Should ‘Star Wars’ TV Shows Be Inspired by ‘Stranger Things’?


Since Mandalorianot (2019) lands on Disney+, star wars has impressed far more on television than in theaters in recent years. And while there are new movies on the horizon, obviously Disney and Lucasfilm are pouring most of their resources into this faraway side of the galaxy – at least for now.

But we’d be lying if we said there’s nothing missing from live-action star wars TV shows. The Mandalorian got off to a great start, with Season 1 standing on its own two legs and not relying on fan service in the form of cameos. But when Season 2 arrived, although it was quite a popular affair at the time, in hindsight it’s filled with a lot of cheap moves.

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Seeing Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan Kryze brought to life by Rosario Dawson and Katee Sackhoff was a dream come true for fans, but the ending with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) now seems completely inconsequential, considering Grogu abandons his Jedi training shortly after. time after returning to the care of Din Djarin / The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) during Boba Fett’s Book (2021).

This last show remains the most hated to date, and although Obi Wan Kenobi (2022) has remedied some of that disappointment, it still lacks ambition and is largely based on bringing Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader) back into the lap, making it a show built purely on fan service.

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Putting aside the issue of fan service, one of the star warsThe biggest problem when it comes to live shows is the lack of things like gravity, emotion, high stakes, urgency, victory, loss, and a sense of tragedy. Those things are all there, of course, but the Force could be a plot stronger. Now let’s take a look at a show that has all these things made up, ahem, Eleven.

Walk in stranger things (2016). Or rather, stranger things Season 4, which premiered earlier this year on Netflix. If you’ve watched the fourth season, you’ll know how epic it is, and also quite heartbreaking in places. In fact, some of us wished Disney and Lucasfilm would take notes and inject the same kind of energy into their Disney+. star wars projects.

Maya Hawke as Robin (left), Joe Keery as Steve (middle), and Joseph Quinn as Eddiie (right)
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stranger things Season 4 finds the fate of Hawkins at stake, as our (many) characters – such as Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) and Jim Hopper (David Harbour) – lead the fight upside down, where the “dark wizard” Vecna/One/Henry Creel (Jamie Campbell-Bower) plans to emerge from his own dimension and into that of the human above.

The finale, which lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes, deserved its own theatrical release and is a surreal experience, to say the least. We can’t remember the last time we felt so fully satisfied by a TV show, and at the same time, absolutely devastated by some of the tragedies that unfold (two words: Eddie Munson).

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Not only that, but stranger things Season 4 ends on a major cliffhanger, leaving us wanting so much more. We understood – star wars and stranger things are two very different beasts, but if the first one continues to disappoint, isn’t it time for Disney and Lucasfilm to shake things up a bit? After all, it is not impossible for star wars see a major drop in quality like Marvel has in recent years.

Whereas Andor (2022) might be the strongest live-action show since The Mandalorian Season 1 doesn’t change the fact that the live-action star wars TV shows continue to be very random. It is possible that Andor could be a sign that things are looking up, but previous disappointments in the galaxy far away have left us extremely skeptical about the future.

(L-R): Syril Karn (Kyle Soller) and Flob (Alex Blake) in Lucasfilm's ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+.  ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd.  & TM.  All rights reserved.
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However, all hope is not lost – a feeling star wars always seems to remind us of this — since next year will see the arrival of Star Wars: Skeleton Crew (2023), a live-action television series starring Jude Law that was teased at this year’s D23 Expo. Curiously, the show has been described as “stranger things in space,” though we suspect that has more to do with concept than style.

Next year will also see The Mandalorian Season 3 premiere on Disney+, plus Ahsoka (2023). However, these two shows are unlikely to be radically different from anything we’ve seen so far stylistically and tonally, as Din Djarin/The Mandalorian and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) have already been fully established in previous shows.

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But if stranger things Season 4 isn’t the answer, so maybe the anime side of the galaxy far, far away is. It would be almost impossible to find a star wars fan who disagrees that the likes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and Star Wars: Rebels (2014) remain vastly superior to any live broadcast we’ve seen so far.

The old show, however, is the best example. Star Wars: The Clone Wars might just be the most emotional entry of all star wars universe. Try as they may, movies and live TV shows just don’t hit the same emotional beats as this animated masterpiece.

And although upcoming shows such as Ahsoka are intended to serve as “sequels” to The Clone Wars and rebelsit will take a little more than bringing live-action animated characters to life to win over fans.

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stranger things Season 4 is currently streaming on Netflix. The show will also get a spin-off series. As for star wars, The Mandalorian, Boba Fett’s Book, Obi Wan Kenobiand Andor are all currently streaming on Disney+, along with all of the many anime star wars shows.

would you like to see star wars done in the same way as stranger things Season 4? Let us know in the comments below!


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