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A Star Wars story should have been a television series


[ This post contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Think of this as your only warning. ]

As I write this, it's been a few weeks since I saw Solo: A Star Wars Story and for the life of me, & # 39; I was trying to say why the whole movie, even though it's mostly pleasant, just looked …

What all this cemented is when Darth Maul appears towards the end of the movie ̵

1; signaling that Maul will play a bigger role in future Han Solo adventures. But why ? Why is there a former Sith Lord in this movie? It's an attempt to make these Han Solo Adventures important even though a little-known smuggler trying to survive in a corrupt galaxy should not be important at all. And that's where the film feels: It's trying to turn "Importance for the Galaxy" into a story that should not really matter – because Han Solo was not important until he met Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi. He was just a guy until fate interfered.

But that's the problem when shooting a standalone story film, feeling a bit grandiose on the market today, or what's that? And that's why I think I finally found out what's wrong here. The adventures of Han Solo before he met Luke and Ben should not be grandiose or important. They should only be stories about Han and Chewbacca trying to smuggle spice, or whatever without getting caught. And, yes, it would be hard to make a series of films in this day and age. "I've got a theory, it all has to come together" Climatic without an arc over some evil force that pulls the strings, like a former Sith Lord.

That's why the adventures of Han Solo should have been a television series.

In 1979, NBC aired for an hour action comedy series called BJ and the Bear about a truck driver named B. J. McKay, who traveled with his mate, a chimpanzee named Bear, across the country. Every week they had a new stupid thing to pick and hit a group of crazy characters along the way. Today, this show is associated with the late 1970s "trucker delusion" that led to the popularization of films such as Smokey and the Bandit . (My faint memories of that time made driving a big derrick look like the coolest job in the world, at least for a four-year-old.) I have little or no evidence to back it up, but I suspect the appeal of BJ and The Bear had less to do with the "trucker delusion" and more, that it was basically a terrestrial version of Han Solo and Chewbacca. They had the dashing driver B.J., and his best friend (B.J. literally refers to the chimpanzee as his best friend in the title song), a hairy buddy who only speaks in animal noises.

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