It’s probably no accident that the shots of jungle combat in this trailer evoke a real World War II vibe. This series has leaned on imagery from that conflict since the very beginning (especially with its aerial combat sequences), so it’s only natural that a tropical action scene feels torn from The Pacific.


What use is a reprogrammed Imperial Security Droid if you can’t use him to help you go undercover? At some point, it looks like K-2SO, Jyn Erso, and Cassian Andor all infiltrate an Imperial base of some kind, with him undercover as an officer and her disguised as a pilot. Could this be the same installation we saw earlier, the one where Galen Erso was being held captive? This wouldn’t be the first time a Star Wars movie has seen its heroes disguise themselves as bad guys as part of a dangerous rescue operation.


Speaking of that same Imperial base, this shot appears to be on the cliffs surrounding that same location. While Jyn and Cassian infiltrate the base, it looks like Baze and Chirrut are keeping watch on the outskirts.


We know who this guy is! Revealed at Comic-Con, his name is Edrio Two Tubes and he is…

… a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. The two share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows their Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s home world Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. Desiring to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera.

He’s probably a minor character, but since he already has a name and backstory, he will soon have an action figure, a meaty role in a Star Wars novel, and maybe his own comic book miniseries.


I’m already loving the dynamic between Chirrut and Baze. As we saw in previous trailers, the former is quite skilled at taking down Stormtroopers in hand-to-hand combat, utilizing his faith in a higher power to guide him to victory. And then his best buddy just shows up to lend a hand an mows everyone down with the blaster equivalent of a heavy machine gun.


Once again, here we are at that mysterious planet with its mysterious Imperial base that seems to be holding Galen Erso. But now we know that this action sequence/rescue attempt will have an air component, with spaceships joining the fray and bombing the hell out of the area.


Is…is Chirrut wielding a Bowcaster? First of all, who gave the blind man a gun? Second of all, it is undoubtedly odd to see a non-Wookiee shooting one of those things after all of these years. And if you put events in chronological order, Chirrut beats Han Solo (who finally borrowed Chewbacca’s trademark weapon in The Force Awakens) to the punch.


One of the things about Rogue One that intrigues me the most is that everyone is expendable. Each character, from Jyn to K-2SO, could bite the dust by the time the end credits roll because the rest of the saga could easily continue without them. As long as the Death Star plans get delivered, they don’t have to survive. So I thought about this during this shot of Bodhi Rook taking cover behind a crate while blaster shots explode around him. If Gareth Edwards has truly made a war movie, I think we can expect most of this cast to not make it to the end.

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