2 years ago
The most interesting thing about the "old" Star Wars EU, to me, was the utter lunacy of some of it. Like, back before anyone really knew what they were doing with the franchise, and you had the pen-and-paper RPG makers adding things like freaky teddy bear-lookin' hive mind organisms that get smarter the more of them there are, or Star Dragons right out of a D&D campaign, or a 6-foot green carnivorous rabbit man.
It made the galaxy really feel like a GALAXY, because the tone, design and aesthetic of the constituent parts varied so wildly; it was so consistently inconsistent, and yet the glorious Uber-Nerds who wrote the handbooks and such found ways to make it all fit together.
I mean, between the comics, video games, RPGs, reference books, novels, short stories, TV shows, theme park rides, commercials, flash games, audio plays, trading cards, and... Oh, right, the FUCKING MOVIES, Star Wars had probably the most sprawling EU of any franchise.
The sheer balls it took to go "No, see, this shit is ALL CANON. Yes, even the Christmas Special" is genuinely admirable. Someone had to come up with an explanation for why Darth Vader's chest panel buttons were slightly different colors between movies, and you know what? They probably had a good time doing it.
The new EU is pretty cool thus far, but it's a little too 'clean' for me, y'know? You can tell Disney is going through it with a fine toothed comb to prevent things like this getting in: