10 Pieces of 'Star Wars' Lore That Could Make for a Killer TV Show
From expanded stories to new tales pulling from the Star Wars Legends line, these plots would be great for Disney and ABC to bring to TV.
It was recently revealed that Disney and ABC are discussing the potential of bringing a canon Star Wars TV show to fruition. Many fans have been salivating over the idea and with so many stories and ideas out there, we have plenty of options to get excited about.
I have a list of ten stories that I think would make excellent TV shows if given the greenlight by Disney. From expanded stories for fan-favorite characters to new tales pulling from the Star Wars Legends line, these plots would be great for TV.
10. The Adventures Of Qui-Gon Jinn
Jinn is a Jedi that debuted in The Phantom Menace and it left fans wanting so much more. Qui-Gon was brought to life by Liam Neeson and for a character that only lasted one movie — the one considered to be the worst in the Star Wars franchise by most — it's surprising that he's become a fan favorite.
In the Legends books, Jinn was given a much deeper backstory that shows him being a darker Jedi than in the movies, what the Jedi Order would call a "Grey Jedi." This is a term that refers to Jedi who walk the line between the light and dark side of the Force and distance themselves from the Jedi Council. Jinn would disagree with the Council quite frequently and this quote from his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi is how most or the order viewed Jinn:
"If you would just follow the [Jedi] Code, you would be on the Council. They will not go along with you this time."
His story has many trials, but one of the best stories from his Legends history was the story of his apprentice prior to Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was a story reminiscent of how he took Anakin Skywalker under his wing, but his padawan fell to the dark side under his guidance.
Qui-Gon Jinn is a dynamic character that could carry his own series, and while Liam Neeson wouldn't return to the role for the TV series, I'm sure fans wouldn't mind seeing a younger actor give the role a shot.
9. Mace Windu: The Forgotten Jedi
This year Samuel L. Jackson dropped a bombshell on fans when he gave his opinion on whether or not Mace Windu survived his fight against Darth Vader and Darth Sidious. Jackson's reasons for believing this were as follows: “Jedi can fall from amazing distances. And there’s a long history of one-handed Jedi. So why not?” Even George Lucas agreed, telling Jackson: "I’m okay with that. You can be alive.”
It's nice to think about Mace Windu still being alive and trying to survive Order 66 wounded and alone. It got me thinking of how cool of an idea it actually was to see Windu surviving through the years, trying to stay hidden while also fighting against the Empire.
It is a long shot, but if Disney decided that Mace Windu's story should live on, then I'm sure they could come up with some interesting ideas. Like Liam Neeson, there is very little chance that Samuel L. Jackson would ever do a full-time TV show, but there are plenty of talented actors out there.
8. The Force Unleashed
In the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video games, Darth Vader takes a young boy who is strong in the Force and trains him as his apprentice in secret. The boy known as Galen Marek — a.k.a. Starkiller — is trained into his adulthood where he is sent by Vader to hunt down remaining Jedi that survived the initial purge. It is a task to help Marek train to reach his ultimate goal of killing the Emperor so that he and Vader can rule the galaxy together. That alone is enough to make you curious, right?
In the games, it is completely up to the player whether he wants to use the light side or the dark side, but the character evolves into a much kinder soul as you go on. He meets friends and enemies and is sent by Vader to do many dangerous tasks. This would make an amazing TV show because it has so much room to work with as an untold story in the current Star Wars canon. We would also be getting a show with Vader as a main character, so what's not to love?
7. The Rule Of Two
Darth Bane is possibly one of the most recognized Sith Lords from the Star Wars Legends books with the exception of Darth Revan (who we'll get to later). Bane is the creator of "The Rule of Two," a Sith doctrine that changed the way Sith were organized forever. There would no longer be a Brotherhood of Sith with academies and teachings. There would only be a master and apprentice; one to embody power, the other to crave it.
Darth Bane made an appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and since then fans have been clamoring for more. He is a character that has plenty of stories that would translate to TV such as Path of Destruction and Dynasty of Evil. It would be a nice change of pace from exclusively following the light side of the Force as seen in the Star Wars films. We could see how the Sith were prior to the Rule of Two and how they were changed forever — with plenty of adventure and danger on the side.
6. The Underworld
Star Wars: Underworld was a planned TV show back in 2005 when George Lucas was still running things. It was going to explore the more grungy side of the Star Wars Universe. The idea of following an original cast of characters through the darker corners of the Star Wars world is exciting.
Imagine a very dark, noir style Star Wars TV series following a smuggler, a young gambler or maybe even just an average worker as they try and survive on the dangerous streets of the Coruscant underworld. There is a lot to be explored with this and I think George Lucas was on the right track with this — maybe Disney will feel the same.
5. A Future War
We have had plenty of stories told before the Original Trilogy and are going to start seeing many more after it, but what about the far future? Some might be shaking their heads and saying "but Star Wars is already in the future!" The thing is, it's not. We are introduced to the same thing at the beginning of every Star Wars film: "A long time ago..." Wouldn't it be awesome to get an original story that takes place 1,000 years or more after the Skywalker line with a new war and different characters to follow?
It's an idea that I have never seen anywhere else — even the old Star Wars: Legacy comic book series set in the galaxy's future followed the Skywalker lineage — but I think it could be interesting to follow. It would be a way for Disney to give their own ideas and story to the universe without effecting the main line of films.
4. Lost Stars
Star Wars: Lost Stars is a book by Claudia Gray that could almost be described as Romeo and Juliet meets Star Wars. The book runs parallel to the Original Trilogy with a plot that revolves around a man and woman named Thane and Ciena who both fall for each other over their love for flying. They both train in the Imperial academy to become TIE Fighter pilots. But when Thane eventually sees the true terror behind the Empire and defects to the Rebellion, Ciena remains loyal to the Empire.
It is an amazing story — especially if you're a young adult fiction fan like myself —and it is already canon. Both Thane and Ciena exist in the Star Wars Universe, but have never appeared on screen. If Disney feels the story should be told in live-action, then it would be a very fun viewing experience for all ages and audiences beyond diehard Star Wars fans.
3. Boba Fett: Beyond
There has been so much back and forth about a Boba Fett solo film that fans are starting to think that it's just not going to happen. Well, what if Disney is moving their plans from the big screen to the small? Boba Fett is a character worthy of his own series and there would be plenty of stories to pull from.
If they do give Fett his own show, I am hoping that it takes place after his supposed "death" in Return of the Jedi. In the Legends books, Fett actually did survive his encounter with the Sarlacc Pit and fought his way out. There are some stories to draw inspiration from for his continued adventures after his survival, but a better idea would be for Disney to try and come up with their own ideas for the character. Maybe he tries to hunt Han Solo down after feeding him to the Sarlacc.
To me, that is more exciting then seeing an origin story for the character like it has been said Disney was leaning towards in the proposed film. Either way, a Boba Fett show would be hard to screw up.
2. Kyle Katarn: Jedi Academy
Many people may not know about Kyle Katarn. He is a character that appeared in the Star Wars video games Dark Forces, Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy. The character is famous for working alongside Luke Skywalker to rebuild the Jedi Order after the events of Return of the Jedi, and was an instructor at Luke's new Jedi Academy.
We already know that Luke did in fact attempt to rebuild the Jedi with an academy until Kylo Ren destroyed that dream. So a story about building the Jedi Academy with plenty of stories and characters would be fun to watch. Maybe it was just me, but some of my favorite parts about the prequels were watching the new Jedi be trained and some the tasks they'd have to do.
This is a show that could follow Katarn and maybe even cast a new actor to play a young Luke Skywalker as a supporting character. Something worth mentioning is Max Von Sydow's character Lor San Tekka could probably be plugged into this role instead Katarn, as it seems Tekka actually did help Luke rebuild the Jedi, and it has been speculated he taught at Luke's academy.
1. Knights of the Old Republic
I have been waiting so long for a live action adaptation of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to come out, and I will continue to beat that drum until I get my wish! This was a game series that followed the path of Revan, a former Jedi turned to the dark side of the Force only to be defeated and have his memories wiped and be slowly brought back to the light.
My brief synopsis does not do the story its true justice, but trust me: It is amazing and is a must play game for anyone slightly interested in Star Wars. The games introduce us to many amazing characters along the way and while in a previous article I outlined how the game could be adapted into a movie, I think it could actually work better as a TV show.
The story has the longevity to follow Revan through his Jedi training all the way to his fall to the dark side with plenty of heartbreak to follow. That's not even bringing up the events of the actual games in which you play as Revan as he seeks to regain his Force sensitivity and become a powerful Jedi — or Sith — once again.
The events of this game take place 1,000 years prior to Phantom Menace, so Disney would have plenty to work with and not upset the main timeline. It is a story that could help us explore an bunch of new galaxies as well as show us what life was like back when Jedi and Sith were abundant and the Republic was strong. Revan is one of my all time favorite characters in Star Wars lore and I cannot wait until someone at Disney finally gives the character a chance in the canon universe.
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