Vodcast: Rogues, Religion and Robot Romance in Solo: A Star Wars Story


I get the chance to talk with Paul Asay and Bob Hoose on the upcoming Star Wars Film: Solo. We dive into the appeal of the “rogue,” the spiritual connections associated with the film and a newly kindled robot romance. It’s all pretty exciting … even when you don’t know immediately know who “Solo” is.





Who wrote this?

Kristin Smith is the most recent addition to the Plugged In team. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. When she's not writing or editing, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Eddy, and running through Colorado Springs’ Garden of the Gods. She loves coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan), and is eagerly awaiting the birth of her first baby, Judah.

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ElvenPadawan More than 1 year ago
I haven't yet watched this vodcast, but I did have a quick thing I wanted to say in relation to a LOT of comments I'm seeing from fellow Star Wars fans who seem to be on the conservative side of the spectrum. Honestly, I don't see what the big problem with L3 is. I personally loved her! Everyone in my theater laughed at pretty much every line she said, and I didn't find anything overly "weird" about the idea of Lando possibly having feelings for her, not when I think about how much "weirder" Star Wars has gotten in other areas of the story. Besides, this is LANDO CALRISSIAN. Come on, people. Not the mention the fact that the healthiest romantic relationship Star Wars has shown on-screen so far IMHO is the human-alien duo of Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla from Star Wars Rebels (and I must say that I didn't agree with every aspect of their relationship towards the end of the show, but overall, the majority of it is a fantastic example of how married couples should work together side-by-side as team leaders.) And I didn't see L3 being anything of the "SJW" character that many are fuming about; I mean, yeah, she was a "droid rights activist," but I didn't think that was at all a push for a political message in our own world, but a very realistic role that fits the in-universe story very well. And if the problem is with having a female droid to begin with, I'm sorry, but I honestly can not join in the hate on that. Because although I'm a conservative who isn't pleased with the idea of having political messages shoved into her favorite film series, I'm also a girl who draws great inspiration from fictional characters, and grew up thinking that it was somehow "against the rules" for girls to be Jedi, and I can't help but be so happy that there have been so many great new female (whether those be organic or droid) characters in the series.
charitysplace More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to watch the video (yet) since I haven't seen Solo (yet), but I just wanted to say: Kristin, I'm really enjoying seeing you on the Plugged In Team, especially with your review of On Chesil Beach. With all due respect to the male team members, I feel the movies aimed at women should be reviewed by women. I enjoy seeing your name under reviews and reading your thoughts. :)
Joshua Kroeger More than 1 year ago
“Heart of gold”, Paul...I think you’re right, heehee!  Kinda like the lovable rogue Mal in the show Firefly, who is a thief but will ultimately do the right thing in a moral dilemma.

But yeesh, that droid was annoying, and the movie showing that this relationship “works”, as she put it, was creepy.  I liked the movie overall, but this SJW droid was not a highlight for me.
seraph_unsung More than 1 year ago
Personally I was glad to see that the Force had almost no role in "Solo," since I felt like this helped the movie's rules be much more internally consistent instead of feeling like certain characters were given too much ability to bend reality to their will—in other words, it was generally easy to understand and predict the heroes' and villains' capabilities at any given time.