Mind you, “The Acolyte” won’t be the first glimpse we’ve gotten of what a galaxy far, far away is like in the absence of a galaxy-wide dispute. To be sure, the thing that made “The Mandalorian” so refreshing in its earlier seasons was the way it showed what the “Star Wars” universe looks like from the perspective of working-class stiffs just trying to get by in the wake of the Galactic Civil War.
“I think that what makes this show different and interesting is that it’s from the perspective of the villains of ‘Star Wars,'” said Headland. “These are people who are using the Force in their own way, dipping into the darker sides of the Force and are doing it without being sanctioned by the larger institution, which, in this case, is the Jedi.”
To that same point, “The Acolyte” will be the first time we’ve really gotten to see what the Jedi Order was like as an institution prior to the prequel trilogy, at least outside of animated series like “Tales of the Jedi.” (Yet again, “Star Wars” animation proves to be ahead of the curve.) “‘Star Wars’ is always about some version of the underdog versus the institution,” noted Headland. “And I just thought it was very interesting to do a show about the bad guys and to set that during that time period made the most sense. So it’s kind of almost flipped.”
“We have more Jedi than you’ve seen in any of the of the ‘Star Wars’ content, but at the same time, you see more morally ambiguous characters than you’ve seen in other ‘Star Wars’ content,” she added. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting strong “Andor” vibes from the way Headland is describing “The Acolyte,” and I’m digging it.