SW7N Review: “Orientation” – a SW Insider Short Story from the New Canon!

SWI_157_48_53_FictionApart from the novel and comic book reviews, we’re starting a new series of articles, this time focusing on the Star Wars Insider’s short stories. These stories are part of the new official Star Wars Canon and every bit of info could be important and could give us interesting details about the Galaxy far, far away…



Review by Cantina member ZebroGodilla:


In Star Wars Insider #157, our short story for May/June is “Orientation”, written by John Jackson Miller, well known for his Legends novel, Kenobi, and the first Canon novel, A New Dawn, and art by Brian Rood. “Orientation” is a story set just before the novel, Lords of the Sith, and a little bit before A New Dawn, and it has some very interesting characters and near-results that make this another solid piece in the Star Wars Canon.


“Orientation” is described as taking place on the Imperial Cruiser Defiance. Set 21 years after The Phantom Menace, there are four major characters – Darth Sidious and Darth Vader, Commandant Pell Baylo and Rae Sloane, a character first introduced in A New Dawn.




Summary: On a trip to Ryloth, Sidious orders a stop at the Denon system, where he confers with his naval chiefs on how to streamline all of the old Republic military academies into one assembly for the Empire. He leaves Vader with Baylo, and old man near his 80’s with a sever back pain, who spews aphorisms regarding how to run a ship, and is loved by his students, yet Vader understands the only reason the meeting takes place on Baylo’s ship is that he wants to keep his school intact.


Sloane, a little bit before A New Dawn takes places, is the first to set the route to Christophsis out of all the trainees, but is then reprimanded by Baylo, who makes a few changes to the course. While everyone agrees with the decision, Vader remains wary.



You can read the full review in The Cantina HERE and you can subscribe to Star Wars Insider and read it yourself HERE.


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29 thoughts on “SW7N Review: “Orientation” – a SW Insider Short Story from the New Canon!

  • May 12, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Almost all the short stories in Insider recently have been descent. The first one I read was in Issue #149 and #150 about Blade Squadron. The B-wing fighters we saw in ROTJ and their attack on The Death Star from their perspective.

    • May 13, 2015 at 3:35 am

      decent = good
      descent = going downhill ?

      • May 13, 2015 at 3:41 am

        I realized my mistake after the edit time expired. I meant decent = Good or ok.

        • May 13, 2015 at 11:21 am

          You have to love those pedantic people. 🙂

          • May 13, 2015 at 4:36 pm

            usually I hold off but here I have a semi-legit’ excuse 😉

  • May 12, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    When they stop off at the Denon system… will they be picking up a surround receiver?

  • May 12, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Almost as good as The Tenebrous Way…

    Moar please.

  • May 12, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks everyone for reading this!

  • May 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    sorry but I need to download this from somewhere, suggestions?

    • May 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Yes please

  • May 12, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    It was very cool when I read it in Insider too see Rae Sloane popping up again! 🙂 Good twist to use her againe!

    • May 13, 2015 at 12:06 am

      Sloane? Nice rip-off, or perhaps retaliation for the Star Wars theme music as the garage attendants take the Ferrari for a test drive.

  • May 13, 2015 at 1:41 am

    I’m fairly certain this is the Sloane from A New Dawn.. Is it also the same Sloane from Rebels?

  • May 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Maybe Rae is where the name Rey comes from in force awakens, or is that too obvious. There have been many statements referencing fans to look back later at the new canon novels, video games and comics and supposedly some of the characters from those will either be in the force awakens or be related to it some how ( an excellent marketing tool to convince diehard fans to buy and comb through the new canon media for clues)

  • May 13, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I think we have enough canon material in the Episode IV era without this, thank you.

    • May 13, 2015 at 8:24 am

      this is set five years after III, but details.

  • May 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Seriously guys. How does comicbook.com release SW7 news BEFORE sw7news.com? It’s in the name. This is all the site is for. I’ve had to wait an entire day at times in order to hear anything from SW7N about a topic that I read on comicbook..

    • May 13, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Yeah, I WANT A REFUND!

  • May 13, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Sounds boring.

  • May 13, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    will you review the other stories?

    • May 14, 2015 at 4:24 am

      I will. There are only 8 issues per year, so it will be a while before the next one is out.

  • May 13, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    This is the slowest week of Star Wars news ever

  • May 14, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Don’t give a shit about disney’s canon…LONG LIVE the EU…

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