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"Razor Crest, stand down."
―Captain Carson Teva[src]

Carson Teva was a human male captain who served in the Rebel Alliance and then within the New Republic Starfighter Corps flying a T-65B X-wing starfighter. During a sweep of an Outer Rim sector, he and fellow New Republic pilot Trapper Wolf approached the gunship Razor Crest, questioning why the starship's transponder was not emitting. The Crest's pilot, the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, explained that the vessel was pre-Galactic Empire and promised to fix his issue. Teva then requested a ping from Djarin, which the Mandalorian eventually transmitted reluctantly. Wolf then connected the Razor Crest to a heist on a New Republic Correctional Transport and Djarin attempted to flee.

Teva and Wolf pursued the Razor Crest through the atmosphere of the planet Maldo Kreis but eventually lost visual of the starship. Running tabs on the gunship after, the pair learned of some selfless actions Djarin made on the correctional transport. They found the Crest after and rescued it from a swarm of ice spiders. Teva explained to Djarin what he and Wolf had learned about the Mandalorian and let the bounty hunter walk free, departing on their X-wing starfighters.

Teva and his wingmate later went to the planet Nevarro and the captain questioned Magistrate Greef Karga about the destruction of a base and a possible detection of the Razor Crest. Karga answered Teva's inquiries, and promised to contact the captain if there was any anything to add. Teva then talked with the ex-rebel Cara Dune, offering her a chance to help the New Republic quash the Imperial presence in the Outer Rim, which she silently refused.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early service[edit | edit source]

"I served during Alderaan."
―Carson Teva, to Cara Dune[src]

Carson Teva served in the Rebel Alliance by the time of the destruction of the[2] planet[3] Alderaan[2] in 0 BBY.[3] During the reign of the New Republic, he served as a captain in the New Republic Starfighter Corps, flying a T-65B X-wing starfighter.[1] Teva became suspicious of activity from remnants of the Galactic Empire in the Outer Rim, which the New Republic did not believe at the Core Worlds.[2]

Pursuing the Razor Crest[edit | edit source]

"We noticed your transponder is not emitting."
"Yes, I'm pre-Empire surplus. I'm not required to run a beacon."
"That was before. This sector is under New Republic jurisdiction. All craft are required to run a beacon."
―Carson Teva and Din Djarin[src]

Teva and Wolf alonside the Razor Crest

Around 9 ABY,[4] he and fellow New Republic pilot Trapper Wolf were sweeping for holdouts of the Galactic Empire in the Outer Rim Territories. The pair came across the gunship Razor Crest near the[1] planet[5] Maldo Kreis. As the starship's transponder was not emitting, Teva reached out to the starship over comms, him and Wolf flying either side of the vessel. The gunship's pilot, the Mandalorian Din Djarin, replied and came to explain the Razor Crest was pre-Empire and so did not need to run a beacon. Teva, though, corrected him that the New Republic had new rules requiring all craft to run beacons. Djarin acknowledged Teva's statement, promising to get on setting up a beacon, and both prepared to part ways.[1]

Teva, though, continued, asking for Djarin to send him and Wolf a ping to ensure the pair that he was not affiliated with the Empire. The Mandalorian stalled, claiming the required hardware on his ship was offline and then specifying that it was not working. Teva told the bounty hunter to follow the New Republic pilots to the Adelphi New Republic outpost if the pair could not confirm he was not Imperial. Djarin then transmitted his ping, but Teva heard him whispering and asked what that was, the Mandalorian giving an excuse for it. Having received the ping from the Razor Crest, Wolf asked Teva to move to channel 2 and the pair connected Djarin to a prisoner breakout aboard the New Republic Correctional Transport Bothan-Five.[1]

Carson Teva unlocks s-foils alongside the Razor Crest

As the New Republic pilots unlocked the s-foils on their X-wing starfighters, Teva asked the Mandalorian if the Crest had been in proximity of Bothan-Five. That was when the Razor Crest broke away from the X-wings, flying towards Maldo Kreis. Teva and Wolf follow in pursuit, and the former asked Djarin to stand down, threatening to fire on his ship. Teva remarked to his wingmate that the Crest might break apart in the atmosphere due to its age. Following the Razor Crest into some glacier canyons, Teva asked Djarin again to stand down, but lost visual of the gunship and ordered Wolf to head north to cover more ground.[1]

Moving on[edit | edit source]

"What say I forego the bounties on these three criminals, and you two help me fuse my hull so I can get off this frozen rock?"
"What say you fix that transponder, and we don't vaporize that antique the next time we patrol the Rim?"
―Din Djarin and Carson Teva[src]

Carson Teva targets ice spiders from his X-wing cockpit

Having lost the Razor Crest, Teva and Wolf ran tabs on the vessel, learning that there was an arrest warrant on Djarin for abducting a prisoner on Bothan-Five. However, the pair also discovered from Bothan-Five's security records that the Mandalorian had helped capture three other priority culprits who were involved in the heist as well as attempting to save the life of Lieutenant Davan. Teva and Wolf soon found the Razor Crest through a hole in the surface of Maldo Kreis, being swarmed by ice spiders. Both pilots fired on the spiders and landed, using their A280 blaster rifles to finish with the smaller creatures.[1]

Djarin exited his damaged ship to meet the pilots, and Teva explained what he and Wolf had found when running tabs on the Razor Crest, asking if the information was true. After the Mandalorian asked if he was under arrest, Teva implied that this was not the case. Djarin then requested the the pilots help fix the Razor Crest's hull to forego the bounties on the three criminals the Mandalorian helped apprehend. Teva, though, asked that the bounty hunter fix his transponder in case he came across a New Republic patrol again. The New Republic pilots when seated themselves into their X-wings and departed the scene.[1]

Investigations on Nevarro[edit | edit source]

"There's something going on out here. They don't believe it on the Core Worlds, but it's true. These aren't isolated incidents. They need to be stopped before it's too late. But we can't do it without local support."
―Carson Teva, to Cara Dune[src]

A short while later, Teva and a wingmate traveled to the volcanic planet Nevarro, where a base had recently been destroyed. He visited Nevarro city, run by the Magistrate Greef Karga, whose transponder logs had recorded the presence of the Razor Crest. Teva questioned Karga about the base's destruction and the Razor Crest, but the magistrate claimed to not recall remembering anything prior to the event and stated that his control droid could not tell apart anything pre-Empire like the Crest. After the captain asked if there was anything else to add, Karga assured that he would receive a gram if there was anything.[2]

After parting from Karga, Teva approached the city Marshal Cara Dune, who he had learned from her records had been a soldier in the Alliance. The captain offered Dune a place in the New Republic, but the marshal refused. Teva then explained his suspicions of Imperial activity in the Outer Rim, stressing that local support was key to solving the problem. After Dune silently denied his appeal, he then pointed out that she was from Alderaan, asking who she had lost during the planet's destruction. The marshal claimed she had lost everyone during the disaster, and the captain gave his condolences before leaving his Alliance badge with her and going back to his X-wing.[2]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"Am I under arrest?"
"Technically, you should be. But these are trying times."
―Din Djarin and Carson Teva[src]

Carson Teva was a human male with tan skin and gray and white hair. While chasing Djarin with his wingmate Trapper Wolf, he was reluctant to fire on him even as he fled from them but continued to threaten the prospect in an attempt to make the Mandalorian stand down. Having learned of the Djarin's selfless actions on Bothan-Five after, Teva chose to let the bounty hunter go, claiming that it was trying times.[1] The captain worried that the Imperial presence in the Outer Rim was becoming a threat and concluded that local assistance was a necessary deterrent to solve his issue. Upon learning Cara Dune was from Alderaan, Teva realized that she had lost people in the planet's destruction and offered his condolences when she claimed that she had lost everyone at that time.[2]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Teva wore an orange flight suit and a blue helmet with the New Republic insignia painted on in yellow. He flew a T-65B X-wing starfighter and utilized an A280 blaster rifle with effectiveness when combating creatures on Maldo Kreis.[1] Teva used a notepad to take notes when interviewing Karga and had an Alliance badge, which he gave to Dune.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The fan cameo[edit | edit source]

"A Korean-Canadian in the Star Wars universe gives hope to a lot of people that dreams do come true. That this is attainable. That's Star Wars in a nutshell for me."
―Paul Sun-Hyung Lee[src]

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee portrayed Carson Teva.

Carson Teva was first pictured in the official trailer for season two of Jon Favreau's live-action television series The Mandalorian, which was released on YouTube on September 15, 2020.[6] He then appeared in "Chapter 10: The Passenger" of the show, which was directed by Peyton Reed[1] and released on November 6, 2020 on Disney+.[7] The pilot was credited as "Captain Carson Teva"[1] and portrayed by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, a Korean-Canadian actor known for his role in Kim's Convenience who also had a hobby in making Star Wars and Ghostbusters cosplay.[8]

Lee told CBC News that his career with Star Wars first arose in 2018 after he learned his old friend Deborah Chow,[8] the director of "Chapter 3: The Sin"[9] and "Chapter 7: The Reckoning" of The Mandalorian,[10] revealed that Dave Filoni, the executive producer, was a fan of Kim's Convenience and wanted to write a part for the actor. Lee apparently then sent photos of his Star Wars cosplay to Filoni through Chow, with the producer allegedly remarking that the actor could just show up to set in his own costume.[8]

Production[edit | edit source]

"I was five years old again. I got transported to that galaxy far, far away, [I've spent] my entire life watching the movies. To finally be there, to be sitting there, didn't want to leave."
―Paul Sun-Hyung Lee[src]

For his costume photo, Lee was given the helmet of Biggs Darklighter.

According to Lee, his costume was tailor made for him with a custom painted helmet, and he used his costume making skills to help the wardrobe experts helping with The Mandalorian with buckling ejection harnesses. When the wardrobe department wanted a photo of Lee in his X-wing pilot costume, they lent him the pilot helmet used as that of Biggs Darklighter—a minor character from[8] George Lucas'[11] 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope—as his on set prop helmet was still being painted.[8]

Lee claimed to CBC that he filmed his scene in February of 2020 in Los Angeles, California, using the repurposed X-wing set which had been used in[8] Gareth Edwards'[12] 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The set used LED screens to project a simulated star field around Lee, and the spacecraft model he sat in rocked, coming across very realistic for the actor. After the release of "Chapter 10: The Passenger," Lee received flurry of responses from his fans and co-workers. He told CBC News that a Korean-Canadian like him making it into Star Wars provided hope that dreams come true.[8]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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