The Wolverine & Spin-Offs: The Good, The Bad, and the Ewok Adventure

July 31, 2013
Source: 20th Century Fox

The Wolverine slashed and clawed his way to the top of the box office this weekend, and given the audience and critical response, there's a chance that it could regenerate and become number one again this weekend.

Because Wolverine has a healing factor, you see, and…nevermind.

The success of the film is a relief to people who were burned by the disappointing "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" movie, which suffered from a weak plot and too many characters. It also means we can keep Hugh Jackman in the role and continue the franchise in its current form, which began with Fox's "X-Men" trilogy of the early 2000s.

Is it the greatest spin-off of all time? The case could be made, but it has some heavy competition, including…

Fish don't fry in the kitchen, beans don't burn on the grill, and spin-offs don't normally match the popularity of their source. Yet George Jefferson, played by Sherman Helmsley, became every bit the cultural icon as his counterpart in "All in the Family," Archie Bunker. It's also worth noting that "The Jeffersons" actually had a longer run than "All in the Family" (by two seasons).

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What's most distressing about the dated presence of the Ewoks in "Return of the Jedi" is that the role the Ewoks and their home of Endor played in the film was originally supposed to be Kashykk, Chewbacca's home planet. On the other hand, we saw what happened with Chewbacca's family in the "Star Wars Holiday Special," so it actually might have been for the best. Contrary to the titles of the two spin-off made-for-television films, there was very little adventure to be found and the "battle" for Endor was nowhere near as cool as an actual battle, even if it did feature the guru of grump himself, Wilford Brimley.

Last but certainly not least, Stephen Colbert has taken political and social satire to a whole new level with "The Colbert Report" on our sister channel "Comedy Central." One could very strongly make the argument that it's the most successful spin-off ever, since it's not only still on the air but airs every single night and is a daily requisite for many (including myself). I mean, I don't have to watch "The Battle for Endor" every night before I got to bed, but I do have to make sure to catch "The Report."

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