Princess Leia and R2-D2 find themselves in a Hoth adventure in Star Wars: Forces of Destiny episode 6. About a week ahead of its Disney Channel July 9 debut, the new Disney and Lucasfilm animated series began its rollout on Disney's YouTube channel on Monday. The series, which features several heroines from the Star Wars universe, kicked off with Rey in Sands of Jakku, and was followed by BB-8 Bandits in The Force Awakens timeline. Episode 3 spotlighted Leia in the Return of the Jedi-themed Ewok Escape, while Ahsoka encountered Anakin Skywalker in episode 4 in the The Clone Wars-inspired The Padawan Path.
On Friday, Disney appeared to opt to hold back the fifth episode of Forces of Destiny and posted instead the series' sixth episode, Beasts of Echo Base. Set during The Empire Strikes Back timeline, the episode features Leia on Hoth with R2-D2, searching for Chewbacca, who's gone missing. When they hear his familiar growl down a corridor, they eventually discover that Chewie is being held by a wampa, and it's up to Leia to save her "walking carpet" friend.
After five episodes, Forces of Destiny is beginning to show viewers that the options are limitless as to the stories that are presented. While Rey's stories show some sort of pattern by the continuation of one after the other, Leia's episodes have taken her to completely different film timelines, with adventures set within the events of two different Star Wars films. Granted, Rey has only appeared in only The Force Awakens so far, so her options are a little more limited that Leia's, but it will be interesting nonetheless to see if the series' creators will set future Forces of Destiny episodes featuring Rey in a different part of the the film's timeline.
Also with the episodes, Disney and Lucasfilm are also showing that, while Forces of Destiny is primarily features the everyday heroics of the female leads in the Star Wars universe, we're getting supporting turns by other familiar characters, too, with BB-8, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker. There was a hint of the involvement of other core characters when the first trailer for Forces of Destiny appeared a week ago, which featured a glimpse of Luke Skywalker and Yoda.
Only time will tell if the likes of Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, Finn and Poe Dameron will turn up, too, but the chances appear good - considering that the 16-episode animated shorts series still has 11 episodes to go.
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