Forces of Destiny Pits Leia Against The “Beasts of Echo Base”

Leia manages to save Chewbacca and the rest of Echo Base from the Wampas hiding in the caves in Forces of Destiny‘s latest short, “Beasts of Echo Base.” In a way, this story is set up for a series of deleted scenes from the Empire Strikes Back regarding a Wampa attack subplot, which were included in the 2014 Blu-ray release of the Saga. It seemed kind of silly at first that Chewie might be a captive of the Wampa, but he does seem to have a history of disliking/fearing creatures, which makes him an even more entertaining character considering most people are always so fearful of him and really he’s just a giant softy at heart. Leia puts a lot of trust in Artoo and Chewie to get the door fixed in time and for her to take the responsibility of being Wampa bait should come at no surprise. Likewise, Shelby Young continues to be a solid and welcomed voice actress for the character! Another fine little short, with 3 more to come (I’m curious to see if they only release one more via online Saturday and keep the final two for the Disney Channel Sunday, July 9…or release one that day and then the final one with the TV airing. We’ll see soon enough!). Links for the other shorts below. Continue reading “Forces of Destiny Pits Leia Against The “Beasts of Echo Base””

Forces of Destiny Puts Ahsoka Tano on “The Padawan Path”

Having started with Rey, visited with Leia, and now bringing Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein, of course!) back to the little screen during the Clone Wars, Forces of Destiny is taking us slowly back in time and I’m happy to see it’ll jump wherever it wants to in the timeline. In “The Padawan Path,” Ahsoka, pre-leaving the Jedi Order, gets caught up with saving citizens while on her way to a special Jedi ceremony with Anakin and Yoda. Her little fight with the out of control droid highlights her ingenuity and willingness to help others, no matter the circumstances (and a great lesson for anyone to learn). While Anakin’s character model felt a bit off, Matt Lanter back voicing him made the point moot…so great to hear these two together again! Out of all the episodes so far, “The Padawan Path” is the most bittersweet, considering how and why she ends up giving the braid she receives here back to the Jedi before leaving, as well as what happens between Master and Apprentice on a little planet called Malachor (which Dave Filoni just exploded the head’s of Ahsoka fans about with this tweet regarding a meeting between her and the in-the-middle Bendu. Whoa). Continue reading “Forces of Destiny Puts Ahsoka Tano on “The Padawan Path””

Canon Comic Review: Star Wars #33

Star Wars #33

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While the Star Wars mainline series was saved, momentarily, by The Screaming Citadel crossover with the Doctor Aphra series, it’s been awhile since I’ve really enjoyed an issue and knowing the next arc would start with Luke and Leia getting some alone time on an island, my apprehension was simply not helped. Thankfully, Star Wars #33 is a return to form for the series, not only giving us fantastic insight into Leia, but also some enjoyable twin team moments and the most exciting set up yet for what’s to come next (Hint: the series first (and nearly only) new character and a certain charming smuggler)! Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Star Wars #33”

“BB-8 Bandits” and “Ewok Escape” Continue the Forces of Destiny Shorts

Rey takes the spotlight once again in Forces of Destiny’s second short, while Leia makes her first appearance in the third, which takes place on Endor! “BB-8 Bandits” is a direct continuation of the first short with Rey (Daisy Ridley) and BB-8, as we find out even more trouble befalls the two prior to their arrival at Niima Outpost and their date with destiny. I originally saw this episode at Celebration Orlando and watching it again after having seen “Sands of Jakku,” it’s neat to see how these two Rey-centric ones were connected so closely. As great as focusing on Rey has been, it was nice to see a change-up to Leia and “Ewok Escape” has quickly become my favorite FoD shorts yet. Shelby Young’s first foray into voice acting Leia sounds like a success to me, while it was neat to see the short fill in some of Leia’s time alone on Endor before the rest of the group got caught up in the Ewok’s little trap. What really made me like it the most was how Leia not only appreciated the dress the Ewok’s gave her, but still wanted a spear to go with it. Check out Leia’s first FoD appearance below!

Forces of Destiny continues to drop all week, ending with them airing together on the Disney Channel July 9. Continue reading ““BB-8 Bandits” and “Ewok Escape” Continue the Forces of Destiny Shorts”

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””

Canon Comic Review: Doctor Aphra #8 – The Screaming Citadel Part 5

Doctor Aphra #8 - The Screaming Citadel Part 5

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The Screaming Citadel crossover comes to a close in Part 5 – Doctor Aphra #8! While things don’t end as strong as they started, the finale delivers plenty of goods along its zany way, leaving the overall crossover as a memorable event and truly enjoyable experience. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Doctor Aphra #8 – The Screaming Citadel Part 5”

Canon Comic Review: Poe Dameron #16

Poe Dameron #16

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After an Annual interlude, we’re back to Speed in Space with Poe Dameron #16, which brings this particular space bus to a stop in all sorts of exciting ways, while allowing other members of Black Squadron to get a pleasant share of the spotlight. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Poe Dameron #16”

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”

Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith #2

Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith #2

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Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith #2 can barely contain the Sith Lord’s rage as he barrels towards a Jedi enemy to defeat, who is introduced alongside an intriguing new revelation about the Jedi…with potential to tie into not only Luke’s story for The Last Jedi, but other Jedi. Continue reading “Canon Comic Review: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith #2”