Spoiler Warning: This post contains MASSIVE Rogue One SPOILERS. Don't read on if you don't want to know!
Rogue One has been described as the least Star Wars-like of all the #StarWars movies. Despite the fact that the movie features lots of stars and lots of war, this isn't an entirely unfair assessment, and its largely due to a notable absence of the defining faction of the Star Wars universe.
Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) is the closest we get to seeing an actual #Jedi in Rogue One, with his "I am one with the Force, the Force is with me" mantra repeating throughout. And though Obi-Wan is mentioned in passing by Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) in a blink and you'll miss it moment in conversation with Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly), there's not all that much chatter about them either.
While it seems pretty likely that Îmwe succeeded in channeling the Force in #RogueOne — most notably during the climactic beach battle when he avoided enemy fire to push that big red button — he might not have been the only one. But before we get into that, let's take a look at something else that is mentioned several times during the movie, and is tied tightly into Jedi history.
Rogue One was pretty shiny, but there are a few plot strands that didn't quite lead where we were expecting. One of these was the emphasis on kyber crystals, which we hear referenced throughout.
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The Rogue One prequel comic tells us that Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) used the crystals as a renewable source of power in his research, which is the reason he became a person of interest for the Empire in the first place. Again in the prologue of the film, when the young Jyn Erso (Beau Gadsdon) and her parents are cornered by Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), Lyra Erso (Valene Kane) gives Jyn a crystal necklace and tells her to "trust the Force" as she flees the Empire's forces.
What's this necklace? You can bet it's a kyber crystal. An inert one perhaps, but still a kyber.
While the crystals have typically taken a backseat in previous movies, they're some of the most important items in the Star Wars universe. Rare crystals that resonate with the Force, they're the key component in the construction of lightsabers for both the Jedi and the Sith. Legend tells us that the largest of crystals were used in constructing ancient Sith superweapons, and Rogue One takes this idea and runs with it, making them the energy source for the #DeathStar.
So, this leads us to this question:
Is Jyn Force Sensitive?
The necklace is clearly no mere keepsake, it's mentioned several times during the movie. Most notably is when Jyn (Felicity Jones) and Cassian (Diego Luna) first encounter Îmwe and Baze Malbus (Wen Jiang) in the Jedha City market. Îmwe — who is made pretty clear to be at least a little in tune with the Force — notices Jyn because of her necklace, despite the fact that he is blind and the necklace is hidden beneath her clothing.
Later comes the moment that seems to suggest something larger at play. When Imperial defector Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) and the Rebellion stowaways attempt to gain access to the planet Scarif to find the Death Star plans, they have to hail with a special code to gain access. But as they're piloting in a stolen Imperial cargo shuttle, there's a risk that Bodhi's codes won't work. If so, they'll all be killed immediately, and their plan will fail.
As they wait to discover their fate, Jyn pulls the crystal from beneath her clothing and holds it to her face. She closes her eyes, and appears to be praying as she presses her hands together. Moments after she does this, we hear the Imperial communications officer grant them access to Scarif.
It's a brief moment, and one that could easily just be Jyn's way of reacting under stress. But this isn't something we can just let pass when we know the conventions of Star Wars. Because her actions in that moment looked a hell of a lot like something we could call a Jedi mind trick.
Jyn hasn't demonstrated Force sensitivity prior to this moment, which is why the crystal is important here, as it could be amplifying her power. And — as Rey (Daisy Ridley) proved in The Force Awakens — the Force can awaken and roar under the stress of battle when previously it was silent.
It also recalls the moment in Return of the Jedi when the stolen Imperial ship Tydirium — piloted by Han Solo (Harrison Ford) — is seeking access to Endor using a stolen code. At this moment Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) senses the presence of Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) using the Force across a long distance, and in turn Vader senses the presence of his son.
And why is the Rebellion trying to access Endor in this Return of the Jedi clip? To stop the construction of a second Death Star. In the end, it always comes back to the Death Star.
So maybe the moment with Jyn's crystal was just a callback to Return of the Jedi (or call forward, if we're going chronologically) — but maybe it was hinting at something that sadly will never be explored further. Maybe the late great Jyn Erso was in fact Force sensitive. Maybe she could've gone on to become a Jedi, or fallen to the Dark Side, if not for the fact that everyone died at the end.
Do you think Rogue One was hinting that Jyn Erso was Force sensitive? Sound off in the comments below!