UPDATE! Four New Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Episodes Released

The second half-hour long episode of the short series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny aired a few days ago and already all 4 of the new episodes have been posted on Youtube. Thew new episodes are titled “Accidental Allies”, “An Imperial Feast”, “The Happabore Hazard” and “Crash Course” and feature characters like Jyn Erso, Sabine, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Hera, Rey and more. Check them out…



From Disney’s Youtube page:


Sabine helps Jyn escape a stormtrooper pursuit and Jyn helps Sabine in return.




Leia orders Han to bargain with fellow pilot Hera Syndulla for rations that hungry Ewoks might enjoy.




The final two episodes will be released in the next days and we will make sure to keep you posted.






Rey discovers a stubborn, unmoving Happabore sitting on the ship she’s meant to tow back.




Sabine reluctantly lets Ketsu borrow her favorite speeder for a covert mission.




These are all of the new episodes. Stay tuned for more information about future Forces of Destiny releases.



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75 thoughts on “UPDATE! Four New Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Episodes Released

  • October 31, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Whelp, I guess we know that Hera, Chopper and the Ghost survive the last season of Rebels, all the way through the Battle of Endor.

    • October 31, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Well, we already knew from Rogue One that Hera, Chopper and the Ghost survives, at least, as far as Scarif.

      • October 31, 2017 at 9:11 pm

        And the Dark Saber may be in the hands of the Empire (under the name Black Saber). If that’s true, then Mandalore may have fell to the Empire by the time of RO. What happens to Sabine? Perhaps she is leading a Rebel faction on Imperial-controlled Mandalore.

    • October 31, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Might explain the “Nik Sant is Rex” retcon.

      • October 31, 2017 at 4:47 pm

        I don’t think that is happening. Lucasfilm has been very careful about not wanting to white-wash a clear character of color.

        • October 31, 2017 at 6:45 pm

          The…the guy with the blonde beard? THAT “person of colour”?

          • November 3, 2017 at 6:31 pm

            Temura Morrison is Nik Sant? You’ve lost the plot here, Drew.

          • November 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm

            I think we got our wires crossed here Cranky.

            We know that, people are misunderstanding what Felony said right? He said “I would like it if Nik Sant was Rex” but that doesn’t make it canon or an actual retcon. He is just saying, “wouldn’t it be cool if” The guy on Endor is white, and if you’re trying to say that yeah this white guy is actually an older Temura Morrison, (who is Polynesian) then that is white-washing the character, and is most likely why anyone hasn’t come out and said oh yeah that was Rex. I doubt it is to avoid spoilers for Rebels as we have seen Hera show up in FOD taking place after ROTJ. Head canon is head canon (if you ever saw Belated Media’s retelling of the Prequels, I consider that how it happened) but it doesn’t make it actual canon.

        • October 31, 2017 at 9:57 pm

          Rex had blonde hair.

        • November 1, 2017 at 1:29 am

          Also there is an image of Rex in season 4 where he’s wearing a very similar outfit to that of the rebel soldiers at Endor making him look EXACTLY like “Nik Sant”

    • October 31, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      Here is how I think events could go — not all of this stuff will be depicted in Rebels’s final season and the movies, but could be filled in with comics and novels:

      1. Kanan dies.

      2. Ezra goes into hiding, and joins Saw’s Partisans. (He was seen in Rogue One as the Partisan wearing the Imperial Scout Trooper helmet.)

      3. Mandalore falls to the Empire. They take possession of the Dark Saber, and try to reverse engineer it. Their research into this weapon is codenamed “Black Saber.”

      4. Sabine returns to Mandalore to lead a Rebel faction on her home planet.

      5. Hera is promoted to general in the Rebellion.

      6. Zeb takes command of the Ghost. Rex joins Zeb and Chopper as part of the crew.

      7. Hera, Chopper, Rex, Zeb, and the Ghost all take part in the Battle of Scarif.

      8. Rex fights on the ground in the Battle of Endor.

      9. Hera, Chopper and the Ghost are known to survive after the Battle of Endor.

      10. Ezra comes out of hiding, and presents himself to Luke.

      11. Ezra assists Luke in establishing a new Jedi Academy.

      12. The Knights of Ren slaughter all of Luke’s students, but Ezra manages to save Luke. Ezra too is killed. (There is a prophecy after ROTJ that Ezra would be instrumental in saving the Jedi.)

  • October 31, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Weren’t Han and Leia supposed to be married by the time this happens?

    • October 31, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      In what story? So far, that hasn’t been told, so when or if it even happens remains to be seen. Same with the Rex issue. So far, you are the first person I have heard say that is *not* happening. I happen to disagree with you.

      • October 31, 2017 at 5:26 pm

        I think Bloodlines they mention that Han and Leia got married on Endor that same night.

        • November 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

          Ah, you are correct, sir!

  • October 31, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Oof. BOI Han would rather die than admit any ship is better than the Falcon.

  • October 31, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I always assumed that the ghost was smaller than the Falcon.

    • October 31, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Yeah never once did it seem it was the Falcon’s size or larger. It looks way out of sale in that screenshot

    • October 31, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      The Ghost has a much larger cargo bay, so it makes sense that it’s larger.

      • October 31, 2017 at 11:32 pm

        I suppose. Maybe it’s just the simple, blocky “designed for a kid’s show” proportions that throws the scale off for me.

  • October 31, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Just awful. I wish they’d create new characters just for the kiddie cartoons, and leave canon alone.

    • October 31, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      “Just awful. I wish they’d create new characters just for the kiddie cartoons, and leave canon alone.”

      Why? If you don’t like them, don’t watch them. What could their existence possibly cost you in terms of your enjoyment of the franchise?

      • October 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm

        The real question is why do people keep making comments like “just don’t watch it then”. I don’t know, maybe because I am a Star Wars fan and I want to keep up-to-date with canon? You think maybe that could be it?

        And what does it cost you to just skip over comments you disagree with? Would that lessen your enjoyment of this website?

        • October 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm

          There’s a lot I personally don’t like about the greater Star Wars universe. For example, I think Thrawn is a highly overrated character, and boring. But I won’t diss that other people like him and that he’s part of canon.

          The reality is that these shorts are meant to sell girls’ toys. I don’t personally care for most of these shorts, but I do like Lucasfilm/Disney working to expand the fanbase of SW to appeal to the next generation and to girls. That’s smart business, but also ensures the longevity of the brand for the rest of us.

          But, like my dismissal of Thrawn, you can also ignore these shorts. I don’t think any of this is “really canon”. Real Canon is always going to be what you see in the movies. (Sorry, everyone, I don’t think Clone Wars and Rebels count as Real Canon either.)

          • October 31, 2017 at 10:28 pm

            Unfortunately gone are the days with different levels of canon. Disney has said directly that everything in movies, TV shows, books, and comics is canon. That’s why I think they should take all the kiddie shows and create a separate group of characters on faraway worlds that don’t interact with movie characters. Then they can have at it — create all the goofy crap they want, and I can happily ignore it all.

          • October 31, 2017 at 11:13 pm

            “…and I can happily ignore it all.”

            You can happily ignore it all anyway. If you choose to absorb every bit of Star Wars narrative out there, that’s your choice. Quit acting so entitled.

          • November 1, 2017 at 1:30 am

            You get a grip douche.

          • November 3, 2017 at 6:04 pm

            As much as I think Sharp is an utter dick, he is partially right. Nobody is forcing you or anyone to watch these. I will fully admit; I do not hate the FOD specials as much as some people.

            Heck, for characters, like Rey: I contend that the specials developed her more than TFA. And really, these are aimed at children, after all. And Star Wars has always been aimed at children.

            Now, that said, you have every right to question the motivations behind making this series or even the animation quality. I am a sucker for 2D animation, but even I admit that compared to something like the TCW Micro series; this pales in comparison.

            But hey, that had Samurai Jack’s creator. So really, it is perfectly fair to compare and contrast this with other SWs media projects of similiar levels.

          • November 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm

            There is also the matter of principle and how long time Star Wars fans have been treated. LF has no problem making these lame cartoons canon to appease little girls, but they couldn’t do something as simple as make The ORIGINAL Thrawn trilogy or Shadows of the Empire canon?

            Instead we get the ultimate SJW vehicle and all around POS Aftermath trilogy to replace it?

            What in Shadows of the Empire would compromise what they are doing now?

          • November 3, 2017 at 10:19 pm

            “There is also the matter of principle and how long time Star Wars fans have been treated.”

            I’m a long time Star Wars fan. I’ve been treated just fine. I loved the original Thrawn Trilogy. And I still do. Have I been done wrong or mistreated by Lucasfilm because it’s not considered canon? Nope, not at all. And really, it was never canon to begin with. And who cares? It’s a fictional universe. Does is really matter that those stories don’t fit into the current chronology? I don’t think it does.

            Star Wars fans are not victims of anything.

          • November 3, 2017 at 11:38 pm

            That’s great you feel that way. It’s great you don’t mind donating to irrelevant fan fiction for over 30 years.

            It’s good to know Disney and LF feel money is not an option, and everyone can just trash their now irrelevant fan fiction and buy all new stuff! I love this philosophy! Which why I now torrent all the books and comics. I won’t give another dime to LF outside of the movies.

            Thankfully I don’t pay for it, because the majority is crap anyway.

            I totally agree that they are not victims either.

          • November 4, 2017 at 2:41 am

            I’ve never donated any money to Star Wars. I’ve purchased Star Wars entertainment at my own volition. It’s not the same thing. Nobody is reaching into my wallet. I’m not being stolen from.

            And none of it is irrelevant. The small selection of EU books in my library? They’re still there. The stories haven’t changed either. I once again read the Thrawn Trilogy last year. Still great fun. Still a darn good story.

            If people are loosing sleep at night; tossing and turning and chewing on the corners of their pillows because they can’t reconcile the co-existence of an old EU with a new canon…well…that’s their fault; not Lucasfilm’s.

          • November 7, 2017 at 7:14 pm

            I am with you on not buying a lot of NC stuff as of recent. I just pick and choose stuff that interests me, like Thrawn’s new book, Bloodline and even the comics, like Doctor Aphra. Other than that, I just see no reason to keep capturing the NC.

            Legends to me will always be the main timelne of how things went. It isn’t perfect, but so far; aside from the post ROTJ Legends stuff, I find a lot of those stories more palpable and enjoyable than the NC.

            But hey; that is just my view. Don’t let me spoil the fun for others.

          • November 3, 2017 at 10:23 pm

            If I’m an “utter dick” because I have strong opinions and I debate with passion and energy, so be it.

          • November 4, 2017 at 2:18 am

            This is one of the side-effects of loosing the multi-tiered canon system (which for the record I loved). Yes it could be confusing, but only for REALLY nerdy canon junkies like myself. Having a blanket platform that everything is equally canon sounds good but is unsustainable. There has always been and will always be star wars material for all ages staring all different characters (I grew up reading the jedi prince series which HARDLY made sense even in legends). But kids who loved it considered it and older fans didn’t. Of course you could argue that adults should have the emotional maturity to decide their own fictional story anyway, but if i’ve learned anything that is asking a lot of people lol. Saying a kids book that comes with a toothbrush is equally canon to the empire strikes back is just going to cause fights between kids and grumpy middle-aged men. Me I just stick to the movies and consider extra-film canon as more of an encyclopedia of the star wars universe as opposed to a literal string of events. Story’s cannot grow beyond a point without becoming unweildly after a fashion. Heck i bet in 10-20 years if they are still making things there will be entire theatrical films in this style so best to get used to it now

          • November 4, 2017 at 2:32 am

            Fantastic post. More later…it’s Fargo time with the wife.

          • November 3, 2017 at 6:07 pm

            The idea of “real” canon I often find an issue with. In my view, canon is what you make of it. And really what is real to someone canon wise won’t be for someone else.

            For example, I consider Legends the actual timeline of events that happened with SWs, with the NC being just an alternative timeline. I prefer Legends as of now, but the NC to me has been okay. As in, it is a mixed bag.

            Thrawn, I can see being overrated, but I do love him as a character. And really, to be honest; I love the movies, like the OT. But I do think those movies are overrated.

            They are amazing. But compared to something like KOTOR, I find them a bit bland.

        • October 31, 2017 at 11:18 pm

          That’s an odd attitude; and very selfish. You don’t want the “kiddies” to have stories about Han, Leia, and the others because you don’t happen to like them? Let’s not forget that Star Wars is essentially a kids’ property.

          Nobody is forcing you to watch these animated shorts. I’m a Star Wars fan too. I’ve been one for a long time. But being a fan does not mean being beholden to every shred and scrap of material out there. And if you choose to keep up with the content at this level, then you can expect some of it to not quite jibe with your tastes.

          • November 1, 2017 at 2:02 pm

            I’m sorry, but he’s right. The “nobody is forcing you” line is so old and tired. People are fans. When content comes out they naturally check it out and want to enjoy it. That’s basic common sense.

            Nobody is forcing you to give him a hard time, but you do it anyway, so let him have his little grumble if he wants it.

          • November 1, 2017 at 3:55 pm

            It might be old and tired, but its no less relevant. This idea that all content should be custom-geared to our individual predilections is an entitled, selfish, and childish attitude worthy of ridicule. This isn’t some one-off complain on this kid’s part. He’s been harping on about this for some time. He’d rather have Star Wars’s most beloved characters removed from content aimed at younger audiences because he doesn’t like it and it interferes with what he considers “required” reading. He’s playing the victimized fanboy here, and it’s pathetic.

            Nope. Nobody is forcing me to comment on his posts, but it’s an Internet forum and I can disagree with him all I want. I’d give one of my buddy’s no less a hard time if he said something similar while at a pub or a ball game or a Star Wars Celebration.

      • November 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm

        I could use that same argument and say, “why get rid of the old canon, if you don’t like it don’t read it. Being a fan does not mean being beholden to every shred and scrap of material out there”.

        • November 3, 2017 at 10:22 pm

          The “old canon” was the movies and little else. And I very much took that approach with the old EU. Some of it I liked and read it (and in a few cases, reread it). A lot of it I ended up not caring for and walked away from. Most of the comics, for example, I felt were awful. So I didn’t read them. It’s not all that complicated.

  • October 31, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I think the Han impersonator in this is pretty good.

    • October 31, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      They really are!

    • November 3, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      This was a decent short. Not as good as the other Rey shorts, but solid. And this is a controversial opinion, but I prefer Rey in these shorts than in TFA.

      I know there will be a lot of irritated fans but to me Ridley seems a lot more natural here than the movie. No doubt because JJ Abrams sucks when it comes to giving actors direction. Also, it is a nice exploration of Jakku.

      I am still baffled as to why this needed to be a new planet as opposed to Tattooine. But really, I will take what I can get. So yeah, Rey in FOD= Awesome. In TFA, not so much. At least, Ridley is a good actress.

  • October 31, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    No sign of Phantom 2, perhaps a Phantom 3 is docked in Ghost.

    Hera and Chopper survive through Return of the Jedi!

    Did Captain Rex survive the Endor battle?

  • November 1, 2017 at 9:17 am

    So Han’s basically an idiot in this one…

  • November 1, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    My only issue is that the universe is getting small again. Sabine knows Jyn Han knows hera. Can’t we get a larger universe where not everyone know of or meets everyone else?

    Other than that they where king of funny.

  • November 1, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I liked the Han episode and how they actually acknowledge the ewoks probably ate them

  • November 3, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Okay, I will be honest; much as I do not mind the FOD shorts(they range from decent to bad), I do have two concerns going forward with these. One, in my view; these shorts are shrinking the universe. As someone pointed out, Star Wars, based off of these shorts, is becoming a point where major characters just happen to know each other.

    And the canonicity of these shorts, I find is also dubious at best. But I am not going to go down that rabbit hole. Especially, Pablo Hidalgo; a man I used to respect a lot but not so much anymore.

    But more so, the other concern I have is this question: If LF is so willing to promote diversity with female characters, then why is it just female characters? I’m not some anti-SJW who needs an all male or white cast. But in the context of SWs, in a galaxy far far away; it seems really counterintuitive to just focus on female characters. Why not a black male lead or I don’t know an alien? And do not say Ahsoka. She’s just one character. A good one, but just one.

    So yeah; to reiterate; I do NOT hate these specials. But I do question the motivation for why they were made.

    • November 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      That’s the main problem with 3rd wave feminism, they think that tipping the scale all the way over to the other side will bring equality, when in reality it’s bringing more division. I’m all for new female roles and stories, but make them feel real, and natural, and interesting. I’m all against blatant token characters and forced heroines.

      • November 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm

        I try not to delve into social and political issues, but yeah 3rd wave feminism I just do not get. I am an egalitarian as in I believe everyone should be equal, regardless of gender. But to your point on SWs: I believe BOOFIRE123’s words about the current status of SJWs and diversity in media is valid.

        This being a lot of characters so far are being ruled by their problems as opposed to overcoming their problems. Why I love Luke so much isn’t because he’s a guy or the first. But rather, I love his character arc of an underdog. Rey to me had a half-baked character and was bland.

        Compare and contrast this to Wonder Woman, and it is night and day. Diana, unlike Rey, was fully fleshed out. She had some serious flaws which played to the movie’s themes and narrative.

        And Diana wasn’t ruled by her problems. She overcame them. I never got that from Rey in TFA. We get to see her at the beginning of the movie and where she was at the end. I never felt like she actually overcame her problems.

        A lot of that is simply because the movie didn’t really develop her that well in my view. But hey; I am confident that she will be much better in TLJ. And Ridley, as I stated is a good actress.

        • November 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm

          I hope too that TLJ will kickstart the characters stories the way TFA should’ve done, but now I fear for the closure in 9, but in George’s words, “It’s only a movie”

          • November 3, 2017 at 7:37 pm

            Same. I have immense faith in Rian Johnson as the guy just gets characters so well. He’s a director in a similiar vein to a Taika Wattiti for Thor; in that he was a lesser known director who was slowly, but surely making his way up.

            And just from the trailers, I am left incredibly pleased by the dialogue and production work. And I do believe we will get the characters done a lot better. And I maybe bold to where even fans of TFA upon seeing TLJ may question TFA and its choices of introducing these characters in the way it did. Because, yeah; it set the scenes, but depending on TLJ, it could look sloppy.

            Especially, if TLJ is fantastic. As for Abrams, I will admit; I am a bit nervous, but I know he won’t have the veil of nostalgia protecting him. In fact, if TLJ is amazing, like one of the best films in the franchise, the pressure will be on HIM to deliver.

            It also helps that Tierio is involved in the writing process. Sure, he did BVS, but that was David Goyer’s mess, along with Snyder. If JL isn’t good, though, then a legitimate discussion can happen about episode nine from a writing standpoint.

            P.S: I know a part of me knows this will never happen, but imagine if Zack Snyder was given a Star Wars film? A part of me wants it because I do like Zack Snyder as a director. But more so, to troll the fanbase. 🙂

      • November 3, 2017 at 8:12 pm

        “They think that tipping the scale all the way over to the other side will bring equality, when in reality it’s bringing more division.”

        Let’s say you have two kids, twins actually, and on their birthday for the first 10 years of their lives you didn’t realize that you accidentally gave one kid $20 extra dollars in their birthday card. Upon realizing your error and misguided ways, you decide to make up for it and plan to give the missing $200 to the second child on their next birthday to make up for the loss over the years. Then imagine the child who for their entire life has been getting the extra $20 a year started yelling a stomping their feet saying that this isn’t fair and that they are entitled to $200 as well. Do you see how stupid, and immature the first child sounds and looks? Shouldn’t the first child just be happy for their sibling that they finally are getting their fair share of the birthday money? As the parent, you aren’t creating a division between the children, you are just making sure that after all this time things get evened out and going forward each child will get the same amount of money in their birthday cards.

        Hoped this helped and I sincerely hope you can get out of your moms basement one of these days.

        • November 3, 2017 at 9:22 pm

          Okay, now let’s say that there were two children, unrelated to each other in any way, born decades apart in different cities. They discover that one of them earned more money when they entered the workforce than the other. Wouldn’t you want one of them to be equalized to the other? No. No of course you wouldn’t. Because that would be stupid. You’re using a terrible analogy, Drew, utterly divorced from the situation you’re trying to draw a parallel to. We’re NOT talking about two identical children, we’re not talking about two kids born at the same time, we’re not talking about a share of some mythical shared pie, and we’re not talking about being ‘given’ anything.

          • November 3, 2017 at 10:19 pm

            Jesus Christ. So just keep things the status quo and those silly women should go back to the kitchen and make you a sandwich amirite Crankypants? There shouldn’t be any form of media directly relateable towards just women, because they defintiely aren’t half the fucking population or something. We shouldn’t try to be more inclusive and maybe (JUST MAYBE!) give the role to a women or person of color over so that everyone can feel like they are represented in popular media. To think a bunch of man babies are crying because Disney made 2 minute cartoons aimed at girls it’s somehow watering down the product of Star Wars. How utterly pathetic of you.

          • November 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm

            Have you ever asked yourself where are all the RomComs with a fat, balding McDonald’s employee as a protagonist are? Where a guy has to chose between two hot looking women who are both treating him like a prince because for some reason he is so super special? The reasonw hy there are no such movies is because the RomCon genre is predominantly consumed by women. Women are predominantly attracted to (handsome) men and don’t care about hot women (or might even feel some kind of jealousy). You want to see some really sexist media then go watch “Desperate Housewives” but do men complain about shows like that? No, they just chose not to watch the show but something that better fits their personal preferences. What’s the big deal with SW geared towards men when most ScifI enthusiast are male?

          • November 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

            he never said that. and fyi the roll of fynn was supposed to be a white roll oh and look john boyega got the rol instead!!! oh and look at star wars episode 7 and 8 rey is a woman as the lead or are kylo poe and fynn all suposed to be girls aswell?

        • November 3, 2017 at 11:56 pm

          And here I was about to take you seriously, but you had to throw the over used, really pathetic attempt of an insult about moms’ basements. C’mon, this is not the year 2000 anymore, and I wanna think you are more intelligent than it shows, and you can do better than that. Go check your SJW manual for more creative insults.

          Also, albeit entertaining, your analogy does not work because it implies that in the end both are receiving the same money, which is good. In the point I made, that somehow eluded you, the first child just would suddenly stop getting anything, because the parents have decided that now everything goes to the other one. Sorry, that won’t work, it will be a mess, and it can not be called equality.

        • November 4, 2017 at 12:02 pm

          That’s a really bad analogy when you consider that there are genres of film that have mainly female protagonists. RomComs have almost exclusively female leads with love triangles where our heroine choses between a hot doctor/countryboy/biker rebel. I’m fine with the all female cast of Forces of Destiny since it’s clearly aimed at young girls. But making this an issue about Star Wars paying their debts in terms of gender equality is wrong. SciFi movies and games are mainly consumed by men and it’s okay to make a product that satisfies the needs of the target audience. Your birthday card analogy would be much more like: child A gets more money on his birthdays and child B gets more money as a Christmas gift. They might not get the money at the same time but they end up even.

        • November 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm

          But we are not 10 year olds. and in this situation the 2nd child is demanding that they get the extra 200 and a back rub and a 500 dollar xbox just for themselves and to be taken to Disneyland by themselves

    • November 4, 2017 at 4:37 am

      “f LF is so willing to promote diversity with female characters, then why is it just female characters? I’m not some anti-SJW who needs an all male or white cast. But in the context of SWs, in a galaxy far far away; it seems really counterintuitive to just focus on female characters. Why not a black male lead or I don’t know an alien? And do not say Ahsoka. She’s just one character. A good one, but just one.”

      Because these shorts are specifically targeted at little girls, the one group that isn’t super enthusiastic about Star Wars.

      • November 4, 2017 at 5:41 am

        I wouldn’t go as far to say they aren’t super enthusiastic, but really pandering to them I argue is detrimental in that one is presenting them with an either or situation. That being these girls need to follow a female lead character out of some obligation. But I acknowledge that this line of thinking maybe very flawed on my behalf and if anyone can give me concrete examples, I will concede the point. Especially, if the individuals genuinely like the characters.

        But really, I just find the focus on females a bit weird in that Star Wars is a galaxy far far away. And really, by bottlenecking the focus to female characters, one neglects just how diverse the galaxy is. I mean we have an alien species that can only breathe helium, Kel-dor(favorite race by the way) and require a mask.

        Why don’t we have a main character who is a different alien race? In short, to reiterate; I do NOT hate FOD. I think it is okay, but I do question the intent. But I will admit that is me being an Egalitarian and having that point of view.

        • November 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm

          How is that “bottlenecking”? These are 3 minutes shorts in a narrative universe that counts 10 (and, pretty soon, 11) movies, countless books and comics, and ten season over two different animated shows.
          Two out of six of the main character from Rebels are aliens. One is a droid (and they have droid-centric episodes, the same way TCW did).
          If anything, Disney/LFL are beating the “female empowerment” drums way more than what they are actually doing in the canon material: for every Rey, you got Finn and Poe (and Han, who’s going to get his own movie); Jyn has Cassian, Bodhi, Chirrut and Baze (and Saw); Hera and Sabine are two out of five humanoid members of the Ghost crew – what I am getting at is that, so far, most of the heroes and main characters, in the SW universe as a whole, are still males – and, yes, there are droids and, yes, there are aliens, too.

          In fact, as of today, out of SW principal characters (those that appear more consistently through out whole trilogies or tv shows, and play a significant role) about 28% are females (humans or aliens) and more than 34% are non-humans (aliens or droids).

          So, I’ll ask you again: how is a series of 2-3 minutes shorts “bottlenecking” anything, or not being egalitarian, in that kind of scenario?

  • November 4, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Fine shorts, this series is obviously a very young demo with a very low animation budget, so I take it for the 3 minute diversion it is. But Jyn meeting sabine in that way was a straw too far. Really? She dropped a vital map and it happened to fall directly on top of another future hero of the rebellion? I actually do like some of the new pairings (hera meeting han is fine, they are both part of the rebellion and could conceivably be in contact, having met leia before), but you can make a fun show for kids with moral lessons without having these forced crossovers. I feel like the creators wanted to have their cake and eat it too. Like “these are just fun little adventures of our heroes in small acts of heroism” was the mission statement, but then also really wanted them to be canon-bending ‘must-watch’ cartoons so adults would feel obligated to watch them too.

    • November 4, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Are those “canon-bending ‘must watch'”, though? I guess you could say that these short stories help flesh out some of the characters a little bit more – and they’re interesting in that regard – but, so far, I haven’t seen anything that fundamentally alters the way I see the SW universe or interpret its larger story.

      • November 4, 2017 at 8:20 pm

        Agreed, sorry, i meant for WANTING them to be must watch to be the operative word there.

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