When he took on the job of doing the prequels, the way he decided to approach technology and all those types of things was to make it much sleeker, more beautiful, almost After advanced time. That’s the weird thing about Star Wars. The further back you go, the better. “A long time ago” actually becomes more futuristic. So while we’re creating that type of world, we’re trying to convey George’s concept that the further back you go, the more exciting, new, stylish, and interesting things get.
The way you describe it reminds me of Roman times, a time when that empire was very powerful and quite technologically advanced. Then this region of the world falls into a period of barbarism, and the dark ages follow. Is it similar to what you’re talking about here? Is the High Republic an era of education, advancement, and glory, when the Star Wars movies and shows we know best date from a time of collapse and decadence?
Yes. We actually use the term Renaissance or Enlightenment. There need not be an uprising among the people in the extended regions or in the inner worlds, because everyone is doing so well. For what I’m exploring, another good analogy might be post-World War I in the United States, where we really got into this isolationist concept of: we don’t help anybody. We want to protect this particular atmosphere that we have. [Laughs.] “Vibe” is definitely not the word they use.
So, do the rulers of this galactic age prefer to ignore conflict or suffering rather than resolve it?
The High Republic is so golden in so many ways. Jedi uniforms are gold and white and it’s almost as if they’ll never get dirty. They would never come out. The idea is that they might have these types of uniforms because they don’t get much involved in skirmishes. So, of course, my question is like, “Well, what else is going on?” » You can’t finish with George’s phantom menace situation if all goes well.
It has to go well to the detriment of what? What is not supported? What are we turning a blind eye to that could lead to the rise of someone like Palpatine roughly a century later? Yes it is a villain, but he is a villain who completely undermines the whole system of government. Many other things must have happened below the surface.
And we know the Jedi completely miss that.
[They’re] constantly talking about balance. If the light side proliferates everywhere, what happens with the dark side? How does it manifest? What is this do to survive? Because he very clearly does later in the world.
I heard you describe The Acolyte like a mystery. So is that the mystery, what is beneath the surface of this shining world?
Yes, are things what they seem? Are things as good as everyone says? This is the big question for any society that has these big boom times. There is a form of counterculture or a form of underground, whether it’s good or bad, you know what I mean?
What are some of your cinematic influences for the show?
Jon Favreau said that when you work in this world, you want to go back to what George was inspired by. There were westerns and then of course Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films, and the fact that he originally offered Obi-Wan Kenobi to Toshiro Mifune…