As with any Star Wars subject, one of the most important things I had to do while watching Rogue One was to separate what I know from what is now true; separate the Legends continuity from that of the Reboot. While The Force Awakens stripped away a lot of content that always would have been at risk were George Lucas to produce an Episode VII – everything from Mara Jade to Vestara Khai – Rogue One is set in an era that is even more entrenched in our collective memories. Lando Calrissian and Han Solo’s backstories were well set into place before the first stories of the Solo twins as preteens were written, and with them was a host of information about the galaxy at the time, most notably the Death Star.
Since this is a movie that is bound to get a lot of thoughts already, I want to make this one a bit more of a personal journey. The first page of this post will be the setup for that; the second page will be my spoiler free thoughts and the third page will be the full review.
Like many people, I worked today. Like less people than I thought but still more people than a lot think, I worked until a very late time tonight. I don’t consider it a very late time – it’s not one that I would ever consider sleeping at – but most businesses do. In fact, I have never seen my theatre (before today) offer a showing of a movie I was interested in after I get out of work.
In this article’s sister on Fantasy & SciFi Lovin Reviews, I talked a lot about the effects of a widespread national acceptance of a costume that consists largely of scraps of metal and cloth nonchalantly deflecting public decency laws and the emotional benefits for the wearer of the costume. This is an “after” view, of course; it is an analysis that could not be made before the costume became a convention staple. It has nothing to do with what came before, or what the costume meant in its original context.
The cover of Lords of the Sith features Darth Vader and the Emperor, each employing their signature form of aggression. Vader is rushing forward with his lightsaber while his Master stands off to the side, unleashing bolts of Force lightning. The blurb speaks of a dire mission the two must undertake together. Read the full review here.
This is the first of a series of articles stemming from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. It’s taken me a week to get caught back up to the real world, but you won’t have to wait for me to read the pre-releases I picked up at Celebration (that were released today). So let’s kick off with the big one: Ultimate Star Wars, by Patricia Barr, Adam Bray, Daniel Wallace and Ryder Windham.
Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith is the first half of a Star Wars epic. Together with The Sith War, it creates a twelve part voyage from Jedi Apprentice to a Sith Lord at the end of his days – or not. In fact, it takes the story backward, from a media perspective. Ignoring release dates, the saga of Darth Palpatine starts with a novel followed by six films and is wrapped up with a comic epilogue. The tale of Exar Kun starts with a twelve page comic epic, follows up with a cinematic video game about the aftermath of his war, and wraps up with a novel epilogue.