Last week on this weekly segment of Who’s Your Favorite? the topic was about Marvel’s love stories and so it only seems right that this week’s segment focuses on another incredible franchise’s love stories; Star Wars. There are a lot of enjoyable elements to Star Wars but for those who love a good romance, this franchise has that too. So, on that note, let me list these memorable love stories.
Han and Qi’ra
Han, as a young man, was madly in love with his fellow Corellian sweetheart, Qi’ra but this romance was not to last. Qi’ra moved on and became loyal to the Crimson Dawn, eventually leaving Han and ending their relationship. It was a shocking moment for Han and it would be a turning point in his young life.
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.
One of the biggest mysteries that sprouted from The Force Awakens was the secret identity of Rey’s parents. The whole story of Star Wars is heavily themed around the idea of family. In the original trilogy Luke found out his father was Darth Vader (*gasp*) and his sister was his best friend, Princess Leia. These two twists were huge reveals and plot points in Luke’s journey and the overall trilogy.
In the prequel trilogy Anakin’s downfall was because of his attachment to the people he loved. He lost his mother, which was the first peg that fell out of his equilibrium. And then the thought of losing Padme sent him over the edge.
Now the current trilogy has circled around the aspect of family in the plotlines between Han, Leia, and their dark side son, Kylo Ren, but Rey is just as important in the family department. We just don’t know who her family is exactly.
Kylo Ren dropped a bombshell by saying Rey’s parents were essentially nobodies who died in Jakku but that just isn’t true. In fact, I have the proof which you can read here. But the question of who her parents could actually be is still lingering out there for us to hopefully and decisively discover.
I’ve read a lot of theories over the past three and a half years about who she could be related to but this latest one is so legit it’s almost scary. So, of course, I had to share it with you and my thoughts on the theory. Enjoy!
In the past three years there have been two Star Wars Stories for me to enjoy. The first was Rogue One, a Star Wars film that highlighted the ugliness of war in the galaxy from a non Force-wielding perspective. And then Solo was a classic heist film done in a Star Wars fashion that was simply awesome to watch. Both films had compelling leading ladies who took charge when the moments arose and set their own stamp on the Star Wars franchise. But which of the two heroines were cooler? That’s what I’m here to find out. Enjoy!
Qi’Ra, like Han, was an orphan living on the rough streets of Corellia hoping to one day escape the gang they worked for. Unfortunately Han escaped and Qi’Ra didn’t and was forced to work for the crime syndicate, Crimson Dawn for the rest of her life.
In Solo we see Qi’Ra’s many chances at redemption but she’s too far in to the criminal system. She’s made a name for herself in the criminal underworld and she wasn’t about to give that up, even for Han, the man she loved. But at the end of the day, he escaped to live his life while she remained on Corellia. You have to think that through those years she acquired some bitterness to her ex-boyfriend. It’s probably why she was able to make the decision to betray him so easily.
Qi’Ra has been through the wringer and I’m super interested in seeing where her story continues.
Jyn’s story is one of tragedy. She lost her mother when she was but a child. She was abandoned as a teenager by the only people she could call family; Saw Gerrera and his rebels. And, in an attempt to find out what the Empire was building, her only family member remaining, her father Galen Erso, was killed before her very eyes.
And yet through all of this sorrow she kept on fighting to the very end. That’s quite inspiring indeed.
Honestly, both of these women have compelling storylines that I would love to no more of. I have this category at a tie.
In the past week rumors have been circulating that Lucasfilm is putting a halt to the Star Wars stories and thankfully those wild rumors have been laid to rest, allowing me to continue to brainstorm about the characters in Star Wars who should have their own standalone films in the future. Solo definitely hinted at the possibility of a sequel but there also could be plenty of spin-offs stemming from the movie’s characters as it introduced us to characters who not only played impeccable roles in the film but also were surprisingly interesting at the same time. One of those brand new faces was Qi’Ra, a mysterious femme fatale with a dark secret. And then one of the more familiar faces belonged to Lando who became an instant fan favorite after Donald Glover’s suave rendition of the character. Between these two characters who brought such enjoyment to the film which should end up getting their own Star Wars story? That’s what I’m here to share with you. Enjoy!
Solo was the surprise blockbuster of the year so far as it blew away all of my wildest expectations and really boosted my love for Star Wars again. It was adventurous, romantic, funny, and simply a great movie to watch. It was easy to follow and left a giant smile on my face. But out of all of the incredible scenes throughout the film which one was my favorite? Which scene truly stood out to me in ways that the other scenes didn’t? Well, that’s what I’m here to share with you and I hope you enjoy. 🙂
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
The Yacht Showdown
There were a lot of impressive scenes in this film, from beginning to end, but the scene that really was the icing on the cake for me was that final showdown aboard Dryden Vos’s yacht, First Light. I had just experienced the visually magnificent Kessel Run action sequence, Enfys Nest had revealed himself to actually be a young teenage girl, and Beckett was “leaving” to go find Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine. It was all up to Han, Qi’Ra, and Chewbacca who had this supposed “plan” to swindle Dryden out of the Coaxium so they could really give it to Enfys to fund the Rebellion.
This scene had everything I wanted from the film. There was Dryden who has clearly become one of my favorite Star Wars villains. His debonaire look and cool but deadly personality oozed menace and had me on the edge of my seat as Han coolly bantered with him like the swindling smuggler that he is.
The room itself was filled with gadgets and trinkets that my roaming eyes couldn’t help but take in with a certain awe only Star Wars films can provide me.
When a Star Wars movie comes out one thing is inevitable; it’s time to update my Ranking series and with Solo introducing so many new and fantastic heroines to the Star Wars universe this list was destined to be upgraded. Enjoy my newest edition of The Ten Most Awesome Women of ‘Star Wars‘.
I was honestly surprised at how temporary Val’s involvement in Solo was but her participation in the movie was very awesome indeed. I would love to see her return in either a novel or one the animated shorts from Forces of Destiny.
9. Rose Tico
This new age of Star Wars is not only cranking out fantastically enjoyable films but it has also become one of the most diverse franchises in Hollywood with women of color frequently being added to the Star Wars roster and I couldn’t be happier.
Rose is a wonderful addition to the Star Wars universe and I can’t wait to see her return in Episode IX to go on some more magical adventures.
Star Wars has been full of droids but it took until now for a major female droid to join the robot party and she definitely her placed her stamp on the Star Wars universe with her fierce attitude. She was one of the most no-nonsense ladies I have ever seen and really made me smile a number of times. Seeing her lead a droid rebellion was one of the coolest, funniest, and most awesome moments I have ever seen in Star Wars and only shows me that there is so much room for creativity in the Star Wars universe.