Title: The Lost Crystals of Qalydon Season: 2 Episode: 7 Original air date: August 7, 2017
In ‘The Lost Crystals of Qalydon’, the team have almost finished building the powerful ship Rowan first saw in his dreams earlier this season, but it’s missing one essential part – its energy source. A Kyber crystal is needed to bring the ship to life and have it contribute in the fight against the Empire. To do that, Kordi goes undercover to retrieve a list of Kyber crystal locations. After a somewhat successful mission, Rowan and the others head to Qalydon in the hope of finding the power source for the Arrowhead.
Spoilers follow, so please watch the episode before reading the review if you wish to avoid them.
The Lurmen, a lemur-inspired species that was first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, make a surprising appearance during the Freemakers’ Kyber crystal hunt. They are primarily known for their pacifist ways, but it was also fascinating to discover that they are Force worshipers and that they pay respect to the Force through their Kyber crystal necklaces.
This is also not the first time we’ve see the Lurmen as LEGO characters. A Lurman villager had previously appeared as a playable character in the LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars video game, but it was great to see a more updated version as well as more variety of them in this episode.
The best part of the episode involved the return of Durpin and Plumestriker. Those two characters are just downright hilarious in any situation they’re placed in, especially when they fall for the pranks orchestrated by the Freemakers. Their desire to impress Darth Vader with a shipment of Kyber crystals doesn’t go according to plan, but rest assured, we will definitely see them again soon.
While this episode acted as another stepping stone in the journey to finalising the Arrowhead, it gave us something else that was missing in the series so far. Rowan is the youngest, and while his older brother and sister are his support system, this is the first time we see him interacting with another child of his age. Not only that, but the child is a young girl by the name of Maynar, who, unlike her family, believes that the Force is a myth.
Despite believing in different things, the two get along well, and together, they reinforce the fact that even the youngest person has the capacity to make a difference. And even though Rowan didn’t get what he initially came for, he helped reaffirm Maynar’s faith in the Force, bringing her that much closer to her family.
This episode also saw another confrontation between Rowan and M-OC. During the first couple of encounters, Rowan either had help from his family or he had help from the environment around him (such as the gundarks on Alistan Nor or the lightning on Taul). What stood out this time around was that even though he was being overpowered by M-OC’s arsenal of weapons, his own weapon was his confidence in his Force building abilities. M-OC can keep building onto himself, but he’ll never be able to wield the Force like Rowan does.
It should also be noted that Michael Kramer has been doing a fantastic job with creating original music for the series, and the score for this episode continue to impress alongside the writing and visuals continue to impress.