Rebel Transmissions: Rebel Resolve

And hereeeeee come all da feels again! Yup this week’s Rebel Transmission, the second-to-last for the season, brings every known kind of feels to the table. So much so I’m absolutely mindlessly rambling right now… so less talky more bloggy! Let’s dig into the incredibly deepsauce episode that is Rebel Resolve!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from TCW episode Duel Of The Droids, Rebels episodes Droids In Distress, Out Of Darkness, Call To Action, and Rebel Resolve

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It was a normal day on Lothal… and then the Stormtroopers came to town. With a walker in tow. And they’re looking for a few certain someones… five rebels, to be precise. What they didn’t know was that they were lookin’ in “Alderaan” places… because up on the rooftops on both sides, a Lasat, a street kid, a young Mando, and an old C1-10P lie in wait. Within moments, Zeb and Ezra make their move and leap on top of the walker. One ‘trooper gets a lift from Zeb and the one at the wheel gets a ‘saber-blast from Ezra. I just adore how smoothly Ezra pulled off that last bit X3 Of course, minus a driver, the walker stumbles about the streets as Zeb and Sabine start pulling out the guns. In the midst of the fireblazing, Chopper flies on over to the walker to play his part in the kids’ plans. The gang’s hoping Chopper will be able to find the prisoner logs, and hopefully in turn, find Kanan. While Chopper works on that, Ezra struggles to get the driver out of the seat. And once that’s out of the way, Zeb grabs the guy and throws him right down on top of another ‘trooper. Yup this… this is totally normal XD Once Ezra gets control of the walker, Sabine joins in on the action. Turns out though that Chopper might not’ve found the info they were looking for. Aw *facepalm*. But then bigger problems… a couple other walkers have joined the party and are, as you might have guessed, shooting at them. Sabine radios back to the Ghost, throwing in the towel on this game plan. Sabine voices her concern that they may be too late as it is… but Ezra solidly knows his master’s still alive.
And indeed he is… for now. Kanan is currently strapped down for a couple of Imperials, Kallus and Tarkin, who want answers. First thing finding out whether or not Kanan is really a Jedi. Even in the midst of this horrific situation, Master Jarrus still throws out a little witticism. SO. STINKIN’. BRAVE.
Back on the walker, the four are doing their best to fend off the Imperials. But it seems they’re just not as organized today as they could be. While I love getting to see the “kids” out on their own, you can definitely definitely tell that Kanan’s absence has affected all of them. Ezra’s trying to drive this thing, Sabine isn’t able to get good aim on them, and Zeb’s struggling to hold his own up top. It really makes you realize just how pivotal Kanan is to the team. Remember in the last episode how flawlessly things went at the beginning when they were caught in a speeder chase? Kanan kept ‘em moving like a well-oiled machine. Really, you can look at any episode just about and realize what an impact Master Jarrus made as leader, and then imagine what would’ve happened if they didn’t have him around. I know we all have nothing but mad love and respect for him, but it’s easy to forget why. And this episode has definitely reminded us as to why. Especially as Zeb nearly slips off the walker and blocks off the tiny window (anyone else wondering how the heck Imperials see out of that thing? On top of the fact they’re wearing these darkened-visor helmets?). But with Hera coming in soon, the threesome climb back on top. They get on board fine, but they might’ve left Chopper behind, who appears determined to find Kanan’s whereabouts. Zeb just barely grabs the droid and gets outta there before the walker is blown to bits. On the bright side, the damaged walker runs right into a functioning one and topples it over. I can’t be the only one wondering why the Empire thought something heavy on top of a couple thin legs was the best idea. But yeah not too good a day for our Specters.
Later on, the Ghost out of harm’s way, we find Hera talking with… omergosh FULCRUM! OK so back on Out Of Darkness when we first “met” Fulcrum, I didn’t really think too much on who the guy was. But then I may have happened upon a theory that Fulcrum was Ahsoka Tano… I wasn’t totally sure myself, but this person really made some good points that got me thinking. But the instant I heard Fulcrum talking this episode… I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is Ahsoka! I know that voice, warped and altered as it may be! I’ve known her voice since ’08 when all the TCW movie TV spots came on over and over again, and I absolutely have no trouble picking up the way she talks. Granted, it could turn out to be any of my other possible theories, like Echo or Ventress or Kea Moll’s mom (ha I wish), but I can’t imagine it really being anyone but Padawan Tano. Sooo fangirl freaking out aside, Fulcrum’s being honest and just giving it to Hera plain-and-straight that they can’t go after Kanan anymore. Hera really doesn’t want to and can’t bring herself to give up, but Fulcrum believes that they can’t risk their overall mission for one life. And on top of that, apparently nearly the whole Empire’s heard Ezra’s transmission, meaning now nearly the whole Empire knows these Rebels are out there. Fulcrum recommends getting out of sight and into hiding ASAP if they want things to go as they should. Hera doesn’t want to agree with all this… but she knows what she’s gotta do. Augh my heart hurts for Hera so mushh this episode… it’s easy to talk about making sacrifices, about making a difference and helping others at their own risk, but when you actually have to do it, you’re reminded why it’s so hard. This is Kanan people. Her friend since practically the beginning! I may not’ve read A New Dawn yet and I don’t know what conspired entirely when they met but I know these two are inseparable now. Wherever their actual relationship stands, they are this family’s mom and dad, and one without the other doesn’t work. And now… she’s got to let him go. Excuse me while I go cry. Fulcrum you better know what you’re doing man… er… girl(?).
In the main room, Ezra, Sabine, and Zeb were still attempting to piece together Kanan’s location. Sabine and Zeb can only assume the worst, but Ezra just knows he’s alive and he’s somewhere out there. And then Hera comes in, giving them the bad news. Ezra is dumbfounded as to why Kanan evidently isn’t worth going after. And Hera’s trying her best to explain why they can’t without letting in on the whole huge thing going on. Their conversation/argument here is absolutely so raw, so real… seeing Ezra bent and determined to save Kanan and Hera wanting that as much as he does, but not able to do it. I can’t begin to imagine what it’d be like in this situation, it’s either save one or save them all. And even if you know that one would want you to save them all, even at his own expense, it doesn’t make it any less difficult. Ezra is definitely having a hard time grasping this. And understandably so, as this isn’t the first time he’s lost someone. He walks off in a huff, just done with this conversation.
Going into Kanan’s quarters, who would he find there but Chopper! And while it seems Chopper would rather deny it… the little droid clearly misses Kanan. I always knew Chopper had a soul :) It’s sweet as, in his attempt to leave, Ezra sorta ends up giving Chop a hug. And you know, an interesting thing to think about is, on the first character introduction video for Chopper back in the day, it was implied that the Rebels put him together. Sooo there’s a chance that not only is Kanan his master, but also his maker. Wow. I don’t blame you Chop… I may or may not really want to hug him right now, too… but anyway, Ezra knows what’ll cheer him up: a new plan.
And the plan is in motion. Cleverly, Ezra is able to get Sabine and Zeb out of the cockpit and into the Phantom, leaving Chopper in their place. And Chopper “accidentally” messes with the internal com, “accidentally” making it impossible for Hera to hear the Phantom departing. And once said ship has left the station, Chopper fixes it. But while the plan was pretty clever and flawless… you can tell Hera suspects something. She is not so easily convinced Chop would make a stupid move like that (Where were you back in the Clone Wars during the whole “Goldie” debacle?? She could’ve figured it out before anyone else!)
So as for Kanan… yeah I don’t think he was having the best of days. Kallus and Tarkin did all the torturing they could do, and Kanan’d remained resilient (For the record I’m really glad they didn’t show us how that droid-thing works… yeesh…). So they brought in The Inquisitor… and he knows a thing or two about torture. He seems to be using his own variety of mind trickery here, which is kinda crazy because I always wondered if darksiders could do mind tricks like the Jedi. Either way, whatever he’s doing, it’s definitely hurting Kanan. However, Master Jarrus still doesn’t break, and all he gives the ‘Quiz is the obvious: “I see you… growing more… and more… frustrated.” ZING! Quizzy is not amused. And oh right they’re might’ve been some… electric prods nearby… and Tarkin and The Inquisitor just stand and watch as they torture him once more. Again: NUUUUUUU KANAN WHYYYYYY!! ;A;
So as for our Rebels’ plan, it lead them to indeed their last resort — Vizago. Long time no see! When was the last time…? Oh yeah when you TOTALLY DITCHED US AND LEFT US AT THE MERCY OF THE ANGRY IMPERIALS AND EVEN THOUGH THE BATTLE WAS INEVITABLE YOU COULD’VE STOOD TO HANG AROUND AND HELP!! DID I MENTION ZEB NEARLY DIED? LIKE SERIOUSLY BRO…! Yeah I said it. Someone’s gotta chew this guy out, right? But there will be no chewing out today on part of the Rebels; Ezra knows he just might be able to help them. Vizago isn’t real fond of helping them out though, since their rebelling around made the Empire more of a threat to his business. But Ezra happens to know something that might make their goat-man friend a bit more willing. Despite Zeb and Sabine’s feelings on this plan… Ezra goes and lets the tooka out of the bag: Kanan — and himself — are Jedi. Vizago laughs it off until, of course, the floating crate. Young Bridger makes a deal that if Vizago helps them, the Jedi’ll owe him a favor. Yep this won’t come back to bite them later, now will it? Not to mention he could easily sell them out instead of getting them to do stuff for him. If Kanan makes it outta this one, he’s gonna be real thrilled to find out his rescue came with a catch. As Ezra goes to talk things over with Cikatro, Zeb’s “Oh we are so toast” expression says it all.
So aboard Vizago’s ship, they seal the deal with a bow. I love how confused Ezra is at first… “So… you want me to make your hair grow back? Jedi can do a lot of stuff but I don’t think I do much about that.” XD But all the formalities aside, Vizago happens to know something very helpful… since the loss of their tower, the Empire’s been using droid couriers to carry and transfer information. No saying they could find exactly what they’re looking for, but it’s their best shot. Now if only they weren’t currently indebted to a guy who would sell his mother to Jawas. Aside from that, it looks like our threesome’s gonna get away scot-freERMAGOSH HERA?!?! Uh-oh. They most definitely are toast.
Needless to say Hera’s really really not happy right now. Really really really really really really not happy. Part of their huge secret’s out and in the hands of one of the most scummy and villainous of all of Lothal’s scum and villainy. And just for a “maybe”, just for a tiny fraction of a possibility that they might be able to find Kanan. Chopper, watching this go down, makes a noise so obvious that he might as well as’ve spoken basic: “Uh-oh somebody’s in trouuuuubllllle…”. But while Hera’s mad… she can’t deny she wants this fraction of a possibility as much as these kids do. They might be risking it all, but it’s worthwhile risk as far as this team’s concerned. Onto their next mission! I’m sure Fulcrum will be doing some facepalming of his own when he gets wind of this mess “why do I even bother…?” :P
So the plan is simple: to replace the next courier droid with Chopper. You’d think Chop would be willing to do whatever it takes to save his friend, but he really isn’t fond of this plan. He finally consents, but not without quite the groaning sigh.
Meanwhile, back to the Imperials, Tarkin and The Inquisitor had to pull the plug on their torturing if they wanted to keep their captive alive. I do find it funny that when Tarkin used the term “…like the Jedi of old” he basically just outed himself to be old too X) Anyhow, Tarkin don’t give up so easily, and he decides they need to take Jarrus somewhere where he’ll spill for sure. And since we all know where that is… *shudders*.
It was a normal evening on Lothal… and then the Rebels came to town. Sabine with blasters and Zeb with his buckethead-smashing skillz. Those ‘troopers didn’t stand a chance, and now this nervous-looking little Imperial ‘mech is in their hands. Now Chopper, rockin’ a red and black dome, sets out in the astromech’s place. And the Stormtroopers don’t notice a thing. Before you know it, Chop’s gone from Imperial Shuttle to Star Destroyer, and the Ghost is right behind them. GO CHOPPER GO!
Things go pretty well in step one, Chopper easily gets what he came for and the Imperials only think he’s malfunctioning. The Imperials don’t get too far though ’cause along comes the Ghost, firing its lasers and comin’ at that Destroyer at full speed! The crew takes a few hits as well, but thankfully, they have a little help from our nervous little ‘mech, who helps put out the small fire without question. For future reference, I’m calling this adorable unit “Imp”, short for Imperial. Just ’cause I want to :) Anyway, Chopper’s good at getting around unseen, and makes a quick escape out the Star Destroyer’s airlock. Man, you are one brave droid, Chop… just gonna go and meet back up with the crew while floating in space! You can tell he was pretty glad to be back on solid ground again, though. He does a little victory dance for his awesomeness, and then he meets Imp. It seems whatever conversation those two had didn’t make Chopper too happy. Zeb has taken a liking to this helpful little droid and decides the crew should keep him. Buuuuuuut Chopper’s determined to keep this a one-mech-household and curtly shoves Imp off the ship. REALLY CHOPPER?! Aw and just when we were starting to like the idea of having our own quirky droid duo! Zeb and Ezra’s expressions of shock are priceless XD Imp seems to be OK though… he landed in a field, surrounded by wild tookas. Of course, this could go either way, since tookas can sometimes be friendly and sometimes be nasty. Either way, may the Force be with you, Imp! We’ll be searching endlessly for you in the background in the original trilogy, hoping you made it somewhere with our Rebs! :D
Back on board, Hera lets Ezra know how proud she is of his leadership out there and we’re all like “awwww!!” but then… Sabine finds out exactly where Kanan’s headed. Mustafar. And if we needed any further reason to be freaked out, Hera recounts what Kanan told her about that planet… that it’s “where Jedi go to die”… no emoticon accurately captures the absolute fear and distress I feel right now. But no matter what, the Ghost crew’s not leaving their friend/copilot/master/surrogate dad behind. Not without a fight. Not even in a situation as grave as this. And now I’m not sure I’ll be able to breathe again until next week. So until the final chapter of season one…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Call To Action

Hello SW fans out there! Apologies for not having done this Transmission sooner… last week was a bit busier than I anticipated, but thankfully, the Specters had this week off, so I wouldn’t have to worry about doing two in one week. Anyhow, let’s get to Tarkin talkin’ about the amazingly powerful episode that is Call To Action!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, TCW story arcs “The Citadel” and “The Wrong Jedi”, Rebels episodes Empire Day, Vision Of Hope, Call To Action.

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So it’s literally a second into the episode and my mind’s already blown… that gorgeous matte painting of the Imperial Lothal skyline! No words can adequately describe it! But yeah it’s not just there to look pretty, it’s there because there happens to be a Star Destroyer on its way… with someone pretty important on board. Someone important enough that three of our chief baddies, The ‘Quiz, Kallus, and Minister Tua, are here to greet him. Only one person could deserve such an arrival, with the epic ship, a mile’s worth of Stormtroopers, the three amigos, and the Imperial March all at once… Governor Tarkin! Yup, that guy. One of the most calculating, nasty, and frightening villains to ever have graced the Star Wars galaxy! Maketh tries to give him a proper greeting, but Tarkin is not impressed. “YOU HAD ONE JOB, TUA… ONE JOB!” is one way to put it. That job was to keep the Imperials and the planet itself safe, and he’s evidently gotten wind of a bunch of ragtag rebels messing around. Sooo understandably he’s not happy. He literally renders the Minister speechless. Which is saying something ’cause when she gets worked up about something she knows how to speak her mind! Half-expected her to live the stereotype and faint… I know I would’ve! Then the Governor turns to Agent Kallus. Nothing can rock that rock-solid commanding sideburns, right? Right? As soon as Tarkin starts chewing him out for all the rebels he’s let slip out of his grasp, Kallus has this glimmer of uncertainty in his eyes. He’s all “But, but, sir! It’s not like I’m not trying here!!”. I could totally see Kallus going to his office after this and having a good cry XD Maketh leaps in then “Well, hey, it’s not his fault these insurgents are led by some punk Jedi!”. And with that, Tarkin turns his disapproving eyes to The Inquisitor. ‘Quiz looks like he’s having one heck of a time trying to not let on how badly he wants to lightsaber the crud out of his superior. Tarkin, of course, doesn’t believe worth diddly that any Jedi are left. He don’t wanna hear no excuses about that! He knows Jedi and he would know if there were any still alive! And he talks all about this, giving what could only be called a death glare. The Governor don’t play. Man alive, this episode just made Tarkin all the scarier now. Having seen him in his exploits in TCW to his days in the Death Star, he’s always been all kinds of intimidating. But the episode lets us see him in a really creepy light that quite literally gave me the shivers. I don’t blame ‘em if indeed Maketh fainted, Kallus shed some tears, and ‘Quizzy vented all his anger on a Tarkin hologram. Anyone who can shake these unshakable bad guys has to be terrifying, and Tarkin is definitely that, in a way that differs from any other SW nasty, that simultaneously makes him pretty awesome all the same.
On the other side of town, Ezra and the gang were caught in a speederbike chase with some ‘troopers. Just another day in the life, right? Kanan knows how to get the bucketheads off their tail as they take a shortcut through town. Sabine takes a detour of her own that doesn’t end well for one such ‘trooper, and our resident Jedi have no problem knocking another off his speeder. One Stormtrooper seems to think he’s got this, but well, tell that to Ezra’s blaster-saber. Victory for todayyy! Our heroes head on back to the Ghost with no further complications.
On board, the three catch Hera, Zeb, and Chopper watching “The New Gall Trayvis Hour”, as the so-called senator-in-exile recommits himself to the Empire, and shrugging off the Rebs as a bunch of insurgents who twisted his “peaceful” message. Oh, and offering a handful of credits for the first to nab ‘em. No surprise our gang’s not happy about this. Ezra puts it well when he says “Every time we win, we lose”. But Master Jarrus has other plans… plans to hijack an Imperial broadcast tower and send out their own “Rebel Transmissions” to the Outer Rim. They’re gonna get some honesty and hope on the air for all who hear it! Ezra’s not totally sure how it’s going to work, but he’s in fo’ sho!
I’m pretty sure Aresko and Grint, AKA Jerk Imperials #1 & #2, weren’t expecting anything out of this meeting with Tarkin and the “amigos”… but things start going downhill for ‘em pretty fast. Tarkin, as usual, cuts to the chase and asks them how they’re doing with these rebels. Which of course they’re not doing that good. Most of the conversation that they have seems to be mostly Tarkin thinking out loud, figuring out why these particular rebs do what they do. Buuut he turns that discussion back onto #1 & #2 pretty quickly, instead of pointing to the rebels, he points to the twosome who let them get away. Tarkin knows that long-term, the lasting effect of the Ghost crew is hope, and he don’t like that (Yeah you and President Snow would get along real well, you know that? But if that team-up ever happened we’d be dead. Sorry, obscure reference for Hunger Games fans). Because if folks start believing in something beyond the Empire… well, you know. And then we realize why exactly it is The Inquisitor is standing right behind Aresko and Grint… wow… I don’t know about you, but I audibly gasped. Even Kallus and Maketh are shocked at this move. I literally went and looked up their names, ’cause I don’t think I’ll ever be able to call them “Jerk Imperials” again… they deserve more respect than that, even with all the crud they’ve given our gang since day one. Tarkin definitely don’t play. And thus, Tarkin sends Kallus to go get out some probe droids, ’cause this little rebellion’s ending here and now.
We catch up with our heroes as Kanan, Ezra, and Sabine overlook the Imperial communication tower. With ‘troopers at all ends, Sabine’s having trouble figuring out exactly how they’re going to get their plan in motion. So right now, it’s all “ifs”; if they can get inside, if they can plant that data spike. And then another problem rears its ugly head… a transport zooms on by and drops off a probe droid! Oh joy! The rebs have an advantage for the moment, as they’re above the probe’s line of vision. But they can’t hang out up there forever… and their bikes happen to be in the probe’s line of vision. But Ezra’s got this; he reaches out with the Force and gets some help from a furry friend. And before the probe droid can spot their speederbikes, a wild tooka leaps on top of it! (Aren’t you proud of me for spelling that right?!) Needless to say, the tooka makes toast out of that thing fast. And the Empire has no clue that anyone destroyed the thing on purpose. Ezra majorly wins here and our heroes are able to make a dash for it. But what they don’t know is that the probe was working just the slightest… and it caught our Specters on camera.
It doesn’t take long for Kallus to show this to the Gov’. But Tarkin decides to not jump in immediately, to allow the rebels to think they have the upper hand. Kallus is all “Um okayyyy…?”. Hehe I’m guessing the Agent here’s not liking not being in charge this time around. And to leave on an ominous note, Tarkin’s assigning ‘Quiz to the task of capturing the Jedi-in-charge. He may have to bring him back alive, but don’t think for a minute it wasn’t chilling all the same.
Meanwhile, the Ghost crew was finishing off their little broadcaster and got Chopper loaded up with the data transmitter spike. It looks like they’re good to go — if all goes according to plan. And it seems Ezra’s having some doubts. His parents did broadcasts of their own, and he ended up losing them, and he can’t help but fear for his surrogate family now. Kanan tells him that making sacrifices is inevitable; they’ve had their share of losses and they’re going to have more before they achieve ultimate victory. It’s not easy for Ezra, and Kanan admits it wasn’t something he really understood prior to now either. But whatever comes, they’re in this together, and they can’t turn away just because of fear of what could happen. Guhhhh knowing how this ends I can’t not be moved right now…
Before they know it, the plan is in motion. Sabine drives in with a full tank of rhydonium and guns blazing. Zeb dives in and mans a turret, doing what he do. And Ezra, Kanan, and Chopper are making their move inside. Once at the controls, they have three minutes for Chopper to get that spike in the system. But turns out there might be a problem… in comes some Imperial aircraft… and some troop transports. The whole shebang. Right here and now. Aw crud. Sabine and Chopper’ve gotta move fast, Ezra’s gotta go and get Zeb, and I’d say on all accounts it’s time to move.
“Kanan says we need to move!” “But I like this gun!” “We’ll get you another gun!” *Zeb ducks from laserfire* “Yeah… I can get another gun…” OK sorry but that bit was hilarious XD Anywur, Ezra, Zeb, Sabine, and Chopper all met back up at the front with Kanan, but he led them on ahead to meet up with Hera while he pulled out the ‘saber. Ahh so brave!! Kanan tells Ezra he’ll be right behind him, even if the odds stacked against them seem to deny him that privilege, and Ezra knows it. But Kanan shuts the door behind the rest of his crew and faces head-on all the Imperials staring him down. Which would naturally include Agent Kallus and The Inquisitor. AND THEN KANAN SLAMS HIS LIGHTSABER INTO THE DOOR LOCK OHMYGOSH. Ezra and the gang arrive on top of the tower, and instead of finding Kanan and jumping aboard the Ghost and going on their merry way, they find what looks like a cross between a TIE fighter and a Republic Gunship loaded with ‘troopers. Is anything ever easy around here?
Down below, Kanan squares off for a brief ‘saber duel with Quizzy. The Inquisitor makes mention of his superior, who might let the crew live if Kanan surrenders. Master Jarrus turns off his weapon, but not in surrender — in the fact that here comes Hera on the Phantom, blowing the TIE-gunship to pieces. Then they go back to dueling again. And man I can’t help but shudder when The Inquisitor drives his blade through the wall right where Kanan was standing a second earlier. Doesn’t matter that he was told to bring Kanan back alive, it’s still one terrifying little battle here. And then ‘Quiz goes and Force-throws Kanan against the wall, and just as the Phantom came over to pick up the crew. Ezra, like all of us, freaks out. And then there’s blasterfire coming from all over, making it almost impossible for the Phantom to stay where it is. Kanan comlinks to the crew and insists they make a run for it. Hera refuses to leave him behind, but as the forces outside get worse… she finds she has no choice but to do as he says. And man oh man the way Hera looks when she realizes she has to do so… and the way Ezra looks when she closes the door… so many tears on my part. So many tears. NUUUUUUUU KANAN WHYYY?!!
Kanan watches from below as the Phantom flies to safety… and then watches The Inquisitor point his red blade at his throat. Next we see him, he’s cuffed and surrounded by Stormtroopers at both sides. And then Tarkin showed up, looking at least a little pleased at Kanan’s capture. But then Kallus alerted him to the fact that the rebels had taken over their communication tower. And just like that, Ezra’s voice begins to sound from every streaming source. Even as the Imperials move Kanan on board, Ezra’s message of hope, of courage is heard everywhere. People in the streets hear and are given something to genuinely think about. Something to hope for. He may not have all the experience some fancy-pants senator-in-exile might have, but Ezra is an absolute natural, surely doing his parents proud. I just… wow… can’t even…! FEELS. Even as the Imperials destroy the tower, Young Bridger’s words ring strong and true. And that is something that not even the Empire can destroy. No massive weapons, no battle stations, no red ‘sabers, no nothing can destroy hope. And Star Wars proves that time and time again, no matter the hard times, no matter the hurt, no matter the losses. NO MATTER WHAT.
Well nuts now I can’t top that can I? I think I oughta end the post now so I can end on that note best I can. But yeah… it’s far from over… you don’t mess with the Ghost crew, no sir. So yes, stand strong, stand together, and speak life. That is all. Now I need to go and recover from all these feels. Oh who am I kidding? Like I can do that!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Vision Of Hope

This is Star Wars Fan Blogger Twilight, and I bring you more positive discussion and fangirly craziness the haters don’t want you to hear. And you’re reading Rebel Transmissions. Ahh sorry couldn’t resist! Felt appropriate to open up today’s post on Vision Of Hope. And don’t worry, I can promise you that I’m for real :) Whoaa uh that might’ve been a spoiler! If you haven’t seen the episode yet go watch and now and forget you read that last line! Le apologies. Anyway, let’s get to it!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode III, Episode V, Episode VI, the Clone Wars Microseries, Menace Of The Sith, TCW episode The Wrong Jedi, and Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Rise Of The Old Masters, Breaking Ranks, Path Of The Jedi, and Vision Of Hope.

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It started out an ordinary day for our crew. Ezra was getting to do some lightsaber training today, with Zeb, Chopper, and Sabine providing some firepower for him to practice deflecting. Kanan encourages Ezra to work harder on aiming the blasterfire at the target, but it’s not too easy. Deflecting blasterfire and stuff is something the Jedi do all the time, and they make it look so easy, so I guess it had never occurred to me that it might be a tricky thing to learn how to do. Ezra definitely shows us what Jedi training is like from a layman’s perspective, which is nice for those of us who like to dream and pretend we’re Jedi ourselves. But Ezra is confident he’ll nail that target; “‘Yet’, the key word is ‘yet'” :) Man I wish I had that kind of confidence in my abilities some days. Kanan just facepalms XD
Stopping the practice, he asks Ezra what his rush is. And it happens to be that Young Bridger is excited to hear from everyone’s favorite rebel senator, Gall Trayvis, and he just knows that he’ll be on today. But Kanan simply reminds him to keep his focus in the here and now where it belongs. I could just hear Ezra say “Y’know, that guide I met in the temple told me to be mindful of the future…” and then Master Jarrus would throw out “Yeah but not at the expense of the moment. Especially when you’re being shot at.” hehe somebody stop me! Anyway, returning to training, amidst the fire coming from all ends, Ezra starts hearing voices… and it goes from there and becomes a full-fledged vision. In the snippets, we get the idea that our Rebels’ day won’t stay ordinary, and it appears to involve a whole lot of running from Imperials, and apparently… Gall Trayvis on the run with them? And if Ezra needed any other reason to be majorly intrigued by what he saw, he catches the Senator saying “…your parents were very brave”! When he comes to, forget that he creamed the target in his trance, he’s got some major news regarding his favorite personality… and the mystery surrounding his folks. Kanan doesn’t really seem to buy into this vision as truth. And understandably… we know that these visions Jedi get have a tendency to be half-wrong a good bit (See: Luke, whose was kinda off, and Anakin, whose was only made true when he freaked out over it). Not to mention the whole idea of the gang running around with everyone’s hero, who just so happens to have known Ezra’s parents, must sound a bit like wishful thinking to the others. But Ezra isn’t about to deny what he saw, and the potential of what it could mean for him. And just then, right on cue, Hera lets the gang know that Senator Trayvis is on the holonet. Don’t think I’ve ever seen Ezra so excited as he dashed into the Ghost, knocking into Zeb in his hurry. Sorry but that subtle gag made me laugh for like five minutes straight XD
It’s definitely interesting seeing just what a big deal Gall Trayvis is to these guys. I mean, these guys gather around the holonet like a family watching The Wonderful World Of Disney! It’s of course not the first time we’ve seen Trayvis on-air, but it’s the first time we’ve sort of gotten a glimpse of the enthusiasm our rebels share for this guy, in particular for Hera and Ezra. As Trayvis eloquently roots on the rebels, he seems to have slipped in a subtle message for the Ghost crew. It looks like the Senator wants to meet the crew! Hera and Ezra deduce it to be at the old senate building at sunset today. Kanan and Zeb are a bit skeptical, but the captain and padawan have an answer for every question they have. But taking into account that the Empire could still be up to something, Hera sends Ezra out to meet up with his friend on the inside to find out if there’s any funny business going on. Before heading out, Kanan tries to talk to Ezra and help him understand to not be too quick to trust his vision to the letter. But Ezra feels beyond a shadow of a doubt that what he saw is true. It’s got to be difficult to be told to trust your feelings, and then have those feelings be called into question. Like say, Ezra’s in an interesting situation, as he’s being raised in the Jedi ways at fifteen, giving him a definite layman’s approach to the Force. And this can be both a good thing and a bad thing. But for now, Ezra goes off to meet up with his friend — the awesome Zare Leonis!
Yeah needless to say I was thrilled to see Zare again. And quite thrilled to know he’s still alive. Seriously I need to read those books!! Uh anyway, so Ezra meets up with Cadet Leonis in a backalley. And Zare’s happy to bring some news, especially now that he’s been recently promoted and can access even more dirt on the Empire that’d be useful to “Dev” and his comrades. Zare relays that a good bunch of the Imperials are planning something at the old senate building, and that’s not good. Ezra believes now that Gall Trayvis might be walking into a trap. Before parting, Zare lets him know that he’s being transferred off-world, so it might be a while before they see each other again. Ezra, in turn was just about to give Zare his real name, but then along come some Stormtroopers and that conversation ended. But it makes you wonder, doesn’t it? I mean, the fact that Ezra didn’t get to tell him… makes me wonder if Zare might be further connected to Ezra’s path than we know. Maybe their families were friends? It may not’ve meant anything, but I can’t help but wonder. But suddenly it hits Ezra… he’s surrounded by ‘troopers at all ends in a backalley… and it looks awfully familiar… because he saw it in his vision. But all familiarity aside, Young Bridger’s forced to make a run for it. The ‘troopers give chase for a bit before Ezra’s agility and blaster-saber aid in his escape.
In that very senate building sits Agent Kallus, intently studying over his plans. Imperial Senator Maketh, as usual, is pretty skeptical of whatever he’s got up his sleeve. But Kallus is looking awfully smug about this one… he’s tired of The Quiz’s focus on just the Jedi, so he’s aiming to nab the whole Rebel gang — Jedi and all. To quote a great Mon Calamari admiral, “IT’S A TRAP!”.
Ezra finally returns to their rendevouz point at the Bridger household, only to find just about everyone downstairs talking about how awesome his parents were. Understood as they are awesome, but wow much awkward for Ezra here. Once that awkwardness clears out, Ezra tells the crew about the Empire’s plans, so it looks like our little gang’s got a rescue mission to attend to.
So there the crew was, crouching on the outskirts of the senate building, surveying for any sign of Trayvis or Imperials. Sabine spots the ship the senator must’ve come in, and Kanan spots the ‘troopers stalking around down below. Now before our heroes go rushing off to save Trayvis, Hera does query as to why the Empire hasn’t gone after the senator yet. Kanan rolls that off as being a trap for the crew, which considering the thing we saw with Kallus, it makes complete sense. Yet, looking back, Hera’s quandry makes a lot of sense, unfortunately. But I’ll save all my kicking myself over not having seen it coming for later, for now, our rebels are putting together a plan, and Ezra decides the next step of said plan is going to involve a little shortcut… to the Lothal sewer systems. Oh joy.
After Chopper has a brief “discussion” with an Imperial ‘mech guarding the sewers, the rest of the crew moves in. As you might expect, not everyone is a fan of this plan. But Ezra knows his way around, and quite frankly the smell beats stormtrooper trouble any day. But hey, the Rebs got off easy… at least the sewers weren’t full and they didn’t have to swim in it like Obi-Wan and Anakin once did! And ermagosh this moment… “It does smell like you…” “Wait. You know what I smell like?” :lol: :lol: But their trip underground doesn’t last long, ’cause soon our heroes find themselves back on the move on the senate building premises. With Zeb and Sabine up a level and Kanan, Hera, and Ezra going inside, what could go wrong? Anddddd I jinxed it. Kinda. OK not really but you know how this ends…
So the threesome find Senator Trayvis pretty quickly. Just sittin’ with his droids up front like nothing’s weird. Hera and Ezra warn him of the danger he’s in and he’s all like “Whoa whut??”. Yeah I hate that I didn’t see all this coming to begin with, but Gall’s a pretty amazing actor and I totally bought everything he said. And to think I was genuinely worried about him, the punk! (Sorry that last part was uncalled for. Forgive me.) But on cue come the ‘troopers and their little Agent too, making quick work of Trayvis’ protocol droids. And with all their numbers, it’s uncertain whether Kanan’s blade, Ezra’s blaster-blade, and Hera’s blaster can save the senator… and their own lives. Kallus gives some friendly “hellos” to the crew (fondly throwing out Ezra’s self-titled nickname “Jabba” hehe), and then asks his soldiers if they could help “encourage” the gang into conversing with him. Trayvis is like “Yeah let’s go with that plan I like that plan!” and again, I mentally kick myself for not picking up on his true allegiance. Sounds a lot like Palpatine in Lego’s Menace Of The Sith… “Surrender, we will not!” “Excuse me, but did you say ‘surrender, we will now’? Because I think that’s a marvelous idea! …Just my two cents…”. Here I was just thinking Trayvis was a petrified little ex-Republic senator who was in over his head and didn’t want to cause trouble! Anyway, thankfully the threesome has some friends in high places, and by that I mean Zeb and Sabine, wielding a few tiny “miracles” :) And then they do their awesome thing as Zeb goes all Lasat on them and Sabine goes all… um, Mando I guess, on them. And that gives our heroes a chance to make a run for it. But there’s always some hitch in the plans, and that miiiight include the fact that the senator’s ship is long gone and instead stands an Imperial shuttle. Y’know maybe that should’ve tipped ‘em off? The fact that his ship is missing but there’s no evidence it was blown up seems to garner some questions. Questions I should’ve been asking myself! But sue me I was eating dinner when I was watching this for the first time so my mind was a quarter-focused on my chicken tenders and macaroni so I guess I couldn’t get myself to think much further on it. Oh, and speaking of hitches, Kallus isn’t the kind of guy gotten rid of so easily. Andddd it’s back to making a run for it!
The crew finally comes back to the sewer pipe where they left off and Trayvis is all “Um. Ew. We’re actually going in there?“. Well, if nothing good came out of this, at least Trayvis got forced out of his comfort zone a bit (and likely forced to take a shower later). The guy may be a good actor, but his distaste for sewer travel is all real XD Another interesting note: sooo Kallus tried to shoot ‘em one last time before the pipe was closed up and then he barked orders to his ‘troopers to go and get them at the next interval. My question is… if he knew Trayvis was a turncoat (which he clearly did), why was he still a bit antsy to nab the Rebs? I guess he knows they have a habit of getting out of sticky situations and won’t allow for anything to go wrong. You know I just realized this was a dumb question so let’s just drop it and move on.
As the gang dashed through the sewer, it seems that Gall can’t quite keep up. I didn’t think about this at first because well, he’s not exactly… young. And plus, I don’t do well with running either, so I could feel his pain. And then his claim that the running plus the less-than-pleasant-smelling environment made it more difficult sounded legit enough. But somehow Hera’s look of suspicion didn’t hit me once. This coming from the same girl who, back in TCW, figured it out that Barriss was the traitor early on. I’m kinda ashamed of myself. Now all of Trayvis’ ramblings sound so fishy they come canned with Starkist on the label. ‘Cause boy that guy can run when he wants to, when the Stormtroopers finally catch up! Kanan sends Hera and Ezra off to get Trayvis to shelter. “How will you find us?” “I can smell you, remember?” and Ezra’s about to throw something out there, but there’s no time for flirty witticisms! Though I would like to throw out one possibility: “Well, what an incredible smell you’ve discovered!” :D Ohh I kinda hope that wasn’t what he was thinking though… XD
Think Chopper got the easy part of the mission? Ah no. A couple of ‘troopers came by and sealed the hatch shut and warned their assumptively Imperial droid of the Rebels. Sooo now Chop’s got to go and get the stupid thing un-sealed now! Yup things are just going swimmingly today aren’t they?
So while Hera and Ezra and Trayvis were navigating the tunnels, I get another reason to really should’ve been suspicious of the senator. He sorta casually seems to ask who might be funding or allies to their little gang. Thankfully the answer is no, they have neither, but oh my gosh, what a sneak! And I’m sorry I’m dishing out this much smacktalk on the guy but he is really grinding my gears right now, especially as I look back and see his plan from the get-go. So please forgive me if you’re still a Gall Trayvis fan and I offended you; I hold no real hate for him but he’s definitely not on my good side right now. Ezra comments on what an inspiration the senator’s transmissions have been, and Hera, though slightly less certain of the guy, does remark that it’s nice to know “…we’re not the only ones out there”. The three come to a stop in front of this giant fan blade. And while Ezra checks to see if he can shut down the fan’s power, Hera slips Gall a blaster to “watch their backs”. And again, I don’t know how I didn’t see it coming. Though I can admit I was a bit uneasy here… but I just didn’t want to think for a second that he might not be the real deal! Right now I’m just super-impressed Hera already knew she’d have to slip him an unloaded gun. But man… when he just goes and pulls that blaster on them… it’s just unreal. Yet it totally makes sense in retrospect. And I’ll be honest, I thought the whole Luminara thing from back on Rise Of The Old Masters was a total accident! But how would you react if your hero suddenly turned on you and revealed himself not to be who you thought he was? Well, despite Hera was on to him before Ezra was, she is no less disappointed in him. Ezra can’t fathom this whatsoever, I mean, it’d be like Walt Disney himself revealing himself to be an Imperial officer! (That was not a shot at Disney owning Lucasfilm I promise you it’s a callback to that reference I made earlier) And ughhh I couldn’t not hurt for Ezra when Trayvis brings up his parents… :cry: Of course he was commenting on their bravery in a villainous derogatory manner… just to drop the bomb that they’re… evidently dead. A part of me still hopes it’s not true, but until proven otherwise I can’t say much for now. Man oh man there were tears on my part. But good for Hera, as the senator’s blaster isn’t loaded… and she has no problem punching an “elderly gentleman”. So yeah the rest of the crew’s not too thrilled either, but they’ve got bigger problems as they still have ‘troopers on their tail and a giant fan right in front of them. Kanan uses the Force to stop it while the others stand guard and fire back at the baddies. And just as the Specters left, Ezra shot this look of ultimate disappointment at Trayvis. But Trayvis… kinda looks… well, he doesn’t look at him with an “aw man they got away again!” look, it almost looks… somewhat uncertain, maybe a little apologetic. Maybe I’m just looking into this too deeply, but one has to wonder if perhaps Gall Trayvis is not too far gone. Especially after Kallus shoots him this even more disappointed look. As frustrating as his betrayal is… I can’t pretend that there might not still be some good in him. Hey, if Vader can be redeemed, anyone can, right? But where his story goes next, I do not know…
And so Chopper was just about to carve the hatch open for the Rebels when suddenly Kanan lightsabers the rest of their way out. Ever have one of those days you just can’t win? This little C1-10P has.
The crew is solemn upon returning to the Ghost. But not all is lost. Hera and Ezra have an awesome moment as she makes a point that, despite our feelings can make things confusing sometimes, and not everything goes according to the way we’d like it to, it is never wrong to hope. And something I thought about in regards to this: whether in backtalking Trayvis or just talking to the rest of the crew, Hera and Ezra both point back to the Bridgers and what a difference they made. Fact is, his parents were the true embodiment of hope. You don’t need to be some fancy celebrity rebel superhero, you just need to be brave, have hope, and be willing to fight for the right thing. And that’s what the Ghost crew will continue to do :)
So wow so much feels! So much intrigue! So much to think about it took me two days and became the first late Rebel Transmission ever! Ah well it was time worth spent. Until next time around…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Race For The Holocrons: A Closer Look

So while the Rebels took an off day this week, I figured it’s about time we get back to talking about all of the New Yoda Chronicles that’ve come out in the past year! Yeah these Lego specials just can’t help but be an absolute delight to watch. And even though I’m probably the only one to talk about them seriously, I’m glad people actually want to read these to begin with. So thank you for that. So let’s dive in and go deep in the second chapter of the first trilogy of TNYC, Race For The Holocrons!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, Star Wars Droids, The Padawan Menace, The Empire Strikes Out, and Escape From The Jedi Temple, and TCW episode Wookiee Hunt.

So since we last left our heroes, Yoda and Obi-Wan decided that it’s about time Luke started his holocron training. Luke doesn’t even really know what holocrons are, but he knows he’s gotta go find them. Of course, problem: Vader and his boss want to find them, too, as they have the potential to reveal info valuable to the Empire. So Luke followed the Force to where they reside… Utapau? Well, he’s still figuring out the whole “Force” thing, so you can’t blame him from ending up planets away from where he was supposed to be. Besides, in regards to Tatooine, Ben had told him there was nothing left for him there! I guess he meant in regard to his everyday farm life, not literally. Let’s just cut Young Skywalker some slack here. So as would be expected, Luke and his crew hit a dead-end, as the head ‘pauan has no clue what a holocron is. But the ‘pauan doesn’t miss a beat and offers up some used Clone Wars-era starships to the gang. No clue how the Utapauans managed to keep these vehicles in such good shape, and how it is a bunch of ‘troopers never came over and reclaimed it. Sidious must’ve regarded it all as junk. Leia politely turns down the offer, and Luke, exasperated from his failed search, kicks a pebble over the old vehicles. But apparently there’s another brand of “vehicle” in the pile — BOGA? Or at least a critter the same species as Boga?? I always thought that that giant frilled lizard was one of the coolest creatures in the SW galaxy, and he was a good steed for Obi-Wan back in the day. But apparently… either Boga became feral after years of neglect, or this is an entirely different critter and their species is just naturally wild and unpredictable. Yup the big guy decides pretty quickly to give chase after Luke, Leia, and the droids. Luke whips out his lightsaber and at least partially wounds the fella, but new problem: they’ve run right off the landing platform with their ship. Le sigh, can this day get any better?
Meanwhile, Sidious reiterates his desire to get his grubby little Force-lighting-shocking hands on those ‘crons. Vader’s all “NBD, Master, just need to find that Luke Skywalker punk and he’ll lead me where I need to go!”. And it just so happens that Vader is onto Luke by chasing down the Millenium Falcon. Han and Chewie are enjoying their day about as much as Luke and Leia are right now. A well-planned pull of the brakes and blasters aimed at the TIE seem to have vanquished their foe. But that Darth is a tough cookie and somehow manages to claw his way onto the Falcon’s roof and into the hatch. Yeahhh having Darth Vader show up in your cockpit is probably every Rebel’s worst nightmare. And Vader has some fun and knocks the scoundrels around in the cockpit. But then Vader takes a look around at the ol’ ship and is like “Seriously? This piece of junk is what helped destroy my Death Star?”. Han’s brave and talks back, not without throwing the unfair “pleather pants” name back in Vader’s face. So naturally that gets a red lightsaber all up in Captain Solo’s grill, and he demands to know Luke’s whereabouts. And Han’s snarky response is a perfect transition to the next seen, as Luke is indeed “in a whole in the ground”. Hur hur.
So anyway, they were still falling… Luke was trying to get closer to his comrades and the ship, but you know, gravity isn’t always very cooperative. And then shows up Force Ghost Ben, giving Luke a heart attack for the second time this weekend! Master Kenobi’s about to tell Young Skywalker about the holocrons… but judging by the fact Luke’s falling and a giant green beast is right above them… Obi-Wan makes his message quick, and lets him know the stakes as Vader’s in on the secret too, and the boy needs to get to Tatooine ASAP. And then he ducks outta that mess pretty fast, leaving Luke with a hurried “may the Force be with you”. Knowing that time is of the essence, he’s not gonna sit around and fall for hours; Luke slams his lightsaber into the rock walls and uses the Force to form a giant rope with the debris. Not too shabby for a guy who couldn’t tell Tatooine from Utapau on the map! But just when they thought they’d gotten that lizard off their tails… yeah… he can climb. Luke’s able to Force-bend their rope and snap it like a rubber band, returning them to the landing platform. But Boga here is a fast little booger. So our gang darts for an old Separatist fighter. They would’ve gotten off the ground faster, but while Artoo has no problem trusting strange computers, he doesn’t like syncing into one. Considering all things, it was a Separatist ship, and Artoo knows those guys were nasty. Yus now we know the little droid’s got everything now that we’ve seen his sanitizer extension XD But they’re able to make it offworld without any reptilian hitchhikers, and so, it’s on to Tatooine!
Meanwhile, Vader’s still trying to get Han to spill, but thank goodness for the Corellian’s strong will. It’s only when Luke makes a quick call letting Han know where they’re going that there’s a problem. Yes I think Vader knows the difference between the Dune Sea and Naboo’s Dune Sea Hotel. ‘Cause duh on Naboo everything is soft. *Gets hit with tomato* Heyyy who threw that?! So yeah… anyway, Han and Chewie made a quick getaway into the escape pod. Problem was, this particular escape pod has a launch button outside of it. And Darth had no problem pressing it. #Facepalm
And thus, after having to start the thing a couple of times, Vader’s flying the Falcon off to Tatooine.
Elsewhere on Tatooine itself, the holocrons’ glow has attracted some attention from the locals. And the locals being the Jawas. They be all “UTTINI!” over the loot they’ve dug up. And so it appears the competition for these things has been upped from two to three…
So Luke and his comrades were having a pretty smooth flight at first… and then Wedge Antilles and a bunch of other Rebels mistook them for an Imperial ship (Um… guys, different war! Get your facts straight man!). Luke tried to touch base with Wedge and explain the situation, but they were firing at him, and well… Luke had to fire back. It looks like the other Rebs were OK though so that’s good. Yeesh this would be pretty tragic otherwise…
Ironically, the same thing’s happening to the other Skywalker. It must be so weird having your own TIEs aiming at you. I’m guessing Vader had a little “conversation” (aka Force choke) with the pilots involved afterward. Oh wait… disregard that last sentence; he expertly blew up all the TIEs, so that saves Vader time so he can Force choke other less-than-stellar Imperials! Ha yes, you really could say “there are heroes on both sides” in this situation!
And guess where Han and Chewie ended up? A nice little slimy mudhole called Dagobah! Captain Solo expertly navigates them to a cave for shelter… though yeah this is “THE” cave. They label it “Darkside Cave” here, but whatever you call it… the horrified screaming/roaring they make running out says that they didn’t have too much fun in there. Though one really has to wonder what it is each of them saw. Yikes this just got really deep… y’know I’m gonna do the right thing here and not think too much on this ’cause I don’t want to freak anybody out. But yeah, as soon as they ran out, there stood Yoda. And thus happened one of the happiest reunions ever! I love they still call each other “Yoyo” and “Ian”; ah those were the days, huh? Chewie’s all “Wait… you two know each other? What’d I miss?”. It’s OK, Chewbacca, it happened about the time you got caught in a Trandoshan hunting game with a bunch of Padawans.
Anyway, firsties on Tatooine would be Lord Vader! Who doesn’t watch his step and runs right into Dr. Ezavan and Pondo Baba. But Vader doesn’t bat an eyelash and lightsabers the good doctor’s arm off. I love his response “WHAT?! NOW EVERYONE HAS A LIGHTSABER?!”. Maybe they should consider stopping making such a big deal about people running into them. And maybe consider getting to know people before they judge whether they like them or not :) Luke, Leia, and the droids arrive shortly after, also running into the duo. Thankfully this time, the wanted men make a run for it… right into a closed door. And Luke’s all “What did I do?”. Probably didn’t recognize Pondo Baba with his new arm.
Also, I’d just like to ask why Jar Jar thought it’d be a good idea to take his daughter out to the Mos Eisley Cantina for her birthday. It’s not exactly the most friendly place in the galaxy, and I didn’t think Jar Jar was much of a fan of this planet (“…the sun’s doin’ murder to meesa skin!”). It must be what she wanted, I do guess. But I’m not here to talk about Ex-Rep. Binks’ parenting, I’m here to talk about the race for the holocrons going down here as Vader walks into the Cantina. Also, love the rancor sipping an umbrella drink in the background! XD OK anyway, so Vader was about walk in and show ‘em who’s boss, buuuuuuut the droid scanner went off on him. Seriously, does this guy dislike droids so much that he’ll risk locking people out? What happens if you had braces, or fillings, or a metal hip? What about the fact that Pondo Baba must’ve gotten a metal arm?? Duuuude c’mon. But Vader took it well, I think. Force-slammed him into the ceiling. The best part is watching all the happy droids flock in now that the ban’s been lifted; just watch that GOM droid get down! XD
So Luke was trusting his feelings again, using the Force to guide him as he walked through the Mos Eisley streets. And this time, it happened to lead him right to Watto’s place. It always wows me when you see characters meet up like this, even though Luke may never know that Watto was his dad’s former “employer”. But yeah, while Leia and the droids would rather’d leave, Luke’s got his eyes on a fabulous old podracer… the one his dad made, to be exact (seriously isn’t this crazy how it all connects??). Not having any cash on hand, Luke comes up with a different way to seal the deal… something called a Jedi mind trick. Watto’s like “Bro they don’t work on me, mkay?”. And you know, interesting thought here: wouldn’t it still have been fairly dangerous for Luke to have revealed himself a Jedi? Knowing Watto, he could’ve easily sold him out to the Empire to make a quick buck. Thankfully, it seems he doesn’t care too much. And Vader probably wouldn’tve trusted Watto to know that kind of intel anyway and would’ve ignored him. So when Watto’s not impressed with Luke’s mind trick, he gets Leia to join in, claiming she’s a Jedi as well. And boy I bet they were surprised when their mind trick actually worked. On Watto… and Threepio! Daaaaaaang the power of the Chosen One’s kids! And so with that, Luke got the podracer on loan and left Threepio as collateral, and they returned to their mission. And Threepio took the job as a sign-spinner. He’s pretty good for not having a lot of dexterity in those limbs!
And guess what Lord Vader was buying? Luke’s landspeeder! Definitely one of those weird moments as Luke zooms by Vader and they both realize they’re driving each other’s rides. Commence chase scene!
Back on Dagobah, Yoda popped some popcorn for his guests and chatted for a bit about the planet and about Luke. And then Yoda realized that Young Skywalker was in trouble! He sent Han and Chewbacca after him… in, naturally, Yoda’s little starship. Yeah if you thought it was bad when Obi-Wan, Yoda, and R2-D2 were crammed in there, it looks to be even worse for these two.
Yeah it was a normal Jawa shopping trip for Bib Fortuna. But he’s not able to look at those lovely glowy-blue blocks for long, ’cause along came Luke and Vader at full speed! The Jawas closed up shop and vamoosed back to their sandcrawler in about three seconds. Finally the guys came to a stop and decided this needed to be settled with lightsabers. But what they didn’t know, is that their being near that sandcrawler full of holocrons was empowering said ‘crons, like, a lot. Leia takes notice of this and tries to interrupt, but of course these Skywalker boys are a little busy. But yeah, don’t ask me how exactly they did that, but the holocrons actually power up so that the sandcrawler zooms on outta there! Man, those things are so useful… they store Jedi history, lists of Rebellion-centered planets, prove one’s Force-sensitivity, and are a great alternative to fossil fuels! No wonder there’s such a market for them. The ‘crawler goes so fast that it knocks the hoods off of the Jawas and reveals… humans. Normal humans in masks. Well, that explains a lot XD Hehe I love fourth-wall-breaking gags like that. So Vader and Luke, after trading respective vehicles, hit the gas pedal and the chase is back on! Isn’t it funny, in Phantom Menace and the first story arc of the Droids series, that both of these are racing vehicles, both used on desert planet raceways? Craaaazayyyy! And yeah as they’re driving, they’re dueling at the same time. Yeah I think there are rules about that in the Tatooine Drivers’ Manuals. Even so, it’s pretty epic! It reminds me of all the swordfighting on the cars in Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, but, dare I say, a lot more high-stakes.
Oh, Han and Chewie finally landed on Tatooine to help Luke… andddd Luke was long-gone. Just Leia and Artoo hanging out. So the four of them piled back on Yoda’s ship and rejoined the chase themselves.
And the chase goes from being more Crystal Skull to Raiders as the Skywalker boys start catching up to the speeding sandcrawler. Luke and Vader both climb up on top of the vehicle and duel a bit before Vader finally shoves the boy off. Of course, as Vader goes and swims in his holocron loot, he doesn’t realize that Luke’s pulling an “Indy” and is hanging on to the front of the ‘crawler! Luke finally climbs back in and faces down the Darth once more… but Vader has an ace up his dark sleeve; the sandcrawler’s heading through Mos Eisley, and he knows Luke won’t allow innocent lives to get caught in the crossfire. So Luke manages to pull the machine to a stop… just as Vader goes and nabs all the holocrons and makes a run for it. Though Darth didn’t get off entirely easy, as he did get his cape caught and had to cut the thing short before he could get to his shuttle. And Luke turned out to be OK in the midst of the sandcrawler wreckage. Threepio, who nearly got creamed by the vehicle to start with, recognizes the sacrifice Luke made in giving up the holocrons to save him and others. Aw Luke I’m so proud of ya! And Han and the gang finally showed up… and found they missed all the action. Figures.
Obi-Wan and Yoda are proud of Luke as well, but they are definitely aware that they’re in all kinds of trouble with the holocrons in Imperial possession. “…They were our last hope.” “No… there is another… thing… we could do… if we felt like it… or not.” XD And that “thing” happens to involve an old friend… JEK-14! Whose peaceful siesta on Naboo is about to get interrupted. Yessss I have lots of questions now as to why he’s on Naboo, and whether he was there in the first place back in the last chapter. But when your Force-enriched arm starts talkin’, it’s time for the now older JEK to get a move on. Twenty years of retirement is long enough, buddy…! Luke’s about to get some help from an unexpected source :)
So yay I can’t get enough of these Lego Star Wars tales! Where they’ll go next, only time will tell, but it’ll be great when we get there! Until next blog…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Idiot’s Array

Hello, what have we here? Another Rebel Transmission! And if you’re wondering why I’m talking like Lando Calrissian… please stop reading this, go and watch this episode, and then come back. Because yeah this awesome episode involves everyone’s favorite old smoothie! No not Han… though that would make sense since Lando called him an “old smoothie”, but in this case I’m referring to Lando! If I were referring to Han I’d be calling him “everyone’s favorite scoundrel” or “everyone’s favorite nerf herder” or something of that sort. Wow I am just chatty as a bird today aren’t I? Just excited! After a handful of emotionally-stirring, heartstring-tugging, tear-shedding episodes, Idiot’s Array brings us back to the more lighthearted side of the show with all the Ghost fam’! So let’s get started shall we?
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, Zorba The Hutt’s Revenge, and Rebels episodes Empire Day, Path Of The Jedi, and Idiot’s Array.

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We start off at a familiar old joint, the same we saw back in Empire Day. Though we get to see it from the outside… and it literally has a Republic gunship built into it! Seriously it never ceases to wow me when I see those subtle ties to the world fifteen years past. Kanan was here, asking the Ithorian barkeep for some potential work. While Zeb plays Sabacc with a couple of strangers. Somehow just knowing it’s Sabacc immediately makes me think “Zeb’s gonna lose”. Between incidents involving the Falcon, and in one of Paul and Hollace Davids’ books, Cloud City’s casinos, it seems that there’s a hit-or-miss ratio in this game… and Lando was the loser in both the ones I mentioned! But yeah I love how well they concealed Lando’s presence. If not for all the footage of him going around prior to the episode’s debut I probably wouldn’tve picked up on it either! But yeah even Chopper knows this won’t end well, as he bangs his dome against the table. Seriously is it just me or does Chopper get more entertaining to watch each episode? :D As far as the “job hunt”? Old Jho redirects Kanan to the gentleman at the Sabacc table, who might be looking for a pilot. Once Kanan gets over there… it seems that Zeb might’ve bet Chopper in their little game. Kanan objects for ten seconds before seeing that there’s seemingly no way Zeb could lose. And those of us in the audience immediately mutter “I’ve got a bad feeling about this…”, because again, the hit-or-miss ratio in this game. It can’t be that easy, right? Chopper’s clearly saying “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!” XD But yeah Chopper and all of us are right. The only thing that can trump a “sabacc” is an “idiot’s array”. And Chopper goes and bangs his dome again. So the winner and apparently Chop’s new owner is… Lando Calrissian! YUS this guyyy!! Once I first heard that he was going to be in the next episode and saw his Rebels look, I exploded in fangirliness. I mean, it’s been great having Billy Dee Williams himself playing Lando for the Lego world (in both The Yoda Chronicles and The Lego Movie), but there’s definitely something just amazing about seeing him in the amazing animation and awesome visual style in Rebels. That first cocky expression he makes…! I about died squee-ing! This episode reminded me why I love this guy so much. Ahhhh I need to watch Empire Strikes Back now!! *Ahem* so anyway… yeah the guys are in troooooooublllllle…
So you know something’s wrong when Chopper comes in griping, Zeb says “I can explain…”, and the three are joined by an uninvited new guy. Kanan introduces him to the others, letting them know they’re intending to help him get past the Imperial blockade. Hera picks up pretty fast that something’s up, but that’s just what she do. And once Lando mentions that he’ll be returning their droid along with their payment, Hera is not happy. We’re talking using-Zeb’s-full-name not happy. And when Zeb throws the blame back to Kanan… she literally goes and slugs him in the arm. Yup this is why we don’t cross Captain Syndulla. Hehe I love how Kanan shrugs like “hey that’s just Hera for you, whatcha gonna do?” XD So now the Ghost crew doesn’t have much choice in helping out Mr. Calrissian. Off they go…!
And they haven’t gotten far before Lando interjects some of his charm into the conversation… ermargosh the way he sorta compliments Hera’s piloting skills and the way she rolls it off…! Priceless. So much priceless. Gotta love that swag, am I right? OK Hera’s not loving it, and Kanan shoots quite the look of disapproval in his direction. Chopper seems to be enjoying himself a bit, though, ’cause now that he’s Lando’s droid, he doesn’t have to take orders from the Ghost crew anymore. So Lando takes advantage of this and asks Chop for a tour, which the little booger does without question. Ah ironyyyy. And THEN he brings him coffee! We all know that this was part of the droid’s little plan to take Mr. Calrissian’s fuel in the end, but for a while it seemed that all that charm of his was working on Chopper. Ezra doesn’t seem terribly impressed either. Especially after Lando compliments Sabine’s artwork. Ohhhmergosh… XD He compared it to that of another great anti-Empire artist’s work, but “more stunning”. That’d be like someone telling me my art outdid that of Jason Deamer, or Carter Goodrich, or Killian Plunkett! And this pretty much one-upped any compliment Ezra made on her art because Lando has something to compare it to. Yeah methinks Ezra feels Lando to be too smooth for his own good. And the way Zeb is holding back laughing at the whole scene XD Yes whether you’re Han, or Ezra, or to a lesser extent perhaps Kanan… smoothness is overrated.
So on their way to Lando’s supplier’s place, well… yeah… “You got the goods?” “…Always.” THAT LOOK ON HIS FACE. HERA’S EYEROLL. KANAN’S DISAPPROVING GLARE. CAN’T. EVEN. OK so anyway, Lando’s got this as he, Hera, and Kanan board. Or so he says. Just sayin’, this ship does have escape pods. And yes behind every swaggy scoundrel is a dude you don’t want to cross paths with. In this case, Azmorigan. Yeahhh… just watching him eat like he does made me immediately check my manners while eating. Props to his voice actor though, who I believe was Chi Fu in Mulan. He’s got what Lando wants… and Lando happens to be offering up a fabulous deal on a TWI’LEK. On HERA. WHUT. And now we’re torn as to whether Calrissian knows what he’s doing or if something’s seriously wrong here. And good question; Lando didn’t know the ship he’d be riding on would have a Twi’lek captain… so what was he originally going to trade? Or was he intending to trade whoever was on board? It’s all a mystery. Anyway, Kanan wasn’t really fond of this deal, but Hera is a bit more savvy that he knows and goes along with it. It’s definitely interesting watching this. When they were introducing the Rebels cast for the first time, I loved that the captain was a girl Twi’lek, mainly because, well, who was the first girl Twi’lek in Star Wars? Oola, the unfortunate dancer who got eaten by the rancor. It’s a completely common sight in the SW universe, seeing Twi’lek ladies in seedy places. Hera’s far from that, and is a self-reliant, caring, strong individual who doesn’t take crud from anyone. So yeesh it must’ve been weird for her to suddenly kinda play the role of the naive slave girl. She may play her voice a little bit softer, but the looks she’s shooting Lando’s way are not too sweet. And so, Kanan and Lando return back to the Ghost without their captain. Lando’s chill with it, as he believes Hera will stick to the plan. The “plan” being the one he vaguely hinted at earlier. Kanan is so not happy right now. First Chopper, and now Hera! Greaaaaat. And what was it that Lando was willing to trade for Hera for? He calls it “sophisticated mining equipment”, and tells Zeb and Ezra not to startle it. Real smart. Leave a box with something mysterious inside alone with these two. Honestly Lando you have no one to blame but yourself for what happens later.
Sooo how’s Hera enjoying the new master? Not so much. Azmorigan’s not as bad as Jabba… but he’s not really much better either. I did find it funny how much he really digs into that fruit, and then two seconds later throws the thing over his shoulder like trash. Thankfully he’s more into his food than his Twi’lek right now, ’cause Hera’s sticking to her own plan. Yup, it’s amazing what a food tray can do! Along with a little sweet-talking, you can do pretty much anything… or at least escape from this punk’s ship. Hehe I’m getting all these Indiana Jones vibes right now… :) Like a boss, Captain Syndulla. Like. a. boss.
And right on schedule, Lando spots the escape pod Hera took. “…You really should have more faith in our captain,” “Our captain?”. Might Kanan be a little jelly? I’m sure he’d deny it if you asked him. So Hera made it off that pod and back on board without any problem. Though Lando did not quite expect the greeting he got from her… dang that must’ve hurt. And did anyone pick up on the way his voice kinda went up a couple of octaves after that blow? Yeah, now you know even more why we don’t cross the captain. Oh and new problem: Imperial blockade. Hera asks him what exactly he was smuggling that was so important, and it seems Zeb and Ezra have already discovered that for themselves. A chubby little critter that soon reveals itself to be a puffer pig. It makes Ezra and Zeb give chase and gets looks from everyone else. Oh, and the whole frightening experience may have triggered the whole “puffer” part of “puffer pig”… it expands. A lot. Like the whole hallway’s width. Kanan won’t even ask. I have to say the puffer pig might be one of my fave SW critters now. Right up there with tauntauns, monkey-lizards, mookas, whatever Boga is, and a bunch of others I don’t know the name of. She’s quite the adorable little piggy isn’t she? Also, she’s the perfect mining tool, a digger with a nose for precious minerals. And something that would go undetected by radar after the last mining-equipment-smuggling job he pulled here. But to make sure the Imperials don’t pick up on who they are, Lando sends out Chopper to fix that cloaking device. And again, Chopper is a good little droid and does just that. The Ghost was about to get through with flying colors… and then Ezra overheard Lando asking about purchasing some of Sabine’s art. You’d think a twentysomething smuggler wouldn’t be worth worrying about at his age, but Ezra is willing to climb over an inflated puffer pig to give Lando some choice words. But then Ezra stepped on the pig’s head, startled it again, made it expand again (while plastering young Bridger onto the roof), and the force threw Zeb into the control panel, turning off their cloaking. Much facepalm. And onward cometh the TIEs! With Miss Puffer Piggy blocking the door, it’s just Zeb and Kanan at the controls, trying to figure out how to fly and shoot at the same time. It’s a bit of a challenge until Hera brilliantly suggests to take a turn into the clouds, which ultimately steers the team to victory!
Finally the Ghost touches back down on Lothal at Lando’s little neck of the woods. But so much for getting paid and hitting the road, because… yup, Azmorigan showed up. With bodyguards. And guns. And he wants his pig and his Twi’lek back. Oh, and to “bury Calrissian”. Yeah let’s just say the negotiations were short. Really short. ‘Cause before you know it Azmorigan’s shooting all over the place and his men are shooting all over the place. In the midst of the battle, Ezra pulls out his new ‘saber… except that he’s using it to shoot energy blasts. I love Kanan’s response; “Wait… mine doesn’t do that!” XD XD Good point, do you think any Jedi has ever had a multi-use lightsaber like that before? Like, in the way that it shoots and ‘sabers? I don’t know, but it couldn’t be more perfect for him. After all, now he can carry his lightsaber for when he needs it without arousing Imperial suspicion and still be able to fight baddies when need be! Maybe he should offer to built these extensions onto the lightsabers of other surviving Jedi, that’d be cool. Though considering Obi-Wan’s doesn’t have one I guess it didn’t catch on. Though our team does have a secret weapon — the pig. After Zeb scares the poor thing again, Miss Puffer Piggy inflates and actually bounces like an oversized balloon into the paths of Azmorigan’s gunmen. Zeb gives the expression that seems to say “What… just happened?” and Sabine’s all “IDK but I’m just gonna roll with it”. And all the while, Chopper is bent on getting this fuel tank into the Ghost. But then alas… Azmorigan has Zeb at gunpoint and makes a deal: Lando for Zeb and all their freedom. Kanan and Ezra don’t bat an eyelash and agree to this. But Hera has other plans. Because guess who was at the guns inside the Ghost? Chopper! Yeah Azmorigan and his goons were outta there in a hurry.
Ultimately, it seems things went… mostly well. The payment Lando intended to give them was to take place after his pig found something of value. So the most they got out of this deal was Chop back. Hera makes it clear that Lando still owes her big-time. But Mr. Calrissian still brushes it off in the cool and confident way he does. He promises Chopper they’ll meet again… and I say “YESYESYESYES!!” to that, though our heroes may have some differing opinions on that matter :) But in the end, it did give the gang a greater appreciation of their faithful droid and their faithful captain. Hurhur Ezra doesn’t miss a beat though “I always appreciated you, Sabine” “Yes Ezra I know…” XD And Chopper stole Lando’s fuel. So the crew’s got what they need to fight another day. Woot teamwork! But turns out that Lando had fully intended for them to take the fuel as payment. Aw, you ol’ smoothie :D
So that was awesome. Seriously seriously awesome! I thank you all for joining me on this fabRebelous journey through Idiot’s Array (sorry terrible pun I will never do it again *crosses fingers*). So until we meet again, Star Wars fans!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight