Remember how awesome it was when everyone’s favorite galaxy far, far away was flooded with PC feminist pandering as soon as Disney bought the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas? Yeah, me neither, but according to Hollywood sources, we haven’t seen the last of it.
We hate to be cliche, but really, we’ve got a bad feeling about this.
Despite Star Wars fans making it quite clear that the political stuff needed to be jettisoned from the series like a couple of droids to a derelict desert planet, Disney has announced a new “female centric” series for its Disney Plus streaming service. Though the real fans just want a breather. Can’t we just let the whole thing take a year or ten off, please?
Hollywood outlet Variety broke the news on April 23, that Disney executives were planning a new series in the sci-fi universe. Though the first season of 2019’s successful Star Wars series The Mandalorian has barely cooled off, we’ve not only been promised a third season of that, we also get a whole new story focusing on female characters created by Russian Doll co-creator Leslye Headland.
The outlet wrote, “it will be a female-centric series that takes place in a different part of the ‘Star Wars’ timeline than other projects. Headland is said to be attached to write and serve as showrunner on the series, with the show currently staffing.”
Considering those few details alone, this new series is already promising to be a woke fest. Russian Doll, though a successful, Emmy-winning series, received marked praise for its wokeness. One outlet referred to it as “the new feminist show Netflix fans are obsessed with,” and lefty outlet Vox gushed over its “brilliance” for casting “men in roles usually reserved for women.”
THR even called Headland’s Russian Doll one of the most “subversively feminist programs on TV.”
Now, we’re not force sensitive enough to make future predictions, but the last time a Star Wars movie had “subversively feminist” themes, fans revolted. 2017’s The Last Jedi was loved by critics, but despised by half of the series’ entire fanbase. The film’s infamous Rotten Tomatoes “audience score” sits at a pathetic “43%,” the worst audience score given to any of the franchise’s films.
But, still, Disney remains hellbent on prioritizing diversity for many of their new projects, like a recently-announced young adult book series called The High Republic. This new chapter of Star Wars canon will reportedly include anti-war and diversity/representation themes.
But, of course, all the usual suspects love the announcement of a female-centric Star Wars. Feminists around the internet rejoiced like Star Wars made sense for the first time. Culture outlet The Cut celebrated the news, writing a piece titled, “Finally, A Reason to Watch Star Wars.”
Sadly, as many real Star Wars fans know, there’s about 1000 new reasons to put the series to rest. Yeah, thanks, Disney.