Star Wars: Visions: Season Two: Episodes 1-3
May 24, 2023 8:56 AM - Season 2, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Star Wars anthology series that will see some of the world's best anime creators bring their talent to this beloved universe. Episodes 1-3.

A former Sith apprentice, leading a peaceful, but isolated life, is confronted by the past when her old master tracks her down.

Screecher's Reach
A young girl, seeking reprieve from her days in a rural workhouse, discovers a legendary haunted cave with her friends. The cave's dark pull will change the trajectory of her life forever.

In the Stars
Two sisters, the last of their kind who live in hiding on their ravaged land, squabble about how to survive with the Empire encroaching. On a water run, the sisters must fight back when they are discovered.
posted by TheophileEscargot (6 comments total)
I liked Season Two better than the first! The animation in "Sith" was extraordinary. And "Screecher's Reach" was surprisingly dark.

(Thanks for the fix, mods!)
posted by TheophileEscargot at 11:04 AM on May 24, 2023 [1 favorite]

Screecher's Reach was very dark! And left a lot of unanswered questions around the Jedi/Padwan and|or Sith/Apprentice structures. I like how Season Two adds layers to "Sith" and makes them more than just the bad guys. Lots of great ideas and themes in this year's episodes.
posted by jazon at 11:26 AM on May 24, 2023

Thank you for providing motivation to resume my Visions watch!

Of the three mentioned, Screecher's Reach is my favorite. The second I saw the symbol on the girl's necklace, i thought, "Oh no." I knew something bad would come, but how? What form? That I don't know and it was a wonderful mystery. I had read that Cartoon Saloon, being an Irish animation studio, wanted to somehow incorporate something Irish in their short. I have to guess this took the form of a banshee wail...and it was pretty disturbing. Loved it in this context.

In the Stars was cool as the first stop motion Visions short (I don't think there was one last season?), and it worked. There were a few times where it felt a little choppy and I wondered if it was because they wanted to save the labor intensive stuff for the more dramatic/action scenes. It was sweet and beautiful.
posted by Atreides at 11:35 AM on May 24, 2023

Possible cleverness: the "shee" in banshee is spelled "sidhe" in Irish, which if you squint at it looks a lot like "sith".
posted by The Tensor at 12:46 AM on May 25, 2023 [1 favorite]

I can't believe that isn't a bit of cleverness. Thank you for pointing that out!
posted by Atreides at 6:15 AM on May 25, 2023

I was very excited when I saw the trailers that Cartoon Saloon would be involved: they did the fabulous Wolfwalkers and Book of Kells, and they just do their own thing.

I was not disappointed: "Screecher's Reach" was fab, although I was too stupid to pick up the fact that the woman at the end was a Sith. In my defense, the setup was plausibly Jedi-ish in several ways as well...
posted by suelac at 7:10 PM on May 30, 2023

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