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 πŸ™‚
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 πŸ™‚ 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…

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Padawanline Anniversary II: Year Two

Hehe the title may or may not be a nod to Rogue One… but yeah it’s probably not my best Star Wars pun…
So anyhow today marks my two-year anniversary since Padawanline came into existence! I’ve told you the blog’s backstory before (read here), how I absolutely needed a place to talk about Star Wars to anyone who would listen and how a goofy SW fanfic of mine inspired the title and all that. So I’m not going to bore you with all that again (at least not this year), but I absolutely needed to write a thank you letter to my followers and readers…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from the Rebels episode Fire Across The Galaxy

When I first joined, I just blogged whatever whenever I felt like it, meaning sometimes I’d go for weeks without posting something. But this past year has given me a great opportunity to do what I’d always wanted to do.
Back in early 2013, as I was continuing to expand my Star Wars knowledge every day, I would always take notice of things. I’d be watching a new episode of TCW or reading a book or watching one of the movies and suddenly find myself intrigued by something, confused by something I didn’t fully understand, made a fascinating connection with something, or just plain WOWed by something, and when that would happen, I couldn’t keep quiet about it. I’d talk my brother’s ear off, I’d jot down notes, sometimes I’d just flat-out talk to myself about it! And thus I had to make this blog, so I could organize these thoughts and people who were just as into SW as I was could read them!
During the first year, though, I found it’s often hard to write, and I can talk faster than I can type, so sometimes I would just keep my thoughts to myself instead of making posts on them. If you’ve ever written a blog, you can understand this difficulty. But this past year… things definitely changed. The Lost Missions and Star Wars Rebels allowed me do what I always wanted to do… to talk about SW as it was happening, as I was seeing them! And before I knew it, I would be blogging almost every single week. With the exception of a few breaks, I’ve been blogging consistently since September 2014! Especially once Rebels started… it became the norm to sit down, grab a snack, log into WordPress, open up whatever the Rebels episode of the week was, and start writing. A 22-minute episode became 2 hours within the course of that time, and while it wasn’t always easy, and some days I didn’t always feel like doing it, the end result was always worthwhile!
I look back now feeling incredibly blessed to have been part of this. As I’ve said a thousand times before, it’s an amazing time to be a SW fan right now, and being able to talk about it and write about it as it happens is absolutely amazing.
You know that header image up there with that sunset-colored screencap from Duel Of The Droids? I picked that because, at the time, I wasn’t sure what else to use, and intended to later find a better picture (I’d originally wanted to find a high-res pic of that art piece of Luke and Anakin from the Saga Blu-Ray). But now looking back, I realize that screencap couldn’t be more perfect. That image encompasses the feeling of being a new Star Wars fan… you look out and in front of you lies miles worth of stories told and stories to be told. It can be kind of intimidating at first, but with friends in the fandom by your side, you can have the confidence to run out and jump into it, calling out “Follow me, boys”! And having been a true-blue SW fan for only around four years now, I can speak from experience.
As I have also said many times before, I am very much Ahsoka. I gravitated to her quickly even when I didn’t fully understand Star Wars, not only because she’s an incredibly awesome character, but also because she was a lot like me… a girl caught up in the middle of a war she didn’t fully understand. While she grew up, I grew in my understanding of these incredible stories. She was a huge key for me in my love of SW. If I’d never found myself liking her and relating to her character… I might’ve never decided to dig further into The Clone Wars and the Prequels and the Originals and everything else! So thus it truly made me cry buckets of happy tears when Ahsoka stepped into Rebels. We indeed both “grew up” together πŸ™‚ I understand SW to a much deeper extent than I did two years ago, let alone four or five years ago, and Ahsoka’s helping lead the Rebel Alliance! Who’da thunk we’d end up where we did? But that’s just the magic of being a Star Wars fan and making the decision to jump out of that gunship πŸ˜€
Having this blog has helped me much in learning and understanding the SW Galaxy and has played a part in making me love these stories even more than I ever possibly could, to the point I was literally shaking and crying watching that Episode VII teaser. Amazing how it all comes together, doesn’t it? Being a Star Wars fangirl is seriously amazing. Just is.
And I, for one, am glad I not only jumped out of that gunship, but decided to write about how that felt.
So I absolutely just had to say “thank you” to everyone who has supported this blog on both WordPress and tumblr. I cannot thank you enough. This blog has exploded like the Death Star this past year and I truly don’t know where I’d be without my fellow Star Wars fans. Thanks for putting up with all my insane fangirly fangirliness and my overuse of the words “feels”, “ermagosh”, and “squee” and somehow getting something out of this blog. And though I have not heard everyone’s response to the blog, those of you who have reblogged a post on tumblr and said something nice about it … you guys are absolutely beyond awesome and deserve a medal ceremony. But really all you readers and followers deserve medals and as many “thank-yous” as there are stars in the galaxy and as many hairs are on Chewbacca πŸ˜€ Just… thank you!
Here’s to the future of Star Wars, for all the shows, all the movies, all the books and games and every way this galaxy will expand. Here’s to never stop learning about Star Wars, to never stop loving Star Wars, and to coming together as fans united.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

P.S. For your enjoyment, here’s a list of some of my favorite Padawanline blogs from the last year.

Essentials For A Not-So-Ordinary Star Wars Day!
Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Rise Of Clovis
Escape From The Jedi Temple: A Closer Look
10 Reasons I’m Hyped For Rebels!
Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Lost One
Uncovering The Lost Missions: Sacrifice
Rebel Transmissions: Spark Of Rebellion
Rebel Transmissions: Fighter Flight
Rebel Transmissions: Out Of Darkness
Rebel Transmissions: Empire Day
Rebel Transmissions: Path Of The Jedi
Of Crimson Kybers: Looking At Sith Lightsabers
Rebel Transmissions: Fire Across The Galaxy
A [Fangirly] Analysis Of The New Ep VII Teaser!

Rebel Transmissions: Rebel Resolve

And hereeeeee come all da feels again! Yup this week’s Rebel Transmission, the second-to-last for the season, brings every known kind of feels to the table. So much so I’m absolutely mindlessly rambling right now… so less talky more bloggy! Let’s dig into the incredibly deepsauce episode that is Rebel Resolve!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from TCW episode Duel Of The Droids, Rebels episodes Droids In Distress, Out Of Darkness, Call To Action, and Rebel Resolve

It was a normal day on Lothal… and then the Stormtroopers came to town. With a walker in tow. And they’re looking for a few certain someones… five rebels, to be precise. What they didn’t know was that they were lookin’ in “Alderaan” places… because up on the rooftops on both sides, a Lasat, a street kid, a young Mando, and an old C1-10P lie in wait. Within moments, Zeb and Ezra make their move and leap on top of the walker. One ‘trooper gets a lift from Zeb and the one at the wheel gets a ‘saber-blast from Ezra. I just adore how smoothly Ezra pulled off that last bit X3 Of course, minus a driver, the walker stumbles about the streets as Zeb and Sabine start pulling out the guns. In the midst of the fireblazing, Chopper flies on over to the walker to play his part in the kids’ plans. The gang’s hoping Chopper will be able to find the prisoner logs, and hopefully in turn, find Kanan. While Chopper works on that, Ezra struggles to get the driver out of the seat. And once that’s out of the way, Zeb grabs the guy and throws him right down on top of another ‘trooper. Yup this… this is totally normal XD Once Ezra gets control of the walker, Sabine joins in on the action. Turns out though that Chopper might not’ve found the info they were looking for. Aw *facepalm*. But then bigger problems… a couple other walkers have joined the party and are, as you might have guessed, shooting at them. Sabine radios back to the Ghost, throwing in the towel on this game plan. Sabine voices her concern that they may be too late as it is… but Ezra solidly knows his master’s still alive.
And indeed he is… for now. Kanan is currently strapped down for a couple of Imperials, Kallus and Tarkin, who want answers. First thing finding out whether or not Kanan is really a Jedi. Even in the midst of this horrific situation, Master Jarrus still throws out a little witticism. SO. STINKIN’. BRAVE.
Back on the walker, the four are doing their best to fend off the Imperials. But it seems they’re just not as organized today as they could be. While I love getting to see the “kids” out on their own, you can definitely definitely tell that Kanan’s absence has affected all of them. Ezra’s trying to drive this thing, Sabine isn’t able to get good aim on them, and Zeb’s struggling to hold his own up top. It really makes you realize just how pivotal Kanan is to the team. Remember in the last episode how flawlessly things went at the beginning when they were caught in a speeder chase? Kanan kept ’em moving like a well-oiled machine. Really, you can look at any episode just about and realize what an impact Master Jarrus made as leader, and then imagine what would’ve happened if they didn’t have him around. I know we all have nothing but mad love and respect for him, but it’s easy to forget why. And this episode has definitely reminded us as to why. Especially as Zeb nearly slips off the walker and blocks off the tiny window (anyone else wondering how the heck Imperials see out of that thing? On top of the fact they’re wearing these darkened-visor helmets?). But with Hera coming in soon, the threesome climb back on top. They get on board fine, but they might’ve left Chopper behind, who appears determined to find Kanan’s whereabouts. Zeb just barely grabs the droid and gets outta there before the walker is blown to bits. On the bright side, the damaged walker runs right into a functioning one and topples it over. I can’t be the only one wondering why the Empire thought something heavy on top of a couple thin legs was the best idea. But yeah not too good a day for our Specters.
Later on, the Ghost out of harm’s way, we find Hera talking with… omergosh FULCRUM! OK so back on Out Of Darkness when we first “met” Fulcrum, I didn’t really think too much on who the guy was. But then I may have happened upon a theory that Fulcrum was Ahsoka Tano… I wasn’t totally sure myself, but this person really made some good points that got me thinking. But the instant I heard Fulcrum talking this episode… I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is Ahsoka! I know that voice, warped and altered as it may be! I’ve known her voice since ’08 when all the TCW movie TV spots came on over and over again, and I absolutely have no trouble picking up the way she talks. Granted, it could turn out to be any of my other possible theories, like Echo or Ventress or Kea Moll’s mom (ha I wish), but I can’t imagine it really being anyone but Padawan Tano. Sooo fangirl freaking out aside, Fulcrum’s being honest and just giving it to Hera plain-and-straight that they can’t go after Kanan anymore. Hera really doesn’t want to and can’t bring herself to give up, but Fulcrum believes that they can’t risk their overall mission for one life. And on top of that, apparently nearly the whole Empire’s heard Ezra’s transmission, meaning now nearly the whole Empire knows these Rebels are out there. Fulcrum recommends getting out of sight and into hiding ASAP if they want things to go as they should. Hera doesn’t want to agree with all this… but she knows what she’s gotta do. Augh my heart hurts for Hera so mushh this episode… it’s easy to talk about making sacrifices, about making a difference and helping others at their own risk, but when you actually have to do it, you’re reminded why it’s so hard. This is Kanan people. Her friend since practically the beginning! I may not’ve read A New Dawn yet and I don’t know what conspired entirely when they met but I know these two are inseparable now. Wherever their actual relationship stands, they are this family’s mom and dad, and one without the other doesn’t work. And now… she’s got to let him go. Excuse me while I go cry. Fulcrum you better know what you’re doing man… er… girl(?).
In the main room, Ezra, Sabine, and Zeb were still attempting to piece together Kanan’s location. Sabine and Zeb can only assume the worst, but Ezra just knows he’s alive and he’s somewhere out there. And then Hera comes in, giving them the bad news. Ezra is dumbfounded as to why Kanan evidently isn’t worth going after. And Hera’s trying her best to explain why they can’t without letting in on the whole huge thing going on. Their conversation/argument here is absolutely so raw, so real… seeing Ezra bent and determined to save Kanan and Hera wanting that as much as he does, but not able to do it. I can’t begin to imagine what it’d be like in this situation, it’s either save one or save them all. And even if you know that one would want you to save them all, even at his own expense, it doesn’t make it any less difficult. Ezra is definitely having a hard time grasping this. And understandably so, as this isn’t the first time he’s lost someone. He walks off in a huff, just done with this conversation.
Going into Kanan’s quarters, who would he find there but Chopper! And while it seems Chopper would rather deny it… the little droid clearly misses Kanan. I always knew Chopper had a soul πŸ™‚ It’s sweet as, in his attempt to leave, Ezra sorta ends up giving Chop a hug. And you know, an interesting thing to think about is, on the first character introduction video for Chopper back in the day, it was implied that the Rebels put him together. Sooo there’s a chance that not only is Kanan his master, but also his maker. Wow. I don’t blame you Chop… I may or may not really want to hug him right now, too… but anyway, Ezra knows what’ll cheer him up: a new plan.
And the plan is in motion. Cleverly, Ezra is able to get Sabine and Zeb out of the cockpit and into the Phantom, leaving Chopper in their place. And Chopper “accidentally” messes with the internal com, “accidentally” making it impossible for Hera to hear the Phantom departing. And once said ship has left the station, Chopper fixes it. But while the plan was pretty clever and flawless… you can tell Hera suspects something. She is not so easily convinced Chop would make a stupid move like that (Where were you back in the Clone Wars during the whole “Goldie” debacle?? She could’ve figured it out before anyone else!)
So as for Kanan… yeah I don’t think he was having the best of days. Kallus and Tarkin did all the torturing they could do, and Kanan’d remained resilient (For the record I’m really glad they didn’t show us how that droid-thing works… yeesh…). So they brought in The Inquisitor… and he knows a thing or two about torture. He seems to be using his own variety of mind trickery here, which is kinda crazy because I always wondered if darksiders could do mind tricks like the Jedi. Either way, whatever he’s doing, it’s definitely hurting Kanan. However, Master Jarrus still doesn’t break, and all he gives the ‘Quiz is the obvious: “I see you… growing more… and more… frustrated.” ZING! Quizzy is not amused. And oh right they’re might’ve been some… electric prods nearby… and Tarkin and The Inquisitor just stand and watch as they torture him once more. Again: NUUUUUUU KANAN WHYYYYYY!! ;A;
So as for our Rebels’ plan, it lead them to indeed their last resort — Vizago. Long time no see! When was the last time…? Oh yeah when you TOTALLY DITCHED US AND LEFT US AT THE MERCY OF THE ANGRY IMPERIALS AND EVEN THOUGH THE BATTLE WAS INEVITABLE YOU COULD’VE STOOD TO HANG AROUND AND HELP!! DID I MENTION ZEB NEARLY DIED? LIKE SERIOUSLY BRO…! Yeah I said it. Someone’s gotta chew this guy out, right? But there will be no chewing out today on part of the Rebels; Ezra knows he just might be able to help them. Vizago isn’t real fond of helping them out though, since their rebelling around made the Empire more of a threat to his business. But Ezra happens to know something that might make their goat-man friend a bit more willing. Despite Zeb and Sabine’s feelings on this plan… Ezra goes and lets the tooka out of the bag: Kanan — and himself — are Jedi. Vizago laughs it off until, of course, the floating crate. Young Bridger makes a deal that if Vizago helps them, the Jedi’ll owe him a favor. Yep this won’t come back to bite them later, now will it? Not to mention he could easily sell them out instead of getting them to do stuff for him. If Kanan makes it outta this one, he’s gonna be real thrilled to find out his rescue came with a catch. As Ezra goes to talk things over with Cikatro, Zeb’s “Oh we are so toast” expression says it all.
So aboard Vizago’s ship, they seal the deal with a bow. I love how confused Ezra is at first… “So… you want me to make your hair grow back? Jedi can do a lot of stuff but I don’t think I do much about that.” XD But all the formalities aside, Vizago happens to know something very helpful… since the loss of their tower, the Empire’s been using droid couriers to carry and transfer information. No saying they could find exactly what they’re looking for, but it’s their best shot. Now if only they weren’t currently indebted to a guy who would sell his mother to Jawas. Aside from that, it looks like our threesome’s gonna get away scot-freERMAGOSH HERA?!?! Uh-oh. They most definitely are toast.
Needless to say Hera’s really really not happy right now. Really really really really really really not happy. Part of their huge secret’s out and in the hands of one of the most scummy and villainous of all of Lothal’s scum and villainy. And just for a “maybe”, just for a tiny fraction of a possibility that they might be able to find Kanan. Chopper, watching this go down, makes a noise so obvious that he might as well as’ve spoken basic: “Uh-oh somebody’s in trouuuuubllllle…”. But while Hera’s mad… she can’t deny she wants this fraction of a possibility as much as these kids do. They might be risking it all, but it’s worthwhile risk as far as this team’s concerned. Onto their next mission! I’m sure Fulcrum will be doing some facepalming of his own when he gets wind of this mess “why do I even bother…?” πŸ˜›
So the plan is simple: to replace the next courier droid with Chopper. You’d think Chop would be willing to do whatever it takes to save his friend, but he really isn’t fond of this plan. He finally consents, but not without quite the groaning sigh.
Meanwhile, back to the Imperials, Tarkin and The Inquisitor had to pull the plug on their torturing if they wanted to keep their captive alive. I do find it funny that when Tarkin used the term “…like the Jedi of old” he basically just outed himself to be old too X) Anyhow, Tarkin don’t give up so easily, and he decides they need to take Jarrus somewhere where he’ll spill for sure. And since we all know where that is… *shudders*.
It was a normal evening on Lothal… and then the Rebels came to town. Sabine with blasters and Zeb with his buckethead-smashing skillz. Those ‘troopers didn’t stand a chance, and now this nervous-looking little Imperial ‘mech is in their hands. Now Chopper, rockin’ a red and black dome, sets out in the astromech’s place. And the Stormtroopers don’t notice a thing. Before you know it, Chop’s gone from Imperial Shuttle to Star Destroyer, and the Ghost is right behind them. GO CHOPPER GO!
Things go pretty well in step one, Chopper easily gets what he came for and the Imperials only think he’s malfunctioning. The Imperials don’t get too far though ’cause along comes the Ghost, firing its lasers and comin’ at that Destroyer at full speed! The crew takes a few hits as well, but thankfully, they have a little help from our nervous little ‘mech, who helps put out the small fire without question. For future reference, I’m calling this adorable unit “Imp”, short for Imperial. Just ’cause I want to πŸ™‚ Anyway, Chopper’s good at getting around unseen, and makes a quick escape out the Star Destroyer’s airlock. Man, you are one brave droid, Chop… just gonna go and meet back up with the crew while floating in space! You can tell he was pretty glad to be back on solid ground again, though. He does a little victory dance for his awesomeness, and then he meets Imp. It seems whatever conversation those two had didn’t make Chopper too happy. Zeb has taken a liking to this helpful little droid and decides the crew should keep him. Buuuuuuut Chopper’s determined to keep this a one-mech-household and curtly shoves Imp off the ship. REALLY CHOPPER?! Aw and just when we were starting to like the idea of having our own quirky droid duo! Zeb and Ezra’s expressions of shock are priceless XD Imp seems to be OK though… he landed in a field, surrounded by wild tookas. Of course, this could go either way, since tookas can sometimes be friendly and sometimes be nasty. Either way, may the Force be with you, Imp! We’ll be searching endlessly for you in the background in the original trilogy, hoping you made it somewhere with our Rebs! πŸ˜€
Back on board, Hera lets Ezra know how proud she is of his leadership out there and we’re all like “awwww!!” but then… Sabine finds out exactly where Kanan’s headed. Mustafar. And if we needed any further reason to be freaked out, Hera recounts what Kanan told her about that planet… that it’s “where Jedi go to die”… no emoticon accurately captures the absolute fear and distress I feel right now. But no matter what, the Ghost crew’s not leaving their friend/copilot/master/surrogate dad behind. Not without a fight. Not even in a situation as grave as this. And now I’m not sure I’ll be able to breathe again until next week. So until the final chapter of season one…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Attack Of The Jedi: A Closer Look

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

First of all, let’s give the Tom Kane narrator guy a round of applause; the guy just read a sentence that hardly made any sense. And his honest response “…I have no idea what I just read. Let’s just say that the bad guys are losing.” is said without missing a beat. OMG I’m sorry that’s too funny…
So the story opens up on a battle on Geonosis with Yoda, Artoo, Threepio, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the crackerjack team of younglings taking on the Sith and Separatists once again, and ultimately winning. Of course, the fact they’re on Geonosis again gets me thinking… didn’t Obi-Wan, in the TCW Season 2 episode Landing At Port Rain, tell Cody that the upcoming battle would be the second time they’d had to take Geonosis? And Obi-Wan was all “I can’t believe we’re back here again… *frowny face*”. Well, I take it that he’s never exactly thrilled to hang out on that buggy planet, and who would be? My theory is simple: the Geonosis four-parter was a lot harder than this three-minute battle, so I suppose it only counted as taking Geonosis twice. What we’re seeing in the beginning of this escapade is more like a skirmish. And I think we tend to forget that, you know, Geonosis is a planet, not a country. There could easily be a small battle going on in one part while the whole “brain worm” debacle would be coming up elsewhere before long. I guess that makes sense… let’s just go with it, ‘k?
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So yeah, the good guys were compeletely pwning the Clone Wars. Funny to think that there was a time in the earlier days of the war when victory was so common, the Senate became a dance floor. Of course, this is Lego SW, which tends to be on the lighter side versus TCW itself when it was sort of a victory-loss-victory-loss sort of pattern on a regular basis (one of these days I ought to try and keep score). And when you think of the fact that in their latest battle, the Jedi just whupped Dooku, Ventress, Grievous, Maul (yuuuupp he’s still hanging around…), and an entire droid army! In ONE LITTLE SKIRMISH. What’s up with that? The fearsome foursome, known for their insane evilness and killing tons of good folks, are forced to abandon ship when Yoda and his gang show up! Wow… but I guess if we’re talking early in the Clone Wars era, Ventress and Grievous are still rookies in the Sith game, and for pete’s sake, Dooku and Maul aren’t too great at evil planning. So I suppose that makes sense. But yeah, Palpatine’s putting on his fake smile on the regular as he makes note of the Republic’s latest win. Also: could this be one of the most interesting Senate meetings ever? Not necessarily because of what was being discussed, but because of Lando Calrissian Sr. and a Basic-speaking wampa with a British-y accent, both reppin’ their planets XD The wampa totally caught me off-guard and got me laughing for ten minutes after the joke was over!
So just as Palpatine stops the pre-party party at his words of “caution”, Commander Cody has made a very interesting discovery: the fearsome foursome are all on Mustafar! And the Jedi are like “BOOM! We got this in the bag!” and are off to what they assume to be their newest victory. Of course, Palpatine just heard all of this and has a chance to surprise attack the Jedi’s surprise attack… >:)
Why exactly are all the baddies in one place? Because after deciding that Sith clones weren’t the way to go, they decided they need to fight fire with fire… or in this case Padawans with… “Bad-awans”.

They figured they needed their own crackerjack team of adventurous kids to help them win! I found this concept quite fascinating; whenever we’ve seen Sith apprentices, they tend to be on the older side. Mostly because, I guess, Force-sensitive people have a choice between sides, and the Jedi just happen to be better at getting to these kids first. Ventress and Dooku were both ex-Jedi, Savage Opress kinda got pulled into it without much choice (not that he’s really Force-sensitive, I don’t think…), Grievous and Maul? Who knows. Soooo… my questions are where on earth (figuratively speaking) did they find this class of Sith Padawans? And the evil little astromech? (Goldie isn’t the only one, I guess…) Perhaps they were all delinquent Jedi students? The kids that all got a “clouded future” report from Yoda? Frankly, I’m scared to ask about the droid. But yeah, they come off pretty cool at first, but the fact that these kids turn on their new masters pretty quickly… well, as far as Dooku and his gang are concerned, that makes them not so cool. THE TWI’LEK GIRL INSULTED MAUL’S LIGHTSABER WHAT THE HECK?! You have to have a seeeeeeriously awful attitude and a serious lack of fear (not to mention a serious lack of respect) to be able to make fun of who is arguably the most terrifying of these second-banana Sith! Perhaps the reason the Sith don’t have younglings is because the kids are literally meaner and harder to control than young adults. The Sith’s little team has a nice lineup of “knights”, a bunch of tough-beans Badawans, and a quirky little darkside droid… all they need is their wise old leader, their “Yoda” shall we say, Darth Sidious, and they will be truly fighting fire with fire!
Buuuut Sidious? He’s sitting in a cockpit crammed in with Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Threepio. His plan was going awesome and he was just swaggering out of his office singing “I AM SO GONNA WIN, GONNA WIN, GONNA WIN…!” to the tune of The Imperial March when he had to switch back to his faux friendly persona at the sight of Master Kenobi and Young Skywalker. So yeah, they naturally wanted to join up and protect him, and it’s all awkwardness and surpressed rage from Palpatine for the rest of the ride. Oh, and that awkward moment when Grievous showed up outside the shuttle window. BWAAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAAA! XD

Though in all seriousness, a part of me sits and watches this and screams “HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THIS, GUYS?! THE TRAGEDY YOU COULD’VE AVOIDED!!” But you’ve got to love the irony and humor of Palpatine’s little “identity crisis” throughout The Yoda Chronicles all the same.
But yeah, naturally, to cover up for Grievous showing up claiming he’s a fellow employee, Palpatine commenced a chase scene and had the entire fleet head after him. Whiiiiiich naturally led to an asteroid field and basically, the entire armada of good guys got creamed and stranded on an asteroid. I must not neglect to mention how fun it is to watch Anakin and Obi-Wan fighting over how to put the pieces of their fleet back together πŸ™‚ Annnnnyway… with the Jedi Temple Bus/Battleship the only thing left standing, the Padawans know just who could help our Republic friends… JEK-14, the “Phantom Clone”.
So currently, JEK is hanging out on Endor, helping out the ewoks. Makes sense in retrospect. I admit I questioned both Naboo and Mandalore, but certainly they’ve had their share of scuffles. Aside from the ferocious beasts, witches, and the occasional crashed ship, Endor’s probably on the top ten list of the most peaceful SW-sian locales. Oh yeah… and the traps. *Sighs* Ackbar tried to tell you… XD
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Though anyone else wonder how it is a guy in clone armor managed to befriend the ewoks when in a couple decades they’d go and beat the crud out of guys in very similar armor? Food for thought.
So once again, a bunch of Jedi come to the doorstep of a pacifist sort and ask for a helping hand and well… you know… the pacifist’s all “no way, no how, forget it.” And that’s still how JEK-14 feels right now. I mean, helping fix up the ewoks’ home is more his game right now, and clearly he still wants nothing to do with the Jedi and Sith sides of him. Usually in these scenarios, you send in The Negotiator, or another peaceful sort… but today, the Jedi send in Bobby. If the Jedi are trained in charm, it’s doesn’t surprise me, especially when Bobby’s sweet little puppy dog eyes pretty much turn around JEK’s final answer just like that. “All right, but only because you asked nicely and smiled.” Also: do you guys really think that Yoda looks weird when he smiles? I don’t think that!

So while JEK joined the Jedi to help piece together their fleet, Palpatine got left on Endor with Threepio and all the happy little ewoks. I can’t help but laugh at how his day is slowly becoming the WORST. DAY. EVER. X)
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Meanwhile, in a glorious show of the Force at its finest, JEK-14 puts the fleet back together in the form of a huge, amazing ship (that for whatever reason reminds me of The Axiom in WALL-E…). And it’s in this scene that we see once again Anakin and Luke’s crazy resemblance when he’s all “I don’t believe it.” and JEK is all “And that is why you fail.” Sooo one of Yoda’s most soul-stirring quotes was borrowed from someone else? Ehhhh it’s best not to think about it… anyway, with their new ship, the good guys headed out to Mustafar sending their kind-hearted farewells JEK-14’s way. In that moment, JEK starts to have a change of heart, and right on cue with many of these hard-headed peaceful-y sorts, he now decides to do more to help his Jedi friends.
So as for Palpatine? After having taken more than enough ewok singing and dancing, he pretty much cracks, fakes an ewok allergy, and makes a dash to JEK’s ship, leaving Threepio behind, wondering what just happened. Of course, this doesn’t work well in the future Emperor’s favor, because Grievous once again shows up at the worst possible moment and thinks that it’s JEK-14 in the cockpit… and yeah, he kinda blew it up. Palpatine was not happy. AT. ALL. But at least he finally made it to Mustafar and was able to kick those Badawans into gear… right as the good guys showed up. From then on out, the battle is kinda crazy as the Chancellor “helps” one side and the Emperor helps the other. Just when it seemed the Jedi had lost, JEK-14 shows up on his hastily-constructed little Lego speeder-thingy. And he ulimately fries the baddies, especially considering what Dooku and Grievous put him through last time around. Yes, it’s REVENGE OF THE JEK-I! #terriblepunalert
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In the end, the Republic is victorious once more, having themselves a Calrissian-style dance party. Well, Palpatine is still hanging around playing his nice old man card, but for now, we don’t need to worry about that. Except perhaps for the fact that he gave a friendly pat on the back to Anakin, who’d been a bit of a sourpuss at JEK getting all the glory…
“…I think you’re a great Jedi.”
“Thanks. And you’re a good man.”
“And you are an excellent judge of character…”
Whoop, here we goez.
As for JEK, who knows what his future holds? Here’s hoping it’s going to involve a generally peaceful lifestyle that won’t end in some manner of SW-sian tragedy. Perhaps a job making Legos πŸ™‚
And then there’s Threepio. He’s stuck going out of his circuits while the ewoks sing their little song instead of helping him out of yet another trap (well, they think he’s a god, remember? They probably thought he could get himself out!) Hahahaha. XD
So what a fantastic series we’ve had to enjoy this year! Exciting, funny, heartfelt, and all-around fantastic! So until another Lego special rolls around, I’ll still be looking for more to chat about in the Star Wars Universe!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

SW Summer Reads – Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth

If you’re wondering why there hasn’t been a blog in a while… I suppose you can blame it on all these crazy SW-related happenings happening on a day-to-day basis. Between rewatching TCW episodes I haven’t seen in forever, finally seeing The Ewok Adventures movies, and all this crazy exciting new SW news in general (including a rumored Clone Wars Soundtrack… aw yeahhhh!), it’s been difficult to figure exactly what to blog about! And by the time I finally got to rereading the book I’m blogging about, writing notes about it, and getting all prepped to make a post, I just had to catch a cold! 😦 Sigh… such is life oftentimes, but now at last I’ve got my creativity regained (I usually lose some of it when I get the sniffles and have to wait until I’m well again to get it back; To make it clearer, I stink at writing and drawing when I’m sick) and everything ready to make a fantastic new blog!
So, to explain this new series of posts I’m calling Star Wars Summer Reads…
As a SW fan, I love reading SW stories. Love ’em. After I finally got acquainted with the Prequel Trilogy in 2011, I was excited to read some SW fiction for realsies, because after all, watching Episode I alone helped me understand and have a greater appreciation for the Originals. But well, there’s something rather intimidating about the section of Timothy Zahn novels at my library… I didn’t know where to begin! To me personally, I prefer SW stories that involve the characters I’m familiar with in timelines I’m familiar with, that mainly feature the good guys and keep them good guys (I’ll be honest, folks, there’s small chance I’ll ever read Dark Empire), and are legit Star Wars without being confusing (as I am still a Padawan SW fan). So I found the best place for me to start was in my library’s children’s section. Not saying I’ll never read the “grown-up” SW novels (especially considering that I really want to meet this Mara Jade I’ve heard so much about), but for now, this is where my comfort zone lies. Anyway, my library have two shelves of just their SW young readers’ fiction… and I just ate. it. up! That day, a few weeks past seeing Episode I, I grabbed ahold of Grievous Attacks (a novelization of TCW Season 1 episodes Rookies, The “Droid” 2-Parter, and Lair of Grievous) and Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth. Since then, I have enjoyed three particular series: Jude Watson’s Jedi Quest, Paul and Hollace Davids’ Jedi Prince, and Ryder Windham’s The Clone Wars: Secret Missions. I thought it’d be fun to give you guys a Closer Look and my thoughts on each series’ first book. So now if you haven’t read them, you can read them and then read the following blogs and enjoy my random ramblings and spazzings on each. I’ll eventually get to the other chapters in each series, but until then, you can enjoy the ride! I’m writing a Closer Look on each of these books in chronological order of its happening in the SW galaxy, so it makes sense to start off with the series that meets in between Episodes I and II. Now, making the jump to LIGHT READ!
Ugh that was terrible… I’m sorry… (HyperCollinsSpace?) AGAIN. I’m SORRY. I’ve got too many SW reading puns… just you wait until Star Wars Reads Day! If you’re not annoyed now, you will be… πŸ˜›
Grievous Attacks was the first SW book I ever read, (I hadn’t really seen much of TCW at the time but I knew enough to feel comfortable reading it) but as for Jedi Quest… that was the first SW fiction I ever read! Rereading this past week has been fun, especially considering I barely remembered what happened in it. Bottom line, when I first read Jedi Quest, it was right around a difficult couple of days in my life and I barely remembered the book itself. Plus, it’s been over two years, so it was overdue for a reread anywayz.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth, and various TCW Episodes Blue Shadow Virus, Deception, The Gathering (and the episodes that follow), Revenge, and The Lawless.
Cover Art of Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth
Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth, is written by the awesome Jude Watson and is the kickstarter for her Jedi Quest series. The Path To Truth is sort of the #0, as it precedes the events of the following series and can be read separately from the rest of the series, so it’s simply referred to as Jedi Quest on the cover. Just don’t want us get confused when I do my next blog on the actual series’ first chapter. Upon rereading this book, I was shocked that I had forgotten so much of this story’s intense fights, daring escapes, and raw emotions! At the time I’d first read it, I had only just seen Episode I, so it was a perfect bridge to seeing Episode II several months later. Ms. Watson has some serious skills when it comes to writing; the way she gets into the minds of Obi-Wan and Anakin is astounding… so if you haven’t read this yet, go and read it! It’s nothing new (in fact, it was written a year prior to Episode II’s release, 2001), so you shouldn’t have too much trouble digging it out of your library. But still, it’s so so worthwhile!
The story opens in a pretty planet-shaking flashback of a younger Anakin on what began as a perfect day on Tatooine. Perfect weather, no work, and a picnic with a friend… what could possibly go wrong, right?? Well, as any SW fan knows, peace and perfection will often be interrupted by something like war, battles, bounty hunters, explosions, etc… in this case, it was a very sad thing as Anakin’s community was hit by a slave trader named Krayn (using the term “slave trader” loosely here; the guy’s horrible! But you knew that). My heart breaks for dear little Anakin as he sees his friend lose a parent and his mom in mortal fear. Poor kid… it’s hard to ignore what exactly shaped his life. Give us about six years later, and the tides have shifted; Anakin’s a Jedi Padawan and he’s helping Obi-Wan drive through… Illum, of all places. It’s funny to think that Anakin’s only twelve and may I repeat HE’S DRIVING?! Not all the way of course, but dang. How must it feel for Obi-Wan here to admit that his very young apprentice can drive better than he can? XD
It’s like poetry reading what Ms. Watson wrote from Master Kenobi’s point of view. You see this side of Obi-Wan that we don’t see a whole lot; a more vulnerable, caring side. Not that he doesn’t ever come off as such (Anakin to Obi-Wan: “How can you be so calm?!” “I’m not; I just hide it better” – TCW Season 1 episode Blue Shadow Virus), but as my theory still states, a part of him is trying to be a “perfect Jedi” after all of the mistakes he’s made in his youth and his standing as the likely youngest Jedi to have a Padawan, so of course he sticks to his “focused Jedi” guns. This book, and the other Jedi Quest books to follow, give us a lot of time to see into this awesome guy’s heart and soul. And being a huge fan of Obi-Wan, it’s TOO MUCH AWESOME!! X3 It’s really something seeing the way these two work together, especially as what started out as a lightsaber-building excursion became an intense near-death fight with a herd of vicious gorogodons (don’t you just love when stuff like this happens?! πŸ˜› )! I think to call the battle “nail-biting” would be the understatement of the century (I don’t know how it is but I spent a whole lot of reading this book crying, gasping, and spazzing); I mean, Anakin was knocked off his feet for a long enough time for us to figure that Obi-Wan, who was already in over his head, was a goner. And then, sweet victory, Anakin makes his move at just the right moment and they both lived! Gosh, that was scary! OK OK we’re moving on from all that drama. Can you believe that it’s only been a couple chapters at this point??
So as you know, this is how Anakin made his lightsaber. It’s always interesting to note how many different ways I’ve seen lightsabers made… some make ’em hands-free (Barris Offee in the Clone Wars miniseries), some make them with friends and a cool droid (the younglings in TCW Season 5), and some just buy a SW Science Lightsaber kit from Toys R Us (that’d be me) πŸ™‚
My guess is that methods changed after the Clone Wars started so they could get it done faster, but IDK. This method is one I’m not entirely crazy about… it’s a pretty frightening, rattling experience from what this book exposes (and btw, this was one of the first ideas about this, as Illum and the lightsaber-making process are never seen in the movies). I never said it was easy, but this whole “shadows and visions” thing… that makes it a smidge harder. This particular chapter in the book was one of the hardest to read as it hits really hard emotionally, but its being deeply emotional is one of the things that make it such a great chapter despite its sadness. Obi-Wan’s vision is so heart-wrenching to read… this is one of those parts I really teared up reading. His vision was a repeat of Qui-Gon’s death. Ouch. No Maul involved, just the feeling of helplessness as Obi-Wan once again can’t do anything to help his dear master. And the vision repeats itself until it brings Obi-Wan to his knees in tears (you read that right: tears), even more so as the vision has some sort of message in it that our awesome Jedi can’t decipher. Exposing this side of Master Kenobi, like I said before, is one of the best things about the Jedi Quest series. But boy, is it hard to not get caught up in the emotion of the moment.
On the other hand, Anakin had two disturbing visions: one involving his mom getting kicked around by Krayn and another where he faced… Darth Maul. Obviously, the first vision is both heartbreaking and infuriating as images Anakin had tried to forget resurface in his mind, and young Skywalker takes it about as well as he um… usually does when someone hurts someone he loves (which isn’t very good, and especially not the case when he’s a Padawan). And while I could ponder on this vision and Obi-Wan’s for weeks and still wonder about their affect on the duo’s lives, the second one really deserves some conversation. When I read this first time around, the whole “Darth Maul returns” TCW episodes hadn’t aired yet; in fact, it was entirely unknown to me at the time. So the fact that Maul is not only challenging Anakin, but he’s doing a lot of talking, is absolutely surreal. I was all “When did Maul get so chatty??” Looking back, I’m quite shocked how accurate his dialogue is as compared to say, Maul’s disgusting taunting of Obi-Wan back on TCW Season 5’s The Lawless. And back when this book was written, it was still assumed that Maul was dead. Maul’s going on and on about how awesome Anakin would be in the Dark Side, and somehow Anakin managed to win this battle… for now, as Maul makes it clear that the little dark part of Anakin will always be there. Yikes. It’s certainly not the last future-foretelling vision Anakin would have, but it doesn’t make it any less of a harsh reminder. Creepier still, the lightsaber Anakin made seemed to be a gift from our Dathymir friend, just Anakin got a blue blade instead of the red one that Maul offered up in the vision. Again, yikes… how it is that Obi-Wan and Anakin just walked out of the Crystal Cave like nothing happened?! I guess the fact that they had themselves called for a mission before they even left the Cave.
It’d be worthwhile to take a minute and mention something I’d thought about as the duo gets their mission from the Council. Man, the reputation these guys must have around the Jedi Temple! Anakin being mostly distrusted and doubted and Obi-Wan being so young and all… the briefing went well in the long run, but it wasn’t without some serious awkwardness. Of course, that’s what comes from the fact that this mission involves one of Anakin’s least favorite people, Krayn. Obi-Wan sorta thought for ten seconds that maybe his Padawan wasn’t the one for the job, Anakin totes didn’t agree (that awkward moment when a Jedi Padawan speaks up entirely out-of-turn in the Jedi Council; see also Ahsoka Tano) and Obi-Wan had to backtrack his thoughts and try to pretend he didn’t say that. Boy, that’s a sour way to kickstart a mission. That and having to ride in a lovely, cramped, boxy Collicoid ship. Sounds like a lot of fun, right? Don’t worry, it gets better. So, the ride begins and Obi-Wan has to take some time to reassure Anakin that he still trusts his abilities. You see through Obi-Wan’s thought process that it truly isn’t easy being a Jedi Master, nor is it easy living up Qui-Gon’s legacy. But the obvious (dare I say it) love he has for Anakin and for Qui-Gon is a constant motivator despite the difficulties.
We also learn a few intriguing things from Master Kenobi… a) he was once temporarily suspended from the Jedi Order at 13 (WHUT?!), b) Qui-Gon had a Padawan prior to him, Xanatos, who turned to the Dark Side, and c) An old Jedi friend of Obi-Wan’s has switched sides and is working for Krayn. I still don’t know all the deets on the first two, but the third one we’ll get into soon. Because thennnn Krayn ended up attacking the ship. You know how they say “be careful what you wish for”? Anakin’s learned the meaning of that one, big-time. Thankfully, the genius mind of Obi-Wan’s and the exceptional abilities of Anakin are on it. This is where the fun begins…
It would’ve been a much shorter, less complicated mission if Anakin hadn’t decided to go face Krayn… but I suppose it would’ve been a much shorter book then, too. Whyyyy do Padawans do this?? They just go off thinking they can fight anybody and then they get into trouble and their Master has to get them out of it! Of course, it’s not worth complaining about, but I was certainly ranting that right after Anakin did as such.
The trouble wasn’t Krayn this time, it was a girl named Zora. Obi-Wan knew her better as Siri; Adi Gallia’s Padawan and one of his best friends. She kidnaps Anakin, Obi-Wan outs her for leaving the Jedi Order, Siri fires back her distaste for the Jedi, and Anakin’s all “Master, could you just reprimand her over the internet and, I don’t know, consider SAVING ME?!”. #Awkward
So when one misplaces their Padawan and starts suspecting the Collicoids, it’s best to dig up some info, and Obi-Wan is especially good at digging up info. Somehow, he does a lot of it at eateries. We all know about Dex’s Diner in Episode II, but prior to that, he stopped at Didi and Astri’s CafΓ©. I love how Obi-Wan has so many awesome friends here and there and everywhere. We get the chance to meet Didi, a guy who initiated an unexpected mission for Qui-Gon a while back (uh yes, he is a guy despite the name), and his daughter Astri. What could be a better combo? Good food, good friends, and some good information delivered on the side πŸ™‚ Oh, and free hugs! You’ll need ’em if the tip from your friend takes you to the seedy Coruscant underworld.
So getting back to that whole “Zora/Siri” thing… Obi-Wan, after some thought, believes now that she wouldn’tve abandoned the Jedi, and the Council proves his assumption to be true. Siri was indeed part of a mission spying on Krayn by masquerading as a pirate. Remember that Obi-Wan/Rako Hardeen craziness back in TCW Season 4? I get why the Jedi do things like this, but these are both situations when faking your death or pretending to go rogue don’t sit well with those left out of the plan. I for one was super happy that Siri was still a good guy; see, I somehow totally forgot her role in this book, but I remembered her better in her role in the first book of the Jedi Quest series The Way of The Apprentice from reading it for the first time last year, where she was a really cool, strong, and dedicated Jedi. So when I first read the stuff about Zora being Siri once, I had to question “Is this the same girl?!” She is, but she’d never truly been a bad girl to start with. Thank goodness… Siri is truthfully one of my fave SW fiction characters.
And what about poor Anakin? Yes, Siri is protecting him, but he’s also a slave in the Nar Shadaa spice mines. Under Krayn and his droids. A slave… again… that stinks beyond belief. The excellent description makes this terrible world a reality to the reader. But despite the horribleness of the situation, Anakin brings a little hope and an unexpected helping hand to the slaves around him, one of those being a Twi’lek woman named Mazie… and she was kind of a jerk to him! But that shouldn’t surprise us too much, considering what Shmi said about how generous and kind to others Anakin is in Episode I. In the long run, they become good friends. All the while, Anakin still holds out for his Master to rescue him
Not too far away, that’s what his Master intends to do, and he’s going to do so disguised as a slave trader. And he might also fight a wookiee henchman along the way (letting the wookiee win is out of the question; if he wins, Obi-Wan loses).
Meanwhile, despite getting into their own brand of hot water, unexpected friends Anakin and Siri have their own rescue to perform: that of Krayn’s slaves. I love how they mesh together; while some of Obi-Wan’s wisdom has rubbed off on her, Siri still maintains an understanding of both the awesomeness and frustration of working with him, in a way that relates well with Anakin. She has a good sense of wit and sarcasm amidst the insanity of it all.
“…He has this habit of telling you the truth just when you don’t want to hear it.” – Siri, on Obi-Wan in this chapter. That’s so true XD
So as they put their heads together to escape their cell, meet up with Master Kenobi, and free the slaves, it’s plain and evident they’re fast friends and work together awesomely, just as it seems was the case for Siri and Obi-Wan not too long ago.
Now, with the plan falling perfectly into place, you’d think everything would stay that way, right? But somehow, we find Krayn and Anakin staring each other down, and this time around, Anakin’s got his lightsaber. Hoo boy… this will get ugly… throughout the fight Anakin is fighting with himself as to why he’s doing this – for himself in anger or for others in justice. I mean, I’m personally glad he managed to defeat Krayn, but I do have to wonder if Anakin truly did the right thing. Anakin pushed away any thought that what he was doing was wrong with the thoughts that this was justice. But is his definition of justice correct? I myself am not entirely sure. D’oh, my head always hurts when I start going on these “Was this character truly right or wrong?” thoughts. I mean, we all know where Anakin ends up in the long long run in the SW universe and this had to have had an effect, but has Anakin always been wrong in his defeating of truly terrible villains? It’s worth some more thinking, but not right now.
It’s oftentimes a little jarring to have such a dark moment followed shortly by a light, victorious, satisfactory ending. Siri’s back to where she should be, the galaxy’s rid of Krayn, a ton of slaves are free, and the awesome threesome that is Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Siri are heading back to Coruscant in class and comfort by Senatorial escort. Even a sweet farewell between Anakin and Mazie. All is well for the moment. Yet we’re left with some concern from Obi-Wan, but he reassures himself he’ll continue to do his best to make a true Jedi out of his Padawan.
So of course, there had to be a whole series to follow this story, to tell more pre-Clone Wars tales of a younger Anakin Skywalker becoming a Jedi. Despite it may come off a tad dark in parts, Jedi Quest is an awesome awesome 5-star book and it remains a favorite of mine (even if all the SW books I’ve read have become favorites). And now you’ve managed to read through my longest blog to date, so that’s cool. So you can get excited for the next SW Summer Reads blog next week! Yayyyyy πŸ™‚ Until then…
Keep The Peace,
– Twilight