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I have received e-mails and responses to my thoughts that I shared on Podcast Episode 13 “More Fun Than Sleeping in a Tauntaun” or “Chris Hothiceplanet Unleashed,” and being a man of the people I wanted to address them.
First, I have been made aware of all the stories that have post purge Jedi in them letting me know that more than Yoda and Obi-wan survived the purge. This I know. My problem with The Force Unleashed was not the fact that seven Jedi survived the purge. I know that there are dozens of Jedi that survived the purge. My problem was there were four post purge Jedi in one novel! No writer could cover four post purge Jedi to my satisfaction in a mere 300 pages. They are too rare in the post order 66 days to gloss over in twelve pages, which is what The Force Unleashed had to do because of space concerns. I wanted more. What has Shaak Ti been doing for a decade? Why is Paratus seemingly insane? How did Starkiller’s parents end up on Kashyyyk? There was just not enough space in one novel to cover this, so my issue was never the fact that there were this many Jedi survivors of the purge. My issue was this was too many post-purge Jedi for one novel to handle to my satisfaction.
Second, it had been brought to my attention several reasons why the Jedi were in hiding and not working together against the Empire, mainly Yoda’s message from the temple in Revenge of the Sith. Also, other points such as the Emperor could have more easily found a group of Jedi among others. I will say first that I could be wrong on this point. I always thought, and The Force Unleashed proved incorrectly, that the reason that the Jedi never regrouped was the loss of communication. The Jedi hid to escape order 66, and then on single planets across the galaxy, the surviving Jedi did not know where to look for other Jedi, the Empire controlled the Holonet, and they just could not connect through a loss of communication. Well, The Force Unleashed shows us that at least some Jedi were in contact with one another, and with my preconceived notion blown away, I may have overreacted. I was so shocked that the Jedi were in contact with one another that I may have been uncomfortable with this issue based solely on the fact that what I thought was the case was not. The Empire, the Emperor, Vader, and the entire Empire army and navy would be difficult if not impossible for the dozens of Jedi to defeat. I still think it is very odd that more Jedi did not connect to the Rebel Alliance and the pre-Rebel Alliance anti-Empire group led by Mon Monthma, Bail Organa and others, as Rahm Kota did. There was a Jedi relationship with these senators. Also, hiding was not working. Vader, Starkiller, and the Empire were doing a great job of picking off Jedi, so gathering together and working together still makes some sense, so I may not be wrong on this after all. I don’t know, but I hope the powers that be will give some more Rebel Alliance material to answer some of these huge questions that The Force Unleashed has left us with.
Novels or Series Mentioned
The Clone Wars: Wild Space
The Cestus Deception
The New Jedi Order
The Legacy of the Force
Of all the places I have day dreamed about in the Star Wars Universe, Wild Space is at the top of the list. Why is it wild? Is it just unexplored like the Unknown Regions, or something more? Are there girls just more fun? Is it in the Western part of the galaxy? Do they have corrals? I know my questions are probably answered somewhere in the Star Wars Universe, but I have yet to come across it. I would love for you to e-mail places where I can read about Wild Space, but I am getting a little off topic. The point is that Karen Miller’s The Clone Wars: Wild Space was my first trip in this arm of the galaxy that I have pondered so often, and although, you do not explore much of Wild Space, just one planet, Wild is definitely an adjective I would use for this book.
Star Wars fans can be quite opinionated, and I wanted to share my thoughts on the entire canon controversy going on between the Canonical and the Expanded Universe in Star Wars. So many fans are at each other throats, like a rancor on a Twi’lek dancer, about what is essential to the timeline especially when it comes to Mandalorians in the Clone Wars cartoon and the Karen Traviss’ and Karen Miller’s books among others. I have a few thoughts on this subject that I hope will help us gain a little perspective.