A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
The original Expanded Universe ventured into the realm of young reader stories with a six volume series following Ken, known as a jedi prince, though to date, he hasn’t shown any real knowledge of the Force.
In this tale, another environmentally themed story, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Sykwalker, Chewbacca, and the droids Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio gather on the planet of Dagobah, where a mountain serves as a small rebel base (and school apparently, as Ken is expected to attend) . It has been rechristened Mount Yoda, and it is from here that the story launches.
A Duros comes to the Alliance for help, it seems that the Imperials are destroying their planet, using it as a toxic waste dump, and a secret prison. With the waste spreading, a team of archaeologists are trying to recover as many art pieces of their civilisation as they can. Which is where the team comes in (and Ken who sneaks aboard the Falcon, and then gets stuck).
Meanwhile, Kadann, a dark side prophet is cementing his power, and has done away with Trioculus. But he’s also been summoned to Duro as it seems the Emperor’s true son, Triclops (another silly name), who has been locked away in one of the prisons, has escaped… and may be a threat to the empire.
It’s a very fast moving and short story, that sees Han still deciding whether or not to romantically pursue Leia (though he has a ring now, do they use rings in the Star Wars universe?) and reveals that Triclops may be of some help in the battle against the falling Empire.
There are some silly things going on in this series, and I get that its meant for young readers, and meant to be accessible to them, but the school thing, some of the dialogue, and moments are all a little too young.
Still, there are some fun Star Wars moments in this story, and in the series so far in general, and it serves as a nice break before the final instalment in Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire trilogy. With two adventures to go, I have to wonder how things will play out with Triclops, who the heck is Ken (and his parentage?), and what Han Solo’s intentions are.
There’s more adventures to come with Skywalker and company, and I can’t wait to see where the stories take me as I (re)discover (some of) them. So until the next volume, may the Force be with you…