WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, streaming now on Disney+.
The Clone Wars finally delivered on the franchise’s promise to give fans a deep dive into the lower levels of Coruscant. Star Wars fans have been imagining what the planetary city’s seedy underbelly was like for some time now, and the most recent episode of Clone Wars proves that the setting is more intriguing than ever. With that said, if future stories in the Star Wars universe continue to ignore this arena, then Lucasfilm is making a huge mistake.
Star Wars has a lot of great characters and conflicts to offer, but it’s always been the criminals that set it apart from other sci-fi IP’s. The galaxy is full of scum and villainy, and it’s always a treat when those characters enter the fold, especially things like bounty hunters, outlaws and assassins. Even in Clone Wars itself, characters like Cad Bane and the Mandalorian Death Watch are among the most interesting in the show.
So why has it taken so long for the franchise to go below the surface of Coruscant? There’s no bigger hotbed for criminal activity than the sprawling slums on the Republic’s capital city, and there’s certainly not one as close to the Jedi Temple. One would think that since this show has so many scenes on the planet, that they would’ve explored the lower levels sooner.
Well, this setting was supposed to be at the center of the currently on-hold series Star Wars: Underworld, a live-action show that was proposed by George Lucas all the way back in 2005. In the series, Coruscant would have been front-and-center as fans follow criminals a lot worse than that guy selling Death Sticks in Attack of the Clones. Unfortunately, the project has been shelved since 2010 due to budgetary concerns.
However, since Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars and its associated canon, something like budget has become less and less of a concern. The Mandalorian shows fans that executives aren’t afraid to shell out some serious cash if it means strengthening the brand. With that in mind, now might be the perfect time to revive the idea of the Underworld project and continue to explore the lower levels of Coruscant.
In the recent glimpse at this criminal underworld that The Clone Wars gave fans, they saw that the crooks in the lower levels mean serious business. Even Ahsoka, a skilled fighter trained in the Jedi arts, had to break a sweat to beat a couple of low-level goons down. That’s not even mentioning the aesthetic of the lower levels, which may be its best attribute. The episode added a cyberpunk flair to the series, which is a great contrast to the shiny upper levels. It’s an edgier side to the Star Wars universe, similar to what is seen in The Mandolorian, just more techy and futuristic.
Seeing something like this translated to a live-action series would instantly create a classic piece of Star Wars content. While Ahsoka’s adventures on Coruscant were fun to watch, it just isn’t enough to satisfy the desire for more stories about the lower levels. If Lucasfilm is smart, it’ll take from the long-awaited series from Lucas to provide new content from a galaxy far, far away.
Streaming on Disney+, the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars stars Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano, Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex and the clone troopers, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan and Sam Witwer as Maul. A new episode arrives each Friday.
The Clone Wars finally took fans into the seedy lower levels of Coruscant, making them clamor for the likes of the abandoned Star Wars: Underworld.