Imagine for a moment that George Lucas didn't sell the Star Wars franchise to Disney in 2012. Instead of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and the avalanche of other Star Wars movies about to get crammed down our throats, what would the franchise look like? What would the Star Wars fan experience be like now?
Would you believe it'd be a lot worse? Probably, yes. That sounds extremely plausible. Let's examine how.
Star Wars: Detours Would Have Plumbed New Depths Of Self-Mockery
There have been a lot of ridiculous parodies of Star Wars over the years, from Saturday Night Live sketches to Spaceballs to the time Donny and Marie fought disco-dancing stormtroopers with the power of song. But, with the possible exception of every home video re-release since 1997, George Lucas never tried to make fun of Star Wars himself.
But he was about to.
In 2012, months before the sale to Disney, Lucas announced a new Star Wars TV show called Star Wars: Detours. Not content with having some of the characters in Star Wars be ridiculous CG caricatures, Lucas enlisted Robot Chicken's Seth Green to distill his epic saga into a series of farcical cartoons. Think "stormtroopers complaining about the Death Star's lack of toilets" if you want an idea of the level of humor going on here.
That still too highbrow for you? OK, here's Obi-Wan Kenobi using his Force powers to hit on women.
That leads right to the dark side, Obi Wan. Come on, you know this.
The show was meant to have a Seinfeld-like setup, with all the characters hanging out in Dex's Diner, which you might recall as the bizarrely inappropriate '50s-themed restaurant from Attack Of The Clones. Just think that through for a second. Every episode would simultaneously remind the audience of both a better show and possibly the single worst part of the Star Wars universe.
"Are you still Sith master of your own domain?" -- a line which was fucking inevitable