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Jess-allashane
Jess Allashane
Physical description
Species

Human[1]

Gender

Male[1]

Skin color

Light[1]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Rebellion era[2]

Affiliation

Alliance to Restore the Republic[2]

Jess Allashane was a veteran Human male soldier of the Alliance Special Forces during the height of the Galactic Civil War. Trained to counter Imperial tactics in cold-weather environments, Allashane was assigned to protect the Rebel Alliance's secret Echo Base headquarters on the remote ice planet Hoth. In 3 ABY, Allashane fought to defend Echo Base against the Empire's planetary assault during the Battle of Hoth.

BiographyEdit

Jess Allashane was a Human male[1] soldier of the revolutionary Alliance to Restore the Republic. By the year[2] 3 ABY,[3] Allashane was a veteran of the Rebellion's struggle to defeat the Galactic Empire in the Galactic Civil War.[2] He was among[1] a full complement of 1,000 Alliance Special Forces soldiers assigned to protect Echo Base,[4] the Rebellion's secret High Command headquarters on the remote ice planet Hoth.[5]

In 3 ABY,[3] the Empire discovered Echo Base and launched a full-scale invasion of the Rebel forces on Hoth.[5] The Rebel evacuation strategy called for the base's Special Forces soldiers to be broken down into five companies, under the leadership of field commander Colonel Ledick Firest,[4] to stall the Imperial invasion force long enough for base personnel and equipment to evacuate the planet.[5] Allashane fought[1][6] in the Rebels' defensive ice trenches against Imperial walkers and snowtroopers during the ensuing Battle of Hoth,[6] which culminated in a tremendous Rebel defeat.[5]

Personality and traitsEdit

Jess Allashane was a veteran Rebel soldier as of[2] his participation in the Battle of Hoth[1][6] of 3 ABY.[3] Serving at the Rebellion's Echo Base ice facility, Allashane was trained to counter Imperial tactics in cold-weather environments.[2] He had light skin.[1]

EquipmentEdit

Allashane wore the standard cold-weather armor of the Rebel Echo Base field troops while on Hoth—headgear, anti-glare goggles, scarf, padded vest, thermal flak jacket, gloves, belt, leggings,[7] and backpack.[6] His equipment included binoculars, and he armed himself with an A295 blaster rifle and a DL-21 blaster pistol sidearm, which he wore holstered at his right hip.[7]

Behind the scenesEdit

The character of Jess Allashane was first created for the "Echo Base Trooper" card as part of the November 1996 Hoth Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game. The Hoth Limited set linked Allashane with a production photo of a Hoth Rebel soldier extra from the 1980 film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.[1] However, it is unclear whether the extra—and, by extension, Allashane—ever appears on-screen in the film.

Many in the online Star Wars fan community have credited American actor Treat Williams with Allashane's portrayal.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14] Williams visited England's Elstree Studios during the 1979 filming of The Empire Strikes Back[15] and was photographed in-costume on the Echo Base set with actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia Organa.[16] However, the film's external Hoth scenes,[17] which include the Allashane character production photo,[1] were shot in Finse, Norway,[17] concluding on March 11, 1979.[18] Moreover, the extras hired to portray Rebel soldiers during the Battle of Hoth were local Norwegians, including several dozen mountain-rescue skiers.[19] Filming at Elstree Studios did not begin until March 13, once the Norway shots were completed.[20] Therefore, Williams' involvement in the film does not correspond to the Allashane character.[1][15][17]

Norwegian author and television personality Arve Juritzen,[21] who appeared in The Empire Strikes Back as a Rebel soldier extra during the Battle of Hoth scenes,[22][23][24] has previously autographed the Jess Allashane SWCCG card for fans on occasion, suggesting that he, in fact, portrays the character in the card's picture.[25][26]

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 SWCCGsmall Star Wars Customizable Card GameHoth Limited (Card: Echo Base Trooper)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 20 ("Allashane, Jess")
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Essential Atlas
  4. 4.0 4.1 Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back, Second Edition states that the Rebel soldiers assigned to protect Echo Base comprised 1,000 Special Forces troops who were weeded down to five companies to serve under Colonel Ledick Firest during the Battle of Hoth.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Galaxy Guide 3: The Empire Strikes Back, Second Edition
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Hasbro logo Star Wars Saga (Pack: Hoth Trooper (Hoth Evacuation))
  7. 7.0 7.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia ("Hoth Rebel Trooper")
  8. Pirrello, Phil; Eric Moro, Scott Collura (2010-05-21). 100 Things You Didn't Know About The Empire Strikes Back - Movies Feature at IGN. IGN. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved on March 1, 2013. “Not only was Treat Williams uncredited for his participation in the 1980 Star Wars sequel (you won't find his name anywhere in the credits), but the actor actually played two bit parts in the film: Echo Base trooper Jess Allashane and Cloud City trooper Jerrol Blendin.”
  9. Vitas, Bob (2010). The Completely Unofficial Star Wars Encyclopedia - Version 12.0. The Completely Unofficial Star Wars Encyclopedia. Bob Vitas. Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved on March 1, 2013. “Treat Williams This performer portrayed Jess Allashane and Jerrol Blendin in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.”
  10. Treat Williams - TV.com. TV.com. CBS Interactive Inc. (2012). Retrieved on March 1, 2013. “Treat Williams appeared in: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, in 1980, as Jess Allashane (Echo Base trooper) / Jerrol Blendin (Cloud City trooper). His roles were uncredited.”
  11. Autograph Classic Trilogy. JMY'S PLANET DAGOBAH. planetdagobah.com (2012-07-25). Retrieved on March 1, 2013. “Treat Williams: Jess Allashane (Echo Base Trooper) (ESB); Jeroen Webb (ESB); Jerrol Blendin (Cloud City Trooper) (ESB)”
  12. STAR WARS UNIVERSE.COM - Films - Cast & Prod - Casting des acteurs de Star Wars - WILLIAMS Treat Richard (French). Star Wars Universe. starwars-universe.com. Archived from the original on February 1, 2010. Retrieved on March 1, 2013. “Actor / voice actor (Films): The Empire strikes back: Jess Allashane / Jerrol Blendin / Jeroen Webb”
  13. Trilogy Autographs. Dahoov's Autograph Collecting. starwarsautographcollecting.com. Archived from the original on May 21, 2006. Retrieved on March 1, 2013. “Treat Williams signed index card; obtained through the mail. Unsigned photos are of his characters: Top: Jerrol Blendin and second: Jess Allashane those were his characters in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back.”
  14. "karloff3". Star Wars Autograph Successes - Treat Williams. I Have a Bad Feeling About This. geocities.ws. Retrieved on March 1, 2013. “Treat Williams Jeroen Webb; Treat Williams Jerrol Blendin”
  15. 15.0 15.1 Duke, Brad. "Devil of a Time." Harrison Ford: The Films. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2005. 223. "Ford had befriended Williams at England's Elstree Studios during the 1979 production of The Empire Strikes Back — where Treat had managed to make his way onto the exclusive set, and was in tan fatigues to portray a rebel officer."
  16. The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, pg. 162
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, pg. 104
  18. The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, pg. 116
  19. The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, pg. 112
  20. The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, pg. 120
  21. Arve Juritzen - Juritzen Forlag (Norwegian). Juritzen Forlag. juritzen.no. Retrieved on March 1, 2013.
  22. Oldbury, Dave Louis (2011-06-27). My Arve Juritzen Starwars Autograph. Star Wars Autograph Collecting. let-the-wookie-win.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2013.
  23. Oldbury, Dave Louis (2011-06-27). My Arve Juritzen Starwars Autograph. Star Wars Autograph Collecting. let-the-wookie-win.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2013.
  24. IMDb favicon Arve Juritzen at the Internet Movie Database
  25. Oldbury, Dave Louis (2011-06-27). My Arve Juritzen Starwars Autograph. Star Wars Autograph Collecting. let-the-wookie-win.com. Retrieved on March 1, 2013.
  26. Trilogy Autographs. Dahoov's Autograph Collecting. starwarsautographcollecting.com. Archived from the original on May 21, 2006. Retrieved on March 1, 2013.

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