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Was there a clue to how Han and Chewie just happened to be in the same neighborhood as the Falcon as it was escaping Jakku? Was it just a coincidence? They were on a merchant mission to deliver Rathtars so its not like they were actively looking.

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According to the novelization, they just happened to be in the same general vicinity.

Han explains that the Falcon had a beacon that turned on with the ship, and that they detected the beacon.

Looking away from them for the first time since they had emerged from below, their captor addressed his towering cohort. “Told ya we should’ve double-checked the Western Reaches! Just lucky we were in the general vicinity when the ship powered up and its beacon snapped on.”

  • Of course, Obi-Wan would have told him that there is no such thing as luck. – phantom42 Dec 21 '15 at 15:50
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    +1 for the uncovering of this fact; not the root logic. “According to the novelization, they just happened to be in the same general vicinity.” So the films since Return of the Jedi (including the prequels) have been focused on expanding the Star Wars universe and expanding the scope of the adventures. But despite that… Suddenly by sheer “random” coincidence, something like this happens? “Expanding” the universe seems to have been done just to sell more junk and not add more layers of logic or depth to anything. If anything logic and depth are being stripped away. So short-sighted. – JakeGould Dec 21 '15 at 16:05
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    @JakeGould Obi-Wan likely would have told Han that the Force somehow pulled him to the system, since there's no such thing as luck. – phantom42 Dec 21 '15 at 16:07
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    That would actually be a better form of writing and exposition. In this film there is little to no acknowledgement of how weird/coincidental so many things were. No deep explanations needed; just simple allusions and acknowledgements. Maybe even perhaps Han and Leia talking when they are reunited with Leia saying, “How did you find them?” with Han retorting, “Ben Kenobi always said there were no coincidences… Maybe the Force is on my side nowadays?” Yet another reason to hate the nonsense “smoke and mirrors” non-logic J.J. Abrams brought to this reboot. – JakeGould Dec 21 '15 at 16:13
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    @Thomas no, the Falcon had gone through multiple owners over the years since Han lost it, and has been on Jakku for quite a while. Han and Chewie have not been in that area the whole time. – phantom42 Dec 21 '15 at 18:35

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