Rebel Transmissions: Path Of The Jedi

Hellooooo my fellow Star Wars fans! It’s a new year and time to get back on the blogging transport! The first post of this gloriously SW-filled year will be another Rebel Transmission, and this one’s on the mind-blowing, heart-wrenching, totally unpredictable, fantasticly fantastic Path Of The Jedi! Step inside… but remember, there’s no turning back. OK technically that’s what the “back” button on your browser is for, but I would hope you wouldn’t do that without having joined me in my thoughts and queries and theories and interesting tidbits. So without further ado, Path Of The Jedi‘s Rebel Transmission, ladies and gents!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, TCW episodes Voices and Sacrifice, Rebels episodes Gathering Forces and Path Of The Jedi.

I’m sure we can all relate to Kanan in this situation at some point in our lives. We spend all day planning to do something with a friend or family member and then said friend or family member goes and forgets about it, or is late, or distracted, etc, etc. Kanan has this whole Jedi test-thing planned for today and Ezra’s not on board the Ghost. For whatever reason, he came running back to the ship. His excuse? He was hanging out with Sabine. The question remains though… what were they doing out there anyway? Pranking some unsuspecting Imperial officer, I’m sure 🙂 Can you spell “paintballs”? Hehehe. Or technically paintBOMBS, the way Miss Wren works! OK not the point. If Ezra’d told his master that this episode would’ve probably gone an entirely different direction (can you also spell “angry paint-splattered Imperial”? XD ). Needless to say Kanan wasn’t really all that happy for his late arrival. Apparently this whole “being-late-for-Jedi-training-or-sometimes-missing-it-entirely-to-begin-with” thing is nothing new as of late. It’s not easy being a kid and then suddenly being a Jedi, and even harder going from a street kid to a Jedi. This is a lot of the reason Kanan’s planned this test out for today. Back on that fyrnock-covered asteroid, Ezra might’ve played with dark-sidery in fighting the ‘Quiz and Kanan’s well-aware that that incident and his padawan’s lack of focus/discipline/etc. could become a bad combination. And this test will prove if Ezra’s meant to be a Jedi or not. Which is kind of a huge potentially planetshaking question… and just the fact alone that Ezra’s future as a Force-wielder is questionable is kinda like… “ermagosh whaaaat?!”. And Young Bridger is clearly thinking the same thing we are. If he finds out he’s not meant to be a Jedi… what does that make him? Is there really any in-between between Jedi and Sith? Thinking on this, not really… the Sith are selfish and the Jedi are selfless… no one’s able to be either one of these all the time, but what you choose to do with such powers, that’s where your loyalty to which side lies. If it’s used for the good of others, or if it’s used for your own good, and even good, seemingly harmless intentions can be corrupted. Don’t think for a moment that Anakin wanted chaos and destruction, he believed he was getting order and justice, but figured out along the road that order and justice doesn’t seem to add up with your boss hitting your kid with Force lightning. Did any of that make sense? If it did, yay, I can actually have deep meaningful conversation! But yeah… still, who is Ezra, if not a Jedi? Which side does he really lean to? Ooooooh intrigue! On the lighter side of things though… man, that bit of “My master would’ve never let you get away with–” “All the things you tried to get away with?” and the look Kanan shoots him XD Perhaps Kanan did his fair share of pranking as well back at the Jedi Temple? Somehow that wouldn’t surprise me. Anyway, off our master and padawan go! Before their departure, Kanan confesses to Hera his uncertainties about the whole thing, but she’s awesome and cheers him on, believing that they both apprentice – and master- will pass the tests ahead of them. Aghh the feels here I just about died!! Hera always knows what to say :3
So as the Phantom goes off on its merry way, Kanan explains where they’re headed. Apparently, that one Jedi Temple we all know from the Prequels and the frosty one on Illum are far from the only ones. There are quite a number of them here and there and everywhere… except of course since most of them were destroyed by the Empire they’re not really “everywhere”. But that’s the first problem on this test: Ezra needs to use the Force to find their closest Temple. And after a few moments of uncertainty, Ezra finds there’s one smack-dab on Lothal! He won’t even have to leave his home planet! Of course, Kanan already knew this because holocron maps but hey, not too shabby Young Bridger 🙂 It’s quite the impressive structure for sure; it’s basically a really big conical rock amongst smaller really big conical rocks. Of course that’s hardly a good description, but whatever you and I both know it’s some kinda awesome-looking! And on top of that, it appears we’re at the Lothal poles, ’cause there’s a fair amount of ice, snow, and auroras up here. Not as frigid as Illum , but still a little chilly, evidently. Man my head about exploded at those gorgeous auroras! Seems weird we’ve never seen them in SW before! (OK if we technically have and I don’t remember it, don’t out me on it please…) So all awe over the temple aside, Ezra’s now in charge of finding the door. Turns out there’s only a door when both teacher and student use the Force together. Man I never ever get tired of watching Kanan and Ezra work together! It’s one of the times when they’re both really really in sync, when they stand out in front of something with hands extended and full focus on the Force. So now the two walk into the dark tunnel that leads into the Lothal temple. Which goes great until HOLY CANNOLI THAT’S A JEDI SKELETON and Ezra did what all of us would do and freak out. Anddd loss of focus = ominous door closing. Whoops. Ezra has the best combination of expressions on his face, one of “GOOD NIGHT THAT WAS DISTURBING!” and the other all “uh… I’m guessing that door closing’s my fault… heh…”. And now Kanan explains the test at hand. Ezra’s basically going into the “cave” a la Luke Skywalker. He’s going to be facing his fears, and Kanan’s going to sit this one out… with his fellow (deceased) Jedi. Sooo weird thought: these two Jedi who “sat this one out” never had their apprentices come back and I guess got locked in. But… didn’t anyone else come over and let them out?? What happened to those padawans?? And how is it they apparently died meditating? They just sat there and waited and waited and waiting until they joined with the Force? And then it occurs to us that basically Kanan’s life is riding on Ezra’s success out here. Yikes O.O And as soon as Ezra walks further into the Temple… a door happens to close behind him. Yup. It’s everyone’s nightmare of doing a test where you don’t know all the answers. OK it’s worse than that in some aspects, and better than that in other ways. Hoo boy this is where the fun begins. Ezra ventures through the dark tunnel until he comes upon three different pathways, and chooses it on account of a little Lothal edition of eenie-meenie-miney-moe (which honestly made me chuckle a little). And then uh… Kanan shows up behind him, all “Really man?”. And I’m all “wait… how’d he get through the doorOHhh wait is this real??”. Looking back, I’m surprised I didn’t realize it was all an illusion. But at the time, the interactions between Ezra and Kanan seemed so real… it was hard to know for sure. I remember back on the TCW episode Sacrifice how when Yoda and Anakin were evidently leading the troops against the Emperor and how it was hard to know if it was for real or not. Even when stuff happened that seemed to be impossible, like Anakin killing Dooku, I still had to wonder. But boy oh boy this episode upped the ante on the whole “real or illusion” thing in a way I couldn’tve imagined, that took the epicness of that TCW episode and brought it up a few notches more. So anyway, Ezra found himself running after his master, trying to figure out what the apparent rush was. And then suddenly the sound of a lightsaber striking and a cry of pain from Kanan. And when Ezra turns around… there stands The Inquisitor. With a wounded Kanan. And that all-too famliar deadly double-red blade. Kanan had warned Ezra that the Empire could be watching… so somehow the fact that ‘Quiz somehow got in here seems really really believable. And there’s nothing about Quizzy that seems out-of-place… still his unique blend of classy-evil, asking who wants to die first as casually as asking who wants some tea. He takes a few steps toward Ezra, but then Kanan, even with his injured arm, pulls out his lightsaber to defend him. And so starts a seriously intense duel that continues to make us wonder if what we’re seeing is real or not. And Ezra can only stand and watch; anything he tries to do just gets met with a Force-choke-throw from the ‘Quiz. Yeah looking back, this battle seems all-too familiar to another three-way lightsaber battle that doesn’t end well. And seriously, this is one of the most frightening duels yet, as we really don’t know if this is reality. It’s still frightening even knowing how it ends! And the ‘Quiz’s nasty grins in the middle of it all certainly don’t help. And thennn oh gosh The Inquisitor plays dirty and pulls out the second blade on his ‘saber and uses it to trip Kanan up… and then that moment we all feared… The Inquisitor drives the blade through Master Jarrus’s chest. No words can adequately describe the sheer distress and horror that comes when this kind of thing happens. No words. Except I usually make a pained gasp-squeak of emotional turmoil. I mean, I spent a lot of this episode wondering if we’d indeed lost Kanan after not even half a season. And if there’s one thing harder to watch than Kanan (assumptively) die, it’s watching Ezra watch Kanan (assumptively) die. AUGHHHH SO MUCH TEARS…! Literally just seeing that hint of tears in Ezra’s eyes about made me lose it myself. Of course, after the grief comes the anger. Ezra grabs Kanan’s saber and intends to fully avenge his master. But it doesn’t work! And The Inquisitor throwing around his blade like he does pushes Ezra literally to the edge, and is sent sprawling into an abyss. And he wakes up in… his room on the Ghost? Now this part seemed to clearly be an illusion… mostly. Honestly I felt like I’d gone to Wonderland at this point, where the doorknobs talk and up is down and right is left. I admit I was holding my breath in case it turned out to be like Episode IV and everyone he cared about had been killed by the Empire *shudders*. Oh but it was almost as bad… Ezra finds himself overhearing a conversation amongst Hera, Zeb, and Sabine… and they’re all talking about him. Hera seems to have lost all faith in him, and only regrets his loss because of what he was capable of. Zeb’s just glad to have his quarters back to himself. And Sabine pities him. OUCH. So much OUCH. At all of this, Ezra starts to put two and two together, that this can’t be real. And then, judging by the sudden shade of red in the room… and all the painful sounds that follow it… Ezra witnesses the very thing I feared we’d see the aftermath of. Aughhh Sabine’s unanswered cry for help is like a punch in the gut. And just seeing the hint of her having fallen at The Inquisitor’s hands… no words. I’m actually having trouble typing this man… I hurt for Ezra so much right now I can’t even… 😥 And then ‘Quiz slowly but surely corners Ezra… but before he knows it, Young Bridger takes another fall, and he’s back in the Temple. But he’s still standing behind a locked door, and he still has no idea what to do, where to go, or if he’d really lost his master. And now he’s alone, drowning in his fear of abandonment. Yup my heart’s pretty much broken now. WHYYYYYYYY. But then Ezra holds on to a single strand of hope. He’s survived being abandoned before, so he can do it again, and maybe Kanan’s not dead and he needs his help. But behind door number #1 is The Inquisitor… again. Ezra fires back that, since he was on the Ghost, the ‘Quiz must be an illusion, too. But then Quizzy is all “Maybe that was, but I’m not.” and grabs Ezra, and that alone is enough to set us in the audience on panic mode. If he can literally do that… doesn’t that make him real? And then we start freaking out for Ezra, and it starts to set in that Kanan might very well be dead. Hoo buddy this part will never fail to terrify me, just because it really starts to make us question any lingering thoughts we had earlier about it being an illusion. The Inquisitor corners Ezra once more, casually asking if the boy’s afraid to die (while, of course, holding on to his lightsaber). But as Ezra stands here, unarmed with seemingly nowhere to go with no chance of surviving, he comes on his own terms to realize that, while he may be afraid of abandonment, disappointing Kanan, and losing the people who matter to him most, he’s not afraid to face death. Gaahhhh the bravery on Ezra’s face…! The tears on my face are just streaming down. And then he calmly stands as the ‘Quiz strikes a red blade through him. But alas! Ezra’s still alive. Suddenly the red light fades away, and he’s alone once more. And in the quiet of the moment, he hears a voice. A voice he’s never heard, but one we certainly have… excuse me while I break up all this deep discussion with a fangirl moment OMGOSH IT’S YODA!!! NOT ONLY THAT BUT IT’S FRANK OZ YODA!! THE REAL FRANK OZ!!! (Not of course that Tom Kane wasn’t just as amazing, but you get what I mean) SQUEEEEEEEEEE!! OwO “For what lies ahead, ready are you?” so much deep, Master Yoda! And then the voice manifests himself in the form of sparkly lights, just like Qui-Gon back on Voices! I can see Yoda’s done well in his immortality lessons thus far 🙂 And naturally, when someone introduces themself as a guide and appears in sparkly light-form, you have to follow them. And Ezra starts on the next half of his journey, the one where he follows the light.
It is now that we finally see Kanan again. And oh happy day he’s alive!! Still just meditating away, wondering what’s taking Ezra so long. And then Yoda decides to talk to him for a bit. Consider Kanan’s mind BLOWN. As well… he was on the boat with everyone else that you can’t exactly go around talking to people when you’re dead. Of course, Yoda’s not dead, but does Kanan know that? Either way, it’s still kinda weird having someone subliminally talk to you when they’re not around. After he recovers from the shock, Kanan’s cool with getting to somehow talk with his long-time-no-seen master-of-masters. Yoda can tell that Kanan’s a little reluctant in the teaching game. And Kanan admits that he does sometimes have second thoughts about training Ezra, only because he doubts himself and his capabilities. Poor guy still doesn’t feel qualified. With Ezra seemingly growing stronger by the minute he’s not sure if he can keep up, and if he can avoid failing the boy. And honestly? Kanan isn’t totally sure whether his feelings are right or wrong sometimes, he’s been out of the Jedi game for so long. But Kanan will do everything in his power to keep Ezra from taking the paths he took. YUS. You go, Master Jarrus!
Meanwhile, Ezra and Yoda’s conversation continues. Man, Yoda is so good at what he does. When Ezra comes to that three-way doorway, Yoda tells him to trust the Force and himself to help him find his way. Once he’s picked his door, he finds himself in a room lit dimly by glowing carvings on the wall. And it’s there that Yoda decides to ask him why Ezra wants to be a Jedi in the first place. Yeah that’s a good question, because most of us would answer that with “I’m in it for the lightsaber” (c’mon, honest, you must be). His first answer is because Kanan believes he can, which isn’t that good of an answer. His second answer is that he’s maybe interested in the power, and a lot interested in getting back at the Empire and everything they cost him. Yeah that’s just a bad answer period, Yoda knows that for sure. But it’s his third answer that’s the real truth. He wants to protect others, including the people who made him see that there was more to life than just fighting for oneself. The people who helped him see the joy in giving to others, in helping others, in showing love to others, and made him find joy and purpose in that as well. It makes him feel alive. Just… wow. Aw man… *sniff*. It’s then that Yoda assures him that though the path will not be easy, becoming a Jedi is a very likely happening in Young Bridger’s future. And then… a glowing blue spark descends in the darkness. It’s after a few seconds that it occured to me and I literally squealed “ERMAGOSH IT’S A LIGHTSABER CRYSTAL!!!” and started bouncing in my seat. Haha I will never forget that reaction as long as I live… XD
So finally Ezra walks through the Temple door, back to where his master sits. And boy, color Kanan impressed that his apprentice already has his hands on a kyber crystal! Once Ezra finds out what a kyber crystal is for, he’s pretty wowed himself. Yes, the master and padawan leave the Lothal Temple on good terms, moving onward to whatever happens next. And a few weeks down the road, Ezra reveals to his comrades what he’s been working on — his lightsaber. And oh wow oh wow oh wow… it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. It’s different, but in the best of ways! And it’s pretty much too fantastic for words. Yeah and then I started getting all weepy and feely; “Ahmagosh Ezra’s growing upppppp…!!“. Yup, really couldn’tve asked for a better lightsaber for Ezra… or a better ending. Ever.
So yeah seriously I didn’t think my mind could get this blown. Or my emotions go through so many highs and lows in under half an hour. But that’s just Star Wars for ya 😀 On an interesting note, I was surprised that there was a fair amount of similarity to Jude Watson’s Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth. Without giving much away, that tale tells of Anakin making his lightsaber on Illum, and the whole experience has a lot of similarities as both master and apprentice face some pretty earth-shattering, emotionally-draining visions. And it proves my theory that not every Jedi learns the same way. So cool! Go read that now or if you’ve read it, go read my post on it now. So anyway, I’m excited for a whole new year of Star Wars awesomeness and hopefully you can be expecting more blogs (including more topical, fun posts) from me in the weeks to come!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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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

Rebel Transmissions: Empire Day

Hello again SW fans! Ready for another Rebel Transmission? Of course you are! Why else are you here?
Oh… to get Qui-Gon Jinn quotes? *Sigh* You guys know I didn’t ever post any right?? But maybe someday I’ll do something with that IDK…
Anyhoo, today we’re about to dig deep into the fantastic episode known as Empire Day, and ohhhhh buddy there’s a lot a lot a lot to talk about!! Get on board and let’s go!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode VI, The Yoda Chronicles, TCW episode To Catch A Jedi, and the Rebels episode Empire Day.

So what are our favorite Rebels up to today? The plan’s not yet clear, but our good friends Hera, Zeb, and Sabine are on the move through the alleys of the Capital. But before continuing elsewhere, Sabine takes a moment and glances back fondly to the Ghost, where stand Kanan and Ezra in the midst of some Jedi training. I find it interesting that she did stop to watch them a second with a legit smile on her face… I’m guessing it has a lot to do with how much we all love the father-son relationship formed by these two 🙂 Orrrr perhaps she’s watching because she somehow knows that Ezra will be attacked by an angry mooka shortly. I could see that.
Kanan’s next lesson in Force 101 is helping Ezra understand the Force-y connections among Jedi and others. But Ezra’s really not into it today, it seems, for reasons we do not yet know. So when Kanan throws a pebble for Ezra to Force-grab, it instead hits a figure in the tall grass… that angry mooka we mentioned earlier (and yes I’m aware I might’ve spelled it wrong, before you serious SW fans send bounty hunters after me). It’s funny, we’ve seen them briefly in the Clone Wars, but they never came off this nasty… or big; like seriously that thing is bigger than Ezra’s head, which gives it quite the advantage when it decides to tear the kid’s face off. Kanan tries to get it through his head that he needs to be willing to let his guard down if he wants to connect, and also that this mooka evidently senses fear. Ezra however… well yeah, gets a mooka to the face XD I’m sorry I’m sorry but it just is that funny, mkay? So it comes second-nature to young Bridger to throw the fuzzy guy off and ask for his master’s ‘saber. But Kanan reexplains that if you want to be able to connect to others, you have to be willing to get your guard down and connect with them first. And for Master Jarrus, the mooka goes from tiny tiger to fuzzy kitten in seconds ( Also, this proves the fact that Luke could’ve evaded the rancor with the same mindwork Vaash Ti used in The Yoda Chronicles!). But this is more than just about making friends with the wildlife, it’s about being willing to let go of the past and be OK with who you are. Yeah Ezra’s not feeling that this particular day… considering it’s his least favorite day of the year: Empire Day. And speak of the devil along comes three TIEs in formation. Class is over, and our Jedi make a dash for the city to find out what they’re up to.
So three TIE pilots walk into a club/cantina/bar… no, it’s not a joke, it’s actually where those TIEs were going. But these guys didn’t come here for a complimentary Empire Day cupcake. On their heels are Kanan and Ezra, whose cautiousness reminds me a whole lot of those couple of times Obi-Wan and one of the Skywalker boys walked into such a place. Watch your step. Sitting nonchalantly the other side of the room are Zeb and Hera, whose casual demeanor keeps them from raising any Imperial eyebrows. But that’s mostly because the Imperials found someone else worth talking to… a Rodian. Though after a few moments, the pilots realize that he’s not the Rodian they’re looking for and move along. But in those brief moments, Ezra spotted the photo of the one they were looking for… someone he recognizes. Oooooh… intrigue!
And then one of the pilots finds something else to get mad about; he demands the barkeep to play the Holonet News on their screens, even though the barkeep tells him that the news isn’t exactly requested a lot around here (gee I wonder why?!). Psh unfair. Also, aside from the surrealness of the barkeep being an Ithorian with a translator, there is an old clone helmet on the bar behind him! Wonder how they got a ahold of that! Did some Clone Wars skirmish happen on Lothal or did this guy buy it on eBay from a retired clone? Anyway, the Holonet News all-too happily proclaims this glorious Empire Day, the 15-year-anniversary of, obviously, the Empire! Which is also the fall of the Republic, and the day Order 66 happened, and the day two of our heroes’ lives got totally messed up both ways, and the day when two new hopes were born. Not a whole lot to celebrate, is there? Oh and adding to the surrealness I just mentioned there is a lovely photo of the Emperor himself with his guards, likely that very day they killed liberty. It almost looks live-action but it’s so blurry I’ll have to assume it’s still a painting. Still, it can be very surreal when you really realize how much the story really does tie together. I mean, yeah you can be aware that is takes place in this period of time, but when you just get a glimpse at this history in this day and age… whoa! The pilots immediately demand the customers to get celebrating… and thennn the broadcast is interrupted by our good anti-Imperial senator friend, who says quite the opposite! The pilot’s all “turn it off!” and the barkeep shoots back “Can’t, it’s the law remember?” BURNNN XD And thus the TIE guys walk out in a huff. Our rebel friends aren’t sure why the Empire’s looking for some Rhodian, but they’ve got other things to worry about, like their fantastic plan for the Empire Day parade! But Ezra… Ezra needs some time alone… he really isn’t feeling it today. And he finds that time alone in his old home, the abandoned communication tower. In some ways, I’m surprised that it’s still vacant, still untouched by the Empire, and still has all of his other stuff in it. But for his sake I’m quite glad. Among this stuff is a tin box, and in it is something that we later identify as a key. Ezra just takes a moment, holding this piece of his past. The regrets, the hurt, the sorrow… gahhh I about started ugly crying here. And then he hears a voice… the audible voice of his mother. And then the same for his father. Bringing up memories of his life once, long ago. It seems very clear that Ezra really did hear them… and even though these are memories, I was unaware Jedi could do that. Of course, there’s still a lot I don’t know about Jedi, or maybe I’m taking all of this too literally. And what could this mean if it is found that his parents are dead? Were his parents Jedi? I figure not, but one has to wonder. But all theorizing and rationalizing aside, it was all I could do not to cry my stinkin’ eyes out at this. The Bridgers sound like really good people. Remembering the words his father once told him, standing up for others and helping those in need is always the right thing to do. And it’s then when Ezra realizes something, and that realization will lead him back to a place he thought he’d never return… intrigue squared!
Meanwhile, everyone and their brother showed up for the Empire Day parade, mostly because they probably had to or else. It’s indeed quite a show, with all the walkers and the ‘trooper transports and The Imperial March as happy as one could play it. Good point is there a band playing this or is it going over the speakers? *Imagines Stormtrooper wearing a tuba and falls over laughing* Either way, it’s still a rather ominous tune any way you spin it. And the parade itself isn’t exactly Macy’s, but yet, people are politely clapping, whether they’re pro-Empire or not, mostly because Jerk Imperial #2 won’t have it any other way. And then they bring out the glorious new TIE fighter model, streamlined, smooth, and the coolest new thing in the Empire. Even Hera looks impressed, but that TIE happens to be our rebels’ target. Now it’s a party, ladies and gents! Starting it off would be a lovely display of fireworks, courtesy of Sabine. Seriously if she wasn’t in the rebel business she ought to make fireworks for a living… it combines her two favorite things: explosives and art! And everybody’s impressed by the light show, even the Imperials! While everyone was distracted by the display, Kanan made a move for that fancy TIE… with detanators in hand. Ohhh friends these fireworks are nothin’… just wait until these go off! But then Kanan ran into some trouble, read: a suspicious Stormtrooper. So Kanan puts on this hilarious guise as a seriously huge Empire fan, raving about the fantastic fireworks. I love how he’s both convincing and not convincing at the same time, also how he threw out “like… a rainbow!”, making me imagine him as the double-rainbow guy. “Double rainbow all the wayyyyy…!” XD XD Then Ezra cuts in, apologizing to the ‘trooper about his rather uber-patriotic dad. And Kanan’s still playing the role to a somewhat obnoxious point, and Ezra’s painfully smiling as if to say “OK ‘Dad’ you can stop now you’re just embarrassing yourself at this point.” XD Thankfully, the ‘trooper doesn’t pick up on the act and sends them on their way… and just then do the real fireworks start. And kaboom goes the ‘Fighter! But as soon as something goes wrong… in comes Agent Kallus… AND The Inquisitor! Lovely. The commanding sideburns and the classy ‘saber-wielder just joined the party. Zeb attempted aim at Quizzy and instead hit the dude’s TIE, further sending the crowds running and pushing our heroes on, as well as eliciting a pretty nasty look from the ‘Quiz. With all the panic going on, Hera’s not able to rendevouz with our heroes, but that’s where Ezra has an idea as to the perfect hiding place, and it happens to be the place to which his key unlocks… his long-abandoned old home. But Ezra didn’t come here just to give his comrades a hiding spot… he also felt something was here he needed to find. Or in this case, someone. Underneath what appears to be an ottoman or a table is a tunnel of sorts, probably leading to the basement, and in that tunnel sits a Rodian, who looks to be all kinds of petrified, disturbed, and confused. This would be Tseebo, the Rodian the Empire was looking for, and an old family friend of the Bridgers. But the poor guy seems to be pretty out-of-sorts, walking around with some device stuck to his noggin and reciting random information in his native language. And bumping into walls. As Sabine deduces, the device in question is something the Empire used to increase productivity and kill off any personality. As it is, Tseebo was forced to work for the Empire after Ezra’s parents were taken away. Oh mai… the truth’s starting to reveal itself. Ezra’s not interested in retelling his sad backstory too much. But ohmygosh he spent eight years of his life on his own! I know he wouldn’t want me to feel sorry for him, and I’m not… but I do hurt for him. But then Sabine picks up on some of this seemingly incoherent rambling of Tseebo’s, and it’s lots and lots of stuff the Empire wouldn’t want getting out. That would explain it. And then for the moment Ezra ducks down the tunnel for a second, Tseebo rattles off something even more shocking… today is the boy’s fifteenth birthday! So yeah he’s born on Empire day which is unfortunate, but so also was a farm boy on Tatooine… and a princess on Alderaan. HOLY MOS EISLEY EZRA WAS BORN ON THE SAME DAY LUKE AND LEIA WERE!!! :O Blown your mind I have, because it sure blew mine! And if today was also the day that the Empire made off with his parents, it definitely makes sense as to why this is a bummer day for him. I still can’t get over how crazy cool this is. Turns out three young heroes share the same birthday! Who’da thunk it? 🙂
Down below, Ezra was hit by another barrelload of memories as he found his parents’ old broadcaster. It appears that his folks were seriously in the business of tripping up the Empire, even if only in delivering news that the Empire wouldn’t approve of, with a fierce desire to fight for their freedom, and for their son’s freedom. And Tseebo had been involved in it as well. Sabine comes down briefly to see if he’s OK, but Ezra shoves the memories away and retreats back topside. Once back upstairs, Sabine finally activates a chunk of the doohickey that will let them see exactly what the poor Rodian’s got crammed in his head. And as we see, he pretty much remembers everything, from weaponry to ships to some five-year plan for the Outer Rim (I know I’m not the only one who really wants to find out what that’s about), and he’s a loose cannon at the moment. Our heroes decide pretty quickly that it’s time to get Tseebo off-world and out of the Empire’s path. If of course they can get him out the door, which he promptly runs into. Sorry again but that was a nice dash of levity right there XD
So after making quick work of a bunch of Stormtroopers, Kanan, Sabine, and Ezra, along with Tseebo, make a dash for a troop transport, and they’re on their way to the rendevouz. And not even a completely blocked-off street lined with ‘troopers, transports, walkers, and Jerk Imperial #1 can stop them. Like literally they drive that puppy right on through the walker and a transport. That my friends is awesome. But naturally this fires up a bit of a transport chase through the streets. With Kallus and Quizzy joining the chase as well. Oh joy. And danggg were there some close calls! I literally gasped when that ‘trooper nearly knocked Kanan out of the vehicle and the other one very nearly shot him! But Master Jarrus has the Force on his side and they don’t, so win for him. But Kallus is no quitter, and the guy literally climbs out of his transport and jumps on top of the one our heroes are driving! Thankfully, the Ghost is now following behind as well, and Zeb is more than happy to fire off a few rounds at the Agent. And then Chopper mans the guns and fires the bad guys’ transport in spectacular fashion, sending the thing flipping and sprawling along the street. And Chopper does a little victory spin “WHOOPWHOOPWHOOPWHOOP!”. Because he can. Zeb managed to knock Kallus off the transport temporarily, but it didn’t hold him down permanently, and now he’s clawing his way back onto the vehicle! Just as our heroes and tagalong are climbing topside to get into the safety of the Ghost! And then Kallus starts shooting at Kanan and Kanan has to pull out his lightsaber as fast as he can and starts deflecting the blasts, just as he makes a one-in-a-million Jedi leap into the ship. But they’re not out of the woods yet… The Inquisitor’s leading the TIE attack! And just when you think our heroes will be able to escape, ‘Quiz hits the back of the Ghost, and thus hits Chopper! NO NOT CHOPPERRRRR!!! As Sabine dashes off to add some of her own laserfire to the mix, a bump on the ship knocks Ezra into Tseebo… and suddenly, the Rodian’s no longer in his mindless state! And he remembers Ezra instaneously! And then he delivers one very hasty, very serious sentence. One that Sabine translates to mean that he knows what happened to Ezra’s parents. No emoticon can adequately express my shock at this revelation. And very very likely, young Bridger will want to know. BUT WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL PART 2. And nobody told me this was going to be a two-parter so this is kind of head-explodingly huge. AHH MONDAY CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGHHH!!
I would normally sit here and theorize on what’s to happen, but I don’t think I can say much that hasn’t already been said. Just have to ultimately wait and see! It really is an amazing episode, and will guaranteed be only more amazing once we see how it all turns out! Will Chopper be OK? Will the Ghost crew escape? And what difference will the knowledge of what happened to the Bridgers make?? Until then…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Out Of Darkness

Welcome world-wide-web travelers, to another fantastic Rebel Transmission! And that would be for the fantastic episode that is Out Of Darkness! Join me as we take a closer look into the crazy adventures of the Ghost crew’s awesome girls, and have plenty of fun and learn more about the SW universe along the way 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, TCW episodes Point Of No Return, The Lawless, and Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Droids In Distress, Breaking Ranks, and Out Of Darkness.

Soooo it was just another ordinary day aboard the Phantom as they find themselves on the run from yet another TIE fighter. OK so maybe not ordinary in our books, but for them? It’s starting to become the usual. Hera’s at the controls with her young comrades, Ezra and Sabine, in the backseat. And as you might’ve figured, the kids are more-or-less questioning what her plan is and if they even have a plan at all. But whatevs Hera’s got it all under control and points the gun turret in the direction of the TIE. Problemo solved! So now that Ezra has nothing to panic over, he does casually ask Hera if he could ever sit in the Phantom‘s driver’s seat. Captain Syndulla’s all “You driving my ship? Psh yeah right.”, completely not buying the fact that he thinks he’s ready (and there’s probably some license you need to drive, I’d assume, not that that’s ever stopped Ezra from driving other things, of course…). Oh and then along come three more TIEs, and young Bridger’s back to freakout mode. Yeah I don’t think he’s ready yet. So anyway, they’re back on the run once more, and Sabine decides to ask exactly where they got their intel to begin with. Hera doesn’t seem to be interested in telling her as such. While Ezra, knowing that Jedi need to keep their mind on the here-and-now, again makes it clear he’d rather focus on not dying than why they’re in this sticky situation to start with. The Phantom does some weaving between these Lothal mounds to lead the fighters into a too-tight space to blow ’em up. Though not without scraping some of the ship’s paint off first… and messing up the steering mechanism. Sabine’s still wanting to know a bit more dirt, and Hera’s still keeping it classified, and the Mando’s far from happy about it. But with some carefully-aimed shooting, Hera hits one of the mounds, making it foggy enough that TIE pilot #1 couldn’t see TIE #2 right in front of him. And our heroes have made it out scot-free… except perhaps for all that damage to the ship. And the leaking fuel, don’t forget that it’ll be important later.
By the time our heroes return to the Ghost, it looks like things are back to normal. And I’m sorry but I just ate up that Kanan-Hera banter in this scene. I don’t know all their story, but they clearly have something going on between them. Guhhhh it’s so so cute X3 X3 And now it looks like Zeb and Ezra are stuck on ship-repair-duty. Funnn… And Chopper’ll be helping too. More funnn…! Yup it’s quite clear that Captain Syndulla wears the pilot’s coveralls in the family 🙂 But it’s clear from Sabine’s rather disheartened expression that she’s still not satisfied with her answer.
In the cockpit, Kanan and Hera discuss what went down out on her mission (And he brought her coffee! Aww! Well, it might not be coffee but if I had their job I’d go through a lot of it). And then in walks Miss Wren, making it clear she’s interested in some real answers right now. Kanan reassures her that Hera knows what she’s doing and he trusts her with where she gets their info. Sabine is not impressed, because she’s spent a lot of her life not being told the truth. As we learn, she was stuck in a Mandalorian Imperial Academy before she joined up with the Ghost crew, and of course Imperials very rarely are truthful. It’s quite interesting to learn more on her backstory. I’d assumed that whole thing about her being a level five student at the Imperial Academy was a cover, not that I ever doubted her intelligence, with her immense protocol-droid-esque knowledge of languages, but I couldn’t imagine why she would’ve been involved with the Empire to begin with. But as we’ve learned from Breaking Ranks, not everyone there wants to be there. I still have so many questions… how is it Sabine actually met the crew? The Empire had something to do with the loss of her family, what happened there? Or do I even want to know? And interesting thought: assuming the Republic did occupy Mandalore after the Death-Watch-Darth-Maul-based insanity in TCW Season 5, does that mean when the Republic fell, Mandalore was pretty much Empire-owned from the get-go? Yikes. You have to wonder, man… Anyway, with no useful information from Kanan, Sabine puts her foot down and tells Hera she’s coming with on her meeting with their informant. Hera drops a bit of sarc in her direction, but doesn’t comment on it otherwise. And so today’s adventure begins…
Meanwhile, Zeb and Ezra were working on getting the Phantom back in working order. It went well, all things considered. I mean, aside from Chopper deciding to cleanse the life support systems while Ezra was working on them, it went well. Yup you don’t need a protocol droid to translate the fact that Chopper was laughing at his glorious prank. It took Ezra about three seconds before he jumped on the C1 and started beating him with a wrench. And then Chopper might’ve run off and consequently run over Zeb’s foot. So off the boys went on their kerfuffle with Chopper… not exactly realizing that they might’ve forgotten to fix one thing… something… fairly important. Their little chase went on right up until the ran into Hera (thankfully not literally), and they had to go and make it clear they finished their work… right up until Chopper did it again and started doing a little zapping of the boys. I love that Zeb uses the term “dismantlate” XD So now would be the time for the girls to head on out. Though yeah that thing the guys forgot may come back to bite them later. And of course you’ve seen this episode so yeah it kinda will.
As they’re flying in, Sabine continues in her attempts to dig info out of Hera, but to no avail. And then she has an opportunity when the informant comes on the line. She has a little fun adding a few comments of her own injected into the conversation, and Hera has to apologize and explain that Specter 5 had to come along on this one. OK so another thought, knowing what we know now, do you think any of the craziness to happen was because of Fulcrum? Perhaps he was suspicious of anyone else joining and somehow got a bunch of those monsters to join the party instead? Or was it all an honest mistake? Just wondering.
By the time the two reach the base on this particular planet, things start to go out of balance. Informant Fulcrum’s not anywhere to be seen. And though the girls don’t know it yet, the Phantom‘s kinda leaking fuel. And it’s definitely interesting as we see Hera grab a particular crate before Sabine could get to it. Something about the marking on it seems to denote something that Hera doesn’t want Sabine to see. Though there’s nothing inherently Mandalorian about it to me, or maybe it’s something totally different! And what’s impressive is that we don’t get any answers in this episode regarding it (or really most of the situation overall), that we’ll have to find out more another episode another day, maybe even another season. Oh yeah, and to add to the whole things-falling-out-balance thing, SOMETHING WITH CREEPY YELLOW EYES IS WATCHING THEM FROM AFAR IN THE PORT. O.O
As the girls were moving the crates back to the ship, Sabine tries once again to explain why she needs to know what they know, and a lot of that, as she explains, is rooted in her need to trust and be trusted in this whole crazy game of “Rebel-ing”. Hera tries to reassure her that she does trust Sabine, and she already knows everything she needs to know right now, particularly if anything was to happen involving Imperial capture. And that bit hurts Sabine, as she strongly believes she would never spill anything to them. Hera then goes and tries to help her understand what was meant by that, just with an understanding that the Empire knows how to get people to talk (they did sorta get Leia to spill, after all, even though what she said wasn’t true). But Sabine continues to explain herself that she spent so long doing whatever the Empire wanted and blindly following them wherever that she is absolutely done with secrecy, and she’s still having some doubts about what they’re doing, and if it’s even making any difference. My heart really goes out to her… she comes off so cool and confident most of the time that it’s hard to imagine her being in that sort of situation, or really having these frustrations and doubts in the first place. But it still rings true — everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about. Aw girl I understand a lot of how you feel! But Hera finally ends the conversation by telling her that Sabine needs to have faith that there is something bigger here going on than she can imagine, and to have faith and trust in her and Kanan, who are at the front of all of this, guiding this growing rebellion where it needs to go. Wow man, so deep. And isn’t that something interesting about life? We always want answers in life, but none of us have all the answers, or will get all the answers. We just have to trust that indeed there is a bigger plan involved, and we don’t need all the answers. And wow I just got deep there. Uh anyway wow I love this hinting here… what’s Hera got up her sleeve longterm? I don’t know, but all I can say is that I am very very excited to see all of this unfold! Sabine doesn’t really have much to add to all of that. And then Hera took notice of the fact that there are less crates than there were before… and they were dragged away. And this base’s been abandoned since the Clone Wars so… yeah I’d be more than a little on edge right now. But they do exactly what I probably wouldn’tve… they go into the hangar and investigate. And it’s dark in there. With crashed Republic ships! Seriously that last part was kind of awesome and scary at the same time… awesome because I love seeing how the story all ties together and scary because they’ve been abandoned for like fourteen years or something. I kept thinking “Ermagosh is that Clone armor?! Oh wait that’s just a ship part…” *Shudders*. Ah but there are things much scarier than crashed gunships in this dark port. Good thing Hera has a flashlight-thing! I didn’t even know they had flashlights in the SW universe! Cool 🙂 Oh right and then Hera saw one of their missing crates… ripped open. Anyone else getting major creepo vibes here? And then out of the shadows along comes a glowy-eyed somewhat-feline-and-insectoid-but-not horrifying creature! (I forgot what their species name is, as you probably can tell) And from there on out it’s all blasters going and our girls make a dash for it. Oh and there are clearly a lot more of them in here. Oh boy. But thankfully it seems these critters have some sort of weakness: they don’t like the light, so they prefer to stay in their dark hangar. Problem, however, is that there are all these asteroids floating in the sky like clouds and when they block out the sun… yeah you know. And there happens to be a pretty big one coming their way, one that might give the creatures enough time to do our heroes in. And only nowwwww do Hera and Sabine find out that their ship’s leaked enough fuel that they’re not going anywhere. Can you say “we’re toast”?
On the other side of the galaxy, Zeb was about to eat some waffles. Well, at least that’s what they kinda look like to me. Crepes maybe? Or they could just be tacos, IDK. With some milk on the side, he’s got all the makings of a balanced breakfast/lunch. I’m sorry but I love this too much. The fact we’re seeing one of the few instances of a SW character eating something casually (like waffles), is just too great, and it’s super ironic, considering a couple of our fellow Specters might become a balanced meal right now. And then Ezra, still riding Chopper while wielding a wrench, gets thrown off the droid and onto the table, and as you can imagine, Zeb is wearing his waffles now, and now he’s about to give Ezra and Chopper the what-for. And then in comes through on the comlink a call from Hera. She’s figured out that the guys may have forgotten something when they were tuning up the Phantom. So yeah that’s yet another problem to the ever-lengthening list of problems right now. Doesn’t take Kanan long to find out himself, not through the Force, but through the lack of soundproofing in the Ghost‘s walls as Ezra and Zeb argue/freak out. Looks like they’ve got a bit of rescue mission… the waffles will have to wait.
Though they know the rest of the crew’s coming to rescue them, the girls know they don’t have a lot of time before the critters get the advantage. And that is where Sabine eyes a canister of good ‘ol-fashioned rhydonuim. Yes, you know rhydonium. Enough of that stuff can cause the biggest explosion in the entire run of TCW series! And thus our Mando has come up with a plan. A few well-placed canisters + laserfire from a distance + the incoming waves of monstery critters = major win. Will it work? We will just have to wait and see… and here I go again acting as if I’m retelling the story to someone for the first time when I’m totally not. But yeah it’s pretty awesome watching as Captain Syndulla and Mandalore The Awesome (Hah I just gave Sabine the best nickname) work together to fight the beasts (and of course, the lovely fantastic explosions). Those critters are indeed quite terrifying, but strangely appealing in some weird way I can’t fully explain. But dem boogers are pretty persistent and they just keep on coming, no matter how many get caught in the path of the exploding rhydonium. They’re like giant roaches, man! OK thankfully not really… now that might geniunely scare me. Anyway, yeah I just love watching them truly working together and in sync, as I’ve always said, if there’s one thing that makes people closer in the SW galaxy, it’s a good fight when they’re both up against a greater enemy! Their plan goes well for a while, but at some point, they run out of rhydonium… and these guys multiply faster than a droid factory can make battle droids. Hera and Sabine eventually find themselves cornered, standing on top of the Phantom with nothing but their blasters. Even Sabine can only predict this to be their downfall. But then comes light from above! Light from the Ghost! Hoorayyyy! They’re bringin’ their gunfire and their light to the party… which works for a while, until the critters figure out that artificial light’s not the same as sunlight. So it’s an all-out battle as our friends work to get on board and get the Phantom out of harm’s way. And then on top of it, Ezra decides to join the battle on the ground with the girls, which, you know, works up until his confidence gets him staring into those glowy yellow eyes of death. It’s only Sabine’s aim and quick-shooting that saves him. Ezra you owe this girl big-time. And finally it takes Hera taking back the control of the Ghost from Kanan to get our heroes safe and off-planet. Oh, and hitting the Ghost’s personal “windshield wipers” to get rid of a hitchhiking beastie. Victory for today! And d’awwww that split-second smile Hera and Kanan exchange!! X3 Sorry we weren’t talking about that. Oh, and Sabine being all “whatever” about saving Ezra’s life hehehe XD
So back on board, the boys now are ready to get the Phantom patched up the way it should be. And Hera and Sabine come to a really honest understanding. After just having survived near-death together, Hera reclarifies that she truly does trust Sabine, and she reassures her that she will get the answers someday, and that she definitely is making a difference. And so, though Sabine still doesn’t understand all of this, she proves willing to trust and have a little faith, even if it’s not easy to do sometimes. Because in five years from now, Miss Wren will be able to look back and know where exactly all of this led up to 🙂
So yay! What an episode! Truly bringin’ all the feels and all the awesome as we finally get to know more about these amazing girls who we’ve come to know and love over the past month. Until next week, remember to keep the faith and of course…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Breaking Ranks

It’s time once again for another Rebel Transmission! And this one’s (hopefully) going to be a lot of fun as we delve into the Empire and meet some pretty awesome kids in the episode known as Breaking Ranks! Better get your ‘trooper helmet ’cause it’s going to be one wild ride!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, TCW Episodes Clone Cadets, The Box, and The Big Bang (Storyreel), and Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion and Breaking Ranks.

I can’t begin to express how much I love the way they played this episode out. The fact that it opens without any backstory or explanation, and we have to learn all of that later! It’s awesome! What goes without explanation is simple… we have found Ezra hanging out with a bunch of Imperial Stormtrooper cadets! Why? How? What? OK most likely you, like me, made the assumption that it’s an inside job. But why? What is required of this inside job? And how the hey did Ezra take off that helmet and have his hair come out perfect? (OK well that’s also because he’s animated but having a lot of hair myself I notice these things)
So yes, I’m not sure what could feel weirder than waking up one morning wearing white, walking in formation, and taking orders from our friends from the first episode, Jerk Imperial #1 and Jerk Imperial #2. Oh, I guess there’s one thing… going by a completely different name, that being Dev Morgan (though admittedly, that’s a pretty cool name). Ezra seems to have forgotten that for a second when a fellow cadet, Jai Kell, calls him by “name”. But all the palling around between these fast friends doesn’t last long on Imperial turf. Gentlemen and gentlemen, welcome to The Well, Imperial training ground-doohickey. It looks a whole lot like a familiar doohickey from back in the Clone Wars, The Box, except I guess it’s less lethal. Heh… crazy how such a simple name can already be so cool just as it is! Basically, they’re all these floaty boxes and these kids need to jump from one to another to get up and get out of das Well. Winners gets to be Imperial Aides of the day! Losers… well, they weren’t terribly specific but it sounds like they’ll be scrubbing the bathrooms with a toothbrush. This one cadet does the totally boyish thing of pretty quickly making it clear he’s gonna cream the others, and Ezra answers him with all the calm, cool collectedness of a certain Jedi disguised as a bounty hunter in a similiar scenario over a decade ago. “YOU’RE GOING DOWN, MORGAN!” “Actually, we’re going up.” Of course then a bit of a scuffle started, but still, nicely done Ezra. But yeah as soon as the game starts, young Bridger starts putting the others to shame. #JediBenefits. He and Jai make it to the top pretty quickly, and not even the addition of zapping electricity on the boxes and Jerk Cadet from before trying to bump ’em off can hinder these top-of-the-class kids. Oh, and this third kid did pretty awesomely too, but he’ll be more important later on. Jerk Imperials #1 and #2 are impressed, but in ‘trooper training there are no reward stickers or friendly words of encouragement, only a reminder that their next challenge will be way way harder. Real nice, man… even the stinkin’ bounty hunters who trained the clone troopers were nicer than these clowns! And *coughclonetrooperswerebettersoldiersthanstormtroopersanywayprobablybecausetheyweremoresupportivecough* Buuuut at least they trio’s on their good side and becoming aides for the day so I guess it’s not all that bad. As the three follow JI #1 through the halls, Ezra silently acknowledges a famliar face… a little black C1-1OP who just happens to be Chopper in disguise. And the third cadet sorta takes notice. But once Chopper’s out of sight, he’s able to signal another two familiar faces watching and waiting from afar — Sabine and Zeb. And as Sabine confirms to Hera that Ezra’s in, the plan we didn’t fully get at first starts falling into place. It appears that Ezra’s in on this to fetch a handy decoder that could help them on their next plan. And though it was his idea… Kanan’s no longer liking the plan too much. Though he won’t admit it, he comes off a bit worried for his padawan’s safety. It’s fun watching how smoothly Hera handles his frustration; she just rolls with it and does what she can to both chill him out and irritate him a bit. Like she do 🙂
So yes, as Ezra casually sauntered away from the group, the cadet from before definitely had his curiosity/suspicion peaked. Particularly as “Dev” makes a dash for Agent Kallus’s office after having done his unpaid-intern duties. Ezra thought he’d nabbed that decoder from Kallus’s computer-thing without a hitch, and thennnnn he opened the door to Cadet #3’s smiling helmet. For a long awkward moment, Ezra’s not quite sure whether he’s in trouble or if he’s in even more trouble. But Cadet #3 happens to mention that there might’ve been an alarm on the doorway that might’ve gone off had Ezra tried to walk out with the decoder. Turns out this kid might be on his side. Andddd we can all breathe now. But maybe not so much for the Ghost crew, who don’t know exactly what went down. And now they only have one more day as their ultimate plan is revealed; the Empire’s getting itself a shipment of kyber crystals which of course could be really bad, and that little decoder can help our heroes get rid of it before the baddies decide to arm everyone and their brother with lightsabers.
Later that evening, Ezra got to talk with his potential new ally, who goes by Zare. I would’ve figured there would be more pro-Empire kids in this mix than this, but clearly not everyone. Zare’s really only here because his sister went here… and disappeared. Oooh yes his story is one I definitely want to hear more of! But anyway, it looks like Ezra’s got a friend to help him figure out his way around the Imperials and nab that decoder. And Zare has no arguments against doing so.
The next day, the Imperials have amped up their training in The Well, and this time they’ve given them all blasters! Well, thankfully they don’t seem to do much harm, so that’s at least a slightly smart decision on the Empire’s part. They have to shoot the targets to get the boxes out to climb out this time around. And it, you know, goes pretty well, for Ezra and Jai at least… Zare’s not quite there yet. Knowing that he needs to have Zare around to help him with his heist, Ezra makes a tough choice and pushes his buddy off the platform for Zare. The Imperials are just eating this supposed treachery up, but Jai’s far from thrilled to be getting the short end of that stick. Aww Ezra looks so sad walking away from his infuriated friend, not able to explain why he had to do what he did… 😦 But shortly thereafter, Ezra and Zare are off to the races to get that decoder. Ezra has crawled through the vents to Kallus’s office to where he intends to use the Force to nab the device, while Zare plays the distraction game with the Agent-In-Charge. Zare tells Kallus that he’s got to sign for some podracer parts, and Kallus is all “dude I didn’t order any podracer parts!”. Somehow I could see an Imperial buying one of those though… fast, dangerous, cool… of course, then again, Anakin was the only human who could drive one so maybe not. Hehe Zare should’ve tried convincing him to buy one to buy a little extra time; “Well if you didn’t order any parts, why not? You’d be the envy of the Empire! Imagine, policing the streets of Lothal with the wind blowing through your sideburns! Making the rebels eat your dust! I bet even Lord Vader himself would be all kinds of jelly!” XD But either way, his distraction worked, and Ezra was able to Force-grab that decoder without a hitch. Though as Ezra was crawling back through the vents, he happened to overhear a hologram conversation between JI #1 and (dun dun DUN) The Inquisitor. Evidently, “Morgan” and Kell are highly recommended to the ‘Quiz, and the dark dude is looking forward to seeing them in action… and… “taking them into custody”. Aw dang that can’t be good. It looks like Ezra’ll be hanging around a bit longer.
A short time later, Chopper delivers the decoder to Sabine and Zeb, as well as Ezra’s hastily-recorded message letting them know a little about his plan to help his friend, and also that he could use their help for a diversion tomorrow. Yup never a dull moment for these guys. So yeah Sabine didn’t have a lot of time to explain to Kanan why exactly Ezra wasn’t there before he and Hera headed off to take on the Imperial shipment. Don’t you hate when hyperspace cuts off your comlink?
Back to the Imperial Academy, Ezra’s managed to get a second to talk to Jai about what happened and what’s going to happen. But the kid ain’t havin’ it, he’s not sure who to trust, and he’s not even totally convinced that the ‘Quiz is real. But once Zare shares his side of the story, the fact that his missing sister is proof enough, and now Jai’s more so willing to listen to Ezra’s plan.
Meanwhiles, it’s off to the Imperial-ship-destroying races for Kanan and Hera, who only have one shot to get that kyber crystal out of commission. One has to wonder, with the resulting massive explosion and all, was this one crystal possibly like the one in the TCW Utapau Crystal Crisis storyreels? A gigantic thing? Because that would make a lot of sense then. But where would the Empire’ve found another one of those?? Hmmm one has to wonder!
The next day, the crazy’s back on as our three cadets are in a race to make it to that promised winners’ ride in an Imperial Walker, as that will be the first step to their escape plan. But what happens when only two of the three win (thank you no thank you Jerk Cadet)? Time to improvise. First have Chopper plant a couple detanators on another AT-ST as a distraction, then have Jai hit their AT-ST driver with a blaster set to stun, and all you need now is Ezra to get back in the mix! Oh, and shoot down anything in your way. Also stunning Jerk Cadet was a necessity; what is wrong with that guy? Yeahh but I digress who wouldn’t love to drive one of those puppies? Hehe I know I do! Of course no one called for the blast doors to come down and knock the walker over. But that’s what friends are for, and by friends I mean a sharpshooting Lasat, blaster-wielding Mando, and taser-crazy droid. And together, they’re able to save Ezra and his friends. Yus, for a bunch of guys who don’t value friendship too highly, they just got whupped by it 😀 Anyway, with the Imperials closely behind, Zare makes the decision to stay, to help Ezra and Jai make their escape, and to continue in his mission to find his sister. Brave man, that Cadet Leonis. And boy oh boy will he have to be brave as The Inquisitor decides to have a talk with him… and who that Jedi friend of his is. Be brave, Zare! Now I must go and read your book series right now!
But back onboard the Ghost, life continues as always, and it’s safe to say that Ezra’s glad to be back with his supportive family of Rebels. Life there may be crazy, but nothing beats being surrounded by real friends who you can always trust 🙂
So yay for teamwork! And friendship! And giant explosions! This episode was a lot of fun and quite the exciting adventure as we continue to get to know Ezra and the gang a little better each day. So same time next week, Cadets!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight