The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run ride has been open in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for nearly 9 months now, but it has only been recently discovered that the attraction has some secret unlock-able alternate modes. Below, learn about Chewbacca mode or otherwise called the Wookiee mode or Chewbacca hack, a new way of riding the attraction that is only available if you know the secret code.
It’s not uncommon for game developers to hide hidden alternate modes or Easter eggs in video games, usually involving a series of complex steps or a code to unlock something that wouldn’t likely happen during normal gameplay. The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is part attraction, part ride. You are recruited by Hondo Ohnaka to run a smuggling mission with the most infamous hung of junk in the galaxy, on loan from Chewbacca and the Resistance while they are hiding out on Batuu.
The mission itself is always the same although there are two other missions rumored to be in development for future release: a trip to Corellia in pursuit of a First Order train carrying coaxium. During the motion simulator ride, a flight crew of six controls the Millennium Falcon, with the Pilots attempting to get the Falcon behind the train so that the Engineers can fire the grappling harpoons to capture a train car full of coaxium while the Gunners shoot down the escort TIE fighters. Unlike most console games, the game is mostly on rails – you can’t actually crash the Millennium Falcon and not touching any of the controls still gets you to the end point we’ve tried both, click on the links to watch those adventures.
Since the attraction first launched in Summer 2019, there have been rumors of possible alternate modes. In the Galaxy’s Edge discord channel, user aluisi77 posted last August the following:
Last reservation when you had to have them in June I was doing single rider with my girl. We got split up. I got grouped with 4 teenage girls and a older woman who was with them. The second I got grouped with them one of the girls said you are going to listen and do exactly what she tells you to do. Talking to them trying to find out what it was about 3 of the 4 teenage girls pointed to their friend and said her dad designed this ride the game part of it. She went red in the face and shyly said yes. She told me her dad and the programmers hid a ton of secret things by using different button pushes before taking off in the ride. They told me about Wookie mode. They said everyone needs to hold a non flashing button at the same time to the right of their lit up one before powering up your station or aka starting the ride and everyone hitting there flashing button while holding the non lit up one at the same time as well. And Hando would be replaced on the view screen by Chewie the whole...
Stephen Williams, whose directing credits include episodes of Watchmen, The Walking Dead, Lost, and more, is set to helm Universal’s new monster movie Don’t Go in the Water. There are zero plot details at the moment, but it’s safe to assume from the monster movie distinction and the title that this is going to be some sort of aquatic horror movie – and we could always use more of those.
Variety has the scoop on Don’t Go in the Water, described simply as a “suspenseful monster movie” from director Stephen Williams. Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy is producing, along with Dan Levine for 21 Laps Entertainment, while Adam Kolbrenner will produce for Lit Entertainment Group. Adam Rodin is executive producing.
Williams directed two Watchmen episodes – “She Was Killed by Space Junk”, which featured the now-infamous giant Dr. Manhattan dildo, and “This Extraordinary Being”, one of the most memorable episodes of the series, in which Regina King’s Angela relives her grandfather’s memories via a drug trip. That episode was highly renowned for its unique visual style, so it’s great to see Williams branch out into a big movie. Save for 1995’s Soul Survivor, all his other credits are in TV.
I wish I could tell you more about the Don’t Go in the Water plot, but there simply isn’t anything to tell. However, the title certainly suggests this is some sort of aquatic horror film, and that’s a sub-genre I always enjoy. Earlier this year we saw the release of Underwater, a surprisingly fun undersea monster movie starring Kristen Stewart.
Other entries include DeepStar Six, Leviathan, Deep Rising, and more. Hell, you can even include every shark movie under that banner as well – all the Jaws flicks, The Shallows, Deep Blue Sea, and so on. The only real prerequisite is that the plot involves unlucky characters either on a boat or in some sort of underwater location being plagued by danger. It doesn’t even have to be monster-based danger. There’s Dead Calm, where the danger is Billy Zane. Hell, go ahead and include Titanic in there, I don’t care. There are no more rules anymore, folks. Anything goes these days.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: