Opinion: Disney Could Be Changing What We Watch, Not Just How We Watch

[Disney+] may be trying to meet the demand for epic sci-fi stories, without leaving your home, and without the added calories from all the cheese on television.

If you have spent any time on the Internet the past couple of days, you have probably noticed that Disney is dropping announcements like I drop my Skittles at the movie theater (seriously, I have a problem). They have announced more shows in one day than I have probably watched in the past year. Shows like an untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series, with fan-loved Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the famous Jedi Master. Others include The World According to Jeff Goldblum and a rebooted Lizzie McGuire series to name a couple. Some of these are standard TV fare, and some are betting on nostalgic millennials returning to watch their childhood favorites revamped. But the most interesting thing that I’ve seen from D23 is the effort and scale put into The Mandalorian.

Star Wars fans have been waiting anxiously for Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, to launch for one main reason: The Mandalorian. The first ever live-action Star Wars television series will be airing on Disney+ on its launch day of November 11. The best part is the trailer shown at D23 looks like the first trailer for a theatrically released film. The special effects are convincing, the sets are captivating, and at least a couple of the actors are recognizable names such as Pedro Pascal and Werner Herzog.

This could end up raising the bar for all TV content…

What interests me the most about this series, and presumably the other Marvel & Star Wars shows being released on the platform, is that is that they may be trying to meet the demand for epic sci-fi stories, without leaving your home, and without the added calories from all the cheese on television. Television is typically considered the lesser medium for story-telling by many people I know, but we watch it because it is a quick, low-commitment entertainment fix. You can easily dedicate 30 minutes to a series one day per week, but a 2 hour feature film may require a baby sitter or putting off other responsibilities.

What Disney is bringing audiences with Disney+ may be truly unique, if it delivers the highest of quality at the lowest cost of time and money possible. This could end up raising the bar for all TV content, and everyone knows that competition is great for audiences. Needless to say, the Movie Noobs are super hype for Disney+.

Branson Greer | Senior Movie Noob

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