Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – The Post Movie Recap

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Rob Cesternino and Josh Wigler recap the latest installment of the Star Wars Franchise, “Rogue One”.  Rob and Josh talk through their overall thoughts on Rogue One followed by a full-spoiler discussion of the film starting at 9:25

  • Craig

    Alright, a podcast of a movie I have actually found time to see at release of recording. As for the movie, I liked it better than Force Awakens, but not as much as I thought I would like it going in. Here are some of the things I liked, didn’t like, and other thoughts in a long winded post that will be TLDR for probably everyone.


    Everybody Dies: In today’s world of constant sequels and part break movies, it’s refreshing and nice to see a movie come in with great characters, drop the mic, and just leave. We are probably never going to see any of these people again in a large role in any future movies and I hope we don’t.

    Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic: Was a bit bummed you were both down on Krennic. He was my favourite part of the movie. Maybe it was the costume which was appropriately overkill (if that makes sense) but I just like how he’s someone who feels he’s earned his control of the Death Star, but is seeing it slip away. Also, you know he’s going to die but you don’t know how. Will the Rebels kill him? Will the Empire kill him once the Death Star is 100% finished and just toss his body down into the trash compactor? You don’t know and it’s great.

    Riz Ahmed as Bodie Rook: For me, Bodie was FN2187 (will always have that traitors real name to memory!) if he had a better motivation for leaving. Ahmed has described his character in interviews as basically a courier truck driver, and it’s so true to that. He’s not a fighter, he’s not anti-establishment, he’s just a guy who has been enlightened on what the Empire is doing, and knows he can’t assist in that. His character really completes itself when his last act was opening up the communication with the Rebels and getting the plans there. Also, he didn’t feel out of place in the movie like I felt FN2187 did.

    Grand Moff Tarkin: Love Tarkin, so I loved seeing him here. I agree that his mouth was a little off, but it was fascinating to see them bring an actor essentially back to life for this, and to see how far technology has come. Even Peter Cushing former secretary said it looked just like him.

    Hope: Everybody dies in this movie, but it never felt dark to me, because the movies tone in the final battle really gave off the idea that in the end even though everyone is dying, and the fleet is lost, they all died for a purpose that was fulfilled. They had given hope where their was no hope before.

    Other Little Things: Ships crashing into the Star Destroyers trying to go into Hyper Space. Easter Eggs like future characters and other things. The look of the Empire stations.

    What I didn’t like:

    The Opening: Maybe this was because some jerk in front of me was accusing me of kicking his chair when really he was backing the chair into my legs at the beginning of the movie, but I had so much trouble understanding what was going on. I had no idea that Cassian killed that guy he was with, and I didn’t know what was going on with the Erso’s.

    Bodie’s Message from Galen: One thing that bugged me after watching was, if Gail is sending Bodie with the message, why doesn’t he just send him with the plans too? I mean Galen’s screwed if Bodie is caught with the message anyway, so why not give him the plans too?

    “Choke on you Aspirations”: Ugh I hated this line. Just hated it.

    On the Podcast:

    On Saw Gerrera, I’ve learned that Saw is a character in the Clone Wars show, and since Forest Whitaker is playing the voice of the person in the upcoming show, this was likely just a fan service role.

    Sorry to Rob, but a lot of his complaints are ridiculous to me. They didn’t e-mail the plans because no one knew what e-mail was when they were making the movie in 1976! Also, technology has changed. Also, if your mad on why they didn’t send the plans, you could also ask why the Star Destroyer didn’t just blow up the Tentative IV in the beginning of the movie. Why do they need Princess Leia alive when they know she has the plans? Just blow the ship up and comb the galaxy for the base Dark Helmet!

    I also hated that Rey knew all of these force things seemingly overnight. Luke completed the shot into the Death Star but I can understand that one bit of the force power coming out in that moment especially with Obi-Wan’s spirit guiding him. With Rey it was too many things all at once.

    Also saddened by the loss of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Two different kind of Hollywood legends lost. I hope people start to recognize just how funny Fisher was and more about her in general outside of her role in Star Wars. The ending of Rogue One takes on a much great significance considering the circumstances.

    That’s all I can think of for now. I, like Rob am also more excited for the One Shot stories than Episode VIII. These stories feel familiar yet more fresh, which is odd but wonderful. Also stand alone Han Solo movie has Donald Glover as Lando, and being a big Community and Donald Glover fan just thrills me.

  • xnilsx

    Rob and Josh thanks so much for podcasting about this! I know you guys have a lot on your plates, but I have to say I can’t get enough of the movie podcasts you do!

    For me personally, I really loved Rogue One, but I wouldn’t classify myself as a Star Wars superfan. I don’t notice all the details other people notice. I do get excited for any Star Wars movie that comes out. Probably the best Christmas gift I get each year!

  • SirSquiddington

    I was hoping to see Galen prepare dinner. Human, not my father Akbar.

  • Jacqueline

    Josh: “It really contextualizes why Darth Vader’s so grumpy in those first scenes of “Star Wars: A New Hope…”! LOL! My life has come full circle from watching A New Hope in the theater as a seven-year-old child in 1977 with my brother and parents. My daughter took me to see Rogue One, and I had no expectations or knowledge of what to expect. I had no idea they were putting in the CGI characters, etc. I loved the film! I think seeing it with no spoilers at all was ideal. I don’t even think I saw a preview. I sometimes make fun of people who avoid so-called spoilers, but in this case it happened by accident and was amazing!

  • Adam Bradford

    Everybody loves the cameos in these Star War movies. In both Force Awakens and Rogue One, the audience burst in applause when Han, Leia, Chewy, Luke, and the droids showed up. Sent a chill down my spine, magical moments for sure.