Why do you make everything about Cassian revolve around Jyn like he doesn't have his own character and life? I'm pretty fucking sure he cared about the Death Star plans
Wow, my first anonymous hate question, I am so excited for this moment!!
Well, let’s start from the beginning- if the roles were reversed, and Cassian was the hero, and Jyn was the one supporting him- would anyone really think that wasn’t typical of a sci-fi or action film? Cassian is literally the emobiment of all of those crappy tropes that are forced on female characters in movies like that.
Also, let’s look at Cassian’s character and roll in the Rebellion. Cassian is a spy and pragmatic anti-hero. In his introduction scene he kills a guy to ensure his own escape and the information that he got from his contact doesn’t fall into enemy hands. His contact was weak and would have given into Empire torture, so Cassian made the decision to do what spies do- protect the information. So yes, Cassian clearly cared about the Rebellion.
But as soon as he sets his eyes on Jyn its like he completely forgets everything. If you read the novelization- even Cassian calls himself out on it. He takes Draven’s orders even though he doesn’t like them, so he is a good solider, but also takes a really calculated risk by letting Jyn keep his blaster. He had no idea of her actual character to know if she really wouldn’t shoot him with it to escape. Jyn already made it clear she isn’t on anyone’s side and she only wants to be free- so killing Cassian would actually have ensured her escape.
Then we have Jedha where he makes more calculated risks to get what he needs- Galen’s location- but he gets that as soon as the Death Star shows up. Like he had Bodhi. He had Galen’s location. Cassian’s mission was never finding the message- he was sent to find and kill Galen Erso. Jyn’s message from her father happened completely separate from his mission. But as soon as they are able to escape, what does Cassian do? Find Jyn. HE DIDN’T NEED HER ANYMORE HE HAD BODHI SO HE DIDN’T NEED TO TRACK HER DOWN. Like Cassian had no idea that Jedha was blowing up- for all anyone knew until they got outside it was an earthquake. He just knew that Jyn was in danger and rushed after her without a second thought.
Then he gets her out of there, and still has to deal with his orders. Now, think about this as if you didn’t even know what the Death Star was. Cassian has absolutely no proof whatsoever that the Death Star is a real thing. Like at all. They couldn’t see the Death Star from the surface of the moon, and Jyn is the one who saw the message and relays it to everyone else- they have to take Jyn’s word that its real. Now how long has Cassian known her? Two Days? At most?
“I am not the one you gotta convince.” Cassian completely trusts her at her word, BUT HE’S A SPY SO HE SHOULND’T?? Like a good spy takes information and distrusts it completely until enough of it is analysed. So Cassian is still trying to kill Galen but he doesn’t actually care about killing Galen- Galen Erso isn’t a person to him, he doesn’t care about killing him for the Rebellion- he only stops himself from killing him because he knows it would break Jyn’s heart.
Then he and Jyn have their nice big fight where he tells her to get over herself, which is a great moment for both of them- then as soon as they are back at Yavin 4 he knows that Jyn is never going to get the Council to agree to her request to go to Scariff. That’s because Cassian isn’t stupid. Jyn is an ex-criminal who worked for an extremest, has been missing for several years, is the daughter of an Imperial Science Officer, and isn’t actually a part of their military- so of course the Council wasn’t going to believe her. Until the destruction of Alderan the Alliance doesn’t even know that the Death Star really exists. There is NO PROOF.
The Death Star is like the Atom Bomb to these people. Before the American’s dropped the first one, no one knew what would happen or if it was real or not. There was the possibility, but the science is so far advanced for their way of thinking. Do you think the Alliance had the kind of money and manpower as the Empire? The Alliance just was super lucky the Force was literally on their side. That’s it. if you look at it, the Alliance has a fuck ton of blunders throughout the series.
So Cassian recruits the men and basically declares his love for Jyn in front of everyone and its adorable, so she leads them to Scariff, they get into battle, they get the plans, he gets shot at protecting her (and yes, the plans) but Cassian knows Jyn by now. He knows her personality. That woman would drag her dying body to the top of the tower to get those plans out. He actually didn’t have to drag himself up that tower, injured, just to save her from Director Krennic. In fact, neither of them even knew anything about Krennic until he started shooting at them. Like Jyn confronts him and in the novelization she doesn’t even know his name. He’s just another obstacle in the way.
Now, did Cassian have to shoot Krennic and save Jyn’s life? Actually not really. Jyn and Krennic were standing away from the computer, they were so focused on each other that Cassian could have actually walked up to the computer and sent the plans himself. Like he was five feet from the computer. HE COULD HAVE JUST PULLED A LEVER. But instead he sees Jyn, he shoots Krennic and Jyn fulfills her mission- HER MISSION FOR THE PLANS. It was NEVER Cassian’s mission. This story wasn’t about Cassian. This story was about Jyn and finding the plans and helping her father destroy the Death Star. And you can tell when he asks “Do you think anyone’s listening?”
That’s a really important line. Jyn and Cassian never get the confirmation that Bodhi succeeded. They don’t know that the shield is down until they start transmitting the plans and Cassian is a realist. Just because the shield is down, and the Rebels are up there, he knows that the entire fleet can’t possibly be there and they see the Death Star in the distance, they know that the Empire is here and that there might be the possibility that the plans would be taken back by the Empire, that the fleet would be destroyed before the plans could get back to Yavin 4 altogether. So actually, Cassian has no idea if they really did succeed at all. To him- they might have just wasted all of those lives on the beach. But Jyn has absolute faith that it worked. Because Jyn believes in the Force. She knows that the Force helped her get here, that the Force wanted her to do this.
Cassian has never had much faith in the Force (going back to his joke in the jail cell about the Force) but just the fact that Jyn believes it makes him believe it.
Then they go to the beach and join the Force.
So yeah, when I say that Cassian’s character basically revolves around Jyn, during the course of this movie, I am not kidding. Now it would be awesome to get more background on him, his life in Fest, his time as a child solider. But that isn’t a part of the movie at all. Jyn is our hero, this is her story, so I will continue to ship them like crazy and not give a single fuck.