Picking up where the first episode left off, Rey and her droid pal BB-8 are facing a new nemesis in the second episode of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. The Star Wars universe returned to the live-action realm in 2015, of course, with the release of worldwide blockbuster The Force Awakens. Picking up about 30 years after the conclusion of Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens featured the classic film trilogy's cast along with several newcomers including Daisy Ridley, who immediately asserted herself in the tradition of strong female leads in the Star Wars saga as Rey -- the principal character whom the new film trilogy would be built around.
After the character's stunning introduction in The Force Awakens, Rey was a natural to join the cast of characters featured in Disney and Lucasfilm's Forces of Destiny, an animated series comprised of 16 3-minute episodes. Featuring stories surrounding the everyday heroism of Star Wars female icons Princess Leia, Padme Amidala, Jyn Erso, Ahsoka Tano and of course, Rey, the series is not only aimed at young female audiences to generate interest in the saga; but longtime fans of the series since the stories expand familiar tales in the Star Wars canon.
Forces of Destiny made its debut online Monday with the first episode entitled Sands of Jakku, starring Ridley as the voice of Rey. Set immediately after the scene in The Force Awakens where Rey rescues BB-8 from her fellow scavenger Teedo, Sands of Jakku finds Rey and her new droid friend battling off a massive nightwatcher worm that feeds on junk. In the new episode, titled BB-8 Bandits, Teedo enlists two other scavengers to get BB-8 back as they take chase on their speeder bikes after Rey, who is trying to elude them on her speeder.
The chase featured in BB-8 Bandits is interesting in that suggests the episodes for each character will be all be tied together somehow. Rey's Forces of Destiny episodes, at least, seem to be concentrating on the events between the time she rescues BB-8 until her arrival at Niima Outpost with the intention of dealing the droid to Unkar Plutt. It's hard to say at this point whether the rest of the Forces of Destiny episodes will follow a similar sort of format, but for the time being, it's enjoyable how the series is enhancing the story of Rey's home world from The Force Awakens.
Fans will have a couple different options to view Forces of Destiny: on Disney's YouTube channel online, and The Disney Channel on TV starting July 9.