It is instantly demoralizing. If a bunch of storm troopers busted in, chances are Han or Chewie would whip out the blasters and start firing. This way the targets are caught unawares, show blatantly that they are meeting overwhelming force, and within seconds neutralized. No heroic last stands, no fiery martyrdom, but 3 captives with minimal fuss.
I do have canon quotes to back it up ;-)
Ford claims to be honoured to appear in Star Wars now.
As quoted in this article:
"It should have felt ridiculous!" Ford barked, when asked about returning to the franchise. "Here I was, doing something I did so long ago." I could feel the fans around me steeling themselves.
And then Ford paused, ...
Actually, yes. There were initial plans for Han Solo to show up in Revenge of the Sith.
Screencrush has an article about it.
The book The Art of Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith includes concept art of a young Han Solo and two blurbs about the original idea.
Concept Artist Ian McCaig explains:
It’s not in the script anymore, but we were told ...
This was addressed in the (now Legends) EU novel Rebel Dawn. In short, the barrels of spice were already inside the smuggling compartments when Han and Chewie detected an Imperial ship bearing down on them. Han knows that the compartments are sufficiently shielded to pass inspection by bored customs officials but they won't stand up to the scrutiny of an ...
It depends on how you define "timeline of the Original Trilogy" - if you mean only what is shown on the screen, then Skooba and Valorum's answers are correct.
If you take timeline a bit more broadly, and from an in-universe perspective, just a single day after the end of Return of the Jedi, then the answer is:
Yes - Han knew.
From the new canon novel ...
JJ Abrams is pretty clear:
In the same interview, co-writer Michael Arndt says much the same thing:
Of course, Harrison Ford has been very vocal about the fact that he wanted this to happen as far back as Return of the Jedi:
This interview is one of many in which he said this.
The script also describes the event in pretty ...
Kylo believes that Han was a disappointing father. At the same time, ideological male figures dominate his world view.
After Kylo scans Rey's mind and finds that she considers Han to be like a "father she never had", he tells her,
"He would have disappointed you."
We have no evidence of Kylo's opinion of Leia as you point out, but he clearly believes ...
The dinner-with-Lando scenario makes a lot of sense if you consider the Bespin situation from Vader's perspective. Consider what Vader knows about Han and Chewie. (I'm drawing from the movies only, not all the cartoons and books). Solo is shacked up with the Princess, and has risked his life alongside Luke and the Rebels, but maybe he or his Wookiee can ...
Han did not find out about the Vader/Anakin connection before the end of Return of the Jedi.
Luke had previously told Leia that Vader was his father, and then that she was his sister.
But when Leia tells Han she and Luke are siblings, she does not go further and reveal who their father is.
No Disney canon info I'm aware of.
In EU canon, there were two reasons:
This was a standard tactic used by him successfully before
It was far less risky (yes, a hidden compartment is hard to detect, but not impossible).
Han’s mind raced. “Chewie, we ain’t gonna be able to outrun these Imps,” Han said. “And we’re outgunned. But we’ve lost that guy on our ...
EU (Legends) based answer
The journey of Han Solo from Imperial Officer to Rebel Alliance general was a long and interesting one. He did attend the Imperial Academy at Carida, and graduated at the top of his class with the rank of Lieutenant. As told in the Hutt Gambit,
However, his hard-earned military career was short lived. In 5 BBY, he was ...
According to Alan Dean Foster's TFA novelization, it was Ben.
A request that wouldn’t go away, he knew. It would never go away. He made up his mind. Instead of retreating, he advanced. Instead of running for safety, he took up the challenge. There was no real choice, he told himself as he advanced to the edge of the walkway. And called out.
There's absolutely nothing in the Original Trilogy films (nor their novelisations) to indicate that Han learned of Vader's identity.
Luke refers to Vader as his father in his coversation with Leia, but there's nothing to show that Han was subsequently told this secret, at least prior to the end of the film.
“Oh, no. No.” She laughed, “it’s not like ...
I don't have canon quotes to back it up, but basically his attitude wasn't that he severely disliked Star Wars (the way Sir Alec Guinness did), but he disliked:
The disproportionate weight it was attaching in his acting career. HE didn't see himself as Han Solo, but many if not most of his fans did.
He disliked Han compared to other roles he played.
According to the factbooks released alongside the film, Han has indeed returned to a life of crime.
From Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
After the Galactic Civil War, Han Solo's life took unexpected turns as
he became husband to an influential New Republic politician, a family
man and - for a time - successful racing pilot. But ...
Because his Master, Snoke, basically tells him to.
“Your self-belief is commendable, Kylo Ren, but do not let it blind you. No one knows the limits of his own power until it has been tested to the utmost, as yours has not been. That day may yet come. ...
“Perhaps,” Snoke conceded. “It has come to our notice that the droid we seek is ...
The film's junior novel indicates that the Ugnaught guards removed them:
Two Ugnaughts approached Han, removed the manacles from his wrists,
then stepped away from him. Leia watched the lift descend, carrying
Han down into the central pit. From where Leia stood, only Han’s head
was visible. His gaze never strayed from her.
Which you can see in this ...
Finn has apparently had access to entertainment programmes (of a historical nature) as well as the more mundane First-Order weapons and tactical training.
As madness ebbed and surged around him, he wandered through the
village, feeling himself more a participant in a historical drama than
in an actual battle. The horrific and all too common red stains ...
No. There's nothing in the film/s that specifically indicate why Han came back other than the exchange that occurs shortly after.
LUKE: I knew you'd come back! I just knew it!
HAN: Well, I wasn't gonna let you get all the credit and take all the
Luke and Han look at one another, as Solo playfully shoves at Luke's
face. Leia moves in ...
According to the Star Wars Official Fact File #51, transport ships and licensed freighters like the Millennium Falcon were permitted to carry a certain amount of low-energy weaponry, presumably for basic self-defence from pirates and to help navigate systems with natural obstructions such as asteroids.
Turbolasers and other high-powered weapons were illegal ...
Note: this answer was written before the re-canonising of Star Wars by Disney and the release of the Solo movie
Apparently, Solo was kicked out of the Imperial Academy (from wookiepedia)
Solo then entered the Imperial Academy at Carida, serving with
distinction. He was kicked out, however, when he stopped an Imperial
officer from beating a Wookiee ...
You just answered your own question.
it's obvious that he is not a Force-Sensitive.
Jedi are force-sensitives, Solo was not. Therefore he would not have been able to use the force.
A Jedi was a Force-sensitive individual, most often a member of
the Jedi Order, who studied, served, and used the mystical energies
of the Force; usually, the light ...
According to the film's official novelisation, Han must have known about his promotion prior to the meeting since it was an integral part of their two-pronged attack plan (e.g. Calrissian leading a daring attack with the fleet in the air and Solo leading a strike team simultaneously to disable the generator on the ground).
Madine called out: “General Solo,...
According to Entertainment Weekly, Ford has told this joke on at least one occasion, when he visited the 805 Restaurant in Peckham.
6:17 p.m. PT – What was it like working with the veteran actors?
Boyega says his favorite memory was taking Harrison Ford to a Nigerian
restaurant in Southeast London. A Nigerian man came up and said in a
heavy accent, “...
According to the official Star Wars database, Han served in an infantry unit separate from the Stormtrooper Corps.
Formally known as Imperial swamp troopers, mudtroopers are part of the Imperial Army, whose infantry is gradually being phased out in favor of stormtroopers. Mudtroopers wear partial armor, augmented with respiratory gear and sealed bodysuits ...
The only thing Han says in reference to the encounter is that he "got there as fast as he could", so there's not much in the film to give us a clue as to how. But it's not that implausible a situation.
The fight on the ship by those left behind lasted no more than a few minutes at most, plus another couple minutes to for Qi'ra and Han to part ways. That ...