....now pissing on us and calling it rain.
First we got the announcement that the Clone Wars is coming back over the summer (which incidentally I'm running a contest
if you're interested), which while awesome kinda smacked of desperation on Disney's part to compensate from the lackluster performance of Rebels, the massive backlash from TLJ coupled with the outright failure (by Star Wars standards) of Solo and the lukewarm reaction to their newest animated show Resistance.
Then this past week we got a new announcement from on high saying that they'll be bringing back a bunch of Expanded Universe characters and rewriting their stories for the new canon.
They've already done this with Grand Admiral Thrawn and apparently Captain Pellaeon (I missed this reintroduction I admit) and now their next official re-canonization is going to be Dash Rendar with rumors persisting that Mara Jade will be following.
Now I have mixed feelings about all this, most of them negative and a few of them neutral. I'll lay them out in a few points that you can respond to if you choose.
A) The Clone Wars, Disney is acting as if they've somehow saved the show and should be praised for doing so. No, I'm sorry you assholes but you're the reason the show got cancelled in the first place. I'm not going to thank you for giving it back because we twisted your arm. Go to hell, it never should have been cancelled in the first place you asshats!
B) Character re-canonization, this is a bit more complex because while I'm always glad to get more of the characters I grew up loving this is a rather bitter pill to swallow for a few reasons.
1) if you're going to rewrite these characters for the new canon, then why not just create new characters?
2) if you're not going to create new characters and just bring back old ones, why wipe the canon in the first place?
Seriously, I increasingly feel as though Disney is refusing to admit that they fucked up and is just desperately trying to recapture the magic of Star Wars without actually fixing the issues as they place small bandages over things as they go in the hopes that they'll be able to stop at some point and pretend nothing ever happened.
Disney destroyed the financial success of one of the most lucrative and beloved franchises in media history and now they're trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces after they've already shattered the prized china tea set.
The worst part about this whole thing is that their reason for wiping the canon in the first place was allegedly for 'creative freedom' but so far all they've really done is retread old ground and bring back characters into the canon that they wiped from the canon in the first place.
This whole situation just reeks to me of desperation and a lack of ideas from the people controlling the franchise currently and I wish there was some way to beat into their heads that if they're going to do this whole 'creative freedom' nonsense then they need to stop clinging to the vestiges of the EU and using it like a scrap heap and just do something new.
People are going to be pissed either way, but if you're going to keep clinging to the EU then just get it over with and bring it back. If you're not going to, then fuck it and move forwards.
As always I am not telling people you cannot enjoy Star Wars. If you're one of the people who still loves it and finds it an engaging fandom then I am very happy to hear that you do so.
I simply cannot join you in that particular field.
:: EDIT ::
Something that a few people have brought up is that Kathleen Kennedy is the one in charge of Star Wars and so therefore bears the responsibility for this current fiasco.
I have to say to this that you're not entirely wrong or right.
She is the head of Lucasfilm at the moment so a lot of these decisions are coming from her, but ultimately Disney is the one leaving her in charge of matters and they are also the ones who gave Lucasfilm its initial marching orders following the purchase.
If you think that either Marvel or Star Wars doesn't receive input from higher up then you misunderstand how Disney handles its properties.
Disney is not shy about getting rid of people in charge of large projects, they've done it repeatedly in the past few years even when such firings have gone against fan desires. So the fact that Kathleen Kennedy is still in charge at Lucasfilm means that she still has Disney's overall blessing despite the current issues.
This does not however mean that I or anyone else hates Disney. Most of us I think are mature enough to enjoy Disney films while still hating what they're doing with Star Wars.