Over the last few months, my commute to the office has become absolutely brutal. I work only about 2-3 miles from my apartment, but every day I find myself in over an hour of traffic both ways. It’s a nightmare.
I’ve exhausted all of my favorite playlists, built new ones, tried listening to new podcasts (including our own, of course), but I always end up nauseating myself by losing focus in traffic and grinding my teeth until I finally pull up to work. Then, it dawned on me – I am morbidly behind on a bunch of books I wanted to read, so why not listen to them?
Enter Dooku: Jedi Lost, the new (and canon) audio drama from Cavan Scott and a slew of incredibly talented voice actors who come together to form an intense drama that focuses around one of Star Wars’ most slick and (in my opinion) most underrated villains.
Count Dooku was brought to life on-screen by the late legend Christopher Lee, and his actions and endeavors during the Clone Wars were voiced by Corey Burton. Euan Morton lends his voice to Jedi Lost and does a pretty good job of developing the full spectrum of Dooku’s voices over the course of his life. Morton’s voice doesn’t have the same depth as Dooku’s previous actors, which took some getting used to, but at the end of the day he does a fantastic portrayal of an iconic Star Wars villain.
Dooku: Jedi Lost features a handful of other familiar characters from Star Wars’ expansive new canon, including Asajj Ventress (voiced by Orlagh Cassidy) and Master Yoda himself (voiced by Marc Thompson), both of whom are voiced so well that I was convinced their actors from The Clone Wars had reprised their roles for the drama.
The story for Jedi Lost spans Dooku’s entire life, from growing up in the Jedi Temple, to maturing as a young Jedi Knight, all the way until his latter years of a Jedi Master and his eventual fall to darkness. I don’t want to give anything away from the story, but the complexity that Jedi Lost adds to Dooku’s character is beyond anything we’ve seen in Star Wars canon before. By the time I was finished, I had a newfound respect for the breadth of Dooku’s power and the depth of his history.
Dooku: Jedi Lost combines signature Star Wars music, sound effects, and voices to create a compelling audio drama that should not be missed, especially for fans of the Prequels or The Clone Wars series. I finished the brisk six-hour listen in just about a week thanks to all the traffic I’ve been dealing with lately, but there’s also something to be said for the immersive tale keeping me hooked to the point where I didn’t want anything else coming out of my car’s speakers.
The good: Amazing sound effects, familiar music, and a strong voice cast make for a compelling listen. Dooku is a bad man, and this story plays like a highlight reel of some of his coolest abilities.
The bad: Some voices are stronger than others. Dooku and Qui-Gonn’s were different enough to be noticeably off, though I wouldn’t call it distracting. Also, six hours may be short for some people – but I liked the briskness of it.
Overall: Dooku: Jedi Lost is a STRONG recommend from me. If you’re a fan of audiobooks, Star Wars, or just need something new to listen to in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you should definitely check it out.
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