Everything changed when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and put Kathleen Kennedy in charge of the Star Wars brand. Not only were they going to move full steam ahead on creating a new big-screen universe for Star Wars, but the change in leadership also meant the existing Star Wars-related properties might suffer. In his last years running the brand, George Lucas loosened up a bit when it came to telling ongoing Star Wars stories, allowing both Family Guy and Robot Chicken to add a more humorous, over-the-top slant to their take on the material. Born from that was also an animated Star Wars series called Detours, which was this silly Star Wars sitcom that Seth Green dreamt up. Here's the preview for it.
Green took a lot of heat from the old school Star Wars fans with Detours primarily because it poured way too much "silly" on top of characters that people wanted to take a little more seriously. Fans wanted a darker, more badass Star Wars, and all they were getting was stuff like this aimed at a generation who might not ever be able to truly connect with the franchise because their introduction to it was through campy humor. But then came Episode VII and plans of a new Star Wars trilogy, and suddenly projects like Detours weren't being talked about... at all.
So what's the latest with Detours? Will it ever come to be? During a recent Reddit AMA, Seth Green tackled the topic with some genuine sincerity. Here's what he had to say:
"So there's actually been quite a bit of talk about this, but Detours is just on hold currently. We have 39 finished episodes and around 62 finished scripts. But that entire show was created before the decision to make more Star Wars movies, so our show (which was created by George Lucas) is an animated sitcom in the world of Star Wars, so we had a lot of conversations with Kathleen Kennedy about Star Wars in not just the next three years but the next 30 years, and when you're in as privileged a position as we were to be able to work on Star Wars content with its creator, you get a great sense of responsibility to the whole. I was introduced to Star Wars as a child and it was without any ironic or comedic lens, so I saw Darth Vader as scary, and I saw all of those messages very very clearly. We didn't think it made any sense, in anticipation of these new movies coming out, to spend the next three years with an animated sitcom as three generations' of kids first introduction to the Star Wars universe.
"I've had a lot of parents approach me in the last few years where they showed Robot Chicken or Family Guy Star Wars before they showed them regular Star Wars. The writers on Robot Chicken and I are seeing this a lot. The same way we were introduced to classic music through Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry, kids are taking our ironic interpretations of He-Man or other pop-culture icons and never having the opportunity to meet them sincerely. It's a really bizarre thing to wrap your head around, and because I've witnessed it firsthand, it made me more thoughtful about what we were putting it out.
"I do feel that Detours is a timeless bit of entertainment. Media distribution is changing so quickly, so dramatically, that can you even imagine what distribution of content will look like in five years? In a day and age when Netflix series are nominated for the top accolades TV has to offer, who is to say what it will look like when the new Star Wars movie comes out? So Detours can sit on a shelf until the Star Wars movie comes out without losing any of its lustre, because what we've created is very funny, very smart and like I said before, timeless."
You have to commend Green for admitting that maybe his comedic takes on Star Wars were actually hurting the future of the brand, or at least making it difficult for kids to connect with it in sincere, meaningful ways. Seeing as they already have 39 complete episodes, we'll no doubt see Detours one of these days. However, expect Episode VII to debut first, as that will set the tone for the franchise moving forward.
Were you looking forward to watching Detours? Are you bummed it's on hold, or are you hoping they lock it away and lose the key?
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