I’ve not written about Star Wars publicly before, but I had a thought this morning, and felt it needed to be shared even though, I am sure, other people have noticed and thought the same thing.
Note: Spoilers below this point.
In the original Star Wars, Han Solo shot Greedo, before Greedo could shoot him. Then, when George Lucas released the DVD copies of Star Wars in 1997, he modified the film, so that Greedo shot at Han Solo first, but missed. In 2004, it was made near-simultaneous. Apparently this is called retroactive continuity. This is all discussed at length on the internet.
In Solo: A Star Wars Story, Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich, has an encounter with Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson. At the end of the movie, Han Solo could easily have died, at Beckett’s hands, but he wisely shoots first.
I don’t know, but it feels a lot like a resolution of the who shot first debate. Han Solo learned from Beckett that it’s sometimes important to know that a bad person will do bad things, and that sometimes the only way out is to take decisive action. This back story helps us understand the infamous Greedo scene.
What do you think? Was this too obvious to mention? Or am I wrong in my interpretation?