- Nov 2011
- Ohio, USA
I can certainly agree that the Abeloth arc is underrated, and a huge step up from the previous Darth Caedus storyline; ok on paper but dreadfully executed and without the usual compelling development of new characters.The Yuuzhan Vong arc was dreadful and nothing but the ridiculous ramblings of anti-environmentalists and anti-indigenous, not to mention it ran for a whopping two dozen books and many tie-in comic books. The idea of them being immune to the Force didn't even last because already by the early mid point they were being disposed of as cannon fodder by Luke and other Force users, and it was completely dumb from the very beginning. The explanation given as to why they're unaffected by the Force is no less bad (they lost their planet and somehow being traumatised by it they severed their connection to the Force, sorry but what). The YV is not original either. It's the same arc as the OT except done in invasion form, and for science fiction in general it's your standard alien invasion storyline. The idea of all-organic technology may be original, but it's an utterly laughable concept when actually executed and shows why something being original doesn't mean it's good.
In my opinion, actually good story arcs from the EU are the Thrawn trilogy and the Abeloth arc. The YV is just dreadful and I really don't want Disney revisiting it at any point.
However, I like the deep intricacies of the whole YV conflict and just how desperate and fury- driven everything became. To me, it’s the reverse of the Caedus saga; this time being silly on paper but better than expected in execution, at least IMO. It also further develops Gilad Pellaeon, one of my favorite characters, as a truly relateable and humane imperial that we had already suspected him to be.