Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Don't Go On the Bridge, Ya Nerfherder! ~ Ode From a Fangirl


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Now as I've said before, I'm disappointed with Solo's outcome on Ep VII. I was so terrified of said outcome when it was rumored months ago I didn't even finish reading the post and swore off of anymore StarWars news until the movie came out. Which I easily stuck to, considering how petrified I was. They were going to kill off my childhood crush? No. Surely not.

  But they did.


  Harrison Ford's wish to be sacrificed to some ideal was finally carried out. It was done for a good purpose, and I suspect that he'll be making ghostly appearances in the next ones, but still! Personally, I think he could have given a lot more to the movies. In life. Not as a ghost, or a memory. Han Solo has always symbolized the adventure of StarWars for me--he was like the embodiment of the adventurous energy, on the every-guy level. It would be like killing of Capt. Jack Sparrow and just expecting the movies to carry on, even though he wasn't the main character in the first three. You think that would go well? Phssh. There would be riots. Personally I'm not sure why there isn't for Solo. Am I the only one waving a grief banner around here?

  I do wonder what it'll be like for the others of the Millennium Falcon to carry on--what it will feel like. I was so pumped for more old gang storylines and action, I'm really quite sad about this outcome, even though it's sort of ok. My one gripe though is that throughout this movie it was too...like it was mentioned in a certain article, too riff-off like. This final scene is too Empire Strikes Back, in a mirror form. I think it would have played off better in a less "let's make this a so iconic and Darth Vader vs. Luke moment, and Solo falls into oblivion" type of scene. It's been overdone. And there are some major points to be made about Han's CHOICE to even walk onto that bridge.

Firstly....

  1. Personally I don't think he'd walk out there in the first place. He's too common sense.

  2. He speaks with actions, not negotiation. Even if it is to save his son, this is such a part of his being I don't see WHY he'd be so...foolish. Han Solo...talking someone out of their decisions? I can't fathom it, aside from the knowledge that some people change with time, but still, it's hard to swallow in Han's case.

3. The gentleness of the scene. I don't completely buy it. Yes, he's his father. But something more upfront, gritty, harsh, and loving at the same time would have been so much more believable, and poignant. And Ford could have carried that off completely. More Indiana Jones, only Solo. Come on, we've seen the gritty father before. In this context an all-stops-removed kind of scene would have fantastic. Would have served the story better.

4. Han Solo should have gone out fighting. I think he should have been willing to kill his son. Known that it might come to that, and prepare for it. In the context that he was fighting for his son's soul, yes he's still going down fighting, but not in the way that makes him the brilliant character that he is, nor in the way that would have best served the movie. Where's the smuggler that knew when to shoot and when to live to fight another day? The lack of basic practicality that is so integral to Han is sadly missing here.

  5. This is more just personal preference, but I totally think it would have been more fitting for him to fully die on board the Millenium Falcon. The setting itself would have tore our hearts asunder all over again. Or, instead of falling into the abyss, (overused) I think it would have served better if they had to leave his body behind, after realizing he's dead and they immediately had to run in order to escape in time. Granted that's been used before, but I think it'd be more symbolic of how the fans feel. Han isn't lost in the abyss for us. Our fandom couldn't save him sacrificing himself like a idealist nerfherder, and now we have to go on without him. His death will be a monument in our minds. A picture of a normal hero that was someone so integral to the things we wanted to believe in ever since we saw him as children.
  And perhaps it would have been even better if Han had crashed the Millenium Falcon in order to save everyone, so Han goes down with his ship, and they get one last glance before escaping. But anyway. This is all conjecture and wishful, heartbroken thinking. And it's my natural writer coming out. I want to rewrite it all and make a new one in a lot of respects, even if I do freakin' love the movie. It's alternately "AAAHHHHH!!!" with love and fangirling, and "WWWAAAAHHHH!!!" with anguish. And disappointment. There are just things that could have been done better.


  I think that covers the gist of it. We're all heartbroken, and the great love of my childhood will still always have a place. More poignantly, perhaps. I'm sure Harrison Ford would be thrilled.

  Hopefully the Force brings you peace, since you're a ghost now. RIP HAN SOLO.


  ~E.C.S. 



  P.S. As a way with coping with my grief, I have most hilariously established a shameless parody account on dead Han's behalf. Enjoy his tweets of wise-cracking quips.
  And it wouldn't be complete if you didn't follow Condescending Chewie too. All the things he said but you were too dumb to understand....



9 comments:

  1. I agree with all your points, though I think Han knows how to use negotiation. He's not very good at it, but he'll try it. Remember when he tries to talk his way out of the situation with the smugglers in TFA? Or in the remastered version of A New Hope, when he tries to talk Jabba into letting him off? But I agree with you, the scene in which he shoots Greedo rather than negotiate is far more consistent with his character.

    And killing him off on the Millennium Falcon! OUCH. That would be terrific. The abyss shot did pack quite a punch, though, even if it has been over-used (see Bridge of Khazad-dum). If there had been a scene of Han Solo trying to right his failures as a parent by trying to kill Kylo Ren and then fallen dead to the floor of his own ship - that would have been pretty iconic.

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    1. That's right, he does have a bit of negotiation ability in him--but only as a last resort it seems. A grueling task. :D Would so rather a blaster in his hand.
      And yep--this is why I think we should go into making movies. We'd take cinema by storm. :D

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  2. I'm afraid I have to disagree with you. At first, I thought how he handled the situation was inconsistent with his character too until I realized something. The Force Awakens takes place thirty years after The Return of the Jedi. In that thirty years, a lot has changed for him.
    The problem is that we're thinking of the younger version of Han Solo before he married and had Ben. The younger Han Solo would have gone in guns blazing and wouldn't have done something stupid like walk onto that bridge vulnerable.
    Getting married and having kids changes people. It mellowed him out and made him somewhat wiser. I say somewhat because he did run away after his son turned to the dark side.
    This time, instead of running away again, he tried to talk his son into coming home. That bridge signifies more than just copycatting The Empire Strikes Back. It was his way of showing his son that he trusted him and had faith in him to do the right thing. When it comes down to it, very few parents could ever kill their own children if they truly love them. Even if it means that other people would die if they spared their kid.
    The difference between the older Han Solo and the older Indiana Jones is that Indiana married later in life and never had to take care of anyone except himself. So even at an old age, his character development wouldn't have changed much, whereas Han Solo would have because he had to think about his family. He did make the mistake of running away, so a part of him was still the younger version of himself. But he tried to make up for that mistake by walking onto the bridge and talking with his son.

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    1. My gosh girl you have some very valid points....

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    2. Maybe...but I have a hard time believing Han Solo would change that much. By the Return of the Jedi, Han had become a person who faced up to his responsibilities - TFA not only robs him of that positive character development, but then kind of makes him a sap for going out on that bridge in the first place. Anybody, especially a good parent, would know whether they'd be successful in talking their child into something. Han was no fool - he knew Kylo would kill him.

      Also, I can say this with a fair amount of confidence: if my son ever becomes a genocidal space Nazi, I will certainly try to kill him.

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  3. I'll have to think further about this -- though I do agree with you that walking out there was short-sighted. Kylo was also manipulating him emotionally to some extent.

    Unfortunately, I think it was done to establish Kylo Ren as an even "worse" villain than Vader (how do you outdo Vader? have your new villain KILL HAN SOLO) and to let Harrison Ford have an "out" from the new franchise.

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  4. Yeah I'm more inclined to agree with you, Hannah. Han has always seemed to be more of a stoic character, changing little, if at all. And any consideration towards whether he could convince Rylo, his practicality would have come into play. No, he's a crazy psychopath. He needs to be shot at once. :D

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  5. Sweetie Harrison Ford is on the cast list for Episode 8

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    1. I fear that he'll just be a ghost...I'd love for him to come back, (who knows, people are creative) but him coming back as a ghost is just going to be too raw. Almost mean. Haha! ;D

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