What the New ‘Star Wars’ Movies Need: Garindan

By Ryan Rigley

Now that “Star Trek Into Darkness” is finally out in the universe, director J. J. Abrams can finally focus on a different universe all together: the Star Wars universe. Last week, Schmoes Know released the highly-sought after potential plot synopsis for “Star Wars VII” that was apparently intercepted from Bad Robot Productions. “Two 17 year old twins, a girl and a boy, are trained by their uncle Luke to be the greatest Jedi’s in the galaxy,” states the alleged plot synopsis. “Problems arise when the male twin turns to the dark side.”

This, of course, alludes to both Jaina Solo and Jacen Solo being the focus of the new trilogy; two characters made popular by the Star Wars Expanded Universe. While this information makes heaps of sense, we can’t help but wonder how accurate these reports really are. We also can’t help but wonder which minor characters from the original trilogy will be making the leap over to the new. Take Garindan for example, the Kubaz spy who sells out Skywalker and the gang in “A New Hope.”

Often considered the greatest spy in Mos Eisley, Garindan was born on the planet Kubindi where he was forced to live underground due to the massive amounts of radiation caused by erratic weather patterns. Hence the dark goggles and hooded cloak. Also known as Long-Snoot, Garindan’s name translates to Blessed One,” “Burnt wood,” “dust from a windstorm,” “ugly,” and “toast” in five separate languages.

Not much is known about this infamous informant other than the fact that he is extremely wealthy as a direct result of hiring his skills out to the highest bidder; usually Jabba the Hutt or the Galactic Empire. In the beginning of “A New Hope,” Garindan can be seen helping Imperial forces locate C-3PO and R2-D2 boarding the Millennium Falcon on Docking Bay 94.

Although Garindan only appears in “A New Hope” for literally 5 seconds, he still plays a very crucial role in the battle between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance. If it weren’t for him, the Imperial forces on Tatooine would have never found the droids that they were looking for. Also, it’s fairly certain to say that Luke Skywalker may or may not have a small score to settle with this Kubaz criminal.

Being a spy of such high accord, Garindan could potentially pop up anywhere within the oncoming “Star Wars” trilogy. Perhaps we could even get a glimpse of his bounty hunter cousin, Udin. In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the Rebellion actually interrogates Garindan on the whereabouts of his bounty hunting family member. Plus, judging by the supposed leaked plot synopsis for “Star Wars VII,” it seems like Expanded Universe material isn’t entirely out of the question.