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SW Reads: Jedi Quest #3 & #4

Hello, Star Wars fan-family! I had nearly a month’s worth of wireless issues keeping me from posting, but I have plenty to write about! Including, of course, some more Star Wars Reads! (No longer really Summer Reads, but oh well) Today we’re exploring not one, but two of Jude Watson’s incredible Jedi Quest series. If you like, you can read my posts on the previous books The Path To Truth, The Way Of The Apprentice, and The Trail Of The Jedi in the respective links. (Though I will warn you, they are old and not the same quality posts I write now.)

But yes, what more can I say on these lovely books? They are among my top top favorites! They’re so richly detailed and so masterfully written. Though I’ve never read a bad SW youth novel, these are so amazingly done that it’s hard to tell them apart from the full-length novels. Each chapter is full of deep intrigue, great character moments, and fascinating, totally-believable ideas of the state of the galaxy before the Clone Wars. Ms. Watson digs in deep on the Force, the Jedi, and Obi-Wan and Anakin’s long, sometimes-difficult road to true brotherhood. I have yet to read the recently-released Anakin And Obi-Wan comics to know what these years look like from a modern, canon perspective, but Ms. Watson’s works seem to line up with the canon stories almost flawlessly. And either way, they are amazing reads. I highly, highly recommend, especially if you enjoy the Prequels and TCW as much as I do, or if you want a better idea of what was going on between I and II.

Now, let’s dive into the fine details of these chapters. First, The Dangerous Games, an epic with both podracing and political scandal!
Contains spoilers from the aforementioned book, and some of the books prior. And if you haven’t seen Episode I you will be a a disadvantage.


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– Traffic does happen in the SW universe, and not just in The Yoda Chronicles! That’s why there are spacelane officers.
– “I know, I know, feel my anger and let it go. But do I have to be a Jedi all the time, even in space traffic?” #Relatable
– Y’know I remembered a while back on one of my Rebels posts wondering if there’s a certain age you can start driving/flying in the SW universe. There’s apparently nothing out-of-the-ordinary about 14-year-old Anakin at the controls, so maybe there isn’t? Of course, I know this isn’t the final canon word, but it’s reasonable. Or maybe it’s different, depending on where in the galaxy you are.
– Ms. Watson paints the most vivid picture of this world and where the games are held. It’s fascinating and gripping! I feel like I’m there. I can feel the electricity of the busy crowds of the city, and imagining being there for a galaxywide sporting event is a thrill! Anyone else smelling hot dogs and pretzels? But at the same time, through Obi-Wan’s explanations and Anakin’s observations, we see that Eusebus isn’t as perfect and glossy as it makes itself out to be, giving me a sense of realistic caution, and a better understanding of why the Jedi’s mission is so important today.
– I just love Obi-Wan and Siri’s bond! Their conversations are so fun to read, and feel so natural and easygoing!
– I’m just now imagining Ferus Olin to have an Irish accent. Because Irish accents are cool, and it adds a little something more to his character than just the serious, unaccented voice I was giving him before.
– I also love Obi-Wan’s solid friendship with Didi and Astri. It’s one of those things that reminds me “oh yeah, Jude Watson wrote another SW series before this one and I really need to read it already”.
– Though Bog’s a bit of a blowhard, I still find him an highly entertaining character.
– I get it too, Ani. YAS PODRACINGGG!!
– Heheh ok so maybe “solid” isn’t a good description for Obi-Wan and Didi’s friendship, but it says much of Master Kenobi’s character that he’s still willing to help out the poor hapless charlatan.
– And Tru Veld is still one of my faves of her characters. His species is so cool, and he’s the most laid-back ball of sunshine in the Jedi Order! I hope he’ll come along the ride for more stories in the future 😀
– It’s so easy to agree with Anakin’s decision to help the Tyerell kids. Even though he disobeyed Obi-Wan to do it, I could see myself doing the same thing if I had the ability to do so. And of course, we all have to remember the Jedi are not right about everything. But then, at the same time, we know Anakin is doing this not just out of compassion, but also from a slight desire for vengeance. Not to mention his love of the game itself. There’s so many gray areas here, it leaves us readers with a lot to chew on.
– I absolutely can hear an Italian accent for Didi and a thick New York accent for Fligh. BTW if you didn’t read my last Reads post, you missed the part when I mentioned that I love reading Star Wars books out loud so I can do the voices.
– Seriously? Still no lap restraints in these things? Of course, maybe these air taxis are more like those little shuttles or golf carts they have in sports stadium parking lots and you’re just expected to hold on to something ’til you get there…
– Jedi have a seriously epic eye for detail and an amazing memory! This is why they’re so good at the peacekeeping game!
– I know there’s a lot of difference between them in reality, but this multi-leveled swoop bike obstacle course calls to mind the landspeeder race tunnels in the Droids series. Coincidence…?
– Aww! There was once a little yellow-tailed summerbird living in the Senate Building! Things you can learn from a good SW novel! 🙂
– Pretty sure Scorch Zanales has the coolest name of any podracer driver in the SW universe.
– And WHOAAAAA WHAT AN UNEXPECTED ENDING. Such good stuff!

Now for the next chapter, and possibly my new favorite in the series: the chilling mystery that is The Master Of Disguise!
Again, contains spoilers from the aforementioned book and some of the books prior.


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– LOL the cover art totally threw me off. I kept thinking Anakin was dueling a changeling or something… I didn’t quite recognize Ferus from the back…
– Yeah when you put it that way, with such masterful, tangible descriptions, I can see why one might think sand is bleh.
– Wow! Darra and I are twins! She looked blonde to me on an earlier book’s cover art, but they’re describing it as copper-and-gold, which is exactly my color!
– I must try out her bright-ribboned padawan braid. If anyone knows of a good padawan-braiding tutorial I’d be forever grateful, because those tiny things are so strangely difficult to make… hehe sorry for all the hair talk.
– It’s amazing how these books can be both beautiful and heartbreaking in parts. Between the clear devastation of war and the regrets Anakin left behind on Tatooine, my reactions are definitely what you might refer to as “all the feels”.
– Oooh so many branches of science to study! It would be fun to be a scientist in the SW galaxy, ’cause with so many worlds, there are nearly infinite amounts of things to discover and study! Yes I am a science nerd. Did I forget to mention that?
– I really appreciate the moments with Madame Jocasta in this book and the last. I like the way Ms. Watson writes her, making her a tough old bird with a solid sense of humor!
– OK Yoda’s appearance in here was the highlight of my day. He may be my favorite voice to read out loud now.
– Whoa Tru’s lightsaber is orange? That is so cool. Could be orange ‘sabers are just for training here, but still. I think it’d be a good lightsaber color!
– Chapter Eight is so fun. Obi-Wan and Jocasta, Jedi mystery-solvers! Also glad to know that Obi-Wan likes tea, because so do I 🙂
– I’m actually starting to want Soara Antana to teach me lightsaber techniques, too. I might be a glutton for punishment, but I do love a challenge.
– OMG NOW I KNOW WHY THE BOOK IS TITLED WHAT IT IS. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING.
– I am both wildly fascinated and horribly shook over these concepts. Granta Omega just got scarier. And non-Force-sensitive Sith cults? It just felt colder in here.
– I hope someday I learn to write plots this intricate and in-depth!
– YADDLE SPEAKS! That was really neat, because I’m 99% sure I’ll never read a SW novel giving her a spoken line again.
– Just when you think it can’t get any more intense, IT GETS SO MUCH MORE INTENSE! But that’s something I adore about this series. And this book I think may be the most intense yet!

Ahh, aren’t those just fantastic? Well, *does Yoda impression again* much to blog on, I still have. Look for one last Reads post next week, and then there’s this upcoming new series I must discuss, and also I received an amazing visual encyclopedia for my birthday, so… yep. Lots of Star Wars equals lots to write!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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SW Summer Reads – Jedi Quest #2: The Trail Of The Jedi

Don’t ask me why, but summertime and reading go hand-in-hand. Well, anytime of year and reading go hand-in-hand really, but here at Padawanline it’s special because we do Star Wars Summer Reads every year! They’re like my normal Closer Looks on TCW and Rebels episodes, just with some of my favorite SW books! And this post is especially exciting because this is the first new SW book I’ve read since… I guess since the third Secret Missions installment! And that was in 2012! So yes today we’re diving back into the incredibly amazing Jude Watson’s Jedi Quest series with its second chapter (or third counting the prior-to-the-series first book) The Trail Of The Jedi! If you’ve never read Miss Watson’s stuff you really ought to. Vivid descriptions, exciting, intriguing storylines, the incredible way she gets into the heads of Anakin and Obi-Wan… seriously one of my favorite series ever. It’s canon as far as I’m concerned! If you want to read my Closer Looks on the first two books The Path To Truth and The Way Of The Apprentice feel free, though ye be warned they are trainwrecks since they were done back in 2013 XP Anyway, let’s see what we can find on The Trail Of The Jedi! Whoops I did it again…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode VI, Rebels episodes Rise Of The Old Masters and Fire Across The Galaxy, The Path To Truth, and The Trail Of The Jedi

Cover Art For Jedi Quest #2
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We find ourselves rejoining the young master and padawan team of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they prepare to land on the gorgeous planet of Ragoon-6 for a Jedi bonding trip. And pretty much as soon as you know it’s for a bonding trip with these guys you know this thing’s gonna explode with feels… but then again, all in the series do that 🙂 Ragoon-6 sounds like a planet deserved to be titled “the jewel of the galaxy”… nothin’ but miles and miles of untamed, unspoiled beauty under a blue-violet sky! Miss Watson has an amazing talent for making some epic descriptions, bringing to life whatever the world, whoever the person, and the feeling of the Force itself, and everything about this shimmering world makes me want to go there right now! The goal of this trip will be for Anakin and Obi-Wan to track Jedi teacher Wren Honoran through the planet’s forests and jungles. Ah yes Wren is one awesome dude. He’s a government teacher at the Temple and the not-so-easy-to-catch prey on these sorts of things. He takes his teaching pretty seriously, but he knows how to have fun… especially when schooling overconfident padawans, such as Anakin, who has full intent to find Master Honoran before the day’s end. For now, Anakin and Obi-Wan are giving Wren a head start before they start the “hunt”. And they have a bit of a picnic in a flowery meadow in the meantime. Seriously anyone else need to go here now?! Obi-Wan tells Anakin about the last of the two times he and Qui-Gon had been here. Which sounded like fun up until it was cut short when a good friend of Qui-Gon’s was in danger, something Obi-Wan doesn’t divulge too much to his padawan. In the awkward silence that follows, Anakin starts to wonder why exactly Obi-Wan had felt the need to do this bonding exercise. And he starts to wonder if maybe that need was to build a bond between them that wasn’t just because of a desire to fulfill a master’s dying wish, because perhaps Obi-Wan wasn’t feeling the same connection to him the way he and his master had. Aww don’t think that Anakin! You guys are bestest friends! OK not quite yet but give or take 5 years or so!
But as it is, Obi-Wan’s not looking to compare relationships, if he’s got any doubts, it’s that he might not be good enough for an energetic, brilliant, wants-to-get-things-done student like young Skywalker. Can’t help but notice some similarities here with Rise Of The Old Masters. After all was said and done, Kanan and Ezra talked through it, but Obi-Wan’s not sure what he and Anakin should talk through or not. Looking back, Qui-Gon chose sometimes to answer Obi-Wan’s questions and sometimes not to, sometimes to tell him what he was thinking and sometimes not to. Certainly Master Jinn didn’t tell him exactly why they had to leave that last bonding trip so fast. That reason was a girl named Tahl, a smart, funny, kindhearted Jedi. And he certainly didn’t mention that HE LOVED HER. That didn’t reveal itself until her last breathing moments when that mission… sniff… failed. Mergosh that is so sad… but even so, I absolutely am obsessed with QuiTahl now and absolutely can’t wait to learn more about her. Sorry, point is, even though Qui-Gon didn’t always tell Obi-Wan everything and that bothered the padawan sometimes, it did nothing to hurt their bond, and Obi-Wan so badly wants this strength of relationship with his padawan now. Especially remembering something Qui-Gon had said on that last bonding trip… “It seems there is always time when you are young, but you cannot hold a moment, padawan. It runs out like water in your fist. You must seize it when you can, even as it falls away” (hey would you look at that a Qui-Gon Jinn quote! Happy now Google searchers? 😛 Though in all seriousness SUCH FEELS). But in keeping in the here and now, it soon is time for the hunt to begin. Aw dude I’m so sorry my mind’s all over the place I’m just drowning in feels over here!
So things go pretty well for a while as Anakin does a fabulous job of finding clues leading in Wren’s direction, but the tracking gets trickier and trickier as they go along. And there’s a problem when it leads Anakin right into a cave full of ferocious furry malia who were right in the middle of a nap. Perhaps the planet’s not as perfect as it looks from a distance. But then again, what planet is? It takes quite a bit of lightsaber-swinging but master and padawan manage to get out of that soup with their lives. Anakin feels dumb for running in there, but both he and Obi-Wan aren’t quite sure why Wren would leave a clue that could be so easily misread. Even so, they continue onward and are led this time to a hidden cavern. It’s an absolutely gorgy cavern but (there’s always a “but” it seems) it has its fair share of flash floods. As you can imagine, Anakin really really feels dumb about misreading a second time, and the fact that Obi-Wan makes no comment on his mistake doesn’t make him feel much better. It’s as there going along from there that Anakin finally bluntly states “you never tell me anything” to which Obi-Wan diverts from that and corrects him for throwing around absolutes. Obi-Wan felt bad for it and knows it hurt Anakin’s feelings, but he still wasn’t sure what to tell him or not, especially as he further considers foul play in this game. Anakin’s convinced now that Obi-Wan’s not interested in trying to achieve the same level of communication he had with Qui-Gon with him. Aw man all you wanna do right now is step in and get them to talk all this over, but of course we can’t do that, we just have to let the story tell itself and our characters work it out on their own. But of course neither of them are going to talk about this right now, they’re just going to continue the hunt. And it’s there that they run into A GIRL WITH A BLASTER! Er… a hydrospanner. So maybe the all-caps freakout wasn’t necessary? Meet Floria, poor kid got separated from her friends on a survival camping trip and believes them to have been killed in their ship’s explosion. Naturally, Anakin and Obi-Wan are willing to help her out, but they’re both aware now that something is up on this planet. Before they know it, there’s a bounty hunter aiming a stokli spray stick at ’em. And that’s a bad thing because it’s basically temporary paralysis in a can. Anakin distracts the hunter while Obi-Wan sneaks up on him and they pretty much win. They even, though accidentally, hit said bounty hunter with his own weapon! Obi-Wan and Anakin: 1, Tursha bounty hunter: 0 (unless perhaps we’re counting that he’d likely left those clues from earlier and that would make the score 2-1 in his favor, unless you count that Obi-Wan and Anakin survived both and that would make it 3-0 in their favor… oh you know what this is getting ridiculous never mind). Floria fears that this hunter was responsible for whatever happened to her comrades, and Anakin is quick to comfort her, not terribly happy with Obi-Wan’s seemingly indifferent attitude. But Obi-Wan’s just trying to piece this puzzle together between the bounty hunter and a bunch of kids. Plus, Wren might be in serious trouble. Anakin and Obi-Wan butt heads over the matter of helping Wren and helping Floria, but ultimately they come to an understanding, at least for a bit. They decided to head back to their ship and try contacting Wren on their comlinks, but again things go south and suddenly there’s another bounty hunter firing at them! Sooo much fun, right? But there’re worse problems — Obi-Wan finds a bomb aboard. So that went about as well as you’d figure it would. And in the midst of the explosion’s aftermath, a new problem presents itself. Well, the other bounty hunter is Floria’s brother Dane… and that makes Floria — you guessed it — a bounty hunter, too. I’ll be honest, I really did not see this coming. I really bought into Floria’s innocent act! Some days I see it coming and some days I don’t. Though the kids’ story is kinda sad even still… they lost their family and found themselves doing whatever they could to survive, including taking up bounty hunting. Dane and Floria were players in a Jedi-hunting game set by a fellow named Granta Omega. The two bickering bounty-hunting siblings weren’t interested in hurting anybody, just getting the ginormous reward for capturing the master and padawan. But now that some other hunter brought in a bomb, the game just got a bit more dangerous. Yeahh I think Anakin and Obi-Wan are gonna need a vacation after what was supposed to be a fun bonding trip. Whoever this Granta Omega guy is he seriously ought to have more to do than send hunters after off-duty Jedi! Obi-Wan decides to have Dane and Floria come along for the ride as they search for Wren and the hunter who must have him. And the “ride” includes such things as maneuvering through a field of thorny flowers, defeating a second bounty hunter, climbing mountains, following clues (We now know the Jedi Temple has muffins. It would be a sad galaxy indeed if they didn’t have sweets of some kind, so yay to that! 😀 ), and quite a few holograms of Wren. Completely normal, right? Oh right that thing with the Wren holograms… that’s a problem, isn’t it? It slows ’em down but not for long because the Force. But it’s still not that easy because that bounty hunter was still using Master Honoran as bait and this guy knows his way around the trees in this neck of the woods and he’s armed with plenty of poison darts. Thankfully, a well-aimed surprise attack and the aid of some angry giant birds comes in handy. Wren’s alive, though not in the greatest shape, so Obi-Wan and Anakin decide it’s time to borrow a ride and head for home. But Teleq’s ship isn’t of much use since Dane disabled it in case the hunter made it out of the fight and the Jedi didn’t. So it’s time for another hike to find the third hunter’s ride. Floria is not into all this walking… I getcha there, girl. Along their way, Obi-Wan and Anakin have a moment of understanding and honesty as young Skywalker tries to figure out why his Force-sensing has been off today. It’s all about experience and patience, my friend. But things take a turn for the darker when they find the Tursha hunter from earlier has been poisoned, and the killer left no trace.
Wait… where was I? Sorry I just watched this cool video about Ahsoka on StarWars.com and I totally got off track. *Hit by brick* SORRY SORRY I’LL GET BACK TO BLOGGING ON THE BOOK! SHEESH EXCUUUSE ME FOR LOVING OF ALL THINGS STAR WARS! So anyway, Obi-Wan decides it’s time to play this game their way and gets Dane to call the great Omega himself and let him know they captured the Jedi, or so it will seem. On their way up the mountain to meet the big boss, our heroes run into the third bounty hunter, Hunti Pereg. Dude’s been stuck up here since he got his legs paralyzed by a poison dart, so he poses no threat other than freaking us out with his scarred face. In fact, he comes off pretty decent. So the Jedi and the young hunters just hang around for a while waiting for Granta Omega to meet them. After a while, it seems he’s not coming. But what does come is — of course — a few thermal detonators and a few attack droids. Somehow Jedi can’t go anywhere without a few of those on their tails! It’s not long after that before the mysterious armored bounty hunter shows his face. A battle on the snowy mountainside! Exciting! Well, it might be exciting but I don’t think it’s fun for the Jedi fighting it. Their best move is to make a dash for a thermal pool that could overload the hunter’s detonators. It’s not easy getting there, but they do get there. Obi-Wan gives the hunter a chance to escape, a chance to avoid a fiery death, but the hunter refuses, claiming to know something about a very powerful boss, a pyramid, and the fact that “there are things far more frightening than death”. Much ominous. Anakin doesn’t get why Obi-Wan tried to help the guy. His master explains that Qui-Gon’s greatest enemy Xanatos chose to die the same way, and even then, Qui-Gon had mourned him. Of course Obi-Wan doesn’t mention the fact that Xanatos was Qui-Gon’s former padawan who went to the dark side. But it’s true, from, you know, “a certain point of view”. Anakin still doesn’t really grasp it, but he adds it to an apparently long list of things to meditate on back in the Temple. I’m totally sure he’ll remember to do so… totally! /sarc/ Sorry that wasn’t fair I know forgive me. But the fact remains that any guy you wouldn’t want to face after failing must be some nasty, powerful guy. But either way, they now have a ride home. Anakin happens upon something interesting, however… the ship belongs to Hunti Pereg, not the guy they fought. Soon it becomes clear to Obi-Wan that that paralyzed hunter guy was Omega. So yeah definitely not “pretty decent”. Somehow that guy knew their whole ruse to begin with! And Anakin recalls he got no sense of darksidery or living Force from him, what Obi-Wan describes as a void, a way for someone with serious power to trick a Jedi. So yeah safe to say that Granta Omega is terrifying. And he just got more terrifying as Obi-Wan finds Omega left something for them… a Sith artifact, shaped like a pyramid, that happens to holoproject unspeakable, horrifying things. He really doesn’t want to tell Anakin about it at first, afraid for how he would react to it, but he chooses to let Anakin in on it, finally coming to his own realization that he is not his master, and he needs to make his own decisions. YUS they’re finally starting to figure this out! Obviously, Omega don’t play… this guy, though not a Sith, is most definitely a threat.
Back on Coruscant, things get wrapped up pretty quickly, they get Wren some professional medical help, the hand the pyramid over to the Jedi Council, and Dane and Floria are heading off to find a new start in the foster system… or maybe not… probably not, let’s be honest these are two slippery kids, nice as they are 😛 Anakin really wanted to go after Omega as soon as they’d found the artifact and had been pretty bummed when Obi-Wan decided against it. But it doesn’t mean Obi-Wan’s given up, no sir. Because they’re going to grab some info at a familiar eatery. Didi and Astri have since moved on, now guess whose place it is? Dexter Jettster! Yay I love getting to see the progression of things that eventually lead us to Episode II! Obi-Wan and Dex aren’t yet on a hugging-level of friendship, or even perhaps what you could call a friendship, but the big guy still has no problem keeping an eye out for info on this dark dude, and getting them some juma juice 🙂 Obi-Wan finally gives Anakin an official apology for not telling him stuff, explaining that he’d felt similarly as a padawan. He let him know that Anakin had helped him understand that he just needed be the best master he could be instead of trying to be Qui-Gon. And Anakin finally came to be at peace with his concerns with their relationship, whether he and Obi-Wan would have the same bond as he and Qui-Gon had had didn’t matter, what mattered is that he would be the best padawan he could be, and the bond would follow. And after all, they would become quite the dynamic duo in the end 🙂 Awwz! Love happy endings!
Oh right… but in the shadows of the diner, a figure happens to be watching. That figure is Omega. And he means business. Much ominous, indeed.
And so it’s done after nearly five straight hours of work! But I think it turned out pretty well in the end, and I definitely cannot WAIT to continue this series, as well as all of Jude Watson’s incredible SW tales, and all the many SW books I want to read, period! Ahhh I love this series so muchhhh… uh sorry anyway, look forward to reading along with you next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Path Of The Jedi

Hellooooo my fellow Star Wars fans! It’s a new year and time to get back on the blogging transport! The first post of this gloriously SW-filled year will be another Rebel Transmission, and this one’s on the mind-blowing, heart-wrenching, totally unpredictable, fantasticly fantastic Path Of The Jedi! Step inside… but remember, there’s no turning back. OK technically that’s what the “back” button on your browser is for, but I would hope you wouldn’t do that without having joined me in my thoughts and queries and theories and interesting tidbits. So without further ado, Path Of The Jedi‘s Rebel Transmission, ladies and gents!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, TCW episodes Voices and Sacrifice, Rebels episodes Gathering Forces and Path Of The Jedi.

I’m sure we can all relate to Kanan in this situation at some point in our lives. We spend all day planning to do something with a friend or family member and then said friend or family member goes and forgets about it, or is late, or distracted, etc, etc. Kanan has this whole Jedi test-thing planned for today and Ezra’s not on board the Ghost. For whatever reason, he came running back to the ship. His excuse? He was hanging out with Sabine. The question remains though… what were they doing out there anyway? Pranking some unsuspecting Imperial officer, I’m sure 🙂 Can you spell “paintballs”? Hehehe. Or technically paintBOMBS, the way Miss Wren works! OK not the point. If Ezra’d told his master that this episode would’ve probably gone an entirely different direction (can you also spell “angry paint-splattered Imperial”? XD ). Needless to say Kanan wasn’t really all that happy for his late arrival. Apparently this whole “being-late-for-Jedi-training-or-sometimes-missing-it-entirely-to-begin-with” thing is nothing new as of late. It’s not easy being a kid and then suddenly being a Jedi, and even harder going from a street kid to a Jedi. This is a lot of the reason Kanan’s planned this test out for today. Back on that fyrnock-covered asteroid, Ezra might’ve played with dark-sidery in fighting the ‘Quiz and Kanan’s well-aware that that incident and his padawan’s lack of focus/discipline/etc. could become a bad combination. And this test will prove if Ezra’s meant to be a Jedi or not. Which is kind of a huge potentially planetshaking question… and just the fact alone that Ezra’s future as a Force-wielder is questionable is kinda like… “ermagosh whaaaat?!”. And Young Bridger is clearly thinking the same thing we are. If he finds out he’s not meant to be a Jedi… what does that make him? Is there really any in-between between Jedi and Sith? Thinking on this, not really… the Sith are selfish and the Jedi are selfless… no one’s able to be either one of these all the time, but what you choose to do with such powers, that’s where your loyalty to which side lies. If it’s used for the good of others, or if it’s used for your own good, and even good, seemingly harmless intentions can be corrupted. Don’t think for a moment that Anakin wanted chaos and destruction, he believed he was getting order and justice, but figured out along the road that order and justice doesn’t seem to add up with your boss hitting your kid with Force lightning. Did any of that make sense? If it did, yay, I can actually have deep meaningful conversation! But yeah… still, who is Ezra, if not a Jedi? Which side does he really lean to? Ooooooh intrigue! On the lighter side of things though… man, that bit of “My master would’ve never let you get away with–” “All the things you tried to get away with?” and the look Kanan shoots him XD Perhaps Kanan did his fair share of pranking as well back at the Jedi Temple? Somehow that wouldn’t surprise me. Anyway, off our master and padawan go! Before their departure, Kanan confesses to Hera his uncertainties about the whole thing, but she’s awesome and cheers him on, believing that they both apprentice – and master- will pass the tests ahead of them. Aghh the feels here I just about died!! Hera always knows what to say :3
So as the Phantom goes off on its merry way, Kanan explains where they’re headed. Apparently, that one Jedi Temple we all know from the Prequels and the frosty one on Illum are far from the only ones. There are quite a number of them here and there and everywhere… except of course since most of them were destroyed by the Empire they’re not really “everywhere”. But that’s the first problem on this test: Ezra needs to use the Force to find their closest Temple. And after a few moments of uncertainty, Ezra finds there’s one smack-dab on Lothal! He won’t even have to leave his home planet! Of course, Kanan already knew this because holocron maps but hey, not too shabby Young Bridger 🙂 It’s quite the impressive structure for sure; it’s basically a really big conical rock amongst smaller really big conical rocks. Of course that’s hardly a good description, but whatever you and I both know it’s some kinda awesome-looking! And on top of that, it appears we’re at the Lothal poles, ’cause there’s a fair amount of ice, snow, and auroras up here. Not as frigid as Illum , but still a little chilly, evidently. Man my head about exploded at those gorgeous auroras! Seems weird we’ve never seen them in SW before! (OK if we technically have and I don’t remember it, don’t out me on it please…) So all awe over the temple aside, Ezra’s now in charge of finding the door. Turns out there’s only a door when both teacher and student use the Force together. Man I never ever get tired of watching Kanan and Ezra work together! It’s one of the times when they’re both really really in sync, when they stand out in front of something with hands extended and full focus on the Force. So now the two walk into the dark tunnel that leads into the Lothal temple. Which goes great until HOLY CANNOLI THAT’S A JEDI SKELETON and Ezra did what all of us would do and freak out. Anddd loss of focus = ominous door closing. Whoops. Ezra has the best combination of expressions on his face, one of “GOOD NIGHT THAT WAS DISTURBING!” and the other all “uh… I’m guessing that door closing’s my fault… heh…”. And now Kanan explains the test at hand. Ezra’s basically going into the “cave” a la Luke Skywalker. He’s going to be facing his fears, and Kanan’s going to sit this one out… with his fellow (deceased) Jedi. Sooo weird thought: these two Jedi who “sat this one out” never had their apprentices come back and I guess got locked in. But… didn’t anyone else come over and let them out?? What happened to those padawans?? And how is it they apparently died meditating? They just sat there and waited and waited and waiting until they joined with the Force? And then it occurs to us that basically Kanan’s life is riding on Ezra’s success out here. Yikes O.O And as soon as Ezra walks further into the Temple… a door happens to close behind him. Yup. It’s everyone’s nightmare of doing a test where you don’t know all the answers. OK it’s worse than that in some aspects, and better than that in other ways. Hoo boy this is where the fun begins. Ezra ventures through the dark tunnel until he comes upon three different pathways, and chooses it on account of a little Lothal edition of eenie-meenie-miney-moe (which honestly made me chuckle a little). And then uh… Kanan shows up behind him, all “Really man?”. And I’m all “wait… how’d he get through the doorOHhh wait is this real??”. Looking back, I’m surprised I didn’t realize it was all an illusion. But at the time, the interactions between Ezra and Kanan seemed so real… it was hard to know for sure. I remember back on the TCW episode Sacrifice how when Yoda and Anakin were evidently leading the troops against the Emperor and how it was hard to know if it was for real or not. Even when stuff happened that seemed to be impossible, like Anakin killing Dooku, I still had to wonder. But boy oh boy this episode upped the ante on the whole “real or illusion” thing in a way I couldn’tve imagined, that took the epicness of that TCW episode and brought it up a few notches more. So anyway, Ezra found himself running after his master, trying to figure out what the apparent rush was. And then suddenly the sound of a lightsaber striking and a cry of pain from Kanan. And when Ezra turns around… there stands The Inquisitor. With a wounded Kanan. And that all-too famliar deadly double-red blade. Kanan had warned Ezra that the Empire could be watching… so somehow the fact that ‘Quiz somehow got in here seems really really believable. And there’s nothing about Quizzy that seems out-of-place… still his unique blend of classy-evil, asking who wants to die first as casually as asking who wants some tea. He takes a few steps toward Ezra, but then Kanan, even with his injured arm, pulls out his lightsaber to defend him. And so starts a seriously intense duel that continues to make us wonder if what we’re seeing is real or not. And Ezra can only stand and watch; anything he tries to do just gets met with a Force-choke-throw from the ‘Quiz. Yeah looking back, this battle seems all-too familiar to another three-way lightsaber battle that doesn’t end well. And seriously, this is one of the most frightening duels yet, as we really don’t know if this is reality. It’s still frightening even knowing how it ends! And the ‘Quiz’s nasty grins in the middle of it all certainly don’t help. And thennn oh gosh The Inquisitor plays dirty and pulls out the second blade on his ‘saber and uses it to trip Kanan up… and then that moment we all feared… The Inquisitor drives the blade through Master Jarrus’s chest. No words can adequately describe the sheer distress and horror that comes when this kind of thing happens. No words. Except I usually make a pained gasp-squeak of emotional turmoil. I mean, I spent a lot of this episode wondering if we’d indeed lost Kanan after not even half a season. And if there’s one thing harder to watch than Kanan (assumptively) die, it’s watching Ezra watch Kanan (assumptively) die. AUGHHHH SO MUCH TEARS…! Literally just seeing that hint of tears in Ezra’s eyes about made me lose it myself. Of course, after the grief comes the anger. Ezra grabs Kanan’s saber and intends to fully avenge his master. But it doesn’t work! And The Inquisitor throwing around his blade like he does pushes Ezra literally to the edge, and is sent sprawling into an abyss. And he wakes up in… his room on the Ghost? Now this part seemed to clearly be an illusion… mostly. Honestly I felt like I’d gone to Wonderland at this point, where the doorknobs talk and up is down and right is left. I admit I was holding my breath in case it turned out to be like Episode IV and everyone he cared about had been killed by the Empire *shudders*. Oh but it was almost as bad… Ezra finds himself overhearing a conversation amongst Hera, Zeb, and Sabine… and they’re all talking about him. Hera seems to have lost all faith in him, and only regrets his loss because of what he was capable of. Zeb’s just glad to have his quarters back to himself. And Sabine pities him. OUCH. So much OUCH. At all of this, Ezra starts to put two and two together, that this can’t be real. And then, judging by the sudden shade of red in the room… and all the painful sounds that follow it… Ezra witnesses the very thing I feared we’d see the aftermath of. Aughhh Sabine’s unanswered cry for help is like a punch in the gut. And just seeing the hint of her having fallen at The Inquisitor’s hands… no words. I’m actually having trouble typing this man… I hurt for Ezra so much right now I can’t even… 😥 And then ‘Quiz slowly but surely corners Ezra… but before he knows it, Young Bridger takes another fall, and he’s back in the Temple. But he’s still standing behind a locked door, and he still has no idea what to do, where to go, or if he’d really lost his master. And now he’s alone, drowning in his fear of abandonment. Yup my heart’s pretty much broken now. WHYYYYYYYY. But then Ezra holds on to a single strand of hope. He’s survived being abandoned before, so he can do it again, and maybe Kanan’s not dead and he needs his help. But behind door number #1 is The Inquisitor… again. Ezra fires back that, since he was on the Ghost, the ‘Quiz must be an illusion, too. But then Quizzy is all “Maybe that was, but I’m not.” and grabs Ezra, and that alone is enough to set us in the audience on panic mode. If he can literally do that… doesn’t that make him real? And then we start freaking out for Ezra, and it starts to set in that Kanan might very well be dead. Hoo buddy this part will never fail to terrify me, just because it really starts to make us question any lingering thoughts we had earlier about it being an illusion. The Inquisitor corners Ezra once more, casually asking if the boy’s afraid to die (while, of course, holding on to his lightsaber). But as Ezra stands here, unarmed with seemingly nowhere to go with no chance of surviving, he comes on his own terms to realize that, while he may be afraid of abandonment, disappointing Kanan, and losing the people who matter to him most, he’s not afraid to face death. Gaahhhh the bravery on Ezra’s face…! The tears on my face are just streaming down. And then he calmly stands as the ‘Quiz strikes a red blade through him. But alas! Ezra’s still alive. Suddenly the red light fades away, and he’s alone once more. And in the quiet of the moment, he hears a voice. A voice he’s never heard, but one we certainly have… excuse me while I break up all this deep discussion with a fangirl moment OMGOSH IT’S YODA!!! NOT ONLY THAT BUT IT’S FRANK OZ YODA!! THE REAL FRANK OZ!!! (Not of course that Tom Kane wasn’t just as amazing, but you get what I mean) SQUEEEEEEEEEE!! OwO “For what lies ahead, ready are you?” so much deep, Master Yoda! And then the voice manifests himself in the form of sparkly lights, just like Qui-Gon back on Voices! I can see Yoda’s done well in his immortality lessons thus far 🙂 And naturally, when someone introduces themself as a guide and appears in sparkly light-form, you have to follow them. And Ezra starts on the next half of his journey, the one where he follows the light.
It is now that we finally see Kanan again. And oh happy day he’s alive!! Still just meditating away, wondering what’s taking Ezra so long. And then Yoda decides to talk to him for a bit. Consider Kanan’s mind BLOWN. As well… he was on the boat with everyone else that you can’t exactly go around talking to people when you’re dead. Of course, Yoda’s not dead, but does Kanan know that? Either way, it’s still kinda weird having someone subliminally talk to you when they’re not around. After he recovers from the shock, Kanan’s cool with getting to somehow talk with his long-time-no-seen master-of-masters. Yoda can tell that Kanan’s a little reluctant in the teaching game. And Kanan admits that he does sometimes have second thoughts about training Ezra, only because he doubts himself and his capabilities. Poor guy still doesn’t feel qualified. With Ezra seemingly growing stronger by the minute he’s not sure if he can keep up, and if he can avoid failing the boy. And honestly? Kanan isn’t totally sure whether his feelings are right or wrong sometimes, he’s been out of the Jedi game for so long. But Kanan will do everything in his power to keep Ezra from taking the paths he took. YUS. You go, Master Jarrus!
Meanwhile, Ezra and Yoda’s conversation continues. Man, Yoda is so good at what he does. When Ezra comes to that three-way doorway, Yoda tells him to trust the Force and himself to help him find his way. Once he’s picked his door, he finds himself in a room lit dimly by glowing carvings on the wall. And it’s there that Yoda decides to ask him why Ezra wants to be a Jedi in the first place. Yeah that’s a good question, because most of us would answer that with “I’m in it for the lightsaber” (c’mon, honest, you must be). His first answer is because Kanan believes he can, which isn’t that good of an answer. His second answer is that he’s maybe interested in the power, and a lot interested in getting back at the Empire and everything they cost him. Yeah that’s just a bad answer period, Yoda knows that for sure. But it’s his third answer that’s the real truth. He wants to protect others, including the people who made him see that there was more to life than just fighting for oneself. The people who helped him see the joy in giving to others, in helping others, in showing love to others, and made him find joy and purpose in that as well. It makes him feel alive. Just… wow. Aw man… *sniff*. It’s then that Yoda assures him that though the path will not be easy, becoming a Jedi is a very likely happening in Young Bridger’s future. And then… a glowing blue spark descends in the darkness. It’s after a few seconds that it occured to me and I literally squealed “ERMAGOSH IT’S A LIGHTSABER CRYSTAL!!!” and started bouncing in my seat. Haha I will never forget that reaction as long as I live… XD
So finally Ezra walks through the Temple door, back to where his master sits. And boy, color Kanan impressed that his apprentice already has his hands on a kyber crystal! Once Ezra finds out what a kyber crystal is for, he’s pretty wowed himself. Yes, the master and padawan leave the Lothal Temple on good terms, moving onward to whatever happens next. And a few weeks down the road, Ezra reveals to his comrades what he’s been working on — his lightsaber. And oh wow oh wow oh wow… it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. It’s different, but in the best of ways! And it’s pretty much too fantastic for words. Yeah and then I started getting all weepy and feely; “Ahmagosh Ezra’s growing upppppp…!!“. Yup, really couldn’tve asked for a better lightsaber for Ezra… or a better ending. Ever.
So yeah seriously I didn’t think my mind could get this blown. Or my emotions go through so many highs and lows in under half an hour. But that’s just Star Wars for ya 😀 On an interesting note, I was surprised that there was a fair amount of similarity to Jude Watson’s Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth. Without giving much away, that tale tells of Anakin making his lightsaber on Illum, and the whole experience has a lot of similarities as both master and apprentice face some pretty earth-shattering, emotionally-draining visions. And it proves my theory that not every Jedi learns the same way. So cool! Go read that now or if you’ve read it, go read my post on it now. So anyway, I’m excited for a whole new year of Star Wars awesomeness and hopefully you can be expecting more blogs (including more topical, fun posts) from me in the weeks to come!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Rise Of Clovis

I apologize this blog’s late arrival, but dang man does this episode have a lot to talk about! I’ve spent days organizing all my thoughts on this one! I mean, I can write a pretty good-length in-depth blog on a TCW episode that focuses on a battle, but if you want to get my thinker thinking and my thoughts spread out in thousands of words, give me a character-driven, emotionally-focused episode like The Rise Of Clovis! Better make sure you’re comfortable, because you’re probably going to be spending a good chunk of your day reading this one…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI, the Clone Wars Microseries, TCW episodes Senate Spy, Overlords, The Lawless, Conspiracy, An Old Friend, The Rise Of Clovis

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(Original screencap credit: Netflix)

So while Anakin, Padme, and Clovis made quite the escape after the craziness on Skipio, the Banking Clan dudes (who I’m now aware are Muuns) are freaking out amongst themselves now that Padme has all their profiteering secrets in the palm of her hand. Though I just can’t help but wonder… is there some unwritten rule that all Muuns have to have goofy-sounding voices? I mean, it’s not something you’d think about just watching Episode II when San Hill talks, but then you go and watch the Clone Wars microseries when Durge was defending them on Muunilist and yeah, they all sound a little funny. And that’s been proved in these last couple of episodes once again. A part of me is snickering at their voices while a part of me reminds me that this is a serious situation… it’s quite a battle, I must say 🙂 So anyway, they’re trying to make sure their plans go unnoticed, and one of them in particular has a brief meeting with none other than Darth Sidious. First the Kaminoans and now the Muuns? Is it just me or is Palpatine weaving a common thread of treachery in this season? The Muun dude’s a bit concerned about this situation at hand with the Senator’s escape, but Sidious reassures him that the Muuns aren’t in any kind of trouble and that he’ll be fine… or so he says.
Meanwhile, our heroes just got off the ship back on Coruscant to Yoda’s greeting. “Adventures on Skipio, have you had?” ohhh Yoda you don’t know the half of it. Evidently, they’ve all met, including Yoda and Clovis… one has to wonder how and when that happened, but eh, it might not be anything special, perhaps they were both in line at Starbucks or something. But Yoda came out to meet them mainly because Palpatine was to have a meeting concerning the whole Banking Clan debacle.
As soon as we get into the meeting, it’s clear that Rush Clovis is no fan favorite simply by the words of Bail Organa “EXCUUUUUSE ME IF I DON’T TRUST HIM AFTER WHAT HE DID!”. And I’m guessing that everyone else there’s probably thinking similarly. Clovis tries to calm the waters and again tries to make it clear he’s a changed man and he’s got serious dirt on this huge-deal situation. Even Padme shows her sliver of support (though as expected, Anakin’s kinda on Bail’s side of the matter). He sounds pretty sincere in all of it, though… I suppose we’ll have to see whether or not a Nexu can changes its stripes (see what I did there?? 😀 ) Ultimately though, Palpatine in his always-convincing manner decides that they should cut Clovis some slack and assigns him and Padme to the case once more. And at the words “Clovis and Padme must work closely…”, you can just see Anakin flinch just the slightest (Anyone else wondering if Palpatine’s trying to make Anakin freak out? Either way, he’s doing a pretty good job). As everyone departs from the meeting, Anakin singles his significant other out of the crowd in 1.2 seconds and totally blows up “WHY DID YOU AGREE TO WORK WITH HIM?!”. It’s getting kind of sad how many times Padme has to tell him “I’m not into Clovis, I’m just trying to do the right thing!” as of late. And then Anakin does what no smart husband would ever do… he “suggests” she bail out, no, he demands she do so! I’m all “oh no he didn’t!” and Padme probably would’ve too if it weren’t for the fact she was trying to avoid unwanted attention, instead she attempts to re-remind Anakin what an important thing trust is between them, only for Clovis to awkwardly interrupt. Aw man, how long was he standing there?? So now Anakin looks like the bad guy in all of this, still going all “mother hen” on Padme. I had thought about something interesting in all of this, he wasn’t nearly this crazy back in Season 2’s Senate Spy. Yes, he was a bit edgy, and yes, he was both not a fan of Clovis and concerned for Padme’s safety, but he certainly didn’t go to this level of angriness and jealousness, at least, he didn’t seem to. I think that it partially has to do with the fact that Anakin’s not as in control as he was back when all he had to do was tip the ship and lock them down a distance apart. Now, that little control freak side of him is grappling for something to hold on to in his mission to protect Padme, and ironically she’s in less danger this time around. That, and well… ever since some time in Season 3, Anakin’s gotten a bit more tense, a bit more trigger-hair, a bit more scary when he gets mad… slowly but surely coming up to where it all accumulates in Episode III. Plus, Padme’s fake flirting probably never sat well with Anakin, even with it being fake (like perhaps the hug she gave Clovis to keep him from noticing Anakin). A part of him stillllll worries… *sigh*. Get it together, man! So Padme shoots Anakin a “This conversation isn’t over” look and heads off with Clovis to get to work. Meanwhile, Dooku and Sidious conjure up a little plan that could potentially get Clovis back on their side of the game…
All while that drama was ensuing, Anakin found solace in his Jedi quarters, doing some metalwork. It reminded me of the bit from Jude Watson’s Jedi Quest #1, about how Anakin still enjoyed working with machines because it let him fix something in a world where not everything can be fixed. Makes complete sense in the midst of this difficult situation. I have to wonder what he’s actually fixing up, though… looks kinda like a droid, maybe? Oh can we talk about the fact that we get to see Anakin’s quarters? It’s super cool for me, as I’ve never really seen them in great detail before. I mean, the attention to detail is fascinating!! The podracer posters on the walls, the little model ships, the large accumulation of metal junk! It takes us back to Anakin’s roots! I think we’ve seen other Jedi’s quarters before, but I can’t remember for certain, but even if we did, they didn’t have a lot of character. Comparably, Anakin’s room looks a whole lot like his bedroom on Tatooine, and gives you a look into his interests aside from peacekeeping and war general-ing; it actually looks like a normal bedroom with loads of personality!
Anyway, as Anakin was blowtorching, Obi-Wan came in. To which I’m like “YAY it’s been so long since we’ve had actual conversation with him!”. And he’s sorta awkwardly wondering if Anakin’s okay… and awkwardly brings up “Yoda was sensing something wrong with you and I kinda am too… and it sorta seems like it has something to do with Clovis… what’s up, bro?”. Naturally Anakin’s all “It’s all cool, just worried about him being a bad guy and junk. And Senator Amidala nearly, you know, died and stuff last time they hung out.”, but Obi-Wan isn’t buying it, after all, this certainly isn’t the first time Padme’d courted danger (um… “courted” was a poor choice of words). And that’s where the lightswitch was flipped for him: Anakin still has a thing for Padme! He probably found it pretty obvious back in Episode II with Anakin’s majorly awkward-schoolboy-crush hello and gundark-nest nerves, and I could see points throughout TCW where he might’ve wondered, but now it’s a lot clearer. I guess this is why it didn’t take too long for him to figure out why Padme wasn’t too keen on giving away Anakin’s location in Episode III. Obi-Wan’s response is not too far from what a parent would say to a tween in distress over their first zit: “Feeling feelings is completely normal! I mean, you know I had a thing for Satine and stuff. Acting on them is the problem.” I was pleasantly surprised to see the Duchess get brought up again. While The Lawless got wrapped up well ultimately, I couldn’t help but wonder how Obi-Wan made peace with her passing in the interim. Maybe I’m crazy, but when I look at his face at that moment, I’m not sure that Obi-Wan’s passive mentioning of their “thing” is totally “past-tense”… good ol’ Obi-Wan, always trying to be the best Jedi he can be, even at expense of his own emotions. But at risk of me spending another long paragraph on this subject, I’ll save other thoughts on them for other posts and we’ll get back to the situation at hand. Because as we know, Obi-Wan doesn’t do the “hate” thing like Anakin more-or-less does. Anakin responds the way most people do at that kind of assumption: “WE’RE JUST FRIENDS.” and Obi-Wan’s all “Uh huh. Well, then you shouldn’t have any problem turning the jealousy train around back to station”. I love this scene to pieces because it shows just how great Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship is, that they (or at least Master Kenobi) can be honest about stuff, even sticky areas like this. Of course, Anakin sorta still chalks it up to wanting to protect the Senator, while we know that he probably didn’t get much out of the conversation, especially knowing how this episode ends.
On the other side of things, awkward moments continue to dominate as Padme and Clovis get down to business… sort of. Apparently, the two just got back from the opera (again, something I would’ve never imagined to exist in the SW universe), and it was not Padme’s idea to have gone in the first place. We meet up with them at her place, making a nice meal between friends while they continue to dig deeper into the conspiracy. They get to talking a bit, recalling their own series of adventures in SW-ian politics, as we see Clovis not-so-subtlely attempt to slip his arm around her (Ugh he has it so so bad for her). Padme stands up and quickly changes the subject and asks her just-friend how he got involved with the Muuns to start with. Turns out, as he explains, his family worked for them and later, when he was orphaned, he was practically adopted by them. One has to wonder… if he spent his tween and teen years with the Muuns, how did that even go? Middle school and high school are a time when everyone’s concerned about how they look and who they are, and when you’re the only kid in school with hair and without a crazy lanky frame and tiny eyes, that must’ve been extremely awkward. Yeesh. No wonder he must’ve liked Padme from the get-go as young politicians, he probably had almost forgotten what a human girl looked like! Haha. Unfortunately their moment of honesty is broken up by Clovis again trying a bit too hard. Padme’s not cool with it. And thennnn Clovis voices something I figured he never bring up: “Waaaaait are you into that Jedi or something? Aren’t Jedi not supposed to be romantically involved with anyone or risk getting kicked out of the Order?” I remember when they first showed a fragment of this episode in the trailer for Season 5 (even though it turned out not to be in Season 5), and the theory I put together was that Anakin accidentally revealed his and Padme’s relationship to Clovis and he (assumptively still a big-time Seppie) in turn had major dirt on them that he could reveal to the big shots, risking everything about their well-kept secret. As I learned, that was slightly off, but he still sorta figured it out. And to that, Padme’s all “We’re just friends! Seriously, you shouldn’t just assume.” which, oh gosh… Clovis sees as an opportunity to make a move. Now, I’m sure that Padme could’ve handled herself and pulled out her blaster on him again, but seconds before that potential kiss could’ve happened, ANAKIN WALKED IN. Of course, I can’t help but wonder why Anakin was coming over in the first place. Was he coming over to potentially patch things up between the two of them? Was he bringing her coffee as a sweet little “heard you were working late” gift? Did he leave his cloak in the closet again? Well, whatever it was, Anakin forgot about it and turned his focus to his evident rival and Force-choked and Force-threw the Separatist prettyboy against the wall. Clovis isn’t one to be intimidated, though, and incites a little hands-on no-Force, no-Lightsaber fistfight. Clovis is pretty good, but nobody told him that Anakin has a robotic arm and has a major advantage. All light description aside, this fight is seriously kind of terrifying; Anakin is seriously dangerous in this fight, and he is in no way holding back, even as Padme keeps yelling at them to knock it off. Until in a sudden moment of clarity, Anakin realizes what he just did. I’ve enjoyed seeing the light, fun, chill, not-angsty side of Anakin in the TCW series, so it always knocks me for a loop when the dark, not-fun, scary, beyond-just-angst-this-is-anger side of him shows up in the later seasons, and the connection between this CG Anakin and the Episode III Hayden Christiansen Anakin becomes clear. It’s not a bad thing, really, it’s just an often harsh reminder of what is to come; without darkness, the light doesn’t shine as brightly, shall we say. So anyway, Captain Typho heard some of the scuffle and came with the guards to find out what happened. Now, as Clovis is on his knees all black and blue, he had total right to oust Anakin in this situation, but he did a rather honorable thing and said “Some hired attacker came in and did this, if it weren’t for General Skywalker, I’d probably be a lot worse off”. And Anakin, kinda shocked at Clovis covering him, agrees to that statement as the guards help Clovis to a medical droid. Without notice from anyone else, Anakin gives her this “OMGosh I’m so sorry” look and Padme gives him this “You’re so sleeping on the couch tonight!” glare. And it only goes downhill from here…
Clovis turned out to be pretty much OK, but he was in for yet another surprise this evening — his med droid doc turned out to work for Count Dooku, and the Count gave him a call. Now this always gets me wondering… why a medical droid? Of all the medical droids in the vicinity, how was it just this particular one? And how would Dooku have known Clovis would need a medical droid? My theory is that there was a hired attacker involved, but by the time he parked outside the window, he caught a glimpse of Anakin and Clovis’ scuffle and was all “Nuts! That guy beat me to the punch! Eh at least I’ll still get paid…”. However it happened, Dooku was here talking to him. Dooku offered him a new job opportunity as the new head of the banks, and at first Clovis is all “No way! I know you Seps haven’t been handling money right!” but Dooku knows how to convince, and before he knew it, Clovis had a new position. And that could either be really good or really bad ultimately… and I’ve got a bad feeling it’s the latter.
So as for Anakin and Padme, there was more than a little tension between them. Anakin finally realizes he’s gone too far with the whole situation and he’s sorrier than sorry about it. He apologizes profusely even before he questions what he thought he saw, to which again Padme repeats herself “NOTHING. HAPPENED. HE’S. JUST. A. FRIEND.”. While Anakin hasn’t been a shining example of goodness or anything lately, I still can’t help but feel sorry for him somehow. I’m reminded much of the part in the episode Overlords where Anakin has a vision of his mom and he confesses to her how much he feels like he’s failed his mom and how much he wants to protect his wife. While we know that that wasn’t really Shmi, she only spoke the truth, that Anakin’s overprotectiveness and determination to keep her alive “isn’t love”. Of course, we know Anakin has attachment issues, but he wouldn’t really get it until the day he’d save Luke and in turn Luke would save him. But before I get on to a really long paragraph on my thoughts on the “love vs. attachment” thing, let’s get back to the story. Padme’s crazy frustrated with the whole thing, and she just sorta breaks down and says “Look, if we can’t have trust in the midst of this already living-a-lie marriage…” I shuddered to hear the next part, “…we shouldn’t see each other anymore, at least not for a while” O.O I never thought I’d see the day when the kinda most important couple in the entire Prequel Trilogy would break up! And it’s really bad considering they’re married and they’re breaking up! Even if it is temporary it’s still sad! Aughhh!! 😥 Yet in Episode III they’re all lovey-dovey and cute and nothing’s wrong (at least not until Anakin goes all dark side on us)! So that was that… Padme goes off to have a good cry and Anakin drives off in his starfighter wondering what the heck just happened.
The next day, Clovis seems to have brought the bad guy Muuns to justice and steps up in front of the Senate to potentially be the new head of the banks. He’s met by quite an angry crowd, but with Padme’s support, somehow the vote ends up going to him in the end (Though Bail still isn’t convinced, no vote from him…). And Anakin can only watch in the background, looking a little lost, and watching this guy he still doesn’t trust majorly win with help from the wife he still loves. After the meeting, Anakin turns to Palpatine for a little counsel, and the Chancellor admits that, evidently, he’s doesn’t entirely trust Clovis either. Palpatine encourages Anakin that the two of them just continue keeping an eye out… but we can only imagine what the guy has planned that neither Anakin nor Padme and not even Clovis know about…
*Whew* I’m finally done! But it was pretty fun to write this one, considering what a great episode it is! I suppose we can only wait and see what will happen next in all this craziness, because I’m quite aware that all these Uncovering blogs are ending on intriguing terms. But until next time…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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SW Summer Reads – Jedi Prince #1: The Glove Of Darth Vader

There’s all this exciting news buzzing about in the SW Universe, and I chose to write a blog about a book written twenty years ago. Yes, I am kinda weird, I know. But who am I to postpone the finale for this year’s SW Summer Reads blogs? So, patience! I’ll write my thoughts on those things another day. Right now, I’m taking a nostalgic look back on the first book of Paul and Hollace Davids’ Jedi Prince series: The Glove of Darth Vader.
Ah yes, the Jedi Prince series… this was the first series and currently the only series I’ve read that takes place post-Episode VI. Back in 2011, shortly after reading my first SW fiction Jedi Quest, I picked up book five, Queen Of The Empire, at my library. Yes. I actually kinda read them backwards. Somehow, I didn’t notice the obvious number “5” on the weathered old hardcover’s spine. I am really really glad that I didn’t end up reading book six first. However, despite that I read them out of order, I couldn’t help but enjoy them. You could sit there and be all “they’re not serious enough” or “they’re not legit enough to be Expanded Universe” or whatever it is that critical SW fans think, but I love them. Not to criticize Expanded Universe books myself, but I too often hear of SW books that are darker than I’d prefer. I know that SW has its dark moments and tragedies and I’m OK with it, but you likely won’t see me reading anything where a main-main-hero character gets killed, a main-main-hero character goes all Sith on us, or anything centering around a super-evil bad guy. Not saying I might not ever, but the Davids have their own lighthearted, exciting, intense, well-written, epic in scale, and easy-to-read-for-those-of-us-who-still-are-learning-about-Star-Wars SW stories that I already am into. This particular one, The Glove Of Darth Vader, was published in 1992, which, if I’m correct, was the renaissance of Expanded Universe fiction. This series, as you may already know, takes place after the events of Episode VI with our familiar Original Trilogy friends (I’m finally talking more about the Original Trilogy! Yayyyy!!). So go find the book and read it if you haven’t, and join me and we can rule the galaxy as… wait, what?! No… I meant, and join me on reading The Glove Of Darth Vader!

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(I’ll let you take a minute here and enjoy the epic cover art)
NOTE: Contains spoilers from The Glove Of Darth Vader and Episode VI
Before we get into for real, can I just say that I love how they start off the story with “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”? It just makes it even cooler to read! 😀
Not unlike Episode IV, our story starts off with the droids. And as usual, Threepio Is complaining about something. Luke is prepping the two for a spy mission to Kessel, and any droids that draw as much attention to themselves as these two do are in need of a makeover. In this case, as nasty-looking, green Kessel mining droids. Artoo’s all “Dude, I make this outfit look good!” Theepio is not impressed, nor is he thrilled at losing his golden sheen.
What’s their mission’s objective? Mon Mothma, leader of the Senate’s Planetary Intelligence Network (SPIN, to the cool kids), breaks it down. As you most likely know, the Emperor is out of office, shall we say, and Vader’s not around to take his place. But somehow, the Empire’s still hanging around despite their leaders are gone. So they’re looking for a new potential emperor at a meeting on the lovely planet of Kessel. Not only that, but there’s a fair chance that the new emperor will wear the ultimate symbol of evil — the indestructible right-hand glove of Darth Vader. At least, as far as Dark Side Prophet Kadann predicts (as you’ll learn, he’s a little less than reputable). Yikes, what did they make that glove out of?! It managed to make it out of the exploding Death Star and halfway ‘cross the galaxy! (I bet Vader never had a problem opening pickle jars 😛 Of course, if you want to get technical, having the robotic arm in the first place… oh never mind! Just chuckle at the last joke and move on!) Off-topic note, but I actually found out that this event has ties with the Droids animated series/comics! Cool, right? But we’ll get into that later. So, off go Threepio and Artoo to Kessel, one of the nastiest planets in the SW Universe.
Prior to this, Han gives his goodbyes to Leia as he heads out to Bespin to work on a new house in the clouds. Leia’s not particularly thrilled considering he’s temporarily leaving his place with the Rebel Alliance and she’ll miss him like heck. But she gets him too much to keep him from putting together his first real home… aww… :3
Sorry, I just had to make mention of that… anyway, back to the droids! They had a bit of a rocky landing on Kessel in their disguised pod, but none too worse for the wear as they make their way through a slave escape tunnel to Kessendra Stadium, where the Imperials await to find out who’s the new Emperor. Kessendra Stadium has such a nice name; it’s a shame it’s a) on Kessel and b) it’s loaded to the brim with bad guys. Oh right, and they also hold gladiator games with the slaves. Lovely…
Introducing our new Emperor is Grand Moff Hissa, who is both powerful, respectful, and seriously creepy. Oh, and duh, evil, but you knew that. His most obvious physical trait is his teeth, which have been sharpened into fangs (every villain knows he has to look at least a little evil to be evil). I don’t know why, but I imagine his voice to be like Malcolm McDowell. But the guy introducing the new Emperor isn’t nearly as important as the new Emperor himself… and that new guy is Trioculus. And he just so happens to be the son of Darth Sidious. *Audience gasps* Trioculus is the nastiest slavelord on Kessel, so he’s got the whole “powerful” thing down that’s crucial to Emperors. He’s tall, dark, and… uh… handsome, I guess? IDK about that… the third eye in the middle of his forehead probably keeps a lot of fangirls at a distance (it also probably means he has no fangirls… 😛 ). Hey, I’m just referring to what the book described him as, people! All villains have a tragic backstory, and that’s certainly the case for Trioculus; he was raised by his alien mom (he um… got his mom’s eyes) and his third eye made him became a natural bullying target as a kid, thus he became the most feared bully at any Kessel school and grew up to become one of the most feared men on the planet as well. He’s a natural shoo-in for Emperor, right? He’s got the look, the personality, the Grand Moffs as supporters, and the birthright even! But everyone’s wondering about that whole “Vader’s glove” thing… perhaps they shouldn’tve brought it up to him. The less-than-fortunate grand admiral and royal guard got themselves a mouthful of Force Lightning. Ouch.
A short time later, the Imperials were having a lovely dinner with Trioculus when the new Emperor made it clear that he needed that glove. After all, he wanted to make certain the dark prophecy was about him and no one else. Also, what if a Kowakian lizard-monkey found it first and Kadann declared him the fulfillment of the prophecy?! Do you know what kind of terror one of those little guys could cause in the Emperor’s seat?! XD So yeah… they decided to get a new base on Hoth and continued to further their search for that glove.
Meanwhile, Threepio and Artoo had a couple of unexpected delays getting back to the Alliance (meaning their pod getting destroyed by a stormtrooper and prior to that, the two getting lost in the streets of Kessel), thankfully, Luke and Admiral Ackbar dropped by to give them a lift and returned to Mon Calamari with barely a hitch. And that’s about when Trioculus got a message from a guy named Captain Dunwell… who is this Captain Dunwell, you ask? A poacher, basically. Illegally hunting Calamarian whaladons for those with discerning taste in fine dining and obviously, no heart. Whaladons are kinda like Earth whales, but bigger, white, and lumpy-looking. The poor things are critically endangered, and we can thank Dunwell and the Empire for most of that dirty work. But thankfully, there’s a Jedi, an Alliance leader, and two droids with dirt on the Empire on their way to the planet now! And this particular whaladon, Leviathor, knows exactly who can help them (good thing Ackbar is a whaladon whisperer; heheheh talk about a tongue twister!).
At the exact same time just about, Trioculus and his entourage arrived on the planet, too, ready to hear about Captain Dunwell’s little discovery. Perhaps “little” is an understatement: the Captain found Death Star debris on Calamari… including a certain glove. Trioculus is all “YAYAYAYAYAYYYYY!!!” (Well, on the inside…)
So das hunt is on. Trioculus wants Vader’s glove. Luke and Ackbar want to help save the whaladons. As Threepio would say, “Here we go again.” 🙂
As Dunwell’s ship goes on to find Trioculus’ treasure, it manages to get ahold of four more whaladons, including Leviathor! (Insert dramatic, Obi-Wan/Luke-esque “NOOOOOOOO!!” here) But do our heroes give up?! No! If one thing’s for sure, it’s that Luke Skywalker never gives up! (Except, maybe, for that third grade math test, but… uh… that’s not the point!)
So as they were trying to rescue the whaladons, they found they’d caught The Emperor Jr. in the midst of finding his new fashion accessory. And the next thing you know, they get accidentally sucked into the ship with a giant Calamarian squid.
Meanwhile, Trioculus finally had the glove, but, like a kid who just received a defunct toy for Christmas, was shocked to find he couldn’t Force Choke people with it. In fact, as is revealed through Trioculus and Hissa, he can’t really use Force Lightning either, because, apparently *spoiler alert*, Trioculus isn’t actually Palpatine’s son. Palpatine’s real son is for some reason (as we will soon find out) in the Imperial loony bin, and Hissa figured that since the rightful heir is insane, they can just use Trioculus as the next best thing. So despite he’s got the (not-so) unlimited power with his fake Force Lightning and the best seat in the Empire, he’s still none too pleased. Thankfully (or… uh… not-so thankfully), Force Choking can be faked, too. But, holy plot twist, Dunwell overheard everything! And he barely turned around before he ran smack into a certain Jedi… and it’s not smart for anyone to mess with a Jedi, you all know…
Give Artoo a few seconds, and he’s got the terrible hunting ship on self-destruct and is about to free the whaladons. He is totes awesome. And then suddenly in walks Trioculus. Trioculus tried fake Force Choking, but didn’t get the chance. He then tried fake Force Lightning, but well, he realized all-too soon that fake Force Lightning in one’s hand has some… painful side effects. Plus, Luke and his lightsaber > Force Lightning 😀
In the long run, Luke managed to get off the ship, back into their minisub, free Leviathor and the whaladons, and all ended well. Trioculus? Well, as is the case for most SW villains, you don’t just kill them off in the first story. He’s currently ignoring his sudden eye problems and just happy as giant clams that he has the glove. I mean, does it even cross his mind that, now that the core supplier of whaladon meat (the self-destructed ship and the Captain, who got the “reward” that every Sith-y sort gives their hired scum) is destroyed, they’re probably eating canned ravioli for dinner! But he doesn’t care! He just gots his glove! Well, he’ll most certainly be back. And so, Luke and the droids got the chance to see a beautiful and majestic-sounding whaladon concert, which sounds insanely awesome. But as Luke is thinking himself, this battle was only the beginning…
So that, ladies and gents, is The Glove Of Darth Vader! And that was also the last of this year’s SW Summer Reads. But this won’t be the last book I give my commentary on, no sir! After all, there are plenty more stories to read and, of course, all of these series have more stories to share (and for me to blog about). So anyway, I personally love this series and each of its chapters are a sheer awesome delight to read. Ahhh why did the Davids never write any other SW series?!?! (Well, at least, not to my knowledge…) But anyway, the next post will be most likely more laid-back. In that case, it’ll probably take way less time to write… 🙂
Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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