Expanded Universes

I need to get this off my chance. I’ve been confronted by people who chew me out about things regarding expanded universes in franchises like Aliens and Terminator and Star Wars. People giving me crap about how what’s canon and what’s not, like how Disney threw out the original expanded universe or your theory is wrong because the novelization says this. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that expanded universes are never canon. The next movie will always retcon it. Studios don’t research every piece of medium of their franchise and say “we can’t do this totally awesome thing, because it contradicts this book that very little people have read” it doesn’t work that way.

I mean case and point, the Aliens comic books that were released after Aliens showed the further adventures of Newt, Hicks, and Ripley, which inspired my stories. But Alien3 came out said that Newt and Hicks died, and they reprinted the books with different names, Newt became Billie and Hicks became Wilks. Cheap. See, they didn’t research those comics and say “we can’t kill off Ripley, Newt, and Hicks because it contradicts these comic books.” See, they have never cared and never will, which is why expanded universes have never mattered and never will.

Not to say they’re bad stories, they’re all great stories, but you shouldn’t write them as canon, because once the next movie comes out, they’re gonna pretend they never happened.

One guy I knew threw a shit fit because Robert Rodriguez said he drew no inspiration from the Predator comic books when he produced Predators. Excuse him for only wanting to go by the movie, the only thing he felt anyone should draw inspiration from.

Continuity is subjective these days. Some people don’t like the new canon that Disney has established when they bought Star Wars. But guess what, I don’t care. I never read those books, I only go by the movies. I have a system, I only go by Good and Official. Expanded Universes can be Good, but they’re not movies, so they’re not Official. Only the movies are Official, but if they’re not Good, then I don’t consider them canon. Like Alien and Aliens, they’re Good and Official, Alien3 is a movie so it’s Official, but it sucks, so it’s not canon in my opinion.

And novelizations aren’t canon, they’re the reverse of movies based on books. They don’t sync with each other, if they’re not in sync, then how do you consider them in the same continuity. This just so irritates me about people bitch at me about things regarding continuity. I only go by the good movies, nothing else.

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Force Ghosts

Lately I had been thinking about how in Star Wars whether we’ll see the ghosts of Obi-Wan or Yoda in the future Star Wars movies. Problem is, the Obi-Wan actor, Alec Guinness is dead and I don’t like the idea of replacing the Force Ghosts with their younger selves, don’t get me started on Hayden Christiansen replacing Sebastian Shaw at the end of Return of the Jedi. I even heard that there was talk about him playing ghost Anakin in Force Awakens, so glad they didn’t do it though. But, how would we explain why these ghosts haven’t appeared in these new stories. I mean, they could use CG for Obi-Wan, “maybe”, but there’s a huge debate over whether they should and shouldn’t do that. But there is one way of explaining why the Force Ghosts haven’t appeared.

My brother had read some of the original Star Wars continuity,┬ásome of the Thrawn Trilogy at least. He explained that it began with Obi-Wan’s ghost telling Luke that this is the last he will see of him because his visits from the afterlife was only temporary and now he will never see him again, which made Luke wonder how could he continue without Obi-Wan’s guidance.

Maybe they could do that in the new trilogy, that we haven’t seen Obi-Wan or Anakin was because they’ve used up all their visits and can long see our heroes anymore. It would make sense to me and I think it’s probably best not to use CG, I mean they can do it if they want, I think it’s cool, but I would more likely try to avoid it. I mean, they already brought Thrawn from those books into the Rebels TV show, so they’re borrowing from the old continuity.

I mean, they can bring back Yoda, cause he’s a puppet or a CG alien and the voice of Yoda, Frank Oz is still alive.

Star Wars Clone Wars Continuity Correction

Previously I talked about how I didn’t understand how the Stormtroopers are not Clone Troopers. Cause I didn’t understand why the Empire would go from creating lots and lots of clones that are grown and are totally obedient to recruiting random people. Then the 3D Clone Wars series came out and said that they’re totally obedient because they Jango Fett was killed they didn’t have any more DNA to harvest and that changed it. But then, how did they betray their Jedi generals? Oh, they had a chip installed in their heads to make them turn on the Jedi when Order 66 was executed. All sound like a big copout.

But then, I remembered the old Star Wars Battlefront 2 game which actually had a better explanation as to why they stopped making clones. Was that after the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire, the Cloners didn’t agree with Empire, so they tried to rebel using their own clones against the Empire. During the attack, a lot of Cloners were killed pretty much destroying the cloning lab. And that’s why they switched from clones to recruiting. Again, that makes a lot more sense to me than all this copout shit like lack of DNA and chips installed in their brains.

But due to Star Wars being bought out by Disney, that was retconned. But, what are you gonna do, that’s why I never trusted expanded universes. But I’m just saying they’ve been using ideas from the expanded universe into the new one, like Thrawn. They could’ve easily put this idea into Clone Wars or Rebels.

How Rey Really Beat Kylo Ren

I heard people complain about this a lot and I wanna tell you the variables that allowed Rey to beat Kylo Ren in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

  1. Kylo Ren is a pussy. He’s a Sith wannabe. Sure, he’s been trained with a lightsaber by Luke Skywalker, but his anger clouds his judgment, he’s just so filled with anger that he can’t fight well.
  2. Rey was already skilled with a staff so she has some skill in fighting with a staffed weapon.
  3. Kylo Ren was injured badly when Chewbacca shot him, so that affected his fighting too.
  4. If you watch the movie, Rey is mostly avoiding him before she finally defeats him.
  5. This is a big one and it’s more like a “got lucky” thing. Obi-Wan in Star Wars (Episode IV) “A Jedi can fill the Force flowing through him” When Kylo Ren mentions the Force, Rey closes her eyes before she finally gets the strength to defeat him. Because she finally felt the Force flow through her, she embraced it, and that allowed her to defeat him. Basically, for that brief moment, the Force was on her side. But again, just for that moment, she got lucky.

So there, those are the five variables that allowed Rey to defeat Kylo Ren. Don’t like it? Still wanna be a stickler? Well, that’s how I see it and I’m sticking to it.

Empire: From Growing Clones to Recruiting

Here’s something I don’t get about the Star Wars movies. See, in Attack of the Clones, the Kaminos says that the Clones are “totally obedient, taking any order without question.” But then when the Empire took over, they stopped making Clones replacing them with Stormtroopers. I mean, for a long time, I had thought that the Stormtroopers were still Clones, which is why I was confused as to why George Lucas (along with his other stupid edits to the original movies) didn’t replace all the Stormtroopers voices with Jango Fett actor Temuera Morrison’s voice, like he did to Boba Fett in his (stupid) edit to Empire Strikes Back. But the point is, I don’t understand why the Empire would go from growing Clones who take any order without question to recruiting random people who could easily betray them. Then there were the animated shows like Clone Wars and Rebels, and all of sudden, they’re not so obedient. Stuff like Clone Troopers were traitors and deserters, that because they had to keep harvesting Jango Fett’s DNA, and after Mace Windu killed him, they had to make due with what they had left of. COPOUT! Why have that element of the Clones being obedient in the first place?

Star Wars: Snoke Theory

star-wars-force-awakens-snoke-leaderIt’s been a year since Force Awakens came out and Rogue One just came out, the Star Wars universe is about to get bigger and bigger. Force Awakens left us with a lot of questions, like “Who are Rey’s parents?” or “Who is Snoke and where did he come from?” A lot people feel Snoke just came out of nowhere, well first of all, I think the mystery of who Snoke is just as a mystery of who is the Emperor in (the first) Star Wars, he was mentioned but we never see him fully until Return of the Jedi. But again, who is he? I have a theory, I don’t think he’s Mace Windu or some stuff like that. My theory isn’t that he’s a character we’ve met before.

I think he’s an ancient Sith, dating back hundreds of years ago, farther back than Plagus and Palpatine. Before you argue, may I remind you that Yoda was like 900 years old and still kicking. That’s my theory, he’s a Sith Yoda. I mean, he does look old as shit, it’s possible that he could be as old as Yoda, kept alive all these years by the power of the Force.

But the question is, why has he been in hiding all these years? Maybe he was in league with Palpatine, but he betrayed him, because the Sith always betray each other, and he went into hiding like Yoda. If Yoda didn’t oppose him, why should he? But after the Emperor was finally killed, this was his perfect opportunity to step in and control the Empire.

I can’t wait to learn of who he really is. That’s what I like about him, I like the mystery and I’m sure they’ll blow our minds. Can’t wait, fingers crossed.

Personalism

I’m reminded of something we talked about in one of my film classes that my teaching mentor told me about. See, we were studying this film theorist who believed in personalism. My teacher described it in a film way by describing Kirk and Spock in Star Trek. In Star Trek, Kirk would always risk the lives of a lot to save someone else, Spock would always disagree, the classic line “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” But Kirk would always do something to save both. Some would even say that’s the philosophy of the Jedi in Star Wars. The Jedi wouldn’t risk the lives of everyone to save one or few lives.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Take Luke for example in Empire Strikes Back, Luke risked his own life, his training, and the potential to defeat the Empire to save his friends. Fact, if Luke had stayed behind, Lando would’ve saved Leia, Chewie, and 3P0 and they could’ve rescued Han later. And of course Luke didn’t come out on top. Or take the prequels for example, Anakin basically killed off all the Jedi to save Padme from dying, and we all know how that turned out. I also watched this game my brother played, Last of Us, where the only way to save the world from a bad infection was to sacrifice a little girl, so the main character saved her and lied to her to keep her alive. That also goes back to the age old question, of whether you can sacrifice few to save others, like in Watchmen or Cabin in the Woods.

Messed up philosophy. What’s your take on this?