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Is Star Wars: Underworld about… time-travel?!

February 2nd, 2012 by Marc Comments

Rick McCallum & George Lucas... Star Wars' fate lies in their hands

The internet is coming down with rumours today – seemingly started over at aintitcool – that the upcoming Star Wars live-action series is going to heavily feature time-travel.

Rick McCallum confirmed the series was going to be called Star Wars: Underword just a few short weeks back and also confirmed that it world feature the dark, seedy underbelly of the Star Wars universe and would be close in tone to Empire Strikes Back and would have seedy politicians controlling things from the shadows, creating the empire we know from the original trilogy.

But now a new rumour has surfaced that the series will feature a gang who steal a time-travel machine and use it to go back and stop Anakin from turning to the dark side.

Do we believe this? No. It’s got no solid proof or evidence. The source at aintitcool is an unknown one, so it’s unlikely this came from Lucas, McCallum or even Lucasfilm.

But… would this halting of Vader have a big significance on the universe? Would Dooku and Ventress rule the galaxy under the control of Palpatine? Would the twins still be the great white hope of the galaxy only under the tutelage of real Jedi.. their father, perhaps? Could it be part of a mini-arc within the series ala the Twilight zone where the universe turns out worse and everythng has to be returned to the way it was? Even this feels like dodgy ground… uncle George gets a hard enough time when he dabbles with Star Wars, but this could turn the fans off in droves…

JJ Abrams changed Star Trek lore with his Star Trek a few years back but nothing on this scale. Would the fans accept it? The EU (comics, books, games) has dabbled with the idea of time-travel in the Star Wars universe, but it’s never felt like it belonged in the movies.. although it could be argued time-travel played a part in the Clone Wars arc The Mortis Trilogy last year.

Personally, I don’t see this being true… it’s certainly an interesting concept. But, as a fan, I feel it belongs as a comic or novel, not in the ‘canon’ material of the live-action show.

So rest-assured we at FTN are confident that this is hoakum… but I’d be lying if I said a part of me isn’t curious. Just a little bit, anyway…


Could this be the group who steal the tech that could change Star Wars. Forever?

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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