A moment of silence to honor the passing of the Star Wars Extended Universe...
Ok, now then: with Disney taking over the Star Wars universe with the transparent intent to exploit, expand and market it in every way conceivable, diehard fans of the Extended Universe--the collection of books, video games, toys, stories, comics and the like which originally populated the gaps left before, after and during the movies--mourn the loss of some of their favorite tales of the galaxy far, far away.
But there is hope! Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy has said that elements of the former EU (now known as the Legacy stories) might trickle into the new tales and become canon again. Some of it already remains: the prequel films and the Clone Wars TV series cherry picked from the EU, making planets like Coruscant and characters like the Nightsisters legit. Since Clone Wars remains canon, more bits of the EU might survive than first assumed.
Regardless, plenty of tales from the Extended Universe warrant revisiting in some form or another, and in case anyone from Lucasfilm or Disney is reading this right now (you know who you are, and so do we!) here are some friendly suggestions as to elements of the Extended Universe that should turn up in future Star Wars stories, or at least become canon again.
11 Leia Organa, Jedi Badass
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of The Force Awakens found beloved action heroine Princess--now General--Leia Organa Solo relegated to standing around in a bunker repeating the words of her subordinates with an officious tone. Given her family and Force sensitivity, she would have an obligation to study the ways of the Force, and become a Jedi. In the original EU, Leia tactfully studies the Force and becomes a powerful Jedi in her own right.
10 Kyle Katarn
9 Grand Admiral Thrawn
7 Prince Xizor
6 Mount Tantiss
5 The Coruscant Senate
4 The Yavin Academy
3 Clone Jedi
2 The Further Adventures of Boba Fett
1 Mara Jade
Despite never appearing in any Star Wars film or TV series, Mara Jade actually became one of the most popular characters in the entire saga. Perhaps no single element of the EU is more missed than Mara, the ginger-headed rogue Jedi, and if one character deserves to be restored in the new continuity, it's Ms. Jade. Given the time that has passed between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Disney wouldn't have to repeat the stories from the EU either. Rather, the films could simply introduce Mara as Luke's wife (and likely Rey's mother) as an already in-training pupil of Luke's, and another terrific badass woman to add to the Star Wars roster. Then again, actress Laura Dern has joined the cast of the yet-untitled Episode VII, so maybe the House of Mouse has a similar idea!
The publications and games chronicling the now-defunct EU are, of course, still widely available for fans to explore as they eagerly wait for the next adventures in the Star Wars galaxy. Still, given the millions of dollars it generated over the years--in part, making the property a valuable investment for Disney--it should not be ignored. The new movies offer a chance to extract and refine the best elements of the EU for integration into canon, and Disney would be foolish not to take up the challenge.
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