Rebel Transmissions: Rebel Assault

The pressure’s on for me today because Rebel Assault is a huge, awesome episode… and I somehow have to put all that awesomeness and my thoughts on that awesomeness into words! Hopefully though I will have something worth your read today. *Loading Transmission* *Wishes it were that easy*

Contains spoilers from Rebel Assault and many elements from episodes before that. Ideally you should be caught up with every episode prior to reading.

Yaaaas here come the X-WINGS! With so many amazing vehicles and spacecraft inside of SW, sometimes I forget the sheer epicness that is the x-wing. So agile! So fast! So fierce! I was dead giddy the second they came onscreen. There’s an air of nostalgia and familiarity and an incredible thrill. But the experience was made all the better by the fact Captain Syndulla’s in the lead, bringing the fight to the Empire in a way I don’t think anyone else can! The battle’s a spectacular sight to behold, but it’s also super intense and had me seriously on-edge, because it’s not just a show of skills, it’s also a match between the minds of two masterful militants. Really, I could rave on everything about these scenes for days.
But then, all that excitement fades to heart-wrenching dismay as we watch the x-wings fall from the sky, the fate of their noble pilots unknown…

It was great seeing Mart again, wasn’t it? I kinda hope I’m not the only one who didn’t recognize him at first; seems like he did a lot of growing up since we last saw him! Either that or I’m terrible and just forgot ’cause it’s been a while since I last watched Iron Squadron. They could’ve put anyone in that cockpit, but I’m glad they picked somebody we already knew pretty well to join forces with Hera in this midst of all these dire circumstances. Especially when Ruhk enters the equation. It was really something watching Hera hold her own as well as she did. It’s the first time we’ve really gotten to see her in a lot of hand-to-hand combat and it was just really cool and impressive. And Chopper coming to her defense and sneak-attacking Ruhk had me cheering 😀 Y’all don’t mess with family!

Kanan’s side of the story in this one really had me reeling from feels. It breaks my heart to see him so deeply worried for Hera, yet at the same time, his relentless dedication to her absolutely warms my heart. It’s not that we haven’t seen hints of these emotions at times in the past, but here and now, as their relationship has significantly deepened, these feelings are coming out full-force and unfiltered. I love how absolutely frustrated he is when the lothwolf stops him, because you know that in that moment every fiber of his being is focused on finding and protecting Hera. But I love that the lothwolf did stop him, helping him refocus and carefully consider his next move. Whatever it was these creatures communicated to Kanan, I have little doubt it’s what he needed to hear. The imagery and poetry of it all is simultaneously sad and beautiful. It just floors me, you guys.

Even though most of us already knew ahead of time that Hera’s ultimately going to be OK (if you didn’t know this I suggest listening very closely next time you watch Rogue One, and there might be some Freemaker Adventures and FoD stuff you need to see), it doesn’t make this episode’s ending any less of a cliffhanger. And it certainly didn’t make it any less sad to see the very heart of the Ghost crew down for the count in the clutches of the Empire. I don’t know for certain what will happen next, but I do know that Kanan has a plan in mind… and the rest of the family aren’t going anywhere without her ❤

Yeah, in some ways, we’ve got a long wait ahead of us. But thankfully, a certain new Star Wars adventure coming around this time next week will make the wait a little easier… 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Crawler Commandeers

All right, I’m guessing if you’re here, you’re looking for some interesting Rebels discussion. Hopefully I can deliver! Join me as we crawl through some of the most interesting and fun moments of Crawler Commandeers! (Also known as the hardest episode title to pronounce correctly because my weird brain instinctively wants to say “Commanders” instead of “Commandeers” XP )

Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Kindred and Crawler Commandeers. Ideally, you should be caught up with every episode prior to these before reading. Events from episodes after these will not be covered.

So how about those ore crawlers? They’re impressive, but mostly they’re pretty terrible. The machine burns up everything in its path to benefit Imperial manufacturing, and if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s run by slaves! Like why even??? The one good thing about it, though, is that today it’s exactly what our Rebs need. OK that’s not the only good thing… we get a lot of memorable Ghost fam misadventures aboard it, like preying on unsuspecting trandoshan captains who’ve got their jam on XD
Yeah Seevor was a lot of fun. By far one of the toughest, stubborn-est, and nastiest scoundrel-sorts SW has introduced us to. I love that he was such a constant pain for the Rebs the whole time… never able to shut up, constantly finding escapes, and unable to knock out for very long. Don’t know if that’s part of the reason the Mining Guild hired him, but all of these nasty strengths of his worked well in their favor. For the most part, anyway. But yeah he certainly spiced things up from the usual often easier-to-K.O.-Imps and storms. Almost miss the guy. Almost.

Now, an ode to Ezra’s voice acting skills. I’ve always thought that talent of Ez’s to be such a charming and clever addition to his skill set, something unique and pretty fun we hadn’t really seen in the films or TCW (unless my memory fails me). Even when it doesn’t convince it’s still impressive how good he is at slipping into another role like that. I could almost feel Ezra’s pain though when he was doing his impression of the Captain. Like OUCH. It wasn’t too bad an imitation though. But yeah I don’t blame him for kind of losing the voice at the end; that really sounded hard. Even though the Guild didn’t find it amusing, applause for the performance all around, for both Ez and Taylor Gray! Bonus nominations go to Vizago and Zeb’s (mostly) convincing roles later on.

Speaking of Vizago, OMG did he make an entrance! Sorry, but first he slammed that one slave over, and then he joyfully tossed his (obviously heavy metal) tool away, where from the sound of things (which sounded a lot like “OW!“), it bonked another slave in the head. I didn’t even notice that the first time I watched it and I’m absolutely dying laughing now XD I totally wasn’t expecting to see Vizago for a while, if we saw him again at all, so his part in the episode was a complete delight. And now he’s become his own kind of Rebel! I just love where this slippery sneaky guy’s story ended up going 🙂

I really did love seeing trandoshans this episode. I’ve been a fan of the knucklebrained lizards (Zeb’s words not mine) for a long time now, and had somehow forgotten how much I enjoyed seeing them around. Zeb’s throwdown showdown with the slavemaster was all kinds of intense; with these two huge, deadly-strong guys duking it out on a precarious platform, either of ’em could’ve won! But unfortunately for the slavemaster, (and fortunately for Zeb) laserwhips aren’t the answer to everything…
Also loved the nostalgia of Ez taking to the vents again, even if he totally didn’t share the same sentiment XP

Yeah this episode just has so many great little moments I could easily go on longer and longer on it, but perhaps the greatest biggest moments are the ones that involve Hera. Watching her so unwilling to turn a blind eye to the danger at hand, so determined to do what needs to be done and to say what needs to be said, regardless of the Alliance’s uncertainties… it’s awesome, in the true, non-overused sense of the word. It’s no wonder she convinced the higher-ups as well as she did. And seeing the excitement and determination on the faces of her crew-fam when they hear the fight’s finally finally on… the energy and hope in the room is electric, that even I feel like I could take on the whole Empire myself. Well, not so much by myself, but with these guys? I think anything’s possible 🙂

That is some good stuff right there, guys! I’ll conclude the Transmission posts for the year next week, and then hopefully we’ll have some fun small posts as we anticipate VIII! I’ll see you then!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Kindred

OK you ready for another Rebel Transmission? Good, ’cause I was gonna write it either way. Hopefully all my combined ramblings will give you a worthwhile read today. On to Kindred!

Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Flight Of The Defender and Kindred. Ideally, you should be caught up with every episode prior to these before reading. Events from episodes after these will not be covered.

We’re gonna have to talk about Ruhk, of course. He is so gloriously creepy and so utterly cool! I absolutely adore him. And also would never want to be on his bad side. I’ve said before that, to me, sometimes the most terrifying adversaries in SW are the ones who use brute force over the dark side of the Force. Such combat often comes off so frighteningly real and raw, and that holds very true for Thrawn’s brutal, dangerous assassin who thrives on instinct over feeling. Much as he gives me the shivers though, there’s no question that Ruhk has one of the coolest voices in SW. Not just in the history of villains, but all characters period. Warwick Davis delivers the most chilling, merciless performance, and it was well worth the long wait to hear him in SW again. And I love everything the animators did for his performance, too. Really everybody involved in bringing Ruhk to life deserves a medal ceremony, ’cause this character’s brought a whole lot of all-out fierce, deadly intense physicality to the fight and I can’t get enough.

And oh my oh my oh my, where do I begin with all the stuff that happened with Kanan and Hera? Watching them talk together at the beginning, getting a small glimpse of some of their post-New Dawn, pre-Spark Of Rebellion adventures, brought along a lot of warm nostalgia. And if that’s all I’d gotten, I would’ve been perfectly pleased. Then somehow, in the middle of all the chaos, Kanan just decides then and there to approach Hera on what might happen after her Rebel work is done. In turn this dropped about 2000 pounds of feels on my head. The reverse “You know how I feel”/”Do I?” turned me to mush. And again, if that’s all they gave my Kanera-loving self I would’ve been totally fine.
But HERA MADE THE FIRST MOVE.
AND IT WAS WONDERFUL.
I can’t type the exact sound I made, but I was something of a mix between a laugh, a cry, and an “aww”. And it was loud and very high-pitched.
I’ve loved these two together from day one. Well, actually before that with the Machine In The Ghost short. Their bond was so natural, so easy, so genuine… I knew from that day one I’d be happy wherever it went from there. As the show went on, I occasionally wondered if we might ever get to see a kiss, but I refused to get impatient. This season right off the bat made it a greater possibility than before, but little did I expect when it would happen… and how incredibly impossibly beautiful it would be. And when the crew put the blasting on hold to watch? Absolutely the icing on the cake X3 Honestly, I could go on about these kids forever (and I probably will given enough time and blog posts), but for now, all I can say is that the moment was more special and more precious than I ever could’ve hoped for ❤

Anywayyyyy I think I got that out of my system so now we can focus on other areas of discussion, like the lothwolves and all these new revelations about Lothal. Kanan’s ponderings in the beginning offered some ideas I’d never considered before with the Ghost family’s connection to this world. These ponderings are furthered as the Rebs follow the wolves straight through the planet to refuge. And then even more questions form even when it seems one question was answered. One of the things this episode has in massive quantities is mystery, and in a way so intriguing and mesmerizing that my brain can’t help but try and put all the pieces together, even if my knowledge of how Star Wars works says it’s better I just wait and see. It’s funny, I’d never ever once considered that the lothwolf might have spoken Kanan’s real last name. And even then I have no idea why. I don’t usually theorize much with Rebels, because I trust Lucasfilm will have a richer understanding than I do alone, but I’ve wondered if maybe the name “Dume” is also a meaningful word in an ancient Lothalian language, so that it holds a double meaning of some kind. Or maybe there’s something in Kanan’s heritage that connects back to Lothal. I have no clue what the answer might be, and if they’ll even give us answers at all (remember the Mortis arc in TCW?). But I love the mystery, and I’m really excited to see what secrets this once-thought-to-be-simple world has to discover… and what that will mean for the family that keeps on coming back to it.

Hopefully that covered the most interesting areas. Oh wait hold on — NAME ONE THING COOLER RIGHT NOW THAN HERA LIGHTSPEEDING RIGHT OUT OF THAT IMPERIAL BLOCKADE IN A U-WING. I’LL WAIT. All right now I think I covered everything. I’ll see you next post next week! Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Flight Of The Defender

All right, so let’s head back to Lothal for this week’s Rebel Transmission! I do apologize that my one-episode-post-per-week sched makes it harder for you to get the up-to-date Rebs thoughts you might be looking for. But as this is the last season, I want to savor every little moment ❤ Anyway, on to Flight Of The Defender!

Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes The Occupation and Flight Of The Defender. Ideally, you should be caught up with every episode prior to these before reading. Events from episodes after these will not be covered.

Star Wars and cuteness: it’s a time-honored tradition that began with the endearing presence of characters like Artooie and Chewie and has gone on for ages since, especially in these days when we’re surrounded by characters and creatures like BB-8, porgs, and of course, LOTHCATS! Right out of the gate we get a darling trio of these space kittehs and they bring me so so much joy! The one grooming Zeb got me somewhere between cracking up and “aww”ing my head off X3 They just steal the show in the best way, always up to something new and adorable! And they can still give a couple of bucketheads a run for their credits! I’ll always champion SW’s use of cuteness because it’s another one of those things that makes these stories and worlds feel so real and relatable. Plus, cute things help make dark times a little bit lighter, and as you know, the perfect balance of dark and light is one of those things I love so much about Star Wars 🙂 And some lightness was definitely needed right now as there’s a new deadlier-than-ever Defender on its way…

I think it’s an unarguable fact that whenever the Rebs take control of an Imperial craft, we’re in for a good time, or at least a good fight. Brings back some good memories there… just this time the stakes might be a lot lot higher. But even with the flight cut short by the Imps, we definitely have some fun with Ezra and Sabine today. It was thrilling watching Sabine leave a trail of firepower at every turn when she first set out. And then Ezra’s piloting skills?? Oh my gosh he’s gotten so good! These two are a force of nature and I loved every minute of their showdown in the skies! And I gotta say, I liked the TIE Defenders the first time we saw ’em, but now I love them. So fast! So firey! And that sound! Whoo!! Not to mention those cool little jet trails it leaves when it spins. If only they weren’t a huge huge problem for the Rebel Alliance, I might love them more… that and maybe if they had some more seatbelts/restraints, considering the way the kids got thrown around in there.
Also can we talk about Thrawn for a sec ’cause WOW he just keeps getting epic-er. With that cool, unrattled stare and his blaster aimed straight and true, I wouldn’tve been too surprised if one shot had brought the Defender down. That is what I’m callin’ #Thrawnfidence! 😀 Yeah we have to make that hashtag a thing now. Absolutely.

OK so I have to say something further about Ezra and Sabine ’cause they just make the best team right now, and in really every episode this season so far. I’ve been thinking back on the first couple seasons a lot lately and it’s amazing to look at how much their bond has grown and strengthened since then. Earlier we saw Ezra standing alongside Sabine on Mandalore, and now vice versa is true amidst all the tragedy surrounding Ez’s homeworld. I just love that loyalty, their honesty with each other, and how they’re so different sometimes, but they’re always on the same wavelength anyway. You see all those elements in a big way this episode. And one thing that caught my attention in this one in an unexpected way, was watching those few times Ezra held Sabine while she was out. There’s something so endlessly noble and tender about that gesture, small though it may be, that it makes me swoon a little (that, and write this whole paragraph here). Of course, it’s easy for me to just make this all about the potentially-romantic angle of their relationship, but looking back on how far they’ve come as a whole, I find I love them together for simply who they are now: Ezra and Sabine, the kids of the Ghost family, the best of friends, and one of the most explosively dynamic Rebel duos to date. Wherever they go in their relationship from here, it’s still nothing short of something really special :3

And obviously we must talk about the lothwolves. They are astounding, aren’t they? As you can figure from the first paragraph, I’m a big animal nerd, with a particular soft spot for furry things including felines and canines. Naturally, I was quite fond of that old idea Dave Filoni discussed at Celebration 2016 of Ahsoka riding a massive white wolf. I was happy to see the concept made it into the canon in some way when I spotted some cave paintings resembling the creature showed up in Thrawn’s studies in Season 3, but little did I expect them to take on such a big role this season. With a creature as mysterious as this, there’s not much I can say other than reiterate again how beautiful, majestic, and intriguing they are. And how awe-inspiring its size is, how chilling its voice is, and that amazingly wise look in its eyes. I’m really excited to further dig into what the lothwolf brings to the SW mythos. They’re just really really neat even if there’s so much I still don’t understand.
But with Star Wars, there’s still a lot of joy in the mysteries…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

P.S. ONE MORE MONTH ‘TIL LAST JEDI WHOOP WHOOP!!!

Rebel Transmissions: The Occupation

Though the episodes are arriving in pairs, I’m making sure every one of them gets the full-focus Rebel Transmission it deserves, including the sometimes-intense, sometimes-joyful, always-riveting gem that is The Occupation. Join me, if you will!

Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Breaking Ranks and The Occupation. Also they’re some smaller spoilers from other episodes, so just make sure you’re caught up.

So I’d say it feels great to be back on Lothal again, but… well, you know. The title itself makes it clear things aren’t so hot. It still filled me with some nostalgia feels seeing the little things that made Lothal so memorable in the first season, but they were bittersweet nostalgia feels this time, as this beautiful world, once so bright and clear, is now dark and gray. It’s almost not the same world we last saw on An Inside Man. It’s shrouded in shadow and drowning in sorrows, brought upon by the Empire… and it hurts my heart so much more than I expected.
But leave it to SW to once again bring the perfect balance between dark and light.

As many ways this episode made me weep, it made me smile, too. Like with the return of Vizago! I was surprised at how much I’d missed the slippery scoundrel! And the PUFFER PIGS OMG!! SO. MANY. PUFFER. PIGS!!! You can never have too many far as I’m concerned! Though wow I can’t imagine what you have to go through to farm ’em. And of course, watching the still-so-confident-and-cool Kallus get major burns from Sabine and Rex was a sheer delight XP Yep those are some good times right there.

Oh, and I loved the crew’s new disguises! It’s fun when you’ve been familiar with a character’s look for a while, and then they go and do something so drastically different it kinda throws you at first, and then after a few minutes you start planning your next cosplay project. Well, maybe that’s just the artist/cosplayer/Star Wars nerd in me, but that’s exactly my feelings on it. Hera probably has my favorite costume change, but Ezra and Zeb tie for second with their fantastic, so-called “ridiculous”, hats XD Too bad Sabine didn’t follow that taunting of Chop’s up with a new paint job. Maybe a nice chartreuse? *Chopper comes after me with a blaster*
Right, and Sabine’s new hair, though not a part of the disguise, was great too. I like they didn’t venture too far color-wise from the former, but it still has a fresh, cool feel to it, that also perhaps carries a slight seriousness to it with the coming events…

A moment of silence, of course, for Old Jho and all that Old Jho’s was. The Imperial March is one of my favorite pieces of Star Wars score ever, but I wasn’t too happy to hear the “patriotic” version coming from what was once a good spot for the Ghost fam. Definitely another one of those bittersweet nostalgia moments. But a less-bittersweet moment was the unexpected helping hand that was Jai Kell! It’s funny I’ve been spending so long wondering if we’d see Zare Leonis again (stilllllllll need to read Servants Of The Empire sigh) that I never ever gave Jai a second thought. It’s not that I didn’t really like the kid, but he seemed so hesitant and uncertain inside of the Imperial Academy escapade that I just couldn’t imagine him a true Rebel. Now he’s nothing short of a true Rebel — clever, quick on his feet, and the kind of person you want to be best friends with — and I love him now more than ever! Well that’s one thing I’ve found I love about this series: these characters and stories go down far far better roads than what you and I might predict or assume 🙂

Obviously, there was no question I’d have to dedicate the rest of the blog a paragraph to that lovely little bit of Kaneraness :3 Now when that first clip came up on the socials a week before its debut… um yeah I didn’t see but a second of it but I was thrilled, and got this hope in my head that The Occupation would be a Kanan-and-Hera-centered episode. Ultimately, I got about two minutes instead of twenty-two, but, oh, it was wonderfully wonderful all the same. (Plus, I’ve gotta remind myself every now and again that technically Kanan and Hera got a whole novel, which is like getting several long episodes, so I’ll be happy whether they get an episode or not)
It’s funny… they’ve known each other forever, clearly have had obvious mutual feelings going around for a while, but they don’t get this close until they’re in a dark alley hiding from stormtroopers. AND IT’S SO PERFECT. The “I wish I could see you” bit surprised me some. In a couple small moments in season three, we see them interact by touch in the sweetest way, whether in just the way Hera embraced Kanan after the rescue in The Holocrons Of Fate, or in that brief tender hand-holding on Zero Hour. This gave me the impression, I guess, that they’d worked through some of that initial difficulty and found this great love language that worked well in spite of him being blinded. But turns out, even though he’s gained a lot through seeing with Force, he still does miss seeing her. Kanan looked so downcast… but Hera turned that around with the most genuine, joyful expression on her face when she replied “You could always see me.”. They only got so close before trouble came up again, but AHHHHHHHH THAT WAS SO SO UTTERLY PRECIOUS!! MY HEART IS ABSOLUTELY MELTED. I LOVE THESE BEANS ❤ ❤

As we follow our heroes in a tense chase through the sewers, I do need to take a minute and applaud the lighting artists. Almost the whole episode is in shadow. I thought at first something was wrong with my screen, but nope that’s how it’s supposed to be, to add to the danger and uncertainty, as well as the realization that this town used to have a lot more lights on at night. It’s especially prevalent perhaps within the climax. Doesn’t help we’ve got a deathtrooper involved! Remember last post when I commented I was hoping to see more of them again? I’m sorry Ghost fam, I didn’t think they’d show up that fast! And in the dark! With probes!! It’s almost a nostalgic scenario, even if things are considerably more intense than before. But I love that, in the midst of the darkness and hopelessness, they still come back out of the dark tunnels and into the light, and also into a reminder that this isn’t the first time a small crew of Rebels fought together and made a positive difference… 🙂

Until next post next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight