With the vast amount of resources in the Star Wars extended universe ranging from novels to video games, it's somewhat laughable that Star Wars Episode VII turned out to be a reboot of 'A New Hope.' Despite this letdown, a new hope has emerged with the release of the 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Trailer. This spin-off from the main Star Wars series signals that additional film series set in the Star Wars universe may be on the horizon.
While I think Rogue One looks like it could be a very good movie, I also believe there are far more interesting plot lines available in the extended Star Wars universe, namely: The Old Republic video games. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, often referred to as KOTOR, won numerous game of the year awards and has spawned two sequels: KOTOR 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic (an online version of the game). The game is known for its excellent story line and dynamic conversations, as well as having one of the greatest twists of all time.
The Old Republic Story Line
The story takes place approximately 4,000 years before the rise of the Galactic Empire. Former Jedi Darth Malak, a Dark Lord of the Sith and Darth Revan's former apprentice, has unleashed a Sith armada against the Republic. Malak's aggression has left the Jedi scattered and vulnerable; many Jedi Knights have fallen in battle and others have sworn allegiance to Malak.
The following plot points and video will spoil the game.
The player's character gradually gathers companions and pieces together their past while attempting to stop Malak. While taking refuge at the Jedi Academy on Dantooine, the player's character learns to be a Jedi, discovers a "Star Map", and learns of the "Star Forge", the probable source of Malak's military resources. The player's character and their companions search planets across the galaxy—Dantooine, Manaan, Tatooine, Kashyyyk, and Korriban—for more information about the Star Forge. Through the course of their travels, the player will eventually discover their character's true identity - the brainwashed Darth Revan, whom the Jedi Council on Dantooine took in and subjected to memory modification so that he would no longer be a threat to the galaxy. Darth Revan had been injured when attacking a Republic planet because Darth Malak turned his guns on his former master. Because Bastila Shan was aboard Revan's ship with a Jedi strike force, she was able to heal him and bring him to the Jedi Council on Dantooine. Her actions lead to the force bond between her and Revan, which plays a role later in the game.
Why this plot makes sense for a movie...
- Much needed history and background on Kashyyyk and Tatooine
- KOTOR II would make an interesting sequel movie about the defeat of the Sith Lord that rose to power in the first movie (KOTOR plot)
- Korriban, Nar Shadaaa and other planets would be very cool
- The Old Republic time period has a vast amount of story-material thanks to SWTOR online.
- Familiar species, planets, story, but significant difference where they count
So, what do you think, would The Old Republic make a great setting for the next Star Wars movie and possibly movie series? What would your ideal Star Wars movie be about?
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