What Would Living in the Star Wars Galaxy Be Like?

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If it turned out that the Star Wars universe was real and you could go live there would you do it? There are a lot of people who would probably scream YES!!!
But the question I would like answered first is what would living in a Galaxy far, far away actually be like? It’s easy to say yes to things when we don’t think about them. But sometimes when we fully appreciate the complexities of accomplishing something we feel less enthused about it. Now I am not saying that if people knew what living in the Star Wars Galaxy would be like they would all say no. I am just saying that perhaps a brief little tour might be in order before we start looking at real estate on Coruscant.

Unfortunately before we begin a lot of arbitrary assumptions have to be made about one’s life in the Galaxy since it is a very diverse universe of species, planets,  employment, and time periods. A Jedi’s experience on Coruscant during the Clone Wars won’t be the same as that of a Czerka contract miner working on Tatooine during the Jedi Civil War. So before I begin describing life in the Galaxy I am going to take the liberty of presenting the reader with a basic profile of who you are, where you are, and when you are so there are less extreme variables that would pose severe flaws for this essay. I shall try to be as general as possible to give full freedom of exploration and movement, but some background is still needed.

So for the sake of this argument you are a human living somewhere in the Core Worlds like Coruscant, Alderaan, or Corellia about ten or twenty years before the events of The Phantom Menace. You are neither poor nor rich, but rather a middle-class university student who hasn’t decided on a career yet. And from there we shall go on.

Now we must start looking at the things you are going to need to know and be ready to deal with now that you live in the Star Wars Galaxy and no longer have our real life world as a frame of reference. I am going to divide these things in categories for convenience and will be operating under the assumption that the Legends continuity holds true for the Galaxy I am describing. As much as I like the new Canon there is too little detail in it to make this sort of post work.

LANGUAGE

You will still be speaking English, but now it is not called English. It is now called Galactic Basic and it is the common speech of the Galaxy.
Sadly this doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about having to learn a new language in the Star Wars Galaxy. Almost every citizen of the Republic also knows Huttese as a second language. Huttese is commonly spoken by Hutts, Twi’leks, and other species and it is not uncommon for humans and those species to interact in their own languages while understanding each other perfectly. Learning new languages isn’t too difficult, but it is time consuming and requires discipline to avoid getting lazy. But if you persist at it you should do fine, especially if you are immersed among speakers of the language you are trying to learn.
Also another major inconvenience is that you are going to need to relearn the alphabet. The Latin alphabet we use is also used there, but it is rare and is a very formal high-class writing method not favoured by common people. Most writing in all the signs and books you will see in the Galaxy will be written in Aurebesh which is the standard alphabet of the Republic.

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Memorise that and you should be good. There is also a Mandalorian alphabet, but I think you could survive without knowing it for awhile.

HISTORY

With the real world no longer a viable frame of reference a lot of reeducation is going to be needed. One thing you are going to need to relearn drastically is history. Knowing about the Crusades, the World Wars, and the Columbus voyages won’t help you because those things didn’t happen here.
You have new wars, new events, and new dates to learn and memorise all over again!
And 35, 000 years of Galactic history is nothing to scoff at either. In the real world human history is only about 10,000 years old and only about 6000 or 4000 years of that is even required learning to live in our world. The Star Wars Galaxy covers a wider span of history that involves hundreds of worlds and species. You will need to learn of the Rakatan Infinite Empire, the Fall of the Sith Empire, The Sith War, The Mandalorian Wars, The Jedi Civil War, the Sith Triumvirate, the Ruusan Reformation, and a bunch of other things that will make all the homework you need to catch up on a major headache. And that is nothing compared to the local history you are going to need to learn. If you live on Alderaan, for instance, you are going to need to study the Organa-Ulgo feud in addition to the expansive Galactic history you already have on your plate. Good luck. You’re gonna need it.

DATING AND CALENDARS AND UNITS OF MEASUREMENT

So what day is your birthday? What days of the week do you need to go to work? What time is it? These questions may be difficult to answer now that you are in a new environment that does not use the same calendar we do.
The Standard Week in the Republic has 5 instead of 7 days which are as follows:

  1. Primeday
  2. Centaxday
  3. Taungsday
  4. Zhellday
  5. Benduday

Seven weeks make a month and 10 months, 3 festival weeks, and 3 holidays form a standard year consisting of 368 days.
And for years you can forget the BC/AD dating system since the events that system marks aren’t relevant in the Galaxy. After the destruction of the second Death Star and the formation of the New Republic a system using BBY/ABY (Before Battle of Yavin and After Battle of Yavin) will be employed but since we are in the pre-Clone Wars era a different system that was not specified to my knowledge in the EU is used.
Most standard units of measurement are the same, but if you are an American you are gonna need to learn the Metric system and Celsius since those are used in the Republic rather than the Imperial and Fahrenheit systems.

GEOGRAPHY, ASTROGATION, FLORA, AND FAUNA

If you plan on traveling the Galaxy much you are gonna need to learn Hyperspace routes and what the different planets are. The frequent stops for a traveler doing business of any kind will be places like Coruscant, Alderaan, Corellia, Manaan, Nar Shaddaa, Naboo, Bespin, etc. You will need to learn where they are on the Galactic map, what sort of terrain they have, local customs, what cities, mountains, forests, rivers, and nations are on them, and you will obviously have to learn about traveling expenses, visas, and other arrangements. And if you don’t have a good droid or Wookiee to help you, you might want to learn how to pilot a ship.
And each planet has its own variety of plants and animals. There are dogs, cats, and horses in the Galaxy, but they seem to be a rarity. Instead you are going to have to contend mostly with such oddities as firaxa sharks, bomas, drexl, Eopies, Kaadus, kath hounds, kinrath, mynocks, and nerfs. And it is the same thing with plants too. All of this points to how alien the Star Wars Galaxy is to us. However, one of the apparent advantages is that new advanced medicines have been designed that can heal injuries that we cannot heal in our world. Bacta and kolto are medicinal products of the unique ecosystems that exist within this Galaxy and have worked wonders from severe plasma burns to wampa attacks.

NEWS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND FOOD

Do you wanna watch TV? Or a movie? Well the closest equivalent in the Star Wars Galaxy is the HoloNet which broadcasts news reports and programmes regularly via hologram. As for movies there are Holovids which are fairly popular in the Galaxy. Some well known classics are Quest for Quasar, Rodian Kisses, Zeltrons in Love, and Easy Spacer. Just know that if you love Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Supernatural, or DC and Marvel comics you are going to live without them since they don’t exist in the Galaxy.
Also if you are craving pizza you are gonna face a sad reality that such a delicacy was never invented in the Republic or the Outer Rim. But if you like bantha steak or blue milk you are in luck! And while there is no coffee there are the equivalents caf and coffeine. And thanks to Timothy Zahn hot chocolate exists in this Galaxy.
In the mood for a game? Well we don’t have any Monopoly, Poker, or Skyrim. But the Galaxy does have the holographic chess game Dejarik. And there are card games like Pazaak and Sabacc you can play. And if you like NASCAR perhaps Swoop Racing or Pod Racing will be an apt replacement for you.
Like music? Well Figrin Da’an and the Modal Nodes are a popular Bith jazz band that frequents cantinas around the outer rim. You might be able to catch them on HoloNet one of these days.
Do you like social drinking? There is no Budweiser, but there is Juma Juice and Corellian whiskey.For a few credits you may find some in any local cantina. But if anyone offers you death sticks just say no.

ECONOMICS AND GOVERNMENT

Now that you are living in this Galaxy you are going to need to adjust to the new government of which you are now a citizen. In the Pre-Clone Wars era The Galactic Republic is an ancient edifice that has stood the test of time; surviving a history of wars, inner conflicts, and the differing political philosophies of the many cultures claiming membership. If you have ever taken a civics class you will undoubtably be aware that you will need to learn how the Galactic Senate functions, what the Senators and Chancellors do, what the Constitution contains, and who is in office at the time.
You will also need to learn the value of Republic money. The standard currency of the Republic is the Republic Credit which is acceptable throughout the Core Worlds and the Mid Rim. Out in the Outer Rim Territories and Unknown Regions you may run into trouble using Republic credits but for regular usage you should be fine.

ALIENS, DROIDS, AND THE FORCE

Most of the things I have mentioned are more or less replacements or equivalents to things we have here. But there are some things in the Star Wars Galaxy completely unique to itself.
In our world we do not (as far as we know) interact with aliens, but in the Star Wars Galaxy alien species are commonplace and to be seen everywhere. In addition to all the humans there are Rodians, Wookiees, Ithorians, Bith, Twi’leks, Quarren, Zabrak, and other denizens who enrich the Galaxy with a wide range of cultures, traditions, and beliefs. They also have unique anatomies which you would no doubt learn of in your travels. For instance, Wookiees have long life spans. Chadra-fans have two hearts which they can donate the way we do kidneys. Gand can drink dangerous toxins like alcohol. All these new creatures will create a fun, new learning experience. Just try to avoid prejudice and racial bias. Don’t call a Quarren “squid-head” and never refer to Tusken Raiders as “Sand People.”
You will also become acquainted with droids which are a controversial topic for many in the Galaxy. Some hate them, some are annoyed by them, some can take or leave them, and others form strong bonds with them and regard them as friends. Whatever stance you may take be prepared for the very harsh reality that droids have no rights in the Republic. But if you wish to buy one and make friends with it you certainly may do so if you have the credits. Just don’t expect to be able to bring them into a cantina. They won’t be welcome.
But, probably the most unique part of the Galaxy is the Force. You will find some in the Galaxy who are skeptical as to the reality of the Force citing it as nothing more than simple tricks and nonsense, but the fact remains that there is a mystical energy field that permeates all life in the Star Wars universe that is created by life and connects all living things together. Those especially attuned to the Force can manipulate its energies to lift objects, achieve otherwise impossible physical feats, influence others, and even generate lightning and storms.
Even if you are not a Force-sensitive yourself studying Jedi philosophy (or Sith philosophy if you are into that sort of thing) might be worth your while. There aren’t many Baptists or Catholics in the Galaxy, but there is a large number of Republic citizens who respect and venerate the Force and being aware of it and respectful toward it may gain you some respect and prestige among Republic citizens and Jedi. At least for the next 20 years anyway. When the Jedi Purge hits you may want to pipe down a bit. And on that topic you might want to move away from Alderaan in a few years. Trust me.

If you manage to get all these things down you may have a fighting chance of being successful in the Star Wars Galaxy. With time, patience, and energy living there might be doable. That is if it was real of course. Either way only you know if it is worth it. If it is then you have taken your first steps into a larger world.

Check next week for my review of Classic Marvel Star Wars #51-52 and may the Force be with you.

Star Wars EU Reviews: Classic Marvel #50: The Crimson Forever

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The Crimson Forever, the 5oth issue of the classic Star Wars Marvel run was three times the size of a normal issue and featured artwork by Al Williamson. Williamson, you might remember, also worked on the comic adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back and I really like his work a lot. It is highly detailed and represents the characters and ships accurately.
But, the question remains, is the story any good?

While attempting to find their friend Han Solo, Chewie and Lando are called off from their search by an emergency message from Princess Leia. A plague called the Crimson Forever is threatening all life in the Galaxy for Imperial and Rebel alike and Luke Skywalker is in a dangerous coma from the disease. While he was out on a mission for the Alliance he and his men encountered a derelict Star Destroyer will all of its personnel dead. Their skin was an odd red hue and the only thing found on the ship that was unusual was a single red gem. Believing this to be the cause of the disease the jewel was secured and locked away, but it was too late for Luke’s party and they succumbed to the disease.

Chewbacca believes he knows where the jewel came from and tells Lando and Leia about an adventure he and Han Solo had in which they encountered two similar jewels in a temple on a faraway planet. The two smugglers were captured by cultists led by a man named Klysk who was kidnapping mercenaries to help him steal two red jewels from a priesthood which he was opposed to. The priests who guard the gems live on a planet in The Red Nebula which is outside the Galaxy. Long ago the nebula was a part of the Galaxy, but a cataclysm caused it to separate and fall further and further away. The nebula and its planets were bombarded by meteor activity, but a region on the priesthood’s planet was safe because the two jewels protected them. Klysk and his followers believe that it was the destiny of the priests in the Red Nebula to die and their survival was an act of blasphemy. Klysk intends to steal the jewels which were the priests’ source of protection and destroy them.
When Han and the other kidnapped mercenaries land on the planet he and the Wookiee reach the temple first and steal the jewels. Some other mercenaries attempt to take them from Solo but they are attacked by a giant black ape creature that kills them. The giant ape however takes a liking to Chewbacca and picks him and cuddles with him giving Han ample time to sneak out the gems without provoking the creature which has been the jewels’ guardian for years.
Klysk finds Han and takes the bag from him, but unbeknownst to Klysk the bag only has a pair of common stones in it and the red gems are hidden away elsewhere. Klysk abandons Solo on the planet and Han goes back to the temple to find Chewie and his new friend still playing.
When they get back to the place where Han stashed the gems they find a dead mercenary who had one of them in his hand. His skin was all red and it is revealed to Han Solo and Chewie by the priest at the temple that the gems released a plague called the Crimson Forever when they were separated. The jewels are given back to the priesthood and the two rebels find transportation off the planet.

After Chewbacca finishes his story he and Lando and Leia return to the Red Nebula and find a damaged mining ship that belongs to the Tagge family. The Tagges having been a thorn in the Rebellion’s side for some time, Princess Leia is understandably apprehensive.
On board they find more dead bodies of people who caught the Crimson Forever and in a secure section of the ship Domina Tagge herself surrounded by bounty hunters!
Turns out Domina blamed the Empire and the Rebellion both for the death of her brother and has been seeking a way to wreck vengeance on both. Learning of the properties of the two jewels she plotted a way to unleash the Crimson Forever on the Galaxy ridding herself of the Empire and the Rebel Alliance. However, the Empire grew suspicious of her activities and sent a Star Destroyer to her location and forced her to give up the gems. A firefight between the bounty hunters and the Imperials caused the jewels to be separated prematurely and the plague wiped out the Imperials and most of the personnel on the Tagge vessel. With Domina and the bounty hunters effectively trapped in their secure section Leia and Lando agree to help them escape unharmed on the condition that the jewel in their possession is handed over so they can reunite it with the other one on the Star Destroyer. Domina Tagge agrees and the Imperial vessel with both deadly jewels intact is sent out into space away from the Galaxy. With the gems together again the plague victims begin to awake from what was apparently only a deep deathlike coma and Luke Skywalker lives to be rescued by his friends another day.
Meanwhile, Lando surreptitiously suggests to the bounty hunters accompanying Domina that she has now, thanks to her actions, made herself an enemy of the Empire and probably would fetch a high bounty.

Aside from the artwork The Crimson Forever is just OK. It’s not a terrible story, but the plot is cheesy. The name of the disease is as goofy as it can be and any sci-fi story involving travel to other galaxies on a regular basis is hard to take seriously. At least in most stories involving the improbability of faster-than-light travel the spacefarers stick to their own galaxy. Heck, in Star Trek leaving a single quadrant is considered a long trip. Going to other galaxies is just silly in my opinion and there are things that should be considered too improbable even in Star Wars.
And I am not too big on the giant ape cuddling with Chewie either. That’s Jar Jar Binks level comedy right there. Which is basically saying it’s not funny. It’s just offensively stupid.
Aside from those two gripes all the other little bits of nonsense in this story are minor. As I said the art is good and the story is not painfully bad. It just boils down to a mediocre story that I can take or leave.

Check next week for Star Wars EU Reviews Supplemental: What Would Living in the Star Wars Galaxy Be Like?

Star Wars EU Reviews Supplemental: Which Order to View the Films

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One of the most frequently debated topics about Star Wars is on which order to view the films. Now while a casual fan may find this to be a silly thing to argue over, it is one of those things that most Star Wars fans have strong feelings about.
Some argue in favour of watching the films in the order they came out (IV, V, VI, I, II, III) while the other side will argue that the films should be watched in chronological order as George Lucas intended (I, II, III, IV, V, VI). Still, others have even been rooting for more unique viewing orders such as the Machete Order which has been gaining some popularity lately.
There are multiple ways of experiencing Star Wars and I am going to go over briefly some variant ways to watch the movies and experience the Star Wars universe and try my best to give fair pros and cons for each.

1. Production Order (IV, V, VI, I, II, III, VII)

This is the order that I personally recommend watching the films for newcomers. Whether you favour the chronological order over this one or not is another matter, but I think a first time viewer, whatever their eventual preferences may be, should watch the films in this order initially.
In this order Darth Vader makes his first appearance as a menacing background figure who becomes more prominent as the Original Trilogy goes along. After we witness his redemption thanks to the influence of his son, Luke Skywalker, we go back 30+ years and see how Anakin Skywalker first turned to the Dark Side. Finishing the first two trilogies we can turn to The Force Awakens (and eventually Episodes VIII and IX) as a sort of epilogue to the Saga.
This order presents the Star Wars story as more of a family epic about fathers and sons within the Skywalker clan where Luke is the hero faced with the seduction to the Dark Side of the Force. This Dark Side is manifested in the figure of his father, Darth Vader, whose devotion to the Dark Side parallels the son’s devotion to the Light. The Prequels here serve as a parallel echo of Luke’s own humble beginnings on Tatooine, but showcase Anakin making different choices and taking a path that his son managed to avoid.

Pros: The revelation in The Empire Strikes Back that Darth Vader is Luke’s father is compelling and more shocking. With Luke’s heroic journey fresh in the viewer’s mind it is easier to see the parallels between the Prequels and the Originals. The revelation of Boba Fett’s backstory in the Prequels is not spoiled allowing the adult character in the Originals to have more mystery.

Cons: The Prequels make an anticlimactic way to close the Saga and the viewer will find him/herself missing many of the Original Trilogy characters. The closure ends on a dark note rather than a high one. The Force Awakens connects more seamlessly with Return of the Jedi than Revenge of the Sith so the jumping around in the timeline can cause inconsistent tonal shifts.

2. Chronological Order (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII)

This order makes the story more about Anakin Skywalker and less about the Skywalker family as a whole. Here we see Darth Vader as a tragic figure who falls to the temptation of the Dark Side and becomes one of the most evil Dark Lords in the history of the Galaxy. We proceed to see him forced to confront his inner demons when he learns of the existence of his son and this eventually pulls him to the Light Side. In fulfilling his role as the Chosen One and fulfilling the Prophecy that he will destroy the Sith he brings balance to the Force and redeems himself.
Once more this order renders The Force Awakens and its upcoming sequels as an epilogue to the Saga, but there is nothing wrong with that. Francis Ford Coppola has described The Godfather Part III as more of an epilogue than a true sequel to The Godfather and The Godfather Part II and the Sequel Trilogy is more or less the same sort of thing.

Pros: The viewer will step into the Original Trilogy with a stronger emotional investment in the fate of the Galaxy and the characters whom we met in the Prequels. How weakened the Jedi have become is more apparent now that we have already seen them in action in the Prequels. The straightforward narrative allows for less confusion and lets The Force Awakens shine more as a sequel to Return of the Jedi rather than a belated project that waited ten years after Revenge of the Sith to see the light of day. Also The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi more seamlessly than it does Revenge of the Sith. The Saga ends on a high note rather than a dark one.

Cons: Many compelling moments in the Original Trilogy like Darth Vader being Luke’s father are spoiled and leave less of an impact on the viewer. Darth Vader feels less intimidating in the Original Trilogy now that we have seen his petulant behaviour in the Prequels.

3. The Machete Order (IV, V, II, III, VI)

I’ll be frank when I say I don’t entirely get the appeal of this viewing order. It seems to me to be more something concocted by Prequel haters than anything else. There is an ongoing movement among Star Wars fans to try to “fix” and address their issues with the Prequels and their ilk with such things as fan edits, despecialized editions, parodies involving the death of Jar Jar Binks, jokes about sand, and now cannibalised orders of watching the films.
While I acknowledge the Prequels have their many issues I don’t think they are that bad and I am starting to suspect the Prequel hate to be more of a band wagon than a sincere conviction nowadays.
But, anyway, the Machete Order purports to make the Prequels more digestible by presenting them more as an extended flashback sequence rather than a fully fleshed out trilogy of their own. Starting traditionally with A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back we take a sudden turn when we follow Episode V with Episodes II and III before capping the Saga with Return of the Jedi.
In this order after we are given the shocking revelation that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father we suddenly flash back to Vader’s youth when he was known as Anakin Skywalker being trained under the tutelage of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. After we witness his disturbing fall to the Dark Side under the manipulation of the Emperor we cut back to the main action and see the Rebellion take out the Empire and Anakin redeemed by his son to the Light Side.
This is once again paralleled by The Godfather films. In The Godfather Part II we witness Michael Corleone’s moral degeneration as the new Don while the viewer is given glimpses of flashbacks to his father, Vito’s own rise to power a generation ago.
You will notice that The Phantom Menace is skipped entirely and this makes sense since most Prequel haters regard Episode I as the worst of the bunch. Honestly, I am more partial to giving Attack of the Clones that dishonorary title, but that is just me.

Pros: It will appeal to viewers who are not big fans of the Prequels, but still want some backstory. This order has Luke Skywalker as the central figure making Vader another part of his trials in becoming a Jedi Knight. There is less Jar Jar Binks to put up with.

Cons: Unless you know The Phantom Menace many references in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith will be confusing such as Qui-Gon Jinn, midi-chlorians; and will make the scenes about Anakin and his mother difficult to understand or connect with. The interruption between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi is tonally jarring. Overall this order will work if you have already seen The Phantom Menace and know the story of the Star Wars films well.

4. In-Depth Order (I, II, The Clone Wars film and TV Series, III, Rebels, Rogue One, IV, V, VI, VII)

This order is for hardcore fans who want to just watch the entirety of Star Wars as one extended history of the Galaxy. Here the story stops being about any of the Skywalkers and becomes about the Galaxy as a whole. Instead of the Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Anakin Skywalker or the Saga of the Skywalker Family it is the story of how the Old Republic fell to the machinations of a Sith Lord and was eventually reclaimed by the bravery and valour of a Rebel Alliance and the surviving Jedi Knights. And, of course, once again The Force Awakens and its upcoming sequels feel more like an epilogue than a chapter of the main story.

Pros: The viewer is allowed to become immersed in the world of Star Wars. A lot of Easter eggs and minor references are more easily caught and appreciated.

Cons: Takes an enormous amount of time and is better for a once and awhile viewing rather than a regular method of experiencing Star Wars. The constant shifts in tone, live action to animation and back again, variations in quality and storytelling will be disorienting and jarring. As with the Chronological Order a lot of things will be spoiled before you get to the Original Trilogy. The constant advent of new sequels, shows, and spin off movies requires this order to be in a constant state of updating.

5. The Ultimate In-Depth Order (All books, comics, video games, short stories, films, TV shows, etc from Legends or Canon integrated into chronological order)

This order is for crazy people. It’s for extremist hardcore fans who want to experience Star Wars as a sweeping history of a Galaxy far, far away. It’s for the obsessed fans who want; no, need, to know the lore of Star Wars as much as they do their own real life history. In short it is the sort of order that people like me would like.

Starting from the Dawn of the Jedi era to the Legacy comics (or Episode I to Episode VII if you are following Canon) the entirety of the Star Wars universe is revealed. Good luck; you’re gonna need it.

Pros: You will walk away knowing more about Star Wars than most people in your hometown. The immersion is so complete that you will almost feel like you are living in the Star Wars world.

Cons: It will take a very, very, very long time to complete. Constant tonal shifts as well as bouncing back and forth between variant types of media will be exhausting. Finding, locating, and acquiring every piece of Legends and Canon will be expensive and difficult. The constant advent of new sequels, shows, and spin off movies requires this order to be in a constant state of updating. Constant danger of interventions from family and friends who think you need to just stop.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Check in next week for my review of Star Wars Classic Marvel #50 The Crimson Forever and may the Force be with you.

 

Star Wars EU Reviews: Classic Marvel #49: The Last Jedi

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Throughout the EU and the Star Wars Canon it becomes more and more clear that the Jedi Purge left many Jedi still alive in the years between the rise of the Empire and the Battle of Yavin. We all, of course, know about Yoda and Obi-Wan; and Star Wars: Rebels has shown us that people like Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka are still around as well. So it stands to reason that in the EU many other Force-users may also have survived and issue 49 of the classic Marvel series is a demonstration of this idea.
In The Last Jedi Luke unexpectedly meets one of these Force-users on a jungle planet while answering a distress signal that the Rebellion picked up. The signal is believed to have come from the lost Prince Denid who is the rightful heir to the throne on planet Velmor. His parents were killed by the Empire for supporting the Rebellion, but he escaped into exile with his betrothed, Princess Loren; and a Force-sensitive alien named Jedidiah. Jedidiah had refused to join the Jedi Order because he desired to stay on Velmor and advise Denid’s father against the Empire. The only member of the royal family left alive on Velmor was Denid’s Imperial-sympathising brother, Anod, who is soon to come of age and claim the throne for himself.
Luke, Princess Leia, Artoo, and Threepio land on this jungle planet (which remains unnamed in the comic) and meet Prince Denid who has been surviving there for years. He tells the rebels that his ship was low on fuel and Loren was killed when they crashed on the planet and Jedidiah eventually suffered an injury that left him mentally unstable. Together the two have been living on the planet hoping someone would eventually receive their distress call.
Thanks to his brain injuries Jedidiah thinks he is Jedi even though he never joined the Order and brandishes a large tree branch like a lightsaber. Luke pays the alien no mind and sees him more as an annoying nuisance than anything else. But, Luke and Leia agree to take the two exiles in their Y-wing which had been modified to carry passengers to Velmor so the Prince may claim his birthright.
They arrive just in time to stop the ceremony in which Prince Anod would have been coronated and after a DNA analysis it is soon proven that Denid is who he says he is. This bodes ill for Prince Anod and Regent Zelor who have both been craving power on Velmor for themselves. A female Imperial officer stationed on the planet named Captain Traal equally has no desire to see a Rebel-sympathiser gain the kingdom of Velmor and conspires with Zelor and Anod to have Denid and his companions assassinated. Anod hopes this will help him keep the throne while Zelor hopes to additionally have Anod assassinated so he can maintain his position as Regent of Velmor.
Luke, who came on the planet disguised as a scoundrel (apparently that’s a job in high demand in the Galaxy) is accosted by Captain Traal who tries to seduce him in order to convince him to kill Prince Denid and Princess Leia (who is disguised as Princess Loren). He fools her into thinking he agrees and later tells Leia of the plot.
Later Luke turns his blaster on Traal instead of his friends but before he can take any action Zelor blasts the weapon out of his hand and then shoots Leia and Denid. Believing them to be dead Luke ignites his lightsaber and reveals his identity to Captain Traal and Zelor. Captain Traal wants to capture Skywalker alive and orders him not to be killed. Zelor ignores her and instead decides to make his move for the throne by attacking her with his blaster. She successfully dodges, but the same cannot be said for Anod, however, who is killed by Zelor. Luke flees into a forest and meditates on the Force to clear his mind and give himself knowledge of his enemies location. The crazed Jedidiah senses Luke using the Force and realises his friend is in danger.
While Jedidiah rushes to Luke’s whereabouts Luke engages Regent Zelor in lightsaber combat (because for some reason Zelor has an energy sword of his own) and defeats him. Zelor is dead, but Luke fails to sense Captain Traal behind him ready to mow him down with her blaster; but before she can do so Jedidiah jumps in between the two of them and is killed by the blaster fire. Given extra time Luke gets the upper hand and knocks Traal unconscious. He soon discovers that Leia and Denid were not killed, but just stunned and after Prince Denid is coronated Luke gives Jedidiah a proper Jedi funeral and expresses regret for dismissing him earlier. He acknowledges that the mad alien had the soul of a true Jedi Knight after all.

A few plot holes aside this is another example of the classic Marvel comics giving us a good story that is both entertaining and true to the spirit of Star Wars.
Luke is still very immature, but he is growing which is good for the writers to do as we get closer to Return of the Jedi. He initially harbours petty jealousy toward Prince Denid over his friendship with Leia, but grows to respect him as the story progresses.
Some of the the political intrigue is interesting although there are some problems with it.
We know from A New Hope that with the Imperial Senate dissolved regional governors kept all Imperial systems under direct control which makes me question any planet with ties to the Empire being allowed to maintain a monarchy. The Empire is no respecter of local culture and would not be so open to letting a system retain its governmental preferences. Also the happy ending for the people of Velmor is highly inappropriate considering that it is still under Imperial scrutiny and one of their officers was attacked by Rebels who were supported by the now current monarch. You can’t sit there and tell me Velmor is not going to pay dearly for that.
That being said I really did like the Jedidiah story which I thought was regrettably pushed too far back as a subplot for an issue that is titled The Last Jedi. I would have liked to see more of him before he died saving Luke. But my only real gripe was that I found it hard to believe that Jedidiah would have been able to refuse the call to join the Jedi Order. Force-sensitives are initiated into the Jedi at very early ages and the Order was always reluctant to take on older initiates which makes Jedidiah’s refusal as an adult a bit contradictory to what we know about the Jedi. Otherwise this was a good story that I really liked and as I do not expect perfection I see this as a great example of the classic Marvel series at its best.

Check next week for Star Wars EU Reviews Supplemental: Which Order to View the Films and may the Force be with you.