Swagger and grace never looked so good as it did on Val. Yet, Beckett’s partner was able to embody both as we witnessed in short time in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
She was also the brains of the group. Where Beckett was impulsive, Val was calculated. She had an exit strategy and ensured her people had the right moves – even if Beckett put a wrench in those plans half the time.
The only issue with Val’s character is that she was gone too soon. The writers of Solo killed her off in such a terrible fashion that was undeserved for her character. We wanted more.
What makes Val so empowering is that she chose the life she wanted to live, even if that meant traipsing around the galaxy with Beckett. She found companionship and love even in the direst circumstances.
She also didn’t let her caring for Beckett to cloud her judgments and would call him out when needed. Val had the best interests of her crew in mind and wasn’t about allow anyone to mess them up – that’s why she wasn’t keen on letting Chewbacca and Solo into the group.
Val also was great with explosives. Fiery was more than just her personality.