A couple days ago was Disney’s Investor Day, which saw the company announce more future Star Wars projects than I think I have ever witnessed at one single moment in time. Here is a list of all the new announced projects I could find:
- Rogue Squadron (Feature Film)
- Ahsoka (Disney+ Series)
- Rangers of the New Republic (The Mandalorian Spin-Off Disney+ Series)
- Andor (Rogue One Spin-Off Disney+ Series)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+ Series)
- The Bad Batch (The Clone Wars Spin-Off Disney+ Series)
- Star Wars: Visions (Animated Shorts)
- Lando (Disney+ Series)
- The Acolyte (High Republic Disney+ Series)
- A Droid Story (Disney+ Series)
So much Star Wars! But, perhaps the most interest takeaway is not a single one relates to anything from the sequel trilogy. There is no new series or movie spin-off about Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, Snoke, etc.
The fact that Disney would announce so many Star Wars projects and not include a single character from the sequel trilogy is pretty good evidence that Disney has realized that the sequel trilogy was an abject failure. If Lando is getting a series before one of the main characters from the sequel trilogy, then it is pretty safe to say Disney knows people do not care about the characters from the sequel trilogy.
If you’re not convinced, then here is another piece of evidence. Not only is there no new project about a single character from the sequel trilogy, it appears Disney has abandoned the entire generation of the sequel trilogy for the time being. Only Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic will take place after the events of the sequel trilogy, but they will be closely tied to the events and time period of The Mandalorian, which takes place after the events of the original trilogy but before the events of the sequel trilogy.
I am glad Disney realized that the sequel trilogy was bad, and they have pivoted to produce content the fans appear to desire more. However, I also worry that Disney is playing it safe with new content. Don’t get me wrong. I am thrilled to see Ahsoka have her own live-action show, and The Bad Batch looks promising if you’re a fan of The Clone Wars. However, do we really need a show about Obi-Wan Kenobi during his time on Tatoine or a show about Cassian Andor? I love Obi-Wan, but perhaps leaving some mystery about his time between Episodes 3 and 4 keeps the character interesting. I also enjoyed Rogue One and Cassian Andor’s character, but is there enough there for an entire series? I suppose we will find out soon enough.
The biggest risk Disney appears to be taking is the series The Acolyte, which will take place in the High Republic era. A few things I would like to say about this. First, it saddens me that Disney decided to rebrand The Old Republic era as the High Republic era. The Old Republic contains so many interesting characters and story lines. I hope Disney does not abandon them the way it has abandoned the moniker. Second, however, I am hesitantly optimist about getting some new Star Wars content in a time period completely unrelated to the events and characters of the three trilogies. Producing content in this time period will hopefully provide the writers free reign for new characters, ideas, and story lines.
Thank you Disney for not shoving new sequel trilogy content down the throats of the fans. Maybe one day you will go a step further and retcon the entire trilogy from canon. One can only hope.