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.”
Oh, hi! As mentioned in my entry here, I’ve decided to try my hand doing some more reviews. Neato, right?
Well, let’s dive right in…
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I hope life’s treating you well. In my experience, she always seems to have a way of — well, getting in the way of things, doesn’t she?
WARNING: IT’S ABOUT TO GET PERSONAL.
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.
(“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.
Here we go. All my problems with the finale of the Star Wars: Rebels. Strap in, this might be a bumpy ride…
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.
First: Overall, I really enjoyed the finale–for the most part. I think the pacing was a little odd, and the execution was…interesting. But I can get over a lot of those things. I can handle Ezra kidnapping Thrawn and using the perrgill. I can definitely handle Jacen Syndulla–that’s cool!