I loved Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I mean, I watched it twice and its story about a group of rebels whose actions are pivotal to the rebellion is worth telling, if not for their actions, the Rebel Alliance never had a chance to know how to defeat the Death Star.

But, we also get awesome actions scenes (Blue Squadron is an excellent group of pilots)!

I digress, the brilliance of Rogue One is the fact that these characters are the martyrs of the rebellion, and thus, making them solid characters for the star wars universe even though they appear in one movie, and sure, the core of rogue one was Cassian, Jyn, K-2SO, Chirrut, Baze, and Bodhi, but it was an operation that included more than those characters. Yes, they formed a bond that moved the plot, but this is unique for a star wars film because the characters from previous films had at least three films to develop and for audiences to appreciate. Rouge One does not, but it manages to capture: Jyn eliminating convictions, Cassian’s belief in the rebellion, K-2S0’s sacrifice for the continuation of the mission, Chirrut’s blind faith in the force ( a metaphysical concept, lol), Bodhi’s smooth infiltration past imperial flight control with an improvised lie, and Baze’s sick accuracy.

That being said, we should take a moment of silence to remember those characters:

These are the martyrs that died for the cause of the rebellion, and if you believe in change for the greater-good against an oppressive system you should appreciate their actions.

Rogue One is not the paragon for giving your life towards a cause, and nor is the star wars trilogy, but it is a reminder of a beauty and worthwhileness in the struggle against an oppressive force and this story captures that.

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lucas porfiglio is a writer and photographer based in brooklyn

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