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.
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.
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.