According to makingstarwars, they are being told that the next saga in the Star Wars universe to be set during what the studio is calling “The High Republic Era” set around 400 years before The Phantom Menace. They are also saying that it will be after the “Rule of Two” has been established by Darth Bane and that Yoda will be active as a much younger Jedi. Not only is the intention to make a new saga or possibly trilogy of movies, but more to usher in a completely new era to explore in all mediums. It appears that they intend on doing several movies in this era and possibly even television. They are also claiming that this was in fact the story that D.B Weiss and David Benioff were working on before they left.
On the surface this sounds like an excellent idea and opportunity for the studio to start in a new direction in a new sandbox. It really gives them plenty of opportunity to distance itself from the previous films they’ve released and to make their own mark in the universe. Everything about this seems to be like the best choice they could be making. I on the other hand am here to tell you that it’s a total and complete missed opportunity.
I have been an advocate for the movies to explore the old republic which based of the Expanded Universe, takes place several thousand years before the Skywalker Saga and explored the rise of the Sith including Sith armies and the creation of the Jedi order. It was an era that could be repurposed by taking notes from the expanded universe and reusing ideas to create a new era in the movie universe.
The Old Republic era was an excellent idea because it was taking place so far away from the Skywalker Saga that we wouldn’t have to worry about any of the characters being directly connected to any previous characters that we know. By that I mean that it was the best way to not feel like the studio was shoehorning in younger versions of characters just to show some kind of connected tissue. If you haven’t figured out where I’m going with this yet then here it is…Yoda. The biggest issue I have with this rumor is the timeframe and the specific inclusion of Yoda.
Now if you’ve seen The Mandalorian or even just been on any kind of social media and have seen “Baby Yoda” then you’ll know just as well as I do that he is one of the most popular decisions the studio has made in recent memory. He has quickly become one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars universe. I bring this up because he will continue to be featured in the future season of the show and from what we can tell, it seems that we will be getting more information on the species the baby and Yoda come from and what planet they’re fun.
They seem to be spending a lot of time focusing on the species as a whole and the mystery that surrounds them. With the popularity of Baby Yoda growing, it seems that of course the studio will do anything to capitalize on that including giving us a younger version of the Yoda we all know and love.
Now I won’t say that this is something that can’t work, but it seems more reactionary to the popularity surrounding the character lately rather than taking time to distance itself from the preestablished world and characters that we have already. They have a problem with letting go of the past and looking ahead to the future. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t at some point bring in characters that we recognize like Yoda, but that starting out in an era only a few hundred years before leaves you in a weird place going into the future. If they ever decide to go back to The Old Republic than they would be continuing to go further back as a prequel of a prequel of a prequel or something like that, but if they start several thousand years before to begin with than they have all the time in the world to work their way forward to eventually connect everything.
Now, keeping all of my worries and issues with this rumor in mind, I do have a level of excitement for the simple fact that they are getting away from the majority of what we know from the Star Wars universe at this point. We will finally get to explore all new characters that for the most part have no connection to any characters that we know. With this also being a story that the creators of Game of Thrones were working on before they left and with the name of the era being called “The High Republic Era” it seems that we are getting an era with royalty or levels of loyalty that will likely mirror that of some Game of Thrones elements.
There is plenty to worry about with this direction and plenty to be excited for, but most of all we need to take this rumor with a grain of salt until its officially announced. Should this turn out to be true though, I can see it being the perfect opportunity if it is handled well and decisions made turn out to be great, but there should definitely be a certain level of caution going into this until we have more details.