‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: 7 Key Original Trilogy Moments That Make More Sense Now

The best kinds of prequels recontextualize the movies that take place after it, and that’s exactly the case with Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Han Solo origin is full of references that actually change the way we think about scenes in the original trilogy.

Here are some of the most notable examples of that, including an entire subplot that seems to have been constructed around one throwaway line in The Empire Strikes Back (page 5).

1. Lando and Han reuniting on Cloud City

Han and Lando meeting in cloud city.

Han and Lando | Lucasfilm

After Solo, the scene where Lando Calrissian and Han Solo reunite on Cloud City is viewed in a different context. For one, we now know that when Lando pretends to be angry at Han, only to reveal he’s just kidding around, this is actually a callback to when Han did the same thing at the end of Solo.

In addition, though, we now have a better sense of why Lando might have been angry with Han; he tells Han that he has “a lot of guts coming here after what you pulled.” This is presumably referencing Han calling out Lando for cheating in Sabacc.

Finally, Lando asks Han what he did to his ship, which is a valid question considering how much nicer the Falcon looked when Lando owned it.

Next: This scene is the basis for one of the main storylines in Solo.

2. Han bragging about making the Kessel Run

Han Solo sitting at a table.

Han earned his bragging rights. | Lucasfilm

When Han Solo first meets Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker, he brags that the Falcon is the ship that “made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.” This never really made that much sense since a parsec is a unit of distance, not time.

But now, it does make sense; Han is saying that he traveled the infamous route in a shorter distance than typically possible, which is something to brag about because it required him to go through a more hazardous route.

However, Solo implies that Han is fudging the numbers in this scene; it sounds like the Falcon actually did the run in slightly more than 12 parsecs.

Next: This object in one of the movies is seen in Solo.

3. Lando wearing a helmet in Jabba’s Palace

Lando wearing the helmet.

The helmet makes another appearance. | Lucasfilm

In Return of the Jedi, Lando goes undercover at Jabba’s Palace during the plan to rescue Han Solo, and he wears a particular helmet with tusks. In Solo, during the mission on Kessel, Beckett actually wears this same helmet.

So we can now presume that Lando has had this mask kicking around the Falcon for decades. In retrospect, wearing the armor Han would associate with the mentor who betrayed him during the big rescue mission was an odd choice on Lando’s part.

Next: Solo explains this incredibly specific issue with the original trilogy. 

4. Lando mispronouncing Han’s name

Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford in 'The Empire Strikes Back'.

It seems he was doing this on purpose. | Lucasfilm

One weird inconsistency in the original trilogy is that characters keep pronouncing Han’s name in different ways. Han himself says it in the way so that it rhymes with “gone,” but Lando says it so it rhymes with “pan.”

Solo actually sort of provides an explanation for this. When Han first sits down to play Sabacc, he mispronounces the name of the game. Afterward, Lando mispronounces Han’s name, possibly as a way of making fun of him for his own error.

Han quickly corrects Lando, but Lando obviously doesn’t listen. So we can now read his mispronunciation in the original trilogy as him intentionally messing with Han.

Next: This line takes on a totally new light thanks to Solo.

5. C-3PO saying the Falcon has a ‘peculiar dialect’

C-3PO in 'A New Hope'.

Was he right? | Lucasfilm

The original Star Wars trilogy hinted that the Falcon itself has its own personality. This is especially the case during a scene where C-3PO communicates with the Falcon and tells Han Solo, “I don’t know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect.”

In Solo, L3-37 dies and is uploaded into the Falcon. So the movie is implying that part of L3’s personality is actually inside the ship. As seen in the movie, she’s rather brash and a bit crude, which would explain 3PO being thrown off by her dialect in Empire.

Next: Another 3PO scene that makes more sense now.

6. C-3PO being afraid of the spice mines of Kessel

C-3PO and RD-D2 standing together.

C-3PO was right to be upset about the spice mines. | LucasFilm

Early on in the original Star Wars, C-3PO is fretting over what would happen to him and R2-D2 if they were to be captured by the Empire. He says, “We’ll be sent to the spice mines of Kessel, smashed into who-knows-what!”

olo actually reveals the spice mines of Kessel, and now that we’ve seen how brutal the conditions are there, especially for droids, it makes sense why 3PO was so scared.

Next: This line foreshadows a great Chewie moment. 

7. “It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee”

 LET THE WOOKIEE WIN C-3PO and R2-D2 learn an important lesson in how to play holographic chess against Chewbacca.

This tidbit turned out to be true! | Lucasfilm

In the original Star Wars, R2-D2 plays Chewbacca in a game of Dejarik, and Chewie becomes quite upset. Han Solo observes that “it’s not wise to upset a Wookiee” because they can pull people’s arms out of their sockets.

In Solo, we finally see that Han was offering some pretty good advice. During a scene on Kessel, Chewbacca does indeed pull a man’s arms out of his sockets. It turns out, letting the Wookiee win is probably the correct move.

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