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Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Lost One

With only a few weeks left before Rebels comes out, it’s time to get down to the very last of The Lost Missions! Which of course reminds me that we’re getting down to the very last of The Clone Wars period… *sniffles* But within these last four Uncovering blogs are to be so much awesome that four posts can barely contain it! Seriously. So join me, will you, for a bit of discussion and thoughts on this incredible episode? πŸ™‚
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode V, and TCW Episodes The Lost One


(Original screencap credit: Netflix)

So we get to see Plo Koon again (yayyyy!)… or not see.. I mean, that planet he went out to respond to that distress call is dusty like heck! Not the point, but seriously we can’t really see anyone in all this mess! Plo and the clones are searching high and low in the soup, but not really coming up with anything for a while. Untillll suddenly comes into the picture a crashed ship… (am I the only one wondering how a distress call came from a totally crashed abandoned ship? Was it sent a long time ago and it just didn’t reach the Jedi until now or what?) oooooh mysteriousss!! It’s even more mysterious on the inside, as yeah, it’s a totally crashed abandoned ship, emphasis on the “abandoned” part… it’s emptier than Palpatine’s soul (sorry not sorry)! Except then Master Plo finds something in the dust and debris… a lightsaber. That belonged to somebody. And that somebody might be someone we have yet to get some dirt on… all this junk is heading back to Coruscant!
So if you didn’t already know, that somebody would be Master Sifo-Dyas (*phew* I spelled it right!). This Sifo guy has always been a mystery to us SW fans… at least to me, anyway. I remember my curiosity and confusion watched Episode II for the first time, being all “Whuuuuut…? A Jedi said ‘Hey! Let’s make a clone army for whatever reason!’?”. And the thing about that was, I had been watching TCW for a few months at the time I saw Episode II (I already understood enough from just having seen Episode I to be able to enjoy TCW Seasons 1 & 2). And even now, after having watched all the movies and almost all the TCW, this Sifo-Dyas thing was something I still couldn’t figure out. Well, good thing The Lost Missions decided to answer those questions, right? Anyway, the Jedi are intrigued by Plo Koon’s find, but still as confused as we are. Obi-Wan knows what he heard, that on that fateful day he walked into the Kaminoan cloning facility, the Kaminoans were expecting Master Sifo-Dyas, who apparently was in charge of the whole cloning deal. And of course, Sifo-Dyas pulled that stunt entirely without asking the Jedi Council. Apparently, this guy was quite the rebel in his own right… just… not in a good way as far as the Jedi are concerned. But evidently, Sifo had figured they’d eventually need an army, even though the rest of the Jedi were all “Psh! You cray!”. But certainly no one was complaining when Yoda arrived in that gunship with a bunch of ready-to-fight-for-the-good-guys clonetroopers when droids and Geonosians had them surrounded! And ever since then, they’ve kinda dropped the subject. But now… the big questions have returned, and the Jedi are interested in getting some answers.
So they dropped by the temple library to get some answers. But things aren’t matching up… so Sifo-Dyas died trying to resolve conflict on Felucia, but exactly how is it the ship crashed? (OK maybe I’m just wondering that) And on top of that, the rest of the information on the case has been mysteriously locked up… by the supreme chancellor. Why am I NOT surprised about that? Yoda sends Obi-Wan and Anakin off to gather some dirt on Felucia, and Yoda decides to have a little talk with the Chancellor. Oooooh this is getting all so mysterious!!
But man oh man, am I the only one who shudders a little watching Yoda and Palpatine talk… kinda normally? It’s not the only time they’ve talked, I know, but as far as I can remember, the only time they’ve talked mano y mano! YeeEeeeEeeesh it just gives me the shivers… how is it this guy pulled off such a charade with such smart, strong Jedi around?! Just watching the Supreme Chancellor in this conversation… seeing him clearly play dumb and act like he doesn’t know stuff… I’ve been talking about how, throughout most of the episodes this season, he’s been particularly wily and sneaky and creepy, and yeah it’s all accumulating here. I mean, really… dude, we know you know something about all of this… a lot of somethings, actually. About Sifo-Dyas, about the clone army, about this wonderful plan of yours that the Jedi are completely oblivious to… all I can say is that he’s one good Sith, clearly, if he can play innocent around this amazing Jedi and not arouse his suspicions. Palpatine’s all “Hey look man, I wasn’t even in office at the time Sifo died. Go talk to Vallorum if you want answers!” and that’s what Yoda does… as the secret Sith gives his “little green friend” the creepiest, nastiest look ever upon his departure. Ohhh I literally got goosebumps people… YIKES.
As Yoda’s about to head out, he gets word from Obi-Wan and Anakin that, despite some communication difficulties with the Felucian natives, they’ve found out that another Jedi accompanied Sifo-Dyas on that fateful mission. The communication issues have kept them from knowing who it is, though, soooo yeah… “one of those days, it has been”, but at least Yoda’s got an idea where to head next.
So wow, it feels really crazy to be seeing ex-Chancellor Valorum in TCW. I honestly feel bad for the poor guy… he’d tried to do his best as chancellor back in the day and got kicked out of office by some swaggering Naboo senator (who, may we mention, turned out to be a Sith Lord). Ughhhh if he was going to get kicked out of office why couldn’t they have elected Bail Organa?!?! What grief you could have spared!! Sorry back on topic… the point was, it’s really interesting seeing Valorum again, no longer in the big chair, but doing all right, seemingly. Anyway, according to Vallorum, the reason for the secrecy was because Sifo was originally involved with some serious spice ring busting, and the then-chancellor didn’t want the very sensitive, potentially dangerous information to get out there at the time. But what he didn’t call for was that the Master would get sidetracked trying to make peace between the Felucian tribes, and well, not make it off the planet alive. So that explains the whole mix-up, I guess. As far as this other Jedi, Valorum has no clue what that was about, though he had sent his personal aide Silman along with Sifo-Dyas on that mission. Again, not exactly the info our heroes were looking for, but enough to lead them down another path, hopefully closer to finding the answer to their questions.
Meanwhile, yeahhh Sidious wasn’t too happy about this Sifo-Dyas mess coming up again, and he has to wonder if Dooku might’ve been responsible. The talk went over rather well, Sidious got his “stop-the-Jedi-at-all-costs” point across, Dooku got Force-choked by his boss’s hologram. Andddd I got a serious case of the heebie-jeebies watching the Darth do that. He don’t mess around, that’s for sure.
On the flipside, Obi-Wan and Anakin haven’t been able to find out anything about this Silman character from the natives, but they decide to take a turn to the Pikes, a crime gang on a moon nearish the locale where Plo found Sifo’s downed ship, to try and get some answers once more. And thankfully, the Pikes’ place isn’t all dust, dust, and more dust… our heroes dock into a relatively swanky set of digs, which leads to a long hallway where a guy of questionable integrity sits on a throne surrounded by “friends”. Looks like the dusty moon is also the perfect place to dig up some dirt (see what I did there?? Haha yeah I’m not funny). This guy of questionable integrity is somewhere between really cool and really creepy. Cool points go to his glowy purple eyes and his voice; creepy points go to his snakelike head and the whole “questionableness” about him. As per us'[ual], even though Anakin just plain wants to get it done and done, Obi-Wan takes a bit more colloquial route and willingly accepts a friendly drink from this dude of questionable integrity. Then Master Kenobi picks up on something… the necklace this guy’s wearing has what looks like Valorum’s crest… something that Silman guy probably wore. Our new friend isn’t too keen on talking about it, and naturally it takes Anakin about three seconds before he takes matters into his own hands. Yup, classic Anakin and Obi-Wan negotiating! Woo-hoo…! Eh, it kinda works. Surprise of surprises, this Silman guy’s alive! And our Pike friend is (seemly) happy to oblige in letting our heroes meet the guy. Apparently this Lord Tyrannus character wanted Sifo-Dyas dead and the Pikes were like “OK cool.” and helped in such, but decided to keep a hold on Silman, just in case. So amidst the bowels of this swanky hangout is a dungeon, and in one of those rooms lies someone who could seriously help our heroes piece together the puzzle. Orrrr maybe… not? Let’s just say that Silman’s not who he used to be; he’s kind of a quintessential crazy old man, except with a little extra insanity sprinkled on top. Hehe I love that Silman takes Anakin’s offering of food akin to Yoda’s taking Luke’s food in Episode V… well, except for the fact that Yoda wasn’t crazy like this guy is… er… yeah. Mainly because Silman decides to use it for a tea party with his grub friends. No I’m not kidding. OK, a little, it couldn’t be a tea party because he had no fine china! Sorry that really wasn’t funny. Anyway yeah poor Silman’s been down here for ten years with no one knowing he was alive, so yeah I can cut him some slack for his craziness. And what they don’t know is that just moments ago, Dooku walked in, Force-pushing and Force-choking anyone out of the way who dare cross him! Which becomes a real problem when said guy comes and Force-chokes Silman right before he was about to spill the beans on the whole thing. AW DANG. And Anakin and Obi-Wan don’t have time to be bummed out that they didn’t find out the truth… they kinda have to duel with Dooku now. Oh man it is an epicsauce lightsaber battle! My estimate is that this was the last time Anakin and Dooku fought, so wow… I will have to go watch Episode III sometime soon so I can see for myself if Anakin’s powers doubled since they last fought XD Ahhh the stunts! The close calls! The near-misses! The intensity! So much coolness! And then in a weird moment, the Pikes all come out in the middle of the duel and are all “You have no business with us, Tyrannus,” and Obi-Wan and Anakin are like “WHAT?!?! DOOKU IS THAT TYRANNUS DUDE?!”. I know I was all shocked like that too when I realized that that mooka is out of the bag! Dooku’s like “Dur ‘course I am. Again, bro, there is a Sith Lord involved here! I wasn’t doing all that monlogueing on Geonosis just to hear myself talk!” to which Obi-Wan’s like “Psh yeah right!”. But even with all the Pikes and their blasters and our Jedi heroes combined, Dooku still manages to slip out at just the right moment, all while lightsabering a few of our Pike friends while he’s at it. Just as the Count was headed off on his ship, Anakin made quite the impressive leap and gave one last duel in an effort to bring him down. But you know what Dooku always says… “When in doubt, down the ship!” (OK so he doesn’t actually say that but he probably would since he does that a fair amount), and that’s what he does… leaves Anakin hanging (literally), destroys the ship he’s standing on, and makes a jump over to his real ship and is gone. Yep that happened.
So wow… the Jedi did ask some questions and got some answers. Answers they don’t entirely like, like the whole “a Sith helped create our entire army” thing. They decide to keep this matter on the down-low, as they believe in their awesome troopers, but they don’t know what the rest of the galaxy would think. All our heroes know is that the bad guys are up to something seriously convoluted… and seriously awful. And all they can do is keep it secret…
OOOOOOH MYSTERIOUSNESS LEVELS AT A DANGEROUS HIGH!! Yeah seriously, this episode blew my mind in a good number of ways… and having already seen Voices that’s continued to blow my mind, and these episodes will only continue to blow my mind further as the story unfolds. The Clone Wars are going out with a bang. For. Sure.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Secret Missions: Conspiracy

And the drama continues…
Also, I’m completely aware that I majorly flubbed on the last Uncovering blog… the screencap I used was from Conspiracy, not The Unknown. But I think I’m OK with it now; it will never happen again. So yes! Let’s put the last episode behind us and get on with the second of the Secret Missions!
NOTE: Contains Spoilers from Episode III and TCW Episodes The Unknown and Conspiracy


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(Original screencap credit: the official Star Wars Youtube)

So another funny coincidence with this episode and the one prior: the first words of Conspiracy‘s prologue was The Unknown‘s secondary blog title “a flaw in the plan”! I had totally forgotten that until I watched it again! Looks like I’m on the same level with the Clone Wars folks πŸ™‚ But anyway, we start back on this adventure on the always-rainy Kamino to find out why Tup went all cuckoo on us. Fives was being all legit and wanting to stick by his buddy, but well… Shaak Ti set up a bit of an appointment for him to ascertain that he didn’t have whatever made Tup sick. I love that while she’s explaining the situation, Fives shoots Rex this “Dude, whatdaheck?” look πŸ˜† And yeah, it’s great seeing Shaak Ti again, one of the most awesome and chill Jedi ever, and she’s still here for her clone friends. In fact, she’s there while Kaminoan doc Nala Se is running her tests on Tup. But stranger still is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with him physically…
It’s definitely interesting, SW-ian medicine… it looks vaguely familiar to us earthlings, yet completely not familiar. But just because their stuff is all future-y looking doesn’t mean it can do everything, and that’s where the problem steps up as Nala Se has one idea (kill him and do an autopsy to find out what’s wrong) and Shaak Ti has another (atomic-level brain scan that won’t kill him). It’s absolutely fascinating watching them “argue”, if we can even use that term; with the naturally calm don’t-even-blink Kaminoan disposition of Nala Se and the calm, wise thoughtfulness of Shaak Ti, it’s more like a professional discussion as they both try to one-up the other on whose choice it is to choose Tup’s fate. Shaak Ti wins this round, at least for the moment… she may not look smug, but on the inside, I bet there’s a part of her feeling pretty awesome that she just beat Nala Se. While the doc’s probably steaming a bit under that cold-looking white skin. Tup’s going to, most likely, get his brain scan as the Master wanted… or will he?
So meanwhile, Fives was not having the greatest day. He just wanted to be there for Tup, and instead he’s stuck getting… well, stuck with needles by a quirky little med droid. Despite it all, it didn’t take long for me to love this adorkable doctor. AZ, who is also known by a much longer name, seems to like things by-the-book, even if it means he irritates Fives to no end when he calls them by number and not by name. Agh, so many numbers! Between AZ’s ridiculously-long number and all the clone numbers rolling around, it’s enough to give somebody a migraine! But all the same, he seems to want to relate to people, even if he doesn’t understand them very well. Lo and behold though… Fives is in perfect condition! Doesn’t mean he’s free to go, though… he’ll be hanging at the hospital as long as Tup’s hanging there, too.
Now, while Shaak Ti was talking with Jedi Council about what to do about Tup, we find that Nala Se and Lama Su are hiding a dirty little secret in these pure-white hallways as they make a call to Dooku. Apparently, the Kaminoans have been let in on the whole “Order 66” thing, in fact, they’re talking about some chip that’s connect to that terrible command. You have to wonder how they managed to sucker the Kaminoans into this… I mean, isn’t there a Kaminoan Jedi of some sorts somewhere?? It must’ve been some pretty penny for Lama Su to be all “Sure, whatevz” to Sidious’s “Hey dude, can you install this chip doohickey that will make them kill Jedi whenever I want them to so I can become emperor?”. But who knows? I’m still trying to figure out what in the world is going on here. All we know is that Dooku’s cool with Nala Se killing Tup… and the Jedi have no idea! Oh noes!
While they’re conspiring, Fives is getting suspicious… AZ had been the one to first suggest the brain scan, but Nala Se had turned him down. And you know, who’s AZ to question authority? But Fives is able to convince AZ that not helping save the patient at all costs is going against the droid’s highest priority. Despite never having had broken the rules before, AZ is willing to take a chance, and off the duo goes to give Tup a secret brain scan and get their own “second opinion”.
So after making a (mostly) clean escape, Fives and AZ are able to get workin’ on their diagnosis. And to their surprise, the scan reveals… a tumor, which wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense considering that clones are built to be as perfectly healthy as possible. But before AZ can do anything about it, Doc Nala Se enters in. Fives darts out of sight just in time, but AZ hangs around to explain himself and what they need to do to save Tup. However, Nala Se ain’t havin’ it… she brushes AZ off as “malfunctioning” and again restates her less-than-favorable “cure”. So it seems as if now there’s no way out of this for Fives or AZ or poor Tup… but Fives is cleverer than most, and he’s got a handy little droid on his side, and he’s not giving up without a fight.
Just as Nala Se was about to terminate Tup, an intruder alarm goes off! Major win for our heroes. AZ’s going to get that tumor removed and finally prove it to the doctor. You know, it’s nice to know that Fives is as squeamish as I am when it comes to this kind of stuff πŸ™‚ The removal is successful… but things don’t go quite as well as planned, ’cause Nala Se figured out that it was a false alarm and burst in on the duo. Needless to say, she’s not happy whatsoever. I know that we’re all pretty mad at her because she’s working with the bad guys, but you have to kind of feel sorry for her — I mean, she probably didn’t plan on having it come to this when she was in med school before she found herself putting clones together; she’s been tied up in a really complicated situation and is stuck having to do whatever the big cheese Sith wants, and she knows that things will go majorly sour if the Jedi find out their little clone secret, so yeah that’s a lot of pressure for one Kaminoan. AZ and Fives showed her the legit proof, but Nala Se wasn’t cool with it. She grabbed the encased tumor, Fives grabbed the death-inducing needle that’d almost had been used on Tup, and who knows what would’ve happened next if not for Shaak Ti making her entrance. You just got busted, doc. But the fact that our heroes won this round isn’t quite as sweet a victory when Tup finally comes to; after some brief words, this brave soldier passes on quietly *sniff*. And we’re all still wondering why…
Later on, despite all that’s happened, Shaak Ti’s glad she has her proof and plans to let the Jedi take a look at it. But when trying to convince the Chancellor of this, Nala Se’s bright idea to send the tumor to a big-deal Coruscant hospital is accepted more quickly. This time, the doc takes home a win. And understandably when the old man in the big chair happens to be hiding the greatest secret of all…
So whoa, right? It’s a lot to take in! And we’re not through with this story… not for a moment. Ahhh I hope this all ends on a better note than I think it might! So many questions! And we still don’t know what Kaminoan hospital food tastes like! (I’m sorry I’ll stop making that joke) The first two of the Secret Missions have been great thus far, and we have plenty more to go! This episode’s proved that SW can mix in pretty much any genre — including hospital dramas! So I’ll keep you up to date as the plot thickens…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Secret Missions: The Unknown

So I know I’m not the only person who last Friday got warm fuzzies being reunited with the Clone Wars gangΒ for the first time in forever (*Twilight resists urge to sing Disney song of same title and ultimately fails*). I got to catch the first two episodes, and I’m planning to watch a new one every week from here on out. OK, so you may be staring at me right now thinking “You had warm fuzzies at The Unknown and Conspiracy? Aren’t they a smidge dark for that?” I meant that just seeing these guys again made me so blissfully fangirly it made me warm and fuzzy inside. I was all “ANAKIN! REX! FIVES! AHHH I MISSED YOUUUUU!!!” and wanted to just soak all the wonderfulness up even in the midst of the episode’s opening battle! Overall, yeah, it had its dark moments, but I love this show too much to focus on that! So let’s get on an get into the awesomeness that is the Season 6 opener!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode VI, the Clone Wars Microseries, the TCW episodes The Unknown, The Wrong Jedi, and Cat And Mouse

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(Original screencap credit: the official Star Wars Youtube)

So as I said, I spent most of the opening battle fangirling it up, just happy to see my fave characters again! And even more so as, if you guys remember, a chunk of this particular episode was sneak-peeked in that “Future Of TCW” video. I met many a freaked-out TCW fan with it, letting them know “Dude, it’s cool! We’re getting more episodes! It hasn’t ended yet!” and it was indeed a shining light on my horizon, reminding me that it wasn’t the end, either. I mean, I figured we might get a couple of bonus episodes, but it turned out that we got 13 of ’em! And for that, I’m eternally grateful! Anyway, Anakin, the clones, and the two new Jedi Tiplar and Tiplee were tearing it up — well, the miles and miles of battle droids, anyway, and they were majorly winning. Soooo can I just stop a minute and talk about the Jedi who I wish I’d met sooner? Tiplar and Tiplee are the originale Jedi twins, and they’re so so cool! I’m not familiar with their species, but they’re absolutely epic! Again, I wish I’d met them sooner, especially since Tiplar (I think; I get them mixed up) bites the dust in this episode. What must it be like being a Jedi and a twin? As a twin myself, I bet they’re not always so in sync. I mean, when they were kids, they probably weren’t thrilled that they both were Force-sensitive, because both of them wanted to be a bit “more special” than the other. Think that the other younglings ever made fun of their similar-sounding names? Do you think that maybe they had trouble being unique when the others got them mixed up or when they were treated as if they were the same person? And what’s “twintuition” like when you have Force abilities? Oh wait — Luke and Leia are twins. That answers that question, I guess. But still! So many wonderings. And above all, they literally have the same voice, the awesome Anna Graves, who gave voice to awesome characters like Satine and Sugi! Plus, Tiplee actually pulls off blue makeup with a red complexion! That’s not an easy feat. No matter what these sisters have dealt with in the past, they fight completely and totally awesomely and know how to lead the troopers. And thankfully, they don’t have to share one lightsaber or anything like that πŸ™‚
And it’s worth wondering about Anakin… I recently did have my assumptions that these episodes do take place directly after Ahsoka’s departure proven true. So… how he’s doing, suddenly going it solo? I mean, he seems pretty chill and about as, well, Anakin-ish, as usual in Episode III and the Clone Wars Microseries (which leads directly into Episode III). When did he let it go? It’s not as if it’s that obvious in this episode, but we’re all wondering it… we just don’t know how to say it. And considering his temper lately, I think it’s better not to bring it up… but that’s the least of our worries at the moment, moving back to our story.
This episode really is a big old family reunion as we find out who’s in charge of that whole slew of droids — the one and only Admiral Trench! We haven’t seen him since Season 2 (unless he showed up in one of the few episodes I’ve missed in Season 3…), and last we saw him, his ship kinda blew up. And here he is! None too worse for the wear! Except for the fact that he’s literally half machine now; yeesh, and you thought he was rather scary-looking just as the spidery dude he is… now he’s a robo-spider-humanoid! Eek!! But despite his new arms and eyes and stuff, he hasn’t changed much; still a dignified, fairly creepy-looking, and tough-to-beat separatist as always.
So our team of good guys was majorly winning — and then something went completely wrong. The clone they call Tup took his blaster to Tiplar for literally no reason. When things like this happen, the only thing to do is fall back and figure out what in the world just conspired. And as it seems, Tup isn’t sure why he did what he did either, but he can’t think too long on it before he suddenly makes it all-too-clear that he wants to do the same to Anakin and Tiplee. The mess has left everyone confused… the medical clones, poor mentally messed-up Tup, the Jedi, even Trench is all “what they hey hey?” and calls up Dooku to tell him what happened. When Dooku catches wind of this, he’s like “Ohhhh noes, this isn’t good…”. And once he lets Sidious knows, the big cheese Sith isn’t too thrilled, either. He said something about “a programming error” that could “ruin all his plans” to which I’m all “RUIN THE PLANS!! RUIN THE PLANS!!“, ’cause I very much know what plans he’s talking about. But it struck me as to what the “error” might’ve been… perhaps Order 66 is something that they’ve been designed to carry out no matter what, and Tup accidentally got it a bit prematurely? Hmm… (not to be confused with Order 6, the one where you’re supposed to throw your comlink as far away as you can; that’s a Lego short joke if you’re confused) This is one of those times where my mind reels at the fact that one small thing could’ve possibly halted the entire tragedy that ensues in Episode III, like seriously. But ah well… the way the cookie crumbles, that is.
So, the Jedi and clone meds come to their own conclusion that, whatever’s wrong, the Separatists might have something to do with it. And thus, they send Tup off to Kamino to find out what they can do to help him. But getting our clone friend shipped off didn’t go as smoothly as planned, because the Seps sent a barrelload of buzz droids and super battle droids… which, as you can imagine, did a heck of a lot of damage on the ship (and the other clones caught in the crossfire), and took Tup with them! The only thing I could say while watching all that unfold was “UNCOOL”.
But the good guys aren’t giving up! Anakin, Rex, and Fives head out to save their ill compadre the way only they can — really, really awesomely. DUDE, they landed on the underside of the Separatist ship and spacewalked their way up to the docking bay! And then they got a look and saw about a bazillion battle droids… Rex was all “Uhh… are you serious, bro?” to which Anakin was like “What? You think taking down that massive horde of droids isn’t going to be easy?”. But Fives had a better idea — grappling gun hitchhiking! They got a grip on the ship and floated behind them. A few minutes later, the trio made their entrance, and the way Anakin takes down those droids… it’s a thing of beauty! We only wish we were as good as he is! Major epic points for General Skywalker! And I laugh every time the droid pilot, unaware of the craziness going on behind him, says “Hey… now we’re experiencing turbulence!” right before he gets blasted XD And with no way to get the head droid to spill his guts, all the threesome can do is get Tup to Kamino ASAP. And as we prepare to continue to the tale in the episode to come, Fives does the right thing any friend would do and goes along to support his friend in this difficult time. So what’s to happen next?? What exactly is wrong with Tup?? What are the Seps really up to? And most importantly… is the hospital food on Kamino any better than what we have at Earth hospitals?? OK, I’ve actually already seen Conspiracy, but for the sake of things, I wanted to end on that kind of note (Spoiler alert: We still don’t know what Kamino hospital food is like). It’s a really epic start for The Secret Missions, intense, intriguing, and exciting all around! Really digging deep into the SW Galaxy!
So until the next Uncovering post, just remember…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Menace Of The Sith: A Closer Look

I know it’s been a couple of weeks now since the newest Lego SW special aired, but due to technical difficulties, I was unable to get a digital recording of it sooner. But hey, better late than never, am I right? Anyway, the second installment of The Yoda Chronicles proved once again to be delightfully entertaining, exciting and at the same time heartwarming, and outrageously funny as all Lego SW specials are. So c’mon and let me give you a little commentary of mine on Menace Of The Sith!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Menace Of The Sith, The Phantom Clone, The Padawan Menace, Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, TCW Episodes Brothers, Revenge, Revival, Eminence, Shades of Reason, The Lawless, and Ghosts of Mortis (and the surrounding episodes)

“WAR!”
“…Now that I have your attention…”

Um… let me just say that was potentially the best recap in Star Wars TV history. Kudos to you, Tom Kane and your narrating voice! You have my everlasting respect πŸ™‚
Anyway, you meet back up with our heroes in an all-too familiar Geonosian battle arena, where Palpatine/Sidious and his comrades Dooku and Grievous are about to show just what their new Sith Clone JEK-14 can do to an intrigued crowd of Star Warsian bad guys. But naturally, there’s something in this picture that doesn’t belong… that would be Obi-Wan and Yoda, but don’t tell the other bad guys. For all they know, it’s just another Dathymir and what looks to me like a Boba Fett-style Mandalorian guy (seriously, what is it with Obi-Wan and armor suits? They’re like, always his first choice for some reason!).
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And yes… Yoda just spoke a full sentence in imitating Palpatine. I love how completely weirded out Obi-Wan is. His awkward “Oh…kay…” says it all, doesn’t it? But if I’m not mistaken, hasn’t Yoda said a normalish sentence at least once or twice? Like when he’s all “You are reckless!” to Luke in Episode V? Of course, I could be wrong since it’s been a few months since I last watched it, but still I don’t think it’s entirely new to Yoda to speak with Basic syntax. But not the point! It was sooooo funny.
So the eventual Emperor proves the haters wrong when he gives them a dose of JEK’s awesomeness. And IT IS AWESOME. I mean, I know he’s a Sith tool, but… still, he’s cool! I mean, look what he made out of Lego bricks with the Force!
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And to add to it, Dooku and Grievous show off the fantabulous Clone-cloner (you guys caught the THX1138 reference, right??) and its epic abilities to make… well, tiny Sith Clones (Oh, there’s something downright hilarious about the voices of high-pitched angry men πŸ˜† ) And that was when Master Kenobi ripped his helmet off and Master Yoda got that red-and-black makeup off his face and they both lit up their ‘sabers. BOOM! Chaos!
Now, I know we’re all wondering the same thing… how is it, since this obviously takes place in the earliest days of the Clone Wars, that Darth Maul showed up in his new fancy-shmancy Nightsister-made legs to this thing… and nearly got his revenge early?
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My theory is kinda weird, but since we don’t know how Maul got those creepy robotic spider legs and how he got on that creepy planet, going insane, I think it might work. Basically he somehow managed to buy a quick pair of legs before he left Naboo and then took wayyyy too long to figure out he how wanted his revenge (not too different from what seemed to me like an overly complicated series of plans of his in TCW Seasons 4 and 5). And so, ten years after he got knocked in half, he finally got a chance to be face-to-face with his old foe. But see, in TCW Season 4’s Revenge, Obi-Wan himself didn’t really believe it was Maul he was facing until Maul’s like “Dude, I killed your master back on Naboo, remember?”. ‘Cause, yeah, we all assumed he was dead. So Obi-Wan was cool with it this time around because he didn’t realize it was him. And thus, Maul is really wishing now that he’d bought a nicer set of legs that he wouldn’t literally get knocked off of. Then he got the freaky arachnid legs and spent the next few years going insane. I know you guys are going to try and disprove me on this, but hey, it makes sense to me!
Meanwhile, it seemed that JEK finally had the chance to finish what he’d started on Kamino and kill Yoda. But this time, JEK questioned Dooku. And he still probably would’ve done it if it had been for Yoda’s interjection. The fact is, JEK is sorta half-Jedi, half-Sith; made by Sith with Jedi lightsaber crystals. And so Dooku and Yoda are like argumentative parents (forgive me for the disturbing comparison) who both want what they think is best for their “kid”, and like teenagers often do, JEK decides he doesn’t want to do anything his “parents” do. And then he runs off, grabs a ship, and flies off Geonosis and heads out to find a place for him. Cue the wild goose chase on both ends.
On the other side of things, Threepio is getting a day off from helping teach Padawans, and for good reason, after all those kids have put him through. So he’s working in the Jedi Temple kitchen for a change, and guesssssssss who’s substitute teacher nowwwwww
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I was pleasantly surprised to see not only Obi-Wan, but Anakin too, playing larger roles in this episode. Considering The Padawan Menace and The Phantom Clone only gave them cameos, I found it super-cool to really see them again, and this time in that lesser-known early Clone Wars era. And gosh, the guy playing Anakin (who’s also playing Grievous for this venture) is doing awesome with an excellent somewhere-between-Hayden-Christiansen-and-Matt-Lanter voice, bringing back the angsty Padawan and a bit of the cocky Jedi we’re familiar with. So yeah, Anakin absolutely does a horrible job at hiding his frustration with this job. He doesn’t yet have Ahsoka hanging around him to give him a sense of responsibility, so he’s not enjoying this one bit. And the Padawans are totally aware of it.
Speaking of Padawans, I briefly want to correct myself on a name mistake. I found out that the togruta girl is actually named Vaash Ti, so she’s different from Ashla in The Padawan Menace. It’s hard to tell, but their voices are different, even though they seem one and the same. Anyone else wonder if the “Ti” in Vaash Ti is a last name or just a two-part name? ‘Cause then that would mean she’s related to Shaak Ti, right? Or is it just like being named Mary Jane and the “Ti” is the “Jane”? It’s anotherr SW mysteryyyyy… ooOoOoOOoOOoOOo…
Also, I have found that I still love the human boy youngling, Bobby. Who really has been hanging around with Yoda and Threepio since The Padawan Menace. He’s just so darn cute and his lines make him even cuter and just stinkin’ funny! (To Grievous from the previous chapter: “GIVE US BACK OUR LIGHTSABERS, YOU BAD ROBOT!!“; To Ventress in this one: “YOU’RE NOT A NICE LADY!!!” XD ) Okay, moving on…
So with JEK on the run, the Jedi, I kid you not, hire bounty hunters to help them in the search for the Force-Sensitive Clone. I really almost can’t imagine them doing it, and even Obi-Wan questions “Do we really need these unsavory fellows?”, but hey, it’s kind of a big deal, I guess. Those bounty hunters certainly become a handful for Threepio. Mental note: Cad Bane prefers light mayonnaise on his sandwiches. And with no bounty hunters up for grabs for Dooku, they send out the probe droids.
Also, love the little nod to the SW Holiday Special they stuck in πŸ™‚ Still need to see that…
So as you can imagine, Anakin was all rant-rant-rant-“I’m-the-Chosen-One”-rant-rant-rant-“I’m-totes-awesomer-than-any-Jedi”-rant-rant-blah-blah-blah like he usually was as a very young apprentice. And not to hate on him or anything since most of us would probably do that if we had to let a bunch of kids play with our robotic arm to keep them interested (Rako’s comment: “Hey Anakin! Wouldn’t it be great if your whole body was like this?!” Oh sad, but slightly funny, irony…). Oh, and the fact they’re on a field trip on Hoth doesn’t help. Poor guy, just wanted to help save the day! And then alas! JEK had chosen to find a hiding place on the same planet, and he got a chance to meet the kids. Anakin’s like “YES!”
But as JEK makes Lego flowers, stars, and bunnies with the Force, he explains to the Padawans that he wants to make things, not fight for either side. But then you all know what happened next… young Skywalker scared him off, accidentally alerted probe droids to his presence, and Grievous and Dooku carted him off, ready to now make legit Sith Clones. D’oh, that wasn’t supposed to happen. So naturally, Anakin does the thing where he tries to redeem himself and help clean up the mess he made even if it puts others in danger.
Watching this, Yoda and Obi-Wan start playing the blame game in the middle of the Council. And even Qui-Gon’s spirit gets involved! Long before he’d show up in Mortis and even longer before he’d do a little extra training with his former apprentice on Tatooine, he apparently wanted to make sure that he didn’t take the blame for Anakin’s rashness. Dude, Anakin makes his own choices, it’s no one’s fault, really! I’m sure if Qui-Gon hadn’t zipped out so quickly, the conversation would’ve gone on a bit… longer…
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“What’d you mean I was the one who messed up? You’re the one who thought he was the Chosen One!”
“Uh, again, Obi-Wan, he is the Chosen One. And I say it’s your fault because Anakin’s just like youuuuu were when you were a Padawan!”
“What? I wasn’t brash and irresponsible and whatever!”
“Yeah, you were. Maybe not as moody, but other than that, he totally got it from you.”
And all the other Jedi in the room are like “Yuuuuup.” XD
I would’ve figured that their first meeting since Qui-Gon’s death would’ve been a bit less like… this, but I bet they had their fair share of arguments like this back in the day.
So with Dooku and Grievous on their way with their new cloned-Sith-Clone army, the battle’s on. And upon running into the dear Chancellor, we get a chance to see the two sides of Palpatine again, and again we sit there and say “HOW IS IT THEY DON’T REALIZE THAT HE’S SIDIOUS?!?! HE’S SWITCHING PERSONAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM!!!“.
“An odd twitch, that man has.”
“The pressure must be getting to him, poor man.” πŸ˜†
Again, really? All that Episode III grief could’ve been spared…
So the space battle began as Anakin and the younglings… had their ship blown up! And somehow, they’re still alive (If they’d done this in TCW, they would’ve at least been wearing pressure suits). Oh, and if anyone wondered about the sense that Bobby’s line “My mom says I’m not supposed to get sucked into space…” makes, my theory is that Bobby’s mom was a Temple worker whose son just happened to be Force-Sensitive, so they get to see each other routinely (I bet Anakin’s jealous). She’s probably pretty protective, considering she knows that her little boy is getting involved in the Clone Wars at his age. But with a little JEK-14-style creativity, the gang makes a bunch of awesome Lego vehicles to get back home, and to help save the day! And all it should take is a little mirroring of Episode IV. Anakin does a little trench running on Dooku’s ship and hits just the right spot with his laser annnnd… nothing happens. Irony. The little weak spot on the ship is, as he finds out, an obviously marked spot. Just add lightsaber and then, BOOM!
No one would’ve survived onboard if it hadn’t been for Palpatine helping their crash-landing not crash-land. And again, RIGHT UNDER THE NOSES OF THE JEDI! With JEK-14 weak from the cloning and an armada of deadly, full-sized Sith Clones, all hope seems lost… but then JEK gathers the strength to take down the entire Sith Clone army AND make “Team Dooku” go “blasting off againnnn!!!” (Sorry I couldn’t resist throwing that in there)! But all the same, JEK peacefully leaves the Jedi behind, off to find his own destiny. I bet he’ll become either an artist, an architect, or a pacifist politician (if you want to stick to something really Star Wars-y).
And so, Yoda and the Masters give their congratulations to Anakin and the Padawans, Threepio gets his old job back (and is totes relieved), and even Qui-Gon gets to give Anakin a thumbs-up… which results in Obi-Wan chasing his former master around the room, wanting to give him a few choice words about his taking credit when no credit is due. And everyone laughs. All is well for the moment πŸ™‚
So of course, the only thing to say about this awesome special is…
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It seems like The Yoda Chronicles is all tied up neatly, but I heard this was supposed to be a trilogy, so now I really really can’t wait for the next part! Let’s hope the wait won’t be nearly as long as it was for this one. And certainly, I won’t be waiting that long to write my next post. At least we have Lego SW shorts to keep us busy until then! Anyway, hope the wait for the Menace Of The Sith blog was worth it πŸ™‚
Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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