This Is the 'Star Wars' Scene You Are Looking For After Watching 'Rogue One'
[Warning: this post contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.]
Rogue One has finally blasted off, and it's putting 1977's A New Hope in a slightly different light.
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It's the rare kind of prequel that enhances what's come before it, and rewatching the first minutes of A New Hope takes on a new urgency when considering the ending of Rogue One.
First, some spoilers on the ending.
As the final minutes of the film run down, its chief protagonist is dead, and Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones) is on a a rampage, boarding the last remaining Rebel ship at the battle. The ship not only contains the plans to the Death Star — it's also carrying Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher's younger likeness masterfully recreated by CGI). As Vader goes through the ship, leaving destruction in his wake, Leia makes her escape, uttering one word. The Rogue One team has given the Rebellion "hope."
Taken in that context, the opening crawl and first scene from A New Hope is both more tragic (you feel for those who lost their lives to get the plans, because you now know them) and even more urgent (you immediately understand its importance, because you've seen what the Rebels sacrificed).
Here it is. If you're watching it for the first time since seeing Rogue One, it's not quite the same as it was before:
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