Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the Star Wars films in general.
Don't let this article's title fool you - #RogueOne: A Star Wars Story was a fantastic film. It surpassed expectations as a #StarWars film and a standalone story. The film served as an excellent precursor to the film that moviegoers fell in love with nearly 40 years ago, and it delivered on a grand scale of excitement and emotion.
However, it seems the filmmakers did overlook some details from the 1977 classic that ultimately create undeniable plotholes. While many seem minor in terms of plot-significance, they are continuity errors that take away from the relation between the beloved films.
Tell us what you think of these 6 nitpicky plotholes between Rogue One and #ANewHope.
1. C-3PO and R2-D2
Of course, even a standalone film cannot carry the Star Wars name if C-3PO and R2-D2 fail to make an appearance. They are officially the only characters (and Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, is the only actor) who have appeared in every single Star Wars film to date, and their appearance in Rogue One was absolutely delightful.
As the Rebel fleet departs for an unexpected battle on the planet Scarif, the iconic droids make a humorous and nostalgic appearance within the hangar of the famous rebel base on Yavin IV. Everyone's favorite golden protocol droid expresses his concern with the impending battle and his frustration over being under-informed, and his astromech counterpart responds with his familiar beeps and whistles.
But, as fun as their little cameo is, their presence on the base and their absence from the battle seems to contradict their initial introduction at the start of A New Hope, in which they appear aboard Princess Leia's ship, the Tantive IV. Seeing as A New Hope picks up directly where Rogue One leaves off, the droids would have to have been aboard the ship during the battle in order to receive the Death Star plans from Leia and light the spark of #LukeSkywalker's adventure.
2. Leia's Cover Story
#PrincessLeia's digital cameo before the jump to hyperspace at the end of Rogue One confirms the film's place directly before A New Hope in the Star Wars timeline. And Darth Vader's rampage upon the rebel freighter lends a whole new horrific perspective to his invasion at the start of the original film.
But, now that it is apparent that the chase which opened the film began in the aftermath of the battle above Scarif, it seems rather unlikely that Leia would try to convince Vader that was not supporting the Alliance.
I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan.
Supposedly, one could say that this does not create a plot hole, as Leia could just be taking a long shot by standing defiantly against the Empire, but seeing as Vader watches her shuttle depart from the Rebel frigate and has been following her since she received the Death Star plans, it seems unnecessary for her to deny her stance in the Galactic Civil War.
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3. Delivery of the Death Star Plans
When it becomes apparent that they cannot escape Scarif before the Death Star arrives, Jyn and Cassian race to the transmissions tower in order to send the technical readouts to the Rebel fleet. Despite their ultimate demise, they do succeed, and the plans are received by Admiral Raddus's crew and sent from ship to ship, into the hands of Princess Leia.
So, the question remains, if these plans are remotely transmittable, is the plot of A New Hope even necessary? Why send a droid across the galaxy, risking the capture of your ONLY COPY of the plans, when you can simply send it to your allies?
And if you're going to justify this plothole by claiming that Leia was not within range of the Rebel base, then you're forcing us to ask: Why did Raddus send the one physical copy to the Tantive IV? Why wasn't there copy transmitted? And why was it not transmitted to other ships? It seems a great many deaths to come in A New Hope could have been avoided.
4. Cameos on Jedha
There were plenty of Easter Eggs laid out in Jedha City as Jyn and Cassian sought access to Saw Gerrera's fortress, many of which were cameos by familiar faces from the original Star Wars trilogy.
The most talked-about cameo was that of Dr. Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba, the thugs who make the fatal mistake of harassing Luke Skywalker in the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine. Evazan even quotes a popular line after bumping into Jyn:
You better watch yourself.
However, their cameo does not quite make sense, as moments later, the city they are inhabiting is completely wiped out by the Death Star. They should be dead within moments of the weapon being used, yet somehow they managed to survive and head to Tatooine (seemingly unaffected by the event) and carry on with their everyday business.
While it doesn't affect the continuity of A New Hope, it is worth noting that Oola, the Twi'lek dancer who we see chained to Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi, makes an appearance in Jedha as well, via hologram. While not technically a plothole, it does not seem likely that a seemingly popular dancer would become the slave of a crime lord without some sort of public awareness.
5. Imperial Troopers
In addition to bringing back classic stormtrooper uniforms for the first time since Return of the Jedi in 1983, Rogue One introduced two new types of Imperial soldiers: Shore Troopers and Death Troopers.
The Shore Troopers bore some resemblance to the Scout Troopers we saw on the forest moon of Endor in Return of the Jedi, and they played a huge part in the battle on the beaches of Scarif. The Death Troopers, however, stood out much more, wearing shiny black uniforms in contrast to their white cape-bearing commander, Orson Krennic.
Perhaps it makes sense that we never see these Shore Troopers again, since the Rebels never fought on a beach in any of the original films. But what about the Death Troopers? They're obviously a more elite squadron than the traditional Stormtroopers. Why would these guys not play any role in major battles to come? And why would they not board the Rebel frigate alongside Darth Vader in such a crucial moment for the Empire?
6. The Imperial Chain of Command
In Rogue One, Director Krennic and Grand Moff Tarkin seem to compete for control of the Death Star project, with Tarkin going so far as to depriving Krennic of an audience with Vader and the Emperor, so that he can assure the success of the project before presenting it himself.
The obvious implication here is that Vader is surpassed only by the Emperor in the Imperial chain of command. While this is also the impression given in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the original Star Wars sees Vader reporting to Tarkin as though he holds some sort of authority over him.
The question remains, what sort of authority could Tarkin have over the Emperor's apprentice? And what possibly could have changed between the end of Rogue One and the start of A New Hope (not a wide window) that could have resulted in this change in rank?
What do you think of the list? Which "Rogue One" plot hole bothered you the most? Did you catch any others that we didn't? Let us know in the comment section below!
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