Say Less: A Review of the New Star Wars Short Features on Disney+

By Lee, Lauren, and Nessa

Disney+ blessed fans this past May the Fourth holiday with new content on the streaming platform. We have a lot of feelings about The Bad Batch and Project Stardust’s review of episodes 1 and 2 are out. However, there were a few other short features introduced that we thought were worth noting.

Star Wars Vehicle Flythroughs

Get a close-up look at a pair of the most iconic Star Wars starships in this short series titled Star Wars Vehicle Flythroughs.

First with the Millennium Falcon and then the First Order Star Destroyer, the starship tours take the viewer on a high definition visual examination of 3D models and live-action sets to the tune of light music and familiar ambience. 

Both episodes collectively take just about 7 minutes to watch together and do exactly what the title promises—a vehicle flythrough. And while neither episode reveals anything new or revolutionary about either vehicle, they do present a relaxing, in-depth look at the interiors and exteriors of these two starships.

They could offer a helpful reference for those who might want to incorporate some of these sets into their art or even just a simple screen saver or animated background.

All in all, it’s a worthwhile 7 minutes—especially if you have an affinity for either of the two ships highlighted in this new world-building format Disney+ is introducing with Vehicle Flythroughs and Biomes.

The Force Awakens From Its Nap

The Force Awakens From Its Nap is a fun melding of two incredibly expansive universes – Star Wars and The Simpsons

It starts with Maggie Simpson being dropped off at Jabba’s Hut Jedi Preschool for the day. Marge leaves her with General Grievous who takes away her pacifier before setting her down. Maggie quickly makes friends with BB-8 who is ever the goodest boi and agrees to help her locate the pacifier. The short episode culminates in an epic battle between Maggie and her nemesis, Gerald Samson. Of course, as stated in the crawl, “Every episode must have at least 2 sunsets.” 

The animated short is 3.5 minutes of sight gags that are fun if you know The Simpsons but even better if you’re there for Star Wars jokes. The episode is full of cameos of Simpsonized Star Wars favorites like Ahsoka Tano and Lando Calrissian. Even Kuiil shows up in the background. 

Overall, it’s a perfect bite-sized treat for fans of both IPs. It will leave you wanting more, so we would like to recommend that you follow it up with “Mayored to the Mob”. This is season 10, episode 9 of The Simpsons which guest stars Mark Hamill, whom Homer has to save from a pack of wild nerds. It’s a perfect pairing.

Star Wars Biomes

There’s nothing quite like a nature documentary to zone out to on the couch, soothed by the sound of David Attenborough’s voice. Plenty of us enjoy the opportunity to revel in the marvels of Planet Earth, taking in the stunning sights of our planet and its marvels. Star Wars Biomes gives us 18 minutes of Planet Earth-style landscapes with a Star Wars twist (no Attenborough included, unfortunately).

Offering a “virtual vacation” through the Star Wars films and their iconic locations, Star Wars Biomes moves through familiar planets like Hoth, Sorgan, and even Mustafar, giving us nothing more than the sights and sounds the Galaxy Far, Far Away might have to offer. Even without a soothing voiceover, this show offers an amazing convor’s-eye view of planets we have come to know in correlation with Star Wars events. 

In fact, in many of the scenes we get the opportunity to observe little hints of events that take place there. On Hoth, we see the AT-ATs walk the snow and ice as X-wing starfighters dance and spin overhead in counter-attack. On Crait, we watch V-4X-D ski speeders carve red rhodochrosite lines in the salt, followed by the rumbling steps of AT-M6 Walkers. 

Alongside providing a unique perspective into these planets in a way that’s informative and intriguing, Star Wars Biomes also functions as a soothing, white-noise background feature perfect for creating a cozy atmosphere. It gives us a chance to immerse ourselves in beloved worlds from the Star Wars universe. 

Working from home just became relaxing on a galactic level.

All shows mentioned here are available to watch now on Disney+.

Grab a snack and enjoy!