SW Summer Reads: The Rebels Novelizations, Part 1

It’s time again for some Star Wars Summer Reads! Or I guess Summer-ish Reads for some of you guys. Anyway, the first Star Wars novel I ever read was a Clone Wars novelization compilation called Grievous Attacks. It was a really fun experience and a great introduction to SW books, so I decided it’d be fun to revisit some classic Rebels season one episodes in junior novel form! Let’s talk about Michael Kogge’s takes on Machine In The Ghost, Art Attack, Entanglement, Property Of Ezra Bridger, Spark Of Rebellion, Droids In Distress, and Rise Of The Old Masters!

I honestly forgot until I read these how fun novelizations can be. You get to dive further into the story you’ve seen on-screen, learning more little things about the SW galaxy, as well as the chance to delve into what’s going on inside the characters’ heads. Mr. Kogge did an excellent job at this, especially inside of Rise Of The Rebels, the shorts compilation. He writes a lot of depth into these already-deep little stories as we explore different perspectives (like those of Chopper or a stormtrooper), and even adds some nice new lines and moments that compliment the source material rather than overcrowding it.

Droids In Distress was a very well done compilation as well, though Spark Of Rebellion suffered a little. But I’m not really complaining; it can’t be easy trying to fit a richly-written 44-minute episode in less than fifty pages! So due to the format, Mr. Kogge was forced to skip over some of the best lines and rush much of the story. But the following novelizations were near-perfection!

Both compilations have hiccups in story compared to the actual episode, but most likely that’s because these were written before the episodes were completed. Doesn’t take away from how much I enjoyed them, though! Of course, half the fun for me was just revisiting these great early episodes! The other half, well… I’ll let you in on a secret: ever since Grievous Attacks, I read all SW books out loud to myself. I just can’t pass up an opportunity to practice my character impressions! I found out reading these that I do a pretty mean Grand Inquisitor 😀

Anyway, if you love SWR and want to explore these stories from a new angle, I totally recommend. And they’re definitely great if you’re new to Star Wars books and need a light, easy introduction. Plus, the Sabine-like graffiti artwork dispersed throughout the books is an epic bonus 🙂

Now, for the fangirl-musings commentary portion of the post.

Contains spoilers from the original Rebels shorts and episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Droids In Distress, and some important elements from the seasons beyond.

– Apparently “understatement” is a distinctly twi’lek sort of humor? I must be part twi’lek then.
– I really appreciate also that they simplify some of the technical terms a little bit. Definitely the difference between a potential first-timer’s SW story and something intensely detailed for the long-timer like Tarkin. But it’s still not oversimplified, it’s just right and makes for a pretty easy read.
– Kanan, master of a thousand one-liners. True dat.
– Considering how much they argue in this short, I might not’ve guessed that Hera was actually worried about her copilot for a moment. Awwz #feels.
– We actually get a chance to get inside Chopper’s dome in this book! Some seriously funny stuff here. Now give this hard-working little droid an oil bath already!
– This book seems to imply that Chopper’s exact “words” couldn’t be understood by organics. Always Two There Are confirmed for me that “droid” is a language you can learn. I originally thought that this fact was just something I missed in the other films and shows, but this seems to mean I wasn’t the only one who was unclear on the do-people-actually-understand-astromechs-or-are-they-just-assuming-what-they’re-saying-like-when-people-talk-to-their-pets situation. Or maybe Chopper’s comment is true, and though you can learn basic astromech, a sentient being will never understand the fine details. Knowing Chop’s ‘tude, perhaps this is a good thing…
– Apparently Ryloth is known for their firework shows. I could see that.
– Chopper has good relations with the Phantom, while the Ghost tends to be pretty rude with him. Things only ‘mechs know!
– “A thousand thousand worlds sparkled in the night sky above the capital city of Lothal.” I absolutely love how Mr. Kogge writes for Sabine. He captures so well her fiercely artistic mindset with heavily poetic descriptions. I can’t help but be a little bummed they didn’t make more of these novelizations.
– Sabine has heard the tales of Boba Fett! I still almost can’t believe we never got to see them in a face-off, but I suppose the writers knew that would be far too easy and more of a what-the-fans-want than a what-the-series-needs. But I suppose there’s nothing to say it still couldn’t happen…
– I really hope TK-626’s number was a Lilo And Stitch reference.
– The idea of the Empire specifically recruiting known bullies as Imperial Cadets at first sounded a little too obvious, but then again, remember Oleg? Frankly, I can imagine a lot of storms might’ve been ne’er-do-wells in grade school. Perhaps it’s not what the Empire is looking for alone, but it doesn’t hurt…
– “Artists were almost as bad as rebels. They could draw, paint, and create things he couldn’t. And for that, they deserved to be crushed.” Oh you guys, I think I figured out why TK-626 was a bully. THIS POOR STORMTROOPER CHILD!! I actually feel really bad for him! Thank you Mr. Kogge for helping me consider the human inside the inhuman white armor.
– I think it’s neat that Mr. Kogge paints (so to speak) Sabine as an artist first and a warrior second. Sometimes it’s easy for me to think vice versa, considering her warrior Mandalorian heritage, but when you think about her close relationship with her artistic dad, and consider the life she maybe knew before the Imperial Academy and then the mini-Alliance, it makes sense that art is her first love, and what she wants to do for a living once the war is over. Maybe once she gets Ezra back home, she’ll finally get her chance 🙂
– Apparently, Zeb isn’t all that fond of his nickname. There’s a certain way his people roll their Rs in the lasat language that most just can’t match. I like this angle. I wonder if this is a fact decided upon by the Story Group or an early assumption Mr. Kogge made. It certainly is a fascinating idea! I didn’t know they spoke anything beside Basic! Well aside from the ancient chants, but maybe that should’ve clued me in.
– Imperials don’t know many languages beyond Basic. Didn’t know that, but makes sense in retrospect.
Whoa I didn’t remember the stormtroopers being that mean to the salesnaught. All the more reason Zeb is one noble dude.
– We learn reading this that Zeb isn’t fond of ugnaughts or astromechs, but all the same, he can’t turn a blind eye to their troubles. It makes this already-amazing little story even more meaningful. AHHH SO SO NOBLE :3
– The Empire made slaves of the lasat? My first reaction was “THAT’S NOT ACCURATE! THEY WERE KILLED OFF!“, buuuuuut what if slavery was where it started? Something to consider, anyway. But I gotta say, it’s hard to imagine lasat being good slaves. The wookiees don’t work well under Kessel heat, making them less of a threat, but I imagine that wasn’t as much of a problem for the less-fuzzy-but-still-deadly lasat…
– “My old gran’s a better fighter, and she’s only two meters tall!” Pfft that’s a good one, Zeb. Wonder if this was purely Mr. Kogge’s clever writing or an unused line they recorded. But they actually elaborate further on Granny Orrelios, saying she’d lived for “three hundred dust seasons” (I’m assuming that’s 75 earth years, depending how long a dust season lasts and how many seasons they have). This is the first time we’ve ever heard of any family Zeb had, and it makes me super happy to know an inkling of his personal life before the Empire.
– I love the idea Ezra’s already had a few moments where the Force came into play before he finds himself avoiding TIE fighter fire. It makes sense, and kind of makes you wonder what adventures (and misadventures) he might’ve had on the streets of Lothal.
– Interesting that Ezra’s pretty willing to take any sort of reward, even an Imperial rescue! But hey creds are creds. Perhaps it’s this pilot’s snobbiness that drives Ez to decide to just rescue the helmet instead…
– Considering not long from now Ezra’s back to stealing food, I guess those parts didn’t get him as much cash as he hoped. Or they were stolen. Or maybe food on Lothal these days just costs a lot.
– “A sitting hawk-bat“… could that also be comparable to a lothbat?
– The second book has cool alternate episode titles: “Ezra’s Story”, “Disrupted”, and “Old Masters”.
– Sabine was drinking blue milk?? Obviously I haven’t been paying attention. Or that maybe that’s because her cup wasn’t a clear glass. Question: if blue milk is from banthas (which I’ve been led to believe), since banthas don’t live on Lothal (that we’ve seen), does that mean the Rebs are getting their food supplies from offworld? That makes sense enough. Guess I didn’t need to waste a whole paragraph on it…
– You know, unless my memory fails me, I thought the Rebels merely rescued the wookiees on Lothal before their were transferred to Kessel. I was pretty sure after seeing the hopeless world in Solo that my assumptions were for sure right. This novelization says they actually went to Kessel. I’m starting to think these books were written before the shorts and episodes were completed. That must’ve been confusing to do.
– I’ve never heard of a silverback wookiee before, but that’s a neat concept!
– I’ve always wondered what a nerf sounded like. Apparently they’re a lot like Amda Wabo…
– “Chopper recognized the astromech’s response as typical of the new R2 series. Compassion was the biggest flaw in their programming.” Suuuuure Chop, it’s a thing about their programming! ‘Cause we know you certainly don’t have a soft side!
– Also if he considers him a new R2, then how old does that makes Chopper? Well, I’m not saying he’s old, but I think I once saw a droid that looked like him in a trailer for KotOR. *Chopper soundly zaps me for the bad joke*
– In Chopper’s words, he’s only “a few decades past his expiry date”. But he knows there are far older droids than him.
– It’s rather unusual seeing Threepio and Artoo’s roles in this story flipped, with Threeps a little more confident and Artooie a little less than happy. But an interesting twist for a story I already know well.
– Knowing that Zeb had been having horrific nightmares when he shut Ezra out of their room… even though I’ve watched this episode seven times, and though I know his story doesn’t end here, I can feel his pain as strongly as ever.
– I love the creepy last line Kallus gets in as he’s about to strike down Zeb…
– But more so, I love the way Mr. Kogge describes the Force throughout these novelizations. He makes it feel very tactical, very real, this undeniable spark!

I don’t know about you, but I had a ball reading these. I’ll be taking next week off for my birthday, but after that, you should expect some more Star Wars Reads posts to arrive!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: The Forgotten Droid

Today’s Transmission is gives us a little break from all the major Malachor-related feels and drama going on to give us some Chopper-centered awesome! Well… who am I kidding there’s no shortage of feels and drama in this still, but, you know, in a lighter-hearted sort of way. Hey fun fact; you know what the hardest part of writing this blog is? Starting it off. Forgive this rambling and let’s get to talking about the droidtacular spectacular that is The Forgotten Droid!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Droids In Distress, Rebel Resolve, Blood Sisters, Homecoming, and The Forgotten Droid.

It looks like the mini-Alliance has found home at last; with help from Rex and Ketsu Onyo (yayyyy), they’ve found just the right spot to plant their long-searched-for base. Only thing is, the Rebs need fuel… again. The Ghost crew heads out to casually “borrow” some from the Imperials. Yup, just your general everyday Rebel to-do list. Kanan looks to Chopper to ascertain they make a fast exit. And normally I would say that he’s got nothing to worry about; lately Chopper’s been pretty good at getting things done and making quick getaways for our heroes. But today… the astromech has different interests in mind. Across the fueling station lies a little parts stand, and on top of a defunct GOM sits a leg. A leg that happens to be a perfect match to his old one! I will be honest though it wasn’t until this episode I realized Chop had a mismatched set of legs. To think he’s probably been self-conscious about the limb all this time and I never knew! Oh the way Chopper eyeballs that thing and twirls his… um, hands (or whatever the right word is), you just know it’s love. He wastes no time grabbing Ezra by the leg to excitedly show him his find, but he completely doesn’t get it. Chop turns to Hera to express his happiness, but she explains quite sternly they’re not doing any shopping today. And what can he do? She’s kinda his mom, the one who put him back together. What follows are no shortage of leg puns and “Shopper” jokes from Ezra and Zeb as the rest of the Rebs head off. Have you ever gone out to buy groceries or some other necessity and then suddenly, boom!, the perfect Star Wars shirt/action figure/other merchandise came into your sights? Whether you were a kid shopping with a parent or an adult on your own, there was nothing that could get between you and that beautiful SW thing. I know I’ve been there (it’s how I found most of my shirts). Well, that’s pretty much exactly how Chopper felt, and important dangerous mission or not, he wasn’t gonna let that impulse buy go anywhere! Looks like someone’ll be getting… in trouble again! Hehe I can’t ever pass up referencing to that theme song 🙂
It really is amazing how clearly you can read into Chop’s emotions without a face or a voice (well, at least not one we can understand). Chopper looks at is as though sparkling heavenly light touched down on just that old strut. He might as well’ve had a pair of big anime eyes as he joyfully “whoop-whoop”ed at the sight! The Ugnaught salesman don’t miss a beat though and also throws out a leg joke. *Sigh* this is also like those times when we’d eye that perfect SW something, and the person with us would just roll their eyes and move along, not understanding the sheer majesty of said find. We getcha Chop 100%. So while the Ghost crew attempts a no-complications mission, Chopper wheels every deal he can manage in bartering with the salesnaught (would that be correct? IDK but it sounds right somehow), but can’t quite convince the guy to hand it over. Since the salesnaught doesn’t come off as the most… reputable guy around, I think Chopper found stealing the leg justifiable in this situation. Man does it amaze you guys how quickly and swiftly he grabs it?? And he doesn’t have thumbs! Just those tiny little claw-hands! He’s goooooood. And then… oh look, the Ghost crew made their exit — without Chopper on board. Chop’s all “Ohhhh dang…”. And then the salesnaught took notice and gave chase. And then he got some Stormtroopers to join in. Nothing for Chop to do but give them the slip and hide in an Imperial freighter. It wasn’t until he got in, however, that he realized the freighter was about to take off. Well this just gets better and better! Also, as Chopper roams the freighter, he comes upon some ‘troopers discussing the rebel activity lately. One replies “Rebels again? That’s the third time this rotation!”. Huh… anyone wonder what the third scuffle was about? Ah it’s a wonderful thought as to what other Rebs might be up to! Anyway, that’s a clear sign for the C1-10P to lay low.
Elsewhere on board, a protocol droid was just trying to help his master with the navigating, and instead got the worst chewing out I’ve ever seen someone give a droid ever. Apparently some Imps just want their stinkin’ cargo accounted for and don’t care what advice anyone offers! At least, whatever advice this droid offers. Even the Stormtroopers ram right into him, as if he wasn’t even there. Poor dude… you can tell he’s down. And then something distracted him — an open hatch, and the feeling that someone was in that cargo hold who wasn’t supposed to be there. Chopper has fun with the protocol and just about gave him the slip, but the inventory droid is savvier than he looks. AP-5 keeps account of everything on board and knows good and well the astro’s a stowaway. One thing that makes AP super-cool is that he’s very dexterous for a droid; he uses lots of arm motion and hand gestures compared to say, C-3PO. So he grabs Chop’s new leg with ease as he realizes it’s stolen property. However, when Chopper spin-attacks and knocks the strut back into his clutches, AP still runs about as well as C-3PO does XD AP-5 finally corners him in a dead end, but Chopper is quick to whip out his prod, pretty much done with Imperial interference right now. AP backs off, but also is a bit curious… how’d a scrappy little droid like him get a military-grade prod? “I’m a war hero and stuff. Fought in the Clone Wars. NBD” seems to be the C1’s answer. Well, turns out so did AP! He was a military analyst for the Republic back in the day. And they even both fought on Ryloth! What a coinkydink! Despite they both seem they’d rather not have anything to do with each other right now, the droids seem to quickly find common ground in their past adventures. AP is impressed that Hera was so kind to help Chop after being left for scrap, especially considering his experience with organic beings hasn’t been quite as good. Poor guy was top-of-the-line in navigating, but got demoted to inventory when the Empire took over. Despite all this, AP convinces himself he’s doing the right thing still, doing whatever his masters wish of him, even when he’s treated like dirt. Chopper pushes his buttons a little, convincing this rather proper droid to give rebelling a try. “There’s this great new thing called ‘free will’! Y’heard of it, bro?”. (Ohmergoodness putting Chopper’s grunts into words is such fun XD ) But AP-5 is called to other things right now… even if those calling for him don’t even have the decency of calling him by name. His boss wants to know if he found any Rebels on board, and for a few nail-biting moments, it looks like AP’s going to say something… and then… HE DOESN’T. I did a Chopper-esque “Whoop-whoop!” to that. And Chopper himself zapped AP’s restraining bolt off. Looks like free will is something attainable after all for this long-suffering protocol! “Ah don’t make a big deal ’bout it, it was nothin'”. But getting off the freighter may be a problem with Jerk Imperial #3 (because that’s all the name he needs) in the way. Grumpy Imp was about to get another restraining bolt on AP, so Chopper pulled out his dirty-fightin’ droid-wrastlin’ ninja moves! Yes I know that sentence made no sense, but it works. He slaps and zaps the crud outta that guy, much to AP-5’s shock. “Now we’re both in trouble” (In trouble again… *is punched for making too many Droids references*). Time for Chopper’s Awesome Plan B! He’ll just lead the bucketheads on a chase around the freighter. Also of note WOW Chop is one fast astromech! When he gets goin’ he gets GOIN’. And when he rockets up and does that flip and slams that ‘trooper?? Just AWESUM. At least, up until that one storm knocked him flat on his dome and he could barely move. AP risked the crossfire and helped his comrade up just in time, which is also quite AWESUM. And like that they shut the door on the stormtroopers and set the cargo loose. Cue victory dance! CHOPPAH IS THA CAPTAIN NAO!! “NO first one to the bridge is NOT the captain!” *shuffles as fast as possible* XD XD
Meanwhile back on the Ghost, I’m guessing Ezra had a “WE LEFT KEVIN!” moment and now he’s wanting the ship turned around. Hera’s in no rush, they need to get that fuel back and she’s not letting that selfish droid of hers cause any more problems. Well new problem the Empire dropped by yet again. The Imps are quite happy the Rebel fleet can’t go anywhere, so their first target is the little Corellian ship with alllll the fuel. In the spirit of friendship going around Ketsu knocks down a few TIEs for our heroes. Aww yay! Sabine 100% approves! Boy it feels sorta weird we haven’t seen a lot of these guys today, doesn’t it? Ah well I’m happy for whatever I get 🙂
So it looks like Chopper’s the captain. At least until he “abandoned his post” when he rescued his prized strut from AP-5. Then AP became the captain. Hehe yes I’m thinkin’ the protocol’s getting the hang of this “free will” thing pretty well XD His sarcasm and savviness is great on its own, but when paired with that serious, snobbyish voice… it’s utterly fantastic. Chopper’s decided to bring AP with him back to the fleet; after all, any friend of his is a friend of theirs! AWW MAH GOSHHH CHOPPER ACTUALLY MADE A FRIEND!! ^w^
Thankfully, with Ketsu’s help, the Ghost fam’s able to get into the hangar (or more specifically, nearly crash-land) and start getting things fueled up. Hera’s not exactly thrilled to finally hear Chop’s wa-wa-ing over the line. She don’t have time for his long explanation as to where he was and why he’s copiloting half a freighter, they’ve got a new base to get to! AP-5 overhears and he knows for a fact that the system they’re planning on calling home is actually an Imperial trap. Chopper relays this new information while AP starts looking up a safer route. AND THEN JERK IMPERIAL #3 AWAKENS! And he’s pretty steamed, needless to say. But wow AP-5 delivers some kinda sick burn combating his master’s insults with “You’re the one who’s useless”! And then Chopper comes in swingin’ with leg in hand! And Jerk Imperial #3 suddenly looked a lot less confident. While the C1-10P dueled with the doof, AP-5 became his secretary. “Chopper is unable to answer at the moment, can I take a message?”. Boy Kanan and Hera were weirded out when AP said he was Chop’s friend. Yeesh is it so hard to think Chopper could be an amiable dude?? *Recalls what happened with Artoo and “Imp” the Imperial astromech, aka King of the Lothcats* OK I might see their point. Chopper’s only friends are organics, at least until now. AP nobly tells them that Chopper helped him, so now he was helping Chopper. And just as he was about to send Hera the new coordinates… oh it’s unspeakable. Chopper got knocked down during his fight, and Jerk Imp blasted him! Even through the pain, AP manages to get the new route through, just as the jerk hits him again. AHHH NUUUUU APPPPPPP!! 😥 I have never seen Chopper more furious than when he charged the Imperial. You just do. not. mess. with his friends. As the fleet heads off to their new base, Chopper stays by AP’s side in his friend’s final moments. Oh I just… can’t even man. To see these two very different droids come to share such a bond after only a short time… it’s precious and sweet and fun in every way. And to see it end so soon… *makes R2-D2 sad whimpery noises* 😦
But alas… the forgotten droid is not forgotten anymore. A short time later, Sabine gets him back and fully functional again, and he has Chopper to thank for donating the parts from that beloved strut of his. Awwwwwwz I wish I could add an emoticon that fully expresses the feels this gives me! :3 It’s kinda like with all of Artoo’s close calls, where you know that droids can be fixed, but you’re never sure what qualifies as “beyond repair” or not. So I know I’m super super thankful to see AP-5 back on his feet. And after the slightest sign of sweet friendship between the two… they start arguing again. “LANGUAGE LIKE THAT WILL GET YOU DISINTEGRATED ON SIX SYSTEMS! I SHOULD REPORT YOU MYSELF!!” XD The rest of the crew stares as if they have no idea how to respond to this rather peculiar brand of friendship, but I know, and you know, that these two droids are brothers in arms… and legs 😀
SORRY I JUST HAD TO RUIN THE MOMENT AND GET ONE MORE LEG JOKE IN! This episode was truly an absolute blast. We can always use more droid duos! What’s great is that, though they share some similarity to Artoo and Threepio, their relationship and personalities are uniquely their own and make for a perfect team that fits perfectly into the SW galaxy! AP-5 is the perfect counterpart to Chopper, and I definitely am excited to see more of them again! So until next post…

Keep The Peace,
– Twiight

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!

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

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: The Honorable Ones

I’m well-aware my timing is terrible. Here we are, hours away from the thrilling season finale and I’m still four posts behind! While it would be easy to just skip all these episodes and write a post on the newest episode, I care enough about the journey and the amazing things that have happened in these last few episodes that I’m still gonna go through them chronologically! So let’s turn back the clock a bit to the one where Zeb and Kallus get stranded on a moon and craziness ensues, The Honorable Ones. Oh this should be fun 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode VII, TCW episode Duel Of The Droids, and Rebels episodes Droids In Distress, Breaking Ranks, Legends Of The Lasat, and The Honorable Ones

We start things off with a place we haven’t seen in quite a long while — Geonosis. The Ghost crew finds that the Empire’s working on something out here… but what and why? They don’t find any answers to that, but instead find a much bigger question… where are all the Geonosians? Chopper’s scans pick up on nothing, and Ezra senses no life. Yeeesh is that not creepy? A planet once quite literally crawling with life now just… lifeless? Pff that Empire. Shows how grateful they are! A Geonosian takes the time to design an ultimate weapon for ya and how do they return it? Either they wiped ’em out or put them all to work. However you spin it, it’s not looking terribly promising. Definitely interested in what this absence means. I mean, they may be a rather frightening bunch but those bugs are people too! Kanan, Ezra, Zeb, and Sabine head out to one of the construction modules to investigate. Already Kanan and Hera are starting to see a pattern here in the way things usually go on these missions. And Zeb sees that pattern too, as he somehow realizes they’re walking into a trap just as a nasty Imperial astromech opens the door for some ‘troopers. And leading the way would be Mr. High-And-Mighty-Sideburns himself, Agent Kallus. Oh joy. As Han put it, “man I hate being right all the time”. The rest of the crew handles the storms the boss way they do, while Zeb takes on Agent K the boss way he does. Considering his incredibly smug opening line, I’m guessing Kallus has known for a while that the Rebs survived after their seemingly imminent destruction a few episodes back. So yes it’s pretty much inevitable, if you put Kallus and Zeb in the same room they’re going to fight. It’s just science. Another fact of life is that if some Imp-droid starts messing with his crew, Chopper will OWN YOUR FACE! (Or would that be dome?) Boy I would not want to be that droid right now… Chop body-checked him solidly! Recalling TCW Duel Of The Droids, it seems astros tend to fight with their tools, like their prods and oil and such, more so than anything else. Chop, on the other hand, is a wrestler. A brawler. He fights dirty, in a good way. And his proud “Whoop-whoop” clearly states he knows how awesome he is. BUT THEN THE IMP-DROID GETS BACK UP!! AND HE’S GOT A PROD!! Chopper’s all “Puh-lease” and uses his little arms and karate-chops the snot out of that guy, only using his prod to deliver the final blow. Seriously I have so much respect for his fighting skills now. Hands up if you’d like to see him in a Big Hero 6 botfight! *Raises hand excitedly* Sorry wrong fandom what were we talking about again? Oh yeah Chopper saved everybody. Well, almost everybody. Someone was still preoccupied fighting his worst enemy. Zeb tells Ezra he’ll catch up with them in a minute. Just right after he kicks Kallus in the gut and knocks down a few stormtroopers and hitches a ride on an escape pod. But that plan changes pretty quickly as Agent K catches up with him and they start a scuffle in the already-too-small escape pod AS IT’S MOVING. And the Ghost crew can’t help much ’cause they’ve got problems of their own and they’re spelled T-I-E-S and W=A=L-K-E-R-S. The fighting sorta makes their pod veer off a tad off-course to a nearby moon and they make quite a crash landing. Yes that kids is what’s called “a major understatement”. It went really badly, and Kallus got really hurt. At least now that the family’s got their little problem out of the way, they can get to work on finding Zeb. And Ezra’s not taking any of Chop’s crud about it.
As for our dueling duo, with Kallus’ leg out of commission, it seems Zeb most definitely has the upper hand. K’s more than a little freaked out, which is kind of really enjoyable to watch because he’s usually so overly confident. But the Captain would much rather finish the fight like men. For a second Kallus gets his mojo back and starts singing the Empire’s praises and the inevitability of the Rebs’ defeat and gets really close to grabbing his borifle. And Zeb’s all “NOT ON MY MOON YOU’RE NOT!” and snatches his weapon out of reach. And Kallus suddenly remembers “oh yeah I’m in pain OW”. So with no fighting about to happen, it looks like the two are just gonna have to sit this one out until they can finish it. Kallus turns off his fight mode for a minute to point out they need to find something to help keep them warm before it gets frostier than it already is. Hehe he’s still not hurt enough to turn off his high-and-mighty switch yet though, as he points out “NO THIS IS NOT GEONOSIS THIS IS ITS MOON, DOI.” Zeb just rolls him off his shoulders and goes about his own business. Once Zeb fixes up the transponder, all they have to do is wait. Kallus is very convinced the Empire’ll be the first to get here and that Zeb’s friends are gone baby gone. He makes the best conversation ever, just bragging on how many Rebel-sorts they convince to join the Empire on the daily. Orrelios handles him well, throwing back “Yeah maybe but guess how many folks are done with the Empire and join us on the daily?”. Well. Played. Also, I used the term “folks” but he used the term “beings” and I really like now knowing how to appropriately address all SW people. I’m not a fan of calling them “aliens” or “nonhumans” so that just makes infinitely more sense. Anyway sorry just a neat thought. And then goody their power cell goes out. Zeb must be furrier than he looks ’cause he’s literally wearing no sleeves and shorts and doesn’t look cold at all, while Kallus is wearing long sleeves and is shivering like a chihuahua. Aww poor baby. Granted those Imperial grays are probably built more for looks than for comfort. So I’ll cut him some slack. Plus, he is freezing on top of being in pain. Zeb happens upon a glowing meteorite that radiates heat as a replacement. And actually gives it to K first. Huh interesting. With a frightening growl echoing off the walls from the inside of the cave, the Agent starts to question the point of all this. How could they possibly survive this junk? Thankfully the Captain ain’t one to give up. Maaaan just goes to show you how different the perspectives of the Empire and the mini-Alliance are. Zeb figures the transponder will reach better above the cave, so logically climbing up out of the cave is the answer. Unfortunately for all this logic, it’s easier said than done. Even with claws icy walls are unforgiving. Kallus enjoys watching him fall down a bit more than he probably should XD Andddd then in walks the beastie we were hearing from earlier. And it’s big and scary and 100% deadly. Yet another understatement. Zeb hits the monster with everything he’s got, but it doesn’t do much damage. Kallus has a chance to finally grab his weapon, and after a minute of trying to decide who was more important to shoot, he starts firing at the beast too, driving it away from Zeb. Together they manage to drive it back into the shadows where it came from. What is this? Is that teamwork I see? Whuuuuuut?? O.O But then they sorta get on the subject of the Geonosis thing and all teamwork goes out the window as Zeb has some thoughts on the whole survival-of-the-fittest adage Agent K lives by. Kallus is all “Uhh I dunno what happened there I never asked!”. Whoaaa wait did Kallus… just…? Admit he didn’t know everything?? MIND. BLOWN. Kallus can’t find any logical reason as to why the Empire would want to wipe out the Geonosians. Zeb tells him he might want to try thinking harder. Changing the subject, the Agent is all “y’know if you want to get out of here you’re gonna need my help”. Zeb begrudgingly agrees and starts fashioning Kallu’s borifle into a makeshift splint. Captain Orrelios shakes his head again at the idea of him treating the powerful weapon as a trophy, and then Agent K casually says “Wellllllllll it’s not really a trophy…” WHAT. He explains that actually he only had it because the Lasat he fought gave it to him after his defeat, something Lasat do out of honor. He was just being a good ISBN agent and doing what he was told. All that “LASAT! FACE MEH!” “I TOOK IT FROM HIM WHEN I KILLED HIM!” stuff was just his attempt at making himself bigger somehow. This seems to surprise Zeb a good bit, but he still doesn’t have any sympathy to offer. But wait there’s more — on his first mission, a Lasat Rebel cruelly injured Kallus and his crew, and killed his team without a shred of honor. Um. Wow. This just got real. Kallus’ jerkiness all the way back on Droids In Distress also probably had something to do with a general problem with Lasat. I mean dude it sounded like those guys were his friends! You don’t think of Imps having friends, but when you think about the camaraderie of the cadets in Breaking Ranks, you realize it’s not unheard of. And ughh thinking there’s some guy out there who has the nerve to dub himself a Rebel…! I mean, even though stormtroopers get blasted and walloped on the regular by the Ghost crew they never intend to do more than injure them! Zeb’s all “you can’t judge all Lasat by one bad Lasat”, to which Kallus utters “well the same should go for us Imperials, too.” Again MIND. BLOWN. This whole thing is MIND. BLOWN. At least for me anyway Zeb still hasn’t let his guard completely down. He’d rather throw his borifle through the hole above than trust K to it (and also wow what a throwing arm! Half-expected he’d throw Kallus up there too XD). And so with the commanding sideburns on his shoulders, the dueling duo heads on up, climbing the icy pillars instead of the wall for a change. And then returneth the giant ice lizard! And with a friend this time! I absolutely love Kallus’ line “The goal here is not to fall!” XD XD Thank you Agent Obvious. I can promise you I will quote that the next time I’m in a situation where I could fall. I might even quote that when I’m not in that kind of situation. Continuing in adding to the list of things that made Kallus suddenly a billion times more relatable, his freaking out when the beasts start snapping up at them is priceless. And also yeah very very relatable. I would do the same probably. Actually forget “probably” I would do it. Ultimately it did come down to Zeb throwing the Agent, but in this case, throwing him at an angle where his borifle splint would get stuck in the ceiling. Then Zeb slipped right off the pillar and RIGHT ON THE ICE LIZARDS! Captain Orrelios has no problem ultimately grabbing the Agent and tossing him out of the cave. But getting himself out… now therein lies the problem. He barely had a grip on the mouth of the cave, and then he looked up and saw Kallus pointing the borifle at him. Well, actually, at the beasts. And then he offered his rival a hand. OH MY GOODNESS THE TEAMWORKNESS IT IS BEAUTIFUL! On the incredibly frigid surface, all they can do is wait for someone to find them. And as they’re waiting… Kallus sorta apologizes regarding the purge of Lasan. It most certainly didn’t start out that way until the Empire decided to “make an example” out of them. Zeb finally offers something that sorta looks like the tiniest bit of forgiveness, saying that the past is in the past. And also gives him his name 🙂 Would’ve been nice for Kallus to give his but it must’ve been something incredibly embarrassing. I’ve started calling him Marion Kallus now just because I can XD But seriously what went down here today is amazing. When I first found out about this episode, I was truly fascinated; normally in situations like this where two enemies or rivals are forced to fight a common evil, they become friends, or at least gain a greater respect for each other. But how could you have any respect, let alone befriend, someone who killed your people? I didn’t think that could happen. But that’s why SW and the people who make it know better than I do, ’cause they found a way it completely made sense and was completely amazing. More on that later. Of course they’re not exactly best friends riding rainbows or anything. They are both incredibly mortified to wake up finding they were leaning on each other XD Upon waking, however, it looks like Zeb’s friends got here first. Before he goes, this once-dueling duo exchange a respectful Lasat farewell. So much wow again at how far they’ve come in such a short time. The Ghost crew is ecstatic to see their friend again. Might be cold out there but this reunion gave me all the warm fuzzies. Though Ezra’s pretty much been out there two seconds too long… “OH YOU’RE COLD?” XD So all went wonderfully and Zeb is back home where he belongs! As for Kallus though… well, if it weren’t for the fact that Star Destroyer was in space, I’dve thought Kallus walked all the way back. And instead of a warm welcome from friends who are practically family, he gets a pretty meh “greeting” (if we can call it that) from Konstantine. He’s all like “What? You were gone?” and walks away. And now he sits alone in his boring basic quarters, where the only warm thing he has is that meteorite. By his dejected slump, I think it’s safe to say he’s ready to start some serious thinking…
And that was when I truly starting sobbing. If you had told me that one episode could change my entire opinion on the guy I’d been dubbing as the “jerkiest of them all”, I might’ve been skeptical. Well, it happened. IT COMPLETELY DID HAPPEN. What made it happen was realizing that there was more to him than we knew. It’s what made this episode make perfect sense, it’s what made it easy to have respect for someone who seemed to never give any respect himself. No, I wasn’t sure there was a way to even come close to befriending someone like Kallus, or finding compassion for someone like Kallus. But again, that’s why I’m just the dumb padawan and they’re the masters. And the truth to it all is just flat-out amazingly beautiful. Everyone’s fighting a battle, even those who look like they’re on top of the world. Maybe if we all got caught on frozen moons fighting ice lizards, we might be able to get past some of our far more petty disagreements. OK so I’m realizing that sounds completely loony but it’s still got some truth to it. Seriously WOW what an EPISODE! I’m excited to see where Agent Kallus’ story goes from here and where his destiny will ultimately lie. So thank you for joining me today. Forgive me if there’s anything I neglected to discuss on this. Now if you don’t mind there’s some major feels I need to prepare myself for tonight…

Keep The Peace,
– TWilight

P.S. Alsooo if anyone wants to know who i came out as on the Zeb or Kallus personality quiz…

Rebel Transmissions: Legends Of The Lasat

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,
– Twilight