The story of Star Wars is usually told from the perspective of the heroes and that has left many questions for fans as to why someone would willingly join the Empire or what was the populace response to the the changing of the guard from Republic to Empire and finally many of those answers are coming to light though the new canon novels.
In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Rebel Scum Bruce Gibson, John Mills and Mike Schindler to talk Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars. We discuss our first impressions, the Imperial point of view, the character, the canon, comparisons, wrapping up with our final thoughts and ratings.
Originally posted as The 602 Club S9: Imperial Hunger Games
As Return of the Jedi faded from theaters in late 1983, Star Wars fans entered what would become known as the “Dark Times.” Toys began disappearing from the shelves and slowly Star Wars faded into the cultural zeitgeist.
Before faint whispers about Special Editions and Prequels, Heir to the Empire awakened a hunger for Star Wars that had been just under the geek surface for years. It was the first book to be licensed by Lucasfilm to continue the story after Return of the Jedi. Bringing back Luke, Leia and Han as well as introducing us to Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Talon Karrde, and a plethora of others who would become staples of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, cemented Timothy Zahn, for fans, as the second coming of George Lucas.
The SWEU flourished with varied success over the 23 years it ran, ending when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that the EU would be reorganized in the Legends line and a new official run of canon books and comics would be forthcoming.
In this episode, Matthew Rushing is joined by intrepid Rebels Bruce Gibson, Darren Moser, and John Mills to talk about Star Wars Aftermath. We discuss the old SWEU and the the new canon, a new hope, characters, small cameos, things we liked, ask a question, the Amazon issue and wrap up with ratings and final thoughts.
Originally published as The 602 Club 47: We’ll Always Have Endor
Force Friday saw not only the release of Star Wars toys, but also the release of some Star Wars books. In this episode, Jedi Masters Matthew Rushing and John Mills dive into some of these. We talk about Weapon of the Jedi about Luke, Moving Target, which is Leia’s story, and Smuggler’s Run, a Han and Chewie adventure. While each one of these books takes place in the Original Trilogy era they each include clues to the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. As we dissect each book we look for the clues as well as consider how each story adds to the canon knowledge of Luke, Leia and Han, ending with our final thoughts and ratings.
Originally published as The 602 Club S8: How to Add to Canon.