February 7, 2023

Max shares his appreciation for the recently released test footage from George Lucas’ unrealised Star Wars Underworld series

On January 30th, Star Wars fans were pleasantly surprised to see a clip from what would have been George Lucas’s live-action TV series; Star Wars Underworld. Even though the footage is barely 3 minutes; a lot of stuff was packed into those 3 minutes and from the look of it, it seems promising.​​​​​​​​​​​​​ In sync with the titles, we open with a shiny, curvy futuristic speeder park on a crowded underworld city street. The area is lousy with Stormtroopers and a mysterious hooded figure- with high heels(?) begins to walk around, what is presumably the “underworld” of Coruscant or a similar ecumenopolis. We also see an overhead view of a probe droid scanning the area with high tech facial recognition cams and it’s a little unclear whose side the droid is on.​​​

r Wars Underworld - Test Footage

The stormtrooper costumes invoke heavy waves of nostalgia. They are as “plastic” looking as the ones from A New Hope, and the dialogue is very Stormtrooper-ish.​​​​ What I like about this series, is that the special effects and imagery are a hybrid of the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy. Some advanced techy stuff, but the costumes, blaster bolts and scenery are very much the 70’s. I like this hybrid organism and I’m very sad to know this show will probably never materialize. ​​​​​​​​​I was immediately sucked into the story because the cloaked figure is a (presumably) Rebel and she electronically syphons data from a computer terminal.


The terminal is also a “hybrid. Big and clunky like an ATM but looks like an iPad with the touchscreen. ​​​​Anyway, I love the aesthetics of the show that could’ve been and I am hoping Disney produces similar content in the future. 80% out of 100.


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Max Nocerino is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter @MaxN2100 where he channels his passion frequently!


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