This Test Run Passed with Flying Colors.

Just like many other Star Wars fans out there I approached this latest installment with equal parts trepidation and feverish anticipation. After all I grew up with the original trilogy and it was rumored that Rogue One would be a throwback to those films. There were also whispers that this was an experiment where Disney would find out if a stand alone film not featuring main characters from the previous works would be well received. In my humble opinion the motley crew introduced to us were obviously expendable (we know they’re not in episode IV) was very well done. The ride for once was real. Knowing it wasn’t Luke, Leia, or any of the other main characters we have come to know and love that it was quite possible they could be taken out at any time. That element alone along with all the familiarity we were given is well worth the price of admission. The stakes seemed more real here than in most films but again it was tempered with the knowledge that somehow we all know the rebels get the plans to the Death Star. K-2SO and Jyn Erso This movie is darker and feels more like Empire Strikes Back than any of the other films but does still give us some deadpan humor from an unlikely source. K-2SO is a reprogrammed Imperial droid and a gem in this film. Another point is they put the WAR back in Star Wars. Large scale space battles, a new antagonist along with some old ones that are also surprisingly well done. The death troopers here are not the inept...