With all this Thrawn hype going around, I decided to do a re-read of the original Thrawn Trilogy and thought it might interesting to have a discussion about the original medium where the greatest Grand Admiral appeared. Not sure if this is allowed, but I did have some observations about the trilogy and the Star Wars themes that Timothy Zahn incorporated into his work at the time . I also had some thoughts about how the trilogy holds up 25 years later, with all that we've learned about the Prequels. Anyways, these are my initial thoughts on the first few chapters of Heir to the Empire. Han’s first scene is back in the Mos Eisley cantina, right where we first met him in A New Hope. Wasn’t he a General in ROTJ, five years before the Thrawn Trilogy? Why’d he give that title up? He’s clearly a very good battlefield commander, courageous and an excellent leader. Yet in Heir to the Empire he’s right back into a smuggler role, running around the Galaxy and meeting with criminal types. Luke’s still the Last Jedi at this point. What has he done in these five years? It seems he’s started training Leia, but her skills seem very basic. Luke’s had five years to instruct her and he only got a week from Yoda. It seems that the antipathy to making Leia a full Jedi existed even in 1991. Leia’s place in life here makes the most sense. She was a Senator at the start of the Rebellion, it makes sense that she’d return to politics and help build the New Republic up into a truly just and democratic government. One small bone to pick, though. How can Leia be the Senator for Alderaan when Alderaan doesn’t exist anymore? Alderaan can’t be a member of the New Republic for the simple fact that it’s history. How can Leia claim to be a Senator of a world that no longer exists.