*All right, breaking new ground! As I watched this video, I knew very little about the Mandalorian Wars, or KOTOR, or Revan & Malek and all that. So, let’s go!
*It’s been about twenty-two years since Ulic Qel-Droma faded into death. Biggest jump in a while.
*This, like all the videos on this timeline, is narrated by Lance Henriksen. I enjoyed The Exar Kun War a lot and I hated that story, so let’s see if this one might be even better.
*And we begin . . . with Lance Henriksen solemnly intoning “Revan and Malek did not fall to the Dark Side in a single moment” while aching, eerie strings hum behind him and we are treated to an image of the two characters striding toward the camera, lightsabers ignited.
*I got a chill. I can’t wait to go through all this KOTOR stuff leading up to the games and then actually attempt to play them. I’m really excited. So, first actual appearance of Revan and Malek on our timeline, right? They may have been mentioned in The Exar Kun War, I forget, but they certainly didn’t appear.
*Mandalore the Ultimate seeks to defeat the Republic and the Jedi in order to rule the galaxy. Mandalore the Ultimate . . . is this the new Mandalore from the end of The Sith War?
*So, we’re introduced to this great Republic hero, Carth Onasi. But the Mandalorians turn the ti . . .
*Wait a minute. So we see the Jedi Council here. And there’s a Yoda-esque guy. There’s a tall bald black dude. There’s a guy who looks like Saesee Tinn. Does the Jedi Council go by like affirmative action quotas or whatever? Like they are required to have a member of Yoda’s species on every Council? And one Samuel L. Jackson dude?
*So, the Jedi Order decides to cut its losses and it decrees that the Jedi will no longer fight the Mandalorians. Revan and Malek lead a splinter group that links up with Onasi’s Republic group and they defy the Council by taking the war to the Mandalorians.
*So, Revan kills Mandalore the Ultimate and then ‘activated a superweapon that destroyed an entire planet . . . and everyone on it.’ Huh? What? Could I get a little context here please?
*So, he does it to destroy the Mandalorian army I guess, but in the process he also kills tons of Republic soldiers and other Jedi.
*Great music on this section of the video. Very grim and melancholy.
*So, Revan and Malek pursue the few remnants of the Mandalorians and there, Gnost Dural tells us, they found the Sith Empire and their fall to the Dark Side happened there.
*Hmm, so this was interesting. These videos are rudimentary, yes, but likable. And this one breaks some new ground for me. I know only that the Mandalorian War is the next major conflict in the Galaxy and that the story of this War will unfold at least partially in the KOTOR comic series and that the ripples of this war roll on through the two KOTOR video games.
*But I dug getting a real introduction to Revan and Malek. Onasi will probably be important too. Good stuff. And probably good to get this big picture overview before I get into the comic series. This will help keep me centered on what’s going on in the series, yeah?
*CANONICAL STATUS: While the complete accuracy of this document cannot be verified beyond a doubt, it is most likely either entirely or almost entirely accurate. This work is RECOMMENDED as a historical resource.
*Very good. 3 ½ stars.
*Okay, so next time . . . whoo, boy, it’s here! Let’s get into KOTOR!!! Join me next time for Knights of the Old Republic 0: Crossroads!