In the recent Star Wars series of movies and TV series, the famed franchise insisted on bringing legacy characters back to life, undermining its new faces.
Decades after its inception, Star Wars has repeatedly repeated the mistake of bringing characters from the original legacy back to life in his more recent works. The nine main films in the series have established longtime fan favorite characters such as Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and countless others. More recently, characters like Rey, Finn, Poe and Din Djarin have emerged in the spotlight, but, as his current and future projects show, Star Wars has shown that it is not ready to go beyond the figures that have made it one of the most appreciated works of fiction in the world.
The science fiction fantasy universe created by George Lucas dates back to 1977 with the release of Star Wars—Then titled A new hope. 1980 and 1983 added The empire strikes again And Return of the Jedi. The franchise was restarted two decades later, with a prequel trilogy consisting of The threat of the Phantom, Attack of the clones, And Revenge of the Sith in 1999, 2002 and 2005. Disney bought the Lucasfilm production company in 2012, claiming the most recent film trilogy made up of 2015’s The Awakening of the Force, 2017 The last Jediand 2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Star WarsThe refusal to part with his most eminent original characters undermines his more recently introduced names in movies and TV series. The franchise’s reliance on older faces comes as a weakness and shows a lack of confidence in its new characters’ ability to resonate with viewers. Several cases of returning old characters seem to function simply as fan service.
The three sequel films have apparently cut down on roles and sacrificed the development of promising new characters like Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron to keep the characters from the original trilogy at the forefront. Luke, Leia and Han Solo still served as the impetus behind The force awakens’ fiction despite introductions by Rey, Finn and Poe. The rise of Skywalker characterized by a bizarre twist in resurrecting Palpatine’s consciousness in a clone of himself after the apparent death of the Sith Emperor in Return of the Jedi. Palpatine’s restoration in Star Wars franchise through his family ties to Rey felt completely forced, as a continuation of his arc was never really needed.
In 2019, Star Wars navigated the world of streaming as his original series debuted The Mandalorian on Disney + with wide acclaim. The show introduced a variety of compelling new characters such as Moff Gideon and Fennec Shand, though none are grander than its titular character, Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin. However, Star Wars he still fell into his old ways and overshadowed his new bounty hunter with the Boba Fett from the original trilogy—Who comes to Din’s aid in season 2. Although Boba Fett has been largely underused in movies, his presence in The Mandalorian it came out as an attempt to please longtime fans of the original films. The Mandalorianthe season two finale provided the most striking example of Star Warsexcessive attachment to his old characters. In the final moments of the episode, an electronically aged Luke Skywalker stole the spotlight in one of the series’ most pivotal moments, picking up Grogu in the midst of Din and Bo-Katan’s dispute over the dark saber.
The worrying aspect of these errors lies in this Star Wars it doesn’t need to keep bringing back old characters. Its cool faces are bright enough on their own and should be trusted to drive Star Wars‘future without the support of longtime fan favorites to stay relevant. With the Disney + series Obi-Wan Kenobi And Boba Fett’s book on the near horizon, Star Wars indicates that he has no intention of abandoning the legacy characters in his future content. In addition to focusing on the title character, Obi-Wan is poised to reintroduce Darth Vader in a story that takes place between the events of Revenge of the Sith And A new hope, while Star WarsBoba Fett’s solo project further expands the bounty hunter’s efforts in The Mandalorianthe chronology. After all, Star WarsThe mistakes of the old legacy character must end if the franchise is to maintain its importance for decades to come.
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