The always generous Rob Wainfur over at the excellent The Bearded Trio invited me to write a guest post for the site and, as a fan of what he and his colleagues do over there, I couldn’t resist. Click here to check out my look at Rogue One and the very different Rebellion we see in the pre-Battle of Yavin era.
The story of the mission to steal the plans for the Death Star always felt like it was destined to be a part of the wider ‘back story’, at best told in a comic, a novel at best. 2012 and the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney changed all of that, opening the floodgates of opportunity and giving Lucasfilm/Disney a much broader canvas to paint their stories on. That canvas wasn’t framed exclusively by the saga of the Skywalker family. Much like the onscreen animated adventures in Star Wars Rebels, big screen adventures were not required to adhere to the ‘saga’ format. No John Williams bombast, no opening scroll, no wipes and pans, no focus on the Skywalker clan. The galaxy had gone widescreen and muck like K-2SO’s observation on Jedha, suddenly there were no horizons.