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

TItle image for Rebel Transmission 102

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.

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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

Uncovering The Lost Missions: Destiny

Ermagoshhh we are on the second-to-last episode of TCW now… feels unreal, doesn’t it? It’s a whole lot of intensity, mystery, and real real deepness we’re getting in this one! So hopefully this time I’ll have something useful to say and give all of us something to think about this time around as we uncover the depths of Destiny!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI and TCW Episodes Brothers, The Wrong Jedi, The Lost One, Voices, and Destiny.

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So yes, amazing what one can uncover in a short period of time… in what seems to be a few days, Yoda’s found out that a) the bad guys may be responsible for the Clone Army and b) that Qui-Gon Jinn has uncovered a way to stay yourself after death. So now Yoda’s letting the Force be his GPS to guide him to the next step on his crazy journey that will help him figure out what Qui-Gon’s figured out. At the moment, Yoda and R2-D2 are parked right outside this crazy mass of gas and star stuff. Yoda knows that somewhere in that mass is his new Force-training ground, so he just keeps on driving. On the other hand, Artoo is clearly questioning his sanity. “LOOK, MAY I REMIND YOU THAT MY HEAD IS STICKING OUTSIDE? I WOULD LIKE TO LIVE THROUGH THIS IF THAT’S POSSIBLE! ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THIS??? YOU CAN SLOW DOWN ANY TIME, MAN! ARE YOU SURE THAT MASTER JINN WASN’T JUST TALKING ABOUT A COFFEE SHOP OR SOMETHING?” and so on. Hehe poor guy’s screaming his dome off! But Yoda has a tendency to be right, because there it is — a planet! And clearly the right planet, because it’s covered in glowy sparkly stuff! As well as, of course, being Force-heavy. So thus, our heroes land right next to a giant crater flowing with strands of glowy sparkly stuff. Well, actually that glowy sparkly stuff is pure Force… or life… or something… please bear with me as I understand the Force as much as I understand underwater agriculture. Yoda knows where he’s going, and he gives Artoo his lightsaber for safekeeping. I admittedly get a little choked up that Artoo is clearly worried for his friend :3 But Yoda’s gotta do it alone… and off he goes, flying the ship down the glowy crater into the unknown!
Once the crater lets out, we find ourselves in a cavernous world that can hardly be done justice by mere description. It’s got some of those glowy strands going on and it has these floating islands or whatever and tons of bizarre-ish but cool foliage. And evidently, there’s some pretty cool wildlife around here too. But just then, out of nowhere comes an eerie voice, apparently female. And she shows herself first by floating in a sparkly ball… to which all of us said “Are you a good witch or a bad witch?” :lol: And then she reveals herself as this ghost-faced, black-cloaked biped who fits into the “bizarre-ish but cool” category as well. She’s all “Yoda! Where’ve you been man?” which in turn gives us this Wonderland vibe. Yoda’s all “How would you know that…?” and she’s all “Dude. I’m kinda part of the living Force durrr.” and in turn leads him off. Now, I have to say, as unreal as these ghostly guardians seem to be, they have it pretty good. They barely have to walk! This girl just floats on! And on top of that, the foliage just curls itself out of her way! Wouldn’t that be great, especially since I have a tendency to get hit with branches when I’m walking through foliage myself. Luckyyy. On top of that, doors just open for her! Technically tunnels, I guess, but still! I sorta kept expecting Yoda to get hit with all the foliage that missed her or that the door might close on Yoda before he could get in, but he’s a VIP guest here… none of that expected comic humor for this guy! So once through the door, the girl announces to her cousins that their guest has arrived. And the room immediately becomes all cool and glowy and in comes one-by-one all of these nearly identical spirit cousins. They’re identical, except that each one’s mask evokes a different emotion. Soooo that kind of makes them like the Seven Dwarves of the Force. *Armada of Star Wars fans drop a brick on my head* The first one’s a bit of a jerk, the next one is the walking (er… floating?) manifestation of a familiar Pharrell song, there’s a depressed one, and a confused one on top of that. They all want to know why Yoda’s here though (guess the first cousin didn’t let them know about this guest beforehand? Manners!). He tells them the simple fact that he’s interested in the whole immortality thing, and the Worrier doubts, the Optimist is all for it, the Confused shrugs and is all “whatever I guess”. Fact is, as far as their calm leader’s concerned, he’s kinda going to train a hero someday who will save the universe (you all know who they’re talking about!). The rather… grumpy one is all “Psh dude you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into!”, but Yoda’s cool with being the student this time around. Soooo the cousins seem to accept his request, after a bout of slightly disturbing girlish laughter. Obviouslyyy they know what Yoda’s going to face… and it can’t be quite as humorous as they’re letting on. But all the same, Yoda’s been accepted into the school of Force-ghost-ness!
So after the initiation, Yoda’s poofed back to where he last was, where the lead spirit girl fills him in on the locale’s background. Long story short — this is the where midichlorians are made and where all life originates. Which would explain the amount of glowy Force stuff. She leads him to this pathway of floaty island-things that in turn leads to this spooky-looking island/mountain. Apparently, Yoda needs to get in touch with himself a bit if he’s going to hang around after death, so he’ll take a couple of challenges in that very island/mountain to beat out his underlying dark side. Yoda’s like “Wait… I’m a Jedi! There’s no fear or darksidery going on in me!” and she’s all “Ha. Sure… prove it then.”. Yoda doesn’t get the deal with that, but off he goes, island-hopping his way over to the spooky mountainous island. Yes indeedy the teacher is about to get schooled!
So Yoda literally can’t take a step into these dark caves without hearing another creepy disembodied voice. And it’s much much much creepier than the last. And it kinda sounds like… him. Yes friends, Shadow Yoda will haunt my dreams for a while. I’ve heard Maul in his insane state compared to Gollum, but that’s nothing comparatively… Shadow Yoda here could probably scare the real Gollum and Darth Maul both. And sorry I’ll stop talking about Middle Earth lore in the middle of a Star Wars blog, but seriously! I did not know Tom Kane’s voice was capable of all this creepy. He’s talking almost exactly like Gollum! And sorry I did it again! So yes it’s both exciting and terrifying watching Yoda fight his darksidery self. Yup… just the facts, everyone’s got something they have to overcome, no matter how seemingly big or small it may be. Even if it’s just his being mad at Quinlan Vos for cutting in front of him in the cafeteria line. Or maybe the fact that he’s too short for most Disney Parks rides (sorry). Either way, Yoda has to come to grips that he’s not perfect, but he can choose to make the right decisions and face his “dark side” head-on when he needs to. In fact, it’s his choosing to face Shadow Yoda and saying “OK yeah you’re there, but you don’t control me.” that defeats this creepy guy in the end. You go, Master Yoda! He gets an “A” on this assignment, but he’s still got some more tests to go through. Bet he’s wishing now he hadn’t worn himself out physically fighting the guy for so long. Again, it feels very unusual to see Yoda realizing all he doesn’t know, but yet, it also makes him more relatable. So now that Yoda’s truly willing to take this schooling seriously, the guardians send him off once more to his next lesson… and it’s not exactly a simple true-or-false quiz. They called it… “temptations”. Oooh heavy…
You’d think getting through some ascending valley and coming through without attachment would be easy, right? Well this is Star Wars… most things aren’t that easy. Though weird thought: if these girls are the utmost in the Force… do they know what we now know about the “Jedi vs. Attachment” issue? We know that the Jedi were taking some of all this too far, even if it was partially rooted in truth. From an interview with Dave Filoni on starwars.com, he pointed out that it was their legit love for each other that saved Vader and Luke in Episode VI, something the Jedi didn’t totally get until then. The Jedi are right for the most part regarding attachment; holding on to someone or something so viciously that it makes you make bad decisions can be a straight path down the hill to Dark Side Land, but loving someone, but being willing to let go? That’s different. Now, from Yoda experiences in the valley, it honestly seems that the spirits might only be half-right on all this… honestly, this test leaves me with lots and lots and lots of questions that I can only hope with my own discussion may help answer.
Yeahhhh you know you’re in for a pretty terrifying test when you suddenly walk into a room full of dead Jedi. Everyone from adorable Jedi kids to the great and awesome Mace Windu lie scattered on these floors, including one who looks awfully familiar… OHMYGOSH AHSOKA TANO??! And she’s kinda still alive to boot! So as you can imagine, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Yoda look so sad… I can’t help but shed some tears in this part. And yeah, it’s a bit of a surreal moment to see Ahsoka again after all this time… especially since she’s… sorta just barely hanging on to life. Ahsoka tells him that this was all the Sith’s doing, but quickly turns the conversation around to her being kicked out of the Order. This does make me ask some questions, as Ahsoka almost got back in, but she turned down their offer and chose to leave the Jedi Order. Either Yoda just feels stupid guilty about the whole debacle or else he wasn’t fully informed of what went down. I’m thinking it’s the first one; Yoda does care about her, and probably feels like he might’ve been responsible for what went down. I mean, either way, Ahsoka’s trial and junk did leave an indelible mark on her and made her question the Jedi Order herself. Aww Yoda you can’t blame yourself…! Ahsoka then moves on to worrying about her future… she’s not a full Jedi, so when she dies, does she just… die? I’ve always believed that if you’re strong with the Force, you’ll end up in the soup either way, so I’m not really worried for whatever ultimately does become of Ahsoka, whether she’s hanging with the bounty hunters (something I picked up from a sketch of Mr. Filoni’s that was meant for an unmade TCW episode), joining the Rebel Alliance, or working a desk job somewhere. But clearly Yoda is worried for her, because he doesn’t know. Aughhh so many tears…! :cry: Seriously though the shot was angled pretty far from him, I have no doubt Yoda was tearing up, man… and IDK about you but when the Jedi actually let loose the waterworks on the rare occasion, I get gut-punched in the feels. But in the midst of his sadness, comes in one of those adorable Padawans from Season 5, inviting him to come with her to someplace far away from all this tragedy and fear. I mean, at first glance, you kinda can’t deny an adorable little girl’s offer of paradise, but then we remember “oh hey, isn’t this the ‘temptation’ part of this?” and then we start yelling “NO YODA DON’T DO IT!!! IT’S A TRAP!”, but of course, Yoda’s just been through all this hurt so of course he does it anyway. He’s only human, I suppose (or um… not human… whatever he is…). And suddenly, they’re outside the temple where the birds are singing and the trees are blooming and alllllll the Jedi who are and whoever were are hanging out together. And honestly, my first reaction is “Well, what could possibly be wrong with this?”. My weird theories have always imagined the Force-Spirit realm as something akin to a fancy retirement village where all the Jedi hang out together and sing songs around the campfire and go golfing (well, what did Anakin, Yoda, and Obi-Wan do after they left the Ewok party? I can’t imagine just floating around and giving Luke advice take up that much time in a day!). Of course, I’m aware that this may be an incorrect theory, but it just seems right. Perhaps the only difference is that those who keep their identity get to talk to the living on the occasion or something, IDK. Sooo how can this Jedi Temple barbecue be a bad thing, right? The padawan tells him that there’s no war out here, and Yoda pretty quickly puts on his “skepticles” on the whole thing. Especially as he finds Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon chatting about funny anecdotes with Master Dooku. I get that it feels weird… I mean, Dooku’s legitimately smiling and being a good guy! I’ve always wondered what kind of guy he was before he went all dark side on us, but this leaves me with mixed feelings. It does kinda make me feel all happy and gooey inside seeing this legacy of Jedi together… Dooku, who trained Qui-Gon, Qui-Gon, who trained Obi-Wan, and Yoda, who trained them all! D’aww feels! Yoda’s kinda becoming cool with it, but he’s not taking a hot dog off the grill yet. Pretty quickly Yoda just stops and says “Whoa whoa whoa something’s not right here!”. I guess seeing a few Jedi who are either dead (Adi Gallia and Qui-Gon and even Tiplar) or ex-Jedi (Dooku and Barriss Offee) is a little weird. Yeah figures I’d probably have failed this test big-time… isn’t that the point of this paradise? Everyone being together? I’m still confused, but this is a test. Maybe in twenty years they’re all be roasting marshmallows on Endor, but not today. This is the whole “temptation” deal. The rest of the Jedi are like “Dude. Total faux pas!” and Dooku’s like “Bros let me handle this” and pulls out his red lightsaber. But Yoda just looks him in the creepy red eyes and shrugs “This is all fake, you know.” and poof Yoda’s back to solid ground. It’s so confusing…! Perhaps someday it will all make sense. Anyway, the lead spirit shows up and slaps a big A+ on that paper (so to speak), but yeah he’s got finals coming up… the rest of the girls tells him his next and final test awaits him on the Sith homeworld and face a bucketload of fear. Ohhh wonderful. But Yoda do what Yoda do.
So by the time Yoda flew out of that Force-y glowy mess, Artoo was so happy to see him again he was doing a little dance! But he probably wasn’t in a dancing mood when Yoda told him that they’re going on the road again… but evidently, he does have some good words of wisdom, as the little droid seems to say “We have to be brave, Master,”. And don’t we, though, as we head into whatever ultimate destiny lies ahead.
Daaaaang… that’s all that I think I’m able to put into words on this one! And soon we’ll see the finale to end all finales… and boy I hope I can get all those thoughts translated to text within just one blog! Until then…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Uncovering The Lost Missions: Voices

And now we continue onward, attempting to uncover whatever secrets and mysteriousness lies within these final four of TCW! And if you want secrets and mysteriousness, these episodes sure got ‘em! Seriously folks, prepare for a lot of deepish discussion in this one and the ones to follow! That’s all I can really say right now… so… let’s sit down and watch Voices together!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode V, Episode VI, The Yoda Chronicles Episode I, and TCW episodes Overlords, Altar Of Mortis, Ghosts Of Mortis, Orders, The Lost One, and Voices
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“Jedi Mystery!” Those are the first words of the narration at the show’s opening, and boyyy is that Tom Kane guy right… we just dug up a lot of dirt on the Clone Wars’ origins. I guess the biggest question is “Why did a Sith just go and create our entire army?” (Welllll y’all could’ve listened to Fives a few episodes back but nooooooo…), and when you’ve got a question this big, the best thing to do is sit down and see if the Force’ll help out. And that’s where we find Yoda, meditating for a bit before rejoining the council in trying to answer these big questions. But instead of further answers on all that craziness, he hears a familiar voice… a voice he seriously isn’t sure he’s hearing: Qui-Gon Jinn’s. Yoda’s all “Uh… you’re dead bro, sooo…” and Qui-Gon’s like “Then explain why I’m still talking to you. I’m part of the living Force now!” and then does a few tricks to further convince his old master of the fact. And Yoda be all O.o It’s rather fascinating, watching Yoda in these episodes… realizing that even he doesn’t know everything. I’m sure secretly Qui-Gon’s all “Heh. And you guys all thought I was the crazy one!” XD
Yoda returned to the council meeting, but he was about as attentive as a fourth-grader in a lecture on politics. For good reason, considering what he just saw and heard. Of course, all the Jedi in the room are all “WURT Yoda wasn’t paying attention?!” (OK they don’t say it but it’s what they didn’t say that says it). Master Windu reiterates the situation… clearly, whoever’s really in charge of this whole Sith deal seems to be someone right in front of their noses. But Yoda doesn’t really have much more to add to that statement… he’s really not in his element today… and Mace and Obi-Wan kinda know it as the two head off for a brief conversation. Also, on a random note, it is really fascinating watching that green bearded Jedi guy in motion, slithering around like he do. For so long he’s just sat in his council chair and now he’s actually moving! Crazy, man… OK anyway, so back to Obi-Wan and Mace. Mace is totally picking up on whatever’s chewing at Yoda, and he’s pretty weirded out about it. The two make a point to keep an eye on the Master, in case something’s seriously wrong. Because yeah Mace is sensing something big (and dark) on the rise…
Meanwhile, Yoda was out mediating outside the Temple. And may I say that it looks like the weather is lovely there right now? Guhh the animation of those leaves… anyway, so Anakin just happened to run into him while he was out there, and Yoda decides to confide in him what he’s been hearing. Yoda’s heard the whole Mortis deal, how Anakin and Obi-Wan evidently talked to Master Jinn while in that “rabbit hole”. Anakin brushes that off that it was just a really weird vision, as most of the stuff on Mortis was. Because of course, the Jedi are pretty sure that once you’re dead you just hang out in that Force-spirit-soup. But Yoda knows that there’s a good chance they don’t know everything… but he also knows he might just be a little crazy and needs a nap. Um I’m going to stick with the first option. Yoda? A little crazy? As if! And yeah the way Yoda says “Rest, I need…” just brings up all this Episode VI nostalgia… noooo don’t die on us Master!!:cry:
So when Yoda goes out to the council and tells them that he’s kinda hearing voices from beyond, the gang bonds together for a good long meditation to see if anyone else hears something. And they do this pretty much all day… and nothing happens. I’m sure Qui-Gon is watching them, chuckling at the way he’s messing with them… kick him off the council will they? :P OK so after everyone inevitably got the kinks out of their backs from kneeling for twenty-four straight hours, Ki-Adi Mundi proposes that maybe this voice is just the Sith messing with them. Obi-Wan’s like “Duuude! Yoda’s like, a rock! No Sith could play that kinda game with him!”. Mace is all “Look, Yoda, you’re great and stuff and wiser and older than pretty much anyone, but I don’t think you’re above being manip’d by the dark side.” and Yoda’s like “Yeahhh I could see that… the dark side’s already done so much to blind us; who knows what they might be able to do!” so, the Jedi decide to get a second opinion on the matter. But what do you do when the second opinion still doesn’t clear anything up? According to the Jedi doc, Yoda’s fine physically and mentally for his age. Ki-Adi Mundi, once again throwing out big “what-ifs”, wonders if maybe Yoda having trained Dooku prior to his fall might’ve caused a problem or two. Again, Obi-Wan’s doubtful, as Dooku was just one out of the zillions of Jedi who were Yoda’s apprentices. But Ki-Adi fires back that Dooku could easily use their old bond against Yoda, and what better way to take out the Jedi than by taking out the head honcho? Yikes… the concept of dark side Yoda is unfathomable, yet disturbing. But what if…? The doc proposes a treatment that could possibly give Yoda a closer idea of this “voice”, and naturally, it’s potentially dangerous. But whatever Yoda wants to do… and of course, he wants to do it.
Sooo I’m still no expert on SW-ian medicine, and especially not in the area of Jedi medicine, but basically Yoda’s going in deep, quite literally. Into a tank that will put him into a deep deep meditative state, as deep as one can go without being dead. Whooo boy… this could go south, but Yoda wants his answers and you can’t change that. And as the treatment begins, on cue, Qui-Gon steps in and points Yoda to where he needs to go — to some slimy planet called Dagobah, where he’ll figure it all out. Oh, and he can’t tell anybody else about it. That’s about it before Yoda was fished out and revived by his Jedi buddies. Yoda kinda rambled on about having talked to a couple of dead friends… and that naturally started a tizzy amongst the Jedi, who again, are pretty sure that you don’t just go around having conversations with living people when you’re dead. But Anakin, coming back on what Yoda told him earlier, reminds them that they might not know everything there is to know about the Force. Eh, but Ki-Adi’s still sticking to his “Sith-controlling-Yoda” guns. Mace makes the final call that, until they get everything figured out, Yoda’s going to be hanging out in the medical bay under senate guards for a while. But I have a feeling that Yoda’s not going to be there for as long as the rest of the Jedi want… he has a couple aces up his sleeve… the first being Anakin.
I cannot fully express how much I love Yoda’s little plan here. He pretty quickly convinces (or maybe not so much) Anakin to help him make his escape. Anakin isn’t totally sure if he’s doing the right thing, but Yoda’s like “Dude. You break the rules all the time! You can certainly do that for me right now, can’t you?”. Heheh it’s nice seeing Yoda’s mischievous side again :) So I guess Anakin and Yoda are just going to take a “casual” walk outside… to get some “fresh air”. And once the two have casually made their way past the guards, Anakin gets R2-D2 to set Yoda up with a ship and get him on his merry way. And by the time Mace and the doc show up, Yoda’s already gone, off to Dagobah!
So it’s not long before the Master and Artoo land on said planet. Thankfully, Artoo’s allowed to stay on the ship… understandably so, as the next time he steps into the mudhole he nearly gets eaten. If he could speak Basic, he’d totally be saying the infamous “I’ve got a bad feeling about this…” . I seriously love watching Artoo and Yoda hang out! It’s nice to know that that squabble they have twenty years from now was not rooted in their past XD
So after walking for a bit, Yoda sits down, ready to hear what Master Jinn has to say next. And I about cried when Qui-Gon spoke next… “Yoda, my old friend…” gahhh the warmth in his voice… it’s like getting a vocal hug! I want to be his friend so badddd :3 I’m sure he would’ve probably hugged him for real if of course, he wasn’t currently still trying to figure out the whole “Force ghost form” thing and if it wouldn’tve probably weirded Yoda out. Anyway, but though he can’t be seen yet, Qui-Gon uses a bunch of sparkly lights to guide Yoda to where he needs to go. Qui-Gon’s warm voice and sparkly lights?! Ahhh it’s all so magical!! I’m getting all the feels right now. So Qui-Gon tells Yoda that Dagobah’s a crazy Force-rich planet… it looks like Yoda didn’t just choose Dagobah because “a nice place to live, it is” (cookies if you get the reference)! Apparently Master Jinn is, as he said, made up of the living Force, which is entirely different from the cosmic Force (yeesh the Force is so confusing!). So instead of just joining the Force soup that others would, he gets to hang out and do whatever as just himself… not a bad deal! Of course, just because he’s in this high ranking of deceasedness doesn’t mean he knows everything, and he can’t really say much in regard to Yoda’s wonderings about the Sith and the future. So the sparkly lights lead Yoda to a rather familiar cave… a cave that I really really wouldn’t want to go into anytime soon… why does everything involving the Force has to be so complicated and frightening half the time?! Of course, that’s why they’re the Jedi and I’m not.
Yes, this familiar cave. It’s dark and creepy and has just the right amount of black fog and disturbing foggy visions of what’s to come… visions of Jedi fighting clones and Jedi dying and Darth Sidious doing what he do, plus Sidious inviting Yoda over to the dark side. Anybody else severely shook when they show CG versions of things that will happen in the films? The Mortis episodes and now this… yikes. It’s very clear that Yoda’s as shook as anybody right now, and that’s saying something since Yoda comes off as a pretty unshakable guy. As Yoda stumbles out of the cave, I think it’s safe to say that he wasn’t exactly expecting that kind of answer to his questions… and there’s still so much he doesn’t know or fully grasp about what he saw. Qui-Gon knows that things are getting pretty much worse and worse and the dark side is getting stronger and stronger as the Clone Wars continue, but he also knows that there is always hope. And with that, Qui-Gon points the way for Yoda to his next step on the path to stronger-Force-ness. So someday, Yoda will continue to be able to provide help and hope in the dark times ahead, even post-death (any chance that means we’ll see Yoda in Episode VII? Just wondering… the only time we saw him in his Force ghost form was when he stopped by the ewok party). So with the Force as his guide, Yoda steps back in his ship, ready to be lead to a mysterious place that will deepen his understanding, test his limits, and get him ready for the future to come…
OK that was so deep I literally can’t wrap my head around this. And not just because my understanding of the Force is kinda iffy. Dang, man… uh… perhaps some secrets are harder to uncover than most. I think I’m going to stop blogging now because I’m not sure there’s anything else I can really say to aide us in our understanding. Just WOW.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight