Over the last week my friends and I have been watching the original Star Wars trilogy (IV, V, VI). It's been great going back and watching them again. And I picked up on something that could play into The Force Awakens.
Before reading make sure you have seen the newest trailer for Star Wars Episode VII! Otherwise this might not make any sense to you at all!
Now, it’s those last few seconds of the trailer that this is based on. "Chewie, we're home." AHHHH! I heard that and I was so excited, so excited that I was grinning from ear to ear. But, like so many other people I began to think about what that means.
Remember that scene before the second Death Star battle where Han is trying to convince Lando to take the Falcon into the battle? If Lando had not flown the Falcon into the battle the Falcon could have very easily been destroyed by a blast from the Death Star! Think about how sad that would have been!
There goes that whole "not a scratch thing."
But it’s not until Han gets on the Imperial Shuttle and the conversation he has with Leia that makes me wonder why Han would have said "we're home" in the first place. Leia says, "Hey, you okay?" Han responds and says, "Yeah, I just got a funny feeling, like I'm never going to see her again," that was in reference to the Falcon.
That was the last time that Han would see the Falcon for the rest of the movie.
So, my question to you is this: What happened to the Millennium Falcon?
Is Lando playing Han again?
At first glance Lando seems to be a changed man by the time we see him in Return of the Jedi. So, what if Lando's plan was to steal the Falcon back from Han? This makes sense for a couple of reasons.
1. He has double crossed Han before
He's a scoundrel. He's a gambler. Why wouldn't he be a little bitter about losing the Falcon in the first place, oh wait, he is! Do you recall when we first met Lando in Cloud City? After he reveals that he's joking with Han we find out that Lando "lost her to [Han] fair and square." He gives Han a look, looks at the Falcon, and then greets Chewbacca. So it makes sense that Lando would try to steal it after the Death Star had been destroyed again.
2. Billy Dee Williams was not asked to come back as Lando in this film.
Let's assume he has died and the last place that he left the Falcon was on Jakku and all of the flying around and escaping from TIE fighters is a result of Han and Chewie finding home again. It makes enough sense to work.
3. So, what about the burnt Vader helmet?
If the last place that the Falcon could have landed was Endor it makes a little bit of sense that an investigation into finding the Falcon starts on the forest moon of Endor. Lando was at the Ewok celebration so we know that he had to have landed on Endor in order for there to have ever been a reason to see a burnt Vader helmet in the first place.
If you ask me this isn't a half bad idea. Does it carry any weight? We'll have to wait until December 18th to find out!