Yeah, I had to throw that last bit in, because everyone knows who the best background character of any series every is.... So, without saying his name, I shall continue....
Fact is, Star Wars is littered with background characters. When the first toys came out, they got generic names. I’ll always remember Squidface... Anyway, through time, many many things happened to these background characters, for tons of various reasons. Once, a friend of mine brought over a Star Wars Customizable Card Game (CCG). Obviously based on Magic: The Gathering, and the Star Trek CCG, it was interesting because it used pictures of just about every character in the Star Wars movies and gave each a little background and story. Some of that was based on writings of the producers; some was based on novels in the Extended Universe. Either way, it was a huge catalyst for getting stories out about the background characters, and got me interested in knowing each one.
here, Kooz was amazed that someone actually liked this character, as Ackbar has really been reduced to the “It’s a Trap!” meme. But Ackbar meant a lot to me from the movies. First off, he was a really freaky looking alien in a position of authority. The Empire had no aliens what-so-ever in its ranks, which obviously was put there to show a bit of racism. Ackbar shines as an example that no matter what you look like, you can be important. His life extended way beyond the movies, and started in the video games. Most gamers that played PC games while the Genesis and SNES were going at each other will remember the games X-Wing and Tie Fighter. Probably the 2nd best space flight games ever made (the first being Wing Commander). They were fun, and had a spectacular story. I distinctly remember saving Ackbar from slavery, and him creating the B-Wing, which was an amazing bomber in the game. I even had the toy, which was quite fun.
Anyways, this is my list, and I’m sticking to it. I had to play it out a bit, because the entire top five could have been Wedge Antilles, Hobbie Klivan, Wes Janson, Boba Fett, and IG-88. Star Wars is made far more interesting by the Expanded Universe, and its wonderful that the story exists outside the movies. That’s why I find it far more interesting than Star Trek. Anyways, I’m Dan Bonser, and I write for A Brainless Nod.
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