Star Wars Jedi Camp by William Ostroff is less a web series and more a public stance on bullying that only a true Star Wars fan could create. It is a family friendly show with a clear moral story.
It opens as a very normal red van pulls up to a camp site and out pour very normal kids in star wars fan gear carrying everything from stuffed Yodas to toy lightsabers. They are going to camp to learn the ways of The Force. Where is this mysterious camp and what planet is it on – because it looks like 21st century Earth to me.
The story itself centers on young Lucas (Stuart Allen) who is there because he believes he will “fit in”. Unfortunately he not only comes up against the camp bully and 3 year in a row champion Andy Walker (Andy Harris) but Chancellor Paul (Keith Szarabajka) the founder of Jedi Camp who is a Senator Palpatine type character hoping to lure new hopefuls to the Dark Side.
Check out Episode 1:
You don’t have to look too closely to find Star Wars references here. The camp teacher is Leia. Harry owns the always breaking down red van with a “My Falcon” license plate (and wears a black vest). Scene transitions happen like a turn this page storybook with Star Wars sounds and an animated wookie or an R2 unit scrambling across the screen.
Like the original trilogy the moral of the story is clean-cut and you don’t have to fish for it. Bully’s are bad and sometimes you have to stand up for yourself and be strong. And life is just as much about team work and building strong friendships as winning races or lightsaber duels.
4 of the 6 episodes have been released and the last two will be coming early this year.
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