Satya's blog - Star Wars: Rogue One
Watched Rogue One on Dec 15th at the hired.com event.
Call-backs to the original movies:
Somewhere, some time, I remember reading a thing that was supposed to be an early draft of the original movie. It had a subtitle "Journal of the Whills", and Biggs Darklighter and his brother Luke were searching for (the? singular?) Kyber crystal. I can't find this thing anywhere, though Gizmodo seems to remember the same thing: http://io9.gizmodo.com/all-the-major-star-wars-cameos-and-connections-you-may-1790195147
Who cleans all the imperial installations and mirror-polishes everything?
At least that platform at the data archive had a hand-rail. Who builds platforms over sheer drops, and why? Was that control panel there so you can see the dish while aiming it? How would that even work, you don't aim a dish like that by eye!
Things I didn't like:
The punning: "Choke on your aspirations"? (That's a double pun btw). It doesn't fit the character, I'm sorry, I can't take that. It's as bad as Han shot first.
While the quasi-Jedi guy was awesome, I felt that the character was simply shoe-horned in there for comic relief. One droid (played by Alan Tudyk! +1!) is enough for comic relief, thanks.
They have a shield around an entire planet, where is it generated from? The DS-2 shield in ROTJ was generated from a base on (the moon of) Endor.
That's a short list.
Observations about the Governor:
So we know the actor has been dead for two decades. Apparently they got someone else to be the body double (see wikipedia article for the movie). I assume they texture-mapped the original actor's face on. To me it seemed as if they'd got a character out of a video game.
The effect was *just* a *little* bit short of real. Maybe because I was looking for it. I'm trying to read it as the Governor has cold dead eyes because he's that much of a stone-cold whatever, not because it's animated.
Sadly I spent so much time staring at the effect that I missed the dialogue.