Moving on from The Last Jedi and Solo
Lucasfilm created the schism within the fan base primarily with The Last Jedi, but also by making the stand-alone Solo film first instead of the Obi-Wan Kenobi film so many desired. No, the franchise isn’t broken, but it has indeed lost its way. Thankfully, the powers-that-be are already making strides at fixing Star Wars and reconnecting with fans. First was the decision to resurrect The Clone Wars, a show that contained some of the best storytelling of the franchise. Fans cried when Disney cancelled the show, and cried tears of joy with the announcement of its return.
The effect producing The Mandalorian will have can’t be understated, either. Fans have long called for a live action television series. Now they have it, complete with a top-notch showrunner in Jon Favreau and a $100 million budget. Fans are practically lining up to sign up for Disney’s new streaming service to see this and The Clone Wars.
The best decision, however, was bringing JJ Abrams back to direct Star Wars Episode IX. He’s already said that the film will tie all three Star Wars eras together. Lando Calrissian is back, and reports are that the production already has a much more congenial feel than the last film. I fully believe that Episode IX will be the Skywalker saga sendoff that most fans are hoping for.
Of course, where the franchise goes from there is anyone’s guess. My instinct says up. Time will tell.