It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. I’ve haven’t been this excited about the Saga since I was a five year-old playing with my action figures in the day care sand box. (My little buddies had the sand speeder and Luke Skywalker. I had C-3PO and R2-D2. Do you know how quickly the stickers and paint peeled off those guys back in the day? Sand and water puddles were not your friends.)
Here are the top reasons why I’m so excited about the future of Star Wars, and you should be, too:
Episode VII: Three new Star Wars films (plus talks about spin-offs, television series and more) is a no-brainer. I keep reading that the people in charge are talking about getting back to practical effects and real location shoots. Back to fundamentals, guys. Back to the fundamentals.
Video Games: Now that we’ve got Star Wars back on the move again, maybe we’ll see some more video games! I just saw a teaser for a new Star Wars: Battlefront game. I can’t wait to don that white Stormtrooper armor and give that Rebel scum a taste of my E-11 blaster rifle. Oh, and maybe a new Star Wars: Tie Fighter Pilot game would be nice. (Yeah, I play Empire! Wanna fight about it?)
Empire and Rebellion: This trilogy of novels set just after the destruction of the first Death Star will feature Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, and Han Solo at their scrappy best. They’re heroes, now, but they aren’t untouchable. Luke is still learning to become a Jedi. Princess Leia is transitioning to a leadership role in the Rebellion. Although they’re starting to become move involved in the Rebellion, Han and Chewie are still smuggling and doing their level best to make a few credits where they can. While I like the other eras of the Saga, the events of the Rebellion are game-changers. The first book, Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge, finds Princess Leia dealing with a group of Alderaanian pirates who blame her for what happened to their planet. Talk about a “diplomatic mission!”
John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi: Star Wars: I always wondered what kept Obi-Wan Kenobi busy on Tattooine, and what led everyone to think he was a “crazy old man.” In Kenobi, I’m going to find out. Miller said that the novel is written from the perspective of the residents of Tattooine… including the Tusken Raiders. Getting behind the mask of a Tusken is just a major bonus for me. I always get my picture taken with Tusken cosplayers when I go to conventions. I’ve always loved those guys. (Fact: One of my coworkers at a job I had in college got written up for stepping onto the sales floor with a mop over his head and making the Tusken Raider battle cry.)
The fans: The kids who grew up with the Prequels are going to be teenagers when Episode VII arrives: A prime time for geekery. This new generation is bound to keep things fresh and unpredictable with cool cosplay, fan films and more good stuff. (We’re counting on you, but “Don’t get cocky, kid!”)