Timeline Breakdown - Republic Commando!

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Hello, Rebelscum fans! Join us this week for a batch of articles on the Republic Commando game and its subsequent tie-in games. Make sure to check back to our “Expand Your Mind” base article to understand the game’s story, its history, and how it changed the Star Wars universe through its clone perspective. Bobby’s merchandising videos will explore some of the best collectible items related to Republic Commando, and we’ll be thinking about how we’d like to see Republic Commando adapted in our “Force Casting” segment and we’ll highlight some key characters with our “Character Profile.”

Today, with our “Timeline Breakdown” we’ll be looking at how Republic Commando fits into the Star Wars canon. While like most projects made pre-Disney it is now considered non-canon, the entire Clone Wars era timeline was vastly changed when Dave Filoni’s The Clone Wars series launched in 2008. As we covered in a previous week, the era of Clone Wars content released between the releases of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith was quite different.

Delta Squad themselves are now part of canon thanks to a brief appearance in The Clone Wars season 3 episode “Witches of the Mist,” but Filoni’s projects have focused on new Clone Commando characters such as Captain Gregor. However, fans looking for more adventures from these characters will want to check out the excellent novel series by Karen Traviss.

Traviss wrote several novels that explored the relationship between the clones throughout the war, their involvement in key battles, and how they are impacted by Order 66. In addition to Delta Squad, the books introduced Omega Squad and explored a different interpretation of the Mandalorians than how they’re portrayed in The Clone Wars and The Mandalorian.

Republic Commando Novels

  • Republic Commando: Hard Contact (2004) - The first novel follows Omega Squad as they team up with Jedi Padawan Etain Tur-Mukan to destroy a Sepratist laboratory.
  • Republic Commando: Triple Zero (2006) - Omega Squad and Delta Squad join forces with select ARC Troopers to hunt down Separatists plotting a terrorist attack on Coruscant.
  • Republic Commando: True Colors (2007) - Two years into the war, a mission to Mygeeto exposes the clone characters to their heritage on Mandalore, which has been shunned from the galaxy.
  • Republic Commando: Order 66 (2009) - You guessed it- this is a pretty emotional book that explores the devastating impact that Palpatine’s orders have on the clones. It’s particularly impactful in the book because of Tur-Mukan’s personal relationship with a member of Omega Squad.
  • Imperial Commando: 501st (2009) - The first post-Clone Wars set Republic Commando novels shows the clones adjusting to their new responsibilities under the Empire. Unfortunately, the sequel Imperial Commando 2 was cancelled after Traviss left the Star Wars universe.
What do you think? Did you read the Republic Commando novels? Are you a fan of their interpretations of the clones and Mandalorians? Let us know, and as always, may the Force be with you!
 
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I think Republic Commando book series is the BEST Star Wars books written. Now remember I love Clones in everything from Clone Wars to Bad Batch and the movies. But this book series written by Karen Travis feels like its written with adults in mind. The way she fleshes out the Mandos and the clones make them so human and relatable to the reader. But don't forget my personal favorites the Null's. These books are just the best thing ever written for Star Wars. My fear is that if they brought them to the screen they would not stay true to Karen's vision. If you like clones at all these are the best books you can get. You will never see books like this in a Disney controlled Star Wars Universe . My hopes now are since we seen them in the Bad Batch that Hasbro will make us some Commando figures. By the way thanks for the review and bringing Commando's back into the lime light. Great job Rebelscum !
 
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Next to the Rogue Squadron books, these were my favorite book series. I wish Karen Travis could have finished her series before they pushed her out. Once the Clone Wars started working into Mandalore and Mandalorian culture everything she had done was quickly swept away.
To this day, I can't listen to "Republic Forces" podcasts because of how they treated this controversy at the time. It makes me so angry thinking about it even now.
 
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The take on mandos/clones in this series is definitely up in my top favorites. But at the same time a lot of the characters have been overpowered. I think Karen got a raw deal with how everything was handled. I understand why she was upset about it. The handling of the whole situation was very mishandled. Her work is definitely enjoyable and her characters very unique. It angers me that all of the best star wars stories have been turned into legends...
 
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