4 Ways the Rogue One Trailer Breaks from Star Wars Tradition

Lucasfilm released the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Thursday, and it is quite a rush. Nevertheless, it is a marked departure from many familiar "Star Wars" themes.

Rogue One takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The Empire has formed, and is preparing its ultimate weapon, the Death Star. A group of rebel fighters must steal the plans to this Death Star in order to discover its weaknesses and destroy the weapon, which happens at the end of A New Hope.

The story is intriguing, and the action looks great, but there are a few odd elements to Rogue One which may rub a good Star Wars aficionado the wrong way. On the other hand, these departures from tradition may prove refreshing, showing just how versatile is the Star Wars universe, and how compellingly real, even without a single Skywalker.

Here are four of those departures.

1. No Jedi, No Sith.

The main action in each of the Star Wars films centers around the battle between good and evil, and the Jedi and the Sith are good stand-ins for those. The Empire and the Rebellion have also served that purpose, and they will be in full force here, but it just seems wrong for a Star Wars film to neglect the Force and the bitter enemies on either side of it.

Then again, I may be speaking too soon. The trailer is only a tiny glimpse at the film, and Rogue One may feature the Force in important and more sublte ways. We may also get a real treat -- a surprise visit from that most iconic of villains, Darth Vader. This would be a fantastic Easter Egg, and if The Force Awakens is any sign of future films to come, Rogue One will be chock full of such tributes to the lore.

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