TFN Review: Star Wars in 100 Scenes From DK
Reviewed by Adam on October 11, 2014 |
Today marks the third Star Wars Reads Day, so what better time to bring you our review of Star Wars in 100 Scenes by regular Star Wars author, Jason Fry?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Star Wars in 100 Scenes is nothing more than a series of images that span the two trilogies, or Star Wars-Frames-lite, if you will, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Author Jason Fry has contributed much to the key events that have been chosen to tell the story of Star Wars, providing text that offers a variety of details related to each scene, that includes behind-the-scenes information and highlights key characters, vehicles, locations and droids.

A brief introduction opens the book and provides a general synopsis of both the prequel and original trilogies, before launching into the saga.

Episode I, which is afforded sixteen scenes, starts with A Plot Revealed and ends with Naboo Celebration, with the likes of Underwater Attack, Dark Adversary, Jedi vs Sith and The Gungan General included along the way. Similarly, sixteen scenes span Episode II, with A Senator in Peril being the first scene, and moving through Planet of the Clones, Tragedy on Tatooine, and Arena Battle, until the last scene, Secret Marriage. Rounding out the prequel trilogy, Episode III gets an extra scene to the previous two, opening with War over Coruscant and closing with Exiles and Hopes, with the events in-between largely being taken from the latter half of Revenge of the Sith, such as Anakin's Fall, Declaration of Empire, and Duel on Mustafar.



If you've been keeping track, then you'll already have worked out that slightly more scenes are dedicated to the original trilogy, and much like the previous episode, Episode IV comprises seventeen scenes, beginning with A Princess Captured, through A Destiny Revealed, The Death of Alderaan, Rescuing the Princess, Their Most Desparate Hour, before concluding with Victory at Yavin. Episode V receives the most number of scenes of the whole saga, with eighteen, which is to be expected given the pivotal events throughout the movie. Wampa Attack is first, and other key moments include The Battle of Hoth, Dangerous Hideaway, Luke's Decision and Dark Lord's Secret (can you guess?) with The Search For Solo drawing the episode to a close. And so to Episode VI, which consists of sixteen scenes, the first of which is The Palace of Jabba the Hutt, with The Great Pit of Carkoon, Captives of the Ewoks, Fight in the Forest and Confronting the Emperor making the cut before Celebration of Freedom completes the story of the Star Wars saga, at least as we currently know it.



So while readers will undoubtedly be familiar with the many images used throughout the book, there are plenty of little tidbits and lesser-known facts, be they background character names, anecdotes or further exposition, all of which make for a thoroughly enjoyable read, and serve to provide fans with fresh insight into the saga that we all know and love.

Star Wars in 100 Scenes is out now and available from all good bookstores, priced $19.99 CAD and $18.99 USD.

As always, a big thanks to DK Canada, whose Star Wars Boutique you can visit here, and don't forget to listen to Jedi Journals for your monthly roundup of Star Wars publishing news, commentary, and discussion on the latest releases in the realm of novels, comics, and magazines.
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