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Closing a Chapter – An Expanded Universe Eulogy

I must confess, watching the Star Wars Expanded Universe past present and future video on yesterday left me with the impression that it was a sort of eulogy.

An era of Star Wars is over.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how despite the elation of having new Star Wars films coming to theaters, and the Star Wars saga continuing on in the ownership of a new company, that sacrifices will be made, and now have been made. What was previously known as the “Expanded Universe” will now be placed under the “Legends” banner and will not be the blueprint for the future of the franchise.

I must say, almost anyone could have seen this coming, however it is still sad nonetheless. I think that Lucasfilm and Co. did a the best job they could have done making this transition. I felt the announcement was made with respect to the old universe, and I’m pleased that they’ll be borrowing from the old EU going forward.

End of an Era

I’ve never really considered myself a Star Wars EU fan, as much as simply a Star Wars fan in general. There elements of the EU that I’ve always enjoyed, but I’ve never thought of the EU as my primary expression as a Star Wars fan. However, after watching the video in the press release, I realized just how much of the EU I’ve really loved as a fan. While the post Return of the Jedi era Expanded Universe novels never fully captured my imagination in the way that it did many fans, I did really enjoy stories such as Knights of the Old Republic, the Force Unleashed, Shadows of the Empire, and many other novels, books, comics, & video games.

Even the most ardent film purist must admit to the enormous impact that the Expanded Universe and its many incarnations had on the Star Wars franchise, and the Star Wars fan community.

-Riley Blanton – Twitter

Episode Directory: From the Star Wars Library

From the Star Wars Library is a YouTube video series by Star Wars Beyond the Films and Rebels Roundtable podcaster Nathan P. Butler. Launched in October 2012, the series is designed to examine Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, comics, and related materials in U.S. publication order. Part educational series, part showcase for a personal collection: all Star Wars Expanded Universe goodness.

FTSWL Ep. 139 - Prophets of the Dark Side

FTSWL Ep. 138 - Queen of the Empire

FTSWL Ep. 137 - Mission from Mount Yoda

FTSWL Ep. 136 – Zorba the Hutt’s Revenge

FTSWL Ep. 135 - The Lost City of the Jedi

FTSWL Ep. 134 - The Glove of Darth Vader

FTSWL Ep. 133 - Dark Force Rising

FTSWL Ep. 132 - Dark Empire

FTSWL Ep. 131 - Heir to the Empire

FTSWL Supplement 6 – The Dark Times (1988 – 1991)

FTSWL Supplement 5 – The Roleplaying Games

FTSWL Supplement 4 – Spanish Ewoks and Droids

FTSWL Interlude 11 - Imperial Troop Transporter Booklet

FTSWL Interlude 10 - Contemporary Motivators

FTSWL Interlude 9 – Marvel UK Ewoks Annual (1988)

FTSWL Interlude 8 - Blind Fury

FTSWL Interlude 7 - The Flight of the Falcon

FTSWL Interlude 6 - Rust Never Sleeps

FTSWL Interlude 5 - Dark Lord’s Conscience

FTSWL Interlude 4 - Tilotny Throws a Shape

FTSWL Interlude 3 - Dark Knight’s Devilry

FTSWL Interlude 2 - The Pandora Effect

FTSWL Interlude 1 - Death Masque

FTSWL Ep. 130 - Star Wars 3-D 3

FTSWL Ep. 129 – Star Wars 3-D 2

FTSWL Ep. 128 - Star Wars 3-D 1

FTSWL Ep. 127 – Marvel Ewoks 14

FTSWL Ep. 126 – Marvel Ewoks 13

FTSWL Ep. 125 – Marvel Ewoks 12

FTSWL Ep. 124 - Marvel Droids 6 – 8

FTSWL Ep. 123 – Marvel Ewoks 11

FTSWL Ep. 122 – Marvel Droids 5

FTSWL Ep. 121 – Marvel Droids 4 and Ewoks 10

FTSWL Ep. 120 – Marvel Ewoks 9

FTSWL Ep. 119 – Marvel Star Wars 107

FTSWL Ep. 118 – Marvel Droids 3

FTSWL Ep. 117 – Marvel Ewoks 8

FTSWL Ep. 116 – Marvel Droids 2

FTSWL Ep. 115 – Marvel Ewoks 7

FTSWL Ep. 114 – Marvel Droids 1

FTSWL Ep. 113 – Marvel Ewoks 6

FTSWL Ep. 112 – Marvel Star Wars 104 – 106

FTSWL Ep. 111 – Marvel Ewoks 5

FTSWL Ep. 110 – Marvel Star Wars 103

FTSWL Ep. 109 – Marvel Star Wars 102

FTSWL Ep. 108 – Marvel Ewoks 4

FTSWL Ep. 107 – Marvel Star Wars 101

FTSWL Ep. 106 – Marvel Star Wars 100

FTSWL Ep. 105 – Marvel Ewoks 3

FTSWL Ep. 104 – Marvel Star Wars 99

FTSWL Ep. 103 – Marvel Star Wars 98

FTSWL Ep. 102 – Marvel Ewoks 2

FTSWL Ep. 101 – Marvel Ewoks 1

FTSWL Ep. 100 – Marvel Star Wars 95 – 97

FTSWL Ep. 99 – Marvel Star Wars 94

FTSWL Ep. 98 – Marvel Star Wars 93

FTSWL Ep. 97 – Marvel Star Wars 92

FTSWL Ep. 96 – Marvel Star Wars 91

FTSWL Ep. 95 – Marvel Star Wars 90

FTSWL Ep. 94 – Marvel Star Wars 89

FTSWL Ep. 93 – Marvel Star Wars 88

FTSWL Ep. 92 – Marvel Star Wars 87

FTSWL Ep. 91 – Marvel Star Wars 86

FTSWL Ep. 90 – Marvel Star Wars 85

FTSWL Ep. 89 - The Final Trap

FTSWL Ep. 88 – Marvel Star Wars 84

FTSWL Ep. 87 – Marvel Star Wars 83

FTSWL Ep. 86 - Showdown

FTSWL Ep. 85 – Marvel Star Wars 82

FTSWL Ep. 84 - Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka

FTSWL Ep. 83 – Marvel Star Wars 81

FTSWL Ep. 82 - A New Beginning

FTSWL Ep. 81 – Marvel Star Wars 80

FTSWL Ep. 80 - Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon

FTSWL Ep. 79 – Marvel Star Wars 79

FTSWL Ep. 78 – Marvel Star Wars Annual 3

FTSWL Ep. 77 – Marvel Star Wars 78

FTSWL Ep. 76 - The Paradise Detour

FTSWL Ep. 75 – Marvel Star Wars 77

FTSWL Ep. 74 - Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu

FTSWL Ep. 73 - Return of the Jedi Comic Adaptation

FTSWL Ep. 72 - Return of the Jedi Novelization

FTSWL Ep. 71 - Race for Survival

FTSWL Ep. 70 – Marvel Star Wars 74 – 76

FTSWL Ep. 69 – Marvel Star Wars 73

FTSWL Ep. 68 - Doom Mission

FTSWL Ep. 67 – Marvel Star Wars 70 – 72

FTSWL Ep. 66 - Revenge of the Jedi

FTSWL Ep. 65 – Marvel Star Wars 68 – 69

FTSWL Ep. 64 - Iceworld

FTSWL Ep. 63 - Marvel Illustrated Books: Star Wars 2

FTSWL Ep. 62 – Marvel Star Wars 67

FTSWL Ep. 61 - The Power Gem

FTSWL Ep. 60 – Marvel Star Wars 65 – 66

FTSWL Ep. 59 – Marvel Star Wars Annual 2

FTSWL Supplement 3 – Marvel UK Series

FTSWL Supplement 2 – What is Classic Star Wars?

FTSWL Ep. 58 – Marvel Star Wars 64

FTSWL Ep. 57 - The Return of Ben Kenobi

FTSWL Ep. 56 – Marvel Star Wars 61 – 63

FTSWL Ep. 55 - The Night Beast

FTSWL Ep. 54 – Marvel Star Wars 60

FTSWL Ep. 53 - Traitor’s Gambit

FTSWL Ep. 52 – Marvel Star Wars 58 – 59

FTSWL Ep. 51 - Deadly Reunion

FTSWL Ep. 50 - Marvel Illustrated Books: Star Wars 1

FTSWL Ep. 49 – Marvel Star Wars 56 – 57

FTSWL Ep. 48 – Marvel Star Wars 55

FTSWL Ep. 47 - The Serpent Masters

FTSWL Ep. 46 – Marvel Star Wars 53 – 54

FTSWL Ep. 45 – Marvel Star Wars 51 – 52

FTSWL Ep. 44 - Darth Vader Strikes

FTSWL Ep. 43 – Marvel Star Wars 50

FTSWL Ep. 42 – Marvel Star Wars 49

FTSWL Ep. 41 – Marvel Star Wars 48

FTSWL Ep. 40 - The Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell

FTSWL Ep. 39 – Marvel Star Wars 47

FTSWL Ep. 38 – Marvel Star Wars 46

FTSWL Ep. 37 – Marvel Star Wars 45

FTSWL Ep. 36 - Han Solo at Stars’ End Comic Adaptation

FTSWL Ep. 35 - Han Solo and the Lost Legacy

FTSWL Ep. 34 - Planet of Kadril

FTSWL Ep. 33 - The Frozen World of Ota

FTSWL Ep. 32 – The Empire Strikes Back Comic Adaptation (Marvel Star Wars 39 – 44)

FTSWL Ep. 31 - As Long as We Live

FTSWL Ep. 30 - The Empire Strikes Back Novelization

FTSWL Ep. 29 – Marvel Star Wars 38

FTSWL Ep. 28 – Marvel Star Wars 35 – 37

FTSWL Ep. 27 - Bring Me the Children

FTSWL Ep. 26 - The Second Kessel Run

FTSWL Ep. 25 – Marvel Star Wars Annual 1

FTSWL Ep. 24 - Princess Leia, Imperial Servant

FTSWL Ep. 23 – Han Solo’s Revenge

FTSWL Ep. 22 – Marvel Star Wars 31 – 34

FTSWL Ep. 21 - Tatooine Sojourn

FTSWL Ep. 20 – Marvel Star Wars 30

FTSWL Ep. 19 - The Kashyyyk Depths

FTSWL Ep. 18 – Marvel Star Wars 29

FTSWL Ep. 17 – Marvel Star Wars 28

FTSWL Ep. 16 – Marvel Star Wars 27

FTSWL Ep. 15 – Han Solo at Stars’ End (novel)

FTSWL Ep. 14 – Marvel Star Wars 25 – 26

FTSWL Ep. 13 – The Constancia Affair

FTSWL Ep. 12 – Gambler’s World

FTSWL Ep. 11 – Marvel Star Wars 24

FTSWL Ep. 10 – Marvel Star Wars 18 – 23

FTSWL Ep. 9 – Marvel Star Wars 17

FTSWL Ep. 8 – Marvel Star Wars 16

FTSWL Ep. 7 – The Kingdom of Ice

FTSWL Ep. 6 – The Keeper’s World

FTSWL Ep. 5 – Marvel Star Wars 11 – 15

FTSWL Ep. 4 - Splinter of the Mind’s Eye (novel)

FTSWL Ep. 3 – Marvel Star Wars 7 – 10

FTSWL Ep. 2 - A New Hope Comic Adaption (Marvel Star Wars 1 – 6)

FTSWL Ep. 1 - A New Hope Novelization

FTSWL Supplement 1: Nate’s Library

FTSWL Ep. 0 – Introduction

The First Time I Saw The Clone Wars

I’ll never forget. It was 2008, and I really wanted to see the season 1 premiere of Star Wars: the Clone Wars.

This was at a time in my life when Star Wars had just come back on to my radar as a result of my discovery of the online fan community. Specifically, my discovery of the podcast that the Galaxy listens to, the Forcecast, (now Rebelforce Radio.) The idea of Star Wars returning to, even the small screen, was something that excited me very much at that time.


Little did I know that a mere four years, and some change later, I would be podcasting about the return of Star Wars to the big screen (but that’s a story for another day.) Sadly, I was presented with a problem. I didn’t have cable television.

No Cartoon Network, no nothing. In fact, I had no idea that they would even post them to,  so I was faced with a great dilemma. There are times in one’s life when one is faced with a great and terrible choice that will forever alter the destiny of said individual. Now in that young teenagers mind, the choice of how to watch the Clone Wars may have posed a possibly similar and equally confusing dilemma. But I was desperate, & I was also resourceful.

Not having a driver’s license at the time, I personally didn’t have any way to travel to a place that might air the episodes, but I did know of such a location. That location was the “game room” on the Bryan College campus in Dayton Tennessee.

Fast forward a few hours: my plan had formulated, & I was ready to execute. There I sat in the passenger seat of the family minivan on my way to the Bryan College campus to watch the premiere episode entitled: “Ambush” with my far too gracious and understanding, dearly beloved mother, who graciously gave me a ride to watch Yoda disperse his great wisdom to those clones in that first episode.


I would never look back.

-Riley Blanton

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Ewok Love is Everywhere


I can remember a time when the Ewoks were a species that no on really liked in Star Wars fandom. However, these days it seems that to find someone who does not like the Ewoks is rather difficult. I have been pondering how this change occurred and it dawned on me thanks to my friend Aaron Goins that the kids who loved the Ewoks are now adults. When you are a kid you don’t have as loud of a voice as when you are and adult and that is an injustice in and of itself. These days though since we are all the kids who loved the Ewoks we use our blogs, podcast voices, social media voices to spread our love for Ewoks.

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A December Release for Episode VII is a Good Thing

I realize that many Star Wars fans were not exactly thrilled that the release date for Episode VII was pushed back to Dec. 2015, but I, for one, actually find quite a few reasons to be pleased with the new release date.

1. The family oriented nature of the release date. I really like the idea of families making a holiday tradition out of seeing a new Star Wars movie on the big screen. The very idea of mere weeks before Christmas, getting together with family, and traveling to the movie theater to escape to that galaxy far far away is very appealing to me.

2. There’s no longer is this “Avengers cloud.” I’ll be honest. I always thought that Avengers 2 and Star Wars had to be released in separate time periods, but now that Disney has made the announcement, I do find some kind of relief, now that there is no kind of overlap. This will make for full Financial competition with other franchises outside of the Disney umbrella and prevent from Disney competing against their own dollars, even slightly.

3. A final thing that I think is really good about the December release date is simply giving the creative team more time. Ever since they first announced the 2015 release date when Disney first purchased Lucasfilm, I felt that it was a very short amount of time to produce a top-quality Star Wars film. I think that Star Wars fans everywhere can be reassured that the creative team behind Episode VII has more time to get it right.

Episode VII

The more I think about it, the happier I am about a December 2015 release date.

-Riley Blanton