I waited a full week after the release of Star Wars: Rogue One.
I listened to some of the reviews and critics, and they were kind of mixed. One of which noted that Rogue One is one of the best Sci-Fi War Movies to date.
I have to agree with that assessment. Its a brilliant "Star Wars
" rendition of a war movie in the Classic stream. I mean did anyone notice how professional the actors acted in the battle scenes?
Not something you see in the originals, barring The Empire Strikes Back
because in that movie, the actual Norwegian Army
was the actors for the Hoth Battle scenes!
But here is where Rogue One hits the proverbial wall, Canon
I understand Disney caught flak for calling all Expanded Universe materials non-canon after 40 years of work on the Universe. Because.
- Legal Issues: Disney wanted to cancel all the outstanding legal agreements and royalty agreements of the original Lucas run Star Wars.
- Methodology Change: I remember going to the Star Wars Celebration in person, I went to the artistic evaluation room to see the ILM staff. I put this picture up. [Granted I was honest saying I wasn't the best artist, but was willing to keep going.]And one of the ILM guys said this: "We are about image, not Story." And that tipped me off to what was coming down the pike. So Disney is about Image not Story. Images can be sold over and over again, it very hard to sell a story.
- The Star Wars Civil War: when George Lucas sold off Star Wars, he was also doing it; to get rid of a rather problematic issue that cropped up since Episode III. Part directly caused by George Lucas wanting to innovate and make new materials, but also indirectly by him not being involved more aggressively in universe canon decisions. Hence if one is to read recent materials there is alot of copy paste materials from other series; if not no serious attempt to research the back story of characters.
- The Timothy Zahn and Karen Traviss personality feud war. Karen kills off Mara Jade to spite Timothy who was in the beginning stages of writing a book on her and her backstory. Caused the first major fan base rift.
- The Mandalorian Debacle. In the new 3D The Clone Wars the Mandalorians with a really old and very dark, rough backstory, Dave Filoni and company make the Mandalorians into Pacifists. Probably as a direct snub to Karen Traviss and the fanbase around the Mandalorians. [At the Star Wars Celebration: EP7- Dave Filoni actually admits to the fact that no one on the Clone Wars team or in ILM did any research into the Star Wars Expanded Universe materials. ] [You would think someone who works on Star Wars would be a student of its Universe; but remember its Image Not Story. ]
- Yuzong Vong War PTSD. Alot of Star Wars writers and directors now excuse their actions to the whole Yuzong Vong War arc, and how "dark" it got. Looks at The Old Republic Arc, darkness you say?
Sadly to say this all caused huge splits among the fan/follower base; and between the old guard and newer millennials.
Many of which have never read a Star Wars Book, much less a comic from the earlier era.
Now back to Rogue One.
It doesn't even follow the in movie canon
Remember Episode IV? [That all the new Star Wars persons slobber over, and lead to the insanity of Episode VII?]
- Darth Vader gets Princess Leia and says. "You have Received Transmissions." in Rogue One we have the Star Wars Floppy Disk. If I remember correctly, the transmissions were only put on a disk and put inside R2D2 once the Tantive IV was captured in the opening of Ep IV. Also in all the video games and books written on the Death Star and around it. Various forces steal the plans and re-direct transmissions to Tantive IV.
- The main character who steals the Death Star plans is Kyle Katarn, with his copilot Jan Ors[funny sounds like Jen Orso. Very sneaky Disney] and then the subsequent galactic chase to intercept and re-capture the plans ending with Episode IV. All of this happens just before Episode IV. Games, Books, Comics [ignored.]
- Death Star Designer definitely not white cape. Tol Sivron, Qwi Xux, Bevel Lemelisk [the actual designer engineer.] have that honor. Tarkin being the "driver." So this new character is just junk added in. [Another strike against Disney and their inability to get it right.]
- Death Troopers -the black bodyguards. In a slap to in canon Shadow Troopers/ Blackhole Stormtroopers, Nova Troopers/ and Storm Commandos we get some black "Stormtrooper Special Forces." The naming is also a slap, Death Troopers the book is about Star Wars Universe zombie plague ridden Star Destroyer drifting in space. Which is relatively common in Star Wars universe. Hive Viruses not withstanding. [Read Heir to the Empire.] So to rip off a book name for a character is just wrong.
- Princess Leia being in the battle, wasn't Princess Leia on a "Diplomatic Mission" when Darth Vader captures her in Episode IV? Completely ignored in R.O. Its also a bit of videogame nod in from the Force Unleashed series. [Which isn't totally in canon anyways.]
- The TIE fighter variants are all wrong. Especially with that there is the info on the TIE family like this.
- Also note this above. Look at the Rogue Shadow? Naming over usage much Disney?
- Rogue One is also a naming nightmare. Rogue One is also the name for leading craft of Rogue Squadron. [Is this movie about them, nope; which it should.] [Besides the fact that Kyle Katarn could have had a movie, or the Rebel Alliance Infilitrators and SpecForce]
- Death Star. Oy Death Star. "Does Fully Operational" mean anything in Episode IV? Heck we are not even tallying Rebel planets, Talk about Red v Red issues. Even the low setting firing suspiciously looks like Star Trek effects oddly enough from the first reboot movie. If not its nostalgia Cold War Nuke fest visuals.
- The Alderaan Connection. Both characters are added in, when they would have been not directly involved in the conflict of R.O. because they had to stay squeaky clean for the Imperials. Especially when they mention the Imperial Senate.
- The Rebel Fleet smacks head over and over again. We never see the Rebel fleet until The Empire Strikes Back. Why? The Rebel Alliance was very scattered like a terrorist cell system. Scattered so the huge Imperial Fleet wouldn't get them in one go. Only In Return of the Jedi, does the fleet come together to attack Death Star II on Endor.
- Admiral Ackbar oddly enough would have been a perfect VIP to rescue, because around the time of R.O. he is a slave of Tarkin, and is rescued. So he knows Tarkins doctrine and systems. [Another track ignored.]
But, what really rankled me was all of the humor, Disney really forces humor into the Star Wars movies. I remember watching Star Wars and never having someone laugh. Even with private part showing. That solemn almost respectful silence to Star Wars has been lost. Its annoying to watch any new Star Wars and hearing some Comedy Central laugh fest in the theatre. We as fans/followers are to make jokes after the fact, not laugh at them in movie.
"These aren't the droids you looking for." is a good example of this. No one laughs at this line in the movie; but we use it outside the movie to joke about things. And we laugh there. Star Wars comedy is to be laughed at or about after the fact outside of the movie, not inside. Star Wars is not a comedy flick.