The Time Is Right For A Cantina Band Series
Entry posted by Ryan O'Connell ·
Editor's note: This column was written at the beginning of the month. Guess what I forgot to do?
It’s May 4th. In some corners of the world, this is a big day known as Star Wars Day. You know, may the fourth be with you. It makes sense that we have a Star Wars Day given its cultural impact. I mean, have you noticed some of the other “days” we have? At least Star Wars Day is something worth celebrating.
Now, because it’s Star Wars Day and because again, some corners of the world are super pumped about it, Star Wars related-content is out there, making the rounds, including a trailer for the new Obi-Wan series (which looks dope.) Me personally, I woke up, saw that Star Wars stuff was trending, got thinking, and came back to something I had been thinking about for a while now: when are we going to get a cantina band series???
Thanks to Disney now controlling Star Wars, shows set in the Star Wars universe have appeared on Disney+, starting with The Mandalorian followed by the Obi-Wan show, a show about Cassian Andor, a character from Rogue One and Ahsoka, which revolves around Ahsoka Tano who appeared in The Mandalorian among other Star Wars content. I’m sure there will be more, especially if another one of those comes close to hitting the mark like The Mandalorian and Andor did.
Which leads me to ask, why not give the Cantina Band some love? You know the Cantina Band, those dudes chopping it up in the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope. The tune they were playing is probably the most recognizable piece of music from the movies next to John Williams’ score and Darth Vader’s theme music.
They appeared in one scene in that movie and that was it. They were gone.
But they could be back and it could be fun. Think about it: a series about a band touring the galaxy while all kinds of crazy wars, turmoil, and blasting are happening. Making a living in a band and co-existing with your bandmates is hard enough without a large-scale rebellion happening. These dudes could have canceled gigs because the Empire blew up the planet where the show was scheduled to happen. Talk about a bummer, huh?
Part of what has made some of these shows so much fun was that they showed slices of life in the galaxy carrying on amidst all the Star Wars bruhaha happening. It brought a whole new perspective to the franchise as we got to see what people who weren’t fighting in the various wars were up to and how they were ultimately affected by the events happening all around them. This trend could continue with the Cantina Band series, following the band as they tour and play other such establishments as the Mos Eisley Cantina; spots where the shady business would no doubt be happening, and said shady business could very easily be connected to stuff happening on projects involved in the Star Wars universe.
And it’s about a band! Stories about bands are always great (or say in the case of Daisy Jones & the Six pretty okay.) The drama, the dynamics, the songwriting process. It’s gold. It’s always gold. And here, it’d be gold plus Star Wars.
So if you’re keeping track:
Band stuff: win
Star Wars stuff: win
Yeah, what LL Cool J said.
Let’s do it, Disney+. If you’re skittish, make it a limited series. Limited series are sweet and everyone loves them because it’s minimal commitment. A movie would be excessive.
Well, unless…we’re talking a This Is Spinal Tap style mockumentary about the Cantina Band. I could get into that. I bet you could too.
You have my contact info Disney+. Let’s talk.
Ryan harbors a constant fear of losing his keys, prefers flip flops, and will always choose cereal if it's an option. He maintains his own blog, Giddy Up America, and has previously contributed work to UPROXX & Heavy. Ryan is on Twitter: @ryanoconnell79
Portions of this piece originally appeared on UPROXX in 2015.
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