So, this may have made my evening. I love me some Star Wars, and I've never met someone who gets Nemoidians like you do. Adorable, conniving bastards. And isn't The Clone Wars amazing? I was always under the impression it was just kid stuff until I picked up seasons 1-3 for a Star Wars over reading week in my last year of undergrad. Blew me away! Serious time: How do you feel about Disney buying Star Wars? I'm excited, but at the same time I'm terrified. I'm a huge fan of the expanded universe, and what they could do to that continuity scares the willies out of me. I mean, people say "If you don't like it, don't watch it", but that's not really an option, is it? I mean, anything they do there is at a higher level of canon than the EU, so it'll effectively retcon anything done there. The whole Mandalorian debacle's just one example. I'm not sure how familiar you are with Mandos, but neither the Mandalorians nor the Death Watch of The Clone Wars bear much resemblance at all to the Mandalorians of the books, past the armour. So, what are your thoughts?
First off, thank you VERY much for your kind words. I truly appreciate them, and this was certainly a lovely early Christmas present. I'm very happy I could "make [your] evening," with my love of Neimoidians. Given that you've visited, I don't think it necessary to elaborate how much I love Neimoidians and how much they mean to me, but I'm certainly glad I've spread the "Neimoidian love."
Now to answer some of your questions, YES, Clone Wars is absolutely amazing! I too was sceptical at first; however, all it took was one viewing of "The Senate Spy" and I was instantly hooked. It's much more sophisticated than it first appears, and even dark. As to how I feel about Disney...eep. I wrote an entire blog entry about it the day I heard the news, under the belief that I may feel differently and would come back and write a response to it, once I'd had time to let the news sink in. Now seems as good a time as any to do just that!
Overall, I don't think I'm as outraged as I was the day I found out. I mean, I literally felt ill at the news, and even cried once. My feelings on Disney haven't changed at all...I still despise them. They have so many serious issues that are so many levels below what, I believe, Star Wars deserves, and I'm still kind of hoping they'll get passed onto someone else (I don't see that happening though). It's hard to say how worried I am or am not about them changing the canon because we don't even know yet what will happen in the Sequels and when. Because I'm so worried about so much else at the moment, I've decide to cross that bridge when they come to it. I still stand, however, by what I said then: Disney will upset Star Wars fans at their own peril. I won't say Star Wars is in good hands as far as Disney is concerned, but I do think it has enough padding to keep it quite safe, because of Kathleen Kennedy, Lucas staying on as a creative advisor, and, of course, the fanbase, which gets things done in a way no other fanbase can. Bronies just WISH they could be as amazing as Star Wars fans.
I don't think I'm as excited as you about the Sequels. I had long come to the acceptance that Star Wars was through, as a film, and was happy to have our six-film masterpiece. Anything that comes from Disney, to me, just doesn't seem like Star Wars to me. I'm still undecided as to whether I will even see it, and I realised, recently, that, having never been disgruntled at anything Star Wars at any time in my life, I now know, for the first time, how fans who hate the Prequels felt when they were disappointed by Episode I. I would like to have hope, but, at the moment, it's one step at a time for me. I think, above all, what scares me most is that Disney will give Star Wars "sequelitis." They've done it to many of their films, including The Little Mermaid (which was, in itself, a literal rape of the original and beautiful Andersen tale) and Cinderella. I think the six-film saga, as is, tells a perfect story, and Return of the Jedi has one of the most outstanding endings to any film ever: the Emperor dies, Darth Vader is revealed to be nothing more than a man, and the Empire is destroyed. I know, of course, it takes another decade before any sort of stability is reached, and, actually, if there is to be a Sequel, I'd love to see it take place during that time, OR, during the Yuuzhan Vong War. Either way, my point is that Episode VI had such a solid ending, I'm not sure how they will bypass that successfully, as well as introducing a new cast of characters that we can love and identify with. I can only hope they will use already-established characters, rather than anything "Disney-made." Without starting anything feminist, lord knows Disney's female characters are irritating at best. That's another great thing that Star Wars does: they have exceptionally strong female characters. I think Leia is quite possibly the strongest female character in any fiction. Don't get me started on "Disney values..."
I could go on, but you probably get my drift as is :). I'm not thrilled about Disney, I'm somewhat worried about what they will do to the canon, but, honestly, it's a pride issue for me. Of all the companies, WHY Disney? In my eyes, Star Wars (and Neimoidians) deserves better ownership.
Thanks again for your comment and question, Mr T. Feel free to continue the discussion in the comments; it's been a pleasure!