Anyone Like the Star Wars "Expanded Universe" A lot better than the recent movies?

Dec 2013
384
Arkansas
The Star Wars Expanded Universe comprises the huge number of novels and comic books that were published in the time frame of after Return of the Jedi and began with Timothy Zahn's "Heir to the Empire."

They focus largely on mopping up the remains of the Galactic Empire followed by the decade and a half long (in real time) invasion by the Yuvong Vez (I know not close to the right name), the organic technology aliens followed by yet another Galactic Civil War as Han and Leia's oldest son becomes a Sith Lord.

Some things I think are very cool about Expanded Universe:

1) The fall of the Galactic Empire actually turns into one of the greatest disasters in history as it exposes the galaxy to invasion and chaos.
2) The Skywalkers actually recede into forgotten obscurity eventually.
3) Boba Fett eventually becomes a close friend of the Solo family.
4) The Galactic Empire is eventually reestablished. A more benevolent version of it anyway.
 
Apr 2012
1,055
The Netherlands
I can't speak for the execution since I consumed very little of the expanded universe but the ideas it has are consistently more interesting then the ideas of Disney.

In the expanded universe you get the idea that the Galaxy is constantly changing and evolving. In the Disney universe the galaxy has changed extremely little since A New Hope. Its still quirky rebels facing off against Stormtroopers with super weapons.
 
Dec 2017
357
Florida
For the life of me, I can't seem to get into reading Star Wars. I have tried multiple times, even did audiobooks. Don't know what it is but it just doesn't catch me. Love the original series, not a fan of the prequels, current series to me is ok (I think people are blowing things way out of portion with the complaints)
 
Dec 2013
384
Arkansas
Yeah, everything in the Disney version seems to be an attempt to redo the original movie except BIGGER!!! BETTER!!!!.

One interesting idea put forth in Heir to the Empire was that the Death Star (despite what Tarkin claimed) was NOT built to instill fear in the populations of the major planets of the galaxy.
Instead the Death Star was built as part of an internal struggle between the Imperial Fleet and the non fleet Imperial authorities (indicated in the original movie) led by Grand Moff Tarkin. For Tarkin and his supporters the Death Star was the concentration of the destructive power of the Empire in their hands rather than the fleet.

Which accounts for why the Death Star had no fleet escorts in the original movie.
 
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nuclearguy165

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Nov 2011
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The Star Wars Expanded Universe comprises the huge number of novels and comic books that were published in the time frame of after Return of the Jedi and began with Timothy Zahn's "Heir to the Empire."

They focus largely on mopping up the remains of the Galactic Empire followed by the decade and a half long (in real time) invasion by the Yuvong Vez (I know not close to the right name), the organic technology aliens followed by yet another Galactic Civil War as Han and Leia's oldest son becomes a Sith Lord.

Some things I think are very cool about Expanded Universe:

1) The fall of the Galactic Empire actually turns into one of the greatest disasters in history as it exposes the galaxy to invasion and chaos.
2) The Skywalkers actually recede into forgotten obscurity eventually.
3) Boba Fett eventually becomes a close friend of the Solo family.
4) The Galactic Empire is eventually reestablished. A more benevolent version of it anyway.
I mostly agree, and I too like the EU/Legends a lot more than the New Trilogy.

The only nit-picks are with the first 2 points. To me, the end of Imperial galactic control is a double edged sword rather than an all around bad thing. It did weaken the galaxy to extra-galactic invasion, yes, and it did fuel more civil wars and internecine conflict in the galaxy. At the same time, the Empire’s excesses, such as planet destruction and the Krytos virus had to be stopped, among other things.

I also don’t think the Skywalkers faded into obscurity at all. On the contrary, he and his family are very much a major focal point of a lot of Legends material.
 
Dec 2013
384
Arkansas
I mostly agree, and I too like the EU/Legends a lot more than the New Trilogy.

The only nit-picks are with the first 2 points. To me, the end of Imperial galactic control is a double edged sword rather than an all around bad thing. It did weaken the galaxy to extra-galactic invasion, yes, and it did fuel more civil wars and internecine conflict in the galaxy. At the same time, the Empire’s excesses, such as planet destruction and the Krytos virus had to be stopped, among other things.

I also don’t think the Skywalkers faded into obscurity at all. On the contrary, he and his family are very much a major focal point of a lot of Legends material.
The Star Wars Chronology that goes a century or more into the future after the most recent Legends novels gives several details about the "ultimate fate" of various well known characters. That is where it basically mentions the Skywalkers fading into obscurity. IIRC the great grandson of Luke (and Mara Jade) is a bounty hunter of some sort. That is also the material that mentions the rebirth of a (somewhat) more benign version of the Galactic Empire which seems to mainly follow the philosophy of "expansion" rather than "oppression".
 

Maki

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Jan 2017
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Republika Srpska
The worst thing about the new trilogy is not that they are trying to redo the OT, but that they are trying to do it in a way that does not make any sense. Endor was supposed to be perhaps the biggest victory for the Light Side, the fall of the Sith, the effective end of the Empire as the dominant force in the Galaxy, the rebirth of the Republic. And it lasted 30 years. By trying to be the OT, the sequels have only made the OT pointless. The Emperor is dead? Oh nevermind, there is this new and bigger Dark Side Lord. The Empire is gone? Oh nevermind there is this even more powerful First Order Empire. Our heroes triumphed? Haha, they did not.