How to Nail a Character 101: Brian Daley & “The Han Solo Adventures”

I. Preamble & Introduction

Han Solo is one of the most popular Star Wars characters — he is, in fact, one of the most popular cinematic heroes period; in 2003, the American Film Institute honoured him with a placement at #14 in their list of “100 Greatest Heroes & Villains.” It should therefore come as little surprise that, in the wake of the original Star Wars film, it was Han Solo out of the “trio” of heroes that received a trilogy of novels (titled The Han Solo Adventures) in the then nascent “Expanded Universe.”

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And Now for Something Completely Serious: How Love Saved Me from Being a Complete Asshole


(And rambling.)

I don’t think anyone would disagree with me if I said that, sometimes, I can be a little polarizing.

Often, I can be a little hot-headed.

A lot of the time, I say things that are dumb and kind of mean.

Okay, enough beating around the bush: I can be an asshole. I am sorry about that, honestly, but the truth is, I’m probably not going to change (at least, not much). Because, you see…I already changed. Or stopped myself from going down the path of total darkness and self-destruction that too many young men (and women, too) find themselves on.

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The Man in the Bucket– Or, Why I Love Boba Fett (and Maybe You Should, Too)

(“The Hunter and His Prey,” Celebration V print by Chris Trevas)

I won’t pretty it up too much–when Jango and Boba Fett showed up in Attack of the Clones, twelve year-old Ian was…less-than-enthused. In truth, I was actually angry. I’d watched the original movies on VHS since the early-’90s, so I was aware of the Special Edition changes, but none of them bothered me when I was seven; not many of them bugged me when I was twelve, either. But this? The Fett that showed up in Attack of the Clones was the first time that a Star Wars retcon burned me–or, more properly, the first time George Lucas not being tied down to anything licensing published burned me.

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Thoughts on “Twin Peaks” & Mr. C…

Dear Reader:

I hope you like Twin Peaks, because otherwise this is going to get really tedious, really fast! I’m not sure if a nearly twenty-seven year-old show warrants this, but…SPOILER WARNING! I’m going to be talking about the original series (especially the finale, Episode 29, “Beyond Life and Death”) as well as large swaths of the 2017 revival. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!


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More Thoughts on the Finale of “Rebels”…

I’ve had some time to sleep on it and give some thought to the series finale episodes of Star Wars: Rebels, and, to be honest…I still find myself in much the same position that I was in several hours ago. There were things I enjoyed about the episodes, and things that still leave me feeling (at best) neutral or (at worst) with a lot of active dislike.

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