Star Wars 'The Acolyte' attracts viewers, divides fans

‘The Acolyte,’ the latest Star Wars series, is 2024’s most-watched series on Disney+.

Pop Culture & Art June 10, 2024

‘The Acolyte,’ has broken viewership records for Disney records but also alienated some fans.

According to Startefacts, ‘The Acolyte’ promised to transform the franchise but the show has instead angered many fans. 

Initially touted as a detective story, the series' interpretation of the genre has been met with skepticism, with some likening it to a misunderstanding of detective fiction.

Despite this, the show continues to unravel mysteries, hinting at a deeper narrative involving the Jedi and the complexities of the Force. 

Whether ‘The Acolyte’ will delve into the nuanced use of the Force or alter franchise lore remains to be seen, leaving fans cautiously optimistic about its potential.

Disney’s production of Star Wars content has been extensive, but not always well-received. While some shows like ‘The Mandalorian’ began with relative success in 2019, others such as ‘The Book of Boba Fett,’ ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi,’ and ‘Ahsoka’ have left many fans disillusioned. 

The exception has been ‘Andor,’ which explored ideas from Lucas' prequels, Startefacts noted.

Despite the criticism, ‘The Acolyte’ has achieved significant success, becoming the most-watched show on Disney+ with 4.8 million views for its premiere episodes. 

This makes it the biggest hit for Disney+ this year, but questions remain about whether it deserves the accolades.


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