Star wars prequels… We can’t get enough of them. That’s because we have no choice: if you see something Star wars related, chances are it’s a prequel of some sort. More than most, this is a franchise that is very committed to showing us the origins of various characters and events years after we are familiar with them, and as you know, some work better than others. When a new day grows old Star wars galaxy with the release of The power is awakened in 2015 it was quickly followed by Rogue one which depicted the daring mission to steal the plans for the Death Star by members of the Rebel Alliance – these events obviously lead directly to A new hope. A year and a half later we got Solo, a look at a formative time in the life of everyone’s favorite space rogue, Han Solo. Opinions on these films still run the gamut, both have their highs and lows, and for better or worse they fill holes in the series’ overall mythology and are now considered canon.
So…which one would prevail in a head-to-head duel? As mentioned, both films take a look at important events that took place before the legendary Original Trilogy. Rogue one answers questions some fans have had for years: how exactly did the Rebels ever get their hands on the plans for the Death Star — not to mention why the Death Star was equipped with such a vulnerable portal to destroy it, which of course Luke Skywalker accomplishes at the end of A new hope. Turns out it was thanks to a predictably ragtag group of wayward rebels, ultimately led by the cynical Jyn Erso, whose father helped design the Death Star before defecting.
Jyn and her comrades have to jump through several dangerous hoops before they get their hands on the Death Star schematics and message them to the Rebel Alliance, but their victory is bittersweet when the Death Star blows up the planet they’re on, killing them in the process… but not the success of their mission.
Solo looks at the maturation of young Han, who is depicted as a brash, impulsive daredevil pilot with a heart of gold – so they didn’t exactly rewrite the legacy of the character here. We see that Han’s desire for money and the freedom to do whatever he wants is only outmatched by the pure romantic in him, as his one real goal is to be reunited with his love, Qi’ra. He falls in with some questionable characters of varying morals, including the mercenary Tobias Beckett, a helpful and somewhat familiar Wookiee named Chewbacca, and the stylish rogue known as Lando Calrissian. He becomes embroiled in a plan to steal a hyperfuel called Coaxium for the deadly crime boss Dryden Vos, and ultimately ends up helping a small group of rebels defeat the crime syndicate, launching his future as a reluctant hero—that still determined to help himself. when it is possible.
This episode of FACE-OFF is written by Eric Walkuski, narrated by Shawn Knippelberg, edited by John Nguyen and produced by Adam Walton and Chris Bumbray. Let us know in the comments which movie is YOUR favorite, but remember, the Wookie always wins!