Will The High Republic publishing initiative adopt the same Trilogy strategy as the Skywalker Saga? Max explores the possibilities!
January 2022 saw the beginning of the release of the final phase of Wave 1 of The High Republic publishing macro project. The High Republic tells the tale of the Republic and the Jedi 200 years before The Phantom Menace. And to skate around the whole “There hasn’t been a full-scale war since the formation of the Republic” point, the Jedi are not soldiers; but merely protectors and saviors towards sentient life being threatened by the evil space pirates, the Nihil.
There is also something that hunts Force users, drains them of their life force, and leaves only a husk behind. But you need to start reading before you can understand that. Anyway, it is only logical to assume information would come for Wave 2 of The High Republic since Wave 1 is ending. And it DID. Just not in the way expected. To my total bewilderment, it was announced that Wave 2 would take place even further in the past from The Phantom Menace, essentially making a prequel to a prequel’s prequel. Yes, that’s quite a mouthful.
I didn’t think this was the right move at first, but an epiphany hit me that seemed so obvious (hindsight is 20/20). The High Republic is paying homage to the formula that the main Star Wars movies made.
In 1977, a trilogy was created and then a few decades later, another trilogy going back in time was created. Then a decade after that, the story of what happened after that first story was made. Do you see where I am going here? Wave 1 was like the Original Trilogy, Wave 2 will be like the Prequel Trilogy. And there will be a third and final wave that will finish Wave 1’s story. Hopefully bringing the journey into a perfect pyramid.
What do you think? Do you think I may be on to something? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!