The Walt Disney Company’s streaming platform has become the hub of all things new across brands such as Marvel and Star Wars. Launching on November 19, 2019, Disney+ recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with content dropping in spades and even the Disney Parks worldwide joining in on the fun with special firework shows, exclusive merchandise, and rare Disney character sightings.
Yet, despite the Disney streamer’s extensive library of television shows and movies, some of the content on Disney+ is fluid, meaning it can come and go depending on the agreement made when the entertainment was first placed on the platform. And in a rather confusing turn of events, one Star Wars series has vanished…
Disney+ arrived back in November 2019 with Disney and Lucasfilm’s headlining TV show, The Mandalorian set in the Star Wars universe from showrunner Jon Favreau. Since that first new entry into the galaxy far, far, away, Star Wars has gone on to release The Bad Batch from Dave Filoni and more recently, Robert Rodriguez’s The Book of Boba Fett starring Temuera Morrison (Boba Fett) and Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand). While these shows are shiny and new, exploring some of the mysterious timeline gaps and events in the Star Wars Saga, one other non-canon series has confusingly been removed from the streaming platform.
Lego Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures debuted on Disney XD in 2016 and follows three siblings (Rowan, Kordi, and Zander) who salvage ship parts to sell at their workshop on the space station, the Wheel. Taking place between the events of Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983), this Star Wars story sees the group get caught up in the war between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance when Rowan discovers his connection to the Force.
Lego Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures ran for two seasons across 2016 and 2017 with a series of shorts also debuting in 2017. However, for those fans wanting to consume as much Star Wars content as possible while they await the next installment in The Book of Boba Fett, or the rest of Lucasfilm’s upcoming shows like Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Diego Luna’s Andor, and The Bad Batch Season 2, they will have to cross Lego Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures off of their list. Disney+ has removed both seasons of the television show but rather confusingly has left the shorts on the platform.
Arguably, new fans to the Freemaker story won’t be able to enjoy the shorts without having seen the previous two seasons, leaving this decision even stranger. What could have happened, as with other streaming services like Netflix and the United Kingdom’s NOW, contracts and agreements drawn up prior to its Disney+ debut may mean it has to go elsewhere for a short period of time. Marvel fans have seen the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man franchise tiptoe around other places before finally landing a deal with Netflix and eventually Disney+.
Though for those missing out on their Lego Star Wars fix, Disney+ does still have a plethora of content to be enjoyed including Lego Star Wars The Resistance Rises, Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, and the Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales.
It won’t be long until Star Wars fans will see the return of Darth Vader as Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to reveal the rematch of the century. Then later, possibly in 2023, Ahsoka Tano will continue her hunt for Grand Admiral Thrawn after setting up the story arc in The Mandalorian Season 2.
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