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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

'Solo' Unveils Predictable Synopsis

The promotional cycle for Solo: A Star Wars Story is finally starting to pick up speed. Today the film's official synopsis was revealed on StarWars.com:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Aside from a few confirmations of basic plot points, this synopsis has little to offer. We knew that the criminal underworld would be involved in the story – that's where we found Han in A New Hope, after all – and that we'd see how he met Chewie (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando (Donald Glover), as well as how the latter lost the Falcon to Solo. 
Of course, the lack of knowledge about the plot, characters, and visual style of Solo will just make the trailer (which should arrive any day now) all the more surprising. The closest thing we have to an official image from the film is this promo artwork from a few weeks ago (which Disney insisted was fake), featuring Han, Chewie, Lando, Emilia Clarke's character (probably named Qi'Ra), and the Falcon:
Aside from its tumultuous, overlong production and the general apathy surrounding the movie's premise, the main problem that Solo faces – and one that it will never be able to fully escape – is its irrelevance in the grand scheme of the Star Wars universe. The Last Jedi shocked us with the places it took characters like Rey, Kylo Ren and Luke; meanwhile, we already know that Han, Chewie, and Lando will survive Solo and become the characters we met in the Original Trilogy.

The silver lining is that – as brilliantly pointed out by THRSolo is healing the Star Wars fandom simply over how hilariously mediocre it looks. While The Last Jedi had huge expectations that ultimately led to some fans feeling disappointed, the response to Solo is a resounding "meh." And maybe that's exactly what we need right now.

What do you think of the synopsis for Solo? What are you hoping to see in the trailer? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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