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Dark Times and The Force Awakens

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As of the time I’m writing this we are 31 days away from the release of The Force Awakens and the beginning of the sequel era for Star Wars.  Looking back over the last 20 years of Star Wars it’s amazing to see how much Star Wars has changed.

After the release of Attack of the Clones in 2002, George Lucas was giving many interviews explaining how Episode III would be the end of the saga.  Since the mid 90’s, we had come out of the dark times of the 80’s and been enjoying new Star Wars content on a regular basis. I wasn’t ready to give all that up again and once more let Star Wars drift into the background.  I couldn’t imagine a world without new Star Wars.

It’s such a strange concept now to think of a world without Star Wars, but in 2002 it felt like it could be a real possibility. In order to stave that off and prolong the Star Wars story as much as possible, I actually decided to stop reading the Expanded Universe novels. This was right as the New Jedi Order was kicking into motion. To this day, I still haven’t finished anything beyond book 6 of the NJO.


This feeling of Star Wars ending stuck with me even after I joined the 501st in 2008. At the time, I felt like I was joining the group after they had peaked with the Rose Parade celebration in 2007. My feeling was that this would be a fun ride for a few years and then Star Wars would slowly drift away as other things came up to take it’s place in the geek pantheon.

How little did I know? Since then Star Wars has only gotten bigger with each passing year. Clone Wars came and broke the mold for an animated series. The 501st Legion and other club memberships continue to grow each year.

Now, 3 years after the Disney & Lucasfilm merger we have not one, but 5 new films slated for release over the course of the next 5 years, and who knows how much more beyond that. As Star Wars gets bigger and the excitement for the future of the saga grows, it gets harder and harder to ever imagine a return to those dark times of the 80’s. At least I know I’ll have plenty of Star Wars books to read if that should happen again.

Top 5 Anakin Moments- TWL #149

WampasLair_SquareKarl and Jason are joined by special guest Chris Smith of the Sarlacc Pit Podcast as they hit on the news about the saga films continuing the Skywalker story, the rumors about Hayden Christenson’s return to SW, and their Top 5 Anakin Skywalker scenes in the saga!

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Attack of the Clones Commentary- TWL #148

WampasLair_SquareKarl and Jason continue their Journey to the Force Awakens with their audio commentary series in the Machete Order with Episode II: Attack of the Clones!


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Bridging the Gaps in the Saga


With the release of the new novel Aftermath, we have begun the journey to The Force Awakens.  This is a multi-part plan to tell the story of what happened after the destruction of the Death Star over Endor and ultimately set the stage for The Force Awakens.

This is not the first bridge story that we have in Star Wars.  The Clone Wars animated show expertly bridged the three-year gap between the events of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, telling us the story of a galaxy at war during the tumultuous Clone Wars.  Following in the wake of the Clone Wars we have the new animated show Rebels and the comic book, Kanan.  Rebels explores the rise of the Empire and builds into the events of A New Hope.  While, Kanan gives us the story immediately following the events of Revenge of the Sith and Order 66.

However, there is still one large area of the timeline that is yet unexplored in the new canon and was not well touched upon in the Legends era Expanded Universe either, the 10 year gap between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.  This era seems rife with stories to tell, but there are only a few that have been told.  It strikes me as odd to leave such a large stretch of the story untold.  The Legends era only had 3 novels and the Scholastic Jedi Apprentice series to cover those 10 years worth of story.  The current canon has no stories about the Jedi’s reaction to the Sith’s return, or what adventures a young Obi-wan Kenobi and his new padawan Anakin Skywalker went on together.


I know these are stories that I want to hear.  I want to see Obi-wan training the young Skywalker, his successes, and his failures.  What adventures bonded the two and what threatened to tear them apart?  When did the Jedi begin their search for Darth Sidious?  Were there clues on Naboo to lead them in their search?  How did they react to the death of Qui-Gon Jinn?  What changes did Palpatine make in the Senate?  What more can we learn about Syfo-Dias, Count Dooku and the clones?

I’m sure that Lucasfilm has a plan to tell stories in that corner of the timeline.  However, it will most likely be several years before we see anything since the current focus is moving away from the prequel era and on to the original and sequel trilogies.  From a business standpoint, of course, this makes perfect sense.  That is the era where the future movies will be set, and let’s not forget that Star Wars first and foremost is a film franchise.

As a fan, I can hope that Lucasfilm will make plans to explore every part of the Star Wars timeline, past, present and future.

Underrated Moments- TWL #146

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