This is the first article in a series that is very somber: A tribute to some of the prominent Star Wars characters that were ‘lost’ when Disney trashed the whole 30-year expanded Universe.
Today we make tribute to HK47 — the preeminent assassin droid featured in Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2 video game. If you’ve played either of these great games, you will remember HK. He seethed with robotic malevelance to all “meatbag” humans. He also preluded most vocal utterances with the type of sentence he was saying. Before he made a statement, he’d say, “Statement:” here are some of his famous lines
“Statement: Oh, yes, Master. Pain is really the only reliable means by which truth may be obtained… or so I choose to believe.”
―HK-47, opining on torture
“Droids tend to blend into the background, like a bench or a card table. Mockery: Droid, fetch this. Droid, translate that. Droid, clean out the trash compactor. Part of the love of my function comes when the ‘furnishings’ pull out tibanna-powered rifles and point them at the owners’ heads.”
―HK-47, on his lowly status as a droid
“Observation: I am a droid, master, with programming. Even if I did not enjoy killing, I would have no choice. Thankfully, I enjoy it very much.”
“Retraction: Did I say that out loud? I apologize, master. While you are a meatbag, I suppose I should not call you such.”
Not only was HK a great character for his personality, he also was good with a sniper rifle, and could offer some series cover to help your main character though the game’s missions.
I think Disney tried to throw HK (and dedicated Star Wars fans) a ‘bone’ with K-2SO in Rogue One. K-2SO is a little sassy, and not altogether against violence to achieve the ends for his master. However, nothing can compare to HK-47’s blend of sarcasm and preference for violence. Why couldn’t Rogue One feature a scene with parts of HK-47 in the background? At least then he would be rescued from the limbo of Legends and brought into the new Star Wars canon.
HK-47 is another great character that we’ve lost. Please join me in a moment of silence . . .
When you’re done grieving, let me know what you think — wouldn’t HK-47 be an easy character to bring back for Star Wars “The Last Jedi?”
“As a meatbag would say: ‘I have a bad feeling about this.’”