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How The Extended Universe Hurt Star Wars Films

Jonathan Thompson Jonathan Thompson
February 7th, 2016

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How The Extended Universe Hurt Star Wars Films

Star Wars: The Force Awakens did a lot to reset the Star Wars universe, but not everyone is happy. Our Jonathan Thompson is here to explain the issues he has with the Star Wars expanded universe.

A week after it was released, I saw Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and, while I did enjoy it, I wasn


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  1. Shawn Oates says:

    I think that’s a very…odd complaint to have. I mean, isn’t that exactly what this movie was supposed to do? Make you want more Star Wars? The acting in The Force Awakens was definitely better than any of the acting in the television series’ (even though I immensely enjoyed the voice acting in those shows), and it returned Star Wars to its mythical roots, rather than the heavily-laden sci-fi of the prequels. If anything, the expanded universe was harmful to the franchise because the films became too reliant on them…you shouldn’t have to read a 450 page novel to know why the Trade Federation does what it does in the Phantom Menace. It’s unfair to the audience, the vast majority of whom are not hardcore Star Wars fans like us, but who enjoy the movies nonetheless. It’s a sign of poor storytelling, which is where I hoped the conversation in this piece would go. But this is much more subjective than that.

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