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Ace of Spades posted a question (which I can’t find anymore) in relation to Disney canceling Gina Carano.
Increasingly Pressing Question: Does Piracy Become Not Only Tolerable, But Morally Necessary, In An Age of Nazi Media Companies?
That’s a worthy topic to be sure, but the thought that forced it’s way to the front of my brain after reading that is this: Han Solo was only likable and acceptable to good people because he was a smuggler and rogue in context of an evil regime. If he were the same rogue smuggler during the time of the Republic then he would have been just a selfish criminal. The pervasive evil of the totalitarian Empire made his life an acceptable and in some sense even admirable endeavor, a declaration of individualism and free will in the face of evil and oppression. In 1977 we all understood that implicitly, as the Soviet Union was quite real and a constant reminder of precisely the kind of totalitarian evil represented by the Empire. We didn’t need backstory for either the Empire or for Han Solo to know that it was ok to like Han Solo and to hate the Empire.
This is why the sequels ruined Han Solo. Once the Empire was destroyed, Solo returned to the black market of piracy and smuggling (and all that goes with it presumably). How could Solo return to such a shiftless and parasitic life absent the evil regime? How could he destroy his family? His replay of his old life wasn’t admirable or even excusable anymore. Now it was just a catastrophic and almost total failure of character. Was he always a low character? If the answer is yes then that seems to erase the original movies where he obviously had good character where and when it really counted; if the answer is no then how could anyone think it a reasonable development that Solo would not only return to that life but reject his found and earned good life?
I suppose it’s just another dead canary in the American coalmine of the 21st century. Only a culture that doesn’t understand what made Han Solo a beloved character to begin with or doesn’t understand why the sequels ruined Han Solo could cancel Gina Carano from a supposedly quality Star Wars product in a most totalitarian and fascistic way and feel righteous in doing it.Published in