Escape From The Jedi Temple: A Closer Look

Sorry to interrupt the awesomeness that have been the Uncovering The Lost Missions posts, but I can’t pass the newest Lego SW special by without writing a Closer Look on it! When I first heard there would be a new Yoda Chronicles episode, I was shocked; it seemed that it’d all been wrapped up nicely after Attack Of The Jedi, and I certainly didn’t think it’d be airing on Disney Channel! And it didn’t get any publicity on starwars.com, which also felt weird. But it was awesomely awesome, so really who cares that it didn’t get as talked-about as the other three before it? So I bring to you, my friends, the first blog on The New Yoda Chronicles, Escape From The Jedi Temple! Let’s get talkin’ shall we?
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, The Padawan Menace, The Phantom Clone, Menace Of The Sith, Attack Of The Jedi, Escape From The Jedi Temple and the TCW episodes Conspiracy, Fugitive, and Orders.

So our story opens, as far as I can tell, in the moments after the Death Star was destroyed in Episode IV. I mean, it’s hard to tell in some ways, because, I mean, Luke was more-or-less in the cockpit of his x-wing after that, and here’s the whole gang in the Falcon, partying it up! And yeah Leia might’ve been at the command center and stuff, too… I know that most don’t consider the Lego SW stuff canon but I kind of try to for the most part, and I’m a little stumped on this one. Unless, of course, it’s wedged somewhere in all the craziness that conspired between episodes IV and V that we don’t know a lot about. But anyway, what do you know, the Falcon really does still have its party lights! Whether the disco floor is still there is unknown, but still! Haha I’d called it from the get-go back when The Phantom Clone debuted! But Threepio’s not enjoying himself too much as the giant scrolling credits in front of the ship seem to denote that their victory is a tad premature. And that’s where I busted out laughing; that was one of the absolute funniest jokes Lego SW’s done yet! No one else is really worried though and Han’s all “Relax, Goldypants…” (which is an awesome line because that’s exactly what Han called Threepio back when he met the golden droid as a kid in The Padawan Menace). Oh but thennn along came Vader, sending major threats their way, even if the Falcon crew couldn’t hear it (which the rest of the Imperials seem to enjoy reminding him of; dude just let Vader do what he wants! He’s VADER!). So what did Luke do? He decided to take the wheel and drove the Falcon right over the Star Destroyer! And his hard-for-a-Star-Destroyer-to-imitate manuevers worked… at least until Luke accidentally turned the funkadelic lights back on and the onward came the TIE fighters! I think it’s a universal rule that Luke shouldn’t ever drive the Falcon and Han shouldn’t ever use a lightsaber, and this is why (unless, of course, lives are stake and they’re desperate, but otherwise it’s not a smart idea).
Now, Master Yoda didn’t have to be there to know that Luke just did something majorly stupid, he could totally sense it. And that’s about when he got a knock his door from his now-one-with-the-Force buddy Obi-Wan, who comes with important news. And it’s news best shared over a fire with MARSHMALLOWS!!! So Obi-Wan got all hyped telling Yoda about him helping Luke destroy the Death Star while Yoda attempted to decently roast his marshmallow. I just love seeing them together again, doing something kinda normal, just hanging out like nothing’s weird — even though Yoda’s been living here alone for some time and Obi-Wan’s um… a Force ghost. Pass the marshmallows, guys! πŸ™‚ So anyway, despite Obi-Wan’s thrilled with Luke’s progress, Yoda isn’t too sure that Luke’s ready for legit Jedi training, but holocron training might be up young Skywalker’s alley! Ah yes, the holocrons… that takes the two Masters back to the last time they hung out, back when they found themselves in a rush to recover those very holocrons from Empire-heavy Coruscant…
A longer time ago in the same galaxy… (hehe I love that) we find ourselves in the throes of the events of Episode III, as Obi-Wan just minutes ago brought little Luke to Tatooine. And you know I’ve always wondered what went down when Obi-Wan first arrived on Tatooine, evidently he wasn’t done with his special delivery for three minutes before a bunch of tusken raiders showed up and Ben had to coin his inhuman easily-startles raider screech (I’ve always found that majorly impressive! My other question is whether or not they made Sam Vincent actually do it of if they recovered old archive audio from Episode IV). Master Kenobi makes one last (assumptively) transmission to Bail Organa and Yoda, his post-Order 66 comrades when Yoda’s all “Wait… you did get all the holocrons from the Jedi Temple right?” and Obi-Wan’s like “I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO GET THEM!” and Bail’s all “Uh… I have no idea what you’re talking about… holo-what?”. Recently they released a new Lego SW short that explains exactly why they had this communication mishap (See it here), but either way, it looks like the threesome’s adventures weren’t over yet. And then the tusken raiders came back — AND IN GREATER NUMBERS!! πŸ˜† Obi-Wan was forced to grab Jabba’s sail barge and make a run for it. and the Hutt didn’t know what hit him.
Meanwhiles on Coruscant, the Senate’s under new management as the Emperor himself rocks out to the Imperial March and re-clarifies his new role (and reminds a Republic-minded senator who’s the boss), and on top of all of that, he reveals Vader to the public for the first time! Vader tried for a majorly dramatic intro, but things didn’t go as planned… he hasn’t quite gotten used to the new legs, which seem intent on walking him into a wall. Nice to see that even Vader has his awkward moments every now and again.
So back on Kashyyk, the threesome met back to discuss the plan, where we get to meet up with the droids again, and Threepio is a completely new droid — not just because he’s had his memory wiped, but since then he’s become a more daring, takes-his-own-orders Threepio. Yoda thinks he’s pretty cool up until Threepio calls him a “little green boy”. Oooh that wasn’t cool. But then again, it’s got to be a little nice for Yoda to be considered much younger than he already is πŸ™‚ And while it at first seems it’s going to be a small team, who would show up but the younglings themselves! I am so so so thankful for the fact that Rako, Bene, Vaash Ti, and Bobby escaped Order 66. All of them were evidently in the Outer Rim when the cray happened. And considering all of the near-death escapes they’ve had, I’m just glad they survived the Clone Wars to begin with! And they happened to have brought their friend JEK-14 along as well! Again, so happy he’s alive! And since learning the secrets of Order 66 in the first few episodes of The Lost Missions, I’m really happy to see he’s not in a Jedi-killing mood (I’m hoping he got that chip removed, assuming it was just a weird tumor and never questioned it). Now, the second before he switches to his ‘Trooper armor, I can’t help but notice that he’s dressed to the nines, looking like he must hold a very important role in politics. I’d always figured he stayed on Endor, but I guess he found a new home at some point. Maybe somewhere nearish Endor? Or maybe whatever planet the forest moon orbits? I can’t stand the fact that I’m not SW-literate enough to recognize his outfit! Either way, it’s good to see he’s been doing well, living a chill pacifist life, and now he’s back to fight for his good guy friends. And finally, along came… an Ithorian Jedi nobody remembers. The situation is incredibly awkward as Yoda tries to be cool and not let on that he doesn’t remember the guy’s name. The Ithorian tries to clear things up; friends call him “Rusty” and he was in Obi-Wan’s class when they were younglings. Obi-Wan plays the card a lot more smoothly, after all, he’s known for having friends all over the galaxy. But Rusty picks up pretty fast that his old lab partner/roommate doesn’t remember diddly about him. And I have to say it’s pretty cool that they have lab in the Jedi Temple Academy πŸ™‚ But all awkwardness aside, the team sets out to recover the Jedi holocrons!
By the time the team had infiltrated the Temple grounds in their awesome stealth ships (courtesy of JEK), they find a kink in their plan — Sidious is using the holocron room as a home theater (watching Attack Of The Jedi, of all things… smiling ’cause he knows how it all ultimately ended). Obi-Wan, watching from the safety of Yoda’s ship outside the planet, attempts to ask Rusty to create a diversion, but he’s not having it; “OH SURE NOWWW YOU REMEMBER ME!” “Dude how many times must I say I’m sorry?!” XD But when you need a diversion, Threepio’s your droid! He steps out with a blaster and starts taking down the stormtroopers one by one while Bail is sorta freaking out. Ah gotta love it when Threepio’s all “THIS IS NOT THE DROID YOU’RE LOOKING FOR!” and “NOW IT’S YOUR LOT IN LIFE TO SUFFER!”. And with all that scuffle going on, Sidious had to leave his popcorn behind and look into it himself. And dude, Threepio takes down the Emperor like a champion, knocking down a couple of statues on top of the dark dude! WINNING. But it may not be for long, as Vader just got word of the crazy going on outside, and he makes a dash for the door — and the realizes he forgot his helmet and has to go back and get it. Yeesh don’t ever do that again, Darth…
And with that, Vader walks out to find all the carnage caused by a protocol droid, of all things. You’d think that Vader would’ve recognized Threepio, but with that personality, he didn’t know him from an astromech! (Like “didn’t know him from Adam”? Get it? Sorry.) But all the same as soon as Darth points out Threepio’s being a protocol droid, Threepio loses his cool (quite literally) and starts panicking. So basically after accidentally alerting Vader to the younglings’ mission, Bail and the golden droid start running for their peace-loving lives.
So with the Emperor out of the way, the younglings and JEK start getting the holocrons together. It’s quite convenient that they stack together like Lego bricks! …Oh, right… that would explain it; but I wonder if they really can do that! But then in stepped Vader, knocking JEK against the wall, and in turn knocking his Force-enriched arm off. This got me thinking… I’ve always figured that JEK’s arm was a real flesh-and-bone arm (yes I think about these things – I want to make an action figure of him), and you know how eyes and his arm are glowing blue? I like to think that that’s because he has so much of the Force running through him it can barely be contained and somehow most of it accumulated in the veins of his left arm and in the blood vessels in his eyes. But this begs the question… is it just a mechanical arm? Or is this just something that again only Lego characters can do? I still like my theory, so I might just stick it to them being Legos. If this was an episode of Rebels or something he probably wouldn’tve knocked his arm off. But whatever the point was that now these kids are alone facing Vader (well, they wouldn’t be alone if Rusty hadn’t so quickly gotten Force-pushed, but at least Vader remembered him!), and we know that younglings are rather his specialty… but these four are giving Vader a run for his money!
So I wanted to stop for a second and talk about the younglings some. This episode has made me love them even more, because it just goes to show a bit how they’ve grown up and how they’ve bonded, and hey all the respect to ya, you SURVIVED ORDER 66! I also really really want to make action figures of them, too πŸ™‚ And since we know that Vaash Ti is twelve, I’ve made some assumptions on the ages of the others. Bobby is clearly the youngest and is still fairly young, so I’m figuring him for ten at least, which would mean he would’ve been about… what? Seven in the first few episodes? IDK. Considering Rako’s slightly-matured voice, I’ll peg him as somewhere around fourteen, maybe thirteen or fifteen even. Bene seems to be the second-oldest, so maybe a year younger than Rako, though she might be even older for all we know. I want to know more about these kids so much more now! They’re just the greatest! *Crosses fingers in hopes that they might join the Rebel Alliance and show up in SW Rebels*
So in the midst of it all, Rusty managed to get ahold of JEK’s arm and helps the clone get back on his feet, where he could help fight, but Vaash Ti throws him an idea that could be a better alternative to fighting…
But while they were off elsewhere, Vader had Rako, Bene, and Bobby in his grip, and we pretty much undeniably cringe for what could happen next and just minutes before the last blow was struck, a familiar voice rang out in the distance… “LET HER GO, ANAKIN…” so naturally Vader’s all “Whut.” and drops the kids to find out if he was hearing who he thought he was hearing. And walking down the hallway, it appears that Obi-Wan’s come back. Lord Vader’s up for a showdown, but doesn’t see it coming that, oh hey, it’s kinda just a hologram, and Vaash Ti and JEK are at the other end of it *facepalm*. You think he would’ve sensed his presence if it was the real Obi-Wan, but perhaps all the head trauma he’d been through the last couple of days numbed his Force-sensing abilities some (catching fire can do that to a guy). And so, JEK Force-pushed him against the wall and built a nifty set of jail bars (the guy is definitely a Master Builder; Lego Movie reference). Onward went the good guys with the holocrons!
But fact is… keeping Vader down for a long period of time is generally impossible.
Whilst all this insanity was going on, Threepio and Bail panicked their way into hiding in a Imperial ship, which as you can figure may or may not end well. And it doesn’t seem to promise a better ending when they accidentally start it up in all of their panicking. I usually think of Bail being a braver guy than this, but cut him some slack! The Republic he’s been serving for so long just got fried, and also he’s on a risky mission with a bunch of Jedi, who tend to get involved in scary situations at times (better not tell him his daughter is Force-sensitive…).
JEK, Rusty, and the younglings had finally gotten aboard their stealth ships and moved out, but that’s where our little panic team comes in and well… exposed them. FAIL. Thus began the space battle!
Now, early on in the battle, Vader’s TIE fighter shoots down JEK’s ship pretty quickly. And what scares me is that WE DON’T SEE HIM AGAIN AFTERWARD. Auggggh did JEK-14 just die?! I seriously hope not! Though if he did, he went down helping his friends and doing the right thing, and if a SW character goes down, going down a hero is the best, most respectful way to do it. I suppose we’ll have to see if our clone friend ever shows up again, even if it’s as a Force ghost (with all that power, I would be surprised if he didn’t already have the ability to keep his identity in the Force). Oh wait, I just checked, he’s not dead! His ship is still flying aside the younglings and he’s still in the cockpit! *Phew* OK sorry for freaking out there. JEK LIVES!!
But JEK’s not the only hero out here today; Rusty finally made his mark and kept the holocrons safe when the back of their ship was damaged. You go, Rusty! In the end, Threepio and Bail unexpectedly saved the day by ramming their ship into the TIE fighters! And in the process, Vader’s TIE fighter gets its Episode IV look (you’d have to see it for it make sense) πŸ™‚ Though it looks like ultimately, Threepio’s getting his memory wiped yet again… yeah that had to happen. So quite the victory today! And now Obi-Wan’s buried the holocrons in the Tatooine desert where a arrow-shaped formation of bones marks the spot until the day Luke gets his Jedi training on.
So after the fond walk down memory lane, Ben can’t stay and chat much longer as he rushes off to tell Luke about the holocrons. But what he doesn’t know is that it’s kinda at a bad moment… the Falcon’s still on the run from the Vader and his gang. Han and Leia are arguing the heads off (what else is new?) and Luke’s feeling like dirt from the mistake he made. And then he hears Ben’s voice once more, which wasn’t a big deal, but when Ben meets him in the hallway in his ghostly form, Luke freaks out and pulls out his lightsaber on him (which btdubs is kind of pointless). Wow. Dude, it’s a Force ghost, get over it. You wished that Ben was here and now he is! What’s your problem?! And then when that fails Luke pulls out a blaster, which again, does no good… in fact, it hits the hyperdrive button and sends the Falcon blasting into hyperspace without any clue of where they’re going. Oh, and Vader continues the chase into hyperspace as well. Soooo that’s really not good. Ben apologizes to Luke for getting in the way, but it’s then when the two get a marvelous idea! Luke slams the hyperdrive button again, which basically slams the brakes and stops them from crashing headlong into Naboo. While Ben shows up in his ghostly form and freaks Vader out (like father, like son, right?), causing him to make quite the crash landing… and his day only gets worse from there. He lands dead-on into Naboo, right at the feet of (who else?) Jar Jar! And the gungan can’t help but be happy to see him, more machine than man and all! Plus, he brought his three kids along to play with “Uncle Ani”! (I know I’m not the only one wondering when that happened…) So let’s just say that Vader is no match for three little gungans and their crayons πŸ˜† Quite a fitting defeat on Vader’s part, I’d say!
So the Falcon crew is safe because Luke finally figured out that being humble is one of the first, most important things about being a Jedi, and now, Yoda knows that Luke is more than ready to start his holocron training. So now, as the holocrons call out to Luke and to Vader as well, the race is on to see who will get to them first…
So YUS!! Thank you Lego for bringing back The Yoda Chronicles and making them so so awesome! I anxiously await the next part’s arrival! So hope you guys enjoyed πŸ™‚

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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