Long ago audiences were introduced to the Jedi Order and the Sith Order. Ever since then the lore surrounding them has been expanded to the point where we know so much about the Jedi and Sith traditions.
As the Jedi and Sith have been explored, Star Wars has introduced many Force users who don’t associate themselves with either order. They allow us to see Star Wars from a different perspective. In every Star Wars film, we see the story from the Jedi and Sith perspectives but when a story uses characters that don’t align with them we see the Star Wars universe from a new angle which is why they should be explored more.
Bendu from Star Wars Rebels is an almost perfect example of this. As he says, he represents the one in the middle, between the light and the dark. On Kanan Jarrus’s journey as a Jedi Bendu gives him a new way of thinking. Bendu’s freedom from the ways of the Jedi and Sith is shown through his wide range of emotions and how he embraces both sides of the Fo. He is a character who sees the bigger picture because of his open mind. Bendu’s most unique feature is that he is a force of nature. He is not good or bad. He just is the one in the middle. Exploring more of that can add so much to the way we experience the Force.
Probably my favorite of these Force users, the Night Sisters, have been explored the most. Residing on the planet Dathomir, the Night Sisters are a clan of witches who drew upon the dark side of the Force for their power. They rule over the other clan on the planet, the Night Brothers. The sisters use the Force in a way, not like the Jedi or Sith. It has much more in common with how magic is used in other fantasy stories. Looking at how different the Night Sisters are and how they already have ties to the Sith, due to Mother Talzin making deals with Count Dooku, learning more about them couldn’t be that hard for the writers at Lucasfilm.
They could explore their origins and talk about the first Night Sister. Another interesting idea is to focus on the last Night Sister, Marin. She was introduced in Jedi: Fallen Order and joined the Jedi Cal Kestis. Seeing more of her after the game could be a great way to continue the story of the Night Sisters in a time period we haven’t seen them in.
The Knights of Ren are the characters that feel are in need of more stories and lore the most. Introduced in the Sequel Trilogy, these knights clad in black were lacking in screen time but that doesn’t mean they can’t be great. Using the dark side to enhance their physical abilities they served a mysterious man named Ren and later on, Kylo Ren.
Like Boba Fett, I feel like in the films they are carried by their appearance and had a fairly cool fight with one of the main characters but they can become so much more. Their appearance in The Rise of Kylo Ren showed some promise even if it wasn’t long and with Ren, their former leader, expected to show up in the upcoming comic series STAR WARS: Crimson Reign it looks like more from The Knights of Ren is to be expected.
Continuing to explore the struggle between the Jedi and Sith has been amazing but Star Wars has been expanding and growing. This has been made especially clear after the Skywalker Saga ended. It’s time to see the galaxy from a new perspective, with new characters who view the Force from a different lense. These characters are some examples of what I’m talking about. Maybe Lucasfilm will introduce new characters to explore these ideas but the point is that there is more to Star Wars that is yet to be seen.