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.
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!