History Literature / JediAcademyTrilogy

12th Dec '15 5:38:47 PM nombretomado
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The [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jedi_Academy_Trilogy Jedi Academy Trilogy]] is a set of books in the Franchise/StarWarsLegends. The three books, ''Jedi Search'', ''Dark Apprentice'' and ''Champions of the Force'', were written by Creator/KevinJAnderson starting in 1994; in 1998, MichaelStackpole of XWingSeries fame wrote ''I, Jedi'', but we'll get to that in a bit. It should also be noted that in 1995 Anderson wrote ''Darksaber'', a semi-sequel to the Jedi Academy Trilogy, which we talk about [[Literature/TheCallistaTrilogy over here]].
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The [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jedi_Academy_Trilogy Jedi Academy Trilogy]] is a set of books in the Franchise/StarWarsLegends. The three books, ''Jedi Search'', ''Dark Apprentice'' and ''Champions of the Force'', were written by Creator/KevinJAnderson starting in 1994; in 1998, MichaelStackpole of XWingSeries Literature/XWingSeries fame wrote ''I, Jedi'', but we'll get to that in a bit. It should also be noted that in 1995 Anderson wrote ''Darksaber'', a semi-sequel to the Jedi Academy Trilogy, which we talk about [[Literature/TheCallistaTrilogy over here]].
8th Dec '15 3:46:29 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* RammingAlwaysWorks: How Ackbar fends off an attack on Mon Calamari by Daala, using the (unmanned and barely finished) new Mon Calamari cruiser ''Startide''.
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* RammingAlwaysWorks: RammingAlwaysWorks: ** The way used by Han Solo, once he has stolen the Sun Crusher, to deal with one of Daala's Imperial Star Destroyers, that is blocking their escape path of the Maw. ** How Ackbar fends off an attack on Mon Calamari by Daala, using the (unmanned and barely finished) new Mon Calamari cruiser ''Startide''.
14th Nov '15 4:51:40 PM DarthDomino
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That's an abbreviated summary, of course. There are other plots in there, like a traitorous ambassador, Mon Mothma's illness (which is important in the long run since it leads to Leia becoming the New Republic's Chief of State), and Daala's various failures. All in all, while it has its defenders, the Jedi Academy trilogy is not exactly held up as the shining example of what the ExpandedUniverse should be.
25th Sep '15 3:19:24 PM SSJMagus
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** When the New Republic dismantles Maw Installation and and Kyp destroys the Death Star prototype (with most of the remaining Maw researches onboard) and dumps the Sun Crusher in a black hole, it seems that all information that could be used to recreate Imperial superweapons has been eliminated. [[Literature/TheCallistaTrilogy Except that another backup of the plans is stored deep in the archives of the Imperial Palace on Coruscant, and the original lead designer had been reassigned away from the Maw years earlier so he's still at large.]] * OhCrap: Corran gloats to Kun's spirit that since he's already set explosives to destroy his temple, there's nothing Kun can do to stop him because as a ghost he can't affect anything physical (such as the bombs). Kun takes great pleasure in demonstrating that he ''can'' in fact influence the physical world (though with great difficulty), ''especially'' inside his temple which is what his spirit has been anchored to all along. -->'''Exar Kun:''' Ah, then I cannot do this. [Kun melts all the bombs' detonators]

* OrphanedSetup: Wedge's joke, "So a Bothan walks into a bar with a gornt under his arm," [[JustifiedTrope because Luke's using the joke as a distraction to put Corran in a meditative trance for a mind probe]]. Lampshaded later by Iella, who's apparently heard several variations on that joke in New Republic Intelligence, but naturally doesn't tell us any of them.
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** In ''I, Jedi'', Corran tells Tycho that if the Jedi apprentices are defeated, to convince Ackbar to order orbital bombarment of Exar Kun's temple, as that would the only way to destroy it while staying far enough way to be safe from mental influence by Kun's spirit. * OrphanedSetup: Wedge's joke, "So a Bothan walks into a bar with a gornt under his arm," [[JustifiedTrope because Luke's using the joke as a distraction to put Corran in a meditative trance for a mind probe]]. Lampshaded later by Iella, who's apparently heard several variations on that joke in New Republic Intelligence, Intelligence (given their [[PlanetOfHats penchant for espionage]], NRI has more than its share of Bothans), but naturally doesn't tell us any of them.
22nd Sep '15 6:56:57 AM Rjinswand
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* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Often taken as the reason why Daala became Admiral. ** Kind of confirmed in ''Literature/DeathStar'', where she's Tarkin's lover and he privately believes that the boost he gave her career is just enough to get her past the difficulties female Imperials have in the military. She takes brain damage in that novel.

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* NeverASelfMadeWoman: SleepingTheirWayToTheTop: Often taken as the reason why Daala became Admiral. ** Kind of confirmed in ''Literature/DeathStar'', where she's Tarkin's lover and he privately believes that the boost he gave her career is just enough to get her past the difficulties female Imperials have in the military. She takes brain damage in that novel.
18th Sep '15 8:17:51 PM SSJMagus
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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: When Kyp destroyed the Carida star system by causing its sun to go nova, he killed 25 million people. Even if Carida was the only inhabited body in the entire system, that's still a very small number for a planetary population above a bronze-age level. For comparison, New York state '''''alone''''' has a population of around 20 million.
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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: When Kyp destroyed the Carida star system by causing its sun to go nova, he killed 25 million people. Even if Carida was the only inhabited body in the entire system, that's still a very small number for a planetary population above a bronze-age level. For comparison, New York state '''''alone''''' has a population of around 20 million. While Carida is described as being quite inhospitable (this being precisely why the Empire chose it for a Stormtrooper training facility), it ''also'' had a native non-human population who presumably would be well-adapted enough to their own planet's conditions to produce a larger population than that.
3rd Sep '15 1:28:19 AM SSJMagus
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** The moon didn't vanish, it just was blown up into much smaller pieces. The mass is still there orbiting Kessel.

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** Mirax later has a similar reaction to Admiral Tavira saying much the same thing.
18th Aug '15 6:04:35 PM StarSword
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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Possibly as a result of a SeriesContinuityError. Iella and Corran go out for lunch before he leaves for the Jedi Academy, and she orders a dish made from mynocks (those bat-things inside the space slug in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''). Other material establishes mynocks as SiliconBasedLife, which would almost certainly be inedible to humans.
18th Aug '15 6:02:07 PM StarSword
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* OrphanedSetup: Wedge's joke, "So a Bothan walks into a bar with a gornt under his arm," [[JustifiedTrope because Luke's using the joke as a distraction to put Corran in a meditative trance for a mind probe]]. Lampshaded later by Iella, who's apparently heard several variations on that joke in New Republic Intelligence, but naturally doesn't tell us any of them.
18th Aug '15 5:37:23 PM StarSword
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* AMillionIsAStatistic: Kyp Durron used the Sun Crusher to kill a ''lot'' of people. But one of those was his brother, he feels bad about that, Han talked him out of being evil, and he almost died sticking the Sun Crusher into a black hole, so ... let's bring him back to the Jedi Academy and work on that temper! In ''I, Jedi'', this is what finally drives Corran Horn to quit. Pretty much every other book in the EU to have Kyp has his KarmaHoudini brought up. ** Since Carida was an Imperial planet and a major Stormtrooper training center, it explains why many in the New Republic weren't all that dismayed by its destruction. Particularly given that the [[AssInAmbassador Caridan ambassador]] had just shortly before staged an assassination attempt against the New Republic Chief of State. However, since the Jedi '''''felt''''' the deaths of the planet's millions of inhabitants in excruciating detail, including all the civilian population, some of them were less inclined to be so forgiving.
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* AMillionIsAStatistic: Kyp Durron used the Sun Crusher to kill a ''lot'' of people. But one of those was his brother, he feels bad about that, Han talked him out of being evil, and he almost died sticking the Sun Crusher into a black hole, so ... let's bring him back to the Jedi Academy and work on that temper! In ''I, Jedi'', this is what finally drives Corran Horn to quit. Pretty much every other book in the EU to have Kyp has his KarmaHoudini brought up. up, and Kyp himself becomes TheAtoner. ** Since Carida was an Imperial planet and a major Stormtrooper training center, it explains why many in the New Republic weren't all that dismayed by its destruction. Particularly given that the [[AssInAmbassador Caridan ambassador]] had just shortly before staged an assassination attempt against attempted to assassinate the New Republic Chief of State. However, since the Jedi '''''felt''''' the deaths of the planet's millions of inhabitants in excruciating detail, including all the civilian population, some of them were less inclined to be so forgiving.

* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Oddly, ''I, Jedi'' has the lightsabre colours backwards - the Dark Jedi use blue ones and the lightside Jedi seem to use any colour ''but'' blue. ** Part of that might be an example of [[CharacterizationMarchesOn continuity marching on]]: Until Episode I, the idea that all dark Jedi and Sith used exclusively red lightsabers was WordOfDante, and many fans (apparently including Stackpole) found the idea silly and arbitrary given the rainbow of colors used by light-side Jedi (and ironic considering that the Sith are treacherous and individualist, while the Jedi are so effective because of their ability to work together harmoniously).
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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Oddly, ''I, Jedi'' has the lightsabre colours backwards - the Dark Jedi use blue ones and the lightside Jedi seem to use any colour ''but'' blue. ** blue. Part of that might be an example of [[CharacterizationMarchesOn continuity marching on]]: Until Episode I, the idea that all dark Jedi and Sith used exclusively red lightsabers was WordOfDante, and many fans (apparently including Stackpole) found the idea silly and arbitrary given the rainbow of colors used by light-side Jedi (and ironic considering that the Sith are treacherous and individualist, while the Jedi are so effective because of their ability to work together harmoniously).

-->''[Following an order from Ackbar to leave the shipyards entirely undefended]'' -->'''Leia:''' Is that wise, Admiral? -->'''Ackbar:''' No, it is a trap.
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-->''[Following an order from Ackbar to leave the shipyards entirely undefended]'' -->'''Leia:''' undefended]''\\ '''Leia:''' Is that wise, Admiral? -->'''Ackbar:''' Admiral?\\ '''Ackbar:''' No, it is a trap.

* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Empire's training academy world, Carida, gets blasted into its component atoms courtesy of a supernova induced by the Sun Crusher. The Death Star Prototype later tries to do this to Kessel, but its targeting system is so badly screwed up that it actually ends up destroying the planet's moon. Which doesn't explain why the subsequent gravity warping from the loss of its' moon didn't destroy Kessel anyway.
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* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Empire's training academy world, Carida, gets blasted into its component atoms courtesy of a supernova induced by the Sun Crusher. The Death Star Prototype later tries to do this to Kessel, but its targeting system is so badly screwed up that it actually ends up destroying the planet's moon. Which doesn't explain why the subsequent gravity warping from the loss of its' its moon didn't destroy Kessel anyway.

* InformedAbility: Daala's supposedly magnificent military strategies that caught the eye of Tarkin in the past. Handwaved in two ways: she was a brilliant ground commander, so her abilities don't necessarily translate into naval command, and the ''[[Literature/DeathStar]]'' novel has her suffer some brain damage during a rebel attack.
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* InformedAbility: Daala's supposedly magnificent military strategies that caught the eye of Tarkin in the past. Handwaved in two ways: she was a brilliant ground commander, so her abilities don't necessarily translate into naval command, and the ''[[Literature/DeathStar]]'' ''Literature/DeathStar'' novel has her suffer some brain damage during a rebel attack.

* LightbulbJoke: ''I, Jedi'' has Corran Horn do the ''StarWars'' version, [[HoldYourHippogriffs glowpanel jokes]].
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* LightbulbJoke: LightbulbJoke: ** ''I, Jedi'' has Corran Horn do the ''StarWars'' version, [[HoldYourHippogriffs glowpanel jokes]].

* RetCon: ''I, Jedi'' was the first novel in the modern EU to directly retcon events of an earlier novel, namely by establishing that Corran Horn studied at Yavin IV under Luke over the course of ''Dark Apprentice'' and ''Champions of the Force'' (neither he nor his alias Kieran Halcyon was ever mentioned in the earlier trilogy).
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* RetCon: RetCon: ** ''I, Jedi'' was the first novel in the modern EU to directly retcon events of an earlier novel, namely mainly by establishing that Corran Horn studied at Yavin IV under Luke over the course of ''Dark Apprentice'' and ''Champions of the Force'' (neither he nor his alias Kieran Halcyon was ever mentioned in the earlier trilogy).trilogy). ** ''I, Jedi'' itself had to be retconned by Creator/DavidSherman and Creator/DanCragg's ''Literature/JediTrial'' after the prequels contradicted some of the timing in the Halcyon/Horn family tree (a common problem for pre-''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Phantom Menace]]'' novels: Creator/TimothyZahn's [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn trilogy]] ran into this, too).

* WeWillNotUseStageMakeupInTheFuture: Subverted. Disguising his identity, Corran grows a beard and uses hair dye. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Hair dye which he initially misuses, making all of his hair green and forcing him to call his old partner for help]].
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* WeWillNotUseStageMakeupInTheFuture: Subverted.Averted. Disguising his identity, Corran grows a beard and uses hair dye. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Hair dye which he initially misuses, making all of his hair green and forcing him to call his old partner for help]].
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