Okay, so here we go. I've done some thinking and I may have a viable reason why Denning has driven the Jedi into the depths of corrupt despots all over again. This is, of course, a post full of personal opinions and nothing more, but I think I've figured it out. Also, note this is only from reading the novels and not the Leviathan comic, etc. Let's take a look at the pre-NJO vs. post-NJO main Jedi... Surviving Inaugural Class of the New Jedi Order Streen: Streen, pre-NJO, seemed to be the go-to Jedi when there was something not action-oriented to do. For example, when Luke left in the BFT, he put Streen in charge of the Jedi Praxeum. This hints that Streen had incredible leadership potential. Post-NJO, he has been regulated to Dathomir and then vanished. Kirana Ti: In KJA's books, Kirana Ti seemed to be the combat-oriented character of the class. She was the one who took Gantoris' lightsaber when he died, and used it to great effect in Darksaber. Again, having not read the comic I do not know how she fared there, but she seemed well enough able to fight on the level of, say, Kit Fisto. As with Streen, she was regulated post-NJO to Dathomir and then obscurity; her niece had a brief appearance in LOTF. Tionne: Here's the big one. In I, Jedi it was noted that Tionne was the "heart of the class" and this is probably the biggest thing missing in post-NJO stories; a heart. I think Denning tries to push this upon Luke, but he does not seem to be able to write him as the heart and the leader simultaneously. Tionne, as she appears in post-NJO, is either a practice dummy for insane GAG majors, or a Jocasta Nu rip-off. It really annoys me as, despite not being able to get a good mental picture of her when reading, she always stood out to me, especially since she continued trying to be a Jedi despite her lack of skill, and even becoming a Council member. Since the end of the Bantam era, I believe Greg Keyes wrote her better than anyone has since. Kam Solusar: Solusar was initially a filler character in Dark Apprentice, but after being expounded upon in Dark Empire II and I, Jedi, he definitely seemed to be at least Luke's right-hand teacher; even as a student he taught combat in I, Jedi; this is probably due to his training even from a child. Besides Luke, he was definitely the most experienced Jedi in the inaugural class. Even in NJO, he was regulated to being the Praxeum watcher with Tionne, but Keyes did him very well in his duology, I feel. Post-NJO, he's just a Council filler, and even then he's usually not even there! Again, he's shoved off to the Academy no one ever visits; in this case Ossus and Shedu Maad. Kyle Katarn: Beside Solusar and Luke, Kyle has been using his lightsaber longest of anyone and I daresay, besides Luke and Corran (and technically Mara) he is the most well-known of the inaugural class. He has had three video games dedicated to him. Having killed six Dark Jedi (Yun was not his kill), he has the most combat experience in lightsaber skill of any of them; even Luke only fought Vader, Palpatine, Luuke Skywalker, and a few of Palpatine's dark side Elite in lightsaber combat! Post-NJO, Kyle has become yet another Council filler; he has done slightly more than Kam, but...he has at least done a little. What? Been stabbed by Caedus and survived. Whoopee. Corran Horn: Corran is arguably the most well-known of the inaugural class behind Luke. Having been the focus of I, Jedi, we probably know the most about his mentality out of any of them. He is the pilot and investigator of the group, and he was marvelously written all throughout NJO by Keyes and Stackpole. Post-NJO...you guessed it; yet another Council filler. He's hardly done anything, period, and that is a kriffing waste of a character. Madurrin: Who the kriff is she, again? Oh, that's right, she was created in Destiny's Way and someone decided she should be used in the inaugural class. Whoopee; she is literally a nobody who's important due to the Power of the Retcon. The Jedi, post-NJO Ben Skywalker: We have a whole thread dedicated to him somewhere; save this discussion for elsewhere. Jaina Solo: Despite being one of the alleged main characters of the era, Jaina felt very much like a stranger through DNT and most of LOTF. Only in FOTJ did she finally become a true character, and even then she fell behind Luke and Leia in importance. SOTJ would've been very important to her development; if it is cancelled then Jaina may be in limbo for now. I'd argue that in NJO she was quite well-written, but many authors seem to have dropped the ball now. Saba Sebatyne: Denning's very own Saba Sue herself; Miss Do-No-Wrong and Notices-Bad-Things-Before-Even-Luke. Yeah...I don't really have much nice to say about Saba besides, if she'd been written well, then she might've been a good character, but Denning so over-Sue'd her that she's not too tolerable anymore. Kyp Durron: Kyp was set up to be the Luke of the Bantam era, and in early NJO was a renegade character who snubbed his nose at the rules and followed his own lead. Kyp could've been a great character; and several times was in post-SBS books in NJO. But unfortunately he seems to have become yet another filler on the Council. Jaden Korr: Jaden is arguably the best character that has been written as a non-Skywalker Jedi in post-NJO stories. Because he actually does things. Even in Abyss he had a role; taking on Mandalorians beside Han, Leia, and some other guy named Avinoam. His true time to shine is in Kemp's duology though, and he is very well-done there. Jaden has the benefit of being a character created in a video game before the books, so he had a pre-created backstory. I, personally, would be glad to see Jaden as the focus of more post-FOTJ novels. Zekk: The big, shaven Wookiee. He's disappeared since the end of LOTF and is now engaged to Taryn Zel. Since being separated from Jaina, Denning seems to see no worth in him at all. I did like Zekk but he hardly does anything anymore. Overall suggestions: Bring back Kam, Tionne, Kyp, and Kyle in main roles. Streen and Kirana Ti need side roles sometimes. Bring in a new-to-Star-Wars author (like Martha Wells did with Leia) who can write good sword-fighting scenes but also good story and good Jedi, and have them do a story focused on Kam and Tionne. Have Kemp write a Kyle/Jaden duology. Develop Ben and don't cancel SOTJ. Whatever they do, something has to change here. Oh, and one more thing? Un-retire Luke!