Who doesn’t love Star Wars—am I right? Anybody?—Guess I’m the only one. Let me state, just because something is from Star Wars doesn’t mean it has to be good—okay maybe it does. But on the other hand, look at the recent work from the Lucas universe. Many people, let’s just say—are not at optimal enthusiasm that’s normally attributed to fans of the critically acclaimed franchise of a world renown genius of Science Fiction. You may have noticed, but I tiptoed around the word happy. Tread lightly with Star Wars fans; I would know, I’m one. We aren’t talking about movies now however, we’ll leave that for a next time probably. But Mickey—you’ve got some ‘splainin to do.
Darth Plagueis is insight into the legacy of the Muun, Hego Damask, also known as Darth Plagueis, former Sith Lord and Master of Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, also known as Darth Sidious, also also known as The Emperor, at least in the Skywalker Legacy. But we aren’t talking about that. When you get into the depth of wh—boring, we all know why we love Star Wars; lightsaber battles and “You will follow, like, and share this blog post” Jedi mind tricks. It was at this time Jedi Master_Splynter realized he should have started with a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. That would’ve been a great intro to this post—Eh, spilled Bantha milk.
Let’s be serious for a moment. What I’ve always liked about the Star Wars universe, is how detailed it is. Even the politics of the Senate can momentarily distract you from the continuous struggle between followers of the Light, and Dark Side of the Force. James Luceno did good. He’s one of the best writers that vividly brings out this aspect of the franchise. Darth Plagueis gives satisfying answers to important questions we had about Sidious, like how did he become a Sith and why was he able to slay a powerful Sith Lord like Plagueis, who supposedly had mastery over life and death. Though this was about Plagueis, at times it felt like Sidious was the main protagonist—wait, is it antagonist, seeing as he and Plagueis were the opposing ones? Doesn’t matter. Main point is, it read at times as if Sideous had the leading role, or maybe he did. Point reiterated, it’s confusing—in a good way.
Even after you cover a good portion of this book, you think you know—but you don’t. That’s marvelous, true craftsmanship. It’s commendable that even though this was a prequel based on a character, not introduced in the motion picture part of the franchise—at least not yet—important characters, even hints of them, were integrated perfectly into the story, and it never felt forced just for the sake of making the plot better.
There was one slight issue I had with the book—funny actually—but it evened out towards the middle. There were very complex words in the beginning—I’m not illiterate, alright maybe a little. I searched frequently for definitions, even wondered if some were real due to being apparently missing from a dictionary—connected to the Internet. It was like driving on a smooth road, with huge bumps along the ride. But as I said, it smoothed out—no pun intended—either that or I became smarter, plausible as well.
There’s nothing more to say. Give it a read and let me know how you enjoyed it and what were your favorite parts. May the for—let’s not end with that. Peace.