Got a third Rogue One viewing in
Because the final brother had to see it and I had my readmission ticket carefully hoarded from last year.
You all can profit though because I took still more notes during the movie:
• I noticed this time that there are actually four people in the movie who wear red accents on their clothing: Chirrut, Baze, Lyra, and Baby Jyn has a red lining in her jacket. When Kaytoo knocks her to the ground as an adult, you can see she still has a red lining in her jacket.
Assuming red lining as a force metaphor, that means there are four* force-sensitive people in the movie, and all four of them wear a bit of red somewhere.
(*Apparently Lyra being force sensitive is a Catalyst detail so I can’t confirm this, but it would help explain why she’s a Kyber expert.)
• the child Jyn saves in the Jedha City marketplace also wears a splash of red and so does her mother (? What?)
• Cassian’s source at the start apparently met Bodhi and Bodhi’s the one who called the Death Star a “Planet Killer”?
• Bodhi’s reward is 600 credits.
• Saw’s entire role in the movie is set up to parallel Darth Vader’s role in the trilogy, hence the interrogation scene, the reunion with a child-figure who changes him, and his decision to embrace his destiny. Saw’s whole arc is a micro-Vader arc, which is great because Saw himself was trained by Anakin.
• Saw’s Rebels roll their grenades under tanks–a technique They used originally against Droidekas.
• while I originally thought Chirrut said they were no friends of Saw Gererra’s, on a later viewing, he’s actually saying they’re no friends of the Empire. (Oops. My bad. I also though Chirrut and Baze ran hanging on to one another and I can see now it’s just the way Chirrut his to hold his staff and the angle of the camera. Sorry, guys.)
• Chirrut definitely followed them because of Jyn’s Crystal. In fact…those two get drawn together a lot. (I feel a lot less weird about having them be BFFs in the modern AU now and also genuinely think that’s a master and apprentice type bond if anyone cares to write that in on an “everyone lives” AU.)
• Saw, like Galen, also says not a day goes by that he doesn’t think of Jyn. But the only reason he shows her father’s message to her is because she says she doesn’t want to fight.
He DOES however, as her what she wants before asking more specifically if she cares about the cause.
• which brings me to another point: Galen sent Saw the message because he assumed Jyn would still be with him.
• when Bodhi is called back to his identity, he’s called back by Cassian asking “Galen Erso. You know that name?” Before asking him if he’s he Pilot.
• When Jyn collapses, I’d assumed it was from her father’s message but actually, it takes place while Jedha City is being destroyed and so could be a force backlash of the deaths.
• Jyn looks back for Saw as his compound is collapsing.
• actually Chirrut looks pretty undecided about what he wants to do when Jyn up and leaves to do her thing and track down her dad. That’s before he decides to follow her and before all the stuff about how he believes her.
• after the whole “I don’t need luck” thing where Baze ends up following his bro who’s following some girl, Baze complains “We’ve come too far.”
Chirrut replies with “Patience, my friend.”
And bro. If the force set up my good dads to singlehandedly lay waste to an army, I gotta get on that. Because the force also gave Chirrut a shot that used a tie fighter to take out a turret, followed by Baze gunning down an entire squad. All because of a pretty girl with a necklace.
If Baze and Chirrut hadn’t followed Jyn, she and Cassian would have probably died.
• Cassian’s entire reaction to hearing the squadron’s on it’s way is “NO! JYN’S DOWN THERE!” (Which also means that if she’d stayed out where he’d asked her to be, things would have been fine by his definition of fine.)
• Krennic makes a point of telling Galen he killed Saw on Jedha and laid waste to the whole city, and Galen’s expression makes clear he thinks his daughter’s dead. (Seriously, it took me three viewings to pick up on that.)
• Galen. dies knowing his daughter’s alive, and overjoyed because she’s going to fulfill his work and he has so many things to tell her. (aw.)
• When they lift off after her father’s dead, the first person Jyn goes to is Chirrut. (Just. That silent moment right there was so much. Man. It was a good, strong, platonic hand clasp between two people who had just been through some shit and had been dead honest about it with one another. man.)
• Similarly, the first person to look for hope and ask “what kind of a weakness?” About the Death Star is Baze.
The fucking atheist.
Who hates the Empire so much he’s ready to strangle a kid in the wrong uniform through the bars of a jail cell.
Baze Malbus in a nutshell right there: he’s tired, he’s lost his home, he just got done following his best friend/whatever into the pouring rain, and the moment someone says they might have a way to make it all slightly less bleak after he says it’s pretty bleak, he warily asks how.
Baze Malbus, my internet people: the man with the gun who wants to believe but doesn’t want to be called on it.
• When Cassian points out he didn’t have to make the calls he did and he didn’t take that shot he could have, he turns to Bodhi and asks, “Did I?” And Bodhi flinches hard.
• While Cassian calls Jyn hardest on her white feminist shit, he’s also the person who makes the most effort to support her and make her feel at home within the alliance. Seriously. This guy. Like…he didn’t resonate with me at all at first because he’s supposed to be this off-putting assassin type with a soft voice, but he…like, he has a genuine heart to him at times and he doesn’t have to. And I don’t think Jyn really notices or appreciates that because she’s always been special and valued?
A lot of what Cassian is is self-made, but those people who showed up because they weren’t proud of what they’d done showed up for Cassian. This guy was a Fulcrum Agent serving in recruitment, and I can kind of see why.
He knows how people work, and I like that he was allowed to get the last word in just to say he didn’t have to talk his way out of justifying what he did because he did it.
• As the movie goes on Bodhi’s imperial shoulder insignia gets dirtier and dirtier, by the point of his death, it’s almost black.
I’m sure there’s more but that’s what I got this time.