For the longest time, science-fantasy fiction stories like Star Wars were only ever made for the movies, with their massive galactic battles and zooming space cruisers making ideal visuals for the big screen.
However, times have changed, and so have the preferences of the audience. Ever since the rise of OTT streaming platforms, viewers have largely switched to binging their favorite shows whenever and wherever they please.
To cater to the demand, production houses have switched as well. Star Wars is no different.
A television series allows the plot and character arcs to develop at a more realistic pace, giving the audience more time to get familiarized with the story. But does that mean movies have no place anymore in the world of bearded Jedi knights and sand-hating, heavy-breathing Sith lords?
One Star Wars Twitter fan account kickstarted a debate on the topic last week when they posted the following:
In the comments section, fans were divided in their opinion on whether the multi-billion franchise should focus more on movies or stick to TV shows in the coming days.
Some agreed with the original post, wishing for a movie every year, or at least in between TV shows, while some others were ready to wait a few years.
One fan was very specific about what they want to see on the big screen:
On the other side, there were fans who thought TV shows were of much better quality than recent Star Wars movie outings.
Fans last saw Star Wars in the theaters in 2019 when the 40-year-old Skywalker Saga limped across its ending with the much-criticized The Rise of Skywalker.
With that and the previous underperformance of Solo, Lucasfilm shifted their entire focus on enriching their bingeable catalogue on Disney+ with shows like The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
At the moment, the only two Star Wars movies in the making are Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron and Taika Waititi’s untitled film.
In a stark comparison, there are a slew of TV shows planned for the next year, including Andor, Ahsoka, The Acolyte, and the much-awaited season 3 of Pedro Pascal-starred The Mandalorian.