There have been rumors surrounding the new Star Wars trilogy being made by Disney. Among the dozens of rumors is the possibility that the new Star Wars films will focus on the three original stars: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo. Most Star Wars fans loved the original trilogy but hated the more recent trilogy. It’s understandable why there might be a desire to re-visit the characters from the original trilogy but not only should the new Star Wars trilogy not focus on the original three characters but Han Solo should be killed in the first movie of the new trilogy, Episode VII.
I’m going to pause now while the internet explodes with hatred for my suggestion. Okay, now that you’ve got that out of your system, hear me out. There are many flaws to Episode I through III but the most glaring flaw is the lack of good villains. Certainly the heroes of Episodes I through III weren’t great either, other than Ewan McGregor, but the villains are much more difficult and much more important to a story. Maybe the biggest mistake was killing Darth Maul in Episode I. If Darth Maul kills Qui Gon Jinn, escapes and then becomes the villain of the entire trilogy then there would be some kind of semblance of a potentially good trilogy. Instead Episode I introduces a villain with a cool look, an awesome two “bladed” light saber and legitimizes him immediately by murdering a Jedi but then he is killed off instantly.
It is very important for the next trilogy to have a great villain and the best way to create a good villain is to put him over or give him the rub. These are pro wrestling terms I’m using so let me explain for those non-wrestling fans. Wrestling is a scripted “sport” that will only thrive if they have stars, so the business constantly has to make new stars. The way to make a new star is to take an up and coming new wrestler and have them defeat a star. Defeating that star then makes the newer wrestler legitimate. For instance, Bret Hart puts over Steve Austin, Steve Austin puts over The Rock, The Rock puts over Triple H, Triple H puts over John Cena and John Cena puts over CM Punk.
The easiest way to make a good villain is to have them defeat an established good guy. This method is even used in the original trilogy. Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt are both popular Star Wars villains because Han Solo gives them the rub. Star Wars fans love to hate both characters because they are the two villains that are after Han Solo and eventually capture him. Boba Fett gets cred because he captures Han Solo and Jabba the Hutt gets cred for treating Han Solo like a decoration in his living room. An argument could be made that the same attempt was made with Darth Vader. The fact that Vader killed Obi Wan Kenobi and cut off Luke Skywalker’s hand was probably meant to put him over as a great villain but nobody cared about Obi Wan Kenobi or Luke Skywalker as much as Han Solo. Fortunately Darth Vader was cool enough on his own.
Early in the Star Wars: Episode VII film a new villain should kill Han Solo. Then that villain would have credibility as a complete badass because he killed off the most beloved good guy in the Star Wars universe. Instead of killing the villain at the end of the first movie, like Darth Maul in Episode I, that villain should then go on to be the main villain for the entire trilogy. The Star Wars fans would then be invested in the entire new trilogy because they would be cheering for the hero of the new Star Wars trilogy to get revenge on the villain for killing Han Solo.
Another reason to kill Han Solo early in the new Star Wars trilogy is just because Harrison Ford is not in his prime anymore. Harrison Ford is not going to be running around thieving, scheming and sweeping ladies off his feet like he used to. It’s better to kill of Han Solo then to see Harrison Ford struggle through three more Star Wars movies.
All information about the Star Wars trilogy was found at IMDB.com
Lee Andrew Henderson has been a freelance writer for the past eight years. He has his own blog called Six Men, One Eagle and can be found on Twitter @SixMenOneEagle