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.

Chapter By Chapter Star Wars - Shadows Of The Empire

When last we saw our heroes they were running around a sewer working their way to Xizor’s palace to rescue Leia. Meanwhile, Vader tells Xizor that he knows the Dark Prince is trying to kill Luke and to stop because the Emperor has plans for the fledgling Jedi. And yet, Xizie is still thinking he has the upper hand even as things fall apart around him. He’s kind of an idiot that way. What’s going to happen to the not-so-lovable rapist next?

Well, that went poorly. There are guards just outside the “recycler”and Luke comes up with a plan to quietly take them out…only for Chewie to slip on some scum on the way out of the door, and then Lando tripping on Chewie. Luke panics just enough for Leia to feel it. Dash is able to get things back on their side and Lando and Chewie recover, but the signal is already out that they’re here. Oh, but that’s not the best part. Luke and his team make their way through the palace and taking out guards and security cameras, so that even Xizor and Guri have to take part. Leia manages to get past Guri and join up with the group. But that’s STILL not the best part. Want to know what is?

R2D2 and C-3PO are flying the Millennium Falcon!

R2D2 and C-3PO are flying the Millennium Falcon!

R2D2 and C-3PO are flying the Millennium Falcon!

As you can guess, it’s not going to be a smooth flight. When the ship is approached with men with guns, Luke (on comlink of course) tells the Droids to get the ship out of there. The occasional call-ins to to tell Luke where there are can only be described as hilarious. Perry doesn’t try to explain to us readers what they’re doing. It’s all through comlink so we’re as in the dark as Luke about what kind of trouble they’re unintentionally causing. When Leia does meet up with the others and catches all this all she can say is “I can’t believe you let the droids fly the ship”, and I’m laughing like crazy! I’m betting this is one story NOBODY tell Han about.

“Lando, you said you wouldn’t get a scratch on my ship when you attacked the new Death Star. So what is this?

“What do you…oh, that’s what the droids did when we rescued Leia from Black Sun.”

“Oh, that’s diff…when you what?”

Of course if he learned about what Xizor did to Leia, he’s probably be even madder, but…remember that scene in Empire when Chewbacca was choking Lando out? Imagine Han in Chewie’s place.

So this was easily my favorite chapter, proving that even as background characters the Droids are easily the best characters in the franchise. I want more R2 and 3PO adventures and now we can’t get that. I blame Disney.

So our heroes got in and Leia…rescued herself again partially, but can they all get out? Preferably before the Droids destroys another building. Come back next week to find out!


About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

One response »

  1. Sean says:

    You’ll just have to settle for reading old back issues of The Droids and watching the cartoons in order to see C3P0 and R2D2 on adventures. It does sound awesome though that those two were flying the Millenium Falcon. There are so many possibilities with Star Wars tales.


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