With The Book of Boba Fett recently wrapping up and the Obi-Wan Kenobi series on the way to Disney+, Star Wars shows are definitely in full swing on the platform. With an entire galaxy to cover and several millennia to play with, there are so many stories out there that could be told with characters both new and familiar.
Since it’s Star Wars Day, there’s never been a better time to talk about expanding on that galaxy far, far away. So here are some of our top ideas for Star Wars Disney+ shows.
Three Droids and a Porg
I’m biased, but R2-D2 is my favorite character in the entire Star Wars galaxy. Seeing him, BB-8 and D-0 set off on little droid adventure shorts, accompanied by a porg, would be marvelous. Not for a full-length TV show, but five-minute shorts that draw on the greats of silent acting comedy, like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. They would be a great and light-hearted accompaniment to some of the darker entries on this list, and some of the darker aspects of the Star Wars universe in general. Imagine three droids and a porg trying to do something as simple as baking cookies to as wild as crewing an X-wing by themselves to outrun smuggler hunters. There’s an endless list of ideas that could be played with and enough cuteness and sass to knock out a Bantha.
Ascendance of Darth Bane
Throwing it way back, for those who don’t know, Darth Bane was the Sith Lord who instituted the Rule of Two, because all of the Sith had killed each other off with greed and in-fighting. This was a millennium before the events of A New Hope, and with the Extended Universe no longer being considered canon, the series would basically have a clean slate to work with. Watching Bane navigating an all-out Sith war, dealing with Jedi interference, and seeing him use cunning and skill to be the last one standing could be exceptionally compelling if done correctly. After all, everyone loves a good villain protagonist. Giving a greater spotlight to the Dark Side of the Force would also be an interesting shake-up of the status quo.
Origins of Finn
Finn was robbed in the sequel trilogy and his character definitely deserves some more focus. Having a series set after the end of The Rise of Skywalker that deals with Finn finding his birth parents would be perfect, particularly considering the issues with dead/missing parents that almost everyone in the Star Wars universe has and how often it’s swept under the rug. Not that his journey has to have a happy ending, but it would be a great character arc to see him undergo. Having a genuine mystery series in the Star Wars universe would also be an exciting change of pace and not something that we’ve seen play out on the screen, with the exception of Rey’s flubbed mystery heritage. Of course, we’d also want Poe and BB-8 to tag along too, for moral support and back-up. Considering how deep trouble Disney’s in for being anti-LGBTQ+ right now, giving the Finn/Poe shippers a happy ending would certainly not go amiss.
Skystrike Academy was the Imperial academy training fighter pilots and was originally where Wedge Antilles learned to fly before dropping out and joining the Rebellion. Wedge’s story has already been covered in Star Wars Rebels, but the academy itself makes for a fantastic backdrop for a plethora of other stories. Examining the motivation of pilots joining the Empire, seeing any other members of the Rebellion, and having just a good old-fashioned character-driven drama with a smattering of high-speed battles sounds like a perfect blend to me. And come on, Skystrike is way too cool of a name to mention a couple of times in Rebels and never use again.
Qui-Gon and Dooku (Rise and Fall)
In his youth, Qui-Gon was Count Dooku’s apprentice, before the Count turned to the Dark Side. Their yin-yang dynamic can work as a perfect mirror, showing Qui-Gon coming into his own as a Jedi and growing as a person, while at the same time, Dooku retreats deeper into the dark side. A young Obi-Wan as Qui-Gon’s apprentice would also be fun to see, paralleling The Phantom Menace. Their backstory has been touched upon in some novels and comics, but like with Darth Bane, the non-canonization of Extended Universe material opens up a whole swath of time to creatively play with. Considering the last time a Jedi fell, we got a whole six movies squeezed out of it, Qui-Gon and Dooku’s journey could definitely be told over a few seasons of a show, admittedly with a few timeskips involved.
Doctor Aphra, originally appearing in the Marvel Star Wars comics, is a rogue archaeologist who worked with Darth Vader and two assassin droids before faking her own death and continuing across the galaxy with her droid companions. Aphra is a complex and interesting character, and a series could examine her time with Vader or after she faked her own death. Plus, there’s plenty of material from the comics to build upon, and inspiration to draw from for either scenario. There are not a whole lot of archaeologists bouncing around the Star Wars universe, but in a galaxy with so many different species and cultures, it’s a fascinating profession, and a new avenue for the franchise to explore in depth. The series also has the luxury of taking on genres that we don’t usually get to see in Star Wars, and can easily be written as a horror, thriller or romance.
One of a gang of street urchins living in Canto Bight who was shown to be Force sensitive, Blagg has barely any screen time in The Last Jedi, but his personal circumstances to make for an interesting story. Like with the Finn series, this would obviously take place after The Rise of Skywalker, but it could show a different side of the franchise. Canto Bight’s seedy underworld and the plight of orphaned street urchins and regular people struggling to survive in that environment could come into full focus, either in the context of a crime-focused series or even a heist. Given Blagg’s age, it could also play out as a teen-focused drama. As for Blagg himself, the struggles of being Force sensitive without anyone to guide or teach him would be a fascinating journey to watch, and again, one that hasn’t really been touched upon before.