One thing that always interests me is “what ifs” and discarded story ideas, or things that changed in the development of a story. The Secret History of Star Wars and How Star Wars Conquered the Universe really drew me in when they talked about these sorts of things. So after seeing TFA, I was browsing some of my old Star Wars related notes, and I came across Abel Peña’s 2005 blog post listing ten things he thought would have been different in the Expanded Universe if the EU had somehow only started after all six movies had come out. Looking it over, it’s interesting to see just what he got right: We still have the end-of-ROTJ uprising on Coruscant being defeated, but everything else here is pretty spot on. NEU has the Empire basically being defeated a year after Endor, Aftermath seems to have Coruscant being liberated a few months after Endor, and the First Order is pretty much a Second Imperium type group, complete with darksided Solo kid and holographic Dear Leader. The First Order is kind of like this, inasmuch as they secretly build some of their stuff in the Unknown Regions. Though their whole backstory of when they get established and their relation to whatever formally remains of the Empire is still pretty muddied. No sense of exactly when Han and Leia get married, though presumably it’s prior to whenever Ben was born, which seems to be within a year of Endor, so again this seems to be where GODV got it right… Though I still am suspicious of whether the marriage reference from the novel will be followed up on. Pretty much spot on, at least from what we know, especially if the Rey theory is correct. This seems to be the case still, though at the same time it’s essentially no different than what the EU established since 2002. I still think this was such a dumb misstatement. Both of these seem to still be the case. Though funnily enough, the idea that Fett still survived the sarlacc seems to be completely overshadowed by the idea that Snoke is Plagueis. The only one that seems to be completely wrong, as of now. Though the rumors that Luke was Kylo, or that Leia was going to turn dark in TFA, showed the notion at least was still in the fan zeitgeist leading up to TFA. Again, not exactly, but Kylo definitely embodies some of this point. Yup. Chewie did not die, and neither did Lando, though at least in terms of what’s seen on screen, Lando could well have died given he’s not even mentioned, while Chewie is prominently featured. Funnily enough, back in October there was an interview with R.A. Salvatore where he learned that he could have killed anyone he wanted in Vector Prime (he was under the assumption he was required to kill Chewie), and he says that if he had known that, he would have killed Lando instead. And that brings me to the other potential EU reboot… Back in November, I heard Ryder Windham talk about how, when he was first given the TPM script to read in 1999, he saw so many contradictions with the established EU, he suggested that the EU continuity be rebooted then and there. And of course at the same time there was the early attempt to make the NJO a soft reboot of the post-ROTJ EU, though again that basically got dropped after Vector Prime. There’s obviously not a lot to directly analyze from that small statement, but it’s interesting to think about if the EU had been rebooted in 1999, and the NJO was the first new entry. I feel like, given Lucas’s writing schedule for the prequels, we probably would not have gotten prequel-era content that was much different, and probably would have still had the issues that developed (Jedi celibacy, age of the Republic, etc.). I also don’t think we would have gotten an NJO that was too different, and probably would have backdoor-recanonized a lot of Bantam stuff anyway (though probably not the Yavin Academy, and we would have had Coruscant retaken and the Jedi Temple as Jedi HQ much sooner). I also don’t think we would have gotten the sort of supposed EU-movie parity we have now, given Lucas was still in charge. One other thing I think would have been different – no KOTOR, both because TOTJ would be gone, but also I don’t think anyone would think the Sith would have existed that far back. And probably no post-ROTJ Sith, either – though that might have meant no dark Jacen, which would actually have differentiated it more from TFA than what we got. And of course, the irony is, even rebooting the EU in 1999 wouldn’t save it from being rebooted again after the Disney buyout. Anyway, not much else to say, or even know if there’s a whole lot of things to talk about based on this, but since I was in the mood to go on about Star Wars stuff, I figured I might as well post it here.