• Mattie Stu

How Captain Phasma Escaped Starkiller Base

In Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Captain Phasma was given a rather paltry screen time of one minute and forty-five seconds – which for an incredibly hyped character, is somewhat unforgivable. Even worse, however, is the fact she was one-upped by her former student, unceremoniously dumped into a trash compactor, and left for dead in the destruction of Starkiller Base. So, yeah, Phasma was kinda screwed over. But if promotional material for Episode VIII is anything to go by, it seems as if Disney are giving her another chance to shine. Pun very much intended! In fact, the chrome-cladded trooper has undergone somewhat of a resurgence as of late with the release of Phasma and issue one of Star Wars: Captain Phasma. With all of this new material, we can really begin to piece together some of the events that take place in-between Episodes VII and VIII, including Phasma's survival of Starkiller Base...

First of all, Captain Phasma was indeed thrown into the trash compactor of Starkiller Base – it wasn't just some kind of metaphor or callback to Episode IV. And while this does conjure images of her butting heads with a dianoga, all while compacting walls enclose around them, she spent hardly any time at all inside the makeshift prison cell. You see, a stray bomb from a Resistance X-wing blew a gaping hole in the side of the compactor, leaving her free to simply walk away. From there, it's safe to assume she located her very own TIE fighter and flew for the hills, right? Well, yes, that is exactly right – but not before some last-minute espionage. Indeed, Phasma retreated to the very console she used to lower Starkiller Base's shields, in an effort to mask her treachery. This allowed her to pin the blame upon a fellow First Order higher-up. Lieutenant Sol Rivas, to be precise. However, Phasma wasn't done there. Seemingly discontent with completely ruining a man's entire military career, she decided to pursue Rivas through the ever-imploding corridors of Starkiller Base and then into the vacuum of space...

I'm sure you are probably all now wondering what happened next – but fear not, all will be revealed soon enough in the aforementioned Captain Phasma mini-series of comics. In all honesty, I recommend you check out the first issue for yourself. Not only does it give you a greater insight into the mind of this somewhat mysterious character, but it shows you the Battle of Starkiller Base from an entirely different view point, which I find particularly fascinating. Regardless, I am very keen to know how you feel about Captain Phasma's survival and the fact she is set to appear in Star Wars: Episode VIII. So do feel free to sound off in the comments below.

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