Star Wars was first released in 1977. Created by young director George Lucas, it was not expected to be a success. Against all odds, the low-budget sci-fi flick spawned one of the most successful franchises of all time. We're now getting our third trilogy, and the films show no signs of slowing down.
When Disney announced that they were going to release side stories to accompany the main one, fans were almost beside themselves. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had some pretty big hype to live up to. We've gotten cartoons, books, and comic books. We'd never really gotten standalone action films in the Star Wars universe.
Not only that, but it was also tasked with filling in one of the biggest gripes in movie history. How did the Empire not see such a fatal flaw in its ultimate weapon?
Luckily, it delivered, and then some. Director Gareth Edwards gave us a film that was nuanced and complex, all while fitting almost perfectly into the franchise's narrative. Of course, no film is without flaw. A story that has been going for so long is bound to have its share of holes.
Here are 15 Mistakes You Completely Missed In Rogue One.
15 Jyn runs Faster Than A Spaceship
At the beginning of the film, we see an Imperial ship fly over a young Jyn Erso. Jyn is running back home to warn her family of the Empire's arrival. Somehow, she makes it back to her home before the ship gets there. Not only does she have time to warn her parents of the ship's arrival, but they also have time to pack.
It's definitely a cool shot, but it doesn't make any sense. Again, we see the ship fly over her head. It is clearly moving faster than her. Presumably, it knows the way to Galen's house. So how could Jyn possibly have gotten home first? Maybe the troops decided to stop for coffee. After all, it must have been a long trip, and even stormtroopers need to keep their energy up.
14 Krennic's Cape
The weather during Galen's encounter with the Empire is perfect. As Galen approaches them, the wind picks up. It never turns in to a full on storm, but it gets very strong. It matches the tension of the moment perfectly. The only thing is, for some reason, the wind is inconsistent.
As Krennic and his men line up menacingly in front of Galen, the wind is blowing full force. Krennic's white cape billows violently with it. Suddenly, the camera closes in on Krennic's face, and the wind is simply gone. Then it zooms out and as he orders his troops to search the house, it's back again. Wind has been known to come and go, but not usually as if at the press of a button.
13 Jyn's Disappearing Backpack
We get yet another puzzling moment just a little later on. As Galen distracts the Imperial forces, Jyn's mother wishes her a tearful goodbye. It turns out to be the last time Jyn sees her mother alive. The whole moment is very touching. That's why it's strange that this mistake wasn't picked up before the movie's release.
As we previously mentioned, Jyn had packed for an escape. As the two part, the shots rapidly cut between them. Sometimes, Jyn's heavy backpack is hanging over her shoulder, plain as day. Other times, it just disappears. This happens at least three times. And it's not like it fell off and she picked it back up, they're split second cuts.
It makes you wonder if maybe there was a ghost on the set of Rogue One. Or maybe backpacks in space have built in invisibility technology...
12 The Jedi Statue
Much of the film's second act takes place on a desert moon called Jehda. Jedha houses deposits of kyber crystals. These crystals power lightsabers, a Jedi knight's weapon of choice. It makes sense that there'd be some Jedi ruins around. One shot we get is of a huge fallen Jedi knight statue.
It's a powerful image; so powerful that the director felt like you needed to see it from all angles. Just before we meet Bodhi Rook for the first time, we get a close up of the statue. Then some weird languages are spoke and Bodhi is properly intimidated. Finally, the shoot zooms out on what should be the back of the statue. Except it's not. The statue's flipped and you're looking at its face again. You stare into its cold, dead eyes. You can't help but wonder... No, don't be silly. Statues can't move.
11 The Death Star Schematic
This one may actually have been on purpose. When we finally see the schematic for the Death Star on screen, it's a cause for celebration. Against all odds, Jyn and her team won. They broadcast the plans to the rebels. As Leia eventually exposes later, there is hope. And the audience gets a cute little Easter egg.
However, on the schematic, the laser is shown to be directly on the space station's equator. As we've seen many times, this is not the case on the actual Death Star. This same mistake is a callback to the original movie. The first Star Wars famously has several mistakes that were left in the final cut. Many of these were left on purpose, giving the film a more grounded tone.
10 The Stormtrooper Who Died Twice
The capital city of Jedha is shown to be heavily occupied by the Empire. This makes sense, as it holds huge significance to the Jedi and the force. Jyn and Cassian make their way there looking for Saw Gerrera and his rebels. Upon arrival, conflict breaks out between the two groups. We're treated to the usual mix of mayhem and stormtroopers with bad aim.
In the chaos that ensues, one unfortunate stormtrooper is killed twice. We see him take a blast from one angle. He falls. The camera cuts, and quickly cuts back. We see the same stormtrooper somehow still running. He then gets gunned down yet again. It happens in between shots of Warwick Davis' cameo. The poor guy just couldn't catch a break.
9 The Dead Stormtrooper's Blaster
This next one happens in the same sequence as the last. Apparently, the stormtroopers were hard to keep track of during the editing process. As Cassian makes his way through an alley, he's confronted by a group of stormtroopers. On his side, there's a dead one sitting on a bench. He's holding a blaster. Jyn comes to the rescue, and the dead stormtrooper re-enters the shot. This time, no blaster.
Dead people aren't often known to move, much less discard their weapons. Moreover, a weapon clutched in dead fingers is likely to stay there. Rigor mortis would set in, and any object still being held would have to be pried away. Maybe the stormtrooper wasn't dead. Maybe he was just faking it because he never really wanted to kill anyone.
8 Saw Gerrera's Mask
Saw Gerrera is a good guy, but not a pleasant guy - not to look at and certainly not in his actions. He almost drives poor Bodhi Rook insane in questioning; guy who could not have been more clearly on his side. Saw is battle worn and bears numerous scars. He also wears body armor not unlike Darth Vader's, complete with breathing mask.
Unlike Vader, Saw's mask hangs from his neck. He isn't in constant need of it. In a few instances, the mask changes position without explanation. In one shot, the mask will be at an angle on his chest. Next, it will be slanted much more vertically. Cut back, and it resumes its original position. There were definitely ghosts on the set of this movie.
7 Galen defies physics
Sometimes, in order to make an emotional moment work, physics must be ignored. That seems to be the philosophy behind some Hollywood films, anyway.
There's a lot to chew on in this scene: Jyn's reunion with her father, Cassian's decision to not kill the latter, the final confirmation that Galen was telling the truth, Galen's death. It's definitely dense, story-wise.
As the Imperial ship takes off, both Galen and Jyn are lying on the platform. The blast blows Jyn back, but Galen remains in place. Galen is unconscious and not in control of his motor functions. By all logic, he should have been blown completely off the platform. Even if he did stay, he should have been roasted by rocket fire. That wouldn't have given Jyn her final goodbye, though.
6 Jyn's Too Short
This one is up for debate, but it's still worth mentioning. And to be fair, Leia calls Luke out for this same thing in the first film.
We know the Imperial troops start out as clones of Jango Fett. Obviously, at this point in the story, those clones would have all but died out. It is unlikely that they continued to make new ones. They would have had to recruit.
Still, all their recruits are shown to be roughly the same size and build. At 5 feet 3 inches, Jyn Erso wouldn't even have fit into an Imperial outfit. Even if she managed to, she should have been noticed by someone.
It's a small detail, but if the film were slightly more realistic, it may have derailed our heroes' entire plan.
5 Vader's Cape Billowing In Space Wind
Space is a vacuum. That means there's no air, and there's certainly no wind. When Vader is standing at through a hole in the ship toward the end of the film, his cape should be perfectly still. And yet, there it is, being rustled by a steady current of wind. It's a very very cool shot, but that doesn't mean it makes any sense.
Even if the cape were being moved by wind escaping the ship, it would be blowing the other way. Not only that, but the troopers behind Vader would be sucked out. Vader would probably be okay, because of his Force powers. But he would have watched his troops slowly float away and die. Actually, that would have been awesome. Why didn't they do that?
4 C-3P0 and R2-D2 are in two places at once
"Hey? Did you see that? That was R2-D2 and C-3P0!" That's probably what your annoying friend whispered to you when you saw Rogue One in a theater. And to be fair, it was cool to include them. It also continued the tradition of having them appear in every Star Wars film thus far.
Their location doesn't make any sense, though, because they were supposed to be on a ship that had already taken off. At the end of the film, Leia is given the Death Star plans. We all know what happens next. She gives them to R2-D2, but how could R2 be on that ship with her, and on a base on Yavin 4? Maybe he flew. Remember Attack of the Clones? R2-D2 can fly!
3 The Non-Deployed Landing Gear
The movie's final act takes place on a planet called Scarif. The rebels plan to invade a security complex. Here, Galen has told them they will find the Death Star schematic. They're not sure how they'll do it, and the crew is visibly nervous. Jyn gives them a Braveheart style speech and everyone is inspired.
As they enter the planet's atmosphere, K-2S0 and Bodhi deploy the ship's landing gear. It's not a throwaway line - it's very deliberate. Bodhi even flips some switches. Then, after the speech, we see that the ship is finally close enough to land. Then, and only then, do we see the landing gear deploy. Either this ship has the slowest controls ever, or Bodhi isn't really a pilot and has no idea what he just did.
2 File Storage Size
This one makes sense in terms of the decade Rogue One was made in. It doesn't make sense in terms of the franchise's continuity. When Jyn and Cassian manage to steal the Death Star plans, the drive they take is enormous. It's probably the size of two tablets.
When Princess Leia gives R2-D2 the plans in A New Hope, the drive looks like a floppy disk. Presumably, both drives contained the same amount of information. We know floppy drives are out of style, but this is space. Space, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. This was something they could have let audiences suspend their disbelief about.
It's an example of universe building suffering from outside influence. Films cannot escape their surrounding time periods. Which brings us to our final point...
1 Vader's Missing Mojo
The biggest mystery of all is one that has plagued the Star Wars franchise for almost three decades. How did everything get worse between the prequels and the sequels? We don't mean the galaxy's situation; we mean the galaxy's weapons. And certainly the skill of its inhabitants.
Darth Vader's entrance at the end of Rogue One is awesome. That much is undeniable. He finally unleashes his red light saber. It's a payoff fans have been waiting for for a very long time. In terms of continuity, though, all that menace goes away very quickly - probably no less than an hour later, in the franchise's timeline. It's just another reason why it's almost impossible to watch these movies in the correct order.
Hopefully, we'll get additional films where Darth Vader gets to show his chops. Now that Disney is putting these movies out like cupcakes, there's very little doubt.
Were there any other mistakes we missed in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Let us know in the comments!