|From my understanding of "Distant Thunder," the evil Starkiller wouldn't have killed Starkiller unless he was truly about to kill Vader. Since Starkiller let Vader live, he didn't make his move.
In this case, evil Starkiller is already the evil dark side presence. It would seem that, in this regard, Starkiller could never succeed in falling to the dark side again. On that level, I like it. So often, we see the bad ending being the villains win. I liked the twist, probably the only thing about TFUII I thought was cool. And frankly, I still wish it had been the true ending.
It's all a big convoluted mess, but my guess is that, as really the perfect clone of Starkiller, the two will face against each other if the third story is concocted.
That's another reason why I think "Distant Thunder" isn't in-continuity. If Vader already has his "perfect clone" that's embraced his role as Vader's assassin and discarded Starkiller's memories, why does Vader go through the song and dance of taking Juno prisoner, choking her in front of Starkiller, demanding that Starkiller do his will or she dies, etc.?
Let's say when he sends Fett out to recover Starkiller, he doesn't know that Dark Apprentice is a success yet, and until that point Starkiller is the best clone (assuming he is a clone, which I don't think that he is) or Starkiller is the original and he wants the original. By the time that Starkiller and the Rebel fleet arrive, he already has chosen Dark Apprentice to be his apprentice, and given him his orders to strike when needed. So he has no reason to even try to convert Starkiller at this point, so why even bother with Juno? If he plans to kill them all, eliminate her now, then in lieu of messing with Starkiller's mind just kill him.
The answer I received at TFN is he wanted two Starkillers serving him, which is nonsense. If he wanted two Starkillers, he wouldn't have had Dark Apprentice kill Starkiller, because Starkiller had turned to the dark side by virtue of attempting to kill Vader. It's the dark side ending. It makes absolutely no sense to me that Vader would ask the Dark Apprentice to only kill Starkiller if he turns to the dark side, and leave him alone if he doesn't. And if Vader's motive is to be captured, then why does he try so hard to goad Starkiller into turning to the dark side, which would preclude his capture?
With the novel presumably being the "definitive" version (TOS says the novel of TFU1 is the "definitive" version of that story, so I presume that this applies to TFU2), there's also the scene in which Starkiller fights a bunch of his own clones and comes out the victor. If Vader was truly looking for the strongest apprentice, why not have the Dark Apprentice fight Starkiller then and let the chips fall where they may, rather than his "final test" to be to stab a guy in the back?
I honestly believe that "Distant Thunder" and the dark side ending were added after the story to the main game was already written because they simply couldn't think of a dark side ending that was any good or that was conducive toward doing their dark side DLC. Logically the dark side ending would be Juno dying and Starkiller killing Vader, but there's no story potential for that sans Palpatine. They needed some way to restore Starkiller to being Vader's apprentice for DLC, and the only logical way was to create this clone, which doesn't even appear in the story at all.
I think they should have just gone with a single ending, and for the DLC continued from the TFU1 DLC. The Endor DLC would have made more sense if it was Palpatine commanding Starkiller to eliminate the Rebels, and Luke's absence would be explained. Alternatively, to conclude the alternate-OT DLC, have you control Luke as Starkiller's secret apprentice in the Endor pack, and present a light side ending and dark side ending to that. IMO that would have been much more interesting.
I really hope "Distant Thunder" isn't in-continuity because then the game is a mess. I wouldn't be surprised if it was in-continuity, though, given that they like to be as inclusive as possible.
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