With the on-going issues and controversy of the movies, are live-action TV shows like The Mandalorian the future of Star Wars?
For the first time, in a very long time, the Star Wars fandom appears to be untied. The Mandalorian appears, for now anyway, to have all the fans singing from the same hymn sheet that they can’t wait to see this live-action TV show.
Raising the question, are live-action TV shows like The Mandalorian the future of Star Wars?
There is certainly no denying that the Star Wars movies that have been produced recently have had their fair share of problems and controversy. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was deemed as nothing but a rip off of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is probably the most enjoyed movie out of all the modern day releases, but was plagued with problem after problem during filming.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi caused an uproar like nothing that had ever been seen before, and Solo: A Star Wars Story felt the backlash of this, apparently.
That isn’t to say there are no fans of the modern day movies, there are plenty of fans who have loved each and everyone one of them. It’s just there is a significantly larger than normal group who have not been pleased with the Star Wars movies, enough to make the bosses over at Disney put a halt on any future installments.
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But when the Jon Favreau live-action series The Mandalorian was announced, there was an almost unilateral excitement amongst the fandom.
And if this stays the course, right up until after the series has been made and aired, will Disney perhaps consider this is the way forward from now on?
Which, for me anyway, would be great. A TV show would allow a much more in-depth story to be explored, something which all movies, not just Star Wars movies, can be guilty of messing up.
TV shows open up the possibility of exploring the Star Wars universe in a much greater detail. We can have a series on The Old Republic, for example. The Obi-Wan spin-off that was put on hold could be turned into a series. A series dedicated to Darth Bane would even be possible, the list is endless when it comes to the possibilities of what could be created.
Another pro for making TV shows rather than movies is the rate at which they can be churned out. TV shows are made at a much faster rate than movies, and there are valid reasons why this happens, but from a viewers point of view, more content and delivered at a much faster rate would go down well.
Disney does have its streaming platform on the way, which will need to new content, another reason why this could be the future of Star Wars.
There are, of course, disadvantages to the idea, like budget constraints, but it is Disney, so if anyone could get around that it’s them, basically the pros certainly outweigh the cons right now.
What do you think? Is live-action TV shows the future of Star Wars? Would you like to see this happen? Share your thoughts below.