My Favorite Force Awakens Scene – Escape From Jakku
I loved this movie! I loved everything about this movie! In my first viewing, I felt like it was 1977 again and I was watching Star Wars for the first time on the big screen. The scene where Fin and Rey’s escape from Jakku in the Millennium Falcon is my favorite. I could not contain my joy the moment they have to run to the ‘garbage’ ship and the beloved YT-1300 is revealed. The audience exploded with cheers.
When I first saw the TFA Falcon soar through the atmosphere, in the teaser from 2014, I was so excited. I, along with most Star Wars fans, consider The Millennium Falcon to be a character in the saga and not just a ship.
With the Millennium Falcon’s help Luke learned to use a lightsaber, Han Solo shot Vader’s tie fighter into a tailspin so Luke could destroy the Death Star, Han and Leia had their first kiss and Chewie flew casual. If you are an EU reader like I am then there was gobs of Falcon stuff to read about.
At the end of the trailer at Celebration VII, when Han Solo and Chewbacca appear in that iconic corridor and Han says “Chewie, were home.” I wept. When I first watched Harrison Ford, dressed as Han Solo, step into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon in the behind he scenes reel from San Diego Comicon, I wept again. It was something I thought I would never see again. They were home, we were all home.
After the Star Wars Celebration trailer, all fans were speculating the who, what, when, where and why Han Solo had lost possession of the Falcon. It was so fun to discover where it was, how it got there and that it could still fly. We’ve seen the beloved ship fly into space, maneuver through an asteroid field and soar through the clouds of Bespin. In the Force Awakens, we were treated to an epic chase through the old battle wreckage on Jakku. The sound of the falcon flying around and through those wrecked starships was amazing.
I cringed as Rey attempts to get the Falcon away from Neima Outpost, destroys the gate and drags the Falcon in the sand. Finn tells Rey to stay low to confuse the Tie Fighters tracking. Rey makes the ship do the swooping spin maneuver we see in the first teaser and she tells BB-8 “Hold on, were going low!”. Fin shouts to Rey that they need cover. Rey answers, “We’re about to get some….I hope” At this point Rey is heading for the graveyard of star destroyers and spaceships. We then get our first look at the massive amount of space junk on Jakku as Rey makes the Millennium Falcon do something that elicited a squeal of pure geek joy from me. She does what I compare to The Tokyo Drift, in the freaking Millennium Falcon. The Falcon is dragging and drifting through the sand, port side down, from right to left, around the corner of some downed space junk. The rest of this scene is outstanding and so realistic. It is the most epic flying I have ever seen the Falcon do (until episode 8 that is). I can’t wait for the blue-ray so I can watch this part over and over again.
Below are some of my favorite YouTube videos featuring the Millennium Falcon. The one titled “The Fastest Hunk of Junk in The Galaxy” by Make it Dirty is the most fun. I recommend you check out the other Star Wars related videos created by Youtuber Make it Dirty, one of my favorite YouTube vidders of all time.
May the Force be with you…always.