Rebel Transmissions: Twilight Of The Apprentice

And so we’ve finally arrived at the last Transmission of the glorious second season, the episode that transcends all epicness and changes everything and sent me spiraling on an emotional rollercoaster. Though it took a while to get to writing on it, I’m glad I had a month to process everything before I started blogging on it. Still, there will be major feels, and there’s a good chance I’ll mess up this post due to the excess of feels. Also I will probably overuse that internet-jargon word for “feeling strong emotion” to such a bad extent you’ll question if I know any other word to describe it. With that understood, we begin… except first let’s get the spoiler alerts out of the way. Then we begin!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode VII, TCW “Maul Returns”, “Fall Of Mandalore”, and “Yoda’s Journey” Arcs, Rebels episodes Gathering Forces, The Siege Of Lothal, Shroud Of Darkness, and Twilight Of The Apprentice.

So right off the bat they decide to mortally punch me with the feels as Ahsoka talks with Rex on the flight to Malachor. Rex is completely ready to go should Ahsoka need his help, but she knows this is the Jedi’s journey alone to make. After a few friendly who-outranks-who jabs to one another, Rex signs off with a sweet, honest “May the Force be with you”. THIS FRIENDSHIP. I CAN’T. I CAN’T EVEN. Yep this post is gonna take a while to write. Ezra wonders what the deal is with this mysterious Malachor he’s heard so little about. Welllll, Kanan and Ahsoka know a few things about it, mostly legends. But bottom line it’s not really a good place. One might say, “off-limits”. Ahsoka puts it well when she says “There’s always a bit of truth in legends”. And yeah for the record I know very little of The Old Republic era so Malachor’s as much a mystery to me as it is to these three. But certainly after all we see in this episode I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about that era, especially from a canon POV. None of them know why Yoda sent them here, but they can only trust he knows what he’s doing. Also yeah it’s not just the Jedi who were heading out here, Chopper came with. I’m guessing he didn’t get any tearful goodbyes from anyone though 😛 It happens to be as the Phantom approaches Malachor, Chopper picks up on another ship nearby. Oh joy. Can’t anything just be simple?? Of course not, it’s just life. But first things first.
So Malachor has quite an eerie air to it, not quite as obviously dark-side-y as say, Moraband, but still really unsettling. But also still really cool, too. The trio comes upon a towering stone covered in carvings in the Old Tongue. As Ahsoka attempts to decipher the lettering, something about that rock sorta calls out to Ezra. Dark whispers convince him to get closer, reach out his hand, and… well, his touch leaves a frightening red glow and shatters the ground beneath them. Yeah Ez immediately regrets that decision. But OMG so much intrigue!! And it’s only a few minutes in! And there’s still so much more to discuss!! Like for example, the fact that the three Jedi have landed at the foot of an ancient Sith Temple. O.O And of course they’re going to go in it, after all, Ahsoka believes inside they’ll find the knowledge they need to defeat all them Darksiders. PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE SHADOWY INQUISITOR-ISH-LOOKING FIGURE WATCHING FROM ABOVE! Ezra right now is a mixture of fascination at the mysterious ruins and caution at who or what could be down here. They come upon the remains from some ancient Jedi vs. Sith battle, where of major note Ezra finds a green three-blade! Basically this means Kylo Ren wanted to go really old-school with his choice of weapon. Coooool. Anyway you all know that by now, let’s talk about that battlefield. Very fascinating, seeing another glimpse at this history, but still very eerie. “From what I can tell? Looks like nobody won”. Eerier still might be the fact that THERE’S AN INQUISITOR RIGHT BEHIND THEM!! And they really play it well because you only notice the slightest twitch of movement behind Kanan just as Ezra’s witty retort was cut short by the sudden attack. This particular inquisitor’s new, he goes by Eighth Brother. And danggggggg he’s good. Ignoring his epic fail later on, he’s about as deadly as they come, agile and flexible and moving constantly and not afraid to throw a few grenades around. It all happens so fast my brain can barely comprehend what just happened. The explosion causes the ground to fall out from under Ezra in the midst of the fight. He urges Kanan and Ahsoka on to continue pursuing the fiend. Also wow the fact that they can fly with those spinny lightsabers is awesome. Granted, we find it’s not the safest method, but it sure looks cool! Eighth kept wanting to join Sev and Fifth on their missions, but they didn’t think he was good enough. So now that’s he’s gotten his chance, he’s making sure he proves he’s the coolest, toughest ‘Quiz ever! HE SHALL NOT BE SHUNNED AT THE COMPANY PICNIC AGAIN!! Yep I’m still making these jokes because I’m not sure I can make ’em again after this one.
So while Kanan and Ahsoka have all the fun, Ezra’s kinda stuck in a hole. Then out of the shadows comes a weary voice. Bridger’s not about to let his guard down and throws out his lightsaber. The voice belongs to an old man in a hooded cloak, poor fellow’s been stranded here for years. Ez has other things to worry about besides this random guy, but the shadowy figure offers help, considering he came here for with a similar goal in mind: the pursuit of knowledge. Dude knows how to get in the temple if Ez’ll help him open the door. And so begins a shaky alliance between “Jabba” and “The Old Master”. OK so before seeing the episode, the fact that we’d be seeing Maul again was spoiled for me. Regardless, this episode still knew how to keep me guessing. The couple of screenshots I’d seen made him look so fierce! Who was this old man with the robotic legs and yellow eyes? How could they be the same person? Were they the same person? Those were some of the first thoughts I had running through my head while watching this. And also the biggest thought of all: “What are you up to, Maul…?”. Plus, I’m at somewhat of a disadvantage because I haven’t read the Son Of Dathomir comics, assuming that they’re canon, of course, since I can’t remember if they were published before or after the canonicity rule came into play even though it was based on an unmade TCW storyarc. So who knows what he’s been up to since I last saw him? I wasn’t even sure if at this point he was alive! Well, I could only sit back and watch and see which of my questions would be answered. Until then, I gave Maul the benefit of the doubt that he was just a nice old stranger… mostly.
Meanwhile, Kanan and Ahsoka started to wonder if there might be a reason this ‘Quiz was giving chase. Kanan sends Chopper to find that ship and find out if there are any other surprises waiting for them here…
As Ezra and the Old Master continue on their journey, some interesting things come to light. OM is not a fan of that inquisitor down here. Ezra queries if that’s ’cause he’s a Jedi, but OM’s all “Naahh I just used to do… other… Force-related stuff”. Bridger raises an eyebrow to that “You is Sith then?”, and then something happens I never thought I’d ever see… Maul showing his humanity. A wounded, feeling side of him reveals itself as he recounts all that the Sith took from him, and how they used him and then cast him aside. I’m not gonna lie this threw me majorly. I mean, back in the olden days of Episode I, he was a good little apprentice and did his job without question and with malice. When he resurfaced during the Clone Wars, he was so bent on revenge and power he was pretty much a monster. I’ve always loved him as a villain, but I could never really empathize with him, he was just so evil! Or so I thought. Seeing him here, mourning the family he was taken from, the brother he lost, and how the Sith treated him like garbage ultimately, actually makes me feel for him. And I still do, even knowing the horrendous things he will do before this episode’s end. Proves once again that SW 100% knows how to write their villains, because they’re not just evil, they’re people. Dude if this doesn’t remind you how messed-up the Sith are then IDK what will. Ezra can also feel for him, because he lost his family too, except he’s more interested in justice than revenge. So Maul is quite excited to show him the secrets in the temple that will help them destroy the Sith for good. And at this point I’m struggling to keep my feelings from blinding my suspicions…
This episode is full of many great heroics, but we’d be foolish to overlook those of Chopper’s. He may not get a planetshaking fate-determining lightsaber duel, but he does break into Eighth’s ship and gives the foe a taste of his own firepower! And may we mention he nearly DIED? Dude, Eight knows how to use that ‘saber in the most terrifying way as it blazed right past Chop, just barely hitting him! “Chopper, sometimes you do it right”. #Understatement #SortaKinda
Things get honestly really unsettling once Maul and Ezra reach the door to the temple. Knowing your enemy is one thing… doing what your enemy does is another. And Ezra’s still a bit suspish of the old Zabrak. Buuuut all he has to do is open the door so what’s that gonna hurt? It doesn’t work on the first try, and then Maul suggests using a little anger to gain the strength and power he needs. I recently reread my post on Gathering Forces, talking about how frightening it was to see Ezra tampering with the Dark Side when he brought forth the fyrnock queen. This is far scarier, and all he’s doing is opening a door. As the Old Master and Ezra open door after door with the Dark Side, I pretty much spent the entire time muttering “NUUUUU EZ WHAT’RE YOU DOING?!”. Maul is a really good teacher… which in his case is not a good thing. Taking a moment from the intense workout, Ezra finally gives him his real name… and in return, Maul, well, confirms his Maulness. And everybody but young Bridger got serious chills. Though I guarantee you he was kinda freaked out by those horns and dramatic markings.
So turns out Eighth wasn’t here for Jedi, but rather “a shadow”. You can guess who that is. It’s the guy currently walking alongside our young hero. And now the two come upon the key to defeating their mutual enemy: a Sith holocron. At first glance it looks almost like it’s right there and all they’d have to do is grab it and go, but did I mention the major 100-foot-deep gap in between them and the ‘cron? Ezra suggests Maul Force-toss him like he and Kanan do. I’m literally all “YOU WOULD TRUST HIM TO THROW YOU?!?!” and about grabbed and shook the screen. And yet Maul does it pretty well. It’s downright frightening that Maul and Ezra work together so well already. But as soon as Ezra has the holocron in his hands, the temple both starts to crumble and starts to light up and– ooh is that Force lightning coming from an orb in the ceiling? Kanan and Ahsoka decide they need to go find their young comrade NOW, and run off with their captive Jango Jumper in tow. It looks like now Ezra has little choice but to make a jump for it with the Old Master’s help. Ez comes dangerously dangerously close to falling, especially as it seems the ex-Darth might be doing a “you-throw-me-the-idol-I-throw-you-the-whip” sorta deal. I’m all “SEE?! I TOLD YOU NOT TO TRUST HIM!!” >A< I mean, when he grabbed Ezra's clutching-the-'cron hand I could only hold my breath. And then… though he was clearly conflicted about it, he surprised me again and helped the apprentice up instead. DANG IT MAUL STOP KEEPING ME GUESSING! (OK not really, I seriously enjoyed this drama) Ugh I felt like I botched that entire scene forgive me. Also did I mention outside the temple Fifth and Sev showed up? And having freed Eighth, things are definitely about to get intense. Then Maul casually uses the Sith holocron to open a few doors and they walk right on into that very fight. Ezra’s ready to help Kanan and Ahsoka take on the ‘quizzes with help from his new friend. But weeeeeeelllll… Ahsoka’s all “OMG MAUL???”, the inquisitors are all “OMG THE SHADOW???”, and Maul suddenly loses the nice old man vibe as he proclaims delightfully in a very creepy way “Oh, what fun!“. Kanan’s all “Wow I leave you alone for one minute and you become BFFs with a previous Sith apprentice.” Ezra still defends him despite the array of shock and accusations. And then Maul takes what looks like a cane and reveals it’s a double-bladed. Ah now this is the fierce Zabrak I remember seeing! Maaaaaan with these lightsaber skillz he really done aged well. And you’d think he’d be rusty from not having performed any combat for a while but evidently no. Maybe a little Nightsister magick still working for him? Or maybe Zabraks just don’t get old the same way humans do. Or maybe he’s killed a few other ‘quisitors while he was down here. Who knows, but whatever the case, this solitude on Malachor has really worked for him. This entire scene is tense and terrifying and amazing, with lightsabers goin’ everywhere. OK realization: Sev comments “What’s he doing here anyway?” and Fifth replies “Loser probably wants that artifact” which occurs to me he probably hasn’t been here that long. Just took Sidious a long long long long while to figure out what “other uses” he had for the ex-apprentice I guess. Maul probably lives in a regular suburban neighborhood with a pet massiff and goes to the gym to practice lightsabering and works a day job at an insurance company. Then Sidious called him up all “So hey remember that favor you owe me? Could you possibly get me a certain Sith holocron and make a superweapon for me?” to which Maul is all “Um no I can’t stand your guts remember?” “BUT IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO YOUR PUPPY…” “ok ok fine whatever.” I’m totally sure this is how it went XD Though yeah good question is he doing this for himself or for someone higher up? I believed him when he said he was done with the Sith, but is he really truly done? I know I might be way off with this theorizing but I’m just thinkin’.(NOTE: I just got further into the episode and realized this entire conversation is inaccurate and I’d kinda forgotten everything but it’s so funny I had to keep it in here) But yeah after a brief confrontation the inquisitors are all “NOPE WE’RE GONE” and fly away. Now that the lightsabers are put away, Ahsoka asks the question we’ve all been asking since he showed up: “What game are you playing?” “The end game” WHUT. Also I find it interesting it almost seems like Ahsoka and Maul know each other. I’m pretty sure they never clashed during the Clone Wars, though I’m sure Ahsoka heard a lot about him from all that Obi-Wan put up with. So maaaaaybe they met sometime before this?? Both hung out at the same gym in the same suburban neighborhood? Interesting thought. Regardless I give Maul props for being classy and calling her “Lady Tano”. Bottom line, Maul is also a rebel… of sorts, and with Vader surely on the way, he knows the four of them need to get going. Ezra attempts to further convince, showing the Jedi the holocron and how it could be used for good. Maul knows a place in the temple they can open the ‘cron, so what’ve they got to lose? Plus, he’s not facing Darth Vader alone, no sir. Though not entirely convinced they can trust the old Zabrak, Kanan and Ahsoka decide to give it a shot.
Meanwhile, the inquisitors know they really need to get that holocron back, so Eighth Bro excitedly volunteers to go find them. Yep I definitely think he’s trying to prove himself. Poor guy’s sat alone in the cafeteria for far too long. I could entirely hear Sev mutter “He’s such a dork” and Fifth respond “Indeed” XP
So yaaaas all the teamworks with Ezra, Kanan, Ahsoka, and Maul! OK maybe not so much. Maul triggers a temple lift for him and Ezra to ride, but Kanan’s all “haha no rule of two here buddy” and gets on the lift instead. I’m sure Maul and Ahsoka had a great time on their turn on the lift. Probably some awkward small talk. Seriously still makes me wonder if they’ve met before. Lookin’ forward to that Ahsoka backstory book for sure. Anyway, on the lift Kanan voices his concerns that Ezra’s being used. Ezra argues that Maul sees his potential and trusts him. Oooh some drama here… and once again there’s no time for talking things through because out of the sky comes Eighth Brother, kicking Kanan in the face! Ezra pulls out the blaster-saber and holds his own well… at least for about five seconds before Eighth knocks him over the side, demands the holocron, and then makes his spinny-blade into a sharp-edged wheel of death. I’m all “OH NOOO EZRA’S GONNA LOSE A HAND!!” and then suddenly Maul jumps into action, giving that jerk a real lightsaber duel, and then knocking him off the temple. While Eighth flies away, Maul offers Bridger a hand. And Kanan and Ahsoka look on like “WHUT”. To better handle the inquisitors, Maul suggests splitting up, and this time goes with Ezra. Ez once again implores his master to trust him. And that’s really all Kanan can hope to do as he watches the dark dude and his padawan go up the lift. Yet another amazing line on Ahsoka’s part: “He’ll be OK” “How do you know?” “Because you taught him”. DEEEEEEEEEEP.
On the lift, Maul encourages Ezra to fight mercilessly if he wants to win these battles, something Ezra’s not entirely sure what to think considering what his master has taught him. “You’ve been given a gift for one reason only, to use it”. Yeesh that Maul is slipperier than a sidewinder in a pickle barrel. The master vs. master conflict in this episode is absolutely fascinating to watch, especially as the former-Darth is as I’ve said before, a super-good teacher. He knows what to say and how to say it, gives positive reinforcement, and treats Ezra pretty well. Not at all like you think a Darksider would do it. Well, Maul was taught by the best… or should I say worst? ‘Cause if you look at the way Palpatine reeled Anakin into the Dark Side not too long ago… it was kinda in the same manner. And then just as they turn around, Maul and Ezra have miniprobes to deal with… and soon after that, the most sinister of sisters, Sev. And then Kanan and Ahsoka come face-to-face with Fivey… and Eighth too. Whoopee. As Ezra duels with Sev, Maul continues to encourage him to use that anger. And I’m sitting here wondering if we’re about to get one of those mirroring moments, if Ezra will be to Sev as Anakin was to Dooku. Maul decides to make this easy for his “apprentice” and Force-grabs the inquisitor and allows Ezra to choose how he’ll go about killing her. I’m all OmO But Ezra… he can’t bring himself to do it. Sev seems pleased for a second, buuuuut yeah… Maul decides to handle it. Dude… Seventh Sister was a nasty villain, that’s for certain, but she did not deserve that. Even Ezra is shocked, though who wouldn’t be if you saw someone die like that? THE GREAT SEVENTH SISTER WILL BE MISSED. Maul encourages him again to maybe not hesitate next time. Next stage of the plan is that Ezra will take the holocron to the temple and Maul will help the others. Yeah in a weird way Maul, Kanan, and Ahsoka make for a pretty boss squad takin’ on the ‘quisitor boys. Of course, I can really only applaud Ahsoka and Kanan’s methods, as they merely busted the inquisitors’ lightsabers. Again, Fifth didn’t deserve to go down like that, but I suppose it was the only way he could. Eighth, well… he’s the example of what not to do as a ‘quiz. Perhaps future generations of inquisitors will learn from his mistake. RIP Eighth Brother; he will always be one of the cool kids to me. And then things get really really painstakingly real, starting with Maul laying claim to Ezra as his apprentice now… and making that point by using his double-blade to blind Kanan. Not gonna lie I cried out “NOOOO NOT HIS PRETTY BLUE-GREEN EYES!!!!“, even though I know that makes me sound horrendously weird. I think it hit me hard personally because I’m very visual; if there’s one sense I couldn’t live without it would be sight. As an artist and lover of art forms (such as Star Wars), I can’t fathom how major a loss that would be. So my heart went out to Kanan 100%. MAUL WHYYY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME?! ALWAYS PLAYING WITH MY EMOTIONS!! Ahsoka rushes to defend her friend, while Maul fully explains that Ezra’s actually about to activate his new battle station, so no one on his long list of foes gets left out of the revenge party! Well, gee, you couldn’ta mentioned that BEFORE? Just Maul for ya… unfortunately.
So I’m sure Ezra wished he’d known that ahead of time too, because the explosion of Force energy that followed was not the kind of knowledge he’d been looking for. Also Nika Futterman doing awesomely as the Presence. Scared me for a second ’cause she sounded so much like Ventress, but nope Presence-voice is a whole different ballgame… an absolutely terrifying one. Wow Maul defs means business right now. Definitely seen as he continues evilly ranting as he fights Lady Tano, if the firey blast shooting through the temple through the ground to the sky to potentially space wasn’t proof enough. Ahsoka handles herself awesomely against Maul, not letting his crud get to her once and slingin’ her white ‘sabers like an absolute boss. And then Kanan gets up, an Old Republic mask shielding his wounded face, but looking all kinds of unshakable nonetheless. Also can we just note the mask kinda resembles the Jedi Temple Guard mask the ex-Grand Inquisitor wore in Shroud Of Darkness? WHOAAA THE IMAGERY AGAIN. Maul thinks Kanan’s easy prey. But ohohoho Master Jarrus was more than ready. Those brief moments where you can tell Kanan is picking up on the sound of Maul’s footsteps to locate his position… WOW! Just WOW! He deflects his adversary’s every move, and ultimately grabs him by the arm and pitches him over the side of the temple. Talk about “making this quick”! And then he gets a call from Chopper, who may’ve seen a TIE nearby…
Yeah Ezra is not interested in the kind of power the Presence is offering. Now he might’ve realized Maul played him like a card. The Presence is all “well if you’re not gonna do it maybe that guy will”, and that’s when DARTH VADER entered, in spectacular fashion, standing on his TIE fighter, red blade in hand, cape flowing. Both incredibly cool and incredibly gutwrenchingly terrifying. And in one swift move, he leaps from the TIE and right. at. EZRA. “I’m not afraid of you” “Then you will die braver than most” OH WOW. Ezra deserves a serious amount of credit for how awesomely he fought Vader. His abilities have definitely grown since their last confrontation, and very rarely does anyone confront him more than once and actually live. However, despite this, one swing of that red ‘saber, and Ezra’s beautiful blaster-blade is in pieces. Bridger’s look of terror as Vader brings down his blade brings out the dark lord’s comment “Perhaps I was wrong” and then… “Wouldn’t be the first time…”
AHSOKA…
And VADER…
IN THE SAME ROOM.
“Our long-awaited meeting has commenced.”
CANNOT. COMPUTE. THE EARTHSHATTERINGNESS.
I don’t even dare try to reiterate what happened. Except that what happened was one of the most simultaneously exciting and simultaneously terrifying and simultaneously doubling-over-with-feels-inducing things I have ever witnessed in Star Wars history, and possibly my life. Because I don’t dare try and act like I’m explaining it all to you for the first time, let’s just talk about my own thoughts.
I was not prepared when Vader found Ahsoka in the season opener. And despite I could see it as something that would likely happen… when I first heard the title of the finale, Twilight Of The Apprentice… I realized how truly unprepared I was. With a title like that, I knew that no one would come out of this episode unscathed in some way. After all, even with Kanan’s knighting, the three are all still apprentices in some way or another. The very idea of Ahsoka and Vader facing each other was almost unfathomable. Yes, I’d always wanted to see Ahsoka join the Rebels, but no, I wouldn’tve wished for her to fight the man once her master. But yet, it was also unavoidable. I had no idea what to expect ultimately. Ahsoka and Vader would know each other’s weaknesses and strengths better than anyone, but they’ve also both grown, Vader in Dark Side prowess, and Ahsoka in real-world skill that enhanced and added to her Jedi training. Who’s side would the fight tilt in favor of? And considering Darth Vader is alive and well by the time we get to A New Hope… how could she be by then? But the one thing I knew for sure, that IF Ahsoka went down, she was not going to go down in vain. That was my sole comfort in all of this. I could only watch and see what would happen. And I was on the edge of my seat, breathing like I’d run a marathon. I don’t think I’d felt this on-edge since Kylo Ren and Han Solo’s confrontation a few months ago. And then when Ahsoka sliced open his mask… and saw the fragment of his face… oh wow. Even after all he’s done, she still refuses to give up on him. Something not even Obi-Wan or Yoda could do. She saw past the dark, monstrous form, and saw her friend. Ahsoka’s always loved people, maybe even more than traditional Jedi values would allow, and that’s something I’ve always loved about her character. And we see that part of her crystal-clear as she sacrifices herself to save Kanan and Ezra. As that happened I cried out “AHHH SHE’S PULLING AN OBI-WAN!!”, recalling Master Kenobi’s own great sacrifice in his final confrontation. Ezra’s tears match my own. But they did it just the right way, respectful and a shining example of her selflessness and kind heart.
And in the stirring, enigmatic, and epic-in-scale last few minutes of the finale, we see the mini-Alliance react to the losses and scars (as if I didn’t cry enough seeing Hera’s reaction, Rex’s face pretty much shattered my heart). We see the Darth and the ex-Darth walk away from Malachor, Vader looking worn, and Maul looking for his next big revenge plan (I’d make some reference to Lego’s The Empire Strikes Out but I don’t want to come off as disrespectful). We also see a figure in the shadows… a figure who looks a whole lot like… AHSOKA?? (I’d sit here and dump all my theories on that matter too but again, not the right time and place to do that) We see Kanan Jarrus, unable to see, but with the Force as his ally, not truly blind. And then we come upon Ezra Bridger, who with a Sith holocron in hand and a glint of red in his eyes, has many difficult decisions ahead of him. But in the midst of the uncertainty and the pain and confusion, life goes on… and so too will the growing Rebel Alliance.
OK brb crying. But seriously wow, there are no words. This episode, this series… I love it. So so much. And next week I’ll do my annual recap post to look at the season as a whole and cover any interesting thing I might’ve missed. And so the Rebel Transmission comes to a close.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Legacy

Yikes I have got to get on a decent sched with these things…
Anyway, so today’s Rebel Transmission is filled with many many feels. But if you’ve seen Legacy, you know this already. This little recap of mine ought to be interesting since the last time I watched it was literally the day before I saw Episode VII and the combination of overwhelming feels on both ends rendered me useless for writing that week. So let’s go ahead and cut the chatter and revisit this amazing episode, why don’t we?
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Empire Day, Gathering Forces, Vision of Hope, Call To Action, The Siege Of Lothal, The Future Of The Force, and Legacy.

First of all, Guerell has crickets. Not what I thought I’d be opening up the episode with, but that first shot? You can hear crickets. But that is completely not important at the moment. Also Zeb sleeps exactly like I do. Sorry also not an important thought to make note of. What is important is that Ezra’s having a vision. He hears the voices of his parents, finds a mysterious white lothcat, a lone mysterious figure, and of most intrigue, he sees his parents. The lothcat beckons. And then Ezra fell out of bed. He wastes absolutely no time telling Kanan and Hera of this new development. It’s now that Kanan and Hera decide to give him their own set of news: they’ve been looking for the Bridgers all this time, from one Imperial prison to the next. I’d always wondered what became of those moments in Gathering Forces as Tseebo passed along info on the subject to Hera, and why it was she seemed never got around to telling Ezra about it. They’ve been doing more than we ever knew about. They hadn’t found any real leads yet, despite having tried everything they could. But Ezra is incredibly grateful nonetheless. Seriously Kanan and Hera are amazing. I know that’s common knowledge but seeing how far they’ve gone for this kid is truly flat-out amazing. It would be this very evening, however, that they would find out something new. Commander Sato got ahold of old prison records from a recent breakout. Ezra is entirely convinced his parents were involved in that. And a little Force-guided scanning of the prison records points to a certain Prisoner X10 from Lothal. Ezra is on-fire determined to find his folks now. Plus, with Lothal suddenly no longer blockaded, forget the plan just grab your helmet and get flyin’! I think we can all relate to his impatient frustration as he scrambles to find that helmet of his XD But the Ghost crew has no intention on letting him do this alone, they’re family just as much as his parents are 🙂 Plus, Kanan was the only one who knew where exactly his helmet was. If only Zeb and Chopper (the “delinquents” hehe) weren’t out picking up groceries. Pff Ezra’s expression matches my own in many situations. And suddenly a bunch of Star Destroyers showed up. Right… the Empire figured out where the mini-Alliance was last time around. Oh dis is bad. Now it’s not just the Ghost family that needs to get off-planet… it’s kinda all the Rebs. Stormtroopers, laserfire, Kallus… it’s all chaos and Ezra don’t got time for that! He utterly owns that ISBN agent and everyone else which is both really impressive and the teeniest bit scary. And then Fifth and Seventh show up. Ezra is so so done and charges at them, lightsaber ignited and in a dead fury. Kanan is smart to blast the doors shut before somebody got hurt. Ezra just so badly wants an answer to all of this… something Kanan can’t fully understand, but he’s awesome and will do whatever to help him regardless. And Chopper was basically no help whatsoever XP
Once the guys get onboard, the real challenge begins… getting the entire Rebel fleet off Guerell at once and without crossing the Imps too much. Which… yeah it’s hard not to “cross the Imps” when a battle happens with all kinda TIEs in the sky! And yeesh they actually knock down one of the Rebel ships. WHYYY. While Hera diverts her attention to helping Rex and Sato’s ship, she tells the boys in the Phantom it’s time to get movin’ if they’re gonna move anytime soon. For the first time today Ezra is not impatient to go and insists on sticking around longer, but the Captain won’t have it. And with that, off they go, Chopper waving his goodbyes. Ah yes the orders don’t apply to Hera… they make quite a daring rescue knocking out that Star Destroyer’s tractor beam to free the command ship. And I literally mean knocking it out. That’s how ya do it girlz! So now the mini-Alliance is off to find yet another new home.
And so we get to see Lothal again, so that’s great. The sandy-grassy planet was missed a bit since it done got siege-d half a season ago. Ezra takes a moment again to genuinely thank Kanan for going well out of his way to help him with this personal mission. Though Kanan can’t relate to the exact exact situation, he gets losing someone… he really gets it. Aww man the feels are comin’ back…! *Attempts to hold off tears until later in the episode but fails* EZRA’S SMOL GRATEFUL SMILE OHMGOSH I CAN’T. Anyway fangirling aside, young Bridger now leads the way, taking the two of them first to his old home. Or at least what’s left of it. AGAIN WHYYY. Sorry dang it I warned you about this. Nothing turned up at first… until Ezra reached out and heard a small meow. A sweet-looking blue-eyed white lothcat looks up at him. Hehe I kinda wish they’d take the fuzzy guy home and make him their team pet of sorts. I mean their team pet aside from Chopper 😛 And as Ezra acquaints himself with the critter he finds that the lothcat clearly knows something. Dude talk about your “Padawan pets”…! The connection between the lothcat and the Bridgers isn’t fully explained, but kinda super fascinating. Unless he was the Bridgers’ family pet or something but I’m pretty sure Ezra would’ve remembered him if that was the case so who knows. Just a smart kitty I ‘spose. And then said kitty darts, leading Ezra and Kanan on some wicked chase through the streets. Either a smart kitty or just late for a very important date. I’ll go with the first option since that second part was just my feeble attempt at humor. “Anddd we’re chasing lothcats now” Ahaha that’s how you do it K-man 🙂 Ezra keeps up with the agile fuzzball for a while until Speedster caught a bike ride. But that’s what trackers are for. Hehe no not the Force… not yet anyway. And the tracker leads them to the outskirts of the city, where the bike’s rider doesn’t seem terribly welcoming to his visitors at first. But Ezra knows that this guy is X10 and cuts to the chase quickly on the fact that he might know something on the Bridgers. And so ladies and gents meet Ryder Azadi, ex-governor of Lothal and friend of Bridgers! Don’t get to spend a whole lot lot of time with him but he seems like a pretty cool guy. Bummer it was during these circumstances, but still. Pretty cool guy. And so… how about those answers? Yeah… it’s… not good news. Once Ephraim and Mira heard that first Rebel transmission Ezra gave out all that time ago, they had no interest in just sitting around that Imperial cell anymore. They broke outta that prison and saved a ton of innocent lives, ultimately at the cost of their own lives. They gave it all for what they always fought for, for Ezra, for Lothal, for those in need. There was not a dry eye in the house. Started ugly crying when Kanan held Ezra while he cried. But here’s the beauty in the midst of the pain. You know those moments in SW, the ones where really super-amazing characters pass away, you know those, so I won’t elaborate at risk of spoilers (to be clear I’m thinking of good guys specifically). I’ve probably shed my body weight in tears from every noble end from every one of those times in the films, shows, and books. There is no doubt in the world that these events are incredibly sad, I won’t sugarcoat it. But the thing that all of these share in common is that not one died in vain; they always died for a cause they believed in, or someone (or someones) they loved. Ezra’s parents did both that day. And then look back at how amazing his Ghost family has been. Every single one of them has gone above and beyond for Ezra in some way; always having his back, being his friend, smacking him upside the head when he needed to be, mentoring him, listening to him, making him the great guy he is today, and many other things I could mention. I mean dude look at Kanan, doing the very un-proper-Jedi-like thing of fatherly-hugging him! Ezra’s parents cannot be replaced, and we will miss them greatly, but he is not without family. Family that isn’t flesh-and-blood, but is just as precious and rare a gift. I hope that didn’t sound cheesy because I meant every word of that. OK wow so… *AWKWARD SEGUE*
We later find Ezra sitting alone on the peak, gazing at the moons and without a doubt feeling blue. And ermagosh that music tho… *sniffs again*. And then in the dark comes light. Ezra finds himself standing before a beautiful glittering pre-Empire Lothal. And then to his right stands his dad, and to the left his mom. They let him know how proud they are, and encourage him to keep up the good work. And most importantly, remind him there is always hope. Even now. Ezra always held out for hope for his parents, even when he didn’t want to admit it. And here and now, with the hope of reuniting with his family seemingly dashed, he finds hope once more. Beautiful man. So beautiful. And like that, the beautiful vision disappears. Ezra isn’t sure what to make of what happened, and Kanan explains well that nothing truly dies in the Force, that his parents will always be with him. And we know that Ezra’s Rebel family will remain by his side as well… as long as there are stars in the galaxy.
So AHH FEELS FEELS FEELS. Ermagoshh OK I’m done now. Wish me luck with getting this blog back in order.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Reveling In Rebels: A Season One Recap, Part 2

So this is a continuation of last week’s blog, in which I spazzed my head off over Star Wars Rebels. Read the first part here. Spoiler warnings on that post still apply here. Don’t read if you haven’t seen the entirety of Rebels Season One! Preferably you should’ve seen all the movies, too…

So where was I? Oh yeah the incredible two-parter that is Empire Day and Gathering Forces! Yes I’ll never forget how my jaw dropped at the end of Empire Day and how I practically grabbed the screen and yelled “‘TO BE CONTINUED’?! AHHH I DON’T THINK I CAN WAIT ANOTHER WEEK TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS!!” OK that was mostly on the inside but I’m pretty sure the expression on my face sure looked it. It’s funny how, after watching tons of episodes of The Clone Wars that were multi-part cliffhangers, I wasn’t suspecting Rebels to do one so soon! But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. These episodes are just chock-full of epicness. It’s not every day you find yourself on the run from The Inquisitor and Agent Kallus, trying to save the Rodian who knew too much, while uncovering a difficult chunk of your past, and shortly thereafter figuring out letting go and forgiveness while staring down Fyrnocks! Yeah has anyone else really thought about the fact that all of these events happened in one day? Oh, and if you didn’t already hear, the freaky but incredibly cool realization that Ezra shares an exact birthday with Luke and Leia! Dang that still blows my mind! But yeah it’s almost impossible to try and reiterate all of these episodes’ awesomeness in one paragraph. But yeah they really got us a bit teary-eyed both ways and set the stage for the events to come, as things get more and more intense and we further dig into Ezra’s past. And there is still so much more to be uncovered in the seasons to come! Is that not mind-blowing?! Oh, and am I the only one still wondering what exactly Tseebo told Hera about the Bridgers? Or am I just dumb and didn’t pick up on something obvious?
Then the epicness continued with Path Of The Jedi. This episode… ah man it’s still as incredible as the day I first saw it! It’s pretty much the definition of an emotional rollercoaster, as the first half of Ezra’s trial is downright terrifying, and then the second half contrasts that with feelings of peace, hope, and victory. Getting to see Ezra grow up in this one is just too great. Especially when he gets that lightsaber crystal… I pretty much exploded with excitement 🙂 It’s not an easy road to that super-feely ending though… Path Of The Jedi just keeps on keeping you guessing. I know I for one had some trouble figuring out what was real life and what wasn’t sometimes! But after all these fearful visions, after all these moments of hopelessness, uncertainty, tears, and anger… there is still light. Specifically, Yoda in the form of light. Which yeah you and I both know that was one of the most epic things ever 🙂 Wow… just wow… I don’t know if I can say anything else that hasn’t been said before about this episode. It’s just… one of… the most… amazing. ^w^
And then Lando showed up in Idiot’s Array! Oh boy that was a fun one! And Lando’s role in this episode couldn’t be more perfect! Seeing his swaggyness colliding with our Rebs was an absolute treat. Plus, we get to see more of Hera being awesome. Hehe the way she suckerpunched Lando… XD Sorry Lando but that was one of the highlights of this episode! This adventure’s absolutely a classic, no questions. And we can only hope to run into Mr. Calrissian again in the future, because we can’t forget that this guy’s gonna be a Rebel himself someday down the road 🙂
Oh and who could’ve seen it coming on Vision Of Hope? Seriously I didn’t see it coming! But did anyone else? Well if you did don’t rub it in, k? But even amidst Trayvis’ betrayal, we get plenty of great moments with the Ghost gang and are reminded that it’s never wrong to hope, because hope gives us strength even in the dark times. And hey, it was about time the galaxy got some real hope on the air, and one episode later… Ezra would be the one to deliver that. But I’m not the only one who’s silently rooting for Gall Trayvis to redeem himself, right? What, just me? Well, we’ll just have to see, I suppose… it’ll definitely be interesting seeing where his story goes.
AND ERMAGOSH THE FINALE. Where do I begin?! Call To Action left me with such feels I about hugged my screen. Tarkin proved himself to be one terrifying adversary in ways I couldn’tve imagined. Ezra’s simple but powerful “Rebel Transmission” got me crying. And Kanan… gosh I was so scared for him, yet it made me love him even more because of just how brave he was. I went into this episode having no clue as to what massive thing was about to shake down, and I couldn’t help but hang on to every word and every moment. Rebel Resolve reminded us just how pivotal Kanan is to the crew as Ezra, Zeb, Sabine, and Chopper are willing to do whatever it takes to get him back. Literally whatever, since they went to Vizago of all people! The second part just reiterates just how strong the bond is between our Rebels. And I absolutely adore Chopper’s heroism in this one… it’s not the first time we’ve seen our favorite little C1-1OP stand up in a time of need, but it’s definitely one of the most dangerous times he’s had to do so. Oh, and again, wishing the best for our Imperial droid friend… hopefully king of the Lothcats about now. Though seriously Chopper no one deserves what you did to him! XD
Then there was Fire Across The Galaxy. I’m still reeling from how many feels I got gutpunched with and how much my mind got blown. Seeing how everything came together, how everything led up to it… words can’t adequately describe. Which is kinda a problem for me since I’m writing a blog and all! 😛 But yeah… the incredible heroism Ezra and Kanan showed, the courage of the rest of our crew as they literally go and fly a neon TIE into a battle zone, the amazing fact that our Rebels are no longer alone in their fight, and obviously AHSOKA being Fulcrum… it’s a recipe for pure amazing awesomeness. The term “awesomeness” may be a smidge overused, but I mean it in the true sense of the word… that it leaves me in complete and utter awe, and I know for a fact that it’s the same for all of my fellow fans. COMPLETE AND UTTER AWE. Oh, and Darth Vader showing up, can’t forget about that! Those darkened red eyes in that helmet… the sound of his breath… the flow of that cape… even Kallus is kinda all “Yikes… I almost feel bad for those Rebels… but not really.”! It just flat-out gives you chills, don’t it? Vader means business and he won’t be so easy for our “Rebel Scum” to evade. Yeah, seriously. CHILLS. And seeing Ahsoka again… still one of the most amazing things ever. The cool thing is, back when I was starting to get into SW more and more, I gravitated to Ahsoka pretty quickly. She reminded me of myself, for one thing. But I could also relate to her because she, like me that early on in the SW fandom, didn’t totally understand everything going on around her with all the war and politics and stuff. Ahsoka was a key to understanding a lot of that. And as I started to watch the TCW more and more, as she grew up, my level of SW fandom and knowledge grew with her. So now… seeing Ahsoka all grown up and leading the Rebel Alliance… it’s just incredible. It’s more than I ever could’ve hoped for her! And I can see a bit of a reflection, as somehow, someway, I know enough about Star Wars that I’m sitting here, writing about it on a weekly basis. And every time I read an old blog, I realize just how much I’ve “grown up”, in a way, as well. And then I get all nostalgic and get a case of the feels remembering this amazing journey I’ve had learning and loving SW!
Well now I’ve gotten a bit off-point, but I don’t want to repeat myself all over again from the Transmission I did on this one. I just stinkin’ love this show and being in this fandom! Rebels has made such an impact on my life, as it truly is the first thing in SW I’ve been able to be a part of since day one. Throughout all the highs and lows, the ups and downs, every victory and every defeat, these six amazing individuals stand for others, stand up for what’s right, and stand together. And that, my friends, is just one of the reasons this show is as incredible as it is. Their journey has indeed just begun. And I definitely can’t wait to rejoin our heroes in the months to come 🙂
And thus endeth my dorky fangirling. For now…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Path Of The Jedi

Hellooooo my fellow Star Wars fans! It’s a new year and time to get back on the blogging transport! The first post of this gloriously SW-filled year will be another Rebel Transmission, and this one’s on the mind-blowing, heart-wrenching, totally unpredictable, fantasticly fantastic Path Of The Jedi! Step inside… but remember, there’s no turning back. OK technically that’s what the “back” button on your browser is for, but I would hope you wouldn’t do that without having joined me in my thoughts and queries and theories and interesting tidbits. So without further ado, Path Of The Jedi‘s Rebel Transmission, ladies and gents!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, TCW episodes Voices and Sacrifice, Rebels episodes Gathering Forces and Path Of The Jedi.

I’m sure we can all relate to Kanan in this situation at some point in our lives. We spend all day planning to do something with a friend or family member and then said friend or family member goes and forgets about it, or is late, or distracted, etc, etc. Kanan has this whole Jedi test-thing planned for today and Ezra’s not on board the Ghost. For whatever reason, he came running back to the ship. His excuse? He was hanging out with Sabine. The question remains though… what were they doing out there anyway? Pranking some unsuspecting Imperial officer, I’m sure 🙂 Can you spell “paintballs”? Hehehe. Or technically paintBOMBS, the way Miss Wren works! OK not the point. If Ezra’d told his master that this episode would’ve probably gone an entirely different direction (can you also spell “angry paint-splattered Imperial”? XD ). Needless to say Kanan wasn’t really all that happy for his late arrival. Apparently this whole “being-late-for-Jedi-training-or-sometimes-missing-it-entirely-to-begin-with” thing is nothing new as of late. It’s not easy being a kid and then suddenly being a Jedi, and even harder going from a street kid to a Jedi. This is a lot of the reason Kanan’s planned this test out for today. Back on that fyrnock-covered asteroid, Ezra might’ve played with dark-sidery in fighting the ‘Quiz and Kanan’s well-aware that that incident and his padawan’s lack of focus/discipline/etc. could become a bad combination. And this test will prove if Ezra’s meant to be a Jedi or not. Which is kind of a huge potentially planetshaking question… and just the fact alone that Ezra’s future as a Force-wielder is questionable is kinda like… “ermagosh whaaaat?!”. And Young Bridger is clearly thinking the same thing we are. If he finds out he’s not meant to be a Jedi… what does that make him? Is there really any in-between between Jedi and Sith? Thinking on this, not really… the Sith are selfish and the Jedi are selfless… no one’s able to be either one of these all the time, but what you choose to do with such powers, that’s where your loyalty to which side lies. If it’s used for the good of others, or if it’s used for your own good, and even good, seemingly harmless intentions can be corrupted. Don’t think for a moment that Anakin wanted chaos and destruction, he believed he was getting order and justice, but figured out along the road that order and justice doesn’t seem to add up with your boss hitting your kid with Force lightning. Did any of that make sense? If it did, yay, I can actually have deep meaningful conversation! But yeah… still, who is Ezra, if not a Jedi? Which side does he really lean to? Ooooooh intrigue! On the lighter side of things though… man, that bit of “My master would’ve never let you get away with–” “All the things you tried to get away with?” and the look Kanan shoots him XD Perhaps Kanan did his fair share of pranking as well back at the Jedi Temple? Somehow that wouldn’t surprise me. Anyway, off our master and padawan go! Before their departure, Kanan confesses to Hera his uncertainties about the whole thing, but she’s awesome and cheers him on, believing that they both apprentice – and master- will pass the tests ahead of them. Aghh the feels here I just about died!! Hera always knows what to say :3
So as the Phantom goes off on its merry way, Kanan explains where they’re headed. Apparently, that one Jedi Temple we all know from the Prequels and the frosty one on Illum are far from the only ones. There are quite a number of them here and there and everywhere… except of course since most of them were destroyed by the Empire they’re not really “everywhere”. But that’s the first problem on this test: Ezra needs to use the Force to find their closest Temple. And after a few moments of uncertainty, Ezra finds there’s one smack-dab on Lothal! He won’t even have to leave his home planet! Of course, Kanan already knew this because holocron maps but hey, not too shabby Young Bridger 🙂 It’s quite the impressive structure for sure; it’s basically a really big conical rock amongst smaller really big conical rocks. Of course that’s hardly a good description, but whatever you and I both know it’s some kinda awesome-looking! And on top of that, it appears we’re at the Lothal poles, ’cause there’s a fair amount of ice, snow, and auroras up here. Not as frigid as Illum , but still a little chilly, evidently. Man my head about exploded at those gorgeous auroras! Seems weird we’ve never seen them in SW before! (OK if we technically have and I don’t remember it, don’t out me on it please…) So all awe over the temple aside, Ezra’s now in charge of finding the door. Turns out there’s only a door when both teacher and student use the Force together. Man I never ever get tired of watching Kanan and Ezra work together! It’s one of the times when they’re both really really in sync, when they stand out in front of something with hands extended and full focus on the Force. So now the two walk into the dark tunnel that leads into the Lothal temple. Which goes great until HOLY CANNOLI THAT’S A JEDI SKELETON and Ezra did what all of us would do and freak out. Anddd loss of focus = ominous door closing. Whoops. Ezra has the best combination of expressions on his face, one of “GOOD NIGHT THAT WAS DISTURBING!” and the other all “uh… I’m guessing that door closing’s my fault… heh…”. And now Kanan explains the test at hand. Ezra’s basically going into the “cave” a la Luke Skywalker. He’s going to be facing his fears, and Kanan’s going to sit this one out… with his fellow (deceased) Jedi. Sooo weird thought: these two Jedi who “sat this one out” never had their apprentices come back and I guess got locked in. But… didn’t anyone else come over and let them out?? What happened to those padawans?? And how is it they apparently died meditating? They just sat there and waited and waited and waiting until they joined with the Force? And then it occurs to us that basically Kanan’s life is riding on Ezra’s success out here. Yikes O.O And as soon as Ezra walks further into the Temple… a door happens to close behind him. Yup. It’s everyone’s nightmare of doing a test where you don’t know all the answers. OK it’s worse than that in some aspects, and better than that in other ways. Hoo boy this is where the fun begins. Ezra ventures through the dark tunnel until he comes upon three different pathways, and chooses it on account of a little Lothal edition of eenie-meenie-miney-moe (which honestly made me chuckle a little). And then uh… Kanan shows up behind him, all “Really man?”. And I’m all “wait… how’d he get through the doorOHhh wait is this real??”. Looking back, I’m surprised I didn’t realize it was all an illusion. But at the time, the interactions between Ezra and Kanan seemed so real… it was hard to know for sure. I remember back on the TCW episode Sacrifice how when Yoda and Anakin were evidently leading the troops against the Emperor and how it was hard to know if it was for real or not. Even when stuff happened that seemed to be impossible, like Anakin killing Dooku, I still had to wonder. But boy oh boy this episode upped the ante on the whole “real or illusion” thing in a way I couldn’tve imagined, that took the epicness of that TCW episode and brought it up a few notches more. So anyway, Ezra found himself running after his master, trying to figure out what the apparent rush was. And then suddenly the sound of a lightsaber striking and a cry of pain from Kanan. And when Ezra turns around… there stands The Inquisitor. With a wounded Kanan. And that all-too famliar deadly double-red blade. Kanan had warned Ezra that the Empire could be watching… so somehow the fact that ‘Quiz somehow got in here seems really really believable. And there’s nothing about Quizzy that seems out-of-place… still his unique blend of classy-evil, asking who wants to die first as casually as asking who wants some tea. He takes a few steps toward Ezra, but then Kanan, even with his injured arm, pulls out his lightsaber to defend him. And so starts a seriously intense duel that continues to make us wonder if what we’re seeing is real or not. And Ezra can only stand and watch; anything he tries to do just gets met with a Force-choke-throw from the ‘Quiz. Yeah looking back, this battle seems all-too familiar to another three-way lightsaber battle that doesn’t end well. And seriously, this is one of the most frightening duels yet, as we really don’t know if this is reality. It’s still frightening even knowing how it ends! And the ‘Quiz’s nasty grins in the middle of it all certainly don’t help. And thennn oh gosh The Inquisitor plays dirty and pulls out the second blade on his ‘saber and uses it to trip Kanan up… and then that moment we all feared… The Inquisitor drives the blade through Master Jarrus’s chest. No words can adequately describe the sheer distress and horror that comes when this kind of thing happens. No words. Except I usually make a pained gasp-squeak of emotional turmoil. I mean, I spent a lot of this episode wondering if we’d indeed lost Kanan after not even half a season. And if there’s one thing harder to watch than Kanan (assumptively) die, it’s watching Ezra watch Kanan (assumptively) die. AUGHHHH SO MUCH TEARS…! Literally just seeing that hint of tears in Ezra’s eyes about made me lose it myself. Of course, after the grief comes the anger. Ezra grabs Kanan’s saber and intends to fully avenge his master. But it doesn’t work! And The Inquisitor throwing around his blade like he does pushes Ezra literally to the edge, and is sent sprawling into an abyss. And he wakes up in… his room on the Ghost? Now this part seemed to clearly be an illusion… mostly. Honestly I felt like I’d gone to Wonderland at this point, where the doorknobs talk and up is down and right is left. I admit I was holding my breath in case it turned out to be like Episode IV and everyone he cared about had been killed by the Empire *shudders*. Oh but it was almost as bad… Ezra finds himself overhearing a conversation amongst Hera, Zeb, and Sabine… and they’re all talking about him. Hera seems to have lost all faith in him, and only regrets his loss because of what he was capable of. Zeb’s just glad to have his quarters back to himself. And Sabine pities him. OUCH. So much OUCH. At all of this, Ezra starts to put two and two together, that this can’t be real. And then, judging by the sudden shade of red in the room… and all the painful sounds that follow it… Ezra witnesses the very thing I feared we’d see the aftermath of. Aughhh Sabine’s unanswered cry for help is like a punch in the gut. And just seeing the hint of her having fallen at The Inquisitor’s hands… no words. I’m actually having trouble typing this man… I hurt for Ezra so much right now I can’t even… 😥 And then ‘Quiz slowly but surely corners Ezra… but before he knows it, Young Bridger takes another fall, and he’s back in the Temple. But he’s still standing behind a locked door, and he still has no idea what to do, where to go, or if he’d really lost his master. And now he’s alone, drowning in his fear of abandonment. Yup my heart’s pretty much broken now. WHYYYYYYYY. But then Ezra holds on to a single strand of hope. He’s survived being abandoned before, so he can do it again, and maybe Kanan’s not dead and he needs his help. But behind door number #1 is The Inquisitor… again. Ezra fires back that, since he was on the Ghost, the ‘Quiz must be an illusion, too. But then Quizzy is all “Maybe that was, but I’m not.” and grabs Ezra, and that alone is enough to set us in the audience on panic mode. If he can literally do that… doesn’t that make him real? And then we start freaking out for Ezra, and it starts to set in that Kanan might very well be dead. Hoo buddy this part will never fail to terrify me, just because it really starts to make us question any lingering thoughts we had earlier about it being an illusion. The Inquisitor corners Ezra once more, casually asking if the boy’s afraid to die (while, of course, holding on to his lightsaber). But as Ezra stands here, unarmed with seemingly nowhere to go with no chance of surviving, he comes on his own terms to realize that, while he may be afraid of abandonment, disappointing Kanan, and losing the people who matter to him most, he’s not afraid to face death. Gaahhhh the bravery on Ezra’s face…! The tears on my face are just streaming down. And then he calmly stands as the ‘Quiz strikes a red blade through him. But alas! Ezra’s still alive. Suddenly the red light fades away, and he’s alone once more. And in the quiet of the moment, he hears a voice. A voice he’s never heard, but one we certainly have… excuse me while I break up all this deep discussion with a fangirl moment OMGOSH IT’S YODA!!! NOT ONLY THAT BUT IT’S FRANK OZ YODA!! THE REAL FRANK OZ!!! (Not of course that Tom Kane wasn’t just as amazing, but you get what I mean) SQUEEEEEEEEEE!! OwO “For what lies ahead, ready are you?” so much deep, Master Yoda! And then the voice manifests himself in the form of sparkly lights, just like Qui-Gon back on Voices! I can see Yoda’s done well in his immortality lessons thus far 🙂 And naturally, when someone introduces themself as a guide and appears in sparkly light-form, you have to follow them. And Ezra starts on the next half of his journey, the one where he follows the light.
It is now that we finally see Kanan again. And oh happy day he’s alive!! Still just meditating away, wondering what’s taking Ezra so long. And then Yoda decides to talk to him for a bit. Consider Kanan’s mind BLOWN. As well… he was on the boat with everyone else that you can’t exactly go around talking to people when you’re dead. Of course, Yoda’s not dead, but does Kanan know that? Either way, it’s still kinda weird having someone subliminally talk to you when they’re not around. After he recovers from the shock, Kanan’s cool with getting to somehow talk with his long-time-no-seen master-of-masters. Yoda can tell that Kanan’s a little reluctant in the teaching game. And Kanan admits that he does sometimes have second thoughts about training Ezra, only because he doubts himself and his capabilities. Poor guy still doesn’t feel qualified. With Ezra seemingly growing stronger by the minute he’s not sure if he can keep up, and if he can avoid failing the boy. And honestly? Kanan isn’t totally sure whether his feelings are right or wrong sometimes, he’s been out of the Jedi game for so long. But Kanan will do everything in his power to keep Ezra from taking the paths he took. YUS. You go, Master Jarrus!
Meanwhile, Ezra and Yoda’s conversation continues. Man, Yoda is so good at what he does. When Ezra comes to that three-way doorway, Yoda tells him to trust the Force and himself to help him find his way. Once he’s picked his door, he finds himself in a room lit dimly by glowing carvings on the wall. And it’s there that Yoda decides to ask him why Ezra wants to be a Jedi in the first place. Yeah that’s a good question, because most of us would answer that with “I’m in it for the lightsaber” (c’mon, honest, you must be). His first answer is because Kanan believes he can, which isn’t that good of an answer. His second answer is that he’s maybe interested in the power, and a lot interested in getting back at the Empire and everything they cost him. Yeah that’s just a bad answer period, Yoda knows that for sure. But it’s his third answer that’s the real truth. He wants to protect others, including the people who made him see that there was more to life than just fighting for oneself. The people who helped him see the joy in giving to others, in helping others, in showing love to others, and made him find joy and purpose in that as well. It makes him feel alive. Just… wow. Aw man… *sniff*. It’s then that Yoda assures him that though the path will not be easy, becoming a Jedi is a very likely happening in Young Bridger’s future. And then… a glowing blue spark descends in the darkness. It’s after a few seconds that it occured to me and I literally squealed “ERMAGOSH IT’S A LIGHTSABER CRYSTAL!!!” and started bouncing in my seat. Haha I will never forget that reaction as long as I live… XD
So finally Ezra walks through the Temple door, back to where his master sits. And boy, color Kanan impressed that his apprentice already has his hands on a kyber crystal! Once Ezra finds out what a kyber crystal is for, he’s pretty wowed himself. Yes, the master and padawan leave the Lothal Temple on good terms, moving onward to whatever happens next. And a few weeks down the road, Ezra reveals to his comrades what he’s been working on — his lightsaber. And oh wow oh wow oh wow… it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. It’s different, but in the best of ways! And it’s pretty much too fantastic for words. Yeah and then I started getting all weepy and feely; “Ahmagosh Ezra’s growing upppppp…!!“. Yup, really couldn’tve asked for a better lightsaber for Ezra… or a better ending. Ever.
So yeah seriously I didn’t think my mind could get this blown. Or my emotions go through so many highs and lows in under half an hour. But that’s just Star Wars for ya 😀 On an interesting note, I was surprised that there was a fair amount of similarity to Jude Watson’s Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth. Without giving much away, that tale tells of Anakin making his lightsaber on Illum, and the whole experience has a lot of similarities as both master and apprentice face some pretty earth-shattering, emotionally-draining visions. And it proves my theory that not every Jedi learns the same way. So cool! Go read that now or if you’ve read it, go read my post on it now. So anyway, I’m excited for a whole new year of Star Wars awesomeness and hopefully you can be expecting more blogs (including more topical, fun posts) from me in the weeks to come!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Gathering Forces

Hey to the fans out there. Sorry for the hiatus these past couple of weeks… first it was Thanksgiving weekend and I was too busy (not to mention too obsessed with the new Episode VII teaser to say anything useful! I’m still geeking out over it!), and last week I was fighting a cold. But now I’m at the ready to bring you the last Rebel Transmission of the year and talk about Gathering Forces! This episode is seriously so amazing and so mind-blowing it’s hard for me to put it all into words, so bear with me if this comes off in any way “meh”. Now onto the excited second part!
Note: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, Episode V, Rebels episodes Out Of Darkness, Empire Day and Gathering Forces

So where were we…? Oh yeah. THE TIES ARE CHASING THE GHOST AND THEY SHOT DOWN CHOPPER AND SABINE WAS ABOUT TO GO JOIN THE FIGHT WHEN TSEEBO THIS RODIAN WHO HAS DIRT ON THE EMPIRE TELLS EZRA HE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS PARENTS AND EZRA BE LIKE O.O AND EVERYTHING RESTS ON WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!
Does that get you caught up? ‘K good. And BTW I think I just won the Run-On Sentence Of The Year award. But sue me this is a huge deal! We reunite with the Rebs as Hera continues to do her best to evade the Imperials, and Zeb finds Chopper shorted out at the gun and takes over. Ahhh the poor little droid!! I always freak out when this stuff happens… whether it was Artoo getting injured in the Battle of Yavin/Endor or Threepio on Bespin! Thank goodness droids can be fixed. Anyway, Zeb and Kanan are shooting their best as more and more TIEs show up to the party. And seriously, there are a lot of ’em… like fruit flies to a watermelon in July! And of course, it doesn’t help that one of these “flies” is The Inquisitor, and the guy has some wicked good aim. Back on board, Sabine gets the call to get back in the gun turret, but what about Ezra? Ezra, who stands here with some potentially mind-blowing information on his hands. She seriously wants to find out more, but Ezra reiterates his belief that his parents are dead, and urges her on. But as soon as she reluctantly leaves, Ezra absolutely begs to know what Tseebo knows, and if the boy’s assumptions are… right. In the midst of the chaos of the chase, Tseebo asks for forgiveness. The Bridgers were in fact taken away, but Tseebo was too scared to do anything about it, and he wasn’t able to fulfill his promise that he would take care of Ezra. Of his parents’ whereabouts, the Rodian doesn’t know. Ezra is so mad at him for this… just the fact that he didn’t try and didn’t do what he could’ve done, even what his parents wanted him to do. Ezra absolutely refuses to forgive Tseebo. And as he retreats back to the cockpit to help take out the last few Fighters, the poor Rodian looks lost again. This whole scene is just so raw, so emotionally cutting, it’s another clear example of how talented the people working on this show are. But man, it is just… wow… I hurt for Ezra because he is both disheartened and infuriated over the situation, and I hurt for Tseebo, who genuinely wishes he could undo his mistakes, and all he wanted was a little forgiveness. I literally was crying here, or at least making squeaky whimpering sounds of emotional turmoil. And now the ‘Quiz just hit the Ghost with a tracking device of some sort and Ezra’s got a fried navcomputer to fix, and not a lot of time to do it. But then in walks Tseebo, who casually waltzes in and fixes the navcomputer in like three seconds, and now our heroes our back off to hyperspace! Needless to say, Hera is quite impressed and quite thankful for our new friend’s help. But Ezra’s still not too happy with him.
Elsewhere, ‘Quizzy’s not thrilled he lost the Rebels, but he’s got the tracker on their ship and don’t think for a moment that he’s not following them. And thinking about finally doing away with those two Jedi…
Back on the Ghost, things are quiet as the gang works both on fixing Chopper and figuring out what they should do with Tseebo. Ezra really doesn’t care, but Kanan knows he does if the boy’s honest with himself. And as Sabine deduces, Tseebo is already a hero for so many reasons, including the fact he likely volunteered for that headgear so he could nab all those Imperial secrets. But Ezra’s still not convinced. Oh, and great news! Chopper is OK! As soon as he got turned on again, he pretty much did karate on everyone as if to say “Whoa hold on! You all get out of my personal space!”. Yup, he’s perfectly fine! 🙂 But then Tseebo reveals that he knows about the tracker on the ship (how he knows I have no clue but he’s good that way), so Chopper gets put to work pretty fast to find the doohickey. And lo and behold there is one. But Kanan’s got a plan in mind to keep the Imperials at bay. The device is stuck to the Phantom, so Kanan and Ezra can detach and take a ride in it. And why them? Because Kanan knows that if The Inquisitor’s involved, he’ll be able to use his Force-sensory to track them as well. And they plan to take a side trip to good ol’ Base Fyrnock from back in Out Of Darkness. As you can figure Ezra just loves this plan NOT. But the Jedi gotta do what the Jedi gotta do.
Before leaving, Sabine tries again to talk to Ezra, to convince him to talk to Tseebo, to get things straightened out. But to no avail, as Ezra really doesn’t believe he can allow himself to hope that his parents could be alive. I am consistently impressed with the way they interact in this episode. The way Sabine really does want to hold out for hope and help her friend, and the way Ezra just won’t allow himself to believe anything but that his parents are long-gone and makes that point very clearly. It really says something about how much Sabine actually cares for him, and the fact they both can be this honest with each other is pretty incredible. As Kanan comes back in to get Ezra, young Bridger completely decides against having any final words with the Rodian, and simply leaves. Sabine looks genuinely disappointed in him. And Tseebo seems to be fascinated with the Ghost‘s ceiling. Hehe.
So with our Jedi friends strapped in on the Phantom and few goodbyes-and-good-lucks, they detach. This whole scene had me on the edge of my seat. They’re basically free-falling through hyperspace and popping out of nowhere to their destination. It really does remind you again “Hey, they’re not just driving on the street or even flying through the air, they’re in SPACE! Cold, mysterious, unpredictable SPACE!”. But though the freefall flight was rough, they had no problem making it to the less-than-favorable base sweet base.
But alas! Elsewhere The Inquisitor sensed the Jedi had made their own path. I just love how when he says “I sense movement in the Force”, the Imperial nearby is kinda like “Uh… how to I respond to that? I have no clue what makes up that weird religion of theirs…” XD Either way, the baddies are on their way.
As the Phantom touched down on that dusty planet, Kanan decided then to reveal his plan to Ezra. And the plan is that Ezra Force-connect with the Fyrnocks. Again, Ezra really isn’t a fan of the plan. But Kanan figures he’ll learn better under a little pressure… like the fact that they both depend on Ezra pulling this off or they’re doomed. Easy, right? Ezra’s not shying around the fact he’s freaked out, but what Kanan says following that is pretty fantastic: “Well guess what? Everyone’s afraid. But admitting it like you just did makes you braver than all of us.” So poignant. But yeah that doesn’t entirely remedy the situation. You know, the fact that there are ferocious nasty fyrnocks waiting outside the door. It’s no wonder that Ezra looks terrified to step outside the door. Now, thankfully they aren’t attacked right after stepping outside. But it sure doesn’t take long for the Fyrnocks start showing their creepy faces. Ezra starts attempting to Force-connect with the critters like crazy. I find it funny that he just keeps on muttering “one with the Force, one with the Force…” over and over like that’ll make any difference. But give him a break! Anyone of us would’ve probably done the same thing. Kanan finally jumps in and reminds him that he needs to let go and let his guard down if he wants to connect with them. But Ezra’s just not sure he can, ’cause he’s afraid of more than just dying at their claws. He’s afraid of finding out the truth he’s made himself believe; he hasn’t let all his hope die, not really, but he’s afraid to find out that he was right. And in that last split-second before the fyrnocks pounced, he forgave Tseebo. Flat-out honestly legitimately forgave him. And Tseebo, back on the Ghost, somehow knew, and apologized once more for what he didn’t do. SO MUCH DEEPNESS. SO MUCH FEELS. It’s really amazing since it’s just so true… forgiveness is always freeing, whether they recognize it or not. ‘Cause we all make mistakes sometimes / And we’ve all stepped across that line / But nothing’s sweeter than the day we find forgiveness / Forgiveness… OK sorry we’re getting back to the story now but what a great reminder! How powerful! How beautiful! Gahhh it makes me feel so happy :3 And just like that, Ezra has all the fyrnocks sitting patiently at his feet. GO EZRA!
On the Ghost, Hera’s made arrangements with Fulcrum to take care of Tseebo. Once again, Sabine’s a bit bummed she’s not going to be involved (Zeb’s not overly thrilled to be left out of the action either), but something she holds is currently more important as of the moment… something that will be more important later. As Hera leads Tseebo out, she gets the opportunity to talk with him… and finds out some stuff about the Bridgers that Ezra will definitely want to hear later.
So it didn’t take long for The Inquisitor and his Stormtrooper cronies to land at the base. What they didn’t expect was to find the Jedi chilling out with the fyrnocks. Andddd as you might’ve expected it took like five seconds for Kanan and Ezra to sic ’em on the ‘Troopers. Of course, The Inquisitor is not impressed. Since he has the Force on his side fyrnocks are NBD. So while Ezra continues pointing the critters in the direction of the Stormtroopers, Kanan and the ‘Quiz end up pulling out the lightsabers this time around. And ‘Quizzy seems to be enjoying this way way wayyy too much. He’s just got this mad grin on his face the majority of the duel, like he just knows he’s going to win. In the midst of it, Kanan tries pulling out his blaster as well, but it was nothing for ‘Quiz to nab the thing and give Kanan a kick and a Force push that would send him sprawling into a wall, knocking out the Jedi. Aww boo, Inquisitor! Boo! That was a cheap shot! Ezra drops everything then and there to help his master, and he does so by Force-grabbing his ‘saber and standing up to ‘Quiz. Anddd then The Inquisitor snatches it right out of his hand. Ezra gets points for heart, but loses some for not thinking this through entirely. Even Ezra seems to admit that for a split second with a sheepish grin on his face. But The Inquisitor is all business and is happily ready to kill them both. With lightsabers in hand, he corners the boy and a well-placed Force push nearly throws Ezra over the cliffside. Ezra’s clearly not happy with him, but The Inquisitor clearly enjoys this. Ezra’s angry and that means opportunity… and he makes an offer to teach Young Bridger the dark side. When Ezra still denies such, ‘Quiz just shrugs and starts going on about how he’ll die, his friends’ll die, and everything that matters to him will be lost. Just what Sith do, of course. And all of a sudden… something huge happens. Something in Ezra snaps. And as Kanan comes to, what would he see but Ezra bringing the Fyrnock queen in for a visit… and pointing in the direction of The Inquisitor. ‘Quiz isn’t dead terrified, but he’s sure more cautious-looking than when he was fighting the guys before. After summoning the beast to his bidding, Ezra conks out. Not the best place to do so since he’s teetering near the edge of the cliff. Kanan makes a run for it and grabs Ezra, who has no clue what just happened. And after grabbing the fallen-from-The-Quiz’s-hand lightsaber, our heroes are on their way back home. It’s a really enigmatic scene, as we’re in awe of what Ezra is capable of, but worried because we know he just played with the dark side, and then we’re relieved he saved their lives and that The Inquisitor can’t do much to get them after his ship is damaged, and then we’re just flat-out worried for Ezra’s well-being after being knocked out from the experience. It’s really a lot to take in and a lot to think about. And really, the biggest question is: how does this possibly affect Ezra’s future? We’re all wondering, I know it.
On the Phantom, Kanan ends up explaining what exactly Ezra did. Including the fact that Ezra needs to be careful, since even with good intent, he still did it with anger and fear. Kanan admits that he had no clue his padawan’s abilities were growing so fast, and now, they can do more to prepare Ezra for whatever will come his way next.
Back on board, Ezra doesn’t get the chance to hear whatever it was that Hera was going to tell him. But certainly, that will come into play later. In the meantime, he seeks a moment of solace in the gun turret seat, just gazing at the stars and thinking. And then in walks Sabine, who happens to have something for him (also, if you’re taking notes, this is the same gun turret where Ezra and Sabine met face-to-face; cue “awws”). Remember that thing I mentioned she had? It’s a holodisc, the very same that was at Ezra’s house that he didn’t bother saying anything about. She took some time in fixing it up, and it reveals itself to be a family portrait of the Bridgers, of Ezra as a spunky little seven-year-old with his mom and dad. A simple, but perfect gift. Sabine just smiles and says “Happy Birthday, Ezra Bridger” and walks away. But wow… such legit feels here. And the look on Ezra’s face…! He looks so happy! We may not yet know what’s become of his family, but we do know that there’s always hope, and hopefully this simple gesture of kindness will be a forever of just that 🙂 Awwwwww… ❤
So anyone else wiping away a few tears now? I know it's not just me. So thanks for joining me on this fantastic episode! I'll hopefully see you guys soon for another Rebel Transmission next month and for more talk about Star Wars! Until then, I wish you guys the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of holidays!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight