New things are afoot in the galaxy far far away. The studio behind the insanely popular Star Wars franchise has announced the new direction they plan to take. Up until now there has been a large amount of media released with a Star Wars name branded on it, but those were works that took place in the “Expanded Universe”, meaning that they did not follow the main Star Wars story. The decision was made by Lucas Film and the man himself, George Lucas. They stated that all Star Wars new media, including the games that are planned for future release, will be set as official canon only. Meaning that it will not make any references to any events or characters that made appearances in the Expanded Universe mentioned above.
The Star Wars film franchise has been hailed as one of the most popular works of fiction of all time. The first two film trilogies spawned very large fan followings that stretch across the globe and back once more. Although the Expanded Universe of the franchise has only served to boost the insurmountably large fan base, George Lucas wanted it to be know that that Star Wars will not be restricted or limited by the concept of the Expanded Universe.
As of now the only canon media in the Star Wars franchise are the first six films and the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars which started airing in March 2008. The six movies were what set the frame for the television series which tells the events that transpired during the clone wars between the Republic and the Separatists .The popular animated television show served as a filler for events that took place between Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Characters such as Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kinobi, Yoda, Mace Windu, and other well known heroes and villains alike, were prominently featured in many episodes in the series .
Even though they are all separate works of cinema and art that were released irregularly, both the films and the television show served a great purpose to those who call themselves fans. While older audiences enjoyed the original films during their release in the 1970s and 80s, new fans were picked up along the way because of the television show.
The arts and works following the original film trilogies are numerous, to say the least. The Expanded Universe includes certain books, video games, and comic series, as well as a number of others extensions. The above works have brought much joy and some memorable characters to new and old fans of the Star Wars brand, as well as a hefty sum of financial gain to the George Lucas’ pockets. Many of the comic books set in the Star Wars universe are considered to be non-canon. That means most likely none of the characters that fans have become invested in will be appearing in any form of future Star Wars media including the video games that are set to release later on and the new film, episode VII.
Fan reactions are split down the middle when it comes to this new change. There are many types of Star Wars Fans with many different preferences. There are those who truly wished to see the Expanded Universe come to life in new media formats and there are those who just don’t care for anything that isn’t the original three films from the 70s and 80s. A completely canon Star Wars universe does make for more easily written films and other media. Fans new and old will see just what kind of surprises will unfold when the new games drop later on and when the new film releases in December of 2015.
By Michael White