Star Wars fan reacts to the Vader scene in Rogue One for the first time


There are few greater joys in life than watching a friend or loved one react to one of the many twists and surprises from the Star Wars films. Like this fan, watching Rouge One: A Star Wars Story for the first time….

Without a doubt, the Darth Vader rampage scene in Rogue One was by far one of the best scenes in the film. It helped further the legend of the great Sith Lord, and enforcer for the Empire, and it also served to strike fear into the hearts of the Rebellion…in case they needed another reason to wear the brown pants.

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YouTuber Stephen Smoot recently uploaded a video of his friend, Brinley, watching Rogue One for the first time ever, as she had just returned from a two-year stint as a missionary for the Church of the Latterday Saints.

"This week my friend Brinley returned from her LDS mission. She is a HUGE Star Wars fan! But due to the timing of her mission call, she missed seeing both Episode 7 and Rogue One. (Mormon missionaries are not allowed to watch television or movies while on their missions.) Last night a few of us got together and decided to watch them with her. Being the devoted fan that she is, Brinley was engaged in every minute of both films; laughing, crying, and cheering right on cue. This is her genuine reaction to the iconic scene involving Darth Vader at the end of Rogue One."

Now sit back and watch as young Brinley goes from the emotional goodbye of Cassian and Jyn on the planet Scarif as Grand Moff Tarkin orders the Death Star to fire on the planet, to sheer terror and surprise when Vader begins carving a swath through the Rebellion forces. Enjoy:

I love how Brinley goes from sad about Jyn and Cassian, to terrified about Vader, to a pure moment of awe when the CGI-enhanced version of young Princess Leia appears on the screen.

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Ah, we thank you, Brinley, it’s fans you like you who genuinely make being a Star Wars reporter and superfan a constant joy, and wonder. Please, never change.