Recently The Ringer put out an article claiming that Star Wars needed more movies to continue reviving the franchise. This claim is pretty substantial but let us break down some of the claims and see if the claim holds up.
The first part of the claim is that somehow Star Wars needs reviving or is in trouble at all. Monetarily, that claim is a farce, with movies such as The Force Awakens making more than two billion dollars and shows like The Mandalorian making Disney plus grow substantially. With such a consistent stream of money, that would seem to be a good indicator of a growing demand for more Star Wars. The growing demand shows that Star Wars does not need to be revived.
The second part of the claim is that movies are a better tool than tv shows for creating interest or demand. While there are undoubtedly monetary incentives for producing movies, TV series can be a much better canvas for strengthening stories. Series other allow for much longer arcs of character development and give writers the time to do necessary world-building. What good is showing us a new planet, if we can only see it for 10, maybe 15 minutes without any details?
Series also can be targeted towards multiple audiences. Star Wars Resistance was aimed at a younger audience, while shows like Andor will probably be aimed at older audiences. This ability to focus narratives gives you the chance to foster new fans across age groups.
Overall, movies are great, but flops such as The Last Jedi have shown the Star Wars community that they are not the only way forward. TV series such as The Clone Wars or Rebels have become the foundation of a new era of the Star Wars canon. There is no reason to stop building upon that foundation by focusing on exclusivity movies.
Follow Dork Side of the Force for all your Star Wars news, reviews, and more!