In July 2023, news about a Lando Calrissian TV show for Disney+ was confirmed, with Donald Glover set to reprise his role as Lando from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Fans celebrated this announcement, but considering the current state of Star Wars storytelling, a solo TV show centered around Lando Calrissian may not be the best idea at this point.
Star Wars Has Been Struggling With Its TV Shows
Star Wars, with its extensive legacy, has become both a blessing and a burden for the franchise. While the Mandalorian TV show catered to die-hard fans, it struggled to deliver exciting new storylines and characters. The obsession with fan service and pre-existing lore hindered the “Star Wars Story” movies, and even “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which introduced Donald Glover as Lando, suffered from excessive nods to the fans. The current Star Wars TV shows are trapped in the past, making a Lando TV show an extension of this problem.
Do We Really Need To Know Lando Calrissian’s Backstory?
The Star Wars franchise is torn between telling original stories and providing lengthy explanations for every aspect of the saga. A TV show delving into Lando’s past would rob the character of his mysterious and uncertain nature. Concrete storylines about his background may please the fans and Disney+ executives, but they might not serve the purpose of solid standalone storytelling. Additionally, the timing of the Lando show seems off, as it has already been years since Glover first portrayed the character, and by the time the show airs, it will be nearly a decade since his initial appearance.
A Lando TV Show: A Grave Miscalculation
Rooting a TV show in a character so closely tied to the original trilogy could be a miscalculation. Billy Dee Williams first played Lando over four decades ago, making the show less relevant to modern audiences. Instead of revisiting familiar characters, Star Wars should focus on bold, original characters, utilizing the talents of artists like Donald Glover to create new and exciting projects.
While the announcement of a Lando Calrissian TV show initially sparked excitement among fans, the current state of Star Wars storytelling and the timing of the project suggest that it might not be the best decision. The franchise should prioritize fresh and original storytelling over revisiting familiar characters from decades ago. Lando Calrissian will always be legendary, but a Disney+ solo series might not be necessary in the present era of Star Wars.