This yr, October marks the ten yr anniversary of the announcement that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and together with all of it of Star Wars. Previously ten years we have gotten extra Star Wars than we may have ever hoped for. However these are the highest 5 Star Wars issues within the first decade of the Disney Star Wars period.
It occurred. It actually occurred. We knew that there had been discuss of there being episodes VII-IX, even way back to when the unique trilogy was being made, however for a very long time it appeared like there have been solely going to be six Star Wars motion pictures. Within the years earlier than the Disney buy, Lucas had stated on a number of events that there have been solely going to be six Star Wars motion pictures. And it made sense in a means. The six motion pictures advised an entire story of the autumn and redemption of Darth Vader. Return of the Jedi ended on a closing notice that served as a superb conclusion to the saga. It made sense to say that Star Wars was a six half story. However there was all the time that nagging feeling that we knew that there was discuss of extra Star Wars motion pictures. Whereas there have been loads of publish Jedi tales to take pleasure in within the Expanded Universe, nothing else has hit in fairly the best way of seeing the phrases Episode VII seem in that acquainted opening crawl for the primary time.
It wasn’t so way back that the thought of a Star Wars tv present was a scary prospect. Star Wars was a franchise that belonged on the massive display with large budgets and costly set items. Whereas the thought of a Star Wars present sounded nice in principle, the few earlier makes an attempt to convey Star Wars to the small display different from disappointing to downright embarrassing. So it is comprehensible why the announcement of a Star Wars streaming present is likely to be met with some apprehension. Then, The Mandalorian was launched. This was a present that felt like Star Wars. It had the appropriate look, the appropriate tone, the characters and the settings match. For the primary time, a television present felt like a vital piece of Star Wars. The success of The Mandalorian result in and explosion of Star Wars initiatives destined for the small display, and when Disney determined that the spin-off film technique wasn’t working, the streaming present format saved a few of these tales from by no means getting an opportunity to be advised.
3.A Clean Slate
It is completely comprehensible that somebody may take a look at the lack of the Expanded Star Wars universe as a nasty factor that got here out of Disney buy Lucasfilm, and there actually is an argument for that. Nonetheless the Expanded Universe had been rising for over 20 years by that time and it is arduous to disclaim how unwieldy the entire thing had turn out to be. The Expanded Universe had lined forty years of fabric that had occurred for the reason that finish of Return of the Jedi (and nicely over 100 years if you wish to embrace the Legacy storyline). A lot had occurred that any model of Episode VII that attempted to maintain all of that cannon would have been instantly complicated to most viewers. As arduous as it could be fore some to let go of the Expanded Universe, we all of a sudden discovered ourselves with an thrilling clean web page for something publish Jedi. Not only for the sequel trilogy, there have been all types of moments that we acquired to see with recent eyes, or new takes on acquainted tales. Books, and comics set within the new timeline acquired to broaden the universe simply as the unique EU had. Simply as the brand new sequels introduced in a brand new era of Star Wars followers, the expanded materials discovered new followers as nicely, ones who may need been overwhelmed or turned off by the sheer quantity of the unique EU. Plus, the “biggest hits” of the unique EU have slowly began to make their means again into the Star Wars cannon, together with Thrawn and the return of Boba Fett.
4. Star Wars: Rebels
One of many largest intestine punches when it was introduced that Disney bought Lucasfilm was that Clone Wars was just about a casualty of the sale. Clone Wars was among the greatest Star Wars storytelling in latest reminiscence and the present was nonetheless very a lot in manufacturing after we discovered that the present can be shut down. It appeared like a nasty signal for the way forward for the franchise underneath Disney, and the promise of a brand new animated present did not appear to assuage anybody’s considerations very a lot. Then Rebels got here alongside. Rebels not solely felt like a real religious sequel to The Clone Wars, however over the 4 yr run, it grew to become one thing much more. New characters had been launched, together with persevering with narrative threads that we had turn out to be fastened on in The Clone Wars. Plus, as an added bonus, years later, the injuries of The Clone Wars being prematurely canceled had been healed even additional with a shock announcement of 1 closing season on Disney+.
5. Galaxy’s Edge
Again within the day, we had Star Excursions. Now, make no mistake, Star Excursions was a implausible journey, and all through the Nineteen Nineties it was an incredible expertise to be thrust into the world of Star Wars for 5 minutes, nevertheless it was one 5 minute journey. Then Disney purchased Star Wars, and while you consider Disney, you may’t assist however consider theme parks. Disney asserting plans for a Star Wars themed park did not come as too large of a shock to anybody, however no one may have imagined precisely what we had been going to get. Galaxy’s Edge has turn out to be the most important Star Wars playground that followers can go to. It is a totally immersive Star Wars expertise that’s corresponding to nothing like we had earlier than it. The extent of element that went into creating the park was staggering, together with ambient music for the park composed by John Williams himself, and sly nods and winks to deep components of the Star Wars lore. Together with RX-24, the pilot who flew the ship within the unique Star Excursions journey returning as a DJ droid within the cantina (full with Paul Reubens returning to voice the droid. Plus, as a result of every thing that in Galaxy’s Edge is technically canon to the Star Wars universe, that implies that Coca-Cola and different gentle drinks at the moment are canonically in Star Wars.