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Star Wars: The Force Awakens vs. Expanded Universe

Contributed by Josiah Murphy (guitarist for Why They Came). Their latest release, The Scarecrow EP, is available on iTunes. Watch their Star Wars themed music video for “Echo Three to Echo 7” at the bottom of the page!

Josiah and his old pal, Boba Fett!
Josiah and his old pal, Boba Fett!

I’ve had Star Wars in my life since before I could retain memories. I can’t recall the first time the saga was shown to me… It’s just always been there. I grew up pretending that I was a hero fighting along side my heroes. Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2, and 3PO were my friends who I could always go to another world with no matter what I had going on in real life. I’ve incorporated Star Wars into every aspect of my life. (Just ask my closest family, friends, and band mates… it’s kind of a problem!)

Anyway, I’m the guy who waves his hands in front of automatic opening doors and has enough Star Wars clothing to wear something different for weeks at a time. I have Star Wars tattoos, and I collect toys that I never open. Not a day goes by that I can’t find a way to reference Star Wars to something I’m dealing with. I think you’ve got the picture.

When I was ten, maybe eleven, I discovered that there was more to the story than just A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Way more! There were novels that sent my heroes to worlds I’d never heard of, people I’d never seen, and adventures I’d never dreamed of. There was an Expanded Universe.

Flash forward to the year 2015, going into what is now 2016. Disney/Lucasfilm have taken those stories that I have been reading for years and de-canonized, re-branded, and re-marketed them as Legends. We now have a whole new timeline of stories being spearheaded by what will probably be the highest grossing film of all time, The Force AwakensContinue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens vs. Expanded Universe