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  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In the Hoth sequence in Darksaber, Luke and Callista are attacked by a horde of wampas which seem to be commanded by the wampa whose arm Luke cut off in The Empire Strikes Back. This is never commented on again anywhere in the Expanded Universe. Even Wookieepedia ignores it, and they have articles on everything.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The only genuine such moment - and probably the only proper crowning moment Admiral Daala ever manages - occurs in Darksaber when she gasses the Imperial warlords and unifies all of their fiefdoms when it becomes clear that they won't stop their feuding and fight the New Republic. Too bad her absolute failure to capitalise on the result undermines it.
  • Deader Than Disco: After Darksaber, no-one could take the "superweapon of the week" plots that had previously dominated Star Wars Expanded Universe fiction seriously anymore. In a weird way, we might have Kevin J. Anderson to thank for the subsequent new directions (eventually resulting in the Yuuzhan Vong arc) taken by the EU.
  • Die for Our Ship: Callista major fault is that she's not Mara Jade.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Rebels' Red October-esque shelling and looting of the Imperial Palace was pretty bad enough, it gets even worse when one remembers that the Imperial Palace was originally the Old Republic's Presidential Palace, making the Rebels, full name the Alliance to Restore the Republic out to be hypocrites regarding their cause.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight/Funny Aneurysm Moment: The narrative for the trilogy indicates that Luke was a bit of a swinger, having many romantic liaisons with various women during his time as a Jedi Master. Considering the Prequel Trilogy later revealed that the Jedi Order forbade marriages and presumably any sexual relations, that ends up making Luke look a bit like a bad Jedi.
  • Mary Sue: Callista aboard the Knight Hammer. She actually manages to take out a Super Star Destroyer with a single torpedo (I guess Imperial damage control was slipping) and to cap things off she tries to take out the Imperial big bad, all in one go.
    • Actually, she set over two dozen Tie bombers to send their concussion missile payloads into the engines and other bombers, which practically gutted the Knight Hammer's engines. Not quite one torpedo, although the Mary Sue bit may still stand.
  • Narm: The Hutt Death Star and Callista angsting over losing her powers.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Everything Palpatine does to Lemelisk in the flashbacks.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Daala and Pellaeon are (presumambly) merely meant to professionally respect each other but it's very easy to read an element of sexual tension between them.
  • Sequelitis: Taken as a stand-alone novel, Children of the Jedi is really quite good, and it would probably be held in much fonder regard if it hadn't been followed by Kevin J. Anderson's clusterfuck.
  • Squick: Huttese pornography. You may now clean up your lunch.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A crime syndicate just stole the schematics of the original Death Star? Awesome! Wait a minute...
    • Actually, I think this was mentioned by Madine, but it was determined that even if somebody DID buy the Death Star's blueprints, 1. Very few people actually had the resources to build it anyway, and 2. Those that did were presumably being watched by New Republic Intelligence. Also, the Hutts wanted to reduce competition in the Superweapon department.
  • Unfortunate Implications/Fridge Horror: In the end of Chapter 13 of Children of the Jedi, Leia recalls the events of the Rebels'/New Republic's takeover of the Imperial Palace. Essentially, they had shelled and looted the entire place, or partially at least, and they also proceeded to kill many of the occupants inside without even a trial. Although some, such as the head of the Emperor's School of Torturers and the President of the Bureau of Punishments, clearly deserved their deaths, it also mentioned that several of the people executed were the court clothing designer and various minor servants who were if anything completely innocent of any crimes conducted by the Empire and actually were unreported, and worse, the narration specifically stated that those executed by the New Republic were of all ages, genders, and species, which likewise gave very horrific implications that they may have even executed children simply for the rotten luck of even working at the Imperial Palace. Long story short, the heroes' actions came across as being more similar to what one would expect from The French Revolution (in particular, the infamous September Massacres and to a certain extent the Reign of Terror) and possibly The Russian Revolution.
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