By James Hancock April 7th, 2016
I’ve been a little wary ever since I first heard of Disney’s plans to tell a variety of new stories set at different points in the timeline of Star Wars continuity. The hardcore fans will obviously have no trouble following along and will likely be eager to share their insider’s perspective with anyone feeling a little lost. That said, I wondered if the trailer to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would do anything to ease casual viewers into the fact that this tale takes place before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). Apart from calling the movie “a star wars story”, it appears as if the creators are assuming that everyone will immediately understand why all the characters they know and love from Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens are nowhere to be found. All would be forgiven if the trailer were an absolute home run, but when I saw the trailer to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story all I really felt was indifference. I didn’t dislike it but felt no rush of giddy adrenaline as I now expect after enjoying the ecstasy of the three trailers that led up to the release of Episode VII. So chalk me up as casually curious about these standalone Star Wars movies. This and the Han Solo origin story to me seem like a giant waste of time when all I really care about is seeing more stories featuring Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren. Somebody slap me when we get our first teaser for Episode VIII and I’ll be a happy man.
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