The Fun Continues with The Freemaker Adventures. Will There Be A Season Three?

30 Sep

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The team behind making LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures has not only kept to the true spirit of but also added to the mythos of both franchises. The writing is exceptional because it includes jocular nods to the dialogue from the original films and how can anyone not like this construction set? I would not be surprised if Rowan, the lead character, starts appearing in the LEGO Universe video game (if he has not already). Like the new films by Disney/Lucasfilm, this troubled part of a galaxy far, far away shows how other people is affected by an Empire intent on ruling through tyranny.

The video release is coming and my hopes is to see it appear on shelves before the next film in December. The timing will also be right because this month was when season one became available for purchase.

This series arrived on Disney XD last year with rousing success. Season one introduced Rowan, Kordi and Zander Freemaker. They are siblings who very quickly got involved in the search for a legendary weapon, the Kyber Saber. It can throw waves of destructive energy to destroy planets. In season two, which quietly slid into network broadcast over the summer, the importance of the crystal once used to power light sabers gets revisited.

The new Death Star referenced in season one is built and it needs a sufficient number of rocks to power its super laser and the Rebel Alliance has a new ship which can use one too. When activated, it can slice through Star Destroyers! This Arrowhead fighter is built by the Freemakers after the Rowan received a vision about it (“The Tower of Aliston Nor”). The story about this 12-year old boy is far more engaging than Anakin’s in Phantom Menace because it is not about how he is the chosen one. He is taught in how to use his ability by an agent with her own plans in season one. Unlike the film where choices have to be made about joining sides, this story is all about the love for the brick and the importance of family staying together.

In Star Wars: Rebels, Kanan Jarrus met an ancient creature who is neither good nor evil (“Steps into Shadow”). After Rowan was discovered, he thought he had to become a Jedi, but Quarrie, a Mon Calamari engineer brought out of hiding, sees a different direction for him. He’s recognized as a “Force Builder.”

The thought of people gifted with this ability to use in other ways is a refreshing new direction for the saga. This addition deserves to be part of the official canon and it helps expand the narrative so that the plots do not have to be about the eternal struggle between good and evil.

To see this boy develop into a master takes time. But two threats exist: The Empire and M-OC, a robot built by the Emperor, want him. Perhaps some inspiration was taken from the 2004 film, I Robot, as this methodological bounty hunter gets nicely thwarted by Rowan who becomes far wiser than his years by explaining how circular their conflict is. There is no end. As the events from Return of the Jedi unfolds, the Freemaker’s adventures are intertwined and never interferes with the canon. This different point of view is also great to revisit moments from the films. As the new Disney films have revealed, the focus is not on Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca and the droids. Different perspectives are needed to show just how bad (or good) this war is going.

With the LEGO property behind this version, light-hearted comedy and whimsy is added to an otherwise grim (c.f. Star Wars: Rogue One) and pulp action styled soap opera. The question of what’s next for the Freemakers depends on Disney deciding to renew, and what creators Bill Motz and Bob Roth has in mind. If the events is to include the ‘history’ as revealed in The Force Awakens, let’s hope Rowan did not continue his education with Luke. I can see him embarking on his own quest and perhaps get answers to where he came from. Very little has been said about their parentage, and that can make for a great arc for the next season.

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