Jul 14, 2015

Why a certain character's death in The Force Awakens is good for Star Wars and cinema

Spoiler alert

Han Solo dies in The Force Awakens. We called this event happening last year, before all the story leaks came. It's just so obvious a thing if you think about it.

But is it a good thing!?

The why of Solo's death is simple - Harrison Ford was reluctant to play his iconic character again but has done a deal for a one off appearance that included the death of the space scoundrel in return for another crack at an Indianna Jones movie.

The how of Solo's death is apparently at the hands of the villan of The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren.

So why is Han Solo's death important for Star Wars and film making in general?

It's because it reminds us that no one is safe. Yes, we acknowledge the death of Obi Wan Kenobi in A New Hope, Qui Gon Gin on TPM and also that of Padmé in Revenge of the Sith.

But we are taking about Han Solo here! He is arguably one of the most loved Star Wars characters. The ongoing debate about whether he shot Greedo first and that there was a need to explain the Kessle Run boast shows he's The Man of Star Wars. So if Han Solo can die, anyone can die. It's the Game of Thrones effect at play.

There are of course 3 characters who will survive until at least the 9th Star Wars movie, being Poe Dameron, Rey and Finn. As the new Big Three, Disney has too much invested in them to kill them off. 

And on that point, given The Force Awakens is a hand over to the next generation, Star Wars can afford to have an Original Big Three member die.

This all fits in with what appears to be Luke's story arc in VII - he doesn't have much screen time and appears to be being set up for a major role in VIII.

Han Solo's death is good for film making as it could serve as a signal to other big movie producers that it's OK again for major characters to die. It would be OK for Captain America or Iron Man to lay dead in a heap after a glorious battle that saved the Earth (and not Comic Book dead!). It would be OK if a Harry Potter like character died in the end and it would be OK if Tom Cruise died in a Mission Impossible movie. What I'm saying is less side kick deaths, more tragic endings for the lead.

It would make for stronger movie viewing  experiences - if you weren't sure your hero was going to make it through, the better experience.

Of course everyone loves a happy ending and there a profits to be made so none of this will happen - we're just in a unique situation that Han's death can occur because of the timing and plot circumstances that Star Wars finds itself in.

Jul 13, 2015

Y'all noticed C3PO has a red arm in TFA right?

A can of drink found in Mexico suggested  our favourite Golden Rod featured a red arm to go with his silver leg. Recent footage release of The Force Awakens confirms this to be so! 

We can't wait to find out the back story for the missing limb - losing limbs is of course a Star Wars tradition! 

Jul 10, 2015

Proof that Simon Peg has a cameo in The Force Awakens

Despite having denied it, Simon Pegg has a small cameo in The Force Awakens. This quick shot of him in his creature's outfit sans headgear was briefly spied in the behind the scenes real that was released in July 2015.

General Hux quotes from The Force Awakens

General Hux is played by Domhnall Gleeson .

When asked if his character in The Force Awakens was evil, he responded with a quite along the lines that he was British so he had to be evil  - a reference to A New Hopes Grand Moff Tarkin being played by fellow Englishman, Peter Cushing.

Hux is in charge of the Starkiller base.

"I won't have my methods questioned!" Hux gets fiesty with Kylo Ren

General Hux quotes

"Today is the end of the Republic. The end of a regime that acquiesces to disorder. At this very moment in a system far from here, the New Republic lies to the galaxy while secretly supporting the treachery of the rogues of the Resistance. This fierce machine which you have built, upon which we stand will bring an end to the Senate, to their cherished fleet. All remaining systems will bow to the First Order and will remember this as the last day of the Republic!"