The 'Solo' Millennium Falcon Design Looks Amazing Up Close
When Luke Skywalker first sees the Millennium Falcon in the original Star Wars, his response (calling it "a piece of junk") never felt particularly fair.
In a galaxy where all spaceships look suspiciously like they're assembled out random garbage the prop department had lying around, singling out the Falcon as somehow being more junky than any other ship seems unnecessarily harsh. But as the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story has revealed, there's a good reason for Luke's disparaging comment.
Turns out, Han Solo really has trashed the Falcon. When he first got his hands on it, the Corellian YT-1300 was a far more polished, wonderfully shiny spacecraft.
This week's episode of the Emmy award-nominated YouTube series The Star Wars Show gives us an even better look at the pre-Solo Millennium Falcon, and it's hard to deny, this thing is absolutely gorgeous when it's fresh out of the wrapper. See it below:
At the same time, it's not all that easy to get used to the new design, especially when it comes to the longer nose. Decades of looking at the classic appearance of the Falcon from older movies mean that the idea of changing its aerodynamics, even slightly, won't sit well in the brains of many long-term Star Wars fans.
Comparing the interiors of the old and new Falcon, it's clear just how poorly Han has been treating this ship over the years. Apparently the craft isn't supposed to have exposed wires hanging loose everywhere, and once upon a time, the ship even had comfortable upholstery.
Of course, presumably the trade-off is that this early Falcon won't be quite as fast, as Han hasn't been able to make his "special modifications" just yet. This looks like less of a speedy smuggler's ship, and more of a luxury RV for wealthy spacers who want to travel in style, so presumably the ship won't actually be all that great in a dogfight until Han's managed to strap another blaster to its outer hull and primed the hyperdrive to take more risky, dangerous jumps to lightspeed.
The upholstery was YELLOW pic.twitter.com/opL5EyQiZo— Jill Pantozzi (@JillPantozzi) February 7, 2018
That is, assuming Han has always been telling the truth about the speed of his famous vehicle. Considering how badly he trashed the Falcon, it's possible that he really has been talking bantha poodoo for years now.
The sleek, clean design of the Falcon does help to build up the notion that Solo will be a fairly standard Star Wars prequel movie, for better or worse. Just as The Phantom Menace first introduced audiences to the idea of a corner of the Star Wars universe where spaceships are shiny and chrome instead of battered and dirty, this movie seems poised to try and dial back the lived-in feel of the galaxy by giving us a version of this classic starship that is literally not yet lived in.
This is a fun visual to give audiences, especially considering how important the Falcon is to films that canonically come later in the timeline. That said, we're all going to have to hope that Solo doesn't retroactively ruin the reputation of this famous ship, and its charming scoundrel of a captain.
Who knows? Perhaps it's for the best that the Falcon is now in the possession of Rey instead of Han - he clearly wasn't ever actually looking after his prized starship.