Star Wars: Biomes is one of the most unique Star Wars offerings featured on Disney+, taking viewers on a range of flyovers over a series of iconic worlds throughout the galaxy. Not only that, but these dynamic tours make it feel as though one is a passenger on a ship, witnessing several key moments in the Star Wars Skywalker saga and its three trilogies. The Star Wars galaxy holds a vast selection of unique worlds, and some are explored in a new way in the show.
Star Wars: Biomes launched on the Disney streaming service as a part of the new content released for May 4th celebrations in 2021, alongside the first episode of new series The Bad Batch, another ambient series called Vehicle Flythroughs, and a crossover special with The Simpsons, titled The Force Awakens from Its Nap. Fans were thrilled with the range of new content released exploring a range of different eras in the Star Wars galaxy – Biomes itself features locations from all three main trilogies, as well as The Mandalorian, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and previous animated offering The Clone Wars.
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While The Bad Batch released new episodes in the following days and weeks after the initial release date, Biomes is a one-off release offering a more calming experience that features only the barest hints of any kind of plot or character. The clips of iconic Star Wars planets such as Hoth, Tatooine, and Mustafar give a quintessential glimpse at the galaxy’s planets, which consist mostly of a single biome (such as frozen tundra or volcanic badlands), which clearly inspired the title of the installment. These are all the planets featured in Star Wars: Biomes on Disney+:
Hoth – Snow, Ice, and the Battle of Hoth
The first planet viewers are given a tour over is the planet of Hoth. First seen during the events of The Empire Strikes Back, Hoth is a largely uninhabited world with only a few species strong enough to survive its constant cold, as the planet is completely covered in snow and ice. A selection of Rebel snow-speeders are seen flying across a ridge of mountains, while an Imperial probe droid touches down on the surface. Furthermore, as the tour pans over the mountains viewers can see a herd of Tauntauns, which the Rebels used as mounts. Not only that, but a group of Imperial AT-AT walkers are seen marching toward Echo Base, indicating that this flyover is taking place during the Empire Strikes Back‘s Battle of Hoth.
Tatooine – Deserts and Destiny for Skywalkers
Arguably one of the most important – and certainly most-visited planets – in the Star Wars franchise, the next planet is Tatooine, the desert world that was home to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker. The flyover begins with a tour over the Dune Sea, seeing the iconic droids R2-D2 and C-3PO walking alone as it looks like they just landed from their escape pod seen at the beginning of A New Hope. Then, a band of Tusken Raiders are seen nearby, mounted atop their large banthas while a group of reptilian dewbacks are just beyond them. Upon leaving the dunes, the flyover goes low, focusing in on a group of Jawa traders and their large sandcrawler, their means of travel across Tatooine’s arid deserts. Lastly, the flyover follows a landspeeder before panning up to look at the planet’s twin suns.
Sorgan – Forests and Farming
Next is the forest planet of Sorgan, was which was featured in the first season of The Mandalorian. While not much is know about the planet, it appears to be fairly remote and dominated by farmers seeking to make a living. Likewise, the flyover sees The Mandalorian‘s Razor Crest coming in for a landing, which means that this farm in particular is about to be attacked by the pirates seen in the fourth episode of the series.
Crait – Salt, Minerals, and the First Order
The next world featured is the salt-covered world of Crait, seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Differentiating itself from the previous worlds, this flyover is a look straight down at the surface of the world as the view pans forward, seeing the Resistance defend against TIE Fighters and Imperial walkers. All the while, their actions disturb the white salt to reveal the red soil underneath, creating a beautiful aesthetic.
Mustafar – Lava and Vader’s Castle
Definitely the darkest planet featured, Mustafar is a world completely covered by volcanoes and rivers of lava. Best known for being the site of Obi-Wan’s duel with a corrupted Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, the injuries Anakin sustained led to his need for a life support suit and armor, cementing his transformation into Darth Vader. However, he would also make Mustafar his home, constructing an intimidating castle seen in the flyover, and Director Krennic’s shuttle can be seen coming in for a landing during his visit in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Ahch-To Islands and The First Jedi Temple
The final world is Ahch-To, a world largely covered by ocean with groups of scattered islands. Coming in from a distance before flying over the top of the island that was the first Jedi Temple, the tour shows the home of Luke Skywalker during The Last Jedi. Not only that, but a flock of indigenous Porgs are seen flying towards the island while large sea creatures breach the surface of the water below. Additionally, the Millennium Falcon is seen taking off, meaning that Rey and Chewbacca are aboard and headed to help the Resistance. All in all, these tours are pretty fun to go through, and it very much resembles the “Star Tours” ride at Disneyland. Here’s hoping Disney+ releases more episodes of Star Wars: Biomes in the future, featuring new worlds to explore in the Star Wars galaxy.
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