Rogue One - General Film Discussion Thread

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They don't speak English in the movie. It is code.

I think that it's more likely encrypted communications between the Death Troopers. They appear to be a special operations group. Real world special ops units tend to utilize encrypted comms systems to keep their communications from being intercepted by hostile forces. I think the Death Troopers are doing just that.

I did appreciate some of the bits in the Ultimate Visual Guide about the Death Troopers being somewhat 'enhanced'. In a universe like that of Star Wars where you may have people with Force powers, an enhanced human soldier might be seen as an attractive option to the military of the Empire. And tying that in to the research and development of the Imperial Advanced Weapons Research division, and just how questionable their activities may be also helps to paint a picture of the Galactic Empire as a governing body that is engaged in experimentation that many would find abhorrent at best.
 

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I think that it's more likely encrypted communications between the Death Troopers. They appear to be a special operations group. Real world special ops units tend to utilize encrypted comms systems to keep their communications from being intercepted by hostile forces. I think the Death Troopers are doing just that.

I did appreciate some of the bits in the Ultimate Visual Guide about the Death Troopers being somewhat 'enhanced'. In a universe like that of Star Wars where you may have people with Force powers, an enhanced human soldier might be seen as an attractive option to the military of the Empire. And tying that in to the research and development of the Imperial Advanced Weapons Research division, and just how questionable their activities may be also helps to paint a picture of the Galactic Empire as a governing body that is engaged in experimentation that many would find abhorrent at best.

You are correct. I used code because encrypted communications was too long to type and I was tired when I wrote it.
I haven't read the guide, but my understanding is they are the personal guard of Krennic and get all the cool tools.
 
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It's all good. And yeah, Krennic does get them all of the cool toys. But he did keep the cape for himself!
 
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And seeing as how Krennic is dead, and Malbus & Cassian took out all of the existing troopers, it makes perfect sense as to why they wouldn't exist anymore after "R1."
 
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And we know how everyone seems to need that built in explanation.
I guess since the DS demolished that base, all that tech/designs etc. are gone. Because the Empire doesn't seem to store backup data. lol
 

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I'm sure the Emperor has his own copy, and there are more back ups of less sensitive data. Scarif probably had some highly restricted data in it's vaults.

Re Deathtroopers, (Spoilerish...




Disney has something to say about if they were unique to Krennic.)
 
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And seeing as how Krennic is dead, and Malbus & Cassian took out all of the existing troopers, it makes perfect sense as to why they wouldn't exist anymore after "R1."
There's no reason whatsoever to think they "don't exist" after Rogue One.

Let's consider this possibility - they were highly specialized troops used only for safeguarding high-ranking Imperial officers.

Okay, fine. When else in the SW films do we see Imperial officers out in the field who are in need of highly specialized protection? Answer - never. So, no reason they can't still be around.

Or consider this - maybe they're just highly specialized troops who perform a variety of specific, as-needed functions. Well, again, when else in the SW films would we have seen the need for such troopers (as opposed to your garden variety stormtroopers?) Again, never. All we ever see - all the Empire needs at any point on-camera, are the good ole regular stormtroopers.

Not everything requires an explanation. It's like saying "why didn't we see snowtroopers in A New Hope?" Because there was no need at that particular time.
 
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While all that is true, it has been stated in several sources that the Death Troopers were Krennic's personal guard. Therefore, either of our theories is plausible, but the evidence would point to there being no more.
 
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While all that is true, it has been stated in several sources that the Death Troopers were Krennic's personal guard. Therefore, either of our theories is plausible, but the evidence would point to there being no more.
True but his replacement could have decided he wanted death troopers as well
 
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So....

The Death Troopers turned up in the REBELS trailer for the second half of Season 3. And they were escorting Thrawn. That seems to indicate that their status as guards for high ranking officers is a legit function.
 
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The visual guide mentions they are bodygaurds for higher up members of the Tarkin Initiative and are trained on Scarif, so it sounds like there are more than just the ones with Krennic. That said, maybe all of them were on Scarif during R1.

I don't really need an explanation as to why certain troops were not in the OT. None of the OT films were in places where the death troopers or the scarif/shore troopers would have been necessary. Sure, there might be a lot of retconning in there, but after the DS gets blown up, I think the Empire needed to replace as man troops as possible as well as the lost firepower, so projects like the DT program might have been canned.
 
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Well, if you think about it, there never were any higher ups on ground missions besides Vader. So it makes sense that we wouldn't have seen them, until now. Honestly, with all the other stuff that can actually be picked apart. I'm not sure why such focus/energy is put on trivial stuff like this.
 
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...maybe I missed something, but it feels​ like there's about five or six days of posts missing here.
 

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A forum user presented a question which I turned into a separate thread and moved it to the film section, you'll find the comments there.
 
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There's one little photo of one character, thats it on the RFT's. Bunch of the pilots, officers, SpecForce Marines and some of the techs.

Thanks for the reply!

I was actually able to look over the book today at Target and saw that tiny pic. Kinda disappointing in that regard but it's a really cool book overall.
 

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The book was probably already done when they changed the ending to put Vader fighting all those RFTs in there.
 
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Does anyone have good reference photos of General Merrick's X-Wing?
I've looked through both the Visual Dictionary and the "art of R1" book and can't seem to find any.
 
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I just finished reading the novelization for R1. If you're considering giving it a look, do it. It's fantastic. There's not much in the book that isn't in the movie story wise, its a lot of what the characters are thinking.. kinda hard to describe. But it's awesome, really really good.
 
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The book was probably already done when they changed the ending to put Vader fighting all those RFTs in there.

Actually, Pablo Hidalgo said on Twitter that some specific things were excluded from the book because of potential spoilers. And it was Lucasfilm that stepped in to ask that certain things be withheld. Hence there's no entry for Tarkin in the Ultimate Visual Guide, either. And Tarkin does play a pivotal role in the film.
 
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Actually, Pablo Hidalgo said on Twitter that some specific things were excluded from the book because of potential spoilers. And it was Lucasfilm that stepped in to ask that certain things be withheld. Hence there's no entry for Tarkin in the Ultimate Visual Guide, either. And Tarkin does play a pivotal role in the film.
They do flesh out the rivalry between Tarkin and Krennic though. Reading the Visual Guide made me realize it is all about shuttle parking spaces for them lol. I guess even in a galaxy far, far, away your parking space is still the ultimate determinant of rank.
 
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Seems to me then, that this type of stuff should be released well after the Movie.

In terms of covering all of the content in a comprehensive way? That would probably work best.

But you can never forget that this is also a major business endeavor for Lucasfilm/Disney and all of their licensees. They want to strike while the iron is hot and make money.

And don't forget, we've seen plenty of updates to some of the DK reference books as new movies come out, and that means selling more books. Books like the COMPLETE LOCATIONS or the COMPLETE CROSS-SECTIONS have come out well after the initial releases and have more of that content.
 
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I wouldn't be opposed to it. But yeah, seems out of left field when no one was really talking about it. Plus I didn't even think she was aware of her or the show. Maybe her kids watch?
Though i could see her as being aware of Rebels, purely because of it being Disney owned. And she, in a way works, for them.
 
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Rosario Dawson has had some exposure to genre films. Sin City comes to mind. As for an Ahsoka film? It's an interesting prospect, but when do you do that? Immediately following her departure from the Jedi Order? There is already the also Ahsoka novel that came out which I think fills in some of the gaps following her departure from the Jedi.

So do you explore her story prior to her connection with the crew of The Ghost? Or is there a story to tell following her duel with Darth Vader? Things for Ahsoka do seem a bit open-ended.
 
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Even if she survived, I'm not sure for how long she would after that Duel. Would she be able to last until the ST, and help Mentor Luke after ROTJ?
With all the unknowns, who's to say what they'll do. It was said once that they would never bring an Animated character into the movies. Well, that was wrong.

I know she has her haters, but I would like to see a good fulfilling story to her. Much rather see her go on as opposed to Ezra.
 
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I know she has her haters, but I would like to see a good fulfilling story to her. Much rather see her go on as opposed to Ezra.
Maybe she can organise some Bothans to get some intel on the 2nd Death Star, whenever she gets back from wherever she currently is. Also, I can't stand Ezra.
 
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