Thursday, November 10, 2016

International 'Rogue One' Trailer Reveals Massive Plot Details

Most international movie trailers are just re-cuts of previous trailers with just a few noteworthy bits of previously-unseen footage. The new Japanese trailer for Rogue One is different; it gives us more details about Jyn's origins, confirms at least one major plot point, and – best of all – contains our best look at Darth Vader yet. 
Here's a review of all the new footage in this trailer:
  1. Young Jyn frantically runs across a field as Krennic's shuttle flies over her. She must have spotted the shuttle from afar, and now she's rushing back to her home so that she can warn her parents of their uninvited visitors. That would logically make this Jyn's first scene in the film.
  2. "Trust the Force," Lyra Erso whispers to Jyn as she gives her a necklace. We've known for a little while now that Valene Kane would be playing Jyn's mother, but this is the first we've actually seen of her character. Her words tell us that the Erso family values the Force (hence Jyn's declaration of "May the Force be with you" later in this trailer), and they're supposed to assure Jyn that she'll see her parents again.
  3. Years later, Jyn examines the crystal on her necklace in an Imperial cell. Whoa. Since when has she had a Kyber crystal – y'know, those legendary crystals that power Jedi lightsabers – just hanging around her neck? These are also a vital part of the Death Star's design (they power the superlaser), so it would make sense for Galen to have some lying around.
  4. "They call it the Death Star," Jyn says. The battle station eclipses Jedha's sun and fires its green laser down onto the moon. This is an absolutely spectacular shot, and it's the closest we'll get to 100% confirmation that Jedha will indeed be destroyed.
  5. "We need to capture the plans," Jyn explains. The team's U-Wing flies through the remnants of Jedha. Finally, the exact objective of the Rebels' mission is spoken on-screen. We've known that the Death Star plans would be a key plot element since the film's announcement, but aside from the character posters, the marketing has largely neglected to acknowledge this.
  6. Jyn grabs a little girl and shields her from danger on the war-torn Jedha street. Obviously this is supposed to tell us that Jyn isn't just a tough, cold-hearted soldier. She's one of the few Rebels on Jedha who seems to care about the innocents caught in the middle of their battle.
  7. Jyn looks out at the Rebel bombing on Eadu. We know that Galen works at this Imperial facility. It appears that Jyn and the team will try to infiltrate the base and save her father (after Jedha's destruction) before the Rebellion decides to blow it to bits.
  8. X-Wings fly through the rungs of a space station. We got a look at this space battle in the final trailer, but this gives us a better look at the planet below. The watery terrain certainly supports that this is Scarif, meaning that this is the outer-space portion of the Battle of Scarif.
  9. "We'll follow your lead," Cassian tells Jyn as they walk through the Jedha marketplace. He's an experienced Rebel commander, but in dangerous places such as this – where Jyn has ties to the local Partisans, led by Saw Gerrera – he'll let her give the orders.
  10. "I'm not used to people sticking around when things go bad," Jyn remarks to Cassian in the Yavin 4 hangar. It would be a little unfair for her to blame her parents for getting captured by the Empire, so maybe she's referring to Saw. If he abandoned her when a mission against the Empire went south, that would explain how she ends up in an Imperial prison at the beginning of the film.
  11. "We'll take the next chance, and the next, until we win, or the chances are spent," Jyn says. She seems to have the attitude that persistence is the key to defeating the Empire. Not a bad plan. 
  12. Darth Vader exhales as he turns around in a smoky room. This is the definition of an epic Vader shot. This is also the same room where we saw him stomping towards Krennic in the second trailer; his outstretched hand might indicate that he just delivered a signature Force-choke.
What did you think of this trailer? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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