The Star Wars franchise loves synergy. Lucasfilm loves it so much that they’ve mastered the art of making the synergy feel like continuity. Tossing lines of related novels set in the same time period as each new film? Using The Mandalorian not only shine the spotlight on the old Star Wars: The Clone Wars stories, but launching a new Boba Fett TV series? Bringing Hayden Christensen Back as Anakin Skywalker Obi Wan Kenobi almost exactly 20 years after its debut in Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones? All of these are examples of hermetic Star Wars continuity… and they happen to favor other projects in the galaxy. Your mileage may vary depending on whether you consider it all solid storytelling or expert marketing or a bit of both. Either way, you gon’ think about it when you stream LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation on Disney+.
The latest anime Lego Star Wars special is exactly what you think it is: a fun adventure for all ages with A+ puns and lots of deep references. Even though Star Wars characters spend the majority of their time in the sun and sand, this is the first time we’ve seen them go on vacation. And where do Resistance heroes Finn, Rey, Poe, Rose, BB-8, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 go on vacation? Why, to the spaceship Halcyonsure!
If this name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Halcyon is the nickname in the setting universe of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the immersive hotel experience located in California at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Yes, the latest kid-friendly star wars special is set at a hotel that would cost two adults and one child at least $5,299 for a 2-night stay. If your children do not know that the Halcyon is a real place, maybe keep that part quiet if they end up watching that special.
The Summer holidays special broadcasts on some of the Halcyon’s places, like the bar and also the Climate Simulator (although I don’t think the real one can simulate a beach like the one Rey visits, unfortunately). It definitely sounds like a cool place to visit, which I say as someone who absolutely gutted their 401K in order to stay in a tiny windowless cabin “on board” the Halcyon for two nights. I recognize that I am a maniac who should probably have control of her finances over her husband.
It’s suspicious to call LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation an advertisement for Galactic Starcruiser, and not either entirely exact. To the special’s credit, the majority of the special takes place in flashbacks that span the trilogies and the galaxy. The creators of the special could have really looked into the synergy and had Poe smack some of the Kaiburr Crystal cocktails only to find that they costs 5,000 credits per pop. So good for them – although that definitely sees the camtono half full.
What could be more surprising in the LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation The peculiarity is that it is actually much more than an advertisement for the Galactic Starcruiser. Seriously – at the end of the special, it really does look like – SPOILER ALERT for a children’s special – this is the franchise saying goodbye to all the characters in the sequel trilogy. The premise of the special is that Finn has arranged a group vacation because he knows everyone is about to go their separate ways, follow their fates, etc. The end of the special delivers on that promise as Finn says goodbye to Poe, Rey, and Rose, thanking them for changing his life for the better. There are even LEGO flashbacks to scenes from the force awakens and The Last Jedi. Adding to the finality of it all, the farewells are overseen by the Force ghosts of Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker, Kylo Ren, and Leia Organa. Then the Lando hologram says:
Seems oddly definitive for a non-canonical Lego special set at a Disney hotel. We’ll have to wait and see where the sequel characters appear next. One thing is for sure: you can see some of them IRL at Walt Disney World if you can afford it.