Seth Green's latest project stays true to form with "Star Wars Detours." The Robot Chicken creator and writer's "Star Wars" inspired animated skit comedy show takes different look at the people living in a galaxy far, far away by focusing on their everyday lives.
Since its original release in 1977, "Star Wars" has been a cult phenomenon, and the franchise has only become more popular over time. Over thirty years and six main movies later (not to mention other feature films, books, comics, TV shows) the life stories of Luke and Anakin Skywalker, and the Jedi knights has spawned Seth Green's latest parody show.
The show was announced at Star Wars Celebrations VI on Aug. 24 by Green himself.
"Lucas was sitting at a desk and said, 'You guys think you're pretty f-ing funny, don't you?'" Green said at Star Wars Celebration VI, according to Entertainment Weekly. "'So, how about we do something funny together?'"
ceThe first trailer for the series was uploaded to YouTube on Friday to the StarWars channel. As of 11 a.m. on Monday, the video has more than 700,000 views. There are also six clips that were uploaded to YouTube on the same day.
The show appears to follow a similar format to "Robot Chicken" which features a series of short, animated skits. Unlike the popular Adult Swim cartoon, "Detours" is animated with CGI rather than being stop-motion.
Green is no stranger to the "Star Wars" saga, with three separate episodes of "Robot Chicken" dedicated entirely to parodies of the George Lucas series. "Detours" even appears to adopt some of the characters and elements of the three specials, like The Emperor's casual persona and the overall tone of the YouTube clips.
Some of the skit themes are incompetent storm troopers, a modern celebrity take on Princess Leia, the dysfunctional friendship between Chewbacca and Hon Solo, and more. The entire series will take place between "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope," so Luke and Leia are children, the first Death Star is being built, and none of this time has been covered within the main continuity of the series.
"There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here," says the trailers YouTube description. The show "focuses on the universe's regular folks and their everyday problems ... which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith."
Some fans had very negative reactions to the trailer and clips. YouTube user Cale Smith writes "I feel like every joke in this show I'm being winked and some guys saying 'get? it get it' at the whole time."
Other fans have been less critical of the show's style. A writer for ScienceFiction.com "Yeah, this show is probably for kids, but I'm pretty excited about it because it looks hilarious to me."
The show has yet to find get a release date, or even a network to air on. The series will likely be picked up because of support from George Lucas, but online release is also an option.