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SW Summer Reads: Shipyards Of Doom

So this particular edition of Star Wars Summer Reads is pretty special, because this is the first time I’ve written one on a graphic novel — and the first SW graphic novel I’ve ever read at that!


(Credit: Amazon.com)

I know… you’re probably thinking I’m nuts for never having read Star Wars comic books before. It’s not that I didn’t want to! When I first got into SW, I was overwhelmed by how many were out there and didn’t know where to begin. I thought it would get easier after the canonicity rule came into play, so just like with the novels, I could focus primarily on 100% canon stories. But then there have been so many and they keep coming out so fast! I still wasn’t sure where the best place to start was.

I actually was intending to do a regular young readers’ novel for my SW Summer Reads this year, but the author’s name on this book’s spine caught my attention. With Henry Gilroy of TCW and Rebels aboard, it surely would be a good story! And even though it was written long before the Legends designation, Mr. Gilroy would definitely know how to keep it true to Star Wars form (an issue that’s made me hesitant to read other Legends-era Star Wars stories). Plus, I haven’t watched Clone Wars reruns in a long while, so a tale with Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and Rex at the center was sure to be a balm to my prequel-era-loving soul 🙂

And I was right ultimately on all accounts! Filled to the brim with action, drama, heart, and bright spots of levity and laughter, Shipyards Of Doom captured that Clone Wars magic I was craving. It also delivered a nice sense of nostalgia, taking me back to the very earliest TCW adventures with some of my favorite heroes taking center stage — even Admiral Yularen, Plo Koon, and Saesee Tiin got some to shine! But it’s certainly not magic and nostalgia alone that make this such a great book. It really does feel like Star Wars, as we see the Jedi faced against an adversary who knows well their “weaknesses” — their ideals — and doesn’t fight fair. And it’s special seeing Anakin and Ahsoka working through their master-padawan struggles and learning respect and honesty with each other this early on. It’s just a great, satisfying blend of some of my favorite Clone Wars elements, and a perfect first SW graphic novel for anyone ready to step into in a larger world! No doubt I’ll seek out other titles from Mr. Gilroy in the future!

Yeah, there’s definitely something to this whole newfangled novel-with-pictures thing… 😛

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
(Contains spoilers from Episode II, Shipyards Of Doom, and other story elements from The Clone Wars seasons 1-6.)
– I gotta say, the idea of Yoda and Jabba The Hutt forming any sort of alliance sounds like a truly awesome story. I need to know if that ever happened! Or ever could have happened!! That one panel is a whole new story right there!
– Ghost Squadron is an epic name! Hmm you wonder if that name possibly inspired the Ghost in Rebels later on…?
– “You say something, Master Obi-Wan? I can’t hear you over all these enemy fighters being destroyed!” That’s so Anakin XP
– Ah, a classic Clone Wars moment with young Ahsoka pining away to join the fray! It’s so fun and special revisiting this side of her after all these years :3
– I love that the Invisible Hand (or whichever one of Grievous’s ships this is) looks kind of like an angry shark in this panel on page 10.
– “Is anything in this war ever easy?” “It is for me, master.” Classic! Can I just bottle up this fantastic writing here?! *Feels nostalgia feels*
– Interesting, I don’t remember this sort of theater seating in the Temple before. It makes sense that it’s not the council’s chamber since only a handful of the councilmembers are actually here. But yeah makes me wonder, since this was a 2008 book, if some sets hadn’t been designed for the show yet and the illustrators had to try some new stuff.
– Ah yes now we’re getting into some shades of the “Citadel” arc in S3! If this particular rescue actually happened, it would make sense why no one questioned the carbonfreezing process in the later episode. But then, it does bring up a question as to how Ahsoka could pull the same “tagalong” stunt all over again… and ultimately learn somewhat of the same lesson, too. Whatever the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if the S3 arc was rooted in some of this novel’s ideas.
– “Don’t worry, Rex, we won’t be frozen long enough for [hibernation sickness] to take effect.” So this confirms my earlier assumption that time has a major influence on how the body reacts to carbonfreeze. Fascinatinggg.
– I love that Ahsoka goes into the freezing chamber oozing confidence with her arms crossed! I’m not sure I would be so brave. I mean, from what we know from Episode V, there’s some inherent risk in carbonfreezing. That’s actually a good question though… how come it’s such a worry-free process in TCW, but something worth Boba Fett’s concerns twenty-odd years later? My theory is that there’s a bigger risk if the person being frozen is ill or injured, like how Han had been tortured shortly before. If you’re healthy and strong, perhaps it’s not such a shock to the system. Yay science!
– “The greater our navy, the longer the war will go on, and the more Jedi will die.” Hmm is that really Dooku’s endgame here? Come to think of it, what is Dooku’s endgame, actually? He knows “the Sith control everything”, and wants to destroy this Sith, but what after that? Galactic domination? Retirement on Serenno? I don’t know! Man I can’t wait to read Cavan Scott’s backstory for this guy. Back on-topic, I guess it’s possible that this desire to eliminate the Jedi might be more of Palpatine’s plan than Dooku’s. Not that he’s a fan of the Jedi or anything, but he’s never struck me as wanting to outright purge them. That’s more of Grievous’s thing. I would love to sit down and chew on this with a= fellow SW nerd sometime. Dooku’s a complicated guy.
– Is “plunk droids” an insult or just another word for GNK droids? Pfft battle droids are so high and mighty.
– Separatists don’t give out medals, Juhm! At least, not when you’re working under Count Dooku and Darth S…
– I love how Mr. Gilroy captures R2-D2’s voice. Artoo talks like Artoo should talk, with very specific lines and reactions. more of a “VWOoo-bwee” than “beep-boop”.
– But disobeying direct orders is just what Ahsoka do! It’s her thing! 😛 I like what Mr. Gilroy did here, though… it’s easy to assume immediately that it’s a good thing Ahsoka tagged along, just like in the Citadel arc. But truth be told, Artoo could’ve helped Anakin, too. We see later on that Ahsoka ends up playing an important part, but at this point, she doesn’t really have a good excuse for what she did. That’s OK though Snips, her inability to stay still and sit quietly on the sidelines is why she’s so awesomely relatable!
– I would’ve loved it if Juhm hadn’t recognized Ahsoka as a Jedi at first and instead thought she was some kid making prank calls XD
– It’s really interesting watching Rex learning to trust Ahsoka here, and it gives me many feels. Such precious buddies!!
– Saesee Tiin is both a daredevil pilot and a math nerd! Boi got skillllll.
– “Shocker sticks”? Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, muun? I think Juhm legit doesn’t know what they’re actually called.
– Wow Juhm is not good at this. First he tells the slaves that the Jedi are murderers, than he tells them the Jedi wouldn’t risk innocent lives in sn attack. You’re just asking for a revolt, dude. He’s such a terrible (as in, terrible at his job) villain and I love him XD
– This is brilliant. Anakin and Ahsoka are having a deep meaningful conversation and learning lessons while being tortured! Reminds me kind of that scene in The Incredibles.
– The running gag with the clones betting drinks got me thinking about a TCW element I haven’t thought about in a while: 97’s. I always knew it was a clone bar run by clones, but I only just considered how amazing it is to see these guys becoming businessmen and cooks and bartenders! It says something, perhaps, about their creative ability. Not entirely unheard of (don’t forget fry cook Gregor!) but just kind of cool to me. Maybe these business-clones were army rejects? Or maybe the small business is just a hobby. Have to take some notes next time I watch season 6.
– Real men (or should I say muuns?) wear pink! XD I love muuns you guys, they’re such cartoon characters!
– Also Juhm has a goldfish and for some reason that cracks me up. Yet he can’t keep his slaves from running out on him…
– “How about the Force backed up by laser cannons?” Wow, Saesee Tiin can be SASSY Tiin! *Respectfully bows to his superior burn*
– OH SNAP. VENTRESS JUST SHOWED UP AND KILLED THE GUY. Seriously, I didn’t realize she was even in the panels until she was center stage. Good job, artists!
– It’s interesting that Palpatine cares about even the length of the war. He’s got every dark detail down-pat and it kind of scares me.
– Nah we can’t have Obi-Wan and Ahsoka thinking too deeply about the moral nature of this war, Anakin makes sure everyone remembers “We’re the good guys! The Republic needs us!” Welp, they’re something said for his enthusiasm…

Keep the peace,
– Twilight

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Following The Freemakers: Escape From Coruscant

Things continue to get unbelievably real on The Freemaker Adventures, and that’s why I’m here once again spilling out all my thoughts and queries and theories and fangirly musings. Read on as we dissect some intriguing (and often nerve-wracking) stuff from Escape From Coruscant!

Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode V, Episode VI, Episode VII, Tarkin, TCW episode The Lawless, Rebels episodes Rebel Resolve, The Siege Of Lothal, and The Holocrons Of Fate, and Freemakers episodes Duel Of Destiny, Return Of The Kyber Saber, A Perilous Rescue, and Escape From Coruscant.

First of all, don’t worry Imperial Guards, I still think you’re cooler than whatever Palpatine thinks 🙂 It’s so funny… I remember early on in my SW fandom not being all that impressed with all those quiet armored characters 99% of fans are obsessed with — the Fetts, stormtroopers, Imperial Guards, etc. They were everywhere and yet they weren’t as interesting to me as the Jedi and Rebels. But now I’m among those 99% and think they’re all fantastic and interesting, and I’ve become a huge huge red guard fangirl over the last year-and-a-half thanks to Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy revealing the full grandeur of their spectacular design (not to mention some funny appearances in other Lego SW stories). So yeah #RedGuardsRule! Ooh maybe the next Star Wars animated series should center around a former guard and his/her journey after the Empire’s fall! A thought anyway.

But my random series ideas are not nearly as important as the fact that Rowan is in possibly the most dangerous place in the galaxy right now — on the Empire’s capital with Darth Sidious in front of him and Darth Vader behind him. The youngest Freemaker is bold, sounding both incredulous and amused at the fact the Emperor was after the long-since-destroyed Kyber Saber all this time. But oh my goodness… I spent this episode completely on edge. We’re only talking about the man who played the Republic like a card, rose to ultimate power, and destroyed almost all the Jedi with a single command. Not to mention the guy’s apprentice, who could survive being crushed by an AT-ST and can use the Force to literally crush one’s heart from the inside (I’m serious go read Tarkin right now). Safe to say they know how to get what they want from Rowan, a child who, though clever and strong with the Force, still has his weaknesses… *Shudders*
Oh, and right before we got the titles, there’s this great little moment you’ve gotta see. After Palpatine giddily gives himself chills, Rowan turns to Vader with a look that says “Uh is this guy for real??” XD

My heart absolutely broke so hard for Kordi, Zander, and Roger this episode. Their brother seems to have become a casualty of war, a soldier lost that the Alliance can’t afford to bring home. I was reminded quite a bit of SWR’s Rebel Resolve, and the challenges that can come from fighting alongside those you care for. Hera knows every fiber of what these kids and their droid are feeling, but Coruscant is truly the worst place in the galaxy for Rowan to be, because it’s the worst place in the galaxy for the Rebels to be. And now that they know of the second Death Star, the stakes just got much much higher. Though a beautiful, impossibly precious quote, it seems there’s no more painful or difficult question to ask than “What’s the point of saving the galaxy if the people you love aren’t in it?“. I sometimes lay awake at night wrestling with that. Some of my most favorite moments in Star Wars have been when someone breaks all the rules to save a life, but not all of these rebellious rescues end well — in fact, they usually don’t. But I understand. I think it’s safe to say we all understand. If, like Luke, your friends were suffering, if, like Obi-Wan, your lost love called for help, if, like all the Freemakers at one point or another, your sibling or siblings were in pain or in danger… you likely wouldn’t stand still and do nothing. True, there’s value in rules, value in thinking your plan through, I mean, we just talked about this last post with Rowan falling for M-OC’s trap. And true, you have to think of the other lives at stake in many of these situations. This is a hard lesson, and thankfully I think most of us average Joes and Janes won’t have to worry about making a decision this monumental or potentially detrimental. These stories in SW are not telling us that the characters were wrong per se, or that going after someone you care for is wrong. They’re reminding us simply to think and to be wise in any situation. And whether these rescues go well (like in Rebels) or with mixed results, seeing these great, admirable, relatable characters who desire to protect and defend, never cease to inspire. And perhaps a character who makes mistakes but loves people is better than a character who never breaks a rule but doesn’t love. That makes sense, right? I feel like I might’ve lost my place somewhere in there but… anyway. GO FREEMAKER FAM GO! THIS IS A REBELLION, SO YOU GO REBEL! They’re willing to give up their place in the Alliance for Rowan, and that’s nothing but amazing no matter how you spin it. Though you’ve gotta be careful with the decisions you make and the actions you take (sorry Maz didn’t mean to rip you off)… family, ideally, should always come first.

So I had no idea how Rowan would survive this episode. I don’t think I breathed much on this one. At all. Though they’re depicted as minifigs, Sidious and Vader are no less deadly, terrifying threats. And again, knowing the horrible things the Sith are capable of… the odds are really not in Ro’s favor. This episode did remind me though that the Master and Apprentice are capable of other methods of persuasion than just by lightsaber or Force lightning; they’re crafty and calculating, taking their time with getting the information they desire. Perhaps that made it even scarier. OK maybe not quite as much with the “Dark Side And You” presentation. That was too great XD But otherwise… yeah oh man… the probes. Seeing those things always makes my skin crawl. And now they’ve upgraded them with laser prods! The fact Rowan was able to resist them as well as he did is nothing short of amazing. The scariest thing though? Watching Vader use the dark side mind probing trick. I’ve wondered in the past if that was just a thing Kylo Ren and Maul could do. Knowing that Darth Vader can do it makes him all the more frightening. The fear and desperation in Rowan’s voice as he tries to fight the impossible… oh my goodness I can’t. I CAN’T. At the time, I’d been thinking most of the episode that surely Kordi and Zander would get to him before Vader found what he was looking for. Surely they wouldn’t let Ro carry the burden of being the one to tip off the Empire to the location of kyber crystals. Surely!
But… no.
Things don’t go that way.

OK wow things are getting so heavy here, and they’re only going to get heavier. My broken heart was healed a little though as the red guards revealed themselves to be Kordi and Zander. They’ve already been there and done that with stormtrooper disguises; it’s a nice way to mix it up! Watching Rowan tacklehug his big brother just made me explode with smiles, something I needed a good bit this episode. Long as this family’s still standing, there’s hope :3

But who would’ve anticipated that M-OC would come back from the dead? I knew he’d been able to repair himself in the past, but the way Vader tore him apart… I really thought that was how the hunter droid would go down.
I was wrong.
And now he mans the most powerful spacecraft in the galaxy… and his sights are set on a scrappy little TIE fighter with the Freemakers aboard.
We’ve seen what the Arrowhead does to TIEs O_O

It’s quite a twist, an episode titled Escape From Coruscant… and they actually have yet to truly escape. If they escape at all.
I know that they must survive somehow since there are two more episodes left this season, but I’m still absolutely terrified for what will become of our heroes, the Alliance, and the galaxy itself in the events to follow.
All the same though, this series never fails to be incredible.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: The Last Battle

You ready for another Rebels Transmission? “ROGER ROGER!” Today we’re turning back the clock a bit and takin’ it back to the Clone Wars in the beyond-thrilling episode The Last Battle. Eeeeeep I’m so excited to be writing this one!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III and the Rebels episode The Last Battle

*Does Tom Kane Clone Wars Narrator impression* HAVING RUN LOW ON WEAPONS, KANAN JARRUS, EZRA BRIDGER, GARAZEB ORRELIOS, AND CHOPPER, LED BY CLONE CAPTAIN REX, HAVE VENTURED INTO AN ABANDONED SEPARATIST DROID BASE LOOKING FOR UNUSED AMMUNITION. LITTLE DO THEY KNOW, HOWEVER, WHAT DANGEROUS GAME IS PLANNED FOR THEM….
That was fun. Maybe I should open up all my Transmissions like this. I was pretty instantly hit with TCW nostalgia when I saw that base. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but I’m certain I’ve seen it before. I guarantee you I’ll rewatch some episode next week and recognize it. But at the same time, we’re instantly hit by that beautiful Ghost family camaraderie. “I’m sure everything will go horribly wrong.” XD As Zeb once said, the only thing we can plan for is the plan changing. At this point the Rebs’ve come to expect that. Ezra is fascinated when he comes upon the dismembered head of a Separatist battle droid, a “clanker” as Rex calls it. Also I do have a query — if Rex didn’t keep track of all the droids he blasted, then what’re the hash marks on his helmet for? Well, it makes sense I guess if you marked all the droids the helmet would probably be blackened. Hmm more things to double-check while rewatching TCW. Ezra isn’t terribly impressed by the dorky droid, but Rex makes very clear they’re no laughing matter; he’s lost a lot of brothers to them. “Wars leave scars, not all of them you can see” Oh goshhh this wouldn’t be the last time my heart broke for Rex this episode. Can I just talk about the Captain for the rest of the blog? I have enough thoughts on him to fill several blogs tbh, but I know I’m need to stay focused on the episode as a whole. I’ve been thinking a lot on him lately ’cause well… the title made me wonder if this would indeed be Rex’s last battle, as in, he might die. I was trying to prepare myself for the worst, but I was also re-remembering all of his great adventures and just what a great guy he is. I’d been preparing so much, I was a bit surprised when we reached the end of the episode and he was alive and well. But hey, I couldn’t be more thankful for that. I remember five years ago, when I first started really getting into the Prequels and TCW and, though I knew there were different clones, I knew there was a guy named Rex and a guy named Cody, I couldn’t always remember how to tell them apart. Fast-forward a few years and much growth in my SW understanding, and now I know and love all the troopers. But I think it’s safe to say Rex is among the most known and beloved. Especially seeing him now in Rebels, getting to know him even better by the day, particularly in this wonderful Rex-centered episode. Hehe I’d honestly missed seeing him around even though it’s only been a few episodes. Sooo yeah… I lost my train of thought. I’ll come back to more Captain Rex convos later. Anyway, so hooray! The Rebs found the mother lode of munitions! But as they walk right into a ray shield… they find something less than thrilling: fully-functioning battle droids, who’ve captured them for the Separatist Alliance. Methinks the clankers don’t get out much. Or have access to the holonet. Also one of the greatest Ezra lines ever spoken: “Wait, who’s Roger?” I utterly died. I laughed so hard and so long it was only the drama going on that got me to stop. ‘Cause yeah the droids followed up with a stunning and dragged the four off. Oh my I’ve missed these clankers. I know they were/are trouble, but they’re downright adorable. The way they light up a room with their honest wit and perfect one-liners! I’m glad we’ve had Roger around in The Freemaker Adventures, but it’s fun to see them all again as a dorky unit, even if, again, they’re causing trouble 🙂
So this would be the second time my heart broke for Rex this episode. Cuffed in a Separatist base, surrounded by battle droids led by a menacing tactical droid, as far as Rex knows, he’s back in the war again. His brief moment of terror hit me hard, and was a reminder of just how much trauma and hurt he’s been through in the last twenty years or so. He looks to Commander Cody for help, but is brought back to reality as he realizes it’s Kanan. I love though that instantly Kanan calls him “buddy” and encourages the Captain to press on. Being reminded of how much their bond has grown is precious. But no time for friendship feels did I mention there’s a tactical droid? A very very smart tactical named Kalani, who, again, I know him from TCW but I can’t place just where right now. Apparently when the Clone Wars ended, the droid army got shut down, but Kalani was smart enough to know there was no reason to, and didn’t allow for his crew to go down. Does bring up a few questions. What about that battle droid gang, the Droid Gotra? How’d they avoid the shutdown so they could go on and wreak revenge? Maybe I’m the only one who found that mention in Tarkin fascinating, but it’s certainly worth pondering on. Kalani’s been planning a long time on how he might win the Clone Wars for the Separatists once and for all, and now he’s got a clone, two Jedi, and a hostage (that’d be Zeb) to play his little war game. Ezra is willing to take on the challenge. He wants to help Rex and Kanan win this last battle, and he ain’t scared of a few wimpy little clankers (said clankers were quite insulted XP ). Though a battle’s the last thing the Jedi and clone want, Kanan knows it’d be easier to fight them head-on than try and escape any other way. And so the game begins…
It’s a good thing Chopper had wisely avoided the ray shield’s deadly maw. Not only that he isn’t going to cross any clankers (not that he couldn’t completely pwn them tho), but he’s also found something that might be of interest: a very nice old shuttle. He’s gonna shoot Hera a transmission about it (and probably also the fact his crew’s taken hostage by battle droids). Problem is, the Empire might’ve gotten ahold of the transmission first, and Pryce is just lovin’ the idea of making the Rebels’ day even more miserable! Ohh dearrrr.
Yes it’s quite a thrill watching Rex leading Kanan and Ezra into battle. Swarms upon swarms of battle droids are no match for some old school sword-and-shieldin’! It seriously feels as though we’ve gone back in time. Seeing these droids, these locations, even just the classic image of a tactical droid observing the battle, flanked by battle droids, is beautifully familiar. It’s not long before the team absolutely owns it. Oh and this: “I am not programmed to comprehend your humor” “I wasn’t joking” “Ha. Ha. Ha.” XD Well Kalani thinks some things are funny, I do suppose… like siccing his destroyers on the “Republic soldiers”. Ezra volunteers to go on ahead while the Captain and the General take on the next battle droid wave. Ez got a little sidetracked though as Chop showed up, the astromech insistent on showing him his amazing find. Though he still comes through and uses the Force to bash the destroyers, his delay caused a few problems for his comrades. Rex took a hit to the shoulder and Kanan just barely fended the battle droids off before Ezra dealt with ’em. Rex was OK, but completely not happy with Ezra. It’s not a game, it’s life and death, and he strongly insists Bridger stick to the plan if they want to survive this. Ezra had reasons for the delay, reasons that will help them out later, but Captain Rex is in full-on Clone Wars mode right now and don’t wanna hear it. I can understand both sides. Ezra and I are alike in that way sometimes we accidentally screw up and get chewed out for something we had no intention of. But with Rex, we’re re-reminded this episode that he’s a clone, bred for a war he spent years of his life fighting. He hasn’t lost that instinct to fight, to protect, to lead. He’s become something of a regular human in some ways since joining up with the Ghost crew, helping lead the Rebs as well as becoming a friend and grandpa-figure to the crew-fam. It’s not that I ever truly forgot who he once was, but I’ve been loving seeing him in this “regular human” role for so long I’d never considered how he might still be carrying the Clone Wars with him. Shoot I don’t know how to segue back to the story now after all those deep thoughts. Anyway, so it looks like Ez was going to make a point to stick to the plan from here on out. And oh look more droidekas. They may be tough but they can still blast like destroyers half their age (for the most part anyway). The “best use of unconventional weapon” award goes to Rex for nailing that one with his helmet. I mean, whoa so BOSS. Just like that the Republic soldiers — I mean Rebels — made it back to the control center. Total win for our heroes right? Ezra’s calling shenanigans. The only reason they got as far as they did is that the destroyers were really old, so it wasn’t a fair fight. And then a simple thought: who actually won the Clone Wars? The Empire. About then when an Imperial fleet actually showed up. Oooh boy. The battle droids were so nice and polite when they went out to greet the stormtroopers! And all the bucketheads did is blast ’em! And walk their AT-ATs all over ’em! OMG rude! Ezra makes the mind-blowing statement that maybe the Republic and the Separatists don’t need to be fighting each other… they need to be fighting their common enemy, the Empire. May sound sorta crazy, but that’s logic both Rex and Kalani can agree on. *Slow clap* Ezra, what you just did there is amazing. And everything that follows is amazing. A clone captain and a tactical droid working on a plan, battle droids and Jedi blasting AT-ATs, droidekas firing at AT-STs… it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Something I never would’ve imagined I’d get to see happen, but I’m so glad I did. As I’ve said before, Lucasfilm knows what I want to see before even I know it. Moment of silence, though, for the battle droid shuttle that didn’t make it. They were some of the nicest battle droids ever to grace the galaxy. But together, these two opposite ends of the spectrum were able to give the Empire a fight and made it safely offworld. The Republic and the Separatists just won the Clone Wars for good, thanks to a wise young man who saw past the politics to the truth. Now the droids and our Rebs go separate ways, with the Captain’s burden lifted, and a shuttle that might just be the Phantom Mark II. Anyone else getting a little misty? And then came the credits, beautiful intertwining the Rebels theme with that of The Clone Wars. ALL. THE. FEELS. After watching I was definitely hungry for some more classic Clone Wars adventures. And y’know that’s one of my favorite things about this episode. The Clone Wars were some dark times on both sides of the war. Palpatine rigged the whole thing for his own gain and both Republic and Separatists suffered because of it. The Last Battle was the perfect redeeming capper on all of this, giving both sides a chance to fight back together. It’s indescribably amazing. As I’ve said before, for all of Palpatine’s planning and plotting, he couldn’t keep good from coming out of it. Not even those sweet dorky don’t-ask-questions-just-shoot-what-you’re-told-to battle droids. And yeah I’m definitely going to have to elaborate further in more posts in the future. Still got a lot of stuff about TCW and Captain Rex to talk about! 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Hera’s Heroes

Today we’re taking a closer look into Hera’s Heroes, but if you read the title you probably already knew that. Regardless of my tendency for redundancy, this one’s gonna be a fun one to dig into and discuss. Saddle up your blurrg and let’s go!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode VII, TCW episodes Innocents Of Ryloth and Liberty On Ryloth, and Rebels episodes Homecoming and Hera’s Heroes

True to SW nature, the episode pulls us in within seconds as we find Cham and Numa riding blurrgback, on the run from bucketheads on speederbikes. It’s fun to get to see the Rylothian rebs for a bit before we meet up the Ghost crew again. Last time we saw them, they did a few things we didn’t approve of, so it’s great being fully able to cheer them on this episode. And that takes me back to the last time we saw them before that, when the Syndulla bossman was fighting alongside the Republic and smol Numa adorably befriended a couple of clones. Ahh nostalgia feels! And of course, Cham and Numa can handle just about anything the storms can throw at them. But they do know their limits, and that about when Hera shows up with the rest of her extended family. Again, so wonderful seeing everyone on the same side with the same goals! Apparently the Ghost crew’d been helping them out a little before this, as Gobi’s already hitched a ride. Just shows ya what an incredibly strong bond this family has. Only two of them are actually related, but between the Ghost crew and Cham’s team, they’ve got a family bond like no other. They say blood is thicker than water, but I believe this combined team is thicker than blood. Like, molasses-thick. And that’s because Hera’s at the heart of it all :3 Hera and company’s daring rescue works nicely for the twi’lek fighters. Not so well for that biker scout. Hehe the Empire sure don’t hire them for their brains! XP Zeb K.O.ing the dude to add to Ezra’s helmet collection hit me with even more nostalgia feels. This time around, the Syndullas don’t neglect to hug, and OMG this episode is chock-full of feels. Most of the post is probably gonna be concerned with highlighting all those feels. Sad news from Cham though, the Empire’s taken over their entire hometown and the Syndullas’ home itself. I can’t begin to imagine what it’d be like to have the place you grew up, the place you love, suddenly under the control of such a brutal, soul-less government system, so I completely feel for you girl. And considering where the rest of the Ghost Rebs came from, I think they all can relate. It seems Hera is particularly concerned with what became of the family kalikori, an artistic heirloom the Syndullas have held onto for generations. It was something she would’ve inherited and something her mother dearly loved, so she absolutely needs to retrieve it. And her thicker-than-blood extended family is with her all the way. Hera’s always been there for her crew-family, whatever the situation, whatever the need, big or small. Now they’re all doing the same for her. Brb crying.
To get Hera in, Ezra will play the part of a biker scout, and the rest of the fam will distract the storms. Good gracious seeing Ez perfectly filling out that armor suit re-reminded me how much he’s grown up and in turn made me cry like a proud parent. Don’t tell me you didn’t, ’cause I know you did too. And wow again watching them all fighting together… it’s an absolute thing of beauty. So well executed, so very fierce and formidable. Also watching Kanan bring the fight out there was epic. He swings his ‘saber and runs right into battle without an ounce of hesitation, clearly mastering seeing with the Force. I can barely walk in the dark without stubbing my toe on something. Major applause is in order for Master Jarrus. Anyway, so Ezra and Hera get in easy, but seeing the Empire tromping all over your childhood home’s hard. Even Chop’s feeling some feels right now as he looks upon the Clone Wars-era Y-wing wreckage that still stands there. Oh poor childddd. I’d thought we kinda knew all his story, but clearly much to learn we still have. His sad “whah-whah-whah…” breaks my heart man. Though seriously… Cham didn’t particularly approve of the “rustbucket” his daughter was intent on fixing up back in the day… and yet he kept a Y-wing in his front yard. Um… what gives? Returning to the story at hand, Ezra and Hera continue their sneaking about the homestead. It’s not too hard when your enemy’s troops all wear the same outfit. I know the Empire does it to promote their anti-humanity, anti-individuality stance, but you’d think that maybe they’d have less Rebel problems if their troopers wore something a bit more… distinguishable. Oh well their loss is the Rebs’ gain. A little searching around Cham’s office leads Hera right to the beloved kalikori. It’s really quite a cool idea, each generation carving something into it. And of course I’d be amiss to mention the precious family portrait on the wall. Oh it’s so beautiful and sweet, and it’s wonderful getting to actually see her mom. Not to mention seeing Hera is a tineh little girl with a mischievous, adventurous glint in her eye :3 Seeing that glimpse of her past makes me really want to see a novel centered around Mr. Syndulla’s adventures during the Clone Wars. Such a beautiful family *makes squee-like noises* With the kalikori in hand, all they’ve gotta do is get out. Perhaps not gonna be an easy task when they spy a graycoat, a buckethead, and this “blue guy” we know goes by Thrawn. Hera suggest they take the secret exit… andddd the secret exit is loaded with graycoats and bucketheads. If only they actually had some meilloruns down here, this whole mission might’ve gone smoothly. Also good point I guess meilloruns are native to Ryloth? Or did they just get a lot of the fruit exported there? Yes folks these are the questions that keep me up at night. And I’m only half-kidding.
As for the rest of the Rebs, it seemed they’d lost the Imps, but apparently they’re not all as dumb as that biker scout and know their way around Ryloth a little too well. Kanan lightsabers and Sabine blasters, but ultimately a well-aimed rocket from Gobi sends boulders down on their stormtrooper friends. Yay Gobi! Dude needed some time to shine! Unfortunately it didn’t last long before one trooper and a chicken walker shot through the rubble. With Hera still unaccounted for, Cham and crew are gonna head for the homestead and get her outta there.
So when you’ve got an Imperial problem in your house, call Chopper. He showed up just in time, back to his spunky sassy self! While Hera and Ezra make for the door, Chop’ll keep the storms busy. He rolls right on over to ’em and starts talkin’. “Heyyy my muchachos! Fancy digs here amiright?” Too bad the stormtroopers clearly failed droidspeak classes at the academy. But a distraction’s a distraction I guess. Hera was this close to the door, and to illustrate I’m holding my thumb and forefinger about an inch apart. And then… quietly and with no grand entrance, Thrawn comes through the door. RIGHT. AT. HERA. Chiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiills. Slavin thinks she’s just another average everyday Ryloth citizen, and Hera would much rather they thought that, too. But the Grand Admiral isn’t so easily fooled and gets right to the questioning. He sees right through her every attempt to disguise her identity, he’s studied her peoples’ culture, he’s studied the very art in her own home. And all that together reveals her to be the Hera Syndulla. Instantly Ezra takes aim… and instead takes a stunning from Thrawn. Slavin don’t get his superior’s methods, but you gotta admit they sure do work. Before they know it, Slavin and Thrawn have the Rebs in a cell, with the blue guy triumphantly holding the kalikori. Thrawn doesn’t get it when Hera says she’d rather’dve destroyed the precious heirloom before allowing it to fall into his hands. But she knows that her family legacy doesn’t lie in an object. It says a lot about both individuals. Hera is family before anything else, and the only love Thrawn seems to have is for art. Hera knows what matters most, and in most cases, the Imps don’t, and generally that brings about their downfall. But eh again their losses, our gains. I can get Thrawn in some ways though… his response to Slavin’s “trash” comment is not far from my own when someone criticizes something SW. I’m only half-kidding. Anyway, so now the graycoat’s gonna make a deal he knows Papa Syndulla can’t refuse…
In the cell, Hera apologizes for putting Ezra in danger over some junk heirloom, but Ez assures her he’d wanted to help her to begin with. I’m sure watching her youngest stunned by an Imperial admiral put a lot in perspective for her. I don’t really believe her desire to have the kalikori was wrong, as someone who has great emotional attachment to many of my possessions, I can understand very well how she felt. I’d do the same were I in her situation. But I also understand how easy it is to, well, get attached to “things” and sometimes forget for a moment what the “thing” represented doesn’t disappear if the “thing” does. Every single one of her extended family members wanted her to succeed and find this object of precious value, because of the love they have for her, and the love she’s shown them. They all understood, they all wanted to show her that love. It might’ve just been a “thing”, but because it mattered to her, it mattered to them. And realizing that undoubtedly reminded her that what she’d had all along was a treasure itself. As she told Thrawn, a legacy that was real, breathing, and far more precious than something carved out of wood. AHHHHH FEEEEEEEELS *choking sobs* Sorry I hope that made sense. And then in comes Chopper! He tells Ezra about Cham going through with Slavin’s prisoner exchange deal. Hera decides to go through with it, or at least make them think she’s gonna go through with it. And then she tells Chop to get all the Imperial explosives he can carry, ’cause they’re bringing down the house. Literally. But again, Hera knows what matters above all else: “My home is with my crew” *Dies of feels* But no one looked happier today than Chopper, who is definitely all heart-eyes-emoji over all the glorious detonators at his command XD As you can figured, the prisoner exchange went well… for the Rebels more so than the Imps. Cham was a little shocked watching his house go up in smoke, but I think he’ll be OK. Also OMG WOW Kanan redirecting the projectile with the Force…! Kylo Ren you ain’t the only one who can do that kinda thing! In the Ghost family, bossness is in the genes 🙂 Looks like the crew-family’s home free… except for the fact that Thrawn let them go. He’s got something else in mind I imagine… CHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLS.
On the Ghost, we find Hera, Kanan, and Cham talking over kaffe, Sabine and Numa chatting while Chopper looks on, Zeb giving his little bro a noogie, Gobi smiling, looking like the fun uncle… this is home. This is family. Hera knows this. She doesn’t need a “thing” to remember her mother or carry on her legacy. She has those she loves all around her. And whatever the Empire’s got planned next, they’ll handle it together. And as they raise a toast, I gave a quiet “awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…” as I melted into my sofa with pure happy feels. This is one of the things I love most about Star Wars: in the midst of this constant battle between light and dark, there is hope, there is love, there is family, both those of blood… and those thicker than blood
Oh my gosh, the warm fuzzies right now! I don’t have anything useful left to say, but thanks for reading this and I look forward to delivering the next Transmission next time ’round!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Stealth Strike

Blogger’s Note: You may be wondering why this came a week late, well the holidays are keeping me quite quite busy for one. I’m thinking that this will be the last Rebel Transmission for the year, since I want the next couple of blogs to be primarily devoted to Episode VII’s release. The Transmissions for The Future Of The Force and beyond will resume in the year to come. Thank you for your patience.

And so we’ve arrived at another Rebel Transmission for another super-amazing episode. And that sounded like a severe understatement. Yeahh… I’m kinda running on empty for a creative opening for this, so let’s just get started on talking about the totally thrilling, very funny, and extremely heartfelt Stealth Strike!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III and Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Breaking Ranks, Brothers Of The Broken Horn, and Stealth Strike

Today Ezra’s joined up with Commander Sato and a few of his Phoenix Squad buddies on a bit of a search-and-rescue. A lot of the fun of this episode is in seeing two of our Specters working together with two of our newer Rebs. There’s a great mix of headbutting and camaraderie that’s absolutely irresistible, and we get a chance to further get to know Ezra and Kanan as well as Sato and Rex. I bring this obvious fact up because Sato isn’t terribly impressed with Ezra’s skills at the moment. Pff Satos gonna sate XD (I’m so sorry but I’ve been dying to use that since I started writing this) And then out of the blue, their cruiser literally gets sucked out of hyperspace and right into the path of one nasty new Imperial ship. They have about a second to shoot a distress call to the Ghost before everything gets cut off. And we in the audience feel absolutely sick from terror at the fact the Empire’s grabbed them just like that. At least I know I did.
Once the rest of the Ghost crew catches wind of this, Kanan’s no-questions going after them. And Hera’s sending Rex with him. Kanan very very much expresses his displeasure of working with him. I imagine partly due to their battles over rights to train Ezra as well as his general distrust of clones. But Hera is certain Rex’s knowledge of Republic-turned-Empire procedures and his military experience will bring a lot to the table on this mission. It takes her reminding him just how crucial rescuing Ezra and the Phoenixes is to get Kanan to ultimately agree. Kanan knows what he has to do even if it’s not what’s preferred… and also knows that arguing with Hera on the matter is a battle he definitely won’t win XP
On the other end of this conundrum, we find Ezra, Sato, and the rest of their crew aboard the Empire’s newfangled craft, getting a talking-to by Admiral Titus. I don’t know why but the minute he came onscreen I muttered “he looks like a sad clown”. I cannot tell you why exactly… but just picture him with some facepaint and I think it’ll make more sense. Whatever the case, bro is definitely not someone I’d want to be friends with. He’s just too proud of himself for nabbing a big shot Rebel like Sato on his ship’s first run! Literally, he’s too proud of himself. Ugh. Ezra, who’s still formulating a plan, gives him nothing more than his fake name, no not Lando, not Dev, it’s his other other fake name, Jabba. Apparently Kallus and Titus must talk a lot because the Admiral recognized Ezra from that nickname. So now he’s even more puffed up over who he caught. *Sigh* Don’t you hate it when good sarcasm is lost on snooty villains? And like that the Rebs are carted off to get locked up. Yup hate it when this happens.
So Kanan and Rex get off on the right foot NOT. I mean, dang man! Rex is clearly a good guy and you’re giving him this crud about clones and storms being essentially the same! I’m not saying you guys have to get along all the time, that you can’t occasionally play tug-of-war with Ezra, but c’mon Kanan this is low. You act like you’ve never worked with clones before! Yes I get that you have a slight problem with them as a whole because of stuff but it’s not their fault, and Rex has done nothing but fight for the good guys since he became a part of the mini-Alliance! And I realize it sorta sounds like I’m ranting. Sorry about that. But that does make an interesting point… how much did Kanan work with clones back in the day? And how much did he remember about them either way? Wasn’t at least his master chummy with them? Didn’t he have a clone friend or two? Either way I suppose he was a bit young and having your own soldiers turn on you probably could change your perspective. Yeah I really shouldn’t be so hard on Kanan, I mean, I love him as much as I love Rex, so I didn’t need to spend a whole paragraph yelling at him all the things I would’ve yelled at him had I been there. And he has been through stuff I can’t fully imagine, so yeah… but they’ve got to put their arguing on hold for a minute because Zeb has brought them a couple lone bucketheads for their disguises. I imagine Zeb out there crouching around like a tiger at some Imperial outpost, singling out his prey, trying to locate the weakest as well as the ones who would fit Kanan and Rex best. I can see him now, leaping majestically from the shadows and mauling the unsuspecting ‘troopers, then dragging his kill prisoners back to the Ghost. The one thing I’d rather not imagine is what in the world they did with them after they stripped them of their armor… and bodysuits… eww. Anywayyy so Rex isn’t a fan of that ‘trooper armor. Let’s talk about that. You may ask why it’s worth discussion, but I think it goes a little bit farther than just it being a bit tighter than he’d prefer, which honestly is interesting because I wasn’t aware that stormtrooper armor came in anything but one size. Oh wait well that could just be because Rex doesn’t fit into the standard size… forgive me that was a bit rude to bring up, but I’m just writing this where my thoughts take me. But yeah I have a feeling that clonetrooper armor > stormtrooper armor for a number of reasons. I imagine after the Empire came to be and they retired all the clones they decided to get a cheaper, more easily-made armor for all the new soldiers. In fact I’m pretty sure most of the differences between troopers are because Palpatine wanted to buy some expensive new speeder and they had to lower their budget because of it; hire people instead of cloning, cheaper armor, more efficient training… I guess because they figured there was no real war going on it didn’t matter if they weren’t as good as clones. Welp how’s that going for you now, Palpatine? Wow we have fun conversations here at Padawanline don’t we? YAY IMPERIAL ECONOMICS! 😛 And then Sabine brings in their ride, a pretty standard Imperial shuttle, which Kanan queries on why they’re able to steal so many as it is. Which brings me to another interesting point… sorry sorry kidding… that’s the last of the intelligent SW conversation for this paragraph. Not likely for the entire post, but at least for now because danggg only four-and-a-half minutes in and I’ve already hit 1200 words! Yeah this is why this transmission’s taken so long to write…
And yesss that artwork in the shuttle of Rex and Kanan is amazing, even if Kanan and Rex don’t seem all-too fired up about it. Aw c’mon how can Sabine’s art not get you fired up?! Or at least kinda inspire a teensy bit of teamwork in here? Imperial-painted Chopper is enjoying all the sarcasm and snark flying around the room though. Thank goodness they spot that ship as quickly as they do… these two in a confined space for a long period of time is bad news. Rex drops some major protocol codes like a boss. Kanan is so completely uninterested in that kinda stuff, as we well know, but is slightly more interested when it gets them in without a hitch. That grin Rex shoots him. Priceless. Oh, and then they’re all “Just follow my lead” “NO YOU FOLLOW MY LEAD” XD And then it’s time for Kanan to drop some mind tricks like a boss. Interesting thought… he only mindtricked one ‘trooper, but the other one opened the door for them. Did he have both guys convinced somehow? Because if not that guy should’ve been kinda suspicious. Or perhaps completely fired. AND ERMAGOSH THE AWKWARDNESS IN THE ELEVATOR! The guys have been doing so well and then they both do some floundering as Rex doesn’t know how to close the doors and Kanan doesn’t know the Imperial protocol lingo. Ah goodness gracious I could keep quoting the best lines but if I did I’d pretty much be quoting the whole episode! They’ll save our heroes… eventually…
Meanwhile Ezra’s kinda saving himself. OK hardly “kinda”, he’s pretty much doing all of it! I mean, turning on his blaster-saber while the stormtrooper had it holstered?! That is incredible! I don’t know how it is I’ve never seen a stunt like that in the entirety of the history of SW, but it is great. Man oh man, those moves he does with his ‘saber! Clearly those lessons are paying off ’cause bro got mad skillz. And even with all these great moves, he doesn’t kill them. Much applause for young Bridger is in order. And then along come two more ‘troopers! And I’ll be honest the idea that they were Rex and Kanan didn’t even remotely occur to me… it made perfect sense that those downed dudes would need backup. That’s when Chopper rolled in all “Y’know you just stunned a couple friends of yours”. Ezra tries to tell the story a bit differently to Kanan and Rex, but Chopper got alllll that lovely material on video XD Kanan is dumbfounded, Rex is impressed. And that leads to an argument on the usefulness of stormtrooper armor, but what else is knew? They fight like cats and dogs. Wait that’s not quite right… more like a honey badger and a Tasmanian devil in a small room on a bad day XP Ezra don’t got time for this, he tells them his own plan, right after pointing out that their squabbling is half the reason he took this mission. The master and the captain exchange quite a look. Dude dey just got served. Kanan puts it well when he comments “He takes after Hera sometimes…” XD
So they didn’t quite get away with all this unnoticed though. The Imps are putting everything on lockdown and Titus has full intent to snuff their escapee out, so as not to prove Kallus right on the whole “he’s tougher-than-he-looks” thing. Rex and Kanan have to do a little shooting to see this plan through. And Ezra’s taken a little trip to the reactor core, where Chopper has his own plan to execute… a plan that involves turning off the gravity. We’ve had zero-G fights before in Rebels but with all the room in the ship’s core it’s the most 360-degree zero-G fight ever! Up until Chopper shuts it right off in the middle of it all. Watching Ezra practically land on his head like that made me wince. But that C1-10P knows what he’s doing, even when no one else does 🙂 And Kanan and Rex are doing pretty good holding their own too, even considering Rex “shoots like a stormtrooper”. Hehe I love it when he clocks that ‘trooper with his helmet XD And they have no problem rescuing Sato and the crew. Sato’s mind got blown wide open at the notion that Ezra already escaped; don’t think Sato’s gonna sate anymore. For a minute, Kanan and Rex were in tune as the master would force-grab a buckethead and the captain would take aim, “just like old times”. Everything was going to plan as our heroes made a dash for the exit, and then Rex does the incredibly noble thing of staying behind to fend off the Imperial forces. It’s almost hard to imagine that Rex could get worn out at all, but yeah he is only human… and a slightly older human at that… and a clone that ages faster than a normal human so he’s more of a seventy-something than the forty-something he’s most likely to be. This episode definitely reminded me of that fact… that somewhat sad prospect that he’s in the winter of his years, after being such an unmovable force during the Clone Wars and even now. Especially when the Imperials actually got him. I know I gave a loud gasp at that. Titus doesn’t get why someone who “helped shape the Empire and bring peace to the galaxy” would go rogue like that. Well I for one am completely insulted and hurt, probably just as Rex was at such descriptions. How drastically different are their views of the universe! And more specifically Order 66! The Admiral offers him a job training their forces if he surrenders his conspirators, but Rex doesn’t bat an eyelash before turning him down. And then… the interrogator probe. And the scream. Aughh my heart about broke into pieces here! But Kanan heard, and the expression on his face literally does make my heart break into pieces. The Rebs could leave now, they could be home free. But Kanan… he’s got to save his friend. AHH THE FEELS! Though Ezra’s all “What friend? Did you bring someone else with you?” 😛 But hey man Ezra’s got this and leads them on through the fire. Sato is definitely impressed. Hehe I love when he turns to his crew and relays “Don’t worry! He’s got this!”. I’m sure the rest of the squad’s all “Um… dude we know. What took you so long to figure that out?”.
So I can I just mention how much Admiral Titus grinds my gears? For the record, I don’t hold any real hate for him because all SW is awesome, but yeesh what a jerk! The whole “obsolete piece of field equipment” thing was just wrong. I mean, all the junk he was telling Rex was flat-out wrong but I don’t dare repeat any of it. This is not the way Captain Rex goes down! But it won’t be because Kanan yanks off that helmet and starts blasting at those baddehs! And Rex certainly knows how to throw a few seriously solid punches of his own. Now Titus don’t look so smug… that terrified expression is worth all the credits in the world XP And then the Phoenixes get back to their ship and Kanan and Rex board an escape pod and after a few frightening moments of uncertainty, Chopper’s plan comes through in the clutch, and the Empire’s own gravity comes crashing back down on them! Much applause is in order. And Titus had some eat some crow and “I-told-you-so”s from Kallus. So all ended well, and the captain and the master exchange a friendly salute and a bit of a smile. Though they may still have their differences now and then, I think it’s safe to say they can honestly and truly call each other “friend” now 🙂
Aww so much wonderfulness just happened! Though it took some time to put together I’m super-glad I was able to blog on this amazing episode (even though clearly my closing thoughts aren’t much to look at). Until next time…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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