• Mattie Stu

5 Star Wars Legends That Should Be Canon

When Disney bought the rights to Star Wars back in 2012, the Expanded Universe was sacrificed in favour of original storytelling. And while there were plenty of novels, comics and video games which offered rather ridiculous plot points - for every crying mountain, there were at least ten Darth Revans or Kyle Katarns. Sure, Dave Filoni and others have managed to resurrect the likes of Grand Admiral Thrawn, but there are still a ton of awesome characters, vehicles, factions and even eras that deserve another shot in the limelight. So, with that in mind, here are 5 Star Wars Legends That Should be Canon.

Number 05. Star Wars: Clone Wars

Regardless of your opinion of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, I'm sure we can all agree that the Clone Wars was awesome! I mean, what's not to love about galaxy-wide space and ground battles? 2008-2014's Star Wars: The Clone Wars did a fantastic job of detailing the key events of this three-year period, although its predecessor series should not be forgotten. You see, Star Wars: Clone Wars was not only ahead of its time, but it also introduced a number of characters that are still fan favourites to this day. Many even argue that Anakin Skywalker's journey to the dark side was better portrayed in this short-lived series than in Episodes I, II and III combined. And hey – there's a reason why it won several Emmy Awards.

Number 04. The Darth Plagueis Novel

Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis “the Wise”? I thought not. It's not a story Disney would tell you. The Opera House scene is one of the greatest moments in Revenge of the Sith, if not the entire prequel trilogy. It masterfully showcased how manipulative Palpatine could be whilst also explaining the tragic backstory of Darth Plagueis. Ever since the shocking reveal, fans have yearned for a detailed look at the Dark Lord of the Sith's rise to power and how exactly he was able to prevent those he cared for from dying. And in 2012, the long wait was finally over with the release of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis. Of course, Disney's “new slate” approach to the Expanded Universe has since rendered it non-canon. But why should two of the most important characters in all of Star Wars not have their backstories told? After all, it was Darth Plagueis who primarily engineered the plan to overturn the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic. And it goes without saying that without his tutelage, Palpatine would never have become the sadistic and power-hungry character we all know today.

Number 03. Dash Rendar

Dash Rendar may have been introduced as a Han Solo “clone” - what with his attractive appearance, smuggling background, impeccable piloting skills, overconfidence, and the fact he was specifically created to replace Solo during his time encased in carbonite. But he still managed to carve his own historic path. Other than protecting Luke after an attempt on his life, Rendar assisted in the Bothan-led Raid on the Suprosa that proved invaluable in the Rebel Alliance's victory at the Battle of Endor. And we all know how successful movies involving the theft of Death Star plans can be... Rogue Two featuring Dash Rendar anyone?

Number 02. Mara Jade

Ever since Disney's expulsion of the Expanded Universe, fans have fantasised about certain characters making a canon-comeback. At the forefront of such a list is none other than the wife of Luke Skywalker himself. What made Mara Jade so refreshingly unique and dissimilar from any character that came before her, was that she began as the Hand of the Emperor, only to become a Jedi Master and one of the New Republic's greatest heroes. She also birthed the legendary Ben Skywalker who became a powerful Jedi in his own right. Now, the chances of Mara Jade becoming the love interest of Luke in the upcoming sequel to The Force Awakens is highly unlikely. However, despite Disney's best efforts, there are still a plethora of blanks to fill following the conclusion of the original trilogy. So why not reintroduce Mara Jade as an Imperial assassin who is tasked with killing Skywalker - but given an unforeseen turn of events that sees them fighting alongside one another for survival, they form a close and loving relationship? You could even kill her shortly thereafter, thus fueling Luke's motivations in the sequel trilogy.

Number 01. The Old Republic Era

Bastila Shan, HK-47, Exar Kun, Revan, Malak, Nihilus, the Great Hyperspace War, and the Hundred-Year Darkness. These are just a sample of the incredible Jedi, Sith, droids, battles and time periods that existed during the days of the Old Republic. This stretch of roughly 24,000 years has brought us arguably the greatest Star Wars characters of all time, which is truly remarkable given its lack of screen time either as a trilogy of movies or a television series. And given its deep, rich and vast collection of ageless lore, its classification as non-canon seems unfair and a little bizarre. I mean, according to the official timeline, hardly anything of note took place prior to The Phantom Menace. So surely it's about time we definitively explore one of the greatest eras of all time...

So there were have it, 5 Star Wars Legends that should be canon. But now it's time for your involvement! Around eleven months ago, a petition on change.org was created in hopes of bringing an Old Republic television series to Netflix. Currently, over 200,000 people have publicly backed this notion, although we may need another 800,000 to make any real difference. It may sound like a lot, but every signature counts. And who knows, maybe our participation will make history in a year or so to come. So if you would like to sign the petition, make sure to check out the link in the description box below. We here at TheCancrizans appreciate it, as do we enjoy all of your likes, comments and subscriptions. Thanks for watching!

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