© by Gerald So | 5:00 A.M.
Set shortly before A New Hope (1977), in defiance of Rebel superiors, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), daughter of original Death Star architect Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), leads a bold effort to steal the Death Star plans.
While all of Disney's Lucasfilm projects may be seen as homage to those George Lucas helmed before selling, Rogue One is more graceful about it than The Force Awakens. It concentrates on the previously undepicted story of Jyn's standalone mission, only hinting at connections to the established franchise.
This much said, it's worth noting the order in which Disney releases these movies. If The Force Awakens hadn't captured the feel of the first trilogy, Rogue One wouldn't have had the freedom to tell its own story.