Jedi News Short Story Review: Last Call At The Zero Angle

Last Call at the Zero Angle is an interesting tale from Star Wars Insider #156 told during the original trilogy, and is told from the account of a Tie Fighter pilots.

Much like the military on Earth, or the fire and police departments, TIE pilots are divided into categories, and have a fierce rivalry with one another. “Vac-heads” are pilots that fly in space, and ground hogs are pilots that fly in the atmosphere. “Ground-hogging” requires more piloting skill than “vac-heading”, but the vacs get all the attention, as they are the ones that end up on the recruitment posters and the Holonet.

This story takes place in a bar, and drunk soldiers who don’t like each other… well, you an figure out what happens next.

Aside from the silliness, this story shows the war from the other side. TIE pilots have camaraderie and pride, just as much as Wedge and Luke do, and they view the Rebel Alliance as a group of terrorists, who kill their friends and endanger the lives of innocent citizens. In war, there is no clear “bad guy” (well, at least among the rank and fodder).

The bartender is a cyborg, making sure the sci-fi element is still their; yet his attire reminds me of something you’d see in an underground speakeasy. Both retro and futuristic!

All in all, this is a cute little story, that gives a human “face” to go behind the scary black helmet of TIE pilot.

Max Nocerino
Max writes reviews on both canon and non-canon comic books and also reviews the short stories in Star Wars Insider. He has interviewed such authors such as Kevin Hearne and Jason Fry.