Star Wars Hitchhikers Guide - Expanded Universe

.....A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away......
If you've never journied past the Trilogy or Prequelogy, here is your guide to the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Embracing the Dark Side or Living By The Jedi Code, the Expanded Universe has tales for the Jedi and Sith in every one. And truely learn the Skywalker history, this is my interpretation of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Revenge of the Sith - Novel - Old Republic

The Force grows dark, Anakin.....Be wary of your feelings.

The turning point for the entire Star Wars saga is at hand…

After years of civil war, the Separatists have battered the already faltering Republic nearly to the point of collapse. On Coruscant, the Senate watches anxiously as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine aggressively strips away more and more constitutional liberties in the name of safeguarding the Republic. Yoda, Mace Windu, and their fellow Masters grapple with the Chancellor's disturbing move to assume control of the Jedi Council. And Anakin Skywalker, the prophesied Chosen One, destined to bring balance to the Force, is increasingly consumed by his fear that his secret love, Senator Padmé Amidala, will die.

As the combat escalates across the galaxy, the stage is set for an explosive endgame: Obi-Wan undertakes a perilous mission to destroy the dreaded Separatist military leader General Grievous. Palpatine, eager to secure even greater control, subtly influences public opinion to turn against the Jedi. And a conflicted Anakin—tormented by unspeakable visions—edges dangerously closer to the brink of a galaxy-shaping decision. It remains only for Darth Sidious, whose shadow looms ever larger, to strike the final staggering blow against the Republic…and to ordain a fearsome new Sith Lord: Darth Vader.

I think we all know by now Revenge of the Sith was the final chapter for most, of the Star Wars movies.  Matthew Stover's novelization takes a darker and more intense turn Episode 3.  Probably the greatest difference from the movies is the brief elaboration's of the character at key points of the book:

This is Obi-Wan Kenobi:
       A phenomenal pilot whoe doesn't like to fly.  A devastating warrior who'd rather not fight.  A negotiator without peer who frankly prefers to sit alone in a quiet cave and meditate.
      Jedi Master.  General in the Grand Army of the Republic.......

Matthew Stover takes in depth looks into each character at climatic points of the book.  "Mace Windu saw the shattering point of the galaxy was between Anakin, Obi-Wan and The Supreme Chancellor".  You are not left without the most finite detail.

The Dead Star Dragon - There is another form of the dark side represented in the novelization.  Anakin is haunted by the Dead Star Dragon, almost like a fable or fairy tale in the Star Wars EU.  Small peak....

"And it was now that even through that marvelous feeling, the furnace within his heart raged, as the dead star dragon within in whispered tales of failure to his subconscious, though he heard them louder than the cackle of the sparks contacting the floor....." 

"The Dead Star Dragon is what is left after stars die."  The fear set in Anakin that everything dies.  "Eventually, even stars burn out."

From Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader the Dead Star Dragon is what haunts him and pushes him in the end.

The Arrest of the Chancellor - We all know the movie killed the Jedi to fast and very lame for most.  The novel didn't get into Plo Koon on Cato Neimodia or Aayla Secura on Felucia, but a very dramatic ending for Kit Fisto, Saessee Tiin, and Agen Kolar.  Not just a light saber to the gut from a helpless old man.  Lets just say we have a thrown light saber thrown decapitating one victim, light saber through the head, and another decapitation, much more dark and gruesome than the cinematic version.  So worth reading, I've actually read it 3 time and enjoy ever minute!!   

The dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins - but in the heart of its strength lies weakness.  One lone candle is enough to hold it back.  Love is more than a candle.  Love can ignite the stars.  

Star Wars Hitchhiker

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