I saw Rogue One. It was good. Not perfect. Not better than The Force Awakens. But good (for an entertaining, detailed breakdown, check out this Incomparable episode).
There was a moment in the movie. A transcendent moment. I think you know what I’m talking about. You thought it was over, you were pretty satisfied, and then it happened.
A pitch black tunnel, the sound of groaning metal, ominous footfall, and that iconic breathing.
RAW. ANIMAL. TERROR.
What followed was something that I think many Star Wars fans have been dreaming about for a long time, and like Mr. Siracusa, I will be watching that scene over and over again until it is forever burned into my mind.
Young Kylo appreciated it too, and this delicious description captures the feeling:
Let’s talk about the real star of this movie, grandfather. First of all, Hayden did not play grandfather. This was a big deal for me, for obvious reasons.
Second, grandfather! Are you kidding me? Seeing grandfather again in all of his glory brought a single tear to my eye, followed by…several more, individual tears.
The first time we see him, he’s in a bacta tank on Mustafar, removed from his iconic armor, exposed and vulnerable. I really identified with this scene, because grandfather’s physical appearance reflects my own inner self, broken and struggling to hold on to any remaining humanity.
Besides, what kind of a badass returns to the place he lost everything he ever cared about and builds a frickin castle? That was a rhetorical question, by the way. The answer is grandfather.
The way he dealt with Krennic was a perfect example of good leadership. Krennic was clearly a sniveling worm, and it took grandfather’s complete mastery of the dark side to keep from crushing his throat. Krennic learned an important lesson that day.
Do not bring your HR complaints to a dark lord of the Sith.
And then, there’s the last 10 minutes of the movie. A display so powerful it merits the price of admission, and all future admission prices. I couldn’t help but recall this moment from the historical film, A New Hope…
…I’m sorry General Motti. Did you not watch the security cam footage of grandfather? Patiently stalking a group of heavily armed soldiers. Wielding both lightsaber and the Force in a perfect display of the full power of the dark side, with no question in his mind, or the minds of his victims, that he was death incarnate, and that he was only there for one purpose. To reap the souls from their puny, mortal bodies!