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4 Star Wars Spin-off Ideas

Rogue One and Solo were the first and certainly not the last in a new type of Star Wars movies: anthologies. “A Star Wars Story,” the subtitle given to these films, is the new Legends or Expanded Universe. The books and games were more or less erased from the timeline with the sequel trilogy, but that only freed up space for new ones. With Disney is making separate stand-alone Star Wars movies, it’s hard not to imagine the possibilities. Movies that we knew all along would never happen have a chance again. These are just four that fans would like to see.

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4: Sith origins

The Sith are a mysterious culture: we don’t know where they come from, how they came to be, how long they’ve been around, or even who they are exactly. Without the EU explanations, there is almost no solid information about the origins of the Sith. A movie about them could be set in the Old Republic or earlier. It would be about how the Dark Side was discovered, and the first people to use it — the first Sith. This could happen simultaneously with the origins of the Jedi and the discovery of the Light Side.

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3: Wookiees and Kashyyyk

This one would be a bit of a challenge to make because of the language issues, but it could work if there is a human in the story that can translate Shyriiwook. It would reveal a lot of both Wookiee culture as well as the secrets of Kashyyyk, like whether Wookiees really live in trees and why are those trees so much better than any other species. It could mention and justify the Wookiee-Trandoshian conflict, as well as their distrust of the Empire.

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2: Republic Commando

No book series depicts the Mandalorian culture better or gives more insight into the genetically elite slave soldiers of the Republic than Karen Traviss’s Republic Commando series. It could take the plot directly from the series, but with the sheer length of them, it might be wiser to make it a TV show. Either way, seeing it as a movie would be almost as good as a real Mandalorian spin-off. Which brings us to…

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1: True Mandalorians

We’ve seen bounty hunters, extreme mercenaries, thugs for hire, various classes of outcasts who value cash over culture, and even rebel soldiers, but where are the true Mandalorians? Boba and Jango were disappointing, and the Death Watch are hardly true Mandalorians. It’s about time to get a movie from a time when the Mando culture is united under a Mandalore and not oppressed by a galactic government and spread thin under its rule. The movie could be set in the Old Republic, at a time when the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire coexist, and the Mandalorians are trapped with mixed loyalties in the center of a war between the two superpowers.

Star Wars, rewritten as a TV show

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Season 1: Sidious murders Plagueis, Qui-Gon trains Obi-Wan, Maul gets more character, etc. Sith reveal themselves in the last few episodes, and the duel in The Phantom Menace happens in the finale.

Season 2: Anakin grows up, the Confederacy (Seperatists) is created, the clone army is created, Padme becomes queen and then senator, the Jedi try to track down the Sith Lord. Concludes with the battle of Geonosis.

Season 3: The clone wars begins, General Grievous, Savage Oppress and Asajj Ventress’ backstory is shown, Ahsoka is introduced, Maul returns, and the Clone Wars TV series starts.

Season 4: The good parts of the Clone Wars happen (the boring parts are left out), but in longer and fewer episodes.

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Season 5: Omega Squad and the Nulls from Karen Traviss’s Republic Commando series are introduced. The Republic Commando storyline develops.

Season 6: The Republic destroys the Separatists, General Greivous is hunted down, the Clone Wars ends, the events of Revenge of the Sith happen. Also shows Han Solo’s childhood. Ends with the final battles of Revenge of the Sith.

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Season 7: The Rebels come together, Star Wars: Rebels happens, the Rebel Alliance is formed, and the backstory of Rogue One characters is shown.

Season 8: the Rebels timeline continues and ends in the finale of whatever season will be the last.

Season 9: Luke and Leia’s childhoods are explained, the events of Rogue One and events leading up to it are shown, Obi-Wan and Yoda get attention, Han shoots first, A New Hope happens, and the Rebels destroy the Death Star the in the last episodes.

Season 10: The Empire plans it’s revenge, Rebels expand their fleet, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi happen, but with more detail about Jabba and his bounty hunters, the race for Han (why Boba was the best), how Boba lives, etc. Ends with teddy bear party on Endor.

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Season 11: Leia builds a New Republic and mops up the rest of Imperial forces, Thrawn takes control, the Empire is reorganized and makes a last stand against the New Republic, Luke forms a new Jedi Order and hunts down the last of the Sith.

Season 12: Rey, Finn, Poe are introduced, the First Order rises, corruption becomes a problem in the Republic, Snoke trains Kylo, and The Force Awakens happens.

To Be Continued…

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What do you think? Is it better like this, or will infinite spin-offs be a better way to expand the universe? Comment your opinions below!

Gurlanins

Gurlanins originally appeared in Karen Traviss’s increasingly famous Republic Commando novels, set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. They are the only native sentient species of the planet Quilura. They are best known for their neat little feature: shapeshifting. Their natural form resembles a large, black canine, but they can morph into not only other living beings, but even inorganic substances. If they choose to, they can become invisible to infrared and thermal sensors, and can mask their Force signatures. How do they manage this? I have an idea.

As you know if you’ve read the books, Gurlanins can communicate telepathically from different sides of the galaxy. Their minds are somehow linked. When they morph into nonliving objects, they have no organs to keep them alive, but if my theory is correct, then they can use the fact that their minds are linked, and keep each other’s minds alive when their bodies are unable to support them. You can think of individual Gurlanins as cells, and the species as a whole as a multicellular being. Any one cell would die on its own, but relying on each other, they can all stay alive.

It sounds unlikely, but I can’t think of a better explanation. What do you think?

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