The Star Wars Anthology films (the term they're using for Star Wars movies that aren't numbered) are basically shrouded in mystery. No one really knows too much about them other than there's one about young Han Solo and Boba Fett coming out in the future. But there is one that's coming out fairly soon (December 2016) that people still only know a little bit about.
And that's Rogue One.
If you don't know anything about the upcoming movie then I'll describe it to you the best I can (because honestly, I still don't know too much about the movie myself). The narrative surrounds itself around a group of resistance pilots who band together in order to steal the Death Star plans. Which, if you are a huge Star Wars nerd, you will know that they were stolen and given to Princess Leia before the events of Episode IV.
Not only do we get a movie that'll expand the universe a little more. But we get one that doesn't surround the Jedi or the Sith. It's almost as if we're just getting a story about a couple of rebels set in space.
And that's exactly why Rogue One will be just as important, if not more so, than the numbered Star Wars movies.
I've written about the X-Wing pilot and their importance in the movies before, so I'll try not to retread the same points I made in that card. But it'll be hard not to. First let's start off with what makes Star Wars so compelling to people like me and many others.
No matter what people say about the series, it all boils down to the fact that the Star Wars Universe is one that's filled with magic. And I don't mean The Force and the Jedi. But there's a certain kind of childlike-wonder that glosses over everyone's faces when they watch the Star Wars movies. Whether it be for the first time or the millionth.
There's a universe -- one that we know is fiction -- that feels real. That feels like it exists. I can't tell you the amount of conversations I've had about the Galactic Senate or the politics in the Star Wars Universe simply because I've had so many. There's so much to take from the movies even when things aren't said. But at the center of the series are the Jedi and the Sith. The light and dark side of the force and what it means to be good/bad. It's like a religious parable wrapped up in sci-fi trimmings.
But there is so much importance placed on those characters (Skywalker, Obi-Wan, Han) because they're at the center of the narratives. We never really understand what it's like for people who live and exist outside of that. Imagine we were to make a series of movies about our universe. Do you think that I -- or you for that matter -- would be the main character? We'd all love to believe we would be but the truth is if you're reading this, then you probably aren't as important as you'd like to believe you are. I'm sorry it's true.
But Rogue One changes that.
Sure, they're still pilots in the Rebel Alliance. But they're all just regular folk. They're the people we don't usually get to see in Star Wars movies. They're the supporting cast. In fact, the only reason we all knew this was a thing that happened in the Star Wars Universe is because of the opening crawl at the start of A New Hope.
We know they're people that did this thing but we never get to put a face to it. And they aren't really mentioned later on in the movies as characters who had done something amazing. And that's also one of the coolest bits about this movie and its existence. Here are ordinary people (ordinary to the Star Wars Universe) who have done something amazing that no one ever heard about until now.
And put that in terms of your life. And the way you frame the things that you do. I don't know you -- whoever you are reading this -- but I do know you've had a profound impact on at least one person in your life. Whether it's your significant other, your parents, siblings, or friends. No one goes out and talks about it. Your name isn't trending because you did the dishes that one night. No one googles you because you gave your loved one a back massage after a tough day of work.
And it might sound like I'm making light of those little things we all do in our personal lives but they're profound, amazing moments that the people who experience them don't take for granted. So in my head, a movie like Rogue One is the movie about us ordinary, normal human beings who do great and amazing things without getting fanfare for it.
Who cares if it's a stretch that I'm comparing stealing the Death Star plans to telling your significant other that you love them? I don't. In the world of Star Wars, that's essentially what that moment is. It happened and that's it, let's get on to Luke and Leia and Han, right? But the fact that it's getting its own movie, its own time to shine, is something that makes me feel like I'm being told that I'm appreciated after giving a back massage to my significant other because they had a shitty day at work.