Star Wars is prone to long names, but I’m sure we can all admit that LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles “Escape From the Jedi Temple” is a touch absurd. Still, we love everything Force related, silly name or no. The latest episode airs this Sunday, May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day, and Lucasfilm and Disney has released a new clip in an attempt to pique your interest. Sunday’s episode is also notable because during the airing on Disney XD, they will unveil a new trailer for the upcoming animated adventure Star Wars Rebels.
This clip follows the short TV spot for “Escape From the Jedi Temple” that debuted earlier this week, and it takes one piece from that video and gives you a longer look at that particular moment. In this instance, it involves LEGO Emperor Palpatine playing his new theme song—“The Imperial March”—for a group of his underlings. The result isn’t quite as enthusiastic as he would like, though the sycophantic ass kissers in his entourage make a big show of telling him how great a song it is.
The most important part of this clip, however, is when the Emperor pauses in his busy electrocuting-minions schedule to introduce the gang to his new sidekick, a sinister looking fellow named Darth Vader. You get the impression that he’s going to play a pretty big part in the larger Star Wars universe. He can also bust a move. His unveiling doesn’t go quite as smoothly as he probably hoped, though. After getting his legs burned off in Revenge of the Sith, his new mechanical versions take some getting used to, much to the amusement of the others. They learn quickly, however, that it is not good for their continued health to laugh at Lord Vader, he does not take kindly to mockery.
Disney and Lucasfilm recently announced that, moving forward, all Star Wars related media will be considered canon. That would seem to imply that the events you just witnessed are an official part of the larger mythology. So does that mean Palpatine chose his own ominous theme song? The tune certainly fits in with his overall countenance and that he’s generally up to no good. But that also means that Darth Vader, while he was breaking in his new legs, went through a kind of slapstick phase. We would be willing to bet that, if this is in fact the case, this period in his tenure doesn’t get mentioned much, especially when he’s in the room.