Rebel Transmissions: Hera’s Heroes

Today we’re taking a closer look into Hera’s Heroes, but if you read the title you probably already knew that. Regardless of my tendency for redundancy, this one’s gonna be a fun one to dig into and discuss. Saddle up your blurrg and let’s go!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode VII, TCW episodes Innocents Of Ryloth and Liberty On Ryloth, and Rebels episodes Homecoming and Hera’s Heroes

True to SW nature, the episode pulls us in within seconds as we find Cham and Numa riding blurrgback, on the run from bucketheads on speederbikes. It’s fun to get to see the Rylothian rebs for a bit before we meet up the Ghost crew again. Last time we saw them, they did a few things we didn’t approve of, so it’s great being fully able to cheer them on this episode. And that takes me back to the last time we saw them before that, when the Syndulla bossman was fighting alongside the Republic and smol Numa adorably befriended a couple of clones. Ahh nostalgia feels! And of course, Cham and Numa can handle just about anything the storms can throw at them. But they do know their limits, and that about when Hera shows up with the rest of her extended family. Again, so wonderful seeing everyone on the same side with the same goals! Apparently the Ghost crew’d been helping them out a little before this, as Gobi’s already hitched a ride. Just shows ya what an incredibly strong bond this family has. Only two of them are actually related, but between the Ghost crew and Cham’s team, they’ve got a family bond like no other. They say blood is thicker than water, but I believe this combined team is thicker than blood. Like, molasses-thick. And that’s because Hera’s at the heart of it all :3 Hera and company’s daring rescue works nicely for the twi’lek fighters. Not so well for that biker scout. Hehe the Empire sure don’t hire them for their brains! XP Zeb the dude to add to Ezra’s helmet collection hit me with even more nostalgia feels. This time around, the Syndullas don’t neglect to hug, and OMG this episode is chock-full of feels. Most of the post is probably gonna be concerned with highlighting all those feels. Sad news from Cham though, the Empire’s taken over their entire hometown and the Syndullas’ home itself. I can’t begin to imagine what it’d be like to have the place you grew up, the place you love, suddenly under the control of such a brutal, soul-less government system, so I completely feel for you girl. And considering where the rest of the Ghost Rebs came from, I think they all can relate. It seems Hera is particularly concerned with what became of the family kalikori, an artistic heirloom the Syndullas have held onto for generations. It was something she would’ve inherited and something her mother dearly loved, so she absolutely needs to retrieve it. And her thicker-than-blood extended family is with her all the way. Hera’s always been there for her crew-family, whatever the situation, whatever the need, big or small. Now they’re all doing the same for her. Brb crying.
To get Hera in, Ezra will play the part of a biker scout, and the rest of the fam will distract the storms. Good gracious seeing Ez perfectly filling out that armor suit re-reminded me how much he’s grown up and in turn made me cry like a proud parent. Don’t tell me you didn’t, ’cause I know you did too. And wow again watching them all fighting together… it’s an absolute thing of beauty. So well executed, so very fierce and formidable. Also watching Kanan bring the fight out there was epic. He swings his ‘saber and runs right into battle without an ounce of hesitation, clearly mastering seeing with the Force. I can barely walk in the dark without stubbing my toe on something. Major applause is in order for Master Jarrus. Anyway, so Ezra and Hera get in easy, but seeing the Empire tromping all over your childhood home’s hard. Even Chop’s feeling some feels right now as he looks upon the Clone Wars-era Y-wing wreckage that still stands there. Oh poor childddd. I’d thought we kinda knew all his story, but clearly much to learn we still have. His sad “whah-whah-whah…” breaks my heart man. Though seriously… Cham didn’t particularly approve of the “rustbucket” his daughter was intent on fixing up back in the day… and yet he kept a Y-wing in his front yard. Um… what gives? Returning to the story at hand, Ezra and Hera continue their sneaking about the homestead. It’s not too hard when your enemy’s troops all wear the same outfit. I know the Empire does it to promote their anti-humanity, anti-individuality stance, but you’d think that maybe they’d have less Rebel problems if their troopers wore something a bit more… distinguishable. Oh well their loss is the Rebs’ gain. A little searching around Cham’s office leads Hera right to the beloved kalikori. It’s really quite a cool idea, each generation carving something into it. And of course I’d be amiss to mention the precious family portrait on the wall. Oh it’s so beautiful and sweet, and it’s wonderful getting to actually see her mom. Not to mention seeing Hera is a tineh little girl with a mischievous, adventurous glint in her eye :3 Seeing that glimpse of her past makes me really want to see a novel centered around Mr. Syndulla’s adventures during the Clone Wars. Such a beautiful family *makes squee-like noises* With the kalikori in hand, all they’ve gotta do is get out. Perhaps not gonna be an easy task when they spy a graycoat, a buckethead, and this “blue guy” we know goes by Thrawn. Hera suggest they take the secret exit… andddd the secret exit is loaded with graycoats and bucketheads. If only they actually had some meilloruns down here, this whole mission might’ve gone smoothly. Also good point I guess meilloruns are native to Ryloth? Or did they just get a lot of the fruit exported there? Yes folks these are the questions that keep me up at night. And I’m only half-kidding.
As for the rest of the Rebs, it seemed they’d lost the Imps, but apparently they’re not all as dumb as that biker scout and know their way around Ryloth a little too well. Kanan lightsabers and Sabine blasters, but ultimately a well-aimed rocket from Gobi sends boulders down on their stormtrooper friends. Yay Gobi! Dude needed some time to shine! Unfortunately it didn’t last long before one trooper and a chicken walker shot through the rubble. With Hera still unaccounted for, Cham and crew are gonna head for the homestead and get her outta there.
So when you’ve got an Imperial problem in your house, call Chopper. He showed up just in time, back to his spunky sassy self! While Hera and Ezra make for the door, Chop’ll keep the storms busy. He rolls right on over to ’em and starts talkin’. “Heyyy my muchachos! Fancy digs here amiright?” Too bad the stormtroopers clearly failed droidspeak classes at the academy. But a distraction’s a distraction I guess. Hera was this close to the door, and to illustrate I’m holding my thumb and forefinger about an inch apart. And then… quietly and with no grand entrance, Thrawn comes through the door. RIGHT. AT. HERA. Chiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiills. Slavin thinks she’s just another average everyday Ryloth citizen, and Hera would much rather they thought that, too. But the Grand Admiral isn’t so easily fooled and gets right to the questioning. He sees right through her every attempt to disguise her identity, he’s studied her peoples’ culture, he’s studied the very art in her own home. And all that together reveals her to be the Hera Syndulla. Instantly Ezra takes aim… and instead takes a stunning from Thrawn. Slavin don’t get his superior’s methods, but you gotta admit they sure do work. Before they know it, Slavin and Thrawn have the Rebs in a cell, with the blue guy triumphantly holding the kalikori. Thrawn doesn’t get it when Hera says she’d rather’dve destroyed the precious heirloom before allowing it to fall into his hands. But she knows that her family legacy doesn’t lie in an object. It says a lot about both individuals. Hera is family before anything else, and the only love Thrawn seems to have is for art. Hera knows what matters most, and in most cases, the Imps don’t, and generally that brings about their downfall. But eh again their losses, our gains. I can get Thrawn in some ways though… his response to Slavin’s “trash” comment is not far from my own when someone criticizes something SW. I’m only half-kidding. Anyway, so now the graycoat’s gonna make a deal he knows Papa Syndulla can’t refuse…
In the cell, Hera apologizes for putting Ezra in danger over some junk heirloom, but Ez assures her he’d wanted to help her to begin with. I’m sure watching her youngest stunned by an Imperial admiral put a lot in perspective for her. I don’t really believe her desire to have the kalikori was wrong, as someone who has great emotional attachment to many of my possessions, I can understand very well how she felt. I’d do the same were I in her situation. But I also understand how easy it is to, well, get attached to “things” and sometimes forget for a moment what the “thing” represented doesn’t disappear if the “thing” does. Every single one of her extended family members wanted her to succeed and find this object of precious value, because of the love they have for her, and the love she’s shown them. They all understood, they all wanted to show her that love. It might’ve just been a “thing”, but because it mattered to her, it mattered to them. And realizing that undoubtedly reminded her that what she’d had all along was a treasure itself. As she told Thrawn, a legacy that was real, breathing, and far more precious than something carved out of wood. AHHHHH FEEEEEEEELS *choking sobs* Sorry I hope that made sense. And then in comes Chopper! He tells Ezra about Cham going through with Slavin’s prisoner exchange deal. Hera decides to go through with it, or at least make them think she’s gonna go through with it. And then she tells Chop to get all the Imperial explosives he can carry, ’cause they’re bringing down the house. Literally. But again, Hera knows what matters above all else: “My home is with my crew” *Dies of feels* But no one looked happier today than Chopper, who is definitely all heart-eyes-emoji over all the glorious detonators at his command😄 As you can figured, the prisoner exchange went well… for the Rebels more so than the Imps. Cham was a little shocked watching his house go up in smoke, but I think he’ll be OK. Also OMG WOW Kanan redirecting the projectile with the Force…! Kylo Ren you ain’t the only one who can do that kinda thing! In the Ghost family, bossness is in the genes🙂 Looks like the crew-family’s home free… except for the fact that Thrawn let them go. He’s got something else in mind I imagine… CHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLS.
On the Ghost, we find Hera, Kanan, and Cham talking over kaffe, Sabine and Numa chatting while Chopper looks on, Zeb giving his little bro a noogie, Gobi smiling, looking like the fun uncle… this is home. This is family. Hera knows this. She doesn’t need a “thing” to remember her mother or carry on her legacy. She has those she loves all around her. And whatever the Empire’s got planned next, they’ll handle it together. And as they raise a toast, I gave a quiet “awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…” as I melted into my sofa with pure happy feels. This is one of the things I love most about Star Wars: in the midst of this constant battle between light and dark, there is hope, there is love, there is family, both those of blood… and those thicker than blood
Oh my gosh, the warm fuzzies right now! I don’t have anything useful left to say, but thanks for reading this and I look forward to delivering the next Transmission next time ’round!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: The Antilles Extraction

Ah I adore all the Star Wars wonderful going ’round today! And I hope to continue that with this week’s Rebels commentary. Let’s head back a little before a few certain someones stole the Death Star plans and revisit the original “rogues” in The Antilles Extraction!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Breaking Ranks, Out Of Darkness, The Honorable Ones, Twilight Of The Apprentice, and The Antilles Extraction.

Our story begins with an absolutely gutwrenching dogfight right outta the gate. It’s exciting yes, but no doubt it’s gutwrenching. The Imps take down an entire Rebel escort and every pilot they’ve got… all because they were providing aid to people in need. Ugh that is so so wrong. The TIE pilot’s snarky comment reminded me there’s a person behind that helmet. What did the Empire do to make that man lose his sense of humanity? What would drive a man to unapologetically fire at an unarmed vessel? The Empire is messed-up, you can see that in even this small moment. Somehow it’s not surprising a few someones want out of that career choice. Which is the dirt our new Fulcrum has dug up for the mini-Alliance. Sadly no it’s not Ahsoka (We totes getcha Ez), but I do like our new Fulcrum already. Because after about three seconds hearing his voice I exclaimed “SHUT UP. IT’S KALLUS!!!” Ahsoka’s voice had been a little more garbled, a little less obvious, and at the time, it didn’t even cross my mind it could be her. It took a few episodes for me to figure it out, and it still surprised me in the end. But Kallus… he’s been doing some thinking, I’ll wager. And his voice is lot more obvious. I was just happy as happy could be to know that, deep deep deep down, the commanding sideburns isn’t the jerk I’d been calling him since the pilot😀 I was so excited to hear his voice I almost missed what he was talking about — three Imperial pilots who’re ready to jet on outta there. The Rebs get to help people and get a few new pilots to their steadily-declining fleet! Win-win! The mission’s already set up: Sabine will go undercover at the Imperial academy and help ’em escape. Ezra has some concerns about this, but while he’s played the part before, she was an academy student for reals. And you just can’t argue with “for reals”. All she needs are some fake credentials and some new hair dye and she’s good to go! Yeahhh ordinary hair colors just don’t work for her, do they? The bright highlights and most recently, her full-on purple ombre ‘do, are a part of who she is. I could see her working for the Resistance and still be rockin’ color in her hair! So yeah it was a little weird to get used to even for just this one episode. Anyway…
So how’s about that Skystrike Academy? I love that name bro. With a moniker like that I can see why it’d be easy to join up and fly for the Empire without reading the fine print. Good thing people like Sabine– er, “Rea”, are here to help. While the Academy’s got some cool stuff going for it, it’s still cursed with the uncoolness of its unsupportive Imps-in-charge and overall lack of humanity. We see that first-hand as “Rea” and her wingman Wedge take on a slew of Y-wings in a training simulation. They really did a great job with this scene ’cause while you assume that this is all training and no one’s killing anyone, the training tech is so impressive it demands us to believe otherwise. So when Sabine and Wedge came upon a disabled, helpless Rebel ship and are ordered to destroy it… man that’s not cool. Even Sabine knows this isn’t what the Imperial rules state, but bossman don’t care, he wants blasting done. And then oh look here comes the virtual Ghost and there go Sabine and Wedge’s TIEs. Wow the Rebs certainly made a name for themselves if they’ve worked their way into simulations. Sabine’s all “dude what the heck??” but that’s just the way these Academy teachers play the game… by making sure they always win. Anyone who doesn’t always win ain’t worth their time. Who needs humanity when you can be a winner? That might be what the Imps think, but clearly, Sabine and this Wedge guy share a different opinion. OK so I need to talk about Wedge obviously. Seeing him in SWR is super-special to me, because three years ago, when the series was first announced, I wrote this: “I’ve always myself wondered how the Rebellion came to be, and I’d hope to be introduced to some of these brave Rebels. I admit that I sadly overlook the Rebels sometimes as compared to the Jedi. As in, I know more about Kit Fisto than I do Wedge Antilles. That’s got to change, I know. Well, what better place to get to know them than this new show?” (From Clones To Rebels, 5/21/13) I had assumed the show might surround characters we already knew, but once I came to meet the wonderful Ghost crew, I couldn’t imagine anyone else in the lead. So it’s fantastic to see we’re actually getting to know more about Wedge Antilles, just like I’d hoped for way back when🙂 Also I’m just glad I get to see him more and learn more about him and I love him to death now X3
Returning to the episode, it seems Governor Pryce and Agent Kallus dropped by, and that’s never good. Well, mostly it’s a problem when Pryce drops by, Kallus I’m cool with now. I couldn’t help but quite wonder what’s going through his head. He walks and talks with the same confidence he did a season ago, but he’s not the same guy he was a season ago. He’s a Fulcrum. Personally I’d be really paranoid and freaked out if I were in his shoes, but he’s keeping cool really really well. Though you can tell he got his feathers a little ruffled at Pryce’s snide remark about “teaching him something”. Brooo he should’ve just left the Empire on account of her crud alone.
It seems Sabine’s mission is going well though, she spies Wedge, along with two others, and it looks like they’re all trying to figure out an escape. Methinks she’s found the mini-Alliance’s newest pilots. In striking up a conversation with her wingman, we find that indeed Wedge is good and ready to get out. When he went from cargo ships to TIEs he figured out quickly the Empire he was serving wasn’t worth serving. That’s when Sabine reveals her true identity and her true mission. Now if someone can come up with a plan, we can chalk it up a win for the mini-Alliance…
Safe to say Ezra’s not enjoying any of this. All he and Kanan and Chopper can do is wait, and he might be a little worried about her. Like a lot. Kanan advises his padawan to accept he can’t control what happens, and also to trust Sabine. Kinda funny seeing Kanan now an expert on the topic, as he himself was once in this situation when Ezra was undercover. For different reasons, yes, as this is more of an Anakin-and-Padme thing than a master-and-apprentice thing, but still, what a reminder… Master Jarrus has definitely done some growin’ up himself. Granted don’t know if Ez will take that advice 100% 100% to heart right now, but that doesn’t make Kanan’s advice-giving skills any less cool. Yes learning to let go is a tough lesson, but I’m hoping that maybe Ez will learn it better than Anakin did.
So Sabine’s newly-formed plan is in motion. They’re going out for a real-space simulated dogfight and all Sabine and Wedge and his crew have to do is casually fly on over to the Rebel freighter and lightspeed off. Easy breezy! But Pryce had other ideas. The instant those four test TIEs rebelled, she popped their sidepanels off, leaving them exposed, aimless little pods ready for the pickin’. Poor Rake… he seemed like a cool guy. I’m sorry we didn’t get to know him well. Also wow Kallus is so good at keeping his cool right now ’cause I know I wouldn’t look so chill. With TIEs on all sides, Ezra and Kanan have no choice but to head into hyperspace, a choice Ezra clearly hated to make. So now Sabine, Wedge, and Hobbie have no way to escape and are at the mercy of the merciless Empire. That’s not terrifying at all! /sarc/ The good Governor likes herself some info and knows how to get it out of peeps. All she ultimately gets is “Rea”‘s real name, but that’s all she needs. The good news is, Kallus is no longer a jerkface. Bad news is… Pryce is a much bigger one. Gov’nuh already knows much of the young Mando’s doings, which is why she shouldn’tve been surprised when Sabine utterly owned her in a fistfight. Well, considering how well Pryce held her own for a while, I don’t think she was too surprised. Just probably caught her off-guard when the fierce little Wren smacked her into that electric torture prod. Seriously this fight was AWESOME. it’s impressive that Pryce, as an orderly diplomatic graycoat, could throw punches like that. But finally getting to see Sabine’s supercommando Mando side in a weaponless face-off is the awesomest of all. Dude I wanna be Sabine Wren when I grow up! Yeah Wedge and Hobbie were trying to formulate a rescue but… well, she’s just that good. Now I think the boys both wanna be Sabine Wren when they grow up😄 With a solid blaster at her side, Sabine paves through the all the ‘troopers in their way. And suddenly they’re stopped by Agent Kallus. Up until this point, I’ve firmly believed Kallus is Fulcrum and that he’s a good guy now, but as he stands between our heroes and their way out, I was hit by doubt. What if I was mistaken and he wasn’t Fulcrum? Or what if he was Fulcrum but he was actually leading them on? What if…? Then Kallus quietly gives them directions to their best possible escape route. “Tell Garazeb Orrelios we’re even”. AWW YAYYY I WAS RIGHT KALLUS IS A GOOD GUYYY!! X3 From there the trio grabs a TIE bomber, and with Wedge doing awesome in the pilot’s seat, they’re able to escape Skystrike, reunite with their Rebel freighter, and win the day! It’s this kind of awesomeness that’s impossible to put into words… but you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about. It’s awesome. After recent near-escapes and half-victories, it’s good to know that no matter what happens next, Sabine’s mission was a definite win, because it got two fantastic young pilots in its ranks🙂
What a great one am I right?! So great getting a Sabine episode this early on, and like I said before, finally getting to meet Wedge Antilles! (and Hobbie too!) I’ll fly with ya next week! *Punched for the bad pun*

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: The Holocrons Of Fate

If some deep Rebels discussion is the kind of knowledge you’re seeking and just what you’re hopin’ for, no need to smash two holocrons together — you’re already in the right place! Pff OK I’m probably giving myself more credit than I deserve but I certainly do hope you get something out of this…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode VI, Episode VII, The Clone Wars “Siege Of Mandalore” arc, Rebels episodes Twilight Of The Apprentice, Steps Into Shadow, and The Holocrons Of Fate

Ah, it’s so very nice seeing Ezra and Kanan chatting like they used to! They spent much of the last episode out of balance, so it feels great getting an episode focused mostly on the unconventional master-and-padawan-team. Granted, they’re chatting about the Sith holocron, which you’d think by now would be old news, but Ezra just sorta kinda really wants to know where it is. After all, Ezra reasons, why else did Yoda send them to Malachor if not for all that Sith-destroying knowledge? Kanan believes it was for the chance to defeat them, it just… didn’t go well. Y’know that’s one question I’ve been pondering for a while but never really queried on the blog itself. Why Malachor when it seemed to do more harm than good? Not that Yoda could’ve known what would happen, but what specifically did he have in mind when he pointed the Jedi Rebels in that direction? Was it for a chance like Kanan has surmised? I kinda doubt messing with the dark side was what the master had in mind, but we may never know for sure. Just gotta do like Sabine in season one and trust that everything’ll make sense in the end. But their chat’s put on hold as they come upon a Rebel transport that’s been torn apart. The sole survivor makes mention of a red blade… and the unfortunate fact he was forced to spill his guts on the Ghost‘s location. Ezra and Kanan immediately think they’ve got another inquisitor problem. IDK man the Empire’s lost, like, four in the last couple years; it’s not the best investment. No, the one wielding the red blade is not working for the Empire… he just wields one for the sheer fun of it. Dude… when Maul stepped into the holo from behind Hera… I think my heart stopped. It’s not like I didn’t know he was gonna be involved this episode, but I had no idea it’d be so soon. And I was already nervous about this one to begin with. It’s a well-known fact that when the former Darth gets involved, things will end badly… one way or another. Anyone who’s spent any time watching The Clone Wars will know this. Heck, even if your only knowledge of him was gained from Twilight Of The Apprentice, you know this. So him… on board the Ghost… with the people most important to Kanan and Ezra… O_O It’s NBD really Maul just wants the Sith ‘cron back. And also Kanan’s old Jedi ‘cron. Some Jedi might’ve called no deal, but these Jedi go along with it… reluctantly. At this point I’m relieved nobody’s died yet (I mean, this is Maul we’re talking about), but I’m also a little concerned what will happen to the rest of the galaxy if they take up this offer. Right now they’ve got bigger fish to fry though… getting that Sith holocron’s gonna be a bit of a challenge.
So again, MAUL. IN THE GHOST. WITH KANAN AND EZRA’S FAMILY-CREW. And did I mention the former Mandalore welcome-wagon droids that are now deadly blaster-wielders? *Faints from terror* I spent the entirety of this episode literally quivering. And honestly there’s no reason I shouldn’tve been… he killed Qui-Gon, killed Satine, blinded Kanan… and he did it all so quickly, so out-of-nowhere, and in turn left me in tears. I was trying to prepare myself for the worst, but I knew I’d still be unprepared either way. Every breathing second I was on edge. So when he asks Hera for a tour by not really asking ’cause he had his lightsaber all up in her face… shoot there’s no emoticon I can type that properly defines the feeling of sheer terror running through me at that moment. The Old Master’s really only interested in the part of the tour where he finds Kanan’s ‘cron. Doesn’t stop him from making some color commentary on the others quarters onboard though. DUDE THAT RUDENESS WAS UNCALLED FOR. WHO SPIT IN YOUR BEAN CURD? Though it does make you wonder a little what Ezra and Zeb’s room smells like. We already know that evidently Zeb has a particularly strong scent, and apparently Ezra kinda smells like Lothal sewers (or at least did). I’m gonna say it probably resembles a mixture of corn chips, sweat, and body spray XP Sorry that probably wasn’t the knowledge you were looking for. But hey, one thing I love about SW is its tangibleness, its relatability, just how very real it is, down to the finest details. Now enough weirdness, once Maul finally enters Kanan’s quarters things get real. Maul won’t just search the premises himself, oh no, that would be too much work for an old zabrak like himself. It’s so much easier to do a little dark side mindreading like Kylo Ren made famous. Oh gosh that was horrifying to watch. I mean, when he uttered Kanan’s former name I got literal chills. Hera’s been a complete bosslady this whole time and peppered her captor with sass and shot him well-aimed death glares, but that in that instant she no longer looks as certain. She looks so broken and ashamed when Maul comes upon the holocron…😥 All my messed-up emotions aside, it’s actually still pretty cool watching him do that move; I had no idea anybody but Kylo knew how to do it, so that begs a few questions. Or it could just be a move darksiders don’t do a lot for some reason. Either way *shudders*
Elsewhere, Ezra finally got to meet Kanan’s good friend, the Bendu. Right after he borrowed their sensor-pole (or “thumper” as I now know they’re called) and invited the spidercrabs over for a visit. Ezra knows good and well these crawlers are trouble, and he doesn’t hesitate to defend his master, despite Kanan’s objections. It’s about then when the Bendu finally arrives in his magnificent, awe-inspiring way. Ezra is kinda shocked ’cause he wasn’t sure this Bendu guy was actually real. Kanan’s smile I’m sure is partly due to hearing the friendly beast’s voice again, but I imagine there was a dash of I-told-you-so smugness in there too🙂 After hearing of Maul’s interest in the holocrons, Bendu believes he’s intending to combine the two ‘crons — something that could potentially cause some big problems. When you mix a Jedi holocron and a Sith holocron, you get the potential to see the future or have a question answered through the Force… which sounds good on the surface, but this has happened before and it does not end well. OK Wow. Ezra doesn’t really care what Maul’s gonna do with it, he just wants to protect the fam. The Bendu tells Ez that if he wants that imbalance-causing pyramid, he’s gonna have to find it with Kanan’s help. Also it may be in a dark mysterious cave. Had everything gone Ez’s way he’dve gone completely alone with his lightsaber at his side, but instead all he’s got when he enters that cave is a flashlight and Kanan on the com. He might not a fan of this plan now, but he’ll definitely be a fan later…
Back on the Ghost, Maul was yelling at a smol blue box. I’m sorry man this made me laugh so hard even though it shouldn’t have. Mostly it’s because I started imagining him reacting the same way with other small objects. Smartphones, TV remotes, frozen entrees… “YOU WILL YIELD TO MY POWERRRR!”😄 While he tries to crack open Kanan’s ‘cron, the crew decides to make their move. Oh goodness gracious I love love this scene. Maul is one of the deadliest villains in the SW galaxy, but he don’t scare the Ghost fam. Sabine, Hera, and Zeb utterly tear up those smiley-droids with the hands cuffed! And then they magnetize him to the ceiling! Oh that was so awesomely genius I just love it! These guys never fail to blow my mind with their awesome genius! Of course then Maul eventually got off the ceiling and got the upper hand and made clear he had no problem killing them. But it was a great stunt regardless. Aw boo Maul why ya gotta be like that? But hey, he still hadn’t killed anyone so that’s a win if nothing else.
So getting the Sith ‘cron was going great. Sorta. Maybe it would’ve gone better if Ezra had just kept to the left like Kanan told him to. Instead he walks down the right tunnel and loses his flashlight and his comlink just like that. Now it all up to Master Jarrus. “Perhaps master and apprentice will rediscover their balance… or perhaps they will be eaten. Such is the way of things.” Bendu just tells it like it is😄 Yeah Ezra was a little surprised when Kanan fished him out of that crawler-infested hole. And again when his master calmly Force-connected with another crabspider and it quietly walked away. Could it be Kanan’s not as broken as he believed? As they continue their search, Ezra apologizes for what he felt he allowed to happen. Kanan assures Ezra it wasn’t his fault and he didn’t blame him. The only forgiving that needs to be done here is for young Bridger to forgive himself. The hug that follows gives me alllllllll the feels. I’d believed they’d come back into balance at the end of the last episode, but actually… this is where the real balance was restored. And it is a beautiful thing. And that’s all I got; I should have more to say but I lost my train of thought dangit. All I know is Bendu’s smile matches my own :3 Don’t worry I’ll figure this out by the time I do the season recap! Anyway, so together Ezra and Kanan come upon the Sith ‘cron at last, perched safely on a spider’s back. You’d think that wasn’t the safest safest place ever, since I’d figure it’d get lost if the spider moved around and dropped it or something, but I guess the Bendu knows something we don’t. Using the Force they’re able to get the ‘cron without a hitch. Of course soon as Ezra turns around oh look there’s another crawler/spider//spidercrab/crabspider/whatever the canon name’s supposed to be! Kanan’s response? “Don’t be a threat, go in peace” And suddenly I understood the spider-Force connection I’d been missing last episode. And just like that, master and apprentice walked out of the cave unscathed and truly back in sync. Bendu is proud of their progress, but warns them that their troubles aren’t over, as one of them’ll have to help with the ‘cron-combining too. And well… you know. Potentially dangerous stuff, that knowledge. Ezra looks to Kanan for their game plan from here, but all his master knows is they’ve gotta relax and not let Maul’s fear tactics get to them. “You don’t sound relaxed” “But I look relaxed.” At least you look relaxed Ez, I don’t look or sound that way! I’m a quivering little chihuahua over here! Especially as they stepped into the hangar and there’s Maul looking chill like nothing’s weird. He sends “his” apprentice off to go get the holocrons ready while he shows Master Jarrus the door. And by “door” I mean “airlock”. I’d already seen this clip at Celebration but it didn’t make it any less terrifying a second time. Or a third time. Or any other time. I don’t think I’ve made clear enough how terrifying this is: KANAN HAS BEEN SUCKED OUT INTO COLD DARK UNPREDICTABLE SPACE. I literally couldn’t breathe. By far that was the longest twenty seconds of my life. HE HAD ICE FORMING ON HIM, MAN. The instant I noticed that I was shook. One of the closest calls in SW history right there, but also one seriously seriously amazing use of the Force. Seriously. And I have run out of words again. Forgive me the feels are too much.
With ‘crons in hand, Ezra and Maul are ready to get this junk over with. I couldn’t help but keep wondering if Ezra had another plan, like maybe to get Maul to ask the holocron a dumb question or something (“why is blue milk blue?” perhaps). But it seems Ez is ready to take advantage of the opportunity. He wants to find out how to destroy the Sith, while the Old Master is looking for… hope. I know I’m not the only one who found that utterly fascinating. It first took me back to Malachor, to the time we briefly saw Maul’s humanity. His life has been so full of failure and darkness, a little hope could change everything. In my everyday life “hope” is a beautiful word, but for Maul… I imagine it’s something entirely different. Especially where he is now as he desperately seeks purpose and a legacy. And then the holocrons came together, emitting a light that grows more and more intense with the possibility the darksider and the lightsider will find the answers they’re looking for…
Things looked pretty grim for the Ghost crew as Maul’s mechs draw their weapons. But in a flash, Kanan jumps in and lightsabers the smiley-droids apart in one fell swoop. And then uses the Force to snap his comrades’ cuffs clean off. It was impossible not to cheer. KANAN IS A BOSS. I don’t exaggerate when I say I feel this is one of his most defining moments. So much wow. Now he’s got his apprentice to rescue, and Hera and company are by his side all the way. YAYYYYYY FAMILYYYYY ^w^
So far Maul hadn’t had much luck finding any answers, but Ezra dug in deeper as he began to see something. By the time the rest of Ghost crew got there, the room was bathed in blinding light. None of them could see — except Kanan. He could actually see Ezra and Maul amidst the bright flash of the Force, and he was gonna get Ez out of there. Padawan was a little busy atm tho he really wanted them answers. Kanan calls for him, reiterating Bendu’s warning. Maul insists he keep it up ’cause they’re so close. And then… “I SEE HIM…” “TWIN SUNS…” O.O His master voices once more to look away, and finally Ezra takes the ‘crons apart, releasing them from the light and ending their Q&A session with the Force. Oh gosh I’m completely butchering this, but the important thing is, everyone’s OK. Including Maul who seems a little too happy right now as he flies off muttering “HE LIVES!“. Before we talk about anything else I gotta talk about that. My instant thought was Obi-Wan. ‘Cause man I can’t think of anyone else Maul would be that excited about. And then I thought OK if that happens then what if Maul goes after someone his adversary cares about? Like a certain Force-sensitive boy he’s watching over? The idea is utterly gutwrenching. My only comfort is that, well, I certainly would love to see ol’ Ben again! But otherwise yeah dis is bad. I could be totally off but don’t tell me you didn’t think it, too. Anyway, as for Ezra, he isn’t sure what he saw except for a lot of places. What it says to me is he saw hints of Luke’s journey, maybe even some of Anakin’s. I didn’t think about this until after the episode, but though clearly the dark side lives on (See: the Knights of Ren), Vader defeating Palpatine really was the destruction of the Sith, at least the group known as the Sith. Though we all know that story, I look forward to seeing further how this incredible crew influences that story. And how, in small ways, they help bring about that destiny.
Welp I hope that made sense. I hate that I didn’t do as well on this, because this is truly an incredible incredible episode. Things are super-tense and super-terrifying with twists at every turn, but by the end of the episode there’s a sense of victory. Yeah I know Maul’ll be back… but scary as he is, I’m kinda looking forward to seeing him again🙂 OK I’m done sorry for the trainwreck post next week will be better byeeeee.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Steps Into Shadow

The Rebel Transmissions have returned. And I’m still trying to figure out how it is time passed so quickly! The third season has begun, and I can only hope I’ll be able to organize my thoughts decently in this post. Well, won’t find out just sitting around! Let’s dive in!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Rebel Resolve, Stealth Strike, Legends Of The Lasat, The Honorable Ones, Shroud Of Darkness, Twilight Of The Apprentice, and Steps Into Shadow

Y’know those surtitles or subtitles or whatever you wanna call ’em I put on my post headers? I came up with that concept when Padawanline was only a thought. I liked the idea of a quick clever line to define the episode in some way, whether it was a terrible pun (See: Wings Of The Master‘s “B-lieve It”) or a deep deep thought that truly did define the episode (See: Legacy‘s “Always There”). It’s fun coming up with the surtitle, but it’s also often exceedingly hard. Especially the more dramatic and deep the episode. Figuring out how to put Steps Into Shadow into one quick line was near impossible… until I came up with what you see up there. I feel it’s one of the best I’ve come up with, because it describes exactly where we find our master and padawan right now, and really the Ghost crew itself. Remember way way back on Rebel Resolve? Kanan was captured by the Empire, and Ezra was doing his best to lead the team to find him. When Kanan was there leading them, things went off without a hitch, even when they didn’t. But without him, things went south pretty fast. It’s really says a lot about who he is and how he’d changed. The Ghost wasn’t his, the idea of rebelling wasn’t his — that’s all Hera’s doing. But yet, he became Specter One. Because he believed in what Hera believed in, and in turn, he stepped up and became a better person, and eventually a true leader. His leadership soon went, however, from one of a small rebellion to that of a Jedi master when Ezra came along. And that role taught them both much. However… now Kanan feels he can’t lead, and Ezra has assumed the sort of the same role he once had. When I first heard Ezra would be leading the mission Steps Into Shadow surrounded, I was impressed. He must’ve learned much and become exceptionally skilled and mature, right? Well… though things go better than in Rebel Resolve… Ezra still has some growing up to do when it comes to achieving Kanan-status leadership. But I imagine it’s hard to become that kind of leader when Kanan hasn’t been around much lately. Either way, with Ezra struggling to fill the void his master left, things are most definitely out of balance.
All deep thoughts aside, the opening was a thrill. As soon as I saw Zeb and Sabine making their way right under the stormtroopers’ noses, I felt at home, as though I’d never left. But then Ezra comes up out of nowhere and delivers a solid punch to one of the bucketheads. Seeing Ezra here, looking so very grown-up… it was then I realized maybe I had been away for a while. Of course I’d known for a while that he’d gotten a haircut and stuff, but oh gracious… he really grew up. I still can’t get over how tall he is now. So strong and lean and significantly less of a kid than he was six months ago. And did I mention he’s leading this thing? Wow. I’m sorry I’m still going on about this but I these guys are practically my children and my children have suddenly grown up and it makes me wanna cry and hug ’em at the same time and I know that sounds weird so I will stop talking now. The Rebs are at this particular Imperial prison to rescue a particular individual — an old pirate named Hondo Ohnaka. Hehe the #OhnakaFever never stops around here! I’d wondered what happened to him after Legends Of The Lasat. It’s always a pleasure (even if the last time we saw him he was causing a little trouble). Especially when he happily addresses Zeb and Sabine as “Purple Guy” and “Mando Girl”. I absolutely died laughing at Zeb’s nickname😄 Though Ezra’s glad to see his pirate buddy again, the Rebs had other reasons for the rescue. Hondo’s got the intel; Hondo and his ugnaught comrade both do. No time for reunions though look more ‘troopers! And Ezra turns a blaster on them in a split-second. He’s so quick on the draw it’s scary. Clearly he’s been doing more with Rex in his spare time. And maybe taking notes from Sabine, too. Whatever the case it’s impressive… and scary. Like tbh most of his methods right now. Oh and that new lightsaber tho. I’m definitely interested in knowing how he put it together, especially since Kanan likely wasn’t involved. Boyyyy can he do some stuff with that thing! Watching him so gracefully and forcefully fling that ‘saber makes me almost forget that there’s still something a bit… edgier… about his new methods. So short story short the ugnaught informant called no deal at the last second and was then tragically met with the other end of a walker gun. How’re they supposed to handle all these troopers? Ezra’s gonna handle it. As he reaches out with the Force, I jokingly commented “you don’t want to deal with the intruders, you want to go get pancakes”. Unfortunately, the walker driver and his fellow bucketheads don’t get any pancakes… what Ezra does is just plain scary. Actually that’s not good enough, try terrifying. The grimly justified look on Ezra’s face as the walker falls reminds me all-too much of a young Anakin Skywalker. And that alone gave me the shivers. “When did Kanan teach you that?” “He didn’t.” *Shudders* Before the season debuted, I understood that likely Ezra was going to continue playing with the darkness… but actually seeing it… no words. I’m actually sick with terror right now, and this is the second time I’ve watched it. At the start of the last season, I absolutely loved Ezra’s bright hopeful attitude, such a wonderful incredible change from his selfish, jaded self in the beginning. It seems the events of Twilight Of The Apprentice have changed him in a very different way. A very dark way. It’s sorta a swift punch to the gut. It’s not that he’s entirely changed. His fighting style was a little grittier than when we last saw him, but he’s clearly still got that confident swagger and genuine desire to help others he’s always had. He’s still Ezra Bridger. But after that stunt… and after many of his reactions we see in this season opener… there’s something not quite right. But for now everyone’s just glad when Hera and the Ghost swoop in and fly off. Also Zeb throwing out the term “wizard” was just the little spot of sunshine I needed about then😄 I love that that backwater Tatooine slang is getting back into circulation amongst not only us superfans but also the SW universe itself! It’s wizard bruh! However, Hera is not finding the insanity that conspired to be too wizard. She remains undoubtedly THE BOSSLADY. Oh yeah and I do love her new outfit. It’s not all that different but it’s so cute I want to wear something similar in the average everyday. But wait that wasn’t the point. Yeah Hera wasn’t happy with the stuff Ezra overlooked and he isn’t happy with folks questioning his sheer awesomeness. Ezra’s out and everyone else is left with the awkwardness. Teenagers amiright?
In my Transmission on the last episode, I wrote Ezra had “many difficult decisions ahead of him”, and I’m thinking he may not have made the right decisions in some cases. Like remember that Sith holocron? He still has it. And not only that, he’s freely having conversations with The Presence. Which kinda threw me ’cause I thought she was just contained on the Malachor Sith temple, but evidently she’s also in the holocron, travel-size for your convenience. The Presence basically pats him on the back all “it’s OK dude, haters gonna hate”. Ezra won’t let anyone he cares for get hurt again, and he’ll gladly learn whatever he can to keep it that way. Oh Ez… please don’t. I get being well-rounded and understanding all sides of the Force, but you have to know where to draw the line in this constant battle between the light and the dark…
It seems Ezra’s small slightly-gone-south mission didn’t go unnoticed though. Governor Pryce noticed, and she’s making sure Tarkin notices. And they’re going to make sure a particularly skilled Imperial fleet notices. It is fascinating finally meeting the heard-of-but-never-seen-before Lothal Governor. She’s scary. Her icy stare could kill somebody. But she’s still quite cool. Also nice seeing Tarkin again since I read his book over the summer. All the same though, I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
So howzabout that dirt Hondo promised? He knows about an Imperial salvaging operation destroying old Republic Y-wings on the daily, and the mini-Alliance could always use a few more ships in their fleet. I admit before this it had never even crossed my mind that Y-wings were an older sort of ship that were only brought into use again by the Rebel Alliance. I feel dumb that I didn’t know, but smarter now that I do know. That’s just how it is with SW, I guess. Always learning something new!🙂 You get all that info for the low low price of $19.95 plus shipping and handling, major credit cards accepted. Lol no actually Hondo’s aiming for a nice ship. Something maybe with leather seats I’d bet. Not the Ghost though, don’t even joke about that ya scoundrel XP Ezra’s rarin’ to go and get them Y-wings, but Hera’s not terribly sure about the intel. Which is why Commander Sato not only puts Ezra in charge of the recon mission, but also gives him the new title of Lieutenant Commander. Congrats all around! Too bad Kanan isn’t here to see this. My heart hurt for Ezra as he commented on his master’s absence as of late. Not only is the Ghost crew out of balance without their Specter One, but I think Ezra is, too😦 The fact he hadn’t been around struck me with both sadness and curiosity. What’s he been doing since Malachor? Why hasn’t he been with the family? Where was he then? I needed to know.
OK so they don’t answer all of those questions outright per se, but they do give us an idea. Evidently he’s been sitting alone on the outskirts of their base where the smol crabs walk on him and the spidercrabs stare at him, probably annoyed, from across the fence. Doing a lot of thinking and a lot of meditating it seems as a mysterious voice calls out to him. Oh sweet precious Kanan I missed you so! *Ahem* sorry just writing what I’m thinkin’. Anyway, Hera comes over, a tad disappointed he wasn’t there for Ezra today, and also that he hasn’t been there for him much at all lately. She makes it very clear in a quiet way that he needs to go talk to his padawan. Yep she’s so good at bossladying that she can bosslady without ever raising her voice. A few minutes later, Kanan walks into Ez’s quarters. ‘Bout time Master Jarrus. Only took ya a few months! Sorry that was unfair. After all, he’s just as out of balance as everyone else. I imagine his blindness makes him feel useless as a leader, and if he’s not Specter One, then who is he? Not to mention the whole getting-knighted thing and what that means, especially now when he’s not the same man he was before Malachor. Under most circumstances Ezra’s probably be really happy to see him, but well a certain holocron might’ve been within reach… and he’s not fast enough to keep Kanan from finding it. The fact he opened the ‘cron and has been using it frequently does not sit well with Kanan. Ezra argues it’s been helping him win these battles, but that’s don’t convince Master Jarrus and he took it off. Augh my gosh it killed me when Ezra said those hurtful words. I about cried. Kanan tried to reset the balance, but instead, both master and padawan upset the balance even further than before. OK brb I really am crying now. So off Ezra goes with Sabine, Zeb, Chopper, Rex, and Hondo, and then back goes Kanan to his meditating spot.
While things go well for the Phantom team as they get in some hot water with the Mining Guild, Kanan finally decides to follow this voice calling him. Using one of the sensor-poles to ward off the crabspiders, we watch him venture deeper and deeper into the corallike forest. The Force leads him right to the feet of a massive mystical beast who is equal parts awe-inspiring and frightening. And judging by his kind wise voice, apparently a really nice guy. At least we hope so…
Oh yeah and did I mention the whole kerfuffle with the Mining Guild? Yeesh give a guy a custom TIE and suddenly they gotta shoot at evrahbody! It didn’t last too long but it’s worth mentioning as Ezra insists they do away with the rest of them Guilders and everybody else be like “NOPE”. Take a chill pill Ez mkay?
Of course we have to take a paragraph to meet our new friend the Bendu. Neither of the light or the dark, but very aware of both, he instantly picks up on all this imbalancedness going on right now. (See my surtitle really does work!) Also random thought I love that all the little bogan crabs followed Kanan here. Another random thought I love that all the critters don’t seem to mind the Bendu, not even the little birdie perched on his… face… branch… thing. You know what I mean. Kanan is obviously quite concerned about Ezra using this Sith holocron, but Bendu cuts right to the chase — we’re here to talk about what’s going on with Kanan right now, not his apprentice. First thing he’s gonna do is snap that sensor-pole in two. Now Kanan is obviously quite concerned about the deadly crabspiders out there, and the fact he can’t see them to properly defend himself. Bendu’s ready to help him solve his sight problem, but in perhaps a different way than the young Jedi might expect. Regardless of his uncertainties, Kanan’s willing to learn to see. OK so I know I’m not the only one who felt like their galaxy was turned upside down the instant Maul took his vision. The sudden tragedy of it all saddened me, and that’s an understatement. But after many deep thoughts and close observations made while writing the Transmission post on the episode, I began to truly see not the tragedy so much as the triumph as Kanan fought back, stronger than before. So in the months away from the Rebs, I came to a peace with it and maybe allowed myself to forget somewhat how it’d happened, or at least put it out of my mind. But then the instant he took off the mask… and I saw the scar… and his eyes, now a faded blue… my own eyes had tears again. But yet, it’s in this re-reminder of the pain he’d been through that I saw the hope again. AUGHHH THE FEELS.
Wow there are a lot of deep thoughts in this post today. I need a break. But that’s impossible because I’m writing about SW and there will always be deep thoughts there. Like Thrawn, for example. Ah yes the guy I’ve heard so so much about! The Chiss of the hour! Grand Admiral Thrawn! Konstantine be like “whut since when?” and Thrawn looks kinda smug about his new position. And hey any guy with the track record he’s got has a right to be smug. As I’ve said before, I haven’t read the Thrawn Trilogy and I know that just saying that made me lose credibility in the eyes of most of my readers, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s a pretty terrifyingly amazing bad guy. And that’s an understatement. Bro gives me chills. I mean, if Pryce’s stare could kill somebody, Thrawn’s could burn a planet to it core. And did I mention that voice? More chills. I have no words to adequately or articulately (or artistically) truly describe his presence. But it is amazing, even for me, as someone whose only experience with the Chiss was in a young readers’ series written by Ryder Windham. His bloodred eyes have pierced my soul. And probably will go on to haunt my dreams, I’m certain.
We reunite with the Phantom team as they arrive at Recklam Station… and to the sight of only fourteen beautiful old Y-wings, one being destroyed every minute. Ezra decides they’re bringing home the bacon (the bacon being the Ys) and he don’t care what anyone else thinks. When he looked at Rex and said “That’s an order.” I was all “OH. NO. HE. DIDN’T.” He did not just talk back to Captain Rex! Respect he’s taking charge, but I’m thinkin’ he could use an attitude adjustment right about now. The Phantom was filled with the sound of awkward silence, and much awkwarder than before. Buuuut his crew don’t argue with him. They just begrudgingly carry on with the new mission. Even when that mission sends them straight into the path of dismantler droids. NBD though that’s why we’ve got Chopper and the clone Bossman. Hehe hearing Rex utter the word “clankers” made me smile ear-to-ear! Of course it doesn’t go perfectly or anything. It’s only thanks to a quick fix by Chop and Sabine’s on-point driving flying skills that they didn’t crash. Ezra may be in charge but teamwork’s the only reason anybody survived today. Even Hondo helped out, using his mastery of ugnaught-speak to gain a few more allies! Seriously let’s give Jim Cummings a big round of applause, ’cause that couldn’tve been easy to do. All they need now is to get those Y-wings fueled up and they’re good to go! What could possibly go wrong from here? Well, a few things, but let’s check in with Kanan real quick.
So right now Kanan is quite obviously concerned about the fact the Bendu’s wanting him to walk right on over to those crabspiders. Kanan does see them in a way, he can hear them, he can feel their vibrations when they walk, even knows their smell. But he didn’t quite see enough when he holds out his hand and feels their crusty, rough hide. Strangely it seems the spiders don’t intend to harm him. The Bendu encourages Kanan to dig deep into the Force, and what he sees is his own fear, and that revelation changes everything. I wish I could say I’m an expert on the Force, but honestly and truly I’m not, and I still don’t fully understand the thing with the spiders. But I do understand that Kanan can see a lot more clearly when he fully embraces the Force, instead of pushing it away. That was true before he lost his vision, and it’s especially true now. Now it’s time he embraces his crew, his family, instead of pushing them away. Because they need him as much as he needs them. Leaving the holocron in the capable hands of the Bendu, Master Jarrus walks off confidently as though he’d been able to see all along. Now, he’s gonna go find his apprentice, who he’s pretty sure could use his help right about now.
At the moment, Ezra thinks he’s got everything under control, even as the Imps and a dismantler droid take notice. Yeah no biggie Chopper just nearly DIED. And so did everyone else! Except maybe Hondo and his pig bros, they grabbed an Imperial shuttle and said their goodbyes, but that’s expected. Ezra’s tooooooootally got this as he lightsabers some storms. Hera, for one, does not buy that when he doesn’t divulge much info when she calls. But Kanan’s back in the copilot seat where he belongs, and Mom and Dad are ready to bring home the kids. And quite possibly ground the youngest one for life XP Anyway yeahhh Ezra’s got this. Completely. Unquestionably. He has no clue that Rex is wrestling with a dismanlter while Zeb and Sabine hang for dear life, but he’s still got this! /sarc/ OK sorry for being all cross with him, that’s not right of me. He may not see the bigger picture but he’s doing OK at least. Boy was Brom Titus surprised to see him. Heh yeah I kinda missed Imperial Sad Clown. And again I’m not sure why I call him that. I guess it’s the way he always looks like he’s frowning. Ezra definitely gets points for the entrance. Just struttin’ on in there. The troopers fire their blasters, but the instant he deflects it they’re both downed. All the other Imps make a break for it. Titus really likes the idea of getting back to a higher rank if he can apprehend the… boy I guess. I don’t really feel I can ever refer to him as “boy” anymore. But “young man” doesn’t even sound right… I’ll work on that. Point is, Titus no likey. But Ezra still got this. And with one slash of his green blade, he cuts the power to the entire station. Sure it’ll send the station crashing down, but he’s confident his comrades’ll be OK. And I’ll admit it was worth it just watching Brom Titus freak out. Zeb, Sabine, Rex, and Chopper are taking the Y-wings home, and all Ezra has to do is get on the Phantom and it’ll be another successful mission for Lieutenant Commander Bridger. It’s right about then that things go bad. The Empire shows up just as they find out the Y-wings are minus their hyperdrives. And as the station starts its descent… a crane slams into the Phantom… and the small beautiful ship hits the ground in a firey explosion. R.I.P. The Phantom. It will forever be missed. But yeah that means that Ezra is on a falling salvage station with no way off. I’m thinking Ezra doesn’t got this anymore. Having lost contact with his crew, he can only cry out desperately “Kanan, where are you?”. The fear in his voice pretty much wrecked me. For all of his confidence and swagger and edgy moves, he’s failed, he’s not a Kanan-level Specter One, and he realizes that as everything literally falls apart around him. But that’s about when the mini-Alliance showed up. With the former Phantom crew and their Y-wings safe from harm, now Kanan and Hera focus on getting the Lieutenant Commander back. Oh gosh this entire scene had me so on edge I’m amazed I didn’t completely explode. WILL. KANAN. REACH. EZRA. IN. TIME???? Last season, I spoke often how much I loved how in-sync Kanan and Ezra were, they way they’d so effortlessly springboard off each other’s moves and whatever the battle, they’d win it together. This entire episode, and I’m betting for a long time, they’ve been very out of balance. Until this moment, as Ezra lets go of the station and Kanan pulls him back into the safety of the Ghost. Now the mini-Alliance is finally heading back home.
Of course, that’s just what Thrawn wanted. This does not compute for Konstantine, but Pryce is confident the Grand Admiral knows what he’s doing. Also yeah Kallus been here the whole time and I’ve forgotten to say “hi”. *Waves* HI KALLUS! HOW’RE THINGS? ARE YOU A BETTER PERSON YET?? SORRY JUST ASKIN’! *Kallus shuffles away embarrassed* But anyway um yes I think we should be very concerned about Thrawn, don’t you? #Understatement
OK so though we all felt feels after that magnificent rescue, Hera was still pretty sore with the Lieutenant Commander. Not surprised somehow that he lost that title for now. Honestly, I think that might’ve been the right thing to do right now. Ezra’s not quite ready to be a Kanan-level Specter One yet. But that’s OK, he can still be a great Ezra-level Specter Six. And General Dodonna’s unit will be happy to see their new old beautiful Y-wings. Yep these are going out another branch of the Rebellion. Awwwz the mini-Alliance is doing some growing up too🙂 I’d say the whole chaotic mission was a good experience for Ezra, ’cause it brought him back to down to… um… Earth. So to speak. With a genuine apology spoken, the Sith holocron no longer an issue (for now), and the dynamic duo back in sync again, I’d say the balance has been restored. Nothing is certain, but for now, nothing feels better than watching Ezra and Kanan walk off together as master and apprentice once more🙂
AWWW YAYY REBELSSSSS!! HOW I’VE MISSED YOUUU!! Though this may’ve been the longest blog I’ve ever written, I’m super happy with how it turned out and was so glad to share my thoughts on this beautiful thrilling episode with you today! I’ll see you same time next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Following The Freemakers: The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase

Was I out of ideas for an opener? Yes, yes I was. Here at Padawanline we’re an honest bunch. And by “we’re” and “bunch”, I mean “I’m” and “person”, but it sounded better using the royal “we”. Yep this ought to be an interesting blog today! Let’s get started digging into the fast-paced excitement of The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, The Empire Strikes Out, and Freemakers episodes Peril On Kashyyyk, The Test and The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase

We reunite with the Freemakers right where we left off last episode as they finish up final repairs on the StarScavenger. With a new Kyber Saber fragment in hand and their ship “purring like a nexu”, things are looking hopeful for the first time since yesterday’s frightening events (or however long it’s been… the amount of time that passes in SW confuses me sometimes). Then came a peppering of laserfire from Graballa’s fleet. And the Eclipse Fighter’s joined in too. Freemakers be like “HOW EVEN???” But before they know it, Naare Force-grabs the kyber crystal right out of Rowan’s hands. OH NOES WHYYYYYY. *Sigh* So much for hope. Time for the Freemakers to get the heck outta Tako-Dodge. They set their hyperspace for “anywhere” and fly off. Despite this, Naare doesn’t seem worried. And when a villain doesn’t fret over their prey getting away… it usually means they’ve got something else planned…
None of the Freemakers can figure exactly how she found them, especially when there’s no tracking device on their ship. Rowan feels terrible that, once again, he’s allowed pieces of the ultimate weapon to fall into their enemy’s hands. But Kordi surmises if they can keep at least one crystal out of Naare’s grasp, she won’t be able to reconstruct the Saber and the galaxy will be saved. So Rowan decides they’re heading to a certain water planet I’ve already forgotten the name of to grab the next crystal. To navigate the planet’s depths, Zander reveals his newest creation, the Z-Sub. Unfortunately for him, his siblings find his technological marvel to be adorable. I’d say I get Zan’s feelings on the matter, but it really is pretty darn cute :3 I know I wanna build that Lego set when it comes out! Kordi henceforth and forevermore dubs it the Bubbly Subbly. The Freemaker firstborn is not amused, buuuuut he ends up going with it anyway. To the deep blue sea! Ugh I gotta tell ya I am not good with new planet names… if it’s not readily accessible in the databanks I won’t have a clue how to spell it, if I remember it at all!😛 It is a really cool planet though. I wonder if it’s got any sentient life on it, or if it’s just a wild planet like Dagobah. It certainly does have life on it though, as it seems a massive anglerfish-like beast is using the Saber fragment as a light source. I’m guessing that the ancient Jedi probably didn’t hide it there. The fish probably found the crystal and took it for itself later on. The idea of a creature that uses found objects for their lures is seriously cool. Even though yeah it’s causing some major problems for our heroes today. The fish gives chase for a while until the Freemakers realize their now-broken light was competing with his lure. Once Rowan repairs it with the Force, the creature and the sub make a trade and go on their merry ways. Success! But then… NAARE?? AGAIN?? With the Fighter tethered to the sub, their best move is to head back underwater. The Agent’s ship was built for the stars, not the sea, which works well in the Freemaker’s favor as the Eclipse Fighter’s controls get fried. Zander made a spectacular move as he shot the sub back into the StarScavenger, but unfortunately, though the Fighter couldn’t fly, Naare still swiftly takes the new crystal for her own. Kordi insists Roger get get them into hyperspace now… while they’re still on the planet. What happens is magnificent. The force of the lightspeed jump causes the waters to rise in a massive wave. And Naare and her spacecraft are caught right in it. Truly MAGNIFICENT. But the score remains Naare: 2. Freemakers: 0. And Naare is well-aware of this. She’s usually so… well, short-tempered, to put it mildly. I’m seriously impressed with how chill she’s been today. But honestly she’s even scarier when she’s chill than when she’s full-blown enraged. Also the thing with Graballa and Dengar. It seems Vader’s not the only one to show up late for his dramatic entrance😄
Ooh finally a new paragraph! So the Freemaker’s next stop is Naboo. Beautiful, peaceful, well-populated-enough-to-help-them-lay-low Naboo! Unfortunately it’s also the Naboo that’s home to the new Palapatine Museum. OMG THIS CONCEPT. IT IS PERFECT. AND MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. Why wouldn’t the Emperor have a whole educational building dedicated to his greatness on his homeworld? Of all the places to hide a Kyber Saber crystal though…! Also Wic Cooper, “Palpatine’s biggest fan“, literally cuts in line to get the most expensive tour they’ve got. And this is a museum dedicated to Darth Sidious. Cooper you have no clue how messed-up this all is. Anyway, this calls for a master plan! That’s why R0-GR’s puttin’ on his fake ‘stache. OK actually Zander’s the one with the master plan, but it does still involve the droid. Zan’s just an ordinary deliveryman with a droid for the Clone Wars exhibit! But as soon as he runs into Durpin and Plumestriker… he’s an ordinary deliveryman with a fake mustache. Oh yes I missed Durpin and Plumestriker! It’s been too long! Now they’re museum officials, and Durpin is happy just to be doin’ nothing much of anything. Plumestriker doesn’t seem to share the opinion but he is Durpin’s subordinate, so whatcha gonna do, right? But while they go about their “business” (read: playing dejarik), the Freemakers go about some business of their own. With Roger on the inside, the sibs are able to get in without a hitch. But about two seconds in Zander darts off to the gift shop. I don’t blame him I have a serious thing for museum swag. And museums in general. Were I living in their galaxy I’d probably not be as fond of the Imperial merch, but in this galaxy, all I want right now is that little AT-AT😄 Kordi and Rowan remind him to remain focused (and also that btdubs Palpatine wouldn’t bat an eyelash at killing them so why would you buy his merch?) but man… this museum is a treasure trove of beautiful distractions. Roger goes off to talk to some old (deactivated) friends, Zander can’t resist the allure of the vintage starships… even Kordi isn’t immune when she eyes all the pretty Queen Amidala dresses! That made me laugh so hard, because honestly I’m just like her in that way. Most of the time, I’ll dress casually and chill livin’ my average-American life, but I do love to dress up and act fancy from time to time😄 Who knew financially-attuned Kordi would have such rich tastes? Also I really like the museum covers more than just Palpatine himself, but every aspect of his devious plan, which I just realized is actually kinda sad… but at risk of me talking about Clone Wars philosophy I should just move on back to the story. I never thought I’d see the day when Rowan had more focus than the rest of his family, but that day has come. OK well he was briefly distracted by a floor buffer, but still not as long as the others. Not that things go perfectly by any means though. Rowan was startled by a Palpatine animatronic and backed into a giant Palpatine statue that knocked over the other Palpatine statues and I’m literally already tired of saying “Palpatine” in this paragraph. And then one thing led to another and there was a… small explosion. Who’s bright idea was it put fully-armed blasters and N1 starfighters on display anyway?? Plumestriker won’t let Durpin ignore that. So he presses an alarm button and from behind the doors come a whole squad of storms. Wait… were those stormtroopers standing behind the door the whole time? Just waiting for something to go wrong? That must be insanely boring. But either way, it’s time for action! Whether Durpin likes it or not! Another question: though Kordi absolutely rocked the classic Queen Amidala dress, how did she do the makeup? Did they have actual samples of the makeup on display or does she actually carry some face paint around? And how’d she do it in the dark to begin with? The world may never know, but again, it’s fun seeing the secretly-fancy side of the Freemaker Bosslady. But now they’ve got stormtroopers staring them down with the dork Imps in tow. Plumestriker recognized them and had no problem ordering his men to fire… until THE EMPEROR HIMSELF SHOWED UP. I wasn’t really freaked out though, I figured it might’ve been Rowan taking advantage of the 50% off sale on the Palpatine voice changers. He orders them to let the “generous donors” go and Durpin is happily demoted to ensign. And turns out the kyber crystal was hidden away in the Queen’s headpiece. Y’know wow that must be one ancient headpiece if that was where the Jedi had hidden it all along. Wonder if Padme or Sabe ever noticed the small sharp pain whenever they put it on? And also why the ancient Jedi thought that was a good hiding place. But either way it worked out well for the Freemakers! Oh they weren’t gonna get off that easy though… look! It’s Naare! Again! And this time with Dengar! Of course this couldn’t just be easy. Also funny Kordi and Zander and I were thinking the same thing when Roger pulled out a loaded blaster on their foes. It just seems like an all-around bad idea, man! Insurance must be steeeeeep. But then again this is Palpatine we’re talking about “I AM THE INSURANCE!”😄 Naare faces Rowan head-on this time, clearly looking forward to another win. But this time, Rowan fights back and Force-grabs it himself. Oooh Force fights are always fascinating to me. Who has the greater focus, who has the stronger ability? Unfortunately (also getting kinda tired of saying that), Naare gets into his head and takes it for herself. However, Rowan’s not going down without a fight, and unsheathes the red blade. OK am I the only person who really loves the imagery here? Our hero is clothed in black and fights with a red lightsaber, while our villain wears the traditional garb of a Jedi and wields a blue-blade. It’s seriously fascinating. As though an illustration that the light and dark lie in all, regardless of who we believe we are. No Sith is too far gone unless they choose to do so. Just as no Jedi is 100% pure of heart all the time. We’re human. We’re imperfect. But we always have a choice. After this episode I definitely toyed around with the wondering if Rowan might ever walk down the dark path Naare did, and if she might ever return to the light. Oh I just love talking SW philosophy! It’s so legittttt. This duel was equal parts exciting and terrifying, as we’re finally getting to see Rowan in a duel, but we’re all aware he’s not as well-trained as Naare is… and she fights dirty and mercilessly. So I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, knowing that one move and someone could be dead. Or minus a limb. And darn it all, Naare won again as she slammed Rowan’s lightsaber out of his grip, and followed that up by Force-grabbing him and throwing him into the N1. Now she approaches Rowan with two blades in hand, dragging them along the ground, surely about to end her pawn’s life, and I’m basically sick with fear at this point. “With me, you could’ve reached your destiny”. To which Rowan awesomely replies “I’m going to reach for something else.” Anyone else just realize how amazing that line is? Naare implies his destiny could’ve been with the dark, but Rowan knows he has a choice. Also it was a pun because he was about to drop the N1 on her, but it’s still amazing all the same. And like that, the starfighter explodes and sets off a chain reaction, most certainly sending everyone packing. With the museum falling down around them, it looks like the only kyber crystal they’ve got was in the blue-blade Rowan has now claimed as his own. It’s only when they’re aboard the StarScavenger once more they find out exactly how it is she knew their every move… Roger’s pack O.O *SHOCKING TWIST*
Turns out Naare actually somehow survived the wreckage. I was relieved in some ways because she’s an awesome villain and I didn’t really want her dead yet if she was going to die at all, but I was also kinda freaked out because… well, she’s a villain. And she’s only a a centimeter away from reconstructing a handheld superweapon. Though as Graballa suggests, she gonna have to do some explainin’ to her boss regarding all this property damage… but that’s not important right now. The Imperial Agent’s quest is almost complete. Everything that happens in the next few episodes will determine the very fate of the galaxy. *OMINOUS ENDING AGAIN*
Oh wow oh wow what an episode! So great I kinda messed it up at the end. I do regret to say this’ll be the last Following The Freemakers post for a while, since we’ll soon be reuniting with the Rebels. If I could I’d write about SW all day, but I can’t. But I’ll most definitely write on the next episode when I can. So thank you for joining me and let’s get hyped for SWR Season 3!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight