Jyn Erso: The New Han Solo?

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Has the Star Wars universe become overly feminized or could it be that a portion of our fandom is just not in-touch with their feminine side of the force? Or maybe we’re just not asking the right question. Perhaps the correct question would be: what’s wrong with a female leading the charge? It’s a straightforward question. No hidden agenda so don’t go looking for one or assume that there is one. So again, what’s wrong with it? Or better yet, what’s wrong with the question? Ok I’ll admit, I’m being a bit pretentious or rather, rebellious.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

“This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel.”- Jyn Erso

Can’t even put into words how this dialogue moved me! Seriously, my lips curled up like the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and I’m definitely ok with that, ha! Let me just also add, that we got more dialogue in the Rogue One trailer than we did in the first two trailers for The Force Awakens! That’s saying a lot. Ok, that’s a poorly used pun, but you get my meaning.

All-in-all, we have more to go on with the Rogue One characters than we did with our initial introductions to The Force Awakens, at least from my point of view. And I wasn’t even that excited for Rogue One until the trailer aired. Blasphemy, I know, but whatever! I’m ecstatic now. It was like … my life was suddenly put on rewind and my inner child was watching A New Hope all over again. The wonder, the anticipation, the goose-bumps, the ambiance, and yes, even the hope for something far greater than I could possibly imagine was staring back at me – evoking the feelings of nostalgia.

“We have a mission for you. A major weapons test is imminent. We need to know what it is and how to destroy it.”- Mon Mothma

Oh. My. Gosh! Mon Mothma [portrayed by Genevieve O’Reilly] is back, to an extent, but still Miss O’Reilly had not only the look, but the enunciation down pat! Ever since Return of the Jedi, I’ve always wanted to see more of her character and we did get a little taste of that with Chuck Wendig’s novel “Aftermath” and now, with Rogue One well underway, this hope I have for more Mon Mothma looks promising.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Reckless, aggressive, and undisciplined – Jyn’s character traits are not unfamiliar to other personas we have seen in the galaxy far, far away, including some rather distinct “bad-boy” qualifications i.e.: forgery of Imperial documents, possession of stolen property, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest. Perhaps the term “bad-boy” is a bit stereotypical? Trust me, I mean no offense. On the contrary, you can’t deny that these charges don’t remind you of a certain smooth talking smuggler, who just happened to make the Kessel Run in twelve parsecs. Yes, Han Solo.

Is it possible that Han Solo could’ve been a major influence on Jyn’s character development? Am I really that far off base here or is there some plausibility to my assumption? She’s a rogue and so was Han, well, in the beginning. He was unprincipled, and so is Jyn, and would like to avoid all, if any, Imperial entanglements. Like Solo, Erso seems to, for the most part, act alone a.k.a. solo. Another noticeable similarity [yes, even after less than two minutes of screen time] was the notion that she is willing to risk it all, no matter what the stakes. Wasn’t Han willing to do the same? After all, when Leia asks “Han, how?” referring to how he plans on getting Finn to Starkiller Base, he responds with, “If I told you, you wouldn’t like it.”

I don’t know, maybe I’m way off here, but it’s fun to think about and it makes my inner child giddy with anticipation for this Star Wars story. I wasn’t thrilled with losing Han Solo in The Force Awakens, but maybe, just maybe, his legacy will live on with Jyn Erso … “If you continue to fight – what will you become?”

 

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2 thoughts on “Jyn Erso: The New Han Solo?”

  1. Oh my gosh, Becca! I left you a long reply, and when I pressed the “post comment” button, it disappeared! Ugh! Such pearls… 😉

    I will try (my best) to recreate at least the sentiment of what I wrote. 🙂

    What makes a good pun? One that makes me chuckle. Yours did. It was a good pun. 🙂

    I am thrilled to see another strong female character leading the way in a non-traditional way. Of course, all we have are a couple of minutes of a trailer that give us that inkling, but that’s enough for me. 🙂 I hope Jyn Erso lives up to what I saw in the trailer for “Rogue One”. She will be joining a list — albeit short — of strong female characters in the Star Wars Galaxy that depict women in roles usually reserved for men. As a woman, and a mother (of girls; but, quite frankly, I would feel the same if one or both of my offspring was/were of the male persuasion), I want to see females in roles like Leia, Rey, Jyn, and even Padme (until ROTS; I was very disappointed to see the role to which that previously strong character was relegated in Episode III … even though, yes, I know the film really was about Anakin’s fall from grace. Still…). It is about time cinema (that includes TV) depicts women in roles to which they are very well suited. 🙂

    If you will allow me … when I was in the USMC, I remember one young man in my ‘shop’ (I was in the air wing) who … objected … to women in the military, certainly in the Marine Corps. To be fair to him, he never was nasty about his feelings on the subject, but I — along with everyone else in our shop — knew how he felt. As if I couldn’t be every bit as patriotic as he, and wanted to serve my country in this capacity — to be willing to fight for, and even die for, the freedoms too many Americans take for granted — simply because I was born a girl rather than a boy? Oh, he knew my opinion on the subject, and whether he ever changed his mind, I could not say for sure. I hope so. After all, we both put on the pants of our uniforms exactly the same way — one leg at a time. 😉

    I apologize for getting up on my soapbox, Becca. It does go along with the vein of your blog, though, n’est-ce pas? 😉

    Yes, I think Jyn will be a great addition to the Star Wars Galaxy! And, like you, I got chills when she uttered, “This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel.” She may have a little Han Solo in her. We’ll just have to see to what extent come December. 🙂

    Great blog! MTFBWY 🙂

    p.s. Hopefully, everything will go through just fine the second time around. 😉

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