Forces of Destiny is a hand drawn animated micro-series that centers around the women of Star Wars. They span across the entire saga and can be seen on YouTube and the Disney channel. They will be accompanied by books and toys. I wonder if Disney did this as an answer to DC Superhero Girls. Anyway, I’ll be reviewing some select episodes for the next couple of posts.
“Ewok Escape” is the first Leia-centric episode that shows us what happened between Leia meeting Wicket and Han and Luke’s capture by the Ewoks. Leia is following Wicket through the forest when they come across two stormtroopers bullying a pair of Ewoks. Climbing a tree and making a rope from vine, Wicket successfully ties up the troopers but isn’t heavy enough to lift them off the ground without getting shot. Seeing the whole situation, Leia intervenes, knocking them out and getting a blaster in the process. Next we see Leia at the Ewok village receiving a present: the beige dress she wore in Return of the Jedi. “Does it come with a spear?” she asks.
Here’s what I liked about this episode:
- Snippets of “Leia’s Theme” and “Ewok Parade” can be heard at the beginning of the episode.
- It’s canon! So now you can pause Return of the Jedi , watch this episode, then resume.
- Ewoks, Ewoks, Ewoks! Reminds me of the Ewok cartoons and TV movies. Take that haters!
- In an age of CGI, it’s great to see a traditionally animated Star Wars cartoon.
And now for some questions, regarding the episode and the entire series in general:
- Why wasn’t this the first episode of the series? Leia is the First Lady of Star Wars.
- How did the Ewoks get Leia’s measurements to make the dress?
- Did they even make the dress or did it belong to another woman?
- Why did they hire a new voice actress when they could’ve used Julie Dolan since she voiced Leia in Rebels?
And now for questions about the series in general:
- Why isn’t Padme included in the merchandise line up?
- Will there be action figures (because not all girls like dolls)?
- Will there be more than 16 episodes?
- Will Bultar Swan, Aayla Secura, Luminara Unduli, Shaak Ti or villains like Asajj Ventress and Aurra Sing get their own episodes?
And now for one regret: it’s regrettable that Disney will only do women from the movies and TV shows. This is another reminder of why it was a bad decision for Disney to put an end to the EU. I would’ve loved to have seen some three-minute adventures starring Jaina Solo, Mara Jade, The Singing Mountain Clan, Kerra Holt, Jan Ors, Cindel Towani or Ensign Nanda. But I guess I’ll just have to settle for the usual suspects.
So far, so good.
Up next – Ahsoka takes “The Padawan Path”.