Talk about not fucking around anymore.

More than the story, what’s most interesting is the characters and the locale that this anthology film has set out to establish. Now, the original trilogy has some of the most iconic characters & settings of all time. Starting from Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader, from Tatooine to Alderaan, the places and the names are legendary. A similar tone was set in Episode VII as well, and in Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren, this generation may just have their new Luke, Leia, Han, and Vader. But I digress.

What struck me as most interesting, is the overall tone that both the teaser and the trailer have set. Yes, no minute plot details have been established yet; but straight from the get go, you know that shit is about to hit the fan. The sound editing and the tonal shifts keep you on edge and you know something real bad is about to go down. For me personally, I would love to see the Empire at it absolute peak, and Gareth Edwards is already speaking to my soul through his beautiful bespectacled vision. This trailer also goes on to establish the scary scope of the Death Star, and it gives us one of the greatest shots I’ve yet seen in a Star Wars film. The Death Star eclipsing the sun over Jedha. Did I say Jedha? Let me dial it down a bit.

Jedha is a “holy land for those who follow the Force.” It is also a human-inhabited planet that is famous for containing the resources that are used to build lightsabers. It would only explain why the Empire is in this tiny moon in full force. To control the raw materials for their nefarious ends.

Now, trailers for all the Star Wars films have focused on a myriad of planets & moons. This is the only one though, that is set entirely on one single planet. That to me, is most interesting. We’ve always got a superficial idea (at least from the films) about how fucked up the Empire is. I hope we get a glimpse of what the Empire can do to a land & it’s people. This will also raise the stakes and make the victory of Yavin all the more profound and poetic.

We also see Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso (still rebelling), Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe (who hacks down fools with a stick), Jiang Wen’s Baze Malbus (who looks like a grizzled Asian version of the mutant, Bishop) and Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera (who was last seen in Clone Wars, but now with more hair compared to the teaser). One also gets a feeling that despite her badass credentials, the Rebellion doesn’t trust Jyn Erso too much. Could it be because of her family? Only time will tell. We also get a shot and a line from Diego Luna, who’s playing Cassian Andor, a recruiter of sorts, for the Rebellion. There also are a couple of shots of the newest ship – the U-Wing. Alan Tudyk is playing a security droid, K-2SO and it looks like he’s reprogrammed as he has an Empire insignia on his arm.

Side note: There’s a pretty sweet line by Donnie Yen, “All is as the Force wills it”. I’ll probably use this a lot going forward.

Moving on.

We’re reintroduced to Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Orson Krennic with a small army on the deck of the Death Star. Mendelsohn is one of my current favorite actors (watch Bloodline already. Netflix.) and I cannot wait to see the level of evil this guy brings to the table.

There also a shot of a few miners getting blown to shit, and a couple of X-Wings on a night mission. Finally, in a franchise called Star Wars, this is the first time one gets a feeling of being in an ACTUAL war. There are invasions, explosions, infiltrations, and a goddamned rocket being launched into the face of an AT-AT. Screw you Luke. We’re old-school. There is an amazing shot of an U-Wing trying to escape an explosion and JYN ERSO FACES OFF AGAINST A FUCKING TIE FIGHTER. YES. The trailer ends with the entire ‘team’ aboard the U-Wing (?). “Are you with me?” Erso asks, to which Andor replies, “All the way.”

However, the best part of the trailer is saved for the very end. Darth Vader in his domed-cyborg-sith-evilmotherfucking glory. Three bars of the Imperial March and one breathing pattern is all we get, as of now.

Final shots: I love how all this looks completely different from The Force Awakens. Although in the same universe and blessed with the same technology, Gareth Edwards want to be his own man and make his own Star Wars film. Which is great. This is exactly what the doctor ordered. I’ve said a million times and I’ll say it again. 2016 is all about Rogue One.

May the Force be With You.

Watch the trailer here, and let us know your thoughts on the comments below.

Abhishek Sen

Manchester United. Heavy metal Comicbook Jedi. Cat enthusiast. Part time lover. Full time asshole.

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