‘Star Wars’: Why the Saga Might Be Back on Top

What a wild rollercoaster it has been for Star Wars fans. In record time, fans have gone from overjoyed to have the saga back to constantly at each other’s throats. Now, against all odds, it feels like the tide is turning once again. Let’s discuss why Star Wars might be back in a very big way.

Jon Favreau,  Dave Filoni, and the cast of 'The Mandalorian' at Star Wars Celebration
Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and the cast of ‘The Mandalorian’ at Star Wars Celebration | Daniel Boczarski/WireImage for Disney

Introducing ‘The Mandalorian’

The biggest shift the saga has made recently is its foray into live-action television. Animated shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels have been around for years. But the new Disney+ series The Mandalorian breaks new ground for the franchise.

With the feature side of things on hold, The Mandalorian takes Star Wars in a new direction unburdened by the larger universe. As such, it is able to play in the sandbox created by George Lucas decades ago without having to tie everything back to the Skywalkers. Fans so far are loving the series, especially a certain diminutive new character.

And The Mandalorian is just the beginning. Disney+ will be the go-to destination for Star Wars fans in the next couple of years, with several more shows in the works. After all, what self-respecting fan will pass up the chance to see Ewan McGregor finally return as Obi-Wan Kenobi?

Fans are loving ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’

On the video game side of things, Star Wars fans are currently absorbed in Jedi: Fallen Order. The game — available on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One — follows a new character called Cal Kestis (Cameron Monaghan). A Padawan during the prequel trilogy, Cal managed to survive the Jedi purge of Revenge of the Sith.

In this action-adventure game, players help the young Jedi evade the Empire’s grasp and seek out allies. Much to critics’ delight, the gameplay focuses not on stealth tactics but on using the Force to fight your way through the story. Its plot also largely shines a light on elements Star Wars hasn’t really covered yet.

While a few familiar characters — such as Rogue One‘s Saw Gerrera — show up, Jedi: Fallen Order shares a similar approach to the Star Wars universe as The Mandalorian. Both projects exist almost entirely disconnected from the main focus of the films. With new protagonists and new worlds, they are determined to fill in the gaps between the main “episodes” of the saga. So far, this seems to be exactly what fans want.

Can ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ keep the momentum going?

Then, of course, a little Star Wars project called The Rise of Skywalker is waiting right around the corner. Director J.J. Abrams’ film probably won’t please everyone, but it is intended to be the grand finale of the long-running Skywalker saga. So regardless of how it turns out, fans right now are very invested in seeing how the saga shakes out.

Abrams and his team appear to be pulling out all the stops. The Rise of Skywalker will mark the last time many original trilogy characters appear on-screen. The nostalgia — much like the Force — is strong with this one, despite some fans’ distaste for The Last Jedi. Initial ticket sales indicate the new film could be another cultural event like The Force Awakens.

As far as fans know, The Rise of Skywalker will be the last chance they’ll have to see Star Wars on the big screen. And judging by The Mandalorian and Jedi: Fallen Order, whatever does come next could be something completely different. For now, Star Wars fans should just soak in everything the “galaxy far, far away” has in store and hope it can keep this momentum going strong for years to come.