I'm seeing a lot of fan posters and trailers and wotnot anticipating the 2015 (?) sequel, and I feel compelled to say just how badly I think they reflect upon the Star Wars community (yes I'm going to call it that). I'm going to cut to the meat here: Just forget about the expanded universe. Just forget about it. Please. Timothy Zahn's books might have seemed like the real deal at the time, but the truth is that they would make **** movies. Thrawn was a great character (even if the name was ripped off of Geoff Ryman), but clone Emperors and 'remnant' Star-Destroyers and force-sapping lizards are not the stuff of good commercial screenwriting. No-one, especially not the very decent Michael Arndt would even consider those devices. Are you really saying that you would be happy to accept that although the Empire is defeated, that, well, some parts of the galaxy are still a bit, how shall we say, 'Empire-ish'? bull****. It looks bad on paper, and that's because it IS bad. Now in all likelihood, there is (rightly or wrongly) very little chance that Disney or Lucasfilm pay any attention to half-baked fan demands. But just in case they do, and to make the reputation of fans a bit more like something with clout, I suggest that fans be a bit more fully-baked about this. A potential problem here is that Disney might actually be frugal enough to take some of this horseshit seriously. Not that they would sanction material lifted from the EU, but if enough fans insisted that Star Wars just wasn't the same without the Emperor or the Empire or Darth (totally dead) Vader, then out of concern for profitability they might insist on including either those elements themselves, or something embarrassingly close. Generally speaking, big expensive movies shape themselves around consumer desires. We play a part in this. Perhaps not directly, but if enough people demand something cloying and conservative, then over time you can be sure that that is what you'll end up with: Stupid names like 'Jacen Solo' and 'Ben Skywalker', Clone Emperors, clone Death Stars, clone Boba Fett's and clone screenplays. Fans, you might think you want this, but I assure you with supreme confidence that you do not. If you agree that movies tend to suffer from studio interference, then you might want to consider the idea that most of that interference is on (what is thought to be) your behalf. So. Stop demanding stuff that's crap. Be sober and be genuinely imaginative. It'll be good. We just need to let JJ and the others alone, to do what they do. They need the studio to leave them alone, so they can knuckle down and not waste time and money once shooting begins. As fans, we can help them by shutting up for the time being, and not being a part of some half-assed pressure group demanding more stormtroopers. Trust the production staff and let them do their job. Don't clutter the process by vomiting your ill-considered preferences into the sorting bins of market research. Let the writers and directors and actors play in this brilliant universe, just like you and I and all the fans have done. They're going to love working on this, and you can be assured that they want to make something you'll love.