Cassian Andor and Bodhi Rook Are the True Heroes of ‘Rogue One’

I just recently watched Rogue One after not having seen it for quite some time and it. Was. AMAZING!!!! My focus has been on The Last Jedi for the past few weeks and for a little while I thought The Last Jedi was the best Star Wars movie ever made but the more I watch it the more flaws I’ve seen and it’s slightly began to deteriorate in quality. Rogue One has not gotten less enjoyable over the years, in fact, it’s only gotten better and it’s hands down the best Star Wars movie, in my opinion. The whole movie, from beginning to end, is absolutely incredible and I’m just so glad it exists in the Star Wars universe. But as I watched it the last time I realized something that I hadn’t really noticed before and that is the fascinating stories of Cassian and Bodhi throughout the film.

Jyn is the face of Rogue One. She is what the whole movie is wrapped around and she’s the central character to the story but, when you really look at the film, she’s not the hero of the movie. She’s one of the heroes who helped begin a destructive chain in defeating the Empire but the rebels didn’t succeed in getting the Death Star plans because of her exactly. It was the heroic acts of Cassian Andor and Bodhi Rook who made that possible. And so, in this post, I’m going to relay to you why they are the true heroes of Rogue One.

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The Evolution of Gamora

Gamora is a really cool character who hasn’t been utilized to the fullest yet. She’s an assassin, a daughter of Thanos, and she’s awesome but throughout the Guardians of the Galaxy films she hasn’t been allowed to burst out of that hot female sidekick persona yet. I’m waiting for her to become something more than what she is at the moment and I’m really hoping Avengers: Infinity War will be the beginning of that transformation. So, even though she hasn’t had a major story line so far I’m still excited to share with you her evolution throughout the couple of movies she’s appeared in. Enjoy!

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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When Gamora first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy she was still very much a compatriot of Thanos and his minions but that was just a facade. In truth she was a traitor and was ready to leave Ronan, Thanos, and their monstrous ways behind. That right there shows the immensely good character that she is. She could’ve easily stayed with the bad guys and just watch on the sidelines as the galaxy burned but she knows what happened to her home, her family, and she can’t allow that to happen to anybody else.

If anything, she’s the most heroic of the Guardians of the Galaxy for making such a bold choice in her life. She didn’t have to run away from Ronan, steal the orb to sell it, and place a Thanos-sized target on her back but she did because she’s that awesome. She also didn’t have to fight Ronan and try to stop him from wiping out the Xandarians but she did because she’s, well, a Guardian of the Galaxy. 🙂

Gamora is the good hero the galaxy needs and I’m hoping she’ll be around for a long time to come.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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One of the reasons why I was so excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was to see Gamora again. She didn’t have a lot of development in the first film so I was hoping the sequel would focus more on her and make her even cooler. Well, that didn’t happen. In fact, she barely had any development in the movie at all. The sequel focused highly on Peter Quill’s story and she was utilized to only serve his character arc rather than her own as she grew to like him more and more throughout the movie and ended up, by the end, confessing cryptically that she had romantic feelings for him. (Ugh.)

I’m totally fine with her having a romance with Peter Quill because that was obviously going to happen but the fact that they basically revolved her whole story around that aspect of the film is saddening. I love it when women aren’t placed into movies to incorporate romance into the movie and I felt that she was unfortunately placed into that lackluster bubble creators always want to put women in.

Now one of the positive developments to her character was her complicated relationship with her sister, Nebula. It was cool seeing the two sisters become friends again and that was a nice arc to the two assassin daughters.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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When Gamora returns in Avengers: Infinity War I have a feeling that she’s finally going to get the character development that she deserves as trailers and commercials have hinted at the reveal of her back story with Thanos. And that is SO exciting! Gamora is an awesome character who needs to be treated with the creative respect that she deserves and I’m so excited to see her in this highly-anticipated movie.

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General Hux: The Reason Why He’s Better in ‘The Last Jedi’ than ‘The Force Awakens’

One of the smaller and less important characters in The Force Awakens was General Hux. He was supposedly the next Tarkin of this new Star Wars trilogy of but he just didn’t emit that stern, cold persona that Tarkin possessed so easily. In fact, when I first saw Hux in The Force Awakens I didn’t take him very seriously at first. He was awfully young looking to be a general first of all, he tried to adopt a mean looking face but he couldn’t really pull it off that well, and he just seemed too animated to me.

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I honestly didn’t take him seriously until this disturbing Nazi-inspired speech and gathering that transpired halfway through the film. I distinctly remember sitting in that theater actually quietly chuckling as Hux spat hate towards the Republic and spoke of their imminent fall because he looked so silly. And then when they actually destroyed Hosnian Prime and its surrounding systems (I just recently discovered it wasn’t Coruscant that they blew up…yay) that’s when I realized he wasn’t a joke after all. He was just an angrier-than-usual General of the First Order who wanted to see everything good (the Republic and the Resistance) go up in flames. After that there wasn’t much more from General Hux because he was such a minor character in the movie. Fast forward to The Last Jedi and he’s finally obtained more of a role but it’s not the way I would’ve imagined.

Rian Johnson understood that General Hux wasn’t a Tarkin type. In fact, he saw Hux in a funnier sense, like I did, and so he utilized that slightly comedic aspect of the red-haired officer and made General Hux funny in The Last Jedi. And while it, at first, was a startling contrast to his role in the previous film I have to grown to legitimately enjoy his character because of that change.

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Hux is a serious guy, there’s no doubt about that, but I loved his sarcastic attitude throughout the movie. It made him much more interesting and memorable and I think it really elevated Hux’s character. And who doesn’t love seeing Hux getting himself into trouble with both Snoke and Kylo Ren throughout the movie? Ha-ha, absolutely hilarious.

I enjoyed Hux in The Last Jedi so much that I’m honestly hoping he returns in Episode IX for some more sarcastic remarks.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.