Star Wars: Rebel Bluff
Author: Michael Kogge
Originally Published In: Star Wars Insider Magazine
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
It's been a while since I've read a new short story in the Star Wars Insider Magazine. The latest issue contains a story featuring a character from the original trilogy and one from the new Star Wars Rebels animated television series. I wasn't quite sure if I really wanted to read this tale, especially since I have never even watched one episode of the animated series and worry what Disney has brought to some of our old favorites Well, there was only one way to find out.
In Star Wars: Rebel Bluff, by Michael Kogge, Lando Calrissian is on Lothal, a planet recently brought under the Empire's reign and subjected to great cruelties by Grand Moff Tarkin. Calrissian is not on the planet to help the citizens, but to partake in the same venture as the Empire - the mining of ore, rumored to be quite plentiful on Lothal. But before he can embark on his enterprise, he needs a few extra credits.
Checking out a local cantina and joining a sabacc game there, Lando believes he can obtain the credits he needs to pay back a one-horned Devaronian named Cikatro Vizago, who is also partaking in the game. Also looking for a piece of the pot is a young female with a certain sort of look in her eye that gives Lando the idea she may dabbling in some illegal business.
Lando's concerns are jsutified when stormtroopers enter cantina looking for Ria Clarr, former analyst for the Imperial Mining Institute, now considered a traitor. Ria escapes, but not before stealing the sabacc pot and Lando's transport. He and Vizago embark on an adventure to find her and the money before the stormtroopers do.
I'm sad to say that my initial hesitation at reading this short story was justified. Rebel Bluff, if meant to excite people about Rebels by putting Rebels characters with old Star Wars favorites, missed the mark. For one thing, I felt Michael Kogge's interpretation of Lando Calrissian was okay, but not quite spot on. Once we got to the real drama of the story, it was over before you knew it with nothing truly resolved. I felt no need or desire to see Rebels, so if that was the intention of this story, it failed miserably. Rebel Bluff is a Star Wars short story fans can skip with little to no remorse.