December 9, 2014 – Yesterday, we wrote a tribute entitled “Ewoks Galore” (for all you Ewok-loving fans out there). As a follow-up, we now present Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, a 1985 made-for-TV movie. This is a sequel to Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984). The film is set sometime after the Ewoks animated series and between Episodes V and VI.
Battle for Endor is a forgettable film, unless you are of a certain age and grew up watching it on VHS over and over again. But nevertheless, it is part of the Star Wars universe and one of the first “stand alone” Star Wars films.
Disney/Lucasfilm has announced that once Episode VII is released (18 December 2015), stand-alone films will be released at a rate of about one per year. Speculation is that these films could focus on Han Solo, Mace Windu and others. We hope the scriptwriting and execution will far surpass that of Battle for Endor, which is admittedly aimed at small children. It’s a long and tedious film (about 1 hour 36 minutes), and its last scene borders on plagiarizing the great ending of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (minus the tears and the rainbow-contrail arcing in the sky).