“I can disappear. I can be anyone. Even Kloda wouldn’t recognize me, and he raised me. That’s the foundation of any job–not being noticed.” – Bazine Netal
The Perfect Weapon is a short story released on November 24th, 2015 exclusively in eBook format as part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” series. It introduces us to the character Bazine Netal, who is to appear in The Force Awakens.
How long exactly before the new movie this story takes place is never specifically stated; however in “The Del Rey Star Wars Timeline” page of the eBook, it is placed after Claudia Gray‘s upcoming novel New Republic: Bloodline, which takes place six years before The Force Awakens. So The Perfect Weapon takes place a few years before The Force Awakens at most, if not only a few months.
Bazine Netal is a mercenary who is exceptionally skilled at what she does. She is both a spy and an assassin, and a very good one. She has mastered the art of disguise, to the point of being able to convince those who already know her that she is someone else entirely.
Bazine was orphaned at a young age and grew up with a band of mercenaries led by a man named Delphi Kloda. Kloda raised Bazine and trained her to be a fighter and a spy. Bazine is a cold, no-nonsense woman who just wants to get her job done as quickly and efficiently as possible, without distractions.
In many ways Bazine reminds me a whole lot of Asajj Ventress, though Bazine has no connection to the Force and doesn’t wield a lightsaber. Instead, Bazine carries a wide variety of weapons hidden all over her person. She proves to be an interesting character that I would definitely like to see more of in the future.
Bazine is waiting on a new job and ends up getting hired by an anonymous source. She is asked to retrieve a metal case from a man named Jor Tribulus, who was an Imperial stormtrooper who fought at the Battle of Endor. She is not told what is inside the case, and she doesn’t ask. All she knows is that she is promised a large enough reward for retrieving it that she will never have to take another job again.
Being a short story, there isn’t a whole lot to it, but this is a fun glimpse into the backstory of a character who will appear in The Force Awakens. The story is very worthy of the label “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and it feels like a massive tease for some yet-unknown plot point of the upcoming movie. It leaves you with a lot of questions.
It’s hard to say exactly how long this story is, but it is pretty short. Kindle says that it is 60 pages long, but who knows if it would really be that long on paper. The audiobook of the story lasts about two hours, but reading it on your own would probably take less time. I didn’t pay attention to how long it took me to read it, but it was quick.
This is by no means “required reading,” but it is a fun little story. Though there is no way to know just yet how big of a connection this story will have with The Force Awakens I think it is safe to say that the connection will be pretty minimal. More than anything it feels like the point of this is to introduce us to a fun new character who we will get to see on the big screen when the movie comes out; much like the four recently released Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away short stories that were written by Landry Q. Walker that each star different aliens from the upcoming movie.
For what is was, I liked it. I can’t say I really recommend it to the average fan, but if you’re like me and you like digging deep into background characters and story points that probably don’t matter very much then you will enjoy this. It did its job by fueling my excitement to see the new movie.
My one complaint is that it is only available as an eBook or audiobook. I would much rather have it in print, but maybe it will show up in some short story compilation in the future.