@ Unbowed.Unbent.Unbroken Your argument conflates style with substance. Handwaving EU grandiosity and aggrandizement as permissible because of the need to "add some gravitas, to make us care about the story" suggests that stories are inherently better when they're BIGGER and FLASHIER. Plenty of works, the prequels among them, stand testament to how that is simply not the case. EU writers can "add gravitas" and "make us care about the story" by creating interesting characters, compelling settings, and weaving them together in an appealing story. Darth Nihilus doesn't have to eat planets to threaten the Jedi; Abeloth, for all her ostensible menace, was a mediocre villain at best. Thrawn, widely considered to be the best of the EU's Big Bads, is about as threatening to our heroes as Threepio in single combat. And yes, thematically, the movies are reduced if and when we learn that the Jedi order has been purged before half a dozen times or that blowing up planets was nothing new. Obi-Wan doesn't say "for over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic before that one Sith dude came along and pretty much wiped us out but then we recovered and then it kinda happened again -- Coruscant was sacked by the Sith, by the way -- ad infinitum and we just kinda limped along until the Empire entered the picture, but it's really nothing special since it happened a zillion times before." The firepower of the Death Star was clearly meant to be unprecedented given the skepticism surrounding it, to say nothing of the Empire's absolute confidence of its invincibility. And, analogous to the real world, technology and general knowledge tends to increase with time, making superiority of the Sith and their empires in times past... unlikely. Likewise, Yoda says that "once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny"...then we discover that high profile figures change their Force allegiance more easily than switching party registration. The EU was created from the films. It should follow what we learned from the films with religious deference. The films are more successful and more important. Instead, the EU often acts like a petulant upstart, devastated by the fact that nothing it has to offer will ever achieve the same sort of cultural significance as its progenitor.