ByBrooke Geller, writer at
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Brooke Geller

Ever since it was announced that the first new Star Wars anthology film would chronicle the capture of the Death Star plans, speculation began to brew over how well it would fit into A New Hope. Would there be continuity issues? Plot holes? Changes from the source material?

But narrative aside, the question on everyone's mind both before and after the film's release was this: could the end of Rogue One smoothly transition into the start of A New Hope?

Thanks to one dedicated fan, we can now judge for ourselves with this / mashup video. Check it out:

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Same, But Different

Rogue One/A New Hope [Credit: Lucasfilm]
Rogue One/A New Hope [Credit: Lucasfilm]

As well as providing a close comparison between CGI Leia and 1977 Leia, the video demonstrates just how well Rogue One sets the scene for the events of A New Hope.

This is Vimeo user Barre Fong's second attempt at a mashup after making a few small tweaks— namely, adding a sound effect as the ship leaves hyperspace, and altering the music mix. If it weren't for the noticeable difference in picture quality, they could very well pass for scenes from the same film.

Establishing A New Viewing Order

Rogue One [Credit: Lucasfilm]
Rogue One [Credit: Lucasfilm]

One of many ongoing debates amongst the fan base is the "proper" viewing order for all released films. Some say the order they were release, some say chronological, and any number of other variations. However, the introduction of Rogue One into the cinematic Star Wars universe may help to settle the debate once and for all— well, at least for some fans.

Skipping straight over A New Hope's opening crawl and launching right into action, the previous scene showing Darth Vader cutting down every rebel in his way in that red-lit corridor really amps up the tension for A New Hope's opening sequence. As we see the rebel soldiers lying in wait, blasters at the ready as Vader and his stormtroopers prepare to board, there's a noticeably tenser vibe.

This gives major credence to the suggestion that a Star Wars marathon should be run in chronological order. Not to mention you'll probably be dying for the sweet reprieve of the triumph that is Rogue One after enduring those prequels.

Close, But Not Quite

Of course, there's still the argument that Rogue One changes a pretty major detail from the originals. According to the original script for A New Hope, the plans to the Death Star were said to have been stolen during a raid on Imperial Shipyards; and yet there's no such shipyard on Scarif. It's a minor detail, but it makes for a pretty big change from the original story.

Do you think Rogue One successfully leads into into A New Hope, or could it have been better executed?


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