The Archives Are Incomplete
By Jonah Kellman
A Star Wars legends canon novels podcast. We're going to talk about all 147 Star Wars Legends canon novels, from Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void all the way to Crucible.
Episode 33: Labyrinth of Evil
We're coming up on the end of The Clone Wars - Labyrinth of Evil takes us right up to the opening crawl of Episode III: Revenge of Sith, as it follows the last few days or weeks of action for Anakin and Obi-Wan as the dynamic duo take on one more galactic goose chase, trying to discover the Sith Lord behind the separatist power.
November 24, 2022
Episode 32: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
We dive into the last book in the Clone Wars multimedia project with a story focused on Yoda. This, much like the book centered on Mace Windu is exceptional, and there are some brilliant arguments for and against the personal philosophies of Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, and the little green swamp toad himself. It's a highly enjoyable read, with a great mix of quirky sass, young protagonists discovering themselves, and wisdom of the ages.
November 17, 2022
Bonus Episode 4: Guest Show with Meg Rickman
In this spoiler-heavy show (seriously, we spoil most major moments, villains, and plot lines) I'm joined by my good friend Meg Rickman, to discuss the breadth and depth of the Star Wars Legends novel chronology. Meg has been reading the books in a slightly modified read order and has a bit over a dozen books left - that means (and I stress this) that we will spoil pretty much everything. I'd recommend waiting on this episode if you don't want to be spoiled on things until you get the chance to read them or I get to the deep dives. When we finish those off I'll remind y'all to come back and give this a listen. If you ignore these spoiler warnings and proceed, you'll hear us talk about the many large arcs of the Archives, what we liked, what we didn't, and what we thought was plain cool. Villains, heroes, and phenomenal books abound in the next two hours of two geeks ranting and raving!
November 10, 2022
Episode 31: Jedi Trial
We return to the hero of the Clone Wars - Anakin Skywalker as he strives to earn his knighthood! If you enjoyed my episode on The Cestus Deception (y'know, the one with a lot of ranting and nit-picking, and not a ton of analysis) you might enjoy this episode as well! This story now canonically occurs before The Clone Wars (both the book, TV show, and movie of the same name) so that Anakin can be a Knight in time to take Ahsoka on as an apprentice, and it honestly fits better there. We talk about the plot, the various command styles of several characters, and briefly touch on the differences in Jedi Trial for Darsha Assant (from Shadow Hunter), Barriss Offee and Anakin himself.
November 03, 2022
Episode 30: MedStar II: Jedi Healer
We return to Drongar for the thrilling conclusion of feelings and self-discovery! The blurb on the back of the book is so far off I don't even know what they were talking about! Loaded with references to things both within Star Wars and without, this is quite an enjoyable read. Join us next time for Jedi Trial, by David Sherman and Dan Cragg, as we watch Anakin attempt to gain Knighthood.
October 27, 2022
Episode 29: MedStar I: Battle Surgeons
We join Barriss Offee (of Approaching Storm fame) on her Jedi Trial for Knighthood! Battle Surgeons is M.A.S.H. but in space, and with lightsabers! It's a very enjoyable book, with a very different perspective on the Clone Wars than the past ten books. It's enjoyable, and a quick read. The story started here will be wrapped up in the next episode, covering Jedi Healer.
October 20, 2022
Episode 28: The Cestus Deception
Let's go to a world of political intrigue and drama, and a whole lot of nitpicking! I have some feelings about the depictions of... well. Pretty much everything. I don't really dive too much into deep analysis, but it's interesting to look at a different take on various elements of the Star Wars universe and see how and why things don't feel like they line up as well as I would like. As mentioned in the episode: The Galactic Republic Anthem - All Stars Burn As One
October 13, 2022
Episode 27: Shatterpoint
It's time for the Mace Windu story! If you haven' t been reading along, this is actually a great book to read! There are lots of dynamic fight scenes and wonderful philosophical conversations that I don't delve into too deeply. Plus it's a standalone book, so there's not a huge commitment, it features a character that you're likely familiar with if you've seen the movies, and, in my opinion presents some interesting questions and conclusions (which, of course, are discussed in this episode). There's also a bonus short story "Equipment" which we talk about at the end of this recording, and aren't releasing as a "bonus episode" because it takes like, thirty seconds to cover it in full.
October 06, 2022
Bonus Episode 3: Republic Commando: Targets & Odds
Today we talk abou two short stories in the back of Republic Commando: Triple Zero and True Colors - titled Targets and Odds respectively. One follows the spaceport siege of fame that's referenced regularly during the events of Triple Zero and the other looks into the incongruent numbers and curious military strategy of both sides of the Clone Wars. This is a short episode, to give you (okay, really to give me) time to recover before continuing apace.
September 29, 2022
Episode 26: Republic Commando: True Colors
We get to book three of the Republic Commando quintet! We talk about lines in the sand, betrayal, and what it means to do the right thing. There's also conversation on cannabalism. Does eating a sentient alien species make you a cannibal? That question gets asked more than you might think in this book and answered once! Next week we'll have a short episode on the Republic Commando short stories: Odds and Targets, and the week after that will be Shatterpoint, by Matthew Stover - a Mace Windu story. It's one of those books I've recommended a lot, so I'm excited to discuss it! And oh yeah, I just added a ton of Star Wars YA books to my collection, so I'm going to be figuring out how to add those into the ever-growing readings and archives! Also also! I'm releasing this episode just three short days before the anniversary of the first full episode release, and I've had just over 1000 listens in that time. It's really coll that y'all listen to me talk about Star Wars for literal hours. Thanks!
September 23, 2022
Episode 25: Republic Commando: Triple Zero
Today we discuss one of my favorite books - and definitely my favorite from the Republic Commando series. We head to Coruscant to go bandit with Omega squad, Delta squad, their Mandalorian trainers and two Jedi Knights. There's a lot about personal attachment, finding one's purpose in the galaxy and doing the right thing. We also take a look at some songs from the Republic Commando video game as well as from Shadows of the Empire: Vode An and Dha Wherda Verda. Join us next time for Republic Commando: True Colors
September 15, 2022
Episode 24: Republic Commando: Hard Contact
It's the attack of the clone commandos! This starts off one of my favorite series as it follows some non-force-sensitive characters (which is actually a big part of many of my favorite stories...). We begin to really delve into the training of the clones, the similarities between their upbringing and that of the Jedi and the morality of breeding a child-slave army (Hint: Not Ethical), and how various jedi manage the challenges it presents. We return next week with Republic Commando: Triple Zero
September 08, 2022
Episode 23: The Clone Wars Gambit: Siege
We wrap up the five-book Clone Wars series with part two of Gambit! Will Anakin and Obi-Wan make it off the planet and survive to fight another day? Will devastating bioweapons attacks destroy Coruscant and the major planets of the Republic? Do we get confirmation on yet another ex of Obi-Wan's? Find out the answers to these and more in this week's episode! And if you're a fan of Clones and Wars, don't worry, we have more content from the Clone Wars era, we'll just not be focussed so much on the characters of the show - this might be the last we see of Ahsoka, and Anakin and Obi-Wan play much smaller roles in upcoming stories.
September 01, 2022
Episode 22: The Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth
It's another zany adventure from Heroes of the Republic, Anakin Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi! The two find themselves going behind enemy lines and being forced to allow for lesser evils to pass them by as they try to stop planetary devastation. Bonus antics from Ahsoka Tano, who makes a new friend!
August 25, 2022
Episode 21: The Clone Wars: No Prisoners
How dangerous is attachment? What are the responsibilities of a jedi during war? An officer? A citizen of the Republic? What are acceptable losses and who is expendable? These questions and more are posed in No Prisoners and not necessarily answered, given their deep complexity. Join Anakin and Ashoka as they meet Jedi who have a healthy relationship with attachment! So many questions, so few answers, so much satisfaction at the character growth!
August 18, 2022
Episode 20: The Clone Wars: Wild Space
In Wild Space, nothing happens! No, seriously, it's a bunch of wild goose chases and oodles of character development! The book is fantastic and sets up so much growth and tension between characters - the blurb on the back saying it's filled with never-before-revealed insights is actually accurate! #JediNeedTherapy Join us next time for The Clone Wars: No Prisoners
August 11, 2022
Episode 19: The Clone Wars
This week we dive into the novelization of The Clone Wars animated movie. This gives us our first look at Ahsoka and the clone army, as well as delivering insights on Anakin and Count Dooku, their personal philosophies, and why they fight. Our next episode continues to delve into the clone wars with Wild Space, by Karen Miller, part two of this five-book series.
August 04, 2022
Episode 18: The Approaching Storm
We get closer and closer to the Clone Wars - in this final novel before war breaks out across the galaxy, we follow four Jedi trying to keep one small, insignificant (but actually super important) planet as a part of the Republic! It's a little repetitive, and not the best offering, but still gives an interesting foundation for Bariss Offee (introduced in this novel) and develops the narrative of Anakin's fall a little bit more!
July 28, 2022
Episode 17: Outbound Flight
We're back from our (longer than anticipated) hiatus with Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn. This is our first book by Zahn, and it introduces a long-running character - Mitth'raw'nuruodo. We talk about the philosophy of Jedi Jorus C'baoth, the tactics of Captain Mitth'raw'nuruodo and how the philosophy of the Jedi as a whole overlap with that of the Chiss Ascendancy.
July 07, 2022
Hey folks - as the audio says - I'm out for at least this week, with a minor medical issue. I'm not sure when I'll be back, but ideally soon and ideally things remain smooth *after* this week!
January 27, 2022
Episode 16: Rogue Planet
As we move to the pre-war period, we get our first story that truly features Anakin Skywalker as a primary character, in Rogue Planet, written by Greg Bear. While I am critical in many ways, I think this book is important to see some of the early development of Anakin, as this is the only legends novel (there are some YA books) that covers him at age twelve, and one at fifteen, before we see him going from nineteen to twenty-two over the course of the Clone Wars. Join us next week as we tackle Outbound Flight, by Timothy Zahn
January 20, 2022
Episode 15: Darth Plageuis
After great delay, we finally reach episode 15, Darth Plageuis, by James Luceno. This book is absolutely fantastic with absolutely massive amounts of detail that's connected to all sorts of things. This is our longest episode yet by a *lot* clocking in at nearly two and a half hours, so save this for a longer drive. We talk about the development of the Sith and the execution of the Grand Plan set in motion by Darth Bane a millennia earlier. That's underselling it. I do want to apologize for the delay in getting this one out - as you can see, it was a massive episode and it took longer than I would have liked. Next week we return with Rogue Planet by Greg Bear, which should be a tamer affair.
January 15, 2022
Darth Plageuis: Coming Soon!
Darth Plageuis is a meatier book than anticipated, so the reading and notes is taking longer than I would like. I'm traveling this weekend, so I'm not going to be able to record until Monday at the earliest AND this episode has the potential to be so large that I split it into two episodes. It's coming, I promise!
January 07, 2022
Bonus Episode 2: Darth Maul: Saboteur & Restraint
We take a quick break from the deeper dives on longer novels to look at two short stories featuring Darth Maul, both written by James Luceno, before his appearance in Shadow Hunter. These are relatively light and quick but do provide some good background information on the character, and some insight into his experiences. We come back next week with Darth Plagueis, by James Luceno, to finish out the unofficial pre-Phantom Menace Sith Quartet.
December 30, 2021
Episode 14: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
We return to the "galaxies deadliest killer" - Darth Maul. In this book, by Michael Reaves, we follow Darth Sidious' apprentice on Coruscant as he tries to prevent information about the plans of the Sith from getting to the Jedi. Next week is a half-break, where we'll touch on Maul: Saboteur and Maul: Restraint in a bonus episode covering two short stories, before returning to Darth Plageuis, by James Luceno the following week.
December 23, 2021
Episode 13: Cloak of Deception
Oh boy! I'm excited about this one. Cloak of Deception, by James Luceno really digs into the meat of the story before The Phantom Menace. This book is the first must read. While I do recommend other books, the story of the prequels is incomplete - we don't see enough of the machinations of Palpatine and the Sith, and this book supplies much need context and an excellent foundation future exploration of the Fall of the Republic and the Rise of Empire.
December 16, 2021
Episode 12: Maul: Lockdown
We hit up our twelfth book, and our first in the Fall of the Republic era featuring Darth Maul as he goes into a prison to acquire a weapon and get into a ton of fights in this story by Joe Schreiber. We go over the plot and look at some seeds planted for future plot points, including some interactions between Darth Plageuis and his apprentice, Darth Sidious. Come back next week for Cloak of Deception, by the master of history, James Luceno.
December 10, 2021
Episode 11: Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil
We return for the third and final book in the Darth Bane series by Drew Karpyshyn. This is the last book in the greater chronology written by Drew, but if you're interested in more of his work, I can heartily recommend Knights of the Old Republic as well as the earlier Mass Effect games. He's also written for many other games and created many other novels, but I haven't read them personally as of yet. In any case, this episode is shorter, as Dynasty of Evil is a payoff for the build-up of the first two. While I discuss the plot and some character interactions, a lot of the philosophy and character development has been covered thoroughly by the first two stories. Join us next week as we cover Maul: Lockdown. We're deviating from the path prescribed in the front of the books, and waiting to read Darth Plagueis as it encompasses a broader span of time. The next three books - Maul: Lockdown, Cloak of Deception, and Maul: Shadowhunter - all take place during the story of Darth Plagueis, and by reading them first, it's easier to refer to those moments when they come up spoiler-free in Darth Plagueis.
December 02, 2021
Episode 10: Darth Bane: Rule of Two
We dive back into Darth Bane with the second book in the trilogy covering his character's history and philosophy. This episode, we look at how he trains his apprentice Zannah, as well as evaluating Jedi and Sith philosophy, as we have so often before. This book, of course, has some references to previous stories, but mostly finishes setting the foundation for the ultimate conclusion of the series, and the development of the modern order of Sith. Check back in next week for Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil and the conclusion of the storyline.
November 25, 2021
Episode 9: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
And we're back with our first trilogy! The Darth Bane series follows the genesis of the modern Sith Order, which guides Emperor Palpatine and his various apprentices during the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War. In this first book, we follow the rise of Darth Bane who develops the Rule of Two during his rise to power. I talk a lot about the development of this new philosophy and compare with previously ideas shared by other characters. I also cover the prophecy of the Sith'Ari as well as touching upon the training methods of the sith and how the Jedi still have a stick up their butts. Next week is Darth Bane: Rule of Two, also by Drew Karpyshyn, and we'll really get into the finer points of this new Sith Order. As mentioned, you can check out the Sabacc deck by Vyseri Art.
November 18, 2021
Episode 8: Knight Errant
This week's discussion focuses on a standalone story of a Jedi Knight fighting for survival in the remnants of the Sith Empire, and their constant infighting. This is the second book we've read by John Jackson Miller, the other being our second episode "Lost Tribe of the Sith". I discuss the plot and a few references, as always, but I also talk about Sith political structure and ideology - as opposed to their philosophy of power and the Force, and touch upon the guiding behaviors of the Jedi. Join me next week as I rant about Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, by Drew Karpyshyn.
November 11, 2021
Episode 7: The Old Republic: Annihilation
This episode covers the last of the books tied to The Old Republic MMO, following the story of Theron Shan, the son of Grand Master of the Jedi Order Satele Shan. I dig into the impact of close familial relationships with the Jedi as well as talk about the Jedi Gnost Dural and some ethical considerations that arise from his actions. We'll see you next week for Knight Errant by John Jackson Miller. Please excuse any audio-errors - editing was done on a flight. If you do notice any errors or have comments or feedback, please feel free to reach out @JediArchive on twitter or email@example.com.
November 05, 2021
Episode 6: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance
Join us in a deep dive into the characters of the Old Republic, and see what happens when Empire and Republic, Jedi and Sith, Mandalorian and smuggler are all forced by the circumstances to work together. Be sure to give us a follow @Jedi_Archive or reach out via email with firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 28, 2021
Episode 5: Red Harvest
Today we talk about one of the few cross-genre Star Wars novels. Red Harvest is a zombie/horror book, in addition to being set within the Star Wars Universe. It presents an interesting premise and one that we revisit in a few thousand years. Be sure to give us a follow @Jedi_Archive or reach out via email with email@example.com. Tune in next week for The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance.
October 21, 2021
Episode 4: The Old Republic: Deceived
This book introduces us to the time of the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. It's closely tied to the cinematic of the same name, Deceived. Also mentioned are Return and Hope. Be sure to give us a follow @Jedi_Archive or reach out via email with firstname.lastname@example.org. Tune in next week for Red Harvest.
October 14, 2021
Episode 3: The Old Repubic: Revan
This story serves as the capstone for the Knights of the Old Republic video games released by Bioware in the early 2000s and as a jumping-off point for the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO, following the story of legendary Jedi turned Sith turned Jedi, Revan.
October 07, 2021
Episode 2: Lost Tribe of the Sith
Lost Tribe of the Sith, by John Jackson Miller takes place on a single planet under the domination of the Sith, and explores the evolution of their society over the course of two thousand years. Find out more about me and my work at fatelfgames.com, or reach out to me directly on twitter @Jedi_Archive. We'll be covering The Old Republic: Revan, by Drew Karpyshan on October 7th.
September 30, 2021
Bonus Episode 1: Visions
This week, Star Wars: Visions became available - a series of animated shorts by some of the best anime studios in Japan. To the surprise of everyone, I have feelings. There are some story spoilers, so be cautious if you intend to watch the show down the line, but they are relatively light. My personal recommendations are episodes 5 and 8. I'll be back on Thursday for the regular chat about Lost Tribe of the Sith.
September 26, 2021
Episode 1: Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon is set 25,793 years before the battle of Yavin and explores the Je'Daii - force users who balance the Light and the Dark. Find out more about me and my work at fatelfgames.com, or reach out to me directly on twitter @Jedi_Archive. You can hear more of my musings on episodes 100 and 101 of the Star Wars Universe Podcast. Lost Tribe of the Sith, by John Jackson Miller will be covered in next week's episode, releasing October 30th.
September 23, 2021
Episode 0: What to Expect
This episode covers the basics of what to expect from The Archives Are Incomplete podcast - the content of episodes, the order in which we're approaching the series, and more.
September 13, 2021