A few days ago, on a streaming service not that far away...
Disney+ Day brought us about as little Star Wars content as possible. The only thing we actually got was a sizzle reel from Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was extremely disappointing. However, we do have ten cool Star Wars projects due in the coming years. And, because I love Star Wars and I did one of these for Marvel, here is my ranking of all the upcoming Star Wars projects, ranked.
10. A Droid Story
I don't really know what this movie entails. A Droid Story is an animated movie that will follow C-3PO and R2-D2 on an adventure. When Marvel or Star Wars announces animated shows, I don't get too excited. For obvious reasons, the live-action content excites me much more. And that is very much the case with A Droid Story. Also, C-3PO and R2-D2 are great spice characters: they work with well as supporting members of the cast. I don't really think they are suited for their own movie.
9. Rangers of the New Republic
This show is simply an attempt to produce as much Star Wars content as possible. Sometime in season two of The Mandalorian, these two rebel pilots showed up and confronted the Mandalorian in a five-minute scene. Apparently, that was enough for them to get their own TV show. This one had me rolling my eyes a little bit. I think making a spin-off of the Mandalorian with these two idiots is just stretching it. There are so many more places to explore across the galaxy, but for some reason, we are getting this strange spin-off instead of a really cool show.
8. Rogue Squadron
As the only live-action film on this list, I was pretty excited for Rogue Squadron. But, about a week ago, the movie was removed from the release schedule and delayed indefinitely. That has me very worried. Now, part of me is wondering if this movie will actually make it to the big screen. Patty Jenkins directing a Star Wars movie seems cool, but this delay has me very, very nervous about Rogue Squadron.
7. The Book of Boba Fett
I know, I know. People are super excited for this show. I'm not. I am one of the select few people that does not think The Mandalorian is an amazing show. I loved the second half of season two, but before that, I really struggled with it. And this is a Mandalorian spin-off centered on Boba Fett, a character whom we met in The Empire Strikes Back that seemed like a very imposing figure because of his look and silent figure. All that is now gone. Boba Fett gets to star in his own show. Yay? I think this is another stretch. We don't need a Boba Fett show. And it really frustrates me that we are getting one.
Most of these shows that we are getting are centered around characters we know and love. Which is really upsetting to me. Although I didn't really like it, The Mandalorian didn't really rely on the Skywalker Saga to be good...until the finale. While this show does make me excited because Lando Calrissian is a great character that I do want to see more of, I really want Star Wars to explore more of the galaxy. Instead, they are sticking to their guns and using characters that will bring in views. And that, to me, is what Lando and Boba Fett feel like.
5. The Mandalorian Season Three
This is another show/season that I am very skeptical of. The Mandalorian ended on its best episode. It completed the story: Mando was able to get Grogu to the Jedi. We do not need more of The Mandalorian. I think if you are going to keep doing him, move him to the big screen. Don't continue his show just because you want more Disney+ subscribers. I am still relatively excited for this show, but I am also just frustrated that they can't expand the world of Star Wars and they want to keep revisiting characters that the audience loves. They are playing it way too safe.
Now, this is a little bit more of a risky bet. One of the big problems with Rogue One was that most of the characters, besides Jyn Erso, didn't really receive much development. Cassian Andor is a character that is not universally loved and a character that I definitely want to see more of. They've also thrown around terms like "spy thriller", and that gets my anticipation very high. We also are going to explore the Rebellion a little more, and I think that could be very interesting from Andor's POV. I am excited for this show. This is more of the stuff that Star Wars should be doing.
Now, Ahsoka Tano is a beloved character, but she hasn't really done much in live-action. Sure, she's one of the stars of The Clone Wars, but her only live-action appearance is in The Mandalorian. And that was a great episode. Ahsoka is an interesting character that can stay disconnected from the Skywalker Saga, and an indie story about Ahsoka will be cool. The only thing that has me slightly worried is the return of Hayden Christensen. I don't know if I want Darth Vader/Anakin in this show or not. We'll just have to see.
2. The Acolyte
When I say I want to explore the galaxy further, this is exactly what I mean. The Acolyte is an "action mystery-thriller with a hint of martial arts" that delves into the dark side of the Force and is a female led project. That is all music to my ears. I know nothing about this show besides that. And that is enough to get me super hyped for this. The Sith and dark side are far more interesting than the Jedi and the light side. This show is going to be awesome.
1. Obi-Wan Kenobi
Here's everything I don't want Star Wars to do: I don't want returning characters. I don't want to connect to the Skywalker Saga. And I hate it when they explore the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. This show is doing all three of those. But there is nothing they could say that would dampen my excitement for the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan is one of my favorite characters of all time, and I think McGregor's performance is incredible. Also, Darth Vader is returning, and they are going to have another duel between Vader and Obi-Wan. I don't care how much this show is going to rely on the Skywalkers and the returning characters. If you really are a Star Wars fan, you are excited for this show, no matter what.