Think of the one thing that upset Star Wars fans the most following the release of the (not so) Special Editions. Yep,that's rights, it's Greedo shooting first during his face off with fan favourite Han Solo. George Lucas has taken odd positions on the controversial issue over the years, but has finally addressed the subject head on. Find out more below...
immediately following the change George suggested that it was always his intention to have Solo shoot after his assailant, but we never really bought into it. It seemed to part of Georges, "this is all part of a big plan" story that suggested he had the prequels in mind when he made Star Wars in 1976. There are holes in the prequels that suggest he was making it up as he went, and know he has made a few statements in an interview that imply that is the case.
If George had planned out the big story from the early drafts he'd have known Han and Leia would be destined for eachother and built the Solo character to fit the archetype he wanted. Instead he retconned Solo in the Special Editions. It's also true that he didn't expect Luke and Leia to be brother and sister or he would have never done 'that kiss' and I'm guessing the intention during Empire was to build in mystery over who Leia would choose, Han or Luke. This presents several problems, it's is reductive for Leia for a start, she is much more than just a girl waiting for her hero, if the scoundrel wins the girl, what does that say about our primary hero and one could not deny the chemistry between Fisher and Ford. The Han and Leia thing took on a life of its own, forcing George to re-evaluate the character of Solo, and help the New Hope version of the Solo character fit into the later story.
Its refreshing now that George is moving on from Star Wars that he feels free to talk honestly about the whole thing. I wonder what we will learn as time goes on.
What do you make of these comments? Has the change ever bothered you? Are you a Special Edition Star Wars fan or the original version fan? Leave your comments below.
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