Annlyel makes her case for why the future of the Star Wars franchise belongs on the small screen
If you had said to me ten years ago that my top two favorite things pertaining to Star Wars would be television shows I definitely wouldn’t have believed you. Yet, after watching Star Wars: Rebels and The Mandalorian in the past few months it is fact, Star Wars is a better and more engaging story through a series of detailed and fascinating episodes.
The eight-episode first season of The Mandalorian was nothing if not brilliant, delivering nostalgia in bucketloads and introducing incredible characters that immediately ascended into my top ten favorite list (The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda, and The Armorer). And its second season is only setting up what should be an incredible ride that’ll knock the socks off of viewers with Rosario Dawson rumored to play Ahsoka Tano in the series, Darksaber-wielding Moff Gideon set to make waves, and Mando and The Child embarking on an adventure to find Yoda’s species somewhere out there in the universe.
(I wonder if they come from a planet that looks like Dagobah?)
And don’t even get me started on Star Wars: Rebels, the animated series that has managed to touch my heart in a way I wouldn’t have expected. With lovable characters, intriguing and legitimately worrying villains, some fantastic Force lore, and some of the best story building I’ve seen in the entire franchise, Rebels is a force (no pun intended) to be reckoned with.
In the last five years, we’ve gotten five Star Wars movies. Each movie provided different reactions for different reasons but two of those films have split fans down the middle; The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. The Last Jedi, written by writer/director Rian Johnson, introduced some bold concepts and some provocative character choices that left fans rather pleased or incredibly disgusted. The Rise of Skywalker took the safe approach and in my opinion, ended up dismantling an entire Saga by reawakening old demons and striving to end a story that wasn’t very cohesive, to begin with. And yet, despite Star Wars: Resistance, which wasn’t really catered to us older people anyway, the television shows under Disney’s guidance have managed to unite the collective Star Wars fandom.
Take Star Wars: Rebels, The Mandalorian, and the newest season of The Clone Wars. These series have awakened our imagination in exciting ways and left fans salivating for more, crying our eyes out, or gushing over the characters as we gradually fall in love with them. These are, may I remind you, television shows and yet they contain a greater and more inviting story than the recent films have managed to do. Even Solo: A Star Wars Story, which has amassed a feverish love by the fans who have called for a sequel following the film under the hashtag #MakeSolo2Happen, would suffer from a lack of enthusiasm when it was coming out two years ago, becoming the first Star Wars movie to ultimately lose money. The movies of late haven’t been winning like the first two films under Disney, The Force Awakens and Rogue One, but the television format seems to be alive and prospering. And for good reason.
This year we’re getting a Star Wars-themed game show set to stream exclusively on Disney+ called Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge. The show will be hosted by Ahmed Best, best known for bringing Jar Jar Binks to life in the prequels. Following the second season of The Mandalorian, we will be getting a Cassian Andor/K-2SO prequel series to Rogue One which will focus on the spy genre of the franchise. Obi-Wan is getting his very own series sometime in the near future. There are rumors going around that Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano introduction in The Mandalorian will act as a pilot for a live-action series focusing on the fan-favorite. And there are so many other possibilities.
A Rey Skywalker Disney+ series? A series focusing on Finn becoming a Jedi. A potential Zorii Bliss and Babu Frik series. What about Jannah and Lando getting their very own show? Or maybe even Palpatine’s son getting a series to focus on his renouncement of his clone father, Emperor Palpatine? Or…let’s get even more creative and have a series focused on the era of The Old Republic? Like I said before, the possibilities are endless and it seems like Disney and Lucasfilm are on the same page.
Yeah, we’re getting three more Star Wars films in 2022, 2024, and 2026 but the future of this franchise definitely seems to be in our very homes on the television.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her own blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!
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