Rebel Transmissions: Rise Of The Old Masters

All right it’s that time again… time for another Rebel Transmission! And man oh man this episode is all kinds of intense-ness! I guess I should’ve figured, what with The Inquisitor making his official debut and all, that duh it would be a pretty serious episode, but I was completely unprepared for the gutpunch of feels and near-misses this one brought to the table… but that’s why it’s so great! So I’m not just gonna try and blog, I WILL. Onward we go into our exploration of Rise Of The Old Masters!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode V, TCW Episode The Wrong Jedi, and the Rebels episode Rise Of The Old Masters.

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As we open, we catch Ezra in the middle of some Jedi training. Dude, Luke had nothing to complain about in Episode V. Sure doing a handstand with Master Yoda on your foot is hard, but at least Luke wasn’t doing it on the Ghost‘s gun turret… WHILE IT’S FLYING! And Zeb and Chopper as an audience doesn’t help much, either. So yeah Ezra’s not having the best time at the moment, but Kanan’s doing everything he can to teach him the best he can. Ezra’s all “Dude I’m trying mkay?” and Kanan answers that with a familiar slice of Yoda wisdom: “Do or do not, there is no try”. Ezra doesn’t get what that’s supposed to mean, and as it turns out… Kanan doesn’t really know either. Wow, feels like it’s the first time in a long while I’ve seen a Master who didn’t have all the answers! And I guess he just pulled out that line because he was running out of material himself and “when in doubt, Yoda it out!”. It’s crazy to sit and let it sink in for a moment that Kanan was only 20 or so when the Jedi Order fell, he was still pretty young and not quite done with his studies. And now all these years later he’s trying to bring back to mind all he learned to train Ezra, who the Council would’ve likely deemed “too old” to become a Jedi. So it’s not easy on either side of the situation for these two. Of course, again, cue Zeb’s unhelpful comments and playing around with the turret. Ezra landed in a crate of what looks to be old milk cartons two seconds later. So Kanan decides to switch lessons today… lightsaber practice! Ohhh goshhh yeah let’s just hand the kid a ‘saber right off the bat! That never ends badly! Well, I guess technically I’ve never heard of it going really wrong before, but I’m kinda worried about Ezra’s safety… and if not him, everyone else’s! Because yeah he turned it on right when it was pointing in Kanan’s direction. Good thing Master Jarrus still has those Jedi reflexes or he’d probably be dead now. Kanan does point out there’s a length adjuster, which is something I had no idea lightsabers were capable of! Unless it’s just what Kanan’s can do, IDK, but it’s quite cool, and definitely helpful. But yes, for today’s lesson, Ezra’s going to use the lightsaber with his eyes shut while being thrown projectiles (aka milk cartons). Sounds simple enough, but it doesn’t help that Chopper’s playing the role of pitching machine today, and he throws hard. The boys have their fun for a while, whacking Ezra with cartons… but it’s all fun and games until someone gets knocked over the side of the ship and proceeds to fall to their doom. *Facepalm* Did Obi-Wan have this much crud to deal with training Anakin? I kinda doubt. But Kanan still manages to use the Force to guide Ezra back to safety… barely. Kanan’s frustrated with Ezra’s lack of discipline, Ezra’s frustrated with his teaching methods, and it looks like Kanan’s a bit fed up with playing teacher. But before any further conversation can be had, the crew finds themselves getting a juicy tidbit from an Imperial senator on their side… a tidbit involving the fact that Jedi Master Luminara Unduli is alive and imprisoned by the Empire. Whoaaa. It’s then that Kanan gets an idea; Luminara is a seriously awesome Jedi who has all the skillz and knows how to raise her Padawans right (well mostly… but what happened to Barriss wasn’t her fault), so maybe if they rescued her, she could train Ezra! No questions the gang is up for a rescue! But Ezra’s not quite sure how he feels about the fact that Kanan’s seemingly dumping him as his student, no matter how great this Master Unduli is.
So yes, it’s clear that one does not simply walk into the Spire, this particular Imperial prison. But Kanan’s armed with a crazy plan and his comrades, so what could possibly go wrong? They’re locked, loaded, and it doesn’t take long for the first port and its Stormtrooper guards to get Kanan’d (ermagosh I really like that! We need to make that a thing peeps!). The first thing to not go to plan would be young Bridger, hoping to get ‘em Ezra’d too. Yeah real smart just jump out of the ship and just sorta barely land on your feet and accidentally alert another handful of ‘troopers. Good thing they had our resident Mando and Lasat along for the ride. Poor Ezra… he was just trying to do it like his Master! But Kanan wasn’t cool with it. So after some door unlocking and Zeb’s artfully fixing up one of the ‘troopers to look alert (it’s so fun watching him doing a little of this, a little of that, making sure his buckethead looks perfect XD ), our team’s off once more!
In the halls, Kanan picks up on Luminara’s presence, only it’s clouded. Sooo assuming you’ve all watched this and know what all happens, I had to wonder about something. Is it possible to still sense a presence after death? Because of the whole “becoming-one-with-the-Force” thing? Do their bodies still emanate something after death? Or did the Empire and The Inquisitor fakes something to mess with him? How would one do that? It’s not exactly easy fooling a Jedi. Lots and lots of questions here. Hadn’t really thought about it until now. Anywayy.
So they find that, evidently, Master Unduli is on a lower level than they thought, so now it’s off to the turbolift! Hehe I love that Sabine and Zeb talk about Kanan’s crazy plan as if he’s not even in there XD All that moment needs is an elevator music version of The Imperial March!
Meanwhile, Hera usually gets to relax more on these missions, since her place is with the ship, but maybe not so much this time. The Phantom just got pretty popular with a flock of manta-ray-incectoid-critter-things… evidently, what’s a frequency jammer to her is a mating call to these guys. Wonderful. At least they’re not fighting over her. So yeah, she decides that now would be a good time to move…
I must say, I’m impressed at how big those turbolifts appear to be. I mean, how else does one K.O. two Stormtroopers in a small room with four people? Or perhaps I should be impressed with the fact that Kanan can do that in a small space. And on top of that, Zeb brings in another two downed ‘troopers shortly afterward! What happened to the other two?? Must have a garbage chute in here or something. Anyway, he and Ezra make a run for Luminara’s cell while Zeb and Sabine keep watch over the turbolift. And after a bit of Jedi-Mind-Tricking the ‘trooper guards, our duo has found their way in. But yeahhh problem it appears that Luminara is actually a really fancy realistic hologram-thing. And she’s been dead for a while. A part of me was really bummed because I got my hopes up a lot, and of course, Master Unduli is one of my favorite Jedi. But honestly, though I couldn’t predict exactly what would happen to her, I kinda figured she wouldn’t make it out of this episode alive one way or the other. If she had been alive and able to train Ezra, it probably would’ve split him up from the rest of the Ghost crew, and certainly we can’t have that happen. It’s a sad thing, but honestly necessary for the situation. I was just watching the Geonosis 4-parter yesterday, actually, and it felt good to see her in her prime, being the wise, brave, (though slightly bullheaded) and awesome Jedi she was. However she died originally, it’s good to be reminded of who she was. Ah but here I am writing this whole obituary for Luminara when we’re about to find out why the Empire used her to lead our heroes here. Cue The Inquisitor. Ah yes! The ‘pauan guy I said was so scary “he made Darth Maul cry” (among other terrible memes I did that I won’t bother linking here)! Boy it really is something seeing him up close and personal right now. Man he really is a pretty frightening sight with those red-yellow-black eyes and those nasty sharp teeth. And yet he’s actually very classy. I might not’ve pegged him for that at first, but I like that he’s rather distinguished in the midst of his malice. So after reiterating that he did use Luminara as a trap (and apparently for other remaining Jedi too… O_O ), a seriously intense lightsaber battle broke out between The ‘Quiz and Master Jarrus. It’s definitely one of the coolest lightsaber duels I’ve ever seen ever, no question about that. And then Quizzy has to go and start pointing out all of the flaws in Kanan’s ‘saber moves and all the different ways his master’s teaching didn’t work. Yeah like you have any say in this at all, Mr.-I-Throw-Around-A-Fancy-Lightsaber-But-Aren’t-A-Sith! And Ezra’s on the sidelines watching this, perhaps some of this discussion on Kanan’s Jedi schooling bringing about some understanding. Though really, again, ‘Quiz, why would you waste your time reading up on every Jedi’s history?? Guess there’s something to be said for thoroughness, but it’s still not cool. Ezra finally pulls out his laser-slingshot, which has little to no effect on Quizzy… but does make for a sufficient distraction to pull out a detanator to make an exit for our heroes. But that hardly stops The Inquisitor. ‘Cause btw his lightsaber is double-bladed and has a spinny thing so he can do fancy tricks without a lot of effort. He obviously doesn’t see these two Padawans as much threat, but Kanan’s still slinging his ‘saber and Ezra’s still throwing in some laser-slingshots. And then ‘Quiz finally decided to level the playing field and Force-throws Kanan across the hall, putting Ezra in the middle. Ezra is totally awesome here as he still stands to defend Kanan, even with only his slingshot. And wow I must say I’ve never heard anyone say “Are you ready to die?” with such class as Quizzy here. And then Master Jarrus does something incredibly awesome and uses the Force to paste ‘Quiz to the ceiling, giving Ezra a chance to escape death by red blade. Gahh the feels!! OK so yeah now the two are back on the run… with The Inquisitor close behind, showing off his spinny lightsaber thing.
Our heroes finally join up with Sabine and Zeb as they make a dash to the landing dock, and all the while the Spire’s going on lockdown and doors are closing left and right and oh yeah Quizzy’s still following. And not even a closed door can stand between that guy and his nasty ‘saber. As for our heroes, it seems they’ve reached a dead end… up until Kanan and Ezra work together to use the Force to raise the door! Yay teamwork! And then there’s a bunch of ‘troopers on the other side. But problem solved by teamwork (and detanators!). Oh, and Hera now had the power of her flying-critter “boyfriends” at her side. Those gentle giants aren’t so gentle to the Imperials, that’s for sure :) And thus our heroes make it safely aboard the Phantom and are on their way! Just after narrowly missing a flying lightsaber courtesy of the ‘Quiz, who seems a bit quietly amused by their escape attempt. Yeah he knows he’ll get ‘em one of these days… or so he thinks.
Later on, in the quiet outside the Ghost, Ezra and Kanan unexpectedly have a really heartfelt talk. Kanan didn’t really want to stop training Ezra, he just didn’t see himself as qualified, like Luminara would’ve been. But Ezra makes all of us “aww” our heads off when he said “But I don’t want the best master, I want you!” (which he realized shortly afterward sounded pretty lame). Kanan then went on to say that he wouldn’t try to teach Ezra, but he would, in his own way coming to understand the meaning of Yoda’s words, and showing some real amazing growth between this unconventional master and apprentice. And then they go and do some lightsaber practice together, evoking the feeling of a father and son playing catch. Who knows what will ultimately become of these two and where there journey will lead, but whatever happens, they’re going to do their best, and they’re going to do it together.
So wow oh gosh the feels right now…! I am constantly amazed at how much they continue to raise the bar with each episode! So yeah I have nothing important to add here. Except perhaps to say Happy Halloween to everybody out there :) And of course…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Fighter Flight

Heyy to mah fellow rebels out there! It’s time once again for another Rebel Transmission! *Hits button that starts up radio show party music* Yeahh I wish. Today we’re digging into what might be one of my most favorite of favorite episodes so far, Fighter Flight. Gahhhh I can’t begin to describe how fantastic the episode is! Well, I’ll try though, but of course I’ll have to talk about the whole episode. But that’s kinda what I do on these, y’know? So yus let’s get started!!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Droids In Distress and Fighter Flight

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Today would’ve probably been a regular run-of-the-mill day onboard the Ghost. But then Chopper got involved…
Ezra’s doing all this Jedi-training homework and working on fine-tuning his Force skills on a single bowl. And just when he thinks he’s got it down pat, Chopper reveals that he was the one “levitating” the dish. Now, if the little droid had just stopped there with that joke, things would’ve stayed normal, but no he had to throw it a mile further by throwing the bowl at Ezra. And that’s when the fight started, (though we can be thankful there wasn’t hot soup in that bowl, at least! Yikes that’d be painful…) and off Chopper ran with Ezra on his tail! Well, for a couple seconds anyway, as Ezra halted upon passing the lovely Sabine in the hallway. She’s just taking some time with her art, and Ezra (unsuccessfully) drops some charm on her, casually making note that he’s available if she ever needs some artistic inspiration. You have to give props to Sabine for so effortlessly letting it slide. And then Ezra was re-reminded of his true mission as Chopper decided to go into his room. I love at the last second, before he dashes after the droid, it almost looked like Ezra shot Sabine the “call me” sign XD OK so he probably didn’t really but it made me laugh. I don’t think people can do that in a world where Earth-esque phones don’t exist… and the fact that, you know, they all live in the same ship and stuff. Aww I’m sorry I adore whatever is going on with them X3
And here’s where this otherwise boring day took a really crazy turn. As we know, Ezra shares quarters with Zeb. And right now, he might as well have walked into the cave of a hibernating bear, ’cause Zeb is trying to sleep and he makes it pretty clear that he wants to be left to rest. What neither of them called for was Chopper to hit Ezra with a few volts, and in missing the boy, hitting Zeb as well. And Chopper just laughs… right before getting the heck outta there when Zeb decides to hand out some knuckle sandwiches on the both of them. Ezra has a secret weapon of his own, though… he saved Zeb’s life last episode and therefore can hold it over his head. After a bit more arguing, Ezra decided to sort of assert his dominance and his status as co-owner of the room and got up on his bunk above Zeb’s and well… who’da thunk it, but the bunk decided to then fall loose. On top of Zeb. Now Ezra’s on the run from Zeb’s fury. Sorry mind if I just laugh my head off now? What are the odds?! XD XD Yeah you can thank Chopper for that, who might’ve stolen a couple of somewhat important bolts from the bunks. Sabine was then struck by inspiration… something to tie the boys’ room together, perhaps? :)
So Kanan was just doing whatever when in ran his panicked Padawan pursued by a dead-angry Lasat. Yeahhh now he’s gonna have to re-stack all those crates all over again! That’s where Hera finally has to come in. And as moms know, if your kids can’t do anything but make trouble, you get them to do some hard work. And that’s indeed what she does when she sends Ezra and Zeb off grocery shopping… together. Hehehe. Also, she decides to send them on a bit of a wild Bantha chase making it clear they need to come back with some meillorun fruit… which btw is stupid rare and isn’t native to Lothal. But off the boys go begrudgingly, ’cause when Captain Syndulla tells you to do something, you do it.
In the marketplace, Ezra does happen to run into a friendly face, a gentleman named Mr. Sumar. As we find out later, he was a family friend of Ezra’s parents, which definitely was a fascinating new development. I kinda had figured Ezra might’ve mostly raised himself, but this seems to say that his parents were around longer than I would’ve guessed. Wow deep. Sorry anyway, I really like Mr. Sumar. He’s just so friendly and warm, but also strong-rooted in his beliefs. And we definitely see that last part as an Imperial and his ‘troopers make an interest in buying his land and he’s all “Um let me think about it NO.”. Ezra gets only a brief glimpse of all this before running back into Zeb again. Zeb’s already got ahold of everything they need, except of course for the meilloruns. Mr. Sumar had tipped Ezra off that the fruits weren’t an easy find on Lothal, so he wasn’t going to worry about it. But Zeb went all perfectionist on us and started off to find some and handed part of the cargo over to Ezra. Ezra pulled the “saved-your-life” thing again and Zeb’s frustration with him ended up pointing them in the direction of – I’m serious – a crate full of meilloruns! And guess who’d bought that crate? The Imperials of course. In one of the Jedi Prince series of books, they do a great deal of describing one such Imperial dinner party and what exotic (and some illegal) dishes they had on the table, so yeah not surprised those guys have such expensive taste. But Ezra has no problem with doing a little thievery and tries to use the Force to open the crate when the ‘troopers aren’t looking. Which sorta worked for a couple seconds before another Stormtrooper walked over and clamped down the lid (probably thinking “Pshh these cheap crates…”). Zeb has a brief laugh at Ezra (even though a couple seconds into the Force-wielding Zeb seemed to be somewhat impressed), but young Bridger isn’t giving up so easily; if he can’t bring the meilloruns to him, he’ll just bring himself to the meilloruns. He did a pretty decent job sneaking around and making his move, but at the last second, just as grabbed a fruit, all Imperial blasters were aimed in his direction. He was going to just put it back and not give them any trouble, but then Zeb K.O’d the baddies with their supply crates and the two made a run for it. Yeah I feel kinda bad for them that they lost what they came here for trying to get something they didn’t need… is that weird? But I guess it’s hard for them to worry about it when they’ve got ‘troopers at their necks. In the midst of the chase, the two end up being separated, Ezra on the rooftops and Zeb on the ground, and before long, Zeb happens to find himself standing in front of a parked TIE Fighter. Boy, it is really something when you realized just how big they are next to a person! The pilot’s all “Yesss!! A rebel! I’m so gonna get that promotion now!”. I love that he’s not wearing his helmet at the moment, because when they wear those helmets, sometimes you forget they’re people. Which makes it all the funnier when he gives this girlish scream and priceless freaked-out expression when Zeb makes a dead-on leap on the window XD After promptly tossing out the pilot, Zeb’s at the controls now, and it looks like they take some getting used to. Gotta get a feel for the vehicle, see how much play’s in the steering controls, and put on a decent radio station (EMPR FM 77.5 is not Zeb’s style). Oh, and blasting the Imperials and everything else in sight. Yep, just what we’d all do if we got to take a TIE for a joyride. Now to give Ezra a lift…
Because yeah the poor kid’s been dashing across the rooftops with Stormtrooper blasterfire coming at him from behind. Looks like for once a TIE is a welcome sight… at least, once Zeb gets Ezra to make it clear they’re even now. But do things calm down from this point? Eh not really. They start fighting over the controls, they accidentally blow up a fruit stand, the fruit blocks the window… it’s not good. And now all they’ve got is Ezra’s Force-sensing abilities to guide them as they try to figure out how to land, especially when a bunch of not-so-little rock formations stand in their way.
So meanwhile, Chopper and Kanan were playing a casual game of dejarik, and you don’t have to understand astromech-speak to tell that Chopper’s pwning Kanan at the moment. I about exploded with the giggles watching Chopper kinda dance and go “WHOOPWHOOP-WHOOPWHOOP!” XD And then Kanan goes and makes a comeback and Chopper’s like “Uncool”. Hera becomes a casual observer in their little game and just as a call comes through from the boys. Yeah their problems are a lot bigger than just a lack of meilloruns… they happen to be driving a TIE fighter. It is literally the best thing to have Kanan and Hera bark back “YOU DID WHAT?! GET RID OF IT!” and Zeb and Ezra are all “Aw do we have to?” like a couple of boys having brought home a frog :lol: Kanan tells them to fly on over back to the Ghost’s rendevouz point ASAP. And they’re gonna try… if they can, y’know… find the way there.
On the other side of town, things aren’t looking so good for the Sumars. The Imperials know how to get what they want. Forget buying land, just blow up their home and imprison the folks! So easy! Oh noessss why the Sumars?? Ezra picked up on the smoke coming from their direction though, and so it looks like this TIE’ll be taking a little detour.
So the nice thing about piloting TIEs is that the bad guys wouldn’t suspect a thing. The plan’s in motion; Zeb’s gotten the troop transports to slow down, and Ezra’s aimed for the top of the transport holding the innocents. Nothing could go wrong right? Well you’d think the bad guys wouldn’tve suspected a TIE fighter, but unfortunately they kinda do, as they know one got stolen earlier. Zeb resorts to the “I’m-going-through-a-tunnel-we’re-breaking-up-I’ll-call-you-back-later” game, which yeah doesn’t work that well. But in the midst of that, Ezra finally freed the Sumars, with a little help from the Force. Which is great yeah but once you open a few doors, everybody in the transport knows it and along come the ‘troopers once more! Oh, and these transports also happen to have gun turrets on top, the better to fry the rogue TIE and Ezra with. But Ezra finds some unexpected weapons aboard… meillorun. They look like a pomegranate/mango hybrid, but they’ve got the strength of a solid coconut, and make excellent ammo against Stormtroopers. I find it so funny that when one of the ‘troopers finally has Ezra in a corner, he just stares at his fruity weapon and says “Wait… so you did all of this just for fruit?”. You don’t typically think of these guys having much say in a situation, but there you go, a ‘trooper who can actually think for himself! But then Ezra rams that meillorun into the ‘trooper’s gut and makes a run for it. And then he jams one-half of the turret with a spare wrench so yeah… as the Stormtrooper went flying out of the explosion, I’m pretty sure he was not thrilled that he went down seemingly because of a crate of fruit. Ezra got what he came for though… his friends freed and a meillorun in hand. Oh but then came along more ‘troopers! But Zeb came along just in time with a truly fantastic rescue as he grabs Ezra while using his feet to steer the fighter upside down! Not too shabby, Orellios :)
Back in the safety of the TIE, it looks like the boys are even for good. And Zeb actually does something nice and offers his young comrade the TIE pilot’s helmet. Though Ezra already has one, he does the right thing and accepts his thoughtful gift.
So by the time they’re back home, Kanan and Hera had been waiting for them some time. Evidently the guys crashed the TIE… or so they say, we really don’t get a lot of dish on that, but Master Jarrus is satisfied so all’s good. And man oh man is it weird I kinda teared up a bit, watching Ezra and Zeb run into the Ghost together, laughing and throwing play punches and noogie-ing and acting like best friends? That got me man… because it’s these moments of friendship and togetherness that make the happiest moments in the SW galaxy :) Andddd then they head back to their room, and there’s Sabine, finished with her latest masterpiece. That being a lovely portrait of Ezra’s bunk landing on Zeb. The boys are like “Seriously?!XD But come on it really is a fun drawing… it’s quite cartoony with a dash of anime-ish-ness, and somehow she did all of it with spray paint! But when Chopper comes in laughing, it occurs to the two of them that all of this crazy happened because of him, and thus the chase begins again, except this time, these two brothers-from-other-mothers are on the same side :) Aww yay! ^w^ Well, not yay for Chopper, but he got what was coming to him :P
And so wow man, what an amazing episode! So funny and heartfelt and exciting! I love this show a little more with every episode, and I already loved it tons to begin with so that’s saying something! Until our next adventure…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Droids In Distress

So it’s time once again for another Rebel Transmission! A fantastic-ly fun episode with humor, heart, seriously close calls, and of course, a couple of familiar droids! And yeah I don’t know why I’m having trouble opening up this post right now… er… let’s just cut to the chase and take a deeper look at Droids In Distress!
Note: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, the first four episodes of Droids, and Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion and Droids In Distress

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So here we are, back with the crew of the Ghost, as they’re being chased by TIE fighters and an Imperial Star Destroyer! Just the normal everyday routine for these guys, NBD. But that’s what hyperspace is for! With that out of the way, our heroes have time to focus on the other important matter at hand… the matter of money. It’s not easy feeding (and arming) a family of five (and fueling a ship) in the galaxy these days (especially when they’re against the Empire), so Kanan makes the suggestion “why not go and grab some weapons to sell to Vizago?”. Zeb isn’t too keen on the concept, but it’s either that or they’re giving up the Ghost… quite literally. So off to the weapon-nabbing races it is!
And this time, our heroes are taking the bus. Or technically the public transport shuttles. Yup, just the norm around here. So an Imperial senator is also on the shuttle, with a non-Basic-speaking comrade, and where there are failures to communicate, a protocol droid is necessary… enter C-3PO! And R2-D2! And I’m all “OHMYGOSH DEH DROIDSEHS!! …Wait they’re hanging out with this Imperial girl? What’s up with that?”. Well, we shall soon see. Now, originally, when I’d heard that Threepio and Artoo were going to be joining us at some juncture in the show, I really really had my fingers crossed that we’d see a character from the 80’s Droids cartoon. The show also takes place before Episode IV, and we meet a rebel or two ourselves out there. And what else would explain why these two aren’t in the care of Captain Antilles or the Organas? How cool would it be to see Kea Moll or Mungo Baobab or whoever in the flesh out here! But as I was watching this, I realized that those guys being involved at this point wouldn’t line up; the droids met Kea Moll in the first few episodes, and she happened to be a member of the growing Rebel Alliance, but at this juncture there is no official Rebel Alliance — just a few who believe that freedom is everyone’s fight (anyone catch the reference? anyone? no one? *sigh*). So yeah maybe we’ll meet some of these heroes in the future, but not yet, at least, probably not hanging out with the droid duo.
Anywayyyy, back to the episode. Man, if everything that conspired really was all to Kanan’s plan… he’s really really good. Our heroes were just playing the role of normal bus passengers, but Chopper appeared to have been in a “mood” and started playing the game of “I’m-not-touching-you…” with Ezra XD OK so looking back it seems to have been all part of the plan, so Ezra could complain and they could make a point to separate the senator from her protocol droid so in turn Sabine could get the dirt in the business of translating, but at the time I had no clue. Either way, it’s downright hilarious to watch! And then when Chopper starts hitting Ezra with a little electricity… ermagosh aren’t you glad your kids don’t do that in the backseat on long trips? Hehe. So that scuffle leads to all the “astromechs” in the passenger area being stuck in the back (Threepio did not like being mistaken for an astromech). And now what’s a senator to do? Enter Sabine, convienently located one seat behind them. One thing we learned from the last episode was that she understands Wookiees, which was pretty impressive, but now she offers up her abilities in translating this fellow’s language to the senator. Multitalentedddd the girl is!! Of course, all of this was in picking up exactly where a certain weapons shipment would be :) Question is, if the whole thing about her being a level five student at the Imperial Academy isn’t true… how does she know all these random languages? Something to query about.
Meanwhiles, Threepio was no enjoying sitting backseat with Artoo and Chopper. The astromechs were just talking about something and then a fight sorta broke out and they started shoving each other. It makes me laugh hearing Threepio say “See Artoo? Here’s a droid with manners!”; pshh Chopper? Mannerly? As if! Artoo just rolls his dome, mentally rolling his eyes if he had them.
Ah yes, so the plan was falling into place just perfectly. Now Sabine knew where they’d be needing to go, and she may have mistranslated as such for the good senator hehehe. Now it’s Ezra’s turn to get to work…
As we can see, Ezra’s not exactly impressed with his time on the Ghost so far. He signed up for Jedi training, not exactly… well, stealing junk. But here he is all the same, crawling through the vents, leaping over buildings, doing his thing as per us’. But thanks to him, he was able to sneak into Bay 7 and get the door opened for his crew. And in the bay lies crates among crates of a very nasty variety of blasters. Blasters that Zeb is far from thrilled to see. And did I mention that they’re kinda banned? O.O But they’ve got more trouble than the bargained for… the senator figured out that Bay 17 was not the right one. Thank goodness good ol’ Chopper decided to slow the Imperials down and started another “brawl” with Artoo! Which kinda worked up until the Imperial recognized the droid and realized something was really up. And Chopper seems to be saying “NO WAIT WAIT WAIT! I’M NOT THE SAME DROID! I’M ANOTHER ONE! DON’T GO TO BAY 17! Aw dang.”. Well you tried, little buddy.
So it takes about three seconds for the Stormtroopers to show up and catch our heroes in the act. But that’s where Zeb comes in, doing his awesome thing and throwing them ‘troopers like footballs! As well as punching, kicking, and some prod-staff-swinging. In the midst of all the insanity, Threepio’s in a bit of a panic, as he has no idea what to do in this sort of situation. But Artoo has a plan of his own, and it involves following Chopper. And despite his mixed feelings about it, Threepio follows the astromechs aboard the Ghost as our heroes make a dash for it.
Onboard, Chopper’s “friends” don’t quite get the welcome they might’ve wanted… restraining bolts whoohoo. But of course no one listens to Threepio, who might’ve had some things he wanted to point out to these “ruffians”. Oh, and Sabine gets the idea that maybe Vizago would be interested in buying the droids, too. So yeah this is not how Threepio had planned his day to go…
Now in the midst of all this, Zeb is really not sure if they should be selling the disruptors, unsure of whose hands they might fall into. Kanan and Sabine aren’t too worried; as long as the Empire doesn’t have them, that’s what counts right? Zeb isn’t too sure. Next thing we know, it seems Zeb is in major need of some alone time and kicks Ezra out of their shared quarters. Ezra was not having it, but that was before Hera told him a little of what’s bothering Zeb. Those disruptors were the Empire’s choice weapon when it came to destroying the majority of the Lasat people. Oh gosh my heart so goes out to Zeb right now… Empire y u b such jerks?! :( Ugh sorry not sorry. But we’ll have to save this conversation for later, as the Ghost has landed on Lothal at last, ready to deliver the goods to their Gothal(?) business partner. It’s in these last few moments aboard that Sabine finds out that Artoo is actually on a different sort of mission, and that his owner has some serious ca$h. So wait Sabine can understand astromechs too?! Wow! Oh wait… so do, evidently Hera, Luke, Anakin, and a bunch of others. Well, it’s still cool anyway. So, even with Zeb’s discomfort with the concept, Kanan and the crew are still about to hand over the guns to Vizago. But no one called for Threepio to make a huge mistake in all of this… the golden droid may have made a distress call to the Empire, making a point he’d been kidnapped a bunch of thieves. And guess who was at the other end of the line? Agent Kallus. *Sigh* of course… why Threepio, why?? I’m guessing he has some trust issues. Or maybe some memory issues, considering he has no clue whose side he’s on. Either way, that is not good for our Rebels.
Sooo yeah they were just about to get that long-awaited, much-needed moola from Vizago when the Empire shows up. And Vizago makes a run for it, naturally. Man, that guy is about as shallow as they come, yet he’s still a rather entertaining character. OK but yeah… now it becomes clear that destroying those disruptors is how it’s gonna go down. And then comes to the party a couple of predecessors to the AT-STs, andddd that Imperial ship, loaded from top to bottom with Stormtroopers and our very own Agent Kallus. I’ll go make some more ice. Yeahhh Threepio figured it out pretty quickly that Stormtroopers are indeed the bad guys. That droid can sure run when he wants to!
But in the midst of all this, in comes Kallus, holding a electric-prod-staff-thing, and igniting a little head-on fight with Zeb. Needless to say, Orellios couldn’t back away from a fight, especially not with some punk Imperial who’s throwing around Zeb’s hometown’s weapon-of-choice. This duel is pretty incredible to watch, reminding me of some of the scarily intense duels of The Clone Wars. Zeb comes out on top for a while and does a good job at giving Kallus a run for his money. And man, the minute Kallus starts doing his Imperial thing of getting personal with his badmouthing and talking all about the small part he played in killing off the Lasats, oooooooh man Zeb is downright furious, which is somewhat of an advantage. But it doesn’t last too long before Kallus got the upper hand and knocked the Lasat to his knees. And one more blow would’ve been the end of him. Man I will never forget how on the edge of my seat I was at this point. I had no clue how this was going to fan out, and I really seriously thought Zeb was about to die. But in the heat of the moment, Ezra does what he had no clue he was capable of… he Force-pushes Kallus into a building at the last second! Kanan’s like “Danggggg…” and Ezra’s like “Whut did I just do…?”. The others rush aboard while Kanan runs off to get Zeb. Oh right, they did successfully blow up all those disruptors, btw, but I should’t have to tell you that. So yeah, even just seeing Zeb nearly dead had me worried for him. But the two made it just in time… just as Kallus woke up. Thankfully, Zeb will make it, thanks to a little unexpected help from Ezra. And now, Kanan’s making a point to start the potential Padawan’s training the next day :) Ermagosh that silent “thanks” and “anytime brotha” between Ezra and Zeb about made me start tearing up… ^w^ But there’s still one last thing to do… getting the droid duo home.
And while I might’ve suspected it, I was hugely happy to see Bail Organa the one reuniting with Threepio and Artoo! Knowing what ultimately happens to him in Episode IV, I was really glad we get to see him again, and wearing a fantastic sweater :) Man, anyone ever wonder if maybe Bail and Kanan had run into each other during the Clone Wars? Or even before then? Kanan takes notice of the Jedi-ism Senator Organa says, but otherwise doesn’t seem to pick up on it. Isn’t it funny how this simple kind act of returning the droids would be returned by getting everything they needed? Yeahh I can’t help but get all feely at their brief interchange. And now, Bail turns to Artoo, wanting to know what he learned about this small group of rebels…
So WOW! This episode is seriously amazing! One of the highlights about this one for me would have to be getting to know more about Zeb. I mean, I’m amazed at how the folks at Lucasfilm have made me love him more than I ever thought I would. The way they make him emotionally relatable, yet also a bit of a frighteningly fierce fighter, is so awesome. You both want to hug him and keep your distance from him at the same time, if that makes any sense :) So yeah anyway, two thumbs up for the guys behind Rebels, and to this incredible episode itself! Who knows what adventures await us next?

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Spark Of Rebellion

Welcome my friends to the maiden voyage of what I’m calling Rebel Transmissions (you have to say it in a cool radio voice whenever you read it out loud). As you may have guessed, this is basically a fancy name for my closer look posts on the episodes to come of Star Wars Rebels. And uh yeah I’m pretty much hopelessly obsessed with the show now. Sooo anyway, we’re about to dig into the exciting new world of the Ghost crew in the show’s fantastic pilot! Get on board and buckle up as the first Rebel Transmission hits the airwaves!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III and the Rebels episode Spark Of Rebellion.

Rebel Transmission 101 Title Image

Soooo it was an ordinary day on Lothal… and then oh look, an Imperial Star Destroyer. And guess who they flew right over? An old communication tower where lives a kid named Ezra Bridger. Ah yes! It doesn’t take long for Rebels to pull you in, for sure. Honestly I can’t really put this opening into words that would do any justice to it… but give me a break! It’s the first episode, people! Of the first Star Wars anything I’ve gotten to be a part of since its beginning! I was a late bloomer in the SW fandom… saw the Originals about thirty years after they came out, the Prequels between five and eleven years post their release, the Clone Wars three years after they debuted… it’s a huge deal right now to be coming alongside a new chapter in the Star Wars galaxy as it happens. So if any of this blog comes off bumpy and off-kilter, pleeeease understand that I’m having trouble not nerding out entirely. But yeah, anyway, returning to the episode…
It’s a crazy thing to think about… going about your business in the town square while TIE fighters fly overhead. If the massive Star Destroyer didn’t already make you keenly aware of what a big deal the Imperials are right now, then those TIEs definitely do. It’s also crazy thinking that Stormtroopers could come along and crash your party whenever they want. One minute this poor old Gothal was making some spare cash and the next thing he knows he’s being arrested for treason. Unfair. And these Imperials just don’t care! Jerk Imperial #1 just takes a bite out of the guy’s fruit and is all “Yeahhh and what are you gonna do about it? We’re the Empire and you’re not!”. And everyone else in the vicinity is kinda too scared to get involved. But enter Ezra: riffraff, street rat, scoundrel… you’ll love him. He’s in and out before you know it — snatching up Jerk Imperial #2’s comlink without anyone noticing. And thens comes in a call to one of the Imperials and they have to ditch the “traitor” for an emergency. And ugh Jerk Imperial #1 still leaves his mark on the oldster by throwing his fruit basket back on him; honestly, it’s often the little things the Imperials do that really makes my blood boil. But surprise… Ezra’s doesn’t just have sticky fingers, but he’s also a master of imitating Imperials, as the Gothal looks up and sees the kid on the other end of the com. Andddd then Ezra kinda ruins his short-lived good guy streak and nabs a few fruits. But hey, he only steals what he can’t afford! Ah I’m sorry but seriously Aladdin and Ezra are almost the same person… both thieves with a heart of gold who find themselves suddenly in the midst of something much larger. And a bit akin to the other “street rat”, Ezra makes his exit climbing atop the buildings, catching a glimpse at the confused Imperials while he’s at it. But then our hero’s attention is mysteriously drawn to a figure in the streets. And that someone kinda picks up on it too, but moves along anyway. Methinks something Force-y is going on here. That “someone”, is who we know as Kanan Jarrus, at the moment, though, Ezra just knows him as some dude in the crowd. But as Ezra keeps watching, it starts becoming clear that something’s up as Kanan exchanges a signal with another guy (that would be Zeb) and Zeb exchanges that signal with a girl (that would be Sabine) and then Sabine in turn casually blows up a ‘trooper’s ride. The Imperials freak out and make a point to get their cargo to safety asap, and Ezra takes that as a hint something valuable might happen to be in those crates. Needless to say, things are about to get craaaaazyyy…!
Once the ‘troopers come out, Kanan and Zeb show up. Kanan handles that blaster of his like a boss, and Zeb gives them a taste of his awesome Lasat strength. And their combined awesome makes them come out on top pretty quickly. Of course, neither of them expected this street kid to “borrow” the Imperials’ speeder… and the crates with it. This plan didn’t call for any chase scenes, but now Kanan and Zeb are on the move. Hehe is it wrong I love watching these guys plow over the Stormtroopers with their cargo-laden speeders? Those white-armored guys go down like dominoes! XD
But guess who was one jump ahead of Ezra’s perfectly executed steal? Sabine. The Mando girl made a perfect landing on his boxed loot and made an expert blasting off of one of the crates, but not without wishing him luck first. Yeahh he’ll need a lot of luck if he’s going to outrun these two. The chase leads them through more ‘troopers, through town, and onto the highway. And that in turn attracts a couple of “traffic cop” ‘troopers who start shooting. So now Kanan and Zeb have yet another problem, trying to get the “cops” off their tails while trying to catch up with the kid. And one of those troopers’ blasterfire hits Ezra’s speeder and now he’s trying to keep it under control while accidentally navigating on a one-way highway. Zeb finally has to pull out his electric prod like-what-magnaguards-use thing and give to the traffictrooper the old-fashioned way. And Kanan hands over a nice shiny explosive to the other one. So now, Kanan drops his cargo over to Zeb to focus on getting the last crate from Ezra. Zeb does not entirely approve. Ahhh I love how his ears add to his emotive abilities! Hehe sorry.
So after jumping the divider, Kanan finally gets in front of Ezra and forces the kid to pull over. They have a brief conversation that really doesn’t get either of them anywhere. And Ezra’s gone again! Our young friend clearly sees this whole thing as just two robberies plain and simple, so he’s not making Kanan’s job any easier. Andddd to top it off there’s a TIE fighter and it blows the guy’s speeder to smithereens. Thankfully, Master Jarrus has another ride on the way…
Meanwhiles, Ezra didn’t really make as clean a getaway as he’d hoped; driving out into the fields, a TIE fighter started coming after him. And it squarely hit his speeder and threw him off. That TIE probably would’ve got him too had not a ship taken aim at the TIE first. And on that ship stands Kanan, offering a ride. Considering the fact that a bunch of TIEs are coming up behind, any reluctance Ezra has is pretty much gone. And he makes quite a fantastic jump, all the while keeping a hold on that last crate. And it’s a jump that likely only a Jedi could’ve made. Interesting…
But if Kanan’s even a little impressed, he sorta forgets that as soon as Ezra starts nosing around the lovely expensive weaponry in that crate. And then Zeb starts going off on him and Ezra returns the argument and Kanan has to do a little intervening… anddd then he has to head topside to do some co-piloting, leaving young Bridger in the somewhat capable hands of Zeb and Sabine… yeah I don’t know if that was the best “parenting” there…
So now we finally get to meet Hera and Chopper, who are doing all the flying and naturally trying to avoid getting blown up by them TIEs. Hera’s all “Sooo how’d it go?” and Kanan’s all “It’s been one crazy morning…”. I could very easily see him getting a cup of coffee right now, of course with the Ghost having to manuever like it does, hot coffee in the lap would not be a pleasant addition to get slammed around in the cockpit XD So once he finally gets situated, he explains to Hera exactly what went down, as she continues dodging the Imperials gaining behind.
So it takes Ezra about two seconds to start getting on Zeb’s goat again. And it took about a minute before Zeb threw Ezra into a closet. Hey once you start talking smack about how he smells, you can expect nothing more than getting thrown into something! And by the time Kanan checked in with them… Ezra’s made a little escape from said closet. Zeb’s expression of “aw dang I’m so busted” is absolutely priceless. What they know only shortly after is that our little friend’s in the vents now. But only until he falls through and finds himself in a cockpit with a big ol’ window. And through that window is the gloriousness that is outer space. Ezra’s mind is officially blown. And who wouldn’t be? This moment is seriously amazingly amazing. And then along came the TIE fighters. Ezra’s response is so so so hilarious I could do it no justice redescribing it here :lol: But then Sabine shows up and shoves him out of the seat so she can, you know, fire back at the bad guys. Ezra might’ve had something to say, but thennnn she took her helmet off and it turns out, she’s kinda sorta really pretty, and he’s momentarily at a loss for words. So he picks that moment to throw on the charm… “hey my name’s Ezra, what’s yours?” and Sabine’s all *eyeroll* XD Oh, and then Zeb comes in, not looking too happy, but all the craziness comes to somewhat of a halt as our heroes fry the TIEs and the Ghost heads off into hyperspace. Victory!
Meanwhile, the Empire’s got a lot of cleaning up to do on Lothal. And that’s where Agent Kallus stands assuring Jerk Imperial #2 that their guard’ll be up the next time these renegades show their faces. It’s pretty clear that Kallus likes everything his way and definitely doesn’t like “rebel” sorts. And he has awesome sideburns, but that’s aside the point. Kallus means business, peeps. BUSINESS.
Back to the Ghost crew, Ezra is pretty intent on heading back home, and Hera and the crew intend to take him back home, once their work for the day is done. And today, their work takes them back to Lothal, but not to the in-decent-shape-considering-all-things city that Ezra calls home, but pretty much a dump of a community nicknamed Tarkin Town, where the residents seriously lost everything they had to the Empire. But now here come Zeb, Sabine, and Ezra, bringing crates full of food to the misfortunate people, and we start to see maybe the smallest hint of change in Bridger’s view on things. On the other side of town, Kanan and Hera brought over the crates of weapons to their um… friend, I guess(?), Vizago. The guy is clearly not in the business of being a decent “human being”, but he gets some points for giving them credits for the weapons, and perhaps some dirt on the Empire. Such as the fact that they’ve captured a bunch of Wookiees who are all headed for a life of slavery. Sounds like our rebel friends know their next move.
So Ezra had a lot to think about regarding this very new and unusual perspective called “helping others just to help others”. He was sitting outside the Ghost, just thinking, and then suddenly the Force starts talking to him again. He makes a point to listen and follows it back into the ship. Where it ultimately leads him to Kanan’s quarters. After a bit of lock-picking and nosing around, he happens to find two veryy interesting things… a strange little cube that we know as a holocron (but of course he takes it anyway, not knowing what it is) and a lightsaber. A glorious blue-bladed lightsaber. Such a rare sight in this day and age, and for a street kid like him! And then Kanan came in. Busted. I love his first response to Ezra… “careful, you’ll cut your arm off.” yeah that happens a lot don’t it? And Chopper looks to be laughing his bucket-dome off; either that or he’s questioning the kid’s sanity. Ezra’s all “Well… would it be entirely crazy if I told you that it sorta called me?” and Kanan’s like “Yeah. It’s entirely crazy. Get out.” and thus Ezra gave him back the lightsaber and left the room… still holding the holocron in hand. But clearly Kanan and Hera know more than what they’re letting on…
So Ezra casually walked back to the kitchen (seriously I love that this ship has a kitchen of sorts) where he found Sabine getting a drink, and they started talking. First in finding they have common ground where their whole “following the rules” thing stands, but that turns into a whole conversation as Sabine starts explaining a little of who the five of them are… a small, somewhat mismatched family of a crew, all in some way hurt by the Empire, and all trying to fight for the right thing. She was about to ask for some of Ezra’s backstory, but Zeb dropped in, letting Sabine know that Kanan had called a meeting. And he (perhaps not so) wisely put Chopper in charge of keeping an eye on the boy. But before she left, Sabine finally answered his question from earlier and gave him her name. Ezra gives this slightly goofy smile back and was about to follow her and thennn he rammed right into Chopper XD XD OK I have no clue whether this’ll go anywhere, but I rather adore the prospect of these two together. Just the fact that they’re striking up a real friendship right now is a wonderful thing. Whether or not “Sabezra” is to be the case anytime soon is unknown, but where they stand now gives them a good chance at least :) But in the here and now, Chopper just grumps off at Ezra, either saying “You couldn’tve watched where you were going, could ya?” or “Dude, you know you a guy like you and a girl like her have like zero chance right?” and Ezra just shoots the little droid a look.
So in their “family room” of sorts, Kanan and Hera caught Sabine and Zeb up to speed on the Wookiee situation and start making a plan to rescue them… and then they find Ezra listening in on their discussion in the closet. He tries to duck back in through the vents but this time Zeb yanks him out and dumps him back on the ground. Chopper comes in and he’s all “Before anyone blames me, he snuck through the vents and I’m short, so that’s no one’s fault but yours!”. Zeb’s pretty much done dealing with Ezra’s junk and is all “Can we pleeeease get rid of him now?”. Sabine seemingly took Ezra’s side on this, but well… “No we can’t, he knows too much”. Hera calms the waters, restating that they don’t have time to worry about him, and she decides to take the kid with her to the cockpit to keep an eye on him.
In the cockpit, Ezra comments that he can’t imagine why these guys go around taking on the Empire to help others, but Hera makes her point in the best way possible and kinda shuts up Ezra without having to say much at all. As they come out of hyperspace, they drop by an Imperial station. Naturally they want to know what’s up and Hera pulls of this genius cover story of having captured another Wookiee. Ezra keeps shooting her these looks that say “You can’t be serious! It’s not going to work!”, but it totally does. Hera: 2, Ezra: 0.
And thenn come aboard the Stormtroopers. Who were expecting a Wookiee and got a Lasat instead (well, he would’ve been one if they’d used the older McQuarrie designs, but not the point). Kanan and Sabine play it cool, but I just can’t help but adore Zeb’s complete and utter awkward Wookiee impersonation, and he’s clearly aware of the awkwardness of it all. And then he gives up and slams the two ‘troopers with his fist. Onward our heroes go, but only after the three have left does Hera realize that their communication’s been jammed. And then in came a Star Destroyer. It’s clear to Ezra and Hera pretty quickly that it’s a setup. Hera tells him to follow the three onboard the transport and warn them. And yeahhh Ezra didn’t like that plan so much at first, but Hera knows how to convince. I love how awesomely she makes her point, “if all you do is fight for your own life then your life is worth nothing.” BOOM. She needs to keep at the ship’s controls, and Ezra right now is their only hope. And even though Ezra’s still not too keen on risking his life for people he doesn’t know… he makes a dash after our heroes all the same. That is one of those moments where you can’t help but get up and cheer, as Ezra’s finally starting to make the right choices and understand the weight of what these rebels are doing. Go and save them Ezra! Go!
So Kanan and Zeb were just doing their thing and slapping detanators where they need to go when Ezra comes running in, making Admiral Ackbar proud shouting “IT’S A TRAP!”. And just when things seemed to be going their way…! And then in case you still doubted him, enter in a bunch of Stormtroopers. And the boys make a run for it as Ezra gives the ‘troopers a taste of his laser-slingshot thing. As they continue running, Sabine and Chopper were elsewhere, working on temporarily disabling the artificial gravity, and before long, our heroes are airborne. And thus commences an awesome battle between Kallus and the Stormtroopers and our threesome with laserfire going this way and that! Oh, and then Sabine blanketed the control room with detanators, which will likely be an issue later. But just as all our heroes were out in the clear, Zeb’s frustrated shoving of Ezra sends the kid into the arms of Agent Kallus and his gang. And with no way seemingly to get a good shot at the baddies, Zeb runs off to rejoin the crew, leaving Ezra behind. And this is the part where we all go “NO WAIT! WHAT ARE YOU DOING ZEB?!”.
The Ghost was off on its way with almost everyone on board, leaving the Imperials with a nice “goodbye” explosion, courtesy of Sabine. And Zeb is clearly feeling the weight of his split-second decision. I love how they were able to make us both partially mad at Zeb, but also made us hurt for him, knowing he really felt bad about leaving Ezra. By the time their all situated in the cockpit again, the crew starts to realize that someone’s missing. And our Lasat friend knows who. I love that Hera really and truly embraces her “mom” position in all of this and shouts out his full name… yup Zeb’s in trouble.
Meanwhile, Ezra was in the Imperial slammer. Funnn. And getting a talk from Agent Kallus himself. Ezra doesn’t make it easy on the guy, though, firing off a little snark where he can. Kallus tells him that they’re using Ezra as bait for the rebels. Young Bridger just shrugs, believing that the crew wouldn’t waste their time coming back for him. But Kallus…? Eh, who knows what he thinks. He’s not exactly an open book. He just struts out of that cell without another word and tells the ‘troopers to search him. And after all of that, the only thing Ezra still has is that weird little cube knickknack. Whilst questioning why he ever tried to help them, he pitches the holocron across the cell. In a moment of quiet though, Ezra finally just follows along with the Force. And like so many things, it’s not what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside that counts as that box proves to be more than what it seems… kinda like a familiar lamp (OK sorry no more Aladdin references). Because it’s, of course, a holocron, and in that is a recorded message from the one and only Obi-Wan Kenobi! The message he sent out to all the Jedi who survived Order 66 at the end of Episode III! Whoaaa!
Back on the Ghost, it looks like Hera is determined to head back to save their new friend. Zeb isn’t thrilled on the prospect whatsoever. Sabine knows that the Empire would be expecting them and doesn’t think it’s the safest move. But Chopper’s with Hera on the whole “saving Ezra” thing (or so Hera says…), and well, Kanan doesn’t have a lot of choice on the matter, I don’t think… Hera kinda wears the pants in the family :)
“Wait until my uncle the Emperor finds out that you’ve been holding me against my will! He won’t go easy on you!” Bwahahaha I’m sorry that’s the best ever XD But all that ranting Ezra was doing was actually a kickstarter for a clever escape. The ‘troopers come in, Bridger goes out, and the ‘troopers get locked in. Nicely done, Ezra! Nicely done. While he’s out there, retrieving his pack and stuff, he also borrows a spare ‘trooper helmet, and while it’s on, he hears a little more dish as he now knows exactly where the Imperials are picking up their Wookiees, as well as where they’ll be dropped off — the spice mines of Kessel. But then things get kinda crazy… one ‘trooper tells Kallus that Ezra escaped, Kallus doesn’t let him clarify that the kid escaped on his own and assumes the rebels came back, Ezra hears this and thinks that the crew did come back… well, good thing they actually are coming. Just a question of when. In the meantime, Ezra puts his voice-acting skills to use and uses the helmet to throw in some last-second thoughts on the situation, so maybe they’re won’t be quite as many Stormtroopers at the door when our heroes arrive.
Anddd it doesn’t take long for our heroes to arrive. Kanan, Zeb, and Sabine make a dash into to hangar, and suddenly there’s Ezra, making an exit from the vents, and wearing his helmet. And then Zeb socks a good one on him. He says it was because he couldn’t be sure it was him because of the helmet, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was just all that bottled-up frustration with the kid. I mean, how many ‘troopers wear an old orange flightsuit?? Either way, good thing Ezra was wearing that “bucket”. Yikes does Zeb have a couple of fists on him! And then along came the Stormtroopers and Kallus once again. Our heroes make a dash for the ship, laserfire blazing left and right, and make it aboard just in time. Oh, and Sabine left them another surprise… a nice painting of what will be the icon of the Rebel Alliance on the floor of the hangar… painted with explosive paint. Yup now that is one of the coolest weapons I’ve ever seen :D Kallus lived, but he was none too happy.
So now cruising along through hyperspace, Ezra gives an awkward “thank you” to Hera for coming back. Hera’s making a point to take Ezra home to his family, but then he makes mention that he doesn’t have one. And Hera’s expression is just the most compassionate and caring at that moment, I could just cry, man… you can tell beyond a shadow of a doubt that her heart goes out to this kid. But then the rest of the crew gets situated in the cockpit and the moment’s kinda over. Ezra decides to tell them what heard about the Wookiees, and knowing what they know about Kessel, and what would happen to those Wookiees on Kessel, they have no time to lose. And Ezra is quite fine with joining along for the ride this time :)
So the next thing we know, we’re seeing a bunch of really sad Wookiees, and there are few things sadder than a bunch of really sad Wookiees. They’re just trying to do their good thing and now they’re headed off to the worst place everr. AND THERE’S A LITTLE ONE! AND HIS DAD! Ohhh good night, if your heart doesn’t hurt for these guys at least a little bit you can’t possibly have a heart. And then from above comes the Ghost! Hurray! So while the crew is exchanging laserfire with the Stormtroopers, Ezra sneaks off to go and help free the furry fellows. And once the “walking carpets” have their cuffs off, they start doing a little old-fashioned Stormtrooper bashing as well! But just when you think they’ve saved the day, enter the TIEs, working on blasting the Ghost. Hera sends Chopper to the guns to make quick work of the baddies, but only one goes down before enters in another, bigger Imperial ship, in which are our friend Kallus and his ‘trooper buddies. Yeesh the guy just doesn’t give up! And in the midst of the mess, the little Wookiee is still cuffed and is trying to best he can to keep out of harm’s way. His Dad goes after him, but only to be met by Stormtrooper blasters and is wounded. Zeb comes out to help him, but the little one’s now caught the attention of one of the ‘troopers. And in the midst of it, Ezra knows he’s got to do something. But at the moment things are continually getting crazier… our heroes are surrounded by bad guys and Hera can’t get to them safely. So Kanan has to do what he has to do… he does the incredibly awesome thing of walking right up to those ‘troopers and pulling out… oh yes… his LIGHTSABER. Ezra’s knocked for a loop, the Wookiees are in awe, even the Stormtroopers are like “Whoa that dude has a lightsaber! What the heck!”. Kallus is a bit unsure of his next move at first; I mean, yeah, he’s probably never even seen a real Jedi before this! Or maybe he has but either way, he just points the way for his gang to shoot. And naturally Kanan’s lightsaber does what it do as it deflects just about everything the Imperials throw at them :) Zeb leads the rest of them and the Wookiees into the containment thing that Hera will pick them up in, and that’s where Ezra’s attention comes back to the little Wookiee, whose father is reluctant to leave behind. And now Ezra has to do what he has to do. Now Zeb is more than a little frustrated with this new dent in the plan, as he watches the kid run off after the Stormtrooper in pursuit of the little one. But Ezra does pretty darn awesome as he does an epic probably-Force-aided jump in front of the ‘trooper and takes aim with his slingshot, which quickly sends the unfortunate buckethead off the side of the bridge. But just as Ezra starts working to get the cuffs off of his little friend, along comes Agent Kallus. Kallus knows he’s got this. He just sorta takes a moment to talk some smack and then comments briefly on Ezra seemingly being a padawan. Ezra’s like “Psh no of course not!” and that’s when the Ghost showed up, with Kanan standing tall atop it, lightsaber unsheathed! And thus a well-aimed deflected laserblast hits Kallus on the shoulder and knocks him clean off the bridge. With that, off go our heroes and the Wookiees! Not before, of course, Kallus, still hanging on to the side of the bridge, gives them a dirty look. And then the ‘trooper from earlier still hanging below innocently asks “First Jedi you’ve ever seen, sir?” and Kallus slams his boot into the Stormtrooper’s head XD The perfect capper for this whole crazy battle, I’d say!
Aboard the ship, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when the Dad Wookiee reunited with his little one. Wookiee hugs are some of the best hugs :3 And it was all because of this diamond-in-the-rough street rat (andd there I go again with the Aladdin refs), who chose to do something entirely selfless in a moment of great peril. But now that their mission is over… Ezra’s going home, right? Just like they planned? Nobody seems thrilled about the prospect. Though Ezra does still managed to snatch Kanan’s lightsaber… again…
It’s sort of an awkward departure for everyone. D’aww Chopper’s actually waving goodbye! Zeb tries to lighten the mood, but doesn’t really pull it off the way he’d hoped. Ezra does give Kanan back his holocron before giving his final farewell. But that turns out to be a bigger deal than any one of them would’ve thought — Kanan takes one look and sees that this holocron… was opened. And as we TCW veterans know, only Jedi can do that :)
Ezra had finally gotten home into his control tower and was about to shelve his new lightsaber with the rest of his doodads, and then, just like that, Kanan shows up behind him. Filling the kid in on his quiet ponderings of the Force. Ezra now has a choice — to stay here and let the lightsaber gather dust, or join the Ghost crew and learn how to use that lightsaber, and learn what it means to be a Jedi.
Ezra made the right decision.
We close out on the words spoken fourteen years ago by Master Kenobi, as he encourages all the remaining Jedi to trust in the Force, and be ready to take on all the challenges they’re to be faced with. You can just hear in those words spoken the weight that must’ve been on Obi-Wan’s shoulders… I mean, he was putting this out just after he lost tons of good friends, his way of life, and his best friend/old padawan on top of that! But here he stands, even though only a virtual image, carrying on this small ounce of hope to all who hear him. And now, that small ounce of hope is being carried through two young Jedi who both have a lot to learn, and through their four amazing friends in the Ghost crew.
And thus begins a new, glorious chapter in the SW universe.
Oh yeah, and not to alarm you, but Agent Kallus happened to have let The Inquisitor know that he’d found a Jedi or two and so… yeah… that could be a problem later… o.o
So WOW what an episode! What an amazing show! What an amazing way to start this incredible series! And not a bad blog post overall, even if it did take me like four hours to do. So looks like I’ll be catching up with you guys again in a week to talk about the next episode! See ya then, fellow Rebels!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Uncovering The Lost Missions: Sacrifice

I know it seems weird that I’m posting this on the day Rebels debuts, but well… my week’s been busy OK? But more than that, I think it’s cool to take a moment to love on the the Clone Wars era once more before we cross into this new time and place. I think I’ve got some really good stuff to talk about in this post, so yay for that! So grab your tissues and gather ’round as we take some time to talk about the grand finale to end all grande finales — Sacrifice.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI, and TCW episodes The Lost One, Voices, Destiny, and Sacrifice.

Cover title for Uncovering Blog #13

OK, so there is no human way I can adequately explain everything that just happened these past three episodes in a nutshell, so yeah… I’m not even going to try. If you want an update yourself, just go back and read the last three posts. But yeah big things have been happening, no doubt. Yoda’s headed off to Moraband for his next lesson in post-death Force-yness. And btw did I mention that Moraband was the ancient homeworld of the Sith? Yikes. Now, considering this was the bad guys’ old stomping grounds, this place doesn’t inherently come off evil… it’s dusty, and mountainous, and kind of in shambles from some crazy amount of ancient war, but it doesn’t look, on the surface, to be a bad place. And I guess it really isn’t a bad place… just a place where bad guys hung out and did their Sith-y junk. And where Yoda’s about to get knee-deep in the Force game. Once again, Artoo can’t come along with Yoda on this. Aww poor guy never gets to do anything exciting! jk. But Yoda’s aware that if he doesn’t come back after a few days, the little astromech will need to deliver the news to the Jedi back home. Wow just the fact that Yoda might not come back… heavy stuff man. But as Yoda walks off into the dusty, rocky world, we know that this is hardly the heaviest thing we’ll be seeing today. And cue amazingly amazing dramatic music that makes me want a TCW soundtrack even more than I already did.
So after a bit of walking, Yoda sits down and starts meditating, and shortly thereafter, darkness falls upon Moraband. And suddenly there are a billion snakes that all form into a giant snake-incectoid thing and I get a severe case of the willies. This Sith-snake guy comes off pretty scary, but Yoda’s all “Dude I’m not afraid of you” and the guy’s all “Oh yeah?” and strikes, but falls apart back into a scattering of snakes as Yoda holds a hand up. Like a boss, Master Yoda. Like. a. boss. Of course that’s not the only thing this creepy planet as up its sleeves… then the snakes sort of bring out a bunch of ghastly dudes, who kinda resemble the Force priestesses but clearly not good guys whatsoever. And they start going on about all this crud of there not being life after death and stuff. I gather they’re sort of the embodiment of fear? Would make sense. Yeah, real nice let’s go and freak Yoda out a bit before his finals, why don’t we? Obviously these clowns have nothing better to do. All humorous/sarcastic commentary aside, these guys are actually pretty bone-chilling scary… and maybe a bit more so than most things in SW that are deemable as “scary”. Well, if you’re gonna represent fear, you’ve got to look the part. And guess who picked up on Yoda’s fear in that moment? Dooku. Who’s hanging out a long long way from Moraband. And it takes like two seconds for one of his droids to walk in and tell him that Sidious needs him to come to Coruscant ASAP. Oooooooh what could this dastardly duo be up to?? And how will it involve Yoda??
Meanwhile, Yoda shook off the fear and moved on into this dark, foreboding ancient tomb-thing, with only his lightsaber to light the way. And in this tomb lies the resting place of some ancient Sith dude. Which is appropriately accented with a giant foreboding statue above it. Yeah not creepy at all. And what does Yoda do? Exactly what none of us would probably have done — walk up to it! And by the time he gets there, there’s lots of black fog and fire and suddenly there stands this really really REALLY creepy form of that Sith guy I just mentioned. Ladies and gentlemen, Darth Bane everybody! I’ve heard of him before, though I’m unsure if he was ever mentioned in the movies, soooo that would make him one of those expanded universe characters who became canon! Wow! And what’s really crazy is that… well… he’s voiced by Mark Hamill. *Brain short-circuits from the craziness of it all* I mean, it’s partially doesn’t feel like a huge deal, because yeah Mark Hamill has done his share of voicing animated villains in the years since being Luke, but then you remember “oh yeah he was Luke” and our heads explode. Or at least mine did when I saw that name on the end credits! OK so I’m getting ahead of myself. Yoda knows who this joker is (pun very much intended); he’s probably the head honcho Sith of them all, the guy who came up with the concept of keeping the number to a minimum of two and making them the terrifying gang they are today. Bane’s all “So you came here to join the Sith! Cool.” and Yoda’s all “Noooo I didn’t. And btdubs you’re not real… you’re dead and stuff so…” and that was the end of that conversation. And then beneath the tombs opens a staircase! This place is just full of surprises, isn’t it? So heading down the stairs and following the familiar voice of the Serenity priestess, Yoda furtherly enters the unknown.
On the other side of the galaxy, Dooku landed on Coruscant where his master awaited him. Sidious casually tells him “Hey so I think we should go and have some fun with them Jedi today…”. And yeah Sidious has been pretty creepy every episode in this season, but man his creepiness hits a major high in this one. How does Tim Curry get his voice to be so perfectly terrifying?? So yes… just how these two will have “fun” with the Jedi remains to be seen…
So Yoda was walking on through those tunnels and right on cue, his teachers, the priestesses, show up. Yoda’s aced all his tests up to now, but his last test will be pretty much the most challenging thing ever. Because he’s going to be fighting the big boss Sith and the second-banana Sith in a place of total darkness where the Force girls’ light doesn’t shine. Yeah that does sound about the most challenging thing ever. And yeah this dark place was where ancient Sith sacrificed Jedi so… yeeeEeeEeeEsh *shudders*. Not exactly a walk in the park AND OH MY GOSH THAT FACIAL ANIMATION ON YODAAAAAA…! HE’S SO BRAVE!! Sorry not sorry.
Now back to the bad guy’s side of the story. It must’ve felt awkward for Dooku to tell Sidious that he’s getting vibes from his old pre-Sith master, but the Darth decides to take advantage of that connection and use it to majorly mess with Yoda. With a little bit of hocus-pocus, Dooku’s blood (*shudders again*), and Force lightning, our baddies are ready to go and… well… yeah, mess with Yoda. And to do so, they decide to show up to him in disguise…
Sooo yes… as Yoda walks into this dark place, he finds — shocker of shockers — SIFO-DYAS. Barely alive, tattered, old, and tied up in what looks like ropes made of Force lightning. And admittedly my first reaction is “AHH WHAT?!” though it starts occurring to me shortly after that this is the disguise Sidious and Dooku put on. Call it a hunch, but he starts trying to convince Yoda he can tell him all he wants to know if he frees him, which sounds awfully Sith-y. Oh, and Sifo-Dyas’s eyes are yellow-red. That too. Of course Yoda’s all “Don’t care bro” and then it takes about a few seconds for that disguise to wear off and reveal it to be Darth Sidious. I still can’t believe they managed to have these two duel without Yoda knowing Sidious’s identity! Benefit of wearing hooded cloaks, I guess… But suddenly, poof! Yoda’s not on Moraband anymore. He’s in a Republic gunship with the clones and Anakin by his side. WURT…? Yeah my head seriously started hurting at this part. And I’m sure the same for Yoda. As it turns out, he’s evidently leading a mission on Coruscant to go take down Dooku and who our heroes believe is the Sith Lord. Ever had a nightmare where you’re doing a test you haven’t studied for? That’s probably how Yoda feels right now. Those Force priestesses could’ve just stuck to a written test for the finals, but noooooo! After Anakin gets Yoda up to speed, Yoda gets his game face on, ready to find out the truth about this Sidious character, and end the clone wars once and for all! Ohhh wouldn’t that’ve been great if that had happened…! I have to say, I really like that we’re getting a little clone battle in this last episode… seeing Rex and his guys again and Anakin, too. I mean, this battle didn’t actually happen for reals, but it’s so cool all the same, having these awesome heroes of awesome working together to fight the bad guy of bad guys! Of course then stuff happens that isn’t very cool for our heroes… Sidious hits all the clones with Force lighting, and when I first saw this I wasn’t totally sure whether this was real or not so I squeaked out in pure shock “YOU KILLED REX?!?!”. Thankfullyz that wasn’t the case, but they sure scared me to bits. Anakin and Dooku start dueling as Yoda starts to chase down Sidious… up until Anakin knocks Dooku to his knees and gives the Count two lightsabers to the neck. Which also shocked me, even though it convinced me it wasn’t real — or at least, only partially real. Yoda was pretty shocked as well. Wonder if he ever found out that Anakin would eventually do that. But Yoda still had to make a dash after the Darth, and it lead him out of the Sith’s hangout and onto an industrial bridge and thus the lightsabers came out! It really is a fantastic duel; super-cool, but careful not to undermine their already super-cool battle to come in Episode III. And then suddenly, Anakin catches up and joins in on the fight! Anakin having lent his lightsaber to this matter was useful, up until he came on a little too fast and proceeded to be Force-choked and Force-lightninged and tossed aside unconscious. Yoda was able to take on what Force lightning Sidious could dish out and threw it back at him, knocking the Darth over the platform. Buuuut naturally Sidious isn’t dead and he starts playing dirty, running beneath the platform and lightsabering its supports and proceeding to make the bridge start falling apart. Yoda makes a dash to one side of the bridge to fight Sidious, but then Anakin’s unconscious form is about to fall off the collapsing other half! And now Yoda’s stuck between trying to get Master Skywalker to safety and fending off the Darth. Sidious tries to convince him to forget about Anakin, telling him “You ditch the guy and you could actually stop me from pulling off my evil plans!”. Now, just think about this for a second: Sidious knows what he’s going to do, and it will partially involve turning Anakin into Vader. We know this. Yoda doesn’t know this yet, so he assumes it’s only just because he could defeat Sidious. But then Yoda stands up and says “I won’t let you tempt me. I’m ready to make the ultimate sacrifice.”. So this is the crazy thing that I can’t help but love; just as Yoda stands between Sidious and Anakin now, refusing to bend to the dark lord’s wishes, in Episode VI, Luke was standing between the Emperor and Vader, refusing to kill his father, and saying “I am a Jedi, like my father before me”. I don’t know if this mirroring was intentional or not, but it is seriously awesome. Maybe the Jedi haven’t figured out the attachment vs. love thing yet, but there’s no love stronger than being willing to give up your life for someone, and that’s what Yoda does now as he stands between Sidious and Anakin. WOW. WOW. WOW. And indeed, Yoda turns off the lightsaber, and even while Sidious hits him with all the Force lightning he’s got, Yoda manages to use the Force to put Anakin on solid ground, just as the rest of the bridge falls apart and sends Yoda and Sidious falling to their imminent doom. In the midst of the fall, Sidious just keeps evil laughing his head off as Yoda tries to unmask this villain. But by the time Yoda finally gets ahold of that hood… Sidious has disappeared. LE GASP! And Master Yoda takes the fall…
As for our Sith friends, we now see Sidious and Dooku stand in front of their little cauldron with frowny faces, knowing they didn’t quite succeed as much as they would’ve wanted to. Ah well… tomorrow’s another day!
And then Yoda woke up to the face of the Serene priestess. He’s passed his test… and evidently, all of this craziness was just the entry test to the life-after-death university. Aw man I don’t know about Yoda but I might’ve been a bit bummed. Anyway, it looks like Yoda will continue to take little classes with Qui-Gon from here on out so cool. And also she might’ve mentioned something at the last second about there being another Skywalker. I’m sure Yoda was dead confused what that was all about… but we as an audience just had our heads explode a little more. And with that, Yoda and Artoo are heading home. And I’m not sure Artoo could’ve looked any happier at that moment.
Back home on Coruscant, Mace and Obi-Wan and the rest of the Jedi really want to know what went down on Yoda’s journey. But Yoda shrugs and is all “Eh. There’s not a lot to talk about…”. Yoda, of course, can’t exactly tell them all that went down per se, but he does leave his fellow Jedi with some pretty deep thoughts. That while the ultimate result of the clone wars is uncertain, Yoda does know something that not even the Sith know… something that will win the ultimate battle, something that will be a true victory… or should we say someone? And with that, onward walk these three great Jedi into the Temple, while the camera takes a focus on a single bright bloom on the tree that seems to point to all the hope that will remain, even through dark times and destruction… to that beautiful ending that comes in Episode VI and oh gosh I’m sorry I’m going to cry now… Oh Lucasfilm you could not have given us a more beautiful ending to this amazingly amazing series…! ^w^
Just… wow…, man… this series…! Its legacy will live on in our hearts forever for absolute certain. And while the sun sets on this era, there will always be more to explore in the SW Universe. Plus, I still plan on writing #CloneBackThursdays posts on all the episodes from the last five seasons :) Oh yeah and there are all those unfinished Utapauan episodes on starwars.com to watch too! So now, as we walk into the era of the Rebellion’s rise, we go with excitement and with hopeful hearts as we’re about to find out just how this little sliver of hope will continue to be threaded through this truly incredible story called Star Wars.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight