By StMichalofWilson 8 Comments
2015 is indeed a good year for Star Wars. A new movie is coming our way featuring the return of the original characters and presenting fans with new adventures. Despite being excited about this whole experience I still have my doubts.
Here are my three reasons why I am unsure about this new era of Star Wars.
Everything is Canon
Lucasfilm Story Group may have outdone themselves by creating this whole new Expanded Universe lore. So far the new canon seems to exist well within the boundaries between the movies but there is a great risk for that. One of the best things about the old Expanded Universe was that there was a variety of stories that allowed many of the fans to interpret the adventures of their characters in their own way. It may have been confusing at times yet the stories within novels, comics, and video games showed the unlimited possibilities of what happened in between the movies. The new Expanded Universe is a bit more complicated in which any story that is created at the beginning of 2014 and in the coming years are now officially canon. While it may not be of concern now, this limits the opportunities of creating an unlimited amount stories for fans to enjoy and choose from. It also presents a future problem for any possible novels or comics that want to feature stories about the past and future events outside the movies. I believe that if you are a true fan of Star Wars or any type of genre you must be open to the multiple possibilities. Plus I am really not sure why some stories like the Thrawn Trilogy can’t be adapted into the new canon. It doesn’t have to be exactly page by page but the concept and the story seems legit enough to exist between Episode 6 through 7 especially given the timespan in between.
The Force Awakens definitely brings forth a familiar essence of the Original Trilogy. From the production design to the remodeling of old favorites it seems likely that the new trilogy will bring back the magic of the Originals. Is that really necessary? One big issue with fans of the classics is that they are not open to anything new, rebooted, or changed within their favorite type of material. It’s as if they are determined to remind us of the old ways for every new generation. Let’s get to the point: the only reason that old school fans hated the Prequels is that they didn’t get the story they wanted, they fussed about the graphics (that while mind you were pretty good given the fact that this was before the likes of Avatar and Blur Studios became well known) and there was no Han Solo. If you think I’m lying then check out the reactions to the second trailer of Episode 7. There is a concern that the Lucasfilm Story Group is retreading the same steps as the OT and not even bothering to try something bold. I really hope this new trilogy brings us something new and not just focus on reminding us why the Original Trilogy is great and everything before it is not.
No More Jedi?
I’ve been only reading rumors about what has happened to Luke Skywalker in Episode 7 and to be really honest…I do not like it. There is a possibility that Luke never tried to reestablish the Jedi Order and went into exile during the 30 years between 6 and 7. He only just shows up to train Finn into becoming the new Jedi and that is it. It feels very disappointing that Luke never tried to restore the Jedi Order in some way especially now that we know in Star Wars Rebels that even though the Empire eliminated most the Jedi Order there were still beings born with the power of the Force. Force-sensitive beings would continue to exist although they would not affiliate themselves as Jedi nor Sith. The Expanded Universe already established that there are other groups that use the power of the Force aside from the Sith and Jedi. Examples include the Nightsisters and the mysterious Knights of Ren. I am upset with the fact that the only characters who seem to be wielding a lightsaber at the moment are just Finn and Kylo Ren (not to say that it isn’t cool mind you!). I hope the future movies revive the legendary factions of the Jedi and the Sith because all the fans can agree that a massive battle between lightsaber wielding warriors is overdue.
Well these are my feelings about the new era of Star Wars. Although I have mixed feelings about this new direction, I can’t wait to see the movie. I believe through the Force there may be hope yet.
:Force Be With You…Always