‘Star Wars: The Acolyte’ Finds a New Galaxy Within the ‘Star Wars’ Universe | Exclaim!


Star Wars has had problems for a while now. The various Disney+ series have been a mixed bag, but one thing they all have in common is that, critically maligned or acclaimed, they all tend to start strong. The problem is that starting strong isn’t enough, and more than a few of the series have fumbled their endings.

The other problem is that nearly all the Star Wars series have focused on the same period, set about a decade after The Return of the Jedi, and telling a story about a resurgent empire rebuilding itself under the nose of a naïve, complacent New Republic. They’re nearly all interconnected; they’re all making references to the movies we grew up with, and they’re all clearly headed to the same place. The issue is that, collectively, they almost exclusively serve to make the Star Wars universe — a literal galaxy worth of stars — smaller.

Enter Star Wars: The Acolyte, the latest series headed to Disney+. This ambitious and expensive new entry in the franchise seeks to respond to at least one of these problems — and it mostly succeeds. (In the first four episodes critics were given, anyways.)

Link: https://exclaim.ca/film/article/star-wars-the-acolyte-brings-a-fresh-take-to-the-star-wars-story