Rebel Transmissions: Steps Into Shadow

The Rebel Transmissions have returned. And I’m still trying to figure out how it is time passed so quickly! The third season has begun, and I can only hope I’ll be able to organize my thoughts decently in this post. Well, won’t find out just sitting around! Let’s dive in!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Rebel Resolve, Stealth Strike, Legends Of The Lasat, The Honorable Ones, Shroud Of Darkness, Twilight Of The Apprentice, and Steps Into Shadow

Y’know those surtitles or subtitles or whatever you wanna call ’em I put on my post headers? I came up with that concept when Padawanline was only a thought. I liked the idea of a quick clever line to define the episode in some way, whether it was a terrible pun (See: Wings Of The Master‘s “B-lieve It”) or a deep deep thought that truly did define the episode (See: Legacy‘s “Always There”). It’s fun coming up with the surtitle, but it’s also often exceedingly hard. Especially the more dramatic and deep the episode. Figuring out how to put Steps Into Shadow into one quick line was near impossible… until I came up with what you see up there. I feel it’s one of the best I’ve come up with, because it describes exactly where we find our master and padawan right now, and really the Ghost crew itself. Remember way way back on Rebel Resolve? Kanan was captured by the Empire, and Ezra was doing his best to lead the team to find him. When Kanan was there leading them, things went off without a hitch, even when they didn’t. But without him, things went south pretty fast. It’s really says a lot about who he is and how he’d changed. The Ghost wasn’t his, the idea of rebelling wasn’t his — that’s all Hera’s doing. But yet, he became Specter One. Because he believed in what Hera believed in, and in turn, he stepped up and became a better person, and eventually a true leader. His leadership soon went, however, from one of a small rebellion to that of a Jedi master when Ezra came along. And that role taught them both much. However… now Kanan feels he can’t lead, and Ezra has assumed the sort of the same role he once had. When I first heard Ezra would be leading the mission Steps Into Shadow surrounded, I was impressed. He must’ve learned much and become exceptionally skilled and mature, right? Well… though things go better than in Rebel Resolve… Ezra still has some growing up to do when it comes to achieving Kanan-status leadership. But I imagine it’s hard to become that kind of leader when Kanan hasn’t been around much lately. Either way, with Ezra struggling to fill the void his master left, things are most definitely out of balance.
All deep thoughts aside, the opening was a thrill. As soon as I saw Zeb and Sabine making their way right under the stormtroopers’ noses, I felt at home, as though I’d never left. But then Ezra comes up out of nowhere and delivers a solid punch to one of the bucketheads. Seeing Ezra here, looking so very grown-up… it was then I realized maybe I had been away for a while. Of course I’d known for a while that he’d gotten a haircut and stuff, but oh gracious… he really grew up. I still can’t get over how tall he is now. So strong and lean and significantly less of a kid than he was six months ago. And did I mention he’s leading this thing? Wow. I’m sorry I’m still going on about this but I these guys are practically my children and my children have suddenly grown up and it makes me wanna cry and hug ’em at the same time and I know that sounds weird so I will stop talking now. The Rebs are at this particular Imperial prison to rescue a particular individual — an old pirate named Hondo Ohnaka. Hehe the #OhnakaFever never stops around here! I’d wondered what happened to him after Legends Of The Lasat. It’s always a pleasure (even if the last time we saw him he was causing a little trouble). Especially when he happily addresses Zeb and Sabine as “Purple Guy” and “Mando Girl”. I absolutely died laughing at Zeb’s nickname XD Though Ezra’s glad to see his pirate buddy again, the Rebs had other reasons for the rescue. Hondo’s got the intel; Hondo and his ugnaught comrade both do. No time for reunions though look more ‘troopers! And Ezra turns a blaster on them in a split-second. He’s so quick on the draw it’s scary. Clearly he’s been doing more with Rex in his spare time. And maybe taking notes from Sabine, too. Whatever the case it’s impressive… and scary. Like tbh most of his methods right now. Oh and that new lightsaber tho. I’m definitely interested in knowing how he put it together, especially since Kanan likely wasn’t involved. Boyyyy can he do some stuff with that thing! Watching him so gracefully and forcefully fling that ‘saber makes me almost forget that there’s still something a bit… edgier… about his new methods. So short story short the ugnaught informant called no deal at the last second and was then tragically met with the other end of a walker gun. How’re they supposed to handle all these troopers? Ezra’s gonna handle it. As he reaches out with the Force, I jokingly commented “you don’t want to deal with the intruders, you want to go get pancakes”. Unfortunately, the walker driver and his fellow bucketheads don’t get any pancakes… what Ezra does is just plain scary. Actually that’s not good enough, try terrifying. The grimly justified look on Ezra’s face as the walker falls reminds me all-too much of a young Anakin Skywalker. And that alone gave me the shivers. “When did Kanan teach you that?” “He didn’t.” *Shudders* Before the season debuted, I understood that likely Ezra was going to continue playing with the darkness… but actually seeing it… no words. I’m actually sick with terror right now, and this is the second time I’ve watched it. At the start of the last season, I absolutely loved Ezra’s bright hopeful attitude, such a wonderful incredible change from his selfish, jaded self in the beginning. It seems the events of Twilight Of The Apprentice have changed him in a very different way. A very dark way. It’s sorta a swift punch to the gut. It’s not that he’s entirely changed. His fighting style was a little grittier than when we last saw him, but he’s clearly still got that confident swagger and genuine desire to help others he’s always had. He’s still Ezra Bridger. But after that stunt… and after many of his reactions we see in this season opener… there’s something not quite right. But for now everyone’s just glad when Hera and the Ghost swoop in and fly off. Also Zeb throwing out the term “wizard” was just the little spot of sunshine I needed about then XD I love that that backwater Tatooine slang is getting back into circulation amongst not only us superfans but also the SW universe itself! It’s wizard bruh! However, Hera is not finding the insanity that conspired to be too wizard. She remains undoubtedly THE BOSSLADY. Oh yeah and I do love her new outfit. It’s not all that different but it’s so cute I want to wear something similar in the average everyday. But wait that wasn’t the point. Yeah Hera wasn’t happy with the stuff Ezra overlooked and he isn’t happy with folks questioning his sheer awesomeness. Ezra’s out and everyone else is left with the awkwardness. Teenagers amiright?
In my Transmission on the last episode, I wrote Ezra had “many difficult decisions ahead of him”, and I’m thinking he may not have made the right decisions in some cases. Like remember that Sith holocron? He still has it. And not only that, he’s freely having conversations with The Presence. Which kinda threw me ’cause I thought she was just contained on the Malachor Sith temple, but evidently she’s also in the holocron, travel-size for your convenience. The Presence basically pats him on the back all “it’s OK dude, haters gonna hate”. Ezra won’t let anyone he cares for get hurt again, and he’ll gladly learn whatever he can to keep it that way. Oh Ez… please don’t. I get being well-rounded and understanding all sides of the Force, but you have to know where to draw the line in this constant battle between the light and the dark…
It seems Ezra’s small slightly-gone-south mission didn’t go unnoticed though. Governor Pryce noticed, and she’s making sure Tarkin notices. And they’re going to make sure a particularly skilled Imperial fleet notices. It is fascinating finally meeting the heard-of-but-never-seen-before Lothal Governor. She’s scary. Her icy stare could kill somebody. But she’s still quite cool. Also nice seeing Tarkin again since I read his book over the summer. All the same though, I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
So howzabout that dirt Hondo promised? He knows about an Imperial salvaging operation destroying old Republic Y-wings on the daily, and the mini-Alliance could always use a few more ships in their fleet. I admit before this it had never even crossed my mind that Y-wings were an older sort of ship that were only brought into use again by the Rebel Alliance. I feel dumb that I didn’t know, but smarter now that I do know. That’s just how it is with SW, I guess. Always learning something new! 🙂 You get all that info for the low low price of $19.95 plus shipping and handling, major credit cards accepted. Lol no actually Hondo’s aiming for a nice ship. Something maybe with leather seats I’d bet. Not the Ghost though, don’t even joke about that ya scoundrel XP Ezra’s rarin’ to go and get them Y-wings, but Hera’s not terribly sure about the intel. Which is why Commander Sato not only puts Ezra in charge of the recon mission, but also gives him the new title of Lieutenant Commander. Congrats all around! Too bad Kanan isn’t here to see this. My heart hurt for Ezra as he commented on his master’s absence as of late. Not only is the Ghost crew out of balance without their Specter One, but I think Ezra is, too 😦 The fact he hadn’t been around struck me with both sadness and curiosity. What’s he been doing since Malachor? Why hasn’t he been with the family? Where was he then? I needed to know.
OK so they don’t answer all of those questions outright per se, but they do give us an idea. Evidently he’s been sitting alone on the outskirts of their base where the smol crabs walk on him and the spidercrabs stare at him, probably annoyed, from across the fence. Doing a lot of thinking and a lot of meditating it seems as a mysterious voice calls out to him. Oh sweet precious Kanan I missed you so! *Ahem* sorry just writing what I’m thinkin’. Anyway, Hera comes over, a tad disappointed he wasn’t there for Ezra today, and also that he hasn’t been there for him much at all lately. She makes it very clear in a quiet way that he needs to go talk to his padawan. Yep she’s so good at bossladying that she can bosslady without ever raising her voice. A few minutes later, Kanan walks into Ez’s quarters. ‘Bout time Master Jarrus. Only took ya a few months! Sorry that was unfair. After all, he’s just as out of balance as everyone else. I imagine his blindness makes him feel useless as a leader, and if he’s not Specter One, then who is he? Not to mention the whole getting-knighted thing and what that means, especially now when he’s not the same man he was before Malachor. Under most circumstances Ezra’s probably be really happy to see him, but well a certain holocron might’ve been within reach… and he’s not fast enough to keep Kanan from finding it. The fact he opened the ‘cron and has been using it frequently does not sit well with Kanan. Ezra argues it’s been helping him win these battles, but that’s don’t convince Master Jarrus and he took it off. Augh my gosh it killed me when Ezra said those hurtful words. I about cried. Kanan tried to reset the balance, but instead, both master and padawan upset the balance even further than before. OK brb I really am crying now. So off Ezra goes with Sabine, Zeb, Chopper, Rex, and Hondo, and then back goes Kanan to his meditating spot.
While things go well for the Phantom team as they get in some hot water with the Mining Guild, Kanan finally decides to follow this voice calling him. Using one of the sensor-poles to ward off the crabspiders, we watch him venture deeper and deeper into the corallike forest. The Force leads him right to the feet of a massive mystical beast who is equal parts awe-inspiring and frightening. And judging by his kind wise voice, apparently a really nice guy. At least we hope so…
Oh yeah and did I mention the whole kerfuffle with the Mining Guild? Yeesh give a guy a custom TIE and suddenly they gotta shoot at evrahbody! It didn’t last too long but it’s worth mentioning as Ezra insists they do away with the rest of them Guilders and everybody else be like “NOPE”. Take a chill pill Ez mkay?
Of course we have to take a paragraph to meet our new friend the Bendu. Neither of the light or the dark, but very aware of both, he instantly picks up on all this imbalancedness going on right now. (See my surtitle really does work!) Also random thought I love that all the little bogan crabs followed Kanan here. Another random thought I love that all the critters don’t seem to mind the Bendu, not even the little birdie perched on his… face… branch… thing. You know what I mean. Kanan is obviously quite concerned about Ezra using this Sith holocron, but Bendu cuts right to the chase — we’re here to talk about what’s going on with Kanan right now, not his apprentice. First thing he’s gonna do is snap that sensor-pole in two. Now Kanan is obviously quite concerned about the deadly crabspiders out there, and the fact he can’t see them to properly defend himself. Bendu’s ready to help him solve his sight problem, but in perhaps a different way than the young Jedi might expect. Regardless of his uncertainties, Kanan’s willing to learn to see. OK so I know I’m not the only one who felt like their galaxy was turned upside down the instant Maul took his vision. The sudden tragedy of it all saddened me, and that’s an understatement. But after many deep thoughts and close observations made while writing the Transmission post on the episode, I began to truly see not the tragedy so much as the triumph as Kanan fought back, stronger than before. So in the months away from the Rebs, I came to a peace with it and maybe allowed myself to forget somewhat how it’d happened, or at least put it out of my mind. But then the instant he took off the mask… and I saw the scar… and his eyes, now a faded blue… my own eyes had tears again. But yet, it’s in this re-reminder of the pain he’d been through that I saw the hope again. AUGHHH THE FEELS.
Wow there are a lot of deep thoughts in this post today. I need a break. But that’s impossible because I’m writing about SW and there will always be deep thoughts there. Like Thrawn, for example. Ah yes the guy I’ve heard so so much about! The Chiss of the hour! Grand Admiral Thrawn! Konstantine be like “whut since when?” and Thrawn looks kinda smug about his new position. And hey any guy with the track record he’s got has a right to be smug. As I’ve said before, I haven’t read the Thrawn Trilogy and I know that just saying that made me lose credibility in the eyes of most of my readers, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s a pretty terrifyingly amazing bad guy. And that’s an understatement. Bro gives me chills. I mean, if Pryce’s stare could kill somebody, Thrawn’s could burn a planet to it core. And did I mention that voice? More chills. I have no words to adequately or articulately (or artistically) truly describe his presence. But it is amazing, even for me, as someone whose only experience with the Chiss was in a young readers’ series written by Ryder Windham. His bloodred eyes have pierced my soul. And probably will go on to haunt my dreams, I’m certain.
We reunite with the Phantom team as they arrive at Recklam Station… and to the sight of only fourteen beautiful old Y-wings, one being destroyed every minute. Ezra decides they’re bringing home the bacon (the bacon being the Ys) and he don’t care what anyone else thinks. When he looked at Rex and said “That’s an order.” I was all “OH. NO. HE. DIDN’T.” He did not just talk back to Captain Rex! Respect he’s taking charge, but I’m thinkin’ he could use an attitude adjustment right about now. The Phantom was filled with the sound of awkward silence, and much awkwarder than before. Buuuut his crew don’t argue with him. They just begrudgingly carry on with the new mission. Even when that mission sends them straight into the path of dismantler droids. NBD though that’s why we’ve got Chopper and the clone Bossman. Hehe hearing Rex utter the word “clankers” made me smile ear-to-ear! Of course it doesn’t go perfectly or anything. It’s only thanks to a quick fix by Chop and Sabine’s on-point driving flying skills that they didn’t crash. Ezra may be in charge but teamwork’s the only reason anybody survived today. Even Hondo helped out, using his mastery of ugnaught-speak to gain a few more allies! Seriously let’s give Jim Cummings a big round of applause, ’cause that couldn’tve been easy to do. All they need now is to get those Y-wings fueled up and they’re good to go! What could possibly go wrong from here? Well, a few things, but let’s check in with Kanan real quick.
So right now Kanan is quite obviously concerned about the fact the Bendu’s wanting him to walk right on over to those crabspiders. Kanan does see them in a way, he can hear them, he can feel their vibrations when they walk, even knows their smell. But he didn’t quite see enough when he holds out his hand and feels their crusty, rough hide. Strangely it seems the spiders don’t intend to harm him. The Bendu encourages Kanan to dig deep into the Force, and what he sees is his own fear, and that revelation changes everything. I wish I could say I’m an expert on the Force, but honestly and truly I’m not, and I still don’t fully understand the thing with the spiders. But I do understand that Kanan can see a lot more clearly when he fully embraces the Force, instead of pushing it away. That was true before he lost his vision, and it’s especially true now. Now it’s time he embraces his crew, his family, instead of pushing them away. Because they need him as much as he needs them. Leaving the holocron in the capable hands of the Bendu, Master Jarrus walks off confidently as though he’d been able to see all along. Now, he’s gonna go find his apprentice, who he’s pretty sure could use his help right about now.
At the moment, Ezra thinks he’s got everything under control, even as the Imps and a dismantler droid take notice. Yeah no biggie Chopper just nearly DIED. And so did everyone else! Except maybe Hondo and his pig bros, they grabbed an Imperial shuttle and said their goodbyes, but that’s expected. Ezra’s tooooooootally got this as he lightsabers some storms. Hera, for one, does not buy that when he doesn’t divulge much info when she calls. But Kanan’s back in the copilot seat where he belongs, and Mom and Dad are ready to bring home the kids. And quite possibly ground the youngest one for life XP Anyway yeahhh Ezra’s got this. Completely. Unquestionably. He has no clue that Rex is wrestling with a dismanlter while Zeb and Sabine hang for dear life, but he’s still got this! /sarc/ OK sorry for being all cross with him, that’s not right of me. He may not see the bigger picture but he’s doing OK at least. Boy was Brom Titus surprised to see him. Heh yeah I kinda missed Imperial Sad Clown. And again I’m not sure why I call him that. I guess it’s the way he always looks like he’s frowning. Ezra definitely gets points for the entrance. Just struttin’ on in there. The troopers fire their blasters, but the instant he deflects it they’re both downed. All the other Imps make a break for it. Titus really likes the idea of getting back to a higher rank if he can apprehend the… boy I guess. I don’t really feel I can ever refer to him as “boy” anymore. But “young man” doesn’t even sound right… I’ll work on that. Point is, Titus no likey. But Ezra still got this. And with one slash of his green blade, he cuts the power to the entire station. Sure it’ll send the station crashing down, but he’s confident his comrades’ll be OK. And I’ll admit it was worth it just watching Brom Titus freak out. Zeb, Sabine, Rex, and Chopper are taking the Y-wings home, and all Ezra has to do is get on the Phantom and it’ll be another successful mission for Lieutenant Commander Bridger. It’s right about then that things go bad. The Empire shows up just as they find out the Y-wings are minus their hyperdrives. And as the station starts its descent… a crane slams into the Phantom… and the small beautiful ship hits the ground in a firey explosion. R.I.P. The Phantom. It will forever be missed. But yeah that means that Ezra is on a falling salvage station with no way off. I’m thinking Ezra doesn’t got this anymore. Having lost contact with his crew, he can only cry out desperately “Kanan, where are you?”. The fear in his voice pretty much wrecked me. For all of his confidence and swagger and edgy moves, he’s failed, he’s not a Kanan-level Specter One, and he realizes that as everything literally falls apart around him. But that’s about when the mini-Alliance showed up. With the former Phantom crew and their Y-wings safe from harm, now Kanan and Hera focus on getting the Lieutenant Commander back. Oh gosh this entire scene had me so on edge I’m amazed I didn’t completely explode. WILL. KANAN. REACH. EZRA. IN. TIME???? Last season, I spoke often how much I loved how in-sync Kanan and Ezra were, they way they’d so effortlessly springboard off each other’s moves and whatever the battle, they’d win it together. This entire episode, and I’m betting for a long time, they’ve been very out of balance. Until this moment, as Ezra lets go of the station and Kanan pulls him back into the safety of the Ghost. Now the mini-Alliance is finally heading back home.
Of course, that’s just what Thrawn wanted. This does not compute for Konstantine, but Pryce is confident the Grand Admiral knows what he’s doing. Also yeah Kallus been here the whole time and I’ve forgotten to say “hi”. *Waves* HI KALLUS! HOW’RE THINGS? ARE YOU A BETTER PERSON YET?? SORRY JUST ASKIN’! *Kallus shuffles away embarrassed* But anyway um yes I think we should be very concerned about Thrawn, don’t you? #Understatement
OK so though we all felt feels after that magnificent rescue, Hera was still pretty sore with the Lieutenant Commander. Not surprised somehow that he lost that title for now. Honestly, I think that might’ve been the right thing to do right now. Ezra’s not quite ready to be a Kanan-level Specter One yet. But that’s OK, he can still be a great Ezra-level Specter Six. And General Dodonna’s unit will be happy to see their new old beautiful Y-wings. Yep these are going out another branch of the Rebellion. Awwwz the mini-Alliance is doing some growing up too 🙂 I’d say the whole chaotic mission was a good experience for Ezra, ’cause it brought him back to down to… um… Earth. So to speak. With a genuine apology spoken, the Sith holocron no longer an issue (for now), and the dynamic duo back in sync again, I’d say the balance has been restored. Nothing is certain, but for now, nothing feels better than watching Ezra and Kanan walk off together as master and apprentice once more 🙂
AWWW YAYY REBELSSSSS!! HOW I’VE MISSED YOUUU!! Though this may’ve been the longest blog I’ve ever written, I’m super happy with how it turned out and was so glad to share my thoughts on this beautiful thrilling episode with you today! I’ll see you same time next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Following The Freemakers: Peril On Kashyyyk

Allrighty the Following The Freemakers posts are back in full swing! Hopefully this post will turn out better than some of my more recent ramblings. So! What’re the fab Freemakers up to today…? Pff I’m so weird writing this like I haven’t seen it. But that’s just howz I roll 8)
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Freemakers episodes The Lost Treasure Of Cloud City and Peril On Kashyyyk

So first thing I learned is that “Kashyyyk” has three Ys in it. I’d always thought there were just two, but I doublechecked the databanks and turns out there are three. Now to go and fix all those posts I’d tagged the misspelled planet in. Anyway, so we catch Rowan and Zander locked in a deadly battle amongst legendary monsters in a game of space checkers Dejarik! How is Zan possibly losing though? It looks like’s got a varactyl! Though technically I don’t think there’s a playable varactyl in the game according to starwars.com so maybe I’m just being dumb and instantly fangirling over a creature that’s not actually there. Have I mentioned I love varactyls? ‘Cause I really do. *Is hit by brick* But the deadly battle is interrupted as Kordi noses around for spare change. They’re pretty much out of money… again. What I don’t get is, Lando paid them mucho bucks last episode! How are they already drained?? I’d say Zander and Rowan spent the credits on something stupid (“It’s not stupid! It’s a massage chair! This job can be very stressful, Kordi…” XD ), but I don’t think Kordi would’ve let them live if that had happened. Plus, she probably would’ve never let ’em forget it either. It must’ve all gone to important things like rent, food, and spare parts. Whatever the case, the lack of funds has Kordi down. And then walks in a potential customer! A rich potential customer! All they have to do to get that sweet sweet cash is to fashion a dashboard from a special wood from Kashyyyk. Yeah, Kashyyyk is under a major Imperial blockade atm, and evidently Wookiees tend to be a little hostile to outsiders, but Kordi can’t quite see past the dollar signs in her eyes. But don’t worry, girl’s got a master plan! Unfortunately that “master plan”, a translator droid, is 30,000 credits more than they can afford. So backup plan, they give Roger translation capabilities. This couldn’t possibly go wrong, right? 😛 The fact that both Roger and Zander have a bad feeling about this probably jinxed it.
First thing to go wrong today: the Star Scavenger‘s Imperial Shuttle disguise fell apart coming out of hyperspace, which invited quite a few TIE fighters. That ship could really use some weapons systems. Sometimes I’m amazed they’re able to deal with all the scum and villainy in this galaxy without a good blaster at their sides. But perhaps that just makes them better than most. Kordi takes the steering yoke this time and does some maneuvers that’d make Hera proud, leading the TIEs into some rather explosive situations. Bro I wouldn’t dare get between this bosslady and her creds! It’s important to note that, though her somewhat foolhardy determination to get that money doesn’t put her in the best light upon first glance, she’s doing all this for her family. This job is the only reason these kids have survived alone in the galaxy for so long. Though only the middle child, Kordi definitely takes it on herself to protect her brothers at any cost, even if it means she’s got a fly like a crazy person. But we’ll chat more on her character growth later. Let’s talk about Lieutenant Commander Durpin for a second!
The Commander who’d rather lay low than move up; the character concept is fantastic! The fact he does everything in his power to not get involved, not get his hands dirty, not be noticed, and in turn not be Force-choked by a dark-helmeted higher-up, is pretty hilariously genius. And ahhhh Richard Kind did him so well! It may be just a small sidestory in the episode but every scene Durpin’s in is a gem. Hope we see the guy again one of these days.
Second thing to go wrong today: Roger lost his head to the Wookiee chief. Did it ever occur to you guys that maybe sending a Separatist battle droid out to negotiate with Wookiees was a bad idea? Wookiees live a while. These guys probably remember the Clone Wars. And I’m pretty sure they weren’t battle droid fans. That, my friends, is how you alienate a potential ally! It wasn’t looking good for the Freemakers, but turns out, Rowan is actually pretty fluent in Wookiee-speak. It’s interesting, we see characters all over the SW galaxy conversing with the walking carpets without need for basic-to-Wookiee translation. Ahsoka did it, Yoda did it, Sabine did it, Han did it. So they generally must understand basic. But apparently they consider it quite a compliment when someone learns to speak their language. Seems they have no problem giving the Freemakers the wood they need… but there is still somewhat of a price involved that got lost in translation. Rowan apparently agreed to free the chief’s daughter from an Imperial prison in return for the wood. And did I mention there are no backsies? Also did anyone else die laughing when they saw Roger was put back together with some SW variety of duct tape? XD Oh and is it not cute that Wookiee children are called “pups”? Awwwwz :3 But all laughing and “aww”ing aside, it looks like they’re goin’ on a rescue mission whether they like it or not. But honestly Rowan’s definitely likin’ it. Rescuing a princess! What could be more Jedi-y than that?!
So breaking into the prison was fun. Zander did the Masterbuilder thing and turned one of their speederbikes into a catapult, they missed and hit a wall, Kordi threw sass all over a Trandoshan guard and majorly won… good times. And there in cell 1138 (oh look there it is again!) lies the princess, except that he’s actually a prince. A prince who was very insulted that Zander assumed he was a lady and just about mauled him. In Rowan’s defense, the Wookiee language is tough. Also have we ever even seen a canon female Wookiee? How would we know the difference? Y’know, though he’s made a few mistakes here and there, Ro is absolutely nailing Wookiee-speak. I mean, just in getting the growl right if nothing else! I can hardly even attempt to do it without coughing. So cookies to both Rowan and his amazing voice actor, Nicolas Cantu, for doing what I cannot! 😀 But after a brief explanation, the prince gives Rowan a hug. And we all know Wookiee hugs are pretty much the best hugs so yay 🙂 So they were this close to being home free… and then Ro sensed the presence of a Kyber Saber fragment. And then the Trandoshans arrived, armed to the teeth. And that is the… what? Third, fourth thing to go wrong today? Sounds about right. Did I also mention the Wookiees are destroying the prison all the while? This wouldn’t be a problem if they’d just gotten aboard the Star Scavenger and gone back to the Wheel. But Rowan firmly believes that the fate of the galaxy comes first right now. And he goes right back into the crumbling building. Interesting the crystal was in a Trandoshan statue inside the prison. I’m guessing it was moved at some point and the lizards didn’t notice it. Sorry for stating the obvious, just something I only now figured out. Things get crazy intense as the building collapses around them and they have to fend off the guards and Rowan’s trying to get the crystal and Kordi is protecting that wood with her life and may I mention again none of them are armed?? Huh they had a flare gun earlier why didn’t they keep it? Maybe it was only good for one shot. I’m amazed (and super thankful) our heroes lived. It’s so sweet when the chief and his son are reunited; this time Zander gets a hug too! Chief even stroked his head a little X3 The Freemakers and the Wookiees leave on good terms. But once Rowan and Zander make it back to the ship… it seems Lieutenant Commander Durpin finally decided to get involved. While he debates on how to deal with them, the bros look to Kordi, standing behind the Imps… and holding a large piece of hard wood. She looked conflicted on the matter for about two seconds, but ultimately, she knew what was most important right then. And she smacked the crud out of the Imperial Officers with that fancy Kashyyyk wood like a boss. Even though it meant that the piece was broken and they didn’t get paid a cent and they’re back to square one, I don’t think Kordi has any regrets really. After all, it all comes down to protecting her family 🙂 And the Freemaker kids got their first small taste of Rebel-ing today as they gave the Wookiees hope in their own fight against the Empire. Who knows where these small ripples may ultimately lead? For the first time today… I have a good feeling about this 😀
And guesssssss who got promoted? You can call him General Durpin now! Never has a promotion felt like such a well-deserved punishment! “JUST FORCE-CHOKE ME NOW.” XD
Ahh so that was all kinds of wonderful! A classic for sure! So until next post next week…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

EDIT: Sorry I just remembered… next week is my birthday so I’m probably gonna take a break from blogging. I DON’T GOT TIME TO WRITE! THERE IS CAKE TO BE EATEN, MAN!

Rebel Transmissions: Rebel Resolve

And hereeeeee come all da feels again! Yup this week’s Rebel Transmission, the second-to-last for the season, brings every known kind of feels to the table. So much so I’m absolutely mindlessly rambling right now… so less talky more bloggy! Let’s dig into the incredibly deepsauce episode that is Rebel Resolve!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from TCW episode Duel Of The Droids, Rebels episodes Droids In Distress, Out Of Darkness, Call To Action, and Rebel Resolve

It was a normal day on Lothal… and then the Stormtroopers came to town. With a walker in tow. And they’re looking for a few certain someones… five rebels, to be precise. What they didn’t know was that they were lookin’ in “Alderaan” places… because up on the rooftops on both sides, a Lasat, a street kid, a young Mando, and an old C1-10P lie in wait. Within moments, Zeb and Ezra make their move and leap on top of the walker. One ‘trooper gets a lift from Zeb and the one at the wheel gets a ‘saber-blast from Ezra. I just adore how smoothly Ezra pulled off that last bit X3 Of course, minus a driver, the walker stumbles about the streets as Zeb and Sabine start pulling out the guns. In the midst of the fireblazing, Chopper flies on over to the walker to play his part in the kids’ plans. The gang’s hoping Chopper will be able to find the prisoner logs, and hopefully in turn, find Kanan. While Chopper works on that, Ezra struggles to get the driver out of the seat. And once that’s out of the way, Zeb grabs the guy and throws him right down on top of another ‘trooper. Yup this… this is totally normal XD Once Ezra gets control of the walker, Sabine joins in on the action. Turns out though that Chopper might not’ve found the info they were looking for. Aw *facepalm*. But then bigger problems… a couple other walkers have joined the party and are, as you might have guessed, shooting at them. Sabine radios back to the Ghost, throwing in the towel on this game plan. Sabine voices her concern that they may be too late as it is… but Ezra solidly knows his master’s still alive.
And indeed he is… for now. Kanan is currently strapped down for a couple of Imperials, Kallus and Tarkin, who want answers. First thing finding out whether or not Kanan is really a Jedi. Even in the midst of this horrific situation, Master Jarrus still throws out a little witticism. SO. STINKIN’. BRAVE.
Back on the walker, the four are doing their best to fend off the Imperials. But it seems they’re just not as organized today as they could be. While I love getting to see the “kids” out on their own, you can definitely definitely tell that Kanan’s absence has affected all of them. Ezra’s trying to drive this thing, Sabine isn’t able to get good aim on them, and Zeb’s struggling to hold his own up top. It really makes you realize just how pivotal Kanan is to the team. Remember in the last episode how flawlessly things went at the beginning when they were caught in a speeder chase? Kanan kept ’em moving like a well-oiled machine. Really, you can look at any episode just about and realize what an impact Master Jarrus made as leader, and then imagine what would’ve happened if they didn’t have him around. I know we all have nothing but mad love and respect for him, but it’s easy to forget why. And this episode has definitely reminded us as to why. Especially as Zeb nearly slips off the walker and blocks off the tiny window (anyone else wondering how the heck Imperials see out of that thing? On top of the fact they’re wearing these darkened-visor helmets?). But with Hera coming in soon, the threesome climb back on top. They get on board fine, but they might’ve left Chopper behind, who appears determined to find Kanan’s whereabouts. Zeb just barely grabs the droid and gets outta there before the walker is blown to bits. On the bright side, the damaged walker runs right into a functioning one and topples it over. I can’t be the only one wondering why the Empire thought something heavy on top of a couple thin legs was the best idea. But yeah not too good a day for our Specters.
Later on, the Ghost out of harm’s way, we find Hera talking with… omergosh FULCRUM! OK so back on Out Of Darkness when we first “met” Fulcrum, I didn’t really think too much on who the guy was. But then I may have happened upon a theory that Fulcrum was Ahsoka Tano… I wasn’t totally sure myself, but this person really made some good points that got me thinking. But the instant I heard Fulcrum talking this episode… I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is Ahsoka! I know that voice, warped and altered as it may be! I’ve known her voice since ’08 when all the TCW movie TV spots came on over and over again, and I absolutely have no trouble picking up the way she talks. Granted, it could turn out to be any of my other possible theories, like Echo or Ventress or Kea Moll’s mom (ha I wish), but I can’t imagine it really being anyone but Padawan Tano. Sooo fangirl freaking out aside, Fulcrum’s being honest and just giving it to Hera plain-and-straight that they can’t go after Kanan anymore. Hera really doesn’t want to and can’t bring herself to give up, but Fulcrum believes that they can’t risk their overall mission for one life. And on top of that, apparently nearly the whole Empire’s heard Ezra’s transmission, meaning now nearly the whole Empire knows these Rebels are out there. Fulcrum recommends getting out of sight and into hiding ASAP if they want things to go as they should. Hera doesn’t want to agree with all this… but she knows what she’s gotta do. Augh my heart hurts for Hera so mushh this episode… it’s easy to talk about making sacrifices, about making a difference and helping others at their own risk, but when you actually have to do it, you’re reminded why it’s so hard. This is Kanan people. Her friend since practically the beginning! I may not’ve read A New Dawn yet and I don’t know what conspired entirely when they met but I know these two are inseparable now. Wherever their actual relationship stands, they are this family’s mom and dad, and one without the other doesn’t work. And now… she’s got to let him go. Excuse me while I go cry. Fulcrum you better know what you’re doing man… er… girl(?).
In the main room, Ezra, Sabine, and Zeb were still attempting to piece together Kanan’s location. Sabine and Zeb can only assume the worst, but Ezra just knows he’s alive and he’s somewhere out there. And then Hera comes in, giving them the bad news. Ezra is dumbfounded as to why Kanan evidently isn’t worth going after. And Hera’s trying her best to explain why they can’t without letting in on the whole huge thing going on. Their conversation/argument here is absolutely so raw, so real… seeing Ezra bent and determined to save Kanan and Hera wanting that as much as he does, but not able to do it. I can’t begin to imagine what it’d be like in this situation, it’s either save one or save them all. And even if you know that one would want you to save them all, even at his own expense, it doesn’t make it any less difficult. Ezra is definitely having a hard time grasping this. And understandably so, as this isn’t the first time he’s lost someone. He walks off in a huff, just done with this conversation.
Going into Kanan’s quarters, who would he find there but Chopper! And while it seems Chopper would rather deny it… the little droid clearly misses Kanan. I always knew Chopper had a soul 🙂 It’s sweet as, in his attempt to leave, Ezra sorta ends up giving Chop a hug. And you know, an interesting thing to think about is, on the first character introduction video for Chopper back in the day, it was implied that the Rebels put him together. Sooo there’s a chance that not only is Kanan his master, but also his maker. Wow. I don’t blame you Chop… I may or may not really want to hug him right now, too… but anyway, Ezra knows what’ll cheer him up: a new plan.
And the plan is in motion. Cleverly, Ezra is able to get Sabine and Zeb out of the cockpit and into the Phantom, leaving Chopper in their place. And Chopper “accidentally” messes with the internal com, “accidentally” making it impossible for Hera to hear the Phantom departing. And once said ship has left the station, Chopper fixes it. But while the plan was pretty clever and flawless… you can tell Hera suspects something. She is not so easily convinced Chop would make a stupid move like that (Where were you back in the Clone Wars during the whole “Goldie” debacle?? She could’ve figured it out before anyone else!)
So as for Kanan… yeah I don’t think he was having the best of days. Kallus and Tarkin did all the torturing they could do, and Kanan’d remained resilient (For the record I’m really glad they didn’t show us how that droid-thing works… yeesh…). So they brought in The Inquisitor… and he knows a thing or two about torture. He seems to be using his own variety of mind trickery here, which is kinda crazy because I always wondered if darksiders could do mind tricks like the Jedi. Either way, whatever he’s doing, it’s definitely hurting Kanan. However, Master Jarrus still doesn’t break, and all he gives the ‘Quiz is the obvious: “I see you… growing more… and more… frustrated.” ZING! Quizzy is not amused. And oh right they’re might’ve been some… electric prods nearby… and Tarkin and The Inquisitor just stand and watch as they torture him once more. Again: NUUUUUUU KANAN WHYYYYYY!! ;A;
So as for our Rebels’ plan, it lead them to indeed their last resort — Vizago. Long time no see! When was the last time…? Oh yeah when you TOTALLY DITCHED US AND LEFT US AT THE MERCY OF THE ANGRY IMPERIALS AND EVEN THOUGH THE BATTLE WAS INEVITABLE YOU COULD’VE STOOD TO HANG AROUND AND HELP!! DID I MENTION ZEB NEARLY DIED? LIKE SERIOUSLY BRO…! Yeah I said it. Someone’s gotta chew this guy out, right? But there will be no chewing out today on part of the Rebels; Ezra knows he just might be able to help them. Vizago isn’t real fond of helping them out though, since their rebelling around made the Empire more of a threat to his business. But Ezra happens to know something that might make their goat-man friend a bit more willing. Despite Zeb and Sabine’s feelings on this plan… Ezra goes and lets the tooka out of the bag: Kanan — and himself — are Jedi. Vizago laughs it off until, of course, the floating crate. Young Bridger makes a deal that if Vizago helps them, the Jedi’ll owe him a favor. Yep this won’t come back to bite them later, now will it? Not to mention he could easily sell them out instead of getting them to do stuff for him. If Kanan makes it outta this one, he’s gonna be real thrilled to find out his rescue came with a catch. As Ezra goes to talk things over with Cikatro, Zeb’s “Oh we are so toast” expression says it all.
So aboard Vizago’s ship, they seal the deal with a bow. I love how confused Ezra is at first… “So… you want me to make your hair grow back? Jedi can do a lot of stuff but I don’t think I do much about that.” XD But all the formalities aside, Vizago happens to know something very helpful… since the loss of their tower, the Empire’s been using droid couriers to carry and transfer information. No saying they could find exactly what they’re looking for, but it’s their best shot. Now if only they weren’t currently indebted to a guy who would sell his mother to Jawas. Aside from that, it looks like our threesome’s gonna get away scot-freERMAGOSH HERA?!?! Uh-oh. They most definitely are toast.
Needless to say Hera’s really really not happy right now. Really really really really really really not happy. Part of their huge secret’s out and in the hands of one of the most scummy and villainous of all of Lothal’s scum and villainy. And just for a “maybe”, just for a tiny fraction of a possibility that they might be able to find Kanan. Chopper, watching this go down, makes a noise so obvious that he might as well as’ve spoken basic: “Uh-oh somebody’s in trouuuuubllllle…”. But while Hera’s mad… she can’t deny she wants this fraction of a possibility as much as these kids do. They might be risking it all, but it’s worthwhile risk as far as this team’s concerned. Onto their next mission! I’m sure Fulcrum will be doing some facepalming of his own when he gets wind of this mess “why do I even bother…?” 😛
So the plan is simple: to replace the next courier droid with Chopper. You’d think Chop would be willing to do whatever it takes to save his friend, but he really isn’t fond of this plan. He finally consents, but not without quite the groaning sigh.
Meanwhile, back to the Imperials, Tarkin and The Inquisitor had to pull the plug on their torturing if they wanted to keep their captive alive. I do find it funny that when Tarkin used the term “…like the Jedi of old” he basically just outed himself to be old too X) Anyhow, Tarkin don’t give up so easily, and he decides they need to take Jarrus somewhere where he’ll spill for sure. And since we all know where that is… *shudders*.
It was a normal evening on Lothal… and then the Rebels came to town. Sabine with blasters and Zeb with his buckethead-smashing skillz. Those ‘troopers didn’t stand a chance, and now this nervous-looking little Imperial ‘mech is in their hands. Now Chopper, rockin’ a red and black dome, sets out in the astromech’s place. And the Stormtroopers don’t notice a thing. Before you know it, Chop’s gone from Imperial Shuttle to Star Destroyer, and the Ghost is right behind them. GO CHOPPER GO!
Things go pretty well in step one, Chopper easily gets what he came for and the Imperials only think he’s malfunctioning. The Imperials don’t get too far though ’cause along comes the Ghost, firing its lasers and comin’ at that Destroyer at full speed! The crew takes a few hits as well, but thankfully, they have a little help from our nervous little ‘mech, who helps put out the small fire without question. For future reference, I’m calling this adorable unit “Imp”, short for Imperial. Just ’cause I want to 🙂 Anyway, Chopper’s good at getting around unseen, and makes a quick escape out the Star Destroyer’s airlock. Man, you are one brave droid, Chop… just gonna go and meet back up with the crew while floating in space! You can tell he was pretty glad to be back on solid ground again, though. He does a little victory dance for his awesomeness, and then he meets Imp. It seems whatever conversation those two had didn’t make Chopper too happy. Zeb has taken a liking to this helpful little droid and decides the crew should keep him. Buuuuuuut Chopper’s determined to keep this a one-mech-household and curtly shoves Imp off the ship. REALLY CHOPPER?! Aw and just when we were starting to like the idea of having our own quirky droid duo! Zeb and Ezra’s expressions of shock are priceless XD Imp seems to be OK though… he landed in a field, surrounded by wild tookas. Of course, this could go either way, since tookas can sometimes be friendly and sometimes be nasty. Either way, may the Force be with you, Imp! We’ll be searching endlessly for you in the background in the original trilogy, hoping you made it somewhere with our Rebs! 😀
Back on board, Hera lets Ezra know how proud she is of his leadership out there and we’re all like “awwww!!” but then… Sabine finds out exactly where Kanan’s headed. Mustafar. And if we needed any further reason to be freaked out, Hera recounts what Kanan told her about that planet… that it’s “where Jedi go to die”… no emoticon accurately captures the absolute fear and distress I feel right now. But no matter what, the Ghost crew’s not leaving their friend/copilot/master/surrogate dad behind. Not without a fight. Not even in a situation as grave as this. And now I’m not sure I’ll be able to breathe again until next week. So until the final chapter of season one…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight