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?
Camile Wray rules Stargate Universe
I was more than a little concerned when I heard Ming Na's character Camile Wray on Stargate Universe was going to be a lesbian. The instant homophobic reaction was not a surprise but the way SGU handles not only her character but the topic of sexuality in general is fascinating.
Sexuality on SGU
The Destiny is millions or billions of light years from Earth, so the crew has to use the Ancient Communication Stones to talk to their loved ones. As a result, the crew are not in their own bodies. This raises some interesting questions about fidelity, since one of those intimate encounters lead to an affair between Everett Young's estranged wife and Colonel David Telford (whose body he used).
But as she always does, Ming Na's Camile steals the show. Her relationship is one of the realist and most touching on the series thus far. I can only assume this is a result of the acting and the fact the writers knew everything Camile does would be scrutinized by people like me.
Camile Wray is probably one of the best written GLBT characters on TV since Queer as Folk or Buffy the Vampire Slayer went off the air.
Camile's World View
Camile like so many of my GLBT sisters and brothers has a skepticism about anything people say in front of her, and she doesn't feel included in the heterocentric world she finds herself trapped in.
She has learned how to stand up for herself and follow the path she believes is best, not the path given to her.
Camile will not be excluded
I am not sure if it was intentional or just the lucky happenstance of plot, but Camile's main struggle on the Destiny is to make sure her voice is not only heard but respected. This is a struggle not unfamiliar to the GLBT community. We are used to being patted on the head like a good pet and ignored when the time comes.
The IOA may have introduced a request that will make this internal fight and overt one when they asked Camile to insinuate herself as the voice of authority on the Destiny.
This is something that would have happened whether or not the IOA asked. Young is a weak, ineffective, and compromised leader. Sooner or later, someone would have risen up to fill the void. That would have been either Camile or Rush, but with him out of the picture, Camile's only real rival is Eli unless Yong really steps it up,
Finally someone like me
I am so excited to finally see someone like me in a Scifi show. One good GLBT character is a start. (I know some of you probably just screamed out Sam Adama from Caprica... but that is another post)
Camile Wray is the character to watch on SGU. I expect to see her try to win Eli over to her camp soon, and set everything in motion for the crew to see her as the rightful leader of the Destiny. She is the kingmaker, she might even get Young to see her as his best choice to build morale among the crew. She has something to lose if she doesn't get home, and she will focus on that goal and find a way to make it happen.
Stargate Universe Season One
Two part premier airs October 2nd
SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship's Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.
An ancient's ship, the Destiny was to follow a pre-programmed mission to explore these galaxies until the Ancients ascended and left the ship unmanned. The Destiny was the second ship following after the first ship which was sent to seed the galaxies with Stargates.
A series of concept art, technical specs and set pictures that give us a closer look at the Destiny.
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Stargate Universe: Take a Tour of the Destiny
Thanks to Joe Mallozzi for sharing a bunch of concept art and set pictures of the ship Destiny which is the ancients ship that the crew get stranded on in the new show Stargate: Universe. Stargate Universe debuts on October 2nd with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. The regular episodes will air Fridays a 9, starting on October 9.
Lets begin our tour with the control room. I'm excited with the look and feel that they are going for with the control room. There is a nice blend with elements that we are familiar with from Stargate SG1 and Atlantis. They incorporated a more circular feel to the layout which helps set it apart from the typical human box like interior ship design.
Control Room concept art
Control room set pictures
From the control room lets take a walk down some of the corridors of the Destiny and head to the gate room.
concept art and set picture
The concept art is fun, when zoomed in on the text is readable and it explains what the different lights and parts resembles.
The Gate Room
Concept art: I like having it in a bay with all of the windows around it giving the gate room high visibility and a vast open feeling. Plus the tunnel effect caused by the long room adds to the experience of passing through the wormhole.
Picture of the Gate Room:
unfortunately it looks like they went with a more shallow depth to the room hopefully that is altered with movie magic. They still have what looks like windows or open areas around the main structure and a door behind the gate this should add for more gate room variability. What is really interesting is the chevrons around the gate look different.
A closer look at the gate with a fun explanation of the difference in the chevrons.
Concept art of the gate explaining how it looks when operating
Lets head down a few more corridors to our last stop on our tour, the living quarters.
I love the use of an ancient's french press coffee machine in the middle of the table. Joking aside it's really neat looking, I wonder if it's some kind of lantern.
Want More Stargate?
If you couldn't get enough Stargate after watching The Ark of Truth than you are in for some good news! Stargate: Continuum will be the next direct To DVD Movie. The release date is planned for July 2008. That will be just in time for Hell Boy II, Hancock, and Dark Knight.
Wondering what could be in store for SG-1?
While SG-1 attends the execution of Ba'al, the last of the Goa'uld System Lords, Teal'c and Vala inexplicably disappear into thin air. Carter, Daniel and Mitchell race back to a world where history has been changed: the Stargate program has been erased from the timeline. As they try to convince the authorities what's happened, a fleet of Goa'uld motherships arrives in orbit, led by Ba'al, his queen, Qetesh (Vala), and his first prime, Teal'c. The remaining SG-1 members must find the Stargate and set things right before the world is enslaved by the Goa'uld. (via Wikipedia)
Check out the video clip below where Amanda Tapping, Ben Browder talk about the film and their experience shooting it.
The movie will star the entire SG-1: Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson), Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter), Richard Dean Anderson (Major General Jack O'Neill),& Christopher Judge (Teal'c).
Stargate: Continuum will also star Ben Browder (Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell), Claudia Black (Vala Mal Doran), Beau Bridges (Major General Hank Landry), Cliff Simon (Ba'al), Jacqueline Samuda (Nirrti), William Devane (Henry Hayes), Don S. Davis (George S. Hammond), Steve Bacic (Camulus), Colin Cunningham (Major Paul Davis).