Star Wars came back to the small screen in 2015 with The Force Awakens, which introduced fans to a whole new generation of heroes while also checking back in with the old guard of Han, Leia, and (very briefly) Luke. The Force Awakens posed many more questions than it answered. Luckily, the brand new web series called Star Wars: Forces of Destiny premiered with a short all about Rey and BB-8, and it answered a question about Jakku that has been puzzling fans for years now: just what was up with that desert monster that seemed so interested in BB-8? Check out the first installment of Forces of Destiny for the answer!
The desert creature first appeared in The Force Awakens in a brief glimpse when BB-8 was fleeing the First Order's attack on Tuanu. The head of a creature with glowing red eyes popped out of the sand and seemed to take interest in poor little BB-8, but it never showed up again in The Force Awakens. Thanks to the "Sands of Jakku" short (courtesy of writer Jennifer Muro and the Disney Youtube page), we now know that the desert monster was actually a nightwatcher worm with a head that is not at all proportionate to its body.
Good thing Rey was around to keep BB-8 from becoming snack food! The action of The Force Awakens would have ended pretty quickly if BB-8 wasn't able to fulfill his mission. The fates of many major characters were directed by the information in this little droid. Who knows what the First Order might have pulled off if BB-8 hadn't dragged Rey and Finn into an adventure!
Fortunately, we had Star Wars: Forces of Destiny to fill in the desert monster gap. The miniseries is designed to showcase the heroines of the Star Wars universe and expand on all the goings-on from that galaxy far, far away. "Sands of Jakku" managed to explain something from The Force Awakens, give us a little bit more of how Rey managed to use her Force abilities before she even became aware of what she could do, and even brought in actress Daisy Ridley for the performance. We also got to hear Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata in a voiceover.
All things considered, Forces of Destiny is shaping up to be the perfect way to get a Star Wars fix in between the movies and seasons of Star Wars Rebels. We'll get to see even more heroines of the Star Wars universe in all their animated glory in the not-too-distant future. Upcoming shorts will debut on the Disney Youtube channel and star characters like Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren, and others.
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