YMMV / Outbound Flight

  • Fandom Nod: Ari Roselani, cosplaying as Grand Admiral Thrawn, met Timothy Zahn in 2002, and apparently they became friends. Outbound Flight has a female Chiss admiral dressed all in white and aiding in Thrawn's plans named Ar'alani.
  • Fridge Brilliance: In Outbound Flight, there's that whole unhappy issue of Thrass and Lorana sacrificing themselves for the survivors, who would never know what they did. While the remains of Outbound Flight shudder through hyperspace, Lorana holds the engines together through the Force while Thrass tries to find his way to the survivors, but the pylons are blocked. In that last stretch, when they have to crash on a planet with the Dreadnaught they're on hitting first so that the survivors and the single hyperspace-capable fighter will be above the surface, they have a More Hero Than Thou moment that ends with both of them staying, since Lorana has to land this thing and keep the systems from self-destructing, and Thrass knows she can't afford the time it would take for her to clear a path for him. Lorana has a lightsaber, and could have given it to him and let him cut his way out. But while Thrass has seen the lightsaber deflect his charric bolts, he doesn't know about its cut-through-anything ability. And Lorana may have decided not to tell him, since he's a Chiss, does not know Basic, and would be instantly associated with the attackers if he met the survivors, and anyway cutting his way out might simply have made holes that let in the vacuum. Or perhaps she simply never thought of it, considering all the shocks she'd just had and the incredible pressure that was on her. Either way, her bones and Thrass's were found mixed together fifty years later.
  • It Was His Sled: It is a well-known fact between Thrawn fans that he has a brother named Thrass that only appears in the Outbound Flight duology and is also dead, hence why he only appears there.
  • Magnificent Bastard: In Survivor's Quest, the Vagaari have a whole very complicated plan to get into the Redoubt, take over, get the battle droids in stasis on Outbound Flight, return, and take their revenge on the Chiss. But the Chiss allowed the information to be leaked that led to the Vagaari forming their plan, and in turn the Chiss formed an entire plan around drawing their enemy out and carefully allowing them to do just enough to satisfy the Chiss martial pacifism before war could be declared. Mara Jade wonders at this whole plan.
  • The Woobie: Lorana Jinzler. Aside from Obi-Wan, she's the single most unambiguously "good" character in the story.