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7 Star Wars shows Disney needs to make happen

Published: 15/Nov/2020 17:09 Updated: 21/Nov/2020 10:28

by Emma Soteriou

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With the success of The Mandalorian, and production beginning on more Star Wars projects for Disney Plus, fans have taken to social media to share their ideal series for the franchise. Here’s seven Star Wars shows that need to happen in the future.

Disney is far from short of Star Wars ideas, with an Obi-Wan, Boba Fett, and Rogue One spin-off series in the works as well as Bad Batch – a Clone Wars spin-off – due in 2021 and a female-led live-action in earlier development – but which ones are they missing?

We’ve put together a list of seven Star Wars TV series that need to be made, according to fans online.

Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon (Pre-The Phantom Menace)

Qui Gon Jinn and Obi Wan in A Phantom Menace
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Qui-Gon was killed in the Duel of the Fates

If there is one person people feel deserved more time in the Star Wars movies, it’s Qui-Gon Jinn. He stood out in the Jedi Order, being the first Jedi to become a force ghost through using the Cosmic and Living Force and later teaching others how to do the same.

Unfortunately, it would be impossible to do a live-action series with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan due to The Phantom Menace being released in 1999. That being said, it could be recast or, preferably, be made into an animated series like The Clone Wars or Rebels.

Either way, it would be great to see the dynamic between the pair again, moving away from the Skywalker storyline, and bringing the Jedi Apprentice book series to the screen.

High Republic

Star Wars: The High Republic
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Artwork for Star Wars: The High Republic

With the High Republic book and comic series on the way, it wouldn’t be a surprise if a show based on this era did happen sooner or later.

Much as the name suggests, this era would focus on the republic’s peak and the golden age of the Jedi, showing the likes of Yoda earlier on in his life while also introducing new characters, such as a Wookiee Jedi named Burryaga.

It’s set about 200 years before the Skywalker Saga so would introduce a fresh angle on the universe. It is said to see the Jedi Knights face up against a ‘frightening new adversary’.

Knights of the Old Republic

Knights of the Old Republic video game
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There were multiple video games and spin-off comics in this era

For fans of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video games, a series looking at this period would definitely be a treat, going back thousands of years before the movies and bringing a completely new story to the table.

Further back in the timeline, the Old Republic was yet to reach its prime, facing constant threats from the Sith, among others. It was the constant fighting that eventually saw its downfall, but this would promise an action-packed show for fans.

Darth Sidious and Plagueis

Darth Sidious and Darth Plagueis
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Palpatine (Darth Sidious) told Anakin of his Master’s downfall

“Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise?”

As popular a meme as “I don’t like sand…” among Star Wars fans, the conversation between Palpatine and Anakin sparked a lot of interest about Sidious’ training with Plagueis.

Though there have been other appearances from Sidious’ master, for example, the book under his name, it would be nice to get a glimpse of the Sith in live-action too.

It would inevitably be very dark, but an insight into both of their evil plans would definitely make for an interesting series, especially as fans rarely get to see the Sith master and apprentice dynamic.

Luke (Post-Return of the Jedi)

Luke in star wars return of the jedi
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Luke in episode six

Jumping forward, others would prefer to see more of the original trio, especially Luke after Return of the Jedi. There’s a big jump between then and when we next see him in The Last Jedi and there would be plenty of space to develop the story more.

One particular time period that could be looked at is Luke’s creation of the Jedi Academy, where he later trained Han and Leia’s son, Ben. It wouldn’t be immediately after the events of the original trilogy, but it would show audiences how Luke went about rebuilding what had previously been destroyed.

Young Dooku and Sifo-Dyas

Count Dooku and Sifo-Dyas in Star Wars
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Count Dooku and Sifo-Dyas were originally friends

Two ideas fans came up with could overlap in a series focused on Count Dooku and Sifo-Dyas, who were once friends prior to Sifo-Dyas’ murder. This series could look at young Dooku as a Jedi apprentice, with Yoda as his master, showing his gradual fall to the dark side.

A series like this would also give Disney the opportunity to develop Sifo-Dyas’ character more on-screen, as he was only mentioned in the main Skywalker saga and seen briefly in The Clone Wars series.

Having been the one to approach the Kaminoans to create a clone army, Sifo-Dyas had a big part in trying to prepare the Jedi for what was ahead. His knowledge and unique perspective, which got him thrown out of the Jedi High Council, could prove to be a good angle for the show.

Obi-Wan and Anakin (Between Episodes 1 and 2)

young anakin skywalker and obi-wan kenobi in a phantom menace
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Obi-Wan was tasked with teaching Anakin the ways of the force

The Clone Wars filled the three-year gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. However, there is an even bigger 10-year time jump between the first and second episodes, which fans would love to know more about.

There were comics released which covered this time, with Obi-Wan training Anakin, but, like with those previously mentioned, it would be nice to see this on-screen. Following The Clone Wars’ success, the series would work best as an animation, also solving problems with age differences too.

While some want the gaps to be filled in from throughout the Skywalker saga, others think it’s time to step away from it completely and have Disney introduce a fresh new group of characters to draw audiences in.

On the Reddit thread below, one user (Rosebunse) simply said: “Can we have a series where I know everyone doesn’t die?”

[Discussion] How would you feel about a series (live-action or animated) about Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s adventures prior to TPM? from r/starwarsspeculation

It may seem like a small thing to ask, but it’s very rare in the Star Wars universe – maybe one day.

Until then, it’s up to the latest series to hit our screens to live up to expectations and continue the successful streak The Mandalorian has set for Star Wars on Disney Plus.

Gaming

Spider-Verse producer wants Spider-Man: Miles Morales glitches in sequel

Published: 28/Nov/2020 19:29

by Theo Salaun

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The transformational glitches in Spider-Man: Miles Morales are pretty hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s producer, screenplay and story writer, Phil Lord, wants to use them in the hit movie’s sequel.

Lord and his filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller, are no strangers to animation or comedy. With titles like Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street under their shared filmmaking belt, it’s no wonder that the two are unafraid of getting a little weird with the animated Spider-Man flick’s sequel.

And if you want inspiration for red and blue weirdness, look no further than the Miles Morales game. Playable on PS4 and PS5, the title has apparently been a massive success, with 97 percent of Google users enjoying it. While people are typically annoyed with launch day bugs, the issues with this one are just too funny to chastise. 

With weird, viral videos of players transforming into various inanimate objects, it was actually a transformation of a patio heater that caught Lord’s eye. Now, it appears that “Heater Parker” could become a reality in Spider-Verse 2.

Since the original Spider-Verse movie was chock-full of absurdities and goofy odes to different genres or pop-culture references, invoking a video game’s glitch should be no problem. And, as far as content goes, few things evoke comedic surrealism as much as a patio heater using a web to swing from building to building in New York City.

For Lord, at least, the randomized development mistake appears too funny to ignore as film inspiration: “We’re putting this in Spider-Verse 2 if we have any self-respect at all.”

Hopefully, he and Miller have as much self-respect as the title’s developers, Insomniac Games, have humility. In response to Lord’s tweet, which has since gone viral, the game’s makers couldn’t help but acknowledge their imperfections with a pun.

While we were under the impression that patio heaters were meant to heat patios, not hearts, the Insomniac reflection remains accurate: this silly, inanimate object glitch is “equally as embarrassing as it is heartwarming.”

But, above all else, they’re just funny. It could legitimately be one of gaming and cinema’s greatest, most randomly inspired crossovers if Spider-Verse 2 involves an alternate dimensional Heater Parker.