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Highly Suspect Reviews: Rogue One

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OMG OMG OMG….it’s here. The new Star Wars. The first of the ‘Star Wars Stories’ series. To say we were nervous about whether or not this film would be good is putting it mildly. Gareth Edwards directs Felicity Jones leading a group of non-Jedi rough types to steal the plans for the Death Star in a story immediately preceding A New Hope.…Yes, nervous is putting it mildly. So how was it? Richard and Chris are on hand to tell you.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • ImpotentRage97

    I agree with Chris, The Force Awakens was a good, entertaining film. It wasn’t without its problems, but I’m fine with it borrowing from the original Star Wars to get the fans who were disenfranchised by the prequels back on board with the series. With that being said, I do hope they take more risks with Episode VIII. Rogue One looks really good, and its nice to get a Star Wars film that doesn’t focus on the Jedi or Sith.

    • Maciek

      Honestly my two main problems with Foce Awakens was :

      1) I found character of Ray bland compering to how colorfull the rest of the cast was.
      2) It didn’t bother me they used some bits from prom previews movies, but man, was the “Let’s blow up yet another Death Star” thing made me roll my eyes…

      But other then that I found it entertaining and it did wonders for my nostalgia.

      This review made me wan’t to see Rouge One even more 🙂

    • Rock-X

      I too enjoyed The Force Awakens for what it was and I still love Rogue One, but the only thing I disagree with both Chris and Richard is the score. Don’t misunderstand, the score is not bad, but other than the references to the original cues (Rebellion, Death Star, and Darth Vader), I honestly couldn’t recall a memorable piece of music from the movie. The CBC Podcast said in their review discussion that the music is mostly forgettable & sadly I agree with them.

  • You’re Not My Supervisor

    Are you guys going to review Moonlight?

    • Chris Cox

      We’ll talk about it on the next THEOG.

      • You’re Not My Supervisor

        Were you not able to see it in time to do a full review. I know Martin wasn’t the biggest fan, but most critics are calling it the best film of the year. Were the rest of you not as impressed with it either?

        • Chris Cox

          We were not able to see it (went up against another film that was coming out the same week).

      • You’re Not My Supervisor

        So, I gotta pay to hear your thoughts on it?

  • Steffen Pabst

    Force Awakens was a fine film. Sure, it´s “Fan Service: The Movie”, but after three turds, it was a well made comeback.

    Star Wars as a whole is very uneven. One masterpiece (Empire), three very good movies (Force,
    Rogue, Hope), one ok/good film (Jedi), and three pieces of shit (ranging from diarrhea to just plain shit).

    Is there going to be a spoiler talk with some more people?

    • Chris Cox

      Yes, that’s the plan although it might not be for another week or so.

    • D’Angel Correa

      revenge of the sith was awesome pure fact

  • El Pollo Guerrera

    “Star Wars: Tag and Bink Are Dead” was a mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics, written by Kevin Rubio (the guy who made the infamous fan film “Troops”, which was like the TV show “Cops” but with stormtroopers on Tatooine). Tag and Bink were two Rebel soldiers just trying to survive Vader’s capture of Leia at the beginning of “Star Wars”, and you see the movie (along with “Empire” and “Return”) happening in the background of the comic… but if you watch the movies again you see the same scenes that are being referenced and you see the two characters in the background.

  • Tom

    Great review! Chris and Richard have a really good dynamic when they review as a pair.

  • Mr_Plainview

    I’m completely with Richard on this one. Rogue One washed the awful taste of Force Awakens out of my mouth along with some of the prequel stank. This is without a doubt now my second favorite Star Wars movie, right under Empire.

  • Terence Pang


    My biggest problem was the choppy editing in the first half and how Jyn and Cassian come together right after their confrontation on the ship. Cassian should’ve been 8n the scene where Jyn is talking to the counsel especially since she calls back to something he said in the beginning of the movie. Instead Cassian just comes to Jyn after the meeting with his band of misfits, pledging themselves to the cause.

  • Capt_Hat

    One distinct way that Rogue One is superior to TFA is that there’s no metaphorical middle fingers to the audience in terms of the writing. There’s no moment where a character asks an important question about a plot point and another character goes, “Good question, but that’s a story for another time.” Another difference is the female characters. I think the female main character was far superior in Rogue One. Why? Simple: Jyn Erso has justification for all the skills that she has by the time she’s an adult in the film. Its not left up to fan speculation to fill in the gaps like it is with Rey.

    Jyn Erso spent most of her life being raised by a rebel extremist, Saw Gerrera, until she was 16 then was on her own; avoiding Imperial forces. It makes perfect sense why she has the skills she exhibits in the film. The scene w/ Jyn fighting the storm troopers on Jedha feels very natural unlike the forced scene in TFA where Rey is fighting off the thugs on Jakku b/c she’s a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need a man! Also, unlike Rey when someone gives Jyn Erso a blaster Jyn doesn’t act like an idiot and get an attitude saying, “Um, I can take care of myself.” Jyn would understand that the act of giving her a blaster is a sign of trust that she can take care of herself.