Princess Leia is featured with her furry Ewok pals in the third episode of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. Announced at Star Wars Celebration in April, the new animated series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny is a celebration of the female heroines in the Star Wars saga, including core film characters like Leia, Padme Amidala, Rey, and Jyn Erso, as well as animated characters like Star Wars Rebels‘ Sabine and Hera, and The Clone Wars‘ Ahsoka Tano.
Crafted with Star Wars fans in mind yet aimed at young female audiences, the Forces of Destiny tales all fit within the Star Wars canon, bulking up familiar scenes in the films and animated shows with exciting ancillary tales to enhance the overall Star Wars experience. In all, 16 episodes that run about three-minutes each are being produced, and a special line of action figures, dubbed “Adventure Figures,” are being produced to help market the series.
Forces of Destiny officially kicked off Monday on Disney's YouTube channel with a Rey's The Force Awakens-themed adventure called Sands of Jakku, and an adjoining story BB-8 Bandits was posted Tuesday. Wednesday's episode is taking the action back to the forests of Endor in Return of the Jedi for the Ewok Escape. The episode takes place in the scene in the film where Leia first meets Wicket the Ewok after being separated from Luke Skywalker in the film's high-energy speeder bike scene.
In Ewok Escape, Leia is tagging along with Wicket when they happen upon a pair of stormtroopers who are threatening two Ewoks, causing the rambunctious furry creature to spring into action to save his friends. Also in the episode, fans will find out where Leia got her long brown dress from, and she asks, "Does it come with a spear?"
Unlike other Forces of Destiny episodes that feature the voices of Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, and Ashley Eckstein as their characters Rey, Jyn Erso and Ahsako Tano, respectively, the Leia episodes sadly do not feature the voice of Carrie Fisher, who died tragically in December. But there's no doubt that the animated episode certainly captures the spirit of Leia, which is a testament to the late, great actresses overall impact on the Star Wars saga.
For now, the Forces of Destiny episodes are posting online daily, and it will be interesting to see if Disney and Lucasfilm will keep releasing them at such a rapid pace. If that's so, nearly half the episodes will be available to the public before Forces of Destiny makes its TV debut on the Disney Channel on July 9. No matter the case, the first three episodes are proving to be must-see adventures, and like the films they are based upon, fans will likely watch them over and over again.
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