Lucasfilm decided to leave a new TV spot lying around on Sunday. It’s under 30 seconds but jammed with new footage. And Felicity Jones rallying her troops to stop the Empire.

Oh hell yes. X-Wings flying close air support against the AT-ACTs? Sign me up. Yes, Jyn Erso is giving the ‘we can win this together’ speech. Some outlets are comparing it to our election, saying it could provide that last bit of motivation to cast your ballot and come together.


I know the election has been going on for an eternity, but don’t sully the scene of X-Wings dropping in to aid the rebels with election coverage. It’s bad enough we have to sit through it tomorrow night.

Outside of the X-Wing scene, the new footage includes more of Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus showing stormtroopers how it’s done. Baze is the man with a blaster rifle.

Have to hand it to dedicated fans. All the new footage is at 0:05-0:06, 0:16-0:17, 0:20 and 0:24-0:25. Tip of the hat to Jordi in the YouTube comments. I was losing it once the X-Wings came into the frame.

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No Opening Crawl in Rogue One?

Some news is surfacing on the opening crawl. There isn’t one according to Star Wars News Net. And the news of it has been in front of us for a bit. ET spoke to Kathleen Kennedy in July about the standalone films having a new feel:

“You know, we’re in the midst of talking about it, but I don’t think these films will have an opening crawl,” Kennedy said of the possibility that Rogue One would include the familiar Star Wars crawl. “I think that’s what we kind of telegraphed at the beginning of the event today.”

And director Gareth Edwards on the opening crawl:

“I think basically there’s a lot of things that I probably can’t talk about, is probably the safest way to answer that,” he joked. “The idea is this film is supposed to be different than the saga films…the whole crawl of it all — it’s funny people are fascinated on that.”

Pretty heavy hints they don’t want the opening crawl to give a clear delineation between episodic Star Wars and the standalone stories.

It’s easy to see their point on the matter, but the opening crawl for Star Wars serves as the initial hype when settling into our seats. I’m split on it. The argument for the crawl is it makes Star Wars films truly Star Wars. Why ditch it when everyone goes nuts with the intro score?

A counter argument is Disney wants to put its stamp on the Star Wars universe through Lucasfilm and provide a clear separation between the Episodes VII-IX and the standalone stories.

Sound off below. Does Rogue One need an intro crawl? Or are you content with no crawl?

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