Before I fully dive into day four of Star Wars Celebration, I want to discuss something with fans. Why are you not watching The Freemaker Adventures? It’s the best show you’re not watching. It’s funny, poignant and has some of the best serialized Star Wars storytelling on TV. You also might not be aware that it’s so good, it’s been nominated for Emmys. It’s a blast to watch. So, do yourself a favor and watch it. You will not regret it. Now back to your regularly scheduled coverage of Celebration.
The Freemaker Adventures panel was the first one of the day and goodness, was it a great way to kick off the last day of Celebration. They started by showing us the season 2 trailer which looks to be even better than the brilliant season one. The creators talked about how each of the characters grew in season one and where they are headed in season two. Everyone will have a place in the Rebellion. Kordi will have so many role models to look up to with Leia, Mon Mothama and Hera all in the next season. Rowan will be struggling to figure out where he fits in and Zander is hoping to finally get his chance to prove himself as one of the Rebellion’s hot shot pilots. And Roger is just Roger. Host Amy Radcliff asked if there could possibly be more, cute baby animals in the show and the good news is that the baby wampa will be back.
The panel talked about just how good the Lego group is at creating the live action characters in minifig form. So to help the Lego group, Doug Chaing actually designed Kordi, Zander and Rowen as live action characters to give the Lego group something to draw inspiration from. The goal with the show is to make everything look just as good as it does in every other Star Wars medium. The show is very much a partnership between Disney, Lego and Lucasfilm to bring a true story to the screen that’s also uniquely Lego, creating something magical.
There are going to be five bridge content shorts that will be the connection of season one to season two this summer. They shared with us a lot of stills from season two. Hera is in the house! What’s incredible is the new Forces of Destiny show has Hera alive on Endor during Return of the Jedi and Leeland Chee confirmed that yes, Hera lives! Roger is going to get the one thing Chewie never did, a medal, plus run into a familiar droid in Chopper. Also back is Quarrie, the Mon Calamari from Wings of Destiny in Rebels.
Palpatine, who will spend the season obsessed with capturing Rowan and the kyber saber has created a new villain, MOC. He is an assassin droid that will be pursuing Rowan. He was also designed by Doug Chaing. MOC will be flying in a brand new ship that is actually more of an extension of him when he is in it.
We are also getting another new ship by legendary Prequel designer Ryan Church, the Arrowhead. It’s a ship that’s a weapon, in and of itself and there is a kyber crystal powering it!
Season two will see the crew visiting some awesome new places such as Mygeeto. The show really allows them to go to new venues but also mine the archives for unused concepts because they are working so closely with the story group.
We got a look at a live recording of the themes from the new music for season 2, the Arrowhead theme and MOC theme, with composer Michael Kramer. He wants it to sound like Star Wars, but it can be more playful and fun because it is Lego. He’s inspired by other composers like John Powell, James Newton Howard and of course John Williams.
It was a wonderful surprise to then be shown the first episode of season two which continues the quality of season one in every way and had me laughing throughout.
The next panel was Hamill Himself. It was nice to see Mark. Sadly he’d lost most of his voice over the weekend so we were not treated to his array of voice over work, but it was still a fun show. Very stream of consciousness. He talked about Star Wars of course, but also Carrie Fisher and even The Flash.
Got a chance to visit the podcast stage to support my good friends at The Star Wars Report. They had a live house band in High Adventure plus some special guests, Steele Saunders and Anthony Breznican from Entertainment Weekly. They broke down The Last Jedi trailer together with Riley, Bethany and Bruce as well as played a game of Rogue Mad Libs. It was a lot of fun. I love these people.
The last thing at Celebration proper was the closing ceremonies. They had a truly moving video that covered the weekend. I found it quite touching to have Lucas’ comments about making Star Wars for kids being played over shots of children at the convention dressed as Luke, Rey and so many other characters. There was no announcement of where the next Celebration will be, but we already know it will not be till 2019. The rest of the evening was spend with some of my dearest friends at Disney Springs just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. I want to say thank you to Reed Pop and Lucasfilm for their media pass which enabled me to be at the convention. I was honor to cover it for The Nerd Party and look forward to 2019. Till then, may the Force be with you.