Warning: Spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Solo: A Star Wars Story may have filled in the titular smuggler's backstory, but it also accidentally revealed some of Han's biggest lies from the original trilogy. Everybody always knew that Harrison Ford's iconic character would play as fast and loose with the truth as he would with a blaster, but some parts of Ron Howard's movie reveal it goes much deeper than we thought.
While it tried to do a lot - from explaining how the Millennium Falcon got its advanced hyperdrive to bringing shocking Star Wars TV aspects over to the movies - Solo's primary purpose was to flesh out Han's past, exploring what created such a stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder. Learning how he got his lonely surname was why Disney CEO Bob Iger greenlit the project, but we saw how Han formed his lifelong friendship with Chewie, won the Millennium Falcon from Lando, how the ship became the rust-bucket fans know and love (albeit not all the "special modifications"), and even the origins of his signature blaster. With props to screenwriters Lawrence & Jon Kasdan, nearly all of this slotted neatly into what was known before.
However, going back through the previous four Star Wars films that feature Han with the context of Solo nevertheless leads to some strange moments where the truth doesn't quite line up. Now,these aren't plot holes per se (mostly), rather they're there to increase Han's all-around roguishness and add layers (albeit somewhat confusing ones) to what seem to be throwaway moments.
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"It's The Ship That Made The Kessel Run In Less Than Twelve Parsecs"
To be fair to Solo, Han's brag about the Kessel Run was always questionable thanks to the use of "parsecs", a unit of distance not time, to sell his ship's speed. This led to a long-standing debate among Star Wars fans, with it unclear if Han was lying, incorrect, or operating on another level. The accepted explanation became that the Kessel Run was a treacherous area of space populated by black holes: the faster or more powerful a ship, the closer you can go to those clusters, ergo keeping the distance as low as possible.
That's pretty much the explanation that Solo: A Star Wars Story plumps for, but it doesn't want to undo the idea of a shyster Han in the Mos Eisley Cantina. After landing on Savareen, Han says to Chewie that they just did the Kessel Run in twelve parsecs, to which the Wookiee objects and he corrects: it's twelve, but only if you round down. Given that in A New Hope, Han says the Millennium Falcon did the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, he's evidently been gradually boosting his achievement. That, or at some point in the proceeding ten years Han & Chewie went back to improve their personal best.
Millennium Falcon: The Fastest Ship In The Galaxy?
An undisputed rule of early Star Wars, one that stuck to the point it was applied to general stats in all manner of EU material (especially video games), is that the Millennium Falcon is the fastest ship in the galaxy. This mainly comes from repeated reinforcement across the original trilogy: Han's Kessel Run claims in A New Hope; Lando saying "she's the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy" in The Empire Strikes Back; and Han insisting "she's the fastest ship in the fleet" in Return of the Jedi.
There's always been cause to doubt this, but after Solo that really may not be the case. The reason the Falcon was able to do the Kessel Run was as much down to the coaxium injection directly into her engine rather than something inherent to the ship, while the blanket "fastest" claims come across as another Han quirk; when playing his first game of Sabacc with Lando, Han wagers a VCX-100 freighter (like Rebels' Ghost) that he too calls the fastest ship in the galaxy (despite it not actually existing). Evidently it was a go-to brag.
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