Elaine Tveit: When it comes to a Netflix series, or any kind of Star Wars television show, my mind goes to stories like Darth Bane. The story of Darth Bane, who was canonized in an episode of season six of The Clone Wars and made legendary by a trilogy of books by Drew Karpyshyn that detailed his rise and fall, would make for something radical, something different than, say, a series about the war between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire or something equally mundane. By the time Episode VII is released, we will have seen that story enough times (in fact, we’re going to see it again in Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed). But a series that focuses almost solely on exploring Sith, and even Jedi, lore would be uncharted territory, and would border on the fantasy genre, something that I think fans would like to see.
In addition, we would get to see Bane, who is a fan favorite, become a more fully-realized character on-screen. He could be, perhaps, an almost anti-hero, who could be portrayed as having a tragic spiral into the Dark Side, mirroring the fall of Anakin Skywalker, and then rising to become perhaps the most influential being in Sith and even galactic history.
On a more practical level, the series would most likely lead into some of the things that Palpatine talks about in Revenge of the Sith; like the Rule of Two, which Bane established (in Legends and in canon, Bane was the one who initiated the Rule of Two, where there must only be one Sith Master and one Sith Apprentice). Even Darth Plagueis or Anakin Skywalker could get a mention, perhaps in a Force vision or a receipt of the Prophecy of the Chosen One by a Sith or a Jedi.
In addition to being a fascinating tale of darkness and fantasy, a Darth Bane series would give Disney and Lucasfilm the chance to play with interesting visuals; special effects to make the Force a more visible power amongst the Sith and the Jedi; and CGI locations that wouldn’t completely work on a practical stage (like Mustafar). It would also allow them to explore the Sith aesthetic; especially Bane’s, whose design in The Clone Wars was inspired by the ancient samurai, giving him and the Sith (in my opinion) a more layered and fleshed-out quality.
A Darth Bane series, or any series about the Jedi and the Sith and the Force, would not only be unique and fascinating to watch, but would also be on an epic scale to rival some of the Legends. And it would also confirm, or debunk, the story of Darth Bane as laid down by Karpyshyn’s Legendary trilogy.
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