Script Book Adds Depth to Lourna Dee’s Story
Six months ago, Star Wars fans were treated to an excellent audio drama detailing the origins of the infamous High Republic Nihil Lourna Dee. Now we’re getting new appreciation and support for the Sharp-toothed Twi’lek story with the release of the storm runner screenplay book.
Written by Cavan Scott – who also wrote the 2019 screenplay Dooku: Lost Jedi – the storm runner the audio drama features a full cast of voice actors and cinematic sound effects. The script book version takes depth and dynamics to the next level by including setting, direction, and other key details you wouldn’t necessarily pick up on just listening.
The story of storm runner Lourna Dee is the same but made all the richer in the screenplay book.
Its history from the kingship of the Outer Rim colony to the vicious marauder of Nihil is tragic, marked by tragedy, trauma and betrayal, as well as time spent as a Zygerrian slave and in a training camp. military. With each escape or rescue, Lourna remakes herself and changes her name – running from her past and all the people who have tried to define her over the years.
She’s been a Princess, a Slave, a Cadet, a Fighter, a Nihil Storm, and now a Tempest Runner. Almost everyone she has known throughout her life has tried to tell her who she really is. They tried to “help” him do the “right” thing or start a new life or at least believe in a peaceful future.
But that’s not who Lourna really is, and she knows it. She kisses him, revels in it. She thrives on the chaos and power that a Nihil brings, and she always wants more. She doesn’t settle and doesn’t let anyone – not even the Eyes of Nihil Marchion Ro and her late father Asgar – define her.
She is Lourna Dee, and storm runner shows exactly why we should never forget it.
storm runner: A Star Wars film in the ears
In my review of the Tempest Runner audio drama in August, I wrote that the story was one “we didn’t know we needed it, but now we can’t imagine living without it”. The script book only adds to that feeling.
Lourna Dee may have had shorter appearances in other High Republic offerings, even in the Scott-backed Marvel comic series. What we knew of Lourna was at surface level – she is vicious, ruthless and answers only to herself. But the audio drama and script book finally give us the “why” of his personality and demeanor.
You have to respect his agitation. Its intensity and brutality is similar to Dark Side user Asajj Ventress from The Clone Wars. In storm runnerLourna Dee once again proves just how much Star Wars needs more vicious and wicked women.
For this review, I plugged in the audio drama to listen to the captivating voice of Jessica Almasy, Lourna Dee, as I followed Scott’s script. A few lines later, I immediately felt more hooked and oriented to the scenes unfolding on the page and in my ears.
The descriptive cast list is great reference material, adding much more context to the characters than we previously had in the audio drama. Another bonus from the script book is the scene settings, which tell us what planet we’re on and who we’re watching/listening to. There are also “FX” lines that describe the aural feel of a scene and give a little behind-the-scenes insight into the production of the story.
With storm runnerThe story structure of frequent flashbacks makes it almost essential to have the script book in front of you so you don’t miss a thing of the story. I listened to the audio drama twice before writing my review last year, and while I thoroughly enjoyed the finished product as a whole, I couldn’t help but feel that I was missing landmarks and character changes.
Having a storybook also helps those who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who find it difficult to follow an audio story without having something to see and read in front of them. I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs of audio drama production and script book publishing, but I do know that many Star Wars readers would be okay with waiting a little longer if they could publish audio and book versions of scripts at the same time. .
On the other hand, it’s nice that the script book is coming out now to give us another High Republic Phase 1 story – like a treat – before the long THR drought before Phase 2 dropped at the fall.
storm runner is an exceptional story set in the High Republic era and in Star Wars in general. Scott has proven himself versed in all forms of storytelling, connecting and fleshing out key characters through novels, comics and scripts. This is especially true for High Republic villains, who get the most screen time in storm runner.
At the end of storm runneryou could change your allegiance from the virtuous Jedi to the ruthless Lourna Dee.
Star Wars: The High Republic: Tempest Runner is available now through Del Rey. The audio drama is also available through Penguin Random House Audio wherever you get your audiobook fix.