Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Truth can be Stranger than Fiction
Ahhhhh. Who among us hasn't watched that scene at the end of ROTJ and wondered what happened to this happy crew? Leia moving on to President of the Galactic Senate. Luke recruiting throngs of new Force users and sculpting the Jedi Order with his naive hands. Han Solo....doing exactly what? And Lando ending up where, I wonder? I mean, just look at ole Lando up there in this photo, his eyes on some fuzzy, little female Ewok across the way, shimmying to the tribal music in a low cut dress. Who knows were Lando ended up after that night? But, seriously. In spite of the whole EU I still give thought to my own post-ROTJ canon and it gets a little fuzzy, at least for me, once you get past Luke and Leia (the Jedi and the politician). Isn't this something we've all given quite a lot of thought about? Of course, we have! That's why we're here. And if you haven't, you might want to move along. Move along. This is not the blog post you are looking for....
Anyway, on that note, Zyra emailed me and let me know that Lando was on 'Dancing with the Stars' the other night. Now, I don't watch 'Dancing with the Stars' so this is something I would've never known about if not for my 'finger on the pulse of all things SW across all mediums', beta-reader extraordinaire, Zyra. For this, I thank Zyra profusely. I had been at the ballpark at the time of the airing (for the start of Little League) but Zyra promised me it would probably be on Youtube the next day and she would send it to me in a link (which she did). I have to say, it was really fun to watch. I mean, really enjoyable. Hilarious and notstalgic all wrapped up into one mediocre dance routine. Not to spoil it too much (because you can see it for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HNRilkfyq4 - just copy and paste that, you know the drill) but this isn't just Billy Dee all by himself and me using my imagination that it is Lando post-ROTJ doing this. But this is Billy Dee in full Lando regalia (cape and all) with Storm Trooper back up dancers and several other cameos. Not to mention what his partner is dressed liked. Priceless stuff this really is. Really, go watch it and then come back. I'll wait.
See? I told you so.
Well, after the initial novelty of this wore off and I quit smiling from ear to ear and sending links to everyone I knew that would appreciate it (ie, my husband), I got to thinking. I often struggle with what the SW characters do post-ROTJ. Honestly, mostly with Han Solo. Poor guy. But really I've struggled with Leia, too. Would she be fed up with politics, ever? Would her relationship with Han change her priorities? I think so, but just how much so and how drastically? Well, after seeing Lando spinning (warning: Spoiler, you better go watch that video before you read any further) Slave Leia around in a Cha Cha, I began to think that maybe I had been over thinking things. Just a little.
Now, this (the Dancing with the Stars gig) is something I could totally envision Lando doing post-ROTJ in the actual Star Wars universe. Hell, slave Leia and all (meanwhile keeping his fingers crossed that Han and Leia wouldn't find out or see). So why do I attribute a much stodgier existence to the big three? Luke all Jedi obsessed, Leia all politically engrossed and Han becoming at best a squadron trainer or something or other that's pretty respectable and nowhere close to a pirate smuggler. All of this reminded me of an old fanfic called: Perfect Pairs by Great One. Just a fantastically funny story about our SW gang (post-ROTJ) going on a television show. It's brilliant. Go read that and come back. I'll wait again.
See? I told you so, again. :-)
Perfect Pairs is a perfect example of what some light-hearted reality would look like for these guys. I mean, post-ROTJ Leia ends up with Han Solo, there's no way she lives as some frigid politician. Han melted her and IMO will keep applying that heat until one of them is dead and buried (or spaced, or whatever they do in the GFFA). So, does Lando on 'Dancing with the Stars' make me rethink what my headcanon might look like for Luke, Leia, Han and others? Quite possibly. And for that, I thank you Billy Dee Williams, you and your 77 year-old body with a double hip replacement, arthritis in your back, heart attack survivor, getting down with Slave Leia and mixing it up with Artoo Detoo and a bunch of Ewoks. BRAVO. Bravo for keeping it real Lando Calrissian and never apologizing for how and where you find your happiness. You've just moved the gang one step closer to a warehouse loft on Nar Shaddaa overlooking the redlight sector where Chewie is a bouncer at a local gambling establishment (pulling down big bonuses for every arm he yanks out of socket), Leia works as a high-end clairvoyant (using her Force abilities to dole out life-changing advice) and Han runs a sold out trip on the Millennium Falcon through the Kessel Run at least three times a day in less than twelve parsecs each. LOL! Just kidding. But you get the picture, right?