How LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is Approaching the Sequel Trilogy
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga sets an interesting new tone for the Star Wars sequel trilogy that may permeate the entire game.
From the moment LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was announced, it looked like an exciting undertaking. The Star Wars sequel trilogy only wrapped up a couple of years ago, meaning the next LEGO Star Wars game will be one of the very first games to combine the events of all three Star Wars movie trilogies. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga did get revealed mere days after Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker came to theaters. It’s great to think that Star Wars fans will soon have a way to appreciate all nine of these movies at the same time.
Of all the movies that are going into The Skywalker Saga, though, the sequel trilogy raises the most questions. Only The Force Awakens has had a LEGO Star Wars adaptation before, so there are two whole movies of uncharted territory for Traveller’s Tales to consider. Although trailers for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga showcase the length and breadth of the Star Wars movies, there are lots of important clues about how Traveller’s Tales plans to adapt the newest Star Wars movies. So far, its plans look solid, if a little surprising. While there’s plenty of classic LEGO Star Wars humor coming to the sequel trilogy, there also seems to be an appreciation for the trilogy’s memorable moments.
Adding More Levity to the Star Wars Sequels
Star Wars historically has a good sense of humor, but one could argue that the Star Wars sequel trilogy had a little less room for jokes, saddling many of its characters with very serious, emotionally intense character arcs. The Skywalker Saga seems poised to lighten that up a little. For instance, Luke Skywalker has a pretty grim disposition in The Last Jedi, but The Skywalker Saga seems ready to poke fun at him. Between Porgs stealing his cloak and Chewbacca interfering with his attempts to train Rey, the game looks eager to frame Luke as a grumpy old man and make some jokes at his expense.
Beyond major characters like Luke, there are also more minor sources of humor that look obvious. For instance, while R2-D2 is often a source of physical humor in other LEGO Star Wars games, it looks like BB-8 will fill his role in The Skywalker Saga’s sequel trilogy adaptation. There’s a clip of Poe Dameron scratching BB-8, making the astromech open and close a compartment like a happy dog getting an itch scratched in the right place. Porgs will probably also serve as a recurring source of slapstick aside from antagonizing Luke, based on one Porg getting knocked out of the way by Finn in the Millenium Falcon’s cockpit.
These kinds of jokes are pretty standard for LEGO Star Wars, as well as the LEGO game series in general, which is famously good at lightening up even the most serious franchises. It’s good to see the Star Wars sequel trilogy get this treatment too. A little extra nonverbal humor will go a long way to set a tone that’s closer to the LEGO Star Wars status quo, especially considering how heavy these movies could be sometimes. In spite of their original tone, these movies look like they’ll fit into The Skywalker Saga just fine.
A More Serious Angle on LEGO Star Wars
However, some clips suggest that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga isn’t totally abandoning some of the serious elements that defined the sequel trilogy. For instance, it seems to preserve a certain appreciation for Rey’s journey as a Jedi. Trailers for The Skywalker Saga emphasize some of her biggest moments. Aside from a general shot of Rey training on Ahch-To during The Last Jedi, fans can see the iconic shot of Rey backflipping over Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter in The Rise of Skywalker, showing how The Skywalker Saga preserve this meaningful display of Rey’s building mastery of the Force. There’s also a LEGO version of the last scene in The Rise of Skywalker that looks just as heartfelt as the original scene.
It’s not just Rey’s journey that seems to be preserved pretty accurately. There’s also some major appreciation for Kylo Ren’s most dramatic moments in the Star Wars sequels. One Skywalker Saga shows a scowling Kylo Ren preparing to face off with Luke Skywalker on Crait, preserving the palpable tension that filled that scene during The Last Jedi. Similarly, when Kylo Ren and Rey battle on the ruins of the Death Star, the intensity of the scene looks largely intact, even though Traveller’s Tales had ample opportunity to add some wacky LEGO Star Wars antics to the fight.
The Star Wars sequels aren’t the only ones getting this treatment, notably. There’s clear evidence that lots of the tense moments from the other Star Wars trilogies are getting more thrilling LEGO Star Wars adaptations than ever. Traveller’s Tales seems to be experimenting with the tone of LEGO games a little bit, striking a balance between humor and drama. Star Wars has always blended those two tones, but for highly dramatic stories like the Star Wars sequel trilogy, it seems like a particularly valuable strategy.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’s New Voice
Traveller’s Tales might have developed this new tone thanks in part to the sequel trilogy. It’s possible that, when considering how to adapt the explosive last two Star Wars movies into a LEGO Star Wars story, Traveller’s Tales decided to let all nine of the franchise’s movies keep some of their intensity, rather than painting over the whole franchise with a generous brush of humor. The result is a more balanced tone for The Skywalker Saga that preserves LEGO Star Wars’ family-friendly identity while accurately reflecting some of the most memorable Star Wars moments.
Not only does this seem like a great way to approach the Star Wars sequel trilogy and its peers, but it could be a great direction to take all future LEGO games in. It seems unlikely that Traveller’s Tales will develop a truly dark or wholly serious LEGO game anytime soon, but it could use the experience gained making The Skywalker Saga to produce more LEGO games with nuanced tones. It’s a new look for LEGO games, but it’s a good one. The Skywalker Saga is already reaping the benefits.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga releases in early 2022 for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.