Why I’m Hyped For Rebels Season 2

We’re less than a month away from reuniting with our Rebels. Just let that soak in for a minute. Hyped now? Of course you are! And for sure so am I! That’s why I figured I ought to take a moment and just talk about all the things to get hyped about in the weeks to come as we come closer and closer to the next big day in a long line of SW-related big days. So on we go!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels season 1 and The Siege Of Lothal.

1. The Family Reunion
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Yes this for so many reasons. And after getting our early Life Day present with The Siege Of Lothal, I’m even more excited to hang out with the Ghost crew again! Their bond has strengthened, their world has expanded, the danger has grown. And soon we’ll get to see how these forces combine and how they will react with our heroes, as a group and as individuals. We’ll get to learn more about them, their pasts, their presents, and their futures. And all the while we’ll get to eat up that wonderfully wonderful family dynamic of theirs! You gotta love!

2. The Jedi’s Journeys
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I could easily ramble on about each character and what I’m excited about seeing them do next, but for now I’m just gonna talk about our Master and Padawan. Kanan and Ezra are facing the same situation with different perspectives. I love Ezra’s newfound hope and optimism that we see in Siege Of Lothal; I watched Spark Of Rebellion the other day and was blown away again realizing just how much he’s grown and how much he’s changed his outlook. He sees defeating the Empire as something attainable as long as he’s got his fellow Rebels by his side. Then there’s Kanan… the trials and tribulations he’s been through have left a bad taste in his mouth for fighting wars. He makes that point very clear when last we saw him. And though he went along with it as they joined up with Phoenix Squadron, he never exactly committed to anything. I’m very interested in seeing what becomes of their differences, and if it will affect Ezra’s training in any way. They’re both still figuring it out, what it means to be a Jedi in this day and age, and now what it means to be a nearly-official Rebel. Only time will tell where their paths lead…

3. Ahsoka’s Continued Story
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I thought nothing could make me happier the day Ahsoka climbed down that ladder and introduced herself to the Ghost crew. But seeing Ahsoka fighting alongside the Ghost crew made me explode with happiness! Of course I’ve said this stuff a thousand times before so I’ll just go ahead and cut to the chase. The fact she has so quickly befriended our Rebs is awesome, and promises for some great stories to come. Seeing how her story entwines with those of the growing Rebellion and its members is going to be truly fantastic… as well as we see what becomes of that one little tiny fact about her past that the rest of our crew doesn’t know yet…

4. Sending In The Clones
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When I first saw the season 2 trailer on the Celebration live stream, I couldn’t hear the dialogue for some reason. So I could only wonder if those armor-clad gents were clone troopers. And then Dee Bradley Baker walked on stage and I started crying because I knew that indeed those were clones. When I finally watched the trailer with the dialogue, I squeed so loudly when I first heard Rex’s voice it probably broke windows. The Clone Wars made us love these guys so much and I always wanted to see a redemption story for these guys. And not just with Lego’s JEK-14. So this… this is still beyond anything I could’ve hoped for. Captain Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor live on. Reuniting with these guys is going to be amazing. I have so many questions about their past as well as ponderings on what their future holds. Either way, I’m overjoyed to be able to join back up with these three amazing troopers and see what they do in the fight against the Empire.

5. Hondo
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Another face I’m elated to be seeing again. Adventure with this old space pirate’s going to be a blast! That is all.

6. The New Inquisitors
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Darth Vader can’t do it all, and so another couple of Jedi-hunter-downers have been unleashed. Hopefully they’ll have names so I won’t have to call her “Quizzy #2” and “The ‘Quiz #3” or something like that. Who’s the mask-clad girl and why’s she wearing that mask? I mean, aside from the fact that masks are super cool. Who’s the dude with the big hat and creepy face? All good mysteries that I can’t wait to see unfold.

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Because they made mention at Celebration that there’d be 20 or so of them. I don’t care how long the seasons are really but the more the merrier, as Ezra might say!

8. Everythingggg
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Obviously. ‘Cause Rebels is that awesome. Obviously.

Ahh it feels like it was just yesterday when I was writing about why I was hyped for the series itself! Only 26 more days until its glorious official return! And we shall spazz and fanboy/fangirl about it until the day comes! And then every day after! XD

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

10 Of The Coolest Things Released On Force Friday

The big day is here! Or at least one of the big days in a long line of “big days” pertaining to Star Wars! It’s FORCE FRIDAY!! I’ve decided to make a little list chronicling some of my favorite new merch that made its debut today!
NOTE: Contains no real spoilers, but for safety’s sake I hope you’ve watched all the movies at least.

I knew all this new SW stuff was going to be cool, but I had no idea how cool. I am literally DAZZLED by the amazing things they’ve come up with… and the movie hasn’t even come out yet! Not to mention all the cool stuff pertaining to the rest of the films and shows! It reminds me once again just how amazing it is to be part of this… to be here in the midst of it all as a new era of SW films comes into being! And all the fabulous merch that comes with it! Somehow I managed to slim it down to just ten amazing products that I’ve found whilst searching the interwebs (and it was hard trust me). Without further ado, ten reasons to pull out your cash today!

1. The 3.75ers
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Whether they be Black Series or otherwise, the classic 3 1/4 inch action figures are my bread and butter. They look so stinkin’ amazing I might just have to nab them on the spot! LOOK AT THAT FINN I NEED HIM SO SO BAD.

2. The ‘Sabers
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Every SW fan should get to experience throwing around a play-value clashable lightsaber, and you can never have too many!

3. The Huggable Vader!
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Never have I wanted to hug a Sith so much. GO TO BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP RIGHT NOW.

4. The Giant Pillow
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When the fan awakens, they ought to wake up to this awesomeness.

5. The Master Of All Animatronics
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I generally prefer toys that have minimal or no battery-operated function, but this Yoda is an absolute beaut’! The quality on this guy is incredible and would look great just sitting around your house when he’s not training you in the ways of the Jedi. His movement is scary realistic (in a good way), and dude you can literally Force push him!! I’m sold!! I know what I’ll be doing the next time I have $180 lying around…

6. The Sweet Ride
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Kylo Ren most definitely has one. And you can have it in Lego form. So worth all the time it’d take to build it…

7. The Fabric Awakens
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There are literally oodles of options for those who want to wear their Episode VII love everywhere they go. It was nearly impossible to pick just a few pics to show here! You can get BB-8 schematics from Hot Topic, a dramatic display of Kylo’s three-blade from DisneyStore, and a wonderfully sparkly Captain Phasma from Her Universe! And this is just the tip of the iceberg of the cool shirts you can get whether you’re a guy or a girl!

8. The Keep Calm And Carry On
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But there’s no way to keep calm when we’re only a few months away from Episode VII!! All the more reason to buy this amazing tote from DisneyStore! It’s got both our Rebs and our Order!

9. The Jump To Hypersnooze!
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It’s not easy to love alarm clocks. But it’s easy to love the Millennium Falcon. So thus why it’s not a want, but a need.

10. And this, for so many reasons this
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OK so it’s not really Episode VII-related but don’t tell me you don’t want this on your doorstep this Halloween! Is it weird I really want to give him all my candy?

There you go! And who knows what other wonderful things are to come as The Force Awakens gets closer and closer? Until then…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

10 Awesome Moments From Exit From Endor

So I’m finally blogging on the first of the Lego Droid Tales saga! Sorry it took so long… there’s just been too much to talk about as of late! Now, I’m doing something a little different today, instead of writing a full-on commentary, I’m slimming it down to some of the episode’s most ingenious, funny, and clever moments! After all considering it’s a retelling of Episodes I and II retelling that just wouldn’t work. So let’s just get on with it already!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI, The Empire Strikes Out, and Exit From Endor

Droid Tales is absolutely tons of fun, giving us the SW saga in a nutshell whilst peppering in great gags and poking fun at it (and at us as fans) in the best way! (Like, for example, all the gags thrown at the Prequel politics, which to be honest I find fascinating) Whether you’re new to SW or you’ve been loving it forever, it’s a sheer delight! Some new territory for Lego SW that works so perfectly! And so with my raving done, let’s cut to the chase to 10 of the most awesome moments from Exit From Endor!

1. Threepio Remembers!
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I would say a good 80% of Droid Tales couldn’t possibly be canon, but there are some things I sure would like to believe really happened, like the fact Artoo had Threepio’s memory the whole time! I remember when I first heard about Droid Tales and I was confused as to why Threepio was telling said tales. Well, he’s pretty amazing at storytelling, as we see in Episode VI, but his memory loss was a bit of a problem. And I always felt bad that Threepio lost memory of all their grand adventures prior to the fall of the Republic, so there you go — a nice little bow tied at the end of all of this! :)

2. Best Name Ever…
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“What should I call you?”
“I’ve always been fond of the name ‘Kevin’.”
“Your name is C-3PO!”
Yup that’s the future Darth Vader… only nine and he’s already crushing dreams XP Droid Tales really has fun making the connection between little Ani and Vader quite a bit more obvious to a rather ridiculously hilarious point. This was probably my favorite of those moments… well, that and the “I didn’t do it by accident, I did it on purpose”! bit XD Also, note the Lego instruction sheet on the wall. PRICELESS.

3. Words Can Hurt You Know!
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“YOU ARE THE WORST BAD GUYS EVER!!” As if the “get this stunted slime out of my sight” line wasn’t harsh enough… :P Also, I love the callbacks to The Empire Strikes Out with Darth Maul. I love that he clearly knows how awesome he is. Forget revenge this is all about being awesome! If only his master got it… “You never let me be me!”

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“RED FLAGS! GET YOUR RED FLAGS HERE!” Pfff haha yeah I think we get it. But what the hooey he eventually destroyed the Emperor! Don’t blame Qui-Gon mkay?! The real question is why is Watto selling red flags? Probably because he can overcharge for ’em I bet.

5. They’ve Got This (Mostly)
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I love how they played up the “we’ll handle this” line with all those petrified little Naboo soldiers making a run for it XD But perhaps they were smart to do so… Sith be scurrrry. Also, I love how they handled Qui-Gon’s noble end. I had no clue how Lego’s take on some of the more tragic or dark events would look like, but it worked well and it was honestly kinda funny the way it was played out, which is something I thought I’d never say about one of the most tear-inducing parts of the film. But hey that’s Lego for ya! ‘Course there was no problem knocking the legs off of Maul, that happens a lot to him as a minifig XD

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Anyone else read that line in Ziro The Hutt’s voice? Sorry wrong era. But yeah… “AHH!! A LITTLE KID!!” *Dies laughing*

7. Attack On The Clones
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Well, that’s one way to avoid assassinations… XD XD Really this needs no further explanation, it’s just that funny.

8. Somebody Call For Me?
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“NOT YOU ARTOO HIM ARE TOO!” Great and powerful Michael Price, teach me your Lego-SW-writing ways! Though I imagine that drove the closed captioning people nuts…

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“…Maybe if you tried acting calmer…”
They pretty much summed up all of Anakin’s dialogue in Episode II in that one sentence. Poor boy was all kinds of grumpy and angsty back then, wasn’t he? Aw we love you anyway man! Hehe this is possibly my favorite line in the whole episode XD

10. Ackbar’s Slightly-Not-That-Sweet Ride
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I adore the whole thing with Ackbar oogling over his “Daisy Mae”, but I also love the fact that his old ship is up to its gills in takeout wrappers XD Hehe “up to its gills”… I made a Mon Cala joke XD And wow I just realized I’ve really overused the XD emoticon in this post… but how else do I capture how hard these jokes made me laugh? :)

Of course, this is only scratching the surface of the great jokes and moments in this episode, but I think I put together a nice variety of the wonderful wacky witticisms of this awesome Lego special! And I can’t wait for all the new Tales yet to be told!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rogues, Rides, & Rebels

Padawanline: bringing you the newest Star Wars news… once it becomes old news XP Haha yeah it’s become a bit of a habit. But there was no way I wasn’t going to share my thoughts on the cool stuff revealed at D23 and the cool stuff to be revealed at NYCC!
NOTE: Contains no real huge spoilers. Though I would recommend you be up-to-date with all current films and shows.

Rogue One Cast
So it feels best to start off with the news surrounding the movies. One of the big pieces of news was that Colin Trevorrow is directing Episode IX, which is awesome, of course. Considering how awesome Jurassic World was I have no doubt he’ll do wonderfully on the third part of the next trilogy. Gosh it still feels surreal thinking that in a few years we’ll be getting the NINTH chapter. NINTH! And I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Episode VII will be out this year, so yeah my mind can barely comprehend all the awesomeness SW is putting out right now :)
But perhaps the biggest reveal we got at D23 is all the new stuff going on with Rogue One! The principal photography has begun, the main cast is listed, and we only have approximately one year, 3 months, and 25 days to go! (hopefully that was approximate…) JUST LOOK AT THIS PHOTO. IT’S GLORIOUS! I love how gritty and real it looks, and still, the idea that this story leads to the events of A New Hope is amazing. Plus, you gotta love that it’s Rebel-centered! I don’t really know any of the cast, with the exception of Alan Tudyk for his fantastic voice acting, but they look like they belong in the SW galaxy fo’ sho’! And may I add Felicity Jones’ character is as stylin’ as she is epic? Sorry that’s what happens when you’re a girl as well as a cosplayer :) Anyway yeah I am stoked beyond belief for Rogue One! It’s exciting to think just what it’ll be feel like and what it’ll be like in the very first of the Anthology films!

SW Disney Parks Concept
Also of great importance is the SW expansion of the Disney parks! I’ve sadly have yet to walk down Main Street U.S.A and eat a dole whip, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to experience. One of the things I love so much about the parks is the idea of walking into the worlds of some of my favorite films. A ride on Star Tours would’ve been more than enough to make my fangirly self explode with happiness, but now they’re making a whole LAND dedicated to just Star Wars!! IT IS THE GREATEST NEWS EVER I CAN’T EVEN. Two 14-acre lands on both coasts that submerge visitors into the SW galaxy… it’s more than I would’ve ever dreamed! They’ve even got a Millennium Falcon ride planned! That is officially now on my bucket list, even though going to all the Disney parks is already on there :D And just look at this art it’s beautiful!! Plus we’re getting stuff like Star Wars Launch Bay (any opportunity to get a photo with R2-D2 is a not-to-be-missed opportunity in my book), Hyperspace Mountain, Season Of The Force, and an updated Star Tours! Sounds like pure Disney magic at its finest! If one thing’s for certain, it’s that I will cry tears of joy when I walk into that SW land for the first time… and probably every other time afterward :)

SWR Season 2 Screencap
And a quick bit of news that’s quite important for those of us who need Rebels like we need to breathe. There will be a special screening of two Season 2 episodes along with what sounds to be an awesome panel at New York Comic Con October 8th! Whether you’re going or not it’s good to know because it gives us a further idea of when Season 2 is going to get here. Guessing sometime in mid-October. Yeah I suppose my hope it’d get here by September was a bit of a pipe dream… but also this screencap makes me all happy inside for so so many reasons X3 And of course, I’m sure there will be some exciting developments that will come from NYCC, so even more reasons to get excited!

So there you have it! Just a few things that have me excited out of my mind! My cheeks hurt from smiling so hard :D

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

SW Summer Reads: A New Dawn

The pressure’s on my friends… because today I’m writing my first SW Summer Reads post on a full-size undoubtedly-canon book! I apologize in advance if this comes off like a big fat mess of fangirling. Then again, that’s pretty much what all my posts come out like! But it would be a crime not to write about the amazing book known as A New Dawn. We’re talkin’ some serious action, adventure, heart, and of course all the deliciously delightful Kanera banter :3 So let’s go ahead and cut to the chase to see what interesting things I found in reading John Jackson Miller’s exciting SW tale!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, A New Dawn, and Rebels episode Fire Across The Galaxy

Cover art for A New Dawn

Every saga has a beginning, including that of the saga of the Ghost crew and the Rebel Alliance. And it all starts with a young, scoundrely guy working in a mining facility. That guy would be Kanan Jarrus. I’ve gotta tell ya, I never thought the term “scoundrel” would apply to him. Han, yes. Lando, naturally. But Kanan? Kanan the strong, selfless, wise Jedi master? Never! I mean, sure, he’s as quick with his sarcasm as he is with his blaster, sure he doesn’t fit the role of a conventional Jedi, but he’s not a scoundrel or anything! But before he was a rebel, before he was a master, he was a gunslinger, a drinker, a big-time flirt, and could punch your teeth out if you got on his nerves. At this juncture, the bro’s left all traces of his former life behind and drifts from one job to the next, just aimlessly doin’ whatever. But though he puts on this tough act, Kanan’s heart of gold still shines. He quietly lends a hand to his fellow workers every now and again and helps out his sweet old landlord Okadiah. It takes a few unexpected turns, a few new friends, and the Empire’s craziness to help him find a new purpose and a new ‘tude that eventually turns him into the Rebel we know and love. Mr. Miller does an excellent job at writing from Kanan’s perspective, bringing out that fun side of his as well as his heart in just the right way.
Of course, the second player in this game would be Hera Syndulla. While Kanan’s changed quite a fair amount since this story took place, Hera really hasn’t changed a bit. Perhaps she’s become a little more learned since she’s seen and done a lot since then, but otherwise, she still has her epic piloting skills, her drive for change, and her kind heart for others. And Miller does an awesome job telling us about her but not telling us everything. We don’t know what she was doing beforehand and how many other rebel-sorts are out there working with her, all we know is that she dropped by to Gorse and Cynda to meet up with an informant. And turns out she came back with more than she expected… including a new crewmember.
Oh, and then there’s our chief villain, Count Vidian. The guy’s relentless, calculating, and did I mention a human cyborg? I absolutely love what a great villain he is! He’s a perfectly creepy guy who will do anything to stay on top and keep his high political standings, even destroying Cynda. I love that he’s a more political-based baddie than most we see in SW, but yet he’s still a genuine threat. Heightened senses and a mostly robotic body are quite a deadly combination for our Rebs. Plus, the fact he talks through a computer and not his own mouth is the icing on the terrifying villain cake! Before Kallus and The Inquisitor were problems, and before our heroes ever tangled with Darth Vader, Vidian was the Imperial-nasty-of-the-day. And Miller played him out and wrote for him perfectly. I could only dream of creating a bad guy such as him!
But the good thing is, villains have this bad habit of not winning, and aside from Kanan and Hera, we have two others to thank for that, Skelly and Zaluna. Skelly is a slightly-messed-up Clone Wars veteran, and one of those guys who made the mistake of getting on Kanan’s nerves. He does the demolition work for the Cynda mines, but he’s strongly against the methods they use, as he fears it will destroy the moon. Bro does some nutty stuff to get the Empire’s attention, and maybe doesn’t think through his plans as clearly as we would, but sometimes a wild card who knows how to throw around explosives is useful when you’ve got an Empire to fight :) Zaluna was once one of the Empire’s eyes and ears — and not just because she’s a sullustan. She was quite content to go about her day watching people and alerting the Empire to potential troublemakers, but when her friend gets arrested and needs a hand getting some info where it needs to go, it sends Zaluna right to Hera. And she soon finds herself on a path she can’t return from as she joins up with these would-be rebels to save their world. And I suppose we could count a third person who helped bring down the Count, someone not even on our side, Rae Sloane. Rae’s an up-and-coming captain for the Star Destroyer Ultimatum who finds herself driving Vidian around a lot. And though she’s still an Imperial through-and-through, she don’t really like the guy’s moon-destroying plans. She’s a fascinating character and I would really like to see where her story goes, ’cause it almost seems there’s a chance her destiny won’t lie with the Empire. Mr. Miller created quite a wonderful batch of new characters for this story, who complement well our primary heroes.
Now let’s just talk about Kanera for the rest of the day, OK? Obviously I wasn’t about to not fangirl over discuss this wonderful element of the story. Yessss that meetcute I can’t even… ^w^ She’s pretty and she can fight thugs with the best of ’em! Kanan defs be crushin’! Hehehe who am I kidding of course I’m going to fangirl over this. He’s generally a pretty smooth operator but his flirts fall flat around her, and a few times her own charm leaves him with nothing to say. Their banter is music to my ears, something I absolutely eat up in the show, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg in regards to what makes their thing so great in this book. It’s ultimately Hera’s determination and spirit that makes Kanan decide he’d follow her anywhere. And while Hera isn’t impressed with Kanan’s “smoothness”, she is a bit impressed with his generous, kind Jedi heart. It’s interesting to look at their relationship from this angle and then look at it from Rebels around eight or ten years later. They’re much more in sync as they both have a similar focus to helping those affected by the Empire. Kanan’s more of a nice guy now, and Hera does most of the flirting, which I find adorably hilarious XD Their bond is comfortable and has a unique chemistry all its own. But mannnn when that hug happened… you can see that Kanan doesn’t see Hera as just another girl, she’s someone worth treasuring :3 And Hera might be a little more impressed with her copilot these days :) I’m sorry but AWWWW! This book has heightened my love of these twosies to a ridiculous level that I had no idea I could achieve since I already loved them so much! So yeah I can’t wait ’til Rebels comes back so I can fangirl over them some more!
Really everything about this story is amazing. I love just how much we get to experience the inner thoughts of these characters, how much more of the galaxy we see, how multifaceted the plotline is! It was hard to put down, as it felt like I was watching a really long episode of Rebels and every time I had to take a break from it (because it was maybe a little bit late and I needed to go to bed) it felt like I had to keep putting the episode on “pause”. And of course, the amazing coolness that is the fact it’s undeniably 100% canon, that our characters lived through these events and that these elements Miller invented for the book really exist and could easily show up in another show or movie. My only big question regarding its canonicity (which is weird considering I don’t usually have these kinds of questions with the stories I personally consider canon) is that it nods to Kanan having been 14 at the time of Order 66, which is odd considering I’m pretty sure Kanan is 34 and would’ve been 19 when it happened. The big question now is who is right… official SW social media or this book? I’ll stick with what I know firsthand for now, though it would be interesting if Kanan ended up being a bit of a street kid at 14 just like Ezra was. But regardless, A New Dawn is one incredible book. Now I really want to hear more stories about Kanan and Hera’s adventures! I want to know what their first few missions were like and how they met Zeb and Sabine and how Chopper came to be and if they ever sang along with the radio while in hyperspace! (Sorry I know that last one is weird) Until then, I’m definitely very excited to read more Star Wars stories in the future! Guess I better go look into getting Tarkin now…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight