Animation Kids on TV: Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

You 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 spacecraft. 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 like "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.

Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

WHAT'S THE STORY?

LEGO STAR WARS: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES is set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. As Emperor Palpatine (voiced by Trevor Devall) heaps guilt on Darth Vader (Matt Sloan) over the destruction of the Death Star, Vader concocts a plan to get back in his boss's good graces by locating the fabled Kyber Saber, said to be the most powerful Jedi weapon ever made. He dispatches Storm Troopers to search for the sword at the same time that a trio of sibling scavengers -- Kordi (Vanessa Lengies), Zander (Eugene Byrd), and Rowan (Nicolas Cantu) -- stumble into the quest themselves. The three Freemakers meet a mysterious Jedi named Naare (Grey Griffin), who vows to nurture Rowan's emerging connection to the Force.

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 timeline) will appreciate familiar quotes ("I've got a bad feeling about this") and comical twists on characterizations. 

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