Uncovering The Lost Storyreels: Unfinished Business

And so we’ve reached the finale of this fantastic storyarc! Love that it’s an exciting awesome episode, sad that it’s the last of ’em. Hopefully my blogging skills are more astute than they were last time around. Either way, it’s time to dive deep into the episode called Unfinished Business!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from the Clone Wars Microseries, Rebels episode Out Of Darkness, TCW episodes Counterattack, Orders, The Bad Batch, A Distant Echo, On The Wings Of Keeradaks, and Unfinished Business (Storyreels)

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So if you thought our heroes could get a break after all the insanity regarding Echo’s rescue… you were wrong. But obviously by the episode’s title you could probably tell that we weren’t just going to join the Bad Batch for a sandwich break (though come to think of it, I really want to see that episode now XD ). They’re still fightin’ Trench on Anaxes (also I recently figured out that this is the fyrnock-ridden base we see in Out Of Darkness; too bad they couldn’t connect with some of the critters to help them fight the battle! But perhaps the fyrnocks are why the base was abandoned in the first place), so no breaks for Jedi or clones right now. Master Windu has proposed a drop into the Sep’s Anaxes assembly complex, sounds easy enough, but it’s kinda crazy fortified so yeah maybe not that easy. But it happens that Echo has an idea. Omygoodness… I got all feely seeing Echo again… I rewatched a couple of the Citadel episodes this past week and relived his last normal mission and lost it when Fives had to move on without his friend… and then again when I realized Fives and Echo wouldn’t see each other again… 😥 😥 Sorry, boy this became a mess of emotions real fast! But anywayyyy despite Echo’s still recovering, he isn’t about to back down from helping a brotha out. He and his bros in the Clone Force 99 got this. I understand that, in unmade episodes later on, Echo became one of Bad Batchers, which of course makes perfect sense. Can’t help but notice he’s sportin’ a set of dark armor similar to that of the 99s’. So in some ways, he’s already one of them before even officially joining them. Please excuse my flawed logic. But yeah you go Echo! Steal dat Seppie algorithm and win this for the Republic with your epic tech skillz! Rex to Tech: “Don’t worry, Echo’s got a plan” “That makes me feel sooo much better…” XD C’mon Tech have faith in your fellow bro! Might he be a little jelly he can’t hook up into computers like Echo? Haha I know I would! What I would give to just write blogs in my brain instead of typing for hours! And onward our heroes go, with the Bad Batch gang leading the way!
And seriously these guys drop the best lines without even meaning to… “Pleaaaase tell me we’re gonna blow something up!” XD XD If it were up to me, I’d say “Yes you blow up all the things, Wrecker!”, but that’s on account of the fact I’m not general material and I love him to pieces. Again, Crosshair slept through most of it XD Echo then links in and masks their ship’s signal the boss way he do so the bad guys won’t take notice. And it works — battle droids can’t tell it from any other in their fleet. And our team lands without a hitch.
Meanwhile, the battle on Anaxes is already underway, with the usual droids shooting and gunships and Y-wings flying. With Mace and Obi-Wan leading the troops, they make quite the entrance to the assembly complex. Especially as Mace does something wonderfully unexpected… he bargains with the swarms of droids. He’s giving them the chance to peacefully surrender so they can be reprogrammed for the Republic. This coming from the guy who tore apart super battle droids with his bare hands? One of the battle droids has no clue what to make of this and gives this confused shrug to his companion, and Obi-Wan’s like “dude really?”. But you gotta admit Master Windu is awesome at giving speeches! Unfortunately, battle droids don’t give much thought to the concept of “peace” and “nonviolence”… the fact that the battle droids even ceased fire for that moment just to listen to him is astounding! And so the blasters go blasting once more. Well, you can’t blame a Jedi for trying… destroying droids probably gets old after doing it just about every day for nearly three years. But yeah after that the clones rejoin the generals and bring their own blasters. It seems they’ve got this win in the bag, but Admiral Trench has a sneaky little plan of his own… DUN DUN DUN.
It’s hardly a challenge for Anakin, Rex, Echo, and the Bad Batch to make their way into Trench’s ship. And it’s NBD for Echo to link into their systems. Though as Tech finds out, it may be a bit of a problem for the guys at the complex ’cause Trench just sicced all his droids on ’em. Or is it? Actually, it’s all part of Echo’s genius plan. He told Trench to send all the droids there… and once they’re there, he’ll shut them all down. Boom shake the room! That earns a pat on the shoulder from Tech and a smile from Rex 😀 Though admittedly Mace and Obi-Wan aren’t quite looking forward to all the new droids joining the party even so. ‘Cause just when it seems they’d decimated them all… suddenly there are literally zillions of them. “Does this meet your expectations?” “This… exceeds my expectations.” Hehe. And then boom! Echo fries ’em all! Love how one droid cries out “WHYYYYYYYYYY” as he gets shut down XD Yeah the Admiral wasn’t too happy… but he knows that the command came from his ship so that likely means trouble for the good guys.
It seems to be a pretty clear victory on the Anaxes front, but Echo soon finds that there miiiiiight be a bomb there… like, a really big could-cream-the-whole-planet bomb. Echo sends out a message to Master Windu while Anakin decides to have a little chat with the spider-guy. Indeed Mace finds a bomb in the complex’s fusion reactor, and the panel to shut it off is sorta kinda rayshielded. But again, another area of Echo’s expertise. Echo loads up each number to the passcode while Mace uses the Force to punch it in. The process is going great right up until one of the battle droids finally finds where Echo’s signal is coming from and decided to fry him. NUUUUU!! And then on come the super battle droids and our heroes are forced to make a run for it, carrying Echo’s unconscious form. Admiral Trench is feeling pretty good about his chances… and then he opened the door and there was Anakin. General Skywalker cuts up all his clankers real fast, and not even Trench’s arm-gun can bring him down. Yeah he’s not interested in any talking beyond what the final number to the passcode is. And Trench isn’t particularly interested in giving him it. Trench is all “pff you can’t do nothin’ to me you’re a Jedi and your nobility is a weakness” and to that Anakin sliced his robotic arms off. Yikes don’t mess with the General peeps. After that the Admiral was a bit more willing and spilled it, allowing for Mace to finally turn off that bomb. But not missing out on a chance to get even, Trench hits Anakin with his prod-staff and then Anakin hits Trench with his lightsaber. Ohh yes. You really really really don’t mess with the General. Before leaving the spider-Seppie with a fond farewell, Anakin happens to find a detonator… for the whole ship. Why would they even have that detonator?! Regardless, Anakin knows Wrecker will love it. Meanwhile, Wrecker is in his element in “wrecking ball mode”, smashing battle droids with nothin’ but brute force. Hunter caps it off well with “Honestly, I feel bad for those droids…” XD And Crosshair does a fantastic job aiming a refracting detonator at a battle droid. The droid’s all “sticky!” and then… well, you know what happened next XD As our troopers meet up with Anakin again, Crosshair hangs behind to pepper the walls with more refracting detonators. OK I’m not saying these guys’ll show up in Rebels or anything but I think Sabine would have a lot of fun with them 😀 Crosshair’s so good Wrecker can only hang his head in shame XD But he cheers up pretty fast because as soon as our team flies off, Anakin shows him the detonator! Big guy can’t help but shed some tears and remark “this… is the greatest day of my life!” just before he hits the button and the entire ship explodes! VICTORYYYYY
And back on Anaxes, we’re actually getting a legit medal ceremony! Mace gives the speech and Anakin and Obi-Wan gives the medals and all the clones cheer and clap and celebrate these brave not-so-clonelike clones! Even the astromechs are dancing with glee! SO MUCH YAY!! It’s always been said that differences make us stronger, well, that is perhaps even more so the case for these incredible troopers 🙂
AHHH I’M SO HAPPYYY!! AND HONESTLY PRETTY GLAD I’M DONE WITH THE BLOG BECAUSE IT SHOULDN’TVE TAKEN THIS LONG BUT THE VIDEO HAD PROBLEMS LOADING! AND I FORGOT TO TURN THE CAPS LOCK OFF AGAIN BUT I’M IN A HAPPY CAPS LOCK MOOD! UNTIL NEXT WEEK…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Missions: Voices

And now we continue onward, attempting to uncover whatever secrets and mysteriousness lies within these final four of TCW! And if you want secrets and mysteriousness, these episodes sure got ’em! Seriously folks, prepare for a lot of deepish discussion in this one and the ones to follow! That’s all I can really say right now… so… let’s sit down and watch Voices together!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode V, Episode VI, The Yoda Chronicles Episode I, and TCW episodes Overlords, Altar Of Mortis, Ghosts Of Mortis, Orders, The Lost One, and Voices

“Jedi Mystery!” Those are the first words of the narration at the show’s opening, and boyyy is that Tom Kane guy right… we just dug up a lot of dirt on the Clone Wars’ origins. I guess the biggest question is “Why did a Sith just go and create our entire army?” (Welllll y’all could’ve listened to Fives a few episodes back but nooooooo…), and when you’ve got a question this big, the best thing to do is sit down and see if the Force’ll help out. And that’s where we find Yoda, meditating for a bit before rejoining the council in trying to answer these big questions. But instead of further answers on all that craziness, he hears a familiar voice… a voice he seriously isn’t sure he’s hearing: Qui-Gon Jinn’s. Yoda’s all “Uh… you’re dead bro, sooo…” and Qui-Gon’s like “Then explain why I’m still talking to you. I’m part of the living Force now!” and then does a few tricks to further convince his old master of the fact. And Yoda be all O.o It’s rather fascinating, watching Yoda in these episodes… realizing that even he doesn’t know everything. I’m sure secretly Qui-Gon’s all “Heh. And you guys all thought I was the crazy one!” XD
Yoda returned to the council meeting, but he was about as attentive as a fourth-grader in a lecture on politics. For good reason, considering what he just saw and heard. Of course, all the Jedi in the room are all “WURT Yoda wasn’t paying attention?!” (OK they don’t say it but it’s what they didn’t say that says it). Master Windu reiterates the situation… clearly, whoever’s really in charge of this whole Sith deal seems to be someone right in front of their noses. But Yoda doesn’t really have much more to add to that statement… he’s really not in his element today… and Mace and Obi-Wan kinda know it as the two head off for a brief conversation. Also, on a random note, it is really fascinating watching that green bearded Jedi guy in motion, slithering around like he do. For so long he’s just sat in his council chair and now he’s actually moving! Crazy, man… OK anyway, so back to Obi-Wan and Mace. Mace is totally picking up on whatever’s chewing at Yoda, and he’s pretty weirded out about it. The two make a point to keep an eye on the Master, in case something’s seriously wrong. Because yeah Mace is sensing something big (and dark) on the rise…
Meanwhile, Yoda was out mediating outside the Temple. And may I say that it looks like the weather is lovely there right now? Guhh the animation of those leaves… anyway, so Anakin just happened to run into him while he was out there, and Yoda decides to confide in him what he’s been hearing. Yoda’s heard the whole Mortis deal, how Anakin and Obi-Wan evidently talked to Master Jinn while in that “rabbit hole”. Anakin brushes that off that it was just a really weird vision, as most of the stuff on Mortis was. Because of course, the Jedi are pretty sure that once you’re dead you just hang out in that Force-spirit-soup. But Yoda knows that there’s a good chance they don’t know everything… but he also knows he might just be a little crazy and needs a nap. Um I’m going to stick with the first option. Yoda? A little crazy? As if! And yeah the way Yoda says “Rest, I need…” just brings up all this Episode VI nostalgia… noooo don’t die on us Master!!… 😥
So when Yoda goes out to the council and tells them that he’s kinda hearing voices from beyond, the gang bonds together for a good long meditation to see if anyone else hears something. And they do this pretty much all day… and nothing happens. I’m sure Qui-Gon is watching them, chuckling at the way he’s messing with them… kick him off the council will they? 😛 OK so after everyone inevitably got the kinks out of their backs from kneeling for twenty-four straight hours, Ki-Adi Mundi proposes that maybe this voice is just the Sith messing with them. Obi-Wan’s like “Duuude! Yoda’s like, a rock! No Sith could play that kinda game with him!”. Mace is all “Look, Yoda, you’re great and stuff and wiser and older than pretty much anyone, but I don’t think you’re above being manip’d by the dark side.” and Yoda’s like “Yeahhh I could see that… the dark side’s already done so much to blind us; who knows what they might be able to do!” so, the Jedi decide to get a second opinion on the matter. But what do you do when the second opinion still doesn’t clear anything up? According to the Jedi doc, Yoda’s fine physically and mentally for his age. Ki-Adi Mundi, once again throwing out big “what-ifs”, wonders if maybe Yoda having trained Dooku prior to his fall might’ve caused a problem or two. Again, Obi-Wan’s doubtful, as Dooku was just one out of the zillions of Jedi who were Yoda’s apprentices. But Ki-Adi fires back that Dooku could easily use their old bond against Yoda, and what better way to take out the Jedi than by taking out the head honcho? Yikes… the concept of dark side Yoda is unfathomable, yet disturbing. But what if…? The doc proposes a treatment that could possibly give Yoda a closer idea of this “voice”, and naturally, it’s potentially dangerous. But whatever Yoda wants to do… and of course, he wants to do it.
Sooo I’m still no expert on SW-ian medicine, and especially not in the area of Jedi medicine, but basically Yoda’s going in deep, quite literally. Into a tank that will put him into a deep deep meditative state, as deep as one can go without being dead. Whooo boy… this could go south, but Yoda wants his answers and you can’t change that. And as the treatment begins, on cue, Qui-Gon steps in and points Yoda to where he needs to go — to some slimy planet called Dagobah, where he’ll figure it all out. Oh, and he can’t tell anybody else about it. That’s about it before Yoda was fished out and revived by his Jedi buddies. Yoda kinda rambled on about having talked to a couple of dead friends… and that naturally started a tizzy amongst the Jedi, who again, are pretty sure that you don’t just go around having conversations with living people when you’re dead. But Anakin, coming back on what Yoda told him earlier, reminds them that they might not know everything there is to know about the Force. Eh, but Ki-Adi’s still sticking to his “Sith-controlling-Yoda” guns. Mace makes the final call that, until they get everything figured out, Yoda’s going to be hanging out in the medical bay under senate guards for a while. But I have a feeling that Yoda’s not going to be there for as long as the rest of the Jedi want… he has a couple aces up his sleeve… the first being Anakin.
I cannot fully express how much I love Yoda’s little plan here. He pretty quickly convinces (or maybe not so much) Anakin to help him make his escape. Anakin isn’t totally sure if he’s doing the right thing, but Yoda’s like “Dude. You break the rules all the time! You can certainly do that for me right now, can’t you?”. Heheh it’s nice seeing Yoda’s mischievous side again 🙂 So I guess Anakin and Yoda are just going to take a “casual” walk outside… to get some “fresh air”. And once the two have casually made their way past the guards, Anakin gets R2-D2 to set Yoda up with a ship and get him on his merry way. And by the time Mace and the doc show up, Yoda’s already gone, off to Dagobah!
So it’s not long before the Master and Artoo land on said planet. Thankfully, Artoo’s allowed to stay on the ship… understandably so, as the next time he steps into the mudhole he nearly gets eaten. If he could speak Basic, he’d totally be saying the infamous “I’ve got a bad feeling about this…” . I seriously love watching Artoo and Yoda hang out! It’s nice to know that that squabble they have twenty years from now was not rooted in their past XD
So after walking for a bit, Yoda sits down, ready to hear what Master Jinn has to say next. And I about cried when Qui-Gon spoke next… “Yoda, my old friend…” gahhh the warmth in his voice… it’s like getting a vocal hug! I want to be his friend so badddd :3 I’m sure he would’ve probably hugged him for real if of course, he wasn’t currently still trying to figure out the whole “Force ghost form” thing and if it wouldn’tve probably weirded Yoda out. Anyway, but though he can’t be seen yet, Qui-Gon uses a bunch of sparkly lights to guide Yoda to where he needs to go. Qui-Gon’s warm voice and sparkly lights?! Ahhh it’s all so magical!! I’m getting all the feels right now. So Qui-Gon tells Yoda that Dagobah’s a crazy Force-rich planet… it looks like Yoda didn’t just choose Dagobah because “a nice place to live, it is” (cookies if you get the reference)! Apparently Master Jinn is, as he said, made up of the living Force, which is entirely different from the cosmic Force (yeesh the Force is so confusing!). So instead of just joining the Force soup that others would, he gets to hang out and do whatever as just himself… not a bad deal! Of course, just because he’s in this high ranking of deceasedness doesn’t mean he knows everything, and he can’t really say much in regard to Yoda’s wonderings about the Sith and the future. So the sparkly lights lead Yoda to a rather familiar cave… a cave that I really really wouldn’t want to go into anytime soon… why does everything involving the Force has to be so complicated and frightening half the time?! Of course, that’s why they’re the Jedi and I’m not.
Yes, this familiar cave. It’s dark and creepy and has just the right amount of black fog and disturbing foggy visions of what’s to come… visions of Jedi fighting clones and Jedi dying and Darth Sidious doing what he do, plus Sidious inviting Yoda over to the dark side. Anybody else severely shook when they show CG versions of things that will happen in the films? The Mortis episodes and now this… yikes. It’s very clear that Yoda’s as shook as anybody right now, and that’s saying something since Yoda comes off as a pretty unshakable guy. As Yoda stumbles out of the cave, I think it’s safe to say that he wasn’t exactly expecting that kind of answer to his questions… and there’s still so much he doesn’t know or fully grasp about what he saw. Qui-Gon knows that things are getting pretty much worse and worse and the dark side is getting stronger and stronger as the Clone Wars continue, but he also knows that there is always hope. And with that, Qui-Gon points the way for Yoda to his next step on the path to stronger-Force-ness. So someday, Yoda will continue to be able to provide help and hope in the dark times ahead, even post-death (any chance that means we’ll see Yoda in Episode VII? Just wondering… the only time we saw him in his Force ghost form was when he stopped by the ewok party). So with the Force as his guide, Yoda steps back in his ship, ready to be lead to a mysterious place that will deepen his understanding, test his limits, and get him ready for the future to come…
OK that was so deep I literally can’t wrap my head around this. And not just because my understanding of the Force is kinda iffy. Dang, man… uh… perhaps some secrets are harder to uncover than most. I think I’m going to stop blogging now because I’m not sure there’s anything else I can really say to aide us in our understanding. Just WOW.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Uncovering The Lost Missions: Orders

So we’ve arrived now to the last of this first series of Season 6, and whoo boy, this one’s intense with a capital “I“! But yeah, I think we’re all quite aware of that. It’s about to get crazy heady in this blog… but don’t despair! I’m good at sprinkling in some positivity here and there, even in an intense-ish episode of the sort. And even in the midst of the crazy headiness, I hope I’ll spark some interesting conversations, incite plausible theories, and fascinate with my potentially crazy points of view. Well, I wouldn’t say my points of view are that crazy but… I guess you can be the judge of that. Anyway there’s no point in making you read all this blathering, let’s move along and start my commentary on Orders!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI, The Force Unleashed, and TCW episodes The Deserter, The Jedi Who Knew Too Much, To Catch A Jedi, The Wrong Jedi, The Unknown, Conspiracy, Fugitive, and Orders

When we last left our clone hero, Fives had dug up a boatload of information that could potentially dethrone the entire Sith game, and the awesomely awesome Shaak Ti decided that the best thing to do would be to let Fives tell Palpatine what’s going on. Of course, as we well know, uhm… the so-called “Chancellor” is kinda orchestrating the whole uncool evil Order 66 thing! I’m sure somewhere in the midst of The Force Unleashed, Shaak Ti is facepalming herself looking back. But at the moment, she’s pretty calm with everything going on. Until then, we as the audience are facepalming ourselves in the crazy ironicness of it all! But unbeknownst to her, the “honorable” Kaminoan doctor Nala Se does something that quite possibly alters the outcome of the entire episode: she rather subtly hits Fives with a medicinal drug (possibly a sedative?). How does that affect him ultimately? We shall see. But looking back myself… let’s just say any sliver of respect I had for Nala Se just went out the window.
So once they get there, Palpatine is all smiles and old-man-charming as usual, and Fives is having a hard time having any meaningful conversation with his vision blurred and his senses dulled. The Jedi and the Kaminoan explain both sides of the story in the midst of Fives’s inability to get his thoughts out right. So then the Chancellor thought it’d be just great to have a casual chat alone with Fives to help chill out his clone “compadre” out. The dueling dudettes comply, even though it was with a bit of a raised eyebrow. We don’t see or hear this mano y mano conversation, but considering what happened in the end, I’m not sure we want to. I’m guessing that Palpatine tried to explain his ultimate plan without giving away all the details and trying to make it sound like he’s the good guy (and he’s aware that he’s really good at that) and Fives read between the lines, leading him to just nearly rid the galaxy of the ultimate terror. But of course, everyone buys his “I’m an innocent sweet old guy and he totally just tried to kill me for no reason!” act as usual; the only one who didn’t was, well… Fives. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a clone run as fast as Fives did as he somewhat groggily made a dash for the door. He was too fast even for Shaak Ti — and she awesomely jumped off the staircase to catch up with him! She explains the situation to Mace, Anakin, and Yoda and they’re all like “whuuuuuuut?”, which is the logical explanation one would have if they heard that a friend attacked the Republic’s grand poobah. Gets a bit more confusing (or not so much for us as the audience) when they’re told the Jedi haven’t been asked to help find him. But Anakin knows that Fives would no doubt listen to him and Rex, so the secret search is on…
Meanwhile, no one looked more out-of-place in the busy Coruscant city than Fives… in full armor, minus a helmet, and walking about, looking lost and little off. He’s about as free at the moment as any clone ever had been or would be (well, if you don’t count the fact that he’s on the run and stuff, and I suppose that’s only if we’re not counting Cut Lawquane from Season 2… oh never mind), but he’s not out here for fun — he’s out here once again searching for the truth, or at least a friend who will truly listen to him (oh, don’t we wish AZ were here right now!). Fives doesn’t know exactly who to talk to, but he knows where to start, and he’s going to get there by taxi.
I must take a moment and talk about the Coruscant taxi and its driver. It’s absolutely surreal seeing something even more so familiar to what we have in our world in the midst of this major drama. And the driver’s kinda hilarious and true to the New York drivers we all know well. And on top of all this crazy similarity, there’s what sounds like hip-hop/rap music going on in the cab! I guess that’s not terribly abnormal really (especially since I watched Episode II not very long ago), but in this scenario, in this episode, it sorta knocked me for a loop. Of course, all the funky music and jabbering drivers couldn’t distract Fives from his clear mission, though he certainly didn’t mind having some rather awkward and not-too-pleasant conversations with the driver, who isn’t surprised or swayed by anything. I’m sure our clone hero was quite glad it was an ultimately short ride to his destination (and that he can just get the fare billed to the Republic, since he probably doesn’t have pockets for pocket change in that armor). His destination was the clone bar 97’s, to which I thought “The clones have their own hangout? Oooookaaaay I didn’t know that…”. Though it almost looks like a club for Imperials, because that infamous gray uniform is evidently party wear for clones. And the fact that the clones have any casual wear aside from their fatigues is mind-boggling to me. And plus, it feels a bit weird to see these normally steadfast clones chilling out (not to mention a tad tipsy…). So in a room full of clones, Fives, wearing only a borrowed uniform hat, scopes out for any familiar 501st face he can find… and the first he finds is fellow teammate Kicks (forgive me if I spelled his name wrong). And in the quiet of the men’s room (again, something else I couldn’tve imagined I’d ever see in the SW Universe), Fives asks Kicks for a favor: to tell Anakin and Rex to meet with him alone. Kicks is awesome and is all “sure thing bro” and Fives proceeds to grab a speeder bike and stealthily sneaks out of the club and to his rendevouz spot. But unfortunately for him, he wasn’t stealthy enough to avoid the eye of a Republic probe droid. You know, a lot of this situation reminds me of Ahsoka’s plight in Season 5, in which we find our hero on the run, searching for truth, and at odds with both our good guys and bad guys (plus, Anakin doesn’t end up helping either of them the way they’d wanted to be helped). It’s one of those episodes that put things in perspective as we recall that the Republic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (as it’s kinda run by the most evil guy in the galaxy and that same guy will shut the whole thing down pretty quickly in favor of his new empire). It’s not easy to return to that viewpoint after so many heroic missions and brave deeds and great rescues by so many Republic heroes these past five seasons, but being reminded of the finiteness of the Clone Wars and where they’re headed is important, so we don’t forget the ultimate outcome and the ultimate victory for the Jedi and Rebels in the end. So yeah I was actually booing the Republic probe droid as he followed Fives closely behind as our hero found an old secluded warehouse of which to meet General Skywalker and Captain Rex. But as far as Fives could tell, everything was going to plan: he’d finally be able to get the truth out.
When Anakin and Rex arrived, they were a bit wary as Fives wouldn’t come out and face them until they put their weapons down. Understandably so, since they’re pretty certain that their clone friend has lost his marbles, oh, and then Fives traps them in a ray shield. Well, maybe “trap” is a bit harsh, but I’m not sure how to say it better. Oh, poor poor Fives… he’s trying to explain the whole crazy conspiracy, but he’s not doing the best job of getting the words out (aside from already being pretty freaked out, he’s also drugged, you might remember) and isn’t doing the best job of not coming off loony. That’s a pretty big question, isn’t it? Is Fives just crazy to reveal the truth… or is he actually just crazy? I like’d to believe that it’s the first option, with the added disadvantage of the drugging. Though he probably shouldn’tve added “I’M NOT CRAZY!”, as that sentence tends to make people believe the opposite. Anakin tries to calm him down and get him to come quietly, but Fives is not having it. He knows that Palpatine’s involved and that a bazillion clones are awaiting orders to kill their leaders and friends in the Jedi, and of course Anakin’s all “Bro, Palpatine’s awesome! How could you say that?? Let’s just chill out and try to think things over” (Yeah, and Ani’s an excellent judge of character, as we all know…). But such chilling out couldn’t happen because along came Palpatine’s clone gang with weapons drawn. Fives doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but they weren’t interested in listening, so he grabbed Rex’s blaster to get them to stop. Buuuut well… the other clones didn’t get that message and shot first. And that’s where I started ugly crying. Anakin and Rex manage to escape the ray shield and come by Fives’s side. And OMGosh there’s not a dry eye in the house… I about lost it further when I saw Rex tearing up just the slightest. The Arc Trooper’s mission has ended, but not alone… with his friends and leaders General Skywalker and Captain Rex, and several of his brothers in armor 😥 IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL AND SO SAD THAT I CAN’T EVEN… 😥
I had originally hoped that maybe Fives would ultimately escape from the eye of Republic, like Cut Lawquane, but in retrospect, Fives joining with the Force was probably the inevitable. And after much thinking, I realized that even if Fives had convinced the Jedi and his fellow clones of Palpatine’s true identity and Order 66, it probably still wouldn’tve changed much. I mean, we’ve seen what happens when Jedi attempt to arrest the Chancellor; it doesn’t end too well. And with Dooku and Grievous still be alive, who knows what they would’ve done! Or would Palpatine have found a way to kill them off early? And I’m guessing that he still would’ve found a way to convince Anakin to join the Dark Side. Plus, any clone with the chip could still be told to execute Order 66, probably even if they did know the truth. Not to mention Fives would probably get killed anyway, and probably in an even worse way, if not just memory-wiped and dumped in the middle of Hoth or something. While I would’ve loved to see the good guys win this one entirely, the likelihood is that the SW story would continue onward as it already does, Vader and all, just possibly even worse (Just thought about this: what if Padme had died before she was pregnant with Luke and Leia? Ahhh the idea is terrifying!! It would definitely be even worse!). So Palpatine supposedly got reports from a biopsy that Tup and Fives both had some parasite they picked up from the last planet they were on, and the Jedi are like “OK, that seems reasonable”. Dooku gives props to Nala Se for keeping the secret (and also being a huge part of what led to Fives’s death; think about that! If he hadn’t been drugged…), and then Sidious gives props to Dooku for overall keeping the secret, and proceeds to emit the most creepy laugh ever as the SW drama continues onward, closer and closer to the day when the he would say the fateful words that would destroy the Republic and the Jedi Order: “EXECUTE ORDER 66“.
So that was indeed a heavy episode and a lot to take in, but amidst tragedies of this sort in the SW universe, I always remind myself of the beauty that will come out of it when Luke brings the good back to his misguided father (and of course the awesome Ewok party the ensues afterward). And it helps to have drawn a very humorous TCW sketch on tumblr yesterday 😀 So I’m glad you guys joined me for this edition of the Uncovering The Lost Missions and managed to sit here and read all my jabberings. I’m quite excited for the next series — Aname draaamaaaaaa!! (My couple name for Anakin and Padme ❤ ) Until next time…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Uncovering The Lost Missions: Fugitive

Yes, I finally noticed that I was calling them The Secret Missions and not The Lost Missions, and I feel really stupid about it. So yeah… thankfully I caught that early on instead of after I finished all 13 posts! Yikes. Thank you guys for not outing me out on it!
So the plot thickens as Fives continues to do what he can to get to the bottom of this Clone conspiracy. Join me on our ride as I break down Fugitive and all its intrigue and awesomeness!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III and TCW Episodes The Unknown, Conspiracy, and Fugitive

So we find that Fives is in some hot water after his and his droid compadre’s secret surgery that proved that something was most definitely up with Tup. Nala Se’s convinced that it might’ve been Fives’s medical work that killed Tup ultimately, which is by the way the worst assumption ever. But Shaak Ti’s not one to judge, though we do see that she’s one to get her way. If you recall, Shaak Ti wanted the Jedi to take a look at Tup’s tumor while Nala Se wanted the Grand Republic Medical Facility to look at it, and Palpatine naturally went with the doc’s idea. Well… Shaak Ti figured that it wouldn’t hurt to send the tumor by her Force-wielding friends and then send it to the Facility. Gotta love her subtle craftiness; you go, Jedi togruta girl! As for Fives, he apparently has to undergo a couple other tests and then he’s home free. But just as he was walking out the door, he spotted a medical droid making a little switch with the evidence! Oh, but that’s hardly the worst thing Fives found out that day…
He’s barely taken a few steps out the door with his clone escorts when he runs into AZ1-3, who’s also being escorted somewhere. And in their brief chat, AZ kinda says something about hearing that they’d both get their memories wiped. What’s really interesting is that the two are both surrounded by clones and a Kaminoan and they can clearly hear what’s going on and they do nothing, and then when Fives fights his way out and starts running, they’re all “Oh mah gosh, what made him go all rogue on us?! I can’t imagine why!”. Weird. Maybe they figured that Fives wouldn’t listen to a quirky little med droid. Well, they were wrong, I guess. The duo is back on the run on their continual search for TRUTH! They make quite an escape as they sneak their way into a hangar, knock the daylights out of a clone pilot, and then grab a ship and fly outta there. Shaak Ti and Nala Se tried to stop them, but they weren’t fast enough. But what they didn’t know was that, after a couple of miles, Fives’s plan involved them jumping out of the ship and making their way back to the labs. AZ was not a fan of this plan, you can figure, but he went along with it anyway (if you haven’t noticed, AZ is not great at saying “no”, just at saying “uh… are you serious?”). But thankfully, the clone and the droid didn’t have to swim all the way back; let’s just say that AZ has some pretty mad skillz… survival skillz, that is! He transformed into a cute little speeder bike thingy; major WIN. And off they went, knowing that the ship still in flight would throw off the big shots for a while.
Meanwhile, as you can imagine, Nala Se must’ve had her crazy long knees knocking when she explained the situation to Dooku. First a malfunctioning clone and now a renegade clone! What’s next, a juggling clone?! (That would be pretty awesome, though I’d bet they’d want to terminate him, too) She reassures her boss that nobody’s going to find out about Order 66 ’cause she’ll find Fives first. Again, I shudder to imagine what kind of pressure this probably-once-was-a-decent-Kaminoan is under. Though it still doesn’t mean I wasn’t highly offended when referred to Tup as “the clone which malfunctioned”; HE’S A PERSON, NOT A THING, LADY! A “WHO” NOT A “WHICH“!! But what else is new in that viewpoint, right? Ugh.
So our heroes had snuck their way back into the lab, hoping to find out exactly what the tumor is and where it originated from. You’d think it would be easier for a clone to walk into a room of clones and not get discovered, but apparently that’s not the case. Doesn’t help having that tattooed 5-ish-looking numeral on your head. So he had to do the SW-ian thing of “borrowing” another clone’s armor without asking first. Once they were able to get to a computer (or whatever they call them in their galaxy), AZ discovered that not only was there no such tumor in Jango Fett, but it’s not really a tumor at all! It’s some sort of organic-ish chip that was seemingly stuck in Tup some time before. But before anything further can be dug up, Shaak Ti, Nala Se, and their clone cohorts showed up. And *facepalm*, Fives wasn’t wearing his helmet for that moment, so it took them about 2.5 seconds for them to find him (again, you’d think it be harder to notice that tiny 5 tattoo, but I guess if you’re around clones all day, you learn to tell them apart pretty quickly). Thankfully though, AZ is really good at making quick escapes possible and the clone and the droid vamoose into an overhead exit and weld the door shut. And it’s in there that Fives decides he wants the same biopsy done on him to get rid of the chip he believes he has as well. AZ isn’t too certain, considering Tup died after his got removed, but Fives is willing to take that chance if it means they can help other clones (isn’t he awesome that way?). And once they find a safe, sterile room, AZ works his medical magic, even if the results are risky…
Some time later, Fives awakes and finds out that his hunch was correct: he had the same chip, the only difference being that his looked healthier. For the most part, Fives seems to be in decent shape, but neither he nor AZ know what will happen next. So Fives is ready to do some more research with potentially little time left — this time, to find out when these chips are implanted. AZ figures it was before they were born, and after a bit more sneaking around (and some of AZ’s “perfectly normal” act-casual singing XD ), they find that pretty much every third-stage embryo has one. And once again, at the worst possible moment, Nala Se shows up (she has the worst habit of doing that, doesn’t she?). Fives confronts her, Nala Se explains the so-called truth that the chips are supposed to make them less aggressive, Fives isn’t really buying it. And also once again, Shaak Ti kicks in the door and breaks up their scuffle, but in her awesome way, chooses to listen to the clone instead of trying to kill him. The doc is certain that Fives is a major danger without his chip, but Shaak Ti decides the best thing to do is to let him talk to the Chancellor and explain everything. And so, with a goodbye to his droid friend, The Jedi, the clone, and the Kaminoan head off to get it all straightened out. Oh, but if Shaak Ti knew what Nala Se knows, she would know that getting Palpatine involved is probably not the best idea…
So all I can say is WHOA. It’s amazing how intense things keep getting each episode! And augh, I love AZ so much ❤ On top of that, all this uncovering and discovering of Fives's is really cutting it close and makes us all wonder again "what would happen if the good guys found out early?"… and this time, it's not as ironic and humorous as the Yoda Chronicles Lego specials. Ermagosh…
We will get to the bottom of this!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Uncovering The Secret Missions: Conspiracy

And the drama continues…
Also, I’m completely aware that I majorly flubbed on the last Uncovering blog… the screencap I used was from Conspiracy, not The Unknown. But I think I’m OK with it now; it will never happen again. So yes! Let’s put the last episode behind us and get on with the second of the Secret Missions!
NOTE: Contains Spoilers from Episode III and TCW Episodes The Unknown and Conspiracy

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So another funny coincidence with this episode and the one prior: the first words of Conspiracy‘s prologue was The Unknown‘s secondary blog title “a flaw in the plan”! I had totally forgotten that until I watched it again! Looks like I’m on the same level with the Clone Wars folks 🙂 But anyway, we start back on this adventure on the always-rainy Kamino to find out why Tup went all cuckoo on us. Fives was being all legit and wanting to stick by his buddy, but well… Shaak Ti set up a bit of an appointment for him to ascertain that he didn’t have whatever made Tup sick. I love that while she’s explaining the situation, Fives shoots Rex this “Dude, whatdaheck?” look 😆 And yeah, it’s great seeing Shaak Ti again, one of the most awesome and chill Jedi ever, and she’s still here for her clone friends. In fact, she’s there while Kaminoan doc Nala Se is running her tests on Tup. But stranger still is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with him physically…
It’s definitely interesting, SW-ian medicine… it looks vaguely familiar to us earthlings, yet completely not familiar. But just because their stuff is all future-y looking doesn’t mean it can do everything, and that’s where the problem steps up as Nala Se has one idea (kill him and do an autopsy to find out what’s wrong) and Shaak Ti has another (atomic-level brain scan that won’t kill him). It’s absolutely fascinating watching them “argue”, if we can even use that term; with the naturally calm don’t-even-blink Kaminoan disposition of Nala Se and the calm, wise thoughtfulness of Shaak Ti, it’s more like a professional discussion as they both try to one-up the other on whose choice it is to choose Tup’s fate. Shaak Ti wins this round, at least for the moment… she may not look smug, but on the inside, I bet there’s a part of her feeling pretty awesome that she just beat Nala Se. While the doc’s probably steaming a bit under that cold-looking white skin. Tup’s going to, most likely, get his brain scan as the Master wanted… or will he?
So meanwhile, Fives was not having the greatest day. He just wanted to be there for Tup, and instead he’s stuck getting… well, stuck with needles by a quirky little med droid. Despite it all, it didn’t take long for me to love this adorkable doctor. AZ, who is also known by a much longer name, seems to like things by-the-book, even if it means he irritates Fives to no end when he calls them by number and not by name. Agh, so many numbers! Between AZ’s ridiculously-long number and all the clone numbers rolling around, it’s enough to give somebody a migraine! But all the same, he seems to want to relate to people, even if he doesn’t understand them very well. Lo and behold though… Fives is in perfect condition! Doesn’t mean he’s free to go, though… he’ll be hanging at the hospital as long as Tup’s hanging there, too.
Now, while Shaak Ti was talking with Jedi Council about what to do about Tup, we find that Nala Se and Lama Su are hiding a dirty little secret in these pure-white hallways as they make a call to Dooku. Apparently, the Kaminoans have been let in on the whole “Order 66” thing, in fact, they’re talking about some chip that’s connect to that terrible command. You have to wonder how they managed to sucker the Kaminoans into this… I mean, isn’t there a Kaminoan Jedi of some sorts somewhere?? It must’ve been some pretty penny for Lama Su to be all “Sure, whatevz” to Sidious’s “Hey dude, can you install this chip doohickey that will make them kill Jedi whenever I want them to so I can become emperor?”. But who knows? I’m still trying to figure out what in the world is going on here. All we know is that Dooku’s cool with Nala Se killing Tup… and the Jedi have no idea! Oh noes!
While they’re conspiring, Fives is getting suspicious… AZ had been the one to first suggest the brain scan, but Nala Se had turned him down. And you know, who’s AZ to question authority? But Fives is able to convince AZ that not helping save the patient at all costs is going against the droid’s highest priority. Despite never having had broken the rules before, AZ is willing to take a chance, and off the duo goes to give Tup a secret brain scan and get their own “second opinion”.
So after making a (mostly) clean escape, Fives and AZ are able to get workin’ on their diagnosis. And to their surprise, the scan reveals… a tumor, which wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense considering that clones are built to be as perfectly healthy as possible. But before AZ can do anything about it, Doc Nala Se enters in. Fives darts out of sight just in time, but AZ hangs around to explain himself and what they need to do to save Tup. However, Nala Se ain’t havin’ it… she brushes AZ off as “malfunctioning” and again restates her less-than-favorable “cure”. So it seems as if now there’s no way out of this for Fives or AZ or poor Tup… but Fives is cleverer than most, and he’s got a handy little droid on his side, and he’s not giving up without a fight.
Just as Nala Se was about to terminate Tup, an intruder alarm goes off! Major win for our heroes. AZ’s going to get that tumor removed and finally prove it to the doctor. You know, it’s nice to know that Fives is as squeamish as I am when it comes to this kind of stuff 🙂 The removal is successful… but things don’t go quite as well as planned, ’cause Nala Se figured out that it was a false alarm and burst in on the duo. Needless to say, she’s not happy whatsoever. I know that we’re all pretty mad at her because she’s working with the bad guys, but you have to kind of feel sorry for her — I mean, she probably didn’t plan on having it come to this when she was in med school before she found herself putting clones together; she’s been tied up in a really complicated situation and is stuck having to do whatever the big cheese Sith wants, and she knows that things will go majorly sour if the Jedi find out their little clone secret, so yeah that’s a lot of pressure for one Kaminoan. AZ and Fives showed her the legit proof, but Nala Se wasn’t cool with it. She grabbed the encased tumor, Fives grabbed the death-inducing needle that’d almost had been used on Tup, and who knows what would’ve happened next if not for Shaak Ti making her entrance. You just got busted, doc. But the fact that our heroes won this round isn’t quite as sweet a victory when Tup finally comes to; after some brief words, this brave soldier passes on quietly *sniff*. And we’re all still wondering why…
Later on, despite all that’s happened, Shaak Ti’s glad she has her proof and plans to let the Jedi take a look at it. But when trying to convince the Chancellor of this, Nala Se’s bright idea to send the tumor to a big-deal Coruscant hospital is accepted more quickly. This time, the doc takes home a win. And understandably when the old man in the big chair happens to be hiding the greatest secret of all…
So whoa, right? It’s a lot to take in! And we’re not through with this story… not for a moment. Ahhh I hope this all ends on a better note than I think it might! So many questions! And we still don’t know what Kaminoan hospital food tastes like! (I’m sorry I’ll stop making that joke) The first two of the Secret Missions have been great thus far, and we have plenty more to go! This episode’s proved that SW can mix in pretty much any genre — including hospital dramas! So I’ll keep you up to date as the plot thickens…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight