“There’s good in him. I know… I know there’s still…” “There is still good in him.” “I’ve got to save you.”
It’s not a stretch to say that redemption is a main theme of the Star Wars films and neither is it a stretch to say that the same theme continued through the Expanded Universe. The story of someone’s fall to the dark and eventual redemption to the light has been repeated countless times throughout. This is, afterall, a franchise built upon the story of the rise, fall, and redemption of Anakin Skywalker.
So why, in recent years, have we seen stories go against this?
I’m talking, of course, about Jacen Solo and also Vestara Khai. How did we get to a point in the Star Wars universe where Luke Skywalker, Dark Side Redeemer Extraordinaire, isn’t consistently giving it his all to try and bring back his nephew or a young girl from the dark side? But before we get there, let’s look back at redemption throughout the rest of the Star Wars Saga.