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I'm also team "I unironically love the Ewoks", for pretty much exactly this reason.

I do my best to not follow Star Wars fandom. At one point it was in vogue to trash Return of the Jedi. It may be the weakest film of the original trilogy. I think RotJ is a great movie and a great Star Wars movie.

I unironically love the Ewoks as well.

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
My Star Wars journey was: Ewok: Battle for Endor, Radio-play versions of the original trilogy, only the Jabba section of RotJ, the original trilogy on VHS.


I cuss you bad
I finished reading the first High Republic book, Light of the Jedi. It's great stuff; a clean break from the Skywalker saga with interesting new characters and a setup we haven't seen before, while still being really Star Wars.

For those who've read it, what books are necessary and/ or recommended? I definitely want more, but I don't want to buy everything (unless it's all really good)...
You know those dog owners that let their dogs tackle friends/strangers/children, and rip their stockings/clothes up and generally be really rude and obnoxious while going "awwww aren't they cute??" while terrorizing people. If the movie-Rankor is a pet, then it's like that 1000000000x and I feel no empathy.

Bad Batch-Rankor tho is a cutie-patootie and did nothing wrong.


Arm Candy

It's more like a ball python that gets fed mice every week and then a particularly vicious rat gets into its cage and gives the snake a fatal injury.

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption

It's more like a ball python that gets fed mice every week and then a particularly vicious rat gets into its cage and gives the snake a fatal injury.

Even then, Jabba is the guy throwing people in there instead of bags of Rancor food.

The keeper is probably asking for formulated Kibble for aging Large Breed Rancors.

The Donny and Marie Star Wars special is really... something else. Prepare yourself for Obi-Wan Fred Sanford! Grand Moff Paul Lynde! Kris Kristoffer-solo! And Darth Vader, who's the grrrrreatest threat the galaxy has ever known!
This is definitely my fault for treating it as a "play on the tablet while doing chores" show, but halfway through the 4th season of Clone Wars I still frequently have trouble parsing the plots of episodes with multiple clones. Turns out you might need to watch a show more closely when many or sometimes even almost all of the characters have the same face and voice!

Do I plan to adjust my commitment to this show to accommodate this? Absolutely not.


I cuss you bad
I'm reading the novelisation of Revenge of the Sith. It's the pulpiest thing ever, which proves they understand the film completely. It seems to add a huge deal to all of the characters. Dooku is fascinating, it reveals what he actually thought the plan was, for example. Mace Windu is much more ahead of things than it seems, and the Anakin / Obi-wan relationship is much more fleshed out. Great stuff.

It also explains the Jedi's lack of detection of Sideous when he was literally standing in front of them too. If anything, he's even more satanic here...


I cuss you bad
And done. It gets weaker in the last third as it has to cling closer to the film and Sideous gets nowhere near as much joy from being evil in the book, but it's an interesting read and explicitly says the reason for the failure and destruction of the Jedi. I wish I'd read it at the time, it's a good companion to the film.


Post Reader
Here are two observations from reading the Thrawn trilogy, the books that really kickstarted the whole expanded universe thing.
  1. It's interesting how these books strain against the limits of what was canon at the time and how big parts of it are later invalidated by the prequels and the further development of the franchise. Like, it's baffling to me that before Disney reset everything this was all supposed to be one (albeit tiered) canon. The Clone Wars are totally different and even the timeline of when they happened is wrong.
  2. Thrawn is indeed an effective an interesting villain, but the key to his success is... space racism? He studies the artwork of whatever species he's intending to move against and uses it to determine their fears and how they think so he can effectively plan against them. In general there's an ugly strain of racial determinism in the story. The Bothan general who tries to undermine Akbar can't just be a slimy, politically motivated individual, it is understood that all Bothans are like this.