Listening to the recent FC episode where D.Filoni answered questions about season 4 (and some about season 5) got me thinking about TCW show.
I like it
First off, I do like this show.
Many episodes (or arcs) definitively have that unmistakable SW feel.
A few ones feel out of place though, but that is all for the best I think.
Exploring areas never visited by the movies can only add texture and depth to the universe being depicted in TCW.
It's not the same thing
The 20 minutes format, so far from the movie approach, obviously cannot play on the same rhythm.
An episode arc must be introduced, developed and reach a conclusion so quickly, that pauses are barely allowed, and messages and characters must be as clear as possible.
On the other hand, 22 episodes for each TCW season is a wonderful opportunity to slowly reveal the underlying story, Sidious' subterranean plot, its machinations and evil connections.
This is where this show shines IMO.
As in a fast paced music, where the rhythm's throbbing grips us and doesn't let go, connects with our gut, the simultaneously slow baseline manages to flesh out the drums dryness and speaks to our mind.
It is for a young audience
More often than not, I find some of TCW's villains actions not in sync with what they represent.
Mind you, there are indeed horrific actions (shooting, injuries, murders), but I rarely find the villains to be truly fearsome.
It is not a critic, and being a show targeted at young audience, there could not be another way to portray the sad and gritty part of this war.
I think they do a good job actually, allowing enough "breathing space" to characters with questionable ethics such as pirates and bounty hunters so that they can be believed as evil characters by a young audience.
Being myself an adult, I sense I'd be prepared for deeper conflicts, tearing decisions, and disastrous conclusions ...
Is an adult version of TCW possible?
As D.Filoni elaborated on how the creative staff constantly explored the characters motivations, even if they were not to be shown in TCW, I wondered if another way of exploring these unshown areas could exist.
I know the obvious answer to this question is "EU", but I was more thinking of something with the same canonical status as TCW.
What if the darker and disturbing areas were unveiled?
I'm not sure this would still be the SW we see in the movies, since the action there is depicted with a "tale" filter on it.
In the movies, emotions are pure, heroes are icons, the music is grand, always reminding us that we are witnessing something of operatic nature, a story told to us, to impress us, deliver a greater message.
But what I'm hoping for is something with little or atonal music, intensity in silence, intimate despair and joy, utter horror and wonder.
It is a crude and dark view, indeed, not the refined product we are used to.
But I feel it would make a different and gripping SW experience.
And it would not be for younglings ...