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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has enough Easter Eggs to keep an enterprising fan busy for hours. But there’s no tribute to it’s effectiveness as a prequel than that it actually enhances the other installments of the franchise.
Here are a look at key scenes from the Star Wars universe that are taking on a new light thanks to Rogue One.
Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, volcano battle
After Anakin becomes Vader, he chooses to build his castle near spot of his showdown with Obi-Wan Kenobi, on the terrible planet Mustafar. In Rogue One, he is seen spending time in his stronghold, something that had not been portrayed in a Star Wars movie before. It confirms Darth Vader is even sicker than you thought. Who else but Vader would build a castle at the site of his most traumatic event? You know, the place where he battled his mentor and ended up losing his limbs.
Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, opening sequence
No other prequel in film history has flowed so seamlessly into its next installment, with the final moments of Rogue One ending right before A New Hope begins. It lends a whole new level of urgency to the first minutes of the 1977 film, with the audience now knowing the sacrifice of those until-now unnamed Rebels.
A New Hope, Alderaan is destroyed
The destruction of Alderaan is even more tragic when taken alongside the events of Rogue One. After the Rogue One heroes sacrificed themselves, it’s even more disturbing that the Death Star goes on to be used to destroy an entire planet, rather than a city. Usually when the good guys eliminate a threat, that’s the end of things. But not with Rogue One and the Death Star.
A New Hope, Vader isn’t that in to the Death Star
Lucasfilm exec Pablo Hidalgo encouraged fans to watch this scene before seeing Rogue One, and there are a few possible reasons why. Vader has a grand old time Force choking Admiral Motti, just as he relishes doing it to Krennic in Rogue One. He also cautions the assembled group that the Death Star is insignificant next to the power of The Force. This jibes with Vader’s lack of respect for Krennick in Rogue One. After all, shouldn’t he be psyched this guy is delivering the ultimate power in the universe to him? Well, no, not if it isn’t truly the ultimate power.
Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back, Vader is seen without his helmet
In Rogue One, Vader hangs out in a bacta tank, the healing aparatus Luke spends time in after being seriously injured on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. The above scene was creepy enough, but Rogue One upped the ante, showing off even more of Vader’s routine (which is pretty ugly).
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