When Disney bought LucasFilms in 2012, they not only got control of the then six major motion pictures already released, but Disney also acquired a vastly expanded universe ripe with stories to tell. The Star Wars Expanded Universe goes far beyond the six movies and wove tales that, while the overall universe is sadly no longer canon, were impactful enough to inspire Disney to use as they rewrote the Star Wats mythos. The story of a child of Leia Organa & Han Solo falling to the dark side was first the expanded universe tale of Jacen Solo, the Darksaber we see in the finale of the Mandalorian had its roots outside of the main saga, and even the power of Force Projection in the way that we see Luke Skywalker do it in The Last Jedi is originated in the legends of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
It’s easy to understand why Disney went the route of making the Legends Universe (the renamed Expanded Universe) non-canon. They’d just spent $4 billion on LucasFilms ($2.2b in cash, $1.8b in stocks), they were naturally making that purchase so that they could take the rich history of the Star Wars canon and forge their path forward. While fans were undoubtedly saddened to see such a wide berth of content become essentially mass-produced fan-fiction, it is clear that Disney, or rather the writers they employed, see the value and interest that these stories still hold. So even though the Skywalker saga is done, we know there are still stories to tell in that galaxy far, far away, and there are some really interesting ones in the legends universe that can be adapted and made canon.
The Force Unleashed
When the Force Unleashed came out in 2008, it was arguably my favorite game that came out that year and I think it is still my favorite Star Wars game (though Jedi: Fallen Order may have to be 1a in that.) Even pushing aside my inherent Star Wars fandom bias, that game was so good. The way you were able to manipulate the world using the Force is still practically unmatched in any other Star Wars game. But, even beyond that, the story was one that I would love to become canon again. The Force Unleashed takes place between The Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and primarily tells the story of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, along with the origin of the Rebel Alliance. While the Jedi Fallen order is seemingly taking the place of the canon bridge between the two trilogies, there is no reason why both couldn’t have happened concurrently. We know that after Order 66, Vader was tasked with ensuring that the Jedi Order was eradicated and he largely used the Sith Inquisitors to do that (another thing borrowed from the Legends universe.) Given that, it is entirely plausible that Vader would take an interest to a particularly powerful Inquisitor and make them his secret apprentice as he did Starkiller in the Force Unleashed.
The Republic Dark Age/The Sith Civil War
The history of the Sith is one that is mired in pretty much complete secrecy. A lot of the time we’re told the story of their secrets through the eyes of unreliable narrators, so we don’t really know if the almost fantastical things the dark side can do are true or if they were propaganda to corrupt. That is why eras like the Republic Dark Age and the Sith Civil War are so interesting. During this time, the Sith had essentially a century-long streak of victories over the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic, but due to the various Sith factions not being united under a single leader, it was more like a group of warring states rather than an empire. Eventually, disgusted by the Jedi Order and their inability to stop the Sith, a Jedi Master by the name of Skere Kaan leads a group that he calls “the Brotherhood” on a campaign that within months either destroyed or gotten a surrender from the Sith Warlords. Skere Kaan eventually takes his Brotherhood, now called the Brotherhood of Darkness and leads the remaining Sith under the Rule of Power. In which the strong gets more power, while the weak get less.
This one is a little tricky because in ways the Grey Jedi has been referenced multiple times in canon, but not explicitly stated to be a thing. The idea of a Grey Jedi is one that essentially toes the line between the light and dark sides of the force. I find them interesting because of the idea of duality in the force. Without getting too philosophical, one thing I always loved about Star Wars was the idea of balance, and how there had to always be light to counter the darkness and vice versa. The idea of a Grey Jedi takes that idea and brings it down to a personal level. A Grey Jedi doesn’t see the world as black or white, rather (sorry in advance) in shades of gray. Plus let’s be honest, Force Lightning is way too cool to be a Dark Side exclusive power!
The One Sith
At the end of the Rise of Skywalker, for all that we know there are no more Sith, and there is only one Jedi. If this is true then the force is seriously off-balanced, and from what we’ve gathered that is not how the force should be. This is why the story of the One Sith would be a great addition to the Star Wars canon. Founded by Darth Krayt, the One Sith rose as a Sith Cult that did away with the Rule of Two that previously governed the Sith. The One Sith instead decided to rule based on a unified purpose and goal. In fact, a lot of their ways seemingly mirrored the Jedi Order, the Sith Masters would train one apprentice, and their power was sought out not for their personal gain but for the better of the order and to further the will of the Dark Lord of the One Sith. One distinct difference from the Jedi Order, however, is that at the end of their training the Sith Apprentice is still required to slay their master (or someone they were attached to) to prove their transition to the Dark Side. The One Sith would prove to be an interesting sort of role reversal in Star Wars lore where we see the advent of almost an entire Sith Order, organized like the Jedi as they try to impose their will on the Galaxy.
Mandalore the Ultimate
Mandalore the Ultimate was the leader of the Mandalorians during the time after the Great Sith War. Seeking to bring his people back to glory, and prevent the Mandalorian way of life from fading away, Mandalore and his Neo-Crusaders would invade and conquer worlds that were defenseless after the Great Sith War. Initially, the Galactic Republic would only half-heartedly try to form a response to these acts of aggression, and Mandalore would use this advantage to personally lead his crusaders into Republic territory. Eventually, a response was deemed necessary as Mandalore and his invaders nearly defeated the republic. It was only due to the actions of Jedi Knights Revan and Malak that the war was able to be won, with Revan being the one to kill Mandalore. With the success of the Mandalorian, I would love for Disney to explore more of the history of the Mandalorian people, and why their numbers are where they are now. We seem to get bits and pieces, but to be able to get stories such as the one of Mandalore the Ultimate would make for extremely great content.
Overall, I think it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. Though I know it was a very polarizing film, I immensely enjoyed The Rise of Skywalker, and The Mandalorian is great television. There are also properties like The Clone Wars, and Jedi Fallen Order, plus the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi and (rumored?) Darth Maul series to keep me excited. Are you excited for more Star Wars stories, or do you want the Rise of Skywalker to be the end? Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Reach out to us on Twitter or Instagram @GeeksetPodcast, or look us up on FaceBook at Geekset Podcast, and keep the conversation going.