Following The Freemakers: Return To The Wheel

Although I would’ve liked to have gotten this post out a fair bit sooner, I’m really really glad it’s here anyway, because this wonderful episode has a lot of great neat stuff to talk ’bout! Join me, Freemaker fan-fam, as we Return To The Wheel!

Contains spoilers from Rebels episode Hera’s Heroes and Freemakers episode Return To The Wheel (along with potential spoilers from much of season one)

The way Rowan said “home”… it not only turned my insides to absolute mush, but it also filled me with intrigue. I was somewhat surprised the Freemakers thought so fondly of the bustling space station and its little repair shop. Now, I’m not going to drown you in all my headcanons, but I definitely have always assumed the Wheel was where the kids turned when they, for whatever reason, found themselves with nowhere else to go. I figured with all their past business challenges and all the scraping by they did to survive, Freemaker Salvage and Repair wouldn’t have been the most homey place for them. But the more I thought about it, the more I remembered that, though they’ve been through some tough times, perhaps it was these tough times that brought them closer, especially after the youngest turned out to be a Forcebuilder. So even with a great place on Home One, I’m glad they can look back at their former residence and see something meaningful… even when it’s among the most dangerous places for them to be right now.

So remember a couple posts back when I commented how glad I was the Empire didn’t remember that Rowan could lead them to kyber crystals? Didn’t see it coming when Graballa got that idea first (technically Yuppo but Grabs don’t care). I was all “oh snap this gonna get real”. And real it does get, ’cause the Hutt’s calling in not only Dengar, but IG-88, 4-LOM, Bossk, and Zuckuss. Oh it was great hanging out with these guys! They might not have Boba Fett’s street cred (or massive fanbase), but they’re nothing if not intense and intensely cool in their own right. And I love getting more of a handle of who they are, particularly with the droids (or droid-like?) we haven’t seen as much around the SW galaxy. Though it’s impossible for me to truly pick favorites out of the bunch, Zuckuss kinda stole my heart. I’m totally behind the idea that the guy yells everything he says and always refers to himself in third person. That’s canon far as I’m concerned! XD But yeah now I really want to find some more stories on these stellar hunters in the future, ’cause their presence this episode was a complete blast.
Pun 100% not intended.

The idea of a complicated homecoming called back to mind the Rebels episode Hera’s Heroes, and had me suspecting some troublemaking someone or someones might’ve taken up residence in the old shop the same way the Empire made themselves comfortable in Hera’s childhood home. Didn’t expect it to be Wick Cooper though. Buuut honestly it seems just like Mr. Cooper to be once again making things difficult for the Freemakers because it’s basically his job in life. Or maybe more of a hobby. Also didn’t expect he’d be running an expensive classy-casual kaffe cafe. I would’ve figured he wouldn’t care to rub elbows with Middle Ring “riffraff”, but obviously he knew what would strike gold! I can kind of respect how he keeps finding new ways to up his impossible levels of selfish self-centeredness…

Also, I just absolutely love Zander and Rowan’s mustache accents. Not convincing, but nothing short of brilliantly hilarious! They gotta take this show on the road! XD OK got that out of my system now we can move on to bigger story elements. Like how Rowan managed to fit in that ‘trooper armor. OK that I theorize would look a lot different if it weren’t Lego SW. But it’s kind of funny to imagine him in this oversized doesn’t-quite-fit-his-smallish-tween-boy-frame suit of armor… and then he still manages to avoid detection! Hmm does make you wonder though why they didn’t throw in an Imperial cadet along with the bucketheads so Ro could disguise himself that way. Oh right because then we wouldn’t get a “short for a stormtrooper” joke out of it XD

Of course I’m going to need to talk a bit on the tragic [nonexistent] romance of Zander and Becky Smoochenbacher. As it was a brief goofy mention way back on Zander’s Joyride, I wasn’t expecting this mystery girl from the Upper Ring to end up being a fair-sized plot element. But I’m so glad they did what they did, because watching Zander turn ’bout every conversation to her and confess his undying love to a fire extinguisher is pure hilarious gold. I’ve theorized that Becky was a customer of the Freemakers’ at some point (this perhaps being the only reason Zander could know her full name), a rich kid who came to their shop needing a repair on a dent on her parents’ expensive spacecraft. And the rest is history. Or not, as these “lost stars” may never cross again. But yeah OMG Zander is such a sweetheart and a romantic I just can’t. The boy deserves to be loved ❤
And yes I probably do put too much thought into this sort of stuff… but whenever there's a little story inside of SW about a boy, a girl, and a galaxy… the feels and warm fuzzies come full-force :3

Adding to the long list of things I wasn't expecting this episode: the fact that it was the Freemakers who would find the Rebels’ first clue to the construction of the second Death Star! Ackbar’s command to send for the bothan spies sounds like we’re getting really really close to the events of Episode VI. I figured originally they’d probably keep all the series’ events entirely in-between the films, but this makes me wonder if maybe we’ll get to see the Freemakers running right alongside the Rebels during the Battle of Endor, or even maybe beyond that. Oh my gravy is that thought not amazing?? I don’t know if there’s any way the people at Lucasfilm and Wilfilm could do that, but getting a glimpse at the war’s end through the eyes of these precious kids would just be astounding! Anyway, yes this unexpected twist certainly has me excited! Just have to wait and see what happens next as both sides’ building projects near their completion…
Now, a moment of silence for what we know will become of the bothans. I can’t be the only one who quietly cried out “noooo those poor bothans…!”, right? Force be with them. *Salutes*

Anyway, this episode has become an instant classic for me, and it felt good getting all these Freemaker-y thoughts out on paper! (Well, online, technically) Hopefully this’ll be the last of my late posts. Until next follow-up…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebels Season 3 Recap + Padawanline Anniversary IV

OK so I know I’m getting this done later than anticipated, but life has this habit of keeping me from blogging like I should. Anyway, like the posts for the past seasons, I’m just gonna talk about everything I can manage to fit into one post before I lose my train of thought, looking back on the season as a whole, and covering some of the topics I forgot to talk about during the main Transmissions posts. So without further ado…
NOTE: Contains potential spoilers for basically all SWR. Not a post you want to read if you’ve ever missed an episode. Also to be safe there are potential spoilers from many of the films. Just to let you know.

So first area of interest for me to cover is our favorite crew-family, starting with Ezra. Gosh he’s grown up. I say that a lot, but the other day I was watching a Season 2 episode and seeing him so much younger again was almost surreal and made me start proud-mama-fangirling again. But beyond his height, haircut, and thinner face, he’s grown up in many other ways as well. It’s really interesting to note that, at the beginning of the season, I was more than a little spooked by his considerably edgier moves, and though the very thought made me sick, it seemed clear to me he’d begun spiraling down a dark path. But at the end of the season, it suddenly occurred to me that he didn’t go down that path. With Kanan back as his master, he put the Sith holocron behind him and hasn’t touched it since. Instead of taking a turn for the worse, we’ve seen him step up in bold ways, as on fire as ever to do the right thing. He’s become a masterful voice of reason, bringing the final end to the Clone Wars, advising a boy not that different than a younger version of himself, willingly giving a Geonosian the benefit of the doubt… it’s amazing how wise he is, really. And even in the moments he wasn’t quite so wise, he came out of it having learned something (most of the time). It’s just really neat to look back and think about all the little ways he changed and all the ways he hasn’t. Also an interesting think for me to note personally is how much more we’ve seen him involved with the growing Rebellion. Without constant confrontations with Inquisitors, he hasn’t done a lot of dueling too much lately, or even trained that much, that we’ve seen. The Jedi side of him will always be there, but that’s not just who he is. He’s a Rebel, and it’s been great seeing him do a lot of that this season, whether in flying A-wings (which still is such a mind-blowing image to me) or leading missions. But even more than a Jedi and a Rebel, he’s a friend, and among the Ghost crew, family. I love how strong his bond with Kanan’s become, especially after coming out of those months out of balance. I love how firmly he’s stood by Sabine through the trials she’s faced. I love watching him and Zeb pal around and laugh at Wedge and Hobbie. All the teamwork, all the family feels, it’s filled these past seven months with a lot of smiles and happy tears. I guess none of this is anything we didn’t already know, but I just couldn’t not talk about it! I love watching this kid grow up, and I’m excited to see where he’ll go next :3
And of course oh my goodness we have to talk about Sabine, ’cause good gravy she’s grown up a lot too. Pff I feel like I’ve spent most of this season crying “AHHH MY CHILDREN DONE GREW UP!! JUST LOOK AT THEM OMG!! HOW IS IT POSSIBLE??!” even though they’re not my children. Her story went to places I never could’ve imagined, and it all happened so much faster than I anticipated! The past two seasons have only given the smallest little hints of her backstory, and this season, they gave us a massive amount of it. I won’t say “all of it” because I’m sure there’s more we don’t know, but it was still so much more than I expected. And it was epic. I wrote in my post on The Antilles Extraction “I want to be Sabine Wren when I grow up!” and that still holds true, especially after all she’s been through this season. Trials Of The Darksaber remains such a pivotal episode not only in this season, but honestly in the entirety of the series itself. I just love how raw and real it is, just spending 22 minutes with only a few characters, fighting only their own personal battles. And where we went from there was just amazing. It’s interesting though, I thought we might get one episode before the finale to wrap up Sabine’s arc, but no there’s still a lot more story to be told there. But hey, I’m certainly not complaining, even if I’m gonna have to wait a few months to find out what happens next. It’ll be exciting to see! And that was a terrible understatement. I’m also quite curious if this sidestory of the Wrens vs. the Saxons will be a standalone arc, if we’ll have episodes with only Sabine and her family that won’t feature anyone else in the crew-fam. Just an interesting thought, anyway. But yeah, Sabine has grown up a lot, and it still amazes me how she’s able to press on and push through all these monstrous challenges and past hurts, and do so in a way that’s truly honorable. And also it’s been special this season seeing not only her reunited with her blood family, but a strengthened bond with her crew-family. Things have changed a lot since the first couple seasons. I think she sees Kanan more as a mentor/father figure than previously, and certainly she’s come to respect and trust Ezra much more so as well. Following her story this past season has been wonderful, and getting to see where it goes next is among the things I’m most excited to see this next season. And I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about the Wrens and Mandalore and all the epicness that’s sure to come with it! Because Sabine, her family and her homeworld just can’t help but be epic, y’know? 🙂
As for Kanan, it’s been… oh my gosh, just insanely epic watching how far he’s come. He’s learned so much seeing with the Force, not just in sweet Jedi moves (howzabout that blast-deflecting in Hera’s Heroes?!), but a lot about who he is and where he’s going. Again, watching some Season 2 episodes recently reminded me how far he’s come. Kanan’s so much more patient, so much more thoughtful and wise. He lost his way in the months in between the Twilight and the Shadow, but once he found his way back, he’s matured in incredible ways. And I think a lot of this maturity has reflected itself back into his apprentice/honorary son, and also in his other apprentice and honorary daughter :3 OMG YOU GUYS I’M CRYING RECALLING ALL THOSE HUGS. A lot of this is thanks to the Bendu. He taught Master Jarrus some tough lessons, but the challenges ultimately brought out the best in Kanan as well as Ezra. Not to totally change the subject, but I’m still so fascinated by the One-In-The-Middle. Part of him makes sense and the other part remains a mystery dipped in secret sauce! I don’t know if we’ll ever see him in SWR again, but maybe a future series or a book will fill in some of the blanks. Maybe. Either way his voice acting was perfect and he was something so profoundly epic and exciting and different inside of the SW universe, it’s no wonder I’m still hungry for more Bendu action 🙂 Sorry Kanan I totally ended up giving your paragraph to a different character. I love Kanan’s thoughts at the end of the season finale, how he can see a hopeful future in front of them even in the face of defeat… it’s going to be amazing seeing him help further that in the stories to come.
It’s been really cool watching Hera this past season, too. She’s become such a pivotal force in the Rebellion. And while we’ve seen her really taking some serious initiative and an all-business approach inside of this no-longer-mini-Alliance, her crew-family still remains a top priority. She’s faced down Maul, Thrawn, and all manner of challenges and unexpected turns and been nothing short of boss. I know I’m pretty hyped to see where she goes in this next season as we look forward to finally calling her “General” 😀 But oh yeah, if you haven’t heard, we’ll get to see Hera in The Freemaker Adventures this coming season, so there’s plenty of bossladyness to come even before this fall! (And Leland Chee has confirmed her presence in the Empire/Jedi era is totally canon! Woot!) Also I absolutely need to say this because I haven’t found the right time to discuss in the prior posts, but I love this sort of love language Kanan and Hera have right now. Their brief embraces in Holocrons Of Fate and Zero Hour are utterly precious. Perhaps due in part because Kanan can’t see, it’s more natural now for them to interact by touch. It might be something small but it has so much meaning to it I literally haven’t stopped “aww”ing over it since. Such sweet beans :3 Anyway…
It’s been really interesting with Zeb this season. After watching him so awesomely overcome his own personal battles in season 2 I really wanted to see more emotional arcs for him this season. But the further we got into this season, the more I realized he really didn’t need it at this point. Season 3 has seen him really in his element as a full-on military leader and chief of security for the Rebels. Not that he didn’t have a few moments of doubt and frustration (*cough* I’m lookin’ at you AP…), but it didn’t take a whole arc to fight through. He’s just really found his place in the Alliance and has taken it by the horns. But even with all this new responsibility, he’s still remained the fun uncle/older brother figure he’s always been. Especially when it comes to messing with the noobs XD Of course, we can’t forget that one huge contribution of his this season — our newest Fulcrum, Kallus! The ex-Agent’s gotten our Rebs out of many a pickle this past season, and he’s done so in spectacular fashion! Like I’ve said a lot on previous posts, he’s just gone above and beyond the call of duty and it’s been great being able to cheer for him for the first time ever! I can finally appreciate his masterful snark and craftiness 🙂 It’s gonna be a lot of fun seeing how he fits in with the rest of the Alliance and what tricks he’ll have up his sleeve next as things get really real this next season.
And of course there’s not a lot to say about Chop and AP-5 other than that I love every moment they’re on screen. They may not get an arc, but we’ve certainly seen some changes and new developments with them. We’ve seen that compassionate side of Chopper flare up a little more when he offered Sabine some comfort in her trials, and even saw him go through some mourning for his old master. The latter moment made me actually really like the concept of a Chopper anthology film, especially if it centered around his early days in the Clone Wars and Hera. As for AP-5, well, he gained a considerably massive ego… and a lovely singing voice 🙂 But ultimately they haven’t changed a bit, they’re still a couple of the most wonderful and difficult droids to grace the SW galaxy.
Of course I couldn’t write this post without talking about Maul. I really thought after Twilight Of The Apprentice we wouldn’t be seeing him again. I figured he had other things to do, other places to be. But nope, he had quite a bit of unfinished business with the crew-fam. It’s been fascinating seeing how he interacted with them, especially with Ezra, the apprentice he always wanted but would never get. He brought some seriously terrifying moments, but also still some great moments that continued to reveal his humanity. Plus, anyone else sorta just realize that if Maul hadn’t gotten involved, Sabine wouldn’t have found the Darksaber? Mind. blown. This season of Rebels told us the end of his story, and what a great ending it was. That might sound calloused, but you see, the fact that all these years of hurt and desperation for Maul would be capped with hope… went beyond anything I could’ve predicted or imagined. I look forward greatly to digging into those Maul comics and whatever further stories pop up about the troubled zabrak’s life in the future.
And finally, we need a paragraph entirely devoted to Grand Admiral Thrawn. I’m still so so glad they brought him into SWR. I needed to meet this brilliantly devious character I’d heard so much about! They weaved him into the canon perfectly and made him every bit one of the most flawless villains in not just Star Wars, but really in any story. He brought quite a thick layer of intrigue and mystery to this season, and kept me on edge just about every moment he we saw him. He got in a good-sized win in the finale… and who knows what his next move will be? Yet, who knows how Bendu’s prediction will come into play? I’m so ready for more Thrawn you guys. That is all.
There’s just an infinite number of things I could further discuss, I know, but considering the time and that I honestly forgot some of the things I’d intended to talk about, I think it’s best to save those ponderings for another post. It’s really been an amazing season in so so many ways… it still stuns me how much everyone has grown and matured, not to mention the Alliance itself. The whole season’s just about left me breathless, in the best way possible. Just like the show always does :3 Yeah I know words fail me right now, but sometimes the awesomeness is far too awesome for me to describe. I just adore this family ❤

Also, I'm happy to say that today is Padawanline's 4th birthday! It's been a challenging year in some ways, as I've had trouble balancing real life busyness and the blog sometimes, but there's also been so much fun and so much joy, too. So thank you, my reader friends and followers. I'd write about Star Wars even if I didn't have an audience, so it means a lot that you all take the time to share in the fun and joy with me on a weekly basis… even when I misunderstand stuff and make typos I don't notice until weeks after posting :3 So, I leave you first with another link to my readers' survey (Here), so you can continue to help me make this site better, and also a list of my favorite posts from this last year. Thank you all again, everyone. Here’s to another four years of Star Wars love… and many more after that!

Rebel Transmissions: The Forgotten Droid
Rebel Transmissions: Twilight Of The Apprentice
10 Crazy Good Moments From Crisis On Coruscant
Following The Freemakers: A Hero Discovered
SW Summer Reads – The Weapon Of A Jedi
A [Fangirly] Analysis Of The New Rogue One Trailer
SW Summer Reads: Tarkin
Following The Freemakers: Race On Tatooine
Following The Freemakers: The Test
Rebel Transmissions: Steps Into Shadow
Rebel Transmissions: Hera’s Heroes
Following The Freemakers: The Maker Of Zoh
Rebel Transmissions: Visions And Voices
Rebel Transmissions: Double Agent Droid
Rebel Transmissions: Twin Suns

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: An Inside Man

OK so let’s keep on catchin’ up with the Rebs! For this week, we revisit An Inside Man and all of its intrigue, action, and awesome. Let’s see… where to begin? Well first, the spoiler warnings.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Fighter Flight, The Honorable Ones, The Antilles Extraction, Hera’s Heroes, and An Inside Man

Ah, Lothal! The world where it all began! It’s funny… after the first season ended I was really excited to see more of the galaxy, and now every time we come back to Lothal I’m all “YAY WE’RE BACK TO THE MOUNTAINS, GRASSLANDS, AND LOTHCATS!” And there’s a familiar sight — Ezra, Kanan, and Chopper surveying the city from above. NOSTALGIA FEEELS. Unfortunately, the enormous Imperial presence here isn’t quite so wonderful. That’s part of the reason the Jedi and droid are here. Their good friend Ryder Azadi arrives fashionably late — and for good reason. Because he might be still trying to give some biker-bucketheads the slip. As well as the usual variety of bucketheads and oh look! A walker joined the party too! Thank goodness Ez, Kanan, and Chopper decided to hitch a ride. This is where the fun begins! I mean, is there a more beautiful sight in all the galaxy than Ezra and Kanan, balanced on both sides of the landspeeder, perfectly lightsabering the legs off the walker as they flew under it? Not sure there is, my friends. Definitely takes me back to those simple days of season one, where tangles with ‘troopers and walkers were the daily routine. Well, technically that sort of is still their daily routine, they’re just tangling with them on a larger scale now. And with more and more allies by the day, they’ve got some major new tricks up their sleeve… like rigging speederbikes to blow up once they hit a certain speed. That is utterly genius. All credit for that genius goes to an Imperial factory worked named Morad Sumar. Aww yayyy Mr. Sumar!! At first when Ryder mentioned “an old friend” my first thought was “OMG Zare Leonis??” but this is just as exciting and makes more sense. Though we only got to know him briefly way way back when on Fighter Flight, I’ve always loved his courageous spirit and warm personality. If my memory serves me, I believe the Sumar fam didn’t have a choice, but the fact Mr. Sumar turned this terrible job arrangement into a way to make a difference is super super admirable and very cool. Now Sumar’s igniting sparks of rebellion of his own 🙂 Yeah I could go on about him forever, especially after this episode. Again with the nostalgia feels. Especially when you realize indeed how much Ez has grown up since then. Some days I still can’t get over how tall he is… whoops better stop there before I start going on and on about that again. Mostly it just made me smile that Mr. Sumar noticed and said something about it, ’cause I’ve been thinking it for months now. Anyway, Ezra and Kanan are hoping that maybe Mr. Sumar could get them a job at the factory, so to speak. This way they can find out exactly what big weapon the Empire’s working on and use that knowledge to convince the other rebel cells to finally really bring the fight to Lothal’s Imps. Sounds like a plan! And then Twilight had no idea how to segue this paragraph in a clever way so she awkwardly ended the paragraph with this sentence.
Next thing we know, Ezra and Kanan are orange-clad working amongst the rest of the factory crew. I can’t imagine what it must be like… being an average everyday decent citizen and then suddenly forced into building Imperial weaponry. I’ve always said working for the Empire is dangerous and terrifying, and usually I’m thinking of all the militants and ‘troopers and inquisitors and the like when I say that; those who were willing to join this great Empire. Imagine being someone who had no interest or desire. And then imagine getting Pryce and others like her in management. Yeesh. I’m guessing Thrawn’s referring to Sumar as a number is probably the norm in this business. Oh yeah did I mention Thrawn showed up? Man this whole scene had me sick with terror. Particularly when it soon becomes clear that there’s no way out of this for Mr. Sumar. Nothing short of gut-wrenching. No words, just tears. *Twilight tries to write a less-awkward segue and fails* So thankful Chopper was there though to let loose a runaway speederbike and help give the Jedi the slip. Also thankful for the timely arrival of two storms with armor and helmets ripe for the pickin’. And for Imperial astromechs with clearance codes who are easy to zap into dreamland. I’m thankful for all of it, because Thrawn ain’t messin’ around right now…
Speaking of Thrawn, how about that art collection of his? New favorite piece of Sabine’s might have to be the firebird and purple lothcat 🙂 My artistic tastes aside, everything about this display drips with intrigue. Though I have yet to read the Legends about him, I do know he has this unique ability to look at a painting and get a battle plan. What further does he gain from Hera’s family portrait? And why does he have a second zoomed-in one? I can’t make out the details enough to figure. What are some of the more abstract pieces for? I recognize the Picasso-esque Mandalorian piece, but how does that relate to Sabine aside from the fact she’s a Mando? And OMG are those cave paintings of people riding giant wolf-like creatures?! And again, how does that all relate to the rebels? Truly, only Thrawn knows. He knows a lot. He knows these rebels have a connection to Lothal, and also that a couple of them might be running around looking for information in level A2. HOW. DOES. HE. DO. IT? He’s amazing. And terrifying. But you know that, likely longer than even I have.
So though Kanan and Ezra have the disguises and some great cover stories (“Wait, is this B17?” “I told you we were on the wrong level”), they haven’t fully convinced the other stormtroopers and had to make a run for it. They arrive at a turbolift only to find Agent Kallus was already there. I’ve known for a while clearly he was Fulcrum. After all, he looked genuinely shocked at what happened to Sumar, and he was clearly trying to find out more about the Empire’s little secret weapon, and that’s just what we’ve seen today. But Kanan and Ezra don’t buy it. Probably would’ve helped Kallus more had he not said “Don’t move… rebels…” like that. He spoke like he’d done a hundred times before when he was a raging jerkface. I’m thinking a pleasant “Hi there, I’m Fulcrum and I’m helping you escape” would’ve gone over a lot better. Uttering the code phrase helps a little, and briefly mentioning how Zeb helped him and then how he helped Sabine gives him a little more credence, but it seems only Chopper believes him for sure. Right now though, it seems the Rebs’ best bet is to give the commanding sideburns a chance. And it works out well, thanks to Kallus (and his fantastic acting skills) they’re able to contact Ryder and walk[er] on outta there! And of course, possibly my favorite part in the episode is when Ezra makes it look convincing. “EZRA!” “What? That is convincing!” “Yeah, but I was gonna do it.” “Well, he’s one of us now, you’ll get your chance!” XD XD Agent K don’t look thrilled at that prospect, but it’s all in a day’s work for our fantastic Fulcrum 🙂
‘Course, the Rebs don’t just “walker on outta there”, things get a bit more complicated and a bit crazier than that. Thrawn quickly figures out which AT-DP isn’t like the others and lets the AT-AT drivers know, resulting in quite a chaotic walker dance that is amazing to behold. But even when one AT-AT’s got them down (literally), Ezra, Kanan, and Chopper get right back up (literally after lightsabering a hole into the walkers). And with Ryder driving and Mrs. Sumar manning the big guns, they pretty much #WIN. Also yes I just love that Sumar’s family knows how to bring the fight as well. The image of a seemingly ordinary farmer’s wife expertly shooting this massive cannon is too epic and makes me feel like I can do anything. That’s the Rebel Alliance for ya; everyday people making an extraordinary difference and standing up for what’s right. That’s what Morad Sumar did, what those closest to him will continue to do, and ultimately what thousands, if not millions, of people will do *Applauds*
Transferring the data Chopper pilfered over to their base, the Ghost fam’s now looking at plans for a sleek, shielded TIE model that could spell some major problems for the mini-Alliance should it be mass-produced. They have Kallus to thank, though, for getting that info. No one at the base can quite fathom the Kallus-Fulcrum connection either, except maybe Zeb, and even he seems a bit weirded out that their brief time spent as allies made a difference. It seems feasible that he might be the real deal, but they’re not banking everything on him yet. Only time’ll tell what’ll it take to fully convince them. ‘Cause I’m pretty sure Kallus is convinced when it comes to the Empire. Especially now that Thrawn knows they’ve got a turncoat… and I don’t imagine it would take him long to figure out who it is…
Oh dang things just got reallll. I can only hope the best for Agent K from here on out. And I certainly hope you enjoyed the Transmission and got something out of it. I’m sorry the post was a little hiccup-y. I’m trying to write these things with less of my retelling the story and more of my thoughts, but it can be a tricky balance to find after doing things a certain way for so long. Either way, it’s been great fun talking about this great episode 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Hera’s Heroes

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

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

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight