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The Celebration Orlando 2017 Post!

First of all, I apologize for not having finished my SWR season recap post this past week like I said I would. Stuff came up. But right now, the biggest, most important thing to talk about is CELEBRATION! A time of year I look forward to as much as Christmas and my own birthday! There’s so much awesome stuff to talk about, so I’ll update this with every exciting panel I see so I can share my fangirling with all of you!
NOTE: There will be spoilers depending on the panel I’m discussing.

40 YEARS OF STAR WARS
They kicked this thing off with a bang that would rival the destruction of the two Death Stars and Starkiller base combined! Every time I turned around they brought out a guest worth screaming about! To see the master himself, George Lucas, there… oh my gosh I screamed so loud. And then followed that up each time afterward. This was a hugely special panel for so many reasons. One for me was that, I honestly haven’t watched many of the bonus features (don’t always have the time sigh), and I hadn’t seen a number of the actors and filmmakers interviewed before this. It was a marvelous first time! I’m not gonna lie I cried a lot too. That opening video hit me like a boulder-dozer of feels! And oh that dedication to Carrie Fisher… and then the awe-inspiring surprise John Williams performance! Every minute was precious and stunning and wonderful I absolutely can’t! I can only imagine where Celebration goes from here!

Assorted Fangirl Musings
– Ian McDiarmid always looks so young to me. He’s just amazing.
– Hayden Christiansen still is so much Anakin it’s incredible. I’ve missed seeing his face around here something awful!
– On that note, I was so glad to hear briefly from Qui-Gon and Mace! Er… Liam Neeson and Samuel L. Jackson, I mean. To know they still remember and value their time spent in the films and appreciate the fans is utterly heart-warming.
– Also, something about the image of a darksider Jar Jar Binks is actually really epic.
– Hearing the stories of how George and the original cast met was an absolute treat in every way possible.
– Mark Hamill’s original audition video is incredible. HIS ACTING, YOU GUYS. IT’S SUBLIME. EVEN WAY BACK WHEN ON AN AUDITION TAPE.
– Somehow I’d forgotten how tall Peter Mayhew was and now I doubt I’ll ever forget.
– I adore Anthony Daniels. I know that’s a no-brainer but, again, seeing these actors outside of the films and hearing them tell their stories of making them… it’s… words can barely describe.
– Also first time seeing Billy Dee Williams interviewed I think ever. He’s still the smoothest! 😀
– When the Harrison Ford showed up… I think everything in me exploded. I had no idea he’d never been to a Celebration prior, so that made it all the more special.
– His seamless Indiana Jones drop cracked me up. HE IS SUCH A DELIGHT OMG!
– Safe to say Carrie’s daughter has one of the best dresses ever. Her speech was beautiful.
– Like I said before, the dedication video was so moving and so special… when they started showing all the little girls in Leia costumes I think I really started weeping. In a good way though.
– And again, a standing ovation almost doesn’t seem good enough for John Williams. If I could fly or hover and applaud, I would. Same for the spectacular work done by the orchestra! Like wow! Made me want to go and buy all the soundtracks I haven’t yet bought right now.
– I clapped ’til my hands were numb, man. But that’s normal 🙂

SIDESTORY: FORCES OF DESTINY ANNOUNCEMENT
Just read the article on the new Forces Of Destiny microseries and product line and I’m excited. New animated shorts starring the bossladies of the Star Wars galaxy! How great is that?! I love the character designs and style, and since they’re all canon, it’s useless to resist! It’s really nice seeing them trying a line specifically aimed at girls. Star Wars has never been short on awesome female characters, and certainly never short on female fans (such as myself), and it’s not that it was a need, by any means (I’m always going to be mainly a 3.75 collector myself), but just imagine how many young girls might be further drawn into the saga on part of these new stories and merch? These princesses, Jedi, and rebels are about to draw in a whole new generation to the fangirl side of the Force, and that’s something to get excited about! 😀

DAVE FILONI: ANIMATED ORIGINS AND UNEXPECTED FATES
You know me, I could never turn down an opportunity to hang with Dave and Pablo! I absolutely loved digging into the origins of so many great characters and stories that we’ve seen told this last near-decade. I’m gonna be honest I was only able to watch this via livestream and was disgusted I couldn’t see the beautiful art and storyreel footage. But even so, it was nothing short of a fantastic panel with two of my favorite filmmakers. Bro I could listen to their stories for days. And naturally, this all got me really hyped for what we’re going to see Saturday…

Assorted Fangirl Musings
– Those Clones and Rebel cosplayers that came up early on? They were astounding. The Hondo was so perfect it was like he was real. The young Rex and S3 Ezra were perfect too. Like wow man. Much applause.
– I love that Ahsoka was almost Ashla! Who’da thunk? Just a neat little connection.
– I’m ecstatic to hear Wolffe and Gregor might be back! Also the Nine Old Men thing warmed my little heart. I would’ve loved to have seen that :3
– These stories are literally so amazing. We almost had Savage and Satine in Rebels! I understand why they didn’t go that route ultimately, but wow what an image! I’ll never watch the opening of Twin Suns again without seeing that in my mind’s eye.
– I about cried at my inability to see the images everyone was fanboying/fangirling over tho…
– Hehe everyone going Kanera-crazy cracked me up. But also yeah that sounds like an utterly beautiful scene. The idea Kanan, Hera, and Zeb were all processing the kids growing up and leaving home… such family feels!
– Though I couldn’t see the Bane-Boba showdown, it sounded beyond epic. Corey Burton and Daniel Logan are just incredible, and the whole prospect just made me ravenous for more on their characters’ stories.
– ALSOOO the fact that Durge almost made it into TCW is epic. I almost forgot to mention that.

IAN MCDIARMID: TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE
So Mr. McDiarmid was wonderful, that’s an understatement. Again, I haven’t seen a lot of interviews and behind-the-scenes stuff with him, so everything about this was a fantastic new experience. Definitely gained a lot lot more respect for the Senator/Chancellor/Emperor/Darth and Ian’s stellar acting skills. Watching the scene between Anakin and Palpatine at the opera (or as I nicknamed it, the fish ballet) again left me kind of breathless at the perfection of his performance (and Hayden’s too!). Also have to say I love listening to Ian not only because of the fascinating stories he was telling, but also because his voice is amazing. So smooth and so well-spoken and articulate! Which is why it was spectacular and spine-chilling to hear him do that Emperor laugh! An absolute blast of a panel all around! It’s tempting to drop everything right now and watch Episode III again, but the day’s not over…!

RAY PARK: PREPARE TO BE MAULED
Once again, Ray Park proves to be one of the greatest human beings to ever live. His stunts and sweet moves never fail to leave me in awe, and he’s every bit as much a nice guy as Maul is a bad guy 😀 He and Warwick made this panel nothing short of an absolute blast. I loved hearing his stories from working on set (and making lightsaber noises with Mr. Neeson and Mr. McGregor!), watching him performing stunts like an absolute blazing tornado of energy, teaching lightsaber techniques to the fans… oh and I smiled so hard when he mentioned he was a huge Toy Story fan! He’s seriously just so so great. After seeing him at last year’s Celebration I’ve learned his panels are ones you should never miss.

THE LAST JEDI
OMG THIS PANEL WAS EVERYTHING AND MORE. Josh Gad was a brilliant host, Rian Johnson clearly’s a brilliant director, and there’s so so much to get hyped about! And that TEASER! It left me reeling in the best way. It’s a long way to Alderaan, and by “Alderaan” I mean December, but this helped just the slightest bit with the wait 🙂 Allow me to elaborate further in my assorted fangirl musings:

Assorted Fangirl Musings
– Josh Gad is just like us and I love that.
– Like say, so much love for Mr. Johnson, and Ms. Kennedy too!
– OK so y’know I didn’t get to see The Force Awakens panel two years ago, so this is some of the first BTS stuff I’ve seen with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. And now I love them more than ever, and I didn’t think it was possible for me to love them more!
– I’m amazed Daisy could keep a straight face with Josh asking her questions like that. Nahhh Rey’s parents are probably just an average Joe and Jane, right…? XP
– John is promising more Finn and Poe adventures! Sounds good to me! *Imagines Finn and Poe in “The Boys Are Back” number in High School Musical 3* XD
– BB-8 IS HERE AND HE’S REAL! OK I already knew that they’ve got a functioning BB out there, but just seeing him here… it’s incredible. I’m amazed he was not utterly mobbed by hugging fans! I loved watching him get snippy with Josh. That was just perfect!
– Kelly Marie Tran is just a delight you guys. I absolutely can’t wait to meet Rose now!
– MARK HAMILL AGAIN! He’s still so fantastic and his stories are some of the best ever. Hearing him talk about visiting kids in hospitals and making a difference for them made me tear up.
– WOW THAT POSTER! It’s so dynamic and kind of retro and full of fantastic symbolism! I could look at it forever.
– AND THE TEASER. “Breathe… just breathe” NO I CAN’T BREATHE, LUKE!! THIS IS TOO AMAZING!!
– I won’t elaborate on it too long (I’ll save that analyzing for the next trailer), but a few pressing things on my mind…
– A) Luke and Rey seem to be all #MasterAndApprenticeGoals even if Daisy hinted her first meeting with Master Skywalker will be a little… different…
– B) Meanwhile, Poe and BB-8 are all #FriendshipGoals
– C) EVERYTHANG IS SO BEAUTIFUL OMGOODNESSGRACIOUS!
– D) Huh I thought Kylo lost that lightsaber in the fight on Starkiller Base. Did he have to build a new one (which must be hard since it’s a pretty ancient model) or did he just have an extra in his sock drawer?
– E) Biggest thing of all: “It’s time for the Jedi… to end…” WHAT.
– WAHT.
– WHAT DOES IT MEAN….?!
– Is he talking about the Jedi as a group needing to end, so they can be something different, something more? Or is he just kinda blue and done with the Force right now? I’m going with the first option for now, but you can bet this line will consume me from the inside out until one December weekend…
AHHHHHH I LOVE STAR WARS SO MUCHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

HEROINES OF STAR WARS
So having Ahsoka, Sabine, and Rey in the same room was amazing, and with Dave, too! They kicked off the panel with the best video montage of the many many bossladies in the Star Wars galaxy and made me cry a little just with that. It was really cool just hearing their stories as well as their perspective on the depiction of strong female characters. I could honestly go on a while on the topic myself, but for now I’ll just say once again that I’m super pumped for Forces Of Destiny and for all the bossladyness that awaits us in the future of SW (like Rose!). Also two other notes: a) I seriously love the FoD Ahsoka doll and I might have to get that even though my main collecting focus is on the 3.75s. And then b) I cracked up at the original game plan for Out Of Darkness with Hera and Sabine talking about the boys XD Pff that would’ve been kinda terrible if we’d missed out on the emotional journey that episode centered around. Not that I’m adverse to future conversations tho… *COUGHKaneraCOUGHSabezraCOUGH* But yeah! Who runs the galaxy? Star Wars girls! They’re the reason I started throwing around the term “bosslady”! 🙂

MARK HAMILL’S TRIBUTE TO CARRIE FISHER
I’m not sure I can say anything that hasn’t already been said… it was equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. Mark is so so good, so articulate, and poured out his heart so well on this. Like say, prior to this, I haven’t taken the time to watch the featurettes and interviews that would help me know the amazing people behind these characters more, and the time spent listening to Mr. Hamill, Mr. Davis, and old interview pieces from Carrie… they were really something special. I’d always sort of known that Carrie was a firecracker, but I had no idea just how much until now. You know, as I write this, I was listening to my TCW soundtrack and the track I ended up on right now was #11, “Death Of A Master”. It obviously wasn’t written for her, but this gripping, powerful piece of music really suits my emotional state. And she was a master, you know? Not of the Force, but of brilliant acting and a stellar sense of humor. She’s a princess, a senator, a general, and also an absolute master. That’s all I got man the feels are really feelsy right now…

STAR WARS REBELS
OK WOW. I HAVE NO WORDS. WHICH IS REALLY BAD SINCE I’M WRITING A BLOG. I’M UTTERLY SOBBING AND CAN’T STOP APPLAUDING YOU GUYS.
It breaks my heart kinda to know this will be the last season, but I have complete confidence they’ll end it right. And whatever they have in store next will be fantastic. I didn’t need the trailer for proof, but it certainly was great to see regardless. Yeah this won’t make it hard for me to focus on that Season 3 recap post later! 😛 I adored seeing all the cast and Filoni together again, and knowing we’re coming up on the end makes it all the more a precious moment. They’re a beautiful family… both the Ghost crew and the people behind them.

Assorted Fangirl Musings
– Dave talking about Obi-Wan and Maul gave me such feels again.
– Freddie Prinze Jr. utterly killed it in his thoughts on Kanan and Ezra. So brilliantly said!
– “Hot Kallus”?? That was a thing?! Pfff that cracked me up. He’s always been a pretty good-lookin’ dude! why’s the internet just noticing now? XD He’s looking even better than ever in the trailer, though, and I can’t wait to see him full-on Rebellin’! Also I hope we get an entire episode dedicated to watching Ezra, Zeb, and Kallus play video games like the bros they are jk.
– Also you guys how great is it that Warwick Davis is gonna be in this season?! The guy’s such a marvelous talent and a has a fantastic voice, I’m so so glad he’s getting in animated Star Wars already! And playing such a delightfully creepy character to boot!
– More Mandos yaaaaaas!
– Speaking of, that girl cosplaying as Ursa Wren was amazing. I mean… that episode came out only a few months ago! How did she do it??
– Also mad props to the Gregor cosplay, too. I love seeing people who don’t just want to don the armor suits, but become that character even without the helmet on 🙂
– Like say that trailer… on the second viewing I buried my hands in my face and wept. Vanessa Marshall’s narration… my gosh. It sets the stage so perfectly and just overwhelms me with emotions and nostalgia.
– Glad to know that we’re going to see the giant wolves I spotted in the artwork on An Inside Man.
– OK it’s so tempting right now to do a complete recap of the trailer but I don’t think I’ve got the right words to say yet. I will say a few words tho:
– A) WOW WE’RE BACK ON LOTHAL YES! I’ve been all giddy about seeing Yavin but so much of the action we’ve seen is on the world where it all began. NO I’M NOT CRYING YOU ARE.
– B) KANERA. THAT IS ALL. I GOT IT OUT OF MY SYSTEM. NO I HAVEN’T I’M CRYING HARDER NOW.
– C) Sorry I shouldn’t be writing every thought in all caps, but WAIT WAIT WAIT IS THAT BO-KATAN OR AM I COMPLETELY MISTAKEN?
– D) Final note I CAN’T WAIT FOR EVERYTHING OMG.

SMUGGLER’S REVENGE
This was definitely one of the most anticipated panels for me. I didn’t see (or hear, rather) the first one, but I adored the second one, so I was absolutely hyped to experience another one of Kyle Newman’s glorious Star Wars audio stories! The writing is stellar and so perfectly Star Wars, the acting beyond sublime, the sounds well-timed, and oh my gosh Han and Leia banter for days! It’s funny, I kept trying to close my eyes and just listen to the performance, but David Collins and Catherine Taber were so fun to watch as well as listen to! The acting is just so wow in all ways. Everyone just did so so incredibly. David is a perfect Han, and I had no idea Tom Kane was such a masterful C-3PO! I highly look forward to whatever Mr. Newman might be planning in the future! Final thought: MATTHEW WOOD’S WILLHEM SCREAM WAS THE BEST XD

Honestly you guys there are just too many amazing things to mention, it was just an incredibly bountifully joyful weekend of Star Wars. The fandom feels are running through me like electricity right now! It’s an absolute rush! I know I’ll be counting the days ’til next year 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Rise Of Clovis

I apologize this blog’s late arrival, but dang man does this episode have a lot to talk about! I’ve spent days organizing all my thoughts on this one! I mean, I can write a pretty good-length in-depth blog on a TCW episode that focuses on a battle, but if you want to get my thinker thinking and my thoughts spread out in thousands of words, give me a character-driven, emotionally-focused episode like The Rise Of Clovis! Better make sure you’re comfortable, because you’re probably going to be spending a good chunk of your day reading this one…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI, the Clone Wars Microseries, TCW episodes Senate Spy, Overlords, The Lawless, Conspiracy, An Old Friend, The Rise Of Clovis

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(Original screencap credit: Netflix)

So while Anakin, Padme, and Clovis made quite the escape after the craziness on Skipio, the Banking Clan dudes (who I’m now aware are Muuns) are freaking out amongst themselves now that Padme has all their profiteering secrets in the palm of her hand. Though I just can’t help but wonder… is there some unwritten rule that all Muuns have to have goofy-sounding voices? I mean, it’s not something you’d think about just watching Episode II when San Hill talks, but then you go and watch the Clone Wars microseries when Durge was defending them on Muunilist and yeah, they all sound a little funny. And that’s been proved in these last couple of episodes once again. A part of me is snickering at their voices while a part of me reminds me that this is a serious situation… it’s quite a battle, I must say 🙂 So anyway, they’re trying to make sure their plans go unnoticed, and one of them in particular has a brief meeting with none other than Darth Sidious. First the Kaminoans and now the Muuns? Is it just me or is Palpatine weaving a common thread of treachery in this season? The Muun dude’s a bit concerned about this situation at hand with the Senator’s escape, but Sidious reassures him that the Muuns aren’t in any kind of trouble and that he’ll be fine… or so he says.
Meanwhile, our heroes just got off the ship back on Coruscant to Yoda’s greeting. “Adventures on Skipio, have you had?” ohhh Yoda you don’t know the half of it. Evidently, they’ve all met, including Yoda and Clovis… one has to wonder how and when that happened, but eh, it might not be anything special, perhaps they were both in line at Starbucks or something. But Yoda came out to meet them mainly because Palpatine was to have a meeting concerning the whole Banking Clan debacle.
As soon as we get into the meeting, it’s clear that Rush Clovis is no fan favorite simply by the words of Bail Organa “EXCUUUUUSE ME IF I DON’T TRUST HIM AFTER WHAT HE DID!”. And I’m guessing that everyone else there’s probably thinking similarly. Clovis tries to calm the waters and again tries to make it clear he’s a changed man and he’s got serious dirt on this huge-deal situation. Even Padme shows her sliver of support (though as expected, Anakin’s kinda on Bail’s side of the matter). He sounds pretty sincere in all of it, though… I suppose we’ll have to see whether or not a Nexu can changes its stripes (see what I did there?? 😀 ) Ultimately though, Palpatine in his always-convincing manner decides that they should cut Clovis some slack and assigns him and Padme to the case once more. And at the words “Clovis and Padme must work closely…”, you can just see Anakin flinch just the slightest (Anyone else wondering if Palpatine’s trying to make Anakin freak out? Either way, he’s doing a pretty good job). As everyone departs from the meeting, Anakin singles his significant other out of the crowd in 1.2 seconds and totally blows up “WHY DID YOU AGREE TO WORK WITH HIM?!”. It’s getting kind of sad how many times Padme has to tell him “I’m not into Clovis, I’m just trying to do the right thing!” as of late. And then Anakin does what no smart husband would ever do… he “suggests” she bail out, no, he demands she do so! I’m all “oh no he didn’t!” and Padme probably would’ve too if it weren’t for the fact she was trying to avoid unwanted attention, instead she attempts to re-remind Anakin what an important thing trust is between them, only for Clovis to awkwardly interrupt. Aw man, how long was he standing there?? So now Anakin looks like the bad guy in all of this, still going all “mother hen” on Padme. I had thought about something interesting in all of this, he wasn’t nearly this crazy back in Season 2’s Senate Spy. Yes, he was a bit edgy, and yes, he was both not a fan of Clovis and concerned for Padme’s safety, but he certainly didn’t go to this level of angriness and jealousness, at least, he didn’t seem to. I think that it partially has to do with the fact that Anakin’s not as in control as he was back when all he had to do was tip the ship and lock them down a distance apart. Now, that little control freak side of him is grappling for something to hold on to in his mission to protect Padme, and ironically she’s in less danger this time around. That, and well… ever since some time in Season 3, Anakin’s gotten a bit more tense, a bit more trigger-hair, a bit more scary when he gets mad… slowly but surely coming up to where it all accumulates in Episode III. Plus, Padme’s fake flirting probably never sat well with Anakin, even with it being fake (like perhaps the hug she gave Clovis to keep him from noticing Anakin). A part of him stillllll worries… *sigh*. Get it together, man! So Padme shoots Anakin a “This conversation isn’t over” look and heads off with Clovis to get to work. Meanwhile, Dooku and Sidious conjure up a little plan that could potentially get Clovis back on their side of the game…
All while that drama was ensuing, Anakin found solace in his Jedi quarters, doing some metalwork. It reminded me of the bit from Jude Watson’s Jedi Quest #1, about how Anakin still enjoyed working with machines because it let him fix something in a world where not everything can be fixed. Makes complete sense in the midst of this difficult situation. I have to wonder what he’s actually fixing up, though… looks kinda like a droid, maybe? Oh can we talk about the fact that we get to see Anakin’s quarters? It’s super cool for me, as I’ve never really seen them in great detail before. I mean, the attention to detail is fascinating!! The podracer posters on the walls, the little model ships, the large accumulation of metal junk! It takes us back to Anakin’s roots! I think we’ve seen other Jedi’s quarters before, but I can’t remember for certain, but even if we did, they didn’t have a lot of character. Comparably, Anakin’s room looks a whole lot like his bedroom on Tatooine, and gives you a look into his interests aside from peacekeeping and war general-ing; it actually looks like a normal bedroom with loads of personality!
Anyway, as Anakin was blowtorching, Obi-Wan came in. To which I’m like “YAY it’s been so long since we’ve had actual conversation with him!”. And he’s sorta awkwardly wondering if Anakin’s okay… and awkwardly brings up “Yoda was sensing something wrong with you and I kinda am too… and it sorta seems like it has something to do with Clovis… what’s up, bro?”. Naturally Anakin’s all “It’s all cool, just worried about him being a bad guy and junk. And Senator Amidala nearly, you know, died and stuff last time they hung out.”, but Obi-Wan isn’t buying it, after all, this certainly isn’t the first time Padme’d courted danger (um… “courted” was a poor choice of words). And that’s where the lightswitch was flipped for him: Anakin still has a thing for Padme! He probably found it pretty obvious back in Episode II with Anakin’s majorly awkward-schoolboy-crush hello and gundark-nest nerves, and I could see points throughout TCW where he might’ve wondered, but now it’s a lot clearer. I guess this is why it didn’t take too long for him to figure out why Padme wasn’t too keen on giving away Anakin’s location in Episode III. Obi-Wan’s response is not too far from what a parent would say to a tween in distress over their first zit: “Feeling feelings is completely normal! I mean, you know I had a thing for Satine and stuff. Acting on them is the problem.” I was pleasantly surprised to see the Duchess get brought up again. While The Lawless got wrapped up well ultimately, I couldn’t help but wonder how Obi-Wan made peace with her passing in the interim. Maybe I’m crazy, but when I look at his face at that moment, I’m not sure that Obi-Wan’s passive mentioning of their “thing” is totally “past-tense”… good ol’ Obi-Wan, always trying to be the best Jedi he can be, even at expense of his own emotions. But at risk of me spending another long paragraph on this subject, I’ll save other thoughts on them for other posts and we’ll get back to the situation at hand. Because as we know, Obi-Wan doesn’t do the “hate” thing like Anakin more-or-less does. Anakin responds the way most people do at that kind of assumption: “WE’RE JUST FRIENDS.” and Obi-Wan’s all “Uh huh. Well, then you shouldn’t have any problem turning the jealousy train around back to station”. I love this scene to pieces because it shows just how great Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship is, that they (or at least Master Kenobi) can be honest about stuff, even sticky areas like this. Of course, Anakin sorta still chalks it up to wanting to protect the Senator, while we know that he probably didn’t get much out of the conversation, especially knowing how this episode ends.
On the other side of things, awkward moments continue to dominate as Padme and Clovis get down to business… sort of. Apparently, the two just got back from the opera (again, something I would’ve never imagined to exist in the SW universe), and it was not Padme’s idea to have gone in the first place. We meet up with them at her place, making a nice meal between friends while they continue to dig deeper into the conspiracy. They get to talking a bit, recalling their own series of adventures in SW-ian politics, as we see Clovis not-so-subtlely attempt to slip his arm around her (Ugh he has it so so bad for her). Padme stands up and quickly changes the subject and asks her just-friend how he got involved with the Muuns to start with. Turns out, as he explains, his family worked for them and later, when he was orphaned, he was practically adopted by them. One has to wonder… if he spent his tween and teen years with the Muuns, how did that even go? Middle school and high school are a time when everyone’s concerned about how they look and who they are, and when you’re the only kid in school with hair and without a crazy lanky frame and tiny eyes, that must’ve been extremely awkward. Yeesh. No wonder he must’ve liked Padme from the get-go as young politicians, he probably had almost forgotten what a human girl looked like! Haha. Unfortunately their moment of honesty is broken up by Clovis again trying a bit too hard. Padme’s not cool with it. And thennnn Clovis voices something I figured he never bring up: “Waaaaait are you into that Jedi or something? Aren’t Jedi not supposed to be romantically involved with anyone or risk getting kicked out of the Order?” I remember when they first showed a fragment of this episode in the trailer for Season 5 (even though it turned out not to be in Season 5), and the theory I put together was that Anakin accidentally revealed his and Padme’s relationship to Clovis and he (assumptively still a big-time Seppie) in turn had major dirt on them that he could reveal to the big shots, risking everything about their well-kept secret. As I learned, that was slightly off, but he still sorta figured it out. And to that, Padme’s all “We’re just friends! Seriously, you shouldn’t just assume.” which, oh gosh… Clovis sees as an opportunity to make a move. Now, I’m sure that Padme could’ve handled herself and pulled out her blaster on him again, but seconds before that potential kiss could’ve happened, ANAKIN WALKED IN. Of course, I can’t help but wonder why Anakin was coming over in the first place. Was he coming over to potentially patch things up between the two of them? Was he bringing her coffee as a sweet little “heard you were working late” gift? Did he leave his cloak in the closet again? Well, whatever it was, Anakin forgot about it and turned his focus to his evident rival and Force-choked and Force-threw the Separatist prettyboy against the wall. Clovis isn’t one to be intimidated, though, and incites a little hands-on no-Force, no-Lightsaber fistfight. Clovis is pretty good, but nobody told him that Anakin has a robotic arm and has a major advantage. All light description aside, this fight is seriously kind of terrifying; Anakin is seriously dangerous in this fight, and he is in no way holding back, even as Padme keeps yelling at them to knock it off. Until in a sudden moment of clarity, Anakin realizes what he just did. I’ve enjoyed seeing the light, fun, chill, not-angsty side of Anakin in the TCW series, so it always knocks me for a loop when the dark, not-fun, scary, beyond-just-angst-this-is-anger side of him shows up in the later seasons, and the connection between this CG Anakin and the Episode III Hayden Christiansen Anakin becomes clear. It’s not a bad thing, really, it’s just an often harsh reminder of what is to come; without darkness, the light doesn’t shine as brightly, shall we say. So anyway, Captain Typho heard some of the scuffle and came with the guards to find out what happened. Now, as Clovis is on his knees all black and blue, he had total right to oust Anakin in this situation, but he did a rather honorable thing and said “Some hired attacker came in and did this, if it weren’t for General Skywalker, I’d probably be a lot worse off”. And Anakin, kinda shocked at Clovis covering him, agrees to that statement as the guards help Clovis to a medical droid. Without notice from anyone else, Anakin gives her this “OMGosh I’m so sorry” look and Padme gives him this “You’re so sleeping on the couch tonight!” glare. And it only goes downhill from here…
Clovis turned out to be pretty much OK, but he was in for yet another surprise this evening — his med droid doc turned out to work for Count Dooku, and the Count gave him a call. Now this always gets me wondering… why a medical droid? Of all the medical droids in the vicinity, how was it just this particular one? And how would Dooku have known Clovis would need a medical droid? My theory is that there was a hired attacker involved, but by the time he parked outside the window, he caught a glimpse of Anakin and Clovis’ scuffle and was all “Nuts! That guy beat me to the punch! Eh at least I’ll still get paid…”. However it happened, Dooku was here talking to him. Dooku offered him a new job opportunity as the new head of the banks, and at first Clovis is all “No way! I know you Seps haven’t been handling money right!” but Dooku knows how to convince, and before he knew it, Clovis had a new position. And that could either be really good or really bad ultimately… and I’ve got a bad feeling it’s the latter.
So as for Anakin and Padme, there was more than a little tension between them. Anakin finally realizes he’s gone too far with the whole situation and he’s sorrier than sorry about it. He apologizes profusely even before he questions what he thought he saw, to which again Padme repeats herself “NOTHING. HAPPENED. HE’S. JUST. A. FRIEND.”. While Anakin hasn’t been a shining example of goodness or anything lately, I still can’t help but feel sorry for him somehow. I’m reminded much of the part in the episode Overlords where Anakin has a vision of his mom and he confesses to her how much he feels like he’s failed his mom and how much he wants to protect his wife. While we know that that wasn’t really Shmi, she only spoke the truth, that Anakin’s overprotectiveness and determination to keep her alive “isn’t love”. Of course, we know Anakin has attachment issues, but he wouldn’t really get it until the day he’d save Luke and in turn Luke would save him. But before I get on to a really long paragraph on my thoughts on the “love vs. attachment” thing, let’s get back to the story. Padme’s crazy frustrated with the whole thing, and she just sorta breaks down and says “Look, if we can’t have trust in the midst of this already living-a-lie marriage…” I shuddered to hear the next part, “…we shouldn’t see each other anymore, at least not for a while” O.O I never thought I’d see the day when the kinda most important couple in the entire Prequel Trilogy would break up! And it’s really bad considering they’re married and they’re breaking up! Even if it is temporary it’s still sad! Aughhh!! 😥 Yet in Episode III they’re all lovey-dovey and cute and nothing’s wrong (at least not until Anakin goes all dark side on us)! So that was that… Padme goes off to have a good cry and Anakin drives off in his starfighter wondering what the heck just happened.
The next day, Clovis seems to have brought the bad guy Muuns to justice and steps up in front of the Senate to potentially be the new head of the banks. He’s met by quite an angry crowd, but with Padme’s support, somehow the vote ends up going to him in the end (Though Bail still isn’t convinced, no vote from him…). And Anakin can only watch in the background, looking a little lost, and watching this guy he still doesn’t trust majorly win with help from the wife he still loves. After the meeting, Anakin turns to Palpatine for a little counsel, and the Chancellor admits that, evidently, he’s doesn’t entirely trust Clovis either. Palpatine encourages Anakin that the two of them just continue keeping an eye out… but we can only imagine what the guy has planned that neither Anakin nor Padme and not even Clovis know about…
*Whew* I’m finally done! But it was pretty fun to write this one, considering what a great episode it is! I suppose we can only wait and see what will happen next in all this craziness, because I’m quite aware that all these Uncovering blogs are ending on intriguing terms. But until next time…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Menace Of The Sith: A Closer Look

I know it’s been a couple of weeks now since the newest Lego SW special aired, but due to technical difficulties, I was unable to get a digital recording of it sooner. But hey, better late than never, am I right? Anyway, the second installment of The Yoda Chronicles proved once again to be delightfully entertaining, exciting and at the same time heartwarming, and outrageously funny as all Lego SW specials are. So c’mon and let me give you a little commentary of mine on Menace Of The Sith!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Menace Of The Sith, The Phantom Clone, The Padawan Menace, Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, TCW Episodes Brothers, Revenge, Revival, Eminence, Shades of Reason, The Lawless, and Ghosts of Mortis (and the surrounding episodes)

“WAR!”
“…Now that I have your attention…”

Um… let me just say that was potentially the best recap in Star Wars TV history. Kudos to you, Tom Kane and your narrating voice! You have my everlasting respect 🙂
Anyway, you meet back up with our heroes in an all-too familiar Geonosian battle arena, where Palpatine/Sidious and his comrades Dooku and Grievous are about to show just what their new Sith Clone JEK-14 can do to an intrigued crowd of Star Warsian bad guys. But naturally, there’s something in this picture that doesn’t belong… that would be Obi-Wan and Yoda, but don’t tell the other bad guys. For all they know, it’s just another Dathymir and what looks to me like a Boba Fett-style Mandalorian guy (seriously, what is it with Obi-Wan and armor suits? They’re like, always his first choice for some reason!).
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And yes… Yoda just spoke a full sentence in imitating Palpatine. I love how completely weirded out Obi-Wan is. His awkward “Oh…kay…” says it all, doesn’t it? But if I’m not mistaken, hasn’t Yoda said a normalish sentence at least once or twice? Like when he’s all “You are reckless!” to Luke in Episode V? Of course, I could be wrong since it’s been a few months since I last watched it, but still I don’t think it’s entirely new to Yoda to speak with Basic syntax. But not the point! It was sooooo funny.
So the eventual Emperor proves the haters wrong when he gives them a dose of JEK’s awesomeness. And IT IS AWESOME. I mean, I know he’s a Sith tool, but… still, he’s cool! I mean, look what he made out of Lego bricks with the Force!
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And to add to it, Dooku and Grievous show off the fantabulous Clone-cloner (you guys caught the THX1138 reference, right??) and its epic abilities to make… well, tiny Sith Clones (Oh, there’s something downright hilarious about the voices of high-pitched angry men 😆 ) And that was when Master Kenobi ripped his helmet off and Master Yoda got that red-and-black makeup off his face and they both lit up their ‘sabers. BOOM! Chaos!
Now, I know we’re all wondering the same thing… how is it, since this obviously takes place in the earliest days of the Clone Wars, that Darth Maul showed up in his new fancy-shmancy Nightsister-made legs to this thing… and nearly got his revenge early?
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My theory is kinda weird, but since we don’t know how Maul got those creepy robotic spider legs and how he got on that creepy planet, going insane, I think it might work. Basically he somehow managed to buy a quick pair of legs before he left Naboo and then took wayyyy too long to figure out he how wanted his revenge (not too different from what seemed to me like an overly complicated series of plans of his in TCW Seasons 4 and 5). And so, ten years after he got knocked in half, he finally got a chance to be face-to-face with his old foe. But see, in TCW Season 4’s Revenge, Obi-Wan himself didn’t really believe it was Maul he was facing until Maul’s like “Dude, I killed your master back on Naboo, remember?”. ‘Cause, yeah, we all assumed he was dead. So Obi-Wan was cool with it this time around because he didn’t realize it was him. And thus, Maul is really wishing now that he’d bought a nicer set of legs that he wouldn’t literally get knocked off of. Then he got the freaky arachnid legs and spent the next few years going insane. I know you guys are going to try and disprove me on this, but hey, it makes sense to me!
Meanwhile, it seemed that JEK finally had the chance to finish what he’d started on Kamino and kill Yoda. But this time, JEK questioned Dooku. And he still probably would’ve done it if it had been for Yoda’s interjection. The fact is, JEK is sorta half-Jedi, half-Sith; made by Sith with Jedi lightsaber crystals. And so Dooku and Yoda are like argumentative parents (forgive me for the disturbing comparison) who both want what they think is best for their “kid”, and like teenagers often do, JEK decides he doesn’t want to do anything his “parents” do. And then he runs off, grabs a ship, and flies off Geonosis and heads out to find a place for him. Cue the wild goose chase on both ends.
On the other side of things, Threepio is getting a day off from helping teach Padawans, and for good reason, after all those kids have put him through. So he’s working in the Jedi Temple kitchen for a change, and guesssssssss who’s substitute teacher nowwwwww
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I was pleasantly surprised to see not only Obi-Wan, but Anakin too, playing larger roles in this episode. Considering The Padawan Menace and The Phantom Clone only gave them cameos, I found it super-cool to really see them again, and this time in that lesser-known early Clone Wars era. And gosh, the guy playing Anakin (who’s also playing Grievous for this venture) is doing awesome with an excellent somewhere-between-Hayden-Christiansen-and-Matt-Lanter voice, bringing back the angsty Padawan and a bit of the cocky Jedi we’re familiar with. So yeah, Anakin absolutely does a horrible job at hiding his frustration with this job. He doesn’t yet have Ahsoka hanging around him to give him a sense of responsibility, so he’s not enjoying this one bit. And the Padawans are totally aware of it.
Speaking of Padawans, I briefly want to correct myself on a name mistake. I found out that the togruta girl is actually named Vaash Ti, so she’s different from Ashla in The Padawan Menace. It’s hard to tell, but their voices are different, even though they seem one and the same. Anyone else wonder if the “Ti” in Vaash Ti is a last name or just a two-part name? ‘Cause then that would mean she’s related to Shaak Ti, right? Or is it just like being named Mary Jane and the “Ti” is the “Jane”? It’s anotherr SW mysteryyyyy… ooOoOoOOoOOoOOo…
Also, I have found that I still love the human boy youngling, Bobby. Who really has been hanging around with Yoda and Threepio since The Padawan Menace. He’s just so darn cute and his lines make him even cuter and just stinkin’ funny! (To Grievous from the previous chapter: “GIVE US BACK OUR LIGHTSABERS, YOU BAD ROBOT!!“; To Ventress in this one: “YOU’RE NOT A NICE LADY!!!” XD ) Okay, moving on…
So with JEK on the run, the Jedi, I kid you not, hire bounty hunters to help them in the search for the Force-Sensitive Clone. I really almost can’t imagine them doing it, and even Obi-Wan questions “Do we really need these unsavory fellows?”, but hey, it’s kind of a big deal, I guess. Those bounty hunters certainly become a handful for Threepio. Mental note: Cad Bane prefers light mayonnaise on his sandwiches. And with no bounty hunters up for grabs for Dooku, they send out the probe droids.
Also, love the little nod to the SW Holiday Special they stuck in 🙂 Still need to see that…
So as you can imagine, Anakin was all rant-rant-rant-“I’m-the-Chosen-One”-rant-rant-rant-“I’m-totes-awesomer-than-any-Jedi”-rant-rant-blah-blah-blah like he usually was as a very young apprentice. And not to hate on him or anything since most of us would probably do that if we had to let a bunch of kids play with our robotic arm to keep them interested (Rako’s comment: “Hey Anakin! Wouldn’t it be great if your whole body was like this?!” Oh sad, but slightly funny, irony…). Oh, and the fact they’re on a field trip on Hoth doesn’t help. Poor guy, just wanted to help save the day! And then alas! JEK had chosen to find a hiding place on the same planet, and he got a chance to meet the kids. Anakin’s like “YES!”
But as JEK makes Lego flowers, stars, and bunnies with the Force, he explains to the Padawans that he wants to make things, not fight for either side. But then you all know what happened next… young Skywalker scared him off, accidentally alerted probe droids to his presence, and Grievous and Dooku carted him off, ready to now make legit Sith Clones. D’oh, that wasn’t supposed to happen. So naturally, Anakin does the thing where he tries to redeem himself and help clean up the mess he made even if it puts others in danger.
Watching this, Yoda and Obi-Wan start playing the blame game in the middle of the Council. And even Qui-Gon’s spirit gets involved! Long before he’d show up in Mortis and even longer before he’d do a little extra training with his former apprentice on Tatooine, he apparently wanted to make sure that he didn’t take the blame for Anakin’s rashness. Dude, Anakin makes his own choices, it’s no one’s fault, really! I’m sure if Qui-Gon hadn’t zipped out so quickly, the conversation would’ve gone on a bit… longer…
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“What’d you mean I was the one who messed up? You’re the one who thought he was the Chosen One!”
“Uh, again, Obi-Wan, he is the Chosen One. And I say it’s your fault because Anakin’s just like youuuuu were when you were a Padawan!”
“What? I wasn’t brash and irresponsible and whatever!”
“Yeah, you were. Maybe not as moody, but other than that, he totally got it from you.”
And all the other Jedi in the room are like “Yuuuuup.” XD
I would’ve figured that their first meeting since Qui-Gon’s death would’ve been a bit less like… this, but I bet they had their fair share of arguments like this back in the day.
So with Dooku and Grievous on their way with their new cloned-Sith-Clone army, the battle’s on. And upon running into the dear Chancellor, we get a chance to see the two sides of Palpatine again, and again we sit there and say “HOW IS IT THEY DON’T REALIZE THAT HE’S SIDIOUS?!?! HE’S SWITCHING PERSONAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM!!!“.
“An odd twitch, that man has.”
“The pressure must be getting to him, poor man.” 😆
Again, really? All that Episode III grief could’ve been spared…
So the space battle began as Anakin and the younglings… had their ship blown up! And somehow, they’re still alive (If they’d done this in TCW, they would’ve at least been wearing pressure suits). Oh, and if anyone wondered about the sense that Bobby’s line “My mom says I’m not supposed to get sucked into space…” makes, my theory is that Bobby’s mom was a Temple worker whose son just happened to be Force-Sensitive, so they get to see each other routinely (I bet Anakin’s jealous). She’s probably pretty protective, considering she knows that her little boy is getting involved in the Clone Wars at his age. But with a little JEK-14-style creativity, the gang makes a bunch of awesome Lego vehicles to get back home, and to help save the day! And all it should take is a little mirroring of Episode IV. Anakin does a little trench running on Dooku’s ship and hits just the right spot with his laser annnnd… nothing happens. Irony. The little weak spot on the ship is, as he finds out, an obviously marked spot. Just add lightsaber and then, BOOM!
No one would’ve survived onboard if it hadn’t been for Palpatine helping their crash-landing not crash-land. And again, RIGHT UNDER THE NOSES OF THE JEDI! With JEK-14 weak from the cloning and an armada of deadly, full-sized Sith Clones, all hope seems lost… but then JEK gathers the strength to take down the entire Sith Clone army AND make “Team Dooku” go “blasting off againnnn!!!” (Sorry I couldn’t resist throwing that in there)! But all the same, JEK peacefully leaves the Jedi behind, off to find his own destiny. I bet he’ll become either an artist, an architect, or a pacifist politician (if you want to stick to something really Star Wars-y).
And so, Yoda and the Masters give their congratulations to Anakin and the Padawans, Threepio gets his old job back (and is totes relieved), and even Qui-Gon gets to give Anakin a thumbs-up… which results in Obi-Wan chasing his former master around the room, wanting to give him a few choice words about his taking credit when no credit is due. And everyone laughs. All is well for the moment 🙂
So of course, the only thing to say about this awesome special is…
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It seems like The Yoda Chronicles is all tied up neatly, but I heard this was supposed to be a trilogy, so now I really really can’t wait for the next part! Let’s hope the wait won’t be nearly as long as it was for this one. And certainly, I won’t be waiting that long to write my next post. At least we have Lego SW shorts to keep us busy until then! Anyway, hope the wait for the Menace Of The Sith blog was worth it 🙂
Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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