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.Continue reading I Miss Aliens in ‘Star Wars’