Our Coverage of the New Star Wars Canon

(Sorry about the mess below the story. With more than 1,600 episodes, this is a work in progress!)

Since April 25, 2014, it’s been a brand-new galaxy.

Now, I can’t say I was deeply ensconced in the old Expanded Universe, which was declared “non-canon” about a year and a half after Disney acquired Lucasfilm. I’d read all the original Marvel comics, the 10 books that had been released prior to 1990 (the three movie novelizations, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, Brian Daley’s Han Solo Trilogy, and L. Neil Smith’s Lando trilogy), and maybe the first dozen or so of the new wave that began with Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy.

Once it got past there, it became too much to keep up with. Which was crushing, because the secret I never told anyone was, I wanted to be the walking Holocron. I wanted to know the whole canon story, and there was just getting to be too much of it. Wookieepedia, the next best thing to the Holy-Grail-secret-database that Leland Chee kept at Lucasfilm, was still a twinkle in its creators’ eyes.

Now, with a rebooted canon and my own website, I can hold so much more of overarching story in my head (or have it available at a click or three in a way that it isn’t on the very detail-oriented and outlandishly incredible Wookieepedia).

Although … here’s what Pablo Hidalgo of Lucasfilm says about “canon”:

When you ask ‘is it canon?’ The answer means ‘do other storytellers need to take it into account?’ That’s all the answer means.

Which is, of course, different from what we as fans think “canon” is, on first blush. But when you really think about it, it’s actually the same thing. Does a moviemaking storyteller, for example, have to take into account some crazy thing that happened in LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles? I think not. (In fact, we did a whole episode on “LEGO Canon.”)

Though the Lucasfilm Story Group says the review process for them is the same regardless of the age of the audience, I’m drawing a line in the sand and suggesting that all that *really* matters is anything written for middle school and up. As far as I can tell, that’s the age range in which we actually learn new and substantial things about characters, groups, and events in the Star Wars galaxy.

Thus, the following list, which will be updated as new works are released, and links to our coverage of them (aside from the movies, which get coverage over many, many episodes…).

Movies:

Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Episode IV – A New Hope
Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
Episode VII – The Force Awakens
Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
Episode IX – Title TBA

Television:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (movie and TV series)

Here, according to Leland Chee – @HolocronKeeper and part of the fabled Lucasfilm Story Group – is the chronological story order of The Clone Wars episodes (the first digit represents the season, and the remaining digits represent the episode number, in the order they aired – “T” = theatrical release and “S4” = all of Season 4):

216 116 T 301 303 101-115 117-121 201-203 217-219 204-214 220-222 305-307 302 304 308 122 309-311 215 312-322 S4 502-513 501 514-520 601-613

Season 1:
01: “Ambush”
02: “Rising Malevolence
03: “Shadow of Malevolence
04: “Destroy Malevolence
05: “Rookies”
06: “Downfall of a Droid”
07: “Duel of the Droids”
08: “Bombad Jedi”
09: “Cloak of Darkness”
10: “Lair of Grievous”
11: “Dooku Captured”
12: “The Gungan General”
13: “Jedi Crash”
14: “Defenders of Peace”
15: “Trespass”
16: “The Hidden Enemy”
17: “Blue Shadow Virus”
18: “Mystery of a Thousand Moons”
19: “Storm Over Ryloth”
20: “Innocents of Ryloth”
21: “Liberty on Ryloth”
22: “Hostage Crisis”

Season 2 (Rise of the Bounty Hunters):
01: “Holocron Heist”
02: “Cargo of Doom”
03: “Children of the Force”
04: “Senate Spy”
05: “Landing at Point Rain”
06: “Weapons Factory”
07: “Legacy of Terror”
08: “Brain Invaders”
09: “Grievous Intrigue”
10: “The Deserter”
11: “Lightsaber Lost”
12: “The Mandalore Plot”
13: “Voyage of Temptation”
14: “Duchess of Mandalore”
15: “Senate Murders”
16: “Cat and Mouse”
17: “Bounty Hunters”
18: “The Zillo Beast”
19: “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back”
20: “Death Trap”
21: “R2 Come Home”
22: “Lethal Trackdown”

Season 3:

Season 4:

Season 5:

Season 6:

Star Wars: Rebels

The episode release order of Rebels is also in chronological order in-universe. This is different from The Clone Wars (in which – for example – Season 2/Episode 16 takes place in-universe before all of Season 1).

Season 1:

Season 2:

Season 3:

Season 4:

Star Wars: Resistance

So far, the episode release order of Resistance is also in chronological order in-universe.

Season 1:
01: “The Recruit (Part 1)”
02: “The Recruit (Part 2)”
03: “The Triple Dark”
04: “Fuel for the Fire”
05: “The High Tower”
06: “The Children from Tehar”
07: “Signal from Sector Six”
08: “Synara’s Score”
09: “The Platform Classic”

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny

The episodes of Forces of Destiny take place all over the in-universe timeline.

Season 1:
Sands of Jakku (1) and BB-8 Bandits (2)
Ewok Escape (3) and The Padawan Path (4)
Beasts of Echo Base (5) and The Imposter Inside (6)
The Stranger (7) and Bounty of Trouble (8)
Newest Recruit (9), Tracker Trouble (10), Teach You, I Will (11), The Starfighter Stunt (12)
Accidental Allies (13), The Happabore Hazard (15), Crash Course (16)
An Imperial Feast (14)

Novels:

Dark Disciple
Lords of the Sith

Tarkin

Ahsoka
A New Dawn (novel)
Catalyst (novel)
Heir to the Jedi (novel)
Battlefront: Twilight Company (novel – 1st half)

Battlefront: Twilight Company (novel – 2nd half)
Aftermath (novel)

Aftermath: Life Debt (novel)

Aftermath: Empire’s End (novel, forthcoming)

Bloodline (novel)

Junior Novels:

Weapon of a Jedi (novel)

Smuggler’s Run (novel)
Moving Target (novel)

Short Stories:

Kindred Spirits (short story)
Orientation (short story)
Mercy Mission (short story)

Bottleneck (short story)
The End of History (short story)
Rebel Bluff (short story)
One Thousand Levels Down (short story)

Last Call at the Zero Angle (short story)
“Blade Squadron” Parts 1&2 (short story, takes place during ROTJ)

The Levers of Power (short story)
The Perfect Weapon (ebook original)
Before the Awakening (short stories)

Comics:

Obi-Wan and Anakin (comic book series)
Kanan (comic series – the Order-66-era portion)
Princess Leia (comic book limited series)

Chewbacca (comic book limited series)
Star Wars (comic book series)

Darth Vader (comic book series)
Lando (comic book limited series)
Shattered Empire (comic book limited series)
C-3PO (comic book one-shot)

Poe Dameron
Book 1: Black Squadron
Book 2: Lockdown
Book 3: The Gathering Storm
Book 4: Legend Lost
Book 5: War Stories
Book 6: Legend Found
Book 7: The Awakening

One-Shots
Beckett
Cassian and K-2SO
DJ – Most Wanted
The Storms of Crait

Video Games:

Star Wars: Battlefront II