The Star Wars sequel trilogy undeniably fell flat.
Directors JJ Abrams — who oversaw Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) and Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) — and Rian Johnson — who was responsible, for better or worse, for Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017) — faced all manner of criticism following the releases of the three final films in the Skywalker Saga.
Some found the story to be stale, the main characters — Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) — to be too similar to the original trilogy’s core trio of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
Others hated the inconsistencies and lack of clarity in regard to Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver), and their relationship to both Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and the Knights of Ren.
Fortunately, in the intervening years, The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau and Lucasfilm Creative Director Dave Filoni have been doing everything in their power to fill in the plot holes that were left behind in the wake of the sequel trilogy.
In The Mandalorian, for example, we’ve already dived headlong into midichlorians — namely Grogu’s — and how Din Djarin’s (Pedro Pascal) tiny foundling might connect to cloning in the larger Star Wars universe.
Furthermore, in Filoni’s most recent animated series, Star Wars: The Bad Batch — which was recently renewed for Season 2 of Clone Force 99’s adventures — we’ve already seen beings very similar to Snoke in tanks in a defunct Kaminoan cloning facility.
All of this has led Star Wars fans online to wonder what would have happened if Favreau and Filoni had been behind the sequel trilogy instead. And, they have some pretty great ideas, including the inclusion of Star Wars: The Clone Wars fan-favorite, Ahsoka Tano, who made her live-action debut in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 5.
Reddit user bgbarnard wrote:
Ahsoka would meet Luke and it’d be both awesome and heartbreaking
A user going by wzs411 responded, posting:
Ah good call, Ahsoka would probably be involved. Would’ve been amazing to actually see her appear in one of the Skywalker Saga films instead of just hearing her voice for a few seconds. Holding out hope that we get an Ahsoka-Luke exchange in one of the Disney+ shows though.
KevinAnniPadda provided an extremely detailed response, outlining precisely how Favreau and Filoni’s sequels might have looked different than what actually aired in theaters between 2015 and 2019:
I like the thought exercise.
I think we might see E7 looking mostly the same. The main plot was very derivative of many of the other movies, but I think that’s okay to a point. I think e8 probably wouldn’t have had the whole Canto Bight subplot. I think Favreau likes telling singular direct stories. I think E9 would have been completely different.
I think that as a pair, we would see more of a full story arc and not three separate stories. I think creatively Filoni always has a direction he wants to go in in his head. So far, they’ve let him follow it while providing guidance and that has worked out.
I think that Filoni might try to bring in more characters from the universe instead of creating new ones. I think the sequels would have been better if there was less emphasis on Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8 and more emphasis on the existing characters and they’re lineage. I thin one of my complaints is that it feels too much like the sequel main characters ere like from a different universe and thrown into a movie where they knew of the heroes already. Like Last Action Hero or something. It didn’t feel like they belonged with the OT characters.
Even if they kept Rey Palpatine, I think having these two in control creatively the whole time would have meant that it would have been set up better rather than just a big surprise ending. Filoni would have definitely included more Jedi and Sith lore I think. I could see Favreau wanting to keep the reveal from the Canto bight subplot where they find out about war profiteering. It feels kinda like some of the motivational parts from Iron man. I would have like to see that explored a little better. I liked Finn and the story line of a stormtrooper escaping to rebel against them. I think it worked well with Agnet [sic: Agent] Kallus and they could’ve done it better with Finn. I was really hoping to see more of a Stormtrooper uprising.
And, of course, what would a discussion of Favreau and Filoni be without “Baby Yoda”?:
Considering Favreau probably had the idea for Grogu years before he actually started working on The Mandalorian, in this scenario, I wonder if he would’ve just made him the sequels’ main protagonist instead. Would be a really good character to reboot Star Wars with tbf, the idea of a “Baby Yoda” is a perfect combination of original and nostalgic.
While Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have yet to tackle a live-action Star Wars movie together, there’s certainly room for their now-beloved characters, including Djarin, Grogu, Tano, Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison), and more to experience an adventure off the small screen someday.
Would you like to see Favreau and Filoni handle a Star Wars trilogy?
Next up for Star Wars fan is The Book of Boba Fett, streaming December 29, 2021.