Every Generation Has A Legend. Every Journey Has A First Step. Every Saga Has A Beginning.
These words were accompanied to the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace teaser trailer. To me, they were the beginning of a new phase of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Years before George Lucas decided to make his trilogy of Prequels, the Star Wars Saga had been continuing across multiple media with fairly tight continuity. Yet, the above words can very easily have something added to them that no one wants to face.
Every Saga Has A End.
This is a curious statement since we're just about ready to begin a new stage in the Expanded Universe. With Disney's purchase of the Star Wars franchise, it's entirely possible for another generation of new stories about our heroes to be created. However, these stories will inevitably contradict and conflict with the already expansive number of stories having been written about the Original Trilogy's heroes.
For those unfamiliar with Star Wars Expanded Universe, it more or less chronicles the next hundred and fifty years after Return of the Jedi. We see Luke, Han, and Leia all have children. We watch these children grow up. We watch these children become heroes in their own right. Hell, we even watch these children die.
|This is Han Solo's daughter, Jaina. She eventually becomes Empress. I kid you not. Oh and she kills her brother.|
Silly like a Hutt with a beard.
|This is Jabba the Hutt's Dad with Kyle Reese from Terminator. Oh wait, no, that's a guy pretending to be Emperor Palpatine's three-eyed son. Seriously.|
Still, the galaxy was still standing after our heroes were done with it so that's something. Han, Luke, and Leia's legacy may be a wrecked galaxy and quite a few dead loved ones but they powered through. They defeated brainwashed pig-men powered battle moons, starfighters capable of blowing up suns, and a race of eel-wielding pain-worshipers.
|Don't forget the Green Pirate People. They were a major threat to the galaxy!|
|Okay, SHE might love Star Wars more than me. Hint: It's Katie Lucas.|
So what am I suggesting? I'm saying it may be time to start Star Wars Expanded Universe 2.0. A clean slate with the exception of the movies and some select ongoing pieces of the EU like The Old Republic, The Clone Wars, and so on. Everything else would be regulated to Star Wars Expanded Universe 1.0. It won't become discontinuity, just the continuity of an alternate universe. Like Star Trek: The Next Generation, it exists in its old universe. JJ Abrams knew the majority of movie goers recognized Trek for Kirk and Spock with the same applying to Han, Luke, and Leia.
Wouldn't it be interesting to follow the characters again on a new road?
|Do we really want to follow seventy + year old Han? Really, Harrison and Han need to understand it's time to let go.|
In conclusion, I'm not afraid of a reboot. I welcome it. I'm afraid, instead, of trying to plow forward well after the time new ideas should have been given a fresh canvas.
That's my .02.