Wow. So, how about that investor’s call, huh? Disney really blew away my expectations for Star Wars. I was not ready for all the crazy announcements last night!
I’m going to be honest, here: It’s been a pretty long week and I’m not feeling up to writing a huge article about all of this. Maybe next week! But for now, I want to at least put out my initial thoughts on all of the big Star Wars news. So, let’s get started!
Rangers of the New Republic: There had been speculation that The Mandalorian‘s Cara Dune (Gina Carano) was being set up for a spinoff, and Rangers of the New Republic might be that show. Personally? Given how unsavory Carano’s actions have been of late, I’m very much hoping it’s not. Still, I like the idea of a show focusing on the establishment of the New Republic, presumably centered on a group that’s mopping up Imperial remnants and such. There’s been a lot of great literature to that effect in the new Expanded Universe, and it could transition very well to the screen! The fact that it’s setting up a big crossover with Mandalorian and the next entry on this list is exciting, too.
Ahsoka: Here we go. This is (at least in terms of show announcements) the Big One. I freakin’ love Ahsoka Tano, and the prospect of her getting her own show is just… yes. YES. I’m fascinated at what she’s been getting up to during the timeframe of The Mandalorian and how that could tie in to the end of Rebels. Are we going to see a live-action Sabine Wren? Maybe even an Ezra Bridger? God, I hope so. Also, the title card looks… interesting. Reminds me of a certain Force nexus from Rebels, which could have fascinating implications.
Andor: I’ll admit, I haven’t exactly been psyched about Andor since its announcement. Don’t get me wrong, I love Rogue One! And I think Diego Luna is a great actor! Heck, I don’t even have a problem with the character of Cassian. It’s just… of all the Rogue One cast, he’s the least interesting to me. Jyn was raised by the extremist Saw Gerrera, Bodhi was an Imperial defector, Chirrut and Baze were… Chirrut and Baze! Cassian was a relatively bland ‘rebel guy’ by comparison. However, I will say that the preview looked promising, and the idea of a Star Wars spy thriller is an interesting one! I’m certainly more excited now than I was when it was announced.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Not much to say on this one–it’s Obi-Wan, of course I’m excited! The bombshell that Hayden Christensen will return as Vader was a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one. My only concern is that it was phrased as being “the rematch of the century,” and… I really don’t want these two to actually come to blows. The idea that they fought sometime between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope might make canon a bit wonky.
Visions: Visions may have been the most surprising announcement of the entire Star Wars slate. A series of short films by prominent Japanese animators? Yes please! This could take the franchise in some fascinating new directions, both narratively and visually.
Lando: I don’t have a lot to say about the Lando series, mostly because almost nothing was announced about it. However, you’d better believe I’m excited to watch a new series about the most dashing rogue in the galaxy! I’m eager for more details to be announced.
The Bad Batch: We already knew The Bad Batch was coming, but the trailer that debuted last night was mind-blowing. The animation is slick, the action looks intense, and there are some cameos from some familiar faces that are extremely exciting. I was already looking forward to this series, but now I absolutely can’t wait for it!
A Droid Story: This was another announcement that was light on details. I’m guessing this will be targeted a bit younger than my demographic; I’ll still check out, and it’ll probably be good for a few laughs, but overall, the idea of R2 and C-3PO hanging out with another droid for awhile isn’t hugely exciting to me.
The Acolyte: Hoo boy, I am ecstatic about The Acolyte! I was assuming we’d get a show set in the High Republic before too long, but I wasn’t expecting it to be 1) set towards the end of that era, 2) a mystery/thriller, or 3) focused on the Dark Side. What is this thing even going to look like? Will it be, as some have theorized, about Darth Plagueis? Might we see Dathomir and the Nightsisters? One thing’s for sure: with Russian Doll‘s Leslye Headland heading it up, it’s going to be fascinating!
Taika Waititi Film: Again, there aren’t many details on this announcement. But come on! Taika Waititi doing Star Wars? Season one of The Mandalorian already proved that that works! I love this director and can’t wait to see what he does for the franchise.
Rogue Squadron: Wonder Woman kicks ass. X-Wing dogfights kick ass. So when you put the director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins, in charge of a Star Wars movie about the beloved Rogue Squadron, you’ve got a recipe for greatness! I’ll admit, my lack of knowledge about the Legends continuity means I’ve never read the old Rogue Squadron books… but that doesn’t make me any less excited about this movie! Plus, the wording around this announcement makes it sound like it’ll take place after Rise of Skywalker, and I’m very interested to see where the galaxy is headed now that the Skywalker Saga has reached its end.
There you have it, folks: all my thoughts on the myriad of Star Wars announcements! I’m sure I’ll be reflecting on these all weekend, so don’t be surprised if I put something a bit more focused together next week. But for now, let me just conclude by saying that this is the most excited I’ve been for the franchise in years (and that’s saying something, because holy cow, I really love Star Wars)!