Movies are built on hope.
If you’ve already seen Rogue One, you’ll know by now that the film revolves around the construction of the first Death Star. It introduces us to Jyn Erso, daughter of a research scientist so gifted that the Empire hunts him across the galaxy.
Though himself dedicated to peace in the galaxy, Galen Erso embarks upon the hardest mission of all: He agrees to work for Imperial weapons developers and becomes the head scientist involved in building the Death Star itself. But unbeknownst to Imperial forces, Galen remains an advocate for the Rebellion’s fight for peace. Making himself indispensable to the Empire, Erso builds deep within the Death Star a weakness that would allow it to be easily destroyed.
Thus, the weakness in the Death Star—a point often questioned and ridiculed by critics—becomes a strengthening point not only for the plot of Rogue One, but the basis for the entire Rebellion in the original film trilogy.
The Death Star was so easy to destroy because it was designed that way. In a deeply cruel twist of fate, the most deadly weapon ever seen in the galaxy was built by a man who supported the Rebellion to begin with. And just like that, George Lucas saved himself a major headache by having Star Wars canon now explain that what was once a blaring plot hole was actually a very deliberate design. All in all, it’s pretty ingenious. And it makes for one heck of a movie.
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