All righty, it’s time for another Rebel Transmission! Not that this is a surprise since this is the usual posting pattern from fall through spring. But yes still fun tho. Today we’re digging into the Legends Of The Lasat and all its awesomeness. So don’t be The Fool… let’s take a few minutes to look deeper into this wonderful episode, and do so with a childlike spirit 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Droids In Distress, Brothers Of The Broken Horn, A Princess On Lothal, and Legends Of The Lasat.
So the first thing we learn today is that “Lasat” is plural and singular. I kinda wish this had been clarified earlier considering I’ve been referring to them as “lasats” in every other blog I’ve written. Not that there’ve been a lot of times I’ve had to use it plural, considering for a while, “the most wonderful thing about Zeb is that he’s the only one” (Sorry). But this episode shows us that indeed we all have a lot to learn about SW these days. Ezra’s taking the lead today on a rescue mission to help a couple of folks definitely not on the Empire’s good side. He doesn’t quite divulge who gave him the tip, but that’s not a big deal, right? Chopper doesn’t pick up on anything from his old-school-cell-phone-looking transmitter (which I’m pretty sure should lead to quite a few phone-themed memes), which only adds to the feeling of suspish going around today. The Ghost crew turns around a corner and suddenly spots a couple of storms and an Imperial, urging on their prisoners. Prisoners, who Zeb notices both have striped-lavender-gray paw-like feet. That’s because these two refugees are straight-up lasat! This episode is all kinds of exciting and intriguing as we get a chance to learn more about Zeb and where he came from. When we first got to meet the Ghost family all that time ago, though we didn’t know any of their backstories, we had some idea as to where they came from and how that might influence them as people. Coruscant, Lothal, Mandalore, Ryloth. And even though we have no clue where Chop came from, it’s easy to figure some sort of idea. But we knew nothing of the Lasat or of Lasan. Not until the second episode did we uncover a shred of Zeb’s backstory and an idea of his homeworld. But yet it remained, and still does remain, very much a mystery. So yeah I was psyched to finally learn what’s going on with these awesome cat-monkey people XD Sorry sorry that wasn’t fair I know. So Zeb and company tear into those ‘troopers and their boss the awesome way they do. And that’s when Hondo strut on in. YAAAS ALL THE HONDO!! Pirate bro was clever and wheeled a deal with the Empire that worked out well for him and the Rebs both. Mostly I’m just wondering how he got ahold of the lasat to start with. Did he outright capture them and then sell them or did he casually come up with the idea to get some cash from them while giving them a ride? Either way, you can see that, though the Empire’s made things a bit tougher, Hondo still knows how to thrive in this business. The lasat duo of Gron and Chava are thrilled to be reunited with Zeb, who they address as “Captain”. Ezra’s all “whut” and Zeb looks like he’d rather be anywhere but here right now. Yes, Zeb’s glad to find out he’s not the only one anymore, but he doesn’t seem to be all that glad that one of his soldiers and the Lasat wise woman are bringing up his old job position again. The gang decides to finish this conversation aboard the ship. Before leaving, Hondo casually throws out “I can has payment?” to which Ezra is all “lol nope”. Hondo couldn’t be prouder XD Buuuuut bro might still want a little something something, so when stormtroopers come looking for Rebels… he points in their direction, at promise of a reward, of course. I was all “NUUU HONDO WHYY” at first, but looking back, in a strange way, I really dig his savviness. He’s not quite as on the fine line between friend and foe as he was back in the Clone Wars, thankfully, or this might’ve actually ended really bad. But yep he is much savvy.
As the Rebs continue on, they find that Gron and Chava are on their way to their new home, the prophesied new Lasan, Lirasan. Zeb doesn’t buy into that myth one nugget, but you can see these two lasat have all their faith and hope resting in this prophesy, the idea that the Imperial purge was merely a step to finding their new forever home. And then Ezra got a call from Hondo informing them that ‘troopers were on their way. Wow seriously wow… if you’re gonna doublecross, that’s how you do it! Not that I entirely approve of his methods or anything, he just… does them so stinkin’ well! Everyone gets ready to take on the bucketheads, but Gron and Chava deny their offer of blasters, saying it’s no longer their way. Zeb isn’t havin’ any of that; fighting is just what lasat do! It looks like all their combined firepower isn’t going to get them out of this one. And then we find Hondo savvily sneaking about and punching a few buttons. Buttons that ultimately close the doors on every single ‘trooper behind the Rebs. Ezra happily replies “we owe ya one!” to which Kanan’s all “NO we DON’T”, and they’re gone. However, for all of Ohnaka’s savviness, the storms are none too happeh… but in continuing with his day of doublecrossing doublecrossers, Hondo makes yet another deal…
In the safety of hyperspace, Gron and Chava are ready to start lookin’ for Lirasan. They don’t need maps, they’ve got their own ways of finding their forever home. Zeb thinks they’re all cray but won’t allow for Ezra to handle all that cray alone. Oh, and also to keep Chopper and Chava from killing each other. That old bird looks like she could take him down! Though they’re no longer interested in warrior-ing, I don’t think they’d turn up an opportunity to decimate a mouthy droid… so that’s something this unconventional threesome have in common! XD So while some use maps as a guide, Chava and Gron use Ashla, their name for the Force. I find their views and ideas of the Force super-fascinating. Any time we can dig further into other angles and ends of this mythology is a good time! It’ll take the three roles of The Fool, The Warrior, and The Child to get there, and Zeb, again, is much skeptical, and I gather probably understands this Fool-Warrior-Child concept about as well as we do.
Also we do get to see Hondo again, aboard an Imperial cruiser and continuing in wheeling his dealings. Kallus doesn’t seem terribly thrilled. But hehe I love that bit where Hondo sidehugs that stormtrooper and asks him his name. Gotta get all the friends you can, they prove useful in his biznezz 🙂
And so the road to Lirasan starts now as Chava begins the ceremony (forgive me if I termed that wrong I can’t figure out what word would better describe it for life of me) with staff in hand. While Gron and Ezra join in with her chanting, Zeb is kinda done and heads off to his quarters. And Ezra knows something’s up with his friend. What commences brings all the feels. Zeb pours out a bit of his backstory, how he felt so very responsible when all the Honor Guard Captain-ing in the world didn’t save the Lasan royal family — or any other lasat for that matter — from the Empire. And he isn’t the kind of guy who bares his soul much either so this makes me feel even more for him. It’s so sweet watching Ezra try to comfort him. After getting feely seeing Zeb do similarly for Ezra a couple episodes ago, seeing him return the favor is really really precious. Reminds you how much they’ve grown as people too… hard to believe they were ever at each other’s throats, right? “I failed my people…” “So don’t fail them now.” AHH EPICNESS *keels over from legit feels* And it’s right about then that Chava’s ready to look to the maps on their next step to finding home. And she needs Zeb for this one… The Child. “AWW I WANTED TO BE THE WARRIOR!” “Well you’re acting like a child” XD To lead the way, Zeb’s gotta use his borifle the old-school way. Can I just say that the borifle is one of my new favorite SW weapons? Anyway so its electric charge points in the direction of one particular planet in wild space, so it looks like that’s where they’re going. His reaction is awesome… just how mindblown he is that all these legends and myths have truth to them, a truth he didn’t dare believe… until now. But slight problem… as they’re going along through hyperspace they run smack into a giant imploded star cluster. Zeb is a little less impressed now. Anddd then the Empire showed up. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. Thank you Hondo. Kallus offers them basically a) destruction or b) destruction depending on which route they take. But Chava convinces Zeb to take a different option entirely. The one where he anchors that borifle into the Ghost‘s controls and takes them through the star cluster. Kallus sends out TIEs to handle them, but they don’t survive for ten seconds near that cluster before being obliterated. And with their ship already losing some paint, Agent K decides to just enjoy watching their imminent demise, wearing a rather creepy smile as he looks on. Does make you wonder what repercussions will come from this event. Do Kallus and the Empire think they’re dead now? Does Hondo think they’re dead? Does Hondo ever get out of Imperial clutches? Many questions that have yet to be answered. But yeah the great thing is that that borifle allows for the crew to pass right on through unharmed, and wow… between the music, the already incredible space-y visuals, and the very fact that Zeb is absolutely owning his role as the Fool/Child/Warrior and helping them find their forever home… my mind got blown wide open this scene. Words can not describe.
And guess what? They do find home. Beautiful, hidden-away little Lirasan. HOME PEOPLE. CHEWIE WE’RE HOME! OK wrong scenario but still! Zeb hung out there a while, at least, long enough for Chopper to start moving his stuff out XD But he did return to the Ghost, his forever home, with a new sense of hope. Especially since there aren’t just three lasat in the galaxy anymore… Lirasan is the original lasat homeworld, and there are quite a number of his people out there. And Zeb makes a promise to show the way to any other lasat they might run into, so that all know the hope he feels right now, and always have a forever home 🙂
Well that was beautiful. If that didn’t leave you with warm fuzzies I must question your humanity. So thanks for reading, and I hope all of my readers have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!
Keep The Peace,