This week’s choice may seem a little premature, given that a week from Sunday is May the Fourth (be with you). But it seemed appropriate given recent developments in the Star Wars Universe, and more specific, the expanded universe.
For those who may not know, the Star Wars expanded universe encompasses everything that was written outside of the six movies. This includes comics from Marvel and Dark Horse as well a a multitude of books that have come out since Return of the Jedi. At the time, these books continued the story began in the first trilogy and filled the void for those of us who clamored for more Star Wars (myself included). While not everything was great, there was a lot of wonderful material that came from those books. The expanded universe was not considered official canon, but with so much of it being of high quality, a lot of fans accepted it as unofficial canon.
Now, with Disney working on returning Star Wars to the silver screen with Episode VII, it would seem that the expanded universe is being set aside. Granted, I understand that with the new movies continuing the story from Return of the Jedi some of the expanded universe really could not connect with what is to come. Still, it’s right to see books like Heir to the Empire (the first of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn) or comics like Dark Empire fall by the wayside for what we can only hope will be worthy successors. And I really mean hope since Episodes 1-2 disappointed me so much (I still have yet to see Episode 3).
Still, we can hope that some of the expanded universe may still be accepted as canon. I mean, given that the next trilogy is set 35 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, there is still a lot of “wiggle room” for some of what we have seen come before to continue to be.
At least, we can still hope.
In the meantime, here is a performance of the Imperial March.