Are These Teaser Posters for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Sending Mixed Messages?

Solo: A Star Wars Story finally got two teaser trailers during the Super Bowl and Good Morning America and while they were everything that I was hoping for these teaser posters for the movie are a little…odd for me. This is why.

The Chewbacca Poster

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Now this is the first poster and it of course highlights my favorite alien in Star Wars, Chewbacca. There’s nothing particularly special about this poster other than it has Chewie in it with his original, ragged look and his infamous crossbow. That’s always awesome.

The Lando Calrissean Poster

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And then here is Lando with his suave self. Look at that yellow shirt paired with that dark cape. Not a lot of people can pull off a super yellow shirt like that in Star Wars without looking wack but that’s exactly why Lando is so cool. One thing he definitely has always had is style and Solo is definitely making us totally aware of that.

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The Defining Moments of Poe

I love Poe Dameron. I’ve loved him since he appeared in The Force Awakens. He was funny, the greatest pilot that I had ever seen, and he emitted the heroism of the Resistance. That’s why today on The Defining Moments I’m going to talk about Poe’s journey from being simply a hotshot pilot that everyone loves to becoming the responsible leader that he is by the end of The Last Jedi. Enjoy!

1. Attacking Kylo Ren

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Poe was the first new major character we were introduced to in The Force Awakens and I was immediately drawn in into him by his instant charisma. He was obviously a hero and I wanted to see him get away when the scary First Order appeared.

The character of Poe Dameron was immediately revealed after Kylo Ren murdered Lor San Tekka. He could’ve remained behind the dune he was hiding behind and just watch the terrible proceedings but he is a Resistance hero for a reason. He fearlessly stepped out from his hiding place in an attempt to kill Kylo Ren and even when he was captured he didn’t act afraid. He instead mocked Kylo Ren’s mask. Ha! That’s a dude I can get behind.

I didn’t even need to know Poe’s back story to know I was already a Poe fan simply from his incredible introduction.

2. Naming FN-2187

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Poe was not expecting to get rescued, not in the slightest, and he definitely wasn’t expecting to be rescued by one of the First Order’s stormtroopers! FN-2187’s bravery really inspired Poe and he knew he had found an immediate friend.

When they introduced themselves in the Tie Fighter’s cockpit as they were trying to escape he was obviously shocked to hear the human being behind him with the name of a droid. It showed the heartlessness of the First Order and the brutality of their stern regime as they turned real people into mindless followers without human names. He wasn’t going to treat his newfound friend in such a disrespectful fashion and so he gave him a name.

This shows another side of the dashing hero; his benevolence. He’s not just a fantastic pilot, he’s also a kind, caring person and the fact that he refused to call the stormtrooper by his robotic title is a beautiful thing to see.

3. Destroying StarKiller Base

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Poe, clearly, is a wonderful pilot and it’s no surprise that he was able to single-handedly destroy the StarKiller Base after Finn, Rey, and Han and Chewbacca helped blow up the Oscillator. This was yet another a defining moment of his heroics and it reiterated, once again, how great of a pilot he really is.

4. Attacking the Dreadnought

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Poe was established as a piloting phenom in The Force Awakens and so it was no surprise to see him back at his heroic ways at the very beginning of The Last Jedi. I mean he took on a Star Destroyer as a diversion so the Resistance Bombers could get in position to destroy the Dreadnought!

This was a defining moment for Poe because the movie diverted away from highlighting him as a hero and showed the recklessness of his disobedient actions. He was so intent on destroying the Dreadnought that he got dozens of Resistance fighters killed when they could’ve lived to fight another day. It showed that, while he is a great pilot, he isn’t a responsible leader and that’s much more important if you have the position of Commander in a war.

5. Demotion

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Poe thought his mission to destroy the Dreadnought was a success but it obviously wasn’t and General Leia made sure of letting him know that as she slapped him and demoted him to Captain, and for good reason. Was he concerned about his comrade’s deaths? No, he was reveling in the fact that he destroyed a First Order Mega Star Destroyer because it’s all about him and he completely lost sight of all of the damage that he had done. Who knew he had such a gigantic ego?

This was a turning point for him because he thought his heroics were going to get celebrated and instead he was punished for disobeying a superior’s direct order and causing people to get killed for no particular reason other than his fame. It revealed to him that maybe his heroics weren’t always the solution to defeating the First Order.

6. Taking New Leadership

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Poe trusted Leia wholeheartedly. I mean she treated him like a son. When she barely survived an attack by the First Order the Resistance needed a new leader and at that moment Poe just knew he was going to be the one standing in for Leia but, of course, he didn’t and had to remain under someone’s command, only this time it was a person he didn’t trust in the slightest.

Poe is a headstrong man who sees war in a front lines vision. He’s not a strategist, he’s a fighter, and so when he was forced to sit down and follow someone with a strategic plan to evade the First Order rather than tackle them head on like he would he was furious. He just knew Holdo was going to doom the Resistance to utter ruin.

I love Poe for his heroism but The Last Jedi showed that heroics weren’t going to win the day anymore against a force as crafty and mighty as the First Order.

7. Witnessing Holdo’s Plan

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Poe was determined to rescue the Resistance single-handedly because he always has to be the hero in a situation but this time he wasn’t the hero. He was just an out-of-line, insubordinate, Resistance officer with a disillusioned vision of himself and his importance to the organization. That’s why Leia stunned him. Because he was out of line and needed to be taught a lesson.

As he sat in the escape pods and watched as the First Order still hounded the Resistance craft that Holdo was piloting he realized the genius of her plan. She was acting as a diversion while the rest of the Resistance would end up safely landing on Crait. At that moment he realized that sometimes foolhardy, brash plans like the one he was trying to concoct weren’t the right choices to make and that, at times, you have to know when to retreat if you’re fighting in a war.

It was because of Holdo’s brave sacrifice that he realized he needed to become a better leader and I believe this is the defining moment that transformed Captain Poe Dameron.

8. Retreat!

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Poe was reassigned the role of Commander as he led the Resistance against the First Order on Crait but unlike at the beginning of The Last Jedi when he saw the situation turning south he immediately called for his fighters to retreat. This is a big change for Poe after his earlier actions got dozens of people who didn’t have to be killed. It showed that he had matured as a leader and that the old, reckless Poe was no more.

9. Poe, the Future General

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At this point in The Last Jedi Poe is no longer taking orders but instead is giving the orders, with Leia’s approval of course. This shows how Rian Johnson slowly transformed him from being just a fabulous pilot to the smart, intelligent leader that Leia wanted him to be. With Carrie Fisher’s unexpected death at the end of 2016 the story can no longer involve her and that means I am pretty certain that we’ll see Poe as the new General of the Resistance by the time of Episode IX and the end of The Last Jedi sets that up perfectly.

He understands, after Luke’s diversion, that he must help sustain the spark that is the Resistance and that means sometimes running away when it is necessary. His story in The Last Jedi was seeing if he could handle his leadership skills being put to the test and I’m glad he passed with flying colors.

Who knows how his story will end in Episode IX but I know it will be beautiful.

I thank you for reading today’s segment of The Defining Moments and I hope you have a gorgeous day. May the Force Be With You.

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Wows Again With This Full Teaser

Last night during the Super Bowl (by the way, GREAT JOB EAGLES!!!!!!) a teaser for Solo debuted and I kind of lost my mind for a second. The teaser was everything that I was hoping for…and more! And just now on Good Morning America they debuted the official teaser and I have to say, it is amazing!!!!

Okay, like I said before, this teaser is amazing. I was skeptical about this movie since it was announced and I thought Disney had finally bitten off more than they can chew. Well, this teaser dissuades this fact in every way possible and now I’m going to tell you all of the things I liked about this trailer. Enjoy!

1. The Music

One of the things I was interested in seeing for this teaser was the music. The music tells the tone of a Star Wars film and I wanted to see what the tone for this movie was going to be. Well, I’m glad to say that this movie is going to have a serious tone rather than a more comedic vision that maybe the old directors were looking for. I also liked that the music, while it felt like Star Wars, it felt unique as well. This isn’t going to be your normal Star Wars flick and I love that!

2. The Characters

Oh my goodness, these characters look amazing. Alden Ehrenreich doesn’t look like Harrison Ford’s Han Solo but I don’t even care because he’s still cool. He embodies the spirit of Han Solo and that’s what is important.

Donald Glover also doesn’t look like Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissean but once again I don’t even care because he looks so cool that it doesn’t even really matter.

Then there was Chewbacca. Oh my goodness, I love Chewbacca. He’s the greatest Wookie ever!

Heh, maybe we need an updated version of these characters. *shrug*

And then the other new characters already interest me in the best possible way. There are fabulous, beautiful women,

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a new uber-cool droid,

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and a crooked looking mentor in the form of Woody Harrelson’s Beckett.

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What excites me are incredibly different and exciting looking characters in Star Wars and this standalone film is going to highlight a new side of Star Wars, the criminal world of the galaxy and that’s super interesting.

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