When Disney and George Lucas announced that Disney had bought the company The Force had built, cries were heard across the galaxy. Fans condemned Lucas and the feelings towards Disney were tepid at best. Soon after, memes were popping up all over social media. Mickey mouse as a Jedi, Darth Vader with Mickey ears. Fans had a field day. Little did they know behind the scenes, Disney was plotting their future plans. The beloved extended universe, cannon for fans for decades was thrown out of the door like yesterday's trash. From this writer's first EU book, Splinter Of The Mind's Eye (For which I received an A+ on a 6th grade book report) to the Thrawn trilogy. It didn't matter, it wasn't "real" anymore. Disney was going to ruin my childhood. They were going to deprive me of my memories of Luke and his adventures. They were going to make them into cartoons. Pixar would make a spin off movie about a lovable boy and his droid. who learn the virtues of friendship through the death of the boy's parents. My imagination was running wild, I was in a frenzy of emotions.
Much like Chancellor Palpatine in A Phantom Menace, Disney was in secret, plotting and planning their future. They would be validated, they would blow the fans away. With the recent Star Wars Celebration, they did just that. A new trailer for SW Episode VII was released. A new Star Wars spin off movie was teased. "Star Wars ROGUE ONE" would be the first stand alone film. The film will tell the fabled story of the plot to steal the secret plans for the dreaded Death Star.
The story was told before in the EU. Disney, knowing all along after the realigning of the SW cannon they had the golden opportunity to revisit this fabled story with their own version. Disney wouldn't let the fans speculate any more, uncertain of this stand alone film from a new director fans were not happy. But then, We heard a voice we hadn't heard in years. Obi Wan Kenobi. Not the young, brash Padawan from the prequel but, THE Obi Wan Kenobi. Alec Guiness told of the Jedi from the Old Republic. Rouge One was revealed. Teased in a short clip, this was the first stand alone story. After months of speculation, it was real. The trailer that shook the world was the Episode Vii trailer. After seeing the simple 2 minute teaser trailer, I was sold. Disney could pull this off. John William's emotional score was there. The look, the feel. It WAS Star Wars. But, then it happened. Luke Skywalker himself narrated the trailer. With his infamous words from The Return of the Jedi, we watched. The X-Wings, the Storm troopers. Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber, the one he lost! it was all there. Then it happened. We heard a familiar voice. A simple voice with three words did us ALL in. Han Solo and Chewbacca were there!. "Chewie, we're home." Disney has rekindled the passion for Star Wars to an all time high. George Lucas, the bane of the fans donated almost the entire four billion dollars he pocketed in the deal to educational charities, proving he's not a greedy bad guy after all.
Don't worry fellow Star Wars fans. Our childhoods are safe. They can never take our Star Wars away. Disney has a plan. A plan I was hesitant of first After this week of Star Wars Celebration, I am at ease. I wiped away the tears after the emotional trailer and smiled. Buckle up Star Wars fans, we're home.