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The Evolution of Han Solo

The Evolution of Han Solo


Last month featured the release of a little movie you may have heard about, The Force Awakens. We may have mentioned it once or twice before. You’ve seen it, right? If not, you will want to stop reading here.

No really, we mean it. Here there be spoilers.

Still here? Ok, you have been warned!

So we here at The Malted Meeple love Star Wars. This won’t be a surprise to anyone who’s met any of us. We eagerly awaited the release of The Force Awakens. We’ve talked about little else before, or since. We’ll be talking about it some more in future blog posts (sorry, we just can’t help ourselves!), but for now we thought we’d take a break and allow someone else to talk about it. This week we feature the debut of guest blogger Carson Curva, with a considered look at the Evolution of Han Solo.

Who’s more badass: Han Solo from “A New Hope” or “The Force Awakens”?

The answer, to me, is simple. Han Solo is more badass in the new movie “The Force Awakens”, but not for the reasons you might think. He isn’t cockier or snarkier. He doesn’t get in any more (or less) fights. He simply is more of a man.

In “A New Hope” Han dismisses the idea of The Force. He doesn’t believe that there could be one all powerful energy field that binds all life, good and evil, together. By this film, 30 years later, he has seen so much and has come full circle as a character. Of all the original characters, Han has the most character development. And what’s even better is that he still hasn’t lost his touch. Unlike in the god awful Indiana Jones 4, Han Solo isn’t a washed down older version of himself, but rather the natural progression of his character.

Touching a bit more on his character development, Han also must deal with his son, Ben Solo, or Kylo Ren as he refers to himself. His son single-handedly destroyed Luke’s new Jedi order, drove Luke into exile and split his parents apart. But still Han loves him and ultimately confronts him in the 3rd act of the movie. This is important because I believe Han honestly knows that he is going to his death, but chooses to go anyways. Han was always the guy who ran from everything so in choosing to make a last ditch effort to save his sons soul, he committed the most selfless act of his life and finally came full circle as a character and a man and that is pretty hard to top.

Editor’s Note: We here at Meeple Moments prefer not to edit or correct our guest bloggers’ posts. That being said, Mr. Carson’s post includes an error which we feel obliged to point out: There are only three Indiana Jones movies.