The premiere of the ninth installment in the canonical cycle of Star Wars is a cinematic event, thus completing a cycle that began 42 years ago.
The children who back then packed into the giant movie theaters, now accompany their own kids to shopping-mall multiplexes. We may not live to see the finished work on Barcelona and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, but at least we will have lived to see the entire life story of Luke Skywalker.
Obviously, this ending is not an ending. Disney has the rights to this franchise and plans are in place for that cow to milk the potential for stories for generations to come. Or, at the very least, until it manages to dominate the streaming sector, which has just been launched with Disney +, a veritable streaming ‘Sagrada Familia’, to which towers and more towers are perpetually being added.
Now, let’s add a pinch of complexity to this almost perfect brew; we have the two movies released in the cinema as spin-offs: Rogue One and Han Solo. The second wasn’t well-received, a reception cold enough to freeze any plans for more in carbonite. The idea, however, is to do more once The Rise of Skywalker has been released. On television, we’ve already seen animation series, including Star Wars: Droids (1985), Ewoks (1985-1986), The Clone Wars (2008-2014), Star Wars Rebels (2014 -2018) and Star Wars Resistance (2018-2019), apart from some miniseries for YouTube or Cartoon Network.
But, the greatest efforts to bring this fantastic universe to the screens of our homes has been the series The Mandalorian, released on November 12 as a cover letter from Disney +. The platform has announced two more series: one about the spy Cassian Andor – the central character in Rogue One – with Diego Luna and one about Obi Wan Kenobi starring Ewan McGregor, which will arrive during the platforms first two years in business. The icing on the cake is the recovery of The Clone Wars, which will have a new season after six years in hibernation.
The million dollar question is whether someone will dare to upset Georges Lucas’ original idea and reopen the nine film cycle. The fact that in this last trilogy we have seen how dead actors recovered their characters thanks to the magic of CGI, evidence that the only problem is moral, not technological. Will Star Wars be the first saga of which no human being will have been able to see every single one of its episodes?