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The Resistance Report: The Children From Tehar

It’s time for another Resistance Report! This should be a good one 🙂 If you’re looking for intel on The Children From Tehar, look no further! Unless of course if you’re with the First Order, in which allow me to show you the door. No? OK good, let’s go!

Contains spoilers from Episode VII and Resistance episode The Children From Tehar.

I know I say it a lot, but Kaz really is such a good boy. We see that shine through very clearly this episode as he willingly takes on a huge challenge in hopes of repaying Tam, and then as he willingly takes a great risk to save the kids. But at the same time, Kaz never loses sight of the fact Kel and Ella need his help, even when he’s not aware of the whole situation, and you gotta admire that. It’s never just a job to him. But selfless as Kaz is, Neeku can still teach his friend a thing or two about true generosity. Doesn’t matter how little Neeku has, he’s unrelentingly kind and doesn’t hesitate to meet a need, be it a quick drink or an important remedy. So, yeah, they’re both such good boys! It’s great hanging out with them in this one!

And can I just say I adore the chelidae? I think they just won the “Cutest New Species” award! I really can’t get over how intriguing and perfectly-Star Wars their design is. And though they’re not the first turtle-people we’ve seen in SW (remember the Felucian farmers in TCW’s Bounty Hunters?), their hulking, shell-clad frames sets them apart in a way that’s fresh and unique. Also I love that their grunt-speak is courtesy of the amazing Frank Welker! ‘Bout time he got into Star Wars! Unless I’ve forgotten…

Perhaps the most intriguing topic for me this episode would be some of the mystery surrounding Kylo Ren. The mention of his name made my eyes widen. Knowing he’s the reason these kids are alone and on the run, knowing he likely used the same brand of cruelty on their family as he did with the village on Jakku in Episode VII… that made my heart break. But there’s also a lot of curiosity here for me. Was Kylo looking for traces of his missing uncle? Or could there be something worse he’s up to? Like… *shudders* Jedi-killing…? What if he was going out of his way to find Force-users and try to recruit them for his Knights, and then when they refused he’d “show them the Dark Side”? That’s a terrifying thought. And whatever happened, what does any of this have in connection to the First Order’s greater plans, as Phasma seems to imply? I can’t help but wonder. I mean, there’s still so much I feel I don’t know right now. Again, I know the broad strokes of VII and VIII and how that connects to the series, but after years of feeling like I understood the Star Wars galaxy inside and out (even if, in truth, that has never been the case), it’s a tad disorienting to realize how much there is about this time and place in the Sequel/Resistance era that I don’t know. When does this series take place, exactly? Is it years before VII? Is it weeks before? How long has the Resistance been around? Same for the First Order? How long has Ben been wearing that mask? Sometimes these unanswered questions have my analytical writer’s brain running around like a panicked chicken screaming “AHHHHH!! SOMEONE’S GOTTA GET ME SOME CLEAR DETAILS OR I’M GONNA EXPLODE!” But I’m sure this series will shed some light on all my ponderings in time, and I’m sure some further reading would help, too. And no matter what, it’s OK that I don’t know everything about SW — I likely never will. And still, really, just knowing that Kylo Ren is actively up to something right now, that consequently a few in the galaxy have some idea of this dark figure, is an intriguing development all by itself. Who knows what we might discover next?

And now, for a sort-of new feature to the blog, Twilight’s Highlights! Formerly Fangirly Musings, I’ll now be doing these with every more in-depth post to highlight the wonderful little things that I couldn’t write a whole paragraph on.

– DON’T MAKE TAM ANGRY, Y’ALL. YOU WON’T LIKE HER WHEN SHE’S ANGRY. This situation probably wouldn’tve gone well either way, but at least it led Kaz to the kids, right?
– Wasn’t the water free last episode? I’d say that’s just Aunt Z’s way of getting back at her apparently cheapest customer, but what if there really is some unfair rationing going on courtesy of the FO? Hmmmm…
– I feel sorry for BB-8 this episode. He keeps getting tripped over! It’s tough being a little guy.
– I love that Neeku makes friends so easily. You’d think a bright smile in a tough galaxy wouldn’t win over people so easily, but Neeku is living proof that’s not always the case!
– Bro the view from Doza’s office is amazing. I get why everybody wants that #TowerLife. Hehe now I’m imagining Captain Doza with an Instagram account posting all kinds of FOMO-inducing photos with that hashtag XD
– Ok wow I just remembered that Phasma lied about the kids’ true identities to Doza. Not surprised she’d want to keep Ren’s doings under wraps. She probably also knew that Doza, as a father himself, would sympathize with the situation one way or another. The silver-clad captain plays her cards well. Probably nothing you guys don’t already know, but fascinating to observe in retrospect.
– Kel and Ella, personality-wise and relationship-wise, remind me a bit of Mace and Cindel in the Ewok Adventures movies. And with the friendly kind-of-ewok-like chelidae around, the similarity is even stronger!
– I’m yet to be convinced that Commander Pyre isn’t trying to one-up Captain Phasma in the shiny armor department. It’s an epic look, but seems to me he’s fishing for attention with that much gold bling XP
– Pfft I love how Kel is so much stronger than Kaz XD
– Awwz I so want to pet a gorg now :3
– ELLO ASTYYY!! *Flails about fangirling*

Until next report…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Following The Freemakers: Crossing Paths

OK now the Freemakers posts are back in full swing. At least until Rebels gets here anyway. Oh goodness I missed doing these! This post ought to be interesting as it’ll be written from the perspective of when I first saw it, so I’m not going to allude to anything that happens after this episode. So if you’re still behind a few episodes, the Force is with you! But either way, I’m excited to be bringing you a Closer Look commentary on Crossing Paths!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, Episode VII, and Freemakers episodes Zander’s Joyride and Crossing Paths

We open up on a slightly different side of the galaxy today as we find a team of Rebels pursued by TIEs. And two of those Rebels look awfully familiar… hmm. I was going to lead up to this with some poetic descriptions of the two but I’m so excited I can’t wait any longer IT’S LUKE AND LEIA!!! >W< I had no clue we'd run into such major players this early in, but oh it's so so wonderful seeing them again! And not only is Luke doing his fantastic piloting again, Leia's manning the aft guns! SHE'S BLASTING TIES IN A SPACE BATTLE!! Put that on the list of SW things I never knew I needed to see until I saw them! I mean, Leia is always awesome whatever she’s doing, she don’t got anything to prove. It’s just seeing her copiloting a Y-wing (and blasting TIEs) is so so utterly cool! I think we can all agree on that! Sorry for fangirling all over the place but it’s just one of the awesomest things in the whole episode. Anyway, a combination of clever maneuvers, a shortcut across a rocky asteroid, Leia’s firepower, and some assistance from Ben ultimately win the day for the Skywalker twins. But not without their Y-wing taking some damage… and their best bet is at The Wheel…
The Wheel is home to what some would call the “worst repair station in the galaxy”, but what I would call “the friendliest family-owned repair station in the galaxy”. Granted I’m very biased. Were I a regular citizen of the Galactic Empire, they probably wouldn’t be my first choice for repairs either though, since my knowledge of vehicles is limited and I’d probably be dumb and depend on which place had the best customer reviews as versus the most heart. It’s hard to say really for sure, but I probably should stop talking about me and get back to talking about the Freemakers, who just received a visit from our old friend Wic Cooper. Is it wrong that I was sorta hoping he’d died when he got stuck in space after his Z-wing blew up? Love him as a character, but as a person he’s kinda a jerk. Well I guess every SW baddie (or somewhat baddie-ish sort) deserves a shot at redemption. And then Wic called Zander a womp rat and I lost all respect for him again. Not to mention the fact he came back here just ’cause he likes messing with the starship-obsessed child. (well it also had something to do with a coupon but dang it he’s rich a coupon is just mean at this point!) But Kordi masterfully and professionally takes it all in stride.
Meanwhile, Naare is off on secret “Jedi business” and Rowan is absolutely thrilled at the very prospect of coming along. Rowan’s been doing a lot of growing up lately so it’s nice to see that he’s still got that excitable nature he had at the beginning. In his excitement Rowan shows Naare his Force skills and picks up a couple of bricks… right in front of Mr Cooper. Naare solves the problem with some mindtricking but again reminds her padawan to keep his abilities to himself. And with that she’s off to her “Jedi business”. At least after she barely avoids the Y-wing that crash-lands into the Freemakers’ hangar. Kordi’s cool with that though ’cause crash-landings usually need more… costly repairs. It’s impossible to keep the fangirl button on pause when we see Rowan and Kordi and Zander and Luke and Leia all in the same room. It’s downright amazing. And so begin the repairs as Rowan and Luke hunt down some spare parts in the Star Scavenger. But it seems Ro’s not the only one guarding some pretty big secrets when an Imperial feed goes out warning The Wheel’s residents of the dangerous rebel leaders who just arrived. Anyone else asking how they new? A few surviving TIE pilots? Naare took a glance back? I kinda don’t think it’d be the last one because she probably would’ve mentioned it to Vader and he’dve definitely made a big deal of it. Probably just a tracking device. That or Wic Cooper caught a glimpse of the Rebs and decided to ruin things. Also, “THEY MAY BE WEARING DISGUISES” *holo of Luke and Leia looking fabulous in fake ‘staches appears* XD XD Kordi is no longer interested in the money… at least until Leia adds five times the cost onto their already-high repair bill. Makes you wonder what would happen if an Imperial came by and offered five times that. Eh I betcha she wouldn’t take it. She’s into the money ultimately to protect her brothers and droid, she’s not going to fork over cash to someone who’d really cause them trouble. Oh and then here comes trouble! A graycoat and her posse of ‘troopers! Also yeah it’s very cool seeing a female Imperial out here. Just a nice change of pace. Did I mention though that Roger maaaaaaay have spilled motor oil all over the Star Scavenger‘s control panel? And in the process he inadverdently sent the ship off into hyperspace? Oooh boyyy. OK so now there’s one less Rebel in the hangar, but Zander and Kordi still have another to deal with… and she can’t hide in the trash bin forever. Especially when Imperial Bosslady points out the garbage incinerator. Luckily Leia has experience with avoiding refuse disposal-related injuries… even if an incinerator is totally different ballgame from a compactor. And then unluckily more stormtroopers come along. Aw crud.
With the door locked on them Luke and Rowan have no idea what R0-GR is up to, so Skywalker finally takes it into his own hands — with some assistance from the Force. Rowan is all O.O in a good way. And then Luke does it again to get ’em out of hyperspace, only then for his friend’s wise words about hyperspace travel safety to come back to mind as they pretty much crash head-on into Felucia. But in a magnificent flash of green, Skywalker carves out an escape route and gets him and Rowan to safety before the Star Scavenger hit the ground. Rowan is all-out fanboying at this point, and I do not blame him one bit. If only he wasn’t still sworn to secrecy regarding his own powers. Roger’s OK too, not that anybody cares XP
Elsewhere on The Wheel, Zander took care of their little buckethead problem with help from an old droid. “ZANDER FREEMAKER: SUPERSTAR HERO GUY!” Hehe I feel like I should start using a similar version of that line in everyday life, like “TWILIGHT545: SUPERSTAR HERO LAUNDRY DO-ER GIRL!” XD So while he dealt with them, Leia and Kordi headed for the turbolift to hide where the Imperials would never look — the Upper Ring. Only the richest get in there, and Leia, as the princess of Alderaan, qualifies. Kordi is kinda blown away by the notion this wealthy princess would put everything she has into the scrappy, small, works-hard-but-is-still-pretty-outgunned-in-most-cases Rebel Alliance. It sort of puts it into perspective for her that she’s done very little in the way of generous. I still believe her drive for credits still is rooted in a desire to protect her family, and that she’s still trying to do the right, selfless thing. But it’s also true that there’s still much they could do beyond themselves in a galaxy that’s just about falling apart. Anyone else want to go donate something now? Anyway yeeees that Upper Ring is indeed swanky. I mean, look at how much space there is! The Middle Ring is claustrophobic by comparison. Not to mention the free food. Kordi puts aside her thoughts on generosity for a while to focus on this glorious concept of “complimentary h’ors deurves”. They really do look seriously good. Probably wouldn’t be hard to recreate something similar in real life either. It’d be perfect for a party! And this has officially made me hungry now dangit. But oh look stormtroopers! So much for being safe here. In looking for a hiding place, the girls accidentally walk right on into Wic Cooper’s apartment. Oh joy.
Elsewhere on Coruscant, we finally catch up with Naare. And OMG I just realized this was Coruscant. Everything I just read in Tarkin is here! The fact the Emperor lives in the refurbished Jedi Temple, the way the city looks more industrial than artsy these days, everything! There’s something just fascinating to me about seeing the core’s capital in the OT era. Seeing it go from its bright grandeur in the Prequels to this sort of dark brooding melancholy under the Emperor’s rule is just really really cool. But that’s not the point. The Imperial agent’s here for a meeting with her bosses. Yikes I still can’t imagine working under their command, let alone attending a one-on-one with them. The Royal Guard offering kaffe isn’t so bad tho 🙂 Sidious takes it from a “standard performance review” to something a tad darker very quickly. I have imagined quite a bit of what might’ve been discussed. Probably a few “if you can’t do it, we’ll find someone who can!” sort of comments from the Darths. I believe Naare is driven mainly by a desire for power, and her dependence on Rowan’s crystal-sensing, and her powerlessness to control that or do something similar, is beyond aggravating. So having her bosses bring that up would probably throw her into rage mode. I’d wager some things were probably Force-thrown during that meeting. And probably a few people Force-choked… but I’m gonna stop now before this entire blog turns into a long list of headcanons.
So Rowan was absolutely amazed seeing what Luke could do with the Force as they repair the Scavenger. In the process, Rowan discovers some small flowers that bloom when the Force is used around them. Watching Luke quietly touching the buds with the Force and seeing them slowly bloom into beams of light is absolutely beautiful. Like seriously seriously beautiful. At this point all I could think of was that Luke would be an amazing master for Rowan. I love the almost master-like role Luke takes on with young Ken in the Jedi Prince series, and obviously I’m dying to know more about his relationship with Ben Solo and all the small Jedi kids he attempted to train. Point is, i love seeing Luke in the role of teacher, even in only these small glimpses. And somehow I could see this happening with these two young Jedi-in-training, something akin to Kanan and Ezra that would be absolutely amazing. And then suddenly came an ACKLAYYYYY!!! Which at first glance I find really cool because acklays are amazing but then I’m like “oh yeah it could kill them”. It didn’t seem to care too much about the padawans and the droid (it’s the second time R0-GR’S been spit out by something since they got here… at least, that we know of), but it does seem to like the Scavenger‘s hyperdrive motivator… and that could be a problem.
So under the guise of a cleaning crew, Leia and Kordi sweep away at Wic’s place. Kordi is needless to say pretty done with the jerk. Leia encourages restraint until they can make their escape. At least until Mr. Cooper makes an Alderaan joke. Then all bets are off. Um yeah respect levels for Wic Cooper are going into negative digits now. Bro. is. a. jerk. So I don’t blame Leia for a minute for knocking that guy clean through the wall. Yeah it meant that attracted the attention of stormtroopers again, but it was something well-overdue. Y’all don’t mess with #PrincessBosslady! Another awesome thing among many awesome things we get to see Leia do this lovely episode 🙂
The obvious answer to losing your motivator to a sharp-clawed multi-legged giant lizard is obviously to use the Force to get it out, right? Unfortunately all that resulted in was Rowan falling into the pit with the beast. I was mentally screaming “CONNECT WITH IT! CONNECT WITH IT! PULL AN “EZRA” AND CONNECT WITH ITTTTTTT!!!!” but I think Rowan’s better at connecting with Kyber Saber fragments than with critters. So Luke brilliantly distracts the acklay by throwing a few rocks at it and Force-grabbing Rowan. Unfortunately it was still purty mad and gave chase. Well, it was worth a shot.
In attempt to shake the ‘troopers off their tail, the girls ducked into a Middle Ring diner, but Kordi’s hiding spot wasn’t as good as she might’ve hoped. Lieutenant Estoc clearly looks forward to putting the young Rebel sympathizer beyond bars… but not if the Princess has anything to say about it. Leia turns the eaterie’s specials into lethal weapons and soundly kicks the graysuit into the path of a vacuum droid. “I know. Most people don’t expect this from a princess.” YOU JUST DONE GOT #BURNED! And Zander swoops in on Cooper’s bike like a boss, though he was a tad late to the party. Also… those storms blasting each other by accident? Ohhhh that was genius X3
So the young Jedi were still trying to figure out what to do about their little acklay problem. But ultimately, a comment from Luke inspires Rowan to take a different approach. By planting a long trail of these Force-flowers, they’re able to gently lead the acklay away with its own curiosity, not by fighting. And with every passing minute I more and more love the idea of Luke being Rowan’s master. I JUST STINKIN’ LOVE IT.
Rowan’s not the only one who did some growing up today. Kordi didn’t fully understand why Leia risked everything to save her, but it’s the Princess’s firm belief in self-sacrifice that gives Kordi an idea. It sure looked bad when TIEs brought down the Y-wing, but the Empire didn’t know there wasn’t a Luke or Leia in it! OK so sacrificing the ship isn’t quite quite literally self-sacrifice but it was pretty close. Actually, the real moment of self-sacrifice comes when Kordi sells Luke and Leia a Z-wing… with quite a Rebellion Hero Discount. Everybody, a round of applause for the Freemaker Bosslady. The Freemakers have officially taken their first step into a larger world.
So it looks like Naare had a successful day. Or not. She looks about ready to kill something. And then in walks Rowan, bringing her a Force-flower. Immediately I’m thinking “Oh shoot she could kill that thing just looking at it.” But little did I know how true that would be. They don’t fully explain how the Force-flowers work, but clearly it took one whiff of the hatred running through Naare and died. She rolls if off like nothing’s wrong. But Rowan… for the first time… looks at the woman he called “master” with uncertainty. Dare I say… suspicion. And it was about an hour before my eyes returned to their normal size. Of all the Freemakers, I figured Rowan would be the least likely to figure it out first. I’d had my money on Kordi the whole time, as she was the only one who really didn’t like her. It’s not that I ever thought Rowan was dumb, of course not. I just always loved how much faith he had in people, how he first looked at Naare with all the respect in the universe. He was so innocent, he didn’t deserve that burden. But… oh my… things are getting real up in here man. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Lost One

With only a few weeks left before Rebels comes out, it’s time to get down to the very last of The Lost Missions! Which of course reminds me that we’re getting down to the very last of The Clone Wars period… *sniffles* But within these last four Uncovering blogs are to be so much awesome that four posts can barely contain it! Seriously. So join me, will you, for a bit of discussion and thoughts on this incredible episode? 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode V, and TCW Episodes The Lost One


(Original screencap credit: Netflix)

So we get to see Plo Koon again (yayyyy!)… or not see.. I mean, that planet he went out to respond to that distress call is dusty like heck! Not the point, but seriously we can’t really see anyone in all this mess! Plo and the clones are searching high and low in the soup, but not really coming up with anything for a while. Untillll suddenly comes into the picture a crashed ship… (am I the only one wondering how a distress call came from a totally crashed abandoned ship? Was it sent a long time ago and it just didn’t reach the Jedi until now or what?) oooooh mysteriousss!! It’s even more mysterious on the inside, as yeah, it’s a totally crashed abandoned ship, emphasis on the “abandoned” part… it’s emptier than Palpatine’s soul (sorry not sorry)! Except then Master Plo finds something in the dust and debris… a lightsaber. That belonged to somebody. And that somebody might be someone we have yet to get some dirt on… all this junk is heading back to Coruscant!
So if you didn’t already know, that somebody would be Master Sifo-Dyas (*phew* I spelled it right!). This Sifo guy has always been a mystery to us SW fans… at least to me, anyway. I remember my curiosity and confusion watched Episode II for the first time, being all “Whuuuuut…? A Jedi said ‘Hey! Let’s make a clone army for whatever reason!’?”. And the thing about that was, I had been watching TCW for a few months at the time I saw Episode II (I already understood enough from just having seen Episode I to be able to enjoy TCW Seasons 1 & 2). And even now, after having watched all the movies and almost all the TCW, this Sifo-Dyas thing was something I still couldn’t figure out. Well, good thing The Lost Missions decided to answer those questions, right? Anyway, the Jedi are intrigued by Plo Koon’s find, but still as confused as we are. Obi-Wan knows what he heard, that on that fateful day he walked into the Kaminoan cloning facility, the Kaminoans were expecting Master Sifo-Dyas, who apparently was in charge of the whole cloning deal. And of course, Sifo-Dyas pulled that stunt entirely without asking the Jedi Council. Apparently, this guy was quite the rebel in his own right… just… not in a good way as far as the Jedi are concerned. But evidently, Sifo had figured they’d eventually need an army, even though the rest of the Jedi were all “Psh! You cray!”. But certainly no one was complaining when Yoda arrived in that gunship with a bunch of ready-to-fight-for-the-good-guys clonetroopers when droids and Geonosians had them surrounded! And ever since then, they’ve kinda dropped the subject. But now… the big questions have returned, and the Jedi are interested in getting some answers.
So they dropped by the temple library to get some answers. But things aren’t matching up… so Sifo-Dyas died trying to resolve conflict on Felucia, but exactly how is it the ship crashed? (OK maybe I’m just wondering that) And on top of that, the rest of the information on the case has been mysteriously locked up… by the supreme chancellor. Why am I NOT surprised about that? Yoda sends Obi-Wan and Anakin off to gather some dirt on Felucia, and Yoda decides to have a little talk with the Chancellor. Oooooh this is getting all so mysterious!!
But man oh man, am I the only one who shudders a little watching Yoda and Palpatine talk… kinda normally? It’s not the only time they’ve talked, I know, but as far as I can remember, the only time they’ve talked mano y mano! YeeEeeeEeeesh it just gives me the shivers… how is it this guy pulled off such a charade with such smart, strong Jedi around?! Just watching the Supreme Chancellor in this conversation… seeing him clearly play dumb and act like he doesn’t know stuff… I’ve been talking about how, throughout most of the episodes this season, he’s been particularly wily and sneaky and creepy, and yeah it’s all accumulating here. I mean, really… dude, we know you know something about all of this… a lot of somethings, actually. About Sifo-Dyas, about the clone army, about this wonderful plan of yours that the Jedi are completely oblivious to… all I can say is that he’s one good Sith, clearly, if he can play innocent around this amazing Jedi and not arouse his suspicions. Palpatine’s all “Hey look man, I wasn’t even in office at the time Sifo died. Go talk to Vallorum if you want answers!” and that’s what Yoda does… as the secret Sith gives his “little green friend” the creepiest, nastiest look ever upon his departure. Ohhh I literally got goosebumps people… YIKES.
As Yoda’s about to head out, he gets word from Obi-Wan and Anakin that, despite some communication difficulties with the Felucian natives, they’ve found out that another Jedi accompanied Sifo-Dyas on that fateful mission. The communication issues have kept them from knowing who it is, though, soooo yeah… “one of those days, it has been”, but at least Yoda’s got an idea where to head next.
So wow, it feels really crazy to be seeing ex-Chancellor Valorum in TCW. I honestly feel bad for the poor guy… he’d tried to do his best as chancellor back in the day and got kicked out of office by some swaggering Naboo senator (who, may we mention, turned out to be a Sith Lord). Ughhhh if he was going to get kicked out of office why couldn’t they have elected Bail Organa?!?! What grief you could have spared!! Sorry back on topic… the point was, it’s really interesting seeing Valorum again, no longer in the big chair, but doing all right, seemingly. Anyway, according to Vallorum, the reason for the secrecy was because Sifo was originally involved with some serious spice ring busting, and the then-chancellor didn’t want the very sensitive, potentially dangerous information to get out there at the time. But what he didn’t call for was that the Master would get sidetracked trying to make peace between the Felucian tribes, and well, not make it off the planet alive. So that explains the whole mix-up, I guess. As far as this other Jedi, Valorum has no clue what that was about, though he had sent his personal aide Silman along with Sifo-Dyas on that mission. Again, not exactly the info our heroes were looking for, but enough to lead them down another path, hopefully closer to finding the answer to their questions.
Meanwhile, yeahhh Sidious wasn’t too happy about this Sifo-Dyas mess coming up again, and he has to wonder if Dooku might’ve been responsible. The talk went over rather well, Sidious got his “stop-the-Jedi-at-all-costs” point across, Dooku got Force-choked by his boss’s hologram. Andddd I got a serious case of the heebie-jeebies watching the Darth do that. He don’t mess around, that’s for sure.
On the flipside, Obi-Wan and Anakin haven’t been able to find out anything about this Silman character from the natives, but they decide to take a turn to the Pikes, a crime gang on a moon nearish the locale where Plo found Sifo’s downed ship, to try and get some answers once more. And thankfully, the Pikes’ place isn’t all dust, dust, and more dust… our heroes dock into a relatively swanky set of digs, which leads to a long hallway where a guy of questionable integrity sits on a throne surrounded by “friends”. Looks like the dusty moon is also the perfect place to dig up some dirt (see what I did there?? Haha yeah I’m not funny). This guy of questionable integrity is somewhere between really cool and really creepy. Cool points go to his glowy purple eyes and his voice; creepy points go to his snakelike head and the whole “questionableness” about him. As per us'[ual], even though Anakin just plain wants to get it done and done, Obi-Wan takes a bit more colloquial route and willingly accepts a friendly drink from this dude of questionable integrity. Then Master Kenobi picks up on something… the necklace this guy’s wearing has what looks like Valorum’s crest… something that Silman guy probably wore. Our new friend isn’t too keen on talking about it, and naturally it takes Anakin about three seconds before he takes matters into his own hands. Yup, classic Anakin and Obi-Wan negotiating! Woo-hoo…! Eh, it kinda works. Surprise of surprises, this Silman guy’s alive! And our Pike friend is (seemly) happy to oblige in letting our heroes meet the guy. Apparently this Lord Tyrannus character wanted Sifo-Dyas dead and the Pikes were like “OK cool.” and helped in such, but decided to keep a hold on Silman, just in case. So amidst the bowels of this swanky hangout is a dungeon, and in one of those rooms lies someone who could seriously help our heroes piece together the puzzle. Orrrr maybe… not? Let’s just say that Silman’s not who he used to be; he’s kind of a quintessential crazy old man, except with a little extra insanity sprinkled on top. Hehe I love that Silman takes Anakin’s offering of food akin to Yoda’s taking Luke’s food in Episode V… well, except for the fact that Yoda wasn’t crazy like this guy is… er… yeah. Mainly because Silman decides to use it for a tea party with his grub friends. No I’m not kidding. OK, a little, it couldn’t be a tea party because he had no fine china! Sorry that really wasn’t funny. Anyway yeah poor Silman’s been down here for ten years with no one knowing he was alive, so yeah I can cut him some slack for his craziness. And what they don’t know is that just moments ago, Dooku walked in, Force-pushing and Force-choking anyone out of the way who dare cross him! Which becomes a real problem when said guy comes and Force-chokes Silman right before he was about to spill the beans on the whole thing. AW DANG. And Anakin and Obi-Wan don’t have time to be bummed out that they didn’t find out the truth… they kinda have to duel with Dooku now. Oh man it is an epicsauce lightsaber battle! My estimate is that this was the last time Anakin and Dooku fought, so wow… I will have to go watch Episode III sometime soon so I can see for myself if Anakin’s powers doubled since they last fought XD Ahhh the stunts! The close calls! The near-misses! The intensity! So much coolness! And then in a weird moment, the Pikes all come out in the middle of the duel and are all “You have no business with us, Tyrannus,” and Obi-Wan and Anakin are like “WHAT?!?! DOOKU IS THAT TYRANNUS DUDE?!”. I know I was all shocked like that too when I realized that that mooka is out of the bag! Dooku’s like “Dur ‘course I am. Again, bro, there is a Sith Lord involved here! I wasn’t doing all that monlogueing on Geonosis just to hear myself talk!” to which Obi-Wan’s like “Psh yeah right!”. But even with all the Pikes and their blasters and our Jedi heroes combined, Dooku still manages to slip out at just the right moment, all while lightsabering a few of our Pike friends while he’s at it. Just as the Count was headed off on his ship, Anakin made quite the impressive leap and gave one last duel in an effort to bring him down. But you know what Dooku always says… “When in doubt, down the ship!” (OK so he doesn’t actually say that but he probably would since he does that a fair amount), and that’s what he does… leaves Anakin hanging (literally), destroys the ship he’s standing on, and makes a jump over to his real ship and is gone. Yep that happened.
So wow… the Jedi did ask some questions and got some answers. Answers they don’t entirely like, like the whole “a Sith helped create our entire army” thing. They decide to keep this matter on the down-low, as they believe in their awesome troopers, but they don’t know what the rest of the galaxy would think. All our heroes know is that the bad guys are up to something seriously convoluted… and seriously awful. And all they can do is keep it secret…
OOOOOOH MYSTERIOUSNESS LEVELS AT A DANGEROUS HIGH!! Yeah seriously, this episode blew my mind in a good number of ways… and having already seen Voices that’s continued to blow my mind, and these episodes will only continue to blow my mind further as the story unfolds. The Clone Wars are going out with a bang. For. Sure.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Missions: An Old Friend

The next episode of The Lost Missions was an absolute breath of fresh air after all of the intensity of the last four episodes, doesn’t mean that they weren’t awesome, but it’s always good to have a few lighter-hearted episodes here and there, and An Old Friend majorly delivered. It’s a perfect Star Warsian blend — intrigue, excitement, awkward moments, a couple of laughs, and the always-epic Embo! (I hope I didn’t just go and spoil the episode before adding the spoiler warning… but if you haven’t seen this episode yet, why would you be reading this blog anyway??) Hard to get much better than that, right?! 😀 So onward we go as we dive into a closer look at opener of the next Lost Missions storyline!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III and TCW Episodes Senate Spy, Bounty Hunters, Pursuit of Peace, Crisis On Naboo and An Old Friend


(Original screencap credit: the official Star Wars Youtube)

So as we open up, I would try to re-explain the scenario in layman’s terms, but some days, even I get confused over SW politics! I suppose the easiest way to put it is that:
– The war is draining planets of money
– The Banking Clan controls the money
– And the awesome Padme’s coming to their big banking planet Skipio (probably spelled wrong) to get a loan to help these poor planets.
And here come the people who get SWian politics better than I do, yelling at their computers at all I just said wrong. Well, this is a blog partially for SW fans who are learning, give me a break! But yeah, that’s the gist of it. And as we SW fans know, we would never catch Padme doing anything boring; her senatorial work usually results in a lot of excitingness, intrigue, and more often than not some aggressive negotiations 🙂 Of course, I’m sure she was hoping today’d be a bit more of a normal day. Just gonna chat with the lanky Banking Clan dudes and as a result, help a lot of people! How hard could it be? Welp, she most certainly didn’t expect that their “special representative” she’d be working with would be a fellow named Rush Clovis… *sings a line of Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble* If you recall, Clovis is tall, dark, and Separatist. He funded that infamous droid factory a few seasons back and evidently is an ex-boyfriend of Senator Amidala’s… anddd he’s still got it bad for her (and also doesn’t understand the meaning of “strong passwords”; how is it that he hasn’t had his identity stolen??). You may also remember how the last time we saw the guy Padme nearly died trying to get important info out of him and his pack of Seps. So naturally Padme’s like “Um, no. Not working with him.” and exits stage right. But well… the boy doesn’t give up easy. He does what no smart guy would ever do when trying to help out an ex… he sneaks through her bedroom window. I literally was kinda shocked at that move, I mean, at least he intended no harm, but it would’ve scared me to pieces! But it’s easy to be a tad more chill when you have a blaster. Clovis has to act quickly and explains that they’re both kinda majorly in trouble. The Banking Clan isn’t exactly swimming in moola like they’d like everyone to believe; they’re well, bankrupt. Which isn’t good when you were sort of trying to help people and these lanky guys aren’t really helping anybody but themselves. And since Clovis knows this, he’s kinda almost killed by a bounty hunter just talking to her. Padme’s not one to trust turncoats like him and raises an eyebrow on his claims, but he’s a persistent little booger, and tells her that the evidence is in the vault computer, and if she can grab it, the two of them can expose the Clan’s doings for reals. After his leaving, she gives the Supreme Chancellor a call and tells him what she now knows. The big cheese’s advice is to “trust an old friend” and get the dirt on the Bankers. IDK man, but he’s still giving me the creeps a bit… he seems to really know something… and I’m rather afraid to find out. But Padme decides she’ll do what she’s gotta do, and she’s awesome that way. The next day, she asks to see the vault, and at their refusal, questions what the Bankers have to hide. Of course, they can’t let her assume that, and first thing in the morning, she’ll get to see the inside of the vault. And until then, the two have some planning to do…
On another side of town (read: planet), the senator, her handmaiden Tekla, and her temporary compadre have gathered at Clovis’s place to plan. Again, it sounds simple enough: Padme gets in the vault, Clovis sets up an explosive on the city’s power converter, the explosion causes major confusion, and in the midst of that, Padme can grab the info that proves the Banking Clan’s profiteering. Now, I know this diverts from the discussion at hand, but anybody else wonder what the climate of Skipio actually is? It’s covered in snow and we can sometimes see our heroes’ breaths, but nobody’s exactly bundled up, either… the weather of SWian planets is a fascinating area of interest to me, because it’s usually not noticeable unless it’s a really hot planet or a really cold planet. Either way, Clovis has a fire going in his cool little fireplace. Of course, is that just because it’s cold or could “setting the mood” have something to do with it? Ew. But you know, you have to feel kinda bad for Clovis sometimes… he has no idea Padme’s in any other relationship. And the last time they saw each other, she was faking an interest in him, and now she makes clear her complete dislike of him. It’s a good thing in a way that Padme has her near-death last time around as an excuse to keep the boy at a distance. Poor guy really can’t shake that crush, can he? You can kinda tell in the way he looks at her, how he’s still sorta hopeful but still pretty bummed because he can tell she’s not feeling similarly. And who knows how close they actually were pre-Anakin? I don’t typically let my mind wander in that direction because I love Anakin and Padme’s thing so much, but these episodes beg some questions.
At the crack of dawn the next morning, Padme joins some of the Bankers on the as-promised tour of the vault. Can we pause for a minute and talk about the coolness of the vault? Aside from its huge cool doors, the interior is so practically glowing gold! It’s so so awesome! It’s funny to think that I’d never expected to see a bank in TCW, but whaddyaknow? 🙂 But for the plan to work, Clovis has to casually leave the scene, and since he’s a representative, he sort of, well, can’t. Thankfully though, he has himself a backup plan… Tekla.
Tekla doesn’t get a lot of screentime in the TCW series, but her role is always important when she is on-screen. She’s awesome in a very subtle way (remember her role in Season 3’s Pursuit Of Peace?), and now she’s proving her awesome in a much bolder manner, becoming a huge part of the plan as she walks through the dark city streets with a detonator. Once Tekla’d placed the detonator right on the converter where it needed to be, her job was done. Oh but as you know “simple is never simple”; Embo was watching, and with a probe droid… and his laser crossbow thing. His (unfortunately for us) well-aimed shot could not, however, keep the detonator from doing its job, and KABOOM it goes and all the lights go out — including the ones in the vault a few blocks away. Because of Tekla’s bravery and sacrifice, Padme has a chance to reveal the truth and use her little USB thing to get the proof in the Banking Clan pudding (I just realized that made no sense whatsoever, but I’m trying, people…). Once she and the Bankers get out, the Senator rocks her acting skills like a boss and shows disdain for their lousy electrical upkeep. It looks like a win for Clovis and Padme, as they now hold the truth in their hands, but well… I guess the Banking Clan is smarter than we thought, and they enter and arrest Senator Amidala without question. Nuts.
A few days later, enter in Padme’s key out: her shining Jedi Knight, Anakin. And he brought R2-D2 along, too. In the privacy of her cell, Padme tries to explain the situation at hand, but the minute she mentions Clovis… Anakin completely freaks out. “What does that loser have to do with any of this?! And why are you… trusting him?!”. Now, I admit I did laugh at some of this conversation on a second viewing, I think mostly just because a part of me can’t believe how all-too-evidently jealous Anakin is, like a overly worrisome wife almost! It’s almost funny. But dang man, I hope he wasn’t serious about the whole “maybe I should just leave you here” bit! It’s interesting, I mean, you’d think being married for like, what, three years, he’d trust her better than anyone. And I started wondering, is it possible to be so overprotective of someone you love that you’d start distrusting them? Obviously, we all know Padme is pretty much everything to him now, and he clearly is willing to do anything for her (like say, join the Dark Side and junk to potentially save her). But you know, I thought about it like with an overprotective parent and a kid in some ways; the parent is so bent on protecting their kid that they don’t trust they’ll be OK on their own because they’re so afraid of something happening to them (if you’ve ever seen Finding Nemo you might be able to see this more clearly). I think Anakin does trust that she can handle herself, but he obviously has some worries about her hanging out with an ex-boyfriend for fear that he could lose her. Perhaps that’s not entirely abnormal for those in relationships to feel like that about their significant other’s old relationships, but Anakin’s seriously not happy about it one bit. So… I think it’s safe to say he has some trust issues, somehow, in favor of keeping Padme alive and with him forever. Which eventually trickles down into the events of Episode III where Anakin’s trust in her dwindles when she makes it clear she’s no fan of his new Empire. But for now, Padme manages to calm Anakin a bit and really get him to understand the high stakes beyond just this dumb awkward love triangle. He agrees to help, but for her, not for the slicked-back Sep she’s working with. Their first stop is at Clovis’s residence, and he doesn’t seem to be anywhere (and Anakin not-helpingly interjects “Perhaps they found what they were looking for and that’s why he’s gone… we can only hope!” 😆 ). But turns out Clovis was just in hiding. And oh boy, when coming face-to-face with each other again, Anakin and Rush bring out the claws! “I’m not giving this information to some pilot!“, “I’m a Jedi Knight and I can help you if you do what I want you to!”.
So much for this being more about exposing the Banking Clan than about the awkward love triangle. But nothing brings people together like somebody shooting at you with a laser crossbow; enter Embo, one of my fave bounty hunters, and his loyal anuba (I think that’s what he is, but I’m probably wrong). It must be kind of weird for Anakin to be on the run from him, considering the last time they hung out, Anakin and Embo were helping train a bunch of Felucian farmers to fight! OK, so maybe there was also that time when Embo was part of the gang attacking Palpatine, but I really can’t hold that against him. Other than that, this is probably the first time I’ve seen Embo working for the bad guys (and ironically the same guy he nearly helped kill… weird, huh?), and it’s another reminder that bounty hunters are willing to do whatever puts bread on the table. So there they were; Anakin, Padme, and Clovis making a run for it, and the boys still have some tension going on. It’s funny, I guess Clovis is now seeing Anakin as potential competition (perhaps understandably; it’s hard to have something on a pretty decent-looking young Jedi). And Padme’s all “Boys! Boys! Stop fighting over meh!” XD Also yeah, they were making a run for it on a small ship on the snowy slopes around Clovis’s place while Embo kept up on his sled/hat with his canine companion at his side (can I just say I really really want that hat?). Who needs the Winter Olympics when you’ve got this, right?! Haha. And escaping from a bounty hunter of his level of awesomeness is no small feat. Padme’s driving, Anakin’s lightsabering back, and Clovis is kinda looking lost in the middle of the whole thing. Interestingly, I couldn’t help but observe that both Anakin and Clovis fit well into the two-guys-fighting-over-one-girl scenario. When Padme gets grazed by laserfire, Clovis rushes to her side to make sure she’s OK while Anakin uses the Force and flings Embo a mile away; this sorta makes Clovis the “sensitive nice guy” and Anakin the “macho bad boy” in the game. In any other show or movie I’d be rooting for the sensitive one, but eh, not so much considering the so-called macho one already won to begin with (and he’s wayyy awesomer). After a number of close calls, the good guys and the bad guys have officially run out of road, and just as our heroes go flying off the mountainside, Artoo shows up with the ship and saves the day! Embo’s left on the cliff with his anuba sweetly fetching his hat for him (Sue me, I think his dog’s cute! Especially when, at the beginning, he gave his master the probe droid like it was a tennis ball X3 ), but as Embo finds out in a quick call from Darth Sidious, his job’s done, and Sidious is going to do the rest of the job himself. So… does that mean that Anakin, Padme, Artoo, and Clovis didn’t get away completely scot-free after all?? Uh-oh…
So yeah, this episode was awesome! So much excitement and intrigue with a perfect little dash of levity, and Embo, of course 🙂 Where things go from here, we can only imagine! Though I have a feeling it’ll be pretty awesome! Until next post…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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