Annlyel returns to ashes of Jedha City for a rendezvous with Rogue One’s lovable Guardians of the Whills
One of the reasons why Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is my favorite Star Wars movie is because the characters were so engaging. There was Jyn Erso, the rebellious daughter of the very man who made the weapon of the Death Star. Captain Cassian Andor, an operative of the Rebellion who performed the organization’s darker deeds. K-2SO, a reprogrammed Imperial Droid. Bodhi Rook, an Imperial pilot whose conscience outwon his devotion to the Empire and their tyrannical regime. And then there is Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus who this post is dedicated to.
Chirrut and Baze were an incredible pair of characters because their story in the film was so interesting. They were the last surviving members of a group of individuals called the Guardians of the Whills. If you don’t know, the Guardians of the Whills believed in the Force like a religion. They weren’t Jedi, so to speak, but they were protectors of the idea of the Force. So, naturally, the Empire wanted them extinct. Chirrut and Baze somehow managed to survive and lived in hiding in Jehda where they survived day by day through begging.
Chirrut was a strong believer of the Force but Baze had given up on the idea that the Force existed despite once being a Guardian. But how did this come to be? What made him completely renounce the idea of the Force to the point where he believed that it was just a bunch of bologna? These are the type of questions that would make for an excellent story.
Even though the idea of Star Wars standalone stories has pretty much been tanked since Solo: A Star Wars Story thanks to the Disney streaming service, Disney+, we’re getting a prequel series focusing on Cassian Andor. So why shouldn’t fan-favorites like Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus get their own series as well? It could be so interesting.
We could finally get a legitimate introduction to the Guardians of the Whills before they were practically wiped out. And, because I think it was Darth Vader who hunted down the Guardians, we could get some serious Darth Vader action in the series as well which could be even cooler. A story focused on the Guardians of the Whills could also give us a better insight into Chirrut and Baze’s friendship, for they are easily one of my favorite duos in Star Wars. Their bickering is lovable and their devotion to one another is so heartwarming. Who doesn’t want to see more of that?
This series doesn’t even have to be a live-action ordeal. It could also be presented in the form of a comic book series which I think would be very cool. As the Star Wars universe continues to expand and give us stories about new and old characters there is an increasing need for interesting content.
The reason why Solo did so poorly was that Star Wars fans weren’t ready for a Han Solo origin story. We were still recovering from Han Solo’s death in The Force Awakens. But with compelling series like The Mandalorian and Cassian’s live-action series, it feels like Lucasfilm is starting to understand what we, as Star Wars fans, want to see; a good story with implications of something new. And Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus represent that idea of a story that’s both known and new at the same time.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is available to own on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download from all good retailers now. You can read our review here.
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