Star Wars calls to me and I must heed the call.
I’m going to tell you something in all honesty and seriousness (I’m always honest though not always serious). I will only watch the original theatrical cuts of Star Wars. I will not watch the re edits with the added cgi nonsense. The main reason is Han and Greedo’s scene. Yeah, lots of people argue about Han shooting first for all sorts of reasons but it’s incredibly important to me for only one reason, it changes Han’s character development.
In the original cuts when we first meet Han he is a smuggler who cares about exactly 3 things; himself, Chewie, and the falcon. He is not a hero. He is not that sort of man to wait for someone to attack him. Oh no, he is the sort of man to shoot first and calmly flip a coin to the barkeep apologizing for the mess. Han doesn’t even want to save Leia, he only does it for the money. Han is more than just a reluctant hero, he is dragged kicking and screaming into being a hero.
That’s what makes his character arc so much more interesting. Here’s this guy who has only ever looked out for himself until he meets these two idealistic kids and starts having feelings, first for this kid (Luke) who becomes his friend that he actually wants to help then for Leia, and by the end of the story for the rebellion. He goes from not caring about anything to realizing people actually care about him and he doesn’t hate them either. You see that come to fruition in The Force Awakens in the way he takes care of Rey.
This is important to me, if you take away his starting point you cheapen his story line. How dare you!
You’re probably saying, “woah Katie, you care a little too much.” And you would be right but I do, I care very deeply about this. Part of why is Han is one of the characters in fiction that connect most deeply with (please don’t start arguing, I’ll explain in a minute).
There’s that whole ‘3 fictional characters’ thing going around Facebook and I’ll be honest, I jumped on that bandwagon hard but the 3 characters I said were a lie. I connect with all of them but not on the level that I connect with others. I chose to keep my real 3 to myself (until now). I was afraid of being made fun of or argued with for my choices, including Han Solo. Seriously though, if anyone is Han I’m Han (and my mom agrees).
The other reason was… They’re all men and every woman I know was posting female characters. I felt cornered, like I needed to post female characters too. Well no more. I’ve never fit in the box anyway.
The 3 characters I connect most with are Han Solo, Flynn Ryder, and Sokka. Quite frankly, when I watch those movies/shows I think I am those characters.
Everything I like about my personality is embodied in Han Solo; his attitude, his insouciance, his sarcasm but also his genuine care for his friends. I mean, he goes out into the tundra of Hoth to find Luke! Han Solo puts into words the way I feel about myself. So I’m sorry if I get a little defensive about his character arc but it’s important to me.