Ok, so I’ve had a night to think about this, and it’s still huge news. I can’t deny it. I also want to encourage my readers to comment and let me know what you think! I can see my stats and I know a lot of people read my blog, but only a few of you comment and let me know what you think…and this is a BIG topic in our world and I want to know what’s going on in other people’s brains.
I have so many thoughts on this topic, but I’m going to keep it as few as possible because otherwise, you all would be reading a 10 page essay.
When I first heard the news and posted, I was a little sad. This is George Lucas giving away his baby and George Lucas, is, well, the Jedi Master! Is this a giant mistake? How could he? Then, upon thinking about it some more, I began to realize that maybe this is the breath of fresh air the Star Wars universe needs. If Disney plays their cards right, this could be a very good thing. As I followed twitter, articles, and blogs, I rounded up what my thoughts are. I listened to the live ForceCast last night and actually took notes as the questions I had poured through my brain. I never take notes! I mean, most of the time, anything I want to blog about can be kept in my head – but there was just too much going on yesterday.
In a nutshell, Disney told us that we are going to have so much more Star Wars stuff. Merchandising galore. George has kept such a tight rein on the merchandising and if you’ve noticed over the years, there’s been a lot of potential for so much MORE. I think Disney will take full advantage of that. Keep in mind – this could lead to a STAR WARS THEME PARK. Man, oh, man, that would be amazing. Universal Studios did an excellent job with the Harry Potter Theme Park. Can you imagine what Disney could do with a park devoted to Star Wars? There have been complaints that Disney already has too much Star Wars events/rides going on in their park…so let’s take that out and give Star Wars it’s own park. Sounds AWESOME, in my opinion.
Disney envisions a Star Wars presence on its channel. How do I feel about that? Ick. The Disney Channel…with Star Wars on it? But then again, we all know I was firmly against the Clone Wars for about 2 years and then warmed up to it. My thoughts were, what does this mean for Seth Green’s Star Wars Detours? They haven’t found a channel yet, will they move to Disney? I don’t know if I can see Detours on Disney. Not much has been said about the live action series too, but Disney has the money to pull it off, right? But then again, it also brings back us back to the point that the live action series will probably be on the Disney Channel and I’m having a really hard time envisioning this. Maybe I’m just balking at the change, maybe it will work out…I’m not sure. However, Disney also owns ABC so shifting the shows to ABC is more favorable in my eyes. And what about the Clone Wars? Will it eventually be shifted to the Disney Channel?
I also read that Disney is going to focus more on social and mobile platforms instead of console games. I know a lot of people who are not going to be happy with that. What does this mean for Star Wars 1313? Apparently, not much, and word has it that the project is proceeding as planned. However, there is still no release date and the platforms haven’t been announced which makes me a little nervous.
Now, finally, let’s talk about Episode VII. I hate that people are writing it “Episode 7” because that is not Star Wars. Let’s stick with roman numerals, folks. First – it’s not going to be directed by George Lucas or even a Lucas-picked director. This is kind of huge. George is apparently staying on as a consultant for the new trilogy. It’s a new look and feel to Star Wars, and it almost kind of makes me think that Star Wars may be going the way of Star Trek. Secondly – what does this mean for the EU? I’m sure tons of people are questioning that right now. Will they include some EU storylines? Will it be based on the Skywalker family? How many years after ROTJ will it take place? All we know is that a LucasFilm source says it’s an “original story.” So no Thrawn, guys, and no Mara Jade either, sorry. If they do have some Skywalker elements in it, even if it takes place way after ROTJ, will they throw in something like: “Jedi Master Luke and his wife Mara Jade who founded the New Jedi Order…”? I LOVE THIS SPECULATION. I haven’t felt like this since before TPM came out. And what is awesome about this, is that I feel like there was so much expectation when TPM was being made. People went in there feeling like they had a vision of how Anakin’s life was going to play out and were severely disappointed when George presented them with something else. Now, with VII, the slate is blank again and I really hope fans don’t start thinking of how THEY want it to be, and instead keep their minds open.
As an FYI: I am not big into spoilers, so as we head toward 2015 and Episode VII, I ask that for the sake of everyone reading this blog and the author, that you keep spoilers few and rare. I like going into a movie theater and not knowing what’s going to happen, as I’m sure others do as well.
Overall – I am excited. I get to start a new countdown to a new trilogy and what could be better? New possibilities are opened because of this. It gave me goosebumps all last night when I thought about this news. I just got a little thrill in my stomach when I added a category on the right hand side of my blog labeled “Episode VII”.
Just remember, no matter what your views on this news is: KEEP CALM AND LOVE STAR WARS. Oh, and Happy Halloween!