- "Since Star Wars has become my job, it's been impossible for me to watch the films in the same way again. I'm too busy looking for which background character hasn't been named or trying to figure out how many days it took to fly from Dagobah to Bespin. However, while the actual experience of watching the films has changed for me, my love for Star Wars has not."
- ―Leland Chee in an interview with Wizards.com
Leland Chee (born March 1, 1971) is a Lucasfilm official and the person who maintains the Holocron continuity database. He was a frequent presence on the former StarWars.com forums, where he went by the screennames "Tasty Taste" and "Leland Y Chee." He was also the main tester for the Episode I video game, and maintains the Indycron continuity database (the equivalent database for the Indiana Jones universe).
After The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of Lucasfilm, Chee, alongside creative executive Pablo Hidalgo, was assigned a job within the newly formed Lucasfilm Story Group, whose main purpose was to eliminate the Star Wars franchise's canon hierarchy and create one cohesive canon.
Discrepancies explained by Chee[edit | edit source]
- In the Dark Empire series, Palpatine tells Luke Skywalker that the Battle of Endor was not his first death, and that he had started transferring his spirit into clone bodies years prior to that, when his original body had degenerated as a result of heavy use of the dark side. However, Chee stated that Palpatine was lying to Luke about having died previously, and that Palpatine's demise at Endor was definitely the first time he died, although not the last. Chee also stated that, while Palpatine's clone bodies do degenerate as a result of the strong presence of dark side energy within them, his original body did not degenerate in the same way, and he only had to start switching bodies periodically as a result of having to use clone bodies following the destruction of his original body at Endor.
- Chee answered a long debated question about the number of toes on the feet of Yoda's species. Where some sources depicted three, and some ambiguously five, his official response in the "Ask Lobot" section of Star Wars Insider 122 was four; three in the front and one in the back.
Continuity confirmed by Chee[edit | edit source]
As George Lucas is considered the highest level of continuity (G-canon) in Star Wars fandom, any mention by Lucas of a name, character, place, or thing not previously known as canonical seems to eventually gain that status. This is partly due to the item being added to the Holocron database, if it has not been used in literature or other media beforehand.
After Lucas' interview with Jon Stewart at Celebration V, in which Lucas mentioned that Stewjon and Skywalker wine existed, the two were soon after added to the Holocron, as Chee confirmed on his Twitter account.
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy
- "The Making of A New Dawn"—Star Wars Insider 152
- "Classic Moment: Warriors Clash!"—Star Wars Insider 155
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Leland Chee. LinkedIn. Archived from the original on May 11, 2020. Retrieved on May 11, 2020.
- Leland Chee (Tasty Taste) on the DarkHorse.com Message Boards (2005-05-26). Archived from the original on October 30, 2007. "None of the versions of Palpatine that you see in the films is a clone. The original Palpatine had a normal lifespan. He went through the clone transfer process between Eps VI and DE. (I concede that some "retconning" might need to be considered with the exact wording of the DE text.)"
- Star Wars Insider 122