Dave Filoni is Confirmed To Be In A Position That Could Have Saved The Star Wars Sequels

According to Lucasfilm, Dave Filoni has been Executive Creative Director for several months, since last summer to be exact.

To anyone who has seen his work, this is great news. Dave Filoni is basically George Lucas 2.0 and is known for creating content adored by Star Wars fans for the simple fact that he tells stories borrowing from existing lore, such as characters, items, and awesome little nods to all things Star Wars. In short, the guy gives fans what they want, because he clearly is a fan of the franchise, and understands it and it’s fanbase more than most.

Things that could not be said for literally everyone involved in the decision-making for the recent sequels. As stand-alone films, they’re fine. They just seem to literally go out of their way to make sure these movies were anything but what fans wanted, under the guise that as long as Han, Luke, and Leia are in them, they’ll be hits. And let’s face it, Disney had dollars signs in it’s eyes after buying the enormously popular franchise, so we can’t really blame them for rushing into a new trilogy.

But if you’ve seen Filoni’s works, such as The Clone Wars, The Bad Batch, The Mandolorian, then you know what this man is capable of. Now just take a moment to imagine him being the head of the sequel trilogy.

Yeah. They probably would have been the best trilogy of the three.

That famous scene at the end of Mando season 2 is proof enough.

It really bums me out, knowing what he could have done, but hey, he’s got like a dozen or more projects in the works, so I am excited for the franchises future!

Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau Continue To Show How Disconnected The Folks Behind the Sequel Trilogy Are To Fans

Star Wars is a tricky thing to pull off, as there is so much nostalgia and personal wishes and all that behind it, especially the original trilogy. It’s impossible to please everyone, especially around this massive media franchise.

When George Lucas sold his massive media franchise, we were all uncertain what would become of Star Wars. The sequel trilogy was nothing more than an obvious cash grab. They put Han, Luke, and Leia in it only for the purpose of selling tickets. And then they threw tons of nostalgic bits and easter eggs to hopefully distract us from the fact that the actual story was kind of tossed together and made up as they went along. While the world was set in the Star Wars universe, it didn’t really feel like a true continuation of episode 6, and certainly does not feel worthy to be included in the “Skywalker Saga.”

In short, the films, while more or less good in some ways, seem to go out of their way to make sure they don’t please anyone.

But Dave Filoni, who is basically George Lucas 2.0 and has worked very closely with GL over the run of the incredible Clone Wars series, has made sure Star Wars fans still have something to look forward to.

And now Jon Favreau has joined in with his successful series The Mandalorian. In addition to that, Rebels and Season 7 of Clone Wars by Dave Filoni have been nothing short of a dream come true.

These shows create their own stories, but dig deeply into the lore of Star Wars, using characters and items to enhance the stories, and give some truly awesome moments to these beloved characters that we never got to see in the movies.

The only film since Disney took over to do something successfully similar to this was Solo. That movie is by far the best Star Wars film Disney produced, mainly for the same reasons that make the aforementioned television series’ so good. Rogue One did this pretty well also, but there was tons more lore in Solo.

Sure, these backstories and series’ have an easier time in a way, for they are all told within existing timelines, with existing characters, so it’s easier to pull ideas from them and include them into their own stories, but even so, Dave and Jon manage to create unique stories within a far greater story/universe, and take the best parts to bulk up their story-telling and actually give the fans what they want to see.

This is because the gentleman are clearly fans. They know what we want, because they grew up wanting the same things. Again, everyone wants different things, but there are just some things pretty much everyone wants to see, and these guys are nailing it time and time again.

After watching all these successes, it’s painfully obvious how disconnected the film makers behind the sequel trilogy are to fans and how they obviously aren’t fans of the franchise themselves…or at least not HUGE fans like most people are when it comes to Star Wars.

It is basically to the point where the tv series’ are the actual Star Wars to see, with the movies kind of just filler set in the background. 

But aside from Mando, it sounds like many people have not watched Clone Wars or Rebels, which is crazy, because most of Mando’s biggest moments pull from those shows, so viewers will have no sense of how important those moments are, and they miss out on those awesome “Oh my God!” moments.

Anyway, I am glad these two have plenty more shows lined up in the coming years. I was nervous when George gave it up, but at least there are some fans with knowledge of the universe working to give us something memorable and thrilling, utilizing the lore of one of the most iconic…things of all time, instead of dangling it in front of us and pulling it away, just to make a butt-ton of money like the movies did.

Ranking All Of The Star Wars Series/Media (Current Disney Canon)

Ever since Disney took over Lucasfilm, all the countless forms of Star Wars media, especially the endless number of books, were eliminated from any official canon, leaving the six movies and the Clone Wars series the only canon material. They also said any Star Wars venture to come out after the Disney acquisition will indeed be canon from now on.

So today, I will be ranking all the series or clumps of media in which I find to be worst to best. For clarification, I will not be ranking individual movies or novels, but instead trilogies or books as a whole. Since there is so much Star Wars content, I know for a fact there will be some missed items on this list.

#11 Video Games

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Honestly, as far as I know, there aren’t many of these since Disney’s takeover. Pretty much just Fallen Order, a couple Battlefronts, a VR game or two, and some Rogue Squadron game that may or may not even be released yet.

I am placing this at the bottom of the list simply because I haven’t played any yet, with the exception of Battlefront, and I wasn’t too fond of it.

#10 Novels/ Short Stories

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Again, this is so low for I have only read like a short story or two, and they were just okay. I very much want to read more when I have a moment, and was hoping to eventually collect them all, but they are being released so rapidly that that is surely nothing but a hopeless dream at this point.

#9 Comics

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I do own a handful of comics, but these too are growing insanely fast. Of the five or six I have read, they are slightly interesting, but ultimately range from somewhat boring to okay.

#8 The Resistance Series

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This series is pretty awful, save for the last handful of episodes. It is clearly geared more towards small children, and hardly anything interesting happens. It also mostly takes place in a single area, which is highly unusual for Star Wars. In fact, this show does not feel like Star Wars at all. But like I said, at the end, when it takes place concurrently with Force Awakens,  it gets pretty good.

I have only watched the first season, so I can’t say anything for the second one.

#7 The Sequel Trilogy

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I enjoyed Episode 7 and 9 right away, and 8 took me three views to accept it. They are good movies, and I like most of the new characters. But good lord is this trilogy a mess. They start out by banking solely on nothing but nostalgia, then go off in a completely different direction, and then yank it back to the first path while using fan service as possible band-aid/blinder to how much they messed.

This whole trilogy was handled very poorly, especially when it comes to the story, and shows that without George Lucas behind the helm, things don’t go so smoothly.

In fact, George Lucas just revealed his plans for his sequel trilogy, and it sounds immensely better than what we got.

#6 Star Wars Story Movies

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This includes Rogue One and Solo.

These two movies were hard to place. They are both fantastic. Rogue One is probably my least favorite movie next to Last Jedi, (though it grows on me every time I watch it), but Solo is probably in my top 3. They are great supplemental films and I hope Disney stops being cheap idiots and start making more, for they clearly handle these better than the sequels.

#5 The Mandalorian Series

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This is a great show. I love the whole tone and feel of it. It has great action, and an intriguing storyline that gets even more so each episode. There is so much lore surrounding the Mandalorians, and this show will most likely pull from all of it to make a very solid and worthy series.

#4 Rebels Series

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This show is really good. All of the characters are very likeable, and it does a nice job advancing the story of some established characters as well, while also creating unique storylines that cross over and run adjacent to already established storylines.

This series can be ranked very closely with my next selection. It was hard to say either way, so consider them on even footing.

#3 The Original Trilogy

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For the time, these movies were completely minding-blowing, and still are today. Last time I watched them though, they were starting to feel aged however. But to say that it takes over 40 years to show some age, that’s pretty impressive. Regardless, these movies and their characters and story are fantastic, and always will be.

#2 The Prequel Trilogy

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As much as I love the original trilogy, as a child it had always left me wanting. I craved to see Darth Vader’s past, and a time when the Jedi reigned free. Surely Star Wars was more than this dark, depressing rebellion struggle?

In short, the prequels fulfilled my every desire, right down to my wish that they actually did something cool with Boba Fett (obviously I am talking about Jango).

I love the worlds, the characters, and especially the storyline, particularly when it comes to episode 3. That movie blows me away time and time again. But what really sets it apart is all the awesome action. This is everything I always wanted in settings I always hoped for.

#1 The Clones Wars Series

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To me, Star Wars is this series. Everything else just supplements it. You get to learn about so many characters that may have only been glimpsed in movies and even see them in action. You get to see into the lives of the Clones. There are so many excellent storylines, and it’s fun to see all the characters go through each one, learning and growing from their experience. 

And where the show really shines is the intense action. This is easily the most violent Star Wars related media ever made, and it’s worth it. It’s so amazing and fun to watch. The Jedi in real life have so much human restriction, but in a CGI show, you can really see what you always knew they were capable of!

The show does a great job bridging episode 2 and 3, and now we know what Obi-Wan, Anakin and the others really went through in the time between those movies.

Season one is good, but it’s not until season 2 that this show really starts to shine, and it does nothing but get better and better. The recently released season 7 is the most amazing thing Star Wars has ever achieved and then some. The last few episodes nearly brought me to tears from the awesomeness.

So there you have it. These are all the Star Wars medias I have been involved with that I can think of at the moment.

Star Wars has been an important part of my life since as long as I can remember, and I am so thankful the franchise is continuing to go strong, despite a few hiccups here and there.