Star Wars Detours: Not The Show You’re Looking For

As a hardcore Star Wars fan for the last three decades of my life, I can honestly say that there are days I lean to the “dark side” of the force. When I heard about the revival of the “Star Wars Detours” project I hoped I would wake from the nightmare, and find myself in a torture chamber with Kylo Ren. At least then I knew this couldn’t be real. Forget the medical droid with truth serum. Make me watch this show, and I will cut myself open, and write the location of the rebel base in my own blood just to make it stop.

Poe Dameron being tortured by Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Force Awakenes”. image from scifi.stackechange.com

For those of you not aware of this “Star Wars” passion project, be warned that it will essentially attempt to detour any faith you had in Star Wars being funny. I would rather subject myself to a 12-hour marathon of the 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special”, with Bea Arthur as a singing Mos Eisley bar tender, than be subject to simply watching the trailer again. For those of you who don’t believe me I included the video below for your eye-gouging pleasure.

So why am I so irritated at a show created by the same people who made “Robot Chicken”, “Family Guy”, and has an all-star voice cast with actors like Felicia Day, Seth McFarlane, Seth Green? Even some Star Wars alumni came back like Anthony Daniels, Ahmed Best, and Billy Dee Williams. But the “Star Wars Holiday Special” had the original Star Wars cast, plus Bea Arthur, Harvey Korman, Jefferson Starship, and even the animated short that introduced us to Boba Fett. Even General Motors sponsored the movie.  It was still hot garbage.

Bea Arthur in the 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special”, image from esquire.com

I was a fan of the “Blue Harvest” Family Guy Star Wars special, and the “Robot Chicken: Star Wars” special. However, this feels more like the attempted revival of the late 80’s/early 90’s tv show “Full House” into “Fuller House”. Much of the same cast, same writers, same jokes, and fell dead on the doorstep of comedy without actually entering the house because it was riding on the 30-year old coat tails of a beloved show.

Even Bob Saget looks disappointed to be in the show…image from masslive.com

“Star Wars: Detours” was a show that was initially pitched, approved, with several episodes created in 2012, before ultimately getting cancelled like Gina Carano. Before the dark times of the Disney takeover, before the Empire.

Now that this appears to be happening again, with 52 episode so far completed, and slated to release on Disney+, possibly for May 4th, 2021, buckle up for what is likely to be more disappointing than the “Star Wars” fighting game, “Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi” on the original PlayStation.

Actual footage of Masters of Teras Kasi

More information is still coming but it is my honest, if not brutal, opinion that this show is simply playing to lowest common denominator, and will be lacking in jokes due to the fear of offending people. Something that “Robot Chicken”, and “Family Guy” were famous, and funny, for. Something this won’t be today. Maybe I will be wrong, but seeing Darth Vader act like a wannabe 90’s gangster in an Empire recruitment video, or an alcoholic Obi-Wan Kenobi, just isn’t funny to me.

Comment down below your thoughts on “Star Wars: Detours”. Do you think this is a positive representation of the Star Wars franchise? Also, be sure to bookmark the Geek News Now website to not miss any of our coming information, articles, contests, and giveaways. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Twitch. Stay Geeky my friends.


  1. Chris Cassidy

    April 14, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I do not want this show to happen… and I loved the robot chicken and family guy specials. This is just… terrible.

    • Luke Starkiller

      April 15, 2021 at 1:20 pm

      Well… the same people are involved in this (Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Seth Macfarlane). You might as well try a few episodes if you liked those shows. If you are unwilling to try, there is really no “harm” if the show “happens.” Let people who enjoy satirical parodies of Star Wars watch the show, while you can watch something else. Since there are about 60 completed episodes already, they won’t have to avert any attention towards the show anyways, so why not just find another show. Nobody is forcing you to watch all Star Wars content ever made. In fact, if you don’t like Star Wars, feel free to just stop watching it and spend your time watching what you do enjoy. Life is way to short to spend hoping content some people will enjoy never gets released.

  2. George Stewart

    April 14, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    The producers should have found writers who were actually funny and clever instead of people who THOUGHT they were funny and clever.

  3. Rey Skywalker

    April 15, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    “There are days I lean to the ‘dark side’ of the force”

    I don’t mean to gatekeep, but if you don’t understand that the dark side of the force is bad then you clearly don’t understand Star Wars. A Star Wars fan who thinks that being on the dark side is a good thing clearly isn’t a Star Wars fan. Seriously, you would think that if any fandom should be free of hate it would be the Star Wars fandom (because that’s what the movies are all about), but somehow “Star Wars” fans are so often filled with hatred.

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