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Around the Galaxy: Train Wrecks, Anxiety, Requests & Haters

Star Wars News & Notes - January 19, 2018

These synopsis and their links are rife with spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Last Jedi…

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Solo: A Star Wars Story releases May 25.

Here’s where the fun begins?

The official synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story was released earlier this week:

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

Here’s where the fun begins?

Eh. 🤷‍♂️

The Star Wars Internet — already ablaze with speculation, opinion, and bile — is now in overdrive. With four months to go before the May 25, 2018, release date of the Han Solo standalone, writers are already taking sides, making requests, admitting anxiety, and (thank the Maker) fighting the hate.

GQ Expects Solo to be “A train wreck”…

Tom Philip wrote of Solo: A Star Wars Story:

Listen, I had hopes for Solo, even if it can’t help being the ugly middle child of the new Star Wars franchise. But at this point, the movie has seemed completely doomed for a while now. Consistently good filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller were removed from the project and replaced with occasionally good filmmaker Ron Howard. Add to that the fact we’ve yet to see a minute of footage with just four months until this movie’s release. (That’s right—this baby is supposed to come out in May!)

I write:

We shall see. Weeee shaaaaall seeeeeeeee.

Anxiety abounds

Trailer? No. Footage? Nope. No official photos, either. But we do have plenty to worry about says Miles Surrey:

By contrast, you’ll find a treasure trove of disconcerting tidbits. Howard was only brought in when the original directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller of 21 Jump Street and Lego Movie fame, were dropped from the film after Lucasfilm took issue with the tandem’s freewheeling style, which included lots of improvisation. Alden Ehrenreich, the young Solo who nabbed the role after an exhaustive search—beating out the likes of Emory Cohen, Taron Egerton, and Jack Reynor—has reportedly struggled so much that an acting coach was brought to the set. One report from ScreenGeek described the script, from legendary Star Wars scribe Lawrence Kasdan, as “unworkable” and claimed that Disney expects the movie to bomb. We know the Corellian smuggler doesn’t like being told the odds, but C3PO would agree: Oh my goodness.

Fear not, dear reader. Beyond the hyperbole, Miles comes back around to a positive outlook…

So just, “Breathe…”

Just leave that out…

Brendan Morrow wrote:

After three Disney Star Wars films that received positive reviews from critics, the pressure is on for Ron Howard. With Solo, he must deliver a film that is satisfying and, most importantly, does not tarnish a classic character. Indeed, what Howard doesn’t do in the movie will be just as important as what he does. Here are some of the things we really don’t want to see in Solo, leading up to the No. 1 thing that Howard absolutely must avoid.

I’ll let you read the piece to find out the No. 1, but here’s one of Morrow’s seven:

6. References to events that will happen later

The most irksome thing about prequels is “wink wink, nudge nudge” jokes about events that will occur in the future. The audience is meant to laugh at these moments of dramatic irony because we’re aware of what happens next, but the characters aren’t. A perfect example of this is in Attack of the Clones, when Obi-Wan tells Anakin, “Why do I get the feeling you’re going to be the death of me?” The line is obviously just there to get a laugh from us since we know that Anakin will, in fact, kill Obi-Wan. It takes us out of the universe and reminds us that we’re watching a prequel.

I am not so worried about any of this. I’m going to munch away at my popcorn, but I just don’t want cheesy. And perhaps Morrow is correct; multiple checkmarks might make things pretty difficult to choke down.

A new(ish) hope…

Anyone who reads this space frequently will understand why I included this.


The pacing is off, it’s way too long and it throws away — for better or worse — huge swaths of what we expected from this trilogy. It’s a bold movie that takes the Star Wars saga in what feels like an entirely new direction, and it’s natural that some fans are going to feel left behind by these changes in tone and theme… But the real backlash, the nasty, immature one, is much smaller than the online noise would have you believe.

I agree, and Kuchera does a nice job of defending his opinion of the film and separating real criticism from simple hate.

Take it up with management…

Man, did I think this was cool. Those of you who manage any personnel will enjoy this Star Wars-themed guide to leading your squad. One of my favorites?

Vice Admiral Holdo: Communicate your plan

Amilyn Holdo, a trusted vice admiral handpicked by General Leia herself, isn’t required to explain her plans to escape the First Order to Poe Dameron, a newly demoted captain—so she doesn’t. With a complete lack of clarity, Poe mutinies. We expect Leia to bust Poe down to private in charge of latrines as a result… As a manager, you don’t have to suffer Holdo’s fate. It’s sometimes true that you can’t communicate all the details or reasoning behind a project goal; proprietary or legal reasons may prevent you from doing so. But you should still communicate enough that the team trusts that you know what you’re doing.

That kind of advice can really light a spark under your employees, no? JB


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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