Time to stretch out your hands and cry out, “Gimme, gimme gimme,” because the moment we’ve been waiting for is finally here!
At the end of season one, the Freemaker family had to leave their old home on The Wheel, and while deciding on where to go next, they were suddenly approached by Admiral Ackbar and the Rebel fleet. That moment left the audience with numerous questions. Will Rowan and his siblings join them? Will they get paid? Will Roger get his book published?
We now know the answer to one of those questions. A second season of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures has been officially announced!
Along with the announcement came a 70-second trailer, giving fans a sneak peak of what’s to come!
The Emmy-nominated comedy adventure series continues the story of the Freemaker family as they embark on a new journey by joining the Rebellion. Not only that, but prior to the season two premiere, 5 new animated shorts will debut on Wednesday, May 4, filling in the gap between seasons one and two of the series.
As for the trailer, it’s short and sweet, but it still gave us a lot to sift through, think about, and flail about, like the appearance of Hera Syndulla!
Voiced by the talented Vanessa Marshall, Hera shows up years after her mention in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to assign Rowan a special assignment. Most fans focused on whether her appearance between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi was canon or not, but I honestly couldn’t care less. It’s General Hera Syndulla from Star Wars Rebels in The Freemaker Adventures! This demonstrates, once again, the beauty of weaving stories together, something that I think the Star Wars creators have done exceptionally well in this new age of Star Wars storytelling.
Also, speaking of voice over talents, the second season features the return of the original cast, specifically Nicolas Cantu (Rowan), Vanessa Lengies (Kordi), Eugene Byrd (Zander), Matthew Wood (RO-GR), Trevor Devall (Emperor), Dana Snyder (Graballa), and Matt Sloan (Darth Vader). We’ll also hear new voices, like Yvette Nicole Brown as Lt. Valeria and James Urbaniak as M-OC.
So, what could this assignment be? It looks like his mission lands him in a rusted out and seemingly abandoned location. There’s something or someone hiding behind those big metal doors. Personally, I think Rowan’s been sent on a mission to find…
Quarrie! Many fans will remember the Mon Calamari engineer (voiced by Corey Burton) from his first appearance in “Wings of the Master” back in season two of Star Wars Rebels. He built a prototype B-wing starfighter that helped bring down an Imperial blockade. At the end of that episode, Quarrie was recruited to oversee the production of more B-wings for the Rebellion’s cause, but what has he been up to lately?
In the meantime, Rowan’s Force abilities have continued to grow and strengthen. He even has a vision of a sleek, invulnerable ship that could help save the Rebellion, the Arrowhead. This ship can’t be easily built by just anyone, however. That’s where Rowan comes in.
The design and construction of this ship is beyond cool, especially how it’s being powered. It looks like a cluster of kyber crystals is at its core. Since season one focused on the kyber saber, it’d be great to see the Force-attuned crystals continue to play a part in the series, especially since Rowan has shown that he has a strong connection to them.
(Also, the Arrowhead is a LEGO set that will be released this summer, and it includes minifigs of Kordi, Zander, Roger, and Quarrie.)
With Naare out of the picture, the Emperor will need someone to do his dirty work. His latest creation is M-OC, a terrifying hunter droid who has the capability to modify himself to fit any situation. That spells trouble for Ricky—I mean, Rowan Freemaker and his friends!
I like that this character is a cross between an Inquisitor and an assassin droid with a bit of Amazo from Young Justice tossed in. Given the fact that he is ultimately a droid, however, I wonder if he’s capable of being reprogrammed or has the ability to develop his own personality. It’d make for a good storyline, but I can’t wait to see what else the writers have cooked up for Rowan and company.
At some point during his journey, Rowan comes across a Gundark! I love that this series doesn’t shy away from using a variety of creatures that we’ve seen in the past, like the varactyl, acklays, and nexu.
Of course, The Freemaker Adventures wouldn’t be the same without Graballa and his goons, Raam and Baash. Given their gear and equipment, it looks like they’re paving the way for something important. Maybe Graballa’s longtime dream of a beach-side resort and cafe? Whatever it is that they’re working on, the humor that’s bound to come out of their scenes will no doubt have the audience laughing out loud.
Kordi wearing fancy, princess-like attire inspired by Padmé Amidala makes me so unbelievably happy! I wonder what sort of undercover job she’s been assigned and whether she’s holding an important case o’ credits. I also wonder if she’s at the Imperial Palace or the Galaxies Opera House, as seen in Revenge of the Sith. One thing’s for sure. When Kordi steps up to do the job herself, you don’t argue with her. You just sit back and watch her get the job done.
Rowan’s “Never tell me the odds! Mostly because I don’t understand how they work” is the perfect way to describe my relationship with probability. My difficulties with math aside, this line highlights something else The Freemaker Adventures does so well: taking something that’s been established in the universe and giving it its own spin.
What I love most about this series is the bond shared between the Freemakers. They represent what families are supposed to be: genuine, supportive, and loving. Even though Rowan is the focus character, Kordi, Zander, and Roger never get lost in the background. They are equally important in the story, and it’s great to see that being carried over to the second season.
In his attempt to find Quarrie, Rowan also comes in contact with the M-OC droid, and we see the Tracker I in action! (This LEGO set will also come out during the summer.) The two engage in a lighstaber duel while Rowan holds onto a vine off the side of a building. I have to admit, this part of the trailer gave me “proud mama” emotions because Rowan is doing all of the awesome things that a Force-sensitive learner would be taught to do, but he’s doing it all on his own. That’s what impresses me most about Rowan. He’s mostly learning as he goes, and when he trips and falls, he just gets back up again. It makes me extremely happy that younger Star Wars fans have him as a role model.
The trailer ends with Rowan crashing into a Y-wing starfighter that Kordi and Zander had been working on. It’s great to see that even though they’re part of the Rebellion, they are still mechanics and builders first. That’s who they are and who they will always be!
Lastly, like the previous season, we’ll be seeing new and familiar faces, such as Mon Mothma and Admiral Ackbar. I also can’t wait to see who else the Freemakers will bump into throughout their adventures. Some notable appearances from last season included Hondo Ohnaka, Maz Kanata, Lando Calrissian, Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa. My favorite crossover character, though, was Jek-13, someone who I hope we get to see again, especially since Rowan doesn’t have a mentor-like figure who is Force sensitive like him. Maybe he doesn’t need one, since he has his older siblings to guide him.
Fans attending Star Wars Celebration in Orlando will get another peek at the upcoming season, so keep a close eye on TWG for coverage straight from the convention.
The second season is set to return this summer on Disney XD. In the meantime, let us know what you hope to see as well as your predictions for the coming season in the comments section below.
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