So, with all the stuff about Hurricane Isaac, the flying squirrel circus that is the Republican convention, and Snooki’s baby over this past weekend, you may not have noticed your childhood being dragged through broken glass yet again, or whatever.
Amidst all the other hoopla, the annual Star Wars Celebration convention was being held down in Florida, during which a new animated TV series was announced: Star Wars Detours. What’s it about? Well according to official synopsis making the rounds on the net:
Star Wars Detours™ is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe’s regular folks and their everyday problems… which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.
Here’s the first trailer, released over the weekend:
Could be funny. Plus, it has the virtue of being irreverent and therefore guaranteed to piss off certain fandom sects, so I’m curious (and hopeful) just on principle.
The brainchild of Seth Green and Matt Senreich, aka the creators of Robot Chicken, Detours definitely possesses some of the same DNA (and perhaps a bigger budget), though this new take on poking fun at Star Wars seems designed to be more kid-friendly. This, naturally, has some Star Wars fans up in arms, because, as we all know, Star Wars was never meant for kids. All those toys, action figures, games, Lego sets, Halloween costumes and so on? Yeah, all that crap’s targeting the 30-45 age group. Yes, even the bubble bath mix. Also? Star Wars is serious business, damn it. No laughing, no mocking, no taking the piss out of the galaxy far, far away. Oh, and like I said, keep those kids away from it.
Please. Get over it.
I was ten years old when Star Wars (not “Episode IV” or “A New Hope“) hit theaters. No, it wasn’t aimed squarely at little shits my age, but we were there, by golly. Then all those toys came along, and we were playing Star Wars around our neighborhoods, shooting at each other with Han Solo’s blaster (which wasn’t orange) and beating on each other with inflatable lightsabers, and using a catcher’s mask because nobody had anything else that looked like Darth Vader. As we grew older, we started figuring out what the grown-ups already knew, and that there was more to the movie than cool ships, laser gun fights, and ‘splosions. Granted, we’re not talking A Tale of Two Cities or whatever, but there’s obviously some stuff in there for adults to enjoy.
Doesn’t make it any less for kids, right? While I obviously don’t think it’s meant for kids only, I don’t get this thinking by some folk that is must instead be for adults only. What the hell is with that?
My oldest daughter, getting ready to be six, loves Star Wars. We watch the Clone Wars TV series together (most of the episodes, anyway; I’ve had to screen a few I thought were a bit too intense for her), and her favorite character…as you might guess…is Ashoka Tano. I even bought her a hoodie that looks like Ashoka’s outfit. When we go to the toy store, she picks out Star Wars toys. There are whole lines of toys aimed at her age bracket, and still more intended for older kids, all the way up to the “collectibles” nerds like you and I buy.
It’s obvious that this new show isn’t going to appeal to everybody. Some peeps won’t think it’s funny, and then there are the hardcore fans who see things like Detours and all the merchandising as somehow diluting or “disrespecting” the Star Wars films. After watching the various trailers and clips, I’m sure I’ll check it out when it finally hits TV, but there’s a good chance I’ll view it like I do the Robot Chicken shorts: A little will go a long way. On the other hand, maybe I’ll laugh my ass off. Guess we’ll see.
Personally, I think that when a property has achieved a status where it’s being parodied, homaged, crossed over, mashed up, and variations are being created to appeal to different age groups, it’s a good bet said property has cemented its place in the pantheon of entertainment history (whatever the hell THAT is), and no silly toy or cartoon is going to knock it off its pedestal. I mean, anything which can beget a super-cool book like this has to be unwaveringly confident in its sheer awesomeness, right?
So, hardcore fanboys need to just lighten up. Otherwise, Vader’s gonna have your ass, yo.