It doesn’t matter to me if the rest of Rogue One is awful, not when this is how Gareth Edwards’s presents the Star Wars universe. See, I’m a written science fiction fan. While I don’t keep count of what books I’ve read, I put the count somewhere in the mid hundreds. Some novels I’ve read are high-handed explorations of concepts, with only a thin veneer of characters smeared over the top to soften the message. Compared to this, screened science fiction jars with its ludicrous interpersonal drama and dayglo visuals.
I can’t complain about the drama drama or the visuals-they are part and parcel of the medium-but sometimes I want television science fiction without the television science fiction.
Here’s a glimpse of Star Wars without all the jacked-up colours. It looks incredible. I want more.