Star Wars fans won’t have to wait years between movies anymore as Disney has three stories planned in-between episodes of the saga. This anthology series will bring origin stories, such as Han Solo’s, as well as other adventures that take place in a galaxy far, far away – such as the recently released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a story set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
Let us not forget that the anthology films are not part of the Star Wars saga per se; instead they are stories that take place in the universe created by George Lucas. The biggest difference between the first movie of this series and the episodes we all know by heart is that Rogue One does not open with the legendary text crawl – it jumps straight into action. While some find the lack of text crawl refreshing, others feel it’s a key characteristic of a Star Wars movie, which prompted a devoted fan to create a text crawl for the movie.
Writer and reporter Andrew Shackley (hat tip Star Wars News Net) wrote the intro himself and then turned it into the text crawl we all know. The video, which first made the rounds on Reddit, was made using this awesome online tool. Shackley managed to write a short but functional text, keeping it spoiler-free and bringing up small details some distracted minds might have forgotten from Episode III. The text reads:
“The Jedi are all but extinct, the Republic has fallen and in their wake, the Galactic Empire has engulfed the far reaches of the galaxy in fear.
Persecuted members of the Old Republic have been thrust into hiding. Only members of the REBEL ALLIANCE dare take a stand against the ruthless Imperial forces.
Deep in the Outer Rim territories, the dastardly Director Krennic has discovered the location of a long lost friend; one capable of completing the Empire’s most powerful weapon yet…”
The text crawl is not the only constant element in a Star Wars movie missing in Rogue One; those wiping transitions some fans love and others truly dislike are nowhere to be seen, and there’s also a lack of Skywalkers, which might be refreshing for some. The creator of the crawl, Dan Perri, recently said that it is a “huge mistake” not adding it to Rogue One as it’s an iconic image that is “so important to tens of millions, hundreds of millions of fans,” adding that it’s “foolish” to not have it.
Although it’s understandable that Lucasfilm wanted to differentiate between the anthology films and numbered films, and it’s commendable that they wanted to give the anthology films a chance to be creatively different, we still think there should have been a crawl. Not only does it get Star Wars fans nostalgic and make the film feel more like a Star Wars movie, it would have helped contextualize the movie. While fans who had been following every detail that came out about Rogue One, and likely knew where the movie fell in the timeline, it would have helped fans who haven’t read the novels place the movie in terms of what was going on with the Rebellion, the Empire, the Senate, etc.
“If any film in the new Star Wars canon needed a crawl just to let people know where we are in time in this universe, it was Rogue One,” Shackley told THR. “At the very least, I feel these words give added weight to the opening prologue of the film.”
Some fans are now making their own openning crawl for Rogue One and you can find some of them on YouTube, like this one, made by the Unholy Alliance Guild.