Introducing the Young Yoda

No, not Baby Yoda, although it’s high time for that baby Yoda species character to get it’s own name, we’re talking about a younger-ish Yoda in the High Republic series. 

On September 1st, starwars.com released new information about the High Republic series and introduced concept art for a younger Yoda.  You can check out the story HERE.

This is a bold move for Star Wars, it’s clear that long-time fans were not happy with the New Trilogy nor how they handled characters already established.  We must confess, we were not happy with the New Trilogy, well, a better description would be, we were disappointed.  Rey, Finn, and Poe had so much potential, it was a shame the creators tried to shoehorn their stories into Luke, Han, and Leia’s.  Which brings us back to our point, we’re not sure the confidence level surrounding Star Wars is at an all time high.  The biggest issue for us was that the storytelling in the New Trilogy wasn’t unique, the blueprint for the new movies followed the same as the Old Trilogy.  That ultimately did not help this new franchise, there have been great stories told, we enjoyed Rogue One, Solo, The Mandalorian, and the last season of The Clone Wars, but at the same time those stories, except Solo, brought in new characters or unique storytelling.  Now, unfortunately, it seems like they’re going back in time and potentially changing Yoda. 

We’re not on board with this decision, you can read the original post to be sure for yourself, but the Yoda we see in the High Republic won’t be the same “sage-like being we know,” and that doesn’t make much sense to us.  You already changed Luke to be someone who would give up on the Jedi, and now it seems you want to change Yoda from the same “sage-like being” we already know him to be.  Character growth is one thing, but character deconstruction doesn’t seem like a good idea.  Sure, this will probably all workout and be ok, I mean the premise of his story sounds good:

“While he’s already a respected member of the Jedi Council at this point, we meet Yoda in IDW’s The High Republic Adventures series doing what he loves best: looking out for the young folks — in this case, a group of Padawans traveling around the galaxy to learn the ways of the Jedi with a hands-on approach.”

But still, why go back and change characters we already know?  Why not just bring forth another small tiny alien to be the “Yoda” of this young group?  There’s plenty of aliens in the Star Wars Universe, bring a lesser known one to the forefront.  At Of Blades and Kings, we’re all for new characters and new stories, but if you bring in characters we know and then you start changing them?  That’s when we start to get worried.

Let us know your thoughts, should Disney’s Star Wars just leave the characters we know out of their future plans?  Or should we be more open to shifts and changes to existing characters?  Let us know in the comments below. 

As always, thank you so much for your time and remember, not all those who wander are lost.

– The Wandering One

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