Star Wars Lore – The Life of Biggs Darklighter
Despite graduating from the Imperial Academy, Biggs Darklighter was a strong believer in the Rebel Alliance’s cause. He even perished fighting for what he believed in…
Two friends, one dream
Biggs Darklighter grew up on the harsh desert planet of Tatooine alongside his best friend, Luke Skywalker. Both shared a love for piloting, and would often fly their T-16 skyhoppers through Beggar’s Canyon and beyond, all while communicating to each other through comlinks. Unfortunately, Luke sometimes dismissed Biggs’ warnings of the upcoming tight corners and narrow gaps. As a result, he once clipped the edge of the canyon, sending the craft spiralling downward to the sands below. Skywalker managed to survive the fall, but the same couldn’t be said for his skyhopper, which needed a considerable amount of repair work. Nevertheless, the two youngsters dreamed of leaving their homeworld to join the Imperial Academy. Only Biggs could follow that dream, though, as Luke was grounded on Tatooine in fear of following in the footsteps of his father: Jedi Knight-turned-Sith Lord Anakin Skywalker. Be that as it may, Darklighter returned to Tatooine to visit Skywalker and his friends in Tosche Station, after graduating from the Imperial Academy. However, he informed his childhood friend of his plan to leave the Galactic Empire for their bitter enemies, the Rebel Alliance. Before departing ways, he encouraged Luke to do the same.
The Battle of Yavin
After departing Tatooine, Biggs travelled to the Alliance’s headquarters on Yavin 4, where he quickly caught wind of an impressive victory over the Empire. With the help of Skywalker, smuggler Han Solo and his companion Chewbacca, Princess Leia managed to successfully transfer vital plans of the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star, to the Rebel Base. Using the schematics, the Alliance were able to pinpoint a weakness in the structure, which could destroy the “planet killer” entirely if exploited. While preparing for the mission, Biggs ran into his old friend. Both reminisced about their days on Tatooine, and how far each had come. Ecstatic about Luke’s decision to join the Alliance, he even boasted about Skywalker’s piloting skills in front of Red Squadron leader Garven Dreis.
In the Battle of Yavin, Biggs flew with the callsign “Red Three” as part of Red Squadron. After dodging turbolaser fire and pursuing TIE fighters, he entered the Death Star’s trench with the goal to fire proton torpedoes into the battlestation’s reactor shaft, which would cause a fatal chain reaction. However, as the battle neared its end, a trio of TIE fighters, led by Darth Vader, engaged the Rebel X-wings. Vader himself managed to strike Biggs’ craft, resulting in his death. Despite the passing of his childhood friend, Luke had to continue with the mission. Thanks to his piloting skills and the Force, he fired upon the Death Star’s reactor shaft, destroying the battlestation entirely. In the years that followed, Luke often thought about Biggs and his passing. He consoled himself knowing Darklighter died for a cause he strongly believed in…
Now it’s time for this week’s question: would you like to see Biggs Darklighter in a future episode of Star Wars Rebels? Let me know in the comments below.