We all know Han Solo washed out of the Imperial Academy. In Solo: A Star Wars Story we get to see snippets of Han’s time as an Imperial recruit. It was his assignment as an infantryman on Mimban that ultimately set him on his smuggler’s course…. But in a Solo deleted scene, we finally find out how Han got kicked off flight duty.
Han famously told Leia in the original Star Wars “look, your worshipfulness, let’s get something straight. I take orders from just one person; me.” Leia, of course, responded “it’s a wonder you’re still alive”. How right she was. Han puts his strident independence on full display in the new Solo deleted scene. Instead of taking the safe route, Han disobeys a direct order to eject from his smoking TIE Fighter:
Solo Deleted Scene Displays Han’s Disdain for Authority
In typical Han Solo fashion, Han vocally refuses to accept another’s command. As EW points out, the scene is anobvious nod to Han saying “boring conversation anyway” in Episode IV. Here, cadet Solo declares “this conversation is over”, switches his com off, and tries to land his dying fighter.
“Tries” is the key word in preceding sentence. In the next cut of the Solo deleted scene we see Han, with an eyepatch, standing before a court martial tribunal. Glib as ever, Han tried to defend his actions. His defenses falls on deaf ears as, nevertheless, the tribunal ultimately finds him guilty of insubordination.
Before they do, however, the commodore tells Han “I still can’t decide if you’re brave or stupid”. The smart-mouth, street-smart cadet just can’t help himself and replies “I like to think I’m a little of both.”
Before the proceedings end, Han expresses his relief that he’d only been demoted, and naïvely asks when he’ll be back up and flying again.
“Oh, we’ll have you flying real soon” is the commodore’s cheeky reply.
The Solo deleted scene would have served to segue from Han’s enlistment to the Battle of Mimban. For whatever reason, it never made Ron Howard’s final cut. That’s too bad; the scene is one of few that helps to sell Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo.