Laughing Place individual episode reviews continued for Lucasfilm’s new animated event series Star Wars: Visions on Disney +, episode 2 is titled “Tatooine Rhapsody” and was produced by Studio Colorido (creators of A mustache away).
I think I understand why “Tatooine Rhapsody” was chosen by the powers that be at Lucasfilm to come second in the Star Wars: Visions sequence on Disney +: because it takes such a sharp left turn from the still-life nature of “The Duel” and ventures much more into the relatively light-hearted nature of George Lucas Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In fact, much of the imagery and design choices are taken from this film, with Mos Espa’s podracing arena being the most prominent example. The story here centers on a young ex-Padawan who (presumably after the rise of Order 66, although these shorts are not meant to fit into a larger Star Wars timeline) joins a group of ‘misfits whose only goal in life is to become the most popular rock n’ roll band. Does rock music exist in A Galaxy Far, Far Away. Well, we’ve probably seen clues of this before, but in the end, it doesn’t really matter. The goal is to have fun and tell a short, fun story about loyalty among friends.
The Lightsaber-wielding Jay (voiced by Hiroyuki Yoshino in the Japanese audio track and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the English dub) falls with the wayward droid Hutt Geezer (Kōsuke Gotō / Bobby Moynihan) K-344 (Masayo Fujita / Shelby Young) , and Lan (Anri Katsu / Marc Thompson) multi-torso alien, who performs in a small venue when famous bounty hunter Boba Fett (Akio Kaneda / Temuera Morrison) comes looking for Geezer in Jabba the Hutt’s service. . If you notice any familiar names in this character list, you’re not the only one – “Tatooine Rhapsody” is indeed the closest. Visions comes to tie into the existing canon of Star Wars, and an argument could be made that there is no reason why these events could not “really” have happened some time after the rise of the Empire.
Personally, I never thought I’d seen Boba Fett crowdsurfing (even unintentionally) in officially released Star Wars media, but that kind of quirky antics is what makes this short stand out for me, especially after seeing the rest of the series, which primarily focuses on the concerns of Force-holders rather than underworld relations and quirky shenanigans like the ones depicted here. The visuals are brighter and more cheerful than that of “The Duel,” and this film also has a shorter, more airy runtime, almost causing audiences not to take it too seriously. The low-stakes conflict is resolved quickly and easily, and viewers are likely to find themselves humming the catchy tunes performed by Jay and Geezer’s soon-to-be-famous rock band Star Waver. It’s a nice and charming diversion that goes by quickly, so how can I complain?
My ranking so far:
1 – The Duel
2 – Tatooine Rhapsodie
Star Wars: Visions is available to stream in its entirety exclusively on Disney +.
Mike is the senior reporter for Laughing Place in Southern California, editorial director for Star Wars content and host of the weekly “Who’s the Bossk?” Star Wars Podcast. He has been fascinated by Disney theme parks and storytelling in general his entire life and resides in Burbank, California with his beloved wife and cats.