Rebel Transmissions: The Mystery Of Chopper Base

So I had a lovely Star Wars Day yesterday. Watched Episode I (since it’s been officially five years since I first saw it), threw in a little Clone Wars action, some Lego Droid Tales fun, read my Original Trilogy Costumes book a bit, listened to songs with SW references, ate SW Cheez-Its, and wore my BB-8 schematics shirt! But my love of Star Wars doesn’t just pertain to one day a year, it’s everyday! So let’s continue the celebration with the totally-exciting, sometimes-frightening, and always-feely episode The Mystery Of Chopper Base!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from TCW episode Legacy Of Terror and Rebels episodes Out Of Darkness, The Siege Of Lothal, Shroud Of Darkness, The Forgotten Droid, and The Mystery Of Chopper Base.

It feels good seeing the mini-Alliance finally find home. And though it’s only stated in the title, I’m sure Chopper won’t let anyone forget that it’s his base. Also I’m gonna guess AP lost a bet XP We catch the Ghost family in the middle of movin’ in, going back and forth delivering stuff to the planet surface. But while Hera is looking forward to getting settled, a few of our crewmembers are planning on taking off. Kanan and Ezra are hard at work doing some seriously intense lightsaber training. Also we get to see their blue blades in training mode! I didn’t know they could do that, but it makes a lot of sense, considering no one wants to lose a limb while practicing. Fun uncovering new secrets of the SW galaxy! Aw man they seriously got skilllllz tho. They kinda have to since they’ve got the path to Malachor lying in front of them. They practice fighting like they mean it, like their lives absolutely 100% depend on it (which will likely be very true), and as fiercely and craftily and aggressively as they can. But their skillz are pretty equally matched, as they keep coming to a draw. And as Kanan explains, there are no ties in lightsaber duels. So that means MORE PRACTICE! Whoo-hoo. Hera watches her boys with pride, but also with a glimmer of sadness. Things are getting real out here man. Just watching Kanan practice-fight dirty like an inquisitor reminds us of that. And yes I am writing this completely from the perspective I had the day I watched this. Just wanted to clear that up again.
Also “THIS IS MY EXCITED FACE!” OMG I died laughing. So perfectly Kanan. He mighta just started a meme right there. But Hera doesn’t share her copilot’s enthusiasm. Though I completely sympathize with Hera’s feelings in this moment, Kanan looks so confused it’s hilarious. Also HI AP-5!! He’s gonna have to get used to the fact the Ghost crew’s always fashionably late πŸ™‚ The world they’re setting up roots on is dry and hot and has an abundance of tiny crabby-things (which I find rather adorable, don’t tell Zeb), but it’s home! But… well, there’s always a “but”. A young Reb was setting up sensors around the perimeter when a much much larger pest problem reared its ugly head. The little bogans mirror our own reaction as she falls prey to the nightmarish beast. Oh look things just got more real.
Elsewhere Kanan and Hera survey their handiwork as the base continues to come together. But knowing Kanan and Ezra won’t be here, it makes it a little harder for Hera to be enthusiastic. Kanan reiterates how important it is for them to get the inquisitors off their backs if they want to keep this mini-Alliance going. To his credit, he’s trying here, even finally says “yeah you were right being part of a larger Rebellion is awesome”, but boy still don’t quite quite get it. But then word that one of their lieutenants is missing puts this conversation on hold. Rex and Sabine are on the case!
This won’t be the first time you hear me say this in this post, but Mystery Of Chopper Base is super-super nostalgic in addition to being always-feely. Because with the future ahead uncertain, this sorta feels like a last episode for everybody together. This golden little moment in the midst of the craziness definitely fits the nostalgia feels. Hehe Chopper seems to be living up to his “grumpy pet cat” description as he pursues a smol crab and rams right into Ezra. The astromech continued his chase after letting Ez know where Zeb went off to. Ah just like the good ol’ days… always running here and there and then getting tripped up by the family C1. Much nostalgia right there πŸ™‚ So Zeb was outside, already had a little spot of his own set up and enjoying the sunset. Interesting thought do you think Lasan was generally a hotter-temperatures planet? We know Zeb isn’t fond of the cold (but who is really?), and I get the feeling that this isn’t the most temperate world. Perhaps Zeb favors more warm desert-y climates? He even seems to have toes like a species of desert lizard (that I can’t remember the name of) that helps them walk on hot ground without burning their feet! Of course the sun is setting so maybe the weather’s more favorable at this point and he’s enjoying a more temperate evening. OK yeah I know I’m weird but like I’ve said before weather in SW is fascinating because it’s rarely obvious. Also a thought on Lasat and their old homeworld again. I’ll stop rambling now. But yeah… it’s majorly presh as Zeb invites Ezra to just chill out with him a moment. Ezra’s aware that a lot’s up in the air with what may ultimately come of their trip to Malachor. But Zeb throws some solid encouragement his way, knowing his little bro’ll be back, and by then they’ll both have stories to tell πŸ™‚ And so with that they turn up the radio and simply enjoy the moment, whatever the future holds. AUGH. THE ABSOLUTE FEELS. Still gets me thinking how much they’ve grown, how they’ve truly become brothers. GAH MOVING ON BEFORE I CRY.
Meanwhile, Rex and Sabine’s search for the lieutenant turned up dry, but they did find a HORRENDOUS GIANT CRAB-SPIDER THING!! Yeesh I wish I remembered all the species names in this episode. And now they’re back and in greater numbers! The clone and the Mando’s awesomeness combined is a sight to behold. But with the crawlers’ crusty hides resilient to blasterfire, Sabine gets knocked out and Rex gets carried off very quickly. Sabine gets back on her feet and manages to down a few of the creeps with a shot to the eye, but they very nearly get her too. Good thing the Ghost and its crew had her back. No questions the family’s making sure they get their resident “grandpa” back! OK except maybe for Zeb ’cause he’s got a problem with multi-leggers… “MORE THAN TWO LEGS IS JUST… EXCESSIVE!”. Careful bro you might’ve offended some of Admiral Trench’s spider-person kin. Granted they really just have multiple arms instead of legs, but I assume it would still come off just as creepy. Hmm… season 3 episode prediction: Zeb has to negotiate a deal with the spider-people. That would go well XD
And so, armed with lightsabers and flashlights, the Ghost team enters the tunnels. Also that bit where Ezra one-ups Zeb’s dinky flashlight with his ‘saber? PERFECTION XD With so many routes to go, Kanan suggests they split up. But instead of Ezra with half of them and Kanan with the other half, Hera suggests the Jedi go separately, knowing they’ll need to get used to Rebelling without the Force-wielders around. Again, getting some sad vibes here. So ’bout as soon as the master and padawan turn around there’s a crawler staring them down. Ezra decides to try and Force-connect with it, since, after all, it’s kinda his thing. But it seems the beastie doesn’t respond to such and just rather’d eat them. It took Kanan about 1.2 seconds to leap to his apprentice’s defense and kill the bug. Also yet another golden quote: “You always change the subject when I start winning!” XD Man the season’s been over for a month and I’m already missing the sound of their camaraderie…
So if there’s one thing that we learn from this episode, it’s that giant spider dens are creepy to the max. Oh wait, I think we already learned that from Legacy Of Terror in TCW, except those were zombie Geonosians but the principle is the same. Thank goodness Rex is still alive… even though being caught in the creature’s terrifying grip sorta puts a time limit on that matter. Hera, Sabine, and Zeb manage to pry open the cage of spider legs and free their comrade, buuuuut it’s hard to do that without waking it up so… time to go. Seems like everywhere they turn though more crawlers show up! The blaster-wielding side of the family holds their own well, but they can only shoot so many at once. Just as Hera was about to try taking one down herself, the ‘saber-wielding side of the family made their entrance. Together they manage to get out of the tunnels, but the Ghost isn’t too much safer. Those bugs quickly get to work on webbing the ship down. Ezra, Zeb, and Kanan take to the big guns, and Hera and Sabine whip out the bug-zapping shield they used on the fyrnocks, but neither make much of a dent in the spidercrabs. Only option now is to cut the ship free. Zeb’s all “NOPE”. To which Ezra responds “Greaaat the last Jedi in the galaxy are gonna get eaten BECAUSE YOU WERE TOO AFRAID TO COME OUTSIDE!!” Ah so many priceless moments πŸ˜› It’s looking like there’s no way to stop the crawlers, but then Sabine realizes they’re bothered by the sensor markers, the only reason they hadn’t set foot on the base, and the other reason they didn’t attack her earlier that day. Time for an Ezra plan! While the rest of them defend the ship from the bugs, Ezra and Kanan’ll Force-throw Sabine over to the sensor. “It’s times like this I reallyy wish I had a jetpack”. Wellll if someone had picked up on all those hints she left for Life Day things might be different now! XP New season 3 episode prediction: Sabine buys a used jetpack at the market and finds out it was stolen from Boba Fett and he’s not happy. Of course, things go well and they mayyy have given her too much of a push and oh look a cliff. *Facepalm* Couldn’tve planned for that, could ya? Also, wow major props to Rex for taking on that crabspider like he did. I mean, he basically WRESTLED IT OUT and KICKED IT IN THE FACE. Not bad for an old clone! And thank goodness ’cause man that got scary at times. Speaking of, how’s Sabine doin? Thankfully she had more of a grip on that cliffside than it looked when Ezra and Kanan pitched her over. But then ANOTHER ONE IS COMING UP BEHIND HER!! AHHH!! Thankfully she manages to get back up and get to the sensor just in time. She’s in charge now, crawlers! She’s in charge! With that, the Jedi cut the Ghost loose and head for home!
So even though the bugs are a bit of a drawback, Hera’s not about to give up this base, no sir. Ultimately, the sensors are the answer, just lots and lots and lots of sensors. Kanan’s glad to see their pest problem resolved, but Sabine’s finally done holding her silence “GO. TALK. TO. HERA.” Yes she’s noticed. She done noticed everyythingg. Kanan’s all derp like “Whut?” and Sabine’s all *facepalm* “MEN! SHE’S GONNA MISS YOU, YOU DOLT!”. He got the hint this time. Thank goodness ’cause we were all thinking what Sabine was thinking. Though I will note, as Kanan walks away, Sabine has this hint of a smile on her face… yeeeees she ships ’em just as much as we do.
So when Kanan walks over, Hera immediately turns the conversation to business stuff, since she thinks that’s probably all she’s gonna get from him. But in his own kinda awkward way, he reassures her he and Ezra’ll be all right. For a moment, he puts all the business matters and uncertainties aside, and they share a tender, bittersweet goodbye hug. “We’ll see each other again…” he promises. I absolutely about died of feels here. There were tears on my part I can promises you that. Even with no idea what was to come, it’s impossible not to feel as though it’s final somehow. It’s absolutely beautiful, and it most definitely speaks volumes about their relationship at this point, and it basically leaves me reeling with feels. Le sigh… I do love Kanan and Hera together something awful ❀
In the last few enigmatic moments of the second-to-last episode, we find Ezra trying again to reach out to a spidercrab, only to be snarled at again. At least this time it's from the safety of the sensor-surrounded base. It's about then when Ahsoka arrives. Ezra ponders why it is he can't connect, but Ahsoka can only further ponder on the many mysteries of the Force. Some questions simply can't be answered. But for now, they have bigger questions to find answers to. Malachor awaits.
So I think all I can do after an episode this incredible is wish you the best of luck to recovering from those feels. Especially if you're like me and already saw what happens next, but that's another post for another day. Until then…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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