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First khan, but leave Lucas's Star Wars revisions forever



Whew! Disney + launches and the only place with more content from our app is our website. Wow good that was banal, I'm sorry, but something about Disney reveals safe, anodyne jokes.

Really, though, we have some pretty good things to read about how to watch it if Mandalorian is of any use and explains what it has to do with the new 4K HDR versions of the original Star Wars trilogy. You know, the ones that include another unsolicited editorial by George Lucas in particular about the most controversial editorial he has ever made in a special edition. Yes, George Lucas changed the scene of Han Solo with Gredo in Star Wars: A New Hope confirmed by Disney.

Technically, they both seem to be shooting in the same frame in this edit, though it happens after Greedo says "Maclunkey", which is a word that doesn't translate on the screen because it probably means something too dirty to show in a movie rated PG. He also pronounces My Clumsy with his hand, just like I imagine Lucas refers to the pace of his edits.

I'm about to give you my hottest photos, captured from the 90's own personal Disney Vault. There's nothing here: Han shoots first, but leave Lucas's edits in . Never change it back to the original version, never run an issue where Greedo does not shoot first or – at least – simultaneously with Han.

Hear me about it.

First, let me talk to my fellow old people, those of us who saw Star Wars in the theater or at VHS, as first edited, before special editions changed everything. Let's face the truth: Although you thought of Han Solo as a crude rapskalion with a heart of gold, you emphasized the part of the "heart of gold" in your mind. It wasn't until you heard about the editorial that you thought about Han Solo's being a killer . He just killed a dude who probably would have shot him, but Khan didn't know for sure.

Khan was originally shot in the original movie, but it was a small moment of introducing characters who didn't have the hundredth impact of the Khan shot first movement of outraged fans making internet memes before there places for easy distribution of memes.

When George Lucas changed this scene, he didn't make Han Solo suddenly better and safer, he made Han Solo more dangerous and scary. He literally Streisand took the moment of Khan's first shot when he tried to edit it. No one paid attention at this point to the potential murder and what it meant to Han's character until Lucas tried to erase him.

This idea is part of the culture of Star Wars now. There are generations of people who see the movie and only later learn that Khan shot first . This is a piece of apocrypha, which ironically is the most canonized part of Han's character at the moment.

This is something obvious to me from all the many corrections that Lucas has made to this scene beyond the years that Khan shot first irritated the hell out of him. It may be his wish for his author's vision to define the canon of Star Wars instead of fans. Maybe he really doesn't think of Han as a bad guy and he really wants us to see him that way.

But changing the scene, Lucas just keeps drawing attention to the meme. I think it's part of Star Wars now. Han Shot First is out of the frame of our story, but it's right there in the movie itself, revealed in increasingly uncomfortable abbreviations.

I never want to have an edition where Han is actually shooting first thing first, because that moment of metatext awareness when you see him shoot second or when someone first tells you that Han shot first is important. He demythologized the great myth of Star Wars making it simply something that people invent and then continue to correct. Helps you recognize that other ways could have been done. Makes you think about building a story and characters in a way that you might not otherwise.

One of the reasons I love the Star Wars fandal – and indeed any fandal – is that we chose to make it our myth. Knowing that the myth itself involves a choice that we cannot agree on, keeps this myth from becoming a religion. It keeps the myths alive and well. Most of all, if we do not know about this election, this myth is ours.

(Don't tell me about Blade Runner cuts though. There is only one real one and I won't accept any discussion about it.)


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