The Ultimate Nerd Debate! Did Han Solo Shoot First?
George Lucas just can't seem to leave the original Star Wars movies alone. This has led to the one of, if not, the most famous nerd uproars in history- whether or not Han Solo shot first in the cantina scene in Star Wars Episdoe 4: A New Hope.
In all versions of the film, lovable rogue Han Solo is confronted by hapless bounty hunter Greedo while in the cantina in Mos Eisley. The two get into an argument about Han's outstanding debt to Jabba the Hutt. In the original 1977 version of the film, as the conflict between the two intensifies, Han shoots Greedo. But, in the "Special Edition" of the film released in 1997, Greedo shoots at Han first (and misses) and Han merely defends himself by shooting Greedo.
Much like how a million voices screamed out during the destruction of Alderaan, nerds the world over were outraged by this change, which seems to have been singled out as everything wrong with the modern Star Wars movies. Even mainstream culture caught on, and the change was cleverly used in a promo for Season 2 of FX's Justified.
George Lucas himself recently chimed in to support the change by attempting to pull a Jedi mind trick on America. Lucas claims Han never shot first, and to the extent it looked like he shot first in the original version of the film, it was because the angles the scene were shot at could accidentally lead the view to believe that. He justifies the changes in the "Special Edition," by saying that they were made so it would be clearer that Han did, indeed, not shoot first.
So Reckonauts, let's settle this once and for all. Did Han Solo shoot first?