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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
For the most part, good and evil are clearly defined, but a major character's duplicity threatens that distinction. The show has fun with Star Wars clichés and takes some jabs at characters' personalities. Characters confront their destinies. Teamwork is a major theme.
Positive Role Models
Naare pretends to care about Rowan and his destiny, but she's working for the dark side and misrepresents herself. Kondi and Zander try to keep their little brother on the straight and narrow, but he's not always willing to listen to their advice.
Violence & Scariness
Blasters hit their targets, and it's assumed the victims die. When ships and objects are destroyed, they break into Lego blocks. Space monsters of different shapes and sizes can be menacing. People are crushed by falling objects.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Zander remarks admiringly about Naare's appearance.
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Name-calling such as "slime" and "scum."
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Products & Purchases
The show is an effective advertisement for Lego toys and products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that like other Lego Star Wars productions, Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures has many scenes that show two sides facing off with blasters or firing shots at each other in spacecrafts. Though death is never shown, it's implied that some characters (mostly nameless minions of the Emperor) die, and the occasional loss of limb happens in typical Lego block-disassembling fashion. Expect to hear some name-calling such as "slime" and "scum" but nothing edgier. A duplicitous main character hides her true intentions from the story's young protagonist, preying on his trust but secretly vowing to do him harm if he defies her. Obviously there's a commercial angle to this Lego production, but it's of such high entertainment value that that seems like an afterthought.
Is It Any Good?
This laugh-out-loud addition to the Lego Star Wars saga is a witty blend of new characters and storyline with old favorites. Vader and Palpatine take center stage initially, but the plot quickly pivots to focus on an impish Padawan, Rowan, who seems destined for greatness. Of course, to accomplish that, he must exercise patience and a willingness to heed instruction, somewhat reminiscent of a couple of other Padawan learners we've met in Star Wars productions.
The Freemaker Adventures is best enjoyed with a good command of Star Wars lore in your repertoire, but, even without knowing your Ewoks from your tauntauns, you'll find yourself laughing in many spots because of the sheer brilliance of the Lego-inspired humor. Those who do know the background (and foreground, so to speak, given the show's place in the Star Wars time line) will appreciate familiar quotes ("I've got a bad feeling about this") and comical twists on characterizations.
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