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Before & After the Special Editions: Han and Greedo (Part 1)

Before & After the Special Editions:
Han and Greedo (Part 1)
Stuart Tullis

Change is a part of life.  It’s a part of growing up.  Seasons change.  Feelings change.  Even friends change as we move from school to school, job to job, town to town, or even simply through the natural progression of events.  But until the end of the last century, there were some things we took for granted would never change.  Then came the Star Wars Special Editions, and even our presuppositions changed.

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In truth, Star Wars has been changing since the first releases of the original film in 1977.  There were different audio mixes with various voices in familiar roles even then.  Most fans are aware that “Episode IV” and “A New Hope” were not in the opening scroll of the original cut; these were added in a later release.  These changes, however, are usually overlooked (quite possibly because the earliest copies available on home video already included these early alterations).

But when the Star Wars Special Editions were released twenty years after the initial release of the first film, the initial excitement about seeing Star Wars in theaters was soon accompanied with complaints from long-time fans about the changes George Lucas made in his classic trilogy.  Not the least of which was centered around Han Solo’s encounter with Greedo in the cantina.  The familiar line “Yes, I bet you have,” was punctuated, not with a blast from Han’s DL-44, but a shot fired from Greedo’s drawn weapon.

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“Han shot first!” was the rallying cry of disgruntled fanboys and fangirls in response to this apparently minuscule change in the brief encounter — a change that altered less than two seconds in the final cut of the Special Edition.  What is it about this change that set fans on edge?  Why does the order of shots being fired continue to cause debate and dissension among the ranks of the faithful?

In my opinion (and I’ve been considering it for some seventeen years, now), that one shot completely changed the character of Han Solo, his journey through the three films, and even the story of the saga itself.  Consider how Han changed by this notorious editorial revision of the duel between the scoundrel and a bounty hunter….

Before the change, Han Solo lived up to his namesake.  He was a loner, facing the galaxy on his own.  He lived on his own terms and survived by his own skills.  Because of this, he maintained no commitments (other than to Chewbacca, but that was evidently more of Chewie’s commitment to Han than the other way around).  Being alone means taking care of your own business and even becoming your own security.  As a smuggler, Han was in a dangerous profession; this wasn’t the first time he had looked down the barrel of a blaster.  This dangerous, streetwise version of Han maintained his composure through the entire encounter, feigning disinterest while setting up the shot against his would-be assassin.  When Han fired, we understood the gravity of the situation: had he not killed Greedo, he would have been killed himself (a fact Greedo had already implicitly confirmed).  Han owed his allegiance to no one but himself, and he would do whatever was necessary to ensure his survival.  He was smart, skilled, and tough — no one to be trifled with.

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After the change, Han Solo had lost his edge.  Though he talked a good game with Luke and Ben at the table, and while he seemed to be confident in his conversation with Greedo, Han lived a half-second from the grave, owing his existence to luck.  In the 1997 theatrical release of Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition, Greedo not only got the draw on Han, but clearly fired the first shot.  Han’s slow reflexes in his trigger finger (incredibly slow for a smuggler and hot-shot pilot) were compensated by a combination of Greedo’s terrible aim and Han’s good fortune. When the movie was released on DVD, Han’s reflexes seemingly improved, though Greedo still got off a shot before Han could squeeze the trigger.  Arguably, Han’s dangerous situation remains intact throughout these changes, but his character has been forever altered.  Han has become a nice guy, giving others the benefit of the doubt even in the gravest of situations.  Perhaps he doesn’t realize that his luck could run out some day.  Maybe he would rather let others make the first move, trusting he could dodge laser blasts and respond appropriately after the fact.  This latter Han would have been completely in character to get up from his seat, turn to the Wuher and say, “It’s not my fault; he shot first!” keeping his credit in his pocket instead of flipping it to the bartender as he uttered the memorable phrase, “Sorry about the mess,” which better suits a man who doesn’t make excuses for defending himself.

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In case you can’t tell, I favor the original telling of the story in this instance.  Even though Greedo’s shot has been inserted into the movie, it really doesn’t fit the scheme of the scene.  Han is trying to distract Greedo from noticing that he’s drawing his blaster by looking up to what he’s doing with his left hand against the wall (a classic move to draw the eye away from the sleight-of-hand).  If Han was going to let Greedo shoot anyway, there would be no need to distract his draw — they could just start the shootout.  Furthermore, letting Greedo get a shot off at all emasculates Han, leaving him a static, relatively shallow character instead of the skilled pilot who has some experience to match his cool confidence and braggadocio.  This scene affects the way we see Han throughout the rest of the trilogy, as well — but that’s something we will check out next week as we continue to look at “Before & After the Special Editions: Han and Greedo Pt. 2”.

Star Wars Scrapbook: Star Wars Kid

Greetings Bothans! What follows is a post about the Star Wars memories of a long time fan, Stuart Tullis. Reminisce about battles set in a galaxy far, far away, at a time that we have long passed, with characters, creatures, and stories we shall always love. Many of you will know Stuart, a fan of RebelForce Radio, but he is also a podcaster over at TechnoRetro Dads, so be sure to check that out! With that, I’ll let Stuart take us a long time ago, to a galaxy far, far away…. ~ Bethany Blanton

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On a warm night in northeastern Kentucky, three kids sat atop hood of the family car, captivated by the characters on the screen at the drive-in movie.  Although the sound came from a small speaker on the pole beside the car and the picture on the screen paled in comparison to today’s high definition resolution, the sights and sounds they saw that night would be forever imprinted on their minds as well as the minds of hundreds of millions of both children and adults since 1977.  And though I don’t remember whether I was four or five at the time (my age is dependent on whether my mother’s recollection that we saw it in 1977 is correct or my brother’s insistence that it was 1978 is the year), what I do remember is that I wanted to see more of that “galaxy far, far away”.

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I am a Star Wars kid.  Everyone was a Star Wars kid in the late ‘70s.  We reenacted that movie in the basement, in the backyard, at school, at our friends’ homes, in the park, at the camp, and at the playground.  Before we had any official Star Wars toys, we shot stormtroopers with tree-branch blasters and had lightsaber duels with sticks, tubes, and vuvuzelas.  We quoted lines (and probably misquoted lines), pretended we were on the run from the Empire’s sinister agents, and jumped off walls into homemade trash compactors.  We wondered about the Clone Wars, imagining a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi with the father of Luke Skywalker flying their spaceships on missions as directed by their commander Bail Organa.  When we played dodgeball at school, we thought we could hear the voice of Obi-Wan telling us to “use the Force” as we prepared to throw the ball.  Car rides were especially exciting, since the car behind us was most certainly a TIE fighter in disguise, waiting for the right moment to fire at us.  Star Wars was everywhere because we took it with us in our minds. Continue reading

Clone Wars Viewer’s Guide: The Bounty Hunters

Welcome to the first installment in a series of character centered viewing guides for Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series! Maybe you are a big fan of the Droids episodes, maybe you are a fan of the Jedi, or of the Clones, the Villains or the Bounty Hunters, well, you are in the right place!

In each one of these posts we will take a subset of characters and point you in the direction of the episodes you should watch to focus on those characters. Today we begin with the scum of the galaxy, just don’t tell them I said that!

Clone Wars Episodes Featuring Bounty Hunters:

Season 1: Episode 22: Hostage Criss (Production order 2.04)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane. Aurra Sing, HELIOS-3D, Shahan Alama, and Robonino.

Season 2: Episode 1: Holocron Heist (Production order 1.23)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Cato Parasitti

Season 2: Episode 2: Cargo of Doom (Production order 1.13)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane.

Season 2: Episode 3: Children of the Force (Production order 2.03)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane.

Season 2: Episode 17: Bounty Hunters (Production order 2.19)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Sugi, Embo, Seripas, Rumi Paramita.

Season 2: Episode 20: Death Trap (Production order 2.15)
Bounty Hunter Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing.

Season 2: Episode 21: R2 Come Home (Production order 2.18)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing, Castas, Bossk.

Season 2: Episode 22: Lethal Trackdown (Production order 2.20)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing, Castas, Bossk.

Season 3: Episode 1: Clone Cadets (Production order 3.01)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Bric and El-Les

Season 3: Episode 4: Sphere of Influence (Production order 2.25)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Greedo, Brainee, unidentified Gotal and unidentified Weequay.

Season 3: Episode 7: Assassin (Production order 2.21)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Aurra Sing.

Season 3: Episode 8: Evil Plans (Production order 3.03)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, HELIOS-3E

Season 3: Episode 9: Hunt for Ziro (Production order 3.05)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Sy Snootles.

Season 3: Episode 22: Wookiee Hunt (Production order 3.18)

Bounty Hunters Appearing: Sugi, Seripas.

Season 4: Episode 15: Deception (Production order 4.07)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Rako Hardeen, Moralo Eval, Cad Bane, Bossk, Boba Fett.

Season 4: Episode 16: Friends and Enemies: (Production order 4.08)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Moralo Eval, Rako Hardeen*, Sy Snootles.

Season 4: Episode 17: The Box (Production order 4.09)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Onca, Embo, Moralo Eval, Cad Bane, Derrown, Bulduga, Jakoli, Mantu, Twazzi, Rako Hardeen*, Kiera Swan, Sinrich, Sixtat.

Season 4: Episode 18: Crisis on Naboo (Production order 4.10)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Moralo Eval, Twazzi, Embo, Derrown, Rako Hardeen*

Season 4: Episode 20: Bounty (Production order 4.12)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Oked, Embo, Bossk, Latts Razzi, Dengar, C-21 Highsinger, Boba Fett, Asajj Ventress.

Season 4: Episode 21: Brothers (Production order 4.13)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Latts Razzi, Asajj Ventress.

Season 4: Episode 22: Asajj Ventress, unidentified Balnab, Human and Weequay Bounty Hunters.

Hunter by Hunter: Bounty Hunter Breakdown

Good Guys: Sugi’s Crew and the Cuy’val Dar

Season Two of The Clone Wars brought us a new perspective on the bounty hunter profession, we got bounty hunters wearing the white hats and protecting (or at least trying to protect) a village of Felucian farmers in the episode “Bounty Hunters.”  The female Zabrak bounty hunter Sugi’s crew consisted of the Frenk bounty hunter Rumi Paramita, the diminuitive Seripas who wore a large metal suit, and the oh so cool Kyozo bounty hunter Embo.  Sugi and Seripas also returned in Episode 3.22 “Wookiee Hunt” as the shuttle pilots that helped rescue Chewie and Ahsoka.  Sugi also had cameos in episodes 3.4 “Sphere of Influence” and 4.22 “Revenge.”  While fan favorite, Embo returned and re-appeared in the Obi-Wan undercover story arc, episodes 4.17 “The Box” and 4.18 “Crisis on Naboo.”

The Expanded Universe gave us the concept of the Cuy’val Dar.  Literaly translated into basic from Mando’a this phrase means “those who no longer exist.” These Cuy’val Dar served as training sergeants on Kamino to train the Clone Troopers for the GAR.  Among the Cuy’val Dar you had Mandalorians as well as non-Mandalorian bounty hunters.  In the Season Three premier episode, “Clone Cadets” we meet two of these training seargents  Bric (Siniteen male) and El-Les (Arcona male).

One-and-doners:

There are a number bounty hunters that have appeared in just one episode so far, some are memorable and some are forgetable.

The IG-86 droids HELIOS-3D (1.22 Hostage Crisis) and HELIOS-3E (3.8 Evil Plans) worked with Cad Bane, but the most interesting droid bounty hunter in TCW has to be C-21 Highsinger who was party of Boba Fett’s gang in episode 4.20 “Bounty”

Shahan Alama and Robonino, appeared in episode 1.22 “Hostage Crisis” when Cad Bane’s crew took Republic Senators hostage inside the Senate building.

Cato Parasitti, the clawdite bounty hunter assumed the identities of Jedi Ord Enisence as well as Jocasta Nu before being captured in episode 2.1 “Holocron Heist.”

Brainee, the same species as Bric, showed up in episode 3.4 “Sphere of Influence” working with Greedo in the plan to capture Baron Papanoida and his son who where investigating the kidnapping of Papanoida’s daughters.

Onca, Bulduga, Jakoli, Mantu, Kiera Swan, Sinrich and Sixtat, all appeared in episode  4.17 “The Box,” unfortunately for them the Box exacted a fatal toll on those who failed to master it’s many challenges.

Oked, a Beldnab bounty hunter made the mistake at hitting on Asajj Ventress in episode 4.20 “Bounty.”  A lesson to everyone to be careful who you try to pick up in a cantina.

Original Trilogy Guest Stars:

This is where things get really interesting.  Sy Snootles, Greedo, Bossk and Dengar.  Sy Snootles may not neatly fit the definition of a bounty hunter but this scorned lover certainly collected a bounty by killing Ziro the Hutt in episode 3.9 “Hunt for Ziro.”  Snootles not only killed the fugitive Hutt but recovered damaging information on the Hutt Ruling Council for her employer Jabba.  Snootles returned to the series in a less then glamorous drunken cameo in episode 4.16 “Friends and Enemies.”

Greedo may have opened up a continuity can of worms, but I enjoy this rather ineffective bounty hunter, even if he is a little slow on the draw. Greedo appeared in episode 3.4 “Sphere of Influence.”

Bossk has gotten a lot of screen time and frankly, if this dinosaur in a flight suit was chasing me I would probably either faint or surrender.  First appearing in the two-part Season Two finale, Bossk returned as an inmate and jail break partner to Boba Fett in episode 4.15 “Deception.”  Bossk stayed associated with Fett as he was part of Fett’s gang in episode 4.20 “Bounty.”  It will be interesting to see if we get more Bossk-Fett relationship development through the course of the series.

Dengar also appeared as part of Boba Fett’s crew in episode 4.20 “Bounty,” and proves that some of us just don’t age very gracefully.

Bad Guys who keep showing up:

Castas appeared as part of the crew of Aurra Sing along with Boba Fett and Bossk in episodes 2.21 and 2.22, and proves that getting cold feet on a high stakes bounty can be dangerous.

Latts Razzi is a very interesting looking female bounty hunter that debuted in episode 4.20 “Bounty,” and returned looking like Asajj Ventress’ BFF in episode 4.21 “Brothers.”

Rako Hardeen himself appeared in episode 4.15 “Deception,” but his fascimile made repeated appearances as Obi-Wan Kenobi practiced some identity theft in episodes 4.16-4.18.

Moralo Eval also appeared in episodes 4.15-4.18, and while he seemed to be the “big bad” soon found himself taking a back seat to Cad Bane.  Eval is one of the few new villians introduced into TCW that actually survived his debut story arc.

Aurra Sing is one of the most interesting characters in Star Wars.  A very unique looking background character in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sing was later included in comics, the novels and now TCW.  Sing has appeared in episodes 1.22 “Hostage Crisis,” 2.20 “Death Trap,” 2.21 “R2 Come Home,” 2.22 “Lethal Trackdown,” and 3.7 “Assassin.”  Sing got her own staring episode in “Assassin” and that is one of the best episodes of the first half of Season Three.

Baddest Guys: Cade Bane and Boba Fett:

Boba Fett may be the baddest man in the Star Wars universe , a Clint Eastwood in space, but in TCW he is still just a wee tyke.

Fett appears in episodes 2.20-22, 4.15, and 4.20. While last we saw Fett he was getting stuffed in a trunk,  the good news is that there is a pretty good chance we will get to see more Boba Fett in TCW series going forward.  There are even hints based on what appears to be an early leaked TCW style animation of Boba Fett in his traditional armor to get us very excited about how his character will develop on the show.

Cad Bane is one of three characters created by TCW that is probably the best legacy so far of the series.  Along with Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex, Bane has introduced an interesting new element into the Star Wars galaxy and is a very interesting bad guy who’s fate is open.  Bane has a very cool character design, a suitably dark voice and a willingness to take just about any job for the right price.  In many ways Bane is to TCW as Boba Fett is to the Original Trilogy era.

Bane is all over TCW, introduced in episode 1.22 “Hostage Crisis,” and also appeared in episodes 2.1-2.3, 3.8-3.9, and 4.15-4.18.

One thing is for sure with Bane, you may be able to capture him but he is a particularly tough Duros to kill.  No doubt Bane will show up many times before the end of TCW.

Stay tuned as we continue this series of Clone Wars Viewer’s Guides during The Clone Wars between seasons break.

~ Peter