Following The Freemakers: Trouble On Tibalt

Hello my Star Wars-loving people! You’ve probably been wondering why I’ve been on an unannounced hiatus for the last couple months. Well it started out with just not having a good post idea one week… and then was followed by a major bout of IRL busy-ness and a general lack of desire to write. I know I’ve missed a lot of great opportunities to talk about Star Wars since then, with Disney Parks and John Powell and porgs(!). But hopefully I can start to remedy that in the weeks to come. Now we shall begin again by discussing the utter excitement of the Freemakers’ most recent escapade, Trouble On Tibalt! And hopefully this will be a much more efficiently-written post than my previous work.

NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode VI, Rogue One, Rebels episode Wings Of The Master, much of the Freemakers season one, and Trouble On Tibalt.
(Also yes now I’m linking my previous Closer Look posts into the spoiler warnings so you can refresh your memory if need be. But you still should read this with caution if you haven’t actually seen an episode or film listed here.)

That Darth Sidious is something else, right? He’s the emperor of the whole galaxy right now, has an amazing virtually unstoppable Death Star II in the works, but he’s still sore about the Kyber Saber incident and that “Reginald” Freemaker kid. Not gonna lie, my instantaneous thought was “OMG OMG IS THAT THE FREEMAKERS’ DAD?? IS HE IMPORTANT TO THE EMPIRE LIKE GALEN ERSO?? WOW!!” and then I suddenly realized the joke and felt like an idiot. Probably better that way… “Reginald” is just not the most appropriately Star Wars-y name out there. But though Palpatine doesn’t have everything he wants, he does have one particular new something. Something special. Something downright deadly. Its name, or more precisely, his name, is M-OC. You know, the prospect that Palpatine built M-OC himself (which is what I’m assuming at the moment) is quite intriguing. I had no idea he knew anything directly to do with droid engineering. I honestly doubt he built it all himself though. Probably had a few Imperial technicians involved I would think, I mean… as we soon see, this intimidating-looking hunk of metal is no average Imperial droid…

Elsewhere in the galaxy, it seems the Freemaker family has taken to their new careers in the Rebel Alliance like a sando aqua monster to water. Salvage and repair is second-nature to them, and now they get to do so for a noble cause. That’s a win if I’ve ever heard one! Plus, they get these great new khaki uniforms that both serve their workday purposes and celebrate each of the kids’ unique spirits! Only downside to the job is the constant moving around the galaxy every time the Empire shows up. “Stupid Empire! Stupid timing!” Yesss Rowan I have thought that many a time over the years watching, reading, and playing Star Wars. But on a different note, I will say I realize now that it’s better he didn’t tell Luke of his abilities. It might’ve caused some complications with Yoda’s “last-of-the-Jedi-you-will-be” claim if Luke literally knew another Jedi. And though TFA is technically not 100% canon, I don’t think they’d want to outright go up against a fact like that. Unless, of course Rowan actually doesn’t… um… yeah I’d like to hope he lives at least a few few more decades, if that’s all right. Anyway I hope I made my point there, I wasn’t intending to spend so much time on that one topic. One of the many things I love about TFA is that the only noncanon stuff they really ever do are fun Lego-y self-awareness gags, compared to the blatant (though still funny) inaccuracies in the other specials.

Check it out I’m finally separating my paragraphs so this blog is easier to read! Anyway, so even with an Imperial fleet causing trouble, Kordi, Zander, and even Roger are completely in their element, fixing up the fighters as they go out into the battle and fixing them up again when they come back to the hangar. They’ve totally got this… to the point that Rowan finds himself overlooked in the midst of it all. I know well how you feel, sweet child… it’s no fun feeling useless and not knowing how to help. But enter General Syndulla: spacemom bosslady extraordinaire! I was so utterly thrilled when I first found out Hera was going to be in this season, not just because she’s one of my most favorite characters, but because she’d fit in so perfectly. I knew that long before I knew she’d be a general by Rogue One, and definitely long before I found out her presence in this timeline is canon. I had so many questions though. What would she be like at this point? What has she faced since the days spent with the Ghost crew? What actually happened to the Ghost crew? Of course we won’t know that last part for a while. And while I would like to hope that everything is peachy and everyone lived, I simply don’t know, especially this far down the timeline. But though only a small moment in this episode, it had me smiling hard, because even with a high rank and I imagine some tough times in her more-recent past, she’s still completely the caring, thoughtful Rebel mom she’s always been :3 She sees Rowan looking down and decides to give him a special assignment all his own. OK so right now all I want is for Hera to unofficially adopt these precious kids. Like seriously. That, and that awesome jacket of hers, because isn’t it the coolest?!

It’s absolutely no question, M-OC is a walking nightmare and I adore him. He doesn’t just look intimidating, he’s got the skills to back it up. Lots of skills. He can saw, burn, blast, and outright tear people apart. Not to mention he’s super super agile. And his entirely cold, logical personality (or lack of one) sets him apart from a number of villains. There are a lot of scary droids out there, no doubt. But this guy is all of those scary droids and more, I think. I mean… guys. He can turn his head all the way around. He might just be a droid but that’s never not creepy, unless you’re an owl. Can you imagine what M-OC would look like in the films or Rebels? I’m gonna say likely this guy won’t make it out of the season fully-functioning, so he wouldn’t be able to cross over to the canon like that, but wouldn’t that be something! He’s awesomely terrifying either way, though. And cool as he is… I’m a tad concerned for Rowan atm.

So you guys we’re going to have to talk a while ’bout Quarrie! In a way, I wasn’t terribly surprised to see him in TFA; considering shipbuilding’s his thing, he would be a logically perfect fit for the Lego-verse. But what did surprise me was the idea that Hera would want Rowan to become his apprentice. That is most definitely a perfect fit! Though only the first time we get to see him interacting with the youngest Freemaker, I foresee a lot of fun and excitement and a bit of a grandpa-grandson bond in the near future πŸ™‚ And any time to learn more about this beautiful crazy (though a bit cranky) mon calamari is a good time! I’m so so glad they found this role for him alongside the Freemakers!

It’s both impressive and pretty gut-wrenching how quickly M-OC’s able to nab Rowan. Had me thinking several times he might actually get away and we might be minus Ro for a couple episodes. And isn’t M-OC’s ship cool? Yeah I know Quarrie, Imp ships lack real craftsmanship, but it’s still so so very cool! My brother and I debated a bit whether it was a specific existing ship; he thought it was closer to the upcoming TIE silencer, and I was thinking it was more of a TIE striker, but looking at it now I think it’s something entirely different. Either way, it’s sleek and it’s dangerous and me likey. Of course, M-OC (quite literally) didn’t call into account his captive wielded a lightsaber. Oh yeah, here’s a good question: where was he keeping his ‘saber? I don’t think it was holstered, and considering the danger of being a Jedi right now that probably wouldn’t be the safest place to keep it. I’m gonna assume it might’ve been in his jacket. His boots I figure are a bit small for the standard hilt length. Just throwing out some possibilities here, anyway. So glad he didn’t leave home base without it!

β€œAnybody know what that thing is?!” β€œNo, but let’s blow it up anyway!” Sounds good to me XD
But seriously. It’s kind of disgusting to think that someone would build a machine so utterly deadly, so completely merciless and cruel, to hunt down a child. A CHILD! It’s hard to tell whether Sidious wants him alive or dead, which just makes it all the scarier. *Shudders* They might look like small plastic people but the danger is all kinds of real. Once M-OC threw out that net I was horrified, certain that Rowan would soon find himself at the feet of the Emperor. But β€œNEVER TELL ME THE ODDS! Mostly because I don’t understand how they work.” Hehe that might be my favorite line this episode πŸ˜€ I getcha Ro, math is hard. Granted I’ve always been pretty good at statistics but… oh never mind. We’re getting off-track here. Family wins the day and it is beautiful!

But M-OC’s not so easily defeated. Watching him walk out of the fire, missing limbs but still as threatening as ever, his voice a bit more disturbingly distorted than before… CHILLS. MANY CHILLS. THEY GOT LUCKY YOU GUYS. OR NOT LUCKY SO MUCH AS THE FORCE WAS WITH THEM BUT… AHHHH!! He’s gonna give them a real run for their credits this season. As Rowan fills in his family on the walking death machine’s identity and purpose, his voice is so quiet and small it about tears me apart. Things have gotten very very real. But hope is still very very real, too. Rowan has a master now, of a different sort than he’s had briefly with Luke and JEK-14, but one who will surely help him grow in many ways.

He also has a dream, an image of a beautiful ship with a heart of kyber, a powerful shield, and all the hope in the galaxy. A ship he calls the Arrowhead.

Wow yes that was so fantastic! And so fun to write on! It feels good being back with the Freemakers! See you on the next episode next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Double Agent Droid

Ah you guys this one’s gonna be funnnnn! I adored Double Agent Droid to pieces and can’t wait to share all that I found fascinating and fabulous and just plain funny! I’m sorry these posts are still late right now. Real life has a habit of getting in the way of my getting these out in a timely manner, but hopefully this’ll still be worth your read even a week and a day later.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episode Double Agent Droid

Again, I am convinced that Ezra and Zeb are having too much fun messing with the “newbie” Wedge Antilles. Their devilish laugh and fistbump says it all. Though they likely weren’t responsible for sticking the newbie with Chopper and AP-5, you can tell they get a kick out of it just knowing what awaits him X) The fact they get a kick out of it only makes me get a kick out of it even more, buuuut yeah I still do feel kinda sorry for Wedge… AP and Chop are in a particularly snippy mood today. I mean, wow, is it just me or is AP-5 more of a control freak than usual? And they proceed to argue like children the whole way there! What’s got their gears grinding? (Literally!) They’re worse than C-3PO and R2 on a bad day! It’s a bad time for Wedge to be in a small Imperial shuttle and a “long way to Alderaan”. But again, it sure made me laugh my head off XD Yeah expect that little emoji a lot in this one. Like a lot. It’s basically going to be punctuation because as I said before, this episode brought me massive amounts of joy.
Though AP-5 didn’t give Wedge any credit whatsoever, the droids didn’t have any real problem getting in. Also though AP’s being all kinds of cantankerous today, I have to admit I completely relate to his sharp retort “I’M AWARE OF THE PROTOCOL.” #DroidBurn I hate people telling me how to do things when I didn’t ask them to help me and I clearly know what I’m doing, so I think I might be using this one a lot irl. “You missed a spot.” “I’M AWARE OF THE PROTOCOL.” I mean, most of his squabbles with Chop have been over his counterpart questioning his abilities, and he ain’t takin’ any of that! AP knows who he is and he has complete confidence in himself and his skills. AP-5 is actually an inspiration. A grumpy inspiration, but an inspiration nonetheless. We could all stand to be a little more confident, right? Unfortunately, AP-5’s confidence may not go as far as he’d like. Because what the droids didn’t notice was that Chopper happened to catch the eyes and ears of an Imperial listening ship, home of all the Empire’s best personality-drained-for-the-sake-of-productivity computer nerd spies! And their leader (who for the sake of this post I will call Nerd Boss (not meant in a mean way whatsoever because we’re all nerds here)) has a smart, devious plan in mind. Also I absolutely must talk for a bit about the fact that Nerd Boss is sporting spectacles! I’ve been wondering for the longest time whether people in SW ever wear eyeglasses, and now my wonderings have been confirmed! I mean, in a galaxy where you have the advanced medical technology to make cybernetic eyes, would glasses even be necessary? For all I knew laser eye surgery could’ve been as commonplace as contact lenses! But turns out they are indeed a thing, and by far Nerd Boss wears some of the coolest nerdy lenses I’ve ever seen. Honestly you guys I love Nerd Boss. Aside from the fact he’s played to perfection by the great Josh Gad, he’s just an all-around interesting guy. He’s incredibly smart and very very crafty and though he wears the Imp headgear, he doesn’t seem entirely devoid of emotion either; he seems to really enjoy formulating his (mostly sorta not really) genius little plan. Also Chopper chasing the mouse droid utterly cracked me up. The life of a mouse droid is hard, bro! They’re always underfoot amongst all the Imperials and considerably larger droids. Hmmm that should totally be a short film or something. Anyway, so while AP decides the only way to do a job right is to do it himself, he might’ve missed what happened to his cranky teammate, who’s now under Nerd Boss’s complete control… OH NO.
You’d think AP would’ve figured it out sooner somehow, but again, he might’ve been too busy singin’ his own praises to consider it. His puffed-up pride is really fun to watch though. After years spent knee-deep in disrespect, he’s finally working for people who appreciate his real talents… and in the process gained himself quite an ego, it seems. There’re no restraining bolts on him anymore and he’s free to speak the truth, whether you want to hear it or not! And he says it all so perfectly in his brilliantly snobby voice. Pff I’m probably giving AP too much credit right now, but this is the first time in a long while I’ve been able to just talk and talk about this awesome droid. Perhaps though it’s all of his pride that kept him from seeing that there was someone else behind Chop’s dome. Apologizing? Helping out just because? Being polite? Bringing you a refreshing beverage?! That’s not Chopper. Chopper can be nice, but he’s only nice one his terms, and usually it’s hidden in some form of grunty sarc or a smack to the leg. Though AP didn’t recognize it immediately, he does start to suspect something’s up not long after their shuttle headed back home, especially when Chop starts talkin’ Imperial codes. Nerd Boss, you’re a great criminal mastermind but your droid-acting skills? They could use some work. But hey only Chopper can really be Chopper. He’s one of a kind! Wedge doesn’t really think too much on the mech’s improved ‘tude, but the longer Chop goes on with all this niceness, the more suspish AP gets. When Wedge turns over the controls to Chopper, I can’t help but imagine a rather cartoonishly fiendish look on his dome. I’m pretty sure AP-5 saw it too, and wasn’t about to miss an opportunity to let their pilot know about it. Even if their pilot is in the refresher atm. Yeahhhhh it took me a few minutes before it occurred to me what exactly the “refresher” is. I’m glad I know the name for it now, but I think I’m good with not knowing anything further on the subject. *Cough* Dude if I were you I would’ve made a point to go before I left. It doesn’t look too comfortable in there. Also zippers exist in SW? I didn’t know that either. They sure hide ’em well. Oooohmg this is so awkward. But still kinda hilarious. I say again, poor newbie Wedge! But yeah you think droids with bad timing are a problem… just wait ’til Nerd Boss gets to work…
So all went well it seems, for once the Ghost crew’s had a good day! It made me grin seeing Ezra and Zeb and Wedge pallin’ around, even if they’re being total boys with their refresher humor πŸ˜› Still no one listens to AP-5’s concerns about Chopper, least not until Hera voices her own concerns, then and only then does everybody listen! If AP had the dexterity I betcha he would’ve facepalmed. And by the time they realize something’s wrong, Nerd Boss Chop has the rest of the crew trapped and a data spike stealing some base locations. And then he opens the cargo bay door on them. Yeah this is no short circuit or loose wire they’re dealing with. AP-5’s been going on and on about his greatness all day, well now he’s gonna have to go and prove it and take a walk out on the Ghost to save them all! Such a delightful turn of events. But bro better watch out ’cause Nerd Boss Chop’s got blasters! I know he’s not himself right now but the image of Chopper wielding blasters is just too awesome. Chopper and AP throw down and Chop wins, only to roll right back on in to the warm welcome of Zeb’s borifle. Zeb looked like he realllllly enjoyed doin’ that though XD Now Hera’s ready to send a little something special back Nerd Boss’s way… Ezra’s quiet “uh-oh Hera’s mad” says it all. A few jillion jolts of feed just got thrown back in their face. Goodbye, Imperial listening ship! Don’t mess with Captain Bosslady and her crew! I was genuinely tearing up when it seemed uncertain if Chopper would ever be Chopper again… Hera giving him that hug…! It’s too precious! But you can’t get rid of this fiesty C1-10P that easily. The family’s all together again :3 Wellll… except maybe for AP-5. He’s still aimlessly floating around space. But he’s actually doing all right… better than all right perhaps. As he takes in the beautiful starlit solitude and the space butterflies, he can’t fight the song in his heart! You guys I absolutely DIED. I laughed. so. hard. I couldn’t breathe. I can’t remember the last time I laughed this hard at anything, and I laugh a lot. It was the most beautiful, delightful, unexpected, hilarious moment! It literally made my day. And every time it comes to mind I have trouble not laughing out loud. It might not be the norm to hear singin’ in SW, but a galaxy without song would be a sad one. And somehow they did it in a way that doesn’t feel weird. It’s just the right amount of unexpected hilarity! Since then I’ve imagined him singing quite a few other songs. Mostly Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World. I’m so glad this uptight protocol finally found his happy place! And then just as soon as it began, it ended with a resounding “clang” as the Ghost scooped him back to reality. And then Chopper gave a genuine apology… followed up by a good roughhousing. AP-5 might not seem too happy, but I betcha he’d get a little lonely in the stars without his Rebel friends. Plus, now AP and Wedge can bond over chasing Chopper! Hard to get a better ending than that! πŸ˜€
Yep that was delightful to write on. Star Wars just makes me smile. So, so much. I’ll send another Transmission your way next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Secret Cargo

All right, hopefully I can write a Transmission today worthy of this majorly-epic episode! When I saw Secret Cargo the first time, I didn’t have a single inkling of the epicness about to shake down. I mean, it’s Rebels, I expected epicness because it’s always epic, but… whoa. The epicness was *makes explosion noise with mouth* So as you can imagine, I’m a little nervous tackling this one. So yes hopefully I can write something worth your read. Let’s go!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rogue One and Rebels episodes Warhead and Secret Cargo.

So I was quite delighted to see Hera and Zeb’s faces again! And the Ghost too! It feels like it’s been a really long time somehow. Along with Ezra and Chopper, they’re just hanging around in the middle of nowhere waiting to meet up with some fellow Rebs and looking utterly bored while they’re at it. I betcha watching the Imperial holonet doesn’t help much. I’m sure they’re listening out for good news in the midst of it, but ugh I’d lose my mind watching that all day (if I were a Rebel, anyway; as a fan it’s actually probably interesting). Think Ezra and Zeb make the time pass by poking at the news-Imps? “Pff look at that guy’s hair. How much you wanna bet it’s a toupee?” πŸ˜› But you never know what interesting tidbits’ll make the air (or whatever holos stream via) if you watch it long enough… a certain Senator Mothma just made some waves giving the Emperor a well-deserved calling-out. I’ve always been a big fan of Mon Mothma and was excited to see her in this one, and first time we see her she’s dishin’ out the sass like an absolute boss! OK not really “sass” it’s more of masterfully-spoken honest-to-goodness needed-to-be-said truth. But either way levels of respect went wayyyy up for her, and they were already pretty high to start with. No doubt the crew’s impressed. Then OMG ONE OF THE NIGHTMARISH INFILTRATOR DROIDS SHOWED UP 😱 (Oh look I finally got some interesting emojis in here!) It’s not looking for the Ghost crew, but if it finds the Ghost crew, well… it’s not gonna be good. After a few tense moments of it looking their way, Ezra finally takes aim… but the infiltrator is too fast! Also yikes you guys I’d forgotten how frightening those infiltrators are. The voice alone is just shudder-inducing! Ezra’s eventually able to fire on it thankfully… just as Gold Squadron shows up. An explosive first impression, I’d say πŸ™‚ Pff that was terrible I know, but terrible puns are fun! Yes it’s fascinating really meeting the Gold Squadron. Back when Rebels was first announced I’d assumed the series would surround mainly Rebel types like these guys: orderly, endearlingly-scrappy orangesuits we already knew and loved from the films. So after spending these last few years following a squad that’s more like family than anything else and doesn’t do uniform anything, seeing these two teams together was a bit of an interesting contrast. The Gold Squad dudes are all biz. Like seriously the first two bros don’t even smile and go by ranks and squad names instead of real names, so watching Hera give them a warm welcome is refreshing in comparison. They’re all “CAN’T GO ON OUR SHIP, STUFF’S CLASSIFIED” and Hera’s all “C’mon in and have some kaffe! And there’s a casserole in the oven!” πŸ˜€ A couple of the Golds aren’t too impressed with the Phoenixes’ methods, blaming them for all the heightened Imperial security lately. Zeb’s response “Well, we don’t mind doing things the hard way” is golden (pun not intended). I admire the Phoenixes’ moxie and desire to do the right thing even when it’s tough, but the Golds clearly like things a tad more organized. Like with Rogue One, it’s super interesting watching people with the same ultimate goal in mind not agreeing on how to get there. Just something inevitable I suppose when you’re all sentient beings with different opinions. Again, I’ve just been so used to the greatness of the Ghost fam it’s easy to forget not everyone thinks the same way or does the same things. But perhaps the grumpy Gold Squad has a right to be tense right now because they’re even more unpopular with the Empire than usual, thanks to the cargo they’re carrying. As if to prove their point, a Star Destroyer arrives on the scene just like that! Their blows to the Ghost leave the Golds temporarily minus a pilot, so Ezra volunteers. Ohhh yess when I first saw that first screencap of Ez piloting a Y-wing I ’bout exploded with a mixture of excitement and a fangirly-motherly pride. HE LOOKS SO GROWN UP IN THAT HELMET WHAAAT. I’d love to hear the stories of how Hera taught him to fly! It’s just all-around so so cool. Our young Bridger, a pilot! And not only is he pretty darn good at it, he looks like he really enjoys it :3 Unfortunately the sudden appearance of the Empire didn’t do the Golds’ ship too much good, so they’re coming aboard the Ghost, the Golds and their “cargo”, Senator Mothma! Hera reacts like she’s in the presence of royalty. But our royal-Rebel doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty and helping the Rebs make their escape, and she’s not about to miss her big meeting with all the Rebel cells. Again, so so much respect for this girl. Like on a respect scale of 1 to 7 she’s a 52 now.
Meanwhile, Thrawn’s quickly figured out where Hera’s likely to go, and he’s sent Pryce on their trail along with his new prototype. The Grand Admiral is literally so deviously cunning in this scene it’s scary. It’s also super awesome, but still pretty scary. Don’t know how he does it, except for the fact he’s, well, awesome πŸ˜€
So I’d like to imagine now that Hera and Mon are both kaffe connoisseurs. Seeing more of the galaxy’s choice hot beverage made me wonder again what it tastes like. I’m assuming it’s basically like our coffee but with different beans from different worlds. Must be a whole lotta variety! Haha I’m a little tired today so I guess I’ve got coffee on the brain. But yeah it’s really cool seeing these two supreme bossladies of the mini-Alliance in the same room just talking. Mon’s done her best for a long time to fight back through the senate, but now that she’s out here on the run, she knows it’s time to bring the fight on a grander scale, but it’s a fight Hera knows is worth it. But oh boy… yeah Thrawn was completely unquestionably right about the Rebs’ shortcut and ’bout as soon as the Ghost and company enter the nebula, so also does an Imperial fleet and their little friend, the prototype TIE defender. Ezra and Hera already know this thing’s bad news, and the Golds aren’t arguin’. The Archeon Nebula is gorgeous though. You know me I always love seeing cool space-y stuff like this out here! Unfortunately though the nebula shortcut’s now working against them, because it’s too dangerous to bring out the proton torpedoes and the defender’s got a wicked shield. But Hera’s found a way to make the nebula work for ’em again as she decides to bring the chase a little closer to some of these new stars. The other TIEs couldn’t take the heat, but as it was, the Ghost only did slightly better and came out of the nebula with more than a little paint scratched. It was impossible not to shed a couple tears looking at the ship’s charred hull. I mean, the Ghost‘s been through so much! And now, with two Star Destroyers looming overhead, could this be the end?? OmO Back in the nebula, though, it’s just Ezra and Gold Leader against the world. Technically Vult Skerris and his defender. Them TIE defenders are impressive for sure. They look a little dizzy to fly in but otherwise they’re tough stuff! For our Rebels’ sakes though I’m glad they apparently didn’t catch on later. But they hold their own pretty well in the end… especially when they decide to, per Hera’s genius suggestion, give the Imps a taste of what happens when you mix proton torpedos and nebula gas πŸ˜€ That was one beautiful explosion! From there, Mon Mothma’s able to make her meeting and absolutely wins the day with her stirring speech. And now… the mini-Alliance ain’t so mini anymore. “This is our Rebellion” 😊
AHH what an incredible, triumphant, epic ending! Can’t help but stand up and cheer! I’m sorry it took so long to write about it, but I’m glad I was able to say all I needed to say πŸ™‚

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Legacy Of Mandalore

Ah yes Rebels are back and it’s Transmission time again! Forgive my kind of bad timing… and the very very big hole in my SW knowledge that is Mandalore and 80% of its culture. Won’t stop me from writin’ all my fangirl musings down tho. Let’s begin as we dig into Legacy Of Mandalore!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Imperial Supercommandos, Trials Of The Darksaber, and Legacy Of Mandalore

FIRST OF ALL… she hasn’t been back since before her time at the Imperial Academy? Where was the Imperial Academy then? On the capital Mandalore we see in The Clone Wars or a different Mando-territory? Sorry that was not a good way to open up, but you see, I usually write these posts on my second-ever viewing of the episode, so at this point I’m paying much much closer attention to what’s going on because I have time to pause and contemplate and digest all the information being conveyed. First viewing I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the whole time because obvious reasons OMG WE’RE GOING TO MEET SABINE’S FAMILY. What struck me about all of this was that Sabine is the only member of the Ghost crew to have all her core family alive and well and within reach… and yet, she fears going home to them. We’ve spent the longest time in the dark with her past, and now… well, we’re finally getting that family reunion Animation Magazine “predicted” a year back (long story read the fourth paragraph in this post here). It’s almost a surreal sort of feeling. Anyway yes tensions are high as the Phantom II flies on to Krowsnest (btw one of the most epic names ever). Especially as soon as Sabine makes her presence known and quite quickly arrive the “flying Stormtroopers” known as Clan Wren — with rockets pointed in their direction. Ezra’s utterly confused “OMG DUDE WHAT THE HECK” face is so perfect though. Not all families are as nice as yours, Ez… at least not when you happen to be a so-called traitor. Hoo boy. I was pretty worried when the Imp-Mandos drew their blasters in Chop’s direction… you know how some Manderrs are with their droid-shooting. I was relieved that they didn’t fire on him, but then I realized “Ohhhh right though they just blasted the Phantom so… that isn’t much better.”
OK totally random observation but the artist/animator in me was absolutely internally screaming with delight over that snow. IT’S SO REAL AND BEAUTIFUL. I’VE NEVER SEEN SNOW THAT LOOKED THAT GOOD IN AN ANIMATED SERIES. LIKE WOW. Sort of had to slap myself in the face to bring my attention back to the story. I really had no idea we’d be venturing to a different side of Mandalore (or as I later found out, technically a different Mandalore all together) so instead of getting lots of transparisteel and cubism topiary we got all this beautiful snow and trees and like maybe only 2% transparisteel. Don’t tell me you weren’t mesmerized by this scenery too man. But ultimately this glorious snowy forest is just a backdrop to the many complicated emotions about to rise. In fact I’m sure the gray skies and cold ground are accenting the cold reception and the very cold “meh” life of the disgraced Wrens. Sabine warns Ezra to exercise caution when facing their gray-armored opponents, as these guys could be family. Ez only pulled his lightsaber in case he needed it but then the lead supercommando freaked out and pulled out his blaster and everything went crazy from there. OK maybe not that crazy, really just until the leader heard Sabine’s name. He took of his helmet and his perfect familial resemblance ’bout knocked me over. This is Tristan, Sabine’s brother. I saw the briefest glimpse of him when SW socials posted screencaps early-on and though I tried to avoid spoilers I couldn’t help but notice this handsome bro. I had no idea what to expect of his character and if he’d be as likable as his design, but the fact he had no interest in fighting his sister and her friends (and that he wasn’t a raging ball of totally-pro-Empire Mando fury) gave me reason enough to like him off the bat either way. Also his name is perfect it’s so perfect I can’t believe no one named a SW character Tristan before this. Also also I love the fact that apparently Sabine’s rainbow hair has been a thing for a long while. How’d she get away with that at the Academy? Either way that earns her even more cool points! Anyway so now Sabine and the Jedi are finally heading to her old home. Chopper’s staying behind and laying low, “Sure as shoot I’m not gettin’ involved in this mess… though Fenn, you go have fun out there if you like, I do not mind.” XP
So… meeting with Mama Wren went… OK I guess. Ursa is a complete bosslady and has an amazing amazing costume design, but… she basically had full intent to toss her daughter in a cell until she saw the Darksaber in her hand. Who does that?? Also apparently Mandalorians consider waving “hello” a punishable crime. Poor Ez. Seems he’s the only one trying to break up all the tension today. I shall still applaud his efforts anyway. But yeah Ursa is less than thrilled to let her status-destroying traitorous Rebel child back home. And it’s literally the most sad/frustrating/disheartening conversation-that’s-not-really-a-conversation-because-it’s-more-of-an-argument. I do think I finally made sense of all these fragments of Sabine’s backstory though so that’s something. But… yeah I definitely get Ezra’s confusion with Mando culture right now. I can hardly fathom the idea of basically disowning your kid over what really shakes down to be a political matter. Honestly it’s hard for me to fathom disowning your own precious child to begin with, regardless of what they’ve done. All I can say right now Hera’s parenting > Ursa’s parenting. But that’s not fair really (even if it’s *cough* still kinda true). Taking the conversation outside, Ursa admits she didn’t really want to serve the Empire but it was one of those “join-us-or-die” situations and what else could she’ve done? So yeah lot of emotions going on here on my part. I was pretty grumpy with Mrs. Wren’s grumpiness, but… in reality, the Wrens are just really broken right now, like all of Mandalore, like all the galaxy. Sabine was gone, Mr. Wren imprisoned, Tristan working for Gar Saxon, and Ursa trying to protect her people against all kinds of hateful retaliating from other clans. Last few years have been really hard and unfortunately Sabine’s presence doesn’t help right now. So now I just want to cry for all that tore this once-strong family apart. Sabine still requests her mother’s help, still hands her the Darksaber. Though not entirely convinced her daughter knows how to use it, Ursa seems to accept it. Too bad soon as we turn around we find the countess talking with GAR SAXON. OmO Probably a good thing Fenn Rau snuck on in shortly after. Sure nice having at least one Mando on our side right now. Because yeah… Kanan and Ezra’s negotiating attempts fall through really really fast…
So name one thing scarier than Gar Saxon with the Darksaber. NOTHING. OK maybe that’s a little bit hyperbolical considering the large array of terrifying villains in SW, but he’s definitely high up on the list for me. Especially when it’s clear he’s altered the deal and he don’t bat an eyelash at altering it further (sorry that was kind of shameless). I applauded heartily though when Tristan was the first of the Wrens to stand up. And again when Fenn Rau busted in with Kanan and Ezra’s lightsabers. And again some more when Ezra tossed Sabine his lightsaber just as Saxon was about to strike Ursa. The bad guys may be at their baddest, but the good guys are at their best, and it’s nothing short of amazing. I basically spent the entire climax unable to breathe one moment and then cheering on our heroes the next. Definitely couldn’t breathe once Sabine and Saxon started dueling out on the ice. I mean, I’m thinking the whole time either someone’s gonna die by blade or die by freezing and either way it ain’t gon’ be pretty. Not gonna lie I was literally quivering with both fear and anticipation. Then in a swift move Sabine sends her foe to his knees… but she still does things her way and refuses to kill him. AND THEN THE SHOT RANG OUT and I was all “WHAHT. JUST. HAPPENED?” And then we saw that the fierce Mama Wren shot first. One of the truly epicest things I’ve seen all season. Now that’s what I call loyalty πŸ™‚
And then the beautiful bittersweet ending that made all SWR fans everywhere cry buckets. Sabine’s decided to stay and help her family fight back and find her dad, a tough decision, but one she feels she’s just gotta make for now. For the first time ever, to see a member of this precious crew-family saying goodbye… it was unimaginable just about. I know it’s not forever but… it still feels final, and it still got me tearing up. Her and Kanan’s hug… oh gosh I was dead. So so dead. With feels. This goodbye may bring about tears, but I believe it’s not the end. While Sabine stands aside her blood family in what may be their most desperate hour, her thicker-than-blood family will keep fighting for the rest of the galaxy while they wait for her to come home again.
And so the post comes to a close and I’m all choked up again. I look forward greatly to seeing what happens from here with our Ghost fam and all of their extended fam. Until next time.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Ghosts Of Geonosis

All right, it’s Transmission time again! Get comfy because I betcha this’ll be a long one. But perhaps the longest posts have the most interesting stuff to talk about…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rogue One, Episode IV, the TCW “Onderon Rebellion” arc and TCW episode Legacy Of Terror, and Rebels episodes The Honorable Ones, Imperial Supercommandos, and Ghosts Of Geonosis

The Ghost crew has a pretty huge mission ahead of them today, delivered by Bail Organa himself. After the crew-fam found Geonosis virtually lifeless a while back, the mini-Alliance sent a squad in to investigate. Now they’ve lost contact with the squad, and it’s up to Hera and company to find ’em again. Rex, Kanan, Ezra, and Chopper head out into the underground hoping to find the Rebs and their leader, Saw Gerrera. So yes I could talk about Saw for a long long while. He’s never failed to be an utterly fascinating individual, from his earliest days in The Clone Wars to his last days in Rogue One. So I’m utterly glad they brought him into Rebels so we can see him at the halfway point between those events. I recently finally got me a copy of TCW season 5, and yesterday I started revisiting the Onderon arc again, so Saw G. is completely fresh on my mind right now. It warms my heart hearing Rex speak so highly of him. Also I can’t help but get nostalgia everywhere I look as we enter the Geonosian temple ruins and then into the tunnels below. Though I’m forever thankful there aren’t any living dead down here, I definitely feel the absence of life. It’s way too quiet… way too still. And then they come upon a long trail of helmets without any Rebels in them. And Kanan hears something — or perhaps someone — in the distance. Though he’s not terribly fond of the idea, Ezra and Rex insist on pressing on. Then a whole squad of battle droids show up! Along with one of their destroyer friends! Does anything good ever happen on this planet?? They’re all a little rusty but they still know how to “blast ’em!”. But they really don’t see it coming when someone else sneaks up behind them and blasts ’em. That someone is our boy Saw Gerrera! Like say, it’s amazing seeing him here… it makes the connection perfectly between the fierce, driven young man he was and the perhaps more fierce and driven, but broken, man he becomes. And oh wow Forrest Whitaker does such an incredible job! I mean, that’s a no-brainer, he did incredibly on Rogue One to start with. It’s just really nice to hear Saw’s voice in its prime, before the injuries he’d take would leave it so raspy. He sounds so perfectly like an older version of the character we met on TCW so long ago it’s seriously too great! Plus, I mean, just being able to see him in a much larger role and get to know even more about him… I love it all to pieces. Also AHH THAT SMILE OF HIS! I can’t thank Lucasfilm enough for bringing Saw back into the SW galaxy; so many new stories to tell, and so many new reasons to love him! (Even when he can be, well… y’know… not lovable)
So Sabine and Zeb were having a good time I guess, trekking through the sandstorm looking for whatever that power reading came from. And what they found was a fully-operational shield generator. Hera’s delighted to find one for the mini-Alliance, but Zeb is wondering exactly why there’s one here the first place. That’s what Saw’s thinking, too. He knows there’s a Geonosian alive down here and that it’s likely responsible for the droid attack. Which might have something to do with the fact Sabine and Zeb quickly find themselves in a droideka minefield. Hera’s thinking everybody ought to be gettin’ on board and off this cray planet, but again, Saw has no interest in leaving until he gets what he came for. If they can find that bug, they can find some answers on the Empire’s doings. And right across that terrifyingly deep chasm is the bug in question — who, upon his discovery, decides to wake those droids on the surface up. Ezra, Kanan, and Rex are ’bout ready to head back up, but Saw believes they’re more likely to stop those droids if they go after the Geonosian instead of trying to get back there in time. And so starts some major epicness that I feel I cannot describe in a way that fully captures its epicness. Kanan force-throws Ezra for the first time in ages, which I just love because it feels so classically season 2 again. And when he then turns around and uses the Force to bridge that gap… oh wowzers. He defs been practicin’. And that Force-jump was awesome too. WHAT’D YOU MEAN “HE’S NO SKYWALKER”?! HE’S AMAZING!!! XP Hehe I love watching Rex and Saw pallin’ around though… even if it’s at Kanan’s expense XD And we can’t forget Sabine and Zeb using the very shield generator for their benefit as they slowly work their way through the destroyers’ path. The bug gives the crew quite the chase, but thanks to Ezra they’re able to apprehend him and turn off those destroyers just in time before the shields were downed. Andddd now we can breathe. Though probably not for long…
(BLOGGER’S NOTE: I sincerely apologize for the real lack of interesting thoughts in this post at this point. I am stupidly distracted today but I’ll try and remedy this shortly)
Yeah soon as he got the chance, Saw was ready to get some answers from the Geonosian. Really really ready. Ezra quickly senses the bug’s pretty terrified, so he tries to make a friendlier first (or second, I guess?) impression. I’m amazed that Ezra’s ability to connect allowed for the Geonosian to somewhat understand him. It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen Ez using his connecting much so this was a neat revelation. And from here on out the Geonosian shall go by the exceptionally cute nickname of Klik-Klak! One thing that absolutely blows me away about this episode is that, after all this time of knowing Geonosians to be generally horrifying and dangerous… they made a Geonosian we can root for, a Geonosian who clearly has feelings, a Geonosian who is actually pretty adorable. (C’mon just listen that weird-cute squeaky voice of his! I can’t be the only one!) Klik-Klak is proof again that SW can do anything, even give these bugs a redemption story. Ezra nicely asks what Saw wanted to know, and Klik-Klak gave them nothing but the truth. Yeah it’s kind of sad that I know what it is, and we all know what it is, but… they might not figure it out for a while. Saw’s not satisfied in the least, and cuffs KK for further questioning. Ezra finds that his comrade dropped something in his haste — a holo of his sister, Steela. It’s truly fascinating watching Saw at this point. At first, he seemed like a nice guy who had his priorities straight; when he suggested going after the Geonosian instead of going back to help the others, it seemed just like it was a matter of his logic over their emotion. But now, we’re seeing a rougher side of Saw as he gives Klik-Klak nothing but a hard time (to say the least). We are reminded he lost his team to the droids the bug built, but seeing him react to the image of his sister really drives it home how personal all of this is. In the midst of all his sudden jerkiness, we see him wounded again by her loss. It breaks my heart to see he’s hung onto this hurt for so long. But as someone with a close sibling, I could understand how easy it would be to do so. Excuse me while I go get the tears out of my eyes. Wait OMG. A LIGHT CRUISER JUST SHOWED UP WE SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED.
Meanwhile, searching through Klik-Klak’s quarters reveals an intriguing discovery: a queen egg, the last hope for the Geonosian people, and likely the whole reason he was commanding armed droids in the first place. Upon hearing of the Imps’ arrival, everyone’s ready to go, but Saw’s not leaving without KK to question further later. Ezra argues that it’s best to leave him be so he can focus on caring for the egg and restoring his kind, but um yeah it don’t look like Saw cares. Kanan makes a deal that they’ll question KK at their base and then bring him back, which seems to satisfy everyone for now. It’s a good thing the rest of the crew on the Ghost is on the same page though. I mean, firing at TIE bombers with a dust-clogged barrel is universally not fun for anyone, but Hera, Zeb, and Sabine manage to come out on top anyway. It’s a bit of a tight fit getting the Ghost into the chasm, but soon all our Rebs and KK are safely aboard. Right off the bat though, Hera don’t look at Saw with too much enthusiasm. Quite the opposite really. She pulls Kanan aside to explain that Saw’s been known to do some questionable crazy things, and they turn around and suddenly Gerrera’s zapping the living daylights out of Klik-Klak. Ezra and Rex try and stop him but neither get far. ‘Bout lost all respect for Saw when he flipped Rex like that. And just like that he’s got his blaster up against the egg. Saw reallllly likes to play with my emotions. One minute he makes me smile and then I cry for him and then he gets me steamed. Le sigh that’s just Saw for ya though. Ezra and Rex both make great arguments. That egg is the only family Klik-Klak’s got, and Saw of all people knows what it’s like to lose family. But his heart’s just too hardened to change his mind. “Then you’re no better than the Empire.” CHIIILLLLS. One of the things Rogue One did so well was in introducing us to the darker side of the Alliance. Not everyone had each others’ best interests, not everyone had the same morals. Now we’re getting to see one of those Rebels colliding with our considerably-more-noble Rebels and it’s nothing short of intriguing to watch unfold. Lol that’s an understatement. But there’s no time for debate WE’VE GOT FLYING STORMTROOPERS HEADING OUR WAY!! With them coming down and that light cruiser blocking their exit, there’s nowhere for the Ghost to go but down. Saw quickly puts aside his tiff and joins the rest of the crew for a little fight-bringin’. Ohh it is a battle for the history books, my friends. The rocket troopers are epic, but not quite as epic as our heroes are today ’cause everybody’s bringing their own kind of awesome to the table! Especially perhaps Sabine, whose jetpack is in working order and ready to more than level that playing field. I understand Ezra, I think we all want jetpacks after that πŸ˜€
The Ghost soon reaches what seems to be the lowest level, and that’s just where Klik-Klak wanted to go. We find massive Imperial canisters of poison gas, making clear what ultimately happened to KK’s people. Seeing this, Saw finally seems to understand what Ezra had been saying all along, and chooses to let the Geonosian free. Aww yayy. I love that we get a little redemption for him as well as for the Geonosians. Because Saw, despite all he’s done, and whatever he might do, he’s still a good man with a good heart. And now, beneath the level where their civilization was destroyed, Klik-Klak and the future queen have the opportunity to build it back again. Again, aww yay for hope! (Yes I know that apparently stuff will happen later with the Geonosians that’s not-so-great but I haven’t read those comics yet so I’ll just enjoy the moment) This is also a win for the Rebs, as now they can show the Senate the proof of what the Empire’s up to. Of course the Imps don’t make it easy for ’em. But they make it even less easy for the Imps! You try and bury the Ghost, the Ghost will blast its way through your light cruiser. Just science. The Rebs sadly lost their physical evidence in the process, but even without the Senate yet on their side, they’ve got the rest of the Aliiance growing bigger by the day. And even when they’re not always on the same page, we know that together, they can make some pretty huge stuff happen πŸ™‚
Pff I can be so cheesy sometimes sorry. But yay I’m glad I got this one done! And I’m really glad I finally got to talk about Rogue One some because it’s been so thoroughly on my brain lately, I was about to explode if I didn’t get these thoughts out. Until next post…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight