If you haven’t heard by now, Disney, which recently acquired the Star Wars franchise, decided to officially nix all of the Star Wars expanded universe content.
Now the only stories considered canon are those told by the six main films and The Clone Wars animated TV series. So essentially Disney did away with about 30 years of Star Wars content including books, comic books and… video games. While I was never deep into the expanded universe content, nor am I really upset about the whole situation, I thought it might be fun to do some research and find out just who Disney put out to pasture from the perspective of someone who never knew they existed.
From what I can tell, Jacen Solo is the Joffrey Baratheon of the Star Wars Universe, except a touch smarter. The Spawn of Han and Leia, Jacen, once a Jedi Knight, turns sour after looking too deep into The Force. He takes the name Darth Caedus and ambitiously wrests control of the Galactic Alliance. Notably, Jacen kills Luke Skywalker's wife, Mara Jade, but ultimately falls at the hands of his twin sister, Jaina Solo.
Mara Jade Skywalker
Once the Hand of Emperor Palpatine, Mara Jade’s last command from the Empire is to kill Luke Skywalker. Long story short, she falls for Luke’s sandy brown do and they marry. She reforms, does some great things as a Jedi Master and remains a fan favorite. Known for her composure and skill, Mara Jade triumphs over the advances of Lando Calrissian. Bless her heart.
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Speaking of fan favorites, everyone seems to really like this guy. As a Chiss (pale blue skin and red eyes), he is the only non-human to become Grand Admiral of the Imperial Fleet. Contrary to his peer, Darth Vader, Thrawn leads by encouraging creativity and initiative. Fiercely intelligent, this popular baddy will always be known as a mastermind tactician. He trounces the Rebellion in several unlikely victories before being betrayed by his own bodyguard.
This fella actually coexists with Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine. Outside of the films, he is Vader's competitor, vying for Imperial favor (unofficially) via his Black Sun criminal syndicate. He attempts to woo Leia, who, thanks to Chewbacca, only briefly falls for it. Mystery surrounds Xizor's whereabouts after Vader orders the destruction of his skyhook.
Get this! Sal-Solo is sort of like the bizarro Han Solo. As his first cousin, he looks the same, talks the same and has a similar infamous reputation ‘round the galaxy (prior to Han’s achievements). He eventually rises to power through familial and political connections. Tragically, he often finds himself just existing in the shadow of his more popular cousin. This, in tandem with lots of politics, leads Thrackan to place a bounty on Han and his family. Eventually Han and (believe it or not) Boba Fett join forces to pump Sal-Solo full of lead. They do.
To an outsider, this is all fascinating stuff. Unfortunately we have to bid farewell, for now.
We can only hope those who dedicated years immersing themselves in the Expanded Universe are rewarded by Disney through cameos and nods to the lore of yore.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Expanded Universe? Did Disney make the right decision? Let us know in the comments below.