By Chris Campbell
This is an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan! There is so much new content that is either out or on its way. The new Disney+ streaming service has already announced the resurrection of the animated series The Clone Wars and two brand new live-action shows, The Mandalorian and an unnamed prequel to Rogue One, centered around Cassian Andor.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.
We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.
This was the plot synopsis tweeted out by the showrunner, none other than Jon Favreau, who will also executive produce and write the show. We also know that Dave Filoni (Clone Wars), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), Deborah Chow (The High Cost of Living, Better Call Saul, Man in the High Castle), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do In The Shadows), will direct episodes.
Favreau has been very active with the fans, posting a couple behind-the-scenes photos. He has showed us the Mandalorian’s armor, and a modified “ice cream maker” from Empire Strikes Back. He also posted a picture of a rifle, that suspiciously looked like it belonged to the cartoon Boba Fett from the Holiday Special. Last but not least, Favreau gave us a picture of George Lucas joining him on set. We know George is not keen on the sequel trilogy, but it looks like he digs the expanded movies and shows.
Star Wars fans either love or hate the attention that Mandalorians get. But, no matter how you feel, there something to get excited about - the time period. Set three years after the battle of Endor, or twenty-seven years before The Force Awakens, this period of time has been minimally covered by Disney. Except for some comic books and the Resistance cartoon, this time period is wide open for content. There are so many possible things to get excited about. We could see the building of the new Republic. We might see characters from Return Of The Jedi, like Mon Mothma, Wedge Antilles and Admiral Ackbar. With the de-aging technique from Marvel, do we dare think we could see characters like Luke, Han and Lando? Anything is possible. We could see new and familiar planets. We also could see people and aliens being unhappy with the new Republic, leading to whispers of the First Order. This show has so many possibilities. I can not wait to see it.
The next show was just announced last week, a prequel show to Rogue One centered around Cassian Andor. Actor Diego Luna will reprise the role of Cassian. Not much information was given other than a description of the show as a "rousing spy thriller," following Cassian and other rebels as the forge the birth of the rebellion.
If you have listened to any of the BCA episodes, you would know that I have been ranting for a show like this forever. My favorite parts of Star Wars are the unexplored areas and the rebellion is one of these areas. We got to see some of the beginning’s in Solo, we get pieces of the puzzle in episodes four thru six, and we get a lot more in Rogue One. However there is still so much more to explore. Starting the series with Cassian is smart. We can see when he re-programs K-2SO. The show can use the characters of Mon Mothma, General Draven, Saw Gerrera, General Merrick, Admiral Raddus, General Dodonna, Bail Organa, Captain Antilles, Governor Tarkin, Orson Krennic, the list is endless. I would stay away from the use of Darth Vader though. His scene at the end of rogue One is so great, I don't want to take anything away from it. I also wouldn’t end the series when Cassian’s timeline enters Rogue One. I would continue the story. The movies were called Star Wars, there had to be more than a handful of battles. Give us the fights that happened after A New Hope and before Empire Strikes Back. Fill in the information on the rebels during the time that Luke and Leia were searching for Han. Have Mon Mothma be the connective tissue from Rogue One all the way to Return Of The Jedi. Don't be afraid to re-explore battles like the battles of Hoth and Endor, this time with the view of the common soldier. The timeline lends itself to a series. The first two seasons can go up to the events of Rogue One and a New Hope. That gives three more years before Empire Strikes Back Begins. The six season can cover the rebels during the time Luke and Leia are searching for Han Solo. Then the last season ends with the Battle of Endor. That would be seven seasons, a perfect run. I am not sure Disney will run the show in this direction, but there is always HOPE!
I hope you all had a good time, going down the rabbit hole of Star Wars speculation. Speculating about Star Wars with friends, can lead to some amazing conversations. If you have any ideas about the way shows will go please leave a comment below, or email us at email@example.com. Like I said at the beginning of this article, it is an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan!