Star Wars is one of the most successful stories ever created and part of that reason is because of its remarkable escapism. For a couple of hours, you are literally transported to another galaxy where heroes and heroines larger than life fight evil on a movie-to-movie or show-show basis. And while Disney has given us so many wonderful Star Wars stories lately there has been something that has been really missing for me with these new stories; the aliens.
In the Original Trilogy, three of the main characters were not human: C-3PO, R2-D2, and Chewbacca. They were extraordinary characters with intriguing backgrounds and what they added to the overall story cannot be overstated. Jar Jar Binks isn’t a fan-favorite but his presence reminded us that this was a story set in a galaxy where aliens do exist. And don’t get me started on The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels which gave us a plethora of fascinating alien characters: Ahsoka, Hera Syndulla, Zeb, Asajj Ventress, Cad Bane, Savage Opress, and so many more. And then I think about the live-action movies and series Disney has given us in the last few years and the lack of alien characters is almost criminal.
The Sequel Trilogy introduces not a single new major alien character. Every new character in The Mandalorian, besides Grogu, is a human. Nearly every new character in The Book of Boba Fett is human. Thankfully a couple of the Inquisitors in Obi-Wan Kenobi (one stemming from Rebels) were alien. But what made my brain pop was Andor. Look at this poster.
None. Of. These. New. Characters. Are. Alien! There’s not a Twi’lek or Togruta, a Wookie or a Mirialan, a Zabrak or a Gungan, and yes, there are many other great alien species that you can feature in this show.
The only thing Disney seems good at introducing in every installment are droids and that’s just sad. Star Wars is not just a story filled with humans and Disney is forgetting that.
I just wanted to share this conversation.
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2 thoughts on “I Miss Aliens in ‘Star Wars’”
I imagine it is cheeper for live action projects, but I do prefer a few cool aliens in any Star Wars project. Lucas did understand this. Yes, most of the characters even in the original trilogy were human, but Chewie was a good exception. Then technology got better and he managed to pull in Jar Jar. Aside from that, Yoda looked fantastic for the time. But now this progression has ceased. They could make better looking aliens than ever before, but they do not.
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Part of this is probably budget. In the sequels, we had the Porgs, Chewbacca’s “girlfriend,” and whatever the hell Snoke was, but yeah, it was mostly a human thing.
In Mandalorian, we had a good number of supporting characters that were aliens. The blue guy Mando froze who came back later. The Ugnaught he befriended in the first season. Grogu, of course. Ahsoka. He consorts with Tuskens and Jawas a number of times. That said, it’s quite true that every character on Moff Gideon’s ship other than Grogu was human.
So… mileage may vary. 😕
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