What the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer tells us about the galaxy’s future

When Lucasfilm announced it was killing the Star Wars Expanded Universe, I was heartbroken. The galaxy George Lucas had dreamed up took form in the original movies, but it was populated and fully realized by the authors, artists, and video game developers that helped build Star Wars’ back stories. Now, like a blaster taken to my childhood memories, that Expanded Universe was gone. I thought the damage would be permanent.

But I’ve just seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. I’ve seen…

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