[Minor spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story ahead]
Hidden between the intergalactic origin story of one of our favourite nerf herders lies a really cool nod to one of the worst Star Wars video games ever created.
During the break-in on Kessel, Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra swiftly takes down a foe bearing down on her, before opening the door for Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett. He asks her how she did that, and she explains that, following her separation from Han (which happens early in the film), she learned the art of Teras Kasi.
Sure, though most viewers would completely overlook such a throwaway reference, some hardcore fans may recognise this very obscure deep-cut. Basically, it’s a reference to a Sony PS1 game called Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi from 1997. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, then don’t worry as you’re probably in the majority there. Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi didn’t sell particularly well and it didn’t review very well, either.
IGN gave the game a 4/10 saying, “Watching the fighters move is almost like watching animated versions of the Kenner toys.” Essentially, it was a very sluggish Tekken-style fighting game knock-off with a Star Wars wrapper. Specifically, Teras Kasi is the brutal fighting style that female warriors in the game’s lore used to take down their opponents. Crazy, right?
In other Star Wars news, it’s looking like Solo has pretty much bombed at the box office. Despite raking in $85 million during its opening weekend, that figure was significantly below expectations compared to Disney’s internal projections.
Still, Ron Howard recently tweeted out that though the pic had underperformed, Solo’s box office earnings are a personal record for the US director, who is known for acclaimed movies like A Beautiful Mind and the 80s fantasy classic Willow.
Our very own Hayden Mears recently reviewed Solo: A Star Wars Story and described it as so: “With Solo, director Ron Howard delivers an honest, exciting, and thoroughly enjoyable blockbuster packed tight with everything that makes Star Wars the phenomenon it is.” You can read his full in-depth review here. Plus, if you want to check out how Solo connects to the larger Star Wars universe, you can read more in-depth here. As always, we’ll keep you up-to-date with everything from that galaxy far, far away.