Rebel Transmissions: Gathering Forces

Hey to the fans out there. Sorry for the hiatus these past couple of weeks… first it was Thanksgiving weekend and I was too busy (not to mention too obsessed with the new Episode VII teaser to say anything useful! I’m still geeking out over it!), and last week I was fighting a cold. But now I’m at the ready to bring you the last Rebel Transmission of the year and talk about Gathering Forces! This episode is seriously so amazing and so mind-blowing it’s hard for me to put it all into words, so bear with me if this comes off in any way “meh”. Now onto the excited second part!
Note: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, Episode V, Rebels episodes Out Of Darkness, Empire Day and Gathering Forces

So where were we…? Oh yeah. THE TIES ARE CHASING THE GHOST AND THEY SHOT DOWN CHOPPER AND SABINE WAS ABOUT TO GO JOIN THE FIGHT WHEN TSEEBO THIS RODIAN WHO HAS DIRT ON THE EMPIRE TELLS EZRA HE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS PARENTS AND EZRA BE LIKE O.O AND EVERYTHING RESTS ON WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!
Does that get you caught up? ‘K good. And BTW I think I just won the Run-On Sentence Of The Year award. But sue me this is a huge deal! We reunite with the Rebs as Hera continues to do her best to evade the Imperials, and Zeb finds Chopper shorted out at the gun and takes over. Ahhh the poor little droid!! I always freak out when this stuff happens… whether it was Artoo getting injured in the Battle of Yavin/Endor or Threepio on Bespin! Thank goodness droids can be fixed. Anyway, Zeb and Kanan are shooting their best as more and more TIEs show up to the party. And seriously, there are a lot of ’em… like fruit flies to a watermelon in July! And of course, it doesn’t help that one of these “flies” is The Inquisitor, and the guy has some wicked good aim. Back on board, Sabine gets the call to get back in the gun turret, but what about Ezra? Ezra, who stands here with some potentially mind-blowing information on his hands. She seriously wants to find out more, but Ezra reiterates his belief that his parents are dead, and urges her on. But as soon as she reluctantly leaves, Ezra absolutely begs to know what Tseebo knows, and if the boy’s assumptions are… right. In the midst of the chaos of the chase, Tseebo asks for forgiveness. The Bridgers were in fact taken away, but Tseebo was too scared to do anything about it, and he wasn’t able to fulfill his promise that he would take care of Ezra. Of his parents’ whereabouts, the Rodian doesn’t know. Ezra is so mad at him for this… just the fact that he didn’t try and didn’t do what he could’ve done, even what his parents wanted him to do. Ezra absolutely refuses to forgive Tseebo. And as he retreats back to the cockpit to help take out the last few Fighters, the poor Rodian looks lost again. This whole scene is just so raw, so emotionally cutting, it’s another clear example of how talented the people working on this show are. But man, it is just… wow… I hurt for Ezra because he is both disheartened and infuriated over the situation, and I hurt for Tseebo, who genuinely wishes he could undo his mistakes, and all he wanted was a little forgiveness. I literally was crying here, or at least making squeaky whimpering sounds of emotional turmoil. And now the ‘Quiz just hit the Ghost with a tracking device of some sort and Ezra’s got a fried navcomputer to fix, and not a lot of time to do it. But then in walks Tseebo, who casually waltzes in and fixes the navcomputer in like three seconds, and now our heroes our back off to hyperspace! Needless to say, Hera is quite impressed and quite thankful for our new friend’s help. But Ezra’s still not too happy with him.
Elsewhere, ‘Quizzy’s not thrilled he lost the Rebels, but he’s got the tracker on their ship and don’t think for a moment that he’s not following them. And thinking about finally doing away with those two Jedi…
Back on the Ghost, things are quiet as the gang works both on fixing Chopper and figuring out what they should do with Tseebo. Ezra really doesn’t care, but Kanan knows he does if the boy’s honest with himself. And as Sabine deduces, Tseebo is already a hero for so many reasons, including the fact he likely volunteered for that headgear so he could nab all those Imperial secrets. But Ezra’s still not convinced. Oh, and great news! Chopper is OK! As soon as he got turned on again, he pretty much did karate on everyone as if to say “Whoa hold on! You all get out of my personal space!”. Yup, he’s perfectly fine! 🙂 But then Tseebo reveals that he knows about the tracker on the ship (how he knows I have no clue but he’s good that way), so Chopper gets put to work pretty fast to find the doohickey. And lo and behold there is one. But Kanan’s got a plan in mind to keep the Imperials at bay. The device is stuck to the Phantom, so Kanan and Ezra can detach and take a ride in it. And why them? Because Kanan knows that if The Inquisitor’s involved, he’ll be able to use his Force-sensory to track them as well. And they plan to take a side trip to good ol’ Base Fyrnock from back in Out Of Darkness. As you can figure Ezra just loves this plan NOT. But the Jedi gotta do what the Jedi gotta do.
Before leaving, Sabine tries again to talk to Ezra, to convince him to talk to Tseebo, to get things straightened out. But to no avail, as Ezra really doesn’t believe he can allow himself to hope that his parents could be alive. I am consistently impressed with the way they interact in this episode. The way Sabine really does want to hold out for hope and help her friend, and the way Ezra just won’t allow himself to believe anything but that his parents are long-gone and makes that point very clearly. It really says something about how much Sabine actually cares for him, and the fact they both can be this honest with each other is pretty incredible. As Kanan comes back in to get Ezra, young Bridger completely decides against having any final words with the Rodian, and simply leaves. Sabine looks genuinely disappointed in him. And Tseebo seems to be fascinated with the Ghost‘s ceiling. Hehe.
So with our Jedi friends strapped in on the Phantom and few goodbyes-and-good-lucks, they detach. This whole scene had me on the edge of my seat. They’re basically free-falling through hyperspace and popping out of nowhere to their destination. It really does remind you again “Hey, they’re not just driving on the street or even flying through the air, they’re in SPACE! Cold, mysterious, unpredictable SPACE!”. But though the freefall flight was rough, they had no problem making it to the less-than-favorable base sweet base.
But alas! Elsewhere The Inquisitor sensed the Jedi had made their own path. I just love how when he says “I sense movement in the Force”, the Imperial nearby is kinda like “Uh… how to I respond to that? I have no clue what makes up that weird religion of theirs…” XD Either way, the baddies are on their way.
As the Phantom touched down on that dusty planet, Kanan decided then to reveal his plan to Ezra. And the plan is that Ezra Force-connect with the Fyrnocks. Again, Ezra really isn’t a fan of the plan. But Kanan figures he’ll learn better under a little pressure… like the fact that they both depend on Ezra pulling this off or they’re doomed. Easy, right? Ezra’s not shying around the fact he’s freaked out, but what Kanan says following that is pretty fantastic: “Well guess what? Everyone’s afraid. But admitting it like you just did makes you braver than all of us.” So poignant. But yeah that doesn’t entirely remedy the situation. You know, the fact that there are ferocious nasty fyrnocks waiting outside the door. It’s no wonder that Ezra looks terrified to step outside the door. Now, thankfully they aren’t attacked right after stepping outside. But it sure doesn’t take long for the Fyrnocks start showing their creepy faces. Ezra starts attempting to Force-connect with the critters like crazy. I find it funny that he just keeps on muttering “one with the Force, one with the Force…” over and over like that’ll make any difference. But give him a break! Anyone of us would’ve probably done the same thing. Kanan finally jumps in and reminds him that he needs to let go and let his guard down if he wants to connect with them. But Ezra’s just not sure he can, ’cause he’s afraid of more than just dying at their claws. He’s afraid of finding out the truth he’s made himself believe; he hasn’t let all his hope die, not really, but he’s afraid to find out that he was right. And in that last split-second before the fyrnocks pounced, he forgave Tseebo. Flat-out honestly legitimately forgave him. And Tseebo, back on the Ghost, somehow knew, and apologized once more for what he didn’t do. SO MUCH DEEPNESS. SO MUCH FEELS. It’s really amazing since it’s just so true… forgiveness is always freeing, whether they recognize it or not. ‘Cause we all make mistakes sometimes / And we’ve all stepped across that line / But nothing’s sweeter than the day we find forgiveness / Forgiveness… OK sorry we’re getting back to the story now but what a great reminder! How powerful! How beautiful! Gahhh it makes me feel so happy :3 And just like that, Ezra has all the fyrnocks sitting patiently at his feet. GO EZRA!
On the Ghost, Hera’s made arrangements with Fulcrum to take care of Tseebo. Once again, Sabine’s a bit bummed she’s not going to be involved (Zeb’s not overly thrilled to be left out of the action either), but something she holds is currently more important as of the moment… something that will be more important later. As Hera leads Tseebo out, she gets the opportunity to talk with him… and finds out some stuff about the Bridgers that Ezra will definitely want to hear later.
So it didn’t take long for The Inquisitor and his Stormtrooper cronies to land at the base. What they didn’t expect was to find the Jedi chilling out with the fyrnocks. Andddd as you might’ve expected it took like five seconds for Kanan and Ezra to sic ’em on the ‘Troopers. Of course, The Inquisitor is not impressed. Since he has the Force on his side fyrnocks are NBD. So while Ezra continues pointing the critters in the direction of the Stormtroopers, Kanan and the ‘Quiz end up pulling out the lightsabers this time around. And ‘Quizzy seems to be enjoying this way way wayyy too much. He’s just got this mad grin on his face the majority of the duel, like he just knows he’s going to win. In the midst of it, Kanan tries pulling out his blaster as well, but it was nothing for ‘Quiz to nab the thing and give Kanan a kick and a Force push that would send him sprawling into a wall, knocking out the Jedi. Aww boo, Inquisitor! Boo! That was a cheap shot! Ezra drops everything then and there to help his master, and he does so by Force-grabbing his ‘saber and standing up to ‘Quiz. Anddd then The Inquisitor snatches it right out of his hand. Ezra gets points for heart, but loses some for not thinking this through entirely. Even Ezra seems to admit that for a split second with a sheepish grin on his face. But The Inquisitor is all business and is happily ready to kill them both. With lightsabers in hand, he corners the boy and a well-placed Force push nearly throws Ezra over the cliffside. Ezra’s clearly not happy with him, but The Inquisitor clearly enjoys this. Ezra’s angry and that means opportunity… and he makes an offer to teach Young Bridger the dark side. When Ezra still denies such, ‘Quiz just shrugs and starts going on about how he’ll die, his friends’ll die, and everything that matters to him will be lost. Just what Sith do, of course. And all of a sudden… something huge happens. Something in Ezra snaps. And as Kanan comes to, what would he see but Ezra bringing the Fyrnock queen in for a visit… and pointing in the direction of The Inquisitor. ‘Quiz isn’t dead terrified, but he’s sure more cautious-looking than when he was fighting the guys before. After summoning the beast to his bidding, Ezra conks out. Not the best place to do so since he’s teetering near the edge of the cliff. Kanan makes a run for it and grabs Ezra, who has no clue what just happened. And after grabbing the fallen-from-The-Quiz’s-hand lightsaber, our heroes are on their way back home. It’s a really enigmatic scene, as we’re in awe of what Ezra is capable of, but worried because we know he just played with the dark side, and then we’re relieved he saved their lives and that The Inquisitor can’t do much to get them after his ship is damaged, and then we’re just flat-out worried for Ezra’s well-being after being knocked out from the experience. It’s really a lot to take in and a lot to think about. And really, the biggest question is: how does this possibly affect Ezra’s future? We’re all wondering, I know it.
On the Phantom, Kanan ends up explaining what exactly Ezra did. Including the fact that Ezra needs to be careful, since even with good intent, he still did it with anger and fear. Kanan admits that he had no clue his padawan’s abilities were growing so fast, and now, they can do more to prepare Ezra for whatever will come his way next.
Back on board, Ezra doesn’t get the chance to hear whatever it was that Hera was going to tell him. But certainly, that will come into play later. In the meantime, he seeks a moment of solace in the gun turret seat, just gazing at the stars and thinking. And then in walks Sabine, who happens to have something for him (also, if you’re taking notes, this is the same gun turret where Ezra and Sabine met face-to-face; cue “awws”). Remember that thing I mentioned she had? It’s a holodisc, the very same that was at Ezra’s house that he didn’t bother saying anything about. She took some time in fixing it up, and it reveals itself to be a family portrait of the Bridgers, of Ezra as a spunky little seven-year-old with his mom and dad. A simple, but perfect gift. Sabine just smiles and says “Happy Birthday, Ezra Bridger” and walks away. But wow… such legit feels here. And the look on Ezra’s face…! He looks so happy! We may not yet know what’s become of his family, but we do know that there’s always hope, and hopefully this simple gesture of kindness will be a forever of just that 🙂 Awwwwww… ❤
So anyone else wiping away a few tears now? I know it's not just me. So thanks for joining me on this fantastic episode! I'll hopefully see you guys soon for another Rebel Transmission next month and for more talk about Star Wars! Until then, I wish you guys the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of holidays!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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