LOAF, is the SM2 card the first metion of Towlyn?
Yes. Tolwyn was created by Ellen Guon for WC2... and then Secret Missions 2 was written as a 'bridge' between the original game and Wing Commander 2.
Despite what some might think, I don't think there's an actual WC "canon." That would imply something official and definitive, which is certainly something we don't have. There's so many disparate elements we have to piece together, calling something "canon" is sort of misleading
I disagree -- there's a reason why you have things like the Wing Commander movie novel and False Colors working so hard to tie in to a million previously established sources (often blatantly so). There's a reason why you have Prophecy spend time in it's manual explaining why X, Y and Z concept from the novels isn't relevant to its storyline (what percentage of Prophecy's audience cares about the Double Helix, Mantu and Steltek?). There has always been a conscious attempt to tie in the previous sources in Wing Commander.
My point exactly. Whether or not Chris had complete control, the idea was a stand-alone media. It's hard to extract the best of the entire series and squeeze it into an hour and a half movie. There are certain concepts that they felt audiences would've preferred seeing, like Blair and Maniac being friends when in reality they were rivals from day one, Blair and Angel getting romantically involved at the end when it didn't actually happen till over ten years later, and many of the other ideas that have been rehashed and re-rehashed in this thread and others.
I don't understand where people get this. The idea of Maniac and Blair going to the Academy together is by no means some sort of retroactive continuity on the part of the movie.
It's a key element of the Wing Commander I & II guide, it's the basis of the Wing Commander Academy animated series, it's referenced over and over in both of the Blair novels... the Wing Commander movie did not invent the idea that Maniac and Blair went to the Academy together.
It disagrees with something you could possibly have argued in 1990 -- but it isn't anything that was changed for the story of the movie.
(And the idea that the fact that add retroactive continuity discredits the movie is silly enough - look at Wing Commander IV and the Border Worlds. Blair's parents having a religion and Paladin having the wrong accennt is *nothing* compared to the incredible alteration in the shape of the Wing Commader universe that occured when we decided that most of the systems we fought in in the war games were actually a special separate country. What's the difference? You enjoyed Wing Commander IV.)