A CHESSY!!! intro, a droid balancing on a soccer ball! and an inefficient lightsaber! Let’s just say, I am furtherly more disappointed with the upcoming Star Wars film. I mean even the title, “The Force Awakens,” screams “sequel,” not an original idea. (Additionally, how can the Force “awaken” when it’s omniconscious? constantly shifting events, keeping itself in balance. For it was the Force that impregnated Shmi Skywalker with Anakin/Darth Vader to create balance, by defeating Darth Sidious on the second Death Star, and sadly, by nearly wiping out the Jedi, to counteract Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious tipping the balance of the Force in favor of the Darkside through a Sith ritual (Star Wars: Darth Plagueis), and by dethroning the Jedi Order, which had enjoyed a thousand year reign of light.) “But J. J. Abrams is directing it, no worries.” Did you watch Star Trek: Into Darkness? It was terrible! Also take note that nowhere in the logo does is says “Episode VII.” And why does the trailer focus on the younger stars? Showing a clip of the Millennium Falcon instead of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, or Harrison Ford.
(For those who are unaware, yes, a black Stormtrooper is possible. Though some of the Stormtroopers were clones, many more of them were human males who were drafted into the Empire throughout the galaxy. And, it is sad that this particular issue is one of the biggest disputes of the trailer.)
Disney is renowned for using creative license; Elsa being a family-friendly princess in Frozen, instead of being the child kidnapper–the Snow Queen in Hans Christen Anderson’s novel–which inspired the White Witch of Narnia–is a prime example of this. There is a reason that Disney’s “family friendly” fairy tales are more well-known than their darker originals. Disney knows how to manage a business, and how to use creative license to mark their identity, which can be seen from the extent that they went to utilize their license for the upcoming Star Wars film.
For over the last 35 years, the Star Wars universe has grown and flourished through books, video games, and comic books. Though there are some inconsistencies (as there are with any large work) great effort has been spent to maintain the fluidity of Star Wars so that nothing contradicts the films or other works in the expanded universe. April 2014 unraveled this, the care and hard work that has been put into years of forging the history, story-line, the universe of Star Wars, for Disney declared that all the expanded universe to be relabeled as Star Wars Legends, giving Disney the [ability] “freedom” to create their own universe and the ability to disregard the expanded universe in one fell swoop; the insecure Disney had to delete, so that they could feel confident enough to create their own stories. This means that Darth Bane, Grand Admiral Thrawn, the resurrection of Emperor Palpatine [which was a Lucas’ idea], the Yuuzhan Vong War (the time period in which The Force Awakens is announced to take place in), and Darth Caedus are merely invisible shadows that Disney can choose to acknowledge if they so wish, or to ignore. True, Lucas himself stated that he never considered the expanded universe as canon; however, do not actions speak louder than words? And Lucas’ actions shout that he did in fact have an attachment to these other sources: allowing the expanded universe to be created in the first place, establishing a team to keep the universe congruent, stamping his logo on these books, games, and comics; and enforcing that an author must have his consent to make a major change–ex. killing a main character, such as Chewbacca (Star Wars: Vector Prime). Lucas also wrote an introduction for Star Wars: Splinter’s of the Mind’s Eyes in 1996, “After Star Wars was released, it became apparent that my story—however many films it took to tell—was only one of thousands that could be told about the characters who inhabit its galaxy. But these were not stories that I was destined to tell. Instead, they would spring from the imagination of other writers, inspired by the glimpse of a galaxy that Star Wars provided. Today, it is an amazing, if unexpected, legacy of Star Wars that so many gifted writers are contributing new stories to the Saga.”
The six films, the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and now Star Wars: Rebels, are considered the only canon of Star Wars, as well as all future movies, books, video games, and comics under Disney, unless otherwise noted, such as Star Wars: A New Dawn (do not get me started on the title), which was published on September 2, 2014–a prequel to introduce Rebels. All other books that preceded Disney’s hostile takeover, or were in the making, are now being printed with a “LEGENDS” banner stamped on the cover. Large Shelly Shapiro, the Editor of Del Ray’s publishing, defends this decision with this cute quote:
“Well first of all, we don’t want to just disappear stuff that everybody read and loved – including myself. Legends are things that are often told over generations so they’re not… they change constantly with the telling, so you can’t actually attribute an author to any particular one. Often it wasn’t someone who was actually there. You can go back to any of the legends… they’re pretty sure there was a ‘King Arthur,’ but most of the stories probably did not happen. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t kernels of truth in it.
“Even though they would no longer be part of a Star Wars official history, they’re still stories that mean something, and they can mean something to you, even if they didn’t ‘happen.’ That they are legends. And legends are big, and legends are exciting, and legends are special, and you can read them, and tell them, and love them. And then we also read history, and we retell that, and love it, and that gets retold until it’s a legend too.
“So that’s why we called it Legends… So it wouldn’t get shoved off too far to the side, and treated like it never happened.”
In other words, “You can still enjoy the expanded universe as silly fan-fiction, fairy tales, kid stories, but leave the history of Star Wars to Disney. They’re professional storytellers who know how to tell any story better than you.”
And of course Rebels, a Disney monstrosity, would be considered new canon for this universe, though the series itself is even more kiddish, in: effects, characters, and story-line, than The Clone Wars, and is . . . not good:
Mandalorians and Jedis have always had a shaky relationship. Though there are some positive Mandalorian-Jedi relationships, such as Caderous Ordo and Revan (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic; Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan), they are rare and roughly established, usually through a plethora of combat, and yet there is at the moment, no back story in the cartoon to the unshaky relationship between Sabine and Kanan (though there may be an . . . “explanation” in Star Wars: A New Dawn). Furthermore, it is yet to be official, but it appears that the symbol of the Rebel Alliance is going to be credited to Sabine’s graffiti phoenix that she tags onto Imperial property, instead of the family crest of Starkiller, which was earlier established in The Force Unleashed.
Needless to say, I am sad, angry, and hurt to see how Disney is tainting a good story/something that I have loved throughout the years, that I have grown up with, my childhood . . . so that their fingerprints may be seen. . . .
“[L]ike you said just another case of business; Disney marketing and ruining another story to fit their budget. They don’t see fandoms and established story. They see $.”-James Cody Kittler