But given Lord & Miller, I have the feeling that the fans will be putting a LOT more time, attention and scholarly discipline into the story/references than the directors will.
Just off the subject, finally saw Rogue One on vacation (somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas--the theater, that is, not just the vacation):
And while I'll always defend TFA's Rey from the "It's all about the chick audience now!" fan accusations, just because she's that strong a Kasdan-written character (like Marian Ravenwood with a lightsaber)...hoo-boy. Rogue One was exactly
what fans thought they were complaining about.
When Sneaky Spy-Jerk Guy (is it wrong that we're barely allowed to know any
of the other heroes' names besides Empowered Role-Model Jyn?) says "This rebellion isn't just about you!
", and Jyn replies, "You can't just talk your way out of this!"...if you'll excuse an outdated bit of sexism, that's exactly what a female WOULD say if the guy had a valid point she couldn't get out of either: This story IS
All About Her.
Jyn gets the secret-sabotage news all to herself, she gets to singlehandedly re-inspire the rebellion all by herself, and when we see the holo of Galen delivering the important news of the sabotage, all the camera can focus on is Jyn's lip trembling, "D-d-d-daddy!
" And when our empowered role-model finally faces down the villain all by herself?: "Nyah, My Daddy ruined your Death Star, and now you're gonna lose, 'cause I helped!
I'll give it points for anal-retentively setting up the opening of Ep. IV, but even something as cool as that just re-emphasizes the basic pointlessness of "Franchise side stories":
Do we really NEED to know everything that happened offstage, or do studios need something to fill an Announced Release Date in between real sequels?