Category: Forces of Destiny

Forces of Destiny Starts on the “Sands of Jakku”

As promised, the Forces of Destiny series began the morning of July 3 on Disney’s YouTube channel (here’s the playlist), with the first short titled, “Sands of Jakku.” The episode focuses on Rey (Daisy Ridley reprising her role!) and BB-8 shortly after the two meet in The Force Awakens, as they must deal with a creature of Jakku on the way back to Rey’s AT-AT home. It’s as short as advertised, running at just shy of 3 minutes, but it’s a charming little moment that teaches fans of Rey a lot more about her and her penchant for kindness, while the short also teaches how conflict doesn’t always need to be resolved with violence, and some creatures are just fulfilling a need, not necessarily always full of malicious intent. To pack that so succinctly into 3 minutes is a pretty great feat and it seems like series writer Jennifer Muro will keep that up, as evident by the screening of “BB-8 Bandits” I saw at Celebration Orlando back in April. We’ll post each new short as it comes online and will have a full review of the first eight episodes once they air July 9 on the Disney Channel. Continue reading “Forces of Destiny Starts on the “Sands of Jakku””

Forces of Destiny Premieres July 3 on YouTube

The female-focused 2D animated shorts, Forces of Destiny, finally have a premiere date! Starting July 3 at 12pm CST (10am PST), a new FoD short will appear each day on Disney’s YouTube channel until July 9, when they will be broadcasted on the Disney Channel together. Starring Rey, Ahsoka, Jyn, Leia, Sabine, Hera, and Padme, the 2-3 minutes shorts tell never-before-seen (canon, mind you!) tales about everyone’s favorite batch of heroines. Originally introduced in the middle of the night pre-Celebration Orlando (link includes details about story lines and merchandise previews I saw on the SWCO ’17 show floor), a panel at the convention included a surprise appearance by Daisy Ridley and a screening of one of the shorts (BB-8 Bandits, which the clip at the start of the above video is from) and I have a review of it here. Make sure to tune in to either YouTube or the Disney Channel to check out this initial batch of 8 shorts (with 8 more to come at a later date) to see exciting new tales about your favorite characters, brought to life by (most of) their original actresses, and we’ll have reviews and impressions on the site once they air! Continue reading “Forces of Destiny Premieres July 3 on YouTube”

Heroines of Star Wars Panel Impressions (SWCO 2017)

Heroines of Star Wars Panel 6 Rey and ReyOne of my favorite panels from Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 was “Heroines of Star Wars,” as it focused on some of the best characters (which have been many of the ladies these past few years), hammered home the franchise’s commitment to inclusion and gender parity, had great panelists like Ashley Ecktsein, Tiya Sircar, Dave Filoni, and a surprise appearance by Daisy Ridley (!), and we were even treated to one of the Forces of Destiny shorts. Details within! Continue reading “Heroines of Star Wars Panel Impressions (SWCO 2017)”

Forces of Destiny Brings Women of Star Wars to Focus in 2D Animated Form (SWCO 2017)

Kicking off Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 the right way, at 12am EST April 13 nonetheless, the Forces of Destiny animated shorts (plus toys and books, of course) were announced, which highlight the women of the GFFA like Rey, Leia, Padme, Sabine, Ahsoka, Jyn, Hera, and even Maz Kanata in exciting new canon tales. More details from the initial announcement below, including plot details and that many actresses are returning to voice their characters, while much more is promised to come from SWCO soon (at Friday’s Heroines of Star Wars panel, which we will hopefully be at which I was at and was a highlight from the weekend, but it didn’t cover anything really new about these shorts)! Continue reading “Forces of Destiny Brings Women of Star Wars to Focus in 2D Animated Form (SWCO 2017)”