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Vader has quite a dry sense of humour and can often be found quipping at mildly inappropriate moments, especially when choking people, which he really seems to enjoy. One assumes this is a habit he's picked up from his mentor Obi-Wan "so uncivilised" Kenobi. A New Hope VADER: I find your lack of faith disturbing [as he's choking Motti] Empire Strikes ...


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Because it's the backup and backups are better on tape. The fewer moving parts an object has, the more robust it is. Additionally, the long term degradation of electronic memory cells is a problem. So when you make a back up of something, you want it to be able to survive a long time. Tape can do this. Technology in Star Wars has advanced enough to create ...


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They did, but Galen misdirected them There's a supplemental document included in the Rogue One novelization, comprised of several messages sent between Galen and one of the engineering managers, where we learn that Galen's reactor modifications actually did trigger diagnostic warnings, as one would expect: I had the droids generate a new Systems Safety ...


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The Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide factbook describes them as ILLUMINATED TRAFFIC WANDS They were part of the outfit that Jyn stole from Imperial "Deck Technician" Kent Deezling. You can see him using them to signal landing ships in the clip below.


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There were two parts to the Rebels destruction of the Death Star. The first was the knowledge that the reactor was unstable, that any explosion there could cause a chain reaction. That was the easy part. The second part was that there was a tiny vulnerability, a way to get ordnance down into the core to trigger that explosion. To find that vulnerability, ...


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In-universe the cape belies his lowly (middle-class) upbringing. The Rogue One: Ultimate Visual Guide highlights that he's... not of the principled Coruscanti classes, able to verbally parry and weave in debates and yet his cape is described as an Aristocratic tailored cape. All of which suggests a man who's trying very hard through his clothing ...


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"Many Bothans died" line was not from Episode IV ("Star Wars: A New Hope") which Rogue One is a prequel of, referring to Death Star 1. The only thing we know about how Rebels got the plans from ANH is in the opening crawl: Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, ...


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Because it was not an AT-AT but an AT-ACT. AT-ACT stands for All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport. The hole is where the cargo would go, but the armored part of the description explains why it still has armaments. A larger version of the standard combat AT-AT, the AT-ACT walker features a dedicated cargo bed for the transportation of heavy building ...


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It looks like the wands used by the air marshaller to direct the cargo shuttles when they were landing. You can see the red sections at the tips of the rods that light up and help indicate to the pilot what they need to do and where to move. Similar to what you see in a real life airport. Lego version since I can't seem to find the movie version (Valorum ...


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According to the film's official novelisation, some murmur in the Force warned Vader not to simply order its destruction. The implication is that he unconsciously shied away from murdering his daughter. Vader stared at the burning ship. There was death at play, suffering and fear, yes—and something entirely different. Something that repelled his withered, ...


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He spent a day on set... Rogue One director Gareth Edwards mentioned this on a Celebration Europe panel, which CinemaBlend reports on: During Star Wars Celebration in London, our own Sean O'Connell was in the room when Rogue One director Gareth Edwards recounted a Monday when George Lucas visited the set, and it turned out to be a weird experience for ...


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The Rebels had a slight advantage: they already knew what they were looking for; Galen's message, relayed by Jyn, explained both what to do, and what the result would be: "What kind of trap?" [Baze] asked. "You said your father made a trap.” "The reactor." On this point Jyn was utterly certain. "He's placed a weakness there. He's been hiding it for ...


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Most of the answers here so far have not focused much specifically on the class of droid that K-2SO belongs to, the KX-series Security Droid (also known as "Imperial enforcer droids"), which is what sparked this question pertaining to their presence (or lack thereof) during the events of the Original Trilogy. Sadly, while it is a good question, it is ...


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Those were the rings of Lah'mu, the planet on which Galen Erso was hiding. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide This image from the film gives you a better view. As you can see, the rings themselves are partially shadowed, explaining their abrupt edges.


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The out-of-universe answer is that the original films were written in the 70's, and SF&F usually has some basis in truth. The idea of flash drive equivalents probably didn't even occur to Lucas while he was writing it. It was carried on in Rogue One to enforce continuity.


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The white uniform wore by Krennic symbolises his membership in the Imperial Security Bureau. From the canon novel Lost Stars we read that the ISB generally has white uniforms. As for the cape, this is as mentioned below in Valorum's answer, part of his desire for power and will to be in the upper circles of the Empire, as well as to fit his new role of ...


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I think two parts of dialogue are being confused here. I'm going to paraphrase here because I can't remember exact quotes. But I'm fairly certain the conversation goes as follows: From this and what we know from how A New Hope starts I think it's safe to say the Jedi in question is: and the 'she' is:


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I think it was because they didn't want to wait to get into ideal position. The Death star was rising from the horizon and positioning itself to attack. Turning huge battle station like that even for few degrees may take a long time (if we take into consideration the firing at the rebels base in ANH, where they managed to deploy a whole squadron and ...


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According to the story, why are there no Imperial Droids like the K-2SO's in the original trilogy? Why did they all disappear all of a sudden after Rogue 1? Because they weren't necessary for the plot. The Star Wars universe is massive with thousands of star systems. We see a small and tiny fraction of this universe in the original trilogy. We also see a ...


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Have you ever worked on or seen a FMECA? Even for a simple system, they are a truly stupendous amount of work. A few years ago, I reviewed one performed by someone else on a relatively complex system (four electronics racks, plus some ancillary equipment), and reviewing it alone took about three full-time months. I don't know how long performing it took, but ...


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Leia knew what she had. From the script of Episode IV, after our heroes find Leia and escape the Death Star: LEIA - At least the information in Artoo is still intact. HAN - What's so important? What's he carrying? LEIA - The technical readouts of that battle station. I only hope that when the data is analyzed, a weakness can be found. It's not ...


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Bail Organa has a close relationship with Obi-Wan. She was on the same wavelength as him. Obi-Wan Kenobi had been a faithful friend long before he’d become one of the galaxy’s most hunted fugitives. Bail didn’t want to disturb the man, but things had finally become that desperate. “He served me well during the Clone Wars and has lived in hiding ...


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We don’t know, but probably not While we have no explicit confirmation that they are not related, the odds of two random Rebellion Mon Calamari being related aren’t particularly high. We are dealing with an entire species, after all, one that has been seen on multiple planets, and has at least one that they call their own. In addition, according to Pablo ...


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It wasn’t at full power The Death Star was not being used at full power. It only blew up a portion of the moon’s surface, not the entire moon. “Target Jedha City,” he snapped. “Prepare single reactor ignition.” Krennic concealed his resentment, calmed himself with the sounds of his breath and the tidal rush of the station reactor. This wasn’t how ...


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They can't go 'around' the shield because the shield encompasses the entire planet. “What am I looking at?” she asked, squinting at the ring. She made out the specks of starships descending through its center, but then a shimmer outside the ring’s edge caught her eye—the subtly distorting gleam of an energy field. “There’s a planetwide defensive ...


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Since his days as annoying, whining, but deadpan-snarking Padawan (and he learned the snark from Obi-Wan, if nothing else). ROTS General Grievous, You're Shorter Than I Expected. Anakin: Under the circumstances, I'd say the ability to pilot this thing is irrelevant. Obi Wan: Wait a minute, how did this happen? We're smarter than this! ...


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A New Hope does specifically state that Alderaan was the first planet destroyed by the Death Star, as mentioned by Valorum. Tarkin: Not after we demonstrate the power of this station. In a way, you have determined the choice of the planet that'll be destroyed first. Since ...


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There certainly were transmissions from Rebel spies on the planet's surface to a Rebel ship in orbit. It is true that the transmission was to the rebel flagship, and from there it was brought on a data tape to the blockade runner in one of the flagship's hangar bays. There are a couple of plausible explanations: Vader simply does not care about such ...


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Because Palpatine made him From the Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide: Vader's personal abode is an obsidian tower on an inhospitable world. It is by the Emperor's design that Vader lives in such an unforgiving environment. It is not hard to guess why Palpatine would want this, either: keeping Vader there will keep him angry and suffering, a sure path to ...


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Basically, Rebels were disorganized and didn't know what they were doing. From the novelization: “Cargo shuttle, we have a pushback request here. Read back, please: Request denied. You are not cleared for takeoff.” Bodhi winced at the comm and peered out the viewport at the tarmac. ... “Yes, yes we are cleared,” he said. “Affirmative. Requesting a ...


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