Dark Empire and the Prophesy of the One who will bring balance to the Force
So I was thinking about the prophecy of the "One who will bring balance to the Force" and The DE series. Anakin was the Chosen One, as we all know, and in ROTJ he indeed brought balance to the force, but that is not all the prophecy stated. It said he would "Bring balance to the Force and destroy the Sith."
Now in the DE series, Palpatine (Sidious) we learn is in fact not dead, and is quite alive and well (his spirit anyways). And is in fact more powerful then he was in ROTJ with his clone bodies. Now, isn't this a blatant contradiction of the entire SW movie saga? And would this not mean that Anakin was in fact not the Chosen One? As Sidious being alive means Anakin did not destroy the Sith at all, just depowered them for a time.
I don't know who actually killed Palpatine, but I don't think it was Luke, was it? (I thought it was Han or something...) If not then DE actually is saying that the prophecy was not even true, and that there is/ was, no Chosen One at all.
This had always bothered me, because not only does it completely contradict the movies, it also makes the movies seem completely irrelevant.
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Yeah, that always bothered me too. I think that's part of the reason why GL took that "It's a different universe from mine" approach. In any case, I suppose when you think about contradictions, the prophecy you can interprete any way you want (Which is what GL is notorious for), and unless it tries to say something like Mace Windu was a green skinned Yoda character with dreadlocks, there's no real "contradiction" in the strictest sense.
Sure there is, Lucas said Anakin was the Chosen One, who would "bring balance to the Force and destroy the Sith". In ROTJ Lucas intended Anakin to fulfill this (and he did). DE contradicts it, because DE says he did not in fact destroy the Sith, and did not in fact bring balance to the Force.
Yeah, lucas has been horrible with his own "official" continuity.
DE was written long before any of this prophecy stuff was even concieved and When it came time for lucas to make a few billion more dollars he just said, "don't care".
All that stuff with licensing and carefully guarded continuity and he just tosses it out the window. The prophecy means squat, it's too vague. Besides destroying something doesn't mean there's not a trace of it left. New Orleans was destroyed and crazy people are still gonna rebuild it.
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Actually, as of the creation of DE, no contradiction. It was made in 1993-1994, dude. There was no prophecy then. This is just GL coming around and retconning shit because he doesn't pay attention to EU.
Right, be Lucas overrides EU, so when it was made it was fine, but now it contradicts the movies, which are of higher canon then EU. So the movies win, no matter when they are/ were made.
Lucas COULD decide to do a NJO type story arc (Post-ROTJ) and override all of JA/ DE/ NJO/ DN (say Eps. 7,8, and 9 for argument) and THAT would be the new official continuity, not the previously existing EU.
So with the creation of the PT, we now should be questioning how canon DE actually is.
When it was made does not give it higher canon then the movies.
But look at it this way then, if EU is indeed separate continuity from the movies (which it is) and the EU does indeed conflict with the movies (which are still a part of EU in terms of continuity but on a different continuity line) then in the overall EU continuity there is still a contradiction.
This is difficult to explain. So there is the "Official SW continuity" which is JUST Lucas's movies.
GL full SW Canon = Only the movies
EU continuity = All EU, but also includes the movies, or rather, the events and story of the movies, Because it must include the events of the movies to make a coherent time line.
Since the movie stories must be included in the EU time line, if DE is included then there is still either a) a contradiction in the EU time line or B) Anakin was not the chosen one, and there was in fact no chosen one at all.
See what Iím saying. Take your pick between those two options, because thatís all there is.
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Yes. Besides also having their own unique continuity, anything from the movies also overrides anything contradicting in EU, inside the EU's own continuity. The movies have actually made significant parts of the EU incorrect.
So in this case, it is not possible for Anakin to not be the Chosen One, that is absolute and overriding. So any other explanation must be found to explain events that seem to suggest otherwise, and if the only option is that the story is now outside of any sort of proper continuity, then that must be done, as happened long ago with Splinter.
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Perhaps, but it doesn't seem to have happened yet. I've never read an EU story that maintains Splinter in it's continuity. I also seriously doubt that the things that the PT made "invalid" are going to be ignored completely in the future.