Oh,sidestep. Don't get me started. btw,Hi!
Of the 2 versions I say...
HAN FIRED 1ST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He was well within his rights and completely in his character.
Han Solo,at this point in his life, is someone who lives on society's fringes. And except for Chewbacca ,he goes it SOLO. ALONE. Distracting Greedo with a hand gesture then shooting him under the table demonstates the cunning and quickness that have allowed Han to SURVIVE. SOLO.
With a gun pointed at him,and with one of Jabba's hunters making it clear he wants to KILL HAN-directly or indirectly-Han has every right to defend his life.
And heck,he tried to reason with him,right?
Hello! I loved the movies but didn't read the books.. The only sci fi classic books like that that I did read was the 2001, 2010, 2061 and 3001 series by Arthur Clarke. 2001 and 2010 were really good, 2061 was ok and 3001 was bad IMO. I've read more of Stephen King's works, the dark tower series in particular that I liked and am waiting for that series to make it to the big screen.
Anyway, The problem with Solo is this: What is the central idea of a character in any story.. How they grow/change, for bet better or worse.. in other words.. their arc..
When we saw Solo shoot first, we saw someone who was an outlaw, tough guy, caring for no one but himself.. A point that Lucas makes several more times in the movies.. But throughout the original movies we see Han grow, become a hero, wanting to stay and fight, caring for others.. a true conversion. It is a good story arc, albeit not the main story arc but still important.
By Greedo shooting first it does become more of a self-defense (not to mention poor aim on Greedo's part) and Solo is less a outlaw and more of a desperate guy lucky to live after that encounter.
That's my opinion of why I don't like it. In a related subject it was great to see Chewbacca on his home world in episode 3. Giving a great character a bit more depth.
So did you like the prequels? Like I said, it was a different perspective watching them as an adult. The idea that these movies that were so important to me as a kid are now just a another set of movies that was such a small part of my world was interesting to me. In many ways I didn't get as upset as others because I just didn't care all that much. Are they perfect? Nope, could they? I don't think so.. Are they a good way to waste time? Sure..