As I recently rewatched Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the finest film released to date in the Star Wars storyline, I had a chuckle about something that some people might call a continuity error. After the cries of “gatekeeper” died down, sane people would be able to address the supposed issue raised by the original neckbeards.
You see, the “original Falcon” appears in the background of a shot as Anakin and Obi-Wan arrive at the Senate building in Episode III. It looks as it does in the original trilogy. It does not have the paint job, escape pod, nor the other accoutrements that are seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Obviously this is because Solo: A Star Wars Story wasn’t conceived in 2005. “They” snuck it in as a reference because everyone thought it was the last Star Wars movie to be made.
Some fans have been quick to point to this as a de facto “continuity error.” If the Millenium Falcon looked as it did in the original trilogy in the prequel era, then why did it look different in the excellent Solo: A Star Wars Story?
This kind of complaint is once again dismissed through the simple act of paying attention. Lando specifically discusses how the escape pod affixed to the front mandibles is his customization. He’s treated the Falcon as he has everything else in his life: an opportunity to reflect his style.
In short, the Falcon changing between Episode III and Solo actually makes sense.
So why do I feel the need to write about it?
Honestly, I return to points in the prequels because I think so many of the complaints about them are rooted in a childish refusal to accept them. People reacted emotionally to the prequels but I hope over time people continue to come to respect them as they should.
The Jedi are flawed, the Sith are persuasive, and Anakin is a deeply flawed character. Qui-Gon is a challenging character because he is a perfect Jedi and yet even Yoda, venerated for decades, is not. None of it lines up with how people think things must have been.
Of course, none of this absolves the “sequel trilogy” of its storytelling missteps. That all has to do with another thing I’ll write about before too long.
As a final explanation if you reject the previous, the Millenium Falcon isn’t named as the same ship onscreen. As such, it’s an “easter egg” and not an official reference, so it’s not the actual ship for reasons of storyline reference.
This is why I should be class president. I can reason these things out very well.