Welcome to “One Week of Star Wars”, a quick series of 7 articles that will be released daily celebrating some of my favourite things in the Star Wars galaxy. Today, we’re looking at Trooper Tuesday
It wouldn’t be a war without armies and armies mean troopers. From the varied species seen in the Rebellion and Resistance, to the clones of the Republic; each faction has had troopers that feel authentic with the situation and are instantly recognisable.
If I had to pick one group of troopers as my favourites, it would have to be the clone troopers, as The Clone Wars did such a fantastic job of making all of these identical clones into individuals – shout out to Dee Bradley Baker who does an amazing job of making them all sound different! I will also give a mention to Alexander Freed, whose novel Battlefront: Twilight Company focuses on a group of Rebel troopers and does a really good job of humanising them.
The heavy use of armour on the clones, Imperial stormtroopers and First Order stormtroopers has been a great way of keeping things fresh as different environments have allowed for different specialist troops, each with their own individual armour designs. From the jungle camo of the 41st Scout battalion on Kashyyyk to the Death troopers of the Empire. And even the First Order with their officers of note Phasma and Pyre wearing chrome and golden armour respectively. It gives us something new to look out for and gives Lucasfilm a chance to make more money through extra toys, as long as there feels like a legitimate reason for these new troopers to be there rather than the originals, I’m on board!
Thanks for reading. May the Force be with you…