I’m not going to go back and read all 3,995 posts in this thread, so I apologize if what I’m about to say has been said before. I loved Rogue One. I saw it two days after Carrie collapsed and one day before she passed. I cried.
I really loved all the subtle nostalgia as opposed to the slegehammer-to-your-fucking-temple nostalgia of TFA and I really came here to say this…
My feeling on this has only increased with subsequent viewings, but I cannot help but think Gareth Edwards was paying MAJOR homage to Spaceballs with Rogue One. There are so many callbacks its hard to count them all. From the obvious like the planet shield and shieldgate to more subtle elements like the shield code scene (I was on the edge of my seat waiting for “1-2-3-4-5”). There’s more, but I have to go back and think again.
One thing that annoyed me though is during the Mustafar scene. No, not the “choke on your ambitions” line itself, but rather how Vader had his head cocked up-and-back. It just seemed like such non-Vader body language and motion. I know they changed actors for Vader in Rogue One, but I cannot imagine David Prowse portraying Vader with that kind of motion.
Yes, first-world problems and major nerd nitpicking. Sue me.