ComLINKS: Favorite Forces of Destiny Season 2 Episode
"The choices we make, the actions we take, moments both big and small, shape us into forces of destiny." -Maz Kanata
First and foremost, I want to acknowledge and thank JenMarie of anakinandhisangel.com (@anakinandhisangel) for not only being an amazing female Star Wars blogger/influencer, but also for coming up with this wonderful idea to bring our community together through discussion! She started the first monthly link up, Star Wars ComLINKS, for fans to talk about a different topic every month.
This month, we are talking about our favorite season 2 Forces of Destiny episode.
I love this series so much! Not only is it a canon extension of Star Wars itself with many connections to the movies, but it is also centered around the women of Star Wars. We see them fight, over come the odds and grow. The animation is cute and the stories are simple yet beautiful. This series holds particular meaning for me, now that I have a daughter. She loves to watch them and seeing her love of Star Wars blossom because of these short, female centered stories, makes my heart melt.
Now, with that being said, you may find it a surprise that my favorite episode this season was the first and only episode without a single women in it! BUT Star Wars is for everyone! I’m glad that they’re focusing on women but leaving men out kinda reverses the good work, don’t you think?? Anyways! Episode 7, “The Path Ahead”, is not only my favorite this season but it’s my favorite of the whole series so far. My favorite scene in the movies, hands down, is Luke training on Degobah with Yoda. As a youngster, I was so fascinated but the Jedi and I desperately wanted to be one. I would “train” in my backyard (swing my lightsaber around wildly with a blindfold on, which I do not recommend, by the way!) and try to move things with the force. Watching that scene was the closest I ever got to what I so desperately wanted to know. To this day, those scenes with Yoda on Degobah, fill me with magic and wonder. They make me feel like a little kid again. So seeing that scene expanded was magnificent.
It opens with Luke falling from the trees during training. Yoda, then, decides to switch it up by hopping in the infamous backpack. “Carry me, you will.” With Yoda on his back, Luke begins to run and jump through the trees and branches. After almost falling out of the trees again, Yoda stops him and has him close his eyes. He guides him to connect him to the force by feeling what is around him. Not to concern himself with worry, but to let go and trust.
Yoda puts his hands over Luke's eyes and Luke, again, begins to run through the trees. This time he is running on, what seems to be, a clear path in his mind. He moves with purpose. Luke makes it through and is somewhat surprised. Then Yoda answers all of Luke's questions and thoughts into one sentence. “Trust what you see, not what you think you see.” Luke visibly gets it in an instant and says, “I understand.” It’s a truly beautiful moment between master and apprentice that helps explain Luke and his abilities even more. Yoda then says they will continue the lesson with the tree and the vines this time. “More trees?” bemoans Luke. “Many more. Many many more.” “Are we trying to get somewhere?” “Always, yes. Always.” These last few lines have particular meaning when you consider Luke and Yoda’s incredible scene in The Last Jedi.
This episode was beautifully done and truly evoked that original trilogy feeling for me. I don’t know if it was because of the direct pull from Empire or the fact that Mark Hamill voiced Luke… I don’t know. What I do know is, it made me feel like I was home.
And, yea, I totally cried.
Thanks JenMarie for the great prompt! Looking forward to next month!!
What was your favorite Forces of Destiny episode?? Do you love the connections to the movies as much as I do?? Leave me a comment and lets talk about that crazy galaxy far, far away.