I have a lot of ideas for stories. Like, if I wrote a novel’s worth of them every month, I’d still most likely die before getting through them all. I will admit that some of the ideas probably suck, but I think there are some that a good writer could make something of them. I’ll just never get a chance to. So, I give them to the world. If you can make something of these, go right ahead. And if these are the ideas I’m giving away, maybe check out the ones I keep.
About a week after I post
this, will be May the Fourth. So I
figured now would be as good a time as any to tell the idea I had for a Star
I don’t know if this
would work as just a ten-episode miniseries, or a regular show with two or
maybe three seasons. Three seasons would
probably be pushing it. You could do
more, shoehorning in other stuff from the movies and shows, but I think this
show works best focused on this one town over the course of a year or two at
So where’s this
town? I figure it’s on a planet that looks
a lot like the American Southwest. Cacti
would probably be too distinctive, so someplace with some indeterminate scrub,
so it’s not just a straight up desert with sand. Why is this town here? There’s a mine. What’s mined?
Some material used in some blaster component. Like, this is the fifth largest mine in the
quadrant for this mineral or crystal or whatever. Important for the Empire, but not overly
The population of this
town is mostly human, but there are plenty of other races there. The mining is probably done by criminals,
with the safer processing done by locals.
There is a Stormtrooper garrison to watch over everything. And there are the townspeople who do other
things, like supply food to the mine and garrison, run bars, etc. And in the town there is a small Rebel cell
wanting to either disrupt the supplies or steal them for the Cause, as well as
various criminal organizations who would like to steal stuff for themselves.
The first episode would
introduce most of the main cast. There
would be Joe Stormtrooper who isn’t disillusioned with the Empire, yet, but can’t
wait to leave. Part of it is because his
boss is a real asshole who screwed up somehow and was sent someplace where he
wouldn’t be a problem but is determined to find some way back into the Emperor’s
good graces. Another reason Joe is
getting tired of his job is because he has a girlfriend, uh, Jane, who’s a town
local. She might run one of the bars
that is popular with off duty Stormtroopers.
Jane is sympathetic towards the Rebellion, but she likes Joe. Her brother, Bob, unknown to her, is actually
part of the Rebellion. He runs a small freighter
ship taking supplies to this other planet in the solar system, and he’s started
smuggling some supplies or agents for the Rebellion. The main Rebellion Cell in town, run by Lady,
is only about 80% certain of his loyalties, and so is still testing him with
some small missions to make sure he’s really on their side. And Lady’s job right now is tough, because
they had made plans for this operation that would destroy a large supply of
this mineral, but then word came from higher up that they should steal it. Which not only is an entirely different type
of mission, but it also puts them up against some of the criminal gangs.
So the first episode
shows Joe walking his beat, maybe stopping in at the bar and sharing a discreet
word with Jane, before going back to the barracks to hear the latest rant/scheme
from his boss. And then we see Lady dealing
with one of her lieutenants who just hates the Empire and wants to blow everything
up, regardless of their orders, and then she goes to a meeting with a criminal
gang who will help stealing this shipment if the Rebellion looks the other way
as they make moves into the mine itself.
All kinds of stuff is going on, but the episode ends with word arriving
that the Emperor has been killed when the Second Death Star was destroyed.
What does this mean for
this town? Well, I always assumed that
the chain of command went from the Emperor to Darth Vader to a vast gap to various
admirals or whatever, and that after the Emperor and Vader died, the Empire
fractured as all these admirals decided that they should be the new one in
charge. So you end up with like a twenty-sided
civil war. What’s important in a civil
war? Blasters. And the fifth largest mine in the quadrant
for this mineral has become the largest supply of it in Admiral Dude’s area, so
it is of vital importance that he secures it at all cost.
Episode two starts with everyone
not sure what to do. Maybe Joe sees
someone with a Rebellion flag, and he just shrugs and walks away because does
it mean anything anymore. He might even
be planning on just leaving and going to be with Jane, when Admiral Dude’s
forces show up. Joe’s boss is livid that
this admiral is overstepping his bounds and will certainly face the wrath of
the Emperor, but Dude says the boss is unfit to command and has him
executed. He may even have some of the
Stormtroopers that left rounded up and either executed or put to work in the
mines. So it was lucky for Joe that he
At first, Lady and the
other Rebellion people are overjoyed that they’ve toppled the Emperor, and they
expect the townspeople to cheer them.
But then another thousand Stormtroopers show up with a new tyrant
wanting to use their town as the source of the weapons to build his new
Empire. So the townspeople are pissed
off at the Rebellion for making their lives worse.