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1. I don't really care for Westerns as a genre. There are some exceptions, but I just... don't. For many reasons.
2. I generally hate the "Brooding stoic silent protagonist" trope.
And while I do like Star Wars - a lot - A lot of the stories that have been coming out the last few years have been pretty weak overall. I've nearly given up on the books, when at one time a few years ago, I thought I would really be keen on reading them all. I also fucking hate Star Wars fans. And any time anything Star Wars related comes out, I just turn the internet off.
I say all this to set up that, I was prepared to be let down. I had some ideas that this just wasn't going to be for me. But it has the potential to be the best Star Wars story since The Empire Strikes Back. It's currently the best since The Force Awakens.
While I expect it WILL have tie-ins eventually, I'm so happy that it isn't connected to the Skywalker saga. How everything tends to be so interconnected related to a Skywalker, and full of cameos is a plague which makes an unnervingly and verisimilously small universe. I love Star Wars' theme of fate, destiny, and all that. But they've taken it way too far.
The world building is very good. I think the slower pace helps facilitate the subtle approach. This is something Disney has actually done A LOT, but it's often done at a very fast pace where it doesn't resonate. And they've struggled from being too deft on one end or too assertive on the other.
I love that it's a guy who is flying to different planets. It doesn't have to be named. It doesn't have to be anything more than... it's a planet. Where? That isn't important. I love that there's a tiny cute little Yodeler that is a force user, and isn't a Jedi. NOT EVERYONE WHO IS FORCE SENSITIVE NEEDS TO BE A JEDI OR SITH! HOORAY!
I fully expect this to bridge a lot of the information gap people struggled with, because it takes place in what I think is one of the more interesting and unexplored parts of the star wars galaxy timeline: The fractured imperial remnant. All of the best post-disney acquisition Star Wars stories to date have taken place in that time period. The splintered empire and ineffective republic has made a great canvas for stories, as there's a real power vacuum in place.
Part of my hesitation though, is that in the timeline, is that it takes place about a year prior to the battle of Jakku. And there are a lot of floating strings that can connect it to characters we've already known.
I have spoken.