Post Rogue One, Let’s Look at A New Hope in a New Light

Rogue One nicely ties in with A New Hope. It's a deliberate, well-thought-out movie. There's plenty of plot interplay which makes some fun connections and also casts parts of A New Hope in a new light.

Here are a few links and re-thinks about what certain plot points mean now the two movies can be watched back to back.

Rebellions Are Built on Hope

Let's start with our favorite bit.

The Rogue One movie refers to “hope” several times and finally finishes with Princess Leia's single line of dialogue, “What is it they have brought us? Hope.”

What is arguably Princess Leia's most famous line in A New Hope? It's “help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.”

So Rogue One now frames this with a bit more nuance.

While Obi-Wan was the hope of Bail Organa and Mon Mothma, and Leia was sent on a mission to get him, Leia had not actually planned on receiving the plans to the Death Star. Her mission was solely to bring back Organna's friend, “that Jedi.”

So, with Vader's Imperial Destroyer bearing down on the Tantive IV, Obi-Wan becomes her truly only hope to get the plans to the Rebels (by placing them within R2).

It thus also gives the concept of hope in A New Hope two meanings. The first is the Death Star plans and what that entails, but also, of course, Luke Skywalker being brought into the frame by Kenobi. It mostly refers to Luke, but that's the genesis of it all.

“There will be no one to stop us this time”

It would seem that this line that Vader says at the start of the movie is in reference to Jyn and her band of merry rogues, giving it more meaning. In the same vein, we suspect C-3PO's quote “There will be no escape for the princess this time,” is referencing the most recent escape from the Battle of Scarif.

Leia Already Has Some Moxie

The boarding of the Tantive IV by Vader also can be seen in a new light which gives us a more unique insight into Leia's character. When she suggests to Vader that she's on a diplomatic mission, she's busting his nut because he damn well just saw her ship leave the Battle of Scarif!

The Imperial Senate

In A New Hope Tarkin shares the news that the Emperor has dispensed with the Imperial Senate. We can now figure that the report back from Tarkin that two successful test fires of the Death Star had occurred played into this.

The tests would have given the Emperor the confidence to sweep away the last remnants of the Old Republic, knowing that he had this planet-destroying weapon at his disposal – one which would keep detractors from his rule at bay.

Given we also now know that Tarkin and Krennic had a bit of a powerplay to keep control of the Death Star, Tarkin's decision to not leave the Station makes more sense. His apparent hubris is caused by his recent “victory” over the Rebels by killing a lot of them above Scarif and possibly winning his rivalry with Krennic.

Tarkin's mentioning of the remnants of the Old Republic may also be a reference to the fact that the Holy Jedi city Jedha had been recently blown up by himself personally.

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The Death Star's Weak Spot

It's long been the subject of mirth that the Death Star had a design flaw that when some torpedoes are sent down a shaft, they will blow up and start a chain reaction that will destroy the Death Star completely.

Like, how dumb does the Empire have to be?

We now know that Jyn's father and prisoner of Krennic, Galen Erso deliberately designed this flaw.

After stalling as long as he could, the Death Star was due to be made fully operational so Erso made plans for Rook to get the message to Saw about the flaw he had designed.

The Battle of Yavin

Given the Rebels had just gone through the Battle of Scarif and suffered a great loss (sorry Blue Squadron), the Battle of Yavin shows just how desperate the Rebels would have been.

With so many of their ship stocks destroyed during that battle, to front up to the assault on the Death Star in such a short time means they were pretty hard-pressed.

Already battle worn, they simply had to throw the entire kitchen sink at the Emperor's mighty tool of destruction.

Those Later Darth Vader Duels

Thanks to Rogue One's infamous final moments, which saw Darth Vader charging down the hall and brutally killing Rebel soldiers, we know how strong a player he really is.

In his A New Hope fight with Kenobi, Vader was basically toying with Kenobi and was arguably doing the same with his fight with Luke in The Empire Strikes Back.

So when Luke goes head-to-head with his father at the end of Return of the Jedi, we now have an even better understanding of just how advanced Luke is as a swordsman as he holds his own, and even bests his father.

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