Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures: Complete Season Two DVD

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.

TV-Y7; 267 minutes; Amazon
Now available on DVD from Disney Home Entertainment and LucasFilm Ltd. is LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures: Complete Season Two, featuring 12 action-packed episodes. The DVD comes with an "Exclusive Darth Vader Pin."

The voice cast includes includes Nicolas Cantu (Rowan), Vanessa Lengies (Kordi), Eugene Byrd (Zander), Matthew Wood (R0-GR), Trevor Devall (Emperor), Dana Snyder (Graballa), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Yvette Nicole Brown (Lt. Valeria), Corey Burton (Quarrie), James Urbaniak (M-OC) and Matt Sloan (Darth Vader).

Developed by Bill Motz and Bob Roth ("Penguins of Madagascar"), the series is set between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and focuses on the Freemaker siblings - Zander, Kordi, Rowan (a twelve-year-old Jedi-in-training), and their battle droid, R0-GR.

Season Two finds the Freemakers working with the rebel fleet, under the command of Admiral Ackbar. After Rowan has a vision about building an "arrowhead" ship that's controlled by an oversized kyber crystal, his siblings seek the help of a ship builder named Quarrie to assist them in the creation of the ultimate weapon against the Empire.

Meanwhile, Emperor Palpatine is obsessed with capturing Rowan. He creates a bounty hunter droid, M-OC, which has only one purpose - capture Rowan.

Bonus Features on the DVD include:
  • 5 Adventure-Filled Shorts
    • Home One
    • Thrown Into Battle
    • Rowan's Secret Adventure
    • Zander Freemaker: Superstar Pilot Guy
    • Beware The Gamorrean Flu 

Final Thoughts
Unlike the previous LEGO Star Wars television specials and shorts, The Freemaker Adventures is not a spoof. Yes, there's plenty of humor, but the episodes are serialized with connections to the Star Wars live-action movies and animated series; though it's not considered canon.

Disney XD isn't available in my area, so I've never seen the series until I watched the second season on DVD over the weekend. The 12 final episodes of the series are cleverly written; with the storyline nicely connecting to the Battle of Endor that occurred in Return of the Jedi. The episodes are action-packed with kid-friendly humor.

There are 5 fun bonus shorts on the DVD. However, I wish there were behind-the-scenes special features and commentaries. 

Overall, I loved watching the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures: Complete Season Two DVD. With Easter just around the corner, it would make a great gift for any Star Wars fan, young or old.

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