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"We are receiving a message from the Chancellor's office, sir."
"Send it through."
"Yes, sir."
―Jeremoch Colton and Bail Organa — (audio) Listen (file info)[1]

Captain Jeremoch Colton was a human male who served as pilot of the Alderaanian starships Tantive III and Tantive IV, corvettes used by Senator Bail Organa of the House of Organa. He was an extraordinary pilot and served as somewhat of a mentor to Captain Raymus Antilles, the commander of the two vessels.

In 19 BBY, Colton piloted the Tantive III on the planet Coruscant during the final days of the Clone Wars. Organa used the ship to aid his Jedi friends Grand Master Yoda and Master Obi-Wan Kenobi after the Galactic Republic turned on the Jedi during Order 66. While the trio were on board, Colton informed Organa that Vice Chair Mas Amedda had sent him a message. He later brought Yoda and Organa to the Polis Massa asteroid field, where Yoda departed for the Sluis sector.

Colton continued to serve Bail Organa and then his daughter, Leia Organa, as a pilot, and was piloting the Tantive IV when it was captured above the planet Tatooine in 0 BBY. Colton was arrested as a member of the Alliance to Restore the Republic and sent to Accresker Jail, a mobile Imperial prison, where he remained a prisoner of the Galactic Empire. In 3 ABY, Colton was visited by Sava Madelin Sun, who used a thought dowser to force him to reveal that Yoda had traveled to the Sluis sector.

Biography[]

Pilot of the Tantive III[]

"So you can read a prisoner transcript. Good for you."
"I read a lot of datafiles. That's how I know you also flew a ship called the Tantive III when it helped Jedi Master Yoda escape Palpatine's purge. I need to know where you took him."
―Madelin Sun and Jeremoch Colton[3]

Jeremoch Colton held the rank of captain[4] during the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems and had a long record of service to the royal family of the[2] planet Alderaan, the House of Organa.[5] He served as pilot of the[1] Alderaanian CR70 corvette Tantive III[5] and the[2] CR90 corvette[6] Tantive IV,[2] vessels belonging to the family. Both corvettes were commanded by Captain Raymus Antilles and were used by Bail Organa,[5] Viceroy of Alderaan and Senator for the world in the Galactic Senate of the Republic.[7] In 19 BBY,[8] the Tantive III was on the Republic's capital world of Coruscant during the events of Order 66, in which the forces of the Republic turned on their allies in the Jedi Order. Keen to help some of the surviving Jedi, Organa had the Tantive III leave Coruscant in order to rescue Grand Master Yoda and Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.[1]

Captain Colton piloted the Tantive III.

Upon returning to Coruscant, Organa and the two Jedi were in the vessel's cockpit with Colton and his co-pilot when a message from the office of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine reached the ship. Colton informed Organa of the message and, on the viceroy's orders, patched through Vice Chair Mas Amedda, who informed Organa of a special session being held in the Senate.[1]

Once the message ended, Organa and the Jedi discussed the possibility of the session being a trap but decided that it was likely authentic. As such, it presented a good opportunity for the Jedi to infiltrate the fallen Jedi Temple and alter a beacon being used to lure Jedi to their deaths. Colton then piloted the Tantive III to the Galactic Senate Building so that Organa could attend the session. After the session and the Jedi's successful mission, the Tantive III left Coruscant again and carried Organa and Yoda to the Polis Massa asteroid field.[1] From there, Yoda departed in his own craft, although Colton learned that he was traveling to a location in the Sluis sector.[3]

Pilot of the Tantive IV[]

"Get us into hyperspace."
―Antilles gives the order for the Tantive IV to jump from Scarif[9]

Jeremoch Colton piloted the Tantive IV for the Rebel Alliance.

After they departed Polis Massa, Colton continued to fly as Organa's pilot[3] while the senator served in the Imperial Senate of the Galactic Empire.[10] In time, Colton began to instead serve Organa's adopted daughter, Leia Organa,[3] who not only served alongside her father in the senate, but also in secretly opposing the Empire as part of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Organa used the Tantive IV, as her counsellor ship,[10] with Colton still piloting it under the command of Antilles.[3] In 0 BBY,[11] after sustaining damage on a mission, the Tantive IV was undergoing repairs[12] at the Alliance's headquarters[13] on the moon Yavin 4[10] when it was assigned a routine mission to the planet Tatooine,[12] where Bail wanted Leia to make contact with Kenobi.[14]

However, before the repairs were completed, the Alliance Fleet was scrambled for an attack on Imperial forces on the planet Scarif[12] in order to try and obtain the plans for the Empire's Death Star superweapon.[13] Unable to make the journey on its own, the Tantive IV was transported to Scarif on board[12] the MC75 Star Cruiser[10] Profundity as repairs continued.[12] At Scarif, the Death Star plans were successfully transmitted to the Profundity; however, the cruiser was crippled by the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer[13] Devastator[10] and left unable to escape. In order to prevent the plans from falling back into Imperial hands, they were brought onto the Tantive IV, which launched from the hangar of the Profundity with Colton at the helm as Imperial forces captured the cruiser.[13] Antilles gave the order to jump to hyperspace before handing the plans over to Organa.[9]

Final pursuit[]

"You were a pilot for the Organa family. First for Bail, and then his daughter, Leia. The Imperials captured the Tantive IV while you were piloting it. Darth Vader killed its captain, Raymus Antilles, and you ended up here, accused of working with the Rebel Alliance."
―Madelin Sun summarizes Colton's career[3]

The Tantive IV was then pursued by the Devastator as it left the Scarif system and, on Antilles's orders, Colton piloted the vessel[15] on a direct[16] route to Tatooine that followed no clear line and doubled back on itself in order to try and evade the Star Destroyer. The corvette traveled to the worlds of Ukio, Roon, Kowak, and then Hypori, but found the Devastator waiting for it there. After being struck by a volly of the Destroyer's turbolasers, Colton jumped the Tantive IV to the worlds of Iskalon and then Vuzsa before reaching the Tatoo system.[15]

Captain Colton was piloting the Tantive IV when it was captured by the Empire, resulting in his imprisonment in Accresker Jail.

Before it could reach Tatooine, the Tantive IV's motivator gave out, causing the ship to drop out of hyperspace. Antilles rushed to the bridge to find out what had happened, and Colton updated him on the situation, explaining that they would need to travel by sublight engine for the remaining quarter parsec of the journey, which would take about eight minutes. Alarms then sounds and Colton informed Antilles that the Devastator had arrived in the star system.[14]

After the Star Destroyer's turbolasers breached the shields of the Tantive IV and damaged the main reactor, Antilles gave the order for the reactor to be turned off in order to save the ship from destruction, but leaving it dead in space.[16] The Star Destroyer then captured the Tantive IV with a tractor beam, and it was boarded by Imperials led by the Sith Lord Darth Vader, who killed Antilles and captured Leia and the other surviving members of the crew[14] including Colton.[3] The plans however were no longer on board, as Leia had given them to the droids C-3PO and R2-D2, who would ultimately deliver them to the Alliance, allowing it to destroy the Death Star.[14]

Imprisonment and torture[]

"I don't like this place. Prisons are terrible."
"Imagine how bad they are if you can't leave. Are you going to tell me who you are? I've been here for for over three years and haven't had one visitor."
―Madelin Sun and Jeremoch Colton[3]

Madelin Sun visited Jeremoch Colton while he was imprisoned in Accresker Jail.

Despite Leia's claims that they were on a diplomatic mission rather than one for the Alliance,[14] Colton was accused of working for the rebels and sent to Accresker Jail. He received no visitors in the prison for over three years,[3] until 3 ABY,[17] when Sava Madelin Sun tracked him down while trying to locate Yoda for the Crimson Dawn criminal syndicate.[3]

Sun questioned Colton on where the Jedi had gone after flying on the Tantive III, but the pilot feigned ignorance. Sun then used a thought dowser on Colton, which caused him increasing pain as he resisted telling her what he knew. Eventually he admitted that Yoda had left in his own vessel from Polis Massa and traveled to the Sluis sector, but said he had never learned the Jedi's final coordinates. Satisfied, Sun stopped using the device on him and left the prison while Colton remained in his cell.[3] Accresker Jail was decommissioned[18] and then destroyed not long after the visit.[17]

Personality and traits[]

"Nnnngh!"
"Your mind belongs to me now. The more you resist the more it hurts, and in the end, it will make no difference. Tell me where you took Yoda, and this stops."
"Don't…know…"
―Colton is tortured by Madelin Sun[3]

Jeremoch Colton was tortured with a thought dowser by Madelin Sun.

Colton was a light-skinned human male with blond hair and blue eyes. He acted as somewhat of a mentor figure to Captain Antilles.[2] When reporting to Antilles that they were eight minutes away from Tatooine, Colton had hope in his voice and a sense of relief, although it was quickly dashed by the arrival of the Devastator.[12] When Sun visited Colton he was sarcastic and pretended to know nothing about Yoda's location until tortured. He initially resisted the effects of the thought dowser but ultimately succumbed and revealed what he knew.[3]

Skills and abilities[]

Colton was an extraordinary pilot with above-average intelligence. He had average strength, speed, diplomatic skill, and fighting ability. He was not Force-sensitive.[2]

Equipment[]

While in service aboard the Tantive III, Colton wore a gray uniform and a silver headset.[1] On the Tantive IV, he wore a brown jacket with a black vest and a white helmet.[13]While imprisoned in Accreseeker Jail, Colton wore an orange jumpsuit with a black collar and shoulders along with a pair of black boots and silver handcuffs.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

More than a mysterious conundrum[]

"Wouldn't it be nice to have Boba Fett sitting just like this and pulling his helmet off… and there's Captain Colton. That would be cool."
―Jeremy Bulloch[19]

Colton was portrayed by Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch.

Jeremoch Colton was portrayed by actor Jeremy Bulloch in a cameo appearance in the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the third installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. The character's name is not spoken in the film, but his surname is given in the credits along with his rank.[1] "Jeremoch," a portmanteau of Bulloch's name, was first mentioned as Colton's first name in the new Star Wars canon in "Job Done", an article in the "Building the Galaxy" department of the 2018 magazine Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 99.[4] Bulloch had previously portrayed bounty hunter Boba Fett in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back[20] and the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[21]

Colton's scene in the film was added during pickups filmed on F Stage at Shepperton Studios on Tuesday, August 31, 2004, although director George Lucas had decided to have Bulloch cameo in the film long before that. Wishing for Bulloch to be more than just a "mysterious conundrum," Lucas claimed that he and others had been looking for somewhere to put the actor and decided Colton's role was the best place for him.[22] Bulloch received the offer for the role from producer Rick McCallum while on holiday in Italy, at first thinking the phone call was a joke as few people had his telephone number. He was astonished when offered the small role, and found it odd returning to Star Wars as a different character,[23] and has joked that it would fun if Boba Fett was revealed to actually be Colton underneath his mask.[19]

Origins and retcon[]

Colton was first mentioned in Alan Dean Foster's the novelization of A New Hope.

In the Star Wars Legends continuity, a Captain Colton was first mentioned in the 1976 novelization of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope,[24] which was written by Alan Dean Foster.[25] In the novel, C-3PO claims that he and R2-D2's last master was a Captain Colton.[24] The 1984 reference book A Guide to the Star Wars Universe by Raymond L. Velasco clarified that the Colton mentioned in the novelization was simply a misnaming of Raymus Antilles,[26] although the 1995 reference book The Essential Guide to Characters by Andy Mangels then mentioned Colton and Antilles as separate characters.[27] StarWars.com Internet Content Developer[28] Pablo Hidalgo then suggested that Bulloch's character in Revenge of the Sith be named Colton based on the A New Hope novelization.[29] Hidalgo then established Jeremoch as the definitively separate character's first name in "Refresher Reading," an article published in Star Wars Insider 90[30] on September 25, 2006.[31]

Colton appeared in a flashback in Crimson Reign 3, a comic book written by Charles Soule, illustrated by Steven Cummings,[3] and released on March 9, 2022.[32] The comic revealed that Colton was the pilot of the Tantive IV at the time of its capture.[3] This retconned the unnamed pilot of the Tantive IV that appeared in the 2016 Anthology Series film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,[13] and in the short story "Raymus," written by Gary Whitta and released in the 2017 anthology From a Certain Point of View, into being Colton.[12] The comic also showed that a Tantive IV crew member other then Organa survived the vessel's capture,[3] which contradicts statements saying that all other crew members were killed made in the eightheenth issue of De Agostini's Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon magazine,[33] released around May 6, 2015,[34] and the 2021 reference book Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy.[16]

Appearances[]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Topps logo.svg 2017 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Reborn (Card: ROTS-18 - Captain Colton) (backup link)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 Crimson Reign 3
  4. 4.0 4.1 BYOR2D2 logo small.png Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 99 (Building the Galaxy: Job done)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  6. Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles
  7. ToppsDigitalLogo.png Star Wars: Card Trader (Card: Bail Organa - Galactic Senate - Base Series 1)
  8. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which includes Colton's appearance, to 19 BBY.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story novelization
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
  11. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to 0 BBY.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 "Raymus"—From a Certain Point of View
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  15. 15.0 15.1 The Odyssey of Star Wars: An Epic Poem
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
  17. 17.0 17.1 In the Accresker Jail flashback sequence in Crimson Reign 3, Jeremoch Colton states that he has been in the jail for over three years. As the issue also states that he was imprisoned after the capture of the Tantive IV, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 0 BBY, the earliest the flashback can take place is in 3 ABY. The flashback must also take place prior to the destruction of Acreseeker Jail, which is depicted in Doctor Aphra (2016) 25. In Doctor Aphra (2016) 40, which takes place chronologically after issue 25, Echo Base is depicted as still intact. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas also dates the destruction of Echo Base to 3 ABY, the flashback sequence in Crimson Reign 3 must take place in 3 ABY.
  18. Doctor Aphra (2016) 22
  19. 19.0 19.1 Pellegrom, Dennis: Jeremy Bulloch. starwarsinterviews.com. StarWarsInterviews.com. Archived from the original on December 21, 2020.
  20. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  21. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  22. The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith
  23. SWInsider.png "He's Worth a Lot to Me: Jeremy Bulloch, Inside Boba Fett" – Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2021
  24. 24.0 24.1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novelization
  25. The Essential Reader's Companion
  26. A Guide to the Star Wars Universe
  27. The Essential Guide to Characters
  28. SWYTlogo.png Pablo Hidalgo Extended Interview | The Star Wars Show on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  29. TwitterLogo.svg Pablo Hidalgo (@pabl0hidalgo) on Twitter: "Since Captain Antilles was already in the movie and played by another actor (Rohan Nichol), I suggested naming Bulloch's character Captain Colton as a nod to this very obscure name dropped in the original '76 novelization." (backup link)
  30. SWInsider.png "Refresher Reading" – Star Wars Insider 90
  31. StarWars.com Inside Star Wars Insider #90 on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  32. Marvel Comics March 2022 comics revealed. Newsarama. Archived from the original on December 22, 2021.
  33. Build the Millennium Falcon.png Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 18 (Starship Fact File: Tantive IV's Interior Layout)
  34. The second issue of the De Agostini weekly magazine Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon was set to be published on January 14, 2015, according to Wyman, Chris: De Agostini Publishing: Build the Millennium Falcon Magazine & Model (08-01-2015). theforce.net. TheForce.net. Archived from the original on November 6, 2016. Therefore, it can be calculated that Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 18 was published around May 6, 2015.

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