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The Need for a Swashbuckler (Scoundrel) in Star Wars Films
Analyze the stark difference between Episodes 4-6 and 1-3 in terms of the lack of a Han Solo-type character. Perhaps Harrison Ford’s acting carried the first three films, but the absence of this sort of character weighed heavily on the other films and put the burden on Hayden Christensen’s Annakin. If the same would have happened in 4-6, Luke Skywalker would have had to carry the weight, and it doesn’t appear he could have pulled it off. The Han Solo story and characterization appears to have added more interest for the audience, leaving Luke’s grander story in the background, where it effectively progressed.