Hera and Sabine are back together again, Ahsoka finds out the truth about Anakin and Padmé, and Leia seeks out an old friend of Han Solo’s in the second season of Forces of Destiny.
For those not familiar, Forces of Destiny is a micro-animated series that captures the small moments and everyday decisions that shape our favorite Star Wars characters.
This latest batch of bite-sized episodes is available to watch on Disney’s YouTube Channel, but fans have the chance to experience them again in a television special featuring with Maz Kanata that’s set to air on the Disney Channel on March 25 at 9:50pm ET/PT immediately after the broadcast premiere of Zootopia.
The animated shorts were written by Jennifer Muro, and in collaboration with Disney, Lucasfilm, and Hasbro, Ghostbot helped develop and produce the series.
Here’s a list of the season two episodes:
Episode 201: “Hasty Departure”
Description: Hera and Sabine liberate an Imperial shuttle, but because Sabine was rushing, they board the wrong ship and it’s full of troopers! Chopper flies the correct shuttle and rescues his friends mid-air.
Favorite Moment: Chopper doing his “I’ve come to the rescue” bit. And for those of you wondering, that is Dave Filoni voicing Chopper. Lucasfilm’s Tracy Cannobbio confirmed it on Twitter.
Episode 202: “Unexpected Company”
Description: Ahsoka joins Anakin on a mission planned for just he and Padmé. Anakin, upset at the intrusion, sets a quicker flight path that puts them in the path of a Separatist blockade. The three must put differences aside to get past the blockade.
Favorite Moment: It was great to see a T-6 shuttle make an appearance in this episode, especially since that’s the same model that was featured at the end of the Star Wars Rebels season finale.
Episode 203: “Shuttle Shock”
Description: On their approach to Canto Bight, Finn and Rose encounter a pod of creatures in the atmosphere. When a tentacle hits the shuttle and shorts out BB-8, Finn and Rose must work together to fix BB-8 and land the shuttle safely.
Favorite Moment: A new Star Wars creature! I’m a big fan of water-like creatures floating around in space, and while I thought Finn and Rose were going to encounter the purrgil, I’m happy that we got a new creature to add to the list.
Episode 204: “Jyn’s Trade”
Description: A Chadra-Fan child snatches Jyn’s kyber crystal necklace away and Jyn gives chase. When she finally catches the kid and retrieves her necklace, she realizes the child is just hungry and gives him her piece of fruit.
Favorite Moment: This is, by far, my favorite episode in the batch. I love Jyn Erso’s rare moments of kindness, especially toward children.
Episode 205: “Run Rey Run”
Description: While scavenging inside a Star Destroyer, Rey is cornered by Teedo who is on the hunt for a valuable part. Rey tries to warn Teedo the removal of the part will trigger the vessel’s collapse, but he does it anyway and she must help them both escape after Teedo is knocked out by falling debris.
Favorite Moment: Rey bringing out a hint of kindness from Teedo. She’s a naturally good person, so it comes out easily for her, but I love that she also has the ability to do that with others.
Episode 206: “Bounty Hunted”
Description: Seeking help to free Han from Jabba, Leia, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 travel to Ord Mantell to meet with Han’s old friend Maz Kanata. Maz lures bounty hunter Boushh into a firefight so Leia can obtain his helmet and armor for a perfect disguise.
Favorite Moment: It was amazing to see how Leia got the idea for the Boussh disguise and that she had met Maz Kanata during the old trilogy.
Episode 207: “The Path Ahead”
Description: Struggling with his Jedi training, Luke is grateful for master Yoda’s offer to join him on a sojourn through the trees and swamps of Dagobah, until he learns that Yoda will be riding in his backpack! Minding Yoda, Luke learns to trust what he feels instead of what he thinks he sees.
Favorite Moment: While this episode touched on some of my favorite things about the Force, it felt odd to see a Luke-focused episode in a series that is mainly about female characters. Still, it was great to hear Mark Hamill voice Luke in an animated show!
Episode 208: “Porg Problems” (Right)
Description: As Rey struggles to Force lift stones, a curious porg snatches her lightsaber! Rey gives chase and Force lifts the porg before it can dive into the water with her saber. Rey thanks the porg for the unexpected help in her training.
Favorite Moment: It was adorable when the rest of the porgs wanted Rey to do the same Force trick with them. It reminded me of a group of children wanting to be picked up and thrown up in the air after seeing another kid have fun that way.
Will we be getting another batch of 8 episodes later this year? It’s possible, especially since season one contained 16 episodes, the first 8 of which were released in July 2017. A second volume of 8 episodes were released later that year on October. There’s also an Adventure Figure 2-pack of Kylo Ren and Rey, so a future Forces of Destiny episode could feature both characters.
Which of these shorts is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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