September 3, 2012

Give Star Wars Detours a chance

Star Wars fans are some of the best fans I've encountered. They're one of the reasons why attending Celebration is an awesome experience. Actually, they're a huge reason why. But in case you didn't know this - they (we) can also get our knickers in a twist about our beloved galaxy. And when fans come across something they don't like, they are very vocal about it. I'm already seeing negativity about Star Wars Detours, and I just don't get it.

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!

15 comments:

  1. Truth! (Okay that may depend our points of view, BUT...)

    I've been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember (seriously) and if there's one thing that irritates me it's the people you've mentioned that bemoan and complain about anything new...It's the same with other franchises, but when something different comes along, they seem to forget that the key word is 'different'...! XD

    I've constantly come across people who say they like Star Wars, but these days still shoot down 'The Clone Wars' and even continue to moan about the prequels (which is getting *very* old now...) now, I don't mind if people don't like something, but if they aren't willing to *accept* them, some may say they have a problem...!

    (Apologies if *I* sound like I'm moaning too! XD Haha)

    Thankfully I haven't come across anyone in person that has bemoaned 'Star Wars: Detours' just yet, but no doubt I will and when I do, I'll direct them to your words, Amy. ^^

    Even though I never got to go to Celebration VI, personally I can't wait to check the series out! Mainly because I love Seth Green's comedy anyway and a collaboration with Lucas himself, as you point out, must have some gravitas! (Plus, it will do nothing to the official canon at all as the ball-bouncingly funny trailer shows! The clips released online are even better examples!

    http://geektyrant.com/news/2012/8/27/star-wars-detours-animated-series-3-funny-new-clips.html?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=twitter

    ^^)

    If only a lot more Star Wars fans were more open-minded and willing to try new things and generally more accepting...Then perhaps I wouldn't have watched the announcement trailer for the first time half-thinking 'this is going to annoy some of them, I know it...' Because by the looks of it, it's going to do exactly what it's supposed to do; make laughter and make it enjoyable! And there's nothin' wrong with that! Can't wait! ^^


    AM

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    1. Oh, the people who complain about The Clone Wars without ever having watched it get under my skin too. Being open-minded applies to so many things - including Star Wars. :)

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    2. Precisely! ^^ I don't like to say it, but I tend to call the 'Original Trilogy' fans 'Star Wars Snobs'...But whenever I come across them and they bemoan the prequels, I'm just past the fact they can't bemoan anything else, so I tend to sing-song 'someone hasn't seen 'The Clone Wars...!' And the most they know is that it's 'a cartoon', but I try open them up a little bit by telling 'em how brilliant it is! XD Hopefully it works, because...Well, it is! ^^

      AM

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  2. I was puzzled by the negative reaction to this, too. Two girls sat next to me at the panel with their arms folded, and one in fact closed her eyes! We loved it - even my husband who did not even go to the convention. Takes all kinds.

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  3. I can't wait for this, and Seth is going to LOVE it. He loves Star Wars and the MAD style humor. He has been bugging me pretty regularly about when he will be old enough to watch Robot Chicken ever since he came across something on YouTube. This is the perfect thing to hold him off till he is old enough.

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    1. I didn't think about it being that perfect middle ground - duh! :D

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  4. wow,it's too cool.Star Wars,I like it to death~

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  5. I can't wait for this to start. I was surprised to read people moaning about this, but then again these are probably the same people who looked over the fact of some amazing actors in the prequels (not all of them were amazing... but you can't win them all) and ripped on the movies because of one character. Either way, I'll be watching it when ever it starts.

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    1. I bet it's a lot of that same group of people. I've heard Kyle Newman say something I really like about people who hate on the prequels but call themselves Star Wars fans: the prequels are half the Star Wars movies, if you don't like them, that's 50% which is a failing grade. They get an F in fandom. ;)

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    2. I love everything Star Wars, out of the 10+ novels I've read I loved them all. I even loved the prequels and started to feel extra nerdy when even the nerds were hating on it. If it's anything Star Wars you can see me running up with the great Fry slogan "Just shut up and take my money!"

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  6. Looking very forward to this! It's like Robot Chicken but toned down for a younger audience. I think it's going to be great but intereesting to see how long they can make it work.

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    1. I do wonder how many jokes are in there... but since it's not committed to canon, I bet a lot!

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  7. The Robot Chicken SW specials made me laugh like crazy, so I'm excited to watch this. Seems like a lot of fun! Why NOT have fun with the characters? They're so iconic, it's actually possible. You can't really do this stuff with other series.

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  8. What's not to like in this? The greatest compliment Robot Chicken got is they managed to find new jokes out of movies 40 years old. Brilliant.

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