Not much was known about Han Solo’s past except for the legendary rumors that he ran the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs and that he won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a game. Solo, however, helped clear up a lot about his past and it turns out that the film predicted much of his future as well. And I’m talking about one scene in particular.
Tobias Beckett is Han’s Ben Kenobi. He’s the older, wise guy who helps direct young Han through life and introduces him to the criminal world just like Ben Kenobi helped introduce Luke Skywalker to the concept of the Force and the Jedi. But unlike Ben who is clearly benevolent Beckett is a smuggler through and through and his life lessons are a lot more cynical.
At one point in Solo: A Star Wars Story Beckett berates Han for trying to bring Qi’ra back into his life. Han tells Beckett that Qi’ra is perfectly fine and will never try to do him wrong but Tobias knows better. He tells Han, and I quote, “Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.”
At first glance it seems that this disturbing wisdom is only a setup for Beckett’s betrayal later in the movie but actually it sums up Han’s entire life in a few words. Let me give you a quick rundown of Han’s journey after Solo.
Continue reading How One Line In ‘Solo’ Sums Up Han’s Entire Journey
The other day I wrote a post regarding my opinion on the ten ugliest deaths in Star Wars but it wasn’t until yesterday that I remembered I had missed adding onto the list one of the most memorable and heartbreaking demises in the entire franchise; Han Solo’s death.
What happened to Han Solo is unbelievably horrific. I will never forget how I felt when I watched this scene for the first time. Up until this point in the film there hadn’t been any substantially dark moments but this scene was so quiet and intense and terrifying that a piece of popcorn could’ve dropped in the movie theater and everyone would’ve heard it.
I remember thinking to myself (because the film was so reminiscent of A New Hope) that Han was about to become the old Obi-Wan of this new trilogy. And then Kylo Ren tricked me! by acting like he was about to good.
He looked at his father, with those tears in his beautiful eyes, and I was converted. I just knew that J.J Abrams was switching the narrative this time around by having Kylo go good instead of killing his father in the way that Darth Vader “killed” his former mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi. And then he ran his lightsaber straight through Han’s and nearly every Star Wars‘ fans heart at the same time.
After that horrific moment, watching Han Solo fall off the side of the bridge was one of the most heartbreaking developments I have ever seen in any film. I wasn’t the same for the rest of the movie.
I walked out of that theater as a distraught, red-faced, weeping mess because all of it was too much to handle. Between Han’s death and that epic ending with Luke Skywalker on the cliff my emotions were all over the place.
Han Solo’s death is so terrible, in fact, that I still shed a tear or two every time I watch it. So yeah, if I had remembered Han Solo’s death for the list I made the other day I probably would have placed him in the 3rd spot just behind Mace Windu’s death and Luke’s uncle and aunt’s awful demise.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a magnificent day. May the Force be with you.
Solo may seem like a pointless prequel that doesn’t bring a lot of meaning to the Star Wars universe but in actuality it’s possibly one of the most important movies in the franchise and this is why:
Han Solo has always been one of the most important characters in Star Wars but if you look at the original trilogy it clearly seems that the movies revolve around Luke’s story and that Han and Leia are supporting characters. But, with the release of the current trilogy films and the latest installment, Solo, it’s safe to say that Han Solo has become more important than one may have thought a few years ago. Now his storyline truly matters, as it may contain clues and revelations for some of his son’s past, present, and future actions in the Star Wars universe.
In fact, during my latest viewing of Solo I realized that the relationship between Han and Qi’Ra is loosely similar to Kylo Ren and Rey’s companionship. This is why.
Continue reading Mirroring Relationships: Han Solo and Qi’Ra/Kylo Ren and Rey
As I’m sure you may know by now my sister is an artist who loves to draw many incredible things but one of her latest works was so awesome I had to share it with you all. It’s a picture of Rey and Kylo Ren facing off in a lightsaber duel but what makes it so cool is the video of how this picture came to life. Here it is.
Isn’t this awesome? I’m always riveted by how these pictures come to life. Especially when you see the picture in its entirety after all of the variations it went through to become the final version.
I hope you enjoyed and I thank you for reading. Have a wonderful day.
I’ve already written a post displaying how similar Kylo Ren and Anakin Skywalker are to each other but once again I’ve found another blaring example of how the creative minds behind this current trilogy are pushing that idea in even the way Kylo dresses.
In The Last Jedi we see Kylo Ren sporting a new outfit, one with a shorter vest rather than the long robe he was wearing in The Force Awakens over a long sleeved shirt. There’s also a parting near the bottom of the vest which makes it a tad bit fancier than a simple vest.
Anakin Skywalker has the same style going on. The long sleeved shirt, the vest with that fancy parting at the bottom beneath the belt. Even the pants and the nearly-knee high boots. It’s kind of astonishing.
Continue reading Kylo Ren and Anakin Skywalker Basically Have the Same Outfit
One of the biggest aspects to a Jedi’s story in a Star Wars film is their struggle of resisting the temptation toward the dark side. Anakin tried to resist the pull of the dark side for two movies straight but ultimately failed. And Luke also was tempted by the dark side of the Force on numerous occasions but was able to suppress those urges. And now there’s Rey.
She’s the galaxy’s next hope of defeating Kylo Ren and the First Order but to do that she must remain, well, good. That seems easy right? Wrong. Rey isn’t your typical Jedi. She doesn’t exactly follow the Jedi “code” and she kind of just wings it rather than basing her decisions off of what the Jedi believe is right. Yeah, she fights with the good guys but she’s much more prone to turn to the dark side than you might expect. In fact, she already has turned to the dark side and it was right beneath our noses. Let me tell you how.
Continue reading I Didn’t Know It But Rey Has Already Gone to the Dark Side Once
Star Wars is a wonderful franchise that has captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world and part of the reason why is because of the characters. Without those incredible heroes like Luke and Rey or the memorable villains, Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, these movies wouldn’t be half as entertaining as they are now.
Throughout the years there have been incredible character duos in Star Wars that have made the movies so much more fun to watch and today they are part of my weekly segment of Who’s Your Favorite? Here are all of the Star Wars duos (this is solely based on the movies.)
Finn and Rey
Finn and Rey have had quite the journey through the trilogy so far. In fact, their individual journeys ended up leading them apart for the majority of The Last Jedi. But when they are together it’s like a match made in heaven.
Before we were reacquainted with Han Solo and Chewbacca in The Force Awakens we were following the stories of youngsters Finn and Rey and they were so immediately lovable I didn’t even miss the Star Wars veterans. Their friendship is part of the reason why I love The Force Awakens so much and I can’t wait to see them have more time together in Episode IX.
Continue reading Who’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Duo?