Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Heir to the Jedi Review

After reading the first few pages of Heir to the Jedi, I flipped to the back. There had to be more here, had to be some kind of twist to explain why Luke was using epistolary, didactic language. Maybe he was speaking to a class of Jedi younglings who didn't know that their great Master had once been a student. Maybe Luke was holding back in advance of a big reveal. Maybe he was under the debilitating influence of a dark force user. If Heir had Shadows of Mindor-style bookends, it might have been okay.

But it was none of those. The book is simply disjointed. It reads as if written for younger readers, and in that, it succeeds. It has received mixed reviews, with plenty of readers finding it fun and entertaining, or feeling that the awkwardness perfectly captured a young Luke. If you want to try it for yourself, the 50-page excerpt is a good place to start. If you want more expressions of confusion and disappointment, try my review.

At least it was better than Crucible.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Penultimate Resolve

As I wrote in my review this week, it is difficult to judge Rebel Resolve separately from Vision of Hope or the upcoming Fire Across the Galaxy. The episode shows all of Rebels' usual quality, but exists very much as an interstitial story.

My full review is over at Den of Geek, and talks about some of my theories about Fulcrum and Mustafar. I'm almost certain that Ahsoka is Fulcrum, but what does Fulcrum's message to Hera mean about the mysterious agent? Letting Kanan go certainly seems like an Old Republic Jedi sort of thing to do.

Next week's review may be a bit late, as the episode will not be available on the app before going on air. An ominous trailer was released on Good Morning America this week, suggesting that some changes might be ahead for our rebel heroes. Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks also comes out next week. Jason Fry is currently working on the fourth book in the series. I wonder if there's any significance to the timing of #2 so soon after the Rebels finale? Maybe we'll see Zare's reaction to whatever transpires next week.