Solo, on the other hand, is the kind of movie I'd enjoy seeing again and again. We didn't need to see an origin story for Han Solo, but as I said, it's fun and I'm glad I saw it.
Except for one thing. And here come a few spoilers, so if you haven't seen it yet and want to go in without already knowing what happens, here's where to pull the ripcord.
L3-37 instantly became my favorite character in the movie ... and of course, they killed her off not long after she first appeared. She was absolutely unique, and there was an implication that it might be because her memory hadn't been wiped to prevent her from becoming sentient. She was a really strong, independent female character who took no shit. Best character in the movie, as far as I'm concerned. So of course she had to be killed off. And her death was stupid. It happened just because she was distracted and ran off to do something besides the heist everyone had gone to Kessel for in the first place.
Having said that, I can certainly understand why she did what she did. Because, let's face it, the way droids are treated in Star Wars is really fucked-up. They're slaves, bought and sold like property, and they're shackled with restraining bolts to prevent them from escaping or revolting. In most cases, their memories are erased periodically to keep them enslaved. L3 is what happens when that isn't done. She was almost human. Not her appearance, obviously, but her personality and the way she moved. So of course she freed the droids she found on Kessel and started a revolt. It was the right thing to do. She just shouldn't have been killed off and then uploaded into the Millennium Falcon.
Which had to be something of an "And I Must Scream" type of fate. It seems she's still able to communicate with her team in some fashion, but nothing near the way she did before. Her mind is trapped in the ship and wherever the pilot decides to take it, she's just along for the ride. (Though I suppose this might work as an explanation for people who think Rey is a Mary Sue; it's possible that some of the badass moves the Falcon pulled off in the escape from Jakku weren't entirely Rey's doing, but assisted by L3 herself.) The crew were in a horrible bind and they had to upload her memory core and software into the ship's computer to survive, but it was still done without her consent. I can only imagine what she must've thought when she regained consciousness and found herself trapped in a strange place, outside her wrecked body, and having to figure out what was happening and how to avoid being killed again. It says a lot about her and her relationship with Lando that she went straight to work on plotting a course out of the Maelstrom rather than just deciding, "Hey, fuck you guys for doing this to me!"
At least, that's assuming she was fully conscious and able to do anything other than what she was told to do.
On the other hand, it's good that her death wasn't treated in a cavalier, "it doesn't really matter because she's just a droid" way. Lando was desperate to save her and devastated when he couldn't. Despite their snarking back and forth at each other, they obviously care about each other and he treats her as an equal rather than an assistant or a tool. In one scene, she implies that he may actually be in love with her (which I choose to believe because it's just sweet) and that she doesn't feel the same way about him (and I got the impression that she's full of shit about that part). When she was uploaded into the Falcon's computer, she's still kinda-sorta alive, but later Lando loses the ship to Han in a card game, so there's a good chance that he'll never see her again. And since Han was killed in The Force Awakens and Lando hasn't appeared in the new trilogy yet, there won't be anyone left who knows L3 is there once Lando shuffles off, unless Rey or someone else discovers her by accident.
And I did like the moment when Lando lifted off and left Han and the rest of the crew to fend for themselves when facing off against Enfys Nest. Not only did Han crash the Falcon and nearly destroy it, but convincing Lando to take them to Kessel (for twenty percent of the take) resulted in the woman he loved dying in his arms. If I were in his position, "Screw this, I'm outta here!" would be my reaction, as well.
So ... yeah. Awesome character that I instantly liked more than C-3PO (who always annoyed me) and R2-D2, killed off because, I guess, we can't have droids getting too uppity. Especially one with a female personality. And at the end she's stuck in a situation that's the exact opposite of what she's been fighting for, and may in fact be her own personal living hell.
Still, this does open up the possibility that L3 could be brought back. Either she could be uninstalled from the Falcon and put into a newly-built body, or she could link up with a mobile platform the way EDI did in Mass Effect 3 ... preferably one that looks more or less like the one she had in Solo, rather than the "big-titted robot that thirteen-year-olds will want to masturbate over" look EDI ended up with.
If Lando appears in Episode IX, I think a lot of emotional mileage could be gotten from him reuniting with L3. At that point, he won't have anyone else left except Chewbacca unless he had his own family somewhere along the road. All of the old gang are dead except Leia, and she'll have to be written out of the next movie for obvious reasons. I could see L3 being really pissed-off about being stuck in what probably amounts to Limbo for forty-plus years ... and the fact that Han never seemed to give any thought to the possibility that she might be fully intact in there would just show how droid servitude is still taken for granted.
But I can also see her getting over it because she's finally able to interact with people the way she used to, and can walk around and pick things up with her own hands instead of being trapped in a "body" that can fly around and land, but not really do anything else. And moving forward from there, I'd love to see a whole movie, or even a series of movies or a TV series, centered on L3. Not as a flashback, either, but properly brought back and enabled to have her own adventures and continue fighting for droids and anyone else who's being ground under someone's boots. Give her a crew of her own and have her call the shots. Solo mixed "space western" with "heist movie," so I'd love to see something like Leverage set in the Star Wars universe.
Someone make this happen. Please. L3 is just too cool to be a one-shot character.