A number of weeks in the past, I wrote about how Ahsoka wanted to repair a major problem. Fortunately, the previous few episodes have finished precisely that and the present has change into actually gratifying for diehard and informal Star Wars followers alike.
However pretty much as good as Ahsoka has been these days, it’s not the most effective Star Wars TV present on Disney Plus. In actual fact, it’s not even the most effective Star Wars TV present on Disney Plus I’ve watched this week. That’s as a result of over the weekend, I watched Star Wars: Visions season 2 and I am unable to cease fascinated with simply how good this present is.
What’s Star Wars: Visions?
Now in its second season, Star Wars: Visions is an animated anthology sequence, with every episode produced by a distinct animation studio (two studios, Set off and Science SARU did produce two episodes every in season 1). In season 1, all 9 episodes had been produced by Japanese studios; in season 2, studios from all around the world contributed installments.
5 Finest Star Wars: Visions Episodes
• S1, episode 1: The Duel
• S1, episode 5: The Ninth Jedi
• S2, episode 1: Sith
• S2, episode 4: I Am Your Mom
• S2, episode 8: The Pit
In case you’ve by no means heard of Star Wars: Visions, I wouldn’t be shocked. The present’s first season arrived with some fanfare again in September 2021, however nothing matching Ahsoka or Andor, not to mention The Mandalorian. The second season was nearly a stealth drop — I beloved the primary season and didn’t even know a second had arrived when it was launched on Could the Fourth (aka Star Wars Day) this 12 months.
That is partially as a result of Visions is an animated present, although even fellow animated Star Wars present The Unhealthy Batch bought extra hype than Visions did. Nevertheless it’s not simply an animated present, it’s additionally an anthology sequence, that means that every episode tells its personal story. So there are not any characters for advertising to latch onto to get you invested in Visions earlier than you watch.
Oh, I nearly forgot — it’s not thought of canon, both.
Taking Visions out of Star Wars canon is what makes it nice
Sure, which will seem to be a bombshell, however it’s a part of what makes Visions so nice. That doesn’t imply the episodes are fully out of left discipline — all of them draw from what’s been established in Star Wars TV reveals, films and books through the years. However by abandoning the necessity to stick strictly to Star Wars canon, every studio is allowed to see out its full imaginative and prescient. Nothing feels held again for concern of what it could do to the remainder of the Star Wars expanded universe, as a result of, effectively … it doesn’t must.
This makes watching Star Wars: Visions as a Star Wars fan a delight. The present is already nice in its personal proper because of unimaginable animation in kinds various enormously from episode to episode — significantly in season 2. And it’s compelling to see how every studio imparts its cultural values onto an episode. Specifically, episode 7 of season 2, The Bandits of Golak (by Indian studio 88 Footage) feels just like the creators felt it was essential to carry India into the Star Wars universe. However not having to fret about something being retconned is a big weight off of the viewer’s shoulders.
Don’t consider me? Watch Star Wars: Visions for your self and expertise the enjoyment of it not mattering that two Darkish Siders are combating exterior of a Star Destroyer in outer area (season 1 episode 3: The Twins). Irrespective of how typically kyber crystals are talked about, you don’t want to fret about whether or not bled kyber could be mined or not (season 2 episode 9: Aau’s Track). None of it’s canon, none of it issues.
All that issues is watching these studios produce 18 episodes of unimaginable animated Star Wars TV. So queue up Disney Plus, choose an episode that speaks to you, and simply benefit from the trip.