|The guy on the right is Greedo (in case you didn't know). The animation in this show is|
bar none the best I have ever seen from a syndicated cartoon series. Look at the detail.
Greedo is probably the most famous of the bounty hunters to appear in Star Wars canon outside of Boba Fett. And honestly, the only reason everyone liked Boba Fett was because he wore cool looking armor that's now copied by every first-person shooter from Crysis to Halo.
Greedo's race is Rodian and he lived in Mos Espa alongside the young Anakin Skywalker (who became Darth Vader) and he met his end by Han Solo, which is where we get the whole "continuity" controversy that I shall talk about below.
|This scene in the Mos Eisley cantina is probably the biggest controversy of the films.|
Who shot first?
In the original 1977 release of Star Wars, Greedo did not shoot at Han at all. When Lucas re-released the film in 1997, Greedo gets a badly-aimed shot at Solo before Solo kills him. Lucas said that this change is to enhance Solo's overall heroism. But it pissed a lot of fans off...people who had lived with Han Solo being this complete roguish bad-ass for twenty years. So it forced Lucas to edit it yet again in 2004 to make it so the two shots are almost simultaneous, with Greedo shooting first. Thus Han is still a "hero" because he kills Greedo now in "self-defense" to match up with the morals of an unforgiving public.
|Having "shot first" and not out of defense is what most die-hard fans of Han Solo|
are so upset about. I personally don't care. It's amazing the implications a few seconds makes.
GREEDO'S APPEARANCE IN CARTOON NETWORK'S THE CLONE WARS:
Greedo takes center stage in the third season of this completely awesome t.v. show during episode four entitled "Sphere of Influence." Here's the plot summary:
Pantora in peril! The newly elected
Chairman of Pantora, Baron Papanoida,
is caught in a deadly political game.
The Trade Federation has blockaded
Pantora and suspended all commerce
with the system. Isolated from the
rest of the Republic, the people of
Pantora are beginning to rally
against the Senate, who have seemed
unsympathetic to their plight.
To make matters worse, Count Dooku
has come forward offering aid if
Pantora joins the Separatist Alliance.
Chairman Papanoida has dispatched
Senator Chuchi to Coruscant with the
hope that she can motivate the Senate
to act in favor of Pantora before
Lott Dod can legitimize the
In this particular episode, Papanoida's daughter is kidnapped from their quarters. Papanoida discovers that one of the kidnappers is Greedo because of some blood left at the crime scene. He goes to Tattoine, enters Jabba the Hutt's palace, and traps Greedo. Evidence is presented before Jabba the Hutt and Greedo is forced to take Papanoida to a seedy bar in Mos Eisley where his daughter is kept. Here's a clip of the shootout that ensues.
Have a great Monday.