Episode 2 of Star Wars: Visions mixes art styles up, with a more conventional anime aesthetic. A boy called Jay happens to be part of a band but Boba Fett shows up to capture one of the band members. It turns out the guitar player, Gee, is actually from the Hutt family. Jabba has bad blood with him and has sentenced him to death.
Thankfully the band manage to slip away before Fett can take him into custody. With Boba in his own ship, following from afar, he knocks them out the sky.
With the transport at a standstill, Boba Fett touches down and manages to take Gee away. A member down, the band make a brave decision and decide to go after him again.
On Tatooine, the band show up to perform a song with Gee before he’s due to be executed. Jabba and his goons allow this too, on the familiar pod racing arena. The song captures everyone’s imagination, eventually leading to Jabba changing his mind and keeping Gee alive.
Jay’s promise that they’ll become the best band in the galaxy is enough to swing things in their favour. They even offer Jabba a chance to be their first sponsor. And… he agrees? This ruthless Hutt decides he prefers rocking out to music instead, leaving the band to perform an encore.
The Episode Review
After the first chapter, Tatooine Rhapsody slips into more familiar anime territory with a story essentially revolving around this rock band trying to make it big. The decision to have Jabba change his mind feels completely out of character too.
Still, the locations from the different movies are a nice inclusion and certainly add some nostalgia, given all the familiar faces that rock up here too.
This chapter is definitely a step down from the first though, despite some interesting interpretations for Star Wars lore. This isn’t a particularly memorable chapter either, despite the slick, vibrant art, and the story is pretty basic in truth.
We’ll have to wait and see what the rest of the episodes have in store for us but so far this has been a real mixed bag affair.