Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Greedo Shot First .. Why we're here
The handsome fellow featured in the photo is Greedo, the bounty hunter. He had the misfortune of running into Han Solo in a bar early in the movie Star Wars.
What happens next is what urban legend is made of:
There was an exchange of words and then gunfire. When the puff of smoke cleared, Greedo was slumped over the table dead. Since 1977, the question has raged - Who shot first, Han or Greedo.
The answer depends on which version of the movie you're watching ...
In the original film, it was Han who shot first.
But as hanshootsfirst.org and Peter Howell of the Toronto Star wrote, in subsequent re-releases on video and DVD, Star Wars creator George Lucas changed the scene to make it appear that Greedo shot first because Lucas wanted to make Han look less of a rogue and more of a good guy.
So what's the answer? To paraphrase Ben Kenobi, both Han and Greedo shot first, depending on your point of view.
This recap is an explanation of what this blog is about, or as Obi-Wan so aptly put it: "You're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view."
Until next time ...