Welcome back to Fantha Tracks article series to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. From behind the scenes to source, we go in-depth to hopefully show you the movie in ways you have never seen it before.
Our chronological look through the movie has brought us to the end of the movie and the battle for Naboo. This battle was thought on three fronts: the Gungans versus the battledroids on the Grassy Plains, the Queen and her soldiers retaking the palace and the big space battle where the heroes of Bravo Squadron fight for their freedom.
Bravo Squadron, an exposé
Most of this research was done in 2013/2014, at a time before we had the distinction between Legends and Canon. This research was presented to Leland Chee, Keeper of the Holocron, for who I (along with Tim Veekhoven and Kevin Beentjes) was still working with on the Rogues Gallery article series that got published in the Star Wars Insider. Keeping my research under advisement, Leland Chee send it to Jason Fry, and together we came up with the retcon of Anakin Skywalker using the N-1 that formerly belonged to Essara Till as published in Star Wars in 100 Scenes. Ever since then some of these names have returned in the new Canon, and none of this has been overwritten.
Bravo Squadron roster
Bravo Leader: Commander Ric Olié
As the commander of the Naboo Royal Space Fighter Corps, he was also the leader of Echo Flight, Alpha Flight and Bravo Squadron. He is the personal pilot of the Royal starship and we see him surviving the Battle of Naboo as he stands among the people during the end ceremony.
Bravo Two: Porro Dolphe
He also survived the Battle for Naboo since he was mentioned in the Attack of the Clones novelization in which he survives the explosion of the Senator’s ship. First identified by full name in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.
Bravo Three: Arven Wendik
Bravo Four: Rya Kirsch
Bravo Five: Lieutenant Dineé Ellberger
Bravo Six: Gavyn Sykes
Originally from the game SW: The Battle Of Naboo, was later retconned into appearing in the movie as played by Christian Simpson. Simpson can be seen also during the end ceremony. Sykes would also appear in Galaxies.
Bravo Seven: Anakin Skywalker
While not flying as an official member of Bravo Squadron, and thus technically without a call sign, it was established in Star Wars in 100 Scenes that he took this ship that stood vacant after the death of Essara Till, who died in Star Wars: Starfighter before the events of The Phantom Menace.
Bravo Eight: Unknown female pilot
Bravo Nine: Lieutenant Lutin Hollis
Originally appearing in the game SW: The Battle Of Naboo, he was later linked to an unnamed character in Rogues Gallery in Insider #145. Considering he has a son (Reyé) fighting in the battle of Hoth, he most likely survived.
Bravo Ten: Rhys Dallows
Bravo Twelve: Unknown male pilot
Then there are two pilots without a callsign known: The pilot who gets shot down by the AAT while leaving the hangar and Palmer. Palmer was voiced by Samantha Paris in Star Wars: Starfighter, she died after being caught in the tractor beams of the Droid Control Ship.
When the festivities start we see 9 N-1 starfighters flying over, which does not match with the above roster! You can see Ric Olié and Gavyn Sykes (see picture, above Queen Amidala) standing in the crowd at the stairs waiting for Boss Nass to arrive, leaving the 5 for sure surviving members of Bravo Squadron (Dolphe, Wendik, Ellberger, Hollis, Dallows) and 3 likely to have survived ones (Bravo 8, 11 and 12) for the celebratory honor flight-by. That is, unless someone flew in Anakin’s N-1 because that was the one who destroyed the Trade Federation droid control ship after all.
The biggest question however remains who the other pilots are that stand around Olié and Sykes. As they do not match with other pilots seen throughout the movie (in either the hangar escape or aboard the Royal Starship), it makes sense that these are the members of the other squadrons that make up the Naboo Royal Space Fighter Corps. Maybe some of them have arrived on the planet as the senatorial escort to Palpatine? After all, Attack of the Clones showed us that Padmé had them during her tenure as a senator.