Director Gareth Edwards is bringing us the first in a series of stand alone films in the saga, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Taking place prior to the events of A New Hope, this story follows Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) as she is sent by Mon Mothma to steal the Empire's plans for the Death Star. Presumably the ones that Princess Leia has at the beginning of Episode 4 locked in R2-D2.
Mothma says she's, "Reckless, aggressive, and undisciplined"
To which Erso replies, "This is a rebellion, isn't it? I rebel."
While it sounds great, being reckless, aggressive, and undisciplined is not a good thing. Even the Sith are not wholly reckless and undisciplined. I have an inkling that someone that rebels simply to rebel would be a danger to both sides, and probably wind up being killed due to said recklessness. Regardless, this new take on the Star Wars film universe is much more appealing than the main saga itself. We're finally getting some Star Wars: Underworld type stories with grit and realism and it is quite refreshing.
That being said, I also think Disney is really pushing the limits on how many Star Wars films (and all the Marvel movies) that people can handle. There needs to be some real down time to avoid over-saturating the market and numbing our fandom nerves to the greatness that is the Star Wars Universe.
On the plus side, this looks, to me at least, more intriguing than the main course of Star Wars we're receiving. I'll see pretty much anything they put out, but this one opens the door to more of the Underworld stories that held my attention through the comics years ago.
I can now only hope for a future Tag & Bink 3D animated series of shorts in a more humorous take on The Clone Wars or Rebels type shows to break up the extremely serious nature of all the current stories.
Rogue One is set to hit theaters on December 16th.