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Star Wars: Stories of Jedi and Sith by Disney Lucasfilm Press (2022) Review and Analysis



Hello everyone, welcome to the Mattacritic. This is Matthew Hemenway and as you noticed I am wearing headphones as this microphone I have requires me to wear them. Before I start this episode, please subscribe to this channel, and hit that notification bell to be notified of any episodes at the bottom of this video or blog post. Thank you. In this episode of the Mattacritic, I will be reviewing the audio version of Star Wars: Stories of Jedi and the Sith by Disney Lucasfilm Press copyrighted in 2022 that you can get at amazon or get at your local library. This story came out at the time when Obi-Wan Kenobi series was released on Disney+. I reviewed this series on my channel. These are collections of stories of Jedi and the Sith that go from the Prequels to the Sequel trilogy. Each chapter in this book is short stories and they tell a story from the perspective of time and space that it takes place in that story. I will explain each story in the various parts of this episode. These will have stories from Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and it will have one going to Rey as well. This is an excellent listen, and it does have a book to read, if you want to read that as well. I will leave a link to that in the description below. Thank you. I will give you my rating of these short stories at the end of this episode. I hope this episode will inspire you to read, watch, and learn. 

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The first story starts with a young boy wanting to be a Jedi, but he lived below the ground. He was considered vermin and not worthy of any status. This is something he wants to change and hopes to become a Jedi. He was considered a thief and the girl who was the same age as him. The girl and the boy are both 14 years old. She tells him that you must do more to prove that you are a jedi. The boy feels he must prove something and hopes he can prove it to Master Yodi. He sees Master Yodi, but the Jedi Temple guards are after criminals that came from underground. He runs as he is afraid; they will arrest him if he stays. He runs and gets clothes from a shop that makes him look like a Jedi. He confronts the criminals that were trying to take the same 14-year-old girl and he rescues her. She thanks him and later she stands up for him when the temple guard wants to arrest him. Master Yodi tells the boy when he thinks that it is not a rubric that makes a Jedi, it is the desire to learn. Master Yodi tells the girl, he will be your student. The girl and the boy ironically both come from the underground. They have a lot in common and this will be an interesting relationship. 

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The second story will consist of Qui-Gon Jinn, and he was sent by the Jedi Council to help with the recovery of a young Jedi that has lost her way. He must go to this planet and rescue her. Ironically, Qui-Gon Jinn is lost as he is upset with his old master who is Count Doku who strayed from the path. He must figure out how to not let this cloud his judgment. This will not be easy for Qui-Gon Jinn, but he must do this. This girl depends on him to rescue her. He must deal with a queen that is difficult to deal with. He gets help, but he is betrayed by one of the queen’s soldiers. He must figure out how to get her out. He does and the story will end the way the reader will think it will. 

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I may not remember all the stories in order as this had 12 chapters. This book contains 11 different short stories in this book. This is understandable as I may not remember the exact order of this book. This may be the third or fourth story in this book. One of the stories consists of an adventure that Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi take. They are on this planet, and they stumble upon a girl and a boy who are stranded and are about to be killed by the droid army. They rescue this girl and her younger brother who is 6 years old and is telling his older sister that he can sense his family. He tells her he can sense where his parents are. She tells him, Mom and Dad are dead, there is no hope in finding them. She believes that her brother cannot possess the force since he is not a Jedi. Anakin Skywalker believes the 6-year-old boy, and encourages Obi-Wan Kenobi, we must look for their parents. Obi-Wan Kenobi tells the girl that the force resides in all living things. It is possible to think this boy may be right about this. Both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker agree, this is worth the risk, and they must find the parents of these 2 children. They find the children’s parents and rescue them. This story proves that no one is too young to make a difference. It is good that Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi encourage the 6-year-old boy that he is not too young to do so. This is a lesson for the older sister as one is never too young to make a difference. This is the lesson that this young girl learns. If I had to guess her age, I would say she is at least 14 years old. The girl reading this story sounds this old. 

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This may be the fourth or fifth story in this book. This is where one of the jedi is doubting why the Jedi are fighting in the clone war. This story is after the battle of Genosys. This Jedi has nightmares about this battle. It is understandable that she has PTSD. She wonders if it makes sense for the Jedi to be fighting in the clone war. As one of the other Jedi tells her, if we do not stop the separatists here, it will only create more problems for the galaxy. She must trust that the Jedi are on the right side of history here. It is not easy, but one must do what is necessary. She may understand what she must do, but she still has doubts about the Jedi fighting in the clone war.  

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This may be the fifth or sixth story in this book. Darth Maul is searching for the Sith Temple. The Sith Temple has powers and artifacts that he could use to destroy his enemies. He is having visions of others that are dead. He did not die against Obi-Wan Kenobi in that battle on Naboo. He is alive. This is also explained in Rebels, why he is looking for the Sith Temple. He believes if he can destroy his enemies, this will vindicate what happened to him. He wants to destroy Obi-Wan Kenobi and his old master who at this point of time is called Emperor Palpatine. He sees Qui-Gon Jinn, and Qui-Gon Jinn tells him, what will happen when you get your revenge. Will this be it or will there be a new enemy? Revenge is an addiction, and it is a poison as it will poison your heart and you will always want another enemy to destroy. This is the lesson this story teaches.  

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This may be the sixth or seventh story in this book. Darth Vader searches for a rebel amongst the Empire on a planet that the Empire needs to funnel their military operations. Darth Vader is upset amongst the imperial officer who oversees this operation. He tells her, you have an insurgent amongst you. She tells him that it is impossible. She tells him she would know if any insurgent existed amongst them. Darth Vader tells her, you lack imagination. Darth Vader looks for the rebel insurgent and he encounters a creature that is half cat and half dragon. Darth Vader kills that creature before that creature can kill Darth Vader. Darth Vader encounters the insurgent, and it is a teenage Wookie. Wookies can live to be 200 years old. She could be 50 years old and be considered a teenager. She works to destroy the dam to disable the Empire. She has a fight with Darth Vader. It will be a challenge, but possible. She, with the help of the Rebels, will do just that in terms of destroying the dam and hurting the Empire in the process. Darth Vader will be mad to say the least. 

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This may be the seventh or eighth story in this book. Luke Skywalker will be on the planet called Hoth, and he is with a guy that is hard to deal with. This story takes place between New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. He thinks that all Jedi cause more problems than they solve. They get trapped when ice falls and get trapped in a cave in. Luke does not have his light saber as it was being treated for pathogens. That is understandable. The Rebel Alliance does not want any pathogens that can harm life on the planet. Luke Skywalker feels that might have helped him if he had access to his weapons. He must use the force to get them out of the cave in. Luke makes a joke that this guy never smiled in his life. He was one of those that is serious and never can take a joke, or even laugh. This is a fun and funny story. The reader will enjoy this story. 

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This may bey eighth or ninth story in this book. Emperor Palpatine sits in his throne room on the Death Star as this will take place at the time of Return of Jedi. He can remember the scene back in Revenge of the Sith when he fought Master Yodi. Master Yodi thought he could take him on, but this is a mistake as Master Yodi learns that he is stronger than he thought. Master Yodi later flees to his home of Dagaba. It will return to the scene in Return of Jedi, and he tells Luke that it is his time to die as he will be going into forever sleep. Luke tells Master Yodi, you cannot die. Master Yodi tells Luke, “Strong am I with the force, but not that strong. That is the way of things, the way of the force.”  Yodi warns Luke not to underestimate the powers of the emperor. He lets Luke know that there is another Skywalker. The emperor is in the throne room will sense that Master Yodi died and Yodi will appear in front of the emperor. This is right before Luke and Darth Vader come into the throne room. The story will end here. 

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This will be the eleventh story of this book. Poe and Rey are on supply run for the Resistance. They are getting supplies such as clothes and food to help the resistance be able to eat. Poe and Rey are arguing about a fruit that Rey had on Jocko. During the argument, BB-8 gets taken by insurgents that live on the planet. They must rescue BB-8, and this will force them to have to work together if they want to save BB-8. This is where Rey and Poe must learn to trust each other. It will not be an easy lesson to learn, but it is a valuable lesson to learn. 

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I will give you, my rating. I give Star Wars: Stories of Jedi and the Sith by Disney Lucasfilm Press copyrighted in 2022, a 10 out of 10. It was fun, and it does an excellent job of connecting the Star Wars Universe and helping to fill plot points that needed to be answered. The Prequels needed this help, and the stories help to do this. It also does not hurt the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy that these stories do this. You understand these characters better than the reader did before they read this book. It does help this comes with an audio version if a person travels or prefers to do it that way. This book is a fun collection of stories that tell remarkable stories and the person who reads or listens to them will not be disappointed.  

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