Hello again Geeklings. Sorry for the lack of posting last week. I was traipsing around Orlando trying to get my interactive wand to perform magic at the Wizarding World (I’m just gonna silently squeal with delight for a second. Okay, we’re good).
This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about Star Wars. Not for the first time, I admit, but always a good subject to spend some mental energy on. I just started reading Star Wars: A New Dawn, which is a prequel to the new animated series Star Wars: Rebels that I mentioned in my previous post. With the new movies looming on the horizon, it’s only natural to dwell on that galaxy far, far away.
But here’s something you may not know about. Have you ever heard of Star Wars: Detours? I’m betting you haven’t. I hadn’t until just a few weeks ago, and most people I’ve asked in person haven’t heard of it either. So what is it? It’s an animated comedy created by the guys from Robot Chicken and Star Wars creator George Lucas.
Yeah, you heard me. The guys who made this, this and this worked with the creator of the series to produce more kid-friendly but still hilarious episodes featuring a loving skewering of the characters we all know.
Here’s a trailer.
You can hear a lot of the same voice actors from Robot Chicken working their magic here. I crack up every time.
So why, you may be wondering, haven’t we heard about this before? Is it upcoming? Has it just not aired yet?
Well, yes and no. You see, Seth Meyers and company, who created Robot Chicken, were working on this, chugging along, and reportedly made about 40 episodes before the whole franchise suddenly was under new management. I think we all remember a couple of years ago when Disney bought Lucasfilm and then became the new owners of the whole Star Wars universe? That was crazy, wasn’t it? And then they announced a seventh movie and the world collectively lost their minds? Pretty memorable.
So what happened with Detours? In essence, Disney decided that with the next trilogy coming up and this opportunity to introduce Star Wars to a whole new generation, Detours just didn’t set the right tone. If people are seeing these characters on the big screen for the first time in dramatic situations, but they’d already seen them doing hilarious things in a cartoon…well, as Meyers pointed out, would Darth Vader still be scary if you saw him trying to talk street about the Empire?
And while I can totally understand their reasoning, there’s 40 completed episodes of potential comedy gold just sitting on a shelf somewhere. That…just doesn’t seem right. Right? And the question that remains is; will we ever get to see this? After Episode 7 is released, would they consider airing it then? Would it not be until after the new trilogy is complete? Will it be ever? EVER?
In the mean time, we only have YouTube clips of what might have been.
Perhaps one day. In the mean time, there’s still Star Wars: Rebels. Apparently that sets the right tone.
However you get your fix, be it solemn but fun space drama or hysterical genre parody, may the force be with you! (And I’ll see you December 18, 2015).