Medium: Cinematic trailer
Publication Date: June 15, 2015
Timeline Placement: 3,637 BBY
“A man can have anything,” Valkorion piously intones, as Prince Arcann, yellow lightsaber ignited, flies toward his back, “if he’s willing to sacrifice.” We flash back to the birth of Arcann and Thexan. Valkorion turns away from them in the cradle, setting the tone for their lives of rejection and hardship as their father mercilessly pushes them to achieve their true potential. No matter their victories and accomplishments, nothing they do is good enough for him; the only love they know comes from one another.
We see their campaign against Darth Atroxa, a red-skinned Twi’lek woman with Darth Maul tattoos, on Korriban, homeworld of the Sith and most evil planet in the galaxy. She finally falls to Arcann’s blade, more than half his face now a robotic mask covering the wound he received in the previous story. The twin princes board a ship to return to their father, leaving the Valley of the Dark Lords to crumble into ruins behind them.
They kneel before Valkorion and each presents him with two lightsabers wrapped in the sigil of either the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire. I realize this is visual shorthand to convey in one and a half seconds the idea that they’ve defeated both groups, but I’m curious what the significance is in-universe. Whose lightsabers are those, and is there any special meaning to those particular emblems or did Arcann and Thexan realize at the last minute that they didn’t have any wrapping paper?
Valkorion is probably wondering the same thing, because once again he turns his back on them without saying a word. This failure to acknowledge their greatest accomplishment pushes Arcann over the edge, and he lunges at Valkorion’s back with his lightsaber. Even-tempered and loyal, Thexan pulls him back with the Force, but Arcann is still lost to his rage, and he turns on his brother and cuts him down. Instantly his mind clears but it’s too late. He rushes to catch his brother as he falls and takes his hand for the last time.
He looks up to find Valkorion standing over him, his father finally proud of him.
This four-and-a-half-minute trailer for a video game is a better told and more emotionally resonant story than Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 4.5/5 Death Stars.