I had started an article the day we learned Jennifer Muro was working on a new lucasfilm project, but within 24 hours we learn ABC/Disney is in talks (early talks that is) with Lucasfilm on a TV series. So my original article went the way of a Weequay falling in the Great Pit of Carkoon. So, what are we to make of these two recent events? Well for starters, bringing Jennifer Muro on board to create something new has most of us speculating (the dirty word) it will be the next animated series.
Back in October of 2014, after seeing the first episode of Rebels, Joao and I were already canceling the series within a few years. Not because we didn’t like the show (granted, it’s not perfect … space whales, need I say more?) or the characters, but we felt that the timeline wouldn’t give them enough breathing room and after The Force Awakens, Disney would want to move on to connecting those gaps between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Once Rogue One was announced as the first “Star Wars Story,” (Or whatever you wish to call it) Joao and I were pretty much sold on the idea Rebels wouldn’t last more than 4 years. I even have a few bets among the Star Wars community whether it will go to 4 years or 5.
Now that the dust has settled with The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm and Disney seem to be going forward with connecting those gaps. The tweets by Jennifer Muro, has got me convinced that season 4 will be the end of our new lovable heroes and heroines. They could probably squeeze out a 5th season, but I can’t see that happening.
Now lets tackle the ABC/Disney talks. I have to admit, I was a little caught off guard by this. Not because there are talks about a TV show, but because it involves ABC. I seem to have it my head (that’s a very dangerous way to think with Star Wars) that NetFlix would be the home of our new Star wars Live action series. Apparently, I am wrong — which I most likely am about everything I’ve given an opinion on, regarding this subject. So is it a good move for ABC to have a show? In my mind (as you guessed it), it’s a no. I’m not a fan of how they have handled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, it started out…meh in my opinion, however people have told me it’s better now.
We then have the way Agent Carter was handled. Which I have to admit, I did not watch. Mostly because of the stain Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D left on my mind. Now I loved Agent carter ( Hayley Atwell, who is awesome) in Captain America: The First Avenger. However, I feel like a lot of us were turned off from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D first season, that we weren’t interested in giving Agent Carter a chance (which was canceled after two seasons), and that is my fear with ABC taking on a live action (Hasn’t been said if it would be live action or not) Star Wars show or any Star Wars show of any kind.
Now, I’m not saying having ABC doing a (let’s assume it’s live action for the sake of argument) live action series isn’t all doom-and-gloom, there is a lot of up-side to it. One of the big pluses, is it’s a major network which would come with a nice budget (I would imagine) and most importantly, the masses could see it. However, I feel Star Wars might be too cool for ABC and even Disney’s cable channels — at least the type of Star Wars story we all want and crave. Sure you can put the cute stuff on Disney and ABC, but for me, I want the style NetFlix has brought to Jessica Jones (my personal Marvel TV show) and DareDevil. Maybe I am spoiled with those shows and have been spoiled by how they film (lack of a better term) them, it feels cinematic and there are no pesky commercials to interrupt an epic story like Star Wars. Plus I enjoy a season of 8 to 13 episodes. There’s no need to have a throwaway episode (I’m looking at you Clone Wars and Rebels) or a shorter season which gives more meaning from my point of view.
So what do you all think? Am I foolish? Is this how you want Lucasfilm/Disney and ABC to go? Email me and give me your feedback.