Just finished watching this great film:
Its on Netflix instant watch so go see it, its a really good discussion of art, intellectual property, pop culture, and fandom.
There’s lots of issues discussed in this film, some happy, some angry, and some contentious.
The one I really got thinking about is Han Shooting First:
In the origonal film Han Solo encounters Greedo, a bounty hunter working for Jabba The Hutt. Greedo gloats about delivering Han to Jabba for a massive debt from a failed smuggling run. Cornered, and facing certain death, Han shoots Greedo and then soon flees the planet with Luke, Obi Wan, and the Droids.
In the new film Greedo improbably shoots at Han and misses, and Han then RETURNS fire, killing Greedo.
It seems all the arguments in the film mention that it changes the characters. Greedo goes from being a menace to a buffoon, and Han goes from being a dangerous anti-hero to a typical old-school white-hat cowboy hero.
It got me thinking about the Trayvon Martin killing. An artificial controversy in the case is the specter of racism. (Nobody claims that Han shot Greedo because he was a Rodian, and Han is anti-Alien or Anti-Rodian) But the BIG controversy is that Martin was a minor, and was unarmed when he was shot.
I personally suspect that like Han, Zimmerman was facing certain death at the moment he shot Martin, but who knows? I mean maybe Greedo would have attempted to capture Han only to be freed by Chewbacca, or maybe Luke or Obi Wan.
This also got me thinking about myself. Could I “Shoot First” when I was facing only PROBABLE death, say group of posturing, but unarmed males wearing gang colors? I’ve never been in that situation, so I can’t say if I can or can not. I might freeze up. I might hesitate and be killed.
Han shooting first says a LOT about his character. He’s cool-headed, tough, and isn’t afraid to kill to save his skin.
With Greedo shooting first it makes Han look more meek. Maybe if Greedo hadn’t shot he would have gone willingly. Maybe if he could have run away he would have. Maybe Han only shot because he was frightened by the shot fired at him.
It totally changes the film!