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Star Wars Theory: Han Solo is from the distant past

I’m not the first to come up with this theory, but I want to share it with you anyway.

In both Episode IV and episode VII, Han Solo describes how his ship completed the “Kessel Run” in 12 parsecs. Parsecs, despite what the line would imply, is not a unit of time describing the speed of the ship, but a unit of distance.

In the Expanded Universe (which is not canon anymore) the Kessel Run is described as a smuggling route which involves evading manoeuver around a field of black holes. Smugglers compete with each other on who can take the shortest route. And Han Solo and his trusty Millennium falcon did it in less than 12 parsecs by getting very close to the black holes instead of staying away.

The thing is with black holes, they have very strong gravity. So strong, they can bend time and space in a significant way. The closer you are to a black hole, the slower time goes for you. When Han and the Millennium Falcon travelled near the black holes, time dilation kicked in and slowed time for them. When they got to the other side, hundreds if not thousands of years had passed in the outside world.

This explains why Han is skeptical of the Force despite supposedly living in the Republic era. He’s actually from a much more distant era when the Jedi were weakened and not at the forefront of the universe. Also, the reason the Millennium Falcon is considered a “piece of junk” is because it’s a thousand years behind current tech in the Galaxy.

On the Millennium Falcon, and the issue of Parsecs...

I’ve heard the discussion about Han Solo’s famous “Kessel Run” time and time again - both inside the Star Wars community and outside it. Common consensus seems to be that Han Solo’s boast that the Falcon could do the run in 12 parsecs indicates that Solo has no idea what a parsec is, or else relies on the fact that his audience doesn’t know.

This discussion relies on two main facts:

  1. A parsec is a unit of measurement equivalent to roughly 3.26 light-years. This means that a parsec is a unit of distance, not a unit of time.
  2. The Kessel Run is a smuggling route in the Star Wars universe, running illicit spice from the spice mines of Kessel to its destination worlds. It is not a commonly-used trade route, partially because the route is fraught with danger - especially “The Maw” cluster of black holes.

The main mistake people seem to make when discussing this issue is believing that Han is boasting about the Falcon’s speed. This is understandable, because Han often boasts about the Falcon’s speed in other situations, and it is natural to assume that a vehicle owner boasts about the speed of their vehicle because that is what we Earthlings are used to when discussing cars and other machines.
As such, they think that Han is purporting that “12 Parsecs” is a quantification of the Falcon’s immense velocity.

This is an incorrect assumption, however. What Han is actually boasting about is the Falcon’s ability to safely navigate the dangerous Kessel Run by the shortest possible route.
Travelling at hyperspace is not a simple matter of moving the ship directly from A to B, since there are doubtless hundreds or thousands of intervening planets, stars, asteroids, and other dangers. A ship’s computer must be programmed with a route which avoids such obstacles - usually giving them a wide berth, just to be on the safe side. The computer can also adjust itself en route if an unforeseen hazard presents itself.

Han Solo programs the Falcon’s computer system to fly as close to these hazards - especially the forbidding Maw Cluster - as is possible without being destroyed. Most other pilots would see this behaviour as foolhardy, but Han apparently doesn’t care. Because the Falcon is programmed to fly closer to these obstacles than most other pilots would dare consider, it needs to “steer” far less, and so can traverse the route in a straighter line than any other starship. This means that the Falcon completes the Kessel Run in a shorter distance than other ships - a mere 12 parsecs.

This is backed up in The Force Awakens when Rey, impressed that the ‘hunk of junk’ she’s aboard is the Millennium Falcon, marvels that “This is the ship which ran the Kessel Run in 14 parsecs”. Han corrects her by saying “12″. This therefore implies that 12 parsecs is more impressive than 14 - something which is totally in keeping with the above.

Han isn’t talking out of his arse when he boasts about the Falcon’s record, nor is he demonstrating his lack of understanding of interstellar measurements. He’s just not talking about what many people think he’s talking about, which is their own lack of understanding, not Han’s.


I just have too many feelings about these two, so there.

@petimetrek was talking Enterprise/Millennium Falcon and since all i want to draw anyway is more Ballerina Enterprise i had to. why perpetuate the most pointless rivalry in scifi history when instead you can have flirting anthropomorphic spaceships?

the falcon brags that she can do the kessel run in under 12 parsecs.
the enterprise calls the falcon a scruffy garbage scow.
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Gee, is there a movie coming out today? Here’s a selection of Star Wars paintings I’ve made over the years. Assuming you’re not spending too much time in a galaxy far far away, you can catch the first two in ‘12 Parsecs,’ a Star Wars show, at White Walls in San Francisco through January 9th. Happy Star Wars everyone!

  • Rey: *to Han* you made the Kessel Run in 14 parsecs.
  • Han and all Star Wars fans unanimously: 12 PARSECS!

So, I’ve been thinking about Han and Obi-Wan’s relationships. I’ve seen some gifsets and stuff going around. Most people seem to subscribe to the “Obi-Wan is done with Han’s shit” interpretation, and I get it, I do. The kid claims he made the Kessel run in 12 Parsecs. He acts offended when Luke and Obi-Wan (who live in the middle of nowhere both in the galaxy at large and on Tatooine itself.) haven’t heard of his ship. He’s dismissive of the Force and the Jedi.

But I propose, my dear friend, a softer, and infinitely sadder theory

So, Obi-Wan is there, with Luke, on his way to get Leia. Who are Anakin and Padme’s kids. And here is this kid, older than the others, but still young. He’s a great pilot. He’s skilled, but he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. He’s cocky for a reason, but he could use a reality check. And he’s about to spend the next who knows how many years following Skywalkers across the galaxy as they do Skywalker things.

Obi-Wan sees himself

I mean, I also think he’s kind of done with Han, but mostly I think he sees this kid who’s about to get swept into the Skywalkers path and destiny. And Obi-Wan knows, better than literally anyone, that Skywalkers are bright and shiny and amazing, but he also knows they burn out. And he’s terrified both for them, and for this cocky pilot who’s going to watch.

Because Obi-Wan, and Obi-Wan alone, knows what happens after.

But he also knows that they need it. That Luke and Leia will need him, a friend and a comrade and a brother in arms. And he knows Han Solo is talented and smart and only someone like that is up to the challenge. Because Skywalkers need it, and Obi-Wan can’t be that person to the twins. Not anymore.

And maybe Han can say ‘I love you’ sooner then Obi-Wan did.

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Superstar wars: WWE goes sci-fi

Dean Ambrose is pretty spaced-out on a normal day, but you’ve never seen The Lunatic Fringe quite like this. Take an out-of-this-world journey through an entirely different WWE Universe as Ambrose, Brock Lesnar, Sasha Banks and more of your favorite Superstars get a science-fiction makeover. 

He might not look like much, but he’s got it where it counts, kid. Able to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs and known to slip through the clutches of even the galaxy’s vilest gangsters, this hotshot pilot always shoots first and always rides solo — unless a princess happens to catch his eye.

Head to WWE.com to see the full article

Star Wars Anthology Film: Han Solo [2018] Bob Morley as The Young Han Solo We Didn’t Realize We Needed.

Follows the the trials and tribulations of our favorite smuggler and his wookie friend Chewbacca on their famed Ship the Millenimum Falcon, the ship that made the kessel run in less than 12 Parsecs as they go on a dangerous mission to smuggle a rare art piece across the Galaxy.

The early draft of the script for Return of the Jedi was more or less the same as the movie we wound up with, until about halfway in, when it took a 12-parsec left turn into the crazy sector. In the script Luke Skywalker travelled to the capital of the entire Empire, a lava planet called Had Abbadon, to confront Vader in a final duel. He winds up stranded on a rock in the middle of a lava lake, and suddenly becomes aware of someone standing behind him. He turns around to meet … Obi Wan Kenobi! Obi Wan explains to Luke that he’s come back to help him defeat Vader and the Emperor because apparently he could just come back from the dead any time he wanted, which would have been super helpful the first time Luke engaged in a climactic duel against Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. And if this wouldn’t have made the audience groan hard enough, the next line in the script is:

Suddenly, Yoda appears beside Ben.

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