Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Volume One Review

These reviews of Star Wars Forces of Destiny will contain spoilers.

The Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Volume One premiered on the Disney Channel Sunday night, and it showcased a mix of old and new. Some episodes from the first run released during the summer were interspersed with new episodes, along with interludes featuring the delightful Maz Kanata (voiced by Lupita Nyong’o) as our guide through these adventures. (One of the new episodes, “Newest Recruit,” was released early and has been reviewed here.)

Here are my reviews for the latest episodes:

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Star Wars Forces of Destiny Review: “Newest Recruit”

This review of the Star Wars Forces of Destiny episode “Newest Recruit” will contain spoilers.

In advance of the 30-minute Star Wars Forces of Destiny special airing tonight on the Disney Channel, a new episode has been released on Disney’s YouTube channel. “Newest Recruit” features Sabine Wren and Ketsu Onyo. Getting a bit of a jump on things, this episode will be reviewed here — while the rest of the episodes will be reviewed after the special has been broadcast. (You can watch “Newest Recruit” here.)

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New ‘Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’ Trailer; Television Specials Coming to Disney Channel in October

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OCTOBER 1st AND OCTOBER 29th ON DISNEY CHANNEL

Moments both big and small shape our heroes destinies in two half-hour “Star Wars Forces of Destiny” television specials on Disney Channel in October.

Featuring a total of eight never-before-seen installments, these specials showcase compilations of the popular animated shorts featuring Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and Padmé Amidala, as well as new episodes including Han Solo, Hera Syndulla, Finn, Maz Kanata and many others.

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Kylo Ren’s Journey in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and Other Character Updates [Possible Spoilers]

When we last saw Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens he had just killed his father, Han Solo, wounded Finn, and battled nearly to the death with The Scavenger, Rey. What can we expect from his path in The Last Jedi? Director Rian Johnson shared his thoughts in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

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Star Wars Forces of Destiny Review: “Sands of Jakku”

***This is a review of “Sands of Jakku,” the first episode in the Star Wars Forces of Destiny animated micro-series. There will be spoilers.***

They’re finally here! After being announced first at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this past spring, Star Wars Forces of Destiny has arrived with its first episode, “Sands of Jakku,” featuring an adventure with Rey and BB-8. If you have not seen the episode yet, you can see it now on Disney’s YouTube Channel.

These new animated shorts are very much in the tradition of the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series that ran for three seasons on the Cartoon Network, from 2003-2005. Clone Wars and Forces of Destiny are stories told in bite-sized chunks that  run between two-three minutes. You wouldn’t think much territory would be covered in such a brief time. However, if you watched Clone Wars, you know that’s a misleading assumption. This first episode of Forces of Destiny is filled to the brim with Star Wars goodness.

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Lupita Nyong’o Celebrates Maz Monday with Exclusive ‘The Force Awakens’ Bonus Clip and Emoji!

EP7_IA_68284_R (1) copy It’s Maz Monday and Lupita Nyong’o is celebrating her alter ego by sharing an exclusive bonus clip from the upcoming Digital HD/Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Check it out below:

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Nominated for 11 MTV Movie Awards! Voting Open Now!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received 11 nominations in nine categories for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, including Movie of the Year, Best Female Performance, Best Villain, and Best Ensemble Cast.

See the nine nominated categories below:

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Presentation at D23 Expo; Star Wars Land Announcements [Videos]

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Star Wars has been making its presence felt in a big way at this year’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, and members of the cast for The Force Awakens were on hand to greet fans and share their collective enthusiasm for all things Disney. Even Harrison Ford — who seems to be getting the hang of all this convention stuff! — made an appearance.

Check out the videos below:

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ D23 Interviews

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There were plenty of big Star Wars announcements coming out of the D23 Expo — Rogue One cast revealed, Star Wars Lands at Disney Parks, and Episode IX director named — but The Force Awakens was also represented by cast members Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Lupita Nyong’o, as well as director J.J. Abrams.

Following are a few brief interviews from D23:

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Planting the Seed of Possibility: Representation and Diversity in Media — Guest Blog by Johnamarie Macias

Without a doubt, diversity is a hot topic everywhere you go and turn, often leading to insightful conversations or full­blown arguments, especially on social media. Some people are tired of hearing about it (because it’s either not relevant to them or they just don’t see the issue at large), while many more continue to bring the issue about the lack of diversity and representation to the forefront of public attention.

Believe it or not, I used to be the person who didn’t care. I lived in my own bubble, where I didn’t see the importance of representation in television shows or movies because it DisneyPrincess1wasn’t my priority. I just wanted to see the story unfold, no matter who played the part or who was involved in bringing me that story. I didn’t need a Disney princess to look like me to feel included. If I wanted to be a Disney princess, I’d transform myself into one with whatever was lying around the apartment and let my imagination do the rest.

As I grew older, I started seeing the conversation more and more. I met people who felt strongly about the issue and studying Latino culture in college made me rethink my own childhood. One memory sticks out the most.

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