It wasn’t until they released the cast list of much anticipated Star Wars Episode VII that I realized how much I loved Lando Calrissian. Billie Dee Williams brought a level of cool to the trilogy that made Han Solo look like a Jive Tauntaun. The coolest thing about Lando was that he managed to remain a rebel while commanding an entire city, because Cloud City was just small enough not to fall under the jurisdiction of the empire. Sure, he double crossed Han, but then he turned around and double crossed the empire, because no one owns Lando.
Now, I’m not too concerned about Lando being left out of Episode VII, after all, he wasn’t in Episode IV. If enough people clamor for it, he’s sure to turn up in Episode VIII, that’s the beauty of social media combined with the white house petition page.
If anything, the real problem stems from Episode III. Why was Lando left out of the prequel trilogy? Luke and Leia made an appearance. In the original trilogy, both Lando and Han refer to Luke as “kid” denoting that they’re both older and cooler than Luke. But they’re older that would mean they existed within the Star Wars universe before Luke. If Episode I featured a naked baby C-3PO, couldn’t Episode III feature Baby Lando?
I think the outrage is long overdue. It’s time we take to social media, and tweet #LetThereBeLando until George Lucas digitally inserts Baby Lando taking apart General Grievous’ body and using it to begin construction on the Millennium Falcon. Then and only then will the prequel trilogy be complete.