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The Truce At Bakura Ch. 16-21
It's the thrilling conclusion to the Truce at Bakura! Luke and Dev join forces to triumph over the Ssi-ruuk, one "freed" soul at a time. Han and Leia misuse repulsor chairs (not like that, get your mind right). An Imperial bureaucrat must face the ultimate punishment: being handcuffed to Threepio for 24 hours. And 132-year-old hacker grandma Eppie Belden does a coup with the help of R2D2 and her home health aide. In the end, everyone is a mess, no one is getting laid, and no one is becoming an apprentice to the galaxy's most well-meaning, most incompetent Jedi master. 10/12 parsecs. Transcript is here.
The Truce At Bakura Ch. 11-15
Things are really starting to get going now. Governor Nereus poisons Luke with some worms hidden inside space ceviche (but he doesn't know it yet!). We meet Eppie Belden, who turns out to be an emo-hacker-grandma that commands an army of Bakuran rebels from her living room console. Leia resists arrest!...but is captured anyway. Threepio intercepts a secret plan and becomes the hero we need. Han Solo hides in the chimney of a log cabin and becomes the hero we deserve. Everything ends on a cliffhanger as the Ssi-ruuk finally arrive! Transcript here.
The Truce At Bakura Ch. 6-10
The gang has landed on Bakura and made contact with the Imperials they're trying to help. They attend a surprising number of formal gatherings—including a dinner in the space equivalent of that mansion from Parasite, so surely things will go well. Skywalker family drama continues as Leia confronts the ghost of Darth Vader while Luke pines for a woman who is not his sister and who hates his guts! On the plus side: PEOPLE SEEM TO ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT A JEDI IS, which is a miracle. Transcript here.
The Truce At Bakura Ch. 1-5
Barely 36 hours after cremating his redeemed dad and reuniting with his friends at an all-night Ewok rager, Luke Skywalker faces a tough choice: take a goddamn nap or a droid will have to replace all of his bones. Suddenly, the Rebels intercept a spooky message from some Imperials that don’t know the Emperor is dead. Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2, and 3PO are sent on a diplomatic/rescue mission where stakes are high: there’s an alien species that wants to capture and imprison human souls. All naps will have to wait.Transcript here.
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Emily and Kelly grew up before Star Wars returned to the big screen—when novels were fans' only hope. Now, they're re-reading them with fresh eyes for plot twists, new characters, and surprisingly apt socio-political themes. Delusions of Grandeur is a podcast about the good, the bad, and the truly bizarre stories of the Star Wars novels.