The Star Wars Universe
By Mark Wilson, About.com Guide
- Basic information
- The Star Wars Films
- Star Wars Character Profiles
- The Worlds of Star Wars
- Star Wars in Print
- Star Wars Graphic Novels
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars TV and Specials
- The Force and Those Who Use It
- Star Wars Topics and Controversies
- Star Wars Parodies
- Star Wars Stuff and Events
- Star Wars New Merchandise Guide
- Star Wars FAQ
The Star Wars universe itself and how to navigate it.
- The Star Wars Universe - Timeline
- History of the Expanded Universe
- List of Character Profiles
- List of Planet Profiles
- List of Star Wars Reviews
The Star Wars Films
The core of the Star Wars universe is the six feature films, beginning with 'Star Wars' (1977), later referred to as 'Episode IV: A New Hope.'
- Star Wars in 3D: What to Expect
- Star Wars on Blu-Ray
- Preview: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
- Episode IV: A New Hope
- Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi
- Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Review: The Radio Adaptations
- In Memoriam: Irvin Kershner
Star Wars Character Profiles
Profiles of some of the heroes, helpers, villains, and bystanders in the Star Wars universe, including origins, discrepancies, controversies, and elaborations from the expanded universe.
- Padmé Amidala
- Han Solo
- Anakin Skywalker
- Luke Skywalker
- Leia Organa
- Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Admiral Ackbar
- Jar Jar Binks
- The Anzati: Star Wars Vampires
The Worlds of Star Wars
A closer look at some if the key planets and places of the Star Wars universe.
Star Wars in Print
The Star Wars universe has been vastly extended by dozens of novels, short stories, and graphic novels, adding new worlds and characters and developing the old ones in all sorts of unexpected ways.
- Review: 'New Jedi Order: Vector Prime'
- Review: 'Red Harvest'
- Review: 'Knight Errant'
- Interview: John Jackson Miller
- Interview: Novelist Joe Schreiber
- Overview: Young Readers Series
- Overview: The New Jedi Order
- Review: Episode I Novelization
- Review: Episode II Novelization
- Review: Episode III Novelization
- Review: Episode IV Novelization
- Review: Episode V Novelization
- Review: Episode VI Novelization
- Review: 'Fate of the Jedi: Allies'
- Review: 'Legacy of the Force'
- Review: 'Splinter of the Mind's Eye'
- Review: 'Galaxy of Fear' Series
- Star Wars Adaptations
Star Wars Graphic Novels
Some of the most inventive expansions of the Star Wars stories have taken place in comic books and graphic novels, including those published by Marvel and Dark Horse Comics.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars consists of an animated feature film and a subsequent animated television series that details events that occur between Episodes II and III.
- Review: Season 3 Finale
- Interview with Ashley Eckstein
- Season 3 Episode Guide
- Review: Season 3 Premiere
- Season 3 Behind-the-Scenes Preview
- Extended Trailer: Season 3
- 'Clone Wars' vs. 'The Clone Wars'
- What Happens to Ahsoka Tano?
- Episode Guide - Season 1
- Episode Guide - Season 2
- Trailer: 'Clone Wars' s2 Finale
- Interview: Lucas on 'Clone Wars'
- Video Links: 'Clone Wars' Film
Star Wars TV and Specials
Before 'The Clone Wars', there were other Star Wars series on television, as well as unique events like the Star Wars Holiday Special.
- Star Wars on the Small Screen
- The Star Wars Holiday Special
- Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour
- Star Wars: Ewok Adventures
- Star Wars: Ewoks - Season 1
- Star Wars: Ewoks - Season 2
- Star Wars: Droids - Season 1
- Odd Covers of the Star Wars Theme
The Force and Those Who Use It
Here you can find information about the Force, its nature and uses, as well as those who use it -- including the Jedi and the Sith.
Star Wars Topics and Controversies
Star Wars has inspired enthusiasm, discussion, and debate since the moment the first film appeared on screens -- never more so than when George Lucas makes changes to his own creations.
- Was There an Endor Holocaust?
- War is the Dark Side's Weapon: How Luke Skywalker Defeated the Emperor
- More Machine than Man
- Ewoks: The True Heroes
- A Jedi Shall Not Know Love
- The Problem with Character Death
- Great Star Wars Misquotes
- Cut Off Hands and Arms in Star Wars
- Star Wars Insults and Expletives
- What is the Emperor's Role in the Original Trilogy?
- Luke's Little Black Book
- Did Han Shoot First?
- Changes to the Episode IV S/E
- Changes to the Episode VI S/E
Star Wars Parodies
Star Wars is such a seminal part of pop culture than there have been countless parodies, take-offs, and references, often undertaken by the franchise's biggest fans.
- Review: 'Robot Chicken: Star Wars III'
- With Star Wars, Parody's the Highest Form of Flattery
- Review: 'Robot Chicken: Star Wars'
- Review: 'Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Darkside'
Star Wars Stuff and Events
Fandom, merchandise, party ideas, and other ways to bring Star Wars into your life.
- Weird Covers of the Star Wars Theme
- Video Game Review: Star Wars Chess
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- Review: 'Jedi Junkies' (2010)
- Review: Star Wars Cookie Cutters
- Review: Star Wars Pancake Molds
- Review: Star Wars Sandwich Cutter
- Review: Star Wars in Concert
- Lucas/Stewart Interview at Celebration
- Recipe: Bantha Surprise
- Make Your Own Blue Milk
- Top PC Games
- Most Valuable Action Figures
Star Wars New Merchandise Guide
Our monthly update of what's new in Star Wars merchandise, including new books, comics, games, toys, and more.
- Star Wars Stuff: July 2011
- Star Wars Stuff: June 2011
- Star Wars Stuff: May 2011
- Star Wars Stuff: April 2011
- Star Wars Stuff: March 2011
- Star Wars Stuff: February 2011
- Star Wars Stuff: January 2011
- Star Wars Stuff: December 2010
- Star Wars Stuff: November 2010
- Star Wars Stuff: October 2010
- Star Wars Stuff: September 2010
- Star Wars Stuff: August 2010
- Star Wars Stuff: July 2010
Star Wars FAQ
Frequently asked questions and other curiosities about the Star Wars universe. Got a question of your own? Email it to us at this address: scifi.guide (at) about.com.
- Why Can't Aliens Speak Basic?
- How Did Anakin Get His Scar?
- Why Doesn't Han Believe in the Force?
- What Order Should I Watch them in?
- Does Earth Exist in Star Wars?
- Is 'Willow' Part of Star Wars?
- What's the Clone Army's Origin?
- How Many Clone Troopers Are There?
- What Do Lightsaber Colors Mean?
- Did Palpatine Throw the Fight?