‘The Acolyte’: Good but not groundbreaking. Yet.

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‘The Acolyte’: Good but not groundbreaking. Yet.
Ed Kear, Charlie Barnett, Lee Jung-jae, Dafne Keen and Amandla Stenberg in The Acolyte. / Lucasfilm

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The first two episodes of The Acolyte premiered on Tuesday night, giving Star Wars fans their first live-action story set in the era of The High Republic.

(The High Republic began as a massive storytelling initiative a few years ago across books, comics and a kids’ animated show. It’s set a long, long time before the events of Star Wars: Episode — The Phantom Menace. The Acolyte takes place towards the end of the High Republic era, but still a few centuries before The Phantom Menace.)

The live-action Star Wars shows on Disney+ have been a mixed bag. The Mandalorian started out very strong before turning into a checklist of cool Star Wars things. Obi-Wan Kenobi had some awesome moments while bringing Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen back into the fold. Andor is a masterpiece and a miracle. Ahsoka probably should’ve been an animated show.

My early verdict on The Acolyte? It’s good. But not groundbreaking.