Obi Wan Kenobi wrapped up its miniseries that aired on Disney+ earlier this week, finally giving long-running star wars fans a glimpse of what Ewan McGregor’s titular, beautifully bearded Jedi was up to between the first two trilogies. The show received a mixed reception overall, well, in regards to the reception which is actually legit– and for some there is hope that star wars will now be able to move on. Not only of Tatooin, the New York of this franchise in that all other shows or movies take place there; but also in subject and style, for lack of a better word.
Say that star wars is a little too enamored with its history can be generous “first seller on eBay”. Even without the sequels and all that their now suspended above the franchise, in recent years it feels like the franchise is doing a question-and-answer session driven by overly haunting hounds. Filling in the gaps on the timeline is great and has led to some great legit moments in star wars narration. But Disney’s refusal to do anything other than fill out a Wiki page is starting to get a little tiresome, and the original freedom partly promised at the start of The Mandalorian does not exist anymore. We have to spend time to see live action versions of cartoon characterslearn more about unique characters and what they did before their emotional death, or people who cheated death and now can’t stop causing trouble in a familiar place.
Right now, the only real outlier seems to be The Acolyte, set in the High Republic era, with no Skywalker or Palpatine in sight. He can sketch some of the timeline leading up to the prequels, but High Republic overall, he felt more interested in making things matter in the moment than decades or centuries later. The various writers and artists seem to be making the most of this period, and the funny thing is what kind of shows and games could come out of it now that it’s established a solid foundation for itself.
For this week’s open channel, we want to know what you expect from star wars and its future as a television property in the future. Fewer Jedi, more than likely, but what else? A workplace comedy set in the New Republic era, a Sith/Jedi romantic comedy during one of Visions shorts? Let us know in the comments below.
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