Star Wars fans won’t have to wait years between movies anymore as Disney has three stories planned in-between episodes of the saga. This anthology series will bring origin stories, such as Han Solo’s, as well as other adventures that take place in a galaxy far, far away – such as the recently released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a story set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Let us not forget that the anthology films are not part of the Star Wars saga per se; instead they are stories that take place in the universe created by George Lucas. The biggest difference between the first movie of this series and the episodes we all know by heart is that Rogue One does not open with the legendary text crawl – it jumps straight into action. While some find the lack of text crawl refreshing, others feel it’s a key characteristic of a Star Wars movie, which prompted a devoted fan to create a text crawl for the movie.
Writer and reporter Andrew Shackley (hat tip Star Wars News Net) wrote the intro himself and then turned it into the text crawl we all know. Shackley managed to write a short but functional text, keeping it spoiler-free and bringing up small details some distracted minds might have forgotten from Episode III. The text reads:
“The Jedi are all but extinct, the Republic has fallen and in their wake, the Galactic Empire has engulfed the far reaches of the galaxy in fear. Persecuted members of the Old Republic have been thrust into hiding. Only members of the REBEL ALLIANCE dare take a stand against the ruthless Imperial forces. Deep in the Outer Rim territories, the dastardly Director Krennic has discovered the location of a long lost friend; one capable of completing the Empire’s most powerful weapon yet…”
The text crawl is not the only constant element in a Star Wars movie missing in Rogue One; those wiping transitions some fans love and others truly dislike are nowhere to be seen, and there’s also a lack of Skywalkers, which might be refreshing for some. The creator of the crawl, Dan Perri, recently said that it is a “huge mistake” not adding it to Rogue One as it’s an iconic image that is “so important to tens of millions, hundreds of millions of fans," adding that it’s “foolish” to not have it.
It’s up to every Star Wars fan if Rogue One needed that classic element at the beginning of the movie or if it’s better off without it – truth is that by taking it out the studio made a big difference between the episodes and the first anthology movie, and even though it would have been useful in order to give context to those who are not familiar with the saga or those with slippery memory, the story can hold itself without it.
Source: Reddit (via Star Wars News Net)
- Star Wars: Rogue One / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) release date: Dec 16, 2016
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018