Expanded Universe fanboys all over the globe have breathed a collective sigh of relief.
It’s been nearly a year since director J. J. Abrams has announced that STAR WARS EPISODE 7 will feature an entirely new story, not dependent on the very clunky, very bizarre tales of the Expanded Universe. Since that time, a very annoyed, very pimply hoard of vociferou EU diehards have let their ire be known. They love the EU. The many books, comics, and video games that have carried on the original Star Wars Trilogy’s legacy (becauseThe Prequels sure as hell didn’t).
But I’ve gotta be honest for one teeny, tiny moment. I love the EU tales as much as the next guy. Next to the Original Trilogy, they’re some of the of the best Star Wars stories around. But they’re also some of the worst.
Think about it. Most of these tales completely bastardize the original movies, as each writer and/or creative team dares to construct something as majestic as the Tragedy of Darth Vader. But when you have hundreds of tales, all struggling to achieve that same sort of “epicness”, you’re bound to get shit. Not only does every new attempt dilute the original spectacle of Episode IV-VI, but they’re all just sorta… pathetic, really.
How many Clone Emperors, Force-resistent aliens, and Dark Jedi can one universe spawn?
Well, the Expanded Universe did achieve a few high moments, especially with their character creations. Mara Jade, Luke Skywalker’s baby’s momma, is chief among these awesome new additions. And guess what? J. J. Abrams wants to use that badass ginger in STAR WARS EPISODE 7. That’s right. The biggest, most badass lady Jedi in the New Republic is headed to the silver screen.
Sure, sure, take a moment. Let it all seep in. Let in marinade into your geeky bones.
Good to go?
Apparently Mara Jade will first be introduced in Star Wars Rebels (set between Episode III and Episode IV), the new animated television show from LucasFilms. Since Episode 7 is set 30 years after the Battle of Yavin, Mara Jade could easily be 60 years old by the time we see her in cinemas, so it’s best to illuminate her shady past as an assassin.