The Rogue One vs OT fave competition thing that fandom is doing is … really baffling for me.
I mean, there are lots of reasons, like the fact that Luke Skywalker—far from singly claiming the glory—leads a squadron named in memory of Rogue One.
But also, a lot of the … hm, guiding principles of the RO characters are lived out by the OT characters?
In particular, one of the essential RO lines for me is
You’re not the only one who lost everything. Some of us just decided to do something about it.
That’s Cassian, but also it’s hard to think of anything that could better describe the Skywalker twins. Luke lost his entire world over those plans. Leia literally lost her entire world. And it only makes them more determined to throw themselves into the fray.
They do it in the immediate wake of those first terrible losses. And the next year, and the next, and the next, and the next, on and on and on. There’s another essential line from RO:
We’ll take the next chance, and the next, until we win, or the chances are spent.
That is the hope and determination that shapes every one of Luke and Leia’s choices. The Force is with them, and occasional pure luck—but that’s the only reason they don’t meet the same fate as Jyn, Cassian, and all the others.
Often enough, it might be easier for them if they had. But, however steep the cost, they never stop pushing forward. They never give up.
They couldn’t live with themselves if they did, either.