Following The Freemakers: The Test

It’s Freemaker time again! And have we got a lot to talk about today! So that’s why I’m cutting short the usual long rambly opener so we can study The Test together 🙂 Hehe yeah if Star Wars were a school subject, I’d be acing it! Well maybe not acing it acing it, considering the times I misunderstand stuff and misspell stuff but hopefully I’d at least be getting a B+…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode VII, Rebels episodes Always Two There Are and Brothers Of The Broken Horn, and Freemakers episodes A Hero Discovered, Peril On Kashyyyk, Race On Tatooine, and The Test

I remember writing a while back that, though I was really enjoying the often-humorous daily tension of who Naare really was vs. who the Freemakers thought she was, I was kinda terrified as to what would happen when the other shoe would drop. Because the instant they found out who she really was… ooooh boy… things were gonna get really real. It was a beautiful day on The Wheel and it seemed nothing was out of the ordinary. Until Naare rang the doorbell and the Freemakers wouldn’t open it. Unfortunately when one wields a lightsaber doors don’t typically stay closed for long. I’d stupidly half-expected the Darksider-next-door to walk right into a surprise party… but as she catches the family in the process of packing their bags, it’s evident she no longer has the fan club she had last episode. Because ROWAN KNOWS. And wielding her red-blade, it’s clear his family knows too. “…the Jedi are all gone. Destroyed… by people like me.” I can’t express how much that line terrified me. THERE HAVE BEEN OTHERS SHE HAS DECEIVED. AND KILLED. Naare is basically an unofficial inquisitor. I’d theorized she might’ve been trained by inquisitors but I had no idea she’d done this before. All I can say is she is one very scary lady. *Shudders* But Rowan’s not alone in this fight, because he has Kordi and Zander (and technically R0-GR too but let’s be honest he’s not all that helpful right now). They’re somehow able to board the StarScavenger just in time, but their foe literally Force-grabs the ship. Comparably it took two inquisitors just to grab the considerably-smaller Phantom back on Rebels. Good night she’s powerful. I’m guessing that was a trick the higher-up Darksiders taught her. But Rowan also knows that it’s hard to keep your concentration when someone’s firing at you and mans the guns. Which it then occurred to me “oh right their ship does have a weapons system.” They hadn’t really shot anything I don’t think since the Imperial freighter in the pilot so for some reason I’d forgotten they could at all. I’m thinking just as a whole they don’t shoot at people if they feel they really don’t have to, which says something about this beautiful family’s morals. But yeah I think they have full license to shoot at Naare right now. But if you think for a second that that’s going to stop this Sith-y sort you’re dead wrong. ‘Cause now here comes the Eclipse fighter! And she’s enjoying blasting their ship wayyyy more than she should. After a few perilous turns, Naare sends them a holo, making a deal that I guarantee she’ll alter further. Zander calls no deal and charges the Eclipse dead-on, which masterfully tears her ship apart. Is it wrong I applauded? Naare challenges them, promising she’ll come after them if they don’t just destroy her now. They had the opportunity and all the reason in the galaxy to do so, but Zander simply sends the StarScavenger into hyperspace. Like I was saying, the Freemakers have more morals than most these days. And seeing Zan step up like this is really great. It obviously stung for him to realize his crush is an absolute monster, but when the lives of his brother and sister are in question, he knows where his true loyalties lie. But even then, after all she’s done, he still doesn’t take the shot. Blasting people is just not the way he rolls, even when certain people don’t deserve that kind of mercy. ZANDER FREEMAKER YOU ARE AN AMAZING PERSON. ‘Course, Roger knew all along she wasn’t trustworthy, just by his past experience with Jedi, “the bad guys of the Clone Wars”. Zander and Kordi set him straight by explaining a) Naare’s not a Jedi and b) technically battle droids were “the bad guys”. Roger is horrified and literally deletes the last few minutes from his memory so he never heard such a thing. OK so that answers a lot of questions about battle droids and free will. I guess it turns out they were just an extremely loyal bunch who never once thought that maybe they were doing the wrong thing, even when their superiors were killing innocents and being all-around jerks. Fascinating. But of all the Freemakers, Rowan’s the one hurting the most right now. Naare had made him feel special, making him believe he would be a great Jedi and hero. Now, he doesn’t believe he’s any of those things. I about started bawling there NUUUU DON’T SAY THAT LET ME HUG YOU CHILDDDD! But before Kordi can say anything their ship’s damage throws them out of hyperspace and they find themselves crash-landing. Zander does bring up a good point do starships actually have brakes? And if they don’t, why don’t they? But I found myself taking note how very green this planet is… and also oh look there’a castle right there. Wait are we on Takodana?? Otherwise known as one of my favorite new SW planets?? Oh right they were crash-landing. Well the good news is they managed to come to a stop without utterly destroying anything! “ZANDER FREEMAKER: SUPERSTAR PILOT GUY!” Pfff the looks Kordi and Rowan shot him I died laughing. “Only in your mind, my very young apprentice.” XD Oh right usually when someone gives you the good news there’s usually some bad news that follows. The bad news is, though they didn’t utterly destroy anything, they did slightly dent a ship and its crew was none too happy. And guess who its owner was? HONDO. OHNAKA. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH #OHNAKAFEVER IS REALLLLLLLL AGAIN. So I’m figuring things’ll go OK at this point, ’cause these days the old pirate’s a decent guy, right? Welp um… you see… back in Rebels, Hondo was on his own and didn’t have a crew or a ship or anything. So being a decent guy was kind of all he could do. Now as you might notice he has a ship and a crew and that crew has I think Grumgar on it so… Captain Ohnaka is back in business. And he’s got a pirate-y reputation to keep. Gotta say it was a really genius move to make Hondo more of the bad guy again after we’ve kinda gotten used to his nice-ish self in Rebels. But either way, I love him and I love seeing him finally make his way to the Lego SW side of things. Besides, we’ve got MAZ KANATA to keep him in check. Oooh my gracious goodness I’m sorry I haven’t really had a chance to talk about Maz much these days but she is so so so so awesome. The Pirate Queen ain’t takin’ any sass from one of her “subjects”! Especially not Captain Ohnaka here. Can I just say seeing Maz and Hondo in the same room is one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever seen in my life? Seriously. Her bossladyness up against his roguish charm is a delight. As long as Hondo’s still making mischief in SWR, I’d sure like to see him run into Maz again while we’re at it. Anyway, so Maz insists Hondo work it out with the kids peacefully, and so he decides to give them a little job. But as he fills the Freemakers in, Rowan finds himself drawn to something in the castle… I admit I kinda forgot about the Kyber Saber crystals for a second and thought “Wow did she have Luke’s old ‘saber already? Wait a darn second only Rey’s allowed to find that!” by the end of the episode everything made sense though. Maz is curious what it is he was seeking. Though I wouldn’t put it past her that she might already know. I mean, she is Maz Kanata after all. She just knows things. Augh I need to watch The Force Awakens again hurry up and release already 3D Deluxe Blu-Ray!! So the job is simple: grab a few golden orbs from Takodana’s third moon and bring ’em back. Simple enough, if they can survive the trip, ’cause all they’ve got to get there is their little scavenger-scooper thing. And with three people and a droid in there, there’s not much elbow room. And for anyone who’s ever traveled in a packed vehicle (including myself), you know that the drive is half the battle.
As for Naare, she had no choice but to land the Eclipse back in the Freemakers’ hangar. And just as soon as she got there, Graballa and his gang show up. She absolutely don’t need their crud right now and sends that message via lightsaber-ing and Force-throwing. The Hutt’s completely fine with calling it quits at this point. But once Naare sees they both want the same thing, she sees a new opportunity. They fix her fighter and she’ll give them half the crystals. And they’ll even work together to find Rowan. Sounds like a plan! Sure it’s not a plan that will likely end well for Graballa, knowing how Naare works, but it’s still one plan more than anyone else has right now. Yeah this will most definitely a problem for our heroes. And whether you’ve seen how the season ends or not, you just know…
Yep that little scooper is not by any means a family vehicle. I’m not sure it should be even allowed for space travel with four individuals in it. Good thing that moon was right nearby ’cause then it probably would’ve gone a lot worse… and that’s saying something. So they find their sinkhole where the orbs were supposed to be, but they also found a large herd of VARACTYLS. Remember a few blogs ago when I briefly fangirled over the presence of a varactyl in the dejarik game but remembered varactyls aren’t a playable creature in any other dejarik game we’ve ever seen so I just assumed my fangirliness was making me see things? Well, first of all, I watched that episode again and found out I was right to begin with. Second of all AHAHAHHAHHAAAA LOOK AT ALL THE PURTY VARACTYLLLLLLS!!! And they’re so detailed! So much more detailed than previous Lego versions! Thank you Lego SW for giving more of these amazing feathery reptiles, thank you! Although I would be quick to run over and hug them all, the Freemakers are a little more concerned because they’d rather not get eaten. Zander decides their best move is to wait until nightfall and grab the orbs while they sleep. The plan from there is for Kordi and Zander to lower Roger into the sinkhole while Rowan keeps an eye out for trouble, a job that both Roger and Ro aren’t thrilled about. Kordi felt it was best Rowan get an easier job after all that’s happened, but I can’t help but think this whole job might’ve gone easier had they had someone other than their three-fingered droid getting the goods. Especially when Kordi decides they should grab a few extra for themselves. It doesn’t take long for him to drop the orbs and awaken the beasts. And them beasts ain’t happy whatsoever. With the scooper falling apart and Roger torn to pieces, it looks like Rowan’s all they’ve got left. With only the red-blade by his side, Rowan takes a spectacular leap of faith and of Force as he rushes in to defend his family. However, not long after he gets down there, he starts to sense what the varactyls are feeling, and it’s a feeling he can relate to. The pain of uncertainty. The fear of loss. But also the fierce love of family. These orbs are eggs, and for all their desperation to survive, and their own fear and pain, the Freemakers aren’t about to let their gain be someone else’s loss. FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELS. Also OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH BABY VARACTYLS!!!! THEY’RE SO TINEH AND THEY MEW LIKE KITTENS OHMYGOSH I CAN’T IT’S TOO PRECIOUS. X3 X3 X3 THANK YOU LEGO STAR WARS THANK YOU SO MUCHHHH ❤ ❤ *Falls to knees sobbing with joy* It's like they know what I'd like to see in SW before I even do. Anyway, so as the new varactyl families play together, Kordi makes clear to her little brother that he was wrong about himself — "You are special. You’re the most special kid in the whole galaxy!” and so all of the family feels going on sent me into a coma of warm fuzzies. But I didn’t stay that way for long because I still needed to know what the Freemakers’ next move was. Yeah Hondo knew they were eggs, and he wasn’t terribly thrilled he didn’t get any because they could’ve gotten him some mighty fine creds. Remind me never ever to cross Captain Ohnaka when he’s got a crew because before they knew it, our heroes were surrounded at all ends by blasters O.O That’s about when a flying cup smacked Hondo in the head. Maz has a serious problem with Hondo taking advantage of a bunch of kids and smacks him with glassware and mugs until he and his crew finally vamoose. You go, Pirate Queen! Good seeing ya Hondo. Even if this wasn’t one of your more shining moments 😛 I hope to see you again soon! Just maybe as an ally next time, mkay? Anyhow, Maz does her awesome thing and decides to help out our heroes. She literally pulls the exact part they need out of a set of drawers. She’s amazing, but you knew that. And then… out of a heavily-locked set of drawers, she hands Rowan a Kyber Saber fragment. I think it’s safe to say, yeah, she knew what he was looking for all along. With that, she sends the Freemakers on their way. But not before giving Ro a small piece of advice — to seek out the Maker of Zoh when things get desperate. The youngest Freemaker isn’t sure what that means, but I know from experience… when Maz Kanata tells you something, you better remember it 🙂
Oh yes I just love this one! Another exceptional adventure loaded with excitement and laughs and feels and basically everything! I’d keep going on about how much I love the show and this episode but I figure you’re bored with me by now so I’ll just stop talking.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebels Reflections: A Season Two Recap

Over the course of this past season of Star Wars Rebels, I’ve faithfully written out my fangirly junk commentaries every episode. But even with all that, I find it’s nice to do a little recap and just spew out all my fangirly thoughts at once with no particular organization. So I’m just gonna sit here and blab about everything, from the episodes, to the events, to the characters, and all the incredible stuff that’s happened this season. And then I’ll stop talking about Rebels for a little while and shift gears to another area of the fandom. Fair deal? OK let’s go then!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from the entire second season of Rebels, and a bunch of stuff from the first season too. So really don’t read this without having followed it as consistently as I have. Also seeing all the movies would help.

So wow. So much wow. I’ve said that a lot this season, but it’s entirely true to how it’s made me feel. This show gets amazinger and amazinger every minute, and it was already amazingest to start out! (Lol ignore my fangirly grammar logic) I’m literally not sure where to begin… so let’s start out talking about our wonderful family of friends, the Ghost crew, starting with our boy Ezra.
Ezra’s growth over the second season is truly amazing, mainly because an absolute ton of his personal growth happened in the first episode. When everyone else thinks they’re wasting their time helping high-and-mighty Maketh Tua, Ezra don’t bat an eyelash “We help people, it’s what we do!”. When faced with the gutwrenching ruins of Tarkintown, he still sees hope in the midst of it. Ez is absolutely a new man in Siege Of Lothal and that hopeful skip in his step makes all the difference. Yet the things we’ve always loved about him, like his sharp wit, street savviness, and natural confidence, have remained the same. And though he faced many many challenges and difficulties over the season, how he’s handled them and how he’s approached them have been incredibly mature. He even gave Hera some stellar drop-the-mic advice in Homecoming! Not that he hasn’t faced hurdles and decisions that weren’t really really hard. I mean, he finally found out what became of his parents, and that was by no means an easy truth to swallow. Something that still clearly hurts, as he came close to shedding some angry tears when telling Maul of their fate. But he continues to live out the Bridgers’ legacy with a fierce determination. And alongside his new family, that core value of hope and helping others his parents ingrained in him has been fanned from a spark to a flame. Of course, I’d be dense not to discuss his growth in the Force. Between Kanan’s teachings, Rex’s military-based tips and tricks, and some supplemental holocron footage of Anakin Skywalker, he’s absolutely been killin’ it out there! He’s taken on some pretty powerful and dangerous adversaries, from the inquisitors to Darth Vader himself, and still managed to come out alive. One of my favorite examples of this will always be when he used the Force to turn on his ‘saber while a stormtrooper had it holstered in Stealth Strike. What an awesome idea! Ezra’s Jedi abilities are amazing to watch because he has so many influences in his training. Not to mention his unique ability to connect! He’s not your average Jedi, and we wouldn’t have it any other way 😀 I’ve always called Ezra the “Force-sensitive everyman”, because he gives us an idea as to what it’d be like learning the Light Side without the formality of a proper temple upbringing. We can relate to him as he attempts to understand all the mysteries of the Force and the how-tos of being a Jedi. Now, though he started this season with a newfound optimism… the season ends with uncertainty on his part. He’s played with the Dark Side, questioned who was the better master, and now, hurt by the tragedy that happened on Malachor… well, as I said on that episode’s post, he’s got a lot to think about and a lot of decisions to make. It’ll be interesting to see what he’ll be doing by the time season 3 starts, and what knowledge he might gain from that Sith holcron…
Oh and then there’s Kanan. The only one of the crew who wasn’t all-in on the idea of a larger rebellion. It took him the entire season to finally admit that maaaaybe it wasn’t so bad. Thankfully, for some things, it didn’t take him nearly as long to figure out. His training Ezra really exploded this season; the things they accomplish when they use the Force, together or interchangeably, are truly incredible. Again, that mixture of real-world skill and Jedi prowess make for some really awesome stuff. Homecoming has one of my favorite examples of this as they make their dash to the bridge. Just… AHHH WOW!! That and the beginning of Shroud Of Darkness, too. OK pretty much all the time. They’ve become an in-sync, formidable duo, and we owe Kanan a lot of that. He’s become more confident in his role as master and Rebel, though like say, it took some time to get there. It’s hard to forget his “clone issues”, right? His difficulty with trusting them was understandable, considering all he’s been through over the years, but once he put aside that fear and frustration and learned to trust, it made for a world of difference both for him and for his relationship with Rex, too. I remember before the season started thinking that, with Ahsoka around, maybe there’d be a bit of a too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen situation going on, but ultimately that role would fall to the good Captain instead XD Stealth Strike is an incredible episode for many reasons, and the moment where Kanan says “I’m going to rescue my friend” is one of those reasons. That’s not the only character growth we see out of him, of course… let’s spend the rest of the day talking about what conspired in the Lothal Jedi Temple! For all he and Ezra had accomplished together, he still had doubts and fears concerning his apprentice’s future. But when he finally learned to be let go of what he feared to lose… HE DONE GOT KNIGHTED. Ahhh I got chills! Definitely one of his most defining moments. ‘Cause you know I hadn’t considered this until now, but yeah this was an example of how to handle attachment. I mean, you wanna freak someone out? Tell them their padawan will become an agent of evil! Kanan fights the guard with both his blue blade and a red blade, likely signifying the dark and the light in him as he wrestles with this fear. And when he finally drops both lightsabers and realizes all he can do is start Ezra down the right path… a very glorious thing happens. Also yeah WHOA THE GRAND INQUISITOR WAS A JEDI OAO Explains how he knew so much about Depa Bilaba’s fighting style. I guess. Maybe they were friends back in the day? Weird thought. But more on the inquisitors later, this is Kanan’s paragraph! This whole situation of Ezra’s uncertain future definitely comes back in to light on the finale, as he watches his padawan and an ex-darth being all chummy all of a sudden. Again, Ahsoka’s reminder “because you taught him” was all kinds of perfect timing. And wow when he faced Maul there… he couldn’t see, but yet… HE. COULD. SEE. I absolutely can’t wait to see how he furthers and fine-tunes his skills in this way, as well as how he might use that in training Ezra. I foresee him becoming the Daredevil of Jedi — whupping the Empire with the combination of his other four senses and the Force!
And wow we’ve really gotten to really know Hera over this season too. THE BOSS LADY HAS BECOME MORE BOSS! We’ve finally gotten to meet the rest of the Rebellion she had hiding behind the curtain for all of season one, and seen how she takes charge long before she became an official squad leader. Especially when putting up with Kanan’s “bleh larger rebellion” crud XD She’s still remained the heart/soul/team mom she’s always been, but we’ve also gotten to see more than just that side of her. We’ve seen her heart and passion for flight, and for helping others while doing it, we’ve seen a deep selflessness shine through as she allowed herself in the path of danger to save the rest of her squadron (not that we didn’t already know that she was capable of it, but we hadn’t actually seen her come out nearly killed because of it), we’ve seen her less-than-sweet side as she deals with her difficult dad’s ideas of rebelling, and we’ve seen her have a little trouble letting go herself as she watches her boys walk away to a place she can’t go. These ups and downs have only made us love her more as we see the human/sentient being side of her. With her leadership and her crew-family by her side, I have no doubt as to how far-reaching her influence will be for the Rebel Alliance, and the galaxy itself.
SWR is really good at not revealing too much but revealing just enough when it comes to backstories. This is definitely the case with Sabine. We find she’d had a stint as a bounty hunter and that she’s a rock-solid Viszla clan Mando through-and-through. Things have been rough for her, what with being betrayed by a close friend all that time ago and more recently nearly losing Hera. But she’s still come through and come back stronger. And ultimately, she’s gone right up against the Mando code in the choices she’s made. She forgives Ketsu without expecting anything in return. She chooses not to get revenge on Fenn Rau. Her line from The Protector Of Concord Dawn “I guess I was raised right”, pretty much encapsulates the entirety of her character growth in season 2. Sabine remains the cool, confident Mando we’ve known her to be, but her strong morals and the choices she makes ultimately make her even cooler 🙂
Like with Sabine, we don’t get all the backstory with Zeb. They give us keys to open future doors to learn more instead of giving us everything at once. This season’s had a lot of tides turn for Zeb. He’s overcome his own self-doubts as he pulled off a fantastic rescue in Always Two There Are, battled past regrets and hurt and found hope in Legend Of The Lasat, spent a day with his enemy and found out there was more than met the eye in The Honorable Ones… honestly he’s been through a lot and it’s amazing. We see a wounded, vulnerable side of him, as well as one that bleeds respect and honor, and yet he hasn’t lost that stormtrooper-bashing edge and flawless ability to punctuate a sentence with a smart comment. So much of what we thought we knew about him and the story surrounding him has been rewritten. Seeing him come through this season the way he has has made me love him even more. He is no longer alone, he lost who he thought to be a mortal nemesis, he protects his crew-family, he protects the innocent, he is both child, fool, and warrior… he is a true captain. Also on a weird note I had a dream a month or so ago that I was a Jedi-Rebel and I was going to join Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka on Malachor, so I gave Zeb a friendly goodbye hug… to which he pushed me away and was all “Um sorry not a hugger” XD XD
Then there’s Chopper, who naturally didn’t really change a bit XP He powered through that season mercilessly running into people, zapping his crewmembers, outright hitting them, and dropping droidspeak-snark every ten seconds, like he do. And we wouldn’t want him any other way. But he did make one exception to the rule, he did grow just the teeniest teeniest bit… he made a friend. Who’da thunk an old persnickety protocol and an attitude-laden astromech could become friends? Though they spend most of their time squabbling, you can’t watch Chopper stand by AP-5 in what appear to be his final moments and not feel the friendship feels in the room. So proud of that C1-10P 🙂 And it’s great learning his backstory too… combination grumpy cat and war hero! Funny I think he’s the only crewmember to get their entire backstory told. Wow. Though I do want to know how long it took for Hera to fix him up and when exactly she did, since he seems absent in A New Dawn… oh well. Another mystery for another day!
Obviously I needed to talk about Ahsoka. Her presence in this season has been an absolute dream come true and then some. She was not only a member of the growing Rebel Alliance, but was a true friend and hero! The way she fit in so perfectly with the Ghost crew, always helping them out when they needed her most, the way she easily could strike up a conversation with Ezra and Kanan, her incredible Jedi prowess when she fought the inquisitors, her ever-present hope and optimism, her courage when she laid it all down for her friends. It’s truly truly beyond amazing. I don’t know if we’ll ever see her in this time and place again, but her impact will always be there, and she will always be one of the biggest highlights of season two 🙂
And of course AHH REX!! We got to see a lot of amazing characters return this season… Hondo, Leia, Vader, Cham, Yoda, Maul, but reuniting with Rex and a couple of his fellow brothers was the first one I knew about, and the one that made me absolutely cry/squee with delight that day during Celebration last year. Still as sharp and fearless and a strong leader as ever. But what made it even a further joy to have him in the mini-Alliance was watching him teach Ezra in a grandfatherly way, seeing him and Kanan become an unlikely set of friends, witnessing his sweet reunion with Ahsoka all the way to their final goodbye… Rex has always been and continues to be a great, loyal soldier, but without a constant war to be fought, we have more time to see his heart and soul and it’s been too amazing. And I’m excited to see how his journey continues from here. Rex is living proof that no matter how dark the situation, good will ultimately triumph in the end. Rex was intended as just one small component of Sidious’s horrible plan, but he is so so very much more than that… he’s a true hero :3
Shifting gears, let’s talk a little about them ‘quisitors, Fifth and Sev. Yesss for this season the trouble done got doubled! And though they didn’t hold the high position their nefariously classy boss held, they were by no means any less of a threat to our heroes. They pretty much scared the midichlorians outta me on the regular with their strength, power, and unshakable confidence. I mean, if you need an example, look no further than the time they tore up a public shuttle and everyone on it to kidnap a Force-sensitive child. That’s ’bout bad as it gets man. But regardless of their actions, they still can’t help but be cool. With Fifth Bro so deadly serious and Seventh Sis so devious and crafty and flirty, they make a pretty aweaome team despite their differences. Le sigh they will be missed. They made for some delightfully dangerous foes, constantly keeping us guessing, and both freaking us out and majorly impressing us at the same time 😀
Also wow Kallus made some great strides, didn’t he? And I mean REALLY great strides. Like, planet-wide strides. At the start of the seaaon, it seemed working alongside Vader went to his head, and his jerkyness went up one-thousandthfold. Everywhere we turned, he waa dishing out some surefire sarc and finding the best new ways to make things difficult for our heroes. Agent K was at the top of his bad guy game, it seemed. Right up until one episode came along and blew our tiny minds, anyway. Give it about 22 minutes and my entire view of him was decimated and I found myself crying for him. He was hurt and talked a lot of talk. He went into things without asking why. He’s not really all that bad. WOW. I’m definitely excited to see what happens next in Kallus’s story. After all, if there are heroes both sides and evil is everywhere, I’d sure like to see a real hero on the Empire’s side 🙂
And then we owe Darth Vader a paragraph. *Is Force-choked for not doing it sooner* It probably won’t be too long a paragraph since he really doesn’t exhibit any character growth. But his role this season has been utterly terrifyingly fantastic. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again: seeing Vader in his merciless, nightmarish prime has made me greater appreciate him as a villian. I love his redemption story so much I often look past the horrible things he’s done. I was squarely reminded of how far he’d fallen through basically every minute he was onscreen the entire season, especially in Siege and Twilight. Whether nearly in killing Ezra twice, burning Tarkintown, or giving his former padawan no mercy, he gave me all the chills all the time. But through it all, it’s a good reminder as to why his ultimate redemption is so powerful. The entire Ahsoka-Vader-Anakin story weaved throughout is a solid reminder as well. And still I be wondering… if Ahsoka is truly alive… how is he still alive? We may never truly know, but either way, his role this season has added much to the emotional side of the story as well as being a genuine threat to our heroes.
Gosh, there are honestly a ton of things worth talking about in Rebels season two, but due to my lack of time and likely your lack of attention span, I think I’ll be wrapping this up. We’ve seen so much this season, seeing the mini-aliance come to be and expanding across the galaxy, and seeing this beautiful cast of characters grow and thrive. Every episode went above and beyond what I ever could’ve imagined, and continue to inspire me and encourage me and make me laugh and cry with every viewing, and really just about every day. I can only predict more excitement and more feels and more joy from here.
And since I’ve been terrible and haven’t recapped as thoroughly as I should’ve, I’ve compiled links to all the original Rebel Transmissions from the past season, so you can dig even deeper if you haven’t already. And don’t worry… anything I haven’t covered here will eventually come up, I promise ya 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

The Siege Of Lothal
The Lost Commanders
Relics Of The Old Republic
Always Two There Are
Brothers Of The Broken Horn
Wings Of The Master
Blood Sisters
Stealth Strike
The Future Of The Force
Legacy
A Princess On Lothal
The Protector Of Concord Dawn
Legends Of The Lasat
The Call
Homecoming
The Honorable Ones
Shroud Of Darkness
The Forgotten Droid
The Mystery Of Chopper Base
Twilight Of The Apprentice

Rebel Transmissions: The Future Of The Force

It’s a new year and I’m back on the blogging train at last! I apologize I didn’t get to these last couple episodes sooner, or get around to putting my Episode VII fangirling into words. But now that the holidays are over, I can start getting back on a schedule of sorts! And so, today we’re looking into The Future Of The Force, where excitement, chaos, adorable babies, and an epic confrontation abound…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, TCW episode Children Of The Force, and Rebels episodes Always Two There Are, The Future Of The Force

A normal day. A normal shuttle trip. One face in the crowd holds her grandchild, looking forward to a new start. If things in the galaxy were as peaceful as this picture I’ve described, then it would’ve stayed that way. Unfortunately, things in the galaxy are not at peace. The Empire. A couple of inquisitors. Red lightsabers ablaze. A peaceful, normal day has taken a horrifying and tragic turn. Dude things just got reallll on my blog. Sometime in the last few weeks my writing got really deep. There’s just no way for me to recap this opening without some serious respect.
On Guerell, a normal day is about to take a different turn as well. Ahsoka has come to visit the Ghost crew today, needing to discuss some Jedi business with Kanan. It’s always fun seeing Ahsoka interact with the crew, but this is particularly fun seeing her interact with just Kanan this time. They have a very similar thought process in some ways as well as a similar sense of humor. Makes you wonder if they ever crossed paths back in the day, even just briefly. Either way, it’s cool that they’re good friends now. So Ahsoka knows that something’s up with those nasty inquisitors that keep following them around, and while she investigates one of their more recent doings, she sends Kanan, Zeb, Ezra, and Chopper to look into another. And yes Ezra was listening at the door the whole time, ’cause that’s what he do. He made an excellent save though; popped right back up, all chill like he didn’t just fall over at Kanan and Ahsoka’s feet 🙂
The boys’ mission, interestingly enough, leads them to a more residential area in a slew of housing units, where the team splits up and takes two different routes. Ahsoka’s mission leads her to that once-peaceful shuttle, where it now lies dark, devoid of life, and covered in lightsaber marks. Not entirely devoid of life, though, as the grandmother we saw earlier is still hanging on… just barely. Ahsoka gets the answer to what the ‘quisitors were after… a child. A Force-sensitive child. With crazy stuff like whole shuttles getting wiped out you’d think more people would question the Empire. I’m guessing their superiors made a point to not publicize it too much. Still completely wrong though. Anyway, now Ahsoka knows where she’ll be going next.
Meanwhile Zeb and Chopper stumbled upon a couple of parked TIEs… and a lovely miniprobe with them. Zeb makes quick work of the probe, but they won’t be making quick work of the TIE because a baby girl lays inside. “I really hope that’s not a baby inquisitor” XD No I have a feeling that any kid of Sev’s (and/or Five’s?) would be in a proper car seat. And definitely not be as cute. Pff sorry for the weird rabbit-trailing. Just a thought. Though Zeb has no idea of the little one’s importance, he knows that she’s coming with. Also “NO we’ll blow up the fighter AFTER we get the baby. What is WRONG with you?” XD XD Also, guess Zeb’s taken a few more droidspeak lessons since Always Two There Are, huh?
Ezra and Kanan find themselves led to a busted-in apartment where a couple of red-blade-wielders waltzed in and attempted to take a mama Ithorian’s child. Only they didn’t because the little boy is in the safe hands of a droid… for now. Kanan relays this info to Zeb quickly. And ohmygosh watching Chopper play with the little girl…! Chopper seems the least qualified to be caring for an infant, but I’d say that of all the guys he might be the best with her. The way he spins her around and plays peekaboo! Who’da thunk that this grumpy droid would be such a good babysitter? It’s impossible not to smile at him in these moments. Seriously. He does seem a little tired though once the boys head back out, but who wouldn’t be? 🙂 Thankfully it doesn’t take Zeb too long to find the droid with the bundle of joy. Hehe it’s funny how clearly terrified that droid is of Zeb for a bit there. Yes indeedy “intimidating” is his middle name… though maybe not so much “babysitter”. I’d sorta wondered before if maybe he’d had a family of his own before the Empire did their junk. Seeing this I’m pretty sure that’s not the case. Oh it’s such fun to see our guy Rebs out of their element here! XP So despite little Pypey doesn’t seem to like Zeb too much, at least he got what he came for. And then like that, the droid gets K.O.’d and in walk the Seventh Sister and the Fifth Brother. Time to go. Like really really time to go. Zeb makes a dash for an old building while informing Kanan of the mess. Though the Quizzes arrive after the Lasat and the child disappear, it doesn’t take long for them to figure out where they’re hiding. Thankfully Kanan and Ezra are right behind them. Both teams manage to find a hiding spot, but then Ezra sorta scared the baby and their safe spot might not be safe for long. Kanan insists Ezra fix this with a little Force-connecting, which would normally work if Ezra wasn’t totally freaked out himself right now. Hehe yes watching the three so terribly unqualified for this is hilarious. That screencap I used in the title image just cracked me up XD But yeah the crying leads the quizzes right beneath them as a red blade comes up from the floor. With that our heroes decide it’s time to go up a floor. And then up a few more floors as a detonator intended for the inquisitors comes back to bite them. It’s super terrifying the way Bro and Sis just walk up those stairs like they’re so confident it’s no rush. On a less terrifying note, her sarc bouncing of his seriousness is awesome. You can tell they don’t really really enjoy each other’s company too much and it’s honestly very enjoyable XD Thank goodness Ezra’s diversion with Pypey on a comlink gives them a little more time. Sev gives a chuckle at her partner’s failure. Wouldn’t expect anything less from her.
So without any more floors, Kanan sends Ezra and Lil’ P through the vents. After all, upon realizing that these kids are potential Jedi, the stakes got a heck of a lot higher. Certainly takes a lot of ingenuity to comfortably manuever air vents with a baby in hand, but Ezra does a great job of it. And then that horrifying moment when Fifth Brother’s lightsaber cuts through and gets closer and closer! But somehow in that terrifying moment, Ezra is able to calm himself and in turn calm the child. And then Kanan and Zeb step up to give the ‘quistors someone to fight. They hold their own pretty well all things considered. Kanan’s ‘saber skills can take just about anything Sev can dish out, and Zeb manages to fend off Fivey for a bit, though unfortunately not as long as Master Jarrus was. To quote a young Anakin Skywalker, THIS IS TENSE! However, Ezra and Pypey made it out without a hitch… mostly. As he casually mentioned “you can come live with us on Gurell” and one of Sev’s miniprobes was watching the whole time. I think we all felt a mixture of *facepalm* and fear when we realized what just happened.
So as for Kanan and Zeb, they’d finally run out of tricks, so Zeb grabs Kanan like a piece of luggage and they go off runnin’! Kanan seems a little out-of-sorts being carried like that XD But he can still shoot, and with a few well-aimed shots, they break a window, jump out of the building, and land dead-center on some guy’s passing speeder. Talk about your dumb luck, right? Because unlike a similar chase in Episode II… Kanan didn’t know they’d land where they did. But two can play at that game, and the ‘quisitors take their own leap and aren’t nearly as nice to their Ithorian driver. The exciting chase is halted on both ends as Kanan takes a good shot to the quizzes’ speeder and Fifth Brother lightsaber-frisbees our heroes’ speeder down. I hope the mini-Alliance paid that Ithorian back… or at least that he had some good insurance (“WHAT DO YOU MEAN ‘LIGHTSABER SLASHES’ AREN’T COVERED?!”). Ezra and company made it to back to the hangar, but Chopper had the door locked, and naturally Seven and Five were on their tails. It takes very little time for the dastardly duo to completely wallop Jarrus and Orrelios. Ezra pulls out his blaster-saber, ready to defend his comrades and protect this child to the end (Pypey is absolutely fascinated by the glowing blade hehe). Despite he had his game face on, Sev is all “psh whatevs” and Force-throws him against the wall, somehow still cradling the baby. Just when it seemed all hope was lost, the doors open, and out steps a confident, quietly fierce Togruta woman. And she’s got twin white lightsabers. Ahsoka sends Ezra and his crew to the ship while she takes care of our guests. And let me tell you she TAKES. CARE. OF. THEM. Wowwwwwww. So much wowwwwww. This episode hits a lot of nostalgic notes with not only a similar situation like back on Children Of The Force, but we get to see what a truly amazing person Ahsoka’s become. I can’t help but watch this and see glimpses of her as a spritely fourteen-year-old as well as her as a well-taught, focused sixteen-year-old. Didn’t think it was possible for her to get better but lo and behold…! She completely owns both inquisitors AT THE SAME TIME. And she didn’t need her lightsabers the whole time to do it, either. She took a second to meditate and then snapped back up and yanked Sev’s red blades right out of her hands! Once she’s flattened Sis against the wall, it looks like the fight’s over. But then, in addition to the sudden appearance of stormtrooper backup, SEVENTH SISTER FORCE-GRABS HER ‘SABER and FLINGS IT BACK AT AHSOKA FROM BEHIND!! I know I was mentally screaming “AHHHHH NOOO AHSOKAAAAAA!!!”, but then Ahsoka jumped over the projectile like it was NBD. And then I could breathe again. After that Ahsoka said her goodbyes and leaped right on back up to the Phantom and was gone baby gone. If all that just happened didn’t leave you fangirling/fanboying… are you honestly even human? Ahsoka is boss.
It’s real sweet for our heroes back on the ship. Pypey and his mom are reunited, everybody’s finally able to let go of that tension and have a laugh, Chopper gives the babies spinny rides, it’s all good. The Rebels’ll be taking care of the future younglings now, and as Ahsoka smiles, watching Chop and the little ones, it seems this crazy day has ended on a happy note.
At least, as long as you don’t count the fact that the inquisitors know where to strike now. That… could be a slight problem.
Ahhhhmagoodness that is one solid epic episode! No way I couldn’t blog about it, right? So hopefully this answered a question or two, or made you think about (or rethink) something, or maybe just made you happy. Looking forward to all the exciting posts to come this year!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Always Two There Are

Yes the blog is back to its Friday slot! At least for now, anyway. But this amazing episode of Rebels absolutely needed to be blogged on today, especially since it has a bit of a Halloween-y vibe 🙂 And so without further ado, Always Two There Are!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Droids In Distress, Fire Across The Galaxy, The Lost Commanders, Relics Of The Old Republic, and Always Two There Are

Cover photo for Rebel Transmission 2x04

So our Rebels were having a rather casual afternoon (or evening… or morning… it’s hard to tell in space). Rex and Zeb were having a friendly game of dejarik, Sabine and Chopper are just chillin’, and Kanan and Ezra were finishing up some Jedi training. Kanan’s given his student the simple task of levitating Chopper (and dropping him afterward XP ). Zeb’s lost another round to Rex. Let’s be glad Lasats aren’t known for ripping people’s arms off (though I’m sure he could if he wanted to). Don’t think Sabine’s not gonna join in the fun, too… right before Ezra started workin’ on his Forcin’, she told Chopper to lock himself down. Ezra tried his hardest before Rex pointed out what those two were up to. Sabine and Chopper have a good laugh and exchange a little bit of a fistbump 🙂 Oh it’s so much fun watching these guys just having fun… even if it is at Ezra’s expense 😛 The Captain uses this as a teaching moment, to not just look through the Force, but with one’s eyes as well. He makes mention of the general he served with and how he used both the Force and his wits to his advantage. Yeah Anakin did that quite a bit didn’t he? General Skywalker was late to the Jedi training game and because of this he had a lot of real-world, hands-on experience that most other Jedi back in the day didn’t have. And since Ezra’s in pretty much the same situation, this is solid advice. Heh heh imagine this: an alternate universe where Anakin was Ezra’s master. I can only imagine how the battle droid carnage would look! OK anyway I’ve completely rabbit-trailed. Kanan doesn’t quite buy into Rex’s advice though. Any further “discussion” was (at least temporarily) halted by Hera, who’s got a mission for Sabine and Zeb to an old Republic medical station to grab some supplies. “Well you better hurry… Captain Wits here is gonna need ’em” “Ohh so there’s where the boy gets his lack of discipline!” XD 😆 Ah I’m sorry I just love this “too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen” headbutting going on! Hera’s so done XD And Ezra’s done too, he’s joining up with Zeb, Sabine, and Chopper this time around… anything from being caught in that crossfire. Yay a mission with the “kids”! Those are always fun!
Our heroes find themselves entering the dark creepiness of the abandoned medical station. Yep it’s dark and it’s creepy and did I mention it’s old and abandoned? Nothing they can’t handle right? Also a bit of a question has been answered, apparently “astromech” is a language that can be taught. I’ve always wondered if when folks like Anakin and Luke responded to something Artoo or some other droid said they actually understood them or if they were just assuming. But yeah Ezra totally understands Chopper (at least mostly)… which I imagine sometimes is a bit of a disadvantage. Zeb’s the only one here who doesn’t know it (though way back on Droids In Distress he seemed to know Chopper didn’t say anything akin to “hello hyperspace”, but that’s probably just because much of that C1-10P’s snark needs no translation). Thankfully, Zeb does now how to wrench open locked doors. Even as they walk through the eerie halls, Sabine can’t ignore a blank wall that needs her artistic genius. But as she makes her spray-painted statement, she has no idea a miniature probe-like droid is watching in the shadows. Sabine suspects something, but the only thing that startles her is Ezra popping in. But indeed there is a miniprobe watching… and he makes contact with his master quickly.
So Chopper may have turned on the lights in the base… all the lights. The Empire may have noticed. So might have the Fifth Brother. Fivey insists he’ll be going it solo this time ’round, and the Imps are all “OK… if you say so…” and exchange a look of weirded-out-ness. Hey I know you Imperials don’t get the whole “Force-y” thing but you gotta hand it to them, the Quizzes know what they’re doing. Which is not good for our heroes.
So change of plans, since accessing the files came up dry the kids head out to find the med supplies on their own while Chop continues to man the system. Ezra and Zeb get a little competitive over finding those supplies, which leads to some pretty hilarious moments. Including the fact they literally run right past what they were looking for to start with XD Not to mention the whole thing where Ezra shoves a couple of crates right onto Zeb and shortly thereafter Ezra runs smack into a low-hanging bar *dies laughing* Ohhh delightful! Love that Ezra’s matured a bit since this season started, but I’m glad he’s still got a little cockiness in there X)
So there Chopper was… alone in the dark creepy base, the only light coming from the control screen. And then something indeed goes bump in the night (or the afternoon, or the evening, or the morning… whatever time of day it is). He ventures down a dark hall to investigate. Chopper don’t you know anything about scary movies?! That is absolutely something you don’t want to do! Something skitters across the floor, just out of sight. Then another. And then he turns around AND THERE’S A MINIPROBE!! Cue the screaming. Followed by a solid zapping on miniprobe #1’s part. The clever little skunk does a little electric work and makes Chopper call out for help, driving the Rebels right into his master’s trap. Ezra and Sabine take a shortcut through the air ducts. Zeb… yeah he never made it through the opening. Hope somebody brought some butter…
Ezra and Sabine arrive in the dark hallway, where Chopper’s panicked noises call out, but where also glows the single red eye of a evil little miniprobe, and where stands the shadowy form of his master, the Seventh Sister. She is totally all kinds of cool, but also all kinds of frightening because she has a two-bladed ‘saber and has been searching for our heroes, which can’t be a good thing when you own a two-bladed. Ezra and Sabine make a dash for it, blaster-sabering and blastering their escape. Considering all things they do pretty awesomely at holding their own against this cray ‘quiz, even if all the blaster-sabering and blastering in the world doesn’t knock down Seven and her miniprobe pets. And the next thing they know they turn around and THERE’S ANOTHER INQUISITOR! Fifth Bro wasn’t about to miss the party! It would be awesome right now if they could find Zeb and Chopper. But before they know it Seven’s got ’em cornered, and she doesn’t bat an eyelash at Force-grabbing Ezra and using her miniprobes to hold him down. Ezra insists Sabine make a run for it and bravely lightsabers the door lock. Gahhhhh so so very brave!! Seems like just yesterday when Kanan was doing that! So just like that Seventh Sis has his blaster-saber and one of those pesky Rebs in her clutches. And then Fivey showed up. He’s kinda perturbed that Seven got to ’em first, but she clearly calls the shots and sends him to go find Sabine. Ah yes the ‘Quisitors are a fun bunch aren’t they? Can you imagine the company picnics? Sorry I know that was weird but it popped into my head while I was first watching this and now I’m certain Fifth Bro makes a mean potato salad. Anyway yeah this is very bad… the situation, not my SW gags.
And guess where Zeb was? Yep still stuck in that vent. “I DON’T WANNA DIE LIKE THIS I’M THE LAST OF MY KIND!” XD At least we didn’t have to use butter! But yeah it’s all up to these two now…
Meanwhile Sev was having a nice chat with Young Bridger. She flawlessly weaves in backhanded compliments with genuine no-frills threats. If Ventress was still in the dark side of things they’d probably be besties (at least up until one of them was threatened by the other’s power or prestige and they turn on each other). Yeah I’m thinking that at this point, if she’s still alive, Ventress is probably working a desk job somewhere and doesn’t swing red ‘sabers anymore. Sorry back to this era. But even though Sis does well with her side of the convo Ezra gets major props for combatting her sarc with some sarc of his own and never once alluding he knows anything she wants to know. The scary thing is she never once is flustered. I wish I had that kind of confidence. Elsewhere Fifth Bro stalks the halls, searching for the rest of the Rebs. Zeb and Sabine thought they’d lure him into a detonator-filled trap, but he’s a little too good at being bad, ’cause Fivey just picks up all of them and throws them back at our heroes. And just like that he hauls Sabine’s unconscious form onto his back and walks away, leaving Zeb for the miniprobes’ taking. Poooooor Zeb… you’d think these tiny little things would be easy for a guy like him to take out but they cause all kinds of trouble with their clingy-zappiness. Has to use his head a bit, like literally smashing the one on his head against a box. And lo and behold the box is full of those medical supplies they were looking for. Much irony. And then le gasp he finds Sabine’s helmet without Sabine!
So the nice conversation Sev and Ezra were having downgraded into her throwing darksidery mind torture his way. She seems a bit irked that she had to do this when things had been going so nice, but hey whatcha gon’ do boy’s not talking. Also zinger of the day: “…Because unlike you, I know how to shut up. You’re like a broken protocol droid!” well played, young Bridger 🙂 But soon her real purpose shows itself… she’s looking for Ahsoka. Ooh… o_o And then Fifth brings in Sabine, hoping to up the ante a bit. Ezra still refuses to say anything, but with Zeb unaccounted for, he and Sabine fear the worst. But it is not so, because Zeb found Chopper and is back at the Phantom, trying to conjure up a plan. Poor guy… feels a little inadequate right now, not sure how it is he can save his “younger sibs”. But this Zeb is not the same Zeb from back in the first episode, no matter what he faces, he’s not about to leave anyone behind! Whoops that made him sound like a terrible person didn’t it? I hope not ’cause that’s absolutely not what I meant. Anyway all right Zeb! *cheers*
And that’s about when Ezra and Sabine get a call from a Rebel who goes by Commander Meillorun. Hehe we know who that is 🙂 Sabine turns down his assistance, but when Fivey sticks his red blade a bit too close to her neck, Ezra decides it wouldn’t hurt to have some sort of help. Ah the feels right now these guys are so tight they’re all in some way willing to risk their lives for each other! Sabine to Zeb, Ezra to Sabine, and Zeb to both! Does that make sense? I think so… but yeah I’m both proud of our heroes and terrified of these Inquisitors. Now all Ezra and Sabine can do is trust that Zeb knows what he’s doing…
The ‘Quizzes are pretty happy though. They’re getting the info they came for and they’ll still get to kill the others! Win-win! Or so they think, because what they can’t see is that the Phantom‘s parked on the ceiling. Before they know it there’s blasterfire all over the place. Zeb’s at the guns, Ezra’s got his ‘saber back, and our heroes are about to make their escape! Anddd thennn Five and Seven Force-grab the ship. Dang they’re good. And not just that but then Sev starts using the Force to shut the door! It’s when Fifth Bro pulls out his ‘saber again to deflect Sabine’s blaster that she loses her grip and the Phantom jets on outta there. Heck hath no fury like a ‘Quisitor sister scorned. I’m sure Fivey ran outta there pretty fast too. He is not about to have any “nice conversations” with her… but whatever hooray for Zeb! He done saved the day! 😀
So back on the Ghost it seems the boys settled things without killing each other in a friendly game of dejarik. Kanan won. Hera looks pleased with herself… perhaps she was the one who got them to chill out and play a quiet game? Hehe she’s most definitely the mom 🙂 By the time the kids got back, Ezra didn’t give Kanan a second to chew him out for going along on the mission, because he had to bear the bad news that they’ve got two new problems and they wear black, have double-bladed red lightsabers, and know something about Ahsoka. He doesn’t let in on it to the kids, but Kanan had no idea there were more. Though, yes, everything went OK, they got more medical supplies and they all survived thanks to Zeb, things have just taken a truly terrifying turn. And where it will all end, we do not know…
Wow. Just wow. So many great moments, but also so much frightening uncertainty. We can only sit and wait to find out what will happen next. I wish you all a very Happy Halloween… and all the patience in the world until the next episode!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight