The entire Star Wars saga started by focusing on the minor droid players C-3PO and R2-D2, but now the pair of robots will take center stage and tell their own version of events in a galaxy far, far away.
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The new miniseries Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales will air on Monday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. on Disney XD, featuring a retelling of the entire saga through the droids’ perspectives. The series will comprise five episodes total, with one airing each month in anticipation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ release in December.
The series will use the framing device of C-3PO and R2-D2 sharing their adventures with the other characters to take us back to the scenes of the films. According to the official synopsis:
"“Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga. The series offers all of the playful humor that viewers expect from LEGO Star Wars.”"
The first episode, “Exit from Endor,” will focus on the events of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, while the second will retell The Clone Wars and Revenge of the Sith. The final three installments will each tackle the films in the original trilogy.
Oddly enough, there hasn’t been any information on a list of the cast or crew involved.
The series will likely take after the tongue-in-cheek humor of the Lego Star Wars video games, poking fun at various aspects of the Star Wars mythology in the guise of re-interpreting the franchise for a younger generation. Check out the trailer for Droid Tales below to get a sense of the tone the series will probably aim for:
As you can see, the creators aren’t afraid to roast some of the more maligned features of the trilogy, especially the prequels. Even with the target audience in mind, it may be worth watching Droid Tales for its sly, wink-wink comedy that may go over the heads of younger viewers.
Stay tuned to Dork Side for a review of the premiere this Monday.