Deep into The Force Awakens, Rey, Finn, Han Solo and Chewy have escaped the Guavian Death Gang, Kanjiklub and three Rath-tars on the loose in order to make it to the distant reaches of the lesser regions in a dank bar not so reminiscent of the iconic bar in Star Wars, the first movie A New Hope. The newly formed squad are there with a purpose.
“You don’t think it was by accident we picked you up.” As he lays out the truth of their conspicuous circumstances.
They have come to Maz Kanata’s bar, as Han declares it, to get a “clean ship.”
The Millennium Falcon is “home” for Han Solo and Chewy, a conveyance through the overstated time and space. Before The Force entered their lives, the Millennium Falcon was their pirate ship, their means of making a living as well as shelter and transportation. It was high seas and high adventure.
Then the rendezvous with Luke Skywalker. Life would never be the same.
After somewhere around 30 years, Han and Chewy reunite not only with the ship that meant so much but also all its “baggage”. Rough-edged memories and untended relationships float like gear adrift. Unsecured, they hazard a crash or injury in the rapid movements of today’s crisis and mission reborn.
For now they need a “clean ship” – one without traces to their identity. Who they are and where they are now risk not only their lives, but extend to life of the Resistance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to get a “clean ship” at times? Do the ways and means by which you travel sometimes get in the way of a greater mission? Are you willing to drop that? Is there some baggage to be thrown overboard to go faster and further?