The second movie is Rogue One.
In fact, I never thought I would like it, and not as much as I do. Rogue One is not a regular SW movie. It tells the story about the cannon food, the soldiers, those who give their lives and their bodies to perhaps maybe sometime in the future defeat the empire.
It shows for the first time how much the rebellion costs. How hard resistance is broken, how many people die. How many lives are broken? We see children ripped from their parents’ arms. There is no “chosen one”, no superficial Jedi who can save the day. It raises questions about occupied land, nuclear weapons and terrorism. Who is the terrorist? What does "peace and justice" mean when it is forced? Who is the bad guy, and who brings peace and security to a troubled world?
When watching Star Wars, we must speak more of asymmetric warfare, as much as we speak of democracy or second world war.
Beyond that, Rogue one contains one of my overall favourite friendships of the entire saga. The friendship between the criminal and former partisan Jyn Erso, and the cold-blooded and cynical agent Fulcrum, captain Cassian Andor. From mutual reluctance to respect and then to a trust that goes beyond life itself, and the bravery to save the galaxy at the cost of their own lives. Without them, everything would have been lost.
It also shows Darth Vader, for real, for the first time. What he is capable of. What the "dark side" really is. We have never seen him that way. With his immense strength and ability to use the power he certainly is more machine now than man. A killing machine. And it gives me chills to the bones.
I'm currently reading A New Dawn. So happy I put my prejudices aside and started to read SW-books. Especially as I really enjoy comparing the politics and culture in my own country with the events in the Sw galaxy.