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A properly done Star Wars prequel

  • Sep 16, 2010
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Timothy Zahn's Outbound Flight (Star Wars) is a Star Wars prequel done right. Zahn takes the admittedly weak hand dealt to him by the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy and explains the backstory of Thrawn and C'baoth. Generally, his interweaving of prequel and Heir to the Empire plot elements is seamless (although Obi-Wan and Anakin seem like they were thrown in against the author's will). I particularly liked how Thrawn comes to learn about Darth Sidious and join his side.

I didn't feel the characters in Outbound Flight (Star Wars) were as strong as in Zahn's other work. They seem a bit too set in their ways and don't grow much. For example, Qennto is always stubborn, while Maris is always idealistic. Car'das is pretty decently done. Thrawn probably comes off as too much of a gentleman to relate to how he later appears in Heir to the Empire, but it's still easy to see them as the same character. In fact, Thrawn's brilliant strategies and curiosity about other races seem perfectly in character. I also liked Zahn's treatment of C'baoth. At first, he came off as too arrogant - almost exactly like his clone in Heir to the Empire. However, there were some subtle differences that made it interesting to compare. One pleasant surprise was Lorena Jinzler, a young Jedi who becomes very interesting towards the end.

Overall, given where the rest of the Star Wars universe has gone since Zahn first started writing in the early 1990s, this is probably about as good a backstory to Thrawn as we could get.

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Timothy Zahn's Outbound Flight (Star Wars) is a Star Wars prequel done right. Zahn takes the admittedly weak hand dealt to him by the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy and explains the backstory of Thrawn and C'baoth. Generally, his interweaving of prequel and Heir to the Empire plot elements is seamless (although Obi-Wan and Anakin seem like they were thrown in against the author's will). I particularly liked how Thrawn comes to learn about Darth Sidious and join his side.    I didn't …
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Another puzzle piece in the Star Wars universe falls into place with this action-packed prequel to Hugo-winner Zahn's Star Wars: Survivor's Quest (2004). Familiar characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, young Anakin Skywalker and the evil Lord Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) make appearances, but the true star is Commander Thrawn, a red-eyed, blue-skinned alien. On the Outbound Flight, a mammoth Jedi exploration and colonization vessel sent to far-off reaches of the cosmos to identify potential Force-users and hunt down a lost knight, Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth struggles with an inappropriate lust for power. Thrawn's attack on the ship (secretly influenced by Darth Sidious's agents) insures his own eventual exile from his race and sets other sinister wheels in motion. As these old and new characters wrestle with difficult moral questions, Zahn deftly portrays their inner struggles in fluid prose, while also affirming his status as a skillful creator of dazzling futuristic worlds. Though more time with the doomed Outbound Flight's passengers, who are the subject of Survivor's Quest, would round out the story, the book is nonetheless an enthralling page-turner sure to appeal to its target audience.
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ISBN-10: 034545684X
ISBN-13: 978-0345456847
Author: Timothy Zahn
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: LucasBooks
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