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April 25 2014

Lucasfilm Officially Reboots the Star Wars Expanded Universe

That disturbance you felt in the Force today was thousands of Star Wars fan boys screaming in terror as the Expanded Universe was rebooted.

Lucasfilm announced today that the Expanded Universe (EU) prior to today is no more and is now considered the “Legends” series.

In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe. For example, elements of the EU are included in Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.

So, the official “canon” to date is (in chronological order):

Not everything that originated in the EU is out, however. For instance, the blue female Jedi you see above, Aayla Secura, made the jump from the comics to the movies and Clone Wars series, so she’s safe. But things such as Mara Jade (Luke’s future wife), Jaina and Jacen Solo (the twin children of Han and Leia), Ben Skywalker (Luke’s future son) and a whole lot more are probably gone for good and will live on only in the Legends titles. We may see influences show up, but I think the big story points are gone.

Fan reaction has been mixed, but I welcome this reset. As I noted the other day, the EU was a mess. Lucasfilm has now formed “a story group to oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development.” Huzzah! This might actually get me to pay attention to the EU again since I will know it is all coherent and canonical. To be honest, I just recently jumped into The Clone Wars on Netflix as something to watch while I exercise, and while I’m only in the second season so far, I’m loving the heck out of it. It fixes a lot of what was wrong with the prequel trilogy and actually makes you interested in that time period of the story again. I didn’t think anything could do that.

The people I do feel for? The folks who maintain Wookieepedia, the unofficial encyclopedia of the Star Wars universe. There is going to be a marathon editing session to be sure.

At least we can now officially say the Holiday Special never happened.

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