I’ve long held the belief that LEGO Star Wars is the best Star Wars. And in June there will be even more of that blocky galaxy far, far away to love with the debut of The Freemaker Adventures.
Premiering on Disney XD, the show – set between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi – follows a family of scavengers who get caught up in the Rebellion. Here’s how the press release describes the show:
The series stars three Freemaker siblings who scour the galaxy for useful debris that they use to build new vehicles of their own design. Rowan, the spunky Force-sensitive 12-year-old with a thirst for adventure, is voiced by newcomer Nicolas Cantu. His quick-witted older sister, Kordi, voiced by Vanessa Lengies (Glee), manages the family business and is the glue that holds the family together. Ace pilot and charming rogue Zander, voiced by Eugene Byrd (Arrow), is the oldest brother and the family’s self-proclaimed starship connoisseur. Lucasfilm’s Matthew Wood voices R0-GR, also known as Roger, a refurbished battle droid from the Clone Wars adopted by the Freemaker family.
The humorous and action-packed tale of good versus evil begins when Rowan discovers the Kyber Saber, an ancient artifact with a powerful connection to the Force. Their world is turned upside down as they are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers learn the true value of what it means to be a family.
Admittedly, this does not sound like the best concept for a show. In fact, it sounds kind of awful. However, the LEGO Star Wars series has been consistently fantastic, easily my favorite of the Star Wars parodies (Phineas and Ferb being second and Family Guy not even in the running). If any franchise has earned the benefit of the doubt, it’s this one.
Besides I was wrong when I said the same thing about Sleepy Hollow before it aired.
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures debuts on June 20th at 10 am, so set your DVR. In the meantime, check out these new shorts set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.