With so many shows being released on Disney+, it's rare to see distinctive qualities and concepts incorporated into a series. However, “Star Wars: Visions” delivers a plethora of refreshing features to the Star Wars universe.
The first season was released in its entirety on Sept. 22, containing nine unique episodes ranging from 14 to 23 minutes of animation. The concept of the show was inspired by a 2010 art book commissioned by George Lucas and filled with conceptual designs and new diverse pieces for the Star Wars universe.
“The fight scenes in Visions are way different than any other scenes I’ve seen in Star Wars,” said junior Nolan Grizzard. “They use a bunch of new and unique weapons throughout the show, so it’s cool to see all the potential and variety that's available with Star Wars.”
Visions includes an all-new concept for tv shows by having each episode designed and animated by a different studio. Because of this, every episode showcases a numerous display of unique concepts such as new weapons, starships, characters and planets. Storylines range from vengeful plots to musical performances. The separate animation styles make each episode feel like a different show. Some episodes are even black and white while others are filled with vibrant colors.
“Because of all the different animators in ‘Star Wars: Visions,’ the show really stands out from all the other options on Disney+,” said junior James Gruwell. “It never feels repetitive and covers a ton of vastly different storylines. It also brings out a lot of variety in the series and keeps each and every episode unpredictable and exciting.”
Contrary to other Star Wars shows, such as “Star Wars: Rebels,” and “The Clone Wars,” “Visions” is animated and produced by Japanese studios, giving the entire environment and atmosphere a completely foreign feel. Some episodes even include traditional Japanese style clothing and culture, such as samurai-esque characters and shoguns.
“I think that the different culture of animators for ‘Star Wars: Visions’ really brought out the different themes and designs for each studio,” said junior Nathan Gruwell. “It showed newer and older animations and brought them in a new light that many loved to see.”
While “Star Wars: Visions” executive producer James Waugh says there's nothing planned for a second season, he and many other producers have stated that season two’s release ultimately depends on the fan’s reactions and impressions on the series.
“I honestly think that the show is better off with only one season,” said Grizzard. “I think the best part about the show is how unique it is. If the show dragged on for too long, I think the concept would almost lose most of its value. The limited amount of episodes leaves you with just enough.”