Star WarsThe erroneous TV vs. movie argument proves that Lucasfilm should take a different approach to content. Over the past few years, Lucasfilm has struggled to get new film projects off the ground. Countless artists and stories have left, or simply stalled due to scheduling conflicts and creative differences, unable to move forward.Recently, Rey’s New Jedi Order movies, Rise of the Jedi movies, and mandalorian All the movies are promising, but it’s hard to be sure that they will actually be made. mandalorian The movie seems most assured, as it has a link to the Disney+ TV corner. Star Warswhich was a top priority for Lucasfilm.

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live-action Star Wars The Disney+ show has given Lucasfilm a whole new medium to communicate Star Wars story. While the series has been familiar to television due to his successful animation projects in the past, the live-action streaming show offers a unique opportunity for his storytelling in true transmedia. bottom.in a recent interview Dispatch to Dagobah, Entertainment Weekly’s Star Wars In a podcast, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy argued that the opportunities streaming presents—the ability to use bigger budgets to produce more spectacle—would make a difference between what was made for TV and what was made for film. He explained that the way he sees things has changed. But her reasoning underestimates the importance of characters, especially in the medium of cinema.

“There’s a lot of things you can do with streaming right now where you’re making massive effects or really expanding the scale and size of the story. And I’m thinking, what’s the difference, what’s the difference between the big screen and the small screen? It’s a spectacle that can be sustained in space.”

Star Wars underestimates the importance of character-driven movies

Rogue One poster with Cassian Andor.

but, Star Wars There were some moments in the sequel trilogy, but most audiences agree the overall experience was eventful. Character arcs were unplanned and uneven, unfairly sidelining characters who showed great potential, such as Finn, Rose Tico, and Poe Dameron. While some unforeseen circumstances, such as the tragic death of Carrie Fisher, have altered certain character arcs, the overall prospects have changed little to nothing as production on the sequel trilogy begins. It had the drawback of not having The audience is connected to the characters, not the plot. And if characters are overwhelmed, underplayed, and underutilized, even the best plotted movies of all time can fail and be ruined.

Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryOn the other hand, it’s one of Disney’s best projects. Star Wars It’s the best of the era, and arguably the best of the five films. Of course, there is also the spectacle. Who could forget the epic Battle of Scarif?But most loved rogue oneAbove all, the characters were the driving force behind the story. Viewers don’t have to spend a ton of time getting to know the characters. It’s about understanding their motivations and giving them a compelling reason to participate in that particular story.

Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, Bodhi Rook, Chirut Imwe and Baze Malvas all entered the fight for their own personal reasons and gave the audience a better understanding of the stakes. rogue one It wasn’t just meant to tell the story of how the Rebels got their hands on the Death Star project, to fill narrative gaps, or to fill plot holes, but that the Rebel Alliance was It demonstrated the personal sacrifices required to win in the long run. . Luke Skywalker may have shot the impossible, but without those characters and their hopes, dreams, and spirit, they never would have launched the proton torpedoes in the first place.

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Star Wars chooses the wrong format for its character-driven story

Darth Vader has a red lightsaber and Obi-Wan Kenobi has a blue lightsaber.

Character-driven TV shows are certainly important, but Star Wars We have to be careful about relying solely on that medium to tell that kind of story. Not every character needs six hours of screen time to flesh out their growth or understand their background. All too often, the story, which was supposed to be about a character’s journey, gets stretched out and stuffed with unnecessary details and side quests. It feels like the pace has slowed down and the impact of the story has faded. Obi-Wan Kenobi come to mind.

at one point, Obi-Wan Kenobi It was supposed to be a movie. Would that have automatically fixed the problem with the show? Maybe not, depending on the writer, director, and plot. But it shouldn’t have been a discounted option either. Obi-Wan Kenobi It focused on a character’s life at a particular moment in time. Isn’t that a story that can be told in two hours? Solo: A Star Wars Story It may have been a plan-shifting box office failure (at least for Disney), but it succeeded in telling a brief, one-off story about a legendary character. The same treatment might have been given to Obi-Wan, even if there hadn’t been a space battle.

comparison Obi-Wan Kenobi on a show like Andor And you can easily tell the difference. Andor is also a very character-driven story, but it doesn’t just depict Cassian Andor at any particular point in time. It’s the story of Cassian’s entire journey in the Rebellion, how he joined and how he rose through the ranks. It is set over years, not days or weeks. It’s not his two-hour story, and that’s the defining difference between these projects. Both focus on specific characters, but the narrative objectives are completely different.

The best streaming shows have as much personality as they do spectacle

Din Djarin and Grog from The Mandalorian.

You don’t have to sacrifice spectacle to tell a character-driven story, and vice versa. Star Wars And Lucasfilm, best of all, knows how to create visually spectacular and thrilling experiences without losing sight of what matters. Sure, people enjoy tense battles in space, but here’s why they love the original. Star Wars The trilogy is due to the special dynamics between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. People love Din Djarin and Grogg’s relationship, but they can also get the thrill of watching Din Djarin fight a giant beast alone. Ideally, there should be a balance of both, especially in the opportunities streaming his platform offers.

Please make a show like stranger things, provides ample spectacle as part of character building. Max finding a way out of Vecna’s villainous lair is an iconic scene, but it didn’t happen without focusing on her love for her friends, and how much they love her. Star Trek: Strange New World There’s plenty of action in each new episode, but nearly every plot is motivated by what the characters are going through emotionally. Good stories (especially detective stories) use spectacle as a way to enhance plot and character development. We don’t just add spectacles for the show. Lucasfilm needs to keep that in mind if it wants its upcoming films and shows to succeed.

What approach should Star Wars take to movies and TV shows?

Boba Fett, Ahsoka Tano, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The fact that Disney+ exists doesn’t mean you should use it on every occasion. Andor Due to the timeline, it had to be a show, and three episodes for each arc worked beautifully. Ahsoka It should probably be a show because it’s not just focusing on Ahsoka Tano, it’s also telling the ongoing story of a group of characters from another series. star wars rebels. mandalorian‘s episode structure worked well, especially in the first two seasons, as it was set as an adventure-of-the-week type of story.

but rogue one and solo Character-driven narratives have proven to be successful in film format, and hopefully the two new Jedi-focused films will do the same. Obi-Wan Kenobi It could have been used as a movie, boba fett book It could have been good as a movie. mandalorian-A centric episode that ruined the pacing and robbed the title character of the spotlight.Lucasfilm above all Star Wars We have to remember that the story determines the medium, not the other way around.

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