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The Resistance Report: Signal From Sector Six

OK this episode is so so fun I have an absolute barrel-load to blog about! And yes the monkey pun was entirely intended. Sorry, Poe. Now let’s delve into some of the most sensational moments of the superb Star Wars escapade, Signal From Sector Six!

Contains spoilers from Episode VI, Episode VIII, and Resistance episode Signal From Sector Six (along with selected events from prior episodes).

So, having Poe Dameron come along for the ride again was an absolute treat! I really wasn’t expecting him to end up being as involved as he was, so that made it even more of a treat! Poe has this awesome energy that just lights up every scene he’s in! And I still can’t get over what an outrageously nice guy he is. Between his big-brother-little-brother bond with Kaz and his clear and evident determination to help others, I don’t know how to stop fangirling, and I don’t think I ever will 😀 I mean, who didn’t get all the feels when he stated so boldly and plainly, “There are a lot of dangers out there in the galaxy. When people are in need, we help“? And yet, in the same episode, we’re reminded he’s not without a chink or two in his armor — the man is not a fan of monkey-lizards, to put it mildly. I can’t help but wonder if there’s maybe a slight phobia involved, something more than just sheer annoyance. Either way, we sure learned a lot about Poe in the span of these glorious twenty-two minutes, and it successfully satisfies both my SW fangirl side and my analytical writer side!

And you guys, there are just too many good things to say about CB-23! I was so pleased to get the chance to meet another of the somewhat-uncommon female astromechs, and plus, I just needed more of these darling spherical droids in my life. I had no idea she’d bring so much personality to the table, though. CB is just the sassiest thing, and her little rivalry with BB-8 left me in stitches! But their brief exchange after BB saved her from the monkey got me “aww”-ing big time. It’s amazing how much you can garner from their little nods, beeps, and purrs. CB goes from being surprised and curious why he helped her, to a little apologetic about her earlier actions, and then to what I read as a look of admiration, while BB-8 remains humble and sweet the whole time. Hehe whoops I think they just became my new OTP :3 This episode really reminded me in general how wonderful BB-8 is, and how much joy it brings having him along for Kaz’s misadventures. He’s more than just adorable, he’s the most endlessly loyal sphere-mech I’ve ever met! And now we know he makes friends as easily as his master 🙂

There could have been anything lurking in the shadows of the freighter. We’ve seen everything from mynocks to rathtars, zombie geonosians to giant Imperial sentry droids, what could be next? Well, boy was I surprised when I caught glimpse of those familiar long ears. Kowakian monkey-lizards aren’t your typical scream-inducing SW creature, but the way they played them out this episode, it was hard not to be on the edge of your seat even so. It’s a unique blend of creepy and comedic than I had no idea anyone could pull off successfully, but leave it to Star Wars! 🙂 The little bogans sure are smart… I was particularly concerned for BB and CB. (Hey don’t forget Threepio almost lost a visual receptor to Salacious Crumb!) And then the ape-lizard shows up and brings some serious intensity. I thought at first the big guy was some sort of experimental cross between a monkey and a rancor, but it’s pretty cool to see there are other creatures in that species family (or is that genus? Order? Phylum? I need to brush up on my biology). So cool animal science for me, but a waking nightmare for the boys and the droids XP I know we have yet to see a monkey-lizard without a penchant for making people miserable, but in their defense, the critters were caged up, probably being illegally smuggled for the pet trade (think about it, the only ones we’ve seen elsewhere in the canon belonged to Jabba and Hondo). I’m thinking they might be more decently-behaved living free and in the wild. It’s possible, right…?

And yeah I gotta applaud the writers again, because they made it so hard for me to determine Synara’s true intent. I honestly didn’t remember her presence in The Triple Dark, and somehow it didn’t click with me that she was wearing pirated storm armor. For all intents and purposes, I was pretty convinced she was just the monkey smuggler or something. I did sense she might not be the most trustworthy character, but I was hoping that underlying suspicion might just be a ruse. I mean, after the incident with Amilyn Holdo I don’t trust my first impressions the way I used to. (I can’t be the only one who sorely regrets spending so much time distrusting Leia’s BFF, right?) But in this case, my suspicions were not ill-placed. That doesn’t make her any less of an intriguing character, though. I look forward to seeing how exactly she decides to cause trouble on the Colossus. Plus it’s so cool she’s a purple-skinned mirialan! Once again, this show keeps #KillingIt in the character designs! 😀

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– Major points to the slick-sounding episode title. Which also happens to literally be the sixth episode.
– Ooh, another chance to witness the rarely-seen SW morning routine! Today, we study the waking habits of the young Resistance spy. See how he walks with his head hung down unnaturally low! And how he handles a broken caf machine! Fascinating XD
– Somehow I get the impression that, if anyone discovers Kaz’s secret, it’s gonna be Tam…
– I’m not a morning person, either, Kaz. But you should see that gorgeous Castellon sunrise! Better than caf!
– These background paintings are giving me life you guys.
– You jump into the x-wing, Kaz. You’re a Star Wars character, it’s kind of in your contract to make spectacular leaps off and into things just like Ahsoka, Ezra, and quite a few others before you!
– Whoops the lasat pirate I so fangirled over a few episodes ago just got eaten. Poor dude.
– Those scruffy little pirate-fighters are awesome!
– More reasons to love BB-8: “Stand back, Kaz, I’ll handle this! Put up your dukes, lady!”
– It’s adorable watching Kaz pretend he’s an expert at life on the Colossus. Keep dreaming kiddo.
– “You’ve helped me more than you realize.” A++ foreshadowing right there! I still can’t believe I didn’t see it coming.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Through Imperial Eyes

Yayzers it’s Rebel Transmission time! Well that didn’t sound stupid at all 😛 But needless to say I’m really excited about writing this one. Forget my lame opening line and let’s look deeper into Through Imperial Eyes!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes A Princess On Lothal, An Inside Man, and Through Imperial Eyes.

The alarm goes off as another day begins for our double-Agent Kallus, except that the alarm isn’t from a clock, but from yet another Rebel problem. I have to applaud Kallus, really, because I’m never that alert in the morning. I mean, did he even have time for kaffe or breakfast or anything? This opening never fails to fascinate me as we catch a glimpse at just what the average everyday Imp goes through on the regular. Agent K literally just woke up like this! How does he do it?? I mean, you’d think those sideburns would take a little more work, but nope he’s just naturally fabulous! XD But clearly friends the most fascinating thing here is that he actually manages to sleep in his armor. Though I guess if I were secretly helping the mini-Alliance while working for the Empire I wouldn’t take my chestplate off either. Like, ever. So yes as you can imagine I’ve spent the last week making a lot of jokes and observations about Imperial morning routines, sadly I could not include them all here due to, well, forgetting most of ’em. But still, what fun 🙂
So guess who our little Rebel problem was? Just some random grouchy Lothalian bounty hunter who’s actually Ezra Bridger. Ezra just thought he’d swing by and rescue their fantastic Fulcrum from potentially-suspicious Imperials, like NBD just another ordinary day. Kallus is like “OMG DO YOU REALIZE WHAT A BAD IDEA THIS IS?!?” Ah you guys I just love it when Kallus freaks out. David Oyelowo’s voice acting is perfection. Also I love the familiarity of the setting in the interrogation room. You guys remember the pilot back when Ezra was smol and Kallus was a jerk and Ez sarcastically dubbed himself “Jabba”? Boy they’ve come a long way. Ezra honestly doesn’t still 100% trust him but he still came all this way to save ‘im, even if Agent K didn’t necessarily want to be saved. But no time for “interrogating”, Thrawn’s destroyer just showed up and you know he means business. Kallus is off to a meeting with the rebel prisoner in tow. This should go well, though it does definitely throw a wrench in the Rebs’ plans. It’s kind of all up to Chopper and AP now. Seeing Kanan and Rex in ‘trooper armor again was such a wonderful surprise though. Men In White, back in action!
I don’t blame Lieutenant Lyste for his nerves going into this meeting. I was kinda surprised he hadn’t been demoted right on down to sub-ensign since the Leia incident (if not just straight-up Force-choked by a certain someone). And now he’s attending a meeting with the Grand Admiral that’s a big enough deal it involves confiscating code cylinders. Also I’m glad to know that what those things are officially in-canon because until I read the OT Costumes book I always sort of thought they were ballpoint pens. We learn so much in this episode. Including the fact that Thrawn spends his spare time sparring with those giant sentry droids and he’s awesome at it. Just an ordinary everyday workout regimen! Like OK wow I’m both majorly impressed and majorly terrified. I don’t think there’s anyone who couldn’t be. While Kallus and Lyste wait for the Grand Admiral, they get a second to say “hello” to Colonel Yularen. You probably didn’t know this but I’m a pretty big Yularen fan. What would The Clone Wars have been without this uptight mustachioed gent of an admiral constantly questioning Anakin’s plans? 🙂 Turns out the no-longer-quite-as-uptight-but-just-as-fabulously-mustachioed-as-ever-colonel trained Kallus back in the day, and he seems quite proud of his former pupil. So again lots of nice surprises all around today. And then Grand Admiral Thrawn enters the room ready to talk business, business involving this “Fulcrum” character within their ranks. He’s come down to the wire on the last few possible Rebel base locations and they can’t have a turncoat running around causing trouble. Thrawn and Yularen warn their subords to keep an eye out, and that wraps up their meeting. I don’t know how in the galaxy Kallus managed to keep a straight face when the Colonel asked him his thoughts on the spy. Agent K’s cool as a cucumber. Or whatever the SW equivalent vegetable is. I mean seriously Kallus is so so good. He goes from there and quietly convinces Lyste that Pryce is the traitor, and then casually saunters over and lets Ez out of his cell. Pfff after Ezra’s hiding-on-the-ceiling-stunt it’s all I can do not to start calling him “Spider-Ez” XD They’re still gonna need those clearance codes if they want to get out of here, and Kallus wants to help Ezra get their base off the map, so to Thrawn’s office we go! How’ll they get in there you ask? Cosplay. Ezra is a pretty convincing Lieutenant Lyste to the average weak-minded stormtrooper. Even kinda got the accent down! Y’know one of the things I just love about this episode is watching the endless cleverness Agent K and Ezra possess. Kallus playin’ Lyste and the Imps and Ez in disguise… they’re just so good! They may not entirely trust each other, but both trust themselves and know what they’re fighting for. Smooooooth criminals bro. In a good way 🙂 Once inside Chopper quickly gets them codes and casually makes Abafar (forgive me for misspelling) disappear. If only AP-5 had mentioned Thrawn’s arrival a teense bit sooner… with the Grand Admiral now suspicious of Lyste, it’s a really bad time to be cosplaying him. Ez’s only hope right now is Sabine’s firebird-and-lothcat, which happens to be big enough to hide him for the moment. Well not his only hope, he’s also got the timely arrival of sentry droids who don’t listen to no override codes. Thank you, Kallus!
Everything ’bout this plan is beautiful it seems. Thrawn thinks Lyste is behind the droid attack, Lyste sees Pryce fighting ‘troopers (not realizing they’re our Men-In-White Rebels) and is certain she’s the Fulcrum, and when Lyste stuns Pryce, all eyes are on the perhaps-too-eager little graycoat. I couldn’t help but applaud the ingenuity of it all! With the heat off, Kallus chooses to continue his Imperial career. But… oh boy… Thrawn took one look at the art on the “bounty hunter”‘s helmet and saw the truth no one else saw. And he’s gonna make this work in the Empire’s favor… O_O
Welp that’s not good. I was rather nervous going into this episode, worried about whether something might happen to Agent Kallus. But then, there were so many great fun moments, I might’ve let my guard down by the end, and now I’m really really nervous. Force be with you, Agent K… Anyway, I just love this one to pieces and I’m glad I was able to talk ’bout it with ya today!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: The Wynkahthu Job

Finally, the Rebel Transmissions are back! Now that the holidays and head colds have passed, I can finally return to my Rebel writing with this week’s commentary on the wonderful episode The Wynkahthu Job. Read on.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from TCW episodes The Gungan General and “The Gathering” Arc, Rebels episodes Idiot’s Array, Brothers Of The Broken Horn, Steps Into Shadow, and The Wynkahthu Job

It’s time again for another Hondo job! Bring on that #OhnakaFever! It seems though that Ezra’s the only one smiling when the witty weequay walks in. Seems the rest of the crew’s a little sore after the whole skipping-town-with-the-ugnaughts-while-everyone-else-nearly-died incident recently. Y’know tbh I never really thought about them being mad about that. I mean, that’s just what Hondo does! And it’s not that he on purposely left them at the mercy of the Empire, he left a little before things went south. Ezra seemed cool with it, so I certainly had no complaints. Buuut then again I’m just used to Hondo (and love him to death). And of course, we all know Ez’s judgement in general was not great that particular day *coughnolongeralieutenantcommandercough* So yeah I could see why now the Ghost fam had a problem with the pirate. But no worries Captain Ohnaka’s got a plan in mind that’ll make everyone happy — oh and did I mention it involves AZMORIGAN — Hondo’s new partner-in-sorta-kinda-crime? OMG I don’t think I’ve ever seen Hera that mad. I remember being rather surprised seeing Hondo and Azmorigan in the same room in the season trailer, after all, Az kinda sorta tried to KILL HIM. I suppose when the treasure awaiting you is bigger than a bounty, you can afford to let bygones be bygones among your fellow scoundrels. Though money may make friends out of Hondo and Azmorigan, it don’t necessarily make friends out of Hera and Azmorigan. As if the comment about technically still owning her wasn’t bad enough, the guy literally picked his ears and… ugh… wiped it on the door controls. Yes I’d forgotten how gross Az was. But yet, he’s still such a great weird-in-the-best-way bad guy. Both of those rather uncouth moments had me laughing and cringing at the same time. Laughing mostly because Hera is absolutely so done with him. He should be so glad she didn’t have a tray on her right then XP Also it’s kind of hilarious watching Hondo flounder trying to not use potentially insensitive terminology around Kanan. “I knew you’d see it my way! Oh sorry…” Well he’s trying to be considerate so we’ll give him some points for that if nothing else. Kanan doesn’t seem bothered though… I wouldn’t be surprised if he kinda enjoyed listening to him squirm. Anyway, though there’s some bad blood between these crews right now, Hondo’s mention of barrelloads of proton bombs in an abandoned Imperial ship definitely gets their attention. Plan’s easy, the Rebs get some serious weaponry, the scoundrels get some major ka-ching-ka-ching, everyone’s a winner! Well, that’s more of a goal than a plan I guess. Because technically the abandoned transport’s caught in a major storm above Wynkahthu. That makes it significantly more challenging. With AP-5’s know-how and Zeb’s leadership, they just might make it though. Ezra’s rather offended though that he wasn’t put in charge of the mission he set up. And I’m all “yeah because the last mission you led went so spectacularly!” but it’s more than that. Hera doesn’t quite see Ezra leading + Hondo scheming adding up to success. Ez is majorly chummy with the old pirate and perhaps, in his endearing-but-sometimes-misguided way of trying to see the best in everyone, he doesn’t quite see Hondo for who he really is. At that moment I about stood up and said “BUT HONDO OHNAKA IS A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH…!” and then I remembered the whole little thing where he held Anakin and Obi-Wan captive and might’ve *cough* zapped ’em for entertainment, and when he tried to steal kyber crystals from younglings, as well as a few other less-than-noble moments. And then I was all “OK so maybe Kanan and Hera have a point. And they don’t even know about those kerfuffles…” Yeees this should be fun though.
So the plan’s in motion. As long as Ezra does what he’s told, AP-5’s projected success rate of 38.5% isn’t accurate, and Azmorigan doesn’t fall down any more ladders, indeed this could be a win. Pfff I’m pretty sure Azmorigan’s the reason their chances aren’t higher 😛 One thing I absolutely love about this episode is seeing Zeb in charge, doing his boss Honor-Guard-Captain thang! We haven’t really had an opportunity to watch him in his element like this, mostly because in the past it was usually Kanan or Hera or one time Ezra in the lead on missions. And I’m sure, in part, it’s taken him some time to really want to be in that position again after past events. But he’s perfect for the job, especially since he’s had a longer military career than anyone in the Ghost crew. He knows what to do and how to do it and whoo he is so solidly awesome at it! NO ONE QUESTIONS THE PURPLE GUY! Hehe. Good thing we’ve got a solid leader because the Imp ship is dark, creepy, and apparently it has a ugnaught problem. Actually really it’s Hondo who’s got the ugnaught problem, in that this ugnaught works for him and isn’t happy Hondo left him here after they attacked the freighter and failed. In his defense, Ezra’s all “Welll from a certain point of view…!” XD Another reason Zeb makes a great leader is that he’s so intimidating he just knows how to make you listen. “Cargo hold now. I’ll rip your limbs off later” O.O See, it’s easy to assume he’s not serious because that’s not his nature that you know of, but the way he says it — and the fact alone he is an absolute fierce giant — would easily make one second-guess their defiance. It kinda works on Hondo at least. Oh my gracious this episode is so full of so many great little moments I could go on forever. Like the thing where Ezra lightsabers open the door just as Chopper turns out the power. That was so genius and it made what happens later even more genius! And of course, Zeb being so no-nonsense while Hondo and Azmorigan fight over the treasure like children. Things get tense pretty quickly though. All they’ve got to get the bombs from the freighter to the Ghost is a couple of winch cables. And don’t forget this is all happening in an insane storm that’s getting worse all the time. Then suddenly no one knows where Az went off to, and when Zeb goes off looking for him, he instead finds a few of the most utterly terrifying Imperial droids I’ve ever seen. It’s about then when the storm fries the controls and they start goin’ down. Hondo makes clear he doesn’t really care what happens to Azmorigan either way long as he’s got his moola (also drops a crate full of riches on Melch #Rude). And so Ezra sets off alone to find the others, and I’m guessing the old pirate’s no longer on the pedestal Ez put him on. Ezra’s desire to see the best in others is admirable, and I can be just like him in that way, to an extent. I definitely felt for him. I’ve enjoyed seeing this halfway-noble side of Hondo lately too. Just sometimes I get so caught up in his slightly-nicer self I forget that he can be a scoundrel when he wants to be. But even if Hondo’s not going to do the right thing, Ezra Bridger will.
We find Zeb and Azmorigan behind bars in the brig. Apparently AP-5 neglected to mention the Sentry Droids earlier. Let’s give AP a big hand for trying though! JK nope. And whoo yes how about those Sentry Droids? They’re most definitely all kinds of epic and awesome, but I’m honestly surprised they haven’t yet graced my nightmares. They are HUMONGOUS, and the way they walk and the echo of the floor beneath their feet make them seem even bigger. The low creepy vocalizations they make are perfectly shudder-inducing. Though I feel I often overuse the term “terrifying”, it truly feels the most appropriate word to describe them as a whole. Do not blame Azmorigan going all blaster-crazy for a minute. But hey, he actually brought it down! I love how even he can hardly believe he did something so brave while Zeb is all *facepalm* XD Unfortunately you blast one Sentry, all the rest of the Sentries will come join the party O.O Too bad the door has a gaping hole in it, huh? OMG I don’t know right now whether to I’m scared to death or about to die laughing! SO GENIUS. ALL OF IT. Hondo grabs some treasure and hops it aboard the winch back to the safety of the Ghost, with Azmorigan close behind riding the bombs. Even Chopper decides it’s a good time to jet. “WHAT DO YOU MEAN, ‘EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF’?! YOU’RE A DROID!” XD XD After enough close calls with the Sentries, Zeb and Ezra just barely make it to the Ghost themselves. Especially after the droids blasted the winch and sent them falling. Not only should be thankful for Zeb’s superb leadership, but also his prehensile feet! And can’t forget Ezra’s lightsaber-deflecting skills. Man oh man the epicness of it all wow! In case you didn’t know, this is what real friendship and teamwork looks like, Hondo.
Though it might not’ve been the easiest path to get there, the Rebs did score a victory today with a lovely collection of proton bombs at their side. By far though, Hondo and Azmorigan got the best riches of all — FRIENDSHIP! No actually they got Melch. PFFF OMG I DIED. THIS ENDING. THIS IS SURELY ONE OF THE BEST ENDINGS IN STAR WARS HISTORY OMG. I CLAPPED AND LAUGHED SO HARD I’M DOING IT RIGHT NOW. “Because… friendship is the greatest treasure…?” I love that the words clearly sound so foreign to him. He just does not get it. Someday perhaps he’ll figure it out. Someday. Until then, well, Force be with him… and Melch and Azmorigan too. They’re gonna need it 🙂
Yep that was a lot of fun. I’m sorry this wasn’t one of my more insightful posts, but it sure felt good to talk about all the funny moments and the serious moments and the edge-of-your-seat moments and all the other moments! Catch you again next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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