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“You’re Diluting The Whole Thing”: Liam Neeson Isn’t A Fan Of Star Wars’ Expansion-TGN

Summary

  • Liam Neeson believes that the Star Wars franchise has gone too far with its numerous movies and spinoffs, diluting the overall story and experience.
  • Whether a Star Wars movie or TV show dilutes the franchise is largely down the piece of content itself, with some spinoffs and TV shows taking the franchise in exciting new directions.
  • The continuous release of new Star Wars content, however, particularly through Disney Plus, has made each new project feel less significant and eventized, regardless of its quality.


Star Wars star Liam Neeson shares his candid thoughts regarding the expansive state of the franchise, making clear that he believes it’s gone too far. First getting its start back in 1977 with A New Hope, the Star Wars franchise now consists of close to a dozen live-action feature films in addition to a host of TV shows. Neeson appeared as Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, later returning to voice the character in several animated series in addition to making a cameo in Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Now, during a recent interview on the Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend podcast (via Team Coco), Neeson comments on the expansive state of the Star Wars universe, criticizing the franchise for its overextension.

While the actor doesn’t elaborate too much on his criticisms, it’s clear that he feels Star Wars was stronger when it consisted of fewer projects. Check out Neeson’s full comment below:

“There’s so many movies and spinoffs now, I think, ‘No, you’re diluting the whole thing.’ I think. My personal thing.”


Does Liam Neeson Have A Point About Star Wars?

When Neeson appeared as Qui-Gon in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, the franchise consisted of three feature films, a holiday special, and two short-lived animated TV shows. Now, there are 11 live-action feature films, a host of animated series, and a growing number of live-action Disney+ series. Disney has also confirmed that there are multiple new movies and shows in the works.

Related: Liam Neeson Is Wrong: Star Wars Has Always Thrived In Spinoffs

To Neeson’s point, there was a time when a new Star Wars release felt like a special event. Now, it feels relatively commonplace, in large part due to the rise of Disney Plus and the continuous drip-feed of new content. Ultimately, whether a new piece of content “dilutes” the franchise or improves it, though, is in part down to the individual piece of art itself.

The Mandalorian, for example, has been a big hit for Disney Plus, and Andor is one of the most exciting things Star Wars has released in years. Something like The Book of Boba Fett, however, is arguably a non-essential addition. Regardless of whether a project is good or bad, however, the sheer volume of new Star Wars releases has undoubtedly made new projects feel less eventized, something that is set to continue with the numerous movies and TV shows coming down the pipe.

Source: Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend (via Team Coco)

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