A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…
Every time a new piece of Star Wars media comes out, it inevitably gets immediately dissected by fans. Within an hour of a show or movie being released, there will be thousands of YouTube videos pointing out all the mistakes and breaks in continuity and canon and blah blah. Look, I get it. I used to be one of those obsessive fans that would point at a contradiction like the pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Now, I’ve always tried to find things I love about everything Star Wars, but it was hard for the geek in me obsessed with canon to ignore inconsistencies or mistakes. Then I saw someone make a comment that put things into perspective for me, and it’s completely changed how I look at everything since. I don’t remember the exact quote, but the general gist is this:
These stories are myths and legends from “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away” being told to us, the audience. The details won’t always match up. The same stories are told from different perspectives, and as Obi-Wan said “many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view”. The true canon is the emotional core of the stories, not whether this person’s lightsaber was green or blue, or if Order 66 happened to Kanan during the night or day. So I keep that in mind when I see a minor inconsistency, or when characters look or act slightly different depending on the medium. I ask myself, “Does this fundamentally change and ruin the story?” No? Then who cares? After all, I don’t lose my shit because Thor in the MCU has blonde hair instead of being a big bearded ginger.