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.
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,