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How Did Han Solo and Chewbacca Meet?

Posted on March 15, 2016 at 9:42 am by Gerardo Gallegos

Star Wars. A fantasy space opera where most of the movies are good. (Revenge of the Sith was the best of the prequels) What is it that makes the original trilogy so good? Is it the brilliant story telling? The never before seen visuals? The charismatic characters? Is it the worst bounty hunter in the galaxy, Boba Fett, who was turned into a badass in the expanded universe? I would contest that it is a combination of all these elements! Except, you know, Boba Fett because he’s not that great. Anyway, do you ever stop and wonder how some of these characters that we fell in love with came to be and how they met? Well strap in and don’t get cocky kid because were about to find out how the lovable smuggler, Han Solo met the walking carpet with a bowcaster, Chewbacca.

FullSizeRender (7)In the early years of the Galactic Empire, many young humans were joining the Imperial Academy to fight for the Empire. Its either Palpatine’s way or the space highway and I heard the space highway isn’t fun. Han Solo was being trained to be an Imperial Pilot. Han graduated at the top of his class and reached he rank of Lieutenant. Many of Han’s first missions consisted of dealing with matters like slaving and construction. Around the same time, an enslaved Chewbacca would free other enslaved Wookies from the Empire’s grasp.

On one mission, Chewbacca managed to free a group of enslaved Wookies, but his ship was FullSizeRender (5)brought down by a Imperial TIE-Fighters led by Han Solo. Han’s Commanding Officer ordered him to kill Chewbacca, but Han refused. Due to Han’s disobedience, his flying privileges were stripped and Chewbacca was sent to Coruscant to work construction. Chewbacca would be tortured regularly while working and being a Wookie, Chewbacca didn’t take likely to his treatment. He fought back, but was ultimately subdued.

Before Chewbacca was to be killed, Han showed up and stunned his executioner. After this Han helped Chewbacca escape his enslavement and for his Han was discharged from the Imperial Military, had his Imperial Awards stripped, and was branded a traitor to the Empire.

Having nowhere to go, Han took to a life smuggling joined by Chewbacca who swore a life-debt to Han. And you know the rest. By the way, check out this Jimmy Kimmel clip where Harrison Ford calls Chewbacca a “wookie piece of shit.” Its pretty good.

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