Before Disney's takeover of Star Wars, George Lucas had planned a crazy plan for a new trilogy, with a return of Darth Maul.
Since the conclusion of the postlogy almost a year ago now, with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker , which left more than one behind, it seems obvious to assert that this new trilogy of the Star Wars saga, by Disney, did not have the expected result, eagerly awaited by many fans.
Indeed, The Force Awakens , The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker have more divided than united the fans of the saga, who were much more convinced by the proposals that are the spin-off Rogue One , or the The franchise's first live-action series, The Mandalorian , whose second season has just debuted on Disney +.
In addition, we now know that this new trilogy was sorely lacking in an overview, as was recently confirmed by actor John Boyega, when the latter returned to the abandoned scenario of episode IX, which earned him some explanations with the firm with big ears.
A villain who sweats the class …
By contrast, before Disney's takeover of Lucasfilm, its creator George Lucas had a far more tantalizing plan for a new trilogy as a follow-up to its prelogy, which seems to be rehabilitated by many fans since seeing the postlogy. A new trilogy with a very specific plan in mind, which notably included … the return of Darth Maul, the Emperor's Sith apprentice, who so marked fans of the saga in The Phantom Menace , released in 1999.
As a reminder, Darth Maul (Ray Park) had marked the spirits in a final duel, now adored by the fans, in episode I, where the latter kills Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), before being cut in two by Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and falling into a very deep well. We now know, with the Extended Universe, and the animated series Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels , that the latter survived, quite improbably, his fall. And in the book Star Wars Archives: Episode 1-3 The Prequels (via ScreenRant and IGN), George Lucas confirms the antagonist's return with a pretty specific plan, following Return of the Jedi :
“Darth Maul trained a girl, Darth Talon, who was in the comics, as his apprentice. She was kind of a new generation Darth Vader and most of the action was with her. Together they should have been. being the two main villains of the third trilogy Darth Maul thus became a Godfather of crime in the Star Wars universe, during the fall of the Empire, gradually taking the reins.
Instead, we got this …
[…] By the end of this trilogy, Luke would have rebuilt much of the Jedi, and we would have seen the return of a new republic, with Leia, Senator Organa, becoming the Supreme Chancellor in charge of everything. So it was she who ended up being the chosen one. “
The return of Darth Maul, through organized crime in the Galaxy, as the main antagonist with an apprentice, the reconstruction of the Jedi Order by Luke and Leia who turns out to be the true Chosen of the Force. The few lines of George Lucas' plan for a third trilogy are much more coherent and enticing than what Disney has offered us with the three films of its postlogy put together. A trilogy that could have seen the light of day, if Lucasfilm had not been sold to / bought by the firm with the big ears.
In the meantime, you can still console yourself for this frustration with Season 2 of The Mandalorian, currently airing on Disney +, with a new episode every Friday. We also invite you to discover our debate on The Mandalorian , in our video available here. As well as our classification of the films of the saga, from the worst to the best, available there.