Things I Learned From Forces Of Destiny, Part 4

A new Forces Of Destiny compilation has dropped and I’m here to write once again on all the fascinating and inspiring things I’ve learned. This time will be a little different, though, because this is actually the first time I’ve watched them all, period, so my thoughts on each short are all completely fresh on my mind (and hopefully, in turn, will be a little clearer than all those posts where I’ve forgotten some of my original impressions from the first viewing). You can read the first three posts here, here, and here. Now, off to Takodana we go! (And everywhere else in the galaxy, for that matter)

Contains spoilers from Forces Of Destiny Volume Four (but you can watch those shorts here), and several elements from Star Wars Rebels, Solo, Episode VI, Episode VII, and Episode VIII.

OK first of all never mind, looks like we’re not on Takodana today. I miss the pretty green planet a little, but I can live with that because today we have HONDO!!! I loved seeing him and Maz at odds in The Freemaker Adventures, and I’ve always wanted to see them cross paths again. So this is just spectacular! Their obviously long-time rivalry is just too fun to watch! Now, maybe I’m off on this, but this looks like a slightly-younger Hondo than the one we see in Rebels. I’d assumed all these Maz stories framing the shorts happened in or around the Sequel era, but it seems the clock goes back a little further for this one, which I love! It does bring up an interesting thought, though, because I had somehow assumed Maz really was the one telling these stories. In truth, looking back, I’m not sure how she could’ve been there for all these small moments with all of these characters, unless she heard them by word-of-mouth. But I guess it’s reasonable to say she’s not the one telling all these stories, at least for the ones that happen much later on. I think that’s how both parts of the Forces Of Destiny volumes remain canon. Or I could be wrong and Hondo just got back all his old pirate-y garb and he only looks younger. Either way, wow there’s so much I’ve already learned, and I haven’t even gotten to the shorts yet!

#1. Chopper is a surprisingly great leader.

I wouldn’t normally have expected Chop to do so well with the ewoks. I mean… his track record of being friendly to people really isn’t that great. But maybe the years since Ezra’s departure have made him a better, nicer droid somehow. Hera’s always had a knack for finding just the right crewmembers, no matter who they are or where they’ve been. Now Chopper seems to be taking a page from his mom’s book, convincing her that his ewok buddies are the perfect new Ghost crew gunners! It’s all just too cute and too fun. And my inner ewok nerd is happy to see Princess Kneesaa joining the fight! Now I want to go rewatch some old Ewoks episodes…

#2. Baby sando aquas are precious and must be protected!

Seriously WOW THAT IS CUTE!! I think I might have a new fave on my list of favorite Star Wars creatures. I’ve always thought the monsters impressive, but getting to see them closer, and in a sweeter light, I find I love them more than I did before! Beyond that, it’s really neat seeing Padme take charge like she does and help her guardsmen consider all the angles in a frightening, dangerous situation. And it’s important to note that, though the guards don’t know how to handle the exact situation at first, they don’t come off as incapable or powerless, just in need of a little extra advice. It’d be easy to make them look dumb in contrast to Padme and her strong-but-peaceful approach, but they only give us the facts: that any of us might be prone to making a rash decision in a crisis, but if you can keep a cool head, a solid solution might be easier to find that you once thought. Strong characters all around, that’s just how Star Wars rolls!

#3. Tristan’s the little brother.

I honestly never considered that before. I assumed he was either older by a year or two, or he and Sabine were twins. But I’m glad they set the record straight. And from the instant she said “C’mon, little brother” and he gave a quiet unamused “ugh”, it’s impossible to miss those sibling-bond vibes! It’s the kind of bond where you follow your sibling into trouble and say snippy things you don’t really mean, but you love them anyway, and even find you have more in common than you thought. It’s a sibling bond I can almost 100% relate to! Just to hear Sabine talk to her bro about things they did growing up gives such a sense of history and warmth to the Wren family. I adored every minute of this one. Getting to spend a slightly-quieter moment with the Wren kids and a closer look at their friendship is an absolute treat!

Also, I will need to check back on Legacy Of Mandalore and see if Tristan still has that painting on his shoulder armor, ’cause Sabine did a great job on it 🙂

#4. Hondo doesn’t like droids.

And if you had to put up with droids like IG-88, I could see why! It’s pretty hilarious watching the two argue over who has the bigger bounty. It continues to fascinate me that IG cares about credits in the first place, but I guess self-reliant bounty hunter droids need new parts every now and again. But though the pirate and hunter steal the show, the short’s focus is Qi’ra, who clearly has had enough experience with scoundrels to know how to best out-scoundrel ’em. I think it’s really neat to see a Qi’ra story in Forces Of Destiny, because she’s not quite like any of the other heroines we see in these stories. She’s not a Rebel leader, not a senator, not a Jedi, doesn’t steal the Death Star plans… she honestly might deserve the title of “scoundrel” almost as much as her adversaries do! She ultimately earns the title of “heroine” in the way she defends Han from Vos, but we’re not at that point yet. None of this is to say Qi’ra’s isn’t still a good person at heart, but I think we can agree she’s not a typical role model. This is a good thing, though, because I would honestly love to see some Forces Of Destiny stories surrounding more characters like her; bossladies who might not be the obvious heroine, but who still might have some shining moments in their stories yet to be told. Like Ventress, Sugi, or Naare! (ok that’s just a pipe dream but still would be cool)

#5. Porgs make great parents!

Until I watched this short, I had no idea both the mama and the papa porgs take care of their babies! Not surprising since they’re bird-like, and a lot of birds do the same. But still neat to know and too cute to see! Not only are porgs great parents, but we also see Chewbacca being a fantastic uncle! Though the porgs have caused their fair share of trouble, Chewie can’t turn down an opportunity to help the fluffball porglets. It’s seriously the sweetest thing, and shows so much his respect for nature and his huge heart :3 I honestly spent this entire short going “AWWW!!”, because I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to react in any other way. But I do have to wonder if it’s this kind act of Chewie’s that made all the porgs decide “Hey! Let’s go hang out in the Falcon! The hairy guy who lives there is so nice, he surely wouldn’t mind if we made ourselves comfortable!” XD #MoPorgsMoProblems

#6. Always let Rey drive.

Or at least don’t let Finn drive! And I think he knows it. I love seeing extensions of scenes like this, and I love chase scenes, and I love Finn and Rey, and I love the background paintings, and I still will always love the fact Finn loaned Rey his jacket (such a gentleman). So… yeah this short’s got a lot to love! It’s so fun watching more of this dynamic duo doing what they do (by figuring out what they do best) and making one seriously great escape on scenic Starkiller Base! I need to rewatch VII so I can spot exactly when this scene would’ve taken place, because I’ve sort of forgotten…

#7. The Ewoks animated series was right…

The citizens of Bright Tree Village have had other problems besides the Empire. Like this giant beastie! It certainly looks like it would’ve fit in well with the old show. It’s been a while since I’ve watched them, so I can’t remember for sure if I’ve seen the giant before. Either way, Wicket and Kneesaa aren’t alone, they have the original SPACE TWINS on their side! There’s so much I haven’t gotten to see with Luke and Leia’s sibling bond between the trilogies, so I was totally stoked for this one! It’s not exactly the quieter moment we see with Sabine and Tristan, but it’s thrilling all the same, and so special to see them working together — with both getting a chance to wield the green-blade 😀 Space Twins forever!

#8. Ahsoka’s a very creative teacher…

And maybe a tad intense! But when I think about who her master was and how she fights, I’m not surprised. I don’t know what I loved more — getting to watch Ahsoka impart wisdom on a young Jedi, or the fact that the young Jedi in question was Ezra. It made me realize how much I missed seeing them together, and how great their friendship is! And thinking back on all I’ve seen in Rebels, I can see where Ezra was absolutely taking Ahsoka’s wisdom to heart. Everything about this short is so epic and so meaningful and I’m almost at a loss for words. Just hearing them laugh together… FEELS. ALL THE FEELS!

Also another thing I learned: I’m assuming this is Garel we’re on right now, and if so, then Garel actually has some grassy areas! It’s not all just a big city world, it has really gorgeous natural beauty as well, including some killer sunsets 🙂

Yes I just love all these so much. Thanks for reading, and hopefully if my schedule allows, I will have more Star Wars to write about next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Advertisements

Things I Learned From Forces Of Destiny, Part 1

So glad I’m finally getting around to these posts! These last couple seasons of Forces Of Destiny have been a complete blast! And super special, too, as we look at some small moments in the lives of our favorite heroines and heroes. There’s a lot you can learn from sitting down with Maz Kanata for tea 😀 But it’s not just in the simple-but-beautiful life lessons her stories convey, it’s in all the cool Star Wars connections, revelations, and factoids we get to discover, too! So here’s a few things I learned from the stories inside of the first special.

Contains spoilers from Forces Of Destiny Volume One (but you can watch those shorts here), and a number of elements from The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One, Episode VI, and Episode VII

#1. Nightwatcher worms have feelings, too. And they’re also really big.

The first time I watched this, I really needed some cheering up. Soon as BB-8 and Rey showed up, though, I was all smiles, and so thrilled to be exploring an unseen moment inside of The Force Awakens! So this one will always be quite special to me. But what really makes this one special is that we see Rey’s kindness brightly shine through. Not only in her fierce dedication to the little droid she just met, but also in the way she treats the seemingly-terrifying nightwatcher. When she takes a running leap off the beast, she make a point of apologizing to it! I think it’s fair to say most of us wouldn’t think of doing that, were we in her situation. And then she offers it a meal, which, by the way, was junk she could’ve gotten paid a meal from. It’d be easy to get jaded and angry at life living in a place like Jakku, but somehow, Rey still has maintained a strong sense of compassion and generosity. Not really something we didn’t already know, but this was a powerful reminder. She may not yet know the power she holds, but she’s got the selflessness part of the Jedi down pat! 🙂

And like say, if not for this short, I never would’ve known how much I would want to hug a nightwatcher worm.

#2. Ketsu’s a real Rebel.

One of my favorite things about FoD so far has been getting to see more of Ketsu Onyo. She was such a great character, and her and Sabine’s friendship is epic! It’s so cool seeing what ultimately led Ketsu to join the mini-Alliance, which, otherwise, we wouldn’t know about until the last two episodes of Rebels. And though there’s an awesome brawl with a bunch of bucketheads (who would’ve guessed you could weaponize food crates?!), it doesn’t overshadow the loyalty present in the girls’ actions as they try to bring home the bacon (by which I mean ration sticks), and protect an adorable chandra-fan kiddo in the process. It’s really quite amazing to see what a solid impact Sabine has had on Ketsu, taking the truths her Ghost family’s taught her and imparting it in a way Ketsu genuinely responds to, helping this former Black Sun bounty hunter find a new purpose and a new direction as not only a Rebel, but as a Ghost family cousin.

Plus, since this was the first of the Rebels-related shorts I saw, I couldn’t help but get a little giddy seeing the bright lights of Garel again!

#3. Jyn and I are cut from the same cloth.

As I’ve said before, any opportunity we have to learn more about the late amazing Rogue One heroes is a great opportunity! Jyn’s always been a very relatable heroine, but I never realized until I watched this short that we have even more in common than I thought. Watching her defend a little girl and her tooka, all I could say was “Whoa! That is so me!” I hate injustice in any form, but when someone’s mean to children and/or animals? I absolutely would aim a fruit in their direction. Always nice to see a little (or a lot) of me in these amazing characters! And considering we know that Jyn was a bit of a rebel (note the lowercase “r”) at this point in her life, it’s really special to see these small moments where she was a little bit more of a Rebel, with a capital “R” 🙂

Also, how great is it seeing tookas again? The original Star Wara cat is back, and with a vengeance! Like seriously, that Tooki’s tough as nails. Guess that brings the number of stormtroopers who’ve been trounced by small cats to three! Hehe. Oh, and it kinda cracks me up that right after Jyn shushes the cat, Tooki gives a rather insulted growl XP

#4. Ahsoka gives piloting lessons in her spare time.

Another thing I love about FoD is catching some of my fave characters outside of work. OK so maybe flight combat training isn’t really a relaxing hobby, but it helps when you’re learning from a friend! Like with Sabine and Ketsu, it’s just fantastic getting to see more of Padme and Ahsoka’s friendship that we don’t get the chance to see at this juncture in The Clone Wars. Ahsoka’s still the little sister, but she’s also older and more mature now, and you can tell their bond has strengthened over the period of time between their earlier adventures and Ahsoka’s trial. And it’s also really cool getting to see Ahsoka in the role of teacher, and then seeing her student take what she’s learned and own it! Yes it’s so special getting go back to the Clone Wars days for a bit and appreciate the friendships that thrived even when the war was at its worst. And also watching Naboo starfighters dash dazzlingly through comet trails 😀

5. Paintbombs are canon!

Though I made mention of this already on the post for Heroes Of Mandalore, this is how I found out about it first. I sort of predicted something like this and it made me really happy to see it for reals. And something about watching stormtroopers run around with big blobs of yellow paint on them just cracks me up X) But there’s much more to this short than clever weaponry. We get to see Leia and Sabine cross paths, for one thing! Though Leia at least partially knows Sabine from her last encounter with the Ghost crew, it’s too much fun watching them team up. As an artist, I love how they contrast visually, with Leia wearing stark white and Sabine covered in vibrant colors. But that’s about where the contrast ends, because both of these young Rebels know how to aim a blaster, and how to put on one epic show for the Empire! I certainly hope we’ll get to see them fight side-by-side one of these days, because that might be the epic-est performance the Rebels could put on!

Also was really cool getting to see IG-88 in action for the first time in the canon (I think)! Really made me realize how terrifying he is. Not a word spoken, not a single readable emotion, every move is calculating, and he’s his own master. That’s a recipe for the shivers if you ask me. But mad respect all the same!

6. Unkar Plutt’s nothing if not thorough.

Soon as I saw Rey and Han in the Falcon’s cockpit, my fangirl self completely exploded. And then seeing Chewbacca and Finn made me explode again. Seeing the Force Awakens squad all together filled me with so so much joy! The scenes with the five of them in the film were among my favorites, so this was an absolute treat to visit a small incident we didn’t see before! It’s got just the best blend of comedic camaraderie and frantic action that makes up some of my fave Star Wars moments. And just look at that last shot of them! They really do make a good team — maybe the best team! All of them do! You don’t have to go back to Jakku to find your family, Rey, all the family you could ever need is right here on the Falcon! :3

But yes, back on the original topic, I’ve gotta give Plutt some credit… he knows his ships! Because why else would he be so determined to keep his mitts on what most people thought was garbage?

7. Ewoks invented sandals! Apparently…

We learn lots of neat stuff in this one. Like that one ewok is equal in weight to two stormtroopers! (Or else the gravity on Endor is weird) And that Dee Baker does an amazing job voicing Wicket, because I seriously thought those were all original archived dialogue recordings. We already knew that ewoks can sew, but it wasn’t until I saw this short I realized Leia had a matching pair of sandals! Considering that’s hardly a pair of shoes you’d take to a battle, I think the ewok village has some majorly-talented cobblers out here! Honestly this short brought up a lot of questions about the ewok dress in general. It was apparently a surprise, so how in the world did they make something so nice without taking any measurements or likely having any reference for sewing human clothing? It’s a bit of a mystery, but it might just be sheer talent on the little guys’ part 🙂

8. Cliches die when Yoda’s around.

This one has so much wow factor to it. We get to watch Ahsoka during some lightsaber practice! Which I don’t think we really ever got to see inside of The Clone Wars! And not only that, but we get to watch her figuring out her second blade. I would love to know the story of how she found her new ‘saber. It doesn’t seem a terribly common thing among Jedi. And I doubt you can just go out and decide you’ll get a second lightsaber; how did she know that’s she needed one? Though we don’t yet know these answers, we do know now adding it to her existent fighting style wasn’t easy. Leave it to Yoda to find the best way to bring out her best. You know how often you hear people throw around “just be yourself”? It’s easy for phrase to get old and lose its meaning. But when Yoda says “Yourself, you must always be”, the meaning is clear, and the cliche disappears! That’s why he’s the master! 😀

And yes, of course there were some bittersweet vibes for me watching Ahsoka and Anakin duel… but it certainly doesn’t lessen how wonderful their bond was back then. Watching Anakin, I think for the first time that we’ve seen, doing some formal training with Ahsoka really is a special thing!

So those are just a handful of the neat things I’ve discovered watching these delightful short stories, and I look forward to sharing more at a later date!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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

Following The Freemakers: The Mines Of Graballa

Thrilled to be comin’ back to the Freemakers’ corner of the galaxy! This fandom has hit me so hard this past week. Any minute I wasn’t throwing around headcanons and waxing philosophical, I was working on perfecting my drawings of them! I mean, this is normal for me with all SW things but it feels awesome having something new in the galaxy to fangirl over! Anyway, now the Kyber crystals are calling me to just start writing this post already. Onto The Mines Of Graballa!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Freemakers episodes A Hero Discovered and The Mines Of Graballa

Day one of Rowan’s Jedi training: I figured teaching him to use the Force on an object wouldn’t hurt. Three seconds in he Force-grabbed my lightsaber instead and nearly killed me. Part of me is impressed he had so little trouble Force-grabbing it, but part of me is slightly terrified… Mostly I just hope it won’t be too expensive to fix the burn mark on the floor. – Excerpt from Naare’s nonexistent journal that I totally just made up.
Y’know I really like this concept to open up on! It is an interesting thing to note though… lifting the small brick took more work than the assumptively heavier blade. Considering the trance he falls into when he senses the pieces of the Kyber Saber, it makes you wonder if he has a unique Force ability, like Ezra’s ability to connect. Though he’s still a little distracted, I think Rowan’s already made some improvement today alone! Again, Naare’s patience is pretty impressive, especially knowing her true loyalties lie elsewhere. She re-reminds him of the task at hand, but just about as soon as she brings up the holomap, Rowan picks up on the location of a piece of the Saber, hidden somewhere in an asteroid field. The master and padawan are off! Well, actually no they have to get through Kordi first. Though Kordi’s overprotectiveness isn’t appreciated by Rowan and Naare, I’ve gotta admire her strength and protective instinct. Who knows what these three kids have been through? Kordi’s the oldest and clearly takes it upon herself to keep her brothers safe in a war-torn galaxy. Naare argues the sheer importance of the mission, but Kordi don’t care, this is her little brother. Let the galaxy fall apart around them if it must, family comes first for the Freemakers! So Naare tries option two: a little mind trickery. Soon as she pulled that I was all “OH NO YOU DIDN’T.” and that’s pretty much exactly Kordi’s response, ’cause Freemaker bosslady ain’t no weak-minded fool! And then out come the claws. Rowan decides if you want something done right, you’ve gotta do it yourself. He cries “reactor leak” and he and Roger make a break for a Z-wing. Also “I’m sorry about your brother and sister, but as the last of the battle droids, I must be preserved at all costs!” WOW nice to know you care, Roger! Of course, as it turns out there might not’ve been a reactor leak so… R0-GR you just got played like an idiot’s array!
So the two-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen drama played out for a while. Harsh words were spoken, Naare smashed a crate (with her bare hands yikes), and only after that did it occur to everyone that their youngest crewmember and droid were gone. Also the Z-wing’s gone too, but only Zander cares about the “ugly” 😛 The two ships head off into hyperspace with a few more snide comments thrown over the com. I applaud your boldness, Kordi. She don’t sugarcoat nothin’! Though I might be a tad concerned about Naare still. Let’s not forget she destroyed that crate with her bare hands
“AN ASTEROID FIELD!! WHY. DO. YOU. HATE. ME?!” Again, can I just say that Roger is perfect? XD Though they had a rough time getting there, it’s not long before Rowan senses the crystal’s presence. And oh look it’s somewhere in an illegal Hutt mine. And once Rowan gets into crystal-trance mode, he can’t be stopped, even when walking right into a dangerous mining facility. It’s only thanks to a certain R0 unit something horrible didn’t happen to him. Well, we can also thank the mining droid Roger befriended for catching him before he fell into that firey pit. All I can say is those ancient Jedi were smart to hide the thing where they did. It might’ve been a little trouble for Ro to get it, but the fact an entire mining operation’s going down here and nobody ever noticed it is pretty impressive. So with kyber crystal in hand, looks like our duo’s heading back home. And then they run into some trouble… and the trouble’s names are “Raam” and “Baash”.
Meanwhile Naare is seriously trying not to kill Kordi and Zander right now. Kordi, you’re awesome and I love you but please stop making her mad. Though tbh I’m guilty of the same thing. Once she gets going on something, it’s hard to get her to stop! Ooh boyy did you see how close those asteroids were to the Star Scavenger?? YeEeeEeeEsh…
So Raam and Baash come off as a threat at first, but I think they lost that image as they start literally butting heads over who likes watching mining droids blow stuff up more. Did get me thinking, is this something males of their species typically do? Honestly I forgot those horns of theirs were actually solid horns and not something softer, like a nose. Perhaps Saesee Tiin is just a rare polite guy for his kind? Or maybe Raam and Baash are just dorks. Either way it makes sense. After the bros recover from the head trauma, Rowan decides to properly introduce themselves… as bounty hunters. Amazing what a spare Boussh helmet can do, right? Clearly you can’t argue with the galaxy’s most dangerous ugnaught and better-than-IG-88 droid IG-89! It’s just math! XD (Though technically Rowan is probably taller than an ugnaught, but I guess it makes more sense in Lego logic than in SW logic) Unfortunately Rowan’s plan backfired a teensy bit ’cause now Raam and Baash insist on the “hunters” meeting their boss. And oh right their boss is a Hutt. Graballa The Hutt, to be precise. It’s tough being a second-rate Hutt, especially when you’re Jabba’s cousin and all he does it put you in charge of some desolate mining operation. Graballa has dreams, man! Granted, I don’t know how many would go to a resort owned by a Hutt, since well, if there’s a decent Hutt out there I sure hadn’t met him yet. Somehow you still gotta admire his drive and determination… even if he is rather a slippery slug. OK so oohhh myyy gravy I love this buhkee! He drops that wit and sarcasm so effortlessly and so perfectly, and Dana Snyder’s voice just brings him to life! I mean, when a Hutt speaks basic… the things they say are too fun XD The headbutter boys take great pride in the fierce bounty hunters they dug up, but Graballa isn’t impressed. “I’ve already got Dengar. Sure he’s no Boba Fett, but… OK there’s no but, he’s no Boba Fett. But he’s still a bounty hunter!” XD XD But he’s willing to pit them against each other and see who’s best. Roger’s seriously not loving this plan, but Rowan figures after finding a kyber crystal on his own, he can handle anything. And Dengar seems harmless enough, conked out on the couch with an teddy-ewok in hand. But well… let’s just say I’m glad Ro was wearing a helmet. Dengar is like a ninja, man! He literally uses one of his opponents as a weapon! I know he’s no Fett but that’s some pretty ingenious skill. And using his head wrap to bind Rowan’s hands? Yeah my respect for this guy just went up a few notches. And then Roger steps back into the fight and uses Rowan as a weapon and starts whacking Dengar with his “sidekick”‘s helmeted head XD Give Roger a break his head’s on backwards! He’s doing the best he can right now! Does make you wonder if R0-GR still has any of his blaster skills from back in the day. I don’t think he’s had his memory wiped since he recalls a number of details about the Clone Wars, but there’s clearly not an inch of the shoot-up-the-innocents mentality battle droids were programmed with. I assumed he was destroyed in some battle and the Freemakers found him decades later and fixed him up, which I’d assumed meant he was completely memory-wiped and reprogrammed. But apparently that last part isn’t the case. So that means either he simply chose to remain loyal to the Freemakers, or maybe he only remembers certain details about the Clone Wars? Good questions. Now before I start thinking deep thoughts about droids and free will vs. programming, let’s get back to this already. Where were we? Oh yeah then Dengar PICKS UP THE COUCH and HITS ROWAN AND ROGER WITH IT. And then goes right back to his nap. Again, #Skillz. But when Rowan got thrown ‘cross the room… a certain small glowing blue something left his grasp and rolled over right at he feet(?) of Graballa. When Rowan’s unable to convince him it’s worthless, Roger accidentally buries them in deeper trouble by mentioning there’re more of them and the Emperor wants ’em. Because clearly if the Emperor wants ’em they’re really really worth something. And until the boy and the droid spill… they’re gonna have to play with Smiley… and Smiley is a NEXU. Also just to note there happens to be the remains of a lightsaber in Smiley’s litterbox. That beast ate a Jedi recently. As if we weren’t terrified already! Oh and yeah that litterbox looks awfully small for a critter that big… but you know what let’s not talk about that. Anyway, it looks pretty grim for Rowan and Roger as they dangle precariously above the Nexu’s deadly maw. And just then Kordi and Zander strut on in. With a pile of parts and Kordi’s winning salesperson skills, they’re offering only the finest merchandise this side of the Outer Rim! As you might’ve figured, this is a distraction, and Naare is slinking around in the shadows looking to free her pawn padawan. Honestly with only the headbutter bros in her way, it was so easy it’s not even fair. Unfortunately though Graballa saw through the whole charade. Fortunately Zander built a makeshift spacecraft out of those parts. Unfortunately again, the Freemakers’ little space minivan is shortly thereafter pursued by every single one of the Hutt’s cronies. It ultimately comes down to Kordi’s quick fixes and Naare’s show of Force to get them out of the soup. Kordi miiiiight have a little more respect for the Jedi now. I’d hope maybe Naare garnered some respect for Kordi’s mechanical mastery, too, but let’s be honest, darkside girl probably don’t care XP
So everybody’s finally back in their own ships and everyone can breathe again. Though Kordi is frustrated with all the trouble her sib’s caused today, she doesn’t regret a second of the trouble she went through to save him. Bro I just died of feels. AWWW FAMILY YAYYY >w< On the other hand, Naare doesn't share the same opinion when she hears Rowan found a crystal and lost it during the battle. Here this precious child is bearing his soul in his apology and Naare is so done she LITERALLY HAS HER TARGETING SYSTEM ON THEIR SHIP. And if it weren't for the fact Ro suddenly located the Kyber crystal and turned the Star Scavenger around… Naare would have stinkin’ killed them. The fact that she actually had already fired is what’s really scary. Would’ve been nerve-wracking enough if they’d just had her nearly fire on them, but nope she did, and it just. barely. missed. them. Like OMG. So though Rowan’s happy he got the crystal back, I’m still pretty shook. Oh who am I kidding Rowan’s enthusiasm is downright contagious! Let’s just all be happy right now! “Who’s got two thumbs– er… two hands, and the Force flowin’ through him? This guy!” Oh right there is that problem with Graballa though… and the fact he still wants them thar kyber crystals… and he knows Rowan can lead him to ’em. Enjoy the happy moment while it lasts, Rowan… ’cause you’re about to get pretty popular.
AAHHH THIS SHOW IS SO SOLID. THAT IS ALL. Can’t wait to dig into the next chapter next time ’round!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight