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A New Star Wars Short Turns the Empire Into the Underdogs

Who knew we'd feel so much empathy for the Empire?
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Something disturbingly surreal is happening in a new Star Wars short film released by Electronic Arts. For the first time ever, the Empire are the underdogs. 

In the short film, the Empire’s galactic fleet is being decimated by the Rebel Alliance. What is so satisfying about it is not how the tables have turned, but how you are put in the shoes of a TIE fighter pilot. You 

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“We’re not handing the enemy one more destroyer, Captain,” says the voice of an Imperial commander, asking her pilots to retreat. 

Who knew it was possible for us to feel so much empathy for the villainous characters in Star Wars

Star Wars fans know the franchise has its fair share of anti-heroes who have a change of heart, but the films never really put you in the perspective of the enemy’s. It makes you wonder whether a remake of the entire franchise is acceptable to fans if this were told from the eyes of the Empire. 

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