Before the Disney Trilogy excreted onto cinema screens, the legacy media wrote diatribes of what they didn’t want to see in it. And it usually consisted of heavy criticisms against the Expanded Universe (or EU), such as the 2009 article from cracked.com, 5 Awful Storylines We Don’t Want in the Star Wars Sequels.
Here’s some of the comments that the article made:
#5 Undoing the Ending of Return of the Jedi
In the unofficial “sequel” stories, this happens:
That is, the Empire keeps rolling right along, imposing space-tyranny on all who stand in their way.
According to the majority of the books and comics set after the original trilogy, with the Emperor gone, there were hundreds of Admirals, Generals and Politicians who vied for control of the Galaxy. Without a universally accepted leader, the Empire spiraled into a civil war.
The Rebellion is still, well, a Rebellion, which means it still has to gain victory over the remaining Imperials to win, who are in turn fighting amongst themselves.
#4 Cloning the Emperor
…the “sequel” stories Emperor Palpatine is brought back from the dead in a clone body that inexplicably looks like Buck Compton from Band of Brothers.
Once more, you can see why they did it. You need a villain. And if George Lucas had written the sequel stories, it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t have done the same, after he contorted every prequel storyline to shoehorn in as many OT characters as he could.
Many now know that this is exactly what happened in the Disney Trilogy. But more interestingly, many have remarked about the similarities between The Rise of Skywalker, and the Dark Horse Comic book Dark Empire of the EU lore.
Well, one of the people who has noticed the similarities, is comic book author Tom Veitch, who wrote Dark Empire.
But what could be the most interesting post, came 8 days ago, when Tom changed his cover photo.
Here’s the image in its entirety:
Here’s a description of the image from a Portuguese WikiPedia page, so take it with a grain of salt:
A monk copies text from a large book?
This is only speculation of course, but is Tom making a statement with this image about the writers of The Rise of Skywalker copying text from Dark Empire? Perhaps, but only Tom knows for sure.
Regardless, if Tom hopes to see any credit or paychecks for his contribution to The Rise of Skywalker, he may have some obstacles. Because back in December 2019, TROS screenwriter Chris Terrio credited Kathleen Kennedy with the idea of bringing back Emperor Palpatine.
SyFy Wire reported:
According to Chris Terrio, who wrote The Rise of Skywalker with J.J. Abrams, this plot point came from on high at Lucasfilm. According to McDiarmid, Lucas told him that Palpatine was dead. What changed? Well, Lucasfilm changed hands over from Lucas’ control to Disney and the managerial purview of president Kathleen Kennedy and senior vice president Michelle Rejwan — two executives and producers that Terrio, in an interview with Awards Daily, credits with shaping the end of the Star Wars saga.
Palpatine’s Return in Rise of Skywalker Was Apparently Kathleen Kennedy’s Idea
Though Colin Trevorrow, who was originally tapped to helm Episode IX, had credited J.J. Abrams with having the idea to bring the Emperor back for the conclusion, a new AwardsDaily interview with Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio seems to shift the narrative a bit.
In it, Terrio possibly credits Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy with wanting to bring back Palpatine. “Kathy Kennedy and [SVP] Michelle Rejwan had a clear plan for where they wanted things to end,” Terrio said. “They had clear plans about certain narrative marks they wanted us to hit. They also gave us a lot of freedom within that. We knew that Rey and Ren were utterly key to this trilogy, but we also felt that there was no way that we were going to not find a path to redemption for Kylo Ren, the son of Han and Leia.”
“That’s when we really started aggressively pursuing this idea that there is old evil that didn’t die,” he continued. “The source of the evil in the galaxy is this dark spirit waiting for its revenge and biding its time. The entity known as Palpatine in this version – his body died in Return of the Jedi – is patient and has been waiting. He dug his fox hole and has been waiting for his chance to re-establish his total domination.”
When asked if Palpatine had always been the plan, prior to Episode IX, Terrio said “Well, I can’t speak to Kathy’s overall intent. That was certainly discussed and was discussed before I ever came on. Kathy had this overall vision that we had to be telling the same story for nine episodes. Although from the sleight of hand of Episode VII and Episode VIII, you wouldn’t necessarily know immediately that we were telling the same story. She thought it would be a very strong end for the ninth movie. This fits well with J.J. because he loves magic tricks.”
Things just get more amusing as time rolls along.
In any case, for those who may be interested, here’s a trailer for an animated Dark Empire series: