A new comic book serving as a lead-in to Star Wars: The Last Jedi serves to explain how supporting villain Captain Phasma managed to make her way out of Starkiller Base at the end of The Force Awakens. More importantly explains why she’s not in any hot water for being directly responsible for the eventual destruction of the First Order’s superweapon.
The first issue of Marvel’s four-part Captain Phasma comic is now available, and io9 just provided a plot summary that helps to explain two of the biggest questions about Phasma’s role in The Last Jedi: first, how did she make it off of the planet-weapon after being thrown down a garbage chute, and second, why is she still working for the First Order after tremendously dropping the ball with their superweapon’s defenses? That first answer is surprisingly not too difficult to explain – when the attack on Starkiller Base happens, Phasma has some incredible luck when a stray bombing run on Starkiller Base ends up blowing a hole in the trash compactor, allowing for her to escape.
In the span of a few minutes, Phasma is then able to delete any data suggesting that she was responsible for the disabling of Starkiller Base’s shields. The seeds for the second answer are planted when, Phasma find out that there’s a scapegoat that she can frame if the First Order gets suspicious about their embarrassing defeat – Lieutenant Sol Rivas, who happened to be in the same area and also knew the codes to the shield generator. As the Phasma novel – which serves as a distant prequel to this story – has indicated, the title villain is much less loyal to the First Order than her appearance and rank suggest, and she’ll betray anyone if it means that she can save her own skin.
She makes an acrobatic escape from Starkiller Base, demonstrating exactly why she’s an ideal soldier in a way that The Force Awakens never truly demonstrated. On her way out, she catches a glimpse of Kylo Ren’s duel with Rey before deciding not to intervene. Eventually, she chooses to hitch a ride with a TIE pilot and what appears to be BB-9E, a First Order BB unit. Once the TIE has cleared the blast radius of Starkiller Base, Phasma declares that she’s going to hunt down the traitor responsible for leaving the First Order in such a vulnerable position – Sol Rivas.
Throughout the comic, we see exactly why Phasma is so feared and respected in the First Order, as she’s able to be incredibly efficient and capable as a First Order operative in the span of a few minutes. But it also demonstrates that what we were led to believe about Phasma is far from the actual truth, and that she can be just as dangerous to the First Order as she is to the Resistance when her own life is on the line.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.
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