(Why, yes Virginia, that is a Han Shot First shirt George Lucas is wearing . . . and there is a Santa Clause, no matter what George Lucas tells you.)
Not content with nuking Harrison Ford’s Indy in the fridge, George Lucas has decided to attempt to wreck another of Harrison’s beloved characters by telling everyone that Han NEVER shot first.
George Lucas felt the need to “clear up the confusion” about the controversial “Han Shot First” Star Wars issue, so now he claims that Han NEVER shot first. That’s right, apparently in the original cut of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which has since been changed, Greedo shot at Han first. Apparently the scene shots just weren’t clear to audiences over all these years and he had to go in and make it clear. In order to make us understand that Han Solo is not a cold-blooded killer.
Here’s how Lucas recently explained it in an interview with THR:
“The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down.”
This is the most direct answer to this epic Star Wars question that Lucas has ever given. The question for you is… do you believe him? Do you believe that Greedo shot first like he claims? Or like me are you steadfast in your belief that Han shot and killed Greedo? Do you even care if it was originally meant for Greedo to shoot first or do you like that piratical feel the scene gave the character of Han Solo?
Let’s address this “cold blooded killer” thought. Greedo had a gun IN HIS HAND POINTED at Han the entire scene. How is it “Cold Blooded” to DEFEND yourself against someone POINTING a gun at you while telling you that he is going to KILL YOU.
That is called SELF DEFENSE!
If you needed any help to decide, you can watch the original version of the scene and the changed version of the scene to compare.
Hallmark seems to be going all out, and all over, with this year’s offerings of Keepsake Ornaments. Gone are the days when the greeting card company’s licenses are limited to Star Trek and Star Wars, for this year’s collectibles include ones that take inspiration from Harry Potter, A Christmas Story, Up, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Indiana Jones, Green Lantern, Cars, and of course, Star Trek and Star Wars.
It’s an expensive hobby, but play your cards right your Christmas Tree (or Non-Denominational Holiday Celebration Plant, for the less than religious among us) can be adorned with a re-creation of Han Solo’s showdown with Greedo, a Lego Darth Vader with light saber drawn, Shrek’s Puss N Boots in a hat-tipping pose, or maybe the iconic sign from the front of Cheers. The cool pick has to be the either the Nautilus model, the first Romulan Warbird model from the Original Series, or maybe the Mirror Universe Spock mind-melding with the Dr McCoy from Over Here.
However, it should be noted that only four out of the 32 some-odd ornaments being offered have anything to do with Christmas. Check out all the cool new fandom-related decorations, coming soon to Hallmark store near you as well as being available on the Hallmark website. They cost between $15 and $40 each. And remember, there’s only 165 shopping days till Christmas.
Check out the gallery with over 30 ornaments after the cut.
HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY YOU GLORIOUS NERDBASTARDS!
The world observes the holiday of Saint Patrick’s Day as a liturgical and non-liturgical holiday. (Bet you didn’t think I knew any big words like liturgical did ya?) In the dioceses of Ireland it’s a solemnity (Celebration) and a holy day of obligation. Outside of Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day is simply a raucous celebration of Ireland itself.
I usually got plenty of pinches on Saint Patrick’s Day because I don’t wear much green, (Insert Green Underwear joke here.) so you can imagine the trouble I had when asked to do a Saint Patrick’s Day inspired Top Ten List. Top Ten Fictional Irish Characters . . . too much work, Top Ten Irish Superheroes . . . boring, Top Ten Irish Legends . . . been there done that, then all those pinches came back in a flood of memory.
Suffering the pinches and nipple twisters of Saint Patrick’s Day just because of my lack of wearing the color green (Thanks for laying out my clothes for me as I grew up Mom); but was green all that bad? There must be something about green that keeps me from hating the color . . . that’s it. The Top Ten Green Things in Nerd Culture.
Click through the break to find out what the best and greenest of nerdy green things tickle this Nerdbastards fancy.