This might go against what I said before but honestly Star Wars whether we like it or not, from old to the new, is George Lucas's dream. It's his story to tell, not everybody else's, he decides what goes in and what stays out. We may have a huge sandbox to play in that is Star Wars but he makes the finale deciscion.
I mean if you were in his shoes would you like it if people keep on throwing there opinions in and and then expect you to incorperate the stuff they created and not what you created. For example, if you were drawing a picture and three or four people lean over and all of them draw in what they want, what would you do? Erase them and draw your own stuff in?, incorperate all of what they did?, or erase some and keep some and incorperate them?
We better be happy with what we got out of this. He is still allowing Kar'buir's version of the Mandalorians and alot of the EU, turning it into Cannon. We were lucky to get Both Mandalorians and the Commando's mentioned or seen in the Clone Wars. We were lucky because unlike us, another universe I pay attention to has had most of its mythology turned into non-Cannon, I'm talking about Gene Roddenberry's universe "Star Trek". All of the books except some of the more recent ones are considered non-cannon and most of the video games to, the only things considered cannon there is the movies and the T.V. shows. We're lucky to have this little thread that we have.
But honestly this is his vision, not our's, whether we like it or not. He can pick and choose who he wants to write in the star wars universe.
And also if there is one thing I've learned with alot of Star Wars fans is that we put the old stuff on a extremely high pedestal that is impossible to reach. The kids that are watching this stuff now a days will do the samething in about 5 to 10 years.
My friend, if you search old archives here you might find a few posts of mine that say almost exactly what you have said above... exactly. So don't take it personally that I now feel that sentiment is a crock of osik.
This George Lucas guy has undiagnosed mental health issues. He is obsessive-compulsive about it. I have come to the realization that the greatness that was Star Wars exists not because of him, but in spite of him. Though he is trying very hard to crush that greatness.
Perhaps it was great by accident; because if he has been constantly refining it into what he supposedly originally intended...that seed that he originally had was crap. It isn't all the way crap yet...but he apparently won't stop until it is fully transmogrified. Part of what made the originals decent was that GL had restrictions; either budgetary or the opinions of the cast, crew and directors he was working with. He was not the all-powerful Oz that he has become and fans who hold the above opinion are willing to bend over and take.
If it comes down to Love George Lucas's continually worsening Star Wars or leave it...I'm inclined to leave it.
I am an orthodox Star Wars fan. I respect what it was...not what it is or what it is becoming, but if Star Wars was truly a religion, then GL is the pope, not the god, and he'd be forming an inquisition to burn alive all people like me as heretics.
After reading about the collaboration between Spielberg and Lucas on the last Indiana Jones movie, it was apparent that Lucas was consistently trying to turn it into a piece of osik...and for whatever reason, Spielberg rolled over and let him, for the most part. At least it wasn't called "Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men from Mars.' In Star Wars however...there is no one to tell him he has had a bad idea.
So, you may certainly hold that it's GL's playpen to do as he wishes, but I don't. What was done IS done, and in my mind, and my own version of Star Wars, most of the EU doesn't exist, including TCW and any changes GL makes to anything do not apply.
Is this disrespectful to the creator? yes. But he started it. He has a right to do what he wants, and I have the right to ignore what he does.
Guess that should have gone in the RANT thread, eh?