For the last few days, Disney have been gifting us with tiny little vignettes featuring the major female characters of the Star Wars saga.
Who? Padme, Ahsoka, Jyn, Leia, Rey, and, so far, Sabine.
I don’t know if they’ll include other major women from the saga like Hera and Mon Mothma, but I hope so!
Kathleen Kennedy, the current guiding light for all things Star Wars, has described the series of vignettes as:
“Star Wars: Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity… We’re thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are. It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars.”
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny is canon, and is a ‘micro-series’ of animated shorts that take place in the prequel, anthology, original and new era of the film series.
Each episode looks at certain decisions made by each character, that have helped to shape and define that person and make them who they are – and who we love.
The current aired episodes, and who they focus on, are:
- ‘Sands of Jakku’ – Rey;
- ‘BB-8 Bandits’ – Rey and BB-8;
- ‘Ewok Escape’ – Leia and Wicket;
- ‘The Padawan Path’ – Ahsoka;
- ‘Beasts of Echo Base’ – Leia, R2-D2 and Chewbacca;
- ‘The Imposter Inside’ – Padme and Ahsoka, and;
- ‘Bounty of Trouble’ – Leia and Sabine.
There are more to come!
Each episode runs for three-minutes, features an opening monologue from Lupita Nyon’o in character as Maz Kanata, and are actually pretty good.
My favourite to date has been ‘The Imposter Inside’, and the ‘Bounty of Trouble’ wasn’t too bad either. The voice actors are excellent, and the actor doing Leia’s voice is good and sometimes sounds like a young Carrie Fisher.
The series is worth checking out, and if you have children, these are very child-appropriate.
To watch them, click here to visit Disney‘s YouTube channel.
It’s really great to see new adventures for Leia, Padme and Jyn, because, (SPOILERS), two of those characters were killed off, and, of course, our beloved Carrie Fisher tragically left us in December of last year. Seeing new material featuring these three women is wonderful, it means their legacy is continues.
Bring on stories for Hera and Mon Mothma! It might also be pretty damn wonderful to see a Breha Organa story! Are you listening Disney? There are a lot of strong female characters in Star Wars and we want to know more about them!