By now, there has been so much coverage in ways of analysis on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Honestly, what’s left to talk about? The media, from news-sites to fan-sites, and every corner of the internet has turned this first Star Wars standalone film inside-out, and dissected it from every angle possible. But here, at Coffee with Kenobi, we do our best (by tradition) to take a closer look at even the tiniest of details, through what’s been noted as a critical lens. We do this in hopes to shine some light on possible new perspectives and ideas. Hopefully, I’ll be somewhat successful with what I’m bringing to the table today.
No one thinks of “quiet” and “calm” when they think of Star Wars. No one. From the very first blast of the iconic John Williams’ score at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, to the fantastic ships, weapons, thundering confrontations and larger than life characters, it’s a loud saga. Big. Booming. Atlas holding the sphere of the world and tossing it around like a ping-pong ball. But it has occurred to me recently, after my most recent viewing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that it is in simple, quiet moments and the characters who define them that I find the most power, more than any other Star Wars film.
In today’s show, Tha Mike Pilot returns to discuss our topic for Show # 63, Rogue One’s impact on the mythology of Star Wars. We also look at the announcement of the new title for Episode VIII, Han Solo casting announcements, Celebration news, including Star Wars Galactic Nights, Nick DiCo discusses Star Wars video games, and Jason Brame updates us on the Star Wars canon.
In Collector News, we look at the Galen Erso action figure announcement and discuss Star Wars Bluetooth speakers and the Geek Fuel subscription box. This is the podcast you’re looking for!
“The strongest stars have hearts of Kyber.” — Chirrut Imwe
There’s something to be said about this quote or dialogue spoken by the Guardian of the Whills, Chirrut Imwe. It’s amazing what one line can do and how it can trigger a plethora of thoughts; not much different from saying a picture is worth a thousand words. These words unleashed a multitude of emotions on me, and I can’t help myself from going back to it.
Hasbro has revealed today, via the official Instagram account of Mads Mikkelsen, the 3.75″ Galen Erso action figure! One of true unsung heroes of the Rebellion, father of the heroic Jyn Erso, and one of the most compelling characters in Rogue One, Galen is sure to be a welcome addition to many a Star Wars collection.
Get a closer look below:
During my first viewing of Rogue One I noticed that there some obvious connections and tie-ins with Return of the Jedi. For example, in both movies there are Mons (Mothma and Calamari), shield generators that need to be destroyed, Death Stars that become operational, and stolen Imperial ships and codes that the rebels use to infiltrate an Imperial stronghold. But after multiple viewings it is clear that there are even more similarities, connections, and juxtapositions between Rogue One and Return of the Jedi.
Loads of intel on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been revealed today, including the return of Darth Vader! Entertainment Weekly has provided our first look at the characters inhabiting this new chapter in the saga, from members of the Rebellion to servants of the Empire — and those somewhere in between.
Here’s a rundown of what we know so far, including an important connection to The Clone Wars animated series: