(WARNING: Spoilers from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are ahead. And Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, for that matter. But if you haven’t seen a movie that’s been around since 1977, I got no sympathy for ya, pal.)
Look, you more than likely want an excuse to watch Darth Vader’s epic hallway sequence from the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story again. Well, trust in The Force, because you’re about to get that excuse.
Vimeo user Barre Fong has expertly spliced together the ending of last December’s Star Wars spin-off, with the opening of the original film, fulfilling a dream of many fans…
In a rare case of a “prequel” actually making the original movie more fun to watch, we see that Princess Leia’s defiance takes on a whole new meaning. Leia claims that she’s on a diplomatic mission, but Darth Vader literally saw her ship leaving the recently ended Battle of Scarif! If anything, it makes Leia standing up to her evil father all the more courageous, sticking to a story that we in the audience know is false.
Vader’s intense anger also makes sense, with poor Captain Antillies receiving the brunt of it. Vader’s job is to serve as the evil Emperor’s enforcer, and he literally just missed his chance at stopping the Rebels from gaining the Death Star plans. Though, Antillies’s claim of “We intercepted no transmissions!” turns out to be true, as we know those “transmissions” were obtained via the brave actions of the Rogue One crew.
After viewing Rogue One, the frequently used term of “Rebel spies” in the early scenes mean so much more, too. Before the release, they were just a bunch of faceless soldiers, but we now we know their stories and, more importantly, that they didn’t live to see their work carried out, leading to an emotional moment when Leia inserts the plans into R2-D2. The video ends with Vader determinedly declaring “There will be no one to stop us this time“, as we know now a plucky band of Rebels have literally just got done thwarting him.
Rouge One hits DVD/Blu-Ray on April 4.