So you’ve probably been wondering where the heck I’ve been the last couple weeks. Blame computer problems. I’m still having them in fact, but I’ve found a way around them for the time being. After all, I couldn’t stay away from writing about SW forever… this blog’s a part of me! So I’ve answered The Call and come back to doing my Transmissions. And yes that was a shameless pun. I regret nothing.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episode The Call
Upon reuniting with the Ghost crew today, we find they’re in quite the pickle. They’re running low on fuel, floating in the middle of nowhere, and they’re freezing! Hera’s literally blowing on her hands to keep them warm — while she’s already wearing GLOVES. If that doesn’t make clear how cold it is in there nothing else will. Kanan’s probably wishing he had gloves with fingers right now… all the hot kaffe in the galaxy won’t help forever XD Yes again we tend to forget about the cold unpredictableness of space until that cold unpredictableness becomes a problem. But they’re out here freezing their tails off for good reason, as they got a tip on where to find a really good deal on fuel… at least, if they can get to it before the Empire does. And then Ezra hears something he can’t describe. No one else aboard can hear it, but it’s not long before they see it. It’s a troop of whale-squid-like critters just swimming along in the cold unpredictableness of space. Totally normal right? Welcome to another day in the life of the Rebels, friends!
With the giants cruising right towards them, Chopper’s all “That’s it I’m done” XD But space whalesquids don’t care they just casually keep swimming along and whack the Ghost around in the process. Hera votes they blast the critters, who we learn are scientifically called purrgill. Kanan votes they just let them go about their business and move along to save fuel. Ezra’s suggestion to fly with them instead of against them, however, is ultimately what they go with. Kanan applauds Ezra’s brilliant idea, but Hera’s less interested in Ezra’s instincts right now and more interested in how they’re getting out of this even bigger pickle. While Kanan and Hera argue on whether the whalesquids are helpful or harmful, Ezra seems to understand something about these mostly-gentle giants. A connection seems to have formed as Ezra holds out his hand to the transparisteel where a massive silver-blue eye looks back at him. And what young Bridger starts to pick up is that something’s not right. And what’s not right are two TIEs, construction-yellow and a minus a few side panels (or whatever you’d call ’em), coming RIGHT AT THEM! They’re clearly not Imperial but they definitely don’t come across as much better. Ezra loses his weapons power and for a moment there it looks like they’re toast. The power gets rerouted and Ez manages to blast the TIE at the last second, and I do mean the VERY. LAST. SECOND. Kanan’s all “told ya so” on the saving-power thing and Hera decides the next thing she’s shutting off is his com XD So about a minute later Kanan waltzes smugly back into the cockpit to repeat how right he was. Ohhhho goshhh his smugness is too delightful and Hera’s complete lack of amusement is the icing on the cake XD But they’re gonna keep moving and try to follow those TIEs, because if they work with the Mining Guild, that could lead them to that sweet sweet fuel they need. Ezra, however, still senses they should be following the purrgill instead. Turns out, according to Sabine’s calculations, they actually should follow the purrgill. Kanan: 2, Hera: 0. Kanan is absolutely lovin’ this XD Again, his smugness is so on-point! Hera just keeps on doin’ her thing though, never once allowing her copilot’s smugness renounce her boss-lady status. But hey, Ezra’s got a good feeling about this! Considering they haven’t yet had a bad-feeling-about-this moment in the series that has to be good, right? 🙂
Ezra continues to be fascinated by these critters though. Hera’s fascination with them died out a long time ago, as these days the purrgill are more dangerous ship-smashing nuisances than the legendary organic hyperspace travelers stories made them out to be. Ezra just shrugs off her jaded opinion. And then lo and behold the purrgill lead them right to the refinery! *Does Kermit The Frog “yayyyyy”* Sabine’s got a solid plan to use some explosives mixed in with the unrefined gas to create a distraction whilst they nab that fuel. But Ezra still keeps all his attention on the whalesquids. He’s definitely seeing some connection here. Ez tries to say something but there’s no time for that — now it’s time for Kanan’s solid plan: to casually jump out of the Ghost, saunter on over, and get what they came for. Kanan is pleasantly surprised — well, actually completely shocked and dismayed — to find Sabine made some “special modifications” to his ‘trooper helmet. Hey, you give Sabine a boring blank helmet, you shouldn’t expect anything less than her giving it a makeover. Now he looks like an angry lothcat. Appropriate 🙂 And then off they go, Kanan, Ezra, Sabine, and Chopper into THE DANGAH ZOHNE!! (Again, I regret nothing) If there’s something more epic than flying with purrgill I can’t think of it off-hand. Sabine and Chopper made a perfect landing together. Kanan was indeed a lothcat and landing solidly on his feet. Ezra… may have mis-shot his landing a little. Cut him some slack Force-landing isn’t as easy as Master Jarrus makes it look! And then comes opposing blasterfire. Sabine’s ready to blow those Mining Guilders to smithereens with a couple of well-aimed detonators, but Ezra knocks them out of her hands before she can do anything. Whoa bold move bro… I think most people who come between a Mando and their weapons have very short lifespans. But Ezra’s still thinking about what’s going on with the purrgill and the gas. Ezra makes it work though and swiftly Force-pushes the dudes off the platform. Kanan decides to trust Ezra on this purrgill-gas thing and changes the plan slightly to accommodate the critters. So now Kanan and Sabine rush off the ready for the Ghost‘s landing. Hera and Zeb don’t entirely approve, but it is what it is. Well, this has been a fun day for the crew, hasn’t it? Also, gotta give Ezra props for manning such a big gun with such grace. Anyway so things seem to be falling into place pretty well at this point despite the chaos. Then, just as Ezra finally puts two and two together in this whole purrgill-gas connection, one Guilder fires at him and as soon as he backs up he plunges off the platform! OH NOES!! For so many reasons OH NOES! And the Ghost crew’s got its own problems as they’ve got Guilders firing at them from every angle and they can’t go anywhere until the ship’s fueled up. Thankfully those TIEs can be downed relatively easily with a well-aimed lightsaber cut (those side panels don’t work too well in their favor in that way). But yeah Ezra’s a little busy ATM, y’know, riding a purrgill minus his rather important helmet. Unable to breathe, he looks to the mighty beast for some sort of help. And instead finds a moment of real solid legit understanding with the majestic creature. Looking into its huge beautiful eye, he understands the purrgill need help, too. And he assures it that he will do what he can to help, too. And after a few moments of connection, the purrgill lends a tentacle with his helmet on top. Duuuude this scene is so beautifulll it gives me massive feels and makes me feel like I can do anythingggg X3
So it felt like the Rebs might’ve lost this battle (and to a jerky Guild boss dude, of all people…), but then on comes Ezra “Purrgill Rider” Bridger, bringin’ the cavalry! The whalesquids make quick work of the bad guys’ TIEs, while Ezra lightsabers the snot out of another incoming Fighter. MAJOR TEAMTWORKNESS YAAAAAS!! And then at long last the Ghost is ready to fly, our heroes are going home, the purrgill are saved, and Miner Guild bossman gets eaten. That’s what I’d call a good day’s work! In “talking” with the purrgill, Ezra had found out that the critters had needed that gas to breathe so they could continue on their journey through deep space. His connection skillz are so seriously on-point! Hera finally has found reason to appreciate these majestic beasts, and then everyone gets a spectacular treat — they watch as the purrgill head off into hyperspace! WHOAAA MIND BLOWN!! So our heroes decide they’ll take the long way back to the fleet — following the purrgill 🙂
So that was nothing short of amazing. Ah it felt so so very good to be writing again! Hopefully I’ll be able to get these Transmissions caught up soon. Until then, thanks for coming along for the ride!
Keep The Peace,