Note: Right off the bat, spoiler alert for anyone who has yet to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Still with me? Awesome. Having now witnessed the splendor that director Gareth Edwards has cooked up with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I can personally attest to the immense amount of fan service paid in this film. This is truly a love letter to the #StarWars fans from a Star Wars fan, and it shows in all the little details. The film is replete with callbacks and cameos that range from lore intensive to general audience-friendly banter.
While many other outlets and writers have extensively covered nearly all of the Easter Eggs and references throughout the film, there's one tidbit everything I've read has failed to mention that lovingly ties the film to the prequel trilogy:
The brief appearance of the Clone Turbo Tank, repurposed in Rogue One as a prisoner transport!
This may seem like a small detail — surely it is because no one else seems to be talking about it — but its significance couldn't be more important to fans of the entire Star Wars saga. What I mean to say is, the less-than-stellar reception of the prequels has resulted in subsequent Star Wars stories making little to no reference to anything contained in those movies. It feels like the folks at #Lucasfilm are making a concerted effort to distance themselves from anything having to do with the prequels, and while I don't blame them for that, it makes it unfortunate for those of us who do enjoy what the prequels brought to the table, flaws and all.
As an example, The Force Awakens made a conscious decision to change the location of the New Republic capital to the newly created Hosnian system to avoid any mention of Coruscant, despite the fact they're visually indistinguishable.
Edwards, on the other hand, embraces the entire saga instead of just its better chapters by not only including this lovely nod to the Clone Wars era, but also in other small details, like choosing to house #Vader's dark fortress on none other than Mustafar. It's these choices that fill my inner fanboy with glee; the sense of continuity and familiarity is intact, in contrast to The Force Awakens, which felt very, very foreign.
It might just be me, and maybe the choice to distance future films from the prequels is a good thing in the long run, but these little choices to embrace elements of the whole franchise are what add up to a feeling of love and care that radiates from #RogueOne. After all, don't all healthy relationships revolve around embracing your partner for who they are, flaws and all?
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