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YMMV: Black Fleet Crisis
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Anyone who tries to read the series now knows that Luke's mother is dead, and thus his quest is completely for nothing. Worse yet: R2-D2 knows it is and could have saved Luke a lot of grief; if he wasn't already "recruited" by Lando on his own wild bantha chase and thus out of contact.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Yevetha, with their intense xenophobia and love of pain and bloody deaths, have their similarities to the Yuuzhan Vong. Later the Yuuzhan Vong exterminate them in an unseen invasion in exchange for one group of planets the Yevetha threatened during the war capitulating without a fight.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, who crossed it a long time ago, just keeps getting worse and worse. He enslaved the Yevetha species, which didn't do much for their narcissism or xenophobia.
    • Also, almost every single thing the Yevetha do. If you had to pick a single point, the multi-planet genocide at the end of Before the Storm would be a good start.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • These books introduced several concepts that made their way into books set chronologically earlier, such as the Recon X-wing or 'snoopscoot' which was then used in the X-Wing Series.
    • Also, despite the Take Thats directed at this series in Hand of Thrawn, Timothy Zahn borrowed the aforementioned human-shields-protecting-warships thing for the Vagaari in Outbound Flight.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Chewbacca's family from The Star Wars Holiday Special gets A Day in the Limelight, and a particularly badass one.
  • Squick: Sex droids, but for Michael P. Kube-McDowell, it's expected.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Weird inversion, as a lot of fans think this series would be one of the best in the EU if it had just left out the Luke subplot and Lando chasing that useless Qella ship. The Lando plot particularly is the great divider. Practically everyone loves the Leia/Han plot and practically everyone hates the Luke plot. Meanwhile, half the fandom hates the Lando plot for being so irrelevant and barely touching the other two plots, and the other half loves it for being a throwback to the Lando trilogy of the 80's that largely featured him exploring strange ruins and lost cultures. It also gets a Call Back in the New Jedi Order series when Lando uses laminanium, the self-healing metal the ship was made from, for the armor on his Yuuzhan Vong Hunter droids. It's just too bad that Luke's plot provided the answer to Lando's plot, while doing almost nothing for Leia: the uprising of the Yevethas' Imperial prisoners do a lot more for her at the Battle of N'Zoth than the Fallanassi end up doing. Otherwise, Lando's story could've ended up as a single installment with the main Black Fleet series being a duology.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Nil Spaar is able to portray Leia as an aggressor and has sympathizers in the New Republic senate trying to force her resignation. In spite of this, he manages to screw it up when he kidnaps and tortures Han Solo (who was sent to investigate him) and sends Leia a film of it, which she shows to the senate and completely destroys support for the Yevetha.
    • Senator Peramis comes from a world that suffered greatly under the Empire and thinks the New Republic is slowly becoming the Empire's equivalent by arming itself. His blind adherence to keeping the New Republic lightly armed and out of any conflict leads him to being manipulated by Nil Spaar into blocking Leia's every attempt to put a stop to the Yevethan-led genocidal war. When his opinion ends up being ignored, he crosses the line by actively aiding in the aforementioned kidnapping of Han Solo (to stop Solo from taking command of the fleet sent to stop the Yevetha).
    • Leia herself makes a slew of bad decisions in the first two books.

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