Novelist and Star Wars fan John Scalzi often pontificates the finer points of the saga as only a fanboy can. Read his latest column about why he thinks Chewbacca is the best sci-fi sidekick ever!
1. He’s alien
Dude’s a seven foot pile of shag who walks around naked, save for a bandolier. He communicates by howling. He’ll rip the arms off a droid just to make a point about sportsmanship. Face it, you’re not going to run across anyone like that on a day-to-day basis.
2. He’s not too alien
At the same time, he’s not a gelatinous mass or a cold-blooded reptile — he’s furry and (almost) kind of cuddly, has sympathetic blue eyes and a Scooby Doo-like streak of neurosis in him, allowing Han to berate him from time to time in an amusing fashion.
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Three Cheers for Chewbacca: SciFi’s Ultimate Sidekick (via AMC)