Solo has a couple blink-and-you’ll-miss-it references to Star Wars Galaxies

One of the best aspects of all of the new Disney Star Wars films is their references to places, events, and characters outside of the film canon and in the extended or “legends” universe. And now, with the release of Solo in movie theaters, Star Wars Galaxies has joined that list of shout-outs for all time.

One of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it references is to an AV-21, a two-seater Corellian speeder that debuted in the late, great MMORPG. In the film, young Han Solo said that he spent part of his childhood boosting these vehicles. Another is a mention of a valahorn, a musical instrument that was created for the game.

In any case, the references were not lost on some fans of Star Wars Galaxies, including creator Raph Koster, who seemed pleased as punch at the nods.

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AussieEevee

Expanded, not extended. There’s a difference.

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I’m not sure that the reference to the Valahorn is 100% accurate. Beckett might have been referring to the Valachord, which was mentioned in Aftermath. But I thought he said valahorn, too, which would be awesome because, if I recall correctly, that instrument was named after one of SWG’s community managers Kelly “Valara” Knox.

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Rayko

I saw it again yesterday and they definitely said “Valachord” but the fact that there was even one SWG reference, with the AV-21, is an awesome nod to fans of the MMO.

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Solaris

Absolutely loved the film.

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Matthew Ward

I kept thinking this through the film… “The writers have played the damn games!!”
Glad to find out I was right rather than just wishing it :D

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biophazer242

Solo, much like Rogue One, really did feel like a film that was made for the older generation of Star War fans with all the nods to the EU that we knew and loved in that gap between Return and Phantom. I do not know if the people in charge are really those kinds of fans of or just flipping through reference books to get ideas but I love it either way. My hope now is that they do proceed with a Lando film and base it loosely on the idea of the Scoundrels novel from Timothy Zahn. I would love to see Ocean’s Eleven set in the Star Wars universe with NO mention of jedi, lightsabers or the force.

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

I loved it too! A heist movie without lightsabers, but in Star Wars? Yes please. More of that, all day long. (And I wasn’t born when ANH came out, but I was still obsessed as a kid.)

Andrew Ross
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Andrew Ross

By “older,” you mean age, not veteran, right? I actually disliked a lot of the refences and “reveals,” which was exactly why I’m against Star Wars movies exploring certain characters, especially the more mysterious ones. Qui-Gon, Obi-wan, Lando, Mon Motha… those are people we know enough about that could be fleshed out. Fleshing out Han, Fett, or Yoda seems… unwise.

But the worst offense is not having a certain Corellian bounty hunter in the movie. Bad enough his new backstory is as bland as boiled chicken breast, but leaving him out of the film and even mentioning Bossk instead is depressing.

Aside from that, the film felt like it could be appreciated better by movie-only Star Wars fans. I mean, thanks for throwing something out for the expanded universe people after dumping so much in the garbage I guess?

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Rodney Perry

I haven’t seen it and i don’t plan too. If I had I’m pretty sure this would be my review.

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biophazer242

Yes, I mean older. I am 42 and grew up on ep 4-6 as well as spending all those years reading the Dark Horse comics and EU novels so it was nice to get lots of references to things I have memories of. Just like in Rogue One when they talked about Kyber Crystals… that made me smile. I still hold out hope that they eventually work Talon Karrde and Mara Jade into the mix.

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ghostlight

On a related note, that whole midichlorians nonsense in the prequal trilogy was a huge mistake. I mean, trying to demystify and give a scientific explanation for the force was a terrible idea. As you said, some things are better left a mystery.

That said, I still think Disney is killing Star Wars. As someone so aptly noted, Lucas selling Star Wars to Disney was his revenge on all the fans who hated on him over the prequal trilogy! lol

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Roger Melly

I don’t think it was revenge on the fans I think the sums of money involved probably were more to do with the sale .

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ghostlight

I was being more than a little facetious there, but seriously, the truth will probably never be known, not that it matters much. In any event I’m still with the ‘Disney’ is killing Star Wars’ crowd. Indeed, Disney is all that’s wrong with entertainment these days.

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Nathan Aldana

I mean. star wars if you only count lucasfilm stuff written by Lucas was largely shit.

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This is the first film they did not hit their target opening box off take with. So I am curious how that might impact further films. A few articles were chalking it up to Star Wars fatigue, but that seems hard to believe considering how fast they churn out Marvel movies. It did seem unwise to put this right on the coat tails of Infinity Wars and Deadpool 2.

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Denice J. Cook

Well, they *were* surrounded by several other blockbuster titles within the last five weeks or so– but Infinity War and Deadpool 2 didn’t seem too impacted by each other.

Solo: A Star Wars Story was….okay. Disney’s excuses of theater competition aside, it just lacked the humor, emotion and yin/yang good/evil of the franchise, being more of a straightforward “heist movie,” period. Alden Ehrenreich really fell flat as Han compared to Harrison Ford’s portrayals, Emilia Clarke was pretty bland, and they had no real chemistry together. Not to mention that the whole “Lando and his annoying female robot” girlfriend sub-plot nonsense was pitiful. All the standout actors (Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany and even Jon Favreau’s CG character) couldn’t really save it because they didn’t get as much screen time. I’d rate it a 60%-70% at best.

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Stropp

I just got back from it. I did enjoy it for what it was, an action packed heist movie.

I know others have said the opposite, but I didn’t feel it felt as Star Warsy as some of the others. Rogue One for instance. I think the main plot held together reasonably well, and it gave solid reasons for the relationships between Han and Chewbacca and Lando. I’d probably give it a solid 7.8.

Blockbusters rely on fans returning to see the movie a number of times. Star Wars fatigue aside, I think there are better movies (DP2, IW) that would attract the repeaters before Solo. And there are a few big upcoming films too, the new Mission Impossible, and The Equaliser 2 come to mind.

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Yay references. Now get a time machine and undo the NGE.

Andrew Ross
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Andrew Ross

Even with the NGE, SWG was a lot better in terms of mechanics than a lot of modern MMOs. I think the largest mistake was when they turned off decay. You had a ground game, space game with multi-player ships, meaningful crafting, card game, world-building, pet breeding…. those features alone sound like an MMO players’ dream come true, and that’s without all the freedom players had before that.

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Ceres Outpost

Man do I miss it. Not sure I’ll ever get past it either. NOTHING has come close to an mmorpg “home” for me since, and I’ve tried them all. It would help if game developers kept at least one important idea in mind: Players are content when given the right tools.