When Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012, the House of Mouse had to make a difficult decision; would they retain the old Star Wars Expanded Universe, with its complex web of continuity, or would they erase it? Someone and Solo both illustrate the wisdom of this decision; both are essentially big-screen versions of concepts the EU had explored a long time ago.
He literally photoshopped rebel helmets on the tops of photos from conflicts in the Middle East and World War II, and used those as part of his pitch to the studio. It gave Someone a unique style, and caused the film to end in a bittersweet fashion, with the deaths of the protagonists.
Given the film focuses most of its runtime on just a few days, it compresses all the major events in Han's life into a remarkably short period of time. Within (what seems like) less than a week, Han has become a smuggler, won the Falcon from Land, earned a copilot in Chewie, and even pulled off the Vessel Run.
The ending was compressed, explaining why a lot of footage from the trailer wasn't in the final cut, and Gilroy insisted that the heroes should actually die. “ The Internet swiftly became fascinated with discussing the reshoots, but there's a sense in which it didn't matter; they hadn't really dominated the online narrative until after the movie's release, meaning their impact on the film's reputation was muted.
The announcement of Solo had been greeted with more than a little skepticism, but Lucasfilm had dealt with that by making a surprising choice as to the film's directors; they chose Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lucasfilm hired Ron Howard, a “safe pair of hands,” to fix the film; he reportedly reshot nearly all of it, at almost twice the budget.
Where the scale of RogueOne's production issues had been kept mostly under wraps, Solo's were public knowledge, damaging the film's reputation before the marketing campaign had even begun to kick into gear. Over the years, Tom has built a strong relationship with aspects of the various fan communities, and is a Moderator on some of Facebook's largest MCU and X-Men groups.
A graduate of Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom, Tom is still strongly connected with his alma mater; in fact, in his spare time he's a voluntary chaplain there. He's heavily involved with his local church, and anyone who checks him out on Twitter will quickly learn that he's interested in British politics as well.
He showed his good guy tendencies by handing over the hard-won, extremely valuable (to the tune of sixty million credits) coaxial not to the man who hired him, Dryden Los, but to Ends Nest and her gang of Cloud-Riders. He made this decision after Ends hinted at the atrocities Crimson Dawn and the other crime syndicates were responsible for across the galaxy.
And the Solo novelization by MUR Daugherty, out on September 4, added an epilogue showing exactly who Ends gives the coaxial to: Saw Herrera, who’s accompanied by a young Jon ESO. Given that Two Tubes, a member of Herrera’s partisans in Someone, was part of Ends’ gang, this hand-off isn’t the most surprising thing in the world.
Saw was there at the beginning of the insurgency, and though he didn’t join the Rebel Alliance because of his extremist ways, he fought back against the Empire–I can’t help but wonder how often he and Ends crossed each other’s path. Her comments to Han, her actions, and this hand-off cement Ends as an important player, and I want to know more about how she fits into the bigger picture.
Since Jon is with Saw, this meeting takes place after the beginning of Someone and during the novel Rebel Rising. Make them regret it.” It’s easy to see Jon channeling that as she rallied the group of rebels that would bring hope the galaxy.
Rumor has it Vader’s next appearance, slicing through a rebel rear-guard in pursuit of the newly stolen Death Star plans, was added based on test audience response; it certainly cemented his status as a relentless and powerful villain. The new Star Wars films have heavily focused on the addition of cute droids, such as BB8 and bonehead D-0; but Someone features K2SO, the best anthropomorphic robot since C3P0.
Sure, L3-37 in Solo : A Star Wars Story is entertaining, and likely inspired by K2SO, but the latter is a member of RogueOne’s crew and a vital part of the plan to infiltrate the Empire facility on Scarf. Adding some diversity to the main cast of Someone was a top priority for Disney, with the rag-tag crew of rebels covering a wide range of international characters.
By the time Star Wars: A New Hope concluded, the audience knew that the Rebellion was on a noble quest to overthrow the nefarious Empire, with the troops and pilots united in one cause. In showing the division amongst rebel leaders, Someone reinforces the notion that uniting against the evil Empire wasn’t a straightforward task, but the “right thing to do”.
Besides bipedal aliens like Chewbacca and Greed, fans look forward to weirding and wonderful creatures popping into play, like the Pong in The Last Jedi and droid repairman Baby Erik in Rise of Skywalker. The only alien of prominence in the Someone story is For Gullet, the mind-reading, computer-rendered, octopus-blob that forwards the plot by interrogating Bod hi Rook (Rio Ahmed) in Saw’s hideout.
From Han Solo’s first brazen retreat to Poe’s wondering how often he’s been “force commanded” in Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars films have taken the time to let audiences enjoy their characters, even when they are fighting for something as important as the fate of the galaxy. About The Author Michael Hoff (36 Articles Published) Movie Maverick Mike is an experienced writer on all things cinema and Hollywood.
It unfolds in the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, with the ending of Someone very deliberately tying into the opening scenes of Star Wars. However, the fact that Someone exists outside the rigid structural constraints of those nine films allows a greater deal of freedom in the way that it wants to tell its story.
The rogue Caspian Ardor (Diego Luna) obviously recalls Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Likewise, Jon ESO (Felicity Jones) is defined by the same parental anxieties that drove other Star Wars protagonists like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley), trying to connect with her father Galen (Mads Michelsen).
He is introduced murdering an innocent informant (Daniel Mays) to prevent his falling into Imperial custody, and he is implied to suffer from post-traumatic stress. In these cases, the destruction of an entire planet is often treated as an impersonal affair, spectacle and explosions punctuated with reaction shots.
While a lot of the third act was reportedly directed by Tony Gilroy, the film remains credited to Gareth Edwards. At the same time, Someone understands that the audience’s frame of reference has changed in the 40 years since Star Wars.
Modern images of warfare permeate social media and spread like wildfire on the internet, horrific acts of brutality like graphic executions. Someone was part of a larger set of stories in the middle of the decade engaged with the idea of revolution as a horrific affair, even when necessary: Mr.
As such, Someone takes the framework of the original Star Wars films and applies it to modern understandings of such violence. Notably, revolutionary leader Saw Herrera (Forest Whitaker) is introduced as an obvious analogy to Darth Vader.
He breathes heavily, and he is introduced torturing Bod hi Rook (Rio Ahmed) for information as Vader does with Leia (Carrie Fisher) in A New Hope. Someone offers a much less romantic and much more brutal depiction of the sort of insurgent campaign that inspired the original Star Wars.
However, this speaks to a generation that has grown up watching up-close footage of drone strikes and streaming constant uncensored live updates of the horrors unfolding in places like Aleppo. It seems highly unlikely that any of the characters who lived through horrors like those depicted in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens, or The Last Jedi would be as chipper and wry as Han Solo or Poe Cameron (Oscar Isaac).
Someone does suffer in its final act, when the story has to take on the more conventional structure and rhythms of a Star Wars movie. Even allowing for that, the climax works best when it remains tight on the intimate drama of ESO and Men and the ground conflict that rages on the surface of Scarf rather than the dog fights (and fan service) taking place above it.
Still, Someone allows Disney to bring the Star Wars saga further into the 21st century, even beyond the diverse casting in The Force Awakens. The entire Skywalker Saga is finally available to stream on Disney Plus and there are a few ways you can watch it.
There are 11 movies in the “Star Wars” franchise, with more films and shows on the way. We've presented six different ways to watch the franchise with and without the addition of the animated series.
All nine films in the Skywalker Saga, Solo, ” and Someone are available to watch on the streaming service. Depending on whom you speak with, you may be told a few different ways to watch the saga.
If you're revisiting the franchise after several watches, you may prefer the popular “machete” order. And, if you're a completest, you'll want to add the animated “Star Wars” series and movie into the mix.
Lucasfilm The chronological order, while easy, isn't the way a lot of fans enjoy watching the franchise. The machete order begins with the original trilogy of film releases to preserve the surprise reveal about Vader.
When Luke finds out Vader is his father in “Empire Strikes Back,” you pause and go back to the prequel trilogy to watch Anakin Skywalker's rise and fall to the dark side as a flashback. If you're curious at all about Anakin's early beginnings or why Luke is such a good pilot, it's worth a watch.
Plus, it has the great “Duel of the Fates” fight scene with Obi-Wan, Quinton, and Darth Maul. This order also doesn't include Someone and Solo as it solely focuses on the Skywalker story.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures If you wish to preserve the Vader reveal, but still want to watch the series in some sort of chronological order, you can start by watching the two spin-off movies first and then watching the films in the regular “machete” order. Starting off the franchise with a young Han Solo is the only thing that may feel out of place here since Darth Maul makes an appearance late in the film, and you won't know the significance of the character.
If you're a fan of Someone, ” you'll get a kick out of “Rebels” since it introduces Saw Herrera. Then there's Disney Plus' “The Mandalorian,” which introduced us all to Baby Yoda.
Honestly, this isn't the most ideal way to watch because it takes you two movies and an entire show to be introduced to the main franchise characters like Luke Skywalker. © Lucasfilm Don't mess with the order of the newest “Star Wars” trilogy.
Lucasfilm With all the above in mind, here's how you can watch the entire franchise with Solo and the animated series feeling like pretty natural fits. © Lucasfilm Ltd. Maybe you just want to watch the series in the way it was released.
But even the extended chronological order gets a bit complicated when you add in “Star Wars: Rebels.” “Star Wars: Rebels” is unexpectedly the most complicated series to note here since it was being released during the same time as films in the new trilogy.
“Star Wars: Rebels” shorts (four preview episodes that aren't necessary viewing) The animated series are massive undertakings, but will greatly add to your appreciation and understanding of the franchise if you decide to watch.