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Rogue One: Second Viewing

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Watched Rogue One for the second time today on the big screen.  Here are some more thoughts since I’m not inundated by “HOLY SHIT” feelings from experiencing it the first time. There may be some repeat thoughts.

NB, as usual: have only seen the movie and read a small portion of its prequel Catalyst so far. I try to talk about individual characters themselves, but shipping thoughts concerning RebelCaptain (Jyn/Cassian) and SpiritAssassin (Chirrut/Baze) still occur.

Warning: THIS IS REALLY, REALLY LONG. Not exaggerating in any way.

  • Quick General Thoughts 
    • I’d seen the movie a little more than a month ago and have swamped myself in fandom, so I thought I wouldn’t have Extreme Emotions from seeing it again. I even thought I’d be bored for some bits.
      • I was wrong.
    • It’s a beautiful movie, and I honestly liked every single performance by the actors and actresses. I thought they were all really good or amazing.
    • By far one of the most intense movies that I’ve seen in general, not just the Star Wars ‘verse.
  • Lah’mu
    • There’s a piece of symbolism in some Rogue One book material that talks about how the movie bookends the theme of “Jyn” and “home.” AKA: Jyn starts the movie by having a home, and Jyn ends the movie by rediscovering home. Figuratively, this is shown by Lah’mu with her parents (start) and the Scarif beach with Cassian (end) (or you could argue the entire Rogue One team becoming family, a la Baze’s “little sister”, as “home”).
      • However, now I can see there’s also a literal interpretation of this: Jyn’s Lah’mu home is next to a beach. And you remember where she dies? A BEACH.
    • If one of the Stormtroopers was taught even a little bit of forensic science, Jyn would have absolutely been found underneath that damn rock. They live on rich, loamy soil. Anyone heard of footprints or tracks? I guess Death Troopers are too busy learning how to kill people.

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As promised, this is (or maybe was?) my take on Gray and Juvia’s reunion/confrontation. The spoilers for the next couple of chapters seem to change many things, but I thought I should post it anyways, since I had it almost done before they came out and well, I didn’t want my effort to go to waste! ToT I do think that those two are ready for a kiss, but there’s also a high possibility we won’t see one just yet in case Mashima wants to save it up for later. We’ll know eventually. For now, I hope you enjoy this one xD


I’ve figured it out, home is where your heart is around~


The sky was still dusted in the gloomy gray Juvia knew better than anyone when she stepped out of the house. Their home, the place where she had to keep her faith and the happy memories they shared beating alive on her own for half a year. She leaned against the wooden pillar and looked up, letting the thick raindrops soothe her face. The fever had subsided, although her skin still felt hot. But she was well enough to walk out and have some peace to herself, in her rain. It was a bitter sign that something was still not mended inside her.

Gray-sama finally came back to her. Her heart swelled with relief to see him safe and sound, too much for her to care about anything else. She hugged him and he did the same, and she knew in his warmth that gushed through her, the one no fever or sun heat could make her feel, that he was real and she hadn’t lost her sanity. He didn’t come back alone though, of course there was Natsu and the others and even Erza, who bowed at her, begging for forgiveness and punishment for reasons she couldn’t quite grasp.

They celebrated their reunion with the rightful amount of booze, and Juvia eagerly listened to their stories. About how Gray-sama learnt to control the black marks on his body with old lady Porlyusica’s help and infiltrated this Avatar cult to gather information under Erza’s request. About how Natsu busted in their base and took out 3 of their members without a sweat. How Gray-sama put up an incredible act to the point he made them think he had lost it, until he came to release them when they were taken captives. About how they prevented the annihiliation of 3000 innocent people in the name of Zeref and how Gajeel and Levy were, as they spoke, handing in their resignation to the Council.

But how come every word they said felt like another sting of betrayal? Why the more she heard the harder it was to keep smiling? Gray-sama was back home, so why did her heart ache so much?

She heard footsteps and looked over her shoulder. Gray was standing at the door frame, holding a blanket.

“Hey.”

She forced a weak smile.

“It’s could out here, shouldn’t you come back inside?”

“Juvia will be back soon.” she assured, shifting her gaze back at the horizon that lay before her.

“Wendy says you haven’t recovered fully yet, it’s better–”

“You were gone for six months, can’t Juvia have her five minutes?”

Her lips trembled as tears pricked the corner of her eyes. She was being selfish. He had just returned from a noble mission and all she did was vent her frustration on him, but she couldn’t help it. Now that her worries were swept away, all the whys she suppressed underneath came busting through her in a wild cascade of emotions she could no longer contain.

She felt a hand on her shoulder. “Juvia…” he hesitated, his fingers curled tighter on her, “I’m sorry…I wanted to tell you but Erza asked me to not say anything. If I knew it would take this long I–”

She shook his hand off and turned around, startling him. “Erza-san didn’t live with Juvia, you did!” the words slipped louder than she intended, and he shrugged at the temper that resonated in her features. She looked so fierce like he had never seen her before, lips twitching and cheeks flushed as damp hair clung roughly on her face.

“You left me Gray-sama, not Erza-san. We made a home together and you let Juvia believe that no matter what happened, we would have each other. And then you left without a word, without a note, without anything! Juvia was waiting for half a year, wondering if something bad has happened to you!”

Six months, drifting between faith and fear, from praying for his safety to crying her heart out at the thought he could be dead, and from that to blaming herself for not believing enough in him.

She burst in loud sobs, and he could no longer discern the tears from the raindrops that spilled on her face. “Did you even wonder how worried Juvia would be?”

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So I just pre-ordered Star Wars: X-Wing- Mercy Kill and Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihiliation, and along with getting the Lost Tribe of the Sith Omnibus for Christmas, and an advanced copy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I can now say I own every Star Wars novel that is on the timeline that appears in every Star Wars book.

I own 192 Star Wars Books overall, including series like Jedi Apprentice and Young Jedi Knights that aren’t shown on the timeline. This number doesn’t include Guides and Comics and Encyclopedias, which I have a lot of as well.

So it’s safe to say I’m a little obsessed.