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Tuesday, February 03, 2004
Chewbacca! What a Wookie! Arrr! Narrr! Rararwar!
It only took a decade or two before it dawned on me. How could so much time have passed without me noticing something so odd and so huge. Haven't others discussed this matter of utmost importance? I can't be the only one. This could, quite possibly be, the most crucial issue of the last 20 years.
HOW THE HELL DOES HAN SOLO UNDERSTAND CHEWBACCA?
Chewbacca speaks in growls. Everything that comes out of his mouth is a "raawrwrawrarwar" or a "euuuuuuuuuurghghu." Yet, Han can chat with him about everything from the dating tips to how to fix a warp drive. No one else seems to know what Chewie's babbling about. Only him. Meanwhile, Chewbacca must be fluent in English otherwise he'd just shake his head every time Han speaks.
The big question here is why doesn't Han speak in Wookie? Or Chewie in English? If the script had required to Harrison Ford to recite a few lines of "rarwarwarawrwr" that would have made the trilogy that much better.
Maybe I'll never know. *sigh*