At the last Star Wars Celebration, George Lucas announced plans for a live action Star Wars spinoff TV series. I actually think this is good news. Look what happened with the backlash of Phantom Menace – things got a lot tighter in Attack of the Clones. To wit, very little Jar Jar. Am I using “to wit” properly? Anyway – I think there is a new hope (pun intended) in a more or less separate medium and story. It’s a chance to wipe the slate clean, make some better casting choices than in eps 1-3, and hopefully send the directing chores out to somebody competent. As a storyteller, Lucas is not bad. As a creative visionary, he’s great. Hopefully enough people have been yelling at him that he’ll start to wise up.
“I’m going to get it started and hire the showrunners and all of that, then I’ll probably step away.”
Hopefully that ‘probably’ becomes a ‘definitely’.
Of course if Revenge of the Sith is worse than Attack of the Clones, my optimism may sag. But still – even if this TV series does suck, so what? It will join the ranks of the ewok adventures. The franchise has already been pissed on so much, I don’t really see how much more damage could be done. I look forward to the opportunity of seeing more old British actors mucking about in star destroyers.