Being Like Han

I have told this story before, but it has been a while so I think it should be retold.

When DVD for The Phantom Menace hit stores, I was unprepared for their marketing practices.

I was walking through one of our local mega-malls for some stupid reason or another. As I was making my way to one of the stores on my list I rounded a 90 degree corner and came face to face with a pair of fully clad and armed Storm Troopers less than 25 feet away.

I was already in what Colonel Cooper described as Condition Yellow, but being a GenXer, fully educated in the evilness of the Empire, seeing the pair of Imperial goons sent me immediately past Condition Orange and into Red. My hand swiftly went from my side and around the front of my coat to push it back so that I could access my pistol.

Thankfully, reason and sanity quickly ganged up on my fight/flight reflexes and intervened with my motor skills to tell me that these were fictional bad guys and to immediately stop that maneuver.

So, be like Han, just not with the bad guys in that particular universe.

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10 Responses to Being Like Han

  1. Drang says:

    Wait, didn’t Lucas re-shoot that scene for the DVD release…?

  2. Toastrider says:

    As far as I know, no. Thankfully, he didn’t butcher that scene like he did the cantina scene.

    Poor Phil. You’d hate DragonCon. There’s stormtroopers EVERYWHERE. 🙂

  3. Phil says:

    I could handle that. I was just very unprepared to see them wandering around the mega mall for what, at that particular moment, was no reason at all. I turned another corner later and saw the movie retailer’s storefront with all the stand-ups etc. and figured it out.

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  5. Sulaco says:

    Right on Toastrider! In my universe Han fired first (and always will have) and killed the MF bounty hunter sent to kill him. I don’t care what BS PC re-write they did where he fired at the same time to make it FAIR? A gun fight? That one change destroyed the series for me and most fans I know and speak with.

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  7. Toastrider says:

    What really offended me was the half-assed way it was handled. It looks like a clumsy jump cut using Adobe, and it makes Greedo look like he’s completely blind or at least wall eyed. NOBODY misses from that range!

    Worse, the whole point of that scene was to establish the character; a roguish sort who was NOT afraid to take the first shot if he knew waiting would just be more trouble. Changing it completely screwed up the scene.

    Let’s not even talk about the retarded scene he added with Jabba the Hutt and the bounty hunters, which is basically a complete rehash of Han and Greedo talking. What the hell, Lucas?

  8. Firehand says:

    Remind me to tell you sometime about how I almost punched out the monster in the H’ween haunted house

  9. Phil says:

    Remind me to tell you the time I did punch a monster @ a Haunted House.

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