As I mentioned the other day, I’ve been thinking more about the Metanarrative of Star Wars- the ‘larger world’ Obi Wan spoke of in Episode four, but I’m thinking it should be the Larger Universe.
One of the things about much Science Fiction is how parochial it can be. Star Trek/Doctor Who/ Firefly and so on concentrate on stories set in the Milky Way galaxy, a few episodes have gone outside to other galaxies, but Stargate Universe went further than most.
Thinking that the Main galaxy, or Galaxy One is where the First set of Tales in the SWU have been set, maybe it’s time to look further afield, see what other stories there are in othe galaxies far, far away.
I learned an interesting new word last week- PARACOSM. A Bigger Universe, a Metanarrative, a story that grows from a serial to an Epic to a Saga spanning generations.
StarWars at its initial release went fro story to Paracosm in an hour, introducing and mentioning so much- The Imperial Senate/The Clone Wars/Jedi Knights and the Old Rebuplic and so much, with Wookies and Aliens never seen before.
That ‘Larger world’ grew even more significantly over the next two films, all built on in comics/books and the prequel and sequel Trilogies. So it’s getting pretty big and crowded in there, yet is still only one galaxy amongst myriads.
It’s worth mentioning other Mettanarrative/Paracosms (MNP’s) like Dune, The Mahaberata, The Bible, Greek myths (and Norse/Egyptian etc) Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, HP Lovecraft’s Necronomicon, The Wheel of Time. Now it’s the Multi-media epics of DC/Marvel multiverses, along with Star Trek/Stargate/Doctor Who/Warhammer 40k/Game of Thrones. The Lord of the Rings kick- started the modern Era, but it was Flash Gordon that the SWU is most indebted to.
Of the old serials it was also longer than most. Buck Rogers, Undersea Kingdom and King of the Rocketmen went for twelve chapters, but the longest Serial was The Hazards of Helen, which lasted 119 Chapters.
Flash Gordon- also known as The Space Soldiers was a 13-chapter serial, with FG Trip to Mars at 15 chapters and FG Conquers the Universe at 12 chapters- making that saga FORTY chapters long.
With The Skywalker Saga being Nine Chapters, what about other tales from The Journal of the Whills?
I think Star Wars has just started its own Meta-paracosm and there are other stories/sagas out there, it’s just a matter of stepping into that Larger World, just like Obi Wan said.
Inspired by Wired- You won’t live to see the final Star Wars movie-