“It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s Ultimate Weapon, the Death star, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.”
A line that instantly triggers a whole franchise in our mind starting from a confused orphaned boy who then journeyed to become one of the strongest Jedi, fighting alongside the rebels to over throw the empire. At this point of time, one might think “how was the death star stolen?” Well, if you didnt think it yet then this is time to put on those thinking caps!
Walking down memory lane, the Battle of Toprawa had been Alliance the ultimate victory to break free of the clutches of the empire as they transmit the plans to Princess Leia Organa. Remember the chase scene between Star Destroyer Devastator and Leia’s ship, the Tantive IV? Ultimately leading her to crash land into the desert world of Tatooine, And just like any intellegent Rebel would do. She installs the plans in the memory of R2-D2, precisely known as an astromech droid alongside infamous holographic recording meant for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Thus, similar to Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber, the Death Star Plans had become a significant piece of the Star Wars franchise. Although it didn’t appear much in the movie but its presence had played a driving force in Star Wars: A New Hope, assisting the rebellions expose a fatal flaw in the plans thus overthrowing the Empire.
Why was the detection of this flaw of Death plan of utmost importance you say? Not only was it kept a secret during the entire Star Wars Trilogy until the Attack of the Clones where we see the physcial plan just grow up and Poggle the Lesser, a leader of the Geonosians giving Count Dokku the Plans naming it as “ultimate weapon”. After which we see the full grown devastating Death Star at the end of Revenge of Sith hence taking a duration of 19 years for constructing the entire weapon capable of annihilating any planet (sorry Princess Leia).
The Death Star had come to symbolize the empire because of not only its moon shaped size and its monstrous designs but also its destruction capability. It was capable of vanishing planets away with its super powered laser beam charged by giant kyber crystals (the same crystals that power lightsabers). Something for the rebels to fear and hence bow down to Empire for. What if they didnt? Say goodnye to Princess Leia’s home planet of Alderaan.
An ultimate weapon taking a span of 20 years for construction and capable harboring crystals of mass destruction guarded by Darth Vadar (my precious!), how could one find a fatal flaw for it? Well humans do make mistakes and those architects were humans as well…I guess?
HEIST OF A LIFETIME
Rogue One has been described as a war and a heist film. Lucas Films and Disney has confirmed that they are bringing back the old school galactic chases and some politics as well. As far as we know, Jyn Erso is an young delinquent. Having the knowledge of the secret Rebellion working underground, will lead the group of interlopers to achieve the Death Star plans. While having no prior knowledge of the empire, she might still have tricks of her own.
Remember when we said Mads Mikkelsen will be playing the villain in Doctor Strange? Get ready for redemption as he is announced to play Galen Erso, Jyn Erso estranged Father. He is said to be key contributor in the Death Star project. After guilt and feeling of remorse moving him further away from the dark side, he decides to redeem himself by handing over the plans to his daughter giving him her life’s biggest mission, deliver the plans to the Rebellion.
In addition, according to Lucas Films president Kathleen Kennedy, Galen portrays a tragic figure inspired by J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist who played a major role in the creation of the atomic bomb hence the above scenario of him being a breakthrough for the project is a plausible idea.
July being Star Wars celebration month, Disney isn’t gonna hold back as it is expected to show off another brand new trailer for Rogue One (and possibly share some Episode VIII details).
Do you agree with this theory or would have another side to the story? Drop in your thoughts in the comments below. Star Wars: Rogue One is set to hit theaters on December, 16, 2016 so dont forget to betray your dark side and join in on the heist!