1. A brick apart.
LEGO and Star Wars have played hand-in-hand before with TV specials and shorts, but The Freemaker Adventures is something different. It’s a serialized story, unfolding over multiple episodes. Rather than revisiting an established tale, the animated series delves into fresh territory that brushes up against touchstones in the Star Wars universe between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The show brings a new set of characters and new mythology into focus.
2. An everyday perspective.
The parts of the galaxy usually portrayed onscreen involve Sith, Jedi, important politicians — big players embroiled in big stories. The Freemaker Adventures has those aspects, especially considering Rowan can wield the Force and that he spent a lot of time with another Force user in the first season, and the Freemakers often find themselves part of some watershed moments.
But! The nature of the Freemakers’ business and knowledge means we see slices of everyday life. They show us what it’s like to try to run a business in the midst of a civil war and how a family operates and copes with daily life in the face of huge stakes.
3. Family ties.
Family is a central theme in Star Wars — both chosen families and blood families are key to the saga. With the Freemakers front and center, The Freemaker Adventures explores familial dynamics in a way fresh to the universe. The Freemaker parents are out of the picture, and though Zander is the eldest, it’s really Kordi who steps up to take charge. She has responsibility for her siblings, a family business, and paying the bills. The way they relate to each other through support, loyalty, and bickering is important to see and full of relatable lessons.
4. Sand cookies.
Have a soft spot in your heart for battle droids? You’re not alone, and you’ll appreciate the Freemakers’ B1 battle droid. R0-GR, a.k.a. Roger, served in the Clone Wars but has been reprogrammed to be Rowan’s best pal. He’s dependable, helpful, and known for making batches of tasty sand cookies. Roger brings the humor you know battle droids for — you can always count on Roger for a snappy one-liner — to the animated series, but also an unexpected amount of heart. He puts himself on the line and saves the Freemakers’ skins on the regular.
5. The playability factor.
When you’re ready to send the Freemakers on exploits created in your imagination, you can continue the story with The Freemaker Adventure LEGO sets. You can take to the skies by building season two ships the Arrowhead and the Tracker. Get inspired by Zander when you snap bricks together and make completely off the wall uglies. Make without limits.
Why do you watch LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures? Share your favorite parts about the series in the comments!
Amy Ratcliffe is a writer obsessed with Star Wars, Disney, and coffee. Follow her on Twitter at @amy_geek.