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Clash Of The Skywalkers: A Closer Look

So with a little less than a month before we meet the Freemakers (*giddily fangirling*), I figure we should get the Closer Looks on the New Yoda Chronicles wrapped up ’bout now. And now, a little Lego SW for your Thursday 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode IV, Episode VI, Episode VI, Episode VII, Rebels episode Shroud Of Darkness, The Empire Strikes Out, Menace Of The Sith, Escape From The Jedi Temple, Race For The Holocrons, Raid On Coruscant, and Clash Of The Skywalkers.

I still do find it fascinating they chose to end the Chronicles with a seventh chapter instead of a sixth or a ninth, and to make it a cliffhanger on top of it! But somehow it works anyway, and it’s still funny, clever, exciting, and sweet the way all Lego Star Wars is. Anyway, so we open with lots and lots of TIE fighter traffic. Hehe those pilots may be ruthless to Rebels, but at least they’re courteous to each other! Vader be like *facepalm* XD They’re in a bit of a rush today, you see… they’re looking for a certain Skywalker who maaaaay have helped destroy all their precious holocron intel a short time ago and a certain Emperor maaaaaay not be happy. Despite the rocky start, the Darth’s on his a-game today ’cause he quite immediately clashes with young Skywalker as he surveys Imperial space. Poor Luke hardly stood a chance it seems as Darth Vader downs his X-wing in about four seconds. Le gasp! Has the dark lord finally won?? And then, amidst the wreckage, Artoo casually saunters over to JEK-14’s stealth ship and we find that Luke was a holograph all along! (Or would that be hologram? I always get them mixed up… either way it’s a holo, I guess) Can’t believe they didn’t take the opportunity to have Ackbar say “IT’S A WRAP!“, but I guess they already did that in The Padawan Menace so it’s OK. Yeah even the masters were a little spooked by the fake-out “I’m a ghost and I still sweated through my robe!” TMI, OBI-WAN…!
So with Vader finally off their tails, the Rebs can finally get off Mustafar and get to their new permanent base. Also, I know I probably should’ve said this by now, but one thing I love about the Lego universe is getting to see characters from the OT hanging out on worlds from the PT. It makes for some really fun stories and is a further reminder that everything is connected and it all exists in the same galaxy. But I’ve rabbit-trailed. So though this is supposed to be a victory, Luke feels it’s a bit of a hollow one, as he much rather’dve defeated Vader for reals. Leia encourages him to be patient as the important thing right now is to lay low, but Luke definitely has a case of the mopes.
‘Course he’s not the only one having a bad day. Han is not a fan of the new base. AT. ALL. Understandable, ’cause it’s Hoth. I mean, it’s great that it’s far from the eyes of the Empire, but that weather though… I mean, Chewie’s done frozen solid! Yeeees Han I would say he’s cold XP
However, I’d say Darth Vader’s having a great day! STORMTROOPAH CONGA LINE EVRAHBODYY!! Needless to say, a couple Imperials aren’t thrilled about bursting his bubble that Luke might’ve not’ve been onboard that X-wing to start with. Vader seems to take it rather well at first… and then retreats to his personal chamber to have a hissy fit that’d make his grandson proud XD If it weren’t for the fact he needed help fixing his chamber afterwards I’m pretty sure his ‘troopers would equally be all “NOPE”.
Oh yeah, I love the callback to Menace Of The Sith with the “Echo Base Jedi Educational Center” sign. Honestly the idea that the Jedi had claimed the base first is really cool and it oughta be no-questions canon. ‘Course maybe it is by now there’s a lot of recent literature I haven’t read yet. Another thing we learn is that Chewie isn’t a fan of celery. The things you can learn from these specials! It’s the little details about their lives that are often the most fascinating 🙂 And oh yeah we also learn THERE’S A WAMPA IN THE BASE! WAMPAAAA!! And the worst thing is not that they could be eaten but that they have to go back into the freezing cold again. Yep, it’s a beautiful day all right.
The fact that Luke has “too much of his father in him” is very clear as he’s beyond impatient waiting for some action ’round here. After all, those Jedi in his ‘cron weren certainly always on the move! He tosses the holocron to the ground in frustration, but soon finds there’s quite a bit more to see than he could just squinting at the smol blue box. Luke finds himself viewing an entire mission as Obi-Wan and Yoda attempt to rescue Sio Bibble from Dooku and his droids. Again, love the collision of eras! Though yeesh you’d think he would’ve put two and two together on the “little green boy” situation 😛 Also good question how did they record these things to begin with? The things these ‘crons can do! Much of it is still a mystery! Unfortunately, Luke is so caught up watching the action he misses out on the… um… Imperial probes hovering nearby. Totally understand though; I don’t notice much of anything when I’m focused on my Star Wars 🙂 “OMG WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN NEXT?! MUCH INTRIGUE! MUCH AWESOME! MUCH– Wait… what do you mean the house is on fire?” #StarWarsLife
So yeah Palpatine wasn’t happy to hear his apprentice blew it yet again. “YOU WERE FOOLED BY AN R2 UNIT?!” “But it wasn’t just any R2 unit, it was R2-D2!” “i’m starting to think I should’ve turned him to the dark side instead.” “You know how to hurt a guy” XD XD But somehow he still gives him one more chance to prove himself. Darth gives a spirted “Yippee!” to that. And I basically died laughing. Also is it weird I’ve become a bit of a Royal Guard fangirl as of late? I’m pretty sure I can blame my Star Wars Costumes book for that development but eeeee they’re just so COOOOOL! Oh, and then the whole “are we there yet?” bit… just too good, man. Solidness.
So Luke’s really getting into that holocron battle, especially when a young Anakin steps out. He immediately recognizes the name and realizes it’s his dad out there being amazing. Though I have to say this probably wasn’t the ideal holocron footage of his dad to view right now… it’s not the patient Anakin teaching younglings we see in Rebels, it’s the rather impatient reckless apprentice Anakin breakin’ all the rules! Luke’s all “Whoa that was the best move ever!” even though this is totally not the lesson he should be picking up atm. I mean, there’s a time and place for that real-world-influenced spontaneity that made the elder Skywalker so darn good, but not when the younger Skywalker’s chomping at the bit to do something. So when Leia and JEK deliver news that the Empire’s on their way over thanks to his holocron, Luke takes a cue from his dad and decides to go meet Vader face-to-face while Leia finishes the evac. OK is that not kinda freaky, the thought that Luke learns a move from his dad to fight his dad? Whoo is it ever gonna be a clash!
Meanwhile, Han and his crew were a bit hung up… haha puns, ’cause the wampa had them literally hung up on his ceiling. I guess he does that to keep the meat cold. Threepio decides to deliver a few choice wampa-ian words that apparently Han said, which ultimately leads to the wampa knocking him down right where his blaster was. They still end up running out of the cave screaming with the beast at their backs but hey, Threepio’s plan actually saved their lives! Crazy!
“…like a space fox!”
I’m sorry that quote is perfect. Probably a bad segue for the post but still a great quote. JEK was entirely questioning Luke’s plan, and that’s about when Palpatine’s shuttle smacked right into his x-wing. Vader don’t buy it at first, but then he’s all “GREAT GUNRAY’S GHOST IT IS HIM!!” and I can definitely tell you I’ll be using that line a lot now too. Dude you just don’t question the Emperor mkay? He may be a little wrinkly but he’s as sharp as a tack! Well, except he did launch the TIEs before the pilots go in ’em… but don’t judge bro anyone coulda done that! But whoa now Luke and JEK have literally the entire Empire after them. Bold move. Veryyyy bold move. Just like a Skywalker to do that 🙂
So Han, Chewbacca, and Threepio were having a pretty good time. Being chased by a wampa in a snowspeeder and all. I don’t even know how that happened, but if not for that, Threepio might not’ve inadverdently domesticated the tauntaun for the Rebels! And Han did some sweet moves on his Wookiee snowboard! Though yeah I’m so sorry you spent the entire episode as an ice block Chewster. Now if they could just get that landing pad lit already, it’ll have been a successful day…
I must take a minute again to applaud the genius and wit of Lego SW. The sign that says “YES. That asteroid field” is among the greatest of the hilarious signs they’ve placed around the SW galaxy XD Vader’s all “OMG HE PULLED AN ANAKIN ON ME THAT COPYCAT!” as Star Destroyer after Star Destroyer takes some serious damage. And then when a few Rebel fighters join the party, well, let’s just say the Empire gets packin’. “DO SOMETHING EVIL!” “Might I suggest we run?” “THAT SOUNDS GOOD TOO!” Finally Ackbar’s the one who gets to set the trap! And man the bros on Hoth almost didn’t get things lit up in time. That is exactly why Chewie carries candles in his bandolier. Pays to be a “sensitive guy” huh? Pff I’m sure Maz approves 🙂 Yay Chewbacca saved the day! Even though he’s probably going to need a lot of time in the bacta tank after this. And the golden droid finally got some appreciation… but not the kind he was looking for. Han… I know you were doing it as a joke, but you should absolutely know better than to kiss a droid on Hoth. Leia, you better go get your blow drier… we’re gonna be out here a while.
Though the Rebels are settled and the Imps are gone baby gone, the Skywalker boys are still at it. However, their exciting one-on-one space battle becomes an exciting one-on-one duel quite quickly after they both crash on the same asteroid. Also Vader finally did get himself an astromech at some point, and he looks like he’s ready to throw down… at least, up until Artoo completely one-ups him in the weapons department and the other R2 runs off screaming. The flamethrower is a nice touch. But then Vader gets personal AND FORCE-SHOVES ARTOO INTO A CRATER!! DUDE THAT’S JUST COLD! So no questions they’re bringin’ out the ‘sabers! Luke fares pretty well for the first couple minutes, but soon finds himself on the edge of that deep crater. But then Luke gets a little idea… also this line “I’d laugh if it didn’t sound weird and cause me horrible pain” is it wrong I laughed really hard at that? As for Luke’s idea, he knew Vader couldn’t resist throwing a rock at him. A rock that ultimately would awaken a ferocious giant SPACE SLUG!! I was applauding young Skywalker for his ingenuity… and then we find out that the beast is actually Darth’s pet. Wow. I guess if you want a pet that makes a statement, you get a legendary giant slug. I wonder if it’s the same one in Episode V, ’cause you’d think he might’ve looked there in his pursuit of the Falcon. Maybe there’re just two giant slugs in this corner of the galaxy. Or maybe this is noncanon and I’m just looking into this way way too deeply. But yeah needless to say things didn’t go that well… the slug ate Luke. Thankfully a lightsaber to the uvula gets him outta there quickly but it looks like Vader actually did win today. Well, I guess you gotta let the guy have a win sometime! It hasn’t happened often lately. But for now, Luke’s off to ride tauntauns for the Rebels… at least if he ever stops floating aimlessly through space. STORMTROOPAH CONGA LINE!!!
Ah delightful! The Yoda Chronicles have been quite the ride, from their beginning to their finale. It felt really good to take a minute and revisit this super-fun chapter in the Lego Star Wars saga as we prepare for its next, and perhaps most thrilling, chapter as we enter unknown between-Empire-and-Jedi territory and make some new friends before too long 🙂 So until next post…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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10 Awesome Moments From Exit From Endor

So I’m finally blogging on the first of the Lego Droid Tales saga! Sorry it took so long… there’s just been too much to talk about as of late! Now, I’m doing something a little different today, instead of writing a full-on commentary, I’m slimming it down to some of the episode’s most ingenious, funny, and clever moments! After all considering it’s a retelling of Episodes I and II retelling that just wouldn’t work. So let’s just get on with it already!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI, The Empire Strikes Out, and Exit From Endor

Droid Tales is absolutely tons of fun, giving us the SW saga in a nutshell whilst peppering in great gags and poking fun at it (and at us as fans) in the best way! (Like, for example, all the gags thrown at the Prequel politics, which to be honest I find fascinating) Whether you’re new to SW or you’ve been loving it forever, it’s a sheer delight! Some new territory for Lego SW that works so perfectly! And so with my raving done, let’s cut to the chase to 10 of the most awesome moments from Exit From Endor!

1. Threepio Remembers!
I would say a good 80% of Droid Tales couldn’t possibly be canon, but there are some things I sure would like to believe really happened, like the fact Artoo had Threepio’s memory the whole time! I remember when I first heard about Droid Tales and I was confused as to why Threepio was telling said tales. Well, he’s pretty amazing at storytelling, as we see in Episode VI, but his memory loss was a bit of a problem. And I always felt bad that Threepio lost memory of all their grand adventures prior to the fall of the Republic, so there you go — a nice little bow tied at the end of all of this! 🙂

2. Best Name Ever…
“What should I call you?”
“I’ve always been fond of the name ‘Kevin’.”
“Your name is C-3PO!”
Yup that’s the future Darth Vader… only nine and he’s already crushing dreams XP Droid Tales really has fun making the connection between little Ani and Vader quite a bit more obvious to a rather ridiculously hilarious point. This was probably my favorite of those moments… well, that and the “I didn’t do it by accident, I did it on purpose”! bit XD Also, the fact there’s a Lego instruction sheet on the wall. PRICELESS.

3. Words Can Hurt You Know!
“YOU ARE THE WORST BAD GUYS EVER!!” As if the “get this stunted slime out of my sight” line wasn’t harsh enough… 😛 Also, I love the callbacks to The Empire Strikes Out with Darth Maul. I love that he clearly knows how awesome he is. Forget revenge this is all about being awesome! If only his master got it… “You never let me be me!”

4. BIIIIIG RED FLAGS…
“RED FLAGS! GET YOUR RED FLAGS HERE!” Pfff haha yeah I think we get it. But what the hooey he eventually destroyed the Emperor! Don’t blame Qui-Gon mkay?! The real question is why is Watto selling red flags? Probably because he can overcharge for ’em I bet.

5. They’ve Got This (Mostly)
I love how they played up the “we’ll handle this” line with all those petrified little Naboo soldiers making a run for it XD But perhaps they were smart to do so… Sith be scurrrry. Also, I love how they handled Qui-Gon’s noble end. I had no clue how Lego’s take on some of the more tragic or dark events would look like, but it worked well and it was honestly kinda funny the way it was played out, which is something I thought I’d never say about one of the most tear-inducing parts of the film. But hey that’s Lego for ya! ‘Course there was no problem knocking the legs off of Maul, that happens a lot to him as a minifig XD

6. THE HORROR!
(Anyone else read that line in Ziro The Hutt’s voice? Sorry wrong era.)
Nute Gunray’s reaction to little Ani approaching the Trade Federation blockade is gold. “AHH!! A LITTLE KID!!” *Dies laughing*

7. Attack On The Clones
Here’s a Queen Amidala and there’s a Queen Amidala and another Queen Amidala, and guess what? We’ve got another Queen Amidala! Well, that’s one way to avoid assassinations… XD XD Really this needs no further explanation, it’s just that funny.

8. Somebody Call For Me?
“NOT YOU ARTOO HIM ARE TOO!” Great and powerful Michael Price, teach me your Lego-SW-writing ways! Though I imagine that drove the closed captioning people nuts…

9. OF COURSE I’M CALM LOOK AT MY FACE!!
“…Maybe if you tried acting calmer…”
I AM ACTING CALM!!!
They pretty much summed up all of Anakin’s dialogue in Episode II in that one sentence. Poor boy was all kinds of grumpy and angsty back then, wasn’t he? Aw we love you anyway man! Hehe this is possibly my favorite line in the whole episode XD

10. Ackbar’s Slightly-Not-That-Sweet Ride
I adore the whole thing with Ackbar oogling over his “Daisy Mae”, but I also love the fact that his old ship is up to its gills in takeout wrappers XD Hehe “up to its gills”… I made a Mon Cala joke XD And wow I just realized I’ve really overused the XD emoticon in this post… but how else do I capture how hard these jokes made me laugh? 🙂

Of course, this is only scratching the surface of the great jokes and moments in this episode, but I think I put together a nice variety of the wonderful wacky witticisms of this awesome Lego special! And I can’t wait for all the new Tales yet to be told!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Raid On Coruscant: A Closer Look

So with months off before Rebels comes back, no new really big SW news, and my next Star Wars Summer Read still on its way to my library, it seems like a good time to talk some more about the Lego Star Wars specials! Plus, with Droid Tales on the way it’d probably be a good idea to get back in on this. So I bring you my Closer Look on Raid On Coruscant. Enjoyyyyy.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from The Empire Strikes Out, The Phantom Clone, Race For The Holocrons, Raid On Coruscant

When we last left our heroes, things… didn’t go that well. Guess who has two thumbs and all the holocrons? THIS GUYYY! Er… Darth Vader, not me… I guess that joke doesn’t technically work in this context. Never mind. So yeah that’s a problem. Now the Empire has a full list of every planet sympathetic to the Rebel Alliance. Naboo is next on this list. “I can’t figure out how our sign didn’t throw them off!”, yesss because they’d totally buy the “Not a Rebel Base” sign XD I figure Vader had fun laying waste to this planet… on the list of planets associated with his past he’d like to destroy, Naboo’s probably tops on the list. Yeah this does not look good. Yoda and Obi-Wan know that for sure, that’s why they called up their old buddy JEK-14 to lend a Force-enriched hand. But it seems someone didn’t get the memo on that… Qui-Gon Jinn showed up, ready and rarin’ to go to help his comrades! Well, this is awkward. So Obi-Wan and Yoda give their other old buddy a job opening a pickle jar. Qui-Gon’s totally into it “You remembered how good I am at opening things! Let me at it! I have a very particular set of skills.” XD (OMG I just realized they dropped a Taken reference *dies laughing*)
So Vader was going to give his master an update, but it took a bit longer than he would’ve preferred, having to get past his secretary and being put on hold. Makes sense, though. I mean, if you’re Emperor of the entire galaxy you’ve got to be a busy dude. So Darth takes a tea break, only to have Sidious come on the line a minute later. Palpatine’s glad to see his progress, and now offers up the next planet to mess with — Tatooine. Otherwise known as #1 on Vader’s “planets associated with my past that I’d like to destroy” list. It’s funny I wouldn’tve pegged Tatooine for having too many Rebel sympathizers, but apparently any at all is too many as far as the Empire’s concerned. Looks like Threepio’s interview is over…
In the back of the Mos Eisley cantina, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie discuss their situation and what their next move should be. Luke believes their best move would be to head on over to Coruscant itself and take the holocrons back. Han’s response is hilarious “Kid! You’ve been sleeping with that flashlight-thing too close to your brain!” 😛 Leia’s actually resorted to considering hiding as a good plan, but regardless of the risky nature of the plan, Luke believes that’s their best move. And then in comes a AT-AT… right in the middle of the cantina. Like clockwork, the Empire has arrived. But so also has one JEK-14…
The Falcon crew finds themselves facing down Imperial resistance from both ends, including but not limited to Lord Vader in an AT-AT. Thankfully for our heroes, those things, while impressive and super-cool, take a little work to turn around and that gives them an opportunity to make a run for it. They try for the Falcon‘s docking bay only to be met by Jabba and every bounty hunter he could ever hope to hire to capture Captain Solo. And Luke’s doesn’t work much better… those fangirls of his are back. So things just got more chaotic that it already was. As they were running for their lives, JEK runs up alongside them, introducing himself as a friend of Obi-Wan’s and offering them a lift out of this mess. Luke is a tad skeptical, at least up until JEK uses that arm of his to build a wall between them and their pursuers. But just when they thought they’d gotten out of the soup, they’re met by blasterfire from Vader’s AT-AT. Just when they thought they were back in the soup, Artoo and Threepio take aim at the transport with the Falcon! Vader’s not too happy to see that old thing pwning his weaponry again… and I bet he’d be even less happy to know that two familiar droids were the ones at the controls. So he decides to ditch the AT-AT and meet them full-on with his lightsaber. JEK was about to work his Force-arm magic and turn the Falcon invisible, but his Force-control don’t work as well as it used to. Though it does make an interesting point; obviously age doesn’t impact one’s use of the Force (see: everything Yoda’s ever done), so does that mean JEK’s arm is robotic and not physical? My only problem with that theory is that he was a normal clone who was enhanced by a kyber crystal, so that shouldn’t have turned his arm robotic out of the gate. But technically, JEK isn’t actually Force-sensitive in the traditional sense, he gained some unique abilities via the kyber crystal, but it’s not the same as actual Force sensitivity. He has just as many midichlorians as the rest of the clones (well, maybe a couple more?). So I think my theory of his arm being overcharged by pure Force still stands. Sorry if that made no sense at all, but it’s definitely interesting looking at this concept from a realistic standpoint. So it finally takes Han giving the old guy’s arm a whack to get it back to fully functioning, and with that, the ship disappears from Vader’s sight and flies off to the Kashyyk base. Also yay Qui-Gon got that pickle jar open! “So awkward, this is…” XD
So Vader kinda had to go and explain what happened to Sidious. Sidious isn’t pleased, but there are still plenty of other planets to crush out there. While hunting through the holocrons for a fresh planet, he happens to find one loaded with footage of a young Anakin Skywalker. Consider Darth Vader’s interest piqued. As the master and the apprentice head off to the screening room to find out what their next target is, Vader happens to quietly take the past-self holocron with him. Of course, that “screening room” is technically the senate building (no one told Senator Yawn this, though… poor dude), and in there they find that the planet in question is “Wookiee World”. Vader points out its actual name and location, and to that Sidious drops one of the greatest lines uttered in Lego SW history “Well, you’re a real Star Wars nerd, aren’t you?” SO META! XD XD Though in all seriousness, Rebels, you’re in trouble… but it turns out the Rebels are pretty aware of that. So Luke’s come back to his raid plan again, with help from Mon Mothma and Admiral Ackbar (and of course JEK, who helps polish off the Falcon in a marvelous way), they might stand a chance.
Meanwhile, Vader was taking a moment to watch that holocron he confiscated. It shows an early Clone Wars battle with a younger, nicer him along with Obi-Wan and Mace Windu, all cracking very future-foretelling quips (“When you guys joke around like that it makes me want to get tossed out a high-rise window with my arm cut off!” Seriously? That’s kinda scary…). Vader’s had enough of it and kicks the ‘cron away. It does make you wonder what all Darth’s feeling right now. This is between Episodes IV and V so he knows who Luke is and it’s starting to chip away at his outer shell. He likely still harbors hate for the Jedi and probably still refers to his old self as someone else, but at this juncture I could see him starting to slowly question his allegiances. Face it bro you’ve still got good in ya! But no time to think about that he’s got Rebels to crush!
As for the Rebels, the plan is set, JEK’s knows the lay of the Coruscant land, and Artoo’s got the floor plans! At least, he will once Leia finds the right compact disc to load. Han breaks the awkward silence with “Ever wonder how come we don’t have digital downloads yet?” Pffff XD Luke senses the Empire’s approach, so it’s time for the Rebels to make their move! But by the time they get to Coruscant… the Imperials are gone. That’s because the Imperials already left for Kashyyk! You can imagine how much Vader liked this surprise. Yeahh I had never thought two enemies could miss each other like that, but it’s working in the Rebels’ favor so they have more time to grab those holocrons without opposition. And then enter in the Imperial Guards. OK so the plan’s not entirely without opposition. But duh that’s why JEK-14’s here. #ForceEnhancedBenefits JEK takes a look in the old Holocron Vault and Han and Luke enter into Palpatine’s office. JEK doesn’t find any ‘crons, though he does find himself fighting that old vault droid who doesn’t play fair. But Han knows just how to make their entrance — making one in the Emperor’s office window. And the dark dude hasn’t yet left the building. Then he doesn’t play fair and hides in the closet until he throws all Force lightning on the two young heroes, and that turns into a ‘saber battle between Luke and Sidious. Man, Luke is really doing awesome, standing his ground against such a formidable foe. I mean, Luke’s practically just started his training and Palpatine brought down Jedi masters! Either the Force is really really really with young Skywalker or Palpatine’s just getting old. I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
Oh yeah, and with Artoo’s help, JEK managed to get out of that mess with the vault droid. Artoo grabbed a single ‘cron and whacked him over the head with it (the vault droid, not JEK-14). Back at the battle in Palpatine’s office, the smacktalk had begun. “YOU ARE A WEAK PATHETIC FARM BOY!” “Oh yeah? Well, your teeth are yellow!” “*GASP* WORDS CAN HURT YOU KNOW!” Another one of the best lines ever! 😆 XD Though seriously have we seen one honest-to-goodness Sith without bad teeth? Even most second-rate Sithy-sorts have bad teeth! I guess we can cut Ventress and Savage from this ranking but still! Luke finally knocks the ‘saber from Sidious’ hands, but that only frees him up to Force-grab the boy and throw him out the window. Thankfully, a tour bus full of Jawas was at the right place in the right time. Palpatine thought he could get away scot-free, but didn’t expect to be surrounded at all ends by Han, Chewie, and alllll those Wookiees in the senate building. Luke finally rejoins the party, but the Emperor’s not going to make it easy for our heroes — he threatens to destroy the holocrons! But Skywalker knows how to play his cards right; “Go ahead! Destroy them!” and literally everybody be like “WHUT?“. Luke knows there’s no way Palpatine would really want to destroy all his precious intel. And that’s where JEK comes in, for the good of the galaxy, Luke gives him the command to destroy the holocrons. It’s sad to see all these years worth of documented Jedi history blown to pieces, but if it allows the Rebels to fight another day, then it’s a necessary sacrifice. And with that, the Alliance is heading back to Kashyyk on a good note.
As for Vader, he finally showed up after managing the space battle. And he happened to find Palpatine trapped on top of the senate building, cape caught on its spike, and his heart-print boxers for all the world to see. Yes this was not one of the Darths’ better days.
Obi-Wan and Yoda reflect on Luke’s daring decision. Good news is they can’t be used for evil ever again, bad news is now Luke can’t use the holocrons for Jedi training. It’s Master Jinn who suggests Yoda be the one to train him. And he finally outs them for not being honest with him to start with XD “I would expect more from the guys I taught the ways of immortality to!”
Back on Kashyyk, we’re getting to hang around for the Wookiee party! Sure Ewoks know how to throw an epic soiree but the hairy beasts could give them a run for their money! While the Rebels get down, Luke and JEK talk for a moment, as Luke does regret not being able to at least get ahold of one holocron. But JEK reveals that Artoo did managed to keep one… the one with a young Anakin Skywalker 🙂 Awwwz! “Whoever this Jedi is, he’s amazing! I hope someday I turn out just like him!” Well, I wouldn’t really want you to do that, but still, if one thing tugs at my heartstrings, it’s that image of Luke watching his father as the great man he once was :3
So there you go some random Legoness for your Saturday. Hope all my American readers have a Fourth Of July that’s as much fun as an Ewok-and-Wookiee party! 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Spark Of Rebellion

Welcome my friends to the maiden voyage of what I’m calling Rebel Transmissions (you have to say it in a cool radio voice whenever you read it out loud). As you may have guessed, this is basically a fancy name for my closer look posts on the episodes to come of Star Wars Rebels. And uh yeah I’m pretty much hopelessly obsessed with the show now. Sooo anyway, we’re about to dig into the exciting new world of the Ghost crew in the show’s fantastic pilot! Get on board and buckle up as the first Rebel Transmission hits the airwaves!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III and the Rebels episode Spark Of Rebellion.

Rebel Transmission 101 Title Image

Soooo it was an ordinary day on Lothal… and then oh look, an Imperial Star Destroyer. And guess who they flew right over? An old communication tower where lives a kid named Ezra Bridger. Ah yes! It doesn’t take long for Rebels to pull you in, for sure. Honestly I can’t really put this opening into words that would do any justice to it… but give me a break! It’s the first episode, people! Of the first Star Wars anything I’ve gotten to be a part of since its beginning! I was a late bloomer in the SW fandom… saw the Originals about thirty years after they came out, the Prequels between five and eleven years post their release, the Clone Wars three years after they debuted… it’s a huge deal right now to be coming alongside a new chapter in the Star Wars galaxy as it happens. So if any of this blog comes off bumpy and off-kilter, pleeeease understand that I’m having trouble not nerding out entirely. But yeah, anyway, returning to the episode…
It’s a crazy thing to think about… going about your business in the town square while TIE fighters fly overhead. If the massive Star Destroyer didn’t already make you keenly aware of what a big deal the Imperials are right now, then those TIEs definitely do. It’s also crazy thinking that Stormtroopers could come along and crash your party whenever they want. One minute this poor old Gothal was making some spare cash and the next thing he knows he’s being arrested for treason. Unfair. And these Imperials just don’t care! Jerk Imperial #1 just takes a bite out of the guy’s fruit and is all “Yeahhh and what are you gonna do about it? We’re the Empire and you’re not!”. And everyone else in the vicinity is kinda too scared to get involved. But enter Ezra: riffraff, street rat, scoundrel… you’ll love him. He’s in and out before you know it — snatching up Jerk Imperial #2’s comlink without anyone noticing. And thens comes in a call to one of the Imperials and they have to ditch the “traitor” for an emergency. And ugh Jerk Imperial #1 still leaves his mark on the oldster by throwing his fruit basket back on him; honestly, it’s often the little things the Imperials do that really makes my blood boil. But surprise… Ezra’s doesn’t just have sticky fingers, but he’s also a master of imitating Imperials, as the Gothal looks up and sees the kid on the other end of the com. Andddd then Ezra kinda ruins his short-lived good guy streak and nabs a few fruits. But hey, he only steals what he can’t afford! Ah I’m sorry but seriously Aladdin and Ezra are almost the same person… both thieves with a heart of gold who find themselves suddenly in the midst of something much larger. And a bit akin to the other “street rat”, Ezra makes his exit climbing atop the buildings, catching a glimpse at the confused Imperials while he’s at it. But then our hero’s attention is mysteriously drawn to a figure in the streets. And that someone kinda picks up on it too, but moves along anyway. Methinks something Force-y is going on here. That “someone”, is who we know as Kanan Jarrus, at the moment, though, Ezra just knows him as some dude in the crowd. But as Ezra keeps watching, it starts becoming clear that something’s up as Kanan exchanges a signal with another guy (that would be Zeb) and Zeb exchanges that signal with a girl (that would be Sabine) and then Sabine in turn casually blows up a ‘trooper’s ride. The Imperials freak out and make a point to get their cargo to safety asap, and Ezra takes that as a hint something valuable might happen to be in those crates. Needless to say, things are about to get craaaaazyyy…!
Once the ‘troopers come out, Kanan and Zeb show up. Kanan handles that blaster of his like a boss, and Zeb gives them a taste of his awesome Lasat strength. And their combined awesome makes them come out on top pretty quickly. Of course, neither of them expected this street kid to “borrow” the Imperials’ speeder… and the crates with it. This plan didn’t call for any chase scenes, but now Kanan and Zeb are on the move. Hehe is it wrong I love watching these guys plow over the Stormtroopers with their cargo-laden speeders? Those white-armored guys go down like dominoes! XD
But guess who was one jump ahead of Ezra’s perfectly executed steal? Sabine. The Mando girl made a perfect landing on his boxed loot and made an expert blasting off of one of the crates, but not without wishing him luck first. Yeahh he’ll need a lot of luck if he’s going to outrun these two. The chase leads them through more ‘troopers, through town, and onto the highway. And that in turn attracts a couple of “traffic cop” ‘troopers who start shooting. So now Kanan and Zeb have yet another problem, trying to get the “cops” off their tails while trying to catch up with the kid. And one of those troopers’ blasterfire hits Ezra’s speeder and now he’s trying to keep it under control while accidentally navigating on a one-way highway. Zeb finally has to pull out his electric prod like-what-magnaguards-use thing and give to the traffictrooper the old-fashioned way. And Kanan hands over a nice shiny explosive to the other one. So now, Kanan drops his cargo over to Zeb to focus on getting the last crate from Ezra. Zeb does not entirely approve. Ahhh I love how his ears add to his emotive abilities! Hehe sorry.
So after jumping the divider, Kanan finally gets in front of Ezra and forces the kid to pull over. They have a brief conversation that really doesn’t get either of them anywhere. And Ezra’s gone again! Our young friend clearly sees this whole thing as just two robberies plain and simple, so he’s not making Kanan’s job any easier. Andddd to top it off there’s a TIE fighter and it blows the guy’s speeder to smithereens. Thankfully, Master Jarrus has another ride on the way…
Meanwhiles, Ezra didn’t really make as clean a getaway as he’d hoped; driving out into the fields, a TIE fighter started coming after him. And it squarely hit his speeder and threw him off. That TIE probably would’ve got him too had not a ship taken aim at the TIE first. And on that ship stands Kanan, offering a ride. Considering the fact that a bunch of TIEs are coming up behind, any reluctance Ezra has is pretty much gone. And he makes quite a fantastic jump, all the while keeping a hold on that last crate. And it’s a jump that likely only a Jedi could’ve made. Interesting…
But if Kanan’s even a little impressed, he sorta forgets that as soon as Ezra starts nosing around the lovely expensive weaponry in that crate. And then Zeb starts going off on him and Ezra returns the argument and Kanan has to do a little intervening… anddd then he has to head topside to do some co-piloting, leaving young Bridger in the somewhat capable hands of Zeb and Sabine… yeah I don’t know if that was the best “parenting” there…
So now we finally get to meet Hera and Chopper, who are doing all the flying and naturally trying to avoid getting blown up by them TIEs. Hera’s all “Sooo how’d it go?” and Kanan’s all “It’s been one crazy morning…”. I could very easily see him getting a cup of coffee right now, of course with the Ghost having to manuever like it does, hot coffee in the lap would not be a pleasant addition to get slammed around in the cockpit XD So once he finally gets situated, he explains to Hera exactly what went down, as she continues dodging the Imperials gaining behind.
So it takes Ezra about two seconds to start getting on Zeb’s goat again. And it took about a minute before Zeb threw Ezra into a closet. Hey once you start talking smack about how he smells, you can expect nothing more than getting thrown into something! And by the time Kanan checked in with them… Ezra’s made a little escape from said closet. Zeb’s expression of “aw dang I’m so busted” is absolutely priceless. What they know only shortly after is that our little friend’s in the vents now. But only until he falls through and finds himself in a cockpit with a big ol’ window. And through that window is the gloriousness that is outer space. Ezra’s mind is officially blown. And who wouldn’t be? This moment is seriously amazingly amazing. And then along came the TIE fighters. Ezra’s response is so so so hilarious I could do it no justice redescribing it here 😆 But then Sabine shows up and shoves him out of the seat so she can, you know, fire back at the bad guys. Ezra might’ve had something to say, but thennnn she took her helmet off and it turns out, she’s kinda sorta really pretty, and he’s momentarily at a loss for words. So he picks that moment to throw on the charm… “hey my name’s Ezra, what’s yours?” and Sabine’s all *eyeroll* XD Oh, and then Zeb comes in, not looking too happy, but all the craziness comes to somewhat of a halt as our heroes fry the TIEs and the Ghost heads off into hyperspace. Victory!
Meanwhile, the Empire’s got a lot of cleaning up to do on Lothal. And that’s where Agent Kallus stands assuring Jerk Imperial #2 that their guard’ll be up the next time these renegades show their faces. It’s pretty clear that Kallus likes everything his way and definitely doesn’t like “rebel” sorts. And he has awesome sideburns, but that’s aside the point. Kallus means business, peeps. BUSINESS.
Back to the Ghost crew, Ezra is pretty intent on heading back home, and Hera and the crew intend to take him back home, once their work for the day is done. And today, their work takes them back to Lothal, but not to the in-decent-shape-considering-all-things city that Ezra calls home, but pretty much a dump of a community nicknamed Tarkin Town, where the residents seriously lost everything they had to the Empire. But now here come Zeb, Sabine, and Ezra, bringing crates full of food to the misfortunate people, and we start to see maybe the smallest hint of change in Bridger’s view on things. On the other side of town, Kanan and Hera brought over the crates of weapons to their um… friend, I guess(?), Vizago. The guy is clearly not in the business of being a decent “human being”, but he gets some points for giving them credits for the weapons, and perhaps some dirt on the Empire. Such as the fact that they’ve captured a bunch of Wookiees who are all headed for a life of slavery. Sounds like our rebel friends know their next move.
So Ezra had a lot to think about regarding this very new and unusual perspective called “helping others just to help others”. He was sitting outside the Ghost, just thinking, and then suddenly the Force starts talking to him again. He makes a point to listen and follows it back into the ship. Where it ultimately leads him to Kanan’s quarters. After a bit of lock-picking and nosing around, he happens to find two veryy interesting things… a strange little cube that we know as a holocron (but of course he takes it anyway, not knowing what it is) and a lightsaber. A glorious blue-bladed lightsaber. Such a rare sight in this day and age, and for a street kid like him! And then Kanan came in. Busted. I love his first response to Ezra… “careful, you’ll cut your arm off.” yeah that happens a lot don’t it? And Chopper looks to be laughing his bucket-dome off; either that or he’s questioning the kid’s sanity. Ezra’s all “Well… would it be entirely crazy if I told you that it sorta called me?” and Kanan’s like “Yeah. It’s entirely crazy. Get out.” and thus Ezra gave him back the lightsaber and left the room… still holding the holocron in hand. But clearly Kanan and Hera know more than what they’re letting on…
So Ezra casually walked back to the kitchen (seriously I love that this ship has a kitchen of sorts) where he found Sabine getting a drink, and they started talking. First in finding they have common ground where their whole “following the rules” thing stands, but that turns into a whole conversation as Sabine starts explaining a little of who the five of them are… a small, somewhat mismatched family of a crew, all in some way hurt by the Empire, and all trying to fight for the right thing. She was about to ask for some of Ezra’s backstory, but Zeb dropped in, letting Sabine know that Kanan had called a meeting. And he (perhaps not so) wisely put Chopper in charge of keeping an eye on the boy. But before she left, Sabine finally answered his question from earlier and gave him her name. Ezra gives this slightly goofy smile back and was about to follow her and thennn he rammed right into Chopper XD XD OK I have no clue whether this’ll go anywhere, but I rather adore the prospect of these two together. Just the fact that they’re striking up a real friendship right now is a wonderful thing. Whether or not “Sabezra” is to be the case anytime soon is unknown, but where they stand now gives them a good chance at least 🙂 But in the here and now, Chopper just grumps off at Ezra, either saying “You couldn’tve watched where you were going, could ya?” or “Dude, you know you a guy like you and a girl like her have like zero chance right?” and Ezra just shoots the little droid a look.
So in their “family room” of sorts, Kanan and Hera caught Sabine and Zeb up to speed on the Wookiee situation and start making a plan to rescue them… and then they find Ezra listening in on their discussion in the closet. He tries to duck back in through the vents but this time Zeb yanks him out and dumps him back on the ground. Chopper comes in and he’s all “Before anyone blames me, he snuck through the vents and I’m short, so that’s no one’s fault but yours!”. Zeb’s pretty much done dealing with Ezra’s junk and is all “Can we pleeeease get rid of him now?”. Sabine seemingly took Ezra’s side on this, but well… “No we can’t, he knows too much”. Hera calms the waters, restating that they don’t have time to worry about him, and she decides to take the kid with her to the cockpit to keep an eye on him.
In the cockpit, Ezra comments that he can’t imagine why these guys go around taking on the Empire to help others, but Hera makes her point in the best way possible and kinda shuts up Ezra without having to say much at all. As they come out of hyperspace, they drop by an Imperial station. Naturally they want to know what’s up and Hera pulls of this genius cover story of having captured another Wookiee. Ezra keeps shooting her these looks that say “You can’t be serious! It’s not going to work!”, but it totally does. Hera: 2, Ezra: 0.
And thenn come aboard the Stormtroopers. Who were expecting a Wookiee and got a Lasat instead (well, he would’ve been one if they’d used the older McQuarrie designs, but not the point). Kanan and Sabine play it cool, but I just can’t help but adore Zeb’s complete and utter awkward Wookiee impersonation, and he’s clearly aware of the awkwardness of it all. And then he gives up and slams the two ‘troopers with his fist. Onward our heroes go, but only after the three have left does Hera realize that their communication’s been jammed. And then in came a Star Destroyer. It’s clear to Ezra and Hera pretty quickly that it’s a setup. Hera tells him to follow the three onboard the transport and warn them. And yeahhh Ezra didn’t like that plan so much at first, but Hera knows how to convince. I love how awesomely she makes her point, “if all you do is fight for your own life then your life is worth nothing.” BOOM. She needs to keep at the ship’s controls, and Ezra right now is their only hope. And even though Ezra’s still not too keen on risking his life for people he doesn’t know… he makes a dash after our heroes all the same. That is one of those moments where you can’t help but get up and cheer, as Ezra’s finally starting to make the right choices and understand the weight of what these rebels are doing. Go and save them Ezra! Go!
So Kanan and Zeb were just doing their thing and slapping detanators where they need to go when Ezra comes running in, making Admiral Ackbar proud shouting “IT’S A TRAP!”. And just when things seemed to be going their way…! And then in case you still doubted him, enter in a bunch of Stormtroopers. And the boys make a run for it as Ezra gives the ‘troopers a taste of his laser-slingshot thing. As they continue running, Sabine and Chopper were elsewhere, working on temporarily disabling the artificial gravity, and before long, our heroes are airborne. And thus commences an awesome battle between Kallus and the Stormtroopers and our threesome with laserfire going this way and that! Oh, and then Sabine blanketed the control room with detanators, which will likely be an issue later. But just as all our heroes were out in the clear, Zeb’s frustrated shoving of Ezra sends the kid into the arms of Agent Kallus and his gang. And with no way seemingly to get a good shot at the baddies, Zeb runs off to rejoin the crew, leaving Ezra behind. And this is the part where we all go “NO WAIT! WHAT ARE YOU DOING ZEB?!”.
The Ghost was off on its way with almost everyone on board, leaving the Imperials with a nice “goodbye” explosion, courtesy of Sabine. And Zeb is clearly feeling the weight of his split-second decision. I love how they were able to make us both partially mad at Zeb, but also made us hurt for him, knowing he really felt bad about leaving Ezra. By the time their all situated in the cockpit again, the crew starts to realize that someone’s missing. And our Lasat friend knows who. I love that Hera really and truly embraces her “mom” position in all of this and shouts out his full name… yup Zeb’s in trouble.
Meanwhile, Ezra was in the Imperial slammer. Funnn. And getting a talk from Agent Kallus himself. Ezra doesn’t make it easy on the guy, though, firing off a little snark where he can. Kallus tells him that they’re using Ezra as bait for the rebels. Young Bridger just shrugs, believing that the crew wouldn’t waste their time coming back for him. But Kallus…? Eh, who knows what he thinks. He’s not exactly an open book. He just struts out of that cell without another word and tells the ‘troopers to search him. And after all of that, the only thing Ezra still has is that weird little cube knickknack. Whilst questioning why he ever tried to help them, he pitches the holocron across the cell. In a moment of quiet though, Ezra finally just follows along with the Force. And like so many things, it’s not what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside that counts as that box proves to be more than what it seems… kinda like a familiar lamp (OK sorry no more Aladdin references). Because it’s, of course, a holocron, and in that is a recorded message from the one and only Obi-Wan Kenobi! The message he sent out to all the Jedi who survived Order 66 at the end of Episode III! Whoaaa!
Back on the Ghost, it looks like Hera is determined to head back to save their new friend. Zeb isn’t thrilled on the prospect whatsoever. Sabine knows that the Empire would be expecting them and doesn’t think it’s the safest move. But Chopper’s with Hera on the whole “saving Ezra” thing (or so Hera says…), and well, Kanan doesn’t have a lot of choice on the matter, I don’t think… Hera kinda wears the pants in the family 🙂
“Wait until my uncle the Emperor finds out that you’ve been holding me against my will! He won’t go easy on you!” Bwahahaha I’m sorry that’s the best ever XD But all that ranting Ezra was doing was actually a kickstarter for a clever escape. The ‘troopers come in, Bridger goes out, and the ‘troopers get locked in. Nicely done, Ezra! Nicely done. While he’s out there, retrieving his pack and stuff, he also borrows a spare ‘trooper helmet, and while it’s on, he hears a little more dish as he now knows exactly where the Imperials are picking up their Wookiees, as well as where they’ll be dropped off — the spice mines of Kessel. But then things get kinda crazy… one ‘trooper tells Kallus that Ezra escaped, Kallus doesn’t let him clarify that the kid escaped on his own and assumes the rebels came back, Ezra hears this and thinks that the crew did come back… well, good thing they actually are coming. Just a question of when. In the meantime, Ezra puts his voice-acting skills to use and uses the helmet to throw in some last-second thoughts on the situation, so maybe they’re won’t be quite as many Stormtroopers at the door when our heroes arrive.
Anddd it doesn’t take long for our heroes to arrive. Kanan, Zeb, and Sabine make a dash into to hangar, and suddenly there’s Ezra, making an exit from the vents, and wearing his helmet. And then Zeb socks a good one on him. He says it was because he couldn’t be sure it was him because of the helmet, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was just all that bottled-up frustration with the kid. I mean, how many ‘troopers wear an old orange flightsuit?? Either way, good thing Ezra was wearing that “bucket”. Yikes does Zeb have a couple of fists on him! And then along came the Stormtroopers and Kallus once again. Our heroes make a dash for the ship, laserfire blazing left and right, and make it aboard just in time. Oh, and Sabine left them another surprise… a nice painting of what will be the icon of the Rebel Alliance on the floor of the hangar… painted with explosive paint. Yup now that is one of the coolest weapons I’ve ever seen 😀 Kallus lived, but he was none too happy.
So now cruising along through hyperspace, Ezra gives an awkward “thank you” to Hera for coming back. Hera’s making a point to take Ezra home to his family, but then he makes mention that he doesn’t have one. And Hera’s expression is just the most compassionate and caring at that moment, I could just cry, man… you can tell beyond a shadow of a doubt that her heart goes out to this kid. But then the rest of the crew gets situated in the cockpit and the moment’s kinda over. Ezra decides to tell them what heard about the Wookiees, and knowing what they know about Kessel, and what would happen to those Wookiees on Kessel, they have no time to lose. And Ezra is quite fine with joining along for the ride this time 🙂
So the next thing we know, we’re seeing a bunch of really sad Wookiees, and there are few things sadder than a bunch of really sad Wookiees. They’re just trying to do their good thing and now they’re headed off to the worst place everr. AND THERE’S A LITTLE ONE! AND HIS DAD! Ohhh good night, if your heart doesn’t hurt for these guys at least a little bit you can’t possibly have a heart. And then from above comes the Ghost! Hurray! So while the crew is exchanging laserfire with the Stormtroopers, Ezra sneaks off to go and help free the furry fellows. And once the “walking carpets” have their cuffs off, they start doing a little old-fashioned Stormtrooper bashing as well! But just when you think they’ve saved the day, enter the TIEs, working on blasting the Ghost. Hera sends Chopper to the guns to make quick work of the baddies, but only one goes down before enters in another, bigger Imperial ship, in which are our friend Kallus and his ‘trooper buddies. Yeesh the guy just doesn’t give up! And in the midst of the mess, the little Wookiee is still cuffed and is trying to best he can to keep out of harm’s way. His Dad goes after him, but only to be met by Stormtrooper blasters and is wounded. Zeb comes out to help him, but the little one’s now caught the attention of one of the ‘troopers. And in the midst of it, Ezra knows he’s got to do something. But at the moment things are continually getting crazier… our heroes are surrounded by bad guys and Hera can’t get to them safely. So Kanan has to do what he has to do… he does the incredibly awesome thing of walking right up to those ‘troopers and pulling out… oh yes… his LIGHTSABER. Ezra’s knocked for a loop, the Wookiees are in awe, even the Stormtroopers are like “Whoa that dude has a lightsaber! What the heck!”. Kallus is a bit unsure of his next move at first; I mean, yeah, he’s probably never even seen a real Jedi before this! Or maybe he has but either way, he just points the way for his gang to shoot. And naturally Kanan’s lightsaber does what it do as it deflects just about everything the Imperials throw at them 🙂 Zeb leads the rest of them and the Wookiees into the containment thing that Hera will pick them up in, and that’s where Ezra’s attention comes back to the little Wookiee, whose father is reluctant to leave behind. And now Ezra has to do what he has to do. Now Zeb is more than a little frustrated with this new dent in the plan, as he watches the kid run off after the Stormtrooper in pursuit of the little one. But Ezra does pretty darn awesome as he does an epic probably-Force-aided jump in front of the ‘trooper and takes aim with his slingshot, which quickly sends the unfortunate buckethead off the side of the bridge. But just as Ezra starts working to get the cuffs off of his little friend, along comes Agent Kallus. Kallus knows he’s got this. He just sorta takes a moment to talk some smack and then comments briefly on Ezra seemingly being a padawan. Ezra’s like “Psh no of course not!” and that’s when the Ghost showed up, with Kanan standing tall atop it, lightsaber unsheathed! And thus a well-aimed deflected laserblast hits Kallus on the shoulder and knocks him clean off the bridge. With that, off go our heroes and the Wookiees! Not before, of course, Kallus, still hanging on to the side of the bridge, gives them a dirty look. And then the ‘trooper from earlier still hanging below innocently asks “First Jedi you’ve ever seen, sir?” and Kallus slams his boot into the Stormtrooper’s head XD The perfect capper for this whole crazy battle, I’d say!
Aboard the ship, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when the Dad Wookiee reunited with his little one. Wookiee hugs are some of the best hugs :3 And it was all because of this diamond-in-the-rough street rat (andd there I go again with the Aladdin refs), who chose to do something entirely selfless in a moment of great peril. But now that their mission is over… Ezra’s going home, right? Just like they planned? Nobody seems thrilled about the prospect. Though Ezra does still managed to snatch Kanan’s lightsaber… again…
It’s sort of an awkward departure for everyone. D’aww Chopper’s actually waving goodbye! Zeb tries to lighten the mood, but doesn’t really pull it off the way he’d hoped. Ezra does give Kanan back his holocron before giving his final farewell. But that turns out to be a bigger deal than any one of them would’ve thought — Kanan takes one look and sees that this holocron… was opened. And as we TCW veterans know, only Jedi can do that 🙂
Ezra had finally gotten home into his control tower and was about to shelve his new lightsaber with the rest of his doodads, and then, just like that, Kanan shows up behind him. Filling the kid in on his quiet ponderings of the Force. Ezra now has a choice — to stay here and let the lightsaber gather dust, or join the Ghost crew and learn how to use that lightsaber, and learn what it means to be a Jedi.
Ezra made the right decision.
We close out on the words spoken fourteen years ago by Master Kenobi, as he encourages all the remaining Jedi to trust in the Force, and be ready to take on all the challenges they’re to be faced with. You can just hear in those words spoken the weight that must’ve been on Obi-Wan’s shoulders… I mean, he was putting this out just after he lost tons of good friends, his way of life, and his best friend/old padawan on top of that! But here he stands, even though only a virtual image, carrying on this small ounce of hope to all who hear him. And now, that small ounce of hope is being carried through two young Jedi who both have a lot to learn, and through their four amazing friends in the Ghost crew.
And thus begins a new, glorious chapter in the SW universe.
Oh yeah, and not to alarm you, but Agent Kallus happened to have let The Inquisitor know that he’d found a Jedi or two and so… yeah… that could be a problem later… o.o
So WOW what an episode! What an amazing show! What an amazing way to start this incredible series! And not a bad blog post overall, even if it did take me like four hours to do. So looks like I’ll be catching up with you guys again in a week to talk about the next episode! See ya then, fellow Rebels!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Attack Of The Jedi: A Closer Look

What a treat to get the finale for Lego’s The Yoda Chronicles right before Thanksgiving and the Christmas Season! Thank the maker we didn’t have to wait a whole three months like last time. All the same, it was worth the wait and a fantastic final chapter for this great series! So now, why don’t we get started and join me on my commentary and thoughts on Attack Of The Jedi!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Attack Of The Jedi, Menace Of The Sith, The Phantom Clone, Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode V, Episode VI, The Ewok Adventures Films, Various Ewoks Episodes, and TCW Episodes Duel Of The Droids, Landing At Point Rain, Weapons Factory, Legacy Of Terror, Brain Invaders, and Nightsisters.

First of all, let’s give the Tom Kane narrator guy a round of applause; the guy just read a sentence that hardly made any sense. And his honest response “…I have no idea what I just read. Let’s just say that the bad guys are losing.” is said without missing a beat. OMG I’m sorry that’s too funny…
So the story opens up on a battle on Geonosis with Yoda, Artoo, Threepio, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the crackerjack team of younglings taking on the Sith and Separatists once again, and ultimately winning. Of course, the fact they’re on Geonosis again gets me thinking… didn’t Obi-Wan, in the TCW Season 2 episode Landing At Port Rain, tell Cody that the upcoming battle would be the second time they’d had to take Geonosis? And Obi-Wan was all “I can’t believe we’re back here again… *frowny face*”. Well, I take it that he’s never exactly thrilled to hang out on that buggy planet, and who would be? My theory is simple: the Geonosis four-parter was a lot harder than this three-minute battle, so I suppose it only counted as taking Geonosis twice. What we’re seeing in the beginning of this escapade is more like a skirmish. And I think we tend to forget that, you know, Geonosis is a planet, not a country. There could easily be a small battle going on in one part while the whole “brain worm” debacle would be coming up elsewhere before long. I guess that makes sense… let’s just go with it, ‘k?
So yeah, the good guys were compeletely pwning the Clone Wars. Funny to think that there was a time in the earlier days of the war when victory was so common, the Senate became a dance floor. Of course, this is Lego SW, which tends to be on the lighter side versus TCW itself when it was sort of a victory-loss-victory-loss sort of pattern on a regular basis (one of these days I ought to try and keep score). And when you think of the fact that in their latest battle, the Jedi just whupped Dooku, Ventress, Grievous, Maul (yuuuupp he’s still hanging around…), and an entire droid army! In ONE LITTLE SKIRMISH. What’s up with that? The fearsome foursome, known for their insane evilness and killing tons of good folks, are forced to abandon ship when Yoda and his gang show up! Wow… but I guess if we’re talking early in the Clone Wars era, Ventress and Grievous are still rookies in the Sith game, and for pete’s sake, Dooku and Maul aren’t too great at evil planning. So I suppose that makes sense. But yeah, Palpatine’s putting on his fake smile on the regular as he makes note of the Republic’s latest win. Also: could this be one of the most interesting Senate meetings ever? Not necessarily because of what was being discussed, but because of Lando Calrissian Sr. and a Basic-speaking wampa with a British-y accent, both reppin’ their planets XD The wampa totally caught me off-guard and got me laughing for ten minutes after the joke was over!
So just as Palpatine stops the pre-party party at his words of “caution”, Commander Cody has made a very interesting discovery: the fearsome foursome are all on Mustafar! And the Jedi are like “BOOM! We got this in the bag!” and are off to what they assume to be their newest victory. Of course, Palpatine just heard all of this and has a chance to surprise attack the Jedi’s surprise attack… >:)
Why exactly are all the baddies in one place? Because after deciding that Sith clones weren’t the way to go, they decided they need to fight fire with fire… or in this case Padawans with… “Bad-awans”.
They figured they needed their own crackerjack team of adventurous kids to help them win! I found this concept quite fascinating; whenever we’ve seen Sith apprentices, they tend to be on the older side. Mostly because, I guess, Force-sensitive people have a choice between sides, and the Jedi just happen to be better at getting to these kids first. Ventress and Dooku were both ex-Jedi, Savage Opress kinda got pulled into it without much choice (not that he’s really Force-sensitive, I don’t think…), Grievous and Maul? Who knows. Soooo… my questions are where on earth (figuratively speaking) did they find this class of Sith Padawans? And the evil little astromech? (Goldie isn’t the only one, I guess…) Perhaps they were all delinquent Jedi students? The kids that all got a “clouded future” report from Yoda? Frankly, I’m scared to ask about the droid. But yeah, they come off pretty cool at first, but the fact that these kids turn on their new masters pretty quickly… well, as far as Dooku and his gang are concerned, that makes them not so cool. THE TWI’LEK GIRL INSULTED MAUL’S LIGHTSABER WHAT THE HECK?! You have to have a seeeeeeriously awful attitude and a serious lack of fear (not to mention a serious lack of respect) to be able to make fun of who is arguably the most terrifying of these second-banana Sith! Perhaps the reason the Sith don’t have younglings is because the kids are literally meaner and harder to control than young adults. The Sith’s little team has a nice lineup of “knights”, a bunch of tough-beans Badawans, and a quirky little darkside droid… all they need is their wise old leader, their “Yoda” shall we say, Darth Sidious, and they will be truly fighting fire with fire!
Buuuut Sidious? He’s sitting in a cockpit crammed in with Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Threepio. His plan was going awesome and he was just swaggering out of his office singing “I AM SO GONNA WIN, GONNA WIN, GONNA WIN…!” to the tune of The Imperial March when he had to switch back to his faux friendly persona at the sight of Master Kenobi and Young Skywalker. So yeah, they naturally wanted to join up and protect him, and it’s all awkwardness and surpressed rage from Palpatine for the rest of the ride. Oh, and that awkward moment when Grievous showed up outside the shuttle window. BWAAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAAA! XD
Though in all seriousness, a part of me sits and watches this and screams “HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THIS, GUYS?! THE TRAGEDY YOU COULD’VE AVOIDED!!” But you’ve got to love the irony and humor of Palpatine’s little “identity crisis” throughout The Yoda Chronicles all the same.
But yeah, naturally, to cover up for Grievous showing up claiming he’s a fellow employee, Palpatine commenced a chase scene and had the entire fleet head after him. Whiiiiiich naturally led to an asteroid field and basically, the entire armada of good guys got creamed and stranded on an asteroid. I must not neglect to mention how fun it is to watch Anakin and Obi-Wan fighting over how to put the pieces of their fleet back together 🙂 Annnnnyway… with the Jedi Temple Bus/Battleship the only thing left standing, the Padawans know just who could help our Republic friends… JEK-14, the “Phantom Clone”.
So currently, JEK is hanging out on Endor, helping out the ewoks. Makes sense in retrospect. I admit I questioned both Naboo and Mandalore, but certainly they’ve had their share of scuffles. Aside from the ferocious beasts, witches, and the occasional crashed ship, Endor’s probably on the top ten list of the most peaceful SW-sian locales. Oh yeah… and the traps. *Sighs* Ackbar tried to tell you… XD
Though anyone else wonder how it is a guy in clone armor managed to befriend the ewoks when in a couple decades they’d go and beat the crud out of guys in very similar armor? Food for thought.
So once again, a bunch of Jedi come to the doorstep of a pacifist sort and ask for a helping hand and well… you know… the pacifist’s all “no way, no how, forget it.” And that’s still how JEK-14 feels right now. I mean, helping fix up the ewoks’ home is more his game right now, and clearly he still wants nothing to do with the Jedi and Sith sides of him. Usually in these scenarios, you send in The Negotiator, or another peaceful sort… but today, the Jedi send in Bobby. If the Jedi are trained in charm, it’s doesn’t surprise me, especially when Bobby’s sweet little puppy dog eyes pretty much turn around JEK’s final answer just like that. “All right, but only because you asked nicely and smiled.” Also: do you guys really think that Yoda looks weird when he smiles? I don’t think that!
So while JEK joined the Jedi to help piece together their fleet, Palpatine got left on Endor with Threepio and all the happy little ewoks. I can’t help but laugh at how his day is slowly becoming the WORST. DAY. EVER. X)
Meanwhile, in a glorious show of the Force at its finest, JEK-14 puts the fleet back together in the form of a huge, amazing ship (that for whatever reason reminds me of The Axiom in WALL-E…). And it’s in this scene that we see once again Anakin and Luke’s crazy resemblance when he’s all “I don’t believe it.” and JEK is all “And that is why you fail.” Sooo one of Yoda’s most soul-stirring quotes was borrowed from someone else? Ehhhh it’s best not to think about it… anyway, with their new ship, the good guys headed out to Mustafar sending their kind-hearted farewells JEK-14’s way. In that moment, JEK starts to have a change of heart, and right on cue with many of these hard-headed peaceful-y sorts, he now decides to do more to help his Jedi friends.
So as for Palpatine? After having taken more than enough ewok singing and dancing, he pretty much cracks, fakes an ewok allergy, and makes a dash to JEK’s ship, leaving Threepio behind, wondering what just happened. Of course, this doesn’t work well in the future Emperor’s favor, because Grievous once again shows up at the worst possible moment and thinks that it’s JEK-14 in the cockpit… and yeah, he kinda blew it up. Palpatine was not happy. AT. ALL. But at least he finally made it to Mustafar and was able to kick those Badawans into gear… right as the good guys showed up. From then on out, the battle is kinda crazy as the Chancellor “helps” one side and the Emperor helps the other. Just when it seemed the Jedi had lost, JEK-14 shows up on his hastily-constructed little Lego speeder-thingy. And he ulimately fries the baddies, especially considering what Dooku and Grievous put him through last time around. Yes, it’s REVENGE OF THE JEK-I! #terriblepunalert
In the end, the Republic is victorious once more, having themselves a Calrissian-style dance party. Well, Palpatine is still hanging around playing his nice old man card, but for now, we don’t need to worry about that. Except perhaps for the fact that he gave a friendly pat on the back to Anakin, who’d been a bit of a sourpuss at JEK getting all the glory…
“…I think you’re a great Jedi.”
“Thanks. And you’re a good man.”
“And you are an excellent judge of character…”
Whoop, here we goez.
As for JEK, who knows what his future holds? Here’s hoping it’s going to involve a generally peaceful lifestyle that won’t end in some manner of SW-sian tragedy. Perhaps a job making Legos 🙂
And then there’s Threepio. He’s stuck going out of his circuits while the ewoks sing their little song instead of helping him out of yet another trap (well, they think he’s a god, remember? They probably thought he could get himself out!) Hahahaha. XD
So what a fantastic series we’ve had to enjoy this year! Exciting, funny, heartfelt, and all-around fantastic! So until another Lego special rolls around, I’ll still be looking for more to chat about in the Star Wars Universe!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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