Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Disappeared Part 2

Hey friends! The wait is over — we’re about to get in deep on The Disappeared‘s second part! Aw man I’m so sorry it took me this long to get it out… just haven’t been too much in the blogging spirit lately, kinda… but whatever! I’m blogging now and ready to uncover the next of the Lost Missions!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from the Clone Wars Microseries, and the TCW episodes The Lawless, The Wrong Jedi, The Disappeared Part 1, The Disappeared Part 2

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So as you know, Mace Windu and Jar Jar Binks have just gotten in knee-deep in a crazy cultist conspiracy, and on top of that, kinda have to save the awesome Queen Julia from these cultists before all darkness breaks loose across the galaxy. So yeah no pressure or whatevz. And yeah considering these bad guys are literally stealing the Force right out of their victims, the clock is ticking faster than our heroes want it to. As the two fly offworld to save the day, Mace starts figuring that they’re up against something way worse than just a bunch of masked wackos…
Meanwhiles, the cultists have arrived at their destination with the captive queen. And though everything should be going to plan, they’re a little worried as to the fact that their boss, this “Great Mother”, knows that they’ve got a Jedi on their tail. But the lead guy’s like “Psh whatever! There’s no way anyone’s going to ruin our epic plans! And the boss’ll deal with the Jedi either way!”. I don’t know about you, but I’m sure hoping they’re wrong. And off they walk, ready to get things set up for the final Force-removing finale. What they don’t know is that Mace and Jar Jar just arrived not too far away. The race is very much on.
So the second they landed, Representative Binks was pretty much ready to spring into action instantaneously, but Mace pulls on the brakes and takes a moment to use the Force to find the Queen. Yeahh Jar Jar wasn’t too much of a fan at the time, and for good reason, considering the state of the galaxy is in his hands… and the general fact that his ladylove is in an incredible amount of danger and stuff. But he’s more fond of it when Master Windu knows exactly where to look, and it’s officially off to the races! I seriously wish I had the patience this awesome Jedi had. Of course, I also wish I had a purple lightsaber but that’s not entirely likely to happen either… the closest thing I have to anyone in the room right now is Jar Jar’s penchant for sarcasm :P
So anyway the twosome find themselves searching in the market square, and bummer that things don’t always go as smoothly as planned. Mace heads to the rooftops for a better view, and then Jar Jar spots the fiends in question and the damsel in distress, but happens to be swarmed by these short blue guys attempting to sell fruit. Jar Jar pushes through that crowd and runs, Mace sees the Gungan dash off and runs after him, Jar Jar manages to chase them through a lovely herd of those gangly camel-ish things (ugh forgive my not knowing their official name at the moment), gets through only to realize “oh hey! there’s a whole bunch of cultists out here — all with spears!”. Well, I guess there’s something to be said for Jar Jar’s determination! Not so much for his wise decision-making, but let’s be honest… most of us would’ve done the same in a similar situation. So Mace was trying to follow him but got a little swept up in the herd, he did his awesome thing of walking over the critters, and then there’s Representative Binks, running away from cultists like Indiana Jones running away from angry natives (only Dr. Jones came off a lot more in control of that situation; see Jar Jar’s panicked screaming). And Mace is all *facepalm* and starts fighting them off. Jar Jar, with a lot less to panic over at the moment, takes a bit of a shortcut, following two in-charge-looking baddies in hopes they might lead him to Julia. His hunch is right, of course again, the problem of “greater numbers” rears its ugly head when it happens to be a bunch of them hauling off the Queen, but again, thank you Mace for stepping in and giving those creeps someone to fight as Jar Jar returns to catching up with the cultists. Jar Jar manages to find them again, only to be yet again faced with ANOTHER PROBLEM! That problem being the fact these weirdos somehow got ahold of a laser cannon and have a lot of fun firing it in Binks’ direction. I mean, like, seriously, the dude’s laughing while he’s shooting. Who does that?! Most SW bad guys just point and shoot, or point and shoot and say something witty or give a sly smile, and maybe laugh a little but not a lot like this crazy guy. And on top of that, he just shoots everything that stands in between him and Jar Jar… a more high-quality Sith or bounty hunter would probably’ve just tried aiming from a different angle, though in his defense that was a pretty big cannon for a Bardottan his size. Ooookay now I’m getting off-point. Mace once again finds himself darting off to save the Gungan’s skin. Just as Jar Jar was about to make a heroic move, Mace steps in and K.O.s the guy at the gun’s controls. Ah well, it’s the thought that counts, Jar Jar :) Oh BUT IT ONLY GETS WORSE! Then as Mace is about to catch up to the bad guys, THEY SIC TWO STINKIN’ GUNDARKS ON THEM! Dude, saving a Queen from a bunch of cultists shouldn’t be hard! OK maybe a little… but I’m kinda starting to feel bad for our heroes right now; it’s always something! Like how Master Windu pulled out his lightsaber but then Jar Jar accidentally rammed into him and knocked him over and one of the cultists’ buddies used his whip to snatch the weapon right out of his hands. And on top of that, the rest of the cultists get in their train-ish things and drove off into the far reaches of the desert and leave our heroes to fight with what they’ve got. Yeah, it’s always something… but thankfully, this is Mace Windu we’re talking about; the guy who destroyed super battle droids with his bare hands, so I think he’ll be OK. Though major kudos to Jar Jar for being awesome and fighting the cultists’ buddy and getting Mace’s lightsaber back… with his tongue. MAJOR. KUDOS. Of course I’m sure a small part of Master Windu’s a little grossed out by the fact he has Gungan saliva on his lightsaber but whatever; after that the Jedi makes quick work of those gundarks. And then Jar Jar clocks the buddy in the face awesomely. The guy makes it clear that this “Great Mother” don’t mess around and she’ll handle Mace the way only she do and Mace is like “Lol nope.” (except minus the “lol” part) and knocks him out for reals. But with the bad guys already long gone, our heroes mount a couple of steeds (a camel-y thing and another species I’ve seen before but can’t identify off-hand) and gallop off into the desert, continuing in their quest to save the queen!
So as for the bad guys, they’re back to setting up shop for getting the queen’s Force. Some of the dudes are all “You know, I’m kinda worried about that Jedi though…” and again their leader’s like “Don’t be, my visions tell me that he won’t do any damage to our plans!”. This had me a bit scared, as I really don’t want another rescue mission to fail or another awesome character lost (I’m still recuperating from the shock I got from The Lawless…), but thankfully, you know how this ends, and Mr. High-And-Mighty-Cultist Guy isn’t too good at predicting stuff as he might want to be.
Meanwhile, our heroes were galloping across the desert on the backs of their awesome beasts… and Jar Jar was making all these rather hilarious calls to his critter that get on Mace’s nerves quickly XD I swear that eyeroll/sigh combination says it all! Mace plays it cool though, just reminding Jar Jar to keep his focus where it belongs. His plan is simple; he takes out the bad guys, Jar Jar saves Julia, and we all go home heroes! Yeah I still can’t get over what a great team they make :)
Not far away, a ship docks near the bad guy’s hangout, and out of the ship walks an all-too-familiar black-streaked white face… this “Great Mother” is Mother Talzin! And just as creepy (but cool) as ever. The witch is pretty thrilled as to how things are going, after all, she’s the one who’ll be getting all this fresh-off-the-grill Force power! She knows that there’s a Jedi on their tail, but she don’t care. Yeesh this is getting all kinda scary! And not just because that freaky echo on her voice still gives me the shivers a bit. Anyway, the cultists set up this temple-thing and have Queen Julia tied up at just the right spot for de-Force-al, all they have to do now is wait on the lenses on their Force-removal-doohickey to align just so and boom! Mother gets herself a new pair of Force-y shoes! In the meantime, Talzin makes a bit of a cliche villain move and decides to do a bit of monologueing on her plan to, you know, make herself more powerful than Jedi or Sith alike and start a new order and junk. I mean, what else does she have to do right now? Savage is dead, Ventress is probably doing her own thing right now, and Maul? Eh, who knows where that guy is. Well, cliche or not she’s really good at monlogueing. Thankfully, Master Windu and Rep. Binks just arrived not too far away… but yeah they hardly begin to make the trek to the temple before they duo catches the eye of the bad guys’ stone guardians. And yeah these guardian guys are seriously cool… they’re like Transformers crossed with terra cotta warriors! What can I say? Serious coolness. Oh yeah, and they have blasters, which is seriously cool but also poses yet another problem for our good guys. With a little lightsaber-flinging and some dismembered-stone-guardian-blaster-shooting, the two make it out alive and continue in their race against time. Plus, now Jar Jar’s armed to the teeth with that blaster-thing, so we’re pretty good. Mace actually tells him “nice work”, which is impressive, because that’s as much of a compliment you’re going to get out of him for anything. And then BOOM! In walk the Jedi and the Gungan on the baddies, like. a. BOSS. Mother Talzin plays it cool for a second but then unleashes all her green magicky fury. Mace pulls out his lightsaber, ready to take on the Mom, and Jar Jar has basically one lense flip left to save Julia. It is about to get crazy up in here, people! And Talzin doesn’t play fair either; she makes a flamey sword-thing out of thin air and her magic! OK well, maybe she’s playing fair since this means she and Mace will both be dueling with a similar weapon, BUT NOT THE POINT! It’s one of the coolest duels I’ve ever seen! Green vs. purple… you won’t see that every day! And Mace is just too good at laying down legit quips to Mother’s backtalk. Meanwhile, Representative Binks is making quick work of those cultists with his stone blaster at his side. The clock is ticking, the de-Force-al thing is coming down to the wire, Jar Jar’s about to set the Queen free, and then ONE OF THE CULTIST DUDES GETS UP! Jar Jar gets Julia out of harm’s way, but then the cultist dude I just mentioned starts a fistfight with the Gungan, and right in the path of the thing! The sun’s powering it up, about to rip the Force right outta whoever’s unfortunate enough to be in its path, and at the last second, Julia runs and shoves Jar Jar out of the way, leaving the bad guy to fry. And as the Gungan and the Bardottan fly off the platform, the glass ball of Force rolls off its pedestal and shatters, causing a ginormous green explosion! Our heroes duck out of the line of fire just in time. And welp… let’s just say that Mother Talzin doesn’t come out unscathed. In fact she kinda got “fried” herself… guess that’s what you get for tampering with the Force, lady. It’s a little bit of a shock to see this has-everything-under-control, is-too-cool-for-you, sees-everything bad girl bite the dust, but we really don’t need to be worrying about her causing trouble in Rebels or something. Her story has come to its appropriately just end.
So Jar Jar and Julia have a cute moment as she tells him she knew her beau would save the day (and literally because that was part of her vision she had back last episode), but Jar Jar gives all the cred to his Jedi friend. And thus, the Queen decides that the Bardottans and the Jedi can totally be friends again. And then Jar Jar calls out for their steeds (I love how Mace is all “There he goes again…” and Julia’s all “ERMAGOSH HE IS SO CUTE WHEN HE DOES THAT!”), and our amazing heroes saddle up and do the awesome thing of riding off into the sunset! Now that’s how you do a happy ending! :D
So yes! What a great, fun series! Excitement and intensity well-balanced by levity and (dare I say it) FRIENDSHIP! Star Wars awesomeness once again at its best! And now we have coming our way the finale to end all finales! Ahhhhh I got the feels just thinking about it! Until next time…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

The Star Wars Fan’s Essential Guide To Phineas & Ferb

So you may have heard that the Phineas and Ferb Star Wars Special is coming up this Saturday, but perhaps you find yourself in an unsure position because you’ve never seen Phineas and Ferb, but your SW-loving side of you won’t let you NOT see the crossover. Well, good news, uncertain friend! If I’m a Jedi Knight of the SW fandom, I’m a Jedi Master of the P&F fandom! I’ve been a huge fan of the show longer than I’ve been a huge fan of SW, so I’ll gladly be able to get you caught up to speed so no one will go into P&FSW blind! “Ferb, I know what I’m going to blog today!”
This post is relatively non-spoilery in both the SW and P&F sides of this, though some general knowledge of both would be recommended.

P&F Doof vs. Perry Pic

I seriously thought the world was going to explode the day I heard that they were doing a P&F/SW crossover. Two of my most favorite things coming together in a way I could only dream of! Putting the cast into the SW Universe during the events of Episode IV! And I actually have been piecing together a direct Original Trilogy/P&F parody of my own for the last few years to begin with! So yeah, WOW.
Anyway, to begin, we’ll start with the basics of the show itself, but to do that, we’ll need to go ahead and meet the characters as they are and explain the story through them.

So, Phineas and Ferb are a pair of stepbrothers who are the living definition of “carpe diem”. They seriously never let a day go by without making every moment count. But they don’t do ordinary kid things that kids might do in the summer… not with these two. They build full-on rollercoasters and rocketships, throw together stage shows and circuses, save alien planets, our world, and even prove the existence of previously unknown creatures. And all in the course of a day. Like seriously who doesn’t want to be them??
Phineas (the one whose head is vaguely shaped like an angular “p”) is the idea man; full of optimism and big ideas. He’s incredibly smart, very clever, has an innocence to him, and is everyone’s best friend. Every day he comes up, or helps come up with, the game plan for the day, generally to the words of “Ferb, I know what we’re going to do today!”. Now Ferb, his brother, closest friend, and partner-in-crime, (the one who looks like an angular “f”) is indeed the man of action. Kind of literally since he isn’t too much for talking. Generally, Ferb will say a little something every episode, though he has been known to talk a bit longer and/or more often on occasion. Whatever the case, the quiet Brit is no stranger to the hammer, screwdriver, or welding iron and always has the blueprints before Phineas needs them. On top of that, the boy knows how to siiiiiiiiing! And when he sings, it’s always in a voice pertaining to the genre of song. He can rock, he can rap, he can do soft-shoe and show tunes, and he’s epic at it!
Phineas and Ferb just get each other, man… they’re a perfect team and together make summer beyond extraordinary.

So you’re likely thinking that what the boys do is so far beyond what’s normal for a couple of kids this young. And yes, yes it is. Most folks who get to see their awesomeness, both young and old, are way too impressed to really question it much. But there’s one who kinda can’t handle it; that would be Phineas and Ferb’s older sister Candace. Sure on the surface Candace looks like a normalish teen girl who loves her phone, her friends, and her big dreams, but welp… she might be a control freak to the nth degree. Whether out of concern or her own desire to be in charge, she is bent and determined to prove to her mom that they really do this crazy stuff on a daily basis, as she calls it, “busting”. For whatever reason, their mom is never around when the boys do what they do and somehow, Candace can’t for the life of her get mom to catch them in the act. But despite her slight insanity and boundless determination, she really does love her brothers and rather admires their abilities. Unfortunately, if she’s not freaking out over her brothers’ goings-on, she’s likely worrying about herself, her friendships, or her relationship with her then-crush/now-boyfriend Jeremy. Ah well, she’s trying :)

But why is it that Candace never busts her brothers? The connection might be their pet platypus, Perry.
“He’s a platypus, he doesn’t do much,” so say most people at a glance of their derpy-eyed teal monotreme. But the fact is, Perry does more than anyone gives him credit. He’s actually a secret agent, working for the Organization Without A Cool Acronym (OWCA), an elite group of animal agents living under the cover of suburban pets. While the boys do their thing, Perry is on the move, taking down the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his evil plans. Perry is super-cool and collected, not to mention a master fighter and very smooth. But even though he’s living this double life, he really does love his human family and more often than not would rather spend time with them than fight evil.
Now Doofenshmirtz is well… a little crazy. A major misfit having grown up in the backwater European country of Druselstein with an incredibly complicated family life, he not only got a more than a few chips on his shoulder, but a burning desire to take over the Tri-State Area our characters call home. Yeah taking over the world or destroying the world is incredibly impractical to him; he’d much rather become the ruler of the Tri-State Area or get revenge on an obscure family member. And it doesn’t help that his brother’s the mayor, so it’s safe to say he has a lot of issues. Heinz is a master inventor himself, making some pretty impressive (though often silly or randomly-conceived) “inators”. His problem is that he tends to put self-destruct buttons where none need to exist. Oh, and the fact that Agent P easily defeats him every time. Though usually, his inator gets a little usage before it explodes… and when that happens, Phineas and Ferb’s newest creation usually disappears. Blown up, rolled off, flown off, turned invisible… it always happens. Or if not gone entirely, only a small reasonably-made-looking portion of it is there. So Candace fails and looks like a crazy person in front of their mom. But Phineas and Ferb don’t worry too much about it… they’re just glad they made today awesome!

So that’s the gist of it, but there are a number of other characters who need to have their roles mentioned! Don’t worry there won’t be a quiz at the end :)

Obviously I should dig into their parents more, those would be Lawrence and Linda. Lawrence is a thoughtful, always-smiling sort who works as an antiquer. He, unlike Linda, actually has seen Phineas and Ferb’s full-on stuff, he never really questions it though; he clearly has faith in the boys, and well, even if he did tell Linda what was going on he never voiced it in a manner that would be concerning. So that’s just how it goes. Linda used to be 80’s pop one-hit-wonder Lindana, but now has happily taken the role of stay-at-home mom. She’s very relaxed, has lots of interests and hobbies, and loves her family to pieces. Of course, Candace tends to wear her out with her constant need to bust Phineas and Ferb, especially when she rarely sees anything Candace claimed to be there. But she takes it all in stride, believing Candace’s craziness is just that of a normal teenager. Then she goes and makes snacks for the kids and the poor girl is left standing in shock and frustration.

Now onto Phineas and Ferb’s circle of friends. First up would be Isabella Garcia-Shapiro, the quintessential girl-next-door. Isabella always joins the boys on their projects with a friendly “Whatcha’ doin’?” greeting. The leader of a troop of Fireside Girls, she’s always got her team ready to help them out if need be. I mean, seriously, you need a pit crew? Done. Recon team? Done. Need to get the word out on something? Done and done. Her loyalty is unwavering, and it might have something to do with reasons more than just “friendly”. She has a complete and utter crush on Phineas. And she’s not always too good at keeping those feelings under wraps. Phineas is still utterly clueless on the situation, but well… the two have had a few moments, even if Isabella was more aware of it and Phineas didn’t intend it. AUGH THEY’RE SO CUTE.

Then there’s the dynamic duo of Buford and Baljeet. Buford started out just being the town bully plain and simple, but has since proved to actually be kind of a good guy. Under all that tough exterior is a guy who loves goldfish, hanging out with friends, and a few other less-than-bullyish things. He also can speak French. And Latin. But he doesn’t let it on it if he can help it; he keeps his tough-guy persona going strong most of the time. Baljeet is the resident brainy kid and Buford’s nerd punching bag/friend. Baljeet loves school so much he takes summer school classes just because, and understandably, the guy is crazy smart. He’s not entirely sure of himself oftentimes, but he can prove to be a huge help to the boys, as well as an epic singer and secretly a bit of a smooth operator. Rarely a day goes by without Buford messing with Baljeet the way bullies do, but though they’d likely deny it, they’re best friends. Or at least best frienemies, and always find themselves joining Phineas and Ferb’s fun.

Another common member of their gang is Irving. He’s basically Phineas and Ferb’s biggest fan. He’s got a blog about them, keeps a ton of recorded footage of their inventions, and is always willing to join up with the boys and help them out with whatever. Despite he tends to fanboy his head off around them, he always comes through when they need a hand or a friend.

Candace’s friends are friends of Phineas and Ferb’s as well, and they get involved more than often, much to Candace’s chagrin. Stacy is Candace’s BFF. While Candace tends to freak out a good bit, Stacy always keeps a cool head and offers friendly advice whenever she can, even when her advice is less-than perfect. She’s not particularly an overachiever, but she loves just being herself and being there for her BFF.
Jeremy has been Candace’s crush for a long time and there have been a number of times where Candace failed at the “staying cool” game and the “don’t get unnecessarily jealous when you don’t know the situation” game. Jeremy (again unlike Candace), generally is pretty chill, but he loves to hang out with the boys and Candace, too. The days of their awkwardness have long since left to their current status as boyfriend and girlfriend. And yeahh they’re pretty adorable :3

On Perry’s side of things, we have his boss, Major Francis Monogram. Monogram always addresses Agent P’s next mission and tells him exactly what Doofenshmirtz is up to. Major Mongram’s very organized, very professional, not impressed by much, and likes things to come out just so. He’s got a bit of a secret love of song-and-dance and acrobatics, but when the need arises, nothing can stop him from doing what needs to be done. Then there’s the Major’s comrade, Carl. Carl’s a slightly awkward unpaid college intern, but despite Monogram doesn’t always give him much credit (no pun intended), the kid always comes through in the end, and is always good for a laugh.
And of course, Doof has his partners-in-crime as well. The first being his robot Norm. He was invented as the ultimate weapon to defeat Perry (as Doof took the whole “the enemy of the platypus is man” thing a step further), but still continues as Doofenshmirtz’s loyal, though bumbling at times, henchman. With a smile on his metal face at all times, he’s probably a better friend than a bad guy. Though he does have some pretty crazy weapons at times so don’t underestimate him… entirely.
Also kind of on Doof’s side is his daughter Vanessa. Vanessa’s a bit of an emo/punk/goth, but her all-black attire doesn’t make her much different than Candace, truthfully. She’s actually got more in common with her than she might realize. Vanessa, for a while, was intent on busting her dad to her mom, who has no idea he’s an evil scientist. And like Candace, there was much fail XD Doofenshmirtz really does love Vanessa and she to him, even though they don’t always get each other. And her character has grown much over the series since.

So now that you know the basics of the characters, here are few things you’ll likely see as common in the P&F world.
– Musical numbers: Really really awesome ones of every genre and sound imaginable.
– Running quotes: “Hey, where’s Perry?”, “Yes, yes I am”, “Curse you Perry The Platypus!”, “You guys are so busted!” are a few examples.
– Running gags: There’s a giant floating baby head that shows up sometimes. Why? Uh… none of us are sure, really. But boy does it get a lot of laughs!
– Awesomeness in general.

So hopefully by now you’ve tanked up on P&F 101! And wow that took longer than I could’ve imagined. But anyway, I do recommend you take some time and catch a few episodes. Definitely watch some earlier ones interspersed with some later ones if you can. Much has changed from the first episode, so it’s a good idea to keep a balance so you won’t be thrown off by the differences in the most recent season. Seriously, I think you’ll love it. I mean, who doesn’t?! Imagination, positivity, wry, clever humor, heart, and tons of inventiveness! And if you’re concerned that the SW parodying might get a little mean, don’t worry about that at all. There haven’t been a ton of SW references, but the few that have been made are super subtle and super clever, and if not subtle then hilariously obvious (like the Yoda-ish looking guy in the season 3 episode Doof Dynasty XD ). Everything I’ve seen of the special really looks amazing, and I think that you guys’ll have a hard time not getting hooked on this awesomeness. For sure! So now back to our regularly-posted strictly-SW stuff.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Disappeared Part 1

Can I just say how sorry I am that it’s taken me this long to getting around to blogging? It just took me sooooo long to do that Summer Reads one that it made me not look forward to doing another blog, even though I knew that the post on this TCW episode one would come easily. And on top of that, a glitch in the site literally made half of the blog disappear! (Ironic no?) So anyway, after being caught up in all the drama of SW-ian war and politics, It was great to step into a lighter, truly unique storyline with an unlikely duo at the helm — Mace Windu and Jar Jar Binks! So let’s get it started as we look deeper into The Disappeared Part 1!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, The Clone Wars Microseries, TCW Episodes The Mandalore Plot, Heroes On Both Sides, and The Disappeared Part 1

Lost Missions cover title for The Disappearing P1

So once again, it seems that peaceful planets have trouble staying that way during the war, but it’s not the all-too common Separatist invasion problem this time… some of Bardotta’s Force-sensitive-but-not-Jedi leaders have vanished and Queen Julia knows who she’s gonna call for help… and who that is kinda leaves us all going “WHUT?“. Not Padme, not Bail… but well, Jar Jar. First of all, let me clarify if you don’t already know that I actually do like Jar Jar and don’t have an inch of disdain for him, so if you are like me in that way, you’re safe here :) Moving back to the story. I love Obi-Wan’s response: “WHY WOULD ANYONE REQUEST THE PRESENCE OF JAR JAR BINKS?!”. I don’t think the guy ever managed to warm up to the Naboo “local”, but even so I love his subtlely disdainful comments that he’s so good at making. While no one gets why in “why Jar Jar?”, but they do know the why in the “why not a Jedi”. Evidently the Bardottans weren’t cool with the Jedi taking in their Force-sensitive kids a while back and thus, yeah, they aren’t on speaking terms (why is it all these neutral planets are uncool with the Jedi half the time??). So knowing Representative Binks might be in over his head if something goes really wrong, Mace Windu decides to join the party, even though the Queen wasn’t cool with anyone else coming along. Ah yes, though! The awesomeness it is having Jar Jar and Mace working together! I mean, it’s a perfect concept, really; you have Mace Windu, possibly the most serious Jedi ever, the guy who can tear apart super battle droids with his bare hands and keep a straight face the whole time, the guy who rarely even allows anything more than a smirk to cross his face (and those are, like say, crazy rare to even happen), the guy who generally has everything under control even when he doesn’t. And then you have Jar Jar, innocent, clumsy, but always willing to help, who on the flip side is actually rather wise, just, and sarcastic when he wants to be. And now these two complete opposites are working together! Ah yes, so much funnnn :) Right from the get-go Mace is trying to keep Jar Jar’s webby fingers off the ship controls XD And can I just mention how amazing the character animation is in this episode?? I know it’s always amazing, but something just struck me about the way Mace emotes, and the way Yoda talks, and the way Jar Jar gestures. I mean, wow. Sorry but I have to gush a little per blog, and trust me this is not the last time I’ll be doing that this post. So by the time they got to Bardotta, everyone’s like “heyyyy we didn’t invite the Jedi…”, but Jar Jar lets them know he’s cool with him, and thus Master Windu gets dubbed “servant” for the remainder of the trip :lol: Hahaha oh my… poor Mace! Second to Jar Jar! He’s probably thinking “What weird planet did I just land on?!” but he only subtlely lets in on that in his expressions, and I do mean subtlely. You think someone would’ve caught on that that wasn’t quite the case considering Jar Jar referred to him as “Master Mace is meesa humble servant”… that kinda is an oxymoron isn’t it? IDK anyway, I do want to say that Queen Julia is majorly cool. Her species is really awesome and she has a fabulous sense of style, and her personality is legit! Although the one thing that I can’t figure is how on earth (figuratively speaking) she got a normalish Earth name like “Julia”! Not that it’s a bad name, but beyond names like “Luke” and “Ben” and sorta “Han” it’s not a common sight in the SW galaxy. But I digress, so Jar Jar was able to convince her that Mace is a buddy here to help him and she’s all ” if you’re a friend of Jar Jar’s you’re a friend of me… well, kinda, don’t look too deeply into that. We’re not like, making friendship bracelets or anything”. And with all that said and done, the Queen gets everyone else out of the room so she and Jar Jar can talk. And ohhhhhhhhh myyyyyy goodnesssssss what happened next… she starts off the conversation with “It’s been a long time, my love…” and I’m all O.O and then they don’t really talk much after that ’cause they well, had a moment. So yes I must take a paragraph or two to discuss… “Jarlia” <3 When Jar Jar was telling Mace how he and the Queen go way back I thought I was reading too deeply into what looked to be a lovey-dovey smile on his face. Turns out I was right on the money. No wonder he got all dressed up today! The great thing about them is that they just love each other plain and simple. So while Anakin and Padme kept their thing under wraps, Obi-Wan and Satine switched between awkwardness and arguing, and Ahsoka and Lux were just having a lot of teen-crush-awkwardness in general, Jar Jar and Julia had nothing holding them back. No rules, no war, no differing viewpoints… LUCKY. So I know we're all wondering how much actual meditating they were doing during that time… Mace's visible eyeroll indicates it probably wasn't enough by his standards. Plus, he's been in the dark about everything they’ve been discussing! Ugh playing second banana to a Gungan already can’t be fun, but being a third wheel to a Gungan/Bardottan couple must be even worse. So that's about when Mace decides to make his own way in to get some word from Jar Jar. Behind the closed door Julia was about to start explaining what she knows about the disappearances when Mace walks in and the Queen will not have it. So now Jar Jar’s in the most awkward position ever and tells her he’ll be having a word with his “servant”. Only as soon as they’re out of sight Master Windu decides to have a word of his own with the Representative. Mace is all “Dude seriously what have you been doing? We’re kind of her on important business, if you haven’t forgotten!” and Jar Jar’s like “WELL I WAS ABOUT TO FIND OUT SOMETHING IMPORTANT BEFORE YOU BARGED IN! For the record, our thing is part of the reason she trusts me with this stuff!”. Mace’s expression makes it clear he’s not buying this much. But by the time Jar Jar heads back to the Queen, she might’ve disappeared. Like, literally, disappeared. And Jar Jar starts freaking out the way only he can. According to some prophecy of the Bardottans they have three days to save the Queen or else an era of darkness will fall across the galaxy (um I guess it’s best we don’t bring up the fact that the Galactic Empire will happen and darkness will fall one way or the other…). But amidst the panic, Jar Jar does his awesome representin’ thing and with a little help from Master Windu on what questions to ask, he’s able to chill out the council. Evidently the prophecy’s origins will take the duo to an ancient cursed temple. For all the confidence Jar Jar had in his speech, he just knows that this isn’t likely going to end well (I mean we are talking about an ancient cursed temple here. Wheeeeeee…) And yeah as soon as he finds a possible clue in the dark shadowy halls of the temple some crazy masked warrior guy turns the gungan invisible. Mace isn’t able to get to him in time, but there’s no ancient stone door that this awesome Jedi can’t open, and off he goes to save his comrade.
So by the time we see Jar Jar again, it’s not long before we can actually see him again, of course he’s in a cage in this dark creepy raging-fire-pit-for-whatever-reason cavern. And as he finds out from one of the captured Force-sensitive Bardottans (who also has an Earth-ish name, Joseph), these cult crazies are actually sucking the Force out of them one by one as a sacrifice. Um, RUDE. So it’s safe to say they’re all in trouble. Thankfully, Jar Jar has his comlink on hand and Mace is on his way… but WILL HE MAKE IT IN TIME?? Wait why’d I just do that this isn’t where the episode ends… forget I said that. Though yeah Jar Jar might be next in the Force-removal line, even with him not being the most Force-sensitive guy in the room. But to answer the last question yes Mace makes it in time, just at the last second. And before he knows it he’s trying to keep Jar Jar alive and fight the cult dudes at the same time. NBD for Master Windu. Even Jar Jar gets in on the fight, K.O’ing the bad guys in his own klutzy/accidentally heroic manner. And all the while they’re doing this on stone paths right over boiling hot lava, so yeah just another day in the life, right? So Mace was doing his awesomely epic fighting and beating the stew out of the cultists until the last one turned tail and ran away from him. Jar Jar had finally gotten on his feet to try and save the Queen (who is thankfully still alive for the moment), but the baddies managed to grab her and get her aboard their ship before Representative Binks could do anything. Oh noes.
Returning to the council, Jar Jar reassures them that, along with his Jedi friend, they will succeed in his mission and save the Queen and defeat the evil cult and in turn save the entire galaxy! A tall order, but not entirely impossible for this crazy awesome duo. As the two exchange a smile/smirk (you know who did what, most likely), we can only hope for what will happen next and for our heroes to come out of this one unscathed…
And thus ends another awesome Uncovering blog! *Faints, with head slamming onto the keyboard* And hopefully, this will be the end of late-arriving, procrastinated blog posts for a good long ol’ time :) Until next time around…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

SW Summer Reads – Secret Missions #2: Curse Of The Black Hole Pirates

It’s June at last! And you know what that means… it’s time for Padawanline’s Star Wars Summer Reads posts! Yay!
Basically, these are the posts where I do running commentaries on my favorite SW books, sprinkling in some of my unique insight and thoughts and humor along the way. Last year, I did these on the first books of my three favorite series, and I’m super-excited to be getting back to them again!
Now, don’t worry — I’ll still be doing my Lost Missions blogs most weeks, on account of how much fun they are to do, how much you guys seem to enjoy them, and the fact that my library is sorely lacking in the next chapters of the series I’ve already read and the first books of the series I want to read. But anyway, today we’re looking back on the great Ryder Windham’s The Clone Wars Secret Missions series and getting back to following the adventures of The Breakout Squad. I’ve already written a closer look on the first book (check it out here), but if you’re ready and have read the book, then let’s get started! And with a title like Curse Of The Black Hole Pirates, it has to be good… :)
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, Breakout Squad, Curse Of The Black Hole Pirates, The Clone Wars Season 4, and Hostage Crisis

TCW Secret Missions #2 Cover Art

Our story opens with one of my fave bounty hunters, the one and only Cad Bane, on his way to make a special delivery for his Sith buddies, just chillin’ watching a bounty hunting holovid that’s more humorous than helpful. The wonderful irony is that it’s already a PIRATED holovid. Really. Evidently it was too much of a hassle to just buy a legal version of this trainwreck! And with the money they pay these bounty hunters you think that’d be no big deal. But there was some exclusive bonus material on this version, so I guess that justifies it… kinda… not really. NO KIDS, I’M NOT SAYING THAT PIRATING MOVIES IS OK! IT’S NOT! STAY IN SCHOOL! BRUSH YOUR TEETH! Sorry just wanted to clarify that for anyone who might’ve misunderstand that. OK this isn’t even the point; the point is, Bane was doing something humorously mundane whilst he made the trip to Bogg 5 to drop his cargo off. And that cargo would be Master Ambase, who he’d just yesterday nabbed while pretending to help out the Breakout Squad. And when making his drop-off, who’d be there to pick it up but Asajj Ventress herself! Their meet is pretty brief, but it’s pretty cool seeing them in the same room for ten seconds, even if Ventress is totally unimpressed by the blue dude. Hmm… one must wonder what crazy would happen if they had to work together or something! Especially since she eventually takes up the bounty hunting career herself. Wait… I can’t remember, maybe they did hang out once in TCW… oh curse my metal body I have the worst memory some days! Anyway, from there on out, Ventress has to make the next stage of the delivery with both of her “passengers”. And yes, that’s “passengers” plural; there seems to be… a clone frozen and unconscious in the back seat as well… oh mai this gets more and more intriguing! Her final stop is on a rainy nearby moon to Count Dooku himself (who literally has a little SW-y umbrella-ish doohickey to keep him dry; wow somebody’s a little high-maintenance!). He grabs his two “guests” and then sends his assassin off to go and fake a ship crash. She’s like “Whut? Oh Whateverrr…” and she’s gone. And we can now only wonder what this dark dude’s doing with this awesome Jedi and this seemingly random trooper…
On the good guys’ side of things, the Breakout Squad is off on a special mission from the Chancellor to Nuru’s homeworld in Chiss Space. Funny how Palpatine seems to enjoy sending the “qualified” Jedi lately… like when he sent Ring-Sol Ambase (Nuru’s master) to his homeworld Kynachi last time around… and how he took a bit of a crash landing right afterward. Something’s rotten in the state of Coruscant as of late. But anyway, Nuru Kungurama feels less than qualified for this; he’s a Chiss, yeah, he’s got the blue skin/red eyes thing going on and all, but he’s never seen another Chiss in his life and even with a little extra schooling he doesn’t really get the language or the culture or anything of that sort. And on top of that, Nuru’s been through a lot these last few days, becoming the young leader of the Breakout Squad, liberating a Separatist-controlled planet, still on the search for his lost master, and now here he is, on a diplomatic mission with his clone compadres, refurbished commando droid Cleaver, and could-easily-be-Han-Solo’s-sister-if-the-time-period-was-the-same pilot Lalo Gunn. The gang’s been hanging out onboard the Hasty Harpy for a while now (it’s a long drive to Csilla) and the clones, if no one else, are getting a bit of cabin fever. But not long after a noisy workout session amongst the clones, Lalo no-questions-asked puts the quiet one, Chatterbox, on copilot duty, so much so that she may’ve grabbed the wrong clone in the process. Then she came back and traded Sharp for Chatterbox. And so it seems to the others that the Captain might like Chatterbox for more than the fact he doesn’t talk much, even if she’s doing a good job of hiding it. Hehehe their thing is pretty darn cute :) Anywhuh, it continued to be a long drive as the clones arm-wrestled, Nuru had a show of Jedi skill with Breaker, and Cleaver attempted to meditate. Yup, just another day aboard the Harpy. And before they know it, they’ve entered Chiss Space, but… there’s no Csilla. They literally have an Episode IV moment and Nuru’s all “What do you mean ‘no Csilla’?”, Lalo’s all “THAT’S WHAT I’M TELLING YOU KID, IT AIN’T THERE!” and then they see this huge conical space station and Chatterbox is all “I have a bad feeling about this…” XD The space station isn’t a weapon, thankfully, it’s the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force Station Ifpe’a (you’ll find that these guys really like long names). But though they’re not bad guys, they clearly have some trust issues and insist on tractor-beaming the Harpy over. And the not-so-warm welcome gets colder from there…
After docking, the first Chiss to come face-to-face with Nuru is, interestingly enough, the Aristocra he was supposed to meet up with to begin with. She goes by Sev’eere’nuruodo, Veeren for short, she’s about Nuru’s age, and it takes him about two seconds to realize that she’s kinda pretty. And after a few minutes of awkward attempts at conversation on his part, he figures out that the young Aristocra is no fan of pleasantries or hospitality. So yeah the awkwardness in the room is so thick you could cut it with a lightsaber. He’s trying pretty hard to be the cool, confident Jedi, but Veeren doesn’t get him worth beans and clearly doesn’t care either. And in their short meeting, she basically says “Dude we’re cool out here by ourselves and could care less about joining the Republic so you can just leave now” to which Nuru is silently all “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”. A second later a bunch of Sep ships decided to join the party and Veeren’s all “So… friends of yours, I presume?” and we as readers are all “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!” And then things start blowing up and the Breakout Squad goes to great measures to protect and save the Aristocra despite her major attitude problem. Yeah I think Breaker nearly died shielding her from an explosion or something? NBD. So let’s just say everybody made a dash onboard the Harpy pretty quickly, all while carrying the knocked-out Chiss girl. And in the midst of the insanity of flying into a bazillion Separatist warships, the best thing Lalo and Chatterbox could do was hit the reverse and hit the long hyperspace trail they’d come on. And they made it out, just barely! But who cares if they saved her (blue) skin? Veeren ain’t having it, being stuck with these losers! Nuru tries to smooth things out and explain the truly serious situation at hand, but the high and mighty Aristocra refuses to be cool with it. As far as she’s concerned, if she doesn’t get back to Chiss Space asap there’s going to be a whole ‘nother war on their hands — between the Republic and the Chiss. And Nuru’s like “THAT WAS THE SEPARATISTS, NOT US!!” and she’s like “Don’t care. I’m the Aristocra.” To which I’m sure Nuru probably mentally facepalmed himself. Pshh. Haters gonna hate, I guess. Veeren is quite an enigma of a character; have to wonder whether she’s naturally this uptight and snobby or if they just caught her on a bad day. Perhaps she’d had a bad hair day today and the last thing she wanted to deal with was some offworlder who wanted her to join the Republic and who knew zip about Chiss customs. Though it still doesn’t excuse the fact she’s talking trash to the people who’d saved her life. Young Kungurama just gives up and leaves the room at this point. She might not be bad-looking for the first other Chiss he’s met, but it doesn’t make up for her stubbornness and ‘tude. At this point, you’re probably thinking “what else could go wrong?!”, and well… something does. A short time later, our heroes’ hyperspace ride is suddenly halted and the Harpy drops out in the middle of nowhere. And by the way, it might’ve been because of a killer black hole nearby. And on top of that, the Harpy has some neighbors here — a whole slew of pirates… and these pirates don’t come off as too friendly either. Yup, a lot else can go wrong. Thankfully, Captain Gunn’s got it all under control… mostly. First sending the pirates a false lead about a reactor leak aboard her ship to slow them down, and then she throws together quickly what she hopes will be the perfect plan with her comrades. And all this right before newbie pirates Bossk and Robinino walk in. You remember Robinino, right? The quirky-voiced, one-eyed patrolian bounty hunter from Hostage Crisis? And duh of course you remember Bossk. Have to wonder how exactly it is that these two managed to get caught out here, savvy bounty hunters that they are. Or not so savvy, perhaps. Gunn plays it cool with the baddies and not a thing appears out of order. The Chiss kids in the backseat? Dignitaries’ kids getting a ride (amazing how well a pair of coveralls can change your appearance!). The clones? Defuncts going to rehab (defunct because they take literally any orders from literally anyone). The so-called reactor leak? Gunn fixed it amazingly fast. Their weaponry? Hidden with Cleaver in the engine room. Nothing worth messing with here! Bossk can kinda pick up there’s something wrong here, but his level of brainpower doesn’t let him think deeply enough to figure it out entirely, and Lalo knows a few “mind tricks” of her own. But still, the Harpy crew’s a bit on edge all the same, and rightfully so considering there’s a trandoshan with a blaster and a trigger-hair temper in the cabin. Ultimately, Lalo gets a little help from her “friend”, a swokes swokes buccaneer who she manages to set at odds with Bossk, otherwise known as a good punch to the face. So with an understanding between said buccaneer, Mokshok, and Lalo, they all get better aquainted in a less-turbulent manner. Then enter Captain Mcgrrrr, who seems to demand Geoffrey Rush’s voice and is pretty much likable from the get-go, despite we don’t know yet if we can fully trust him. And yeah, anyone wonder how it is his last name has no vowels in it? Weird. Anywayyy not the point. So aboard Mcgrrrr’s ship, the Random Mallet, he furtherly explains their predicament: they’re more-or-less cursed by the black hole. It basically has them completely and utterly stuck in this middle-of-nowhere chunk of the galaxy because the black hole has an effect on both their navigational systems and their hyperspace abilities. But they’ve gotten along pretty nicely considering how long they’ve been stuck here. Pretty much everyone who’s run into their little patch of space has joined their merry gang and the only ones who didn’t are hanging out on a nearby planet, going about their non-piratey business and giving the crew a little help when they need it. But dude they’ve been out here so long they have no idea that the Clone Wars are even happening. The only thing they know about clones at the moment are the so-called defuncts that the pirates are enjoying taking advantage of (who knew they were such good dancers, right??). But all of that would change the minute things got crazy (read: Bossk got involved and wanted to take advantage of the defuncts’ dangerous potential) and Nuru was forced to reveal his Jedi-ness. Turns out that a Jedi is quite possibly the key to getting out of the black hole’s curse! The not-pirates, a Sullustan archaeologist couple, had found what is basically a Force-activated Stargate in their new homeworld’s ancient pyramids, so naturally, they really really needed a Jedi to pull it off and just maybe get them all home. Assuming the Stargate-thing works and assuming that they’re aren’t a billion Indiana-Jones-style booby traps involved. Everything’s really riding on Nuru’s shoulders now — his comrades, the pirates, and even Veeren, who in her still kinda-snobby way, makes it clear she won’t put the blame on him for the earlier Chiss station attack if they all get out. So onward to the Kwa Star Temple!
So to kinda sum it up, the sullustan archaeologists helped our heroes begin the journey into the Star Temple, and things went pretty well, all things considered, although yeah there were some giant killer whuffa worms that nearly killed Nuru and Veeren, and Cleaver almost didn’t make it back on board the ship fighting them off and stuff like that. But the Infinity Gate did its job and our gang was home free! So yayyyyyyy! (Ugh I’m sorry I totally cut corners and didn’t write more on this scene but I’ve been working on this for weeks now and I can only write so much…) And then the awesome pirates help fry Overseer Umbrag and his Separatist gang and save the Chiss station once again!
Nuru and Veeren left on good terms for the most part, despite the whole mess and the fact that the Chiss still are doing their neutral thing. Then awkward momennnnnt Veeren may have spilled the beans that Nuru is actually related to her. *Facepalm*, we feel your pain Luke…
But as our heroes start off on the long journey home, Sharp confides in Nuru that he suspects something… that perhaps the black hole thing wasn’t an accident. Could Lalo or Chatterbox be at fault? Or maybe Breaker? Nuru’s all like “What? Dude that’s cray.” BUT IS IT? IS IT REALLY ALL THAT CRAY?! AHHH SO MUCH INTRIGUE…! I can only wonder how this will all shake out in the end, but I can say with great certainty that Sidious’s hand is in this big-time… and remember that clone that was captured with Ring-Sol? HE CLAIMS TO BE SHARP. WHUT O.O
Seriously, and I’ve already read the third book and I’m dying to know if this all gets wrapped up in the fourth book, because I don’t think there IS a fifth book! Aw man so much happens in this series and I love it so much for that! In less than 200 pages are more adventures and excitement and lightheartedness to fill several episodes of TCW itself! I’m so sorry I didn’t get this out sooner, but hopefully now I’ll be back in the swing of things in the blogging world, so until next time ’round…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Escape From The Jedi Temple: A Closer Look

Sorry to interrupt the awesomeness that have been the Uncovering The Lost Missions posts, but I can’t pass the newest Lego SW special by without writing a Closer Look on it! When I first heard there would be a new Yoda Chronicles episode, I was shocked; it seemed that it’d all been wrapped up nicely after Attack Of The Jedi, and I certainly didn’t think it’d be airing on Disney Channel! And it didn’t get any publicity on starwars.com, which also felt weird. But it was awesomely awesome, so really who cares that it didn’t get as talked-about as the other three before it? So I bring to you, my friends, the first blog on The New Yoda Chronicles, Escape From The Jedi Temple! Let’s get talkin’ shall we?
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, The Padawan Menace, The Phantom Clone, Menace Of The Sith, Attack Of The Jedi, Escape From The Jedi Temple and the TCW episodes Conspiracy, Fugitive, and Orders.

So our story opens, as far as I can tell, in the moments after the Death Star was destroyed in Episode IV. I mean, it’s hard to tell in some ways, because, I mean, Luke was more-or-less in the cockpit of his x-wing after that, and here’s the whole gang in the Falcon, partying it up! And yeah Leia might’ve been at the command center and stuff, too… I know that most don’t consider the Lego SW stuff canon but I kind of try to for the most part, and I’m a little stumped on this one. Unless, of course, it’s wedged somewhere in all the craziness that conspired between episodes IV and V that we don’t know a lot about. But anyway, what do you know, the Falcon really does still have its party lights! Whether the disco floor is still there is unknown, but still! Haha I’d called it from the get-go back when The Phantom Clone debuted! But Threepio’s not enjoying himself too much as the giant scrolling credits in front of the ship seem to denote that their victory is a tad premature. And that’s where I busted out laughing; that was one of the absolute funniest jokes Lego SW’s done yet! No one else is really worried though and Han’s all “Relax, Goldypants…” (which is an awesome line because that’s exactly what Han called Threepio back when he met the golden droid as a kid in The Padawan Menace). Oh but thennn along came Vader, sending major threats their way, even if the Falcon crew couldn’t hear it (which the rest of the Imperials seem to enjoy reminding him of; dude just let Vader do what he wants! He’s VADER!). So what did Luke do? He decided to take the wheel and drove the Falcon right over the Star Destroyer! And his hard-for-a-Star-Destroyer-to-imitate manuevers worked… at least until Luke accidentally turned the funkadelic lights back on and the onward came the TIE fighters! I think it’s a universal rule that Luke shouldn’t ever drive the Falcon and Han shouldn’t ever use a lightsaber, and this is why (unless, of course, lives are stake and they’re desperate, but otherwise it’s not a smart idea).
Now, Master Yoda didn’t have to be there to know that Luke just did something majorly stupid, he could totally sense it. And that’s about when he got a knock his door from his now-one-with-the-Force buddy Obi-Wan, who comes with important news. And it’s news best shared over a fire with MARSHMALLOWS!!! So Obi-Wan got all hyped telling Yoda about him helping Luke destroy the Death Star while Yoda attempted to decently roast his marshmallow. I just love seeing them together again, doing something kinda normal, just hanging out like nothing’s weird — even though Yoda’s been living here alone for some time and Obi-Wan’s um… a Force ghost. Pass the marshmallows, guys! :) So anyway, despite Obi-Wan’s thrilled with Luke’s progress, Yoda isn’t too sure that Luke’s ready for legit Jedi training, but holocron training might be up young Skywalker’s alley! Ah yes, the holocrons… that takes the two Masters back to the last time they hung out, back when they found themselves in a rush to recover those very holocrons from Empire-heavy Coruscant…
A longer time ago in the same galaxy… (hehe I love that) we find ourselves in the throes of the events of Episode III, as Obi-Wan just minutes ago brought little Luke to Tatooine. And you know I’ve always wondered what went down when Obi-Wan first arrived on Tatooine, evidently he wasn’t done with his special delivery for three minutes before a bunch of tusken raiders showed up and Ben had to coin his inhuman easily-startles raider screech (I’ve always found that majorly impressive! My other question is whether or not they made Sam Vincent actually do it of if they recovered old archive audio from Episode IV). Master Kenobi makes one last (assumptively) transmission to Bail Organa and Yoda, his post-Order 66 comrades when Yoda’s all “Wait… you did get all the holocrons from the Jedi Temple right?” and Obi-Wan’s like “I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO GET THEM!” and Bail’s all “Uh… I have no idea what you’re talking about… holo-what?”. Recently they released a new Lego SW short that explains exactly why they had this communication mishap (See it here), but either way, it looks like the threesome’s adventures weren’t over yet. And then the tusken raiders came back — AND IN GREATER NUMBERS!! :lol: Obi-Wan was forced to grab Jabba’s sail barge and make a run for it. and the Hutt didn’t know what hit him.
Meanwhiles on Coruscant, the Senate’s under new management as the Emperor himself rocks out to the Imperial March and re-clarifies his new role (and reminds a Republic-minded senator who’s the boss), and on top of all of that, he reveals Vader to the public for the first time! Vader tried for a majorly dramatic intro, but things didn’t go as planned… he hasn’t quite gotten used to the new legs, which seem intent on walking him into a wall. Nice to see that even Vader has his awkward moments every now and again.
So back on Kashyyk, the threesome met back to discuss the plan, where we get to meet up with the droids again, and Threepio is a completely new droid — not just because he’s had his memory wiped, but since then he’s become a more daring, takes-his-own-orders Threepio. Yoda thinks he’s pretty cool up until Threepio calls him a “little green boy”. Oooh that wasn’t cool. But then again, it’s got to be a little nice for Yoda to be considered much younger than he already is :) And while it at first seems it’s going to be a small team, who would show up but the younglings themselves! I am so so so thankful for the fact that Rako, Bene, Vaash Ti, and Bobby escaped Order 66. All of them were evidently in the Outer Rim when the cray happened. And considering all of the near-death escapes they’ve had, I’m just glad they survived the Clone Wars to begin with! And they happened to have brought their friend JEK-14 along as well! Again, so happy he’s alive! And since learning the secrets of Order 66 in the first few episodes of The Lost Missions, I’m really happy to see he’s not in a Jedi-killing mood (I’m hoping he got that chip removed, assuming it was just a weird tumor and never questioned it). Now, the second before he switches to his ‘Trooper armor, I can’t help but notice that he’s dressed to the nines, looking like he must hold a very important role in politics. I’d always figured he stayed on Endor, but I guess he found a new home at some point. Maybe somewhere nearish Endor? Or maybe whatever planet the forest moon orbits? I can’t stand the fact that I’m not SW-literate enough to recognize his outfit! Either way, it’s good to see he’s been doing well, living a chill pacifist life, and now he’s back to fight for his good guy friends. And finally, along came… an Ithorian Jedi nobody remembers. The situation is incredibly awkward as Yoda tries to be cool and not let on that he doesn’t remember the guy’s name. The Ithorian tries to clear things up; friends call him “Rusty” and he was in Obi-Wan’s class when they were younglings. Obi-Wan plays the card a lot more smoothly, after all, he’s known for having friends all over the galaxy. But Rusty picks up pretty fast that his old lab partner/roommate doesn’t remember diddly about him. And I have to say it’s pretty cool that they have lab in the Jedi Temple Academy :) But all awkwardness aside, the team sets out to recover the Jedi holocrons!
By the time the team had infiltrated the Temple grounds in their awesome stealth ships (courtesy of JEK), they find a kink in their plan — Sidious is using the holocron room as a home theater (watching Attack Of The Jedi, of all things… smiling ’cause he knows how it all ultimately ended). Obi-Wan, watching from the safety of Yoda’s ship outside the planet, attempts to ask Rusty to create a diversion, but he’s not having it; “OH SURE NOWWW YOU REMEMBER ME!” “Dude how many times must I say I’m sorry?!” XD But when you need a diversion, Threepio’s your droid! He steps out with a blaster and starts taking down the stormtroopers one by one while Bail is sorta freaking out. Ah gotta love it when Threepio’s all “THIS IS NOT THE DROID YOU’RE LOOKING FOR!” and “NOW IT’S YOUR LOT IN LIFE TO SUFFER!”. And with all that scuffle going on, Sidious had to leave his popcorn behind and look into it himself. And dude, Threepio takes down the Emperor like a champion, knocking down a couple of statues on top of the dark dude! WINNING. But it may not be for long, as Vader just got word of the crazy going on outside, and he makes a dash for the door — and the realizes he forgot his helmet and has to go back and get it. Yeesh don’t ever do that again, Darth…
And with that, Vader walks out to find all the carnage caused by a protocol droid, of all things. You’d think that Vader would’ve recognized Threepio, but with that personality, he didn’t know him from an astromech! (Like “didn’t know him from Adam”? Get it? Sorry.) But all the same as soon as Darth points out Threepio’s being a protocol droid, Threepio loses his cool (quite literally) and starts panicking. So basically after accidentally alerting Vader to the younglings’ mission, Bail and the golden droid start running for their peace-loving lives.
So with the Emperor out of the way, the younglings and JEK start getting the holocrons together. It’s quite convenient that they stack together like Lego bricks! …Oh, right… that would explain it; but I wonder if they really can do that! But then in stepped Vader, knocking JEK against the wall, and in turn knocking his Force-enriched arm off. This got me thinking… I’ve always figured that JEK’s arm was a real flesh-and-bone arm (yes I think about these things – I want to make an action figure of him), and you know how eyes and his arm are glowing blue? I like to think that that’s because he has so much of the Force running through him it can barely be contained and somehow most of it accumulated in the veins of his left arm and in the blood vessels in his eyes. But this begs the question… is it just a mechanical arm? Or is this just something that again only Lego characters can do? I still like my theory, so I might just stick it to them being Legos. If this was an episode of Rebels or something he probably wouldn’tve knocked his arm off. But whatever the point was that now these kids are alone facing Vader (well, they wouldn’t be alone if Rusty hadn’t so quickly gotten Force-pushed, but at least Vader remembered him!), and we know that younglings are rather his specialty… but these four are giving Vader a run for his money!
So I wanted to stop for a second and talk about the younglings some. This episode has made me love them even more, because it just goes to show a bit how they’ve grown up and how they’ve bonded, and hey all the respect to ya, you SURVIVED ORDER 66! I also really really want to make action figures of them, too :) And since we know that Vaash Ti is twelve, I’ve made some assumptions on the ages of the others. Bobby is clearly the youngest and is still fairly young, so I’m figuring him for ten at least, which would mean he would’ve been about… what? Seven in the first few episodes? IDK. Considering Rako’s slightly-matured voice, I’ll peg him as somewhere around fourteen, maybe thirteen or fifteen even. Bene seems to be the second-oldest, so maybe a year younger than Rako, though she might be even older for all we know. I want to know more about these kids so much more now! They’re just the greatest! *Crosses fingers in hopes that they might join the Rebel Alliance and show up in SW Rebels*
So in the midst of it all, Rusty managed to get ahold of JEK’s arm and helps the clone get back on his feet, where he could help fight, but Vaash Ti throws him an idea that could be a better alternative to fighting…
But while they were off elsewhere, Vader had Rako, Bene, and Bobby in his grip, and we pretty much undeniably cringe for what could happen next and just minutes before the last blow was struck, a familiar voice rang out in the distance… “LET HER GO, ANAKIN…” so naturally Vader’s all “Whut.” and drops the kids to find out if he was hearing who he thought he was hearing. And walking down the hallway, it appears that Obi-Wan’s come back. Lord Vader’s up for a showdown, but doesn’t see it coming that, oh hey, it’s kinda just a hologram, and Vaash Ti and JEK are at the other end of it *facepalm*. You think he would’ve sensed his presence if it was the real Obi-Wan, but perhaps all the head trauma he’d been through the last couple of days numbed his Force-sensing abilities some (catching fire can do that to a guy). And so, JEK Force-pushed him against the wall and built a nifty set of jail bars (the guy is definitely a Master Builder; Lego Movie reference). Onward went the good guys with the holocrons!
But fact is… keeping Vader down for a long period of time is generally impossible.
Whilst all this insanity was going on, Threepio and Bail panicked their way into hiding in a Imperial ship, which as you can figure may or may not end well. And it doesn’t seem to promise a better ending when they accidentally start it up in all of their panicking. I usually think of Bail being a braver guy than this, but cut him some slack! The Republic he’s been serving for so long just got fried, and also he’s on a risky mission with a bunch of Jedi, who tend to get involved in scary situations at times (better not tell him his daughter is Force-sensitive…).
JEK, Rusty, and the younglings had finally gotten aboard their stealth ships and moved out, but that’s where our little panic team comes in and well… exposed them. FAIL. Thus began the space battle!
Now, early on in the battle, Vader’s TIE fighter shoots down JEK’s ship pretty quickly. And what scares me is that WE DON’T SEE HIM AGAIN AFTERWARD. Auggggh did JEK-14 just die?! I seriously hope not! Though if he did, he went down helping his friends and doing the right thing, and if a SW character goes down, going down a hero is the best, most respectful way to do it. I suppose we’ll have to see if our clone friend ever shows up again, even if it’s as a Force ghost (with all that power, I would be surprised if he didn’t already have the ability to keep his identity in the Force). Oh wait, I just checked, he’s not dead! His ship is still flying aside the younglings and he’s still in the cockpit! *Phew* OK sorry for freaking out there. JEK LIVES!!
But JEK’s not the only hero out here today; Rusty finally made his mark and kept the holocrons safe when the back of their ship was damaged. You go, Rusty! In the end, Threepio and Bail unexpectedly saved the day by ramming their ship into the TIE fighters! And in the process, Vader’s TIE fighter gets its Episode IV look (you’d have to see it for it make sense) :) Though it looks like ultimately, Threepio’s getting his memory wiped yet again… yeah that had to happen. So quite the victory today! And now Obi-Wan’s buried the holocrons in the Tatooine desert where a arrow-shaped formation of bones marks the spot until the day Luke gets his Jedi training on.
So after the fond walk down memory lane, Ben can’t stay and chat much longer as he rushes off to tell Luke about the holocrons. But what he doesn’t know is that it’s kinda at a bad moment… the Falcon’s still on the run from the Vader and his gang. Han and Leia are arguing the heads off (what else is new?) and Luke’s feeling like dirt from the mistake he made. And then he hears Ben’s voice once more, which wasn’t a big deal, but when Ben meets him in the hallway in his ghostly form, Luke freaks out and pulls out his lightsaber on him (which btdubs is kind of pointless). Wow. Dude, it’s a Force ghost, get over it. You wished that Ben was here and now he is! What’s your problem?! And then when that fails Luke pulls out a blaster, which again, does no good… in fact, it hits the hyperdrive button and sends the Falcon blasting into hyperspace without any clue of where they’re going. Oh, and Vader continues the chase into hyperspace as well. Soooo that’s really not good. Ben apologizes to Luke for getting in the way, but it’s then when the two get a marvelous idea! Luke slams the hyperdrive button again, which basically slams the brakes and stops them from crashing headlong into Naboo. While Ben shows up in his ghostly form and freaks Vader out (like father, like son, right?), causing him to make quite the crash landing… and his day only gets worse from there. He lands dead-on into Naboo, right at the feet of (who else?) Jar Jar! And the gungan can’t help but be happy to see him, more machine than man and all! Plus, he brought his three kids along to play with “Uncle Ani”! (I know I’m not the only one wondering when that happened…) So let’s just say that Vader is no match for three little gungans and their crayons :lol: Quite a fitting defeat on Vader’s part, I’d say!
So the Falcon crew is safe because Luke finally figured out that being humble is one of the first, most important things about being a Jedi, and now, Yoda knows that Luke is more than ready to start his holocron training. So now, as the holocrons call out to Luke and to Vader as well, the race is on to see who will get to them first…
So YUS!! Thank you Lego for bringing back The Yoda Chronicles and making them so so awesome! I anxiously await the next part’s arrival! So hope you guys enjoyed :)

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight