If you haven't heard about the new animated series yet, Star Wars Detours is an animated series created by the folks behind Robot Chicken. Seth Green, Matt Senreich, and Todd Grimes have poured their love of the Star Wars universe into a humorous show that doesn't fall in with the canon of the films. For example, one of the environments of the series is the still-under-construction Death Star. You know how this giant space station is being built but is somehow kept a secret from the entire galaxy? In Detours, it's hiding under the guise of being a shopping mall. The Stormtroopers don't even know what's going on. They think they're mall cops.
I know! Hilarious.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, please watch this trailer:
It's a lot of everyday, slice of life stuff, and I laugh my pants off every time I watch the trailer. It's the characters I know and adore, but I'm seeing a different side. A lighter side. When George Lucas crashed the Detours panel at Celebration VI he mentioned that he's always wanted to tell funny stories like this. Seth Green emphasized that it's not like they are trying to go in and destroy anything. They respect the source material. Yet I've encountered several fans who roll their eyes at it or are annoyed about it.
Besides the fact that it hasn't aired (no word on when or how the series is being released yet) and people haven't seen enough to give it a fair assessment, is it just because this isn't what they want to see next in the Star Wars universe? I understand that we're all salivating over the thought of a live action series; it's torture to know that material is written but that expensive production is stopping it from being filmed.
But why should wanting to see something else mean that you can't try out material - like Detours - that we get in the meantime? It's still Star Wars, and it's very much meant to be all ages and friendly to new fans. This is a great opportunity to introduce young kids who might not be old enough for Star Wars: The Clone Wars to the universe. More importantly, it's being made by fans with Lucas' approval. That seems like a solid combination to me.
Tell me what you think about the series!