Review: Star Wars Extended Universe
I love star wars which is to say not only the 6 movies but that also includes the Extended Universe. Many are familiar with the Star Wars movies. A lot are also familiar with the Clone Wars TV show. There is so much more to Star Wars and the setting then just what is covered in the movies. That is where the Extended Universe comes into play. Did you know that Clone Wars the TV Show is actually part of the Extended Universe? The Expanded Universe is the ever unfolding and continuing story of the Star Wars universe. It covers all of the official and even some unofficial fictions set in the Star Wars setting. The expanded universe includes books, comic books, video games, movies, television shows, toys, and other media.
- Get so much more detail for the universe
- Find out what happened before there was a Yoda, Palpatine, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker.
- Find out what happens to the beloved heroes from the movies like: Luke, Leah, Han Solo and Chewbacca and what happens to the rebels after they win the day.
- Learn so much more about the force philosophies behind it and the real differences between the Light and Dark side.
- Fresh and new stories with different heroes, villains, and sometimes even different struggles.
- The universe is constantly growing and evolving.
- In the early days of the Extended Universe the fiction was very formulaic and had a lot of what is worse about franchise fiction.
The Eras of the Extended Universe
The Extended Universe is broken up into several eras. The date structure for the Extended Universe is all set to BBY which is the Battle at Yavin that happened in Episode 6: Return of the Jedi.
I’ve also included several really good works to check out from the Extended Universe.
- The Old Republic (25,000 BBY – 1,000 BBY)
- The Rise of the Empire (1,000 BBY – 0 BBY)
- The Rebellion (0 BBY – 5 ABY)
- The Truce at Bakura: Book
- The New Republic (5 ABY – 25 ABY)
- The New Jedi Order (25 ABY – 36 ABY)
- Legacy (40 ABY – 137+ ABY)
Getting into the Expanded Universe
There are several great ways to get into the Expanded Universe.
For those who want to pick up right where the movies leave off there is The Truce at Bakura. For me I would recommend either starting with The New Jedi Order series for what happens after the movies this is when the stories got great and broke from the usual formulaic nature found in most franchise fiction.
For before the movies the Knights of the Old Republic period is awesome. I got into this period through the amazing game Knights of the Old Republic. There is also a great series which I have started reading The Old Republic series.
How did you get into the Expanded Universe?
The Star Wars Trilogy Video In 2 Minutes
This video retells The Star Wars Trilogy in 2 minutes using Legos and stop animation. The video is great fan fun. Watch the video above.
I love the scenes picked to highlight all of the events from the three movies. There are many ships, settings, characters, and events featured. One of my favorite is Yoda chilling in a recliner under an umbrella on Dagobah. In context it's hilarious.
The language used is very casual and without names which works since the voice narrating it is a child. This lends to the fun relaxed nature of the video. For instance the scene where Darth Vader reveals his identity to Luke is phrased as "That was when the Boy got very surprising news about his dad... Wud up son."
I want that Lego collection, Wow!
Deathtroopers To Be A Darker Star Wars Novel
I’ve tried to make it into exactly the kind of book you’d want to read if you were a child of the 70s who grew up with the original Star Wars trilogy and really digs horror in the vein of The Shining and Alien, with a little dose of William Gibson mixed in. (via Joe Schreiber)
I like the original Star Wars trilogy and digs horror I wonder if he will explore the trash monster that was on board Vader’s deathstar.
LucasBooks also has a really cool pdf of the time line for Star Wars books that have already been published through Delray.
(via Club Jade)
When The Sith Did That Happen: Star Wars Timeline
Have you ever wondered when Mandalore the first began his crusade in the outer rim? Or like me ever wonder while reading Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith when those events happened in relation to finding of Anakin Skywalker on Tatooine? I like to look at a couple of different of timelines. The first Star Wars timeline is at Wookiepedia and it's a massive listing of dates and events all based on the Battle of Yavin standard. it starts at 7,500,000,000 BBY at the first star in the Cularin system, named Morasil, forming and running all the way to 137 ABY Cade Skywalker trained as a Jedi but self-exiled from the Order to become a bounty hunter. At Wookiepedia you can also look at timelines based on Books, comics, films, short stories, television series, and video games. I wished they had a series based on fan works too but it's still sweet to look at when everything happened.
The next timeline is Steve's Star Wars Timeline this one puts the Star Wars media into a timeline based on when the work occurs. For instance if you are curious when Tales of the Jedi : The Freedon Nadd Uprising occurs it is listed at - 3998 Years before A New Hope. It's not as comprehensive as Wookiepedia but it still has a lot in it and in a way it's easier to navigate and not as intimidating for someone who is new to the Star Wars setting.
Now what I would love to see is a nice list of Fan works in the Star Wars setting set in the timeline.
Reviewing The Clone Wars A Theatrical Pilot
Review of: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Overall Rating: 8.5
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a wonderful exciting movie that is a must see for Star Wars fans. To clarify some points that apparently people did not get. This is a pilot for a TV show that got a theatrical release not Star Wars Episode 2.1 movie. The Clone Wars is a piece of fandom that has made it into the mainstream.
Don't This is a pilot for a TV show that got a theatrical release not Star Wars Episode 2.1 movie. It is not a star wars movie George Lucas is done with Star Wars, there is only 3 about Anakin's rise and fall, 3 about his redemption, and there is the possibility for 3 more about the Skywalker family but George has already told us that he isn't going to do them. For those who are upset over this it would be like watching Star Trek The Next Generation and getting mad that Kirk is not in it.
The Clone Wars is a piece of fandom that has made it into the mainstream. Since this is a work of fandom it presumes that the audience has familiarity with the Star Wars setting and especially the Clone Wars animated series and so the pilot does not take time away from the story to tell the audience about things they should know. This is great because the pilot has a great pace and does not sag to explain set up.
This pilot has a great pace, story, and action sequences. They did a great job with the project. It is a must see for Star Wars fans and a great film for those who like animated films. I'm very excited about the series that is scheduled to start in January and can't wait to see more.
The Plot / Story: The Clone Wars is set in the time frame between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. As the war rages on between Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic Jabba the Hutt’s son is taken by a group of renegades. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi depart in search of answers: where is the Hutt’s son, and who is controlling this mysterious renegade group? Yoda also sends Ahsoka Tano along as Anakin’s apprentice.
- The old newsreel style of intro very reminiscent of Starship Troopers: although I missed the classic scrolling intro it is only for the star wars movies.
- The animation style works, I found it curious at first because it is not familiar. but is easy to watch and not distracting from the story, The ships looks awesome
- I was pleased to see that they did not live up to my two biggest concerns one being too kidsey and two the battle up the cliff face. they didn't make it too kidsey. kept the same feel that we love about the Star Wars setting where it has a nice balance between being dramatic, comedic moments, moments of tension moments of excitement. The battle up the cliff face made sense, was dramatic, and intense with a dash of play added in.
- they actually pulled off showing the severity of battle and not glorifying it by giving subtle moments where in the background after a battle we can see wounded soldiers hobbling off the battlefield or a trooper stooping down to confirm a fallen soldier was dead which showed the suffering of battle but did so without blood and all of the grotesque reality
- It is a wonderful follow up to the animated clone wars
- it has a great pace and does not sag in the middle, the story is set up like an intense duel where the overarching story is the two duelers which is supported with multiple mini tension objectives that operate to give tension and satisfaction but build one upon the other toward a clear ending. They stay focused on the storyline there is lots to take in but nothing that is unnecessary for the storyline.
- The ending has a fun twist to it. instead of the final battle and then the ending we get reminded that there is an objective and that the final battle is not that objective. I loved this and of course they work out that the final scene is similar in style to the final scene in episode I and IV. a nice homage to the Star wars Movies.
- The characters were well done. Asajj Ventress was portrayed much more like the Ventress in the books and earlier series. I especially loved Ahsoka she was a perfect padawan for Anakin.
- characters have nicknames for each other which added a nice reality to the pilot especially for Sky Guy and Snips.
- The force powers are taken to the next level and since it is animation they were able to show those powers in their fullest.
Dislikes / Concerns
- Concerned: people will not get that this film is a TV Pilot released to the theaters and not a theatrical movie.
- Concerned: This is a film for fans of Clone Wars they don't baby the audience and unfortunately some "adults" can't handle that.
- I Still think Count Duku looked weird because he is so blocky
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