Malcolm Reynolds vs. Han Solo


I’m Mike “Shot First” Shanley and I aim to misbehave.

This week’s mashup will be a Clash of the Captains: Captain Malcolm Reynolds vs. Captain Han Solo


Captain Malcolm Reynolds hails from Joss Whedon’s Firefly (which I suggest you all go watch right now) and is the series protagonist. He is the proud owner and pilot of the Firefly class transport ship Serenity. During the Unification War, Mal fought on the side of the Independents, or Browncoats, and moved to up through the ranks to Sergeant. Since then he bought his ship and formed a crew, with whom he has completed a series of odd-jobs ranging from cattle transport to hospital heists. This requires him to be skilled in sabotage, stealth, and strategy; all of which he has from his military background.

Captain Han Solo comes from a galaxy far, far away created by George Lucas. I am of course talking about Star Wars. Captain Solo won his ship, the Millenium Falcon, from his old friend Lando Calrissian. Known for making the Kessel Run in under 12 parasecs, Solo served mainly as a smuggler, running Imperial blockades to get otherwise contraband goods to planets that wanted them.

Right, you have to account for The Maw and-- look, it's bad enough I'm mashing these two together. Why is Boromir here?

Right, you have to account for The Maw and– look, it’s bad enough I’m mashing these two together. Why is Boromir here?

He then joined the Rebel Alliance after rescuing Princess Leia with Luke Skywalker. He was promoted to General and played a key role in the Galactic Civil War. Most of Han’s battle plans are fairly simple and usually involve charging forward. Unless someone else has explained that they have to be sneaky about something, Captain Solo prefers to rush in, guns blazing.

So… what we have here is a military man turned into swashbuckling rogue and a swashbuckling rogue turned military man. With just this information it really is a toss-up, although personally I’d prefer to follow a man who had military training into a tight situation. Besides, the Rebels made Solo a general instantly after the first battle with the Death Star in which he came in for the last 30 seconds to shoot the TIE Fighter that wasn’t Darth Vader’s. If that’s all it takes, I could probably make Grand General of All Things Rebellious in a month.


Malcolm Reynold’s weapon of choice is his trusty Moses Brothers Self-Defense Engine Model B. This revolver-like gun features two special firing systems. A conventional hammer based firing system and a NEWTECH (the sci-fi technology of the universe) Gauss/Coilgun carriage. This carriage allows the user to carry multiple shots in a single case. However it does have one drawback: its weight. Mal has shown time and again, however that he has a quick draw (i.e. Serenity (pilot)) and the weight doesn’t seem to bother him. Not only is he fast but he’s accurate as well (i.e. Serenity (pilot), Serenity (movie)), able to shoot a man between the eyes from 15 feet away while walking and not breaking stride. One last thing: Mal is incredibly handy in a fistfight. Most fights that occur on Firefly eventually boil down to a fistfight. In fact, the final battle in Serenity (movie) is a fistfight between Mal and The Operative, a man who kills people by paralyzing them until the fall on his sword.

Basically he's Orpheus from The Matrix, but with a sword. And evil. Really evil. And he knows that.

Basically he’s Orpheus from The Matrix, but with a sword. And evil. Really evil. And he knows that.

And Mal beats this guy.

As an Empire avoiding smuggler, Han needs a gun that can stand up to the challenges his life poses. His DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol is perfect for his line of work. This gun was favored by most people who weren’t Empire because of its effectiveness against Stormtrooper armor. Mind you, Stormtrooper armor isn’t the flimsy bulletproof Kevlar we have today. This stuff protects the wearer from most blaster fire and can keep a person alive in a complete vacuum for a short period of time. Not only does this blaster pack a wallop, but it also can be charged to fire a bolt twice as wallop-y and not damage the gun. A dollop of wallop for your enemies. Han modified his blaster by removing the barrel sight so his quick-draw was even faster. Which, coincidentally, is more proof as to why Han shot first. But what I think is the coolest feature is that it vibrates whenever the gun has five shots left.

It was a long development process that started with the N64 Rumble Pak

It was a long development process that started with the N64 Rumble Pak

Han’s mano-a-mano skills are somewhat lacking. Since most of his enemies are Stormtroopers or Bounty Hunters dressed in laser-protecting armor, pugilistically going about fights would get him killed faster than Jabba eating a snack frog. That isn’t to say he’s pathetic when it comes to a fist fight, it’s just that he doesn’t get much practice.

So when it comes to firearms, Han has the edge over Mal, being that his weapon is simply stronger and more technologically advanced than Mal’s. I would have to say that Han is also a quicker draw than Mal, although Mal’s aim is steadier and more accurate. When it come’s to a brawl, it’s a no-brainer that Mal could brain Han. Easy.


Malcolm Reynolds:

  • Strategic
  • Steady Aim
  • Military Training
  • Excellent brawler

Han Solo:

  • Quick Draw
  • Powerful Weapon
  • Conniving
  • Some Military Training

Here’s how I think the fight would go:

Han Solo and Malcolm Reynolds are staring each other down on some desert planet. The showdown theme from “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” plays as the two captains stare each other down. Without warning, Han draws his blaster and fires off a few shots. One hits Mal in the shoulder, but his gun is already out and he’s shot Han’s blaster out of his hand! Han scrambles for his blaster as Mal closes the distance between the two of them. Han dives for his gun and fires off another round. His aim is good and hits Mal in the leg. Han takes Mal’s now impaired walk as an advantage to charge his blaster. If he can get in one charged blast, Mal will be down for the count. Han starts backing up in order to gain time but Mal is soon upon him. He grabs Han’s gun hand in order to prevent him from firing off the charged blast and then uses his Moses Brothers Frontier Model B as a club. Han falls and Mal stands over him and levels his gun at Han Solo’s head.

"Mercy is the mark of a great man" [punches Han] "Guess I'm just a good man" [punches again] "Well, I'm alright"

“Mercy is the mark of a great man” [punches Han] “Guess I’m just a good man” [punches again] “Well, I’m alright”

Yes, it looks like in the end the scoundrel smuggler Solo was unable to stop the mischievous marksman Malcolm.

3 thoughts on “Malcolm Reynolds vs. Han Solo

  1. I very much enjoyed reading this entry and found your entry well put together. Your analysis was thorough and overall, it was a rewarding read. My only possible suggestion would be to possibly condense your future entries. I am not sure how this would affect the read, but it seemed a little long.

  2. I am not really interested in Firefly or Star Wars but the article was still very intriguing. You have a great writing style and the ability to make a topic I know nothing about enjoyable and informative.

  3. Very interesting topic! I didn’t know much about either of the captains but your blog had me very captivated. It was really funny too! The pictures you added were helpful and made it more interesting to read.

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