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Why #MakeSolo2Happen matters

So today is #MakeSolo2Happen day and I’m excited to be a part of it. In case you’re wondering this is a movement of fans who want to see the adventures that started two years ago in SOLO: A Star Wars Story continue.

I joined this movement thinking ‘yeah why not?’ but it’s become something I believe in. Here are some of the reasons why.

Two years old? You look great!!

Like a certain Wookiee, SOLO has aged remarkably well. It didn’t get the audience it deserved at the box office (thanks to lackluster marketing and an awful release date) but it has a strong fanbase which is growing daily

Since home release, and perhaps more since it finding a home on Disney+, there have been a stream of people who have come out in praise of SOLO and wishing they had seen it in cinemas. The audience, and the desire, is there for a sequel. Now is the time – we just need to let Lucasfilm know

Until we reach the last movie, the last Disney+ series, the last spinoff  and can go no higher

One of the most common responses to the hashtag is ‘don’t know about a movie, maybe a series on Disney+’ to which the response is always ‘yeah, definitely!’ We know with the slate bring what it is a series is more realistic and we’re all onboard with it. We just want more Han and Chewie, however we can get it

Another comment is ‘what about an Enfys Nest series, or Maul and Q’ira? And again ‘yeah definitely!’ to that too! Solo left the doors open to a lot of cool stories and we’re open to seeing them all!!

Very few people have seen the StarCave Nebula referenced in a movie (or Carida, or Teräs Käsi or…)

Something I love about SOLO is it went out of it’s way to make reference to EU (now Legends) material.

It made me smile every time an adventure, planet (or martial arts technique) from one of my favourite books, comics or games was said out loud on screen. It had the balance just right and I applaud the approach and want to see more of it!

I know who you are, you’re the good guys

One of the main reasons I believe in the movement is the positivity behind it all. It’s not a petition or demand, just expressing how much we love the movie and making sure Lucasfilm hear about our passion

If you want an example of the positivity check out this tweet from The Resistance Broadcast podcast, creators of the movement

A tweet acknowledging people who might be against them and giving advice on how not to get bombarded with tweets. In a world based on who shouts the loudest this is a refreshing approach. Please check out The Resistance Broadcast

Take a look at The Resistance Broadcast | Star Wars News Net (@RBatSWNN): https://twitter.com/RBatSWNN?s=09

So that’s it from me. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the fun of #MakeSolo2Happen day

Species of the week: Ugnaught

Ugnaught

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Gentes

Notable members: Kuill

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back, The Mandalorian

 

The Ugnaughts are a diminutive species hailing from the Anoat sector world of Gentes but are a fairly common sight around the galaxy, due to them being enslaved during various periods of their history. They are a common sight on Bespin as it’s original owner bought the freedom of three whole clans of Ugnaughts in exchange for their help building and maintaining the station. Ugnaughts such as Kuill were known as skilled workers and technicians and their services were desirable in those fields. 

Well I’ve finally caught up on the Mandalorian. No more new species (well none with names or decent images anyway) but I couldn’t move on without acknowledging Kuill and the shock of his death. He has gone down as one of the most memorable characters in Star Wars and is “I have spoken” is right up there with the best Star Wars lines

Species of the week: Shaaridan

Shaaridan

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Shaarida

Notable members: Gekko

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: The Mandalorian

 

Shaaridans are a hardy race, known for their ruthless warriors. They are distinguished by their horns and black and white skin patterning. They are otherwise humanoid but require breath masks in standard atmosphere. Gekko, a key member of the Bounty Hunters Guild was a Shaaridan. 

I loved seeing Gekko on screen, mainly from seeing the enthusiasm of actor Dominic Pace for his character on Twitter and his generally being a beacon of positivity. The names Gekko and Shaaridan aren’t official as of yet but Dominic has stated that’s how he wants the character to be known and if that’s good enough for him it’s good enough for me!!

Species of the week: Melbu

Melbu

Designation: Sentient

Notable members: Auromae Iselo

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Solo, The Mandalorian

 

Melbu are a sentient humanoid species distinguished by their large eyes and respirator horns which form an essential part of their breathing, though they also possess mouths and offworld Melbu will wear custom breath-masks which connect to their horns and their faces. Their horns are such a distinctive feature that individuals such a Cloud Rider Auromae Iselo must mask them to hide their identity. 

I loved the design of the Melbu, and seeing the same character pop up as a bounty hunter in The Mandalorian was awesome. I also adore the story of it’s design which is based on a sketch that Jake Lunt Davies’ daughter drew and asked him to put into the film (below). He turned it into a concept sketch and it made it into the final cut as a fully realised alien – awww!!

melbu early sketch

Species of the week: Mudhorn

mudhorn

Designation: Non-sentient

Homeworld: Arvala-7

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: The Mandalorian

 

The mudhorn is a powerful creature with a fearsome reputation. It’s name comes from the oversized horn which it uses to inflict serious damage on enemies. It has a thick, shaggy hide which is resistant to blaster fire. Despite being mammalian in appearance it reproduces by laying eggs, which are considered a delicacy by Jawas.

I loved the mudhorn sequence and particularly the fact that ol’ Mando didn’t have an easy time and could well have been beaten  by the creature without the Child’s intervention.

Species of the week: Ravinak

Ravinak

Designation: Non-sentient

Homeworld: Maldo Kreis

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: The Mandalorian

 

Ravinaks are large predators that swim beneath the ice of Maldo Kreis. Immensely powerful and equipped with two enormous tusks they are capable of breaking through the ice to bring down speeders and even freighters in order to devour their occupants. 

I just loved the design of the Ravinaks, when I saw the speeder pilot go down I was expecting some generic sci-fi giant snake creature (which I would have been fine with) but to see this walrus-faced creature emerge from the ice was a shock and in a really good way!!

Species of the week: Mythrol

Mythrol

Designation: Sentient

Notable members: Junn Gobint

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker

 

Mythrol are a blue-skinned humanoid species with amphibian and insectoid traits. They go through developmenatal stages with fledgling Mythrol sporting facial fins, which thye would later molt and form barbs on their faces. Indecent beings from other races would sometimes prey on Mythrol and harvest their musk.

I’m really enjoying getting into The Mandalorian so you’re pretty much just gonna get species from that for the nest few weeks! I liked the nice bit of connectivity with this race between the series and The Rise of Skywalker

Species of the week: Gree

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Gree

Notable members: Lalat’k, Beltek’k

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: The Old Republic,

The Gree are a species who rose to power long before the Republic was founded. They were cephalopods with six tentacles, two of which they used for movement and the rest for manipulation of objects. They established a vast civilization with advanced technology around 100,000 years BBY. After coming into conflict with other races such as the Rakata they retreated into seclusion. While they no longer held dominance their technology still made them beings of interest and during the Sith-Republic Cold War both sides competed to gain access to Gree technology. By the time of the Empire they were notable for historic interest only

The Gree are now Canon thanks to the visual dictionary for The Rise of Skywalker which states that their neural activity works in a similar way to Sith wayfinders