Phasma

Star Wars: Phasma Book Cover Star Wars: Phasma
Star Wars
Delilah S. Dawson
Sci-fi
Del Rey
September 1, 2017
Hardcover
381

Discover Captain Phasma’s mysterious history in this “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” novel.

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins—and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

 

Phasma (the character) was one of the more lackluster bits of The Force Awakens. The promotional material all made her look really cool, but the film itself did not really see her doing much. First, we see her leading the assault at the start of the film. Then nothing for most of the movie. Suddenly towards the end, she (who is supposed to be a badass mind you) is taken hostage by an ex-janitor and forced to lower Starkiller Base’s shields. We did not even get to see Gwendoline Christie; Phasma has her helmet on the whole film. So, this book was really a good opportunity to flesh out Phasma’s character.

This book really did not do a lot to flesh out Phasma’s character. The hope was that she would be a lot like Boba Fett. In the original Star Wars movies, Boba Fett did not do much. He tracks down Han and Leia and then gets killed by a blind guy. But he looked really cool, so the old Expanded Universe turned him into a badass. Phasma, unfortunately, did not get the same treatment in her own story.

Overall, Phasma is just not that interesting of a character. She is a hardcore survivalist who will do whatever it takes, truly caring for only herself. And…that is kind of it. If anything, Phasma herself was the least interesting character in the novel. Everyone else seems to have intricate motivations whereas hers is a generic “stay alive and be powerful”. She has no morality and just that one simple rule: survive. The book could have been half as long as it is and the same message would have still gotten across. With her character being so simple the book does not even feel like it is really about Phasma.

Despite the end result being lackluster, the book is well written. Delilah Dawson knew what she was doing but it seemed like there were too many limits put down by Disney. Despite this book being part of “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, it did not seem to have anything to do with the new movie. It even takes place before The Force Awakens, not after it. If you want a summary of Phasma’s character, you are better off reading the Phasma comic books. They actually do take place after Episode VII, get the same message across about Phasma’s character, and take a lot less time to read.

December 3, 2017

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