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January 6th, 2018

A character moment

Late in The Empire Strikes Back, Han, Leia, and company seek what they think will be shelter in the mining complex Cloud City, which floats in the gorgeous cloudy skies of the gas giant Bespin. Turns out Cloud City's security force, flying around in those cool red twin-pod vehicles, is really wary of strange visitors and rides herd on the Millennium Falcon, even firing on the ship to keep its pilots in line. Han, understandably, is not happy about that.

I happened upon a video clip showing a rough cut of that scene, when editors were still refining it to what would be in the final film. Dialogue's a bit different — a changed line or two would be dubbed in later — and it includes a character moment that wasn't in the final film. As in the final cut, the security person transmits that the Falcon is cleared to land at so-and-so platform; unlike in the final cut, he keeps talking sternly to Han, until Han simply turns off the comm and cuts him off mid-sentence.

I like that. Of course Han Solo would have no Fs to give, even to those who could shoot him.

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