OK so wow I am absolutely ecstatic to be writing this right now. This show… gah I’m in love with it! I regret I didn’t talk about it more beforehand so before we talk about the episode itself I’m gonna talk about the journey to it. It’s surreal to think it was nearly five years ago when The Padawan Menace debuted and whisked me away to a world where Bib Fortuna sang on a Star Wars version of Idol and Grievous and Anakin posed for photos. A version of the SW galaxy that made time for fun but never neglected the heart. It led me to becoming the Lego fan I am today, and heightened my then-growing love of Star Wars. And every year since we’ve had great adventures from every angle of the saga. So the instant I heard they were doing a little series called The Freemaker Adventures… I exploded with joy. The concept of a real family unexpectedly caught up in the midst of something bigger is so very Star Wars, and so very perfect. And with a full-on series instead of a single special or a miniseries offered up new opportunities for expanded storytelling and major major feels. And it took place between Episodes V and VI so that offered a whole new world of possibilities and things not yet seen! I was so excited for this I decided to keep everything a surprise, which unfortunately made it hard for me to blog about it beforehand. But regardless, it was a thrilling journey and now I’m here to talk about on a (mostly) weekly basis in my new column, Following The Freemakers! So I’m gonna take a metaphorical breath and then we’ll get started.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, Episode V, and Freemakers episode A Hero Discovered
The Death Star II was quite the battle station weren’t it? Though it served the Empire pretty well in the Battle of Endor, it wasn’t a fan-favorite in the beginning. At least, not with Emperor Palpatine, who has a lot of fun rubbing his apprentice’s previous failure in his helmeted face. Sidious is convinced a backup plan is needed. (Also: “Dooku always had a backup plan” “WHAT WAS THAT?” XD ) Though he’s completely not being given the benefit of the doubt, Vader happens to be working on such. He has eyes all over the galaxy looking for one thing — an ancient weapon known as the Kyber Saber. Something that Palpatine desires… fervently… AND THEN OMGOSH THAT OPENING MUSIC WHAAAT IT’S AMAZINGGG!! Sorry but it is.
On the other side of the galaxy, we catch the Rebels and Imperials in the midst of their daily grind — space battles. X-Wings and TIEs are flyin’ everywhere! Blasterfire coming from every angle! I certainly wouldn’t want to get caught in their path… so what’s this civilian ship doing darting through the crossfire? What could possibly be so important they’d risk life and limb in a space battle for it? Well, these are the Freemakers, and this is their “daily grind”. Three young scavengers just makin’ sure none of these blasted-apart ships go to waste. Despite any parts are good parts, middle child Zander has his doubts about the plan. Oldest child (and clearly the bosslady on this ship) Kordi believes there’s no better way to get fresh parts to pay their rent than by sneaking into a battle. And young, sweet Rowan just wants to blow stuff up, but the sibs aren’t having it. Buuuut the minute he hears the word “blast”… Ro takes that as an opportunity and COMPLETELY INCINERATES THE IMPERIAL COMMANDSHIP. The Freemakers lightspeed the heck outta there before any of the Rebs and Imps could find out. And at this point I think we all absolutely love these kids. I know I do 🙂
“…Salvaging for parts during a battle was a bad idea anyway.” “I JUST SAID THAT.” “Oh… did you?” XD Even when Kordi’s not winning, she still manages to win anyway. I want to be like her. Anywayy so our crew was heading home to The Wheel, which is a super-awesome concept and, if I’m not mistaken, was pulled from Legends literature. Good place to fix up stuff and sell it… if, of course, you can afford Furlac’s rental prices. Which atm is a slight problem for the Freemakers. Their landlord gives them one final day to pay up before he “throws ’em out the airlock”. Wait… maybe that would be spacelord, since they’re not on land? Or maybe spacestationlord? Hmm interesting thought. Though yeesh I hope he was just speaking figuratively. So now’s the time for the family to get some creative juices flowing and make something worth the credits. Taking broken parts and making it into something new? Sounds amazing! I can’t imagine what it’d take to do it with real ships, but Lego pieces I could work with. Can’t wait for some new sets to come out! Rowan’d like to help, but Zander and Kordi don’t think he’s really… cut out for it. They hardly have to say anything further because in about two seconds Ro is distracted by a pile of random parts. Unfortunatelyyyy random parts may have triggered a chain reaction that ended up blowing up their newest creation. Oh, Rowan… you’re so adorable I can’t be mad at ya 🙂 Any hope for getting that sweet cash now rests in the hands of Zander’s personal creation, the Z-Wing. Hehe I love his passion… I feel similarly about my own art. But it still needs one Clone Wars-era part for the job, so they turn to their personal expert on all things Clone Wars slash housekeeping, R0-GR. Their stitched-together old battle droid seems annoyed to be interrupted from his baking duties. Though yeah good question… they can afford cookies but they can’t afford the rent… hmm. Of course, they might literally be made of sand and really cheap to make, but I’m hoping “sweet sand cookies” are more of a shortbread thing. You know it’s amazing that actually sounds like it belongs in Star Wars. I want one now. OK sorry, also eeeeeeeee Roger is fantastic! Though this is not the first time we’ve seen a redeemed battle droid in Lego SW, it feels the most believable, the most real. This sarcastic, panicky, persnickety, voice-of-reason unit just lights up every scene he’s in. And just the fact that the great Matthew Wood still plays him makes it all the more perfect.
Yet another “anywayyyy”, rather hesitantly, Roger leads them to the site of one of the nastiest Clone Wars skirmishes in hopes they’ll find that final part. Rowan was supposed to stay on the ship, but I kinda figured he wouldn’t be doing that. But at least he had good intentions. He saw stormtroopers and he had no choice but to let his sibs know about it. Roger didn’t approve though, but I don’t think he approves of a lot of things. Though you gotta admire his dedication to his job… he not only follows Rowan through the jungle every perilous step of the way, but he holds onto his mop the whole time! Also… that ‘trooper covered in giant Lego ladybugs? I died laughing at that image XD It’s a pretty cool planet. I’m sorry I don’t remember its name but I guarantee you it’ll come to me at like five in the morning when I stir from slumber. Whee random thoughts. But as Ro continued on… he felt something… this… inexplicable… call… and that call leads the boy and the droid down a hole, and then, to a pedestal where rests one magnificent-looking weapon. And thennnn a DIANOGA!! Yikes they’re a lot scarier when they’re out of water than when they’re in it! The mop came in handy for like two seconds before it was no longer handy. Rowan and Roger’re definitely in trouble. And then… in a blur of blue and silver, a figure leaps from the shadows. With a majestic blade of blue light and the Force clearly on her side, the dianoga limps back to the darkness it came from, and the boy and the droid are saved. But no time to think about who saved ya Ro just wants the shiny thing! Haha XD The one holding that “shiny thing” would be Naare, a real honest-to-goodness Jedi who looks like she might be half-human half-togruta but even I’m not sure. And yes I’m saying this as if you didn’t already know how this ends. More fun to write that way. Rowan doesn’t really even know what a Jedi is, let alone this laser sword-looking-thing that called to him. Naare has the answers. The weapon that called to him is the Kyber Saber, the very very very first and I do mean first lightsaber, fashioned from a blade of kyber crystals. It could enhance ones’ use of the Force one-thousandthfold, but it was also capable of incredible destruction, and was ultimately dismantled and its pieces hidden throughout the galaxy. Don’t know how much Rowan got from the story tho since he seemed content to just play with the saber at the end of it. Gotta say, Naare has a pretty miraculous level of patience with him. She attempts to explain the massive responsibility and burden that comes with it, as Palpatine would do anything to get his clawhands on it. But then Rowan’s attention span turns to something else — the stormtroopers! And Kordi and Zander! O.O ‘Cause yeah while they were gone, Kordi and Zander were caught accidentally dismantling a troop transport, and it seemed not even Kordi’s quick wit and fierce moves could get ’em out of this one. Also another random note but I love the fact that Kordi’s ID signature is in cursive aurebesh XD I’ve experimented a bit with cursive aurebesh before so it was cool they decided to make it at least semi-canon if not canon-canon 🙂 But yeah this could be bad… but this time ’round it’s Rowan who’s got the plan.
“…but since we are Imperial taxpayers that technically does makes it our transport.” KORDI FREEMAKER IS BOSSLADY. And suddenly in stomped an old rusty AT-TE with Rowan at the controls! Followed by Roger at the helm of an ST-AP, the Imperials are sure gone in a hurry. But when the tank falls apart, Naare fiercely comes to Rowan’s aid with her lightsaber goin’ at anything the Imps could throw at her! When the last grey-suit is K.O’d. Rowan looks at Naare with all the respect in the universe, and Naare looks at him with the pride of a master. Oh sweet, sweet Rowan… I absolutely adore him. He’s a kid in every sense of the word! Innocent, enthusiastic, incredibly trusting and loyal to the core. He can be naive and clumsy and easily distracted, but he’s got the biggest heart and has a infectious amount of spirit and doesn’t have a jaded bone in his body. I so much want to see where he goes, who he becomes, the Jedi he might become… *flails about fangirling*
Well I don’t think that made a lick of sense. I hope I made my point. Expect more fangirlings of the sort in the future. After some brief introductions, it looks like Naare’ll be heading back with the Star Scavenger crew. Zander seems quite happy about that. Haha love me some crushes XD So the current goal now is to locate the remaining kybers to keep them out of the Emperor’s possession, and Rowan’ll be able to help with finding them with a little further training from Naare. “That was a lot of words, and I might’ve wandered in the middle, but I think you’re saying… I’m gonna be a JEDI!” Again, love this presh cinnamon roll… X3 Zander has some hesitations on the matter, and Kordi has even more hesitations, but Naare assures them she’ll keep him safe. And then AHHH IT’S FURLAC! But any problems they had with him are mind-tricked away thanks to their new ally. She even gets her own place in The Wheel while she’s at it! I don’t know how much one credit’s worth exactly but it sounded like she really got a bargain there. #JediWin Also Zander getting mind-tricked. That was great XD
As Rowan helps his new master get settled in her new place, Naare reminds him to make certain he keeps this whole thing a solid secret. After all, in this day and age, when friends make deals with Sith Lords and people only tell truth from a certain point of view, who can you trust? And then… in the dark of her rental, DARTH VADER COMES ON THE LINE. And he addresses her as AGENT NAARE. I was so. shocked. I can’t. I loved the idea of her character from the get-go, a female Jedi master and survivor of Order 66! And potentially a cross-species which we don’t see a lot in SW but that’s just cool to me I guess. And seeing her throughout this I really really genuinely loved her character. She was a great master for Rowan and had a great rapport going with him! I was even already on board the Zander-Naare shipping train! So when she flicked on that red blade and said “…then I’ll use another form of persuasion…”, my jaw utterly hit the floor. If there’s a redeemable side of Naare, I sure can’t find it. Not after that. And of course, the addition of the Sith eyes and the more zabrak-looking markings and the fact alone that she is confidently working for the Empire and clearly not under any duress. The fact she doesn’t have any issue with killing an innocent to get what she wants… yikes. I still love her as a villain but OMG SHE IS A MONSTER. And only time will tell where all this ends… dude I can say without any doubt that this was the most shocking turncoat situation I have ever seen in all Star Wars ever. At least, if not the most, it’s definitely one of the most. By the time the credits started rolling, I was overwhelmed by feelings of both absolute love and absolute terror. SW always keeps ya guessing, and that’s one of my many favorite things about it 😀
So like whoa what a pilot! I’m beyond excited to see what happens next in this next glorious chapter of the Lego Star Wars universe! We’ll continue following the Freemakers next week!
Keep The Peace,