This Is Madness 2016 Recap

We interrupt the usually-scheduled Rebel Transmissions to bring you a special report — the breakdown of my choices for THIS IS MADNESS 2016!! W00t! Every year gets more and more challenging… not for the characters being voted for so much as for me, the nerd who can’t pick favorites but somehow has to choose anyway. Usually I attempt to make my choices using the [somewhat] scientific method of “which character’s destiny made the greater impact on the galaxy?”, but usually every year there are a few characters I vote for just on account of coolnessness. Last year I planned the next tournament would be voted for in a 100% scientific manner without any of my fangirly bias, and somehow this year I managed to stick with it. It was tough, but ultimately it got me really really thinking about these characters and their stories and made me appreciate the amazing story as a whole even more! So again, remember, just because I didn’t vote for your favorite doesn’t mean I love them any less, it’s all a matter of impact this year 🙂 Also sorry for the lack of pictures in this one… accidentally deleted them all at the last second. Ah well *shrugs*
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, Episode VII, TCW episodes Wookiee Hunt, The Lawless, Sacrifice, and Rebels episode Droids In Distress, Call To Action, Fire Across The Galaxy, The Siege Of Lothal, and The Honorable Ones.

DAY ONE: OBI-WAN VS. PADME/VADER VS. FIFTH

Light Side Vote: Obi-Wan Kenobi. TIM started off this year with a test worthy of Yoda’s trip to Moraband. “You? Vote scientifically without bias? Hah! VOTE AGAINST YOUR GO-TO FAVE JEDI I DARE YOU!”. Well I technically still won that test because Obi-Wan’s legacy truly does make a larger impact. Normally I might pull out the “Padme is Luke and Leia’s mom” card again and use that as an excuse, but here’s something I hadn’t considered until recently: Obi-Wan was the one who suggested “hey Tatooine might work” one fine day after escaping the Trade Federation. Basically Obi-Wan not only trained her son and helped save her daughter, but without him, ANAKIN AND PADME NEVER WOULD HAVE MET, LUKE AND LEIA WOULD NOT EXIST, AND WHATEVER APPRENTICE PALPATINE NAMED VADER WOULD HAVE LAID WASTE TO THE GALAXY. Mind. Blown. Take that voice of the Dark Side.
Dark Side Vote: Darth Vader. The Fifth Brother might’ve been an excellent contender in TIM this year, but… against Vader? No, not really. When it comes to the Dark Side legacy, Vader wins about every time. I mean, he does sorta help in wiping out the Jedi and destroying a planet… it’s hard to beat that. Fivey carries a similar mercilessness with him (bro don’t bat an eyelash at killing innocents fo’ sho), but he still ranks below the Darth. So yeahh. The villains always are easier to vote for.

DAY TWO: R2 VS. SABINE/JABBA VS. SEVENTH

Light Side Vote: R2-D2. I don’t know why they keep pitting these two against each other, it just doesn’t seem like a fair vote! They’re both tough, confident, smart, spirited, handy with weapons, and loyal to the core. And plus, in the battle of an astromech versus a human you know I’m gonna pick the droid ’cause they’re so darn adorable! They’re both great in different ways. Ultimately, I dug deep though and found Artoo truly did deserve the vote. He’s played quite the part in SW, helping save ’bout every hero there is — Obi-Wan, Anakin, the Ghost crew (blowing up those blasters was all R2’s idea, after all), and most recently, Luke, among others. Hard to argue with that logic, right? But who knows? We have yet to see where Sabine’s destiny leads… someday she may just beat Artoo 🙂
Dark Side Vote: The Seventh Sister. Every year I’m amazed how far Jabba The Hutt gets in the tournament, especially when up against truly awesome villains like Sev here. Granted, looking back, I may have overlooked Jabba’s hand in the villainy game some. He may just chill around in his palace all day but he has rancors and bounty hunters and the rest of his many many lackeys at the ready at all times. I mean, how coldhearted do you have to be to literally have a party on your sail barge while you throw your prisoners to the sarlacc? Or get Boba Fett to test out carbonfreezing on Han? That’s pretty bad. I think I ultimately chose against Jabba based on the fact he can be an ally sometimes, and has actually worked with our heroes instead of against them. Whereas with Seventh, though we don’t see all that she’s has done in her inquisiting career, with her drive and ferocity, and the fact that she’s technically in the business of hunting Jedi… well, I think she owns the vote. The lives she’s taken have no doubt she’s left a negative footprint on the galaxy and the future of the Jedi.

DAY THREE: LUKE VS. HERA/PALPATINE VS. VENTRESS

Light Side Vote: Luke Skywalker. I looked at this one from quite a few angles to figure out who to choose. I mean, Hera is a major player in the existence of the Rebel Alliance. Where would Luke be without her impact? But where would the Alliance be had Luke not helped destroy the Death Star? Or helped save Leia? Or met Han and got him involved? Or defeated Darth Vader? Ultimately, I get the feeling that the galaxy would’ve suffered much more if not for Luke’s hand in all of this. Anddd whoops I realize that last bit sounded like a pun. Sorreh. Definitely not an easy vote to pick, but I think I made the right choice.
Dark Side Vote: Palpatine. Dude, when it comes to being bad, Palpatine’s the king, the president, the Chancellor, and the Emperor of all baddies. I betcha even Supreme Leader Snoke looked up to him when considering Darksidery as a career! Scientifically, no villain in SW can stand up to him. Except maybe Snoke, anyway. Hmm… now wouldn’t that be a matchup! Besides, though Ventress has been pretty bad herself, she’s got what Palpatine doesn’t — a heart. And thank goodness for that.

DAY FOUR: HAN VS. CHEWBACCA/MAUL VS. TARKIN

Light Side Vote: Han Solo. Scientifically, Chewbacca does hold the honor of having help saved two Jedi prior to meeting Han, including one who would become a major player for the Rebels (you know who I’m talkin’ about), and one who would train a great hero who would go on to train someone who has the potential to be a great hero (not namin’ names you should know this one). In some ways he might might might have deserved the vote in retrospect, especially since he keeps getting beat by his copilot year after year. But Han… oh myyyyy… he’s got a lot of honor to hold too! Pushing past my bias that names him my favorite scoundrel/general/pilot/all-around-nice-guy, I think the best reasoning goes to more recent events, as that “someone who has the potential to be a great hero” would never’ve gotten off of Jakku without him, among a great number of events. Captain Solo’s left a truly marvelous legacy behind… who knows where it will lead next? OK hopefully I got all of my thought process on that straight…
Dark Side Vote: Darth Maul. Tarkin and Maul are both heavy-hitters in the villain category for sure. I’ve used the excuse before that Tarkin helped helm the Death Star and so technically helped in killing a planet’s worth of innocent lives. While we don’t know everything Maul has done or will do, he does everything in the most malicious manner imaginable. Anddd I’m starting to realize again that this vote may not be as scientifically accurate as I would’ve preferred it to be. But I will say this: we don’t yet know the impact Maul has made or will make, and because of this, who knows what he’s put into motion already? I might look back years from now after reading another book or watching another show/movie and realize I totally called it. Man I wish I remembered what I was thinking the day I made that vote…

DAY FIVE: YODA VS. FINN/KYLO VS. JANGO

Light Side Vote: Yoda. I was totally excited to see some Force Awakens faces entering the tournament this year, but again, a little bummed out by the matchup. I mean, Yoda vs. Finn? That’s not fair in the slightest. The interesting thing here is, we don’t know the ultimate amount of impact Finn will make on the galaxy. He’s certainly made history, and I know he’ll continue to do so as he fights for the Resistance in the stories to come. But Yoda is the master of all masters, and technically, because he trained Luke who’s (assumptively) training Rey now, whose skills with a lightsaber might‘ve saved Finn’s backside… well, I think our fave storm’s OK with losing to the little green guy.
Dark Side Vote: Kylo Ren. This vote was unfair for the totally opposite reasons. We know very little ultimately about both of them, except they’re both awesome bad guys and have stellar fashion sense. But considering the only legacy we know about Jango is his super-cool son, and can only assume what he’s done with that stellar bounty hunting, blaster-twirling prowess of his… well, he sorta pales in comparison to the guy who blows up multiple planets in just one day and can stop blasterfire in its tracks. #DefiniteUnfairAdvantage But still, Ben here has my vote. *Ducks from three-bladed lightsaber thrown in my direction* SORRY SORRY I MEANT TO SAY KYLO REN!

DAY SIX: AHSOKA VS. BB/DOOKU VS. PHASMA

Light Side Vote: Ahsoka Tano. Oh lookie another unfair matchup! Again, it’s tough to pick who makes the greater difference when we haven’t seen all the difference one of them’s made yet. But considering the Resistance itself might not exist had their been no Rebellion, and the Rebellion might not’ve existed had Ahsoka not been involved… BB-8 would be out of a job. BB-8 gave me a thumbs-down for this stunt… “DUDE I LITERALLY HELPED FIND LUKE SKYWALKER AND THIS IS THE THANKS I GET?” Maybe next year BB…
Dark Side Vote: Count Dooku. Dooku and Phasma are both some kinda tough stuff, but again, we don’t know what impact the Captain will make on the galaxy. Whereas, y’know… helping bring about the Clone Wars and the eventual fall of the Republic kinda gives the “older gentleman” a leg up this time around.

DAY SEVEN: REY VS. EZRA/BOBA VS. HUX

Light Side Vote: Rey. WOW! Now THIS is a matchup! The two new padawans! Ohhoho I loved figuring out this vote! Because in this case, both their stories have yet to be told. Who knows where their legacies will lead? It’s actually really interesting how alike they are… both strong, clever young individuals on their own, doing their best to survive, and then they find an unexpected new family that changes their paths — and themselves — forever. It would’ve been easy to just say “well Ezra ignited that spark of rebellion with that inspiring transmission of his and so owns the vote”, buuuut then I looked at Rey here… GIRL DONE WON A LIGHTSABER DUEL WITH KYLO REN, HAVING NEVER PICKED UP A ‘SABER IN. HER. LIFE. WHOA. I ended up voting for this one scientifically analyzing their use of the Force. Ezra’s quite amazing at it too, but even he had to learn a few things to knock down an adversary. So Rey’s intensely serious skillz earned her the vote. Plus, it’s her first year in the tournament, so it only seemed fair.
Dark Side Vote: General Hux. You may be wondering why in the world I’d pick this guy over Boba Fett. Well first I’d say “What? Hux is a cool dude too!”, but then I’d move on to my logical conclusion: Hux helped Starkiller Base along in destroying all those worlds and all the billions of innocent people on them. Also he is very very passionate about what he does. He don’t take crud from no one! All “Eat this Resistance!” I’m thinking Boba may have a bit more of a heart than that. Plus, Boba was gonna win anyway so I kinda did want to give it to the underdog…

DAY EIGHT: LEIA VS. POE/GRIEVOUS VS. KALLUS

Light Side Vote: Leia Organa. Well this was kinda an obvious answer for me. General Organa is not only the bosslady of the Rebel Alliance/Resistance, but she’s Poe Dameron’s boss period. She did send him out to help find Luke, after all. Plus, yeah, she’s LEIA ORGANA. From princess to general, she’s been nothing but a rock-solid force in the SW universe and her legacy only continues to further as she plays a mom figure to Rey. Don’t worry, Poe, you’re still amazing too. I hope someday to talk about your legacy with the same enthusiasm 🙂
Dark Side Vote: General Grievous. Grievous wins, no questions. Even if I had voted for this before I discovered Kallus is a decent human being, I still would’ve given the General my vote. It’s hard to argue with a cold, calculating cyborg who simply wants to kill Jedi because he can. Agent K may’ve been a jerk in the past, but he clearly has a heart. The only heart Grievous has went up in flames. Yeahhh sometimes winning the Dark Side vote isn’t really a win.

DAY NINE: R2 VS. OBI-WAN/VADER VS. JABBA

Light Side Vote: R2-D2. Wat is dis? I voted for Artoo OVER Obi-Wan?? :O 100% scientific vote man. That little droid did it and saved the ship Obi-Wan was on. Make all the jokes you want Master Kenobi, but that “dime a dozen” droid is the only reason you’re alive or that really anything happened in the SW galaxy! Seriously though really. No Naboo ship, no Padme, no Obi-Wan, no Anakin, no Luke, no Leia, quite possibly no Threepio, no nothin’. Wow is that not an insane thought?
Dark Side Vote: Darth Vader. This one was all too easy. Feeding your dancers to the rancor is pretty bad, but burning a town just to rile up the Rebels? That’s downright DESPICABLE. No question who got that vote.

DAY TEN: HAN VS. LUKE/MAUL VS. PALAPTINE

Light Side Vote: Han Solo. This one was really interesting. It’d be easy to say “Luke because he defeated Vader”, but I thought long and hard on this one and found that no one deserved this vote more than Han. Had Obi-Wan given those credits to some other pilot, the very fabric of SW would be very very different than we know it today. Han got Luke where he needed to go, and then helped Luke save Leia, and then helped Luke blow up the Death Star. He continually helped the Rebel Alliance before attempting to leave, but then got pulled back into it anyway. Though it wasn’t right that he got betrayed and turned into a decoration in Jabba’s palace, he did get Lando involved in the Rebellion, and he went on to destroy the second Death Star. And to top it all off, had he not met Finn and Rey… THEY WOULDN’T HAVE FOUND LUKE. So that makes it… what? Seven favors you own him now, “Junior”? This only served to make me love Han and his friendship with Luke more and I proceeded to fangirl and cry at the same time. AHH THE FRIENDSHIPNESS!
Dark Side Vote: Palpatine. Not quite as thought-provoking an answer, but still, Palpatine pwns Maul in the badness game. Just does. “There is no mercy…” *shudders*

DAY ELEVEN: YODA VS. AHSOKA/KYLO VS. DOOKU

Light Side Vote: Yoda. It almost pained me to vote against Ahsoka this round. But again, Yoda trains evrahbody! And since Yoda trained Obi-Wan who trained Anakin who trained Ahsoka, the order of Jedi mastery just makes sense to give it to him. Plus, the last few years, he always got matched up against one of my go-to favorites, like Obi-Wan, Luke, and Qui-Gon, and that really wasn’t the fairest since Yoda is just as awesome as they are. So I’m actually glad to give Yoda some credit where credit is due for once 😀
Dark Side Vote: Count Dooku. Kylo Ren seems like the obvious choice, right? I mean, you remember what I said about him blowing up all those planets. But Count Dooku done went and helped bring down the entire system of government in the galaxy. THAT is pretty intense if you ask me, and a bit on a larger scale. Plus, if Dooku hadn’t played his part in the fall of the Republic the Empire Darth Vader served might’ve never existed and who would be Kylo Ren’s senpai then? Yay underdog votes!

DAY TWELVE: LEIA VS. REY/GRIEVOUS VS. BOBA

Light Side Vote: Leia Organa. All I’m sayin’ is Leia is the bosslady and she’s helped orchestrate the Rebellion since she was a teen. Her levels of impact are unrivaled. Also, had she not sent Poe and BB-8 to Jakku… Rey wouldn’t be wielding a lightsaber right now. Talk about a legacy.
Dark Side Vote: General Grievous I’m sorry I didn’t vote for Boba Fett this tournament, really I am. But Grievous is a monster, man… he’s done some downright atrocious stuff in helping further Palpatine’s schemes. He’s one of those villains that’s hard to find the good in, y’know? Hard for a bounty hunter, even a Mando bounty hunter with a vendetta, to compete with. They’re both still amazingly cool characters, don’t get me wrong. Just… yeah, understand the amount of impact.

DAY THIRTEEN: OBI-WAN VS. LUKE/VADER VS. MAUL

Light Side Vote: Obi-Wan Kenobi. Well, obviously since Obi-Wan trained Luke and convinced Yoda to further train Luke. He’s kinda a big deal.
Dark Side Vote: Darth Vader. Vader Vs. Maul is always always always a toughie. Both have done things that leave me aghast in shock. But only one of them helmed that ultimate weapon… and only one successfully defeated Sidious. Kind of a stretch maybe, but I think it makes sense.

DAY FOURTEEN: YODA VS. REY/KYLO VS. BOBA
Light Side Vote: Yoda. Because again, Yoda trained Luke who goes on to train Rey. That’s a pretty important amount of legacy to leave if you ask me.
Dark Side Vote: Kylo Ren. Again, when it comes to being bad, Boba is a sweet cinnamon roll compared to the likes of these Darksiders he’s been matched up against. Starkiller Base just done did more damage than those blasters, you and I both know that.

DAY FIFTEEN: LUKE VS. REY/VADER VS. KYLO
Light Side Vote: Luke. Whee the masters goin’ against the apprentices!! What can I say? Rey may have some natural talent, but Luke’s going to help her refine it. The path she chooses, the legacy she leads, will forever be influenced by her new master. Deeeep.
Dark Side Vote: Darth Vader. “YOU’LL NEVER BE AS STRONG AS DARTH VADER!” Sorry just truth Kylo bro. He’s his senpai, his role model, his inspiration, and his grandpa. Darth Vader wins all the vote here.

FINAL VOTE: LUKE VS. VADER

What can I say? I heart the Light Side. Luke did defeat Darth Vader, but ultimately with love, not fighting. Luke’s legacy, his impact on the galaxy is astronomical. And like say, he’s about to do like Yoda and pass on what he’s learned. I think Luke completely deserved the vote, and the final win this year, don’t you think? 😀
And on a totally 100% biased fangirly note… he’s just a flat-out amazingly incredible character!

TIMSketch

And so ends another great This Is Madness! Can only imagine what next year’s tournament will hold.
Also #JynErsoFor2017Champion 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Advertisements

Rebel Transmissions: Legacy

Yikes I have got to get on a decent sched with these things…
Anyway, so today’s Rebel Transmission is filled with many many feels. But if you’ve seen Legacy, you know this already. This little recap of mine ought to be interesting since the last time I watched it was literally the day before I saw Episode VII and the combination of overwhelming feels on both ends rendered me useless for writing that week. So let’s go ahead and cut the chatter and revisit this amazing episode, why don’t we?
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Empire Day, Gathering Forces, Vision of Hope, Call To Action, The Siege Of Lothal, The Future Of The Force, and Legacy.

First of all, Guerell has crickets. Not what I thought I’d be opening up the episode with, but that first shot? You can hear crickets. But that is completely not important at the moment. Also Zeb sleeps exactly like I do. Sorry also not an important thought to make note of. What is important is that Ezra’s having a vision. He hears the voices of his parents, finds a mysterious white lothcat, a lone mysterious figure, and of most intrigue, he sees his parents. The lothcat beckons. And then Ezra fell out of bed. He wastes absolutely no time telling Kanan and Hera of this new development. It’s now that Kanan and Hera decide to give him their own set of news: they’ve been looking for the Bridgers all this time, from one Imperial prison to the next. I’d always wondered what became of those moments in Gathering Forces as Tseebo passed along info on the subject to Hera, and why it was she seemed never got around to telling Ezra about it. They’ve been doing more than we ever knew about. They hadn’t found any real leads yet, despite having tried everything they could. But Ezra is incredibly grateful nonetheless. Seriously Kanan and Hera are amazing. I know that’s common knowledge but seeing how far they’ve gone for this kid is truly flat-out amazing. It would be this very evening, however, that they would find out something new. Commander Sato got ahold of old prison records from a recent breakout. Ezra is entirely convinced his parents were involved in that. And a little Force-guided scanning of the prison records points to a certain Prisoner X10 from Lothal. Ezra is on-fire determined to find his folks now. Plus, with Lothal suddenly no longer blockaded, forget the plan just grab your helmet and get flyin’! I think we can all relate to his impatient frustration as he scrambles to find that helmet of his XD But the Ghost crew has no intention on letting him do this alone, they’re family just as much as his parents are 🙂 Plus, Kanan was the only one who knew where exactly his helmet was. If only Zeb and Chopper (the “delinquents” hehe) weren’t out picking up groceries. Pff Ezra’s expression matches my own in many situations. And suddenly a bunch of Star Destroyers showed up. Right… the Empire figured out where the mini-Alliance was last time around. Oh dis is bad. Now it’s not just the Ghost family that needs to get off-planet… it’s kinda all the Rebs. Stormtroopers, laserfire, Kallus… it’s all chaos and Ezra don’t got time for that! He utterly owns that ISBN agent and everyone else which is both really impressive and the teeniest bit scary. And then Fifth and Seventh show up. Ezra is so so done and charges at them, lightsaber ignited and in a dead fury. Kanan is smart to blast the doors shut before somebody got hurt. Ezra just so badly wants an answer to all of this… something Kanan can’t fully understand, but he’s awesome and will do whatever to help him regardless. And Chopper was basically no help whatsoever XP
Once the guys get onboard, the real challenge begins… getting the entire Rebel fleet off Guerell at once and without crossing the Imps too much. Which… yeah it’s hard not to “cross the Imps” when a battle happens with all kinda TIEs in the sky! And yeesh they actually knock down one of the Rebel ships. WHYYY. While Hera diverts her attention to helping Rex and Sato’s ship, she tells the boys in the Phantom it’s time to get movin’ if they’re gonna move anytime soon. For the first time today Ezra is not impatient to go and insists on sticking around longer, but the Captain won’t have it. And with that, off they go, Chopper waving his goodbyes. Ah yes the orders don’t apply to Hera… they make quite a daring rescue knocking out that Star Destroyer’s tractor beam to free the command ship. And I literally mean knocking it out. That’s how ya do it girlz! So now the mini-Alliance is off to find yet another new home.
And so we get to see Lothal again, so that’s great. The sandy-grassy planet was missed a bit since it done got siege-d half a season ago. Ezra takes a moment again to genuinely thank Kanan for going well out of his way to help him with this personal mission. Though Kanan can’t relate to the exact exact situation, he gets losing someone… he really gets it. Aww man the feels are comin’ back…! *Attempts to hold off tears until later in the episode but fails* EZRA’S SMOL GRATEFUL SMILE OHMGOSH I CAN’T. Anyway fangirling aside, young Bridger now leads the way, taking the two of them first to his old home. Or at least what’s left of it. AGAIN WHYYY. Sorry dang it I warned you about this. Nothing turned up at first… until Ezra reached out and heard a small meow. A sweet-looking blue-eyed white lothcat looks up at him. Hehe I kinda wish they’d take the fuzzy guy home and make him their team pet of sorts. I mean their team pet aside from Chopper 😛 And as Ezra acquaints himself with the critter he finds that the lothcat clearly knows something. Dude talk about your “Padawan pets”…! The connection between the lothcat and the Bridgers isn’t fully explained, but kinda super fascinating. Unless he was the Bridgers’ family pet or something but I’m pretty sure Ezra would’ve remembered him if that was the case so who knows. Just a smart kitty I ‘spose. And then said kitty darts, leading Ezra and Kanan on some wicked chase through the streets. Either a smart kitty or just late for a very important date. I’ll go with the first option since that second part was just my feeble attempt at humor. “Anddd we’re chasing lothcats now” Ahaha that’s how you do it K-man 🙂 Ezra keeps up with the agile fuzzball for a while until Speedster caught a bike ride. But that’s what trackers are for. Hehe no not the Force… not yet anyway. And the tracker leads them to the outskirts of the city, where the bike’s rider doesn’t seem terribly welcoming to his visitors at first. But Ezra knows that this guy is X10 and cuts to the chase quickly on the fact that he might know something on the Bridgers. And so ladies and gents meet Ryder Azadi, ex-governor of Lothal and friend of Bridgers! Don’t get to spend a whole lot lot of time with him but he seems like a pretty cool guy. Bummer it was during these circumstances, but still. Pretty cool guy. And so… how about those answers? Yeah… it’s… not good news. Once Ephraim and Mira heard that first Rebel transmission Ezra gave out all that time ago, they had no interest in just sitting around that Imperial cell anymore. They broke outta that prison and saved a ton of innocent lives, ultimately at the cost of their own lives. They gave it all for what they always fought for, for Ezra, for Lothal, for those in need. There was not a dry eye in the house. Started ugly crying when Kanan held Ezra while he cried. But here’s the beauty in the midst of the pain. You know those moments in SW, the ones where really super-amazing characters pass away, you know those, so I won’t elaborate at risk of spoilers (to be clear I’m thinking of good guys specifically). I’ve probably shed my body weight in tears from every noble end from every one of those times in the films, shows, and books. There is no doubt in the world that these events are incredibly sad, I won’t sugarcoat it. But the thing that all of these share in common is that not one died in vain; they always died for a cause they believed in, or someone (or someones) they loved. Ezra’s parents did both that day. And then look back at how amazing his Ghost family has been. Every single one of them has gone above and beyond for Ezra in some way; always having his back, being his friend, smacking him upside the head when he needed to be, mentoring him, listening to him, making him the great guy he is today, and many other things I could mention. I mean dude look at Kanan, doing the very un-proper-Jedi-like thing of fatherly-hugging him! Ezra’s parents cannot be replaced, and we will miss them greatly, but he is not without family. Family that isn’t flesh-and-blood, but is just as precious and rare a gift. I hope that didn’t sound cheesy because I meant every word of that. OK wow so… *AWKWARD SEGUE*
We later find Ezra sitting alone on the peak, gazing at the moons and without a doubt feeling blue. And ermagosh that music tho… *sniffs again*. And then in the dark comes light. Ezra finds himself standing before a beautiful glittering pre-Empire Lothal. And then to his right stands his dad, and to the left his mom. They let him know how proud they are, and encourage him to keep up the good work. And most importantly, remind him there is always hope. Even now. Ezra always held out for hope for his parents, even when he didn’t want to admit it. And here and now, with the hope of reuniting with his family seemingly dashed, he finds hope once more. Beautiful man. So beautiful. And like that, the beautiful vision disappears. Ezra isn’t sure what to make of what happened, and Kanan explains well that nothing truly dies in the Force, that his parents will always be with him. And we know that Ezra’s Rebel family will remain by his side as well… as long as there are stars in the galaxy.
So AHH FEELS FEELS FEELS. Ermagoshh OK I’m done now. Wish me luck with getting this blog back in order.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: The Siege Of Lothal

So here we are… all these months later, finally digging into the start of Rebels Season 2! I can’t begin to tell you how awesome this feels… the fact I am sitting here writing about this amazing episode… the fact that we have reunited with the Ghost family… just how much we’ve been through in this past episode… it’s all kinds of WOW. So wish me luck this is gonna be a long blog and I’m so much fangirling right now it’ll be a miracle if this post makes any sense XP
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode V, Episode VI, TCW episode The Wrong Jedi, Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Call To Action, Fire Across The Galaxy and The Siege Of Lothal.

Title image for Rebel Transmission 201

So it was an ordinary sort of day for our Rebels as we catch them in the middle of a scuffle with the Empire, but there is something new in this familiar (but wonderfully so) scenario — they’ve brought some new friends, the Phoenix squad. The Phoenix dudes know a thing or two about knockin’ down TIE fighters and flyin’ A-wings (if I am wrong forgive me), and Hera’s glad to have some helping hands around. Kanan voices some disagreement on that matter hidden in the form of banter, but that conversation didn’t last for long because well, TIEs. Ezra’s doing awesome manning the turret, though Zeb’s not doing quite as good at holding his balance when Hera makes a few sharp turns XD Sabine’s at the Phantom‘s controls and getting those Imperial crates loose with flying colors (I don’t think there’s a phrase that suits her better 🙂 ). Chopper is also a victim of Hera’s sharp turns as flails about in the Ghost‘s cockpit. Ah I tell ya this is the best way they could’ve opened this episode… getting us right on in with the Ghost crew doing their thang! You get this thrilling battle, Ezra’s enthusiasm, Sabine’s natural flair, Hera and Kanan’s adorableness, Zeb and Chopper bringing a couple of laughs, and all of that awesomeness in the first couple minutes! Oh but just as Hera was about to grab those crates, two Star Destroyers crash the party! Ezra appropriately drops the “k-word” to that. Sabine helps one of the Phoenixes with getting a TIE of his tail. The command ship’s under fire and Commander Sato’s not lovin’ the turn this battle just took. The Ghost manages to grab those crates at the last second and just like that the mini-Alliance is headin’ home into hyperspace. A win for today!
Now, it’s safe to say that a certain Prime Minister wasn’t having any wins today. All eyes look to Lothal’s Imperial gal-in-charge to get those Rebels under control. Tarkin’s mad after he lost that ship of his to the rebel scum, Kallus is seemingly enjoying throwing all this pressure on her, and oh yeah DARTH VADER has some choice words. Ohh yes the Darth don’t play. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get what he wants. Tua’s not sure what exactly she’s supposed to do about all of this. But Vader’s all “you can tell that to General Tarkin when you visit him.” BOOM DROP THE MIC. She tries to use her standings to get her out of this but Kallus leaves her with a rather chilling “don’t worry, we’ll manage in your absence.”. *Shudders* Much yikes. Poor poor Minister Tua! She may’ve been one persnickety Imperial in the past, but I can’t help but feel bad for her in this mess. On another note, it’s kinda funny that Kallus seems to be placing himself on the same level as Vader… somehow I get the feeling that Lord Vader’ll be the end of the agent ultimately. Y’know Kallus if you’re thinking of retiring it might be a good time to do so… because as we see, quitting is kinda… impossible in this business…
Meanwhile, the Ghost crew was at a mini-Alliance meeting with Sato and Tano (sorry I’m just gonna keep calling them the “mini-Alliance” right now XD ), discussing the end results of the mission, which apparently wasn’t a total win ’cause there weren’t any shield generators in those crates, something the Phoenix guys could most certainly use. Ahsoka throws in some of her trademark optimism with a hopeful “maybe next time”. And then in runs Chopper with a transmission. Sato don’t like the interruption, but Kanan, all-too bored with the meeting, is more than glad for the distraction. Hera shoots him a death glare, Kanan gives her this face that says “yeah and whatchu gon’ do bout it?” XD Hera consents to at least a one-way transmission. Old Jho comes on with a… friend… that friend being Maketh Tua. Kanan isn’t interested in what she’s got to say, but Hera’s willing to hear her out. Tua really really wants to get off Lothal ASAP and she’s willing to trade secret Imperial intel for such. She is completely and utterly done with the Empire, and Ezra can sense her fear and knows she’s not lying. If that’s not enough, she knows why exactly the Empire came to Lothal, and it’s Emperor-ordered kinda stuff. Oooooh intrigue! Whilst the Rebels discuss among themselves what the best move is, Ezra is the first to step up and agree to help her. And with that, the Ghost crew and the Phoenixes follow. Help is on the way! But oh ho ho Hera is not done with her copilot. Ahsoka’s expression as Hera storms off after Kanan seems to say “psh good luck bro” XP As soon as the Captain catches up to him in the hallway, she starts laying down some choice words (and another Rebel sorta weaves around them with a “I am so not getting involved in whatever this is” expression on his face XD ). Kanan rather has a problem with being part of a militant group; he liked it better doing his own thing when it comes to fighting the Empire. Hera literally has him backed up against the wall to try and get it through his head why this is a good thing, I mean these guys did kinda save his life (and ultimately all of theirs). But he’s just not comfortable with the idea of getting mixed up with another war after what conspired during the Clone Wars. Hera softens her approach a bit after this. It’s easy to see both sides of this, to get Hera’s logic, but also hurt for all the hurt Kanan’s been through. And at the same time I can’t help but devour their honesty with each other and the bond they have. My heart melts the way she puts her hand on his arm… :3 Well that sure took a rabbit trail, didn’t it now? I’m sorry, but that’s how my mind works… I observe something squee-worthy, I talk about said squee-worthy something! I can’t deny that part of me! OK so anyway Ezra witnessed a bit of their conversation, and I have to wonder what he’s thinking, as Ezra seems really into this not-fighting-alone thing. It’ll be interesting if we see his loyalties challenged later on in the series, if Ezra ever finds himself potentially choosing between Master Jarrus and the rest of the Rebels. Food for thought indeed. But elsewhere, things are heading in a southerly direction… as in the quiet of the Lothal Imperial Complex as Tua casually walks out of her office, she doesn’t see Kallus sending off his good friend an Imperial Probe Droid in her direction. Hoo boyyy.
So now the Rebs are off, this time in a shuttle with Chopper driving (which as you can imagine everyone questions). Hehe Chopper totally takes his piloting job seriously. “HEY AS LONG AS I’M DRIVIN’ I AIN’T TAKIN’ ANY OF YOUR BACKTALK KIDS! Now, please remain seated, we are about to depart.” XD Well, this is the kinda thing you’ve gotta do when the Empire knows who you are. So Ezra’s got the plan down as to when and where they’re picking up Minister Tua. Zeb and Sabine voice again their uncertainties over all of this and why they’re even bothering to help someone who gave them so much crud in the past. Ezra’s answer is incredibly tear-jerking awesome: “Because that’s what we do, we help people”. Regardless of who they are and what they’ve done, Ezra doesn’t change his mission, he will help those who need help. Hera gives him a “proud parent” smile, and I basically start sobbing because that is so so amazing. It’s only been a handful of episodes and look how the boy’s grown already! I am digging on this somewhat newfound optimism; I guess it’s only natural after facing impossible odds and even the possibility of your own demise and finding out you’re part of something greater. He came out of it with a scar, but at the same time, he came out of it with a new attitude! OK enough feely rambling… it’s about to get real as they come back to the home planet. As they begin their descent, Ezra is hit by an unfamiliar feeling… one that leaves him… cold. Sgain *shudders*. And on top of that, Ezra can’t help but notice the sudden spike in the number of Star Destroyers in the docking bay. Clearly their last stunt got them even more attention than they thought. Yeah this has “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” written allllll over it (Anyone notice that I don’t think one character has spoken those words since the show began? Seems odd, doesn’t it?). But the show must go on. As they’re sneaking through the alleys, they’ve got a few white-armored problems standing in their way. Kanan’s solution? FRIENDSHIP! OK not exactly. He took a second to get chummy with an old Stormtrooper “buddy” and then pulled out the fists. As far as Kanan’s concerned, being a Rebel doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun once in a while! And just like that, Master Jarrus is now donning the buckethead’s duds. Classic move, my brotha! Ezra punctuates the moment in the best way… “I’m kinda jealous all I’ve got is the helmet!” XD XD
So while Kanan scoped around down below, Hera, Ezra, and Sabine took to the upper levels. And it seems they’ve got a new problem… it seems Kallus didn’t just send a probe droid along, but he also managed to give the Minister an escort. Looks like that was the most uncomfortable drive ever. Yeesh if Kallus wasn’t an absolute jerk before he’s become even more so as of late… I betcha he knew all of what Vader was planning beforehand, hence all of those ominous, foreboding statements and creepy smiles. Though he has no clue that there’s one buckethead out there who’s not like the rest… and then Sabine makes the first move and starts sending out some laserfire! Once she starts, everyone gets in on it, Rebels and ‘troopers and jerk ISBN agents alike! In the midst of the chaos, our heroes send the Minister off to their getaway shuttle. And they were almost home free when that very shuttle — with Minister Tua on it — goes up in smoke. Even with all the trouble she’s helped cause, I admittedly was saddened by her loss. She was probably the least jerky Imperial we’ve seen the entire series, and the fact she ultimately chose the right path — even if it was a little too late — is pretty noble. I applaud you, Maketh Tua, for being a pretty awesome Imperial. She will be missed. Yeah just like with Aresko and Grint, you kinda can’t help but feel bad for them, I think because we see just how cruel the Empire works. You’re always at the mercy of someone greater, someone crueler, someone with no mercy, and that “someone” will end your life if they see fit to do so, and when you’ve got Sith and Sith-y sorts involved, it’s inevitable. It’s understandable as to why our heroes can’t help but look on in shock and dismay. And as the Rebels work to avoid Kallus and the rest of the ‘troopers, they don’t see the terrifying, dark presence watching from above… and as they make their getaway, the return of Kallus’ chilling smile. And their getaway doesn’t last for long as a walker takes aim at their shuttle. I’d say that today was not a win for them. Especially since the crew’s now on the lam more than ever with the death of the Prime Minister apparently on their hands. All as Lord Vader predicted…
The Ghost crew finds shelter for the moment in the Bridgers’ place. Hera believes their best move now is to leave Lothal behind for good. Ezra, however, wants to find some way to show Lothal the truth, about them and about the Empire. But that looks like it won’t be happening anytime soon because in come a slew of Stormtroopers knockin’ the door down! Chopper fights back the best he can, zapping one buckethead and sealing the door shut, but there’s not much he can do against thermal detonators. I think it’s safe to say Ezra’s old home is no longer 😦 Without many options, our Rebels decide their best bet is to break for the Imperial Complex and grab a ship there. Oh the way Ezra looked back at his house… I can’t even 😥 “Guess there is no going home.”
Mission “Get Off Of Lothal Alive” is a go. Kanan, still in his ‘trooper suit, and Ezra, back in his old cadet uniform, are making their way in. A suspicious buckethead causes some problems, but nothing a good ol’ fashioned Jedi mind trick won’t help, at least when done by a “professional” like Kanan. You know if mind tricks only work on the weak-minded, then the Empire really should consider hiring some smarter people. You’d think of all people Vader would know this, but I suppose he doesn’t screen all their employees. Nevertheless, it’s a good thing they don’t hire strong-minded folks ’cause Kanan and Ezra had some important cargo to get in — the rest of their crew. Zeb took it like a man NOT 😛 I was thinking at first “It’s nice to know claustrophobic people like me exist in the SW Universe!” and then he drops one of his best lines ever “What? I need to breathe! Have you smelled me?!” XD 😆 But he’s back in his element once he can squish a couple of ‘troopers again. Looks like this plan’s gone quite well. Perhaps today could at least be a little bit of a win for them. On top of that, they find a whole bunch of military-grade shield generators just lying around waiting to be used by the mini-Alliance! Ka-win! They were this close to their ride off this rock… and then Kanan and Ezra stopped dead in their tracks. That cold presence again. It’s Darth Vader. Our heroes don’t know this guy as well as we do, but with a red lightsaber and his helmet putting off a dark, soulless, deadly vibe, they just know they’re in trouble. Man oh man I remember seeing the season 2 trailer for the first time and just how much this terrified me. I’m all “aw dang someone’s gonna die this season”. I mean, a couple of padawans are completely NBD to Vader. Kanan and Ezra put up quite a fight, but throwing them around is as easy as (or perhaps in his case, easier than) breathing for the dark lord. I’m not sure I’ve ever feared for a character’s life more than when Vader pinned Ezra against the walker and slowly used the Force to aim his own lightsaber at his throat. OK that’s probably not the only time (do we even need to discuss the events of the TCW season 5 finale?), but you get what I mean! If you say you were completely not worried about Ezra you are a liar. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again IT IS A SHEER MIRACLE ANYONE SURVIVED THIS. Kanan was lucky to only have his shoulder grazed. Sabine was lucky to only have her armor damaged. The Vader of Star Wars Rebels is the stuff of nightmares. He’s in his prime here, no son to make him question himself yet, just a whole lot of angry in there. HE LITERALLY SURVIVES GETTING HIT BY A COLLAPSED WALKER. And nothing comes off more terrifying than something you (seemingly) can’t defeat. You can definitely see the difference between what a guy with a red lightsaber can do as versus what an actual Sith can do. And even though the Rebels manage to get away with their lives… Darth has complete confidence he’s still got this.
The whole debacle still has the Rebels reeling. I mean, fighting a Sith Lord is not what you would call an everyday occurrence, and Kanan knows just how fortunate their escape was. And the cold hard fact is they still have really no way offworld as long as Vader and the rest of the Empire’s on their tail. But Hera hatches a brilliant idea, perhaps a certain smuggler can help. A certain smuggler who, at the suggestion, gets a big fat “NO” from the boys 🙂 Yeah you know who that would be!
Back in the Imperial Complex, Vader too has a “brilliant idea” (at least from his point of view). Whether or not it would ultimately lead them to the Rebels, he wants Tarkintown burned. GASP! He’s gonna hurt innocent lives just so he can mess with the compassion-driven help-anyone-who-needs-help Ghost family! Because I’ve seen so much of the good Anakin has done as of late and because I know he redeems himself ultimately, I admit sometimes I don’t consider Vader so much as a straight-up villain as a misguided hero-turned-villain. But man… this really reminds me that he really can be a straight-up, cruel, merciless villain. At this juncture, it doesn’t matter what he’s done or who he will be, right now he’s pretty much all bad. BOO VADER! WHY YOU GOTTA DO THAT?!
On a much, much lighter note, yep, the Rebels called up Lando Calrissian! The bro seems pleased to have gotten a transmission from the captain. Kanan’s the first to point out this a business call XD It takes a little convincing to get Lando to give them a hand (and a promise of three of those shield generators), but he agrees and puts them in the capable hands of his droid back at his place. And yes I happen to love that his droid rocks a Texas drawl… I think that’s a first for SW! 😀 But while they’re there, Ezra sees smoke rising from a distance. He doesn’t hesitate for a minute to grab a speederbike and follow it. And at the other end lies smoldering rubble where Tarkintown once lied. The very town where Ezra started to question what it meant to help others. Everyone is gone. They’re Imperial prisoners, but considering how the Empire works, I don’t think that’s much better than if they had just killed them. TEARS. SO MANY TEARS. But even in all of this, Ezra still holds out for hope that they can still fight this. Kanan has his doubts in the midst of such a difficult situation, but Ezra isn’t afraid to do the right thing. Again, WOW, Ezra you are amazing in this episode. I mean, he’s always amazing, but seeing him taking this stance, seeing hope in the midst of destruction… that’s not easy for anyone to do, and yet he does it. Oh, how he’s grown up! I’m sorry let’s get on to the next scene before I start crying again– whoops, too late. So anyway, plan B for Mission “Get Off Lothal Alive” involves some old transponders Sabine wired to give off the same signals as their shuttle, to confuse the Imperials as they try to get offworld (“Sounds like a lousy Lando plan” “It’s my plan, just his gear” “Sounds like a lousy Sabine plan” “Better than Lando’s!” XD ). It does work for a bit, but the Imperials are cleverer than they look and they send out some TIEs to take care of the extra signals. But as soon as they figure out which signal’s the real one, our heroes dash off down hyperspace lane! They’re home free! Though Kanan’s still unsure about being a member of the mini-Alliance, he’s outvoted on this one. The Ghost crew’s next move is back with the Phoenixes.
Admiral Konstantine was probably terrified to make that call to Vader to tell him the Rebels escaped. I half-expected Darth would do his thing and give him a good Force-choking, but he’s chill and struts off to his ship. As we find out from Kallus, that particular shuttle’s got a tracking device on it. This sinks in as the scene comes to an end. Minimal dialogue, no score, 100% chilling.
Yeah just when we thought they’d be home free, Chopper happens to take notice of the transmitter. Not really the first thing you want to say to Sato and Tano when you run into the conference room. And guess who the first guest to show up to the party is? Darth Vader. The Phoenix crew thought one TIE alone was no big deal… emphasis on “thought”. Two fighters are down and Vader has no problem hitting the command ship where it hurts. Hera’s the first to get involved, and the rest of the Ghost team follows, with Ahsoka in tow. Ah it felt so so good seeing her smile as she asks “mind if I tag along?”! She’s grown up, but she has not lost that optimism of hers that is among many reasons she’s such an incredible character 🙂 And on top of that, seeing her interact with Ezra and all the Rebels is just so stinkin’ cool! It’s more than I could have ever asked to see in this awesome series! OK putting the fangirl button on pause now. We’ve got a battle to fight. Vader downs another two Phoenixes, and it’s go time for our heroes. I love it when Hera says “OK kids, make mom and dad proud” 😀 Aw nuts I hit the “play” button on my fangirl remote again! Sorry *hits pause*. The command ship is just about done for, and it’s all up to the Ghost now. Ahsoka can tell that whoever’s flying that ship is pretty strong with the Force. And I think it’s safe to say those of us in the audience held our breath as she reached out with the Force to uncover this guy’s identity. I mean, I had no clue we’d be seeing their worlds collide just yet. It’s one of those things you know is inevitable but you just don’t see coming when it does happen. Ezra recognizes the pilot as that Sith Lord they fought earlier. And Ahsoka… I think she just recognizes him period. And Vader recognizes her. We all know it was pretty horrifying for Luke to find out his dad’s a dark lord, but imagine how it must feel for Ahsoka! Luke found that out at the last minute, but Ahsoka spent years with him. She and Anakin were like brother and sister, they fought together, he taught her almost everything she knows, they laughed and cried together, and saved each other’s lives many times. In some ways, this reveal is more heartwrenching to experience than Luke’s. I know that’s a very controversial statement, but just put yourself in Ahsoka’s shoes, regardless of how she felt when she left the Jedi Order. Not to steal thunder from Episode V, of course, both reveals are different and terrifying in their own way. You know what? Perhaps it’s just safer to say they were equally terrifying and world-rocking reveals. Disregard the whole “more than” thing. Any way you spin it it’s a hard truth to swallow. Whether Ahsoka knows for absolute absolute certain who’s flying that TIE or not, knowing anything at all knocked her out like a light. At this point, it’s looking like the mini-Alliance’s best option is to make a run for it, especially when a few Star Destroyers join the party. And now Vader’s very very interested in finding out who’s aboard that ship. At least this gives the rest of the mini-Alliance a chance to abandon ship safely. Hera’s escape plan is absolute genius, though… she hits the hyperspace just as the Star Destroyers were zeroing in on them, and guess who’s in the Imperial Fleet’s path now? No one important just LORD VADER!! Konstantine’s shocked face is priceless XD They managed to turn off their targeting before they fry their boss, but yeah somebody’s getting a whole lotta Force chokin’ tonight… but forget the random Imperials our Rebels live to fight another day!
Later on, in the quiet of the Ghost, Ahsoka decides to talk a little with her fellow Jedi about whoever this Sith is. Ahsoka claims she doesn’t know who the guy is, though I suppose “from a certain point of view” she could mean she doesn’t know who he is as versus who he was, if that makes any sense. So in that case I wouldn’t say she’s lying. But regardless, both Ahsoka and Kanan know that this guy is something they haven’t tangled with since the Clone Wars, and it won’t be the last time they’ll tangle with him. Ezra’s still all gung-ho for fighting back, and then Kanan drops a lovely piece of Gandalfian wisdom: “We must find the strength to fight; the greater courage is knowing when not to fight”. EPIC. Hera and the rest of the crew walk in then, making it clear “we’ll be beside you either way” 🙂 AWW FEELZ! Ahsoka smiles, clearly glad to have such amazing cohorts. But while the Ghost team exchanges a happy moment, Ahsoka still has to come to grips with a very painful reality… that her teacher, her friend, her “big brother”… has gone to the dark side.
Elsewhere, Vader was having a similar conversation with the Emperor. Now that he knows his apprentice lives, Vader and Sidious see this as a new opportunity, as she could potentially lead them to more remaining Jedi. For now, they’ll leave the job of hunting down the Rebels to a new inquisitor. All I can say to that is “May the Force be with you, Rebs… always. SERIOUSLY. Especially now.”
And thus the second season of this amazing show has blown all our minds! So much so it took me two days to write all this! But YAYYY REBELS! Only a few months until the show is back officially! I’ll be watching all the reruns a million times until then! So thank you for joining me… this was fun! Until next post…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

TIM Recap: Sixteen Strikes Back & Duel Of The Eights

And the battle for this year’s coolest character rages on! Things are definitely getting interesting as we start coming down to the wire on this one. It’s time once again to analyze the how and why behind my picks, an especially interesting area since I stink at picking favorites! So let’s begin as we look into the next two rounds in Sixteen Strikes Back and Duel Of The Eights! And remember, these guys are really all my favorites, so if our choices differ, it doesn’t mean I love the other character any less 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, the TCW episode Shades Of Reason, and the Rebels episode Call To Action

DAY NINE: R2-D2 VS. LEIA/TARKIN VS. GRIEVOUS

The voting’s always hardest during the first round, but by the second round it gets a bit easier. Though Artoo has beat out Leia every year they’ve gone up against each other, it’s still a pretty difficult decision. Aside from the fact I can’t look at that little droid and not want to hug his dome off, otherwise making him one of those characters I can’t vote against, Artoo stood his ground and made certain to deliver that message to Obi-Wan that kicked off the whole thing. And may we mention how many times he’s saved Leia’s parents on top of all the things he did to help save her and her comrades now? Leia’s an incredibly epic hero in her own right, but R2-D2’s no stranger to the hero game himself, and he just wins at it. So that’s my lame excuse that helped me slim down my answer. It’s nothing personal Leia… Artoo gets voted over a lot of characters.
The bad guys bracket was definitely an interesting run. One’s a quiet evil and the other’s a blatant evil. How do you pick when either way you wouldn’t want to cross them? It took great lengths to bring both dudes down (two words: serious firepower), and both knew how intimidate others, command battles, throw around deadly weaponry, and snuff out lights in terrifying (but awesome) ways. But somehow… the way the Governor does what he does makes him stand out a bit from the General. Plus, there’s something to be said for his classy way of smacktalking his minions and enemies… Grievous had a habit of just yelling when words failed him, while Tarkin’s words never failed him. Ah well, good on ya Tarkin for showing that brain can out-cool brawn!

DAY TEN: OBI-WAN VS. YODA/BOBA VS. JANGO

I don’t know how he’s doing it but Obi-Wan just beat Yoda again! I’m glad I’m not the only one who wants to give this “old desert rat who was once a leader in galactic wars” some love! You could still justify a vote for Yoda by the fact that Yoda trained Obi-Wan, but yeah Obi-Wan did still convince Yoda to train Luke so that’s a lotta win. Eh it’s a tough vote sometimes, but Master Kenobi’s just an awesome one… and again, virtually impossible for me to vote against. He won once, it will be interesting to see if he wins again.
And yes one of the most difficult votes of all! Picking the greater of two Fetts! They’re both so awesome and at the same time still didn’t see the lightsaber or the sarlacc coming. They are the two founding Mandos and a good majority of the reason we love Mandos as much as we do! But voting for Boba wasn’t hard ultimately… we know more of his story and see more of his doings in the SW stories (though it will be interesting to see if future canonical SW literature regarding both Fetts will tip the scale in any way, if I might find myself liking Jango more or liking Boba more), and plus… well, you know. Boba is definitely one of those bad guys who’s hard to vote against.

DAY ELEVEN: HAN VS. CHEWBACCA/VADER VS. MAUL
TIM Han & Vader
Another really really hard vote that seems easy at first but still feels hard. Choosing between Han and Chewie’s like choosing between two sides of the same Twix bar: they’re both amazing and two of my fave guys in the SW universe, how can you choose between two halves of one awesome team?! Buuuuuuut Han… darn it his wit and sarc and charm and awesome is hard to beat! So he has this habit of winning a lot. If I’m not able to blog next week you’ll know it’s because Chewie ripped my arms off. If so, sorry in advance!
As for the Darths, that vote was easy. Admittedly, Maul has a lot in vein of the coolness factor. Double-bladed lightsaber, and pretty epic with a single-blade later on, amazingly epic fightin’ moves, the whole Dathomir thing going on… but Vader’s just so quintessentially awesome! Maul might be frighteningly unpredictable, but Vader is just surrounded by an aura of bad guy coolness! I’ve voted for Maul over Vader before on account that he’s not so easily redeemed, but I decided to give it to the slightly cooler of the two this time.

DAY TWELVE: JAR JAR VS. REX/JABBA VS. VIZSLA

OK so again, I wasn’t going to give it to Jar Jar just because I figured he wouldn’t be most folks’ first choice, even though he’s awesome. True, he technically outranks Captain Rex, but I recently rewatched the Umbara storyarc and my heart just about broke for him and his bros so I just had to give it to him. Yes this is why I wouldn’t be a good Jedi because my emotions do often cloud my judgement. But you go watch those episodes again and see if you can vote against him next round! Oh wait… he went up against Han… who I can’t vote against… never mind Han won that. I’M SORREH REX!!
It’s funny how things work with Pre Vizsla… on the first round, I typically vote against him, but usually he moves up anyway and I end up voting for him in the second round. Honestly I’m not sure how he lost to Jabba, considering he’s a Mandalorian for crying out loud! But Jabba happens to be a fan favorite to even those who consistently watch animated SW, so the Hutt had an advantage, even though I still think Pre’s got a tad more drive. Admittedly he didn’t probably live as long either but eh it’s hard to pick sometimes with bad guys. But as far as who’s the badder, I admit that Jabba does have it a little more since he just feeds people to rancors for fun. So the question is what’s worse… having a lot of attitude and carrying a darksaber or having a lot of attitude and throwing folks to the rancors? I think it might be a draw, really.

DAY THIRTEEN: OBI-WAN VS. R2-D2/TARKIN VS. BOBA
TIM Obi-Wan & Boba Fett
The Duel Of The Eights started with some tricky decisions. The SW Universe leaves us with many questions that may never be answered… what do all the Mortis episodes mean? Where is Yoda’s homeworld? And why is it Obi-Wan trumps Artoo in the battle of characters that I can’t vote against?! If we’re keeping score, Artoo did technically save Obi-Wan’s life first back in Episode I, and technically Obi-Wan has made a few “loose wire” jokes about this obviously amazing droid, so scientifically I should’ve gone with R2-D2, but le sigh I couldn’t go against Master Kenobi. Also it didn’t help I also recently rewatched the whole slave trade debacle in TCW again and I hurt for all the blows he took in the course of those episodes so once again I had to give it to him. Psh I’m such a softie.
Now choosing between Tarkin and Boba was really really hard. Because obviously in the battle of who’s nastier, Tarkin’s totally got this. Just go and unbiasedly watch Episode V and the Rebels episode Call To Action and see for yourself. But ugh I literally was blinded by Fett’s complete coolness and caved in and voted for him. HE’S JUST THAT COOL PEOPLE.

DAY FOURTEEN: HAN VS. REX/VADER VS. JABBA

Yup as I just said a couple paragraphs ago I couldn’t vote against Han. Ugh next year I’m totally going to do a scientific study on characters before I vote for them, but I betcha I’ll still go and vote for guys like Han again. But c’mon you guys you know he’s awesome! And hey Watto challenged us to vote on account to whether we’re more rule-followers or rule-breakers. I’m more of the first one but again, Han! He’s virtually impossible to vote against and you and I both know it! And frankly, Vader vs. Jabba was pretty much a clean sweep. Sorry but Jabba doesn’t have a cool helmet and that’s obviously the only deciding factor in this! jk not really. Still though… Vader can’t help but win 🙂

So who will make it to the championship round? Who will bring home the win this year? We the Star Wars fans are the ones who will decide as such and I can’t wait to share the end results with you next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Reveling In Rebels: A Season One Recap, Part 2

So this is a continuation of last week’s blog, in which I spazzed my head off over Star Wars Rebels. Read the first part here. Spoiler warnings on that post still apply here. Don’t read if you haven’t seen the entirety of Rebels Season One! Preferably you should’ve seen all the movies, too…

So where was I? Oh yeah the incredible two-parter that is Empire Day and Gathering Forces! Yes I’ll never forget how my jaw dropped at the end of Empire Day and how I practically grabbed the screen and yelled “‘TO BE CONTINUED’?! AHHH I DON’T THINK I CAN WAIT ANOTHER WEEK TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS!!” OK that was mostly on the inside but I’m pretty sure the expression on my face sure looked it. It’s funny how, after watching tons of episodes of The Clone Wars that were multi-part cliffhangers, I wasn’t suspecting Rebels to do one so soon! But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. These episodes are just chock-full of epicness. It’s not every day you find yourself on the run from The Inquisitor and Agent Kallus, trying to save the Rodian who knew too much, while uncovering a difficult chunk of your past, and shortly thereafter figuring out letting go and forgiveness while staring down Fyrnocks! Yeah has anyone else really thought about the fact that all of these events happened in one day? Oh, and if you didn’t already hear, the freaky but incredibly cool realization that Ezra shares an exact birthday with Luke and Leia! Dang that still blows my mind! But yeah it’s almost impossible to try and reiterate all of these episodes’ awesomeness in one paragraph. But yeah they really got us a bit teary-eyed both ways and set the stage for the events to come, as things get more and more intense and we further dig into Ezra’s past. And there is still so much more to be uncovered in the seasons to come! Is that not mind-blowing?! Oh, and am I the only one still wondering what exactly Tseebo told Hera about the Bridgers? Or am I just dumb and didn’t pick up on something obvious?
Then the epicness continued with Path Of The Jedi. This episode… ah man it’s still as incredible as the day I first saw it! It’s pretty much the definition of an emotional rollercoaster, as the first half of Ezra’s trial is downright terrifying, and then the second half contrasts that with feelings of peace, hope, and victory. Getting to see Ezra grow up in this one is just too great. Especially when he gets that lightsaber crystal… I pretty much exploded with excitement 🙂 It’s not an easy road to that super-feely ending though… Path Of The Jedi just keeps on keeping you guessing. I know I for one had some trouble figuring out what was real life and what wasn’t sometimes! But after all these fearful visions, after all these moments of hopelessness, uncertainty, tears, and anger… there is still light. Specifically, Yoda in the form of light. Which yeah you and I both know that was one of the most epic things ever 🙂 Wow… just wow… I don’t know if I can say anything else that hasn’t been said before about this episode. It’s just… one of… the most… amazing. ^w^
And then Lando showed up in Idiot’s Array! Oh boy that was a fun one! And Lando’s role in this episode couldn’t be more perfect! Seeing his swaggyness colliding with our Rebs was an absolute treat. Plus, we get to see more of Hera being awesome. Hehe the way she suckerpunched Lando… XD Sorry Lando but that was one of the highlights of this episode! This adventure’s absolutely a classic, no questions. And we can only hope to run into Mr. Calrissian again in the future, because we can’t forget that this guy’s gonna be a Rebel himself someday down the road 🙂
Oh and who could’ve seen it coming on Vision Of Hope? Seriously I didn’t see it coming! But did anyone else? Well if you did don’t rub it in, k? But even amidst Trayvis’ betrayal, we get plenty of great moments with the Ghost gang and are reminded that it’s never wrong to hope, because hope gives us strength even in the dark times. And hey, it was about time the galaxy got some real hope on the air, and one episode later… Ezra would be the one to deliver that. But I’m not the only one who’s silently rooting for Gall Trayvis to redeem himself, right? What, just me? Well, we’ll just have to see, I suppose… it’ll definitely be interesting seeing where his story goes.
AND ERMAGOSH THE FINALE. Where do I begin?! Call To Action left me with such feels I about hugged my screen. Tarkin proved himself to be one terrifying adversary in ways I couldn’tve imagined. Ezra’s simple but powerful “Rebel Transmission” got me crying. And Kanan… gosh I was so scared for him, yet it made me love him even more because of just how brave he was. I went into this episode having no clue as to what massive thing was about to shake down, and I couldn’t help but hang on to every word and every moment. Rebel Resolve reminded us just how pivotal Kanan is to the crew as Ezra, Zeb, Sabine, and Chopper are willing to do whatever it takes to get him back. Literally whatever, since they went to Vizago of all people! The second part just reiterates just how strong the bond is between our Rebels. And I absolutely adore Chopper’s heroism in this one… it’s not the first time we’ve seen our favorite little C1-1OP stand up in a time of need, but it’s definitely one of the most dangerous times he’s had to do so. Oh, and again, wishing the best for our Imperial droid friend… hopefully king of the Lothcats about now. Though seriously Chopper no one deserves what you did to him! XD
Then there was Fire Across The Galaxy. I’m still reeling from how many feels I got gutpunched with and how much my mind got blown. Seeing how everything came together, how everything led up to it… words can’t adequately describe. Which is kinda a problem for me since I’m writing a blog and all! 😛 But yeah… the incredible heroism Ezra and Kanan showed, the courage of the rest of our crew as they literally go and fly a neon TIE into a battle zone, the amazing fact that our Rebels are no longer alone in their fight, and obviously AHSOKA being Fulcrum… it’s a recipe for pure amazing awesomeness. The term “awesomeness” may be a smidge overused, but I mean it in the true sense of the word… that it leaves me in complete and utter awe, and I know for a fact that it’s the same for all of my fellow fans. COMPLETE AND UTTER AWE. Oh, and Darth Vader showing up, can’t forget about that! Those darkened red eyes in that helmet… the sound of his breath… the flow of that cape… even Kallus is kinda all “Yikes… I almost feel bad for those Rebels… but not really.”! It just flat-out gives you chills, don’t it? Vader means business and he won’t be so easy for our “Rebel Scum” to evade. Yeah, seriously. CHILLS. And seeing Ahsoka again… still one of the most amazing things ever. The cool thing is, back when I was starting to get into SW more and more, I gravitated to Ahsoka pretty quickly. She reminded me of myself, for one thing. But I could also relate to her because she, like me that early on in the SW fandom, didn’t totally understand everything going on around her with all the war and politics and stuff. Ahsoka was a key to understanding a lot of that. And as I started to watch the TCW more and more, as she grew up, my level of SW fandom and knowledge grew with her. So now… seeing Ahsoka all grown up and leading the Rebel Alliance… it’s just incredible. It’s more than I ever could’ve hoped for her! And I can see a bit of a reflection, as somehow, someway, I know enough about Star Wars that I’m sitting here, writing about it on a weekly basis. And every time I read an old blog, I realize just how much I’ve “grown up”, in a way, as well. And then I get all nostalgic and get a case of the feels remembering this amazing journey I’ve had learning and loving SW!
Well now I’ve gotten a bit off-point, but I don’t want to repeat myself all over again from the Transmission I did on this one. I just stinkin’ love this show and being in this fandom! Rebels has made such an impact on my life, as it truly is the first thing in SW I’ve been able to be a part of since day one. Throughout all the highs and lows, the ups and downs, every victory and every defeat, these six amazing individuals stand for others, stand up for what’s right, and stand together. And that, my friends, is just one of the reasons this show is as incredible as it is. Their journey has indeed just begun. And I definitely can’t wait to rejoin our heroes in the months to come 🙂
And thus endeth my dorky fangirling. For now…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight