Like every fanperson-fueled franchise out there, "Star Wars" is rife with small points that beg greater discussion. Why, for example, does Han Solo boast about his ship's speed by saying that it can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs when a parsec is in fact a measurement of distance rather than time? Or why didn't Chewbacca receive a medal at the end of "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope"?
The big one though, the whopper that gets every "Star Wars" fan's blood boiling is why the crap Han Solo was made to shoot first during his Mos Eisley Cantina showdown with the bounty hunter Greedo in the re-cut special edition version of "A New Hope." Franchise creator George Lucas has said that it was for the children, so they would understand that Han's act of killing was justified. That's never been a good enough explanation for many diehard fans.
Lucas has some very developed reasons for making the change however. He's never shared them publicly, but he has spoken with Dave Filoni, supervising director of the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" TV series.
"Once I asked him about the whole Han and Greedo thing," he told me in an interview last week. "I'm never telling people what we talked about, I just like to throw that out there. We had this fun little talk about it."
You can't just dangle a nugget like that in front of a "Star Wars" fanboy like me. Here I am, sitting with a guy who not only creates weekly stories in that universe but who also has a direct line to the king himself! So I pressed it. How definitive was Lucas's response?
"He gave me an answer, that's all I'll say," Filoni said, pausing before continuing. "He gave me an answer and it wasn't necessarily a short one either, which I think people will appreciate."
We do, Dave. We definitely do. Check out the comments from Filoni that we ran yesterday in which he describes just how involved Lucas is in the day-to-day and what's involved in pulling each week's episode together. And tune in tomorrow for the last part, in which Filoni offers some insight into this week's Mandalorian-focused episode, the start of a three-part story arc.