Worst TV Show Idea of 2010
- Blog Post by: James Lileks
- April 6, 2010 - 9:50 AM
This week’s worst possible idea: a Star Wars comedy show.
That’s right. Comedy. The good news is that it’ll be done by the Robot Chicken guys, but Lucasfilm Animation is behind it, which means the smothering hand of The George Himself will probably guarantee a nightmare. The Star Wars fans will tune in with great hope, but the smiles will freeze on their faces in a hideous rictus of shame and anger. He did it again! Lucas destroyed everything I love AGAIN! It’s like belonging to a religion that worships a god who shows up every few years, revises the key holy texts, makes them stupider, and adds talking Rastafarian amphibians.
Look what’s already happened to the hip, sassy Robot Chicken guys:
"The 'Star Wars' universe is so dense and rich; it's crazy to think that there aren't normal, mundane everyday problems in a world so well-defined," Green said. "What do these characters do when they're not overthrowing empires?"
Added Senreich, "We're going to pull back the curtain of some of those behind-the-scenes shenanigans."
In Senreich’s irony-steeped demographic, no one says something like that seriously. It’s a wink. Or he’s just unable to speak in anything but ironic spoofery of actual sentiments. Who knows/
They’re making money, and the Star Wars franchise is already a joke, so I don’t blame them for stepping in ruin things even more. But they won’t be able to go too far; you won’t see Yoda in a Wilford Brimley beard selling diabeetus supplies. ("Right thing to do, it is.") But it’s been done, hasn’t it? Chad Vader on YouTube, that marvelous Darth Vader blog - people have been having sport with the characters for years, because they love the SW universe and its possibilities. Even though the entire thing is about Darth Vader, and how he redeemed himself by killing his boss one day. Nevermind all those other billions he killed, he’s a good guy now! He gets to go to sparkly Jedi afterlife! That’s how Star Wars ends: Hitler goes to heaven while the teddy bears sing.
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