I’m one of those people who every time I buy a Blu-ray, DVD, or CD, two months later a special/ultimate/extended edition is released. One reason I didn’t jump on the short story “The Perfect Weapon” straight away was that I figured it would appear in a collection, or as bonus content in one of the full length Star Wars novels. Alas, no such luck. It only cost $1.99 on Amazon, so I purchased a Kindle and downloaded the sucker.
I’m only half-joking.
“The Perfect Weapon” by Delilah S. Dawson is part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens series, which contains Easter eggs and background information about the plot and characters in Episode VII. In this case, the narrative is about Bazine Netal. She’s the one who dropped dime on BB-8 when he rolled into Maz Kanata’s joint. So yeah, she’s not one of the good guys.
Since this is a short story, there aren’t a lot of details to discuss without swerving into spoiler territory; but I will try. Best as I can tell, Bazine Netal is a bounty hunter/assassin/retrieval specialist, and it’s the latter skill her prospective employer requires. A mysterious cloaked figure with a distorted voice (hmm…) intructs her, via Western Reaches Union hologram, to bring back a steel case that is in the possession of a former Imperial Stormtrooper. His last known location was the Vashka City Medcenter One. Seems easy enough.
Bazine borrows a ship from her former teacher, Delphi Kloda; but at a price. He “requests” that one of his students–a slicer called Orri Tenro–tag along in order to gain some field experience. Since slicing is one of the few things not in Bazine’s skill set, she agrees. Reluctantly. And that is all you will get out of me.
One of the great things about the Star Wars films is that you can pick any random character and tell an interesting story about a day in their life. With the possible exception of the deathstick dealer from Attack of the Clones. Which reminds me: If you order soup and salad, does it come with unlimited deathsticks?
Bazine Netal continues the Star Wars tradition of badass female villains, which includes: Asajj Ventress, and Aurra Sing. I am a big fan of Rae Sloane from the novels and comics; and hopefully, Captain Phasma will actually have something to do in Episode VIII. More than likely, Bazine’s appearance in The Force Awakes will be her only one on screen. Which is a shame, since I really like her, and I thought Delilah S. Dawson did an outstanding job of building a story around the character.
The thing about “The Perfect Weapon” is that it left some questions unanswered. That’s okay, because I don’t have to know everything. I have been a Star Wars fan for most of my life, so I’m used to it by now.