'Grammar Rodeo' Confirmed To Take Place In This Era Of 'Star Wars'
A Show About Linguistics Or A Nod To 'The Simpsons'?
The Star Wars universe is continuing to expand, or at the very least within the growing era of post-Return of the Jedi content. It now seems there is a new addition to this ever-growing era of Star Wars content. Jon Watts, known for directing the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man trilogy, is said to be developing a story codenamed Grammar Rodeo, set in the time period after Return of the Jedi. The rumored series appears to be about a bunch of young individuals going on an adventure. The question in all Star Wars fans’ minds is what sort of adventure will these kids be going on? Well, if one were to put together the pieces of the rumors as well as look at the time frame, there is one logical conclusion: Luke’s Jedi Academy.
While this is still very much speculation on the parts of fans and viewers of Star Wars, Grammar Rodeo could very much be the story of Luke’s Jedi Academy for many reasons. One is that it involves younger characters. Now obviously that does not necessarily mean anything in the grand scheme of things. However, if one uses logic to put the pieces of the post-Endor era together, one possible storyline could be the beginning of Luke’s Jedi Academy and his first students.
This storyline was already seeded in with the last major Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett where Luke started what would be his Jedi temple on an unknown planet. Grogu was to be his first pupil, but, of course, the young one decided to return to his friend and father figure, the Mandalorian Din Djarin, instead of following the ways of the Jedi.
Grammar Rodeo has been described as a coming-of-age story. Perhaps it will focus on Ben Solo growing up, and starting down the path to become the dark side user Kylo Ren. It will be interesting to see the early stages of Ben Solo’s Jedi training, his struggles to become a Jedi, following in the legacy of the Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Luke Skywalker. The story can portray his being tempted by the dark side of the Force under the growing influence of Palpatine and Snoke. Perhaps by the end of the series, we may see the day that Ben Solo discovers that his grandfather was none other than Darth Vader himself, a preamble to his ultimate turn to the dark side, and the birth of Kylo Ren. A story like this will be a good prequel building up to The Force Awakens, giving much-needed context and perhaps even enhancing it.
Jon Watts would be a good choice to direct this kind of movie about a school and teenagers. While the Spider-Man movies are superhero films at their core, they did a good job portraying the high school drama. In addition to the action, we also see Peter Parker dealing with school, family, friends, romantic relationships, and growing up.
In short, not much is known about Grammar Rodeo except for the time period it is set in. The blank space between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens continues to get filled in under the watchful eyes of Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and the creative minds behind the Star Wars galaxy. Already we are seeing the seeds of various shows being planted in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett with the first sapling of Ahsoka planned for release in 2023. It is hard to say where this will lead to. Perhaps the stories are building up to a grand battle against Grand Admiral Thrawn, Supreme Leader Snoke, or maybe even Palpatine himself. All options are on the table for this era in one way or another.
The galaxy far, far away should expand along with the different types of storytelling. Hopefully, Jon Watts has what it takes to put his name in the pantheon of Star Wars directors. Let’s see what he and Grammar Rodeo can bring to Star Wars and the universe we hold so dear.
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Written By Joel Davis
Source(s): Vanity Fair
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