One of the great things about Star Wars is that it inspires endless debates and opinions on a wide array of topics. Best bounty hunter? Most powerful Jedi? Does Salacious Crumb have the best haircut in the saga? In that spirit, StarWars.com presents From a Certain Point of View: a series of point-counterpoints on some of the biggest — and most fun — Star Wars issues. To celebrate the arrival of the incredible new video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, two StarWars.com writers debate the best moment in the game!
Spoiler warning: This article discusses key plot points from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Taking flight over the treetops of Kashyyyk is the best part, says Kelly.
One of my favorite moments in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order feels quintessentially Star Wars: racing through the treetops of Kashyyyk, dodging blaster bolts and whatever else the forest can throw at Cal Kestis, and ultimately taking flight.
Did I yell out loud, “Now this is podracing!” while playing? Yes. Yes, I did.
As Cal gets closer to completing his quest on the Wookiee home planet, the Ninth Sister finds him while she’s scouting the planet in her ship. She taunts him from above and then takes to the turrets to keep Cal from reaching his goal — permanently. But the nimble Jedi slides through the massive trees, jumps over obstacles, evades explosive shots fired from the ship, and finally makes it under the canopy for some welcome protection from the Inquisitor.
But it’s not over yet. Cal has to jump over man-eating plants, scale vine-covered cliffs, and dart out of reach from creeping vines without pausing to catch his breath. (Those slithering, glowing red vines give me the heebie-jeebies.)
All of this gravity-defying action is set to a soundtrack that brings to mind the escape from the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope and the asteroid field of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Add to that TIE fighters shrieking by overhead, and this is Star Wars at its finest. I dare you to play this part of the game and not grin!
Suddenly a massive shyyyo bird, native to Kashyyyk, soars over Cal’s head and takes out the Ninth Sister’s ship. The Jedi finally has a moment to breathe, but the bird’s help has come at a price, and it’s injured in the attack. After Cal treats the creature’s wound, it offers to take him on a journey very few have taken. Together they soar above the lush forests and green mountaintops of the planet.
“There’s so much the Empire hasn’t touched!” Cal says in awe as they glide among the clouds. There’s still so much to fight for.
It’s not just musical cues and flashing blaster bolts that make the game feel like the galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order captures so many of the themes that are at the heart of Star Wars, from keeping hope alive and continuing to fight in the face of dismal odds, to moving on from the past and not letting failure stop you. Take the journey with Cal and your spirit will soar as high as the shyyyo of Kashyyyk.
Cal teaming up with Nightsister Merrin is easily the best part, says Alex.
Archaeology and fallen civilizations are common tropes in video games because they give the player a mystery to solve, a reason to explore, and a feeling of believability. And in Fallen Order, while planets like Zeffo and Kashyyyk exude a sense of history, Dathomir sets the scene for the game’s greatest moment. In the aftermath of the Clone Wars — with Mother Talzin gone, along with most of the Jedi — Dathomir was left without leadership to unite its people. Taron Malicos was a Jedi Knight who survived Order 66, but after years of seclusion on Dathomir, he succumbed to the lure of the dark side.
Now, Malicos commands the Nightbrothers who remain among the Zeffonian ruins on Dathomir. He speaks ill of the Jedi, calling them “thieves and selfish liars who bring nothing but death.” For Nightsister Merrin, an angry, embittered witch you encounter late in the game, Cal Kestis is at first a nuisance — someone to blame and punish as revenge for her lost “sisters.” Merrin uses her mysterious Force abilities to raise armies of the dead, cloak herself and become invisible, and draw on the power of her fallen kin. “When you face one Nightsister of Dathomir,” she says, “you face us all.” But soon Merrin realizes Malicos has been lying to her about the Jedi having killed her sisters, and she’s inspired to win back her world — perhaps with the Padawan as her ally.
After Cal rebuilds his lightsaber and returns to Dathomir, Merrin confronts him to find out the truth about the Jedi Order once and for all. Cal explains that they were peacekeepers, and points out that he and Merrin each know what it’s like to lose everyone they’ve ever cared about to a single monstrous act of war. They’re both victims of the Sith. Merrin, at last trusting Cal, leads him into the ancient temple where Malicos awaits them. Blinded by the power of the dark side, Malicos can’t see the value in bringing back the Order, and Cal is forced to defend himself against the fallen Jedi’s scarlet blades.
As the two lock sabers, Nightsister Merrin intervenes to aid Cal until, finally, she uses her immense power to bury the wicked fallen knight alive, sealing him away. “Let him lie in the dark with his secrets,” she says. In a surprise twist, brought together by shared desperation and loneliness, the two survivors decide to team up indefinitely, and Merrin becomes an invaluable addition to the Stinger Mantis’s ragtag crew.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Alex Kane is a journalist based in west-central Illinois. He has written for Fangoria, Polygon, the website of Rolling Stone, Variety, and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @alexjkane.
Kelly Knox is a Seattle-based freelance writer who loves creating Star Wars crafts with her daughter. You can find her on Twitter at @kelly_knox.
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