Friday, March 17, 2006

A long time ago in a suburban cinema

A snippet of news from George Lucas and co about the upcoming 'Star Wars' television show, which is apparently due to run for at least 100 episodes or five years in US TV speak.

I know that at some stage I should really stop myself being excited by news relating to 'Star Wars', but this hasn't quite happened yet.

The show is going to fill in the missing years between 'Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith' and original 1977 movie 'Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope'. It's going to span a total of 20 years, which means among other things it will take in Luke Skywalker's mystery early days with scenes depicting the young Aryan looking Jedi Knight to be flying his "T-16 through Beggar's Canyon bullseyeing womp rats", which of course turned out to be just excellent training for taking out the Death Star.

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The series will also focus on the rise of Darth Vader (thankfully sans Hayden Christensen) and will feature Brit actor Anthony Daniels back again as C3P0. It should also mean a return as Frank Oz voicing Yoda, which can only be a good thing. Come on it can't only be me who is endlessly amused by a small green puppet talking sort of backwards.

Hopefully this will mean a bidding war between the BBC and ITV to show the series, which should survive the fate of most TV sci-fi and escape being relegated to the grave yard slot on Channel 4 or Five.

Star Wars producer Rick McCullum is promising the TV show will be much darker than anything seen before. This possibly means Vader will be cutting a bit of a light sabre swathe. Darker can only be good. Darker, of course, being the new TV black and in recent times has given us the best sci-fi show to grace the TV screen in the form of the reimagined 'Battlestar Galactica'.

No, seriously, I'm not kidding. Forget the camp 1970s Star Wars wannabe affair. This time around they've come up with possibly the best show of its kind although the only place to see it sadly is a small corner of Sky One.

 I swear that this has nothing to do with some of the new bad guy Cylons looking like runway models, but everything to do with its mix of darkness, great writing and a reassuringly unfuturistic...future. Think telephones wires and 1980s IBM looking computers all crammed into something modelled on an old British aircraft carrier.

It's just been recommissioned for a third season in the US, but I imagine unlikely ever to make it to terrestrial TV in the UK anytime soon (someone should buy it), in which case you should test run the four hour mini-series that kicked the new series off. Its yours for a fiver. 


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