Star Wars Legends – Remembering the Expanded Universe – History and Society

As mentioned yesterday, this week I’m talking about the now non-canon Star Wars Expanded Universe, the collection of media that made this universe we all love a much bigger and more interesting place than it would’ve been with only the films. With the announcement of the Disney merger and the plans to have new episodes of the film saga, the Expanded Universe lost its canonicity and was rebranded to Star Wars Legends. Today I’m focusing on Galactic History.

When it comes to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, most sources will agree that it detailed, in one way or another, over 36.000 years of the Star Wars galaxy. The Galactic Republic, the setting for many of the stories, characters and locations we see in the various media, existed for about 25.000 of those years, with the Jedi Order coming into existence over 10.000 years before that. The Infinite Empire of the Rakata predates both by several thousand years and their technology driving the technological evolution of future species, particularly the Humans and Duro, who adapted their Hyperdrive technology.

I’ve thought long and hard on how to write this piece and ultimately decided against giving you a complete and rather dull timeline and talking about all the different planets, customs and cultures, from the decadent lifestyle of the upper Coruscanti to the hard living on Nar Shaddah and the physical and spiritual balance ideologies of the Matukai.

Instead, I’ve decided to tell the story from four points of view, from the perspectives of four recurring ‘peoples’ in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Their actions and ideologies shape the galaxies and drive most of the conflicts in the Star Wars saga. It beats covering every single war…there are way too many and I admit I don’t know about them all. Continue reading Star Wars Legends – Remembering the Expanded Universe – History and Society

Star Wars Legends – Remembering the Expanded Universe – Foreword

Star Wars: The Force Awakens released last week. I have yet to see it, having learnt in the past never to go to a premiere. I’ll be watching it in the coming days and I’m as excited as every other fan of the saga. But to me it’s all been a bittersweet experience, one that started with the announcement of the buyout and the plans to make new films, and I’m sure it’s the same for many fans. The reason is that with a single announcement, over thirty years of Star Wars lore became non-canon.

Yes, I’m talking about the Expanded Universe, the continuity formed by both the films and all the material published in one media or another that served to complement it. A fun detail that very few know is that the EU predates the films, with the official novelisation of A New Hope releasing months before the first Star Wars film. Continue reading Star Wars Legends – Remembering the Expanded Universe – Foreword