In just one short week, director Rian Johnson has taken his new Star Wars film from one of the most highly anticipated films in the saga to one of the most divisive. In so doing, he has created a bold and original take on the franchise, one that sees a return to the original film’s roots in some important thematic ways.
Thrawn is back. His presence in the Star Wars: Rebels animated series has made quite a splash. It’s been fun seeing him on the the show and Rebels has done a great job with the character’s onscreen appearances, but now comes the moment we’ve been waiting for. It’s time for the Grand Admiral to return to his roots: the literary wing of the Star Wars franchise. There is no one more qualified to usher him in than Timothy Zahn. Fortunately for us, that’s exactly who got the job. Thrawn, the most anticipated novel in the new Star Wars canon, is here.
2016 was a crazy year, with some of the most anticipated films being the most disappointing (Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman, X-Men: Apocalypse), while other unexpected films, such as Arrival and Kubo and the Two Strings came out to steal the light. So what will the winners be for 2017? Here are some picks to keep an eye on.
The Star Wars Expanded Universe (now known as the Legends Canon) contains many stories that are full of emotional depth. But few of them reach the height of Vector Prime.
It goes without saying that Disney has been very busy on the Star Wars front. Specifically where the Rebels TV series is concerned, quite a bit has happened already.
As I watched the opening crawl of a brand new Star Wars film, I literally could not keep the smile from my face. Seeing that familiar gold text traveling up the screen, but now, for the first time in ten years, sharing an intro I’d never read before . . . smiling wasn’t just natural, it was mandatory.
If you became as heavily invested in the Star Wars Expanded Universe (now the Legends canon) as I did, then you’re probably still sore with Disney for slashing it from the official canon. You have my sympathies, friend. It’s a bitter pill that many among the ranks of the Star Wars faithful may never be able to choke down. However, disappointing as it is to realize that unique original characters like Mara Jade and Talon Karrde have been more or less dismissed from Star Wars lore by the bigwigs, Disney’s pursuit of a new EU may not be entirely hopeless.