On October 30th, 2012, George Lucas did what we all thought he never would. For years he spoke about how Star Wars was his story, his baby and that once Episode III was done, that would be it. He would walk away from filming any further Star Wars films. I still remember walking out of the theater back in May 2005 after a midnight screening of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. That was it; the journey had come to an end. As an avid Star Wars fan, I am extremely loyal to the world that George Lucas created. More importantly, I was and always have been, a fan of the Expanded Universe.
What was great about the Expanded Universe (EU) was that it was created, or “expanded”, by so many other avid Star Wars fans. They took what George Lucas gave us and essentially blew our minds with it. They took little moments such as Boba Fett’s “death” during the battle on Jabba’s sail barge and brought him back and expressed to us the lethal bounty hunter that he was. Boba has lived on YEARS from the events of Return of the Jedi. Boba has a special place in my heart because he is my personal favorite character, largely as a result of the EU.
With the passing of the torch and the amazing announcement of an Episode VII to come in 2015, 10-years since we walked out of Episode III and thought that was the end, we will once again witness a Star Wars live action adventure on the big screen. With this, I would like to present some aspects from the EU that I would personally love to see on the big screen. Please keep in mind: I am taking out all aspects of continuity. I will discuss continuity and how it could work with an Episode VII but am really just spewing with fan boy joy about what I would love to see. I’m also keeping everything in the context of EU in regards to the Star Wars novels only. There’s so much material that we could pull from but for the sake of this article, novels will do fine. Strap yourselves in because this ain’t like dusting crops fan boys!
This article was first posted on November 13, 2012