“Riffraff, street rat
I don’t buy that
If only they’d look closer
Would they see a poor boy? No, siree”
Dang it, I did it again!
Rating: ANH (Ratings system borrowed from here!)
Everything about this TV-movie screams that it wants to be like A New Hope. I was worried it’d try too hard, but instead it captured the spirit of what it means to be Star Wars. Yes, there are some blatant dialog references. Yes, here’s another young spunky kid out to show the grown-ups how to do things. But somehow this just feels like the Galaxy Far, Far Away. In a way, it felt like home. It’s definitely kid friendly, but it’s not for the kids alone. There’s humor, emotion, and a lot more depth to the characters than you might expect; not all the good guys are angels.
In terms of production the animation is every bit as good as The Clone Wars. The color palette is different but otherwise everything has carried over between the two series. The music is spectacular! So many well-known themes reworked to fit into the story, not just tracks laid over the scene. And while the many years of the Expanded Universe might have been moved to the Legends Dimension, they are not forgotten. It’s still the same universe, same rules, same factions. Just new players.
The show opens with great energy and if it carries over to the rest of the series I am sure we are all in for a wild ride. I’d recommend this premiere to any fans of The Clone Wars or any fans looking for more Star Wars in their lives.
Coming soon: the spoiler free, 10 calorie review of the first episode of the regular series, “Droids in Distress”.