I didn’t see the oringal Star Wars trilpgy until 1988 or so, on account of my parents being Pentecostals who thought movies were evil. So to me they’re just ordinary movies, nothing I feel any nostalgic connection to. I actually saw Jedi first (though I’d read the novelization of Empire and listened to the radio play version of SW on NPR. Thus by the time saw Luke & Leia’s chronological introduction to one another I knew they were twins. Maybe this colors my viewing experience, but it never seemed to me that they had any real physical attraction to one another. The kiss in Empire was obviously meant only by Leia to piss off Han, and Luke was simply playing along with the former two’s slap-slap-kiss interaction. The way Carrie Fisher is desexed in the first movie also does not encourage any notion that they’re sexually attracted.
But that’s just me. To the rest of you: in the first two movies, do Luke & Leia seem genuinely attracted to one another?
Attracted? Yes. Oh my stars I have to have you now attracted? No.
She was probably the first non-relative female Luke had ever touched, and Luke was her gallant rescuer. Bound to be a few basic feelings bubbling away somewhere deep down. But her loins ached for Han, and would not be denied.
I agree with the situational attraction, but Leia was an Imperial Senator, used to travelling at the highest levels of a society where people who look like Lando Calrissian and Han Solo are freighter captains. Hell, her adoptive father was played by Jimmy Smits, who is no slouch himself. Also, “You like me because I’m a scoundrel. There aren’t enough scoundrels in your life.”
Also meant to say no, but it’s not in there either.
He was too caught up in his mission, she was too caught up wondering what the hell was going on. Then she had a spark for Han and it was brushed away.
The kiss was 100% platonic and just to piss Han off
Where do you get that first sentence from? Luke was about 18 at the time of the first movie (I refuse to even type the phrase epoH weN A except backwards), and there’s no reason to think thee’s no girls in town.
Incidentally and if I haven’t made it clear, my thought is that Luke & Leia had the kind of relationship I had with my friend Fonda in college. Though they didn’t perk one another’s interest, they got along so famously that people around them thought they were a couple, something they didn’t realize until it was suggested to them and which they found amusing. Thus when Leia planted the big one on him, Luke knew without having it verbalized that she was fucking with Han, and his self-satisfied smile afterwards was less “I am totally going to get into her pants before you do, Han,” than “You are an idiot, Solo.”
Totally disagree. When the movie was made, Lucas hadn’t even thought of any follow-up, no matter what he said later. Luke & Leia were definitely written to be a couple if necessary. The whole family thing didn’t get written until much later. The look Luke gave Han was most assuredly a “Fuck you, dude. I’m gonna bang her first” look.
As for Luke’s experience…there probably wasn’t any at all. He’s a farm boy from out in the sticks. And I doubt he was spending his allowance on hookers at the cantina.