Title: Return of the Return of the Jedi Season: 2 Episode: 13 Original air date: August 16, 2017
After what seemed like certain defeat in the previous episode, the Freemakers find the courage to get back up again and transform the scraps from the StarScavenger and the Arrowhead into a new and better ship. With M-OC protecting the second Death Star’s core, however, Rowan comes to the conclusion that he needs something just as powerful as the Arrowhead‘s Kyber crystal to defeat the assassin droid once and for all.
‘Return of Return of the Jedi’ marks the end of the second season, and even though it’s sad to see the series come to an end, we’ll walk away knowing that the writers gave it a fantastic ending and that we enjoyed every single moment.
Spoilers follow, so please watch the episode before reading the review if you wish to avoid them.
The twists and turns in this final episode made it all the more original and entertaining to watch. Some of the more jaw-dropping moments involved Rowan retrieving and uniting the pieces of the Kyber Saber, something we thought was long gone. The Kyber Saber is, after all, the reason why he and his family became a target of the Empire, so it was great to see the story come full circle and have the characters return to the object that tossed Rowan into a series of adventures in the first place.
Another unexpected and much appreciated twist was the appearance of Becky Smoochenbacher, Zander’s long-time crush from The Wheel’s upper ring. Turns out, she had a crush on Zander all along and she ended up joining the Empire after he left The Wheel. Zander’s reaction brought about so many laughs, and it was great to see a character that was first mentioned in the first season finally make a full appearance.
The final face off between M-OC and Rowan was truly something that belonged on a movie theatre screen because not only was it visually captivating, but there were profound ideas discussed as well. When M-OC told Rowan that his weakness is his family and that they were a distraction, M-OC failed to realise that he was just as distracted as Rowan when the Emperor fell to his death.
At the same time, in the back of your mind, you’re thinking about Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in the Emperor’s throne room and how the love of a father and son is what brought about the end of the Emperor’s reign. It is that same love and value of family that drives Rowan to do what he has to do, and he is able to strike at the right time and finally take M-OC down.
Needless to say, but the events in this episode will definitely change the way you’ll view Return of the Jedi from now on. Again, The Freemaker Adventures may not exactly be canon, but the writers did a spectacular job at mixing the story lines together and filling in the backstory and gaps. It was done in such a believable and flawless way that you will, without a doubt, be thinking about Rowan and the events of the episode during your next viewing of Return of the Jedi.
Lastly, Rowan finally got to unveil his abilities to Luke, something he initially wanted to do at the start of the season. Now that the timeline has reached the end of Return of the Jedi, we can assume Rowan joins forces with Luke to build a safe haven for Force users. Then again, that story line established in The Force Awakens doesn’t have a happy ending, so here’s hoping Rowan and his family continue to have adventures across the galaxy without being pulled into another crisis.
Better yet, here’s hoping we get a third season. If not, we can rest easy knowing that The Freemaker Adventures gave us some of the most heartwarming, genuinely funny, and clever Star Wars storytelling we’ve seen in recent years, and this episode was no exception.
With all that said, fans owe thanks to Executive Producers Bill Motz and Bob Roth for their genius vision, the group of talented writers and directors who helped mold and tell the story along the way, Wil Film, the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm for creating a set of characters and an adventurous story that truly captured everything we love about Star Wars and LEGO.