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YMMV / Jedi Academy Trilogy

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  • Broken Base:
    • There's a sharp divide amongst fans who think the Jedi Academy Trilogy was absolutely awful, those who find it merely Overshadowed by Awesome with The Thrawn Trilogy as well as Dark Empire, and those who actually like it. It seems to depend on how serious you like your Star Wars since Kevin J. Anderson took a somewhat over-the-top comical style to the series.
    • Similarly, I, Jedi while better received by fans, tends to include a contingent among fans who think it was disrespectful for Michael Stackpole to fix Kevin J. Anderson's work. And then there are the fans who love it because it fixes what they see as a very problematic entry in the Legends continuity.
  • Canon Fodder: Who is Desertwind, the third Jedi who fought the Jensaarai? Stackpole probably intended for him to be Obi-Wan Kenobi, but it might also be Anakin or someone else entirely. Anakin would fit given that he and Nejaa Halcyon were partnered during the campaign to liberate Praesitlyn in the book Jedi Trial.
    • The unreleased until 2015 short story Lone Wolf by Abel G. Pena confirms it to be Obi-Wan, who was wearing a Tatooine-crafted robe that was a gift from Anakin. As it was originally unreleased, the canonicity in the Legends continuity is a bit suspect.
    • The story states that it took place between the end of the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire. Now that Revenge of the Sith is out, this is a bit tricky to place, but it can be assumed that it's between Grievous' death and Order 66 going out. In that case, it definitely can't be Obi-Wan or Anakin.
  • Complete Monster: Moruth Doole is a Rybet who began his career on Kessel as an administrator of the spice mines. After Palpatines death, he led a revolt against the remnants of the Empire, eventually taking over the planet. He was disappointed when he saw a dead rancor in a prison, as he planned to feed prisoners to said rancor. His worst crimes are his harem of female Rybets he had sent over; he would use the offspring produced as slave labor in the spice mines before killing them.
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  • Evil Is Cool: Exar Kun comes off as this. Thoroughly averted, amusingly, in I, Jedi where Exar Kun is portrayed as a psychotic creep.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Tavira
  • Funny Moments:
    • Corran teaching witty repartee to Remart.
    • Luke Skywalker playing Bad Cop... by just standing in a corner and looking ominous.
  • Ho Yay: About half a page in Dark Apprentice is dedicated to a man-hug between Luke and Wedge. Also, drinking game: Shot of Wyren's Reserve whenever anyone, both men and women, mentions how handsome Kyp is.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Luke playing with young Jacen & Jaina in "Jedi Search". "Playing" meaning doing Yoda imitations and using the Force to levitate them.
  • Idiot Plot: Lampshaded mercilessly (along with everything else) in I, Jedi
  • Nightmare Fuel / Tear Jerker: I Jedi gives us a first person perspective of what a "great disturbance in The Force" feels like. It's pretty brutal.
    [Corran wants to say something at dinner, has to swallow first, and manages] Just in time for me to scream.
    Luke Skywalker had told us that at the moment of Alderaan's destruction, his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, had said he felt 'a disturbance in the Force'. Anyone who could label what I felt a 'disturbance' could think of Hutts as cuddly. The hollow shock one feels when told of a close friend's sudden death slammed into me at lightspeed. My conscious mind searched in vain for an identity to attach to that feeling, finding a way to contain it, but the hollowness opened into a bottomless void. Not only did I not know who had died, but I would never have a chance to know them, and that seemed the greatest tragedy possible.
    Flashes of faces, snippets of dreams, laughter aborted and the sweet scent of a newborn's flesh undergoing a greasy transformation into roast meat all roared through me. Thousands upon thousands, millions upon millions, these images and impressions came in a whirlwind that screwed itself down into my belly. Hope melted into fear, wonder into terror, innocence into nothingness. Bright futures, all planned, proved the ultimate in morphability when a fundamental truth in these lives proved wrong. For these people there had never been a question of whether or not the sun would rise tomorrow, and yet in an instant they were proved wrong, as the sun reached out and devoured their world.
    I heard Streen screaming that there were too many voices to handle before he slumped to the floor. I envied him in that moment. The same clarity of recall I cherished seconds before meant I watched a vast parade of dead flicker through my consciousness. A mother, acting on instinct, shielded her child in the nanosecond before both of them were vaporized. Young lovers, lying together in the the afterglow of the moment, hoping what they felt would never end, got their wish as they were torn into their constituent atoms. Criminals, triumphant in some small success, were reduced to fearful puling animals as their world evaporated.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • In "Jedi Search", Lando uses an electronic gadget, previously used by the Empire, to tell if someone is strong in the Force. This indicates that there were measurable physical traits associated with Force sensitivity. And the book came out years before the whole flap over midichlorians.
    • Also, the series reveals that all three of Han & Leia's children were raised in isolation from nearly everyone (including their parents) in order to protect them from Dark Side influences. Again, this was years before the whole "no attachment" part of the Jedi Code was established.
    • Although Episode II was famous for including the first purple lightsaber as a result of Samuel L. Jackson's insistence, Gantoris already uses a violet blade in Dark Apprentice.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: For all its shortcomings, this series is the first time anytime in Star Wars that a reason for the Light Side being stronger than the Dark Side is given. Jedi are at their most powerful when they are at harmony with themselves and the universe; as such Jedi are at harmony with other Jedi, therefore a group of Jedi can work together and become far more powerful than any of them individually. A Sith, who is focused on personal power and achievement, can't do this. Therefore Exar Kun is destroyed for good by Luke's students. Furthermore, Dark-Siders tend to shoot themselves in the foot whenever they get too powerful; because the Force derives from life, killing off enemies actually weakens them.

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