10 facts about the Rebel Alliance

Apr 8, 2021

10 things you might not know about the Rebel Alliance

The Rebel Alliance was one of the key groups from which meany heroes sprang in the Star Wars saga.

Think Leia but also Wedge, Bail Organa and Admiral "It's a trap Ackbar" and of course the heroes of Rogue One, Jyn Erso, Andors, Saw and our fave, K-2SO.

Here's some facts about the Alliance that you might not have known.

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    Luke's helmet with red Starbird symbol

  • Mon Mothma, who made a brief appearance in Return of the Jedi and had a bigger role in Rogue One was one of the original founders of the Alliance. This was of course in response to Chancellor Palpatine declaring himself Emperor. 
  • The Revenge of the Sith had some deleted scenes which showed Organa Bail and Mon Mothma having primary talks with Padme about building an alliance.
  • In A New Hope, Leia is the leader of the Alliance, having followed in her adopted father's footsteps - the deep steps of Bail Organa.
  • It has been suggested that Palpatine pushed for the Alliance to be formed himself. This Machiavellian masterstroke was that following the Clone Wars, it gave him another target to which the Empire could legitimately attack. This would assist with the Emperor as being seen to perform the functions of the Emperor - protecting his people (so to speak).
  • "Rebel scum" was the popular insult that Imperialists used towards members of the Alliance. It reminds us of Ireland's Troubles.
  • The symbol of the Rebel Alliance is called the "Starbird" and is sometimes described as a rising Phoenix. It was adopted in recognition of the work Galen Marek did in helping found the Alliance. It was originally the Marek family's emblem. This name should not be confused with Galen from Rogue One. This probably means the original reasoning for this alliance symbol is no longer canon but until George Lucas personally calls me on this point, it's staying. 
  • After the Alliance had learned of the Death Star's existence a military campaign commanded by Princess Leia was hatched to steal the schematics of the battle station. The operation was known as Operation Skyhook. It failed and that failure is effectively the opening scene of A New Hope. Or did it fail? This part of the story has been turned into Rogue One.
  • After the Alliances evacuation from the planet Hoth, the Rebels took a more mobile approach using Admiral Ackbar's flagship, the Home One was used as their headquarters.
  • The Alliance's victory over the Empire in the Battle of Endor naturally meant the end of the Empire as Palpatine was dead. In response, the Alliance reformed as the New Republic and began to build towards a more democratic union of planets, not that this was an easy thing!
  • In The Force Awakens, the Rebels lead by Commander Leia Organa are no longer considered rebels, they are the Resistance.
  • The Alliance's logo or emblem can often be spotted in the movies - keep an eye out for it on many of the pilot's helmets. When the tree burns in The Last Jedi, the flames make the symbol:
burning rebel symbol

Here's a picture of a Rebel helmet:

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Also the rebel symbol was used brilliantly in this Russian version of Rogue One marketing poster. Check the shadow....and then order the poster from Amazon!

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The original design art of the Millennium Falcon by Ralph McQuarrie

Apr 7, 2021
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What the original Millennium Falcon design originally looked like

Here's a pretty awesome early concept design of what was to become the Millennium Falcon.

Obviously, it's the work of the great Ralph McQuarrie - it would have been amazing to spend a day in his mind.

It's been famously suggested that the ship that became the famous design was inspired by Lucas seeing a burger with an olive tagged on to it but we doubt it very much.

If you're wondering where you may have seen this before, it's from The Star Wars graphic novel which J M Rinzler wrote using some of the very first drafts of what became Star Wars:

The Star Wars Graphic novel design

P.S. Did you ever wonder how the Millenium Falcon got its name?

↠ 11 obvious Star Wars things you may have missed (even though you have watched Star Wars 117 times).

Apr 4, 2021
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Jedi story board by David Russell.

Plot points you may have missed in the Star Wars movies

I came across this pretty cool factoid about Star Wars the other day, that being the scruffy nerfherder called Han Solo is the only non-Jedi to use a lightsaber in the entire Original Trilogy of Star Wars.

That is the moment on Hoth when he uses Luke’s saber to slice open the guts of Luke’s recently dead Taun-taun. I thought it was pretty cool and mused that that was something every Star Wars fan NEEDs to know. 

Well, this was was until Finn came along in The Force Awakens...but he does appear to be Force sensitive in TROS...

If you've seen Star Wars a million times before, you may have picked this up – but it got me wondering as well, what other completely obvious things have fans missed even though those things have been staring them in the face since the movies first hit the silver screen? (Are screens still silver? – Ed)
  • So, we’ve covered off the Han thing – how about something from Jedi - the word Ewok is never mentioned in Return of the Jedi at all!
  • Luke Skywalker is irrelevant to the last half of the movie. If you think about it, in terms of destroying the Empire, Luke didn’t need to be on the Death Star as Lando Calrissian had that covered – the Emperor and Vader operating as two Sith Lords working in tandem to rule the Galaxy would have been destroyed when Lando blew up the Death Star. Right? *
  • Grand Moff Tarkin plays a very small cameo in Revenge of the Sith. He steps out from the side to silently confer with the Emperor and Vader under the shadow of an image of the Death Star being built.
  • In A New Hope, Leia was kept captive on the Death Star in cell number 2187. This was a deliberate choice as 2187 is the year that the Lucas directed film THX 1138, was set.
  • Several E.T. like creatures are found in The Phantom Menace. Guess someone managed to phone home? It was a kind of payback to his good friend Steven Spielberg who put Yoda in E.T and some other Star Wars references.
  • In Jedi, listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force.
  • R2D2’s height is 96cm tall.
  • Vader was actually the only Star Wars film character to lose an arm three times! And both his legs as well. Obi-Wan Kenobi got 3 of his limbs in Revenge of the Sith!
  • The Bantha milk drank by Luke and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in A New Hope is blue! The milk also made an appearance at the Erso's kitchen in Rogue One. 
  • Chewbacca doesn't say a word of English...
  • Luke's ship is considered too damaged to fly in The Last Jedi (so Luke needs to Force project himself to Crait) yet in the Rise of Skywalker, all he needs to do is raise it from the sea floor and suddenly it is capable of flying Rey to Exogol... go figure. 
Well, to be fair some of these points were not hugely obvious (don’t force choke us!) but they were pretty cool none-the-less. Were there any we missed or where they too subtle?

* The counter to this claim is of course that Luke cut off Vader's hand and realizes he's tapped into the dark side of the Force and is about to become what his father was. His refusal to join the dark side enrages the Emperor so that he decides to kill Luke. Fearing his son was about to die, Vader then fulfilled the prophecy of him being the Chosen One by killing the Emperor thus restoring balance to the Force. 

IF Luke had not fought Vader in this manner, it is reasonable to argue that Vader and more likely the Emperor would not have been distracted and would have focused their efforts on the Rebel assault on the Death Star and wiped them out using the armada of Star Destroyers that were waiting on the periphery of the battle. 

Thus meaning Luke was actually central to the plot of Return of the Jedi. Suck it nerf herders!

Extra for Experts:

15 of Star Wars strangest moments

Apr 2, 2021
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11 strange moments in the Star Wars films

Star Wars has always been able to take itself not too seriously.

Case in point, the conversations the characters have with each other are intended to be 'hokey' like the classic shows of the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers television era.

If C3PO and R2 aren't arguing like an old married couple, Leia was sassing Luke for being a little bit short even though she was held captive on the Death Star and had just seen her homeworld Alderaan blown up. 

So here are a few of the strange, odd and wonderful quirks of Star Wars:
  1. Han Solo grabs Princess Leia’s breasts in the middle of the Battle of Endor. He was perhaps checking she was still wearing this. Harrison Ford also pulled a similar movie on the Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back. The scruffy scoundrel... and let's not forget the infamous nipple slip Lucas left in in Jedi. 
  2. When Jango Fett gets into his ship after his fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi in Attack of the Clones, he bangs his head on the open door. This was intentional and is a reference to a famous goof from the original movie where a cloned Stormtrooper accidentally bangs his head on a door (the clone being the descendant of Jango Fett and having inherited this character trait).
  3. The Holiday Special. What about that Space Porn Simulation eh? Oddly, things from the Special have influenced films such as Solo and The Mandalorian show! In Solo, Chewbacca's father's name is Attichitcuk, as it was in the Special. 
  4. Why in The Empire Strikes  does Old Ben say, that boy is our last hope when he already knows that Leia is his brother and then Yoda has to spell it out to him? Did he have no faith in Leia? 
  5. When E.T. characters turns up in The Phantom Menace!
  6. When we learned that R2D2 could fly in Revenge of the Sith. What the heck?? That little trick could have been handy many times in the original trilogy!
  7. When during the Battle of Hoth, the Rebels decided to flee the planet by flying directly into the path of the Imperial Fleet and Vader. Why do this when they could have gone off in any direction and they could have all split up? Weird battle strategy! Extra fun fact: The line 'the first transport is away!" was spoken by Mark Hamill. Nipple cannons indeed
  8. Speaking of nipple slips in Star Wars...
  9. Darth Vader's black suit was actually inspired by Nazi uniforms.
  10. This strange thing nearly happened. The original Rogue squad unit had a giant green alien called Senna and a Lunka. They were paired as a duo but ultimately dropped - they did get as far as being designed - see the above concept art!
  11. In A New Hope, Leia was kept captive on the Death Star in prison cell number 2187. This was a deliberate choice as 2187 is the year that the George Lucas directed cult film THX 1138, was set.
  12. Yoda’s species has never been mentioned. In official records, he is simply an ‘unknown species’. He'll always be Kermit's ugly cousin to us.
  13. The Last Jedi - Luke decides he needs to kill his nephew in a moment of weakness. Say what? Darth Vader had spent nearly 20 years killing people left and right and he still saw the good in him, yet Ben Solo has 'some feelings' that Luke sense and decided to kill him in his sleep? Strange Indeed.
  14. There's a robot in Return of the Jedi in Jabba's Sail Barge that gets it's feet blasted with red hit metal - and it feels pain? Since when do robots in Star Wars feel pain?
  15. Baby Yoda eating all those eggs. 

Want more Star Wars trivia? We've got a cantina full of it!

↠ Star Wars Ring Theory proves George Lucas knew what he was doing the with Prequel Trilogy

The ring theory of Star Wars

The Star Wars Ring Theory Explained

Star Wars has possibly a deeper narrative than you may have previously thought.

George Lucas said to Vanity Fair in February 2005:

 "The interesting thing about Star Wars—and I didn’t ever really push this very far, because it’s not really that important—but there’s a lot going on there that most people haven’t come to grips with yet. But when they do, they will find it’s a much more intricately made clock than most people would imagine."

This epic essay by Mike Klimo demonstrates how all 6 Star Wars movies are unified in ways that many people, including myself, have quite likely never fully grasped.

It's amazing that it took till 2014 for Klimo to put it all together. 

The crux of the essay is that the 6 films have a deliberate internal 'ring' system where the stories flow in a rhythmic pattern. 

While this post is reducing the essay to a very basic form, the premise is that the films relate to each other like this >>>

So the cadence of the story of Star Wars follows a pattern of ABC CBA where each letter relates to the corresponding film in terms of themes and patterns that occur in them. 

The essay is detailed in its thinking. Perhaps a little too smart for its own good in places and may over reaches in others, however it does an extremely fine job of demonstrating the similarities in each of the films, the call backs to each other that they make and the ‘meaningful coincidences’ that permeate the films.

We do really suggest you take 20 - 30 minutes to have a read.

If you don’t here are some interesting takeaways from it that explores the relationships between the films.

The essay covers things in way more depth with some great use of comparative images from each movie. 

Phantom Menace’s relationship to Return of the Jedi

  • Each films beginning scenes are very similar. Menace features Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan delivering the Chancellor’s demands in hopes of settling a conflict between the Trade Federation and the Naboo. Jedi features 'brobots' C3PO and R2D2 delivering Luke Skywalker’s message in hopes of settling the conflict between Jabba the Hutt and Han Solo. Both scene's feature the infamous Star Wars quote “I have a bad feeling about this.”
  • The trap that Emperor sets for Luke and his friends in Jedi is the result of him confirming to himself that his ‘flaw of compassion’ strategy will work as it did when he enticed Amidala to come to him in The Phantom Menace. He learned that compassion and fear can be used for his advantage, and he did the same over Luke in Jedi.
  • Jedi and Menace’s finale both feature a saber fight, a space battle and a land battle. 
  • C3PO's eyes are fixed by Anakin, Salacious Crumb eats one.
  • The pod race in Menace and the speeder bike chase in Jedi occur at the half way point of both movies.
  • In terms of the broader story of Anakin’s destiny started in The Phantom Menace it is only fulfilled when Luke fulfills his (kind of a ring within a ring moment).

The inverted relationship of Attack of the Clones and The Empire Strikes Back

  • Clones begins with three small ships accompanying a larger ship and Empire features an ending where the Falcon escapes being chased by three tie fighters. 
  • Clones starts high in the clouds, ends in caves. Empire starts low (swamps of Degobah?) and ends high in the Cloud City.
  • Anakin uses Padme as bait to lure out an assassin. Vader users Han, Leia and Chewie as bait to lure out Luke, each trap leading to the intended trap victim blowing out throw a window. 
  • Obvious reference points are the Fetts, an asteroid belt scene, C3PO getting dismantled (Die Jedi Dogs!)
  • The bounty hunter losing her arm in the beginning of Clones mirrors the Wampa losing his arm at the beginning of Empire both moments serve to foreshadow a Skywalker each losing a limb in either movie.
  • Anakin finding his mother and killing everybody in the camp is the same emotional journey that Luke goes through when he enters the cave on Dagobah. Both scenes reflect both the father and son’s descent into their own darkness of personality.
  • If one considers the first act of Jedi as the last act of Empire (which kinda makes sense) other similarities include the monsters in the arena and Jabba’s pit, a Skywalker using a green light saber for the first time, a Fett dying moments after a jet pack malfunction, Padme and Leia using a chain to kill a beast and a common sexual element in terms of those female characters clothes (the bikini however being more overt than Padme’s naked midriff but sometimes less is more….)
  • The two films are opposites in that Empire featured it’s great battle at the start, Clones the end as the Separatists tangled with the Republic. In a similar manner, Empire’s colour palette changes from blue (Hoth) to red (Cloud City skies) and Clones begins with Blue (Coursucant and Kamino) and ends with Red (Geneonis). 

The pairing of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope

  • The beginning is the end – the Invisible Hand ship serves as Palpatine’s throne room when he orders Anakin to execute Count Dooku and then escapes. Which mirrors the last half of a New Hope when Luke rescues Leia from Vader. 
  • In Sith, a clone pilot gives the order, “Set S-foils in attack position.” In A New Hope, after the X-Wing pilots report in, Red Leader orders his men to “Lock S-foils in attack position.” Many other comments are variants of each other. 
  • R2D2 uses his arm tool while in the trench run in ANH and the space battle in Sith. 
  • At some shenanigans on the Invisible Hand that mirrored the events on the Death Star Grevious mocks the Jedi with “That wasn’t much of a rescue” which practically is dripping the same sarcasm that Leia delivered with “This is some rescue!”
  • Other mirroring moments include Luke realising why the Jawa were slaughtered to rush and find his family dead, and Obi-Wan and Yoda encounter dead children as they enter the Jedi Temple, C3PO drives Padme and Luke various places.
  • General Grevious being mostly a robot with breathing difficulty reflects the introduction of Vader and his famous breathing technique. 
  • Both the last act of Sith and the first act of A New Hope famously feature the sword fights between a Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Vader’s late appearance at the end of Sith ties nicely to Vader’s early entrance as he boards the Tantive IV at the beginning of ANH. 
  • C3PO says the last and first line of each movie. 
  • Yoda feeling the death of hundreds of Jedi after Order 66 is given, mirrors Obi-Wan feeling the death of the people of Alderaan.
So as we said, these are just some of the elements that we found interesting in the essay.

You might like to to read this interview with Mike Klimo - it offers some sweet insight into how he went about writing the essay. 

If this wonderful theory is true, the way George would have done is that he manged to get a strong story going with the original trilogy tales and when he was doing the prequels he would have been able to write the scripts to suit the ABCCBA relationship.

What do you think of this ring theory?

It seems pretty strong.

Rogue One also continues this concept a bit. Where A New Hope started with Darth Vader dressed in black being surrounded by his white Storm Troopers, Rogue One reverses this with Krennic dressed in white being surrounded by his black suited Deathtroopers. 

Here's some more examples of the visual symmetry that Lucas put into Star Wars.

The key Star Wars saga film Plot Twists

Apr 1, 2021

"No, I'm your father!"

That line revealed perhaps the greatest plot twist in all of movie history, Luke's father was the man who just tried to kill him.

As far as this author is concerned, only the final reveal of the Statue of Liberty in the original Planet of the Apes rivals it. 

Except perhaps the ghost reveal in The Sixth Sense. 

But despite the classic Vade reveal, the 9 Star Wars saga films have plenty of other plot twists and turns to keep the viewer entranced. 

And maybe The Mandalorian has a couple too...

So what are these plot twists?

The first was spoiled for me going into The Phantom Menace - by a newspaper review because back then, we were on '14.4kps dial up' and 'no spoilers' wasn't really a thing (but let's not forget the fiasco over the naming of a certain title of the film's soundtrack that came out before the movie...)

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The Padme / Sambe double play decoy

So Padme, was not always who she seemed to be in The Phantom Menace

The handmaiden running around with Qui-Gon and a young Anakin on the hot sands of Tattoine was actually the queen herself!

Who knew? 

Well, I did but it was pretty obvious for the viewer, not so much the characters.... though to be fair Sambe's lines as queen were dubbed by Natalie Portman to add to the ruse for the viewer who had not twigged. 

Incidentally, Sambe was played by a young actress who would go onto make a name for herself as... Keira Knightley in a little film called Bend it Like Beckham

Bonus Cameo, Sophia Coppola was another handmaiden to Padme - Coppola's father Francis, had a bit to do with the development and influence on original Star Wars.

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A very small little twist occurred in The Last Jedi:

Page-turners they were not. Yes, yes, yes. Wisdom they held, but that library contained nothing that the girl Rey does not already possess

Yoda had set Luke up with a wee joke that played on words. The twist is that this moment played out to large effect in The Rise of Skywalker  - the books gave Rey the answers she needed. 

We first meet Yoda again in The Last Jedi,  he watches Luke walk up the Island steps with the intention of burning the Force tree and the Jedi 'bibles', the sacred texts.

Luke changes his mind and decides to rescue them from the fire so Yoda (as a Force ghost!) zaps some lightning down and does the job himself of destroying the books..

Yoda then intoned gravely:

“Wisdom they held, but that library contained nothing that the girl Rey does not already possess.”

It was a line designed to say to Luke, at face value, that the books no longer mattered with the implication being that the time of Jedi was over.

Luke had to accept that rationale from his former teacher. Well, he had no choice as the tree had exploded...

But cut to the last scene on the Millennium Falcon after our heroes are rescued by Chewbacca and Rey. As Finn opens the drawer to get a blanket for Rose, what was in there?

Yes, the Jedi books.

Rey had ALREADY stolen them from Luke before he wanted to burn the tree down and she later used them to understand what Kylo Ren had discovered, the Sith Wayfinder. 

The Last Jedi also had a pretty big plot twist. 

Luke was never on Crait

When Luke Skywalker appears on planet Crait, many viewers were surprised as he had apparently decided to stay on Achto Island and he had no way off the planet as his ride with Chewie and Rey in the Millennium Falcon had already left and his X-Wing was under several feet of saltwater and had been for years so could not fly as it was rusted out (or so we thought until The Rise of Skywalker).

So many viewers would have asked how was he there?

Either way, that was Luke on Crait, giving Kylo Ren a lesson in sword play. 

There was no way this was the real Luke but for those that didn't get the ruse straight away, director and scriptwriter Rian Johnson added several other clues to help the viewer work this out before the big reveal by Luke that he was projecting himself from Achto Island. 

If you didn't pick it, here are the clues that writer and director Rian Johnson left for you...

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The Younglings Massacre

Is this a twist or a gruesome set up by the brutal George Lucas?

The killing of the Younglings in Revenge of the Sith by Anakin was a pretty obvious severe call back to the prior film, the Attack of the Clones but the twist is you never saw it coming. 

While the murder is off-screen, it is criminal what Darth Vader has just done.

The call back is to the prior film, Attack of the Clones. Recall the scene where in front of the Younglings, Obi-Wan and Yoda chat about how Obi-Wan has lost a planet (how embarrassing!).

No one can kill a Jedi right?

Boba Fett was a clone of Jango Fett

Do you remember that Storm Trooper that bumped his head on the Death Star in A New Hope?

That unplanned goof by the actor (unknown?) became the stuff of legend among Star Wars fans so much so that when Lucas decided Jango Fett was to be the 'father' of the Clone Army, this 'bump' was called back as an actual character trait of Jango.

During Attack of the Clones, when the Mandalorian Jango Fett gets into his ship after his tete a tete with Obi-Wan, he bangs his head on the open door.


All this was the set up for young Boba Fett to take his dad's mantle, which is not too hard when you are an exact clone of your old man!

The 'other one' was Leia and thus Luke's sister

During his training on Dagobah with Yoda, Luke had a premonition about his friends and he charged off in his X-Wing to go help, despite Yoda's protest. 

Obi-Wan's Force ghost turned up for a chat with his old friend and that Luke was their last hope. 

Yoda ominously replied, "No. There is another."  We did not know it at the time, yet the twist was revealed in return of the Jedi that Leia was Luke's twin sister!

Snoke was a clone and Palpatine was alive the whole freakin time

Remember when Rian Johnson used to hold up cups of tea that said Your Snoke Theory Sucks? He never actually had one of his own, he was utterly bullshitting us. 

Snoke was nothing, just a disposable bad guy.

Until JJ Abrams and Chris Terrio decided he was a clone that was developed and let loose into the world by Palpatine.

Yes, somehow a version of Shiv Palpatine was alive, even though Darth Vader had killed him and proven he was The Chosen One

Low key plot twists worth a mention:

  • In Return of the Jedi, the Death Star II is fully operational.
  • Lando turns out to have used to own the Millennium Falcon
  • The Clone soldiers were the ones who killed the Jedi when they carried out Order 66.
  • Vader found the light that was inside him and he killed the Emperor (proving he was the Chosen One until Rey wrecked all that cool shit)
  • That silly little green guy harassing Luke in the swamp of Dagobah was actually The Jedi Master Luke was looking for.
  • Lando betraying his friend Han Solo and THEN trying to rescue him. 

Kiwis are taking over Star Wars

Mar 31, 2021

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There was a time when English actors ruled Star Wars

Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2D2, C3PO, and Governor Tarkin were all played by English folk. 

Same with Rey and Finn. 

But the mid 1990's saw some Australians and Kiwis muscle in.

Tem Morrison as Jango Fett and Rena Owen had a chance to shine in Attack of the Clones.

And then the world went dark. 

Until Tem Morrison popped back up as Boba Fett in The Mandalorian and then suddenly has his own show, The Book of Boba Fett

And some overnight success for another Kiwi, Simone Kessell.

She has been cast in the new Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus show in an un-named part.

Kessell got her start in NZ shows and famously had a keen role as a pool shark in Stickmen.

Go K1W1!

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Quotes about the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars

Mar 25, 2021

Star Trek's Enterprise.

Alien's Nostromo.

Firefly's Serenity.

The Last Star Fighter.

The Event Horizon

These spaceships are cool and all BUT everyone knows what the Falcon is.

If there is one space ship above all space ships in the history of film space ships, it's the Millennium Falcon.

It's the fastest hunk of junk around in the galaxy! And according to Rey in The Force Awakens, it will do!

Quotes from Star Wars movies where the characters have talked about the actual Falcon ship.

We have to start with the first one of course...

A New Hope

  • Luke Skywalker on laying eyes on the Millennium Falcon for the first time: What a piece of junk!
  • Han Solo: She'll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself.
  • Han Solo: Fast ship? You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?
  • Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi: Should I have?
  • Han Solo: It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. I've outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I'm talking about the big Corellian ships now. She's fast enough for you old man. What's the cargo?
  • Princess Leia to Han Solo and Luke: You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought.

The Empire Strikes Back

  • Princess Leia: This bucket of bolts's never gonna get us past that blockade.
  • Admiral Piett: Lord Vader, our ships have completed their scan of the area and found nothing. If the Millennium Falcon went into light-speed, it'll be on the other side of the galaxy by now.
  • Darth Vader: There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. No disintegrations.
  • Boba Fett: As you wish.
  • The Millennium Falcon, under siege from the Empire, won't start:
  • Princess Leia: Would it help if I got out and pushed?
  • Han Solo:it might!
  • C-3P to R2D2: No! We're not interested in the hyperdrive on the Millenium Falcon, it's fixed!
  • C-3PO: Just open the door, you stupid lug!
  • C-3PO: I never doubted him for a second! Wonderful!
  • Darth Vader: Yes, Admiral?
  • Admiral Piett: Our ships have sighted the Millennium Falcon, Lord. But it has entered an asteroid field and we can not risk...
  • Darth Vader: [interrupting Piet] Asteroids do not concern me, Admiral! I want that ship, not excuses!
  • "You know, that ship's saved my life quite a few times. She's the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!"
  • Lando: Punch it!
  • The engine fails.
  • Lando: They told me they fixed it! I trusted them to fix it! It's not my fault!

Return of the Jedi

  • Han Solo: Look. I want you to take her. I mean it. Take her. You need all the
  • help you can get. She's the fastest ship in the fleet.
  • Lando Calrissian: All right, old buddy. You know, I know what she means to you. I'll take
  • good care of her.
  • She-she won't get a scratch. All right?
  • Han Solo: Right. I got your promise now. Not a scratch.
  • Lando Calrissian: Look, would you get going, you pirate.

The Force Awakens

Finn and Rey are desperately running to a ship to avoid the attack of the two TIE fighters.
Finn: 'what about that ship?'

Finn points offscreen to his right

  • Rey: 'that ship is garbage!'
  • The ship they were running to explodes as a TIE lands a direct hit.
  • Rey: 'garbage will do!'

This is the moment the Falcon is revealed to applause from every theatre that first enjoyed this gag.

The Last Jedi

  • Kylo says "Blast that piece of junk out of the sky!"
  • Finn says when the Falcon joins the Battle of Crait, "Ah they hate that ship!"

Solo: A Star Wars story

The film where we finally learned how Han won the Falcon from Lando in a card game called Sabacc.

"Might want to buckle up baby!"

"This is my pride and joy. The Millennium Falcon."

Lando: You really have a thing for the Falcon.

Han Solo: It’s mutual. She belongs with me.

The Rise of Skywalker quotes about the Millenium Falcon

Poe Dameron: "Trust me, I'm fast"

Lando Calrissian: "Not as fast as this ship!"

The Falcon features so much in the saga's story but have you ever wondered how Lucas came with with the name?

15 best 'golden' quotes from C3PO from Star Wars

Mar 22, 2021
Concept art of C3PO by Ralph McQuarrie
An early concept version of C3PO by Ralph McQuarrie

The best quotes by C3PO from Star Wars

You could say these quotes are comedy gold...

He's one-half of the droid due every Stormtrooper is looking for, he's protocol droid, C3PO.

Until actor Anthony Daniels brought C3PO to life, every other sci-fi robot had come across as a hokey attempt to get a cool robot on screen. The comedic role in Star Wars fell to C3PO and R2D2.

Just think of Robby the Robot intoning 'Danger, Will Robinson, Danger' from Lost in Space and you'll know what we're getting at. That said Robby totally influenced the C3PO character.

Daniel's turn as a robot made robots a fun watch. He made 'human cyborg relations' mean something.

More often than not the joke was on C3PO as he missed 'the big picture stuff' - does he have aspergers? 

Some might say he simply had to suffer the torment of being R2D2's best mate.

'Oh dear!'

But really, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker were one of the movie industry's best comedy duos. Amusingly, we've read that Daniels and Baker didn't really get along in real life!

Did you know though that Lucas decided to tell the story of Star Wars through the eyes of these two robots, an idea he took from Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress?

Either way, C3PO's lines of dialogue from the Star Wars movies served him well and are endlessly quotable.

Here's a taste of his best quotes:
  • "I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: let the Wookie win." - Aboard the Millenium Falcon, R2D2 is beating an agitated Chewbacca so C3PO suggests the strategy to placate the hairy goof. As an aside - that game was never actually finished. In The Force Awakens, Finn accidentally turns off the Dejarik board and the game begins exactly where R2D2 and Chewbacca left off!
  • "Sir, it's very possible this asteroid is not stable." From Empire Strikes Back. Turns out Golden Rod was right and the Falcon had been parked in the throat of a giant space worm.
  • "Don't you call me a mindless philosopher you overweight glob of grease!" From A New Hope in response to a cheeky comment by R2 as they escape the Tantive IV.
  • "R2 says the chances of survival are 725... to one" - A New Hope
  • "Wait. Oh My ! What have you done. I'm backwards you filthy furball" Chewbacca has put together C3PO wrong after he was torn apart on the Cloud City in Empire.
  • "We're doomed" C3PO cries out as Vader attacks Leia's ship the Tantive IV in Episode 4.
  • "R2-D2, where are you?" Once again our robot has lost his best friend.
  • "R2-D2, it is you, it Is You!" Once again our robot has found his best friend.
  • "Excuse me sir, but that R2-D2 is in prime condition, a real bargain" C3PO plays salesman to encourage Luke Skywalker to purchase them both in ANH. 
  • "If I told you half the things I've heard about this Jabba the Hutt, you'd probably short circuit" C3PO to R2 in Jedi
  • "Die Jedi Dogs! Oh, what did I say?" C3PO having an out of body experience in Attack of the Clones.
  • "R2D2! You know better than to trust a strange computer!" How prescient was C3PO in Empire?
  • “Don’t you call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease!” 
  • "Goodness! Han Solo! It is I, C-3PO! You probably do not recognize me because of the red arm..." In The Force Awakens, the Golden Rod demonstrates a severe lack of emotional intelligence as Han and Leia meet each other for the first time in years. 
c3 po red arm tfa

  • C3PO also made a very short cameo appearance in Rogue One. While standing next to R2D2 on Yavin base he complained "Scarif? They're going to Scarif? Why does nobody tell me anything?" 
 From The Last Jedi:
  •  Leia Organa: Wipe that nervous expression off your face, Threepio. C-3PO: "Oh, well, I will certainly try General... Nervous?"
  • "Master Luke!"

The Rise of Skywalker quotes by C3PO

  • "Taking one last look Sir, at my friends" So says our man with the silver leg to Poe Dameron just before his memory is wiped so he can decide the Sith artefact. Sniff. 
  • "I am C-3PO, human/cyborg relations. And you are?" Says our boy after having his mind wiped so he could decipher the Sith co-ordinates, which turned out to be Bef Kir, another moon of Endor. He also repeats the line when he meets R2D2 again.
The key thing to bear in mind is that the success of most of these jokes and quotes are because of the relationship between Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels in bringing their characters to life on the silver screen.

Many times C3PO is completing the punch line after the set up has been given by R2D2 'bleeping away' thus making them one of the greatest comedy duos to ever grace the silver screen.

Sorry, Morecambe and Wise...

C3PO as presented in The Phantom Menace

Space horror 'Event Horizon' has a supposed X-Wing reference

Mar 18, 2021

Did you ever see the film Event Horizon?

It was this nightmarish space sci-fi film starring Laurence Fishburne and Mr Jurassic Park Sam Neil.

It's a slow burner film that descends into utter horror as the reality that the returned space ship is now home to some unnatural entity that's literally hell-bound on killing and torturing everyone on the ship.

Which sounds exactly like the opposite of Star Wars?

The Easter Egg in the film though is that the model of the Event Horizon ship incorporates an "X-Wing" its antenna array. The model is visible on the lower portion of the Event Horizon as seen by the Lewis and Clarke when it does the fly by inspection.

Well so the internet says, I can't see the thing to save myself.

We tweeted out to the film's director Paul Anderson but given he's never sent a tweet, we won't die waiting for a reply.

If you have proof of this Easter Egg, please let us know!

Update: We managed to find some part of the original film prop, but it was not the antenna section, rather a wing. I did manage to spy a camel in an oasis scene... it's to the left of the circular part. 

event jhorizon camel image

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