I was so excited to hear about the new Star Wars trilogy being made with the original actors coming back. I thought it would never happen, and to see it with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher all joining the ranks was a dream come true. And I was so excited to see that Disney, who purchased Marvel and has done an excellent job making Avengers and X-Men come alive in a great way, was going to make it happen better could do George Lucas did with the prequels.
Then, they announced that all expanded universe material was no longer canon.
All right, so expanded universe stuff doesn’t really fit into the big scheme of things when it at least comes to Star Trek. I mean there are so many novels and comics and video games released and none of them fits into the official timeline of that franchise. This is where Star Wars actually did it right.
Since the original airing of the first trilogy, there have been numerous writers and storytellers filling in the gaps where Luke Skywalker and his followers left off and continued to fight the forces of evil in the universe. The amount of synergy used to create such a comprehensive universe was gargantuan, and said writers actually had to cross-reference with other material in order not to create major consistency errors. These “super fans” as I like to call them, have actually taken more stock in the franchise than the original creator George Lucas, and they did a helluva a job than that old coot could do nowadays.
But what did Disney do as soon as they got their grips on the franchise? Oh, same thing they had done with every fairy tale and they destroyed it by making the entire expanded universe un-canonified.
Order 66 is executed again, and Disney has become the Death Star.
We should have known. Disney, the same people responsible for making fairy tales cute and cuddly from ugly and scary have destroyed the hard working writers and developers ambitions of the last 35 plus years most excellent work. This is a slap in the face to those people, as well as just downright laziness.
Even with the Internet today, which can bring up summaries, Star Wars based Wikipedia (called Wookiepedia) and numerous other references, the producers just decided to wipe it all clean. Some nerve, right? I mean, if I wrote a Star Wars novel, who George Lucas then gave me his blessing on like he did with all of them, and then some big time company decided to just perform a massive metaphorical book burning of it, I guess I would have the right to be upset, wouldn’t I?
I can’t believe there aren’t more people talking about this. These hard workers are now the little guys being stomped on, and now have their work threatened to be lost in time as Disney’s looming shadow enshrouds it all. It’s as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
These writers now face invalidation of their own work which has been the boon for the entire franchise, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. I’m sure the new films will be great anyways, but after their airing no one really will care about the books about the ExU afterwards. Shame.
For further reading, check out this article about the destruction of the Expanded Universe. Be careful you don’t hyperspace into an asteroid field while doing so.