Rebel Transmissions: Legacy Of Mandalore

Ah yes Rebels are back and it’s Transmission time again! Forgive my kind of bad timing… and the very very big hole in my SW knowledge that is Mandalore and 80% of its culture. Won’t stop me from writin’ all my fangirl musings down tho. Let’s begin as we dig into Legacy Of Mandalore!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Imperial Supercommandos, Trials Of The Darksaber, and Legacy Of Mandalore

FIRST OF ALL… she hasn’t been back since before her time at the Imperial Academy? Where was the Imperial Academy then? On the capital Mandalore we see in The Clone Wars or a different Mando-territory? Sorry that was not a good way to open up, but you see, I usually write these posts on my second-ever viewing of the episode, so at this point I’m paying much much closer attention to what’s going on because I have time to pause and contemplate and digest all the information being conveyed. First viewing I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the whole time because obvious reasons OMG WE’RE GOING TO MEET SABINE’S FAMILY. What struck me about all of this was that Sabine is the only member of the Ghost crew to have all her core family alive and well and within reach… and yet, she fears going home to them. We’ve spent the longest time in the dark with her past, and now… well, we’re finally getting that family reunion Animation Magazine “predicted” a year back (long story read the fourth paragraph in this post here). It’s almost a surreal sort of feeling. Anyway yes tensions are high as the Phantom II flies on to Krowsnest (btw one of the most epic names ever). Especially as soon as Sabine makes her presence known and quite quickly arrive the “flying Stormtroopers” known as Clan Wren — with rockets pointed in their direction. Ezra’s utterly confused “OMG DUDE WHAT THE HECK” face is so perfect though. Not all families are as nice as yours, Ez… at least not when you happen to be a so-called traitor. Hoo boy. I was pretty worried when the Imp-Mandos drew their blasters in Chop’s direction… you know how some Manderrs are with their droid-shooting. I was relieved that they didn’t fire on him, but then I realized “Ohhhh right though they just blasted the Phantom so… that isn’t much better.”
OK totally random observation but the artist/animator in me was absolutely internally screaming with delight over that snow. IT’S SO REAL AND BEAUTIFUL. I’VE NEVER SEEN SNOW THAT LOOKED THAT GOOD IN AN ANIMATED SERIES. LIKE WOW. Sort of had to slap myself in the face to bring my attention back to the story. I really had no idea we’d be venturing to a different side of Mandalore (or as I later found out, technically a different Mandalore all together) so instead of getting lots of transparisteel and cubism topiary we got all this beautiful snow and trees and like maybe only 2% transparisteel. Don’t tell me you weren’t mesmerized by this scenery too man. But ultimately this glorious snowy forest is just a backdrop to the many complicated emotions about to rise. In fact I’m sure the gray skies and cold ground are accenting the cold reception and the very cold “meh” life of the disgraced Wrens. Sabine warns Ezra to exercise caution when facing their gray-armored opponents, as these guys could be family. Ez only pulled his lightsaber in case he needed it but then the lead supercommando freaked out and pulled out his blaster and everything went crazy from there. OK maybe not that crazy, really just until the leader heard Sabine’s name. He took of his helmet and his perfect familial resemblance ’bout knocked me over. This is Tristan, Sabine’s brother. I saw the briefest glimpse of him when SW socials posted screencaps early-on and though I tried to avoid spoilers I couldn’t help but notice this handsome bro. I had no idea what to expect of his character and if he’d be as likable as his design, but the fact he had no interest in fighting his sister and her friends (and that he wasn’t a raging ball of totally-pro-Empire Mando fury) gave me reason enough to like him off the bat either way. Also his name is perfect it’s so perfect I can’t believe no one named a SW character Tristan before this. Also also I love the fact that apparently Sabine’s rainbow hair has been a thing for a long while. How’d she get away with that at the Academy? Either way that earns her even more cool points! Anyway so now Sabine and the Jedi are finally heading to her old home. Chopper’s staying behind and laying low, “Sure as shoot I’m not gettin’ involved in this mess… though Fenn, you go have fun out there if you like, I do not mind.” XP
So… meeting with Mama Wren went… OK I guess. Ursa is a complete bosslady and has an amazing amazing costume design, but… she basically had full intent to toss her daughter in a cell until she saw the Darksaber in her hand. Who does that?? Also apparently Mandalorians consider waving “hello” a punishable crime. Poor Ez. Seems he’s the only one trying to break up all the tension today. I shall still applaud his efforts anyway. But yeah Ursa is less than thrilled to let her status-destroying traitorous Rebel child back home. And it’s literally the most sad/frustrating/disheartening conversation-that’s-not-really-a-conversation-because-it’s-more-of-an-argument. I do think I finally made sense of all these fragments of Sabine’s backstory though so that’s something. But… yeah I definitely get Ezra’s confusion with Mando culture right now. I can hardly fathom the idea of basically disowning your kid over what really shakes down to be a political matter. Honestly it’s hard for me to fathom disowning your own precious child to begin with, regardless of what they’ve done. All I can say right now Hera’s parenting > Ursa’s parenting. But that’s not fair really (even if it’s *cough* still kinda true). Taking the conversation outside, Ursa admits she didn’t really want to serve the Empire but it was one of those “join-us-or-die” situations and what else could she’ve done? So yeah lot of emotions going on here on my part. I was pretty grumpy with Mrs. Wren’s grumpiness, but… in reality, the Wrens are just really broken right now, like all of Mandalore, like all the galaxy. Sabine was gone, Mr. Wren imprisoned, Tristan working for Gar Saxon, and Ursa trying to protect her people against all kinds of hateful retaliating from other clans. Last few years have been really hard and unfortunately Sabine’s presence doesn’t help right now. So now I just want to cry for all that tore this once-strong family apart. Sabine still requests her mother’s help, still hands her the Darksaber. Though not entirely convinced her daughter knows how to use it, Ursa seems to accept it. Too bad soon as we turn around we find the countess talking with GAR SAXON. OmO Probably a good thing Fenn Rau snuck on in shortly after. Sure nice having at least one Mando on our side right now. Because yeah… Kanan and Ezra’s negotiating attempts fall through really really fast…
So name one thing scarier than Gar Saxon with the Darksaber. NOTHING. OK maybe that’s a little bit hyperbolical considering the large array of terrifying villains in SW, but he’s definitely high up on the list for me. Especially when it’s clear he’s altered the deal and he don’t bat an eyelash at altering it further (sorry that was kind of shameless). I applauded heartily though when Tristan was the first of the Wrens to stand up. And again when Fenn Rau busted in with Kanan and Ezra’s lightsabers. And again some more when Ezra tossed Sabine his lightsaber just as Saxon was about to strike Ursa. The bad guys may be at their baddest, but the good guys are at their best, and it’s nothing short of amazing. I basically spent the entire climax unable to breathe one moment and then cheering on our heroes the next. Definitely couldn’t breathe once Sabine and Saxon started dueling out on the ice. I mean, I’m thinking the whole time either someone’s gonna die by blade or die by freezing and either way it ain’t gon’ be pretty. Not gonna lie I was literally quivering with both fear and anticipation. Then in a swift move Sabine sends her foe to his knees… but she still does things her way and refuses to kill him. AND THEN THE SHOT RANG OUT and I was all “WHAHT. JUST. HAPPENED?” And then we saw that the fierce Mama Wren shot first. One of the truly epicest things I’ve seen all season. Now that’s what I call loyalty πŸ™‚
And then the beautiful bittersweet ending that made all SWR fans everywhere cry buckets. Sabine’s decided to stay and help her family fight back and find her dad, a tough decision, but one she feels she’s just gotta make for now. For the first time ever, to see a member of this precious crew-family saying goodbye… it was unimaginable just about. I know it’s not forever but… it still feels final, and it still got me tearing up. Her and Kanan’s hug… oh gosh I was dead. So so dead. With feels. This goodbye may bring about tears, but I believe it’s not the end. While Sabine stands aside her blood family in what may be their most desperate hour, her thicker-than-blood family will keep fighting for the rest of the galaxy while they wait for her to come home again.
And so the post comes to a close and I’m all choked up again. I look forward greatly to seeing what happens from here with our Ghost fam and all of their extended fam. Until next time.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Following The Freemakers: Duel Of Destiny

Wow it’s been too long since I last did some writing on the Freemaker fam. You’ll have to forgive me if any of this post is off… it might take me a few paragraphs to get back in the game. Buuut hopefully not too long, ’cause even if I haven’t written about them in a while, I’m pretty much always thinking about this amazing family… and tbh a lot of headcanons to go with ’em.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode V, Episode VII, Rebels episodes Fire Across The Galaxy, The Holocrons Of Fate, Ghosts Of Geonosis, and Freemakers episodes Showdown On Hoth and Duel Of Destiny

So Naare’s done with everyone right now. Pressure’s on from her superiors, and she still can’t get over the fact Rowan pulled the rug out from under her like he did. Also Graballa won’t shut up. Give him some cred at least he’s looking on the bright side! Not many SW n’er-do-wells make a point of doing that! But I guess it’s tough to look on the bright side when you’ve got Palpatine breathing down your neck… yeesh. Also I just have to point out that Geonosian having a drink in the background. I’ll take that as a sign they don’t go extinct. Maybe it’s Klik-Klak even! Either way I like the idea that not all the bugs do the same stuff. Wouldn’t a Geonosian bounty hunter be the coolest thing?! That needs to be a canon thing right now OK? Sorry for rabbit-trailing. Let’s move along shall we?
Zander and Kordi have been searching all over the galaxy trying to find their little brother. From rim to rim, from Naboo to Tatooine, but with no success, the siblings finally decide to return to The Wheel and hope Rowan gets the same idea. Again ahhh the feels this family is so dedicated it breaks my heart to see them apart! We find that Rowan has found shelter on a remote, unknown rock where he spends his days practicing his lightsaber technique with training droids and Roger’s old memory footage of Jedi. The fact he’s learning from so many different Jedi is incredible. I mean, I know Roger’s not a fan of reliving his constant injuries (I’m guessing the Seppies started recycling their droids after a while), but Rowan’s got a legacy of masters no other Jedi can claim! That’s like… a dream prospect! And he’s not too shabby at it either! Rowan longs to be reunited with his family, but he won’t leave until he knows how to properly defend the final piece of the blade. So much wow this kid keeps blowing my mind with his awesomeness.
Though Naare couldn’t sense Rowan back on Hoth, she’s making a point to try this time as she spends long hours meditating. I still have so many questions on what she’s capable of with the Force, which honestly leads back to a lot of questions on what the Force itself is capable of. How does the ability to sense a presence work? I really gotta do my research again sometime because I either have no clue or I’ve completely forgotten. Is Naare truly incapable of sensing Rowan? And if so, why? WHY I TELL YOU??? Oh it’s painful having all these questions sometimes. Naare is not successful at sensing Rowan, but a tip-off from a spy regarding the boy’s family… that has the potential to be… successful… Bro I got the worst chills after that. Suddenly things got really really dark out here. Especially when the Eclipse FIghter lands in the Freemakers’ shop. “AHHHHMAGOSH THEY’RE DEAD.” was my response. I’ve wondered long what would go down if something like this ever happened. Naare’s a fully-committed darksider psychopath! If she wanted to get Rowan’s attention by torturing his siblings, then sure enough she could do it! But oh she makes very clear to Zander and Kordi she has no interest in doing them physical pain… mental torture is so much more fun O_O Maybe she can’t sense Rowan… but she has no doubt Rowan can sense his brother and sister’s suffering. And she starts off by hitting their more superficial fears as she mercilessly tears parts off the StarScavenger and burns their precious few credits. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if she knew how to do that Kylo Ren-ish/Maul-ish/Grand Inquisitor-ish mind torture thing too and maybe dig up some other old wounds. (I can’t be the only one wondering what became of their parents, right?) Though with the way Zander reacted after she tore apart the Blazemaker, well, she really didn’t have to do anything more. RIP Blazemaker. That was needlessly cruel.
Again, the fact that Rowan is learning from the likes of Anakin, Obi-Wan, Mace Windu, and Kit Fisto… just *makes explosion noise with mouth*. Plus, I mean, anyone can watch someone do something, but actually learning it and applying it? That’s harder. I mean, look at me! You’d think with all the lightsaber combat I’ve witnessed I’d know how to swing one in a fight, but eh a Jedi I am not. So yeah this has inspired me to try practicing dueling with my brother again. If Rowan can do it, so can I! And then he felt it… pain. Kordi and Zander’s pain. Roger re-reminds him of their plan to remain hidden, but Rowan’s changing the plan. “What’s the point of saving the galaxy if the people you love aren’t in it?” Oh my heart this precious child… he was about to pull a “Luke”. What he felt was no vision, it was really happening, so he was a little more in his right than Luke was. But at the same time… this boy is our last hope… and there’s isn’t another. All I knew for sure during my first viewing was that Rowan was about to learn a very very hard lesson.
OK this post needs some lightening up. Let’s spend a whole paragraph on Graballa’s green pretzel! OK maybe not a whole paragraph but seriously a green pretzel sounds really good. Though the one Graballa has looks like it could use some more salt because what’s a pretzel without salt? I mean seriously. Maybe the salt’s just baked in or something IDK. I’d sure hope so. All right now I’ve gotta cut the light chatter now because HOLY CRUD, NAARE JUST PULLED OUT HER LIGHTSABER ON KORDI AND ZANDER. So when Rowan finally showed up in a spectacular crash-landing fashion, I defs was cheering. What follows is too epic to base off my feeble description alone. Kordi and Zander take on Graballa and his fleet of moof-milkers (btw still one of the greatest SW insults ever) with only some junk and a whole lotta ingenuity (and also a giant magnet… and a fan… and a few other things). Meanwhile Rowan and Naare come blade-to-blade like never before, ’cause this time Ro’s been learning from the best. Naare definitely notices after a while, especially when he pulls a masterful move Darth Vader perfected. R0-GR takes the credit for his “padawan”‘s skills, but in doing so… might’ve revealed he remembers the location of the last Kyber Saber crystal. With this news, Naare violently force-pushes Rowan into a junk pile and slashes Roger’s head off. Now she’s got it all… her enemies defeated, the information she needs in the palm of her hand, and while she’s at it, she finally severs her deal with Graballa. No doubt she’s terrifying here but I kind of admire her confidence with handling Graballa and his gang. She’s all #WINNING today bro and now she don’t need anyone’s crud. So when Rowan rises up once more, blade ready… oh man that little teeny smidge of respect I had for her went out the airlock when she sent virtually everything down on his head. Watching him crushed against the wall like that still makes me shudder and hurts my heart to watch. I was honestly amazed he survived. So were Zander and Kordi. But out of the rubble, in their darkest hour… Rowan finds hope. He’s fought so hard to become a Jedi, but the only thing he needs to be right now is himself — a Freemaker.
As Boba Fett once said in an episode of Droids, “You haven’t won yet“. We’re talkin’ to you, Naare. *Drops the mic*
THAT WAS SO SO EPIC AW MAN I CAN’T. Reminded me again how antsy I am for that next season. Welp I look forward to writing about some Rebels epicness next week and all other manner of Star Wars epicness from there!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Trials Of The Darksaber

First of all, I apologize for the delay on this one. Life just gets busy man. I’m figuring my posts from here on out’ll be weekend things, at least for a while. But there’s no way I’ll stop writing ’bout my Rebels, especially with an episode like this. Let’s dig in and dissect the beautiful, rich episode known as Trials Of The Darksaber.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from TCW episodes The Mandalore Plot and Shades Of Reason, and Rebels episodes Imperial Supercommandos, Visions And Voices, and Trials Of The Darksaber

So! The Darksaber! It’s a big deal. A very very big deal. A bigger deal than I’d ever realized, even with years of SW experience under my belt. I happened to have rewatched The Mandalore Plot a few days ago, and it amazed me realizing how far that little black blade has gone since then. To hear Pre Vizsla talk of its history, boasting of how many Jedi have died by it, doesn’t evoke any sense of honor. That’s just Pre for you tho he’s sorta kinda a lot arrogant. Fenn Rau’s version of the story has a lot more going for it, telling of the Mando-Jedi who forged the unique weapon and the symbol of power it became to all of Mandalore. Oh my gravy the epicness. The animation they used for the backstory was just all kinds of wow. Though for many of my readers the notion of a Mando-Jedi wasn’t new, it was mind-blowing for me. I once joked that, considering the generally difficult relationship between the supercommandos and the Force-wielders, Mando blood and large numbers of midichlorians were “akin to oil and water” (Rebel Transmissions: The Protector Of Concord Dawn 2/6/16). The prospect of Mando-Jedi has always been cool but I had no clue how it’d work in a canon sense. Well… apparently it did. Get me a canon novel on Tar Vizsla stat! Fenn is majorly impressed Sabine was able to find it, after all, the one who wields ‘saber could unite all of Mandalore. But apparently Sabine hasn’t touched it since Dathomir…
Also wow every time I turn around, our resident artist has made my new favorite painting! Most kawaii family portrait ever! Love that she drew Ezra looking a tad uncomfortable caught in Zeb’s brohug; she’s still not gonna give him a respectful artistic rendering πŸ˜„ I admit I got a little distracted from the feels at hand looking at the art all over her quarters. Tbh I was really hoping to spot her Cad Bane and Embo doodles but either we don’t see those angles of the room or she took those down in favor of some new masterpieces. Sabine’s surrounded by color, but all feels blue and gray right now as she heads to a meeting. Also Chopper kind of “purring” elicited quite an “awww…” from me. I believe that was Chop’s way of showing some compassion. He doesn’t do it a lot so it’s totally totally precious. She goes into this meeting with her mind already made up; she’s not about to learn how to use the Darksaber. Far as she’s concerned it’s done too much harm and there’s no way she could unite her clan for the mini-Alliance’s cause. OK so this was one of many many things in this episode that surprised me and intrigued me. I wasn’t sure Sabine even knew what the blade was, let alone its significance. It makes sense in retrospect though considering the value Mandos place on their history. Beyond that, I had no idea she’d be so very against it (I mean, she did choose to take it home), but like say, I had no idea really of its significance either. Even Ezra doesn’t know if giving her a lightsaber is ideal without aid of the Force. Pff I love that he makes himself out like an expert when he’s totally not XP Kanan, Hera, and Fenn all know though that learning to wield it would make a galaxy of difference right now. So, reluctantly, the fierce little Wren takes the hilt…
Training begins once Kanan, Sabine, and Ezra set up camp far off from the base (“…you’ll do less damage out here.” “I’ll damage your face if you don’t shut up” πŸ˜„ ). And Kanan starts her off with sticks. Y’know if I recall Kanan started Ezra out on an actual lightsaber (Granted, Ez did nearly spear Master Jarrus in the face when he first turned it on… but then again, Sabine already knows how to ignite the Darksaber, so that wouldn’t be an issue). And I mean, dude! We’ve seen an actual training mode on lightsabers! I don’t think even tiny younglings in the Temple started off with sticks! Sabine’s confident in her skills with a stick, but Kanan downs her pretty fast, so Ezra takes over for her training buddy. Though Sabine doesn’t appreciate it much, I love watching Ezra teach her. He doesn’t know it all himself, but perhaps that honesty of not knowing everything makes him a more relatable teacher than Master Jarrus right now. Hera’s not sure what Kanan’s doing with this brand of training, but I kinda get the feeling Kanan’s not entirely sure either. He wants to do things differently with Sabine, but days later he’s still not feeling like she’s improved enough to handle the real thing. Sabine gets a little bit of a leg up when Fenn gives her a pair of genuine fully-loaded Mandalorian vambraces, but not for long around Master Jarrus. Understandably, she was kind of completely done with him after that and ventured off for some alone time. It gave me some serious massive feels watching Ezra try and encourage her, but there’s more to her frustration than merely Kanan’s teaching methods. How’s a traitor like herself supposed to go back to her family and lead her clan? *Cries forever* Also, interesting that the Bendu was there all along. Wonder what he’s thinkin…?
And so the feels continued to wreck me when we spent a moment with Kanan and Hera. Half the feels are due to the fact I still adore how honest and raw they are with each other. The other half has a lot to do with this glimmer of real pain from the past. “Remember how hard it was for her to trust us…” *cries again* Continuing in her tradition of bosslady mic-dropping wisdom, Hera gives it to him straight that the only way for Kanan to succeed in training Sabine is to just give her that Darksaber. He does that, and she’ll open up and face her demons on her own. Seriously OMG they wrote this so well I rewatched the scene again just now to make sure I was getting everything right. You go Captain Syndulla! πŸ™‚
Safe to say Sabine was unprepared for what awaited her when she got back. Kanan finally handed her the Darksaber’s hilt, ready to start again with his student. Like Ezra and Fenn, I was quickly on the edge of my seat (and later on, unable to sit down). The swordfight is intense and really quite mesmerizing between Kanan and Sabine’s moves. Sabine handles her blade super-well for her first go at it, while Kanan absolutely wows me with his teaching skills and his connection to the Force. And every minute is a further reminder of the Darksaber’s incredible legacy. The weapon terrifying in the hands of Pre Vizsla and destructive in the hands of Maul now has the potential to heal in the hands of Sabine Wren. But all of this is merely practice, and Kanan can tell she’s still not putting her all into this. There’s more going on in this fight than just the swords. It’s Sabine fighting her hurt, her fear, her past, and the uncertainty of the future. Oh my gosh you guys when she started bearing her soul like that… my heart just shattered into pieces. You’re lying if you tell me you didn’t cry at the very least on the inside. I will say a lot of her story surprised me. (Forgive me I’m about to break up this feelyness for a second with some SW contemplating) I had utterly no idea that her family hurt her so bad. From all that Gar Saxon had mentioned in Imperial Supercommandos, I got a very different impression than what is actually the truth. I’d assumed, based on what he’d said about her mother, that because Mrs. Wren was with the Empire as of recent, that meant she hadn’t been supportive of it before, that as well as Sabine’s comment “…I doubt you gave her much choice”. But this new information seems to negate that, revealing her family had evidently always been pro-Empire, meaning perhaps that Mrs. Wren is actually higher-ranking Imperial, or even a Supercommando like Saxon. I literally watched that episode the other day in hopes of getting some facts straight and I’m still not totally certain of what her mother’s allegiances mean as versus the rest of her family and clan Vizsla. I suppose these are things we’ll find out soon enough. (next week maybe hopefully?) Either way, I’ve truly seen her story in a completely new light. And whatever happens, whatever she chooses, whatever her blood family and her clan think… her thicker-than-blood family will stand by her and with her. You know I had a totally different really deep thought that came to mind earlier, but I can’t remember it now. But I did come upon this really nifty thought: Fenn Rau came to fully join the Rebels’ cause because he respected Sabine’s loyalty to a family not her own. If the rest of clan Vizsla can see the fierce loyalty and heart she has for both her family and her people… I think they’ll find a reason to follow, with the blade, or without.
OK whew that was a lot of thoughts to organize there! Augh I just love this episode!! It’s so great just taking time away from the missions to just focus on these amazing amazing characters and their story at the heart of it all. We’ll talk some Freemakers next week and then the Transmissions’ll be back πŸ˜€ Now if you’ll excuse me there are some massive feels I’m going to need to work on recovering from…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Warhead

It’s not easy waiting when SWR goes on hiatus, but writing about it helps a lot! So today I’ll see if I can bring you some interesting analyzings and observations (and maybe even a few laughs) as we take a closer look at the wonderful episode Warhead.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes The Forgotten Droid, An Inside Man,Β and Warhead

I knew early-on that Warhead would be partially centered around likely dangerous droid, but soon as I saw him step out of the pod, I was all “Aww it’s a McQuarrie-esque protocol!! There’s no way a droid this adorbs could be deadly!” Yes I was aware the pods came from an Imperial ship, and I suppose it did come to mind that his pleasant exterior could be a ruse, but at this moment, I just fangirled over his design. Looking back though, I can’t help but root for the krynka…
Today the mini-Alliance is going on a road trip — well, actually it’s a training mission. Same difference. Wedge and Hobbie ramming into each other is hilarious, but the real icing on the cake is Zeb and Ezra exchanging a fistbump right afterward. I’m thinking this display of klutziness is normal and Zeb and Ez get a kick out of it. Either that or, as my brother suggested, there might’ve been some pranking involved. Bros tied the newbies’ shoelaces together πŸ˜„ Oh wait this is SW no one wears shoelaces. Whatever the case, it’s a priceless little moment that remains a favorite. Unfortunately, that’s where the fun ends for Zeb. Chief of Security’s gotta stay behind at the base with Chop and AP-5. You can tell from the get-go this’ll be fun because, despite Zeb’s grumblings, there’s no human way an episode starring these three could possibly be boring πŸ˜€ I could see why he’d think that, perhaps. He’s a Captain through-and-through, and I imagine he doesn’t like not having a real job to do when everyone else does. And even if he wouldn’tve had anything to help out with on the mission, I think he’d simply appreciate having the company of his crew-fam. But instead today he’s got the company of the cranky C1 and the opinionated protocol. Right off the bat, AP-5 questions if Zeb’s qualified to be put in charge of anything to begin with. “Counting crates, not my idea of fun,” “Is that because you never learned to count?” Pffff so much droid snark it’s a beautiful thing! πŸ˜„ I’ve missed seeing AP-5 more often. He’s such a great character and lately we’ve only seen him in small increments, so getting to see him in a larger role again is just delightful. But seriously AP, Zeb is not a stereotypical all-muscles-no-brains “big guy”, he’s an intelligent military leader who’s got ’em both! You’ve literally known him almost a year you should know this. But then again, he doesn’t seem like the kind of droid who’s easily convinced about anything πŸ˜› AP goes off to do some inventory, Zeb goes off to check on a potential problem ’round their perimeter, and Chopper joins him because sure as heck he ain’t helpin’ AP with the inventory πŸ˜„
Our Chief of Security finds something interesting at the outskirts, though, a downed protocol who clearly got caught in the spidercrabs’ crossfire. I do wonder what exactly downed the krynka though. Either they killed each other fighting over the droid or else, well, I betcha the droid knew how to handle himself… yikes. Or maybe I’ve missed something entirely. Also of major note I LOVE THE COLOR OF THAT LANDSPEEDER ERMAGOSH. Chopper I’m thinking wanted to scrap this stray (and I bet for his own benefit. So many spare parts! XP ), but Zeb votes they take him in and fix him up. Once fully-functioning again, the newbie reveals himself to be super-useful and also quite respectful. He immediately racks up numbers on a good chunk of the inventory and gives Captain Orrelios a proper salute. It’s no wonder that AP and Zeb quickly take a liking to him. Chop’s not a fan though; nobody calls him “obsolete” and gets away with it! And all of this starts to remind of something I learned in an episode of Droids: if your astromech doesn’t trust a new droid, then you shouldn’t either. Then soon as Zeb turns around Fulcrum shoots him a warning about an Imperial recon droid who could kill them all and give away their location while he’s at it. And funny he sort of looks like the newbie– OH NO. Soon as AP makes mention this is a Rebel base, his new friend remembers his directive and reveals himself to be EDX-9, your worst nightmare. With multiple glowing red eyes, towering height, blender-hands, and an inhuman voice that makes your skin crawl, “worst nightmare” is rather an understatement. Especially since he happens to be agile, fiercely strong, and knows how to bring the fight like no other droid. OK maybe K-2SO could give him a run for his money, but otherwise… yeesh they’re in trouble. Zeb manages to damage him a little with a blast to the hand, but the monstrous machine quickly slips into the shadows to seek out new parts. Yeah is that not creepy that the EDX attacks other droids to fix himself? Gosh I’m starting to feel I’d be better off referring to EDX-9 as an “it” not a “he” because it’s too terrifying to stick a personality on. Zeb, AP, and Chopper try to formulate a plan, but right now the best bet they’ve got is for Zeb to jump the EDX and AP to shut it down. All Chop’s gotta do is be the bait. Not a fun job but someone’s gotta do it…
Meanwhile, on the training mission… “How’d you think Zeb’s doing back on base?” “Probably relaxing and playing dejarik or eating some space waffles or something.”
In reality: wrestling with a killer recon droid and very nearly losing. EDX dished out some blows on Zeb so sharp I could feel them. Like OMG that’s gotta smart. I don’t think I could breathe again until AP-5 finally shut him down. But surprise! The droid’s a ticking time bomb ready to take the whole base down now! OmO Chopper’s able to freeze its countdown circuits, but it won’t work indefinitely. And that’s only half the problem — the Empire’ll come looking if it doesn’t report back, but they certainly can’t let it return to the Empire with all the intel it’s gained, and there’s absolutely no way to keep it from ultimately blowing up. “THINK, ZEB, THINK!” “This should take a while…” XP But then awesome idea: they’ll let EDX return home… but ready to detonate! All it takes is for AP to do some rewiring and off EDX-9 goes! Back to its ship, back to its Star Destroyer, and that warhead makes for a beautiful explosion! Kallus can’t help but give a slight smile at the sight. Also those dork Imp technicians were great. I kinda want to know their story now. I imagine the first one’s a bit green and the second’s seen a lot more, perhaps why his famous last words were merely “Ohhhhh myyy…” πŸ˜„ Yes things went pretty well in the end. Zeb and AP-5 actually (sorta) respect each other now. The rest of the Ghost fam don’t quite know what to make of Fulcrum’s congrats, and I’m thinkin’ will welcome a full explanation. Well, at least mostly full, anyway… Zeb would rather AP leave out the part where he brought a dangerous droid on base… πŸ˜›
Um bad news though… knowing that the Rebels reprogrammed the droid has narrowed down Thrawn’s options. 94 planets stand between the mini-Alliance and the Empire now. That’s not a lot, but let’s sure hope it’s enough…
And then I was all “NOOOO IT CAN’T BE TIME TO ROLL THE CREDITS!! I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!” but this is a normal reaction to episodes that end on notes like this. Had a great deal of fun talking about Warhead today, and I’ll see you next week for Trials Of The Darksaber! Because danggg that’s gonna be a lot of good stuff to talk about.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Ghosts Of Geonosis

All right, it’s Transmission time again! Get comfy because I betcha this’ll be a long one. But perhaps the longest posts have the most interesting stuff to talk about…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rogue One, Episode IV, the TCW “Onderon Rebellion” arc and TCW episode Legacy Of Terror, and Rebels episodes The Honorable Ones, Imperial Supercommandos, and Ghosts Of Geonosis

The Ghost crew has a pretty huge mission ahead of them today, delivered by Bail Organa himself. After the crew-fam found Geonosis virtually lifeless a while back, the mini-Alliance sent a squad in to investigate. Now they’ve lost contact with the squad, and it’s up to Hera and company to find ’em again. Rex, Kanan, Ezra, and Chopper head out into the underground hoping to find the Rebs and their leader, Saw Gerrera. So yes I could talk about Saw for a long long while. He’s never failed to be an utterly fascinating individual, from his earliest days in The Clone Wars to his last days in Rogue One. So I’m utterly glad they brought him into Rebels so we can see him at the halfway point between those events. I recently finally got me a copy of TCW season 5, and yesterday I started revisiting the Onderon arc again, so Saw G. is completely fresh on my mind right now. It warms my heart hearing Rex speak so highly of him. Also I can’t help but get nostalgia everywhere I look as we enter the Geonosian temple ruins and then into the tunnels below. Though I’m forever thankful there aren’t any living dead down here, I definitely feel the absence of life. It’s way too quiet… way too still. And then they come upon a long trail of helmets without any Rebels in them. And Kanan hears something — or perhaps someone — in the distance. Though he’s not terribly fond of the idea, Ezra and Rex insist on pressing on. Then a whole squad of battle droids show up! Along with one of their destroyer friends! Does anything good ever happen on this planet?? They’re all a little rusty but they still know how to “blast ’em!”. But they really don’t see it coming when someone else sneaks up behind them and blasts ’em. That someone is our boy Saw Gerrera! Like say, it’s amazing seeing him here… it makes the connection perfectly between the fierce, driven young man he was and the perhaps more fierce and driven, but broken, man he becomes. And oh wow Forrest Whitaker does such an incredible job! I mean, that’s a no-brainer, he did incredibly on Rogue One to start with. It’s just really nice to hear Saw’s voice in its prime, before the injuries he’d take would leave it so raspy. He sounds so perfectly like an older version of the character we met on TCW so long ago it’s seriously too great! Plus, I mean, just being able to see him in a much larger role and get to know even more about him… I love it all to pieces. Also AHH THAT SMILE OF HIS! I can’t thank Lucasfilm enough for bringing Saw back into the SW galaxy; so many new stories to tell, and so many new reasons to love him! (Even when he can be, well… y’know… not lovable)
So Sabine and Zeb were having a good time I guess, trekking through the sandstorm looking for whatever that power reading came from. And what they found was a fully-operational shield generator. Hera’s delighted to find one for the mini-Alliance, but Zeb is wondering exactly why there’s one here the first place. That’s what Saw’s thinking, too. He knows there’s a Geonosian alive down here and that it’s likely responsible for the droid attack. Which might have something to do with the fact Sabine and Zeb quickly find themselves in a droideka minefield. Hera’s thinking everybody ought to be gettin’ on board and off this cray planet, but again, Saw has no interest in leaving until he gets what he came for. If they can find that bug, they can find some answers on the Empire’s doings. And right across that terrifyingly deep chasm is the bug in question — who, upon his discovery, decides to wake those droids on the surface up. Ezra, Kanan, and Rex are ’bout ready to head back up, but Saw believes they’re more likely to stop those droids if they go after the Geonosian instead of trying to get back there in time. And so starts some major epicness that I feel I cannot describe in a way that fully captures its epicness. Kanan force-throws Ezra for the first time in ages, which I just love because it feels so classically season 2 again. And when he then turns around and uses the Force to bridge that gap… oh wowzers. He defs been practicin’. And that Force-jump was awesome too. WHAT’D YOU MEAN “HE’S NO SKYWALKER”?! HE’S AMAZING!!! XP Hehe I love watching Rex and Saw pallin’ around though… even if it’s at Kanan’s expense πŸ˜„ And we can’t forget Sabine and Zeb using the very shield generator for their benefit as they slowly work their way through the destroyers’ path. The bug gives the crew quite the chase, but thanks to Ezra they’re able to apprehend him and turn off those destroyers just in time before the shields were downed. Andddd now we can breathe. Though probably not for long…
(BLOGGER’S NOTE: I sincerely apologize for the real lack of interesting thoughts in this post at this point. I am stupidly distracted today but I’ll try and remedy this shortly)
Yeah soon as he got the chance, Saw was ready to get some answers from the Geonosian. Really really ready. Ezra quickly senses the bug’s pretty terrified, so he tries to make a friendlier first (or second, I guess?) impression. I’m amazed that Ezra’s ability to connect allowed for the Geonosian to somewhat understand him. It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen Ez using his connecting much so this was a neat revelation. And from here on out the Geonosian shall go by the exceptionally cute nickname of Klik-Klak! One thing that absolutely blows me away about this episode is that, after all this time of knowing Geonosians to be generally horrifying and dangerous… they made a Geonosian we can root for, a Geonosian who clearly has feelings, a Geonosian who is actually pretty adorable. (C’mon just listen that weird-cute squeaky voice of his! I can’t be the only one!) Klik-Klak is proof again that SW can do anything, even give these bugs a redemption story. Ezra nicely asks what Saw wanted to know, and Klik-Klak gave them nothing but the truth. Yeah it’s kind of sad that I know what it is, and we all know what it is, but… they might not figure it out for a while. Saw’s not satisfied in the least, and cuffs KK for further questioning. Ezra finds that his comrade dropped something in his haste — a holo of his sister, Steela. It’s truly fascinating watching Saw at this point. At first, he seemed like a nice guy who had his priorities straight; when he suggested going after the Geonosian instead of going back to help the others, it seemed just like it was a matter of his logic over their emotion. But now, we’re seeing a rougher side of Saw as he gives Klik-Klak nothing but a hard time (to say the least). We are reminded he lost his team to the droids the bug built, but seeing him react to the image of his sister really drives it home how personal all of this is. In the midst of all his sudden jerkiness, we see him wounded again by her loss. It breaks my heart to see he’s hung onto this hurt for so long. But as someone with a close sibling, I could understand how easy it would be to do so. Excuse me while I go get the tears out of my eyes. Wait OMG. A LIGHT CRUISER JUST SHOWED UP WE SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED.
Meanwhile, searching through Klik-Klak’s quarters reveals an intriguing discovery: a queen egg, the last hope for the Geonosian people, and likely the whole reason he was commanding armed droids in the first place. Upon hearing of the Imps’ arrival, everyone’s ready to go, but Saw’s not leaving without KK to question further later. Ezra argues that it’s best to leave him be so he can focus on caring for the egg and restoring his kind, but um yeah it don’t look like Saw cares. Kanan makes a deal that they’ll question KK at their base and then bring him back, which seems to satisfy everyone for now. It’s a good thing the rest of the crew on the Ghost is on the same page though. I mean, firing at TIE bombers with a dust-clogged barrel is universally not fun for anyone, but Hera, Zeb, and Sabine manage to come out on top anyway. It’s a bit of a tight fit getting the Ghost into the chasm, but soon all our Rebs and KK are safely aboard. Right off the bat though, Hera don’t look at Saw with too much enthusiasm. Quite the opposite really. She pulls Kanan aside to explain that Saw’s been known to do some questionable crazy things, and they turn around and suddenly Gerrera’s zapping the living daylights out of Klik-Klak. Ezra and Rex try and stop him but neither get far. ‘Bout lost all respect for Saw when he flipped Rex like that. And just like that he’s got his blaster up against the egg. Saw reallllly likes to play with my emotions. One minute he makes me smile and then I cry for him and then he gets me steamed. Le sigh that’s just Saw for ya though. Ezra and Rex both make great arguments. That egg is the only family Klik-Klak’s got, and Saw of all people knows what it’s like to lose family. But his heart’s just too hardened to change his mind. “Then you’re no better than the Empire.” CHIIILLLLS. One of the things Rogue One did so well was in introducing us to the darker side of the Alliance. Not everyone had each others’ best interests, not everyone had the same morals. Now we’re getting to see one of those Rebels colliding with our considerably-more-noble Rebels and it’s nothing short of intriguing to watch unfold. Lol that’s an understatement. But there’s no time for debate WE’VE GOT FLYING STORMTROOPERS HEADING OUR WAY!! With them coming down and that light cruiser blocking their exit, there’s nowhere for the Ghost to go but down. Saw quickly puts aside his tiff and joins the rest of the crew for a little fight-bringin’. Ohh it is a battle for the history books, my friends. The rocket troopers are epic, but not quite as epic as our heroes are today ’cause everybody’s bringing their own kind of awesome to the table! Especially perhaps Sabine, whose jetpack is in working order and ready to more than level that playing field. I understand Ezra, I think we all want jetpacks after that πŸ˜€
The Ghost soon reaches what seems to be the lowest level, and that’s just where Klik-Klak wanted to go. We find massive Imperial canisters of poison gas, making clear what ultimately happened to KK’s people. Seeing this, Saw finally seems to understand what Ezra had been saying all along, and chooses to let the Geonosian free. Aww yayy. I love that we get a little redemption for him as well as for the Geonosians. Because Saw, despite all he’s done, and whatever he might do, he’s still a good man with a good heart. And now, beneath the level where their civilization was destroyed, Klik-Klak and the future queen have the opportunity to build it back again. Again, aww yay for hope! (Yes I know that apparently stuff will happen later with the Geonosians that’s not-so-great but I haven’t read those comics yet so I’ll just enjoy the moment) This is also a win for the Rebs, as now they can show the Senate the proof of what the Empire’s up to. Of course the Imps don’t make it easy for ’em. But they make it even less easy for the Imps! You try and bury the Ghost, the Ghost will blast its way through your light cruiser. Just science. The Rebs sadly lost their physical evidence in the process, but even without the Senate yet on their side, they’ve got the rest of the Aliiance growing bigger by the day. And even when they’re not always on the same page, we know that together, they can make some pretty huge stuff happen πŸ™‚
Pff I can be so cheesy sometimes sorry. But yay I’m glad I got this one done! And I’m really glad I finally got to talk about Rogue One some because it’s been so thoroughly on my brain lately, I was about to explode if I didn’t get these thoughts out. Until next post…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight