A New Era of ‘Star Wars’ Storytelling Has Come But I’m Not Entirely Thrilled

Star Wars is my favorite franchise. It holds a special place in my heart and will forever do so. The Skywalker Saga has come to an end, a lackluster conclusion at that, and now LucasFilm is trying to take us to an era of storytelling that hasn’t been breached before under the House of Mouse; the High Republic, set 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace.

New stories will be told, we will be introduced to new characters to fawn over, there will be plenty of Jedi to spare, a new evil has arrived in the form of the barbaric Nihil, and yet I’m not excited.

Star Wars: The High Republic - poster

As someone who loves the lore of Star Wars the main focal point I appreciate in these stories is the battle between the light and the dark, the Sith and the Jedi, the Empire/First Order vs. the Rebellion/the Resistance. The underlying current of hope and how love is more powerful than darkness.

I’m not…getting that from these new stories.

Because this is when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order were at its peaks the presence of evil that makes this franchise so lovable, via the Nihil, seems boring in comparison to the obviously fascinating dynamic of the Sith. But I get it. This is a story that will lead us to understand why the Sith returned, why Palpatine would one day annihilate the Jedi, and why Rey’s story at the conclusion of The Rise of Skywalker is such a powerful ending. We just have to get there.

Star Wars: The High Republic - Light of the Jedi cover

I will be checking this novel out, written by Charles Soule who is well-known for writing the riveting and gritty Darth Vader comics and a couple of Poe Dameron comics. These characters seem interesting enough and I’m intrigued in seeing what darkness these Jedi warriors will have to face.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force be with you.

2 thoughts on “A New Era of ‘Star Wars’ Storytelling Has Come But I’m Not Entirely Thrilled”

  1. Hi Annlyel, I know these images are probably generic and early renditions but it seems Disney/Lucasfilm are already taking inspiration from myself and my friend named PsychoSith. I’ll explain, a few weeks ago I posted a design I made in conjunction with PsychoSith and it looks spookily similar to the blue and yellow sabers held by the two characters centre image in your top picture! I’ll let you and your viewers decide but I think PsychoSith and I should be getting some Royalties payments for our design…

    Thanks for the post and hopefully this new series will be our “New Hope” for Star Wars in the future (or past as it were)

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