"Must see "Rogue One" was the message texted from many a mobile as moviegoers left the first showing of the "Star Wars" story. The force was strong with fans and foes alike as they poured out of theaters. Despite predictions of a tepid storyline, "Star Wars: Rogue One" was declared a win. Many diehard fans were prepared to hate this knockoff tale which debuted a whole new cast of characters and didn't touch the central story at all. They only went to get their lightsaber fix. But Jedi, padawan and even haters left glad they came.

Mon Motha returns to 'Rogue One'

The only familiar face from any of the seven canonical "Star Wars" movies is the elegant rebel leader Mon Motha of "Return of the Jedi." This character was reprised by Genevieve O'Reilly. The original actress, the glorious Caroline Blakiston, now 83, is involved in the "Poldark" remake. But fans will recognize her stately presence. This gestalt character brought more to the film than her memorable one-liner "Many Bothans died to bring us this information." Beside her way-cool name, Mon Motha was one of only a few women in the first three films.

In the most recent "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Rogue One" young females Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) take the lead.

'Rogue One' heavy on swoon-worthy men

The name a lot of young girls are whispering to their pillows tonight is Diego Luna. The Mexican heartthrob plays Cassian Andor and you can be sure he sent a lot of ladies scurrying to IMBD to look up his actor. Many fans couldn't decide which character to fall in love with, there were so many to choose from (even among the villains).

Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen to name a few. More than a few crushes developed over Felicity Jones too.

Vessels and vehicles of 'Rogue One'

20 years ago, a book was published called "Star Wars: An Essential Guide to Vessels and Vehicles." It was manna for nerds, gearheads and geeks. Like those space age prehistoric Imperial Walkers--has there ever been any more fantastic beasts?

The book outlined all the specs on armored crafts that appear in the series. And that's what many love most about "Star Wars"--the weaponry and machinery. "Rogue One" features fabulous battles scenes using many vintage spacecraft such as X-wing and TIE fighters from the old stories.

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