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I never thought I would ever be excited for another Star Wars prequel, but the wonderful world of Disney has done the impossible. Let's be honest: They have an extremely difficult job telling an intriguing story when everyone already knows the Rebel Alliance does, in fact, steal the plans for the Death Star. So, this makes one wonder: Out of all the possible stories Disney could have chosen, why Rogue One?

Rogue One/Disney
Rogue One/Disney

Plus, the prequels left such a bad taste in most people mouths that they would rather take hot yoga with their parents than sit through The Phantom Menace once more. And yet, we're less than two months away from Rogue One and we can barely contain our excitement for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga — all thanks to this latest trailer:

Honestly, one could not tell you when an apathetic outlook towards the movie turned into something brimming with optimism, and an excitement that nearly matches last year's Episode 7. Disney has turned Marvel into something beyond anything we've ever imagined, and they started out brilliantly with their first foray after the acquisition of Star Wars. So, there must be something so incredibly awe-inspiring in this upcoming movie that Disney would risk the bad publicity just to deliver something that will hopefully build the foundation of Star Wars Anthologies for years to come. Here are three reasons that Rogue One may be the most exciting Star Wars movie ever.

1. Connections

Rey/Episode 7
Rey/Episode 7

Just thinking what secrets Rogue One may hold for future episodes probably just about gives every fan a nerdgasm! So far, every movie has followed the Skywalker legacy, but this offers an opportunity to explore the vastness of their universe, and we have absolutely no clue what's in store for us. This alone will make the movie enthralling and we may even catch glimpses of certain things that may actually shine a different light on the original trilogy. Now, this might not seem important to a casual fan, but it means the world to people that love Star Wars.

Furthermore, we can expect Luke to take Rey on a similar journey like the events in Empire Strikes Back in Rian Johnson's Episode 8, perhaps to Jedha, in order for Rey to create her very own lightsaber using a Kyber crystal. This movie could lay additional groundwork to the teachings of Jedis, and they could explain how effective and crucial these crystals are. I'd love to see Rey's lightsaber have a completely unique color from all the others before because there's something unique with her Force. Bottom line: Disney would be foolish for this movie not to connect one way or another to future films down the line.

2. Do The Twist

Rogue One
Rogue One

I absolutely adored The Force Awakens last December, and did not care how many plot beats that were recycled from A New Hope. The biggest surprise of the movie was when Kylo Ren killed his own father, Han Solo. As fans, we expected some sort of a monumental twist and some familiar connections as Star Wars returned to its former glory on the big screen

This movie has the freedom to explore within the confines of Disney's long-term plans, and with characters that have never graced the small or big screen before. The drawbacks that come from unfamiliar characters is the general lack of gravitas because we have yet to gain an emotional attachment. Therefore, we must look to the main characters. At the same time, I'd love to see Jyn's father betray his daughter, and do the complete opposite of what Vader did to Luke at the end of Return of the Jedi. They could literally do almost anything, as long as it doesn't disturb what came before it.

3. Jedis(?)

Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren

One of the reasons why the prequels disappointed many fans is because they focused primarily on intergalactic politics instead of expanding the Sith and Jedi mythology. Also, it involved one of the most awkward love stories ever put on film. I'm not trying to put them on blast, and to a certain extent the stories made sense (they did). Wars are usually started by politicians, and Lucas must have felt an obligation to tell the origins of Luke and Leia. And hey, Revenge of the Sith was actually a pretty solid movie, but nowhere near the quality of the original trilogy.

Ahsoka Tano/Star Wars Rebels
Ahsoka Tano/Star Wars Rebels

This is an area that Rogue One can truly outshine not only the prequels, but The Force Awakens as well — fans would like to learn more about what exactly is canon now that Disney owns the franchise. And no, I'm not talking about the ridiculous midi-chlorians, of which I'm pretty sure Disney did a silent retcon, considering the fact they're never mentioned in either the animated show Rebels or in the Marvel comic books.

As I mentioned previously, Jedha (Planet), has Kyber crystals, and will play a huge part in the upcoming movie, with Jyn's father most likely using them to build the Death Star. We could learn a great deal of the Jedi's history throughout the movie. Check out what the Star Wars data bank has to say about Jedha:

A small desert moon frosted by a permanent winter, Jedha is home to one of the first civilizations to explore the nature of the Force. At one time a world important to the Jedi Order, Jedha serves as a holy site for pilgrims from across the galaxy who seek spiritual guidance. Now, the Empire occupies Jedha, and a prolonged battle between Imperial forces and scattered Rebels carries on in the timeworn streets.


Basically, I have faith in Disney's ability to create likable characters that appeal to a wide variety of people, and top-notch action that will hopefully satisfy us all come December. At the same time, one must hope they have something special in store for Rogue One because they could have chosen countless other movies with sweet Jedi moves, but instead they're focusing on a ragtag band of rebels to steal the most important information in all of the galaxy. There must be a reason Disney chose this Star Wars story to explore after the phenomenal The Force Awakens, right?

If you've already watched the second trailer for Rogue One, then check out Movie Pilot's handy trailer breakdown to explore all the cool bits you might have missed the first time through:

What are you most excited to see in Rogue One?

[Source: Star Wars]


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