Back in February, Disney launched a new series of animated LEGO shorts entitled LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises, which delves into the events leading up to the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first full episode debuted on Disney XD in February, but now we have the next three episodes, which reveal new details about Han Solo, Chewbacca, Maz Kanata, Rey and more. It isn't known how many episodes of LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises will be released, but we'll be sure to keep you posted.
The first Lego Star Wars episode, entitled Poe to the Rescue, followed Resistance pilot Poe Dameron as he comes to the aid of Admiral Ackbar who is being held captive by Captain Phasma. Kylo Ren, C-3PO and BB-8 also made appearances in the short film. The second episode, The Trouble with Rathtars, follows Han Solo and Chewbacca, who have their hands full with a pack of misbehaving Rathtars as they attempt to transport their carnivorous cargo to a rendezvous with Bala Tik the pirate. Things go from bad to worse when First Order TIE Fighters pull the freighter over, forcing Han to think quick and somehow save his skin from the First Order and the rampaging creatures.
The third episode is entitled Hunting for Han, which is set at the castle of pirate Maz Kanata (the gathering spot for A-list Scum and Villainy across the galaxy), where Maz prepares to trade with scurvy pirate Bala Tik. Bala Tik's demands that Maz reveal the location of Han Solo, whom Bala Tik accuses of cheating him out of his Rathtars. As it happens, every unsavory character there has a beef with Han, and soon the Han-haters erupt in a brawl that stops when a mysterious Old Coot sends the angry Scum on a wild goose chase after Han.
The fourth episode, Rey Strikes Back, takes us to remote Jakku, where Rey strives to make ends meet by scavenging ruined Star Destroyers, but the heartless trader Unkar Plutt isn't making it easy for her. Angry at what he perceives as Rey's ingratitude, Plutt sends henchmen to steal her cherished Tank Speeder. The two not-so-bright baddies meet their match in the determined Rey, who stops at nothing to get her beloved "Bumper" back.
It isn't known for sure if these short films are considered part of the Star Wars canon, but if so, the Hunting for Han short confirms that the iconic Lando Calrissian is still alive in the Star Wars universe. It isn't known if there are any plans to bring Lando Calrissian, who was played by Billy Dee Williams in the original trilogy, back for Star Wars: Episode VIII or any of the upcoming spinofrs. While we wait for more on the ever-expanding Star Wars universe, take a look at the first four episodes of LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises below.