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.
Last time: Leia has her first meeting with Guri while Luke tries to get Dash’s head back in the game, sending him to tell Leia about the captured plans that they still don’t know what they can do. Guri has already informed Leia about the information, however. How will the conversations go this chapter?
First thought through Xizor’s mind seeing a replay of one of Guri’s meetings with Leia is that he wants to see her naked. Stay classy, Prince. I find it interesting that Xizor still kind of underestimates Leia while Guri OVERestimates her. She thinks Leia is aware of Black Sun’s involvement in the attacks on Luke when really she’s hoping their underground information network knows who is behind it. I find that amusing. Guri’s first reaction is to kill her but Xizor’s still seems to be to sleep with her, which Guri calls him out on. Yeah, she has him pegged.
Next we have two unnecessary segments hardly long enough to mention. In the first Luke tells Artoo to point them to the rendezvous point on Botha and in the other Vader is convinced Xizor is up to no good and want two drones to fight with. These are things we already know and it’s unnecessary to bring it up here. Moving on like the chapter should have.
We go back to Xizor and this must be movie night for him. This time he’s showing the Emperor footage of the theft of the plans. (The camera was “within the freighter” according to the narration.) Again, it’s just telling us what we already know, that in this tale Xizor is the one who came up with the trap from Return Of The Jedi. I still don’t like this idea. Yes, let’s create a brand new villain and have him be the one responsible for the Emperor’s final, fatal plan…as in fatal to him. I’m not sure if Perry is giving his creation a bigger role or the blame.
Back with Leia and the gang we see they’re smart. Last chapter something about Guri unnerved them, so now we see them install and test a bioscanner to see if they can figure it out. Smart move. They’re interrupted by the arrival of Dash Rendar. He brings them up to speed, confirming what Guri told them. They also try to comfort Dash. Apparently he’s not used to missing and he’s more upset that Bothans died because he missed. It’s a good moment for Dash. It shows character and we’ll see if he comes out of it. In Evolutions, the comic sequel he seemed his old self when he met up with the de-programmed Guri. (Do a search for those reviews.)
The last scene is also short. Luke meets with his contact, is told it could take hours or days to carefully extract the information, the planet smells like moldy cheese, pretty much it. They could have combined this with the scene of Luke’s landing and saved some time.
So this chapter was a mixed bag. The longer scenes progress, but very little. The shorter scenes are unnecessary or should be combined. I’m still enjoying the book overall but I hope this is the last of unnecessary scenes tossed in to remind people “hey, remember how Vader hates Xizor and Luke was heading somewhere?” and little else.