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New Star Wars TV Series Confirmed

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the i-hope-you-like-sandscapes dept.

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merauder writes to tell us BBC News is reporting that the new Star Wars TV series is set to run at least 100 episodes. From the article: "The series will be set between episodes three and four of the film saga. It would cover the 20 years in the life of Luke Skywalker growing up that remains a mystery to most film-goers. McCallum said there would be 'a whole bunch of new characters' and the series would be 'much more dramatic and darker.'"

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A New Hope (5, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965412)

In my youth (prior to eighth grade), I read every Star Wars book out there. I think it was half way through the Young Jedi Academy series when I lost interest (Episode One was the final nail on the coffin of my fondness for Star Wars).

Now breathe and get everything out of your system about me being a nerd without a life. I was, in fact, a farmboy without a permit or vehicle ... although I'm prepared for some colorful replies in response to this post.

Kevin J. Anderson & Timothy Zahn could write a story. In their books, they expanded on what Lucas first saw. I read everything and loved the rich histories and futures laid out in the books for characters in the Star Wars universe. Sadly, none of these characters were in the new movies. None of the Jedi were cloned. Everything alluded to in the Thrawn (Zahn) Trilogy was omitted from episodes one through three. There was no talk of Spaarti cloning cylinders or Joruus C'Boath being cloned from Jorus C'Boath.

Why? Because although these books were licensed by Lucas, they were not official parts of the story. These works became known as the Star Wars Expanded Universe [wikipedia.org] meaning characters not in the movies. This material expands and continues the stories told in the films, taking place anywhere from 4,968 years before The Phantom Menace to about 130 years after Return of the Jedi. In fact, some of the works (like the Dark Empire comics and Zahn's Trilogy) conflict directly with other works.

Don't be deceived, some of these works (like Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly) sucked. But I heavily suggest the Thrawn and Jedi Academy Trilogy if you want to read some of the better stories from the Expanded Universe.

I would like to say that I remain optimistic about what Lucas can still do with the Star Wars Universe. I believe that he has made mistakes in giving himself supreme veto power over what is shown or added in the movies and I think this attitude has ruined Star Wars for me somewhat. I wish that Lucas would open his mind to other ideas as some of these books have proven that there are other people out there capable of helping Lucas create story lines. I shudder to think that he might attempt to write all 100 episodes without the help of coauthors. It has been my experience that television shows with multiple authors are less likely to grow old. I also hope that Lucas has finally realized that his fans don't want hilarious/annoying Jar Jar Binks but instead want the drama and emotion of Episodes Three and Five.

Episode One left me disinterested. Star Wars Galaxies left me angry. Hopefully this series will win me back although I think a lot of us will have a hard time adapting to the new actors in old parts. I hope a large part of Luke's Youth is omitted as I cannot think of one young child actor I have liked.

Re:A New Hope (2, Insightful)

DorkusMasterus (931246) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965459)

I agree with this wholeheartedly. What do people NOT like right now about the franchise: Lucas' tinkering. With this show, he's going to probably have little if nothing to do with the daily content. I'm excited about this. I loved the books, especially the stuff with Thrawn, and while I know this is not the same time period plot-wise, it would be cool to see something along that same thematic idea. I'm excited for this and would give it a shot. (And NO, I'm not a fanboy. I like star wars, but have never dressed up as one, never owned a lightsaber (even the plastic toy ones), and don't even own all the films. I just like good fiction, and a lot of the "expanded universe" took the best things about the early films and gave them more and new life.

Re:A New Hope (2, Interesting)

Mayhem178 (920970) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965543)

I've been in your shoes. At home I have well over 100 Star Wars novels sitting on my bookshelf, and not one of them is unread (save for Republic Commando: Triple Zero, which just came out). The Expanded Universe is, for the most part, a wonderful continuation of the Star Wars saga, with a few inconsistencies or downright blunders (*cough* Planet of Twilight *cough*). The SW:EU has seen some of the most talented sci-fi writers of our age. And I can't think of any character I like better than Grand Admiral Thrawn.

I do hope this TV series will live up to the ongoing story and be just as enjoyable as the books have been for me. I pray that they will heed the prior works of the authors and beware of glaring inconsistencies (one of which I intend to keep an eye on being young Han Solo).

Re:A New Hope (5, Insightful)

AlterTick (665659) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965568)

I hope a large part of Luke's Youth is omitted as I cannot think of one young child actor I have liked.

Indeed. Not only that, but the true story arc of the Luke character can't really even begin until Ep4. Too much of the character's development in ANH starts with the premise of Luke as an inexperienced farmboy. To have him do anything beyond shooting womp rats with his T-16 or wasting time at Tashi Station with his friends would bugger the existing canon. Not that I'd put it past Lucas to do just that...

Re:A New Hope (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965623)

A young luke Skywalker reminds me of a young indiana jones. That series wasn't that interesting either.

snark of the day :) (2, Funny)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965416)

Great! It should be about as interesting as Enterprise's first season. Yay!

Re:snark of the day :) (4, Funny)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965454)

I think I speak for geeks everywhere when I say that I just can't wait to see a younger, whinier Luke Skywalker.

Re:snark of the day :) (4, Funny)

Golias (176380) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965523)

Heh.

It would cover the 20 years in the life of Luke Skywalker growing up that remains a mystery to most film-goers.

Great. At last! 100 episodes of a farm boy fixing vaporators, shopping for power converters, and shooting at womp rats for cheap thrills.

And you just know that every last goddamn character that had anything to do with the ultimate destiny of the Empire will pass through Luke's parcel of desert before the series run is over. I've got ten bucks that says we see Fett before season 1 is over.

Re:snark of the day :) (1)

Craig Maloney (1104) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965593)

If we're lucky, we'll also see the Ferengi, the Borg, and some time-travelling aliens. Oh, and perhaps Spiderman and the Cylons will drop in for a visit too!

(And before anyone bitches, yes I know those are from Star Trek, not Star Wars. The moment I knew that Enterprise jumped the shark was the Ferengi episode, whom the federation had never seen before. Right. I call bullcrap.)

Re:snark of the day :) (1)

rfernand79 (643913) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965659)

...and limited collector's editions of all said characters...

Ah, my wallet is salivating as I type.

Re:snark of the day :) (1)

zxnos (813588) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965640)

could it be anything like smallville? perhaps luke is learning about his abilities as a proto-jedi. not sure how that ties in with the movies, but hey, just a thought.

Re:snark of the day :) (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965562)

Hey, now. Enterprise had its good parts...

(all conveniently located in the space montage during the show's first 30 seconds!)

Re:snark of the day :) (1)

Magnifico (30966) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965658)

Do not underestimate the power of the snark side.

Mysterious Future (5, Funny)

kevin_conaway (585204) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965417)

Would a slashdot subscriber please look into the "mysterious future" to make sure that this won't get rolled back like Futurama?

Ah well, I never watched Star Trek anyway.

Re:Mysterious Future (4, Funny)

minginqunt (225413) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965476)

I predict that six episodes in, we'll be marching on the Lucas Ranch and Jar Jar Hater Re-education Centre, waving burning sticks demanding this atrocity be pulled from our screens for the sake of humanity, trying to fight our way through legions of brainwashed Lucasites dressed in Ewok suits brainwashed and tooled up with chainsaws disguised as Light Sabres to protect The Bearded One from the angry marching Hordes.

As George Lucas climbs into his reproduction ATAT and shouts out the order to charge, "Yousa People Gonna Die! Dangah Ewoks" will be the last words YOU'LL EVER HEAR.

This will come to pass.

"Nothing for you to see here" (1)

minginqunt (225413) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965418)

Funny... That's exactly what I was going to say.

Now I can dust off my Chief Chirpa dolls. W00t.

Oh noes (5, Funny)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965421)

McCallum said there would be 'a whole bunch of new characters'

Meesa cries a bit at that ominous remark

Why? (1)

jotate (944643) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965423)

Why won't George Lucas stop screwing with art? Just stop George. Someone needs seriously just hit him until he forgets that he has the legal power to do crap like this.

Re:Why? (3, Insightful)

Stiletto (12066) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965453)


Star Wars stopped being "art" when the first Star Wars Happy Meal was sold.

Re:Why? (1)

Eightyford (893696) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965555)

Why won't George Lucas stop screwing with art? Just stop George. Someone needs seriously just hit him until he forgets that he has the legal power to do crap like this.

Star Wars is art? WTF man?

only if (5, Funny)

tubbtubb (781286) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965424)


I'm not going to watch it, unless Han shoots a new bounty hunter (first) at the opening of every single episode.

Only that will atone for Lucas's past sins.

Re: only if (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14965569)

"I'm not going to watch it, unless Han shoots a new bounty hunter (first) at the opening of every single episode."

That would actually be a fun meme. Use it like the couch scene in The Simpsons.

Or maybe put it at the end, so you could spend the whole show trying to guess who he is going to shoot this week.

SWG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14965430)

Wasn't this the same period SWG the MMO was to take place. I sure hope they use me as a character reference.

The wrong 20 years. (4, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965439)

Show me the 20 years of Anakin Skywalker between Episode III and IV. Show me the 20 years of Luke Skywalker following Episode VI. But this...

> It would cover the 20 years in the life of Luke Skywalker growing up that remains a mystery to most film-goers.

Ah, I see - the years when Luke started out as a whiny, snot-nosed kid to, umm...

Well, I guess there's nothing to see here, I'll move along.

Re:The wrong 20 years. (1)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965465)

That was my first reaction too. We had a high-tech universe full of jedi doing great deeds until episodes 1-3, and then we already know there's a quiet patch full of evil empireness until a few years later, and then we have episodes 4-6 telling the story of how the rebels fixed it. Prequels or sequels might have had potential, but something in the middle, when the older generation's original favourite characters are still in kindergarten and there are no jedi not in hiding? Zzzzzzz.

Re:The wrong 20 years. (1)

Moby Cock (771358) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965515)

Sadly, they'll contrive a way to bring Jedis out of hiding. Star Wars without Jedis would not sell.

Re:The wrong 20 years. (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965642)

Just like in highlander the series even though in the movies there was only one left!

Dare I hope to dream? (1)

Eggz Factor (455382) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965639)

Since Lucas was quotes some time ago that he would let "others" call more of the shots in the TV series (AICN), I hold a tiny bit of hope for a show that will be CHARACTER driven as much as FX driven. I hope they take a cues from the new Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly. Keep George away from the dialogue, and it just might be worth a look.

Re:The wrong 20 years. (1)

z0idberg (888892) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965591)

Post - episode VI would make more sense. For starters you wouldnt have to worry about the timescales, ie how long has passed in "Star Wars time" per episode.

What happens if it is set between III and IV and you are nearing the end of the 100 episodes then the series gets extended for another 100 episodes (dont laugh - it could happen)?

I suppose you could make 4 sets of Star Wars 24 style! then maybe pad it out with 4 episodes of Jar Jar Binks outtakes to make up the 100 episodes. sweet!

Re:The wrong 20 years. (2, Funny)

Fhqwhgadss (905393) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965597)

But what, pray tell, could be darker and more dramatic about Vader's life than 20 years moisture farming on Tattooine?

Could've picked a better setting (4, Insightful)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965445)

It would cover the 20 years in the life of Luke Skywalker growing up that remains a mystery to most film-goers

I thought the whole point of the opening on Tattooine was that Luke was bored to tears on his home planet, and that his whole life up until this point was a choice between tendin' to the vaporators and picking up power converters at Tosche Station.

That said, if he hated his life enough to consider signing up for the Imperial military, why would it be of any interest at all to us?

Re:Could've picked a better setting (2, Funny)

Moby Cock (771358) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965540)

But we'll be able to watch Luke bulls-eye womprats in his T-16. Plus more epic and grand adventures!

Re:Could've picked a better setting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14965547)

well, people found that a clark kent that couldnt fly was exciting in smallville ...

Re:Could've picked a better setting (1)

Pentagram (40862) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965668)

Maybe Luke had a low boredom threshold.

I Can't Wait (4, Funny)

BRock97 (17460) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965447)

You thought moisture farming was fun and exciting before, wait until you see it in HD! Plus, I can't wait to see a permiere for the new season of the O.C. during the last five minutes of a Star Wars television episode!

Re:I Can't Wait (1)

wolfponddelta (922904) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965684)

Ooooohhhh....
I see crossover potential....

New Characters? (4, Interesting)

magicsquid (85985) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965449)

It will be interesting to see if they create the new characters with the ultimate eye towards plot development or whether they are simply created in order to sell merchandise.

Given Lucas' focus in the last 5 years, I'd guess merchandising.

Re:New Characters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14965688)


Last 5 years?!? What do you think the Ewoks were?

Lucas has been a merchandising tool for 20+ years now.

Oh God... (1)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965450)

I have a bad feeling we'll be seeing a lot more "Wickets" and "JarJars". The only thing "darker" about this series will be that it will follow the method that all other science fiction TV shows have followed since the X Files and shoot in low light conditions so you can barely see what's happening most of the time.

i thought (4, Insightful)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965451)

luke just hung out on his uncle's farm. if he actually did anything interesting, that would fly in the face of everything he says and does in ep 4.

Re:i thought (1)

Digital Vomit (891734) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965602)

And that would conflict with Lucas' concept of "continuity" how?...

Re:i thought (1)

javaxman (705658) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965649)

luke just hung out on his uncle's farm. if he actually did anything interesting, that would fly in the face of everything he says and does in ep 4.

Well, it should be cheap to make. Lots of desert scenes. Re-used special effects and props developed for the movies.

You do point out a major problem, though... Luke's life is supposed to have been deadly boring. They'll either not have to focus exclusively on him, or they'll have to ( shudder ) milk some sappy drama out of relatively boring day-to-day life on a desert planet on the outskirts of a developing revolution. That, or they'll screw up A New Hope for my kid even more than has already been done.

It could be done, I suppose, but I'm afraid it might be as interesting as Chewbacca's family life on that scary-bad Christmas special... maybe Lucas will hand the creative direction to someone else, and it'll actually turn out OK. Don't get me wrong, I actually still have some respect left for the man's abilities ( though it's difficult after watching Attack of the Clones a couple of times )... but his skills clearly lie in getting a special effects department to do a good space battle, not in directing human actors in drama... and a relatively cheap, made-for-TV show with Luke stuck on his uncle's farm is going to be all about human actors and drama, I'm afraid...

Heh (4, Funny)

Moby Cock (771358) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965460)

I feel A New Pessimism about the story that leads to A New Hope.

jump the shark (1)

Douglas Simmons (628988) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965462)

I think TV Star Wars just jumped the shark [jumptheshark.com] before it even started...

Freaky (1)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965466)

I just re-read the original Thrawn/Zahn trilogy (one of my favorite canned sci-fi series actually) about 3 weeks ago and had a dream a few weeks back about Star Wars coming to TV. Very freaky.

My better half and I were debating how much we would hate to see an Ender's Game movie but how much we'd prefer to see Star Wars come to the small screen format -- especially a darker Star Wars a la Episode IV. Star Wars was better when it was made in an older film format and everything was "dirty" so hopefully they can find a way to scrub the digital feel of the last 3 movies (which I won't bother owning) and bring us something similar to maybe Firefly. I know that us "Brown Coats" are beginning to get hated for the show we loved, but I have to admit I'd rather see Firefly come back than Star Wars if it is made like Eps I-III.

I'm assuming there could not be a Solo in this TV show, and Star Wars isn't Star Wars without Solo.

Re:Freaky (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965521)

I'm assuming there could not be a Solo in this TV show, and Star Wars isn't Star Wars without Solo

Actually, Lt. Solo's dark years in the service of the Empire before he rescued Chewie sound a lot more interesting than Luke's story.

Re:Freaky (1)

Nilych (959204) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965664)

I could be mistaken, but isn't Harrison Ford in the scientology cult now? But that besides, him being greatly aged and sporting a look that is decidedly un-Solo (and un-Indiana-Jones) would not add anything to the show. It might even approach negative information - I will know less after watching than I did before. As for the Ender's Game, it would be glorious if they could make it properly...But I think one has better chances at winning the lottery than Hollywood not ruining the movie. Would it even be conceivable for hollywood to make an ending to Ender's that wasn't cuter, cuddlier? Not to mention the inevitable Bugger comic relief.

"a whole bunch of new characters" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14965472)

Think of the action figures!

Least interesting part? (4, Interesting)

irc.goatse.cx troll (593289) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965477)

It seems like a silly timeframe for a star wars show. Jedis when theyre hiding, luke when he doesn't know anything about the force, dark side ruling without any serious opposition.. The way they described it makes it sound like there won't even be any light sabers.

Seems like theyre trying to clone the success of Smallville, except Superman found out his powers on his own-- Luke didn't know about them until taught.

Attack of the clones, indeed.

Re:Least interesting part? (1)

Ucklak (755284) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965534)

And don't forget all the pop music that ruins the show and makes it a commercial.

Re:Least interesting part? (1)

DeeSnider (899643) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965625)

Seems like theyre trying to clone the success of Smallville, except Superman found out his powers on his own-- Luke didn't know about them until taught.

      Shudder. That's just the feeling I had when I saw it was supposed to be a "Young Skywalker" series. I can already see all the ridiculous scenes with Luke and Wedge in the hallways of their high-school, the alt-rock soundtrack and the inevitable "love interest" for young Skywalker; Leia Lang (probably played by Kristin Kreuk.)
      I swear if this is on the WB I'll claw my eye's out as a precautionary measure.

*weep* (1)

that_xmas (707449) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965480)

There...there....there is no god. Unless Irvin Kershner directs the series.

60 Second Version (3, Funny)

ndansmith (582590) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965487)

<whine>
"But I was going to [location] to pick up some [items]!"
</whine>
ad nauseum

100 episodes... of... (3, Insightful)

ChePibe (882378) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965489)

of... what exactly?

20 years of Luke growing up? Call me crazy, but Episode IV points to Luke's childhood being quite boring, comparatively. It sounds as if he raced a lot, argued with his parents, and generally did "kid stuff" with little to no understanding of precisely what the force was and only the ocassional trip beyond the confines of his farm to spice things up. His caretakers obviously were not on the run to avoid detection, as he was dropped off at the same place he grew up and left in Episode IV.

I think this will turn quickly into Lucas's "Smallville" and, as such, fail to connect with "true" fans.

Re:100 episodes... of... (1)

Tebriel (192168) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965505)

Watching Luke grow from a whiny baby to a whiny naive farm boy with no real-world experience sounds extremly boring.

Re:100 episodes... of... (1, Redundant)

Ucklak (755284) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965552)

Can't wait for the episode where he blasts wamp rats with his T-16.

I can imagine the PETA response, now... (1)

ChePibe (882378) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965633)

Mass protests outside of Lucas's ranch, banners declaring "Digital Animals Feel Pain, Too!", "Pixie Sticks, not Pixels!", and "Holocaust on your DVD Player!"

They'll probably get some Anime babes to join them, too.

So what? (1)

C10H14N2 (640033) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965621)

It will sell oodles of CDs for whatever whoring record label will saturate the non-stop teenage angstfest.

Any fan that has put up with the last three flicks and is still clinging on any announcement of--gack--MORE, is clearly so devoted that Lucas could air 42 hours of whitenoise and they'd still dutifully watch every second of it waiting for an easter egg to tell all their friends about.

Great idea! (4, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965491)

The long, slow, painful death of Jar-Jar should make for a great first season... but what are they going to do for the second season?

Re:Great idea! (1)

castleguardian (711240) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965647)

Easy...Jar-Jar *clones* undergoing long, slow, painful deaths.

"Tonight, on a very special Star Wars, Jar Jar #TK-421 undergoes a short, quick, pain-free death."

Fans can't get enough of those Jar-Jar deaths.

Let's hope that... (1)

CountBrass (590228) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965492)

George Lucas has absolutely nothing to do with it.

My one wish (0, Flamebait)

MrDoh1 (906953) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965494)

Won't this Star Wars crap finally go away??

If Star Wars Galaxies... (1)

kfractal (107548) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965584)

won't die, then neither will this.

just one more season (1)

klang (27062) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965498)

It would cover the 20 years in the life of Luke Skywalker growing up that remains a mystery to most film-goers. ..we already know what he did .. he lived in the dessert, he helped with the harvest, he was not allowed to go out with his friends.

20 years of "just until after the harvest", "but that's a whole other year" .. makes for great season finales! woohoo

Re:just one more season (1)

heritage727 (693099) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965670)

we already know what he did .. he lived in the dessert, he helped with the harvest
What did he do, harvest ice cream sundaes? That should be worth a couple of episodes at least.

They should have done this sooner! (3, Funny)

Pitr (33016) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965501)

Will Wheaton is too old to play the part now! ;)

Re:They should have done this sooner! (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965683)

Watch what you say, he might be here lurking and signing the very contract. He has a crazynickname.

100 episodes guaranteed (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965502)

100 guaranteed episodes? To me that implies they're extremely confident it will be successful. Unless Lucas is thinking if it fails on TV he can sell it on DVD and make his money back.

should this be here? (1)

notrub225 (962379) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965503)

haha this has nothin to do with tech news this is just nerd news.

Re:should this be here? (1)

ekiller200 (913395) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965580)

Um, did you read Slashdot's Tag line? "News for nerds, stuff that matters". Maybe that will help explain why this post is on slashdot..

MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY!!!! (2, Insightful)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965507)

Each episode of the new starwars movies was supposed to be 'darker' then the last, and each one was ridiculous.

Still, if it means that someone else will be doing the directing, it will have to be an improvement.

Obligatory (1)

krajo (824554) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965511)

Joss Whedon is my master now!

Even though Serenity didn't live up to my expectations, it was still better (for me) than the three prequels put together.

What Lucas did to SW just makes me wanna hurl.

Bring back Firefly damnit!

Oh, and Han shot first

It has a lot to live up to (4, Funny)

blibbler (15793) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965516)

Everyone remembers how wonderful the previous starwars TV shows have been. I hope this lives up to the brilliance of "droids", and the Christmas special. I would like to see a "Luke in the Middle" sitcom style... except without any brothers... perhaps they could adopt a jawa.
later on, it could morph into a "the OC" style show, set in Mos Eisley... "the ME"

Re:It has a lot to live up to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14965613)

though you've forgotten clone wars, the one exception to the rule..... brilliant show (mainly due to lack of dialogue)

A long time ago, In a galaxy far, far away.. (1)

Metabolife (961249) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965519)

George Lucas was in it for something other than the money.

Let me guess... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14965520)

... they will be casting Screech as Luke.
Because Lucas' kids liked him in syndication.
Oh, and can't forget the pop star du jure will be providing a special performance in the Cantina every week, which has become the local ice cream shop instead of a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Dammit, George, you have enough money to finally go do your "indie" films. STOP MILKING Star Wars for every last cent like a Hutt squeezing frogs down its slimy gullet.

The bad new is... (1)

jilbert (520628) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965537)

... reading the story Lucas seems to be involved in the writing:
Star Wars creator George Lucas has just completed writing the script for the next Indiana Jones film and will then begin work on Red Tails, about African-American pilots in World War II.

Following completion of that film, work will begin on the Star Wars TV series.

or maybe I'm being overly pessimistic? Please George, no more writing! Leave it to some professional screenwriters! [wikipedia.org] And that sounds like an awfully long time to wait too!

Sounds like they're following the wrong Skywalker (3, Interesting)

Channard (693317) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965538)

'Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader' shows that there's still plenty of mileage in Vader's post ROTS and pre-New Hope years. Hunting down rogue Jedi, dealing with the rebel resistance etc - more fun than Luke Skywalker's life would be.

I Have a Bad Feeling About This... (3, Interesting)

malikvlc (889549) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965541)

It would cover the 20 years in the life of Luke Skywalker growing up that remains a mystery to most film-goers.

I am confused - just HOW much of a mystery could his life have been? Growing up on the moisture farm, rise early to avoid the heat, dust off the droids, whine to Uncle Ben, lots of sand on Tattoine...

Lucas should not milk this cow any longer, prequels are not his strength! I'd root for something that picked up twenty years after Ep VI, the books are full of the political intrigue and scandal Lucas adored so much for Ep's I, II, and III...

Ok, maybe even that would suck.

Re:I Have a Bad Feeling About This... (1)

engagebot (941678) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965666)

You mean Uncle Own. Sorry, just had to do it...

Re:I Have a Bad Feeling About This... (1)

TPJ-Basin (763596) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965674)

Uncle Ben? Doesn't he make rice? Uncle Owen, maybe?

Han better be in there somewhere... (2, Interesting)

mobiux (118006) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965545)

Like a side story, just bringing him into the story.

That type of character is what was missing from #1-3.

People aren't just good or bad, some people walk the line between the two.

Learning to act? (0, Redundant)

smoor (961352) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965565)

As long as George Lucas has almost nothing to do with the casting or scriptwriting it might actually be entertaining... Gee, I wonder if that Jake Lloyd kid is available still...

much more dramatic and darker (2, Funny)

Expert Determination (950523) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965577)

Does that mean that even more people will have their hands amputated? What does Lucas have against hands anyway?

Re:much more dramatic and darker (1)

smoor (961352) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965632)

Yeah, I've noticed that. It seems likes hands and arms are a dime a dozen in the future.

I still can't help but laugh when I see Anakin get his legs and arm cut off, and THEN catch on fire. Now that's good theater... The "Noooooooooo....." just tops it all off.

How am I supposed to defend that sitting next to my wife? Why must George put me in that position?

Skywalker story is already told (5, Insightful)

Cy Sperling (960158) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965579)

I wish they would just leave the entire storyline of the movies out of it. The universe he has created is so textured and interesting- why do we need to see Young Skywalker? Can't we just go to a new world and witness all new characters struggle with life under the Empire? More forced connections to the films just makes the narrative clumsy and self concious. Let's see an action series about a rebel resistance group, or the exploits of a Han Solo type anti-hero/outlaw (Oh wait, that was Firefly).

Woot! (0, Redundant)

ssand (702570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965582)

Mesa thinks this be ghud.

Epic party foul (1)

milamber3 (173273) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965583)

Why don't they realize no one wants to see the hero of an epic grow up? Most good epics start with the hero grown and only elude to events surrounding their birth or youth, it's practically a rule. It would be so much better to make the series continue with the story following episode 6. Everyone and their dog has been begging for that storyline. Is there something I'm missing, is no one allowed to make tv or movies that cover the later years where Luke is a badass? What gives?

Makes Me Shudder... (1)

u16084 (832406) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965587)

Jumpin in the fire pit with everyone else... But comparing The Greatest Movie Saga EVER to smallville..... OK you win, lets tivo to the commericals... and skip the show....(Camera zooms on to luke smoking a joint) "This Shit Got some force!"

:)

The death of Star Wars? (1)

Kranfer (620510) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965590)

Now while I will fighting off "flamebait and trolling remarks" I must bring up that I think this might be a very BAD thing for Star Wars. While I love the movies, I can't help but think about Star Trek: Enterprise and how it ruined the franchise of Star Trek. A prelude to the first Star Wars movies as a TV series while in cecept might be a good idea, but what happens when the series starts to venture away from the accepted timelines of events that has been set forth by Lucas.

Personally, I think a series after the first three star wars films (A new Hope, Empire strike back, return od the Jedi) might be something that would attract more of an audience myself. I am still looking forward to whatever comes out of Hollywood as far as Star Wars goes but I am taking this news with a grain of salt until I actually see what is produced.

Let us pray... (1)

DoctorPepper (92269) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965595)

That this isn't on The WB (or the CW, as I think it's going to be called). The thought of a whiney Luke, with all that teen angst The WB throws in the show would be way too much for me!

Instant write-off... (1)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965603)

There are certain things that you can just write off without knowing anything specific about them. Such things include commercial American beer, the Doom movie, and most of Africa.

This TV series joins those hallowed ranks.

Darker and more dramatic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14965609)

...as if a giant space station filled with hoards of storm troopers, killing billions of people at a time by blowing up their planets is not dark and dramatic enough?

Worst. Idea. Ever. (5, Insightful)

Lave (958216) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965616)

It would cover the 20 years in the life of Luke Skywalker growing up [on a farm, doing nothing, with no powers]

Rather than post and post, about why this is a fucking stupid idea. Lets just all post the words:

Worst. Idea. Ever.

And mod each other +5 insightful.

Tonight, on the WB, a very special Star Wars... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14965624)

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/04/27 [penny-arcade.com]

Now, that's teen drama you can sink your wookie into.

Kurosawa (2, Interesting)

corporatemutantninja (533295) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965652)

I've been thinking for years that Lucas should do a Star Wars version of the Yusagi Yojimbo story. It got retold as a Clint Eastwood Western (For A Few Dollars More), so why not as Sci Fi? Lone Jedi on a remote mining colony, two alien races in conflict, light saber vs. blaster. "My mistake, make that 4 cryogenic suspension tubes."


A TV Series would be a perfect opportunity for this idea.

Sorry, I couldn't help myself (1)

DerGeist (956018) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965661)

I hear it'll be called "Star Wars 2: The Search for More Money"

*runs*

"much more dramatic and darker" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14965678)

Of course. The series is going to be much more dramatic and darker. Ever since the sixties Batman TV series went overboard in the other direction it seems the pop culturati have to make everything "much more dramatic and darker". How about a Star Wars comedy: "That Damned Wookie!" in which Luke has to pretend his Wookie friend is a large dog to avoid the wrath of his bigoted Aunt and Uncle.

And 2 Days Later... (1)

Coolnat2004 (830862) | more than 8 years ago | (#14965687)

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