‘Star Wars’ Brings Back Polarizing Character, Ires Fans

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When Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The High Republic multimedia initiative launched in January 2021, it was met with immense interest from many within the Star Wars fandom.

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Set 200 years before the Skywalker Saga begins with Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) — when the Jedi Order reigned supreme — the project has, to date, introduced Star Wars fans to an “untethered” and “unchained” era in the Star Wars galaxy, starring a host of new characters like the villainous Marchion Ro and Jedi Knights Keeve Trennis, Avar Kriss, Elzar Mann, and Lula Talisola.

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The only High Republic character familiar to longtime fans of the Star Wars franchise is Yoda, who is, during this era, a young Jedi Master on the Jedi Council — but, per writer Cavan Scott, he has taken a “bit of a sabbatical to teach Padawans” during this period of his long life.

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One new character has confused Star Wars fans immensely, though. Geode — a literal rock — first appeared in Claudia Gray’s High Republic novel, “Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark.”

The sentient boulder instantly polarized the fan community, and the reception remains chilly now that the character has made another appearance, this time in IDW Publishing’s Star Wars comics.

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Per one recent article about Geode’s cameo:

Geode’s hilarious cameo ends up playing a major role in the short story “No Stone Unturned” by Claudia Gray, Jason Loo, and Megan Huang in the annual issue of 2021’s Star Wars – The High Republic Adventures. Geode finds himself in the middle of a misleading assignment from an undisclosed client with his known associates, the pilot Leox Gyasi and copilot Affie Hollow of the transport starship Vessel. Their goal is to steal a special gemstone from some ancient ruins that have ostensibly been uninhabited for centuries.

Ultimately, Geode’s unique and mysterious teleportation powers save the day, with Leox and Affie attaching the Sun Jewel to him so he can transport it back to the necessary location in, seemingly, a mere blip of time.

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Fans online are less than thrilled that Geode is back, though. One user railed against the character in response to Cavan Scott:

I have been a fan of Star Wars for 44 years it’s the first movie I saw in the theater, so fan to fan do you think your high Republic is better than the Mandalorian?.. with a rock named geode and a ship named vessel.

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Another Twitter user poked fun at Geode while replying to a post about a Claudia Gray interview:

She is my favorite author of the Wars in the Stars. Geode really… cemented it for me.

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Soon, the High Republic era will finally be featured in a live-action Disney+ Original series when Leslye Headland’s (Russian Doll) mysterious The Acolyte debuts, presumably sometime in 2023. However, no official debut date has been announced.

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Headland has described the show — which many expect to show the rise of Sheev Palpatine’s Sith Master Darth Plagueisas a “tent revival” for the Star Wars universe.

What is your opinion of Geode?

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