Published June 1, 2017

Psych Ward: Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia

Two key Rebels get their threat levels assessed by our therapist!

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As directed by The Emperor, I have infiltrated the ranks of the so-called Rebellion under the guise of an expert in combat related trauma. As this is hardly a stretch, I have been easily believed. While the assignment has been largely unfruitful—in the humble opinion of this therapist—I recently had an opportunity to meet with two individuals identified by the Empire as “high interest targets.” For reasons I respect but do not understand, my offer to eliminate them myself was rejected. Instead, I was told to act my part and pass along any and all information gained. This report is a fulfillment of that request. I maintain my protest of the decision to allow them to live, however.

Skywalker and Organa are two adults, a man and woman, respectively. Organa is a princess by birth and appears to be acting as a tactical leader of the Rebellion. Skywalker is a pilot and I have heard him spoken about as the man who destroyed the Death Star although this writer does not know if this is merely legend or something more.

Recently the two found themselves stranded together on a desert planet. Upon their return, I insisted they needed to meet with me to be cleared. Although both subjects expressed some objection, they did not ultimately resist the request.

Organa presents as confident and driven. While she recently experienced the death of her home world via the Empire’s actions, she does not show signs of a trauma response to it. She is angry, for certain, and acknowledges a level of grieving but one might be tempted to say she is so at peace with it to perhaps be in denial. She is a princess without a kingdom and it seems only to have strengthened her resolve and commitment to this hideous Rebellion force.

Star Wars #33 cover by Mike Mayhew

Skywalker, on the other hand, is volatile. While I know it is the position of the Empire to not look down upon faith in the so-called Force—in deference to Lord Vader, I assume—this writer continues to regard it with a level of skepticism. Therefore, Skywalker’s self-identifying himself as a Jedi trainee comes across as near delusional. Additionally, he is barely in control over the death of his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi who he states was killed by Darth Vader sometime after the decimation of Alderaan. As records indicate Obi-Wan Kenobi was assumed long dead, I have no idea the accuracy of this. Perhaps whatever makes Skywalker believe himself a Jedi also leads him to believe in the ability to communicate with the long-dead? I can only hazard a guess.

What this writer can confidently report is that both are the threat many believe them to be. Organa is unbroken even after losing everyone she knew, surviving a torture droid, and being lost on that desert world. Skywalker, for all his inability to control his emotions and arguably delusional beliefs in a dead religion—all respect to Lord Vader aside—is a man of great power who has a singular fixation on defeating our glorious Empire, beginning with the death of Vader in particular. The fact that he has proven a skillful enough pilot to, if not actually destroy the Death Star than to at least have survived that assault, only adds to how dangerous he is.

I am turning my findings over to Doctors Jason Aaron and Salvador instructed. They will review them and issue their report in the file STAR WARS #33, to be released on July 5.

Star Wars Tim Stevens is an ethically challenged therapist who would do well to better respect the ancient ways of the Jedi.