RE: the Empire Our concept of the Empire grows from our reading of the EU through the Dark Nest Trilogy and understanding where LotF was going. this is NOT Palpatine's Empire -- or at least it wasn't under Roan Fel. It changed, it evolved, and is perceived differently by the galaxy at large. The Sith likewise have evolved. The Rule of Two as changed because it didn't fit the vision of Darth Krayt. Just as Luke re-created the Jedi order anew, so Krayt created a new Sith order. There were changes in the past; why not changes now? Krayt is obviously concerned about his vision dying with him; Perhaps the Rule of One can't work without him. We'll see. The Jedi of this time being too militaristic? You mean as opposed to the OLD Jedi Order that served as the generals in the Clone War for the Republic? Kol VALUED knowing the ways of war and past history gave him good rasons to do that. Shado Vao may be more aggressive than some other Jedi -- or not -- but I don't think we've seen anything that suggests he's miltaristic. The Imperial Knights are NOT in the Jedi Order; that's why they're called Imperial knights and not Imperial Jedi. I'm sure Luke would not agree with them ptting the Empire first, either. That's the point. Is ther era we're depicting any gloomier than any era that is named "The Dark Times"? I understand your and other people wanting SW to be more fun and light but GL himself changed that with ESB -- which WAS dark and gloomy and ended with Luke losing a hand and Han frozen in carbonite, The Rebels were driven off their base on Hoth. It seems to me that the concept is VERY Star Wars. Just interpreted for today which is not the same world as when ANH first debuted. I'd suggest that the "