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In the past decade, Disney has introduced 11 new "Star Wars" series, taking full advantage of its $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm. Only one of those shows, "The Mandalorian," could be considered great. The rest have been so-so adventures with not-so-subtle missions to cash in on a brand name.

"The Acolyte," now streaming on Disney+, continues that trend. This eight-episode drama is set a century before Anakin Skywalker was born, a relative peaceful time for the Empire. But Mae (Amandla Stenberg) has her hands full when she discovers her twin sister is determined to kill off Jedis she believes wiped out their family.

There's lots of fight scenes, most of which seem to be inspired by "The Matrix" movies, but none come close to the excitement of watching Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi cross swords. The sight of a light saber coming to life has become about as thrilling as turning on a table lamp.

I'm not opposed to future "Star Wars" odysseys. But this string of mediocre shows — and the disappointing 2018 film about a young Han Solo — should signal to Disney that it's time for a break. We waited 16 years after "Return of the Jedi" for the release of "The Phantom Menace." We can wait again.

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Correction: Previous versions of this story misstated the movie released 16 years after "Return of the Jedi."