How ‘Solo’ Has Impacted The Way I See ‘Star Wars’

After watching Solo: A Star Wars Story last week nearly my entire view surrounding Han Solo and Chewbacca’s stories has changed, as this standalone film has filled in gaps I didn’t even know I wanted to be answered and provided me tantalizing ideas for the future of Star Wars as well. So, with no further delay, let me relay to you all of the ways Solo has changed the way I look at these movies. Enjoy!

How Han Got His Name

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Oh my goodness, undoubtedly one of the coolest moments in Solo for me was learning how Han got his iconic name, Han Solo. I always figured that the name was probably made up because the idea of someone having the name Solo didn’t exactly quantify as a legitimate last name to me. I thought that maybe Han called himself that after realizing that he didn’t have any friends, except for Chewbacca, but to learn that an Imperial recruiter provided him the title, Han Solo, is simply one of the coolest things that has ever happened in Star Wars. It was definitely much cooler than when Emperor Palpatine named Anakin Darth Vader.

 Han’s Lucky Dice

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Who knew a simple pair of golden dice would become so important to Star Wars in the last couple of years but it truly has and now, seeing these dice, I feel a pang of sadness because of what they represent. In Han’s younger days the dice meant good luck and for the most part that strange sense of luck he always managed to have during his adventures could be contributed to those magical dice.

And then the dice extends beyond his life and into the complex story of The Last Jedi where we see them, given from Luke Skywalker to Leia, as a sign of that continuing hope and then later disappearing away into nothingness in Kylo Ren’s hands. For Leia the dice’s symbol of luck won out and the last of the Resistance, by luck, managed to get away. And then for Kylo Ren, on the other hand, the dice symbolize that he just might be the unluckiest guy in the galaxy. I love the way Star Wars is slowly connecting the dots and enhancing these films by utilizing simple things like a pair of dice.

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My Five Favorite Marvel Sidekicks

While there are nearly two dozen superheroes saving the world time and time again in the MCU from life threatening villains sometimes they need help from their not-so-super, or sometimes kind of super, sidekicks to get the job done. So, in honor of these lesser advertised heroes, I’m dedicating a post to these characters who have brought me so much joy over the years.

5. Heimdall

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I remember when I watched Thor: Ragnarok for the first time Heimdall was my favorite character from Thor’s world after seeing the movie. His eyes were strange and he was so cool looking as he stood as guard of the Bifrost (I think that’s what he was guarding.) Throughout the Thor franchise his awesome never particularly dwindled and his involvement in Thor: Ragnarok only helped increase his coolness. Unfortunately he was killed at the very beginning of Avengers: Infinity War so it’s a good chance we’ll never see him again but he was definitely an awesome compatriot of Thor’s while he lasted.

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‘Solo’ Breaks One of ‘Star Wars’ Longest Lasting Traditions and I’m Glad About It

The Last Jedi alienated a lot of diehard Star Wars fans by ending long held traditions, outright obliterating ideas presented through The Force Awakens, and taking classic characters and startlingly changing their narrative to the point of legitimate anger from some Star Wars viewers. (I, for one, am perfectly fine with all of the tweaks to the Star Wars narrative that Rian Johnson made.) Solo has continued that trend of breaking old traditions as it has become the second Star Wars movie to flip the iconic “I have a bad feeling about this” line in a different fashion. In The Last Jedi BB-8 beeped the infamous line to Poe at the beginning of the film and this time around Han Solo says “I’ve got a good feeling about this” as he gets ready to make the infamous Kessel Run. But that isn’t the only tradition that has gone up in flames.

C-3PO and R2-D2, up to this point, have appeared in every single Star Wars movie so it seemed pretty evident that they would have some sort of brilliant cameo somewhere in this latest Star Wars flick. Well, they actually didn’t and I couldn’t be happier.

Solo was a fast paced movie with an adventure that transpired through worlds far away from the likes of the burgeoning Rebellion. How could C-3PO and R2 have possibly made an appearance without them feeling unnaturally forced into the movie in some sort of goofy way? Having them make a surprise cameo in the film would not have worked in the slightest and I’m glad to see that Star Wars isn’t trying to appease fans with traditions like that to the point of ridiculousness. And besides, we’re undoubtedly going to see the two classic droids in Episode IX so it doesn’t matter if they happened to miss one out of ten Star Wars films.

How do you feel about the lack of C-3PO and R2-D2 in Solo: A Star Wars Story? Feel free to provide your opinion in the comments below. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day. May the force be with you.