Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
So Xizor’s still scheming, Vader is trying to heal himself with the power of anger (which one has less of when the lungs start working again), and the heroes are finally getting off of their butts. I know it’s only chapter 5 of 40 and they’ve been short chapters thus far but this just doesn’t feel right. Let’s see if we can get things moving in this chapter.
Finally, a whole chapter in one spot and the heroes not necessarily having a big battle but doing things. They meet up with Rogue Squadron, go to their temporary base, they plan their offensive…you know, advancing the plot. And there’s still time for character. We finally meet Dash Rendar, a man who is like Han as we knew him in the first film supercharged. He’s the man Han pretended to be and that’s fine. I don’t think we really want a Han Solo clone in a story about rescuing Han Solo. There’s also mention of Dash taking part in the war on Hoth, which you do play in the video game but I don’t think that was necessary. Maybe Lucasarts wanted a Hoth level and asked Perry to add this to the character you play in the game? I don’t know.
We also get Leia exploring her feeling for Han and how she never expected to have romantic feeling for anyone since she was dedicated to war effort. It’s short but a nice look into her character. She’s still tough, they didn’t drain that away from her, but she still has this softer side. Like Han, Leia just needed to find it with the right person. With Han it’s Leia and vice versa. It’s fine.
So I like this chapter a lot better. Things happen and we focus on one group, making the chapter seem longer than it was. I hope this trend continues next week with chapter seven.