Updated: Feb 26
Happy Valentine's Day! And what would be more fitting for Valentine's Day than an article where I name a couple of my personal favorite underrated couples in the galaxy far, far away.
Kanan Jarrus & Hera Syndulla
While this list is in no particular order, Kanan and Hera definitely go first because they are my absolute favorites. Kanan and Hera to me are the best Star Wars relationship, no question. They might not seem "underrated" like the rest of this list, but I think they're so good that they'll always be underrated. Though they have a few bumps along the way of the show, they always genuinely care for each other, are loving and just so, so sweet. They also have many moments where they talk to each other and communicate their feelings something that I find really admirable. Kanan and Hera are the perfect "battle couple," as one might say, always playing off of each others strengths. They have a real respect for each other that makes me love them both so much, both as individual characters and in their relationship.
It's also great how they live happily ever after and raise Jacen together. I love a happy ending!
Bail & Breha Organa
The Organas get slept on a lot, which I guess is to be expected considering they aren't very heavy on screentime. My absolute favorite content for both of them is in the books- specifically Leia: Princess of Alderaan and Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View (the New Hope version). The Leia book is where see the most of them being loving to not only each other, but to their daughter too- and there'a a particularly funny scene where the Organas pull a trick to annoy Tarkin out of leaving a dinner party that's probably one of my favorite parts of the whole book.
And of course, there's their very sad story in From A Certain Point of View where they comfort each other in their last moments before the Death Star destroys Alderaan- it's heartbreaking, but it does provide a little comfort to know that both characters weren't alone, and were rather with their greatest love.
Sana Starros & Doctor Aphra
I first have to admit that because I haven't quite delved into most of the comics yet, my knowledge of these characters isn't all that great. While I know some extras from internet osmosis, my main exposure to both Aphra and Sana are from the Doctor Aphra audio drama. I hadn't been expecting Sana to show up, honestly, but I was delighted when she did, and even more delighted to find out that she and Sana had a romance in college. As a college student unfortunately not involved in any kind of romance, I'm a big fan of college romances, so it was great to find a Star Wars version of that.
But besides just the cute college romance angle, Aphra and Sana have a really touching connection, especially on Aphra's part. Her confession to Sana towards the end of the audio drama is the most emotional part of the whole thing, and where Aphra sounds the most vulnerable. It's a very touching story, and while I haven't gotten the chance to read more of what their story is going forward after the events of that audio drama, but I look forward to it.
Immanuel & Venisa Doza
Venisa Doza wasn't in Star Wars Resistance very much, and her screentime with her husband is even less so. But what's there- especially their reunion scene- is very sweet. If you can't tell from the fact that the Organas and Syndulla-Jarruses are also on this list, I really like sweet relationships between parents, probably because they remind me of the love between my own.
Regardless, the Dozas are very soft with one another and with their daughter Torra, which was nice to see considering how much they have to show strength otherwise, with Immanuel leading the Colossus and Venisa working for the Resistance. Another interesting angle that I loved about the Dozas is the fact that Venisa fought with the Rebellion, while Immanuel was in the Empire (though defected). While we don't (yet) know the details about how they met, or how Venisa convinced Immanuel to leave the Empire, it's very fun to speculate.
Lando Calrissian & Kaasha Bateen
I very quickly got attached to Kaasha Bateen in Last Shot, and by the end of the book I thought her relationship with Lando was the sweetest thing ever. Kaasha is a cool Twi'lek freedom fighter who works with Lando and Han in the novel. Though Kaasha and Lando don't let themselves get emotionally all that close at first, through the story they slowly grow closer. While of course we know Lando to be a scoundrel, he seems to be interested in settling down with Kaasha. At the end of the novel, he buys her a necklace, and they decide that they want to figure out what their destiny is together.
While I don't know what that destiny looked like, especially since Kaasha isn't mentioned in The Rise of Skywalker, I hope it was a happy one for both Lando and Kaasha. They had a lot of really sweet, touching moments in Last Shot, and I really enjoyed reading about them through the book.
These are just a few of my favorites- there are plenty more I love (admittedly many that aren't exactly canon), and I could have named plenty more- the obvious ones like Anakin and Padmé, Obi-Wan and Satine, Han and Leia, but also more under-appreciated couples like Flix and Orca, Vos and Ventress, Thane and Ciena, Ursa and Alrich Wren, Sinjir and Conder, and more. But for now, I'll let these speak for themselves.
Have a happy Valentine's Day, whether you have a Valentine or not! And tomorrow, have a happy "buying candy and cute decor on sale" day too!