Thursday, October 8, 2009

Star W*RS Jumps the Shark

Just in case you didn't think they had already jumped the shark with Episode I (think: Jar-Jar Binks and Midi-Chlorians), there is now insurmountable that Star W*Rs fiction has officially jumped the shark. They are introducing Zombies to their universe. That's right ZOMBIES.

Check it out: here and here. And people wonder why I am a Star Trek fan who does get all googly eyed for that other universe of fandom.
Here's part of the write up blurb where personal from an Imperial prison barge named the Purge have to board a Star Destroyer drifting in space in order to make repairs on their own ship. Only half comeback alive but...
And death is only the beginning.

The Purge’s half-dozen survivors–two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers, and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board–will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn’t really empty at all. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.
Yup, sounds like Zombies to me. Oh wait, excuse me: deadly space virus that makes you die, but come back as crazies who eat the living.

Just keep in mind that unlike Star Trek, which regards only the movies and TV shows as canon for Star W*rs all things in print or on film are canon.
Without movies at the core, though, Lucas Licensing couldn't afford to be lackadaisical—no more Jaxxons, no more incestuous flirtations. "We set parameters," Roffman says. "It had to be an important extension of the continuity, and it had to have an internal integrity with the events portrayed in the films." Closely tending the canon was paying off with fans. Essentially, all the new comic books, novels, and games were prequels and sequels of one another. If you wanted to know the whole story, you had to buy them all.
Given the tight canon control organized by the Lucas franchise, you can't chalk this up then to a bad publishing decision by a rogue editor running to jump on a hot market. More importantly you can't dismiss it as sub-canonical. Eat that Star W*rs Fanboys.

Here's one time it's nice to be a Star Trek fan rather than one of those other guys...

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