Monday, December 5, 2016

Featurette Sheds Light on Bacta Tank Scene

The first teaser trailer for Rogue One in April mostly ignored plot details and character moments in favor of demonstrating the film's dark, gritty tone. Eight months later, we can take any shot from the teaser, identify the characters in it, name the location, and (more or less) place it in the context of the film. The lone exception? The shot of a hooded figure falling to his knees in front of Imperial guards and what appears to be a bacta tank. 
Since April, none of the film's (extensive) marketing has given us anything resembling this. The shot itself only made a single other appearance in the Celebration-exclusive trailer. We began to wonder if this was another case of a striking trailer scene that never made it into the final cut of the film. (See: Avengers: Age of Ultron's mystery woman.)

And then, yesterday, a featurette showcasing the creatures of Rogue One had something very interesting that quite possibly relates to this mysterious shot, as Star Wars News Net first pointed out: around 0:21, you can see a dismembered torso wearing a breathing mask in the background. Concept art of this character can be seen further to the right.
The obvious conclusion to be made is that this is Anakin Skywalker's damaged body, and the bacta tank shot is part of a scene in which Darth Vader removes his suit in order to heal himself in the tank. Although this would probably just be a routine procedure for Vader and not the result of a hypothetical battle with the central Rebel team, it still suggests that the iconic villain will have a larger role than previously thought.

Will this be Vader's first scene in the film, showing him exit the bacta tank and don a new suit as he prepares to meet with Krennic about the Death Star? Or will this be at the end of the film, explaining why his suit in A New Hope is slightly different? Details are sparse, but this is an intriguing development onto the longtime mystery surrounding this scene.
It should be noted that this isn't confirmation that the bacta tank scene will be in Rogue One. The footage from the featurette dates back to when the film was shooting, at least several months (and quite possibly even a full year) ago. All this tells us is that Darth Vader is most likely the subject of this scene, regardless of whether we end up seeing it or not. 

Are you hoping that the bacta tank scene makes it into the final cut? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all. 

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