Why “Han Shot First!” Is a Moot Point

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I have an inner geek, and I’ve decided to let her out. Yes, my inner geek is a woman. Is that so hard to believe? I like Star Wars AND Star Trek. So sue me. Today, I would like to talk about a small, short scene in Star Wars.  

It’s a small matter, but it’s one that comes up time and time again. “Han shot first!” The scene has been altered at least four times since its initial showing. The question I have is, why does it matter? Greedo said he would kill him.  

For those who don’t know, the scene in question is in “Star Wars: A New Hope,” very early on, in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Here is the exchange: Greedo informs Han of a bounty a then-unknown Jabba the Hutt had put on his head. Han says, “Over my dead body.” Greedo says, “That’s the…

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