Dec 20, 2016

Star Wars: Rogue One

I've seen Star Wars: Rogue One twice now, and it has reignited my love of Star Wars much more so than The Force Awakens did. It makes me want to take the White Star RPG and add the cool stuff from Rogue One and run a game!

If you haven't seen it yet what are you waiting for? It's terrific and really feels like the Star Wars you know and love. It fits seamlessly with the original A New Hope. I'm going to list some things I liked, and a few things I didn't. So if you don't like spoilers this post might not be for you.


Jyn Erso
Act 3
The finale (it was awesome!)
Darth Vader's appearance
Every cameo (the original X-Wing pilots were a nice surprise!)
Darth Vader's castle
Death Troopers (and how their communications sounded)
Chirrut Îmwe (played by the great Donnie Yen)

Captain Cassian Andor
New ship designs, especially the U-Wing
New planets
Acts 1 & 2 (they both end on a down note, actually all the acts end on a down note, but the finale is, appropriately enough, hopeful)
Director Krennic

If you've seen the movie you know why I chose this image

Didn't Like

Soundtrack (really, it was terrible and didn't fit the tone of the movie at all. It was so off in places and weird)
Some of the CG shots of Tarkin (though most were brilliant)
Something about the CG of Leia (yet I still loved her cameo)
No opening crawl (I get they want to break away from that format and differentiate from the Saga films, but this intro didn't work at all)

Overall I give it 9 out of 10 stars. It ranks in the top 4 of all the Star Wars films (I'm not yet ready to rank it above Return of the Jedi, and it's definitely not as good as The Empire Strikes back - though its close)

If you're curious this is how I rank the Star Wars films:

  1. A New Hope
  2. Empire Strikes Back
  3. Return of the Jedi
  4. Rogue One
  5. Phantom Menace
  6. Revenge of the Sith
  7. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
  8. Ewoks: Caravan of Courage
  9. Attack of the Clones
  10. Star Wars Holiday Special
  11. The Force Awakens

Ok, I'm kidding about The Force Awakens, but only a little. It's actually #7. At least the Holiday Special wasn't pretending to be something it wasn't.


  1. I like that you've included the Ewok films. I've seen a lot of these rankings in the past few days and almost everyone leaves out the Ewoks and the Special. I can't think why.

  2. Most people only rank the movies that had a theatrical release. I think the Ewok movies were only in theaters outside the US, and were released on TV here.

    Interestingly enough, I recently found out that the pilot for the Clone Wars animated series had a limited theatrical run.

    1. The Clone Wars movie was just episode 1 & 2 of the show mashed together. It was a surprise to the team and they rushed to put it together for the theatrical release. (I know some of the artists who worked on it). In my list I only included live action films.