What the frak? Seriously, what the frak? But her books were so good!
Arrgh! Why are people stupid?
And what is with the Mando-hate? ( Caution: rantCollapse )
And now that I am done ranting (sorry about that, really. I don't know exactly where that came from. I guess I was more pissed about that whole internet morass than I thought I was)
let me get onto the point
of this post: Karen Traviss is done with Star Wars!
And it turns out she announced this in August, but I did not know about it. I totally missed the whole explosion of controversy and bad-continuity and general crappiness and only just found out tonight when a friend mentioned it online. And I almost actually cried. Her books were so good
and there was so much left to tell!
Okay, bad enough she was stuck with trying to clean up after Troy Dennings and leaving the lot of us with bated breath as to how (and if) she was going to salvage her ongoing Mando/Clones plot from way back in the first RepCom book all though LotF. Bad enough we still
don't know what happened
to these people (thanks, Dennings. You're a peach. The nanovirus was a great idea. I'm so glad you do your research and pay attention to what your fellow authors are working on. Ass.)
but now we maybe never will!
And even if we do, it will not
be the same if it's not KT. Dammit, I wanted to know about Venku/Kad! I wanted to know about Mirta and Ghes and Sintas and Bob'ika! I wanted to know about Beviin and Medrit and who's going to be the next Mandalore. I wanted to know about Ordo and Bardan/Gotab and Fi and all the clones who defected and settled on Mandalore. I wanted more
and now there won't be
And you wanna know why? Why there won't be any more KT Mando/RepCom books? Why the Boba Fett book that I was both dreading and anticipating won't be happening? You wanna know why?
Because for the cartoon they decided they want to make the Mandos pacifists!
I'm sorry, I don't think cinnamon buns go with buckets. Mandalorian-pacifist is like...like...I can't even think of a contradiction big enough to use as an example. Mandalorian pacifists?
Okay, I heard about that before--another friend told me, back when Season Two was just starting and the rumors were flying--and I was thrown for a hell of a loop, but I was willing to wait and see. After all, The Clone Wars
cartoon was awesome
so far. (Cad Bane is my new second-favorite bounty hunter. Lee Van Cleef, whoo!) And it could work...ish. Yeah, the Mandos have splintered before. This could be like the Death Watch only, you know, the opposite of that. And they were on a planet that had been nuked? Well that's kind of cool. Pacifist Mandalorians in a post-apocalyptic wasteland? Okay, I'll bite...show me what you got.
Umm. But you don't have to break continuity to do it, kids.
You know? I mean, it's not like they were saying "oh hey, this big plotline we're starting to think up is gonna totally not work with this one little e-book that was out a while ago...we'll just make the e-book into an Infinities, mmmkay?" No, they're saying "so hey, yeah, we're gonna like trash a super-high-selling series and oh yeah it's also gonna frak up one of our major storyline events
in the SW EU but no big, right?" I'm sorry, I thought the big thing now was that continuity would not get broken like whoa
anymore, because editorial was going to be paying attention and keeping tabs and working things out and all that kind of stuff.
And they could have worked this out! Like I said, Mandos have splintered before. Make them an off-shoot sector; it's a nomadic culture, after all, spread over a couple of planets. Easy fix: these are Mandos living on Dxun or somewhere else, which was nuked, and they have their own personal Mandalore and ignore the rest of the Mandalorians, who respond in kind. Live and let live, that's the Mando way, at least until someone offers money for slaughter and destruction instead. Maybe they split off after the Sith War way back when, that would be kind of cool. Or it's a recent development, and doesn't last--cause okay, how long do you
think Mandos could go being pacifists? A month? A week? I give it one game of cu'bikad or smashball myself.
The point is, they could have done this weird pacifist Mando-thing in the cartoon and not broken continuity everywhere else!
But nooooooo, we can't play together
, we can't get along
, we can't adhere to frakking established continuity,
oh no! No no no, let's not talk crazy here! Totally a much better idea to just throw out tons of awesome material and frak up current continuity in the EU like crazy rather than just slide this in alongside it. Which, by the way, they wouldn't have even have had to mention in the cartoon episodes! Just change the name of the planet to something other than Mandalore, and let assumption carry canon until someone can write up a side note in some book or magazine article or something explaining how the Mando-pacifists were in fact a splinter group of--EXCUSE ME, but JANGO wasn't a pacifist! Hello! Dooku? Army of Jedi? Slaughter on both sides? The Death Watch? Jaster Mereel? Open Seasons?
Any of that ring a bell at all?
Arrrrrgh...so unnecessary. There is no reason
to break canon! No reason! They could have worked it out! Easily! Hell, I just did it in a few sentences, and I don't even have all the details yet! But I'll bet anyone a bonafied No Prize that after the episodes come out, I'll still
be able to tweak up a solution that will make both canons work! Hell, I read X-Men, I can reconcile splintered continuity in my sleep.
But instead my beloved Mandalore is broken, and KT is gone, and the Clones are left bereft and rudderless, and Bob'ika and Mirta and Sintas are drifting; if there are buy'cese in the Fate of the Jedi they will be pale, empty things--ori'buyce, kih'kovid. And the delight of a galaxy with Mando'ade on the political stage will be gone. And it was so, so
pretty an impending chaos, too.
You know, it wasn't too long ago that I was posting with glee about Mandos in the Legacy
comics. I miss that glee. I'm gonna go wallow in my sorrow for a while. The last time I felt miserable like this, I had just had a dream about finishing reading the latest Star Wars book (I was halfway through it at the time) and Fett died in it and when I woke up it took me like an hour to realize it was a dream. It was horrible. And felt really real. Like, I didn't dream what happened next, I actually dreamed the process of reading it. Kind of spooky, actually. And left me miserable and hollow inside. Kind of like this. Books, burc'ya. They'll frak you up.
Well. Happy holidays, mando'ade. Don't worry, gar nu kyr'adyc, shi taab'echaaj'la.
I think I might cry.