First Look At Star Wars: Forces of Destiny
The Disney Channel is showing us some new Star Wars animation. If you haven’t heard, Disney Channel has been showing 2-3-minute shorts on their YouTube channel, called Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. They have been playing these little animated shorts every day (with the except of two on July 9, 2017) since July 3, 2017.
This miniseries has so far highlighted each of the powerful woman across the Star Wars universe, including the Star Wars canon shows that debuted on Disney XD.
There are eight episodes out right now on YouTube, with another eight slated to come out later in the fall of 2017.
Characters included so far:
Rey from Star Wars VIII: The Force Awakens
Princess Leia from Star Wars IV, V, VI
Ashoka from Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels
Padme Amidala from Star Wars I, II, III
Jyn Erso from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Each episode is made with 2-D animation, with a kind of boxy art style that you would find from The Clone Wars series and Star War Rebels. To make it unique to the style, gradients are used for shadows but they shift effortlessly as characters and objects move about the different terrains of different planets.
The shorts don’t have any kind of storyline, because they aren’t long enough for that, but little snippets of the highlighted character that is featured in that episode. Along with no real storyline, there is no timeline either, it sort of jumps between each episode back in forth from past to future in the Star Wars timeline. For example, one episode will have Rey with BB-8 (Beginning of Force Awakens) while the next episode will have you join Ashoka and Anakin (The Clone Wars series between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith). So, we can conclude that they are indeed just giving each heroine a little more of an impact by watching them before their iconic roles. There are also interactions between some characters that belong in the same timeline such as Leia and Sabine and Padme and Ashoka. These collaborations show that they each play an important role in a much bigger plan.
Forces of Destiny should be airing on Disney Channel, most likely in between shows or commercial breaks. It’s a good time to get out and talk about them now. Here is my opinion on this new Star Wars series.
Before I get into my opinion, I should let you know that I am actual a fan of Star Wars. I am not a manic fan, where I know every little detail, read every book, and can quote anything from the movies and shows. I enjoy Star Wars and am immensely entertained by it as a franchise, but my knowledge has many holes in it. I haven’t watched all of Clone Wars, and all but one season of Star Wars Rebels. You can say I am a mediocre fan at best. If you want Star Wars knowledge, you want to speak to my husband.
That being said, I enjoyed this series. When I got a notification that a new episode came out, I would watch it with my son and we would both watch in silence for 2 to 3 minutes once a day for the past week. They are nice fun, little shorts that took a different spin and it did entertain my son. They are just cute. I think they might have a bigger impact when we get more episode, but right now I’m afraid that they will be overshadowed by how they air these episodes.
At this moment, I have not noticed if they aired anytime on Sunday (June 9) as Disney had claimed, but I’m worried that they might air these in between shows during a down time, which has the problem of becoming over-looked or just background noise. Maybe the point is a subtle impact, which I can see that working. I just had the impression when they announced this series that they were pin-pointing these strong heroines to have their own stories and to put them in the spotlight. Something about coming together and putting an emphasis on working as a whole. Then there is the major impact of highlighting the women of Star Wars for once.
Along with announced Forces of Destiny, Disney also announced an action figure line with Hasbro to launch with the show. After the missing Rey action figures debacle after The Force Awakens, I figured this was a way to wash that under the bridge and to make amends.
The “action figures” actually look great, and looking at them only makes me want a couple of them for my own collection. Sad to say the shorts aren’t what makes me want to purchase them, it’s the actual content of the movies and shows that bring out these characters. I guess Forces of Destiny is a reminder of how great and powerful these women are. Even in subtle events.
I do love the animation, bringing the 2-D style made me a fan even before hearing Daisy Ridley’s voice in the first episode. Yes, they did have most of the original cast speak for their assigned character. With the exception of Carrie Fisher and Natalie Portman.
All in all, if you are a Star Wars fan, or even just a fan of the shows; The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels this is definitely a must see. Even though the series is centered around the women of Star Wars, I don’t think it is directed towards any gender and it is fun for all.
If you are looking for more a story or connection to any of the movies and shows, you aren’t going to find that in Forces of Destiny. They are just small little snippets that really have no real impact to the real story line. There are characters that meet one another, but they don’t go to any deeper meaning.
Other Star Wars characters will appear in these episodes, and some already have. As I said before, Anakin and Yoda appear in an Ashoka episode, and Chewie appears in a Leia episode. There are talks of Han Solo appearing in future episodes, and many others.
Time will only tell with what this series will turn into. Hopefully there will be a lot more after the future eight episodes that premiere in the fall.
Want to watch all the episodes now?
Visit Disney Channel YouTube page here
Or watch the most recent episode Bounty of Trouble featuring Leia and Sabine, and decide for yourself.
What do you think of this micro episode series? Have you watched it all? Are you looking forward to the action figures? Tell us what you think in the comments below, we love to hear what you think!
Source Credit: Entertainment Weekly