My thoughts on George Lucas Feeling ‘Betrayed’, Disney, and Star Wars

If you follow Star Wars, you’ve probably have read or heard the news of Disney CEO Bob Iger admitting that creator George Lucas felt betrayed when the creative direction of the new trilogy was unraveled.

Given how the films in the new trilogy were received by some in the fanbase, I cannot say that I’m surprised.

The old movies were poetic at best. There was a story there. It was a story about a young man growing up on a remote desert planet and eventually becoming a freedom fighter. That young man not only had to free the galaxy from the grip of a intergalactic tyrannical government but, he also had to free his father who was once a hero turned puppet of a dictator. Along the way, he found two droids on the run, learned of his heritage from an old hermit, made friends with a scoundrel and his furry co-pilot, learned more of his heritage from a wise creature, and discovered that a princess was his own flesh and blood.

To this day, that story, told in three films, still resonates with people. Several people have dissected it from college students working long hours on their dissertations to fans giving their own views on the films.  Fans like myself.

When I was 10-years old, I became a fan of Star Wars. My first Star Wars action figures were a Han Solo with Jabba the Hutt. An elementary school friend and I pretended to be Jedi Knights fighting the Empire. Me and my friends in my neighborhood would talk about Star Wars almost constantly. In terms of favorite characters, Luke Skywalker was cool but, Han Solo was (and still is) my favorite and Princess Leia was my childhood crush. R2-D2 and C-3PO were the droids that I wanted to have. I believed in having the Force. And yes, I did own a toy lightsaber I bought from Tomorrowland in Disneyland (this was before Disney acquired Star Wars).

As I got older, I collected Star Wars books (the Han Solo Trilogy written by A.C. Crispin, the Young Jedi Knights series written by Kevin J. Anderson, and the X-Wing series by Michael A. Stackpole were my favorite novels). I also played the video games like the Dark Forces series which centered around stormtrooper turned Jedi Knight Kyle Katarn and Shadows of the Empire that centered around Dash Rendar. Both the books and the games introduced me to the Expanded Universe and I was introduced to new characters like Grand Admiral Thrawn(An Imperial Admiral) , Corran Horn (X-Wing pilot turned Jedi), the Solo children. (Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo who were originally Han and Leia’s children), and (another favorite character and Emperor’s Hand turned Jedi and later wife to Luke Skywalker) Mara Jade. The Expanded Universe also fleshed out more stories of characters like Lando Calrissian, Wedge Antilles, Chewbacca, and many more.  Star Wars was more than just a movie or a story about standing up to evil, it was a phenomenon. It was a part of my life and almost like a second religion.

But then along came the news Disney’s acquisition of the franchise.

As I write this, I think back when Disney purchased Star Wars for $4 million. I remembered reading an article that said that Disney was going to do away with the Expanded Universe. Okay, I thought. It can’t be too bad. At least Chewbacca will live again after getting killed at the beginning of the New Jedi Order. But when I saw what Disney was planning, it left a bad taste in my mouth. The Expanded Universe was not only no longer canon but the Disney brass was going to be making new stories and characters. Some from the characters or elements from the Expanded Universe may appear, others might not see the light of day. All those years of building an universe that was born from a man who grew up in Modesto, California was going to be warped.

No wonder George Lucas felt betrayed when he was told that his story was going to go a different direction. I can only tell you how I was feeling when I was heard that the House of Mouse was going to do away with a part of my childhood.

But one may wonder if Lucas saw this coming. After all, he did agree to sell the three stories he had ready for the new trilogy and he was made aware that Disney might not go through with his vision. And it wasn’t his first run in with studios wanting to claim his creation. Ever since the inception of  A New Hope, he wanted to own Star Wars as his own and he was successful. That was why he was able to have Star Wars on several platforms including 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. And it was with that that the more mediums were made including books, comic books, and video games.  When he decided to sell Star Wars, maybe Lucas thought that Disney would overlook the possibility of going the other direction honor his wishes.

But when Bob Iger, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and film director J.J. Abrams revealed their plans for the new trilogy, Lucas probably felt the same way Obi-Wan Kenobi did when he found out that Anakin Skywalker betrayed the Jedi Order and became Darth Vader: Betrayed.

And this is not a new story. A matter of fact, this story has repeated itself in different incarnations. This story started in 1938. Two young boys from Ohio created a comic book about a young man who, like Luke Skywalker, was a farmboy who had to leave his simple life to grow up to be a hero and develop an archaic sense of justice. That hero would become Superman. Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster hadn’t the slightest clue about how much Superman would make. They sold the character to National Comics which would later become DC Comics for $150. However, they were not given the rights. Shuster and Siegel must have felt betrayed as Lucas did. However, DC eventually relented and decided to pay royalties to the families and heirs of Shuster and Seigel.

Another comic book creator by the name of Bill Finger went through a similar thing. In 1939,, a comic artist by the name of Bob Kane wanted to piggy back off the success of Superman so he decided to make a superhero name the Batman who was a blonde haired man that wore a red shirt and had black wings. That’s when Bill Finger came in. Finger helped Kane flesh out the Batman and also created an ensemble of flamboyant characters including Robin, Catwoman, Joker, Penguin and many others. Batman became a success but Bob Kane took all the credit while Bill Finger became destitute.  Years later, in a recording to a writer, Bob Kane (like Bob Iger) admitted that Bill Finger should have gotten credit for creating Batman. In addition, it took the efforts of Marc Tyler Nobleman and Bill Finger’s granddaughter to finally have DC Comics credit Finger for the creation of Batman.

At the very least, Lucas got $4 millon dollars when he sold Star Wars. That was more than what Shuster and Seigel got for Superman and definitely more money than Bill Finger was given. But just by his reaction, as recalled by Iger in his memoir The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Lucas could have given a damn about the money. Then again, that could be refuted by the late Carrie Fisher in this article.

But one thing everyone could agree to was that Lucas was just a man who wanted to make movies. Period. In a documentary, when asked why he makes movie, Lucas responded with a shrug:

“I make movies because I have to.”

With how Disney decided to market Star Wars, it is true what is said in the 1 Timothy 6:!0 in the Holy Bible: “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

Dave Ramsey once said that “money is amoral. It doesn’t have any guiding principles of its own. Having money or not having it doesn’t change who you already are. When you earn more money, it just makes you more of who you are.”

It can be argued that some studios or corporations crave money from someone’s idea. And in addition to that, they just allured to the idea of having more and more. They never take into account of the hours and sacrifices that creator made. Creators, the real ones, don’t care about the money. I mean, they should be given what they are deserved but its not about the money. Its about exercising what they were brought on this Earth to do.

I can only speak for myself. If all I ever wanted to do was make a crap load of money, well I might as well be a conartist and just hoard money. And that’s why I switched majors from Biological Sciences to Creative Writing. I originally wanted to be a doctor but only because it made a lot of money but I flunked out of Chemistry. Writing is my true passion. Being a creative weirdo is my true passion. I could care less how much I made as long as I was able to manage it and live while doing what I love.

I’m a Capitalist at heart. I am all for making a wage for the work done but only in the name of the spirit of Capitalism. Adam Smith argued that real wealth came from not hoarding gold but liberating people’s gifts. Smith believed that wealth came from people, not gold. George Lucas saw Star Wars as his work of art. Disney saw Star Wars as a cash cow. Lucas wanted to make more movies. Disney wanted to make money.

The backlash against Disney Star Wars has gotten so bad that even the prequel trilogy is getting some love. I enjoyed the prequel trilogy. It was not just a story about Anakin Skywalker and his path to eventually become Darth Vader. It was a story about corruption and how it can poison a government which can also poison the very people it was sworn to serve. It was about a war which both sides, Republic and Seperatists, had strings pulled by Darth Sidious who was also Chancellor (and later Emperor) Palpatine.  It was also a story that put to question the rigidness of the Jedi Order. If the old trilogy was about the fight against tyranny, the new trilogy was about the morality of political and religious institutions.

As for the new trilogy as created by Disney? It is not about any of that. Its just about a young woman who all the sudden knows how to wield a lightsaber and beats up an enraged young man who wants to be like his grandfather. Now don’t get me wrong, I like some of the characters in The Force Awakens. Rey is a very interesting character, almost like an enigma. Poe Dameron is like a Han Solo who already has morality and a sense of justice. Finn develops a sense of justice and becomes grows to be more heroic. Kylo Ren, is a guy who has a badass lightsaber and is a lot like Vader with all his limbs. But the story and the themes do not align. It’s not Star Wars.

But here are the things that are Star Wars.

Luke growing up and having to learn how to not only be a Jedi but a man. That’s Star Wars. Han Solo having to push aside his selfishness and pursue the things that really mattered in his life. That’s Star Wars. Princess Leia taking the fight to the Empire after it blew up her home and discovering the Luke was her brother and Vader her father. That’s Star Wars.

In my opinion, the only films that captured the essence of George Lucas’ story were Rogue One and Solo. Rogue One was good because it took place right before A New Hope and it told the story of how the Rebel Alliance came across the plans to destroy the Death Star thanks to Jyn Erso who wanted to fight the Empire for hurting her family. Solo was great because it told a story of a young Han Solo who wanted to leave the mean streets of Corellia with his girlfriend O’ira and be a pilot. That is Star Wars.

But, what did Rey want? Maybe she wanted to find out about her origins but they should have showed that in the beginning. In A New Hope, Luke had a thirst for adventure and wanted to know more about his father but Uncle Owen torpedoed those ideas. It would have been cool to see Rey trying to make sense of how she has these odd powers or why she is an enigma. Almost like: “Who am I? Am I meant somebody or just some other scavenger trying too survive?” We do see some of that in The Last Jedi but they would have planted those seeds in the first film. Keep in mind, that its just my opinion.

Going back to George Lucas and the controversy surrounded Bob Iger’s admission, I often told my sister that Kathleen Kennedy should have not had a hand on the creative side behind Star Wars. At best, she should have just done her job with running the operations or the day-to-day and let the directors and producers do their job. Maybe we’d have a different Star Wars with the same characters but better story telling. It would have been a Star Wars that was Star Wars. A story of discovery, learning, struggle, growing, and prevailing. Maybe that was what George Lucas wanted. At least that’s how I see it. But then again, I know that Disney sees this story differently from a their own galaxy that is far, far away.

 

 

 

 

 

Fun at Phoenix Fan Fusion

I hope that all of you are had an awesome Memorial Day weekend. I am grateful for all the sacrifices the brave men and women made to preserve our freedoms. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here and I can say that I probably would not be doing what I am doing right now: writing this blog.

Speaking of Memorial Day, the week before Memorial Day is always a favorite time for me because every year, I attend Phoenix Fan Fusion in Phoenix, AZ. Fan Fusion is Phoenix’s very own comic book and pop culture event and this year it was from May 23th to 26th. Like the San Diego Comic Con and like any convention, it has its vendors, panels, and guests. Two years straight, I only went to the event every Sunday however, I decided to go all four days and I have to say that it was uber fun.

On the very first day, I went to a writer’s workshop which involved science fiction. The workshop delved into how science fiction was not really far off from our reality. Certain topics discussed involved the physics behind Iron Man or the multiverse.

Next, I went to a panel called “So You Want To Know Comics?” This was a very interesting panel since it was hosted by two owners of Cab Comics in Flagstaff, AZ. In the panel, they talked about finding the hidden gems when reading various comic books. I have also learned about how some comics can be ordered trough the store using an app called Comicshub (might use it someday since there are several back issues I would like to order). We also talked about the revamped origin stories of superheroes as well as character development in comics. The biggest takeaway from that panel was the passion that comes with reading comics.

Day two of Fan Fusion got even more amazing and it took me back to my childhood. While standing in line to get an autograph from Amy Jo Johnson, Kimberly, the original Pink Power Ranger, I was once again six or seven years old and I realized that I had forgotten how much of a crush I had on her. She was and still is pretty to this day.  Amy Jo Johnson was really sweet and friendly especially when I told her that she was the one and the only Pink Power Ranger. Throughout that whole time, I was nervous but I pulled through and got the autograph.

Before that, I went to an awesome writer’s workshop that was hosted by Bryan Young, a freelance writer from Utah. Young has written for starwars.com and the Star Wars Insider magazine. This was a really awesome  panel for me because as an aspiring freelance writer, I had gotten a lot of awesome advice. Young had encouraged me to keep at my writing by hustling and forming relationships with editors, audiences, and fellow writers. I had also learned how to pitch ideas to editors in a professional manner.

On the third day of the event, it was just as amazing but it also was a day that really struck a cord. I say this because it was another day that took me back to my childhood since it involved Ray Park, the guy who played Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (I will write an additional article on this awesome experience). To cut the long story short, I went to go get his autograph and when I was next, we just had a conversation about Star Wars and the Solo movie. But then it somehow got to exercising. He told me that he had hit a slump after getting injured but decided to get back in shape and that ever since, it has helped him. I told him that I had some trouble accepting the fact that I’m thin and that people at my work made comments about my body. Park looked at me and told me that what people said about my body did not matter and that I looked like I was in good shape. Even a fellow fan commented that I looked great and not to take what people said about my body personally. That moment, I felt my self esteem and confidence skyrocket. Here was Darth Maul giving me a pep talk like Mikey Goldmill to Rocky Balboa. Park also gave me advice on how to exercise and that it was not about being buff. That was a really cool experience and one that I hope to tell my children and grandchildren about. 

On that same day, I purchased a hardcover copy of Batman vs Deathstoke graphic novel which was written by Christopher Priest. Priest was also at the event and had a little chat with him. He was hilariously talked about how he came about writing the story that involved a custody battle between Batman and Deathstroke over Damian Wayne. Priest was awesome to talk to and autographed my copy.

The next two days were devoted to going to more panels and going on a shopping haul. I bought eight funko pops, one of them being a Daryl Dixon (from Walking Dead) on his motorcycle bike. I also purchased a Walking Dead statue of Negan which I was surprised no one snagged.  I also bought a Star Wars Black Series action figure of Boba Fett and a Pikachu phone charged. Furthermore, I purchased the entire Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness comic series and Frank Millers Dark Knight Part Two.

I also connected with a comic shop in Glendale Az, called Drawn to Comics which has a cool podcast. I told them about the Podcast from Earth-2 which me and a group of friend collaborate on and they said that they would give it a listen. I hope to work with Drawn to Comics in the future or do something awesome involving our podcasts.

This year’s Phoenix Fan Fusion was really fun and I am looking forward to attending next year. Who knows how might come to the event or what panels would be scheduled. All I know is that I am looking forward to having another awesome experience like I did this year.

Are there any special or awesome moments you had at any of the comic or pop culture conventions you went to? Please feel free to leave a comment and don’t forget to hit the like button and subscribe if you like this article.  🙂

Review: Age of Rebellion: Han Solo – Running from the Rebellion

Writer: Greg Pak

Artist: Chris Sprouse

Inks: Karl Story

Color: Tamra Bonvillain

Han Solo has been my favorite Star Wars character since I was 10 years old. My first Star Wars action figure was a Han Solo with a Jabba the Hutt figure that my dad bought me. Right now, I have a Han Solo action figure  in Hoth gear sitting on my shelf at my office.  Years ago, my mom and sister bought me several Han Solo books for Christmas and I bought a Han Solo comic. And a year ago, I saw Solo: A Star Wars Story which I thought was a really cool film (unpopular opinion to some fans). Han Solo is basically in my Mount Rushmore of favorite superheroes next to Batman, Superman, Captain America, and Robin (Damian Wayne).  So, it is no surprise to myself that I bought the Han Solo Age of Rebellion comic. Because I am a fan and I wanted to see the Star Wars Universe through the eyes of our favorite smuggler once more. And in this issue of Age of Rebellion, we get just that.

The story starts of almost immediately after the Battle of Yavin where Han and Chewbacca are counting the money the 17,000 credits they have earned. Han tells Chewie that they could pay off Jabba and make much needed repairs to the Millennium Falcon.

Before any plans could be made, Han and Chewie’s plans are cut short when the farmboy turned Rebel Alliance hero Luke Skywalker asks Han for a favor to smuggle goods to a planet that the Rebel Alliance is using as an outpost. Han, as always, is reluctant but eventually goes along with the request after much convincing from Chewie.

During this time, Solo runs into a group of old smuggling friends after breaking up a fight between them and a group of Rebel soldiers. The smugglers poke fun at Solo for being a Rebel much to his ire.

However, Akko, Han’s old friend, offers to do a smuggling job to get some money on another planet. Han accepts but things go south when one of the smugglers inadvertently gets the attention of an Imperial patrol.

Fortunately, Han saves his friends from the Imperials by emptying his ship of everything including the supplies and money. Han and Akko’s group part on good terms and Han returns to the place where he dropped the Rebel supplies. Han thanks the planet’s locals for looking out for the supplies but they want Han’s credits in return which the smuggler reluctantly relinquishes. It is here we find out why Han was not able to pay back his debt to Jabba the Hutt. Han Solo AOR

At the end of the comic, Han delivers the supplies to the Rebels on the outpost planet. The Rebels thank Han and call him a hero. Despite Han reminding the Rebels that he is not one of them, they ask the Corellian yet for another favor. And as a result, Han takes on another job while verbally declaring that it would be the last time he does any favors for the Rebel Alliance.

Greg Pak does an awesome job of writing Han Solo as this reluctant member of the Rebel Alliance to Restore the Republic. I think a better term for Han Solo in this comic would be a Rebel-by-accident. After all, he was pulled into a fight against an evil Empire by a certain old hermit and a blonde haired farmboy. I also liked how Pak brilliantly writes Han hilariously denying that he is a Rebel to Rebels and smugglers alike. I feel that Pak took shades of both the Harrison Ford and Alden Eherenreich versions of Han Solo as he wrote this issue. We see the far more cynical Han Solo portrayed by Harrison Ford when he argues with Chewie and denies his Rebel affiliation. But we also see Alden Ehrenreich’s Solo when Han retrieves the Rebel supplies and willingly delivers them to the Rebels. The scene where Solo meets the Rebels on Calumdarian, the outpost planet, reminded me of the scene where young Han gives the coaxium to Enfys Nest. In both scenes, Han is seen as having a heart despite his gruff and cynical exterior.

I also thought the art and coloring done by Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, and Tamra Bonvillain was great. They drew Han Solo exactly like he was in A New Hope along with the rest of the characters. The colors done by Sprouse gave this story a Western feel with almost all the scenes having a sunset or dusk setting. The shade tells me that something shrewd is about to go down and knowing Han Solo, he is all about being shrewd. We even see this in the ending scene with the relieved Rebels. Han just goes back to what he has always been doing: smuggling while being a reluctant Rebel as he flies the Falcon though the crimson and dusky skies of Calumdarian.

Having said all of this, the only thing I would have liked to see in this comic was Han’s interaction with Princess Leia. Whenever Han and Leia argue, there is always bound to be fireworks or at least shots fired. Leia was only referenced by Han as asking him for a favor for a job. I felt that Leia would have been likely the one to grab Han’s ear to get him to do a job for the Rebellion rather than just Luke alone because, even if Han didn’t want to admit it, Leia was one of the reasons why he stayed with the Rebellion. Luke was a reason but it was that princess from Alderaan that slowly made Han forget about paying Jabba for the moment and help the Rebels anyway he could.

Or another suggestion would have been to have almost all the characters from Leia to C-3PO or General Jan Dodonna asking Han for favors much to the annoyance of our friendly neighborhood smuggler. That would have made this comic even more awesome and would have exposed Han’s true character through his gruff exterior.

Otherwise, I enjoyed this story. Even if you’re not a Han Solo fan, you cannot help but see how Han starts to grow from cynical smuggler to hero of the Rebel Alliance. Any you know…it’s Han Solo.

 

Rating: 4.3/5

Life Is Like the Kessel Run

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Photo Credit: Disney & Lucasfilm Ltd.

As I sit down and write this, I began looking back at the good times and the bad times in my almost 32-years of existence. I have come to realize that I am not perfect nor invincible. I am neither almighty or immortal. I’m an proud idiot who loves comic books and science fiction, and pro-wrestling. I enjoy writing, blogging or podcasting about those genres. And you know what? I’m damn proud of it. You read that right. And it if wasn’t for my admiration for those things, I don’t think I would piece together how the the world works.

When it comes to my life and all of what I just mentioned above, I think of the Kessel Run. I write this because when I saw Solo: A Star Wars Story, I was once again that 10-year old boy who wanted to be Han Solo. I didn’t want to be Luke Skywalker. I wanted to be Han Solo. I wanted to have the Millennium Falcon as my own ship. I wanted Princess Leia to be my girlfriend. I wanted to be a general of the Rebel Alliance. Hell, I wanted to be frozen in carbonite. I wanted to tell people at the right damn moment to ‘never to me the odds.’ Say what you want but, that movie brought those desires back.

When I saw that scene of Han flying the Falcon right into the an uncharted path in the Kessel Run with TIE Fighters chasing him. There was debris that could have gotten Han and his friends killed. Or even worse. The Falcon could have been blown up in a giant ball of Coaxium. But with faith in himself and his pilot abilities, Solo beat the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. It wasn’t like the Corellian woke up one morning with a huge smile on his face and walked up to Chewbacca and said: “Ya know Chewie, I’m going to beat the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.” No, this was just the icing on the cake. Han wanted he and his friends to survive and live.

The point I’m making is that in my life, I have had to go in sometimes through an uncharted path even if I had a guide (Han had Lando’s droid L3 , albeit, she hated his guts). My Kessel Run like the one in Solo has been full of debris. One of them finding out about my diagnosis of Aspergers at age 17 and Von Hippel Lindau Syndrome nine years later at age 25. Such debris had bruise and battered me just like the debris in the Kessel Run nearly wrecked the Falcon. And yes, such debris probably would have killed me.

But even though I was terrified, I got through it. I knew Han was terrified despite knowing he was an amazing and phenomenal pilot. He didn’t want to die but he knew that he didn’t get out, the Imperial were going to blow him and his friends sky high.

I feel that we all have to run our own Kessel Run. I do it everyday when I go to work. The debris could come in the form of a customer yelling at me or a write up from a supervisor. I go through the Kessel Run when it comes doing my podcasts. The debris could come from a trolling listener who always has something to say. I go through the Kessel Run when I am dealing with VHL. A debris could come in the form of a surgery (granted my surgeon at Mayo Clinic sometimes reminds me of Wedge Antilles). I go through the Kessel Run when freelance writing. The debris could be in the form of a reader pointing out that I misquoted someone or said an unsubstantiated fact. The Kessel Run is everyday. It is in all of us.

Now as I write this, I think of WWE Superstar Joe “Roman Reigns” Anoa’i. He definitely had to fly through his Kessel Run and a debris came in the form of Leukemia. When I heard the news that his Leukemia had returned…I felt shocked and sadness. How could this bigger than life wrestler go through such a thing? Well…I don’t know the answer to that question. All I do know is that he is human. And this guy has been through so much debris in his Kessel Run. The fans booed him out of the building despite him being the good guy and going out to the WWE ring with a smile on his face. And he prevailed. But he is not finished with his run yet.

I even think of Alden Ehrenreich when many of the fans trashed him for being in Solo. He had to go through his Kessel Run when he ran into debris in the form of the many fans giving him flak and the rumors said that he needed an acting coach. For what it was worth, he did a damn good job as Han Solo and was his very own Han Solo. Even Harrison Ford said that he should be his own Han Solo. And he did it with a smile on his face and Solo actually was liked by some fans. It was a true Star Wars movie and most certainly better than The Last Jedi.

I could name a couple more examples of many people (real and fictional) who went/are going through the Kessel Runs of their lives: My grandparents, my parents, my siblings, my aunts and uncles, my cousins, my nephews, Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, AJ Styles, Becky Lynch, Rick Grimes, George Washington, Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruz, Daryl Dixon, Maggie Rhee, Glenn Rhee, Michonne, Joseph Pulitzer, Chris Jericho, Harriet Tubman, John F. Kennedy, Jackie Robinson, Clark “Superman” Kent, Steve “Captain America” Rogers, Bruce “Batman” Wayne, Barbara “Batgirl” Gordon, Barry “The Flash” Allen, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson…I can name many. We all are going through a Kessel Run. Rich or poor. Man or woman. Republican or Democrat. Black, white, yellow, brown, green, red, blue. The Kessel Run does not discriminate. You will go through it just like Han did, I promise you but, it will be fun and worth it as long as you have faith in yourself. And it would be scary but it would be fun.

In conclusion…I just wanted to thank Han Solo (Harrison Ford and Alden Ehrenreich) for helping me make sense of my life. If it wasn’t for Han Solo, I feel like I wouldn’t get some part of my life. In some sense…I feel like Han Solo an influence on my life much like Zorro was to Batman.

Superman made me believe that a man could fly. Batman made me believe that a man could fight through tragedy. Han Solo made me believe that a man can overcome the odds as long as he told the doubters to: “Never tell me the odds!”

My final message to you people: never let anyone tell you the odds, no matter the debris in your life called the Kessel Run.