With a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic TV show reportedly in the works, we look at how the show could work, and what we’d like to see.
With recent reports about a Knights of the Old Republic show coming to Disney +, Star Wars fans across the world are excited to learn that the story of Darth Revan, Darth Malak, and Carth Onasi could be coming to the small screen. But how would it work?
Bioware’s Knights of the Old Republic is highly regarded as the best Star Wars video game of all time, and rightly so. Darth Malak, the former Jedi turned SIth, is waging war on the galaxy, turning the Republic inside out and forming the fearsome Order of the Sith to aid his sinister plans.
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The Old Republic takes place 4,000 years before the events on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, presenting both sides of the Force in a very different light. The Jedi and Sith are at war, and aren’t too disimilar. The Jedi of the Old Republic are trying to push their strict beliefs on the order, and the Sith largely oppose them.
Driven by darkness, Malak turns on his master, Darth Revan, and begins his assault on the Jedi. What makes the Jedi Council of the era different to those from the Skywalker saga is their means at winning the war. They brainwash Darth Revan and use him to take down the Sith, something the likes of Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Luke Skywalker would likely never do.
When Disney purchased LucasFilm, they decided to split Star Wars media into two distinct lines: canon and non-canon. Knights of the Old Republic fell into the non-canon category, joining copious amounts of books, games, and comics in their ‘Legends’ branch of the Star Wars universe.
Last year, it was reported by Buzzfeed News that a KotOR movie was in the works, directed by Laeta Kalogridis. News has fallen silent on the movie front, but with the news hitting the internet about a show based on the games coming to Disney +, its interesting to think just how the show would work. The news comes via FandomWire.
There’s plenty of content from the games that could be used. Unlike following the journey of Din Djarin in The Mandalorian, there’s a much bigger story to tell. Knights of the Old Republic and it’s sequel Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords told a brave story that was more mature. Whilst Disney are no strangers to telling darker tales, we could see the story of Darth Revan taking centre stage.
As the player, you are in fact Darth Revan, so it makes sense that they will play a large role in the show. Each episode would likely follow the story of how Revan, Bastila Shan, and the other heroes find Malak aboard the Star Forge and coming face to face with the Sith armada. However, with players choosing which side of the Force to edge towards, we may see some darker moments where Revan struggles with who they are.
There’re also a lot of planets in the games, but it would likely start with the locations from the original KotOR. Kashyyyk, Dantooine, and Korriban are just some of the places visited, but there’s no reason other planets won’t pop up. It’s likely we’ll see longer episodes than The Mandalorian just to fit everything in, and that can only be a good thing.
The characters of Knights of the Old Republic were interesting to say the least, and seeing them all pop up in the TV series would be great. The young Jedi Knight Bastila Shan, Twi’lek Mission Vao, and Wookie Zaalbar are just some of the diverse cast of characters, yet they should all appear in the show for both familiarity to the people who’ve played the game, and to introduce new fans to their appeal.
Whatever happens, a TV show based on the Knights of the Old Republic has the potential to be fantastic. Both the original and its sequel were incredible, and the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic introduced more lore to the world of the Old Republic that could soon be part of official Star Wars canon.
Is a TV show based on the Knights of the Old Republic something you’re excited about? What characters do you want to return? Let us know your thoughts below.