“The choices we make, the actions we take, moments both big and small shape us into forces of destiny” – Maz Kanata
In the face of so many stories about delicate princesses and damsels in distress, it is encouraging to see a franchise that continues to introduce powerful female characters who are willing and able to take matters into their own hands; who command armies; who run countries; who resist tyranny; who choose to walk into danger to do what’s right. If I had a daughter, these are the women that I would want her to emulate. That is what Forces of Destiny is all about.
As a female Star Wars fan, the second trailer for Forces of Destiny thrills me. It features all our favorite women: Hera, Sabine, Padme, Leia, Rey, Jyn, Maz Kanata, and Ahsoka. Check it out:
The opening scene of the trailer features Rey. She’s hoping to get 10 portions for hauling a scrap pile, but Unkar Plutt insists she cannot do it by herself. Rey’s response? “I’ll prove you wrong.” What an empowering thing for little girls to hear and hopefully something they hold on to if they’re ever told they can’t do something because they’re “just a girl.”
The trailer promises that some big lessons will be taught throughout this special. As Maz Kanata’s voice filters over the images of our favorite heroines, she reminds us that “being a hero means stepping forward no matter the outcome” – something we could all benefit from remembering.
And, as if we weren’t excited enough, the magnificent Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano) posted on her Instagram that she would be involved with the show during Sunday night’s premiere.
She’s also left signed books hidden around the park for lucky patrons of the Magic Kingdom to find.
Though this series is obviously targeting young girls, I think that it should be watched by all. Female empowerment is something that should be universally appreciated and supported and Star Wars offers an avenue through which to do just that.
Get excited about the show! And, if you missed the Sunday night premiere of Forces of Destiny, don’t worry, it will be re-broadcast on October 29.