The Future Of The Freemakers

This post contains some spoilers from Episode VII, Episode VIII, and The Freemaker Adventures.

Not gonna lie, I’ve been missing The Freemaker Adventures a lot lately. I know that might sound ridiculous when there’s no shortage of Star Wars stories around, and for sure I’m thankful for all that, but spending these last two summers with the Freemaker family has been very special to me. I think because it’s been the most deep, meaningful storytelling we’ve ever seen in Lego Star Wars, and when you combine that with the usual Lego Star Wars hilarity and cleverness, amazing things happen! It is truly on-equals with the rest of the canon galaxy for me, and I’m sure for many of you reading this.

At the beginning of the summer, I told myself I wouldn’t let myself be disappointed if there was no new season this year. But throughout the last couple months, I’ve had dream after dream where I’m seeing ads for new episodes! Even one night, I dreamed they made Lieutenant Valeria a playable character in Battlefront II! (Frankly, that would make a ton of sense and needs to be done) So I’ve realized yes, I am a little disappointed.

I guess the toughest thing has been the fact they never said it was over. If Return Of The Return Of The Jedi was the series finale, it was a fantastic, perfect finale. But the Disney XD socials only said it was the season finale. And it made sense to me that they would continue it! Lego’s made other animated series that have lasted far more seasons, and with TFA’s stellar reviews, surely they could go on for a season or two more! I had to remind myself, though, that Lego Star Wars will always be there, regardless of whether it has any animated programming to go with it. So there’s nothing to say they have to keep making Freemaker Adventures. Those are the facts, hard as they may be.

The other hard thing is, the season two finale was so fantastic and so perfect, it made me want more! Of course, that’s just a staple of Star Wars… no matter how happy or satisfying the ending is, it’s impossible to not want to know what happens next. And there are so many things I’ve pondered on over the months on what a third season might hold. I want to see the battle of Jakku and the rise of the new Republic, and where the kids were in all of it! We know where Luke’s path ultimately goes, and I want to see how Rowan fits into it. How does that first Master-Apprentice bond look? What is Luke like as a young, optimistic teacher? Do Rowan’s Forcebuilder talents make things more challenging? Does Rowan even need a real master, considering how well he’s done on his own? Meanwhile, what are Zander, Kordi, and Roger doing with their lives? I’m assuming they’re out there doing what they intended, fixing up the newly-freed galaxy, but how exactly are they doing it? How are they using their talents? And are my theories on Becky Smoochenbacher true?? Not to mention the biggest question of mine: what happened to the Freemakers’ mom and dad? And what about any other extended family — aunts, uncles, grandparents? I know they don’t want to go the same route Rebels went with that kind of storyarc, but just some confirmation of what happened, whether it was just an unfortunate accident or something intentional, would be satisfactory. Whether these questions would be answered or not, there are just too many amazing story opportunities! And that means, far as I’m concerned, there are too many amazing reasons to make at least one more season.

Though I’m certainly feeling the show’s absence right now, I’m not without hope for the Freemakers.
First of all, it truly may not have been the series finale. Perhaps with Solo‘s summer release, Lego wasn’t able to release two different series of Star Wars sets at the same time, and so Disney’s pushing it back a year. And you know, Disney XD has pushed back series before. Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero’s first season ran in 2015, and didn’t get a second final season until 2017. I don’t know what caused the delay, but it speaks volumes that Disney did let them finish what they started. So who knows? Maybe The Freemaker Adventures will be back next summer!
And a couple weeks ago, Star Wars announced a new book… a droid encyclopedia with in-universe narration by Roger.
Look how amazing he looks on the cover!!

No one’s said for certain, but to me, this means that Roger is a 100% canon character in the Star Wars universe. I always thought so, but to see it confirmed in a canon reference book? It’s beyond anything I could’ve hoped to see!
It’s a reminder that Lucasfilm knew we loved these characters. They knew we wanted more Freemakers in our lives.
So who’s to say what’s next for this show?

And hey, The Clone Wars came back after a four-year-absence (three if you count the storyreels). I think literally anything is possible 😀

So whether the Freemakers have said goodbye, or if they’re just getting started, I’m happy. Either way, I’ll keep rewatching the reruns and imagining up new adventures of my own! And I definitely look forward to finally reading Roger’s first published book this fall… and for all the new Star Wars stories to come 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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The One Where Twilight Fangirls Over Solo, Part 3

Let’s see… I’ve poured out my fangirly thoughts on HanXQi’ra and a handful of the new characters… what shall I talk about next? Yeah I really wish I’d gotten the chance to watch Solo again so I could stir up more discussion topics, but time has not been my friend lately. That’s why I’ve decided this will be the last post in this particular series. It won’t be the last time I talk about Solo for sure, but I think it’ll be time to shift gears from here. Anyway, how about I just fill the post with some assorted fangirl musings? Sounds good? Then let’s go!

Contains spoilers from Solo and some important elements from The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Also, please remember I have only seen the film once at this point, so there is a chance I may have misremembered some elements.

As I’ve discussed heavily in the last two posts, Solo was absolutely loaded with surprises. It’s one of my favorite things about the film! And among my favorite surprises were the Easter eggs and the nods to other Star Wars stories. I’m sure I missed a few, but the ones I picked up on had me smilin’! Glee Anselm, Scarif, Bossk, Aurra Sing! I knew those names! It made my Star Wars-nerdy self explode with glee! Especially with things that nodded back to the Prequels and animated series. I’m not clear if The Pikes they mentioned had any relation to the ones in TCW, but either way, it’s something special seeing elements from all ends of the SW galaxy come together like this. I mean, actually getting to see Glee Anselm for the first time was a treat for me. And though I feel bad for whatever went down with Beckett vs. Aurra, it sounds like there’s a good story there, anyway. Oh, and funny story: you know that set of ancient Mandalorian armor in Dryden Vos’s office? I spent like five minutes staring at it thinking there was someone in the suit, asking myself “Boba Fett? Is that you…?” XD It’s all these little things that just fill me with joy and remind me of the supreme storytelling skills going on at Lucasfilm!

And speaking of surprises, I feel bad I didn’t end up writing on Enfys Nest last post. Once again, these new characters go so far beyond their appearances and first impressions! Of course, that’s true for the majority of SW characters, old and new alike. But I certainly did not expect the nefarious-looking Enfys Nest to be a young girl Rebel! There’s a lot we still don’t know about her, but she’s obviously an epic heroine and I think there could be some epic novels and comics about her to follow. And hopefully I’ll have much more to write on her then 🙂

And you know how I wrote on my Last Jedi post about how every Star Wars something has that one moment that you never forget your reaction to? With Solo, that scene is the one near the end where we meet Qi’ra’s real boss. The exact sound I made was a loud, choking gasp with a slight squee mixed in. True, in part, this was because I briefly forgot where in the SW timeline the film takes place, and my first reaction was “BUT MAUL IS DEAD!!“. But then I remembered this all took place some years before Rebels, and I then geeked out over his appearance for the rest of the day. I can only imagine how confusing and fascinating it must be for those who haven’t been keeping up with the animated series. If you happen to be one of those people, go right now to Netflix and watch some Clone Wars! I recommend maybe some early season one and two episodes first, just to get acquainted, and then go over to season four and start with Nightsisters and then keep going from there. And once you’ve finished that, grab a few early episodes of Rebels on DisneyNow or iTunes or something and then come back to the Maul story with Twilight Of The Apprentice. If this all sounds complicated to you, just watch all the episodes of both shows, period. You won’t be sorry, I don’t think! 😀 Then you’ll have at least a little idea of what’s going on here.
Anyway, back on the subject. It was too amazing to hear Sam Witwer’s voice and see Ray Park’s face again in Star Wars. Maul just looks truly magnificent and as terrifying as ever! And with this small scene, they opened up an entire new angle to the former Darth’s story that I absolutely need to know more about! And like with the smaller Easter eggs, seeing this amazing story that was fleshed out in the animated series having a pretty huge connection to the events in this film… wow. There are no words. And it wasn’t just a this-would-be-really-cool cameo! This seems to be a major part of Qi’ra’s next chapter! And Maul’s too, as he continues on his tireless quest for power and purpose. You guys, this is one of the reasons I love Star Wars so much. It’s a big, big galaxy, but nothing is there without real thought and consideration.

So with that being said, there are still so many reasons to love Solo and Star Wars in general! What the next post will be about, I don’t yet know, but I look forward to sharing something with you sometime next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

The One Where Twilight Fangirls Over Solo, Part 2

Yay the blog is back! Today, I’m continuing my series of posts of all the things I loved about Solo: A Star Wars Story, today I’ll be writing on the amazing new crew of characters we meet, and how they all exceeded every expectation I had! You can read the first part all about Han and Qi’ra here. Now where do I possibly begin…?

Contains spoilers from Solo and a vague element from Episode VIII. Also, please remember I have only seen the film once at this point, so there is a chance I may have misremembered some elements.

There is much I could say on reuniting with Han, Chewbacca, and Lando, especially since I’ve known them quite a while. And I certainly will do some more writing on them in the future. But right now, I feel I need to give some of the newbies the spotlight! Because wow do they ever deserve it!

I don’t know why, but I really didn’t expect to love these new scoundrel-sorts as much as I did. It’s not that I thought I wouldn’t like them, of course. Star Wars has this great habit of making truly amazing characters, and I have yet to meet one I genuinely don’t like (or absolutely love). And I already did like them from what I saw in the trailers and spots, but I suppose the whole “criminal underworld” vibe of the film got me assuming everyone very well could be a traitor, and even if they weren’t all traitors, they could still be cold-blooded, out-for-themselves, and not looking for friends. Perhaps other darker areas of Star Wars lore have made me a suspicious Sally. So I was expecting these characters to be cool, but I didn’t expect to become attached to them so quickly. Or that they’d make me laugh so hard… and cry so hard. These seemingly-gritty, hardened criminals were about to each make my ever-expanding favorite character list in a way I never anticipated!

Perhaps the biggest way they shot down my assumptions has to do with Tobias Beckett and his crew. Because of Beckett’s “assume everyone will betray you” advice, I figured he wouldn’t be one with a lot of friends. I expected his crew to be a loosely-knit group of criminal business partners who would be quick to betray your trust if large amounts of creds were involved. Instead, what I saw was something more of a thicker-than-blood family, with a mom and a dad and a goofball grown son! Throw in Han as the little brother and Chewie as the uncle, and suddenly all these plans for a train heist felt more like plans for a family road trip. Beckett, Val, and Rio were all tough customers, that I wasn’t wrong about, but these tough customers also were genuinely looking out for each other. They’d shared good times and bad times, and somehow maintained a sense of loyalty and a sense of humor through it all. Though we don’t know Val long, the sweet old-married-couple relationship she and Beckett have spoke volumes about both individuals, and who they really were at heart, beyond their jaded, scoundrel-y exteriors. And Rio? Oh my gravy I loved that guy! He was so fun, and Jon Favreau was a delight in the role! The witty pilot was among the film’s best-kept secrets. Understandably, because we don’t know him long either, but he just lit up the room every scene he was in. We need him in some more Star Wars stories, OK? ‘Cause boy do I miss him. Together, Val and Rio brought out the best in Beckett, making him incredibly relatable, and revealing what a truly intriguing, complex individual he is. And the somewhat-fatherly role he takes on with Han was neat to watch as well. I honestly didn’t see it coming when he ended up being the traitor among the newbies. But that only served to make him an even more fascinating character to me. I’m seriously still reeling from how great all this writing is!

Of all the new characters, L3-37 was probably the one I was most excited to meet, but she still went far, far beyond what I expected. She was not just a wonderfully brash, mouthy, and witty sidekick, L3 was, like all the characters in this film, a truly complex person. And that’s what surprised me a little! Though I’ve always known the droids we know best in Star Wars as thinking, feeling beings, the sheer range of L3’s emotions and the naturalness of her thought processes blew my mind. We see her absolutely distressed over droidfights, overjoyed at finding purpose in starting a rebellion, and even contemplating the complexities of romance while chatting with Qi’ra about their boys! (I know I died laughing in that scene, how about you?) Droids with endless amounts of personality are nothing new, and I certainly wouldn’t say droids like Artoo, BB-8, and Chopper are lacking in any way, but there’s something outstandingly different with L3-37, and I adore it to absolute pieces! She’s certainly made me look at droids in a whole new light, especially as I’ve always been fascinated with droid psychology and what free will means to them. And also, her friendship with Lando was so delightful and so precious, I really need to see more of them. But either way, I’m glad she’s still around in the Falcon! I’m sure she’s got some opinions on all those porgs nesting in the wiring XP

Anyway, that’s the story of how a bunch of rough-and-tough scoundrel-y types I didn’t know what to think of at first became absolute favorites. I’ll share more of my Solo faves sometime in the next week or so!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

The One Where Twilight Fangirls Over Solo, Part 1

If you didn’t see the brief post I made on tumblr a few weeks back, I absolutely adored Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s so thrilling, so fun, so spirited! And though one of the most lighthearted SW films to date, it’s certainly not without some serious drama and feels. It’s everything I love about Star Wars and brings me oh-so-much joy! Unsurprisingly, I have a lot I want to write about. But I want to pace myself this time and not try to get everything out in a single post. So I’ll be talking about Solo in four small parts over the next month or so (maybe with other posts in between). If this works out well, I may continue to try and write shorter-length posts like this in the future. Now, we shall begin the Corellian conversation with this week’s topic: the surprisingly sweet story of Han and Qi’ra!

Contains spoilers from Solo and Episode IV. Also, please remember I have only seen the film once at this point, so there is a chance I may have misremembered some elements.

Going into Solo, I knew Qi’ra would surely be an awesome character. Her taste in jackets alone made that clear. But truth be told… I wasn’t expecting her relationship with Han to be much more than “cute for the moment”. You just can’t top Han and Leia! I assumed Han and Qi’ra would be a rather fleeting, here-one-minute-and-gone-the-next sort of relationship. Honestly, I would’ve expected that kind of thing with Han prior to the meeting at Mos Eisley. I also kinda figured that Qi’ra might be far from reputable, and someone who was very obviously Leia’s opposite, and obviously not the best match for Han. Kind of like comparing Willie to Marion in the Indiana Jones films (not that Qi’ra and Willie are anything alike, of course). Either way, I was convinced going into it that their relationship was just meant to be a lesson learned; a part of Han’s story, but not by any means a major chapter.
Boy was I wrong. So so wrong. But like I say often on this blog, I’m so so glad to be wrong!

Han and Qi’ra were childhood friends, surviving the mean streets of Corellia together, and from the first few minutes with them in the film, you can see their bond is as rock-solid as it gets. And downright precious! I’d always thought that Han was a bit of a player, but that is absolutely not the case here. Even at this early point in the film, it’s pretty clear he’s convinced she’s the one, period. Watching his reaction when they’re separated in their escape utterly breaks my heart, and speaks volumes upon volumes about how much he cares for her. And every moment with them in the film beyond that is filled with a really special kind of sweetness that I really did not expect to see in a before-Leia love story. It put that amazingly dedicated, loving side of Han back in the spotlight, and simultaneously blew my mind and warmed my heart. I certainly was a bit teary-eyed when they said their goodbyes at the end…

Does this mean I’ve come to love HanXQi’ra more than HanXLeia? No. Both love stories are great, almost equally so. But clearly, there is something stronger and more lasting in what Han and Leia have. I wish I could give more evidence for my argument, but I might need to rewatch Solo, the Originals, and VII again. And read more of the new novels and comics. And honestly, even if I did all that, there are still many stories inside of both relationships we don’t know. Maybe at some point I’ll write some comparisons and contrasts on the two pairs, but the goal of this particular post is simply to celebrate how unexpectedly great Han and Qi’ra’s story ended up being, and how very much it delighted me, a somewhat-skeptical, highly-dedicated HanXLeia fangirl. It’s just another stellar example of the storytelling mastery inside of the Star Wars universe! ❤

We'll talk more Solo soon!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

A Totally Fangirly Analysis Of The Solo Trailer!

Oh wow where do I even begin with this? I’ve been excited about Solo from day one, and I’m frankly mad it took me this long to say anything on the main blog about it! One of my favoritest of favorite characters is getting his own Anthology film!! That’s kinda a HUGE deal! So let’s rewatch this awesome trailer and then I’ll give you my near-second-by-second breakdown on what’s got me fangirlin’! 😀

Contains spoilers from the trailer (of course) and some of the films before it.

0:00 – First thought: wow is that a guitar? LOVE.
0:03 – Ooh cute critter there! I wonder if it’s a puppet or digital or a real animal? (As you can tell, I really love rodents)
0:06 – Man this is a sad-looking side of town…
0:08 – OHHH I RECOGNIZE THAT SILHOUETTE!
0:10 – AND I KNOW THAT FACE! Oh right I should be paying attention the narration. I’m really bad at that sometimes. What happened to you, boy…?
0:11 – Then we go from the shadows to a stark white, bright world that has very much captured my attention.
0:13 – OOH buddy this gon’ be fun. Probably dangerous, but fun.
0:14 – I’m all about these costume designs, guys. So cool!
0:18 – There’s something about a shady, dark room full of new crazy cool aliens that brings out my geekiness something fierce. You guys get it, right?
0:19 – LOOK AT THAT CONFIDENCE. THERE IS SO MUCH CONFIDENCE THERE.
0:22 – I still remember the first time I saw Alden Ehrenreich and how I was absolutely stunned by how much he looked like a young Han. I knew there was no way they wouldn’t cast the right guy for the role, but… I didn’t know there was any actor this perfect out there. In this shot alone, you can see so much of his familiar swagger, but at the same time, a youthful curiosity that presents a new angle on a guy we typically think of as jaded.
0:23 – AHH CHEWIE!! Oh it’s going to be a wonderfully epic getting to see this iconic friendship come to be! I’m already gettin’ the feels just thinking about it!
0:25 – AND AHH THE FALCON! How’d I miss that a sec ago?
0:30 – I’m looking forward to learning more about Qi’ra for sure. Not just because clearly there will be some delightful bantering between her and Han, but she also seems to be a very observant, insightful character, if the narration the last couple trailers can be believed.
0:33 – Also can’t wait to meet Tobias Beckett. We haven’t learned much about him yet and I’m intrigued. Also hey this is the first time in a while I’ve seen an actor I already knew in a Star Wars film (aside from voice acting and mocap work, anyway). Go Woody Harrelson!
0:35 – Some more epic-looking characters that just drip with iconicness!
0:36 – Ooh what’s Han driving here?
0:37 – One fast (but adorably rusty) landspeeder that’s what!
0:39 – It’s good to know the term “driving” actually exists in the SW galaxy. Sometimes I get confused over whether it counts as “flying” something if the vehicle hovers.
0:40 – YES! You know I love chase scenes!
0:41 – Those ships! That scenery! I’m in awe!
0:42 – Intense Solo is intense.
0:43 – Whoa dang what’s even going on here???
0:45 – Yet another character we don’t know much about but who looks totally awesome. But I actually appreciate they’re keeping so much under wraps. Gives us a ton of exciting new stuff to discover later!
0:47 – Han, meet blaster. Blaster, meet Han.
0:48 – What do I think? I think that I’m gonna have serious trouble waiting until May 25th!
0:49 – Actually, I think that’s Shryiiwook (pardon my spelling) for “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” XP
0:51 – Oh wow I just realized that this looks a little like a snowy Kashyyyk! Like one of its poles, maybe!
0:53 – Really into all this dramatic lighting right now.
0:56 – LANDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
1:02 – SO. PERFECT. SO. LANDO. I can’t tell you how much I love Donald Glover’s performance. Ever since that first grin in that first teaser, I knew he truly was perfect for the role!
1:03 – Chewie sounds like he finds this genuinely funny. But on his face, I feel I’m reading more of a sarcastic chuckle… which would make sense if Lando was involved.
1:05 – Finally getting to meet L3-37!
1:07 – And she’s already made the list of fave droids.
1:08 – *Quietly thinks that L3 and K-2SO would’ve made a good couple had their paths ever crossed*
1:09 – The image of Han touching the Falcon for (presumably) the first time gives me some chills.
1:10 – What an absolute beaut’! I’m still not over how good the ship looked in her glory days!
1:11 – I mean, wow, it’s so white.
1:14 – And yet… Han was meant for so much more than just “this life”… 🙂
1:18 – If that new live-action series solely centered around Lando and L3’s misadventures, I would not complain. ‘Cause they’ve clearly had a lot of them.
1:20 – As of today, only a month and nine days away. Still feels much too long.
1:21 – I cannot wait to see what a train heist in Star Wars looks like. Well, right… technically we’ve seen one in The Clone Wars, but still! Every second is thrilling!
1:23 – Here come the range troopers! Oh they look so powerful and so epic! Also just glad to see some bucketheads around, ’cause I’d miss them if they weren’t, honestly.
1:24 – Of course, I’m sure Han would rather they not be here on the train right at this moment. Can’t a man pull off a heist in peace anymore?? 😛
1:28 – *Continues to be dazzled by the visuals to the point she forgets to say anything useful*
1:29 – Another mystery character, but that’s a really nice cape. Who wants to bet Lando steals his first one from her? XD
1:30 – Wow is it just me, or does that walker look seriously tougher than the garden variety brand of walkers?
1:33 – Awww wookiee hugs! But with who…? *Crosses fingers hoping it’ll be the first canon female wookiee we get to see*
1:35 – You gotta love this slightly-more-enthusiastic side Han once had! I’ve got a great feeling about this!
1:37 – These space battles OMG!
1:45 – *Dies laughing for the next couple minutes*
1:46 – THESE VFX ARE GLORIOUS.
1:49 – I’M SO HYPED.
1:50 – I’M SORRY THIS ISN’T MY MOST INTELLECTUAL POST, AND THAT I CAN’T STOP WRITING IN ALL-CAPS, BUT OH SO WOW!!!
1:52 – Ooh this looks cool. And a bit frightening.
1:55 – I love when Chewie just throws people like that. Such a boss!
1:56 – I really want a replica of Qi’ra’s jacket. Her Universe, take note.
1:59 – I agree, L3– OH NOOOO CHEWIEEEEE!!! :O
2:03 – Considering I just watched him in Force Awakens the other day I guess he made it, but… still! So tense!
2:06 – But the reigning emotion right now can be summed up in four words: this. looks. so. FUN!!

It might not sound like much to say “it’s so fun”, considering all the films have fun moments. But I would say this is the most upbeat and thrilling trailer we’ve seen in a while, and it just makes me ridiculously happy to watch. I’m so ready for Solo.

Anyway, we’ll certainly talk more ’bout my bro Han at a later date. Thanks for reading this and joining in on my excitement!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight