Star Wars: The Guns of Kelrodo-Ai
I look forward to receiving my Star Wars Insider Magazine every other month. I love reading the informative articles and interviews, but I also enjoy the fact that the powers that be at the magazine decided to bring back the exclusive fiction section. Iíve gotten to read some fun stories that add on to the events that take place in the Expanded Universe. I enjoy the filler stories that take place between the novels I have read and I also love learning about new characters in books I have yet to get to. The April/May 2012 issue of Star Wars Insider features a new story by Jason Fry called The Guns of Kelrodo-Ai.
The story begins shortly after the war between the Separatists and the Republic. Emperor Palpatine is now in charge and his Imperial forces are squashing all leftover Separatist forces. The Imperial 77th Wing, led by Shea Hublin, has been ordered to take out a planetary shield on Kelrodo-Ai that die-hard Separatists have been hiding under. The mission wonít be easy and Shea is loathe to loose more fighters, but he is committed to the fight, despite how he feels about the way the Empire treats its alien species and its policies toward clone creation. When the mission proves to be much more difficult than anyone expected, Shea and his team turn to a Kelrodoan groomer and former chieftain for advice. Will he prove his theory that alien races have a great deal to contribute to this new Empire, or will he perish thanks to the advice of one?
I found it quite a coincidence that I had just read Order 66 which features the events leading up to and including the ending of The Clone Wars and now I was reading a short story set just after the wars ended. I thought it would be interesting to read about some of the Imperial pilots of the era and thought I would find it as enjoyable as I did the X-Wing series of novels. However, I found the story somewhat lacking. While we get a glimpse of who Shea Hublin is and how he feels about certain Imperial ideas, itís just a glimpse. I realize that there is not a whole lot of room for character development in a short story, but a little more information as to his past and what makes him tick would have been nice. As written, the character of Shea Hublin is rather uninspiring.
Another thing I found annoying was the pilot-speak. There was some pilot-speak in the X-Wing series, but the placement of such words as hop, flat-hatting, gripe and goo seemed contrived as if Fry was looking to use as much fighter pilot slang as possible in the four and a quarter pages of story.
I wanted to like Star Wars: The Guns of Kelrodo-Ai, but I found the story to be uninspiring. I didnít even feel invested in the outcome of the mission and thatís a bad thing. What I did feel is that I could have skipped this story and not felt like I missed out on anything.
For more short stories found in Star Wars Insider Magazine, check out these links:
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff
Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Third Lesson
Star Wars: The Fate of the Jedi: First Blood
Star Wars: Buyer's Market
Star Wars: And Leebo Makes Three
Star Wars: A Fair Trade
Star Wars: The Tenebrous Way
Star Wars: Maze Run