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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

TV Spots Reveal the Tantive IV and the Ghost

At this point in Rogue One's marketing campaign, you'd think there would be very few surprises that the promos could still offer us. Grand Moff Tarkin? Interesting, but expected. The Death Star striking Jedha? We've been predicting that since August. But today we got two new TV spots that revealed some very exciting members of the Rebel fleet that attacks Scarif. 

First, the official "10 Days" promo had a quick shot of TIE fighters soaring into battle over Scarif with a familiar vessel in the background: the Tantive IV, Princess Leia's transport that appeared in the first moments of A New Hope. Yes, this could be another ship of the same class, but the Tantive IV's presence makes perfect sense.
One of the most frequent climactic shots from the film's second trailer and TV spots has been Jyn's defiant limp towards an antenna on Scarif. If she's intending to use the antenna to transmit the Death Star plans to a nearby starship (as many fans have predicted), then the Tantive IV's presence over Scarif is only logical; at the beginning of A New Hope, it's carrying the plans and being hunted down by Darth Vader's Star Destroyer.
Basically, this shot would confirm that the film ends with Leia's hyperspace jump from Scarif aboard the Tantive IV, with Vader not far behind. The chase would continue over Tatooine, of course, while the Battle of Scarif comes to a close off-screen. 

Another Rogue One TV spot released today had a similarly intriguing shot of the Rebel fleet. The Tantive IV is once again in plain view, but the real excitement here is in the bottom left corner: you can spot a ship strongly resembling the Ghost, the main transport and frequent living quarters of the central team in Star Wars Rebels
This is pretty much pure gold for all those Rebels fans who have been crossing their fingers for a crossover cameo in Rogue One. However, as we already discussed in a post from October, a cameo would essentially spoil the fates of the Rebels characters, since the series is still at least a few years before the events of Rogue One.
Chances are, we won't get much more of the Ghost outside of this shot. It'll probably just appear as one of the many Rebel ships fighting in the Battle of Scarif, and the identity of its current pilot won't be specified. But this will still be one of the film's best easter eggs, and it'll further support the relevancy of Rebels – and The Clone Wars, by extension – to the cinematic Star Wars saga.

What do you think of these revelations? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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