I grew up on the Star Wars Infinites comics and have finally decided to do my own! ‘There is Another’ is a retelling of Episode IV in which Luke and Leia are hidden in opposite homes after the fall of the Republic. There will also be some cameos folded in from the new canon! I plan to post a page every Mon-Thurs 9pm EST. Get sneak peeks of upcoming content by joining my patreon.
You ever really think about how terrible Star Wars characters must smell? Unless they’re Padme Amidala, most of them are running around for days on end in the exact same set of clothes. Take Leia, for example. She gets captured, gets tortured, jumps down the garbage chute, and runs around the Death Star, all in her signature white dress. By the time she got to Yavin, she must have smelled like an appealing mix of terror sweat and sewage. And don’t even get me started on Rey and little Ani who probably never even saw a shower let alone used one. You really think scrubbing down with sand and whatever the heck a ‘sonic’ is are going to make a dent in years of accumulated B.O.? During Anakin’s introduction, the Jedi Council acts like they’re smelling something terrible because they are.
There are countless moments in Rogue One that made me want
to weep from joy. But chief among them is the scene where Mon Mothma tells Bail
that he will need to send someone he trusts to find Obi Wan and he responds, “I
would trust her with my life.”
On my first viewing, I loved that line for the mere surface
level reference to Princess Leia. My heart did a little jump with glee at the
clear tie in to the opening of A New Hope and that was enough to make me
The second time I saw Rogue One, I liked it a little bit
more. Because it wasn’t just a throw away reference to Leia. It was also expertly
written. It didn’t come at you like a neon sign screaming “I’M GOING TO SEND MY
DAUGHTER, PRINCESS LEIA. SHE’S A LEAD IN THE OT. SHE’S ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC
CHARACTERS IN CINEMA HISTORY. I’M GOING TO SEND HER ON THIS MISSION. AND SHE’S
GOING TO GET CAPTURED AND THAT IS THE INCITING PLOT POINT TO THE ENTIRE STAR
It was subtle. It was clear and obvious who he was talking
about, but it was a short and succinct line that was delivered with a lovely
and affectionate tone that didn’t manage to distract from the mission at hand.
Now I’ve watched Rogue One for the first time in the comfort
of my own home, and upon reflection I’ve realized that that line is far more
important and amazing than I had already given it credit for.
Bail’s line “I would trust her with my life,” is not just a
wink to the audience about the arrival of Leia. It is a deliberate and genius
tie in of the major theme of Rogue One into the Original Trilogy.
For so long, Star Wars has always been Luke’s story. And it
still is in many ways. But Leia (and Han) have always been sort of…secondary
protagonists. They are extremely important to the plot and hold their own story
lines, but their contribution to the trilogy takes a back seat to Luke’s main
story. In the end, Luke helps to redeem Vader and destroy the Empire and the
story comes to a conclusion through his efforts while his friends help.
But Rogue One and the inclusion of the line “I would trust
her with my life,” completely reframes the idea of who was responsible for the
end of the Empire.
When we meet Galen Erso in Rogue One, he is a man who has
submitted to the idea that he no longer has agency over his own life and
actions. In an effort to save his family and himself from the wrath of the
Empire he has done terrible things and completely destroyed his name – his life
as it were. Jyn is his only hope for redemption. With his dying breath, Galen
trusts her implicitly to see that the Death Star is destroyed. But in addition
to wanting the Death Star destroyed, his motives are also partially selfish. He
also trusts that in destroying the Death Star she will vindicate his entire
life and existence. He trusts that she will not let him down in redeeming his
name throughout the galaxy. He trusts that she will ensure that his life is not
reduced to an Imperial peon, but that his life is remembered as the life of a galactic
And he’s right.
It was interesting to me that the writers chose to frame
Bail’s line about Leia in such a way when we as an audience know that he will
die upon his return to Alderaan when Leia is captured. But, like Galen, Bail is
not trusting his daughter with his literal health and well-being. He is
trusting her with his life’s work. His life’s purpose. His legacy.
Bail Organa birthed the rebellion. He sat in the room with
the two remaining Jedi of the fallen order when they decided upon their final
plan to one day return peace to the galaxy. He raised the very powerful daughter
of a Jedi to believe in democracy, justice, and compassion so that when the day
came that she learned about her power, she would not let it corrupt her.
Like Galen, Bail trusted his daughter implicitly to ensure
that his legacy lived on forever. He trusted that through her continued
efforts, he would not be remembered as a traitor to the Empire, but as a
galactic hero and a father of democracy. He trusted her to fight for freedom and justice
and win. He trusted her to lead with compassion. He trusted her not to fall to
the dark side. He trusted her never to give up on a fight that he dedicated his
entire life to – even if the fight would never truly be over.
And, like Galen Erso, he was right.
Star Wars has always been about the desire of a son to
redeem the sins of his father. And that is a beautiful theme.
But now, with the addition of Rogue One and one throwaway
line from Bail Organa, it is just as much about the trust of a father in his
daughter. And the desire of a daughter to carry on her father’s legacy so that
he will not have lived a life in vain.