The High Republic – A New Era for Star Wars to Explore

Earlier this week, Lucasfilms announced a new initiative for their expanded Star Wars Universe. Rather than making the already highly regarded Legends material canon, they’ve decided to start a new time frame to create new stories. This time frame is going to be called The High Republic era.

Now the official synopsis is that this: The High Republic will be set in an era when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their zenith, about 200 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The Jedi will be at their peak as protectors of the galaxy and guardians of peace. The new enemy race are called the Nihils (pronounced Niles) and are said to be a race of “savage space Vikings”. Not to sure how these space vikings will fair against the Jedi order in their prime, but maybe they’re going to be immune to the Force or something like the Yuuzhan Vong from the old Expanded Universe. It’s also an interesting name choice given that one of the most famous Sith Lords from the Old Republic, Darth Nihilus aka “The Lord of Hunger & The Force Vampire”, was recently included in canon.

Alternate cover art depicting two members of the Nihils

Check out the announcement trailer here:

The thing that I am super excited for is Charles Soule’s new novels that are going to be released. His run on Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith with Marvel Comics is fantastic and stands, for me, as some of the best Darth Vader stories ever told. In addition to one of the flagship novels for the new timeframe, Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, Soule is also releasing a Kylo Ren graphic novel in May 2020. Personally his two projects along with a new Thrawn novel from Timothy Zahn titled Thrawn Ascendancy, Book 1: Chaos Rising means that I will have my work cut out for me this year with upcoming Star wars properties.

I will admit that I, like many others thought the long awaited and rumoured “Project Luminous”, as it was code named, was going to be a new game or a new movie. I was slightly disappointed to find out it was going to be books and comics but I do enjoy those as well so the disappointment quickly evaporated. That being said, why would they introduce a new time frame when the last one they introduced wasn’t as well received by the majority of the fan base as they would’ve liked?

Cover of the upcoming Charles Soule novel Light of the Jedi

I personally didn’t have many gripes with the new time frame when the sequel trilogy was announced. I had problems with narrative choices and decisions made (Phasma should NOT HAVE DIED LIKE THAT) but overall the time frame suited the next progression of the tale. With the massive outcry from fans who wanted to see the Yuuzhan Vong or the new Jedi Order come to life, the move to introduce a completely new era is a baffling one. That being said, it’s obvious that Lucasfilms and Disney are taking some time away from the Star Wars property where movies are concerned, at least for a few years. The lackluster reception to the penultimate conclusion of the decades spanning Skywalker Saga left them a little flat footed and unsure of Star Wars’ future role.

I think that the new project is going to take some time for fans to get used to but ultimately, it will help to expand the overall lore and canon of the Disney controlled property.

Check back next week!

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