Star Wars is going to get an oil bath. Or a memory wipe.
In what I’m sure will make millions of fan boys cry out in terror, Lucasfilm/Disney announced today that any book, comic, video game, etc. set after Return of the Jedi would no longer be considered Star Wars canon.
I see this as a profoundly great thing. It lets the new caretakers of Star Wars take the good ideas from the Expanded Universe and dump the dumb stuff (of which there is a lot).
I tried reading some of the expanded universe stuff recently, and it was terrible. Maybe it’s because my imagination was better as a kid, but even in the “good” EU novels (Like Heir to the Empire) there were stupid ideas. For instance, the clones had to have an extra vowel in their names for some reason (Luuke, Joruus). And little creatures that make “force bubbles” where Jedi can’t work? Ugh. And don’t even get me started on the stories where there are thousands of Emperor clones.
I do hope, though, that the good ideas will find homes. Grand Admiral Thrawn is a superb villain, and his second-in-command, Captain Pellaeon is great, too. And I have a love for the X-wing books and those characters as well.
While many fans may disagree with me, I think this is an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. I’m looking forward to the future.