Rebel Transmissions: Fighter Flight

Heyy to mah fellow rebels out there! It’s time once again for another Rebel Transmission! *Hits button that starts up radio show party music* Yeahh I wish. Today we’re digging into what might be one of my most favorite of favorite episodes so far, Fighter Flight. Gahhhh I can’t begin to describe how fantastic the episode is! Well, I’ll try though, but of course I’ll have to talk about the whole episode. But that’s kinda what I do on these, y’know? So yus let’s get started!!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Droids In Distress and Fighter Flight

Today would’ve probably been a regular run-of-the-mill day onboard the Ghost. But then Chopper got involved…
Ezra’s doing all this Jedi-training homework and working on fine-tuning his Force skills on a single bowl. And just when he thinks he’s got it down pat, Chopper reveals that he was the one “levitating” the dish. Now, if the little droid had just stopped there with that joke, things would’ve stayed normal, but no he had to throw it a mile further by throwing the bowl at Ezra. And that’s when the fight started, (though we can be thankful there wasn’t hot soup in that bowl, at least! Yikes that’d be painful…) and off Chopper ran with Ezra on his tail! Well, for a couple seconds anyway, as Ezra halted upon passing the lovely Sabine in the hallway. She’s just taking some time with her art, and Ezra (unsuccessfully) drops some charm on her, casually making note that he’s available if she ever needs some artistic inspiration. You have to give props to Sabine for so effortlessly letting it slide. And then Ezra was re-reminded of his true mission as Chopper decided to go into his room. I love at the last second, before he dashes after the droid, it almost looked like Ezra shot Sabine the “call me” sign XD OK so he probably didn’t really but it made me laugh. I don’t think people can do that in a world where Earth-esque phones don’t exist… and the fact that, you know, they all live in the same ship and stuff. Aww I’m sorry I adore whatever is going on with them X3
And here’s where this otherwise boring day took a really crazy turn. As we know, Ezra shares quarters with Zeb. And right now, he might as well have walked into the cave of a hibernating bear, ’cause Zeb is trying to sleep and he makes it pretty clear that he wants to be left to rest. What neither of them called for was Chopper to hit Ezra with a few volts, and in missing the boy, hitting Zeb as well. And Chopper just laughs… right before getting the heck outta there when Zeb decides to hand out some knuckle sandwiches on the both of them. Ezra has a secret weapon of his own, though… he saved Zeb’s life last episode and therefore can hold it over his head. After a bit more arguing, Ezra decided to sort of assert his dominance and his status as co-owner of the room and got up on his bunk above Zeb’s and well… who’da thunk it, but the bunk decided to then fall loose. On top of Zeb. Now Ezra’s on the run from Zeb’s fury. Sorry mind if I just laugh my head off now? What are the odds?! XD XD Yeah you can thank Chopper for that, who might’ve stolen a couple of somewhat important bolts from the bunks. Sabine was then struck by inspiration… something to tie the boys’ room together, perhaps? πŸ™‚
So Kanan was just doing whatever when in ran his panicked Padawan pursued by a dead-angry Lasat. Yeahhh now he’s gonna have to re-stack all those crates all over again! That’s where Hera finally has to come in. And as moms know, if your kids can’t do anything but make trouble, you get them to do some hard work. And that’s indeed what she does when she sends Ezra and Zeb off grocery shopping… together. Hehehe. Also, she decides to send them on a bit of a wild Bantha chase making it clear they need to come back with some meillorun fruit… which btw is stupid rare and isn’t native to Lothal. But off the boys go begrudgingly, ’cause when Captain Syndulla tells you to do something, you do it.
In the marketplace, Ezra does happen to run into a friendly face, a gentleman named Mr. Sumar. As we find out later, he was a family friend of Ezra’s parents, which definitely was a fascinating new development. I kinda had figured Ezra might’ve mostly raised himself, but this seems to say that his parents were around longer than I would’ve guessed. Wow deep. Sorry anyway, I really like Mr. Sumar. He’s just so friendly and warm, but also strong-rooted in his beliefs. And we definitely see that last part as an Imperial and his ‘troopers make an interest in buying his land and he’s all “Um let me think about it NO.”. Ezra gets only a brief glimpse of all this before running back into Zeb again. Zeb’s already got ahold of everything they need, except of course for the meilloruns. Mr. Sumar had tipped Ezra off that the fruits weren’t an easy find on Lothal, so he wasn’t going to worry about it. But Zeb went all perfectionist on us and started off to find some and handed part of the cargo over to Ezra. Ezra pulled the “saved-your-life” thing again and Zeb’s frustration with him ended up pointing them in the direction of – I’m serious – a crate full of meilloruns! And guess who’d bought that crate? The Imperials of course. In one of the Jedi Prince series of books, they do a great deal of describing one such Imperial dinner party and what exotic (and some illegal) dishes they had on the table, so yeah not surprised those guys have such expensive taste. But Ezra has no problem with doing a little thievery and tries to use the Force to open the crate when the ‘troopers aren’t looking. Which sorta worked for a couple seconds before another Stormtrooper walked over and clamped down the lid (probably thinking “Pshh these cheap crates…”). Zeb has a brief laugh at Ezra (even though a couple seconds into the Force-wielding Zeb seemed to be somewhat impressed), but young Bridger isn’t giving up so easily; if he can’t bring the meilloruns to him, he’ll just bring himself to the meilloruns. He did a pretty decent job sneaking around and making his move, but at the last second, just as grabbed a fruit, all Imperial blasters were aimed in his direction. He was going to just put it back and not give them any trouble, but then Zeb K.O’d the baddies with their supply crates and the two made a run for it. Yeah I feel kinda bad for them that they lost what they came here for trying to get something they didn’t need… is that weird? But I guess it’s hard for them to worry about it when they’ve got ‘troopers at their necks. In the midst of the chase, the two end up being separated, Ezra on the rooftops and Zeb on the ground, and before long, Zeb happens to find himself standing in front of a parked TIE Fighter. Boy, it is really something when you realized just how big they are next to a person! The pilot’s all “Yesss!! A rebel! I’m so gonna get that promotion now!”. I love that he’s not wearing his helmet at the moment, because when they wear those helmets, sometimes you forget they’re people. Which makes it all the funnier when he gives this girlish scream and priceless freaked-out expression when Zeb makes a dead-on leap on the window XD After promptly tossing out the pilot, Zeb’s at the controls now, and it looks like they take some getting used to. Gotta get a feel for the vehicle, see how much play’s in the steering controls, and put on a decent radio station (EMPR FM 77.5 is not Zeb’s style). Oh, and blasting the Imperials and everything else in sight. Yep, just what we’d all do if we got to take a TIE for a joyride. Now to give Ezra a lift…
Because yeah the poor kid’s been dashing across the rooftops with Stormtrooper blasterfire coming at him from behind. Looks like for once a TIE is a welcome sight… at least, once Zeb gets Ezra to make it clear they’re even now. But do things calm down from this point? Eh not really. They start fighting over the controls, they accidentally blow up a fruit stand, the fruit blocks the window… it’s not good. And now all they’ve got is Ezra’s Force-sensing abilities to guide them as they try to figure out how to land, especially when a bunch of not-so-little rock formations stand in their way.
So meanwhile, Chopper and Kanan were playing a casual game of dejarik, and you don’t have to understand astromech-speak to tell that Chopper’s pwning Kanan at the moment. I about exploded with the giggles watching Chopper kinda dance and go “WHOOPWHOOP-WHOOPWHOOP!” XD And then Kanan goes and makes a comeback and Chopper’s like “Uncool”. Hera becomes a casual observer in their little game and just as a call comes through from the boys. Yeah their problems are a lot bigger than just a lack of meilloruns… they happen to be driving a TIE fighter. It is literally the best thing to have Kanan and Hera bark back “YOU DID WHAT?! GET RID OF IT!” and Zeb and Ezra are all “Aw do we have to?” like a couple of boys having brought home a frog πŸ˜† Kanan tells them to fly on over back to the Ghost’s rendevouz point ASAP. And they’re gonna try… if they can, y’know… find the way there.
On the other side of town, things aren’t looking so good for the Sumars. The Imperials know how to get what they want. Forget buying land, just blow up their home and imprison the folks! So easy! Oh noessss why the Sumars?? Ezra picked up on the smoke coming from their direction though, and so it looks like this TIE’ll be taking a little detour.
So the nice thing about piloting TIEs is that the bad guys wouldn’t suspect a thing. The plan’s in motion; Zeb’s gotten the troop transports to slow down, and Ezra’s aimed for the top of the transport holding the innocents. Nothing could go wrong right? Well you’d think the bad guys wouldn’tve suspected a TIE fighter, but unfortunately they kinda do, as they know one got stolen earlier. Zeb resorts to the “I’m-going-through-a-tunnel-we’re-breaking-up-I’ll-call-you-back-later” game, which yeah doesn’t work that well. But in the midst of that, Ezra finally freed the Sumars, with a little help from the Force. Which is great yeah but once you open a few doors, everybody in the transport knows it and along come the ‘troopers once more! Oh, and these transports also happen to have gun turrets on top, the better to fry the rogue TIE and Ezra with. But Ezra finds some unexpected weapons aboard… meillorun. They look like a pomegranate/mango hybrid, but they’ve got the strength of a solid coconut, and make excellent ammo against Stormtroopers. I find it so funny that when one of the ‘troopers finally has Ezra in a corner, he just stares at his fruity weapon and says “Wait… so you did all of this just for fruit?”. You don’t typically think of these guys having much say in a situation, but there you go, a ‘trooper who can actually think for himself! But then Ezra rams that meillorun into the ‘trooper’s gut and makes a run for it. And then he jams one-half of the turret with a spare wrench so yeah… as the Stormtrooper went flying out of the explosion, I’m pretty sure he was not thrilled that he went down seemingly because of a crate of fruit. Ezra got what he came for though… his friends freed and a meillorun in hand. Oh but then came along more ‘troopers! But Zeb came along just in time with a truly fantastic rescue as he grabs Ezra while using his feet to steer the fighter upside down! Not too shabby, Orellios πŸ™‚
Back in the safety of the TIE, it looks like the boys are even for good. And Zeb actually does something nice and offers his young comrade the TIE pilot’s helmet. Though Ezra already has one, he does the right thing and accepts his thoughtful gift.
So by the time they’re back home, Kanan and Hera had been waiting for them some time. Evidently the guys crashed the TIE… or so they say, we really don’t get a lot of dish on that, but Master Jarrus is satisfied so all’s good. And man oh man is it weird I kinda teared up a bit, watching Ezra and Zeb run into the Ghost together, laughing and throwing play punches and noogie-ing and acting like best friends? That got me man… because it’s these moments of friendship and togetherness that make the happiest moments in the SW galaxy πŸ™‚ Andddd then they head back to their room, and there’s Sabine, finished with her latest masterpiece. That being a lovely portrait of Ezra’s bunk landing on Zeb. The boys are like “Seriously?!” XD But come on it really is a fun drawing… it’s quite cartoony with a dash of anime-ish-ness, and somehow she did all of it with spray paint! But when Chopper comes in laughing, it occurs to the two of them that all of this crazy happened because of him, and thus the chase begins again, except this time, these two brothers-from-other-mothers are on the same side πŸ™‚ Aww yay! ^w^ Well, not yay for Chopper, but he got what was coming to him πŸ˜›
And so wow man, what an amazing episode! So funny and heartfelt and exciting! I love this show a little more with every episode, and I already loved it tons to begin with so that’s saying something! Until our next adventure…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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