Within the previous Star Wars Expanded Universe, it appeared like each character, irrespective of how minor, had had a run-in with Han Solo. Within the new canon, everybody will someway be linked to the Halcyon, aka the Galactic Starcruiser, aka Walt Disney World’s ludicrously expensive hotel/Star Wars LARP zone. Or at the very least they are going to be ultimately, as a result of the Halcyon will likely be a part of not one however three new novels along with starring in its own comic, with extra appearances on the way in which.
The primary ebook will convey the ship into the galaxy’s previous in Star Wars: The Excessive Republic: Mission to Catastrophe by Justina Eire. “Storywise, there may be an incident [at the Starlight Beacon space station] that requires the Jedi and the Republic to behave rapidly, and so they want an enormous, highly effective ship to return to the rescue, and the Halcyon solutions that decision. And when it does, it units an instance for different ships to reply that decision,” Lucasfilm Publishing artistic director Michael Siglain defined on StarWars.com. “After all, one thing as high-profile because the Halcyon additionally attracts the eye of the Nihil.”
The Halcyon may also be part of George Mann’s Star Wars: The Excessive Republic: The Battle for Starlight and Daniel José Older’s Star Wars: The Excessive Republic: Midnight Horizon, the latter of which is able to discover the ship’s backstory. Between its numerous appearances, Siglain mentioned, “We’ll go to the shipyards of Corellia, the place it was constructed, and get to fulfill the genius behind this superb ship.”
Right here’s the factor: StarWars.com says Mission to Catastrophe is a ebook for middle-graders, The Battle for Starlight is for youths, and Midnight Horizon is described as a Younger Grownup novel. I do know everything of Star Wars is designed to make hundreds and a great deal of money, nevertheless it feels weirdly crass that the Halcyon is exhibiting up in three books focused to youngsters. It appears much less like a storytelling choice and extra like a concerted advertising and marketing push to get youngsters sufficient within the Galactic Starcruiser that they endlessly badger their mother and father about it till they get taken to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World. And this feels genuinely mean-spirited, on condition that few households can afford the exorbitant $6,000 payment it prices to remain on the particular themed resort for a mere two days—and if they will, there’s nonetheless a four-month waitlist.
Additionally, why does Disney/Lucasfilm suppose its area resort is so attention-grabbing that it deserves a number of appearances? It’s a resort. Think about if the final act of The Empire Strikes Again wasn’t set on Cloud Metropolis, however a Hyatt. Or I assume you’ll be able to simply buy Mission to Catastrophe on January 4, 2022, or The Battle for Starlight and Midnight Horizon later within the yr.
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