The Secret Journal of Doctor Demagol
Author: John Jackson Miller
Medium: Short Story
Publication Date: April 2010 on StarWars.com (republished on Unbound Worlds)
Timeline Placement: 3,964 – 3,963 BBY
This first-person series of journal entries spans the entire run of the Knights of the Old Republic comic and retells many scenes from Demagol’s point of view, in addition to revealing what he was up to while off-screen. Unlike the previous two KotOR shorts, “Labor Pains” and “Interference,” which didn’t really bring much to the table beyond being fun diversions, this story offers new insights on Demagol’s behavior and thought process while disguised as Rohlan and alleviates the lack of overt characterization caused by his subterfuge.
There are a few points of interest that change things we thought we knew from the comics. When Demagol calls up Mandalore to invite him to Adasca’s auction, he lets him know who he really is instead of sticking to the Rohlan disguise. So when Mandalore gives him the new suit of armor that Demagol promptly throws away, it adds kind of a little comedic twist on the scene. I guess not really though.
There’s also a line where Demagol muses how Squint would be lucky to leave his laboratory with nothing more than an elongated spine. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be an explanation on Miller’s part for why Malak is so much taller in the videogame than in the comic or just a callback to Alek’s joke in Flashpoint about being a little taller after getting off the torture rack.
At this point I don’t care, however. The best thing about this story is getting inside Demagol’s head and basically revisiting the entire series from his point of view. In that way it serves both as sort of a “greatest hits” and as an overdue exploration of a major character who we didn’t realize was a major character until shortly before he died. It’s a cool narrative device and Demagol gets a lot of great funny and/or evil lines. “It is a wonder anyone is ever born.”
4/5 Death Stars, an acceptable coda to the series.
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