The Millennium Falcon's 10 Finest Moments

Now that you know how Han got his ship, take a look back at the spacecraft's most memorable onscreen appearances.

by | May 28, 2018 | Comments

©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Lucasfilm Ltd.

One of the biggest stars of Solo isn’t human, droid, or Wookiee: it’s a YT-1300 Corellian light freighter called the Millennium Falcon. And let’s be honest: it’s one of the franchise’s biggest stars. Only R2-D2 and C-3PO have been in more films (at least, if you count the supposed appearance in the background of The Phantom Menace, which no one should), and she’s been pivotal to so many of the series’ best scenes, like:

Fleeing Tatooine in Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope (1977) 92%

Having seen the sleek version of the ship in Solo, we can now understand why both Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia think the Falcon looks like garbage when to us it just seemed like the coolest spaceship ever. But it was the Falcon’s main cabin where we really got to know our heroes: Luke learning the ways of the lightsabre from Ben, Han dismissing his superstitious nonsense, and Chewie threatening to rip arms out of sockets.

The Hoth Asteroid Field in Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 94%

(Photo by © Lucasfilm)

With the hyperdrive out, we get the first illustration of how good Solo is as a pilot and how responsive the Falcon is as a a ship, since it’s managing to lumber through an asteroid storm that’s relentlessly destroying smaller, more nimble ships. And it’ Threepio’s best moment too, prissily spouting statistics at the not-remotely-interested Solo before hiding in a space worm. You know, as you do.

The time the Falcon literally was garbage in Star Wars: Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 94%

It was cheapened somewhat by the Attack of the Clones callback (call forward?), but the idea that the Falcon’s exposed innards and modernist angles made it a indistinguishable from Imperial garbage was one of the ship’s finest moments – not least because it showed that the freighter could cling to things like a limpet. Of course, it’s the moment that made generations lament the fact that of all the modifications Solo had made, a simple side mirror would have really saved a lot of heartache to come.

Lando in the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi (1983) 82%

(Photo by © Lucasfilm)

Knowing what we know now about the Falcon’s… ahem, personality, it’s no wonder that a) she should get along so badly with the obsequious Threepio, and b) that she should respond so well to the touch of her former owner. Sure, Lando’s had a year or so getting used to flying the Falcon, but flying through the superstructure of a barely-constructed space station with a bunch of fighters on one’s tail is a tricky gig. It’s amazing they only lost the radar dish.

The Falcon reveal, and Rey’s first flight in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) 93%

Everyone roared in the cinema when that familiar shape appeared on the screen, but it was when the Falcon took off that things got real. Due in part to the special effects technology of the time the Falcon has generally flown smoothly and elegantly, but in TFA it moved like a brick with a jet engine strapped to it. That sense of weight made that desperate escape from the First Order’s TIE fighters even more exciting, since it seemed as though the thing was set to plummet at any second.

Luke’s first moment back in the cockpit, and the Porg Perch, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) 91%

(Photo by ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Lucasfilm Ltd.)

The Falcon was little more than a set in The Last Jedi, but it was the setting of two of the most indelible moments: a haunted-looking Luke, mourning the death of his friend and brother-in-law, entering the ship that was an extension of Han’s self. Although let’s be honest: that’s second to the moment when Chewie and that Porg roar at the galaxy together.

The Kessel Run in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) 70%

Let’s leave the parsec question aside for now and focus on the fact that we actually got to see the journey through the Maw around the Spice Mines of Kessel for the first time in Solo, and learned why the Falcon is a) such a unique ship and b) still kind of a hunk of junk. And we even found out why the Falcon has no escape pod, even if we’re still none the wiser as to why Han never thought to replace what is presumably a stock piece of equipment. And we know it has ample cape storage too, which is handy.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now. 

Tag Cloud

YouTube Premium VOD australia 45 crime drama Universal Winners 24 frames Syfy WGN scary movies romance Hallmark harry potter Film Festival Rock period drama Tubi Cosplay action-comedy comic book movie Starz twilight 2017 heist movie new star wars movies critic resources sitcom critics BAFTA Columbia Pictures Marvel San Diego Comic-Con unscripted Amazon Prime Video 72 Emmy Awards TBS fresh anime Turner Brie Larson Cartoon Network Turner Classic Movies travel batman docuseries movie archives BBC GIFs Rocky Dark Horse Comics Instagram Live black Comedy Amazon Prime Crunchyroll rt labs critics edition rt labs National Geographic DC Universe Fargo sopranos marvel cinematic universe Christmas monster movies Food Network CBS Tarantino The Witch Summer justice league Elton John FX on Hulu Cannes robots sports Lifetime Comic-Con@Home 2021 dexter ABC Family Chilling Adventures of Sabrina NBA Countdown Calendar Black Mirror lord of the rings Emmys what to watch Television Critics Association American Society of Cinematographers TLC stop motion X-Men mutant Logo asian-american comics leaderboard Comedy Central superman Family Awards space Song of Ice and Fire scene in color genre japan toy story Classic Film Women's History Month Netflix Christmas movies technology Hear Us Out king arthur casting E3 teaser popular AMC olympics green book talk show 4/20 composers vs. Fox Searchlight boxing movies festivals diversity blaxploitation Legendary mission: impossible Creative Arts Emmys miniseries 2020 HBO Max FXX Amazon TCA facebook spider-man child's play Video Games sequel razzies posters dceu YouTube Red Ovation RT21 biopic Mindy Kaling free movies king kong Pacific Islander doctor who pirates of the caribbean DirecTV transformers CNN james bond AMC Plus Anna Paquin 2018 Discovery Channel Endgame stand-up comedy Epix Reality Competition legend binge hollywood documentary suspense streaming movies video anthology screenings Drama The Purge aapi dc theme song latino 2019 aliens dogs children's TV Lionsgate politics crime thriller Pixar Ghostbusters Disney streaming service reboot game of thrones HBO Go debate USA Network Esquire hispanic award winner Mary Poppins Returns Musicals royal family Image Comics Disney+ Disney Plus cars Super Bowl romantic comedy PBS boxoffice 2016 tv talk Vudu 99% Awards Tour comedies TCM Sneak Peek A&E deadpool young adult indiana jones cancelled television black comedy ESPN 90s Mudbound video on demand SDCC crossover Disney Plus Biopics Toys IFC DC Comics 1990s nbcuniversal animated Mary Tyler Moore Showtime Teen VH1 TV movies Trophy Talk psychological thriller Spectrum Originals Paramount Plus Star Wars Warner Bros. Stephen King trailers police drama rom-coms werewolf 2021 Film screen actors guild natural history Disney Black History Month Paramount prank Tokyo Olympics PlayStation women dramedy spy thriller Fox News Sundance TV Avengers 2015 PaleyFest jamie lee curtis book TV Land Country revenge medical drama HBO football venice Trailer 007 TCA 2017 TV witnail Election comiccon hist GoT TIFF directors news Music 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards zero dark thirty dragons LGBT Exclusive Video TCA Winter 2020 The Walking Dead disaster Ellie Kemper toronto Holidays Certified Fresh mockumentary ViacomCBS Sundance Now Television Academy Masterpiece international First Look feel good Nominations mcc Netflix SXSW See It Skip It Marathons nature historical drama psycho Arrowverse Kids & Family Wes Anderson Thanksgiving GLAAD supernatural best universal monsters golden globes superhero Character Guide ABC cinemax documentaries french chucky TNT zombie OneApp ID Baby Yoda godzilla richard e. Grant Walt Disney Pictures docudrama Martial Arts italian Mystery spider-verse rotten President foreign Apple TV+ Infographic Watching Series ITV The Arrangement spinoff art house Interview Extras Travel Channel Nickelodeon ratings Best and Worst kong Broadway Neflix Amazon Studios political drama emmy awards telelvision YouTube slasher hispanic heritage month TruTV satire Superheroes History 71st Emmy Awards Disney Channel Freeform Spike dreamworks Holiday Spring TV cancelled TV shows 93rd Oscars gangster social media Apple TV Plus MSNBC Animation Britbox halloween tv Fall TV name the review Reality serial killer stoner cancelled CBS All Access reviews Pop TV Heroines christmas movies wonder woman LGBTQ Captain marvel golden globe awards kids scary Box Office classics Pride Month BET MCU Oscars remakes Pirates Action vampires Funimation joker all-time cults RT History Horror renewed TV shows Lifetime Christmas movies mob Superheroe south america 20th Century Fox Set visit spanish rt archives Pop adenture Adult Swim The Academy Shondaland TV One independent Academy Awards war Bravo First Reviews The CW Nat Geo BBC One CMT true crime Writers Guild of America MTV DC streaming service Musical trophy Comics on TV saw Grammys science fiction YA franchise IMDb TV Tomatazos New York Comic Con Alien USA jurassic park Polls and Games television APB obituary comic Year in Review Podcast VICE concert Photos worst fast and furious quibi canceled TV shows Rocketman marvel comics discovery Sundance IFC Films BET Awards Quiz halloween Chernobyl breaking bad Emmy Nominations comic book movies parents Sony Pictures Comic Book Rom-Com cancelled TV series Marvel Studios BBC America dark CW Seed NYCC DGA ABC Signature Opinion nfl rotten movies we love slashers spain crime Pet Sematary Marvel Television Valentine's Day Tumblr cops Western SundanceTV thriller Schedule TCA Awards singing competition TV renewals sag awards FX hidden camera kaiju blockbusters criterion live event Sci-Fi laika Lucasfilm biography basketball A24 21st Century Fox Paramount Network Peacock 73rd Emmy Awards festival Shudder book adaptation adaptation high school streaming comic books Fantasy zombies cooking worst movies Universal Pictures films Hallmark Christmas movies finale Trivia WarnerMedia versus indie game show OWN Mary poppins new york cats know your critic a nightmare on elm street strong female leads japanese canceled El Rey Binge Guide series FOX Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt based on movie target cartoon The Walt Disney Company sequels Apple die hard Winter TV ghosts live action Star Trek NBC Acorn TV Hulu E! blockbuster adventure new zealand Red Carpet elevated horror Crackle Premiere Dates spanish language scorecard