Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Rey #1
The new Star Wars trilogy started with a massive hit, delivering the sequel fans never dreamed was possible. But even if The Last Jedi gets the most criticism, there's no denying that The Force Awakens commits the biggest mistake of the trilogy, if not the entire saga. Killing off Han Solo was a shock... but nowhere near as unnatural as Chewbacca NOT hugging Leia.
For those who may have missed this egregious error (or have simply blocked it from their memory altogether), it arrives just after Rey, Chewbacca, and the badly wounded Finn return to the Resistance base on D'Qar. Most audience members were understandably focused on Rey's arrival. But for those who were dreading the moment Chewbacca would need to confirm Han's death to Leia, seeing him walk right past her was downright blasphemous. Now thanks to the canon Star Wars comics, this mistake has just been fixed.
Even if viewers overlooked the scene the first time around, it does jump out on repeat viewings as one of the movie's few clunky moments. Director J.J. Abrams didn't overlook much in his Force Awakens shoot, but even he admits it will remain his one Force Awakens mistake:
My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them, being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other. That Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen, and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss.
Had Chewbacca not been where he was [walking slowly past Leia] you probably wouldn’t have thought of it. But because he was right there passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention.
Thankfully, the Star Wars: Age of Resistance comics have saved the day once more. Before Rey and Leia get their missing scene as the latter leaves to find Luke Skywalker, the comic book reveals Rey's departure has been significantly delayed. When the leader of the Resistance finds Rey waiting, she must apologize for being delayed:
There you have it, Star Wars fans: Chewbacca was in a daze seeing Finn struggling to survive, but eventually wrapped Leia in a hug so long it interfered with her Resistance duties. As J.J. Abrams enters the final chapter of this Star Wars trilogy, he's made it clear that The Rise of Skywalker won't please every fan. But at least now his films won't be remembered for this egregious oversight. Fans can check out the full solicitations details and plot synopsis for the issue below, to verify who needs to be thanked:
- Star Wars: Age Of Resistance - Rey #1 (2019)
- Written by: Tom Taylor
- Art by: Ramon Rosanas
- Cover Art by: Phil Noto
- After the events on Starkiller Base, Rey grapples with witnessing Han Solo’s death and confides in the one person who best understands the need for hope in the darkest and most desperate hour — General Leia Organa.
- SEARCH FOR SKYWALKER! After HAN SOLO’S fall, REY searched for LUKE SKYWALKER. But before Luke, there was LEIA. Witness never-before-seen moments between REY and GENERAL ORGANA. What will Rey, CHEWBACCA and R2-D2 encounter on the way to find Leia’s missing brother?
Star Wars: Age of Resistance - Rey #1 is available at your local comic book shop, or direct from Marvel Comics.