Star Wars: Forces of Destiny

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Fun animated series focuses on female Star Wars heroes.

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age 7+
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

These are simple stories without much room for nuance. Each sub-three-minute short involves a conflict generally solved by fighting and weaponry. Parents may want to remind young viewers that most real-life problems aren't helped by shooting someone with a gun or hitting them with a stick. Each episode focuses on a female Star Wars hero, which sends a powerful feminist message subverted somewhat by the simplistic "bad guys vs. good guys" storylines.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters like Rey are protective of smaller/weaker characters like BB-8 and show mercy toward rivals, such as in an episode in which Rey feeds a hungry worm that just tried to eat BB-8. However, characters usually get what they want by force rather than reason or diplomacy. 

Violence & Scariness

Both "good" and "bad" characters carry weapons, including laser guns. Problems are often solved with battles, including spacecraft chases in which "bad guys" are tricked into crashing into each other; crashes are marked with explosions and groans from combatants.

Sexy Stuff
Language

No cursing, but at one point a stormtrooper calls Ewoks "primitives."

Consumerism

These free episodes feature characters that appear on backpacks, lunch boxes, T-shirts, and many, many other forms of merchandise. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Star Wars: Forces of Destiny is a series of animated shorts starring characters from the franchise universe such as Princess Leia, Rey, and Ahsoka. Every episode features action-violence and battles, often against nonhuman creatures (a worm, a droid) or human characters such as stormtroopers. Sometimes the battles are relatively innocuous, like when Princess Leia neutralizes a bunch of stormtroopers by trapping them in a tree; in another episode Rey causes two creatures on spacecraft to crash into each other, resulting in groans and a huge fireball. Characters -- both heroes and villains -- also use sci-fi laser guns

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Kid, 11 years old November 20, 2017

was it good at all

this tv special was boring. i did not like it that much. it was just so they can sell all the toys for it. do not waste your time on it.
Teen, 15 years old Written by.meowmaybe December 18, 2017

This series contains SPOILERS for Rebels!!!

This is not a joke: Star Wars: Forces of Destiny contains a major spoiler for Star Wars: Rebels! In a short released on YouTube titled "An Imperial Feast,... Continue reading

What's the story?

STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY is a series of animated micro-adventures from the lives of female heroes of the Star Wars universe: Princess Leia, Rey, and Ahsoka. Each episode tells a short story that's connected to the larger Star Wars mythology: Leia comes across a group of Ewoks being menaced; Rey attempts to help BB-8 find his friends and fend off a junk-eating worm. Things can get a little scary in the middle, with huge, rampaging beasts and looming stormtroopers. But by the end of each episode, our heroes have set things right, and everyone's smiling.

Is it any good?

With a focus on female heroes cast in protective roles, and drawn in an anime-influenced, big-eyed style, these shorts are a bit gentler than other animated Star Wars entries. It's a good-news/bad-news story with this series. Good: Female characters are given strong, central roles. Bad: They're tokens, marooned in an otherwise all-male world. Good: These female characters are powerful. Bad: Their power is used in simplistic conflicts against faceless villains. Good: Characters like Rey are shown to be kind as well as strong. Bad: When Leia saves some Ewoks from mean stormtroopers, they give her a new dress to wear to a party. 

So while Forces of Destiny is a step in the right direction, it's not perfect. Since young Star Wars fans will snap up anything related to the universe, parents may want to watch along to gently point out the problems. Each episode is less than three minutes long, so it's not a big time commitment. And if you're a Star Wars fan yourself, you may be happy to get  another look at characters you already love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why this animated series focuses on the female characters of the Star Wars series. How is this different from the earlier films? 

  • In Star Wars mythology, the Jedi use a mental Force to protect others. Why do they also use weapons such as lightsabers, as Ahsoka uses in one episode to subdue a malfunctioning droid? How do these two fighting concepts differ?

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