If you didn’t see the brief post I made on tumblr a few weeks back, I absolutely adored Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s so thrilling, so fun, so spirited! And though one of the most lighthearted SW films to date, it’s certainly not without some serious drama and feels. It’s everything I love about Star Wars and brings me oh-so-much joy! Unsurprisingly, I have a lot I want to write about. But I want to pace myself this time and not try to get everything out in a single post. So I’ll be talking about Solo in four small parts over the next month or so (maybe with other posts in between). If this works out well, I may continue to try and write shorter-length posts like this in the future. Now, we shall begin the Corellian conversation with this week’s topic: the surprisingly sweet story of Han and Qi’ra!
Contains spoilers from Solo and Episode IV. Also, please remember I have only seen the film once at this point, so there is a chance I may have misremembered some elements.
Going into Solo, I knew Qi’ra would surely be an awesome character. Her taste in jackets alone made that clear. But truth be told… I wasn’t expecting her relationship with Han to be much more than “cute for the moment”. You just can’t top Han and Leia! I assumed Han and Qi’ra would be a rather fleeting, here-one-minute-and-gone-the-next sort of relationship. Honestly, I would’ve expected that kind of thing with Han prior to the meeting at Mos Eisley. I also kinda figured that Qi’ra might be far from reputable, and someone who was very obviously Leia’s opposite, and obviously not the best match for Han. Kind of like comparing Willie to Marion in the Indiana Jones films (not that Qi’ra and Willie are anything alike, of course). Either way, I was convinced going into it that their relationship was just meant to be a lesson learned; a part of Han’s story, but not by any means a major chapter.
Boy was I wrong. So so wrong. But like I say often on this blog, I’m so so glad to be wrong!
Han and Qi’ra were childhood friends, surviving the mean streets of Corellia together, and from the first few minutes with them in the film, you can see their bond is as rock-solid as it gets. And downright precious! I’d always thought that Han was a bit of a player, but that is absolutely not the case here. Even at this early point in the film, it’s pretty clear he’s convinced she’s the one, period. Watching his reaction when they’re separated in their escape utterly breaks my heart, and speaks volumes upon volumes about how much he cares for her. And every moment with them in the film beyond that is filled with a really special kind of sweetness that I really did not expect to see in a before-Leia love story. It put that amazingly dedicated, loving side of Han back in the spotlight, and simultaneously blew my mind and warmed my heart. I certainly was a bit teary-eyed when they said their goodbyes at the end…
Does this mean I’ve come to love HanXQi’ra more than HanXLeia? No. Both love stories are great, almost equally so. But clearly, there is something stronger and more lasting in what Han and Leia have. I wish I could give more evidence for my argument, but I might need to rewatch Solo, the Originals, and VII again. And read more of the new novels and comics. And honestly, even if I did all that, there are still many stories inside of both relationships we don’t know. Maybe at some point I’ll write some comparisons and contrasts on the two pairs, but the goal of this particular post is simply to celebrate how unexpectedly great Han and Qi’ra’s story ended up being, and how very much it delighted me, a somewhat-skeptical, highly-dedicated HanXLeia fangirl. It’s just another stellar example of the storytelling mastery inside of the Star Wars universe! ❤
We'll talk more Solo soon!
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