To my surprise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is not only very good, and entertaining, it is completely absent any of the social engineering, lectures, its director and writer couldn't help but engage in on Twitter.
That's a good thing, because, its a very good, if somewhat depressing movie, and does a great deal to ground Star Wars.
The Empire, is really scary here, people die. The Death Star, is a threat, even when its being used like a scalpel and not a sledgehammer - Which makes it more threatening.
In many ways, this is a far better film then The Force Awakens.
One of the most unsettling aspects is the use of Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin. Disney, and Lucas Films, are making actors incidental. I got creeped out whenever Tarkin, appeared on screen and began speaking.
A very good bridge to A New Hope.