Rogue One: A Star Wars Story..L to R: Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)..Ph: Jonathan Olley..© 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
In A New Hope, we revered the rebels for their bravery. Looking down at the face of evil with Vader and the Emperor tearing down anything that stood in their way.
But all their success couldn’t have happened without Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor and their crew of fighters who sacrificed themselves to get the Death Star plans.
We saw the entire story in Rogue One in one of the greatest acts of bravery in the entire Star Wars saga.
The story was not like the rest of Star Wars. Generally, the good guys made it out alive in the original trilogy. There was bloodshed, but it happened around the main cast.
Rogue One was entirely different because they took on a mission even Mon Mothma had no faith in, and rebelled against their own team to put themselves directly in the line of fire. Then fought until the very end to get the Death Star plans to the rebellion.
Death was inevitable, but their fight was about a brighter future for others since they couldn’t have one themselves. Jyn Erso’s whole life was shaped by the Empire from the death of her parents to those she grew up with. Saw Gerrera raised her after her parents died and he spent his life devoted to taking down the Empire.
However you want to call what Jyn, Cassian, K-2SO, Chirrut, Bodhi, and Baze did as revenge, determination, mission, fight or something else, it was about freeing themselves of the shackles the Empire had put on them.