6 Things I Want to See in All These Fancy New Star Wars Shows
I am just the sort of geek who is thrilled to the gills about all of the Marvel and Star Wars projects announced at the D23 Disney convention this past weekend. It might be shallow of me to gobble up all of this spoon-fed, nostalgia-based programming, but I do not care. Give me a Ms. Marvel TV show! Give me an Obi-Wan Kenobi show!
I also loved the first trailer for The Mandalorian. I can’t wait to sign up for Disney+ streaming on launch day so I can watch all this great new content coming over the next few years. In terms of Star Wars, we’ve got The Mandalorian, we’ve got a Cassian Andor show, and we have Ewan McGregor returning for an Obi-Wan Kenobi show! No doubt there are even more live action Star Wars shows in the pipeline. I did a List of Six a long time ago of possible live action shows, and today’s list is going to be specific Star Warsy things I want to see show up on these live action shows!
Join me after the jump for what particularly dorky Star Wars things I want to see happen in live action. And feel free to share your own in the comments!
6. Someone needs to build a lightsaber
I love lightsabers. Who doesn’t? But the one thing we’ve never seen in a live action movie is someone building a new lightsaber. There was a deleted scene in Return of the Jedi where Luke Skywalker builds his new green-bladed lightsaber, but that’s it. Rey gets her lightsaber handed to her in the new films, and everybody else has theirs already built. Let’s see somebody build a lightsaber for once! Picture a post-Revenge of the Sith Jedi (there are plenty of them), on the run from the Empire, forced to cobble together a lightsaber out of spare parts. No Jedi Temple, No helper robots. Just a Jedi on the run slamming a Kyber Crystal into the broken-off handle of a speeder bike and hoping it works. I read something similar in an old Expanded Universe novel and the idea has always stuck with me.
5. Young Luke and/or Leia
Since we’re getting a show about Obi-Wan Kenobi during the years he was exiled on Tatooine, surely we’ll se a young Luke Skywalker, right? Luke is aware of Old Ben Kenobi in A New Hope, so surely they’ve had some kind of run-in. Cast a young kid as young Luke and have him do all sorts of ragamuffin stuff. Probably don’t make him an ongoing character, since he’ll spend most of his time obsessing over power converters and moisture farming, but a few cameo appearances in the Obi-Wan show should be fun! And while Obi-Wan probably can’t meet a child Leia, surely she could show up somewhere else? She was already a rebel by the time Cassian Andor was a rebel, right?
4. The Ghost
The Ghost is the ship piloted by the crew from the Star Wars: Rebels cartoon. The timeframes are all wrong, but I want more Easter Eggs of The Ghost. I don’t need to see the live action crew (though that would be cool), just the ship. A couple such Easter Eggs of The Ghost were slipped into Rogue One and that just tickles my pink. The Rebels crew is too young to appear in the Obi-Wan show, and possibly too old to appear on The Mandalorian, but a spaceship can have a long life. And there are no doubt going to be a bunch of spaceships in these upcoming shows. Just slip The Ghost into a background shot somewhere and let speculation run wild!
3. A’Sharad Hett
A’Sharad Hett is one of my personal favorite Expanded Universe characters, one who has yet to appear in the new Disney-owned canon. Hett’s one real selling point is that he’s both a Jedi and a Tusken Raider. The appeal is as simple as that. Take that gnarly, dusty Tusken Raider costume and put a lightsaber in its hand. Hett was the son of a former Jedi who chose to live in exile with the Raiders, and A’Sharad was trained by his father. He was a disciple of Ki-Adi-Mundi for awhile, appearing in the occasional Expanded Universe story. One such story took place after Revenge of the Sith, and it pitted a more evil Hett again Obi-Wan in the sands of Tatooine. Sounds like a good option if you’re looking for some quality Obi-Wan episodes. He hears rumors of a surviving Jedi hiding among the Tusken Raiders, only to find a young man corrupted by the Dark Side and at the end of his rope. It’s a perfect one-off Obi-Wan story, while adding a nifty looking new character to the new canon.
2. Ahsoka Tano
Ahsoka, for those who don’t know, is the original character that exists in the modern Star Wars animated universe. She debuted on Clone Wars, where she was revealed as the Padawan to Anakin Skywalker. Then she showed up older and wiser on Rebels when that cartoon came down the line. Ahsoka knew Obi-Wan Kenobi quite well and was out in the galaxy doing who knows what during the time period of the upcoming Obi-Wan show. Fans have wanted a live action Ahsoka for years…and I think this is the best chance! If she ever gets her own show, it should be a cartoon. But a cameo or guest appearance in live action hanging out with Obi-Wan Kenobi? Heck to the yes!
1. Jar Jar Binks
You’re goddamned right I put Jar Jar Binks at number one! You want to fight about it? Come at me! I don’t care! I firmly believe that Jar Jar Binks has come around to being an ironically cool character. He spent so many years being hated and reviled that now his time has come to be awesome and to be used right. All those kids who actually loved The Phantom Menace when it came out are now adults, and their love and nostalgia for the Prequels has started to re-shape the conversation about them.
Couple that with Jar Jar actor Ahmed Best opening up recently about his depression and suicidal thoughts following the hatred the character received, and he’s getting more and more support from the Star Wars fandom and community. Not that I would demand Best return to the role, but that would be a cool move if they actually make Jar Jar into a good character at long last.
Jar Jar Binks was a buffoon in the Prequels. He was manipulated by the evil Emperor Palpatine and his career ended in disgrace. But the key point here is that Jar Jar Binks was still alive when the Empire took over. All of his friends and support structures were gone. So what does a buffoon do? Where does he go? How far down does his life fall? Is he able to pick himself back up? What’s Jar Jar Binks like when he hits rock bottom, and where does he go from there? And perhaps his old friend Obi-Wan Kenobi can help him out? Or he teams up with the Mandalorian?
The world is ready for both a sad, tragic Jar Jar and a redeemed Jar Jar. And now is the time to make that happen!
Though if not Jar Jar…what about Dexter Jettster? He and Obi-Wan are old friends!