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Rebel Transmissions: Iron Squadron

All right, the Transmissions have returned! We’re finally gonna talk Iron Squadron! Let’s see if I can give you something insightful and fun to read today 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes The Siege Of Lothal, Shroud Of Darkness, and Iron Squadron

So right off the bat, things of note: a) I love how perfectly the Phantom II fits on top of the Ghost, b) Mykapo is a gorgeous planet just from what I can see from space, and c) wow Kanan totally heard those Imperial ships firing before anyone else did. Wait uh-oh Imperial ships firing?! Strangely enough those TIEs aren’t firing at the Phoenixes atm, but at a sole cargo ship. And whoever’s piloting that ship doesn’t need any help Hera and company can offer. All they need are a few crates of explosives dropped in the direction of an Imperial transport and they’re good to go! The Iron Squadron’s got this! Turns out Commander Sato is quite familiar with this detachment, as it belonged to his brother. But it seems the YT-4200’s gotten itself a new pilot since his brother’s death — Sato’s nephew, Mart Mattin. The Commander requests the Ghost crew bring him back, and that’s precisely what Hera, Ezra, and Sabine intend to do. Definitely fascinating seeing this side of Sato. He can be kind of… stiff, sometimes, so it’s cool to know he’s not all stiff and business-y, he’s also an uncle and a brother and he clearly loves his family. Awwz :3
It’s clear the instant Hera and crew walk into Iron Squadron territory they’re not sure what to make of it. They’re greeted by two youths who make up half the crew and all the mechanical problems you could shake a hydrospanner at. Chopper rather insists on helping the Squad’s resident R3 spiff things up and fix their hyperdrive, but the ‘mech don’t need anyone’s help, just like his masters. And then they meet Mart, who can’t be more than fifteen, has an impressive head of hair, and isn’t about to leave his homeworld because of a few lousy Imps. With enthusiastic Jonner and sassy Gooti at his side, there’s no way they can lose. Also I’m sure the space waffles help 🙂 This squad be livin’ the dream, fighting the Empire in a supremely pretty YT freighter while eating waffles all day! Something about them makes me think of the Lost Boys, even if one of them is a girl. Scrappy but strong. Hera doesn’t exactly think they’re strong enough to take on all the Empire though. Even though the Iron Squadron did pretty well earlier, they probably wouldn’t have done “pretty well” if the Ghost crew hadn’t taken out those TIEs. But Mart don’t wanna hear it. The Iron Squadron will never back down! Now, I’m all for bravery and determination, but… well… sometimes you need a few dozen more ships of brave and determined peeps to help you along. Also a new hyperdrive that might be good. Something tells me these stubborn young Rebs are gonna learn this the hard way. Oh yeah and completely random note NOOO WHY DID YOU THROW AWAY THAT PERFECTLY GOOD WAFFLE, MART?!?! NO WAFFLE DESERVES TO DIE LIKE THAT!! I’m sorry as you can tell I love these space waffles. I’m currently contemplating the possibility of an entire post dedicated to them.
Meanwhile, guess who Thrawn put in charge of dealing with these stubborn young Rebs? Admiral Konstantine! The Grand Admiral decided to give his subord a challenge. Konstantine doesn’t seem 100% confident about this mission, but the Kons-man’s the bossman, and he’s gonna bring the fight the best way he knows how! A part of me figured putting him in charge would end badly for the Imps, but Thrawn’s rarely wrong, so I had to wonder if maybe he knew something about Admiral K’s abilities we didn’t. But well, you know how this ends…
So another thought: while the others were trying to talk sense into the Iron Squadron, Kanan and Zeb and Rex and a few other Rebs had finally gotten everyone who wanted off Mykapo evacuated. How long did that take really? It’s a whole planet man! That could be a lot of people! Either there aren’t that many sentients on Mykapo or not a lot of people were interested in leaving. Or the Rebs just work astoundingly fast. Or maybe I’m overthinking this. OK dumb query over let’s get back to the more important deets — oh who’m I kidding? In Star Wars, all deets are important! There are no dumb queries! Ezra’s still not willing to give up on these kids, so he manages to talk Hera into letting him, Sabine, and Chopper fix the Squad’s hyperdrive, which might give them the chance to convince them to come back, too. Nothin’ a little teamwork can’t do, right? Well, yeah, but it might take a little extra more teamwork to really get Mart and crew to change their minds. Ezra completely gets them, though. No one wants to stand idly by while their home is taken from them. He understands why they want to fight, why they’re willing to do something completely crazy to keep Mykapo safe. *Recalls events from The Siege Of Lothal and sheds a tear* But he also knows something Master Yoda told him about how we go about fighting our battles, and that sometimes, to protect what you love, you’ve gotta be willing to let it go first. When he dropped that Yoda wisdom on Gooti and Jonner it made me smile because it says that he actually got something from what was, at the time, an seemingly confusing, enigmatic conversation. He’s dug into it a lot deeper since then. Actually this whole thing made me smile because we’re seeing Ezra giving sage advice to these youths who aren’t that different from who he once was. How this child’s grown, oh my gosh! But there’s no time for fixing hyperdrives or taking advice because here comes a Star Destroyer! Sabine’s all “NO that’s a Light Cruiser DUH.” I’d chalk that up to her Imperial knowledge, but really I’m sure a lot of it is due to how many Star Destroyers they’ve tangled with over the years. Yeah Ezra is not taking any sass from Mart on the matter they need to hyperspace outta here. Even Gooti and Jonner are thinking maybe there’s something to this “choosing-your-battles-wisely” thing. After a few hits, it looks like Mart’s finally willing to jet… jk he totally isn’t because he decided not to board the Phantom II with the rest of his comrades. Mart just ain’t givin’ up. Welp neither is Ezra. IT’S LIKE LOOKING IN A MIRROR OMG. Yeahh this time Mart’s clever cargo-bomb trick doesn’t work, and only then is he finally willing to jet. Too bad his engines are fried and he has no hyperdrive to speak of. Sticking to Hera’s orders, the Phantom II crew has no choice but to leave him behind for now…
Yeah floating dead in space with no power wth an Imperial mine planted on your ship is not my idea of fun. I reckon Mart could really use some help ’bout now. Konstantine seems to be doing good though. He’s totally pwning it at being the Kos-man Bossman today! He’ll not only get that pesky Iron Squadron but the very likely the Phoenixes too when they arrive. Might’ve worked if the Phoenix Squadron wasn’t way smarter than that. The Ghost crew’s coming and this time they’re bringing all their friends and firepower to the party! So fun seeing the crew-fam interacting with the newest additions. At Hera’s command Gooti’s ready at the hoist and Jonner’s in charge of the droids! Hehe I love how Chopper grumps a bit at this newbie telling him what to do. Oh wait… nevermind he always grumps when people tell him what to do, it’s not just new people! 😛 From there it’s up to Chop and Arthree to remove that mine. Oh Chopper, how I love watching you mess with other droids. Just gonna shove R3 on outta there! Why do I suspect Arthree might’ve zapped him a little accidentally-on-purpose? I’d thought originally that Arthree was a pretty obedient astromech, but clearly he’s got sass where it counts 🙂 Next stage of the plan is to casually switch the mine from the YT to the cargo-bombs. Konstantine thinks the mine’s still on the freighter where it belongs. Heheheee I’m diggin’ this deliciously clever plan. Now all they have to do is get the Ghost locked on the YT and they’re home free. If only they weren’t still being fired at. Then in comes Uncle Jun, just in time with a little backup! But before the Rebels say their goodbyes, they leave Konstantine with a little gift… a very explosive one 😀 And then OMG IS THAT A STAR DESTROYER??! NBD the Rebs were just leaving. Thrawn doesn’t seem too irked though… once again, in his all-too frightening way, he seems totally chill with this game of cat-and-mouse of his. Only time will tell, is suppose what he’s got planned for his prey. Can’t help but figure he might be looking at Sato’s dedication to his family and thinking how he might use that. We should all be worried. Especially Konstantine because boy might be out of excuses XP “It’s a Monday, sir, you know how Mondays are…!”
Regardless of what the Grand Admiral’s got up his sleeve, the Rebs still won the day. Sato and Mart share an awkward-but-sweet family hug that I would expect from a militant leader and his teenage nephew. Then Jonner charges in and gives his Iron Squadron buddies a real hug! Yeah that’s how you do it, Jon-boy! The Ghost crew looks on with a smile (with the exception of Zeb because he has no idea what he missed), after all, these two squadrons are cut from the same cloth… scrappy, sometimes stubborn, brave, fiercely determined… and practically family 🙂
Ah that was so so wonderful! So much Action and camraderie! Just a great classic episode all around! Definitely hope we get to hang out with the Iron Squadron crew again sometime soon! Oh yeah also just in case you forgot ROGUE ONE: FIFTEEN DAYS AND COUNTINGGGGGGG!!!!!!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Imperial Supercommandos

Okeydokey, the Rebel Transmissions are back again! And that’s all I got for a clever opener. You guys know I’m not good at these sometimes. But if you’re looking for a certain [fangirly] point of view, that’s what I aim to deliver! Now for some thoughts on Imperial Supercommandos.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Steps Into Shadow, The Protector Of Concord Dawn, and Imperial Supercommandos

So first of all, I’ve noticed different places spell the title in different ways. I’m sticking with “Supercommandos” as one word because that’s just the way I’ve always spelled it. I might be spelling it wrong but if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time you know I do that a fair amount.
Anyway, you remember Fenn Rau? The Protector of Concord Dawn who tends to fire on people he shouldn’t and is generally not the nicest guy? I’ve been wondering for a while how he’s been doing as the mini-Alliance’s prisoner. Apparently, he’s been playing a Mando game that appears to be a blend of Battleship and Chess with Sabine. What strikes me instantly about all of this isn’t just that I’d really like to learn to play this game, but that Sabine is just casually hanging out with this guy. I know it’s been around a year or something since it happened, but I haven’t forgotten how angry she was with him when he nearly killed Hera. Though she ultimately chose against vengeance, I wasn’t sure she’d ever really be chummy with him or anything. But just goes to show ya how awesome this girl is. And it’s not like Rau’s been such a nice guy either lately. He seems convinced Sabine’s turned her back on her people and makes a point to mention it a lot and not in the nicest way. I wouldn’t call her a “traitor”, just… someone who moved away from her home… for reasons. But you know Mandos they take everything so seriously! Regardless, Sabine is simply hoping that maybe they can get Fenn Rau on their side. And as Zeb calls both Mandos to a briefing, perhaps they actually could. So the mini-Alliance’s lost communication with Concord Dawn and they’re thinkin’ the supercommandos are up to something. Hera sends Sabine, Fenn, Ezra, and Chopper on it. “And try not to wreck the Phantom II… we just got it.” *Cough* She’s looking at you Ez… XP Also it gives me some serious feels to know they named it the Phantom II… its legacy lives on! I’m guessing Sabine’s been busy or she surely would’ve painted it or something in it by now.
And so onward came the awkwardness as Ezra sat in the backseat with Fenn Rau and all of his stoic snobbyness. I pretty much was on the floor laughing the whole time because it was so beautifully awkward. Fenn just keeps on glaring and Ez has no idea how to respond. Thankfully, his interest in the torn-apart world of Concord Dawn is a welcome distraction for everyone in the all-too-quiet shuttle. Fenn explains that its shattered state is due to a lot a lot a lot of not-so-civil civil war amongst the Mandalorians. And then he throws Ezra a solid punch and gives Sabine a stunning. Eyup that’s Mandos for ya. When they work their supercommando magic it happens so fast you barely have time to process it before someone gets K.O.’d. I mean, seriously, how in the universe did he get those cuffs off?? Did he borrow a pen? Snatch the key? Chew them off? I wouldn’t put it past him on that last one. Either way this might be a problem. Apparently Chop was OK though ’cause it was thanks to him he got Ezra up (by grabbing his nose lol) and his and Sabine’s cuffs off. The three find themselves now on the surface of Concord Dawn. Sabine and Ezra were completely expecting a standoff with their prisoner, but he’s no longer interested in a fight. His entire base has been decimated, very nearly burned to the ground, not a soul in sight. And Fenn knows that this attack was delivered by other Mandos. He immediately throws the blame on Sabine, believing he could’ve prevented all of this had he not been imprisoned. She argues against that, as she’s truly sorry for what happened, and knows there must be more to all this. Poor Ez is utterly confused, which I can relate to, ’cause for all of my years of watching animated SW I still don’t get all of Mando culture either. And oh look there’s a probe droid! It’s always somethin’ isn’t it? Using some Forcewielding and blasterwielding, Ezra and Sabine make quick work of the probe, but they’re not interested in sticking around and waiting for the Imps to show up. Fenn is much more interested in staying, and maybe giving the Empire some dirt on the Rebs’ hiding spot. It’s nothing personal– no wait, it’s totally personal because Rau still completely considers Wren a traitor and the reason his men are dead. It’s about then the Imps show up, but not in Star Destroyers or TIEs, but in jetpacks. “…flying stormtroopers?!” Nope just a few of your friendly neighborhood IMPERIAL SUPERCOMMANDOS. Bro when you take a bunch of fierce, fight-ready blaster-slingin’ Mandalorians and put them in Imperial armor you just know you’re toast. So when Ezra makes the mistake of firing at their leader… ooooooh dang he’s dead. The Imp-Mandos quickly give chase. Sabine’s first instinct is to help, but Rau does things the Mandalore way and gladly accepts Ez’s sacrifice and makes a run for it. Yeah, again, I’m so glad Sabine was “raised right”. But Rau does decide to stick around and find out what those Imp-Mandos are up to…
So now Ezra and Chopper are at the mercy of Imp-Mando bossman Gar Saxon. Saxon is certain they’ve got their hands on a couple of Rebels, but Ezra has literally the best cover stories ever. I mean, wow, he’s really good at playing the role of an average everyday pirate-scavenger! Whether he just came up with this on the fly or if he practiced his acting back on the Ghost, it’s impressive any way you spin it. Yep bro still has all that street-savvy swag! But Gar don’t care he don’t buy none of it. Hmph your loss, Saxon, if you can’t appreciate his fantastic improv skills! He does appreciate some things though, like apparently some good ol’ fashioned droid blasting. Uh-oh.
While Ezra further talks his way out of trouble, Sabine’s still thinking up how they’re to go about rescuing her comrade. Rau knows well of Saxon’s doings. Dude wanted to rule Mandalore but didn’t have an honorable bone in his body so the Empire gave him a fancy title and armorsuit instead. Anddd once again Rau turns the conversation back on to Sabine’s so-called treachery. I’d be all “dude let it go already” but he just lost all his friends and fellow soldiers so I kinda have to cut him some slack. Rau wants some vengeance, Sabine just wants outta here, the only way they’re getting that is if they can muster up a little teamworkery magic. It really is super fascinating seeing Sabine interacting with a hardcore by-the-book Mando like Fenn Rau. Looking at how she shares some of the same core values of honor and loyalty, but also furthers those and other values in a way that Rau does not. Wait does that make sense? I think it does. I’m sorry I mighta lost my train of thought somewhere in there.
After a few bolts of laserfire come too close to Chopper, Ezra finally spills his guts. “OK my name’s Lando Calrissian…” XD XD When in doubt, Lando it out! But again… Saxon don’t buy none of this, and soundly kicks Ezra in the head. OMG WHO DOES THAT?? Upon threatening Chopper again, Ezra gives Saxon a half-truth involving The Protector. Now this he buys. Saxon sure would’ve liked to have killed Rau when he killed the rest of them, so he kinda sorta really needs Ezra to give him what he wants to know. BTW guys Gar Saxon is utterly terrifying. Between so callously discussing killing people and the way he uses brute force on our heroes, it’s just… yikes. Sometimes the scariest adversaries don’t wield red lightsabers… O.O Knowing that it was only because he was imprisoned by the Rebels that he wasn’t dead, Fenn finally calls a truce with young Wren. Hooray! All the teamworks!! And the teamwork begins as Sabine casually borrows a jetpack from one of Saxon’s men… yep ’bout time she got herself one of those! I like that it’s a smaller, more compact pack compared to the ones the Fetts and other Mandos use. Just perfect for her, really. All it needs is a splash of color 🙂 Anyway…
It’s a good thing they’d decided to teamwork things ’cause Ezra wasn’t doing so hot. After thrashing him around didn’t work, Saxon decided to take aim at Chopper for a change. Ezra was so clever, using the Force to divert the blasts like that! Unfotunately, Gar caught on pretty quickly as to why he was shooting like a stormtrooper. Which may’ve made the Rebs’ situation a lot worse. But all the same, Ez gets major points for protecting Chop like that. I know I’m stating the obvious, but I seriously love that the Ghost crew’s bond extends to even the grouchy metal family members 🙂 And just then, in rolled a smokescreen detonator… Sabine, Ezra, and Chopper are out, peace! They were so so close to getting out of this Mando jam… and then off went the Phantom II. Thank you, Fenn. Thank you. C’mon man, can’t you trust anyone these days?! And now the three stand alone against four armed Imperial Supercommandos. Gar Saxon recognizes Sabine pretty instantly, being they were both Viszla clan buddies (OK “buddies” is somewhat of a stretch. Try “acquaintances”). That is a good point if he hadn’t seen her in a while… and if she keeps repainting her armor… how did he actually recognize her? Oh wait well there was the whole thing with him being an Imperial and naturally knowing her name and Rebelling career from there. Sorry I’m dumb and forget things sometimes. Never mind. Saxon then mentions Sabine’s mother has been looking for her. He claims that her leaving the Imperial Academy basically dishonored the Wren family name. Sabine don’t buy an inch of that. OK so obviously this is kinda HUGE considering we’ve heard very little of her family before this. What really intrigues me about all of this is that Saxon claims Mrs. Wren is with the Empire now, since sometime after Sabine dropped out. I’d originally assumed that her folks never questioned the Empire and just put her in the academy ’cause that’s just what all Mando parents did. But this sounds like that wasn’t the case…? Intriguing. Aside from that, it’s just fascinating to know her mother’s alive at all. I mean that comment back on the pilot… “What happened to your real family?” “The Empire.” Easy enough answer, but there’s clearly more to it. Plus, how much of what Gar Saxon’s saying is true? I imagine that, unfortunately, there must be some truth in it, because Saxon doesn’t seem to be a big fan of dishonesty. Once again, SWR gives us a couple keys to their pasts, but never all at once. Gosh I hope I’m making sense here I’m so all-over-the-place today. So yeah, Sabine don’t got time for Saxon’s crud. The bossman makes a deal: either she swears allegiance and gives up Fenn or she dies. Well when you put it that way NO DEAL! Chopper transmits some nasty loud feedback through her helmet to knock the Imp-Mandos down, and Sabine grabs Ez and they jet on outta there! Ahh such a beautifully executed plan! And what commences is one of the greatestest chase scenes in all StarWarsdom! I’m a sucker for SW chase scenes, whether it’s the speeder pursuit through Coruscant in Episode II, the speederbike chase in Episode VI, or any of the others throughout the saga, I just love the thrills and excitement and the genius witty witticisms that often come with them! Here we are watching Sabine pursued by Imperial Supercommandos and all the while Ezra’s awkwardly hanging onto her trying to lightsaber blasterfire away as they dart through the rocky terrain of Concord Dawn. It’s all too beautiful for words. Which is probably why I’m writing this so poorly today. Love every moment! Together the three of them hold their own pretty well. Right up until they’re knocked down, anyway. It’s about then when the Phantom II makes an entrance. Fenn could’ve lightsped along his merry way, but he came back for them. Aww yay there’s that teamwork I was lookin’ for! Sabine was about to board when Saxon grabbed her. OK again the way he uses straight-up brute force is genuinely scary. Good thing this fierce little Wren knows how to handle the SupercommanDork. Hehehe I’m so stupidly proud of that zinger I just came up with 😛 She delivers a solid blow to his jetpack, which made me wonder, considering other such incidents, if it might detonate and do him in. Which further concerned me when he fired on Sabine’s. But clearly these jetpacks are built a little better than Boba Fett’s. Or else his was damaged more. IDK. Thank goodness Sabine’s got friends far more dependable than Mando gadgets as Ezra pulls her to safety. I get the feeling Gar Saxon’s not happy though… and that he might be a problem later. But right now let’s just rejoice in all the teamworkness! Fenn Rau’s got serious #respect for the bravery and loyalty young Wren showed to her non-Mandalorian comrades, and with that respect comes a real desire to join the mini-Alliance. Sabine’s “Welcome to the family” gave me such feels. Again, here’s a guy who was an outright jerk more times that we could count, but Sabine not only forgave him for past wrongdoings, but never gave up on him. Yes, Ezra, Mandalorians are crazy, but every now and again there’s one Mando who’s just crazy enough to do something truly crazy: the right thing.
So I hope I did better on this than I think I did. Sometimes it’s just so hard to write down every little thing I’m thinking, ’cause there’s just so much to think about when it comes to Star Wars! If I missed anything I’ll most definitely try and cover again another post. Thanks for reading 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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A [Fangirly] Analysis Of The New Rogue One Trailer

Last week was my birthday, and Lucasfilm gave me one of the best gifts ever — a new trailer for Rogue One. I enjoy the Olympics, but that night was all about my Star Wars! It felt like an absolutely painstaking wait, but oh my land it was worth it when it got here! Happy birthday to me! So in the tradition of trailers past, I now give you my second-by-second analysis. Or really not so much of an analysis as what I was thinking at the time. And my thoughts on this’ll be pretty fresh because I’ve only seen it once at this point. Now first, let’s watch it again.

AHHAHHAHAHAHA THAT WAS SO AWESOME. NOW LET’S GET THE SPOILERS OUT OF THE WAY AND TALK BEFORE I EXPLODE.

NOTE: Contains spoilers from the trailer you just saw (obv) as well as some light stuff from Episode IV and TCW. Honestly I’m not really sure they’re spoilers but just being careful.

0:00 – After seeing many many many commercials for Olympics sponsors, it took me a second to realize what this was.
0:02 – And then I saw the TIE fighters and was all “HOLY CRUD IT’S STAR WARS!!!!!”
0:04 – Seriously beautiful planet though. It almost looks like Coruscant…? I don’t think it is, but that would be really cool if it was.
0:06 – YAY IT’S JYNNNNNN.
0:08 – YAY IT’S SAWWWWWWW.
0:13 – Oh well that’s not good.
0:15 – Shiny logo shiny logo.
0:20 – Shackles?? What you been doin’ Jyn? By the look Cassian’s giving her it must’ve been something awful. Probably TP’d the base. *SHOT*
0:22 – Jyn ain’t gonna make it easy for anyone today. I respect that.
0:23 – OMG IT’S MON MOTHMA AGAIN AND IT STILL BLOWS MY MIND HOW PERFECT A MON MOTHMA SHE IS!
0:25 – Cassian and Jyn are all “O RLY?”
0:28 – Whoa look at the size of that Star Destroyer.
0:32 – …But that’s nothin’ compared to the battle station next to it. Holy cow.
0:39 – Jyn quietly throwing on the sass again.
0:42 – Cassian takes it all in stride. AHHHHHH I LOVE THESE TWO.
0:44 – Oh those poor pilots… also Jyn’s scarf game is on-point.
0:46 – Look at that dark stormy place wow. Wonder if it’s a whole stormy planet or just a small area on some planet…
0:48 – YESSSS SHOOT ALL THE THINGS BAZE BRO.
0:52 – AHMG THAT CANYON PLANET IS SO BEAUTIFUL.
0:56 – Chirrut don’t need your crud he’s got the Force. I’m still super fascinated by the whole not-Force-sensitive-but-believes-in-the-Force thing and I can’t wait to learn more about him.
0:58 – Bro is an absolute boss. Can I just say I love this guy? Like seriously.
1:00 – And here’s K-2SO! And he’s HUGE whoa.
1:03 – *Utterly dies laughing* Yay friendship…!
1:04 – Jyn’s “Thanks” is the perfect capper XD
1:08 – OH DANG IT’S THE DEATH STAR AGAIN AND IT IS SCARY. I FORGOT HOW SCARY IT WAS.
1:09 – More beautiful imagery seriously I can’t stop talking about it.
1:12 – Krennic’s cape game strong.
1:13 – He is amazing. And terrifying. I can tell he’ll be a perfect adversary. That gaze of his just pierces your soul.
1:15 – NUUUUU I CAHN’T WAIT ‘TIL DECEMBERRRRR.
1:18 – These camera angles, these shots… they are so real and gritty and beautiful I can’t…!
1:26 – Thank you Kaytoo for snapping me out of my awe-induced coma. At least he’s honest! XD
1:28 – I’m sure he does Cassian.
1:29 – And Saw be like O_O
1:31 – *Flails around fangirling over the beautiful imagery again and has nothing useful to say*
1:36 – Jyn’s sense of hope is contagious and gives me many feels.
1:37 – AHHHHH SAW’S LITTLE SMILE THAT WAS THE SWEETEST THINGGGG!!
1:41 – Oh, the adventure that awaits us! I can hardly stand the wait!
1:45 – JYN STARING DOWN THAT TIE. THERE ARE NO WORDS.
1:49 – THE TEAMWORKNESS AND FRIENDSHIPNESS IT IS BEAUTIFUL.
1:53 – FOURMOREMONTHSFOURMOREMONTHSFOURMOREMONTHS.
1:56 – The exact sound I made was “eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!” and then I immediately turned to my brother (who was watching it with me) and whisper-screamed “DID YOU SEE DARTH VADER?!?!?!?!?! IT’S DARTH VADER!!!!!
1:58 – And at this point I still have not recovered. Just giving me the insanely beautiful trailer would’ve been enough, but seeing the smallest glint of the Darth made it beyond anything I could’ve ever imagined for a trailer. *Keels over from all the feels*

That never fails to amaze me and make me all kinds of giddy. I’m sorry I haven’t talked about it more, but I am so so thrilled to be entering this new exciting chapter in SW history. The chapter where the Star Wars Stories begin. I can hardly wait. And that’s an understatement. I have no clue how to put my thoughts into words right now, so I’ll just leave you with four.

Vive La Star Wars.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Celebration Europe Excitement!

Next to film release day, there are few more thrilling days of the year than Star Wars Celebration! I felt bad that I didn’t talk about last year’s events as much as I should’ve. So this year, I’m going to write down a fangirly paragraph or two on every panel I’m able to catch! So get excited!! I’ll be updating this post as things happen.
NOTE: As far as spoilers are concerned… depends on the panel I’m talking about. Just in general you should’ve seen all the movies and the shows and stuff. And the panels too.


Let the nerding out begin!

AHSOKA’S UNTOLD TALES
Words can’t describe how fun, exciting, and feely this panel was. But I’m gonna try anyway ’cause that’s why I’m here. Just… OMG wow! We see Ahsoka riding a giant wolf and leading the Clones into battle and fighting Darth Maul and reuniting with old friends and making some new friends (at least this Nix guy anyway hehe) and pretty much just winning at everything. Beautiful concept art, a delightful storyreel clippy, and a few of the amazing people behind them… all in the same room. SO WIZARD. The panel answered some questions that needed answering and gave us the slightest beautiful little promise we might might might might see her again. Also that book. Can’t wait for that book. The excitement is electric bro. Funny story in that first sketch of Ahsoka and Nix I’ll be honest I thought that was Han for a moment XD That would be an interesting story though…

ILM SW ARCHAEOLOGY
Wasn’t 100% certain what this panel was about until I started watching it and DANGGG IT IS SO COOL! Got to learn a little what goes into recreating what we see in Episode IV for Rogue One. Can only imagine how painstaking a job that is so I applaud you heartily, ILM! Stormtrooper helmets, Star Destroyers, the Death Star… all beautifully nostalgic but beautifully new at the same time! Just taking a closer look at the Rogue One teaser again I’m astounded at the detail! And Doug Chiang talking about miniatures and card models and matte paintings?? SO COOL. The work they put into these films, again, is incredible. Oh! And the stuff they did on The Force Awakens too! This is actually the first time since that sizzle reel from a year ago I’ve really gone behind the scenes on VII, at least in a featurette/documentary sense, anyway. Yes I’m dumb and don’t have the Blu-Ray yet. Anyway, as a whole this entire panel re-reminded me what a massive amount of work goes into making these films, as well as how amazing these ILM folks are. Ahh the technology and artistry behind SW always makes me giddy :3 Also, ❤ that moonwalkin' trooper!

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
I’m so so sorry I haven’t talked more about my excitement for this film. I mean, when those photos came out the “Rogues” were all I could think about, but I had other things to blog about so I wasn’t able to give it the attention it deserves. Certainly there will be plenty of times between now and December to talk about it, and then for the rest of my life afterward, but hopefully I’ll be able to get some thoughts out in the post today. First my gosh isn’t Gwendoline Christie such a fun host?! She made this panel even more delightful than it already was! Captain Phasma may be all business but IRL she’s an excited fan like the rest of us! I suppose that’s not too surprising because not many people working on SW these days aren’t fans from the get-go but it’s cool all the same 🙂 Anyway, it’s truly amazing how everything fell together and how Rogue One began. And the folks working on bringing to life are truly amazing as well. Wow I’m just stating the obvious aren’t I? But it’s true! All of it! *SHOT* 😛 The energy in the room when the cast came out was just on fire, and Ben Mendelsohn coming out on stage in full regalia?? I know it’s been said before but WHOAAA he just OWNED IT. Never has a white suit and cape looked so dastardly and so classy at the same time! And of course the sizzle reel was beyond fantastic. There were too many great shots, but it was often the sweet little moments that stood out to me the most in some ways. Jyn handing the fruit to the villager for one (tough girl got heart awwz!). Seeing droids and several different species was awesome. I mean, I love that the main cast is mostly human, as it further exemplifies this idea of ordinary people making an extraordinary difference, but I’m glad we get to hang out with a few nonhumans along the way too, like that floofy white dude :3 All that beautiful old-meets-new imagery in general! Honestly I loved it all and I hope I’ve made that point very clear. The whole cast is just awesome, I’ll just go ahead and say that. After reading up on the characters and seeing their photos on EW, the fangirl gears didn’t stop turning. Each of them so unique, all sort of outcasts who come together ultimately for a common purpose, I couldn’t wait to meet them all. Fun fact, Chirrut is currently the one I have the most questions about, well maybe he and Saw are tied… anyway, I look forward to sharing those thoughts at a later date. But getting to see the actors portraying them and getting a further idea of their characters’ stories makes me love them even more than before. Also K2 is perfect, but you knew that XD And howzabout that poster tho?! It’s gorgeous!! It’s just all kinds of wow all around! Similar to feelings I had last year, I can’t tell if this has made it easier to wait, since I’m getting to learn more, or harder to wait, since I’ve still gotta wait until December to see it all. Either way, hype thrusters are GO!!

STAR WARS REBELS
After glimpsing Ezra’s new look earlier this week, I have to say the SWR panel was possibly the most highly anticipated for me. Not to say any of the other panels weren’t highly anticipated, but the majority of questions and queries on my mind lied with the fate of the Ghost family. And of course, the panel didn’t disappoint. Loved seeing Warwick Davis and Dave Filoni again, and Tiya Sircar and Sam Witwer were great. Seeing Mr. Witwer was a bit of surprise for me, since I had no clue he would be involved in the next season. Somehow I figured he’d go find someone else’s life to mess up somewhere else in the galaxy, but nope bro ain’t finished yet. (EDIT I hope it was clear I was talking about Darth Maul and not Sam Witwer in this sentence. YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG MR. WITWER!!) But it’s exciting and intriguing all the same. Everything goin’ on is exciting and intriguing. I mean… wow! For one, yay I called it Sabine finally gets that jetpack! Probably not accidentally purchased from someone who stole from Boba Fett, but still IT’S A JETPACK!! Everybody’s looking good with their new looks. Though I’ll always remember Ezra for his long hair, his short cut gives him a slightly more mature look for this chapter in life as he grows up, kind of sort of Luke-ish. Kanan has more fuzz now and that’s cool XD And of course Sabine gives me major hair envy as per usual. And then there’s that little thing with a dude named Thrawn… as you may know, I haven’t read Heir To The Empire and really anything by Timothy Zahn aside from an Insider short story. But I have heard of Thrawn, and as a fan of Ryder Windham’s Clone Wars Secret Missions series, I already think the Chiss species is awesome, so it makes me happy to know not only that Thrawn is now officially canon, but that his species is too 🙂 And thanks to his involvement in Rebels, I’ll likely make a point to read the classic novel sometime soon. So no questions I’m excited about season 3! But along with that excitement, there’s also some fear too… because honestly man I have no clue if anyone’s gonna make it out of this alive. That’s what I was thinking about last year, too, but danggg I don’t know how they keep finding new ways to up the ante, but they always do and they always deliver. And that’s just one of those things I love about Rebels and SW as a whole 🙂 Oh yeah and YESSSSSSS MAZ KANATA NEEDS TO MAKE IT INTO REBELS SOMEDAY!!

THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES
Only got to read the liveblog on this one, but still good solid stuff. They may be Legos but these guys as Lucasfilm take them seriously as serious can get! So yay/aw situation: I was right about Zander’s age, not right about Kordi. Kordi is middle child, not the firstborn like for some reason I got into my head, but that makes her bossladyness all the more impressive. Why yes I do think about these things! Thank you for noticing. Oh it must’ve been great to hear Matthew Wood speaking as Roger for the audience! Y U NO STREAM THIS??? I do love they communicate with Leland Chee to make it as believably canon as they can get, ’cause aside from the occasional Lego self-awareness and SW jokes it’s canon in my mind. And yesss the idea of the Rebs running into the Freemakers… that would be a lot of fun… assuming anyone lives after this next season… OmO Good stuff tho! Those minifigs are my children! :3

STAR WARS PUBLISHING
Great great stuff is coming in the book world. No need for me to tell you that though. A whole collection of McQuarrie art! The Complete Locations! The beautifully-illustrated storybooks! And seriously why are we Yanks not able to read the Adventures In Wild Space series yet?? We better be able to soon ’cause you know I’m not missing out on a single canon chapter of this saga! (Or any chapter really) Either way, with stuff like this coming out, SHUT UP AND TAKE MAH MONEYYYYZ!!

RAY PARK
So this was really the first time I got to meet the man behind the Maul. I honestly didn’t know all that much about him (just my fault for not watching more of the featurettes 😛 ), but I absolutely adore him now. He is literally one of the nicest people I’ve ever seen! Watching him pal around with Warwick and teach fans both young and old his moves was fantastic. Gave me some feels when he personally answered the shy little boy’s question, and in the best way :3 And it’s really cool he’s still keeping up with and enjoying Maul’s further misadventures. SWC never fails to remind me that the people behind the magic of Star Wars are as amazing as the saga itself! Plus, the whole thing made me wish I knew some martial arts. Need to work on that…

Honestly there are too many things to talk about. So much talent, so much creativity, so much joy, so much passion… you could see that in everyone there, fan and filmmaker alike. The future of SW is looking so so bright, and I am beyond thrilled to see what comes next ❤

And don't worry. If I didn't cover something here, I'll likely talk about it in future posts. Can't wait 'til the next big reason to celebrate!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Following The Freemakers: Zander’s Joyride

…And with a title like that, you just know it’s gonna be a fun one! Time again for another edition of Following The Freemakers, where I write the world’s most fangirly (and probably weirdest) commentary on each exciting episode! Yeah I don’t have a clue as to how to open this do I? Let’s just go already. *Slams foot on the gas* *Realizes starships don’t have gas pedals* *Finally locates hyperspace controls after thumbing through the manual* *Finally makes the jump to light speed*
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode IV, TCW episode Mystery Of A Thousand Moons, and Freemakers episodes A Hero Discovered and Zander’s Joyride

So throughout these last couple posts I’ve spent whole paragraphs on what I love about each character; Rowan’s innocence, Kordi’s strength, R0-GR’s wittiness, even Naare’s craftiness. But I think out of all of this I’ve only given Zander a few sentences. That’s not fair in the slightest. So I’m glad I have the opportunity to give him the attention he deserves throughout this post.
Yes, there’s no doubt that Zander is a boss with his tools, and he darn well knows it. Guy could do it blindfolded and chained, which is good when you’re trying to sneak in a ship you don’t want him to get near. Unfortunately well… Zander knows a Naboo starfighter when he smells one. He breaks through them chains and pretty much falls on his knees before the might of the beautiful, sleek spacecraft. I can completely understand the feeling ’cause whooo those N-1s are purty! The reason this is a problem is because the ship belongs to a wealthy gentleman who’s trusting the Freemakers to fix it right. Bro’s a little high-maintenance but clearly he has the ca$h to be that way. Kordi expertly reassures Mr. Cooper his baby’s in good hands. Buuuuuut… well… his siblings’ insistence to not fly the N-1 goes unheard. And the second they turn their backs, Zander is off to the races! Again, I can’t really blame him. I mean, yes, I know that it wasn’t the wisest decision, but watching that golden beauty fly I can understand why you’d want to. Zander may be a little rash and unfocused and susceptible to Jedi mind tricks, but he knows a good spacecraft when he sees one! So now it’s up to Rowan, Roger, and Kordi to keep their customer busy. Also one thing I absolutely love about this show is all the stuff we learn about SW vehicles and how one might repair, build, or modify them. That makes sense right? I mean… just Star Wars mechanical jargon! It’s cool! IDK I think I’m failing to make my point clear. Moving on.
So it looks like Zander has the most marvelous time in that starfighter. He soars through asteroid field, does plenty of spins and dives, and doesn’t hesitate to challenge a bunch of X-wings to a race. ‘Course, no one told him that those X-wings technically belonged to the Rebel Alliance… and that he just flew right into a battle. I don’t know how it is someone could shoot down TIEs without even realizing it but wow Zander’s good. I really do love the fact that the Freemakers have utterly no interest or involvement in the war right now; it’s just a fantastic unique angle that we haven’t seen a lot of and it makes for spectacular storytelling, and certainly will be interesting if these guys ever find themselves Rebels. But yeah though Zander didn’t notice the damage he done, that Star Destroyer noticed. As the tractor beam pulls him in and a prerecorded message states his crime and potential punishment, Zan realizes that yeah he might be in trouble…
In continuing in the buying-some-time game, Kordi sends Roger to keep Wic Cooper entertained. C’mon you know you’re at a fancy hangar when you get to enjoy a celebrity (holo?)book reading before its release! Roger’s autobiography sounds like a good one! I mean, when you’ve been around the galaxy for forty years or so and fought on the opposing side of the Clone Wars, you’ve gotta have some good stories to tell! Also, I guess that answers a few of my questions as to what Roger can remember or can’t since he obviously remembers most of his life story. I mean, regarding battle droids, here’s what I’m thinking: they would march out and shoot clones and Jedi and other soldiers generally without question, but often we would see glimmers of the droids’ personalities when they would question their leaders’ plans, casually talk with each other, and of course panic. And it took Jaebo Hood nine months to reprogram a slew of battle droids into the Iego welcome wagon/personal slaves. So I guess my thought is: is there some part of their programming that restrains them from directly disobeying orders, but allows them to have some personality? Perhaps that violent part is what the Freemakers simply reprogrammed? OK I know that completely bored most people but it’s fascinating to me. I think Mr. Cooper is done with everything right now XP
Thankfully Zander was able to get a transmission out to his sibs before he was dragged off by stormtroopers. Kordi is in no way thrilled about this development (“I’M GONNA THROTTLE HIM!” were her exact words). Rowan suggests Master Naare help them, which Kordi is also not thrilled with until she remembers nutjob Jedi cost less than bounty hunters. As for our favorite Darksider-next-door, we catch her in the zone doing some lightsaber practice (with her red blade, of course). She’s clearly very good at this and enjoys doing it and did it just occur to everyone that it looks like she only has one lightsaber? And that that lightsaber has two differently color blades in it? How does that even work?? Of course she might just have two and I haven’t been paying attention but is the idea of a dual-personality blade not the coolest? Also interesting note: she’s practicing and seems chill and at ease, but the minute Darth Vader interrupts, she goes into a brief rage mode. Her markings and Sith eyes flare up and she powerfully and forcefully decimates the training probes. I mean yes it’s obvious she’s frustrated with the dark lord’s interruption, but it almost seems like the way she was fighting in the beginning was more Jedi-like, and she was at her best in that way, more balanced emotionally and physically. At risk of dumping out every theory I have on her, I will say I believe she was trained as a Jedi before deflecting to the Dark Side. Soooo might this sort of be a sign that maybe she’s not as good at this whole Sith-y thing as she wants to believe? Maybe the slightest bit of a Kylo Ren “remind-me-again-how-awesome-the-darkness-is” thing? I don’t know maybe I’m completely off but it’s just a thought. Anyway so Vader has a whole thesaurus of ways to describe his master’s impatience with her progress, but um yeah Naare don’t got time for that, her padawan’s at the door. “Of course! You can put your trust in me! I am a Jedi after all…” Yikes there are some close calls in this episode. You have to wonder how long she can keep up this charade. I’m really enjoying the tension, but I’m kind of terrified as to when the other shoe will drop. Anyway, at word Zander’s on the Vendetta, Naare suggests bailing out. But Rowan instantly sees this, not as anything suspicious, but as a test, and that forces Naare to go back to her Jedi master guise. So the rescue mission is back on! And Kordi’s got the game plan: a makeshift TIE fighter! Master Naare just smiles, backs away, and heads off to her own spacecraft this time. Only the first of many awkward moments for the Imperial agent today.
Also the thing with Vader and his subordinate was perfect. “I TOLD YOU TO CHEW MORE CAREFULLY!” and then just when the dude could breathe again he actually does start Force-choking him XD Hehe I kinda missed seeing Darth Vader around here! But when he gets word a Rebel’s been captured and he has an opportunity to bring out the interrogation droid, Lord Vader drops everything. Boy man when I heard the words “interrogation droid” I shuddered. NOOO NOT ON SWEET PRECIOUS ZANDERRR!!
So after a really really close call with a damaged Imperial transponder, Rowan and company make it on board the Vendetta. Not unfortunately without drawing some attention to themselves in the process. Well, it’s not that they were trying to they just opened the door and BOOM! Stormtroopers! Makes you wonder why Kordi doesn’t carry a blaster around in situations like this. In fact, calling back to the scuffle in the pilot, she probably should’ve had one there, too. How do you survive in a war-torn galaxy making deals with potentially dangerous people without a good blaster in your hand?? Oh yeah probably because she knew Rowan might get ahold of it and we know how that would go. Good thing Naare handled it with her lightsaber and her fists. Also I did just notice it looks like her lightsaber is double-bladed, she just only turns on one end at a time. Still cool how she carries two different blades at once. I wonder if it was always this way, like, if she made a lightsaber as a Jedi, did it start out a double-bladed blue but then switched one crystal out for a red later? Or is this a specifically designed lightsaber for her current career? Theories! Theories everywhere! I really hope I’m not the only one thinking up theories and headcanons on this series…
As for Zander… poor guy doesn’t have a clue about the Rebel Alliance and he still gets tortured anyway. All he knows is his name, where he lives, and that he likes pickles, starships, and some girl a few floors up. But you know the Empire they don’t care. UGH WHYY MUST YOU HURT THIS POOR DUDE?! Though anyone realize that Darth Vader knows where they live now?? Man if the day comes when the Freemakers become a threat to the Empire… ohh… dang O.O I can only hope Zander slipped that part about The Wheel out so fast that Vader and the Imp didn’t catch it. Though it is good to know he likes pickles ’cause that means pickles must exist somewhere in the SW galaxy and that’s a good thing 🙂 But seriously wow this is kinda scary. And I’m realizing I still haven’t given Zander a proper paragraph forgive me. Words are failing me so hard today.
Again, I think Roger’s a pretty good writer! And that’s by human standards! He’s very descriptive, y’know? Though word to the wise, if he offers you anything to drink and it doesn’t look like kaffe DO NOT DRINK IT. IT IS MOTOR OIL. Wic learned that one the hard way.
“Utter nonsense. He’s either highly trained to resist interrogation or a complete imbecile.” Hey, what some might see as weaknesses can actually be strengths! Aw Zander you may not be the sharpest sometimes but we love ya 🙂 Oh and apparently Kordi doesn’t carry around a blaster, but she does keep around a screwdriver… or is that what they call a hydrospanner? Or something totally different? But no time for whatever she was gonna do with that Naare’s got this. Mostly because she already knew the code. Wow is there nothing she can’t do? So this whole rescue mission was giving off serious Episode IV vibes, right up until Kordi gave her brother the biggest chewing out of his life (or at least of the last week). But Zander is more than aware of his mistake and gives a genuine tearful apology… and then he realized Naare was there and then he went back into smooth mode XD Well, he was doing pretty good there for a while! Further discussion will have to wait — now’s the time to go. But soon as they turn the corner, there stands Darth Vader. And Naare’s done flown the coop. I’m all “OH NO SOMEONE’S GONNA DIE!!” because that’s generally what comes to mind when pretty much anyone runs into Darth Vader. The Freemakers plead their case that they’re not Rebels, just a few young scavengers. When the dark lord doesn’t buy it, Zander spills everything about how this joyride led him into a battle. Vader’s still skeptical up until he catches glimpse of the N-1 himself. Oh man it’s love. It’s like the first spacecraft he ever flew! And knowing his former self’s love of cool fast vehicles, it’s no surprise Vader absolutely fanboys over it. So no questions he took that puppy for a spin, happily proclaiming “YIPEE!!” XD And that’s when Naare showed up again, alerting the other Imperials that the “Rebels” were escaping in that ship. Hehe nice. Darth Vader was enjoying every moment in that old fighter, right up until he was surrounded by TIEs… ‘course, true to Vader form, he then enjoys every moment firing back and destroying those TIEs. Finally, it’s up to Rowan doing an Imp impersonation to rein the N-1 back in. And yeah after all that action the golden beauty isn’t quite so pretty anymore. Can’t tell who’s madder right now — Vader at his stormtroopers, or Kordi at Zander. But thankfully, with the troopers no longer buying any comment on escaping Rebs, the Freemakers and co have time to slip on outta there.
So things went well back at the hangar. Or at least, about as well as you might’ve figured considering Cooper’s precious baby came home a pile of scrap metal. He was pretty steamed, at least until he eyed the Blazemaker. Zander is reluctant to give up his latest greatest creation, but considering Cooper wouldn’t bat an eyelash at reporting them to the Empire… sacrifices had to be made today. Anddd thennn just as Mr. Cooper flew off in his new baby… it exploded. Welp that’s just how it goes. Assuming he gets back to solid ground before he suffocates, I’m betting the Freemakers are gonna owe someone a lot of money… or else Naare’s gonna have to mind trick someone again. Ah, fun times!
So that was a blast! After all the peril and shocking turns I’m glad we got a slightly lighter episode so we can catch our breath for a second. Sorry this blog’s kinda thrown-together, but hopefully you enjoyed all the utter nonsense anyway 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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