Rebecca Morales and Maria Suarez, along with another friend of theirs, came to the movie together out of a sense of tradition. Suarez was introduced to the films by Morales. “I actually watched the films with them,” said Suarez, “last year, for my birthday.”
Morales, on the other hand, has been a fan of the movies since childhood, where she first learned about the galaxy far, far away in another language. “So the first time I saw it was in Spanish, yeah, I think I was five,” said Morales, “and I saw Empire first, and then Return of the Jedi. Then I watched it in English and it completely threw me off, because Yoda doesn’t sound the same way in English as he does in Spanish. So, that was weird. That was a weird culture shock.”
Despite the language shift, Morales grew to love the film series and appreciate even the smallest of roles. When asked about her favorite character, Morales said “The one with the fewest lines, Boba,” about Boba Fett, a fan favorite character within the original trilogy of films, “There’s just something so badass about a bounty hunter.” Suarez prefers one of the villains of the series: “Count Dooku,” she said, “I just love Christopher Lee.”
Both Rogue One and the last episodic film Star Wars: The Force Awakens have featured a female protagonist, and some have found that surprising. Morales, however, was quick to point out that women have been a key part of the story from the beginning. “That’s so weird, because I always saw Leia as such a prominent character, and she was always such a badass,” said Morales, “There was always strong female characters in the series.” Morales goes on to discuss how is baffled she is by all the commotion a female lead has caused: “I don’t understand why some people are freaking out so much when so many of, like, the diehard fans are just rejoicing.”
Rogue One was released December 16, 2016 and is currently showing in theatres.