Ewoks! Exterminate!

Is it truly wrong to hate the Ewoks?

Everyone knows the Ewoks. Those cute, cuddly, walking teddy bears that populated the last half of Return of the Jedi. In a series of films about the fate of the universe and the titanic struggle between the forces of good and evil, the Ewoks seemed curiously out-of-place. They lived in trees, they had tribal councils, they were aboriginal. In short, the Ewoks were the antithesis of the very technological world that George Lucas had painstakingly created.

Some have argued that Lucas’ intention in creating the Ewoks was to create something marketable out of the Star Wars films. Never mind that the series made Lucas a millionaire several thousand times over. The Ewoks were the pinnacle of a merchandising bonanza, best exemplified by the fact that the word “ewok” is never once uttered during Return of the Jedi, yet even people who haven’t seen a Star Wars film knows what the Ewoks are.

Suffice to say, I don’t much care for the Ewoks.

Suppose for a moment that something very nasty came along, something very evil. Something that wanted to exterminate the Ewoks.

Thus was born “The Dalek Invasion of Endor.”

The first version of “The Dalek Invasion of Endor” appeared on the Psi Phi Star Trek Books Bulletin Board on March 22, 2001. The second version, a drabble of exactly one hundred words, was posted to alt.drwho.creative on March 29, 2001, and was my first attempt at a drabble, the result of some judicious paring of words from the original idea.

Is it fair for the Daleks to exterminate the Ewoks? No particular reason why they shouldn’t. Daleks out in the forests, hunting down Ewoks, has a certain, nasty vision to it, don’t you think?

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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