Star Wars Forces of Destiny Episode 5 : Beasts of Echo Base Echoes a Deleted Scene from “The Empire Strikes Back”

In the latest episode of the new canon Star Wars miniseries Forces of Destiny we find out how Leia, R2-D2, and Chewie manage to protect Echo Base on Hoth from the intrusion of a ferocious Wampa. Check it out…




From Disney:




The first question that comes in mind watching the video is, why is Leia using a lantern in the galaxy far, far away? It doesn’t seem very appropriate, right? 🙂


Also this episode actually gives an explanation of one of the very cool deleted scenes from The Empire Strikes Back. Here it is:




Very cool indeed. This series is a great idea for filling in the gaps in the Star Wars saga.



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20 thoughts on “Star Wars Forces of Destiny Episode 5 : Beasts of Echo Base Echoes a Deleted Scene from “The Empire Strikes Back”

  • July 7, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I thought this was a really satisfying episode, it was definitely better than the previous Leia story with the Ewoks and i’m glad they expanded on that deleted wampa scene-which always makes laugh:). Next one please!

  • July 7, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    It’s the return of the ‘whiny-lazy-I-can’t-be-bothered-to-imitate-Carrie-Fisher-as-Princess-Leia’ valley-girl voice actor again …

    • July 8, 2017 at 12:10 am

      Word. Serious points lost in the voiceover dept.

    • July 8, 2017 at 2:23 am

      But the guy doing Chewie was great. Sounded just like Peter Mayhew.

    • July 8, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Would it kill them to at least find someone with similar inflections?

  • July 8, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Wow – Chewie comes across as a wimp in this. Why is he held as a cuddly toy and not hanging upside down like Luke as a ready snack?

    • July 8, 2017 at 12:45 am

      He was a big wimp after they got out of the trash compactor too. He has his moments.

    • July 8, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Because the Wampa didn’t know he was there. Chewie was his teddy bear, not his dinner.

  • July 8, 2017 at 3:56 am


  • July 8, 2017 at 4:12 am

    I’m guessing that deleted scene is canon now?

    • July 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Not necessarily.

  • July 8, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Does Leia understand Wookiee? I don’t think anything in this short confirms either way, but I am curious.

    • July 8, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      still foggy on that one

  • July 8, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    The lamp didn’t bother me, aside from the shape style of it… Luke had a “lantern” on Dagobah as well…

    What bothered me more was that they had poor Chewie out “digging corridors.” Why wasn’t he fixing the Falcon? Why use him as a beast of burden for this laborious task? Was this some kind of “wookie punishment” for some off-camera infraction of Rebel code?

    • July 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      I think he was digging corriders because he’s super strong.

      • July 8, 2017 at 7:35 pm

        Maybe, but someone dug out the whole rebel base already… and I don’t think it was Chewie. There must have been machines/technology to do this work… why not use them for digging the new corridors?

        • July 8, 2017 at 7:36 pm

          Maybe they WERE using the machines, but they only had a few. So Chewie was extra manpower, or Wookieepower, rather. Who knows?

          • July 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm

            I still like to think it was punishment for some misbehavior at Rebel base. 🙂

  • July 8, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Although the Chewie-is-a-teddy-bear situation was a bit silly, I still like this short, overall.

  • July 13, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    This was a solid episode. For starters, I liked the premise of how this explained that cool deleted scene(a sequence that was cool, I could see why Kersner got rid of it. Which goes to showcase a good director), but backstory stuff like this is again really cool.

    It was what Legends did for a lot of smaller things. I do like the VA for Leia. She does capture Carrie pretty well, but obviously nobody is going to replace her. I guess the only gripe I had was Chewbacca and how shafted he was. For granted, I can buy him being scared/ not wanting to awake the creature.

    I may not like Han Solo, but Chewbacca to me has always been the unsung hero as he is the more pragmatic of the duo. Also, it helps that he is an engineer. But really him panicking and slamming the button, I felt was a bit overdoing it. I wished he had his bowcaster with him or managed to fix the button as again, engineering background.

    But aside from that, the animation was really good. A lot better than the Ahsoka one. And it led to a cool explanation. Overall, I thought this was fairly solid.

    Score: 84%

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