Science Fiction

Star Wars: Hondo Ohnaka's Not-So-Big Score

Author: Jason Fry

Originally Published In: Star Wars Insider Magazine

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Usually, the short stories found in Star Wars Insider Magazine are tied into a book, cartoon or movie release.  This time around, the short story focuses on a character from the now canceled Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, the pirate Hondo Ohnaka.

                In Hondo Ohnaka’s Not-So-Big Score by Jason Fry, perpetually down on his luck pirate Hondo Ohnaka has set his sights on a big score.  He decides to kidnap several well-off passengers from the cruise liner Salin Mariner, but chooses to go a different route than his pirate gang usually take.  Instead of shooting his way in and kidnapping his victims for ransom, Hondo decides to enter discreetly, going undercover as one of the passengers, selecting his victims and spiriting them away without using any firepower, leaving the rest of the passengers none the wiser.

                In theory, it is a terrific plan, something out of the ordinary for Hondo and his crew, but true to Hondo’s seemingly never ending bad luck, nothing goes quite the way Hondo plans it.  Not only is his crew definitely not subtle or savvy enough to pull off something so sneaky, but the available victims are so annoying, no amount of money would be worth holding them hostage.

                True to form, Hondo Ohnaka fails in hysterical fashion.  I loved reading the hilarious exploits of Hondo and his crew and, thanks to the animated series, could actually picture the antics in my mind.  Jason Fry definitely has Hondo’s character down pat, from his funny expletives to his drinking habits.  Hondo Ohnaka’s Not-So-Big Score is a nice add on for fans of The Clone Wars animated series – an enjoyable tale full of laughs and fun.


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