Greedo Gets the Last Word

The phrase “Han shot first” every Star Wars fan is familiar with. It stems from the special release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1997 where George Lucas edited the film to make it so that Greedo, not Han Solo, fired the first shot in the Cantina. Subsequent releases were edited in such a way that the two fire simultaneously.

Well, we have one more variant of the film to add to the pile. The Disney+ version features a subtle change, but it’s still a change nonetheless. In this version, not only does Greedo shoot, but he also says the word “maclunkey” before his death.

Apparently, this is a change that George Lucas made before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney. And while nobody knows what the word means, Marissa Martinelli from Slate came up with the following:

After scouring the Complete Wermo’s Guide to Huttese, I suspect it’s actually supposed to be ma klounkee, a phrase used in The Phantom Menace: Sebulba tells Anakin “Neek me chawa, wermo, mo killee ma klounkee,” which is translated in the subtitles as “Next time we race, boy, it will be the end of you.” By that logic, “ma klounkee” would mean something like “I’ll end you.”

Regardless of its meaning, it seems appropriate that the biggest change in this version of A New Hope would surround Han and Greedo. By keeping it, Disney is truly honoring George Lucas who was too insistent on changing too much instead of simply moving on.

Jeremiah Zohner

Founder & Executive Producer After developing a love of Star Wars and comic books as a child, Zohner was destined to be a geek. With interests touching on computers, video games, technology, books, TV and movies, and toys and collectibles, he is the epitome of a well-rounded geek. Zohner is one of the founding members of Stolendroids. After stepping away for a time to work on other endeavors, the time was right for him to make his triumphant return to the one project that he truly loves. When he’s not writing articles or podcasting, Zohner can be found spending time with his family, managing projects for a software company, or hanging out in the gym knowing that it won’t do a bit of good.

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