New Star Wars Trailer

(stuck in draft, posting late, rather than never…)

The new Star Wars trailer makes me happy. I sent the link to my sister when I got it, and she loved it.

I know it is cool to hate the prequels, but you have to remember that by the early ’90’s Star Wars was something only a few of us watched (relatively speaking, of course).

They started up the books then, which helped buy giving the fans something to do, but the books weren’t really things that brought in new fans. They were maintenance.

I saw the Phantom Menace in the theatre twice. It is, in my opinion, the most “Star Wars” of the prequels in pacing, mood and story. But I remember the trailer: Hover tanks coming over a hill, a hooded villain, Liam Nieson being a Jedi, a double edged light saber.

The poster is still one of my favorites: A boy walking away from a small building, his shadow cast on it in the shape of Darth Vader.

Did they stumble, did they fail? Sure. But they are Star Wars, and I loved every minute of them, bad dialogue, poorly laid out plots, over the top CGI.

And I was saddened when I saw the scroll for “The Revenge of the Sith.” There is that moment when you know this will be the last time you see this new.


Disney bought Star Wars, and now we will be getting a lot of Star Wars. I’m sure there are those who say it will get old, they will burn out, that soon we will be overloaded.

And I say, more. more. Keep coming. I cannot wait for this future. The kid in me who played Luke Skywalker at recess waiting for Return of the Jedi to come out will never get tired of Star Wars.

Just a few notes for the end:

  • Ewoks were cool, and I dug their song
  • Jar Jar Binks is by no means the worst part of Star Wars
  • Everyone really wants a Star Destroyer
  • Darth Vader is the measure of a bad guy

and I will still one day be a Jedi Knight.

On Star Wars EU, and Kotaku’s Post

I have feelings about this article.

First off, the EU was NEVER cannon. Ever. It was always its own thing, separate from Lucas’s official cannon, separate from the role playing games, video games, etc.

But they were never the official cannon.

And they were a mess. The EU had a Han/Leia/Luke problem, which despite efforts of the X-Wing series and I, Jedi, was never broken.

You have an entire galaxy, and apparently only three people ever do anything in it.

Chuck Wendig’s book is good. it is fun, and avoids this problem by having some new characters get into new adventures.

The difference now from the EU is Disney has made EVERYTHING cannon. So now the stories in the comics, books, movies, video games, etc, are all linked, and ‘real’.

Should everything have been thrown out? Maybe. Maybe not. The Vong was not Star Wars. But the peace treaty in Vision of the Future between the remains of the Empire and the New Republic opened up some interesting political opportunities.

The old books didn’t go away. And while I agree that the writers of the new stuff should grab some of the West End Games RPG books for references there exists now nothing but bright open future, where Chewie is alive, where Luuke doesn’t exist, where Han doesn’t go off every other book and decide to become a smuggler again.

That said, I did like Death Troopers.