L337 Returns In New Star Wars Book
Check out an excerpt from L337’s story in The Empire Strikes Back: From A Certain Point Of View….
If asked to name a single most underrated character in Star Wars film canon, I’d have an immediate answer: L337 from Solo: A Star Wars Story.
I loved the characterization played out by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. A sometimes crass, always self-aware, and often very funny droid, “L3” was a self-modified mishmash of different droid parts. The co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, her superior navigation system was uploaded to the hive brain of the ship in a desperate attempt to save the crew.
Now, in the most wonderful kind of ret-conning, L337 returns as part of the Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back: From A Certain Point of View.
L337’s Point of View
Today, the StarWars.com team explained the droid’s inclusion in the book and offered an excerpt.
In StarWars.com’s exclusive excerpt of Brittany N. Williams’ “Faith in an Old Friend,” we flashback to the Millennium Falcon‘s desperate journey following the Battle of Hoth, as Han Solo, Leia Organa, and friends look to escape the Empire’s clutches. Except here, we’re reintroduced to L3-37, Lando Calrissian’s rebellious droid.
Now one with the Falcon‘s central computer, L3-37 is as spirited as ever — and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
“I’m probably one of many people who read Last Shot and watched Solo and fell in love with L3-37,” Williams tells StarWars.com. “She has this great design, she’s hilarious and dynamic, she and Lando had this amazing rapport, and then, Kessel happened. Like, I think about L3-37 every time I see the Millennium Falcon now. So when I got the invite to write a story for From a Certain Point of View, it’s like here’s the perfect opportunity to make sure that our girl is alright and give her another moment with Lando. And I couldn’t really pass that up.”
Check Out An Excerpt
We can’t pass it up either. So, here’s the beginning of the snippet:
Faith in an Old Friend by Brittany N. Williams — From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back
“Chewie, take the professor in the back and plug him into the hyperdrive.”
The Millennium Falcon’s computer watched Chewbacca drag the complaining C-3PO out of the cockpit and into the body of the ship. The audio sensors picked up the protocol droid’s rambling tirade but felt no need to follow the two on the cams.
RUDE, V5-T said.
Search results: Professor, chirped ED-4, a classification for a sentient being or droid who provides a high level of education. Updating vocabulary.
Yeah, but he is a little too chatty for my tastes, L3-37 said.
Search results: Chatty—a slang term meaning prone to excessive amounts of speaking. Updating vocabulary.
Still true, though. L3-37 would’ve shrugged here if it had been the old days. The days before she’d been uploaded to the Falcon and had become one of the three droid brains that made up the ship’s computer.
She’d built herself such good shoulders, too…
For the full excerpt, as well as a short Q & A with the book’s editor, check out StarWars.com.