80s kids will remember, even if they don’t want to.
Long before the internet got angry about The Last Jedi, before everyone got angry about the prequels, before Jar Jar was the most annoying, cheesy, juvenile part of Star Wars, there was Return of the Jedi and the Ewoks. Not everyone loved the Ewoks. Not everyone liked the idea of teddy bears defeating the Empire. But Lucasfilm loved the Ewoks. And so they created more Ewok content. And we watched it. Unfortunately.
Now a new generation can watch it too! At their own risk.
If you were a little kid when you saw Return, you probably didn’t hate the Ewoks. At least not at first. Wicket was adorable! They were all adorable! In small doses, it turns out. Because the more Ewok-based content we got, the less we wanted. You’ll understand, starting on April 2nd, when Disney+ unleashes the Ewoks on all of us.
The streaming platform will add two seasons of Star Wars: Ewoks, as well as Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
There will also be a chunk of Ewok material from the dreadful Star Wars holiday special, called The Story of the Faithful Wookiee, which features the debut of Boba Fett, who was able to overcome his participation in the special and endure as a fan favorite.
Be grateful that Disney+ is not giving us the entire Holiday Special because no matter how bad you’ve heard it is, it’s so much worse.
In fact, the cringe-factor may well be the only reason to check out these old Ewok shows and movies. That and nostalgia. I won’t lie, I had The Battle for Endor on tape. I owned a big Ewok playset, complete with the net they trapped our heroes in. What can I say, I was 7 years old and Star Wars was my life.
Which isn’t to say I’ll be watching this shit. I’m in my 40s now. I have standards.