Rebel Transmissions: Iron Squadron

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

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

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Steps Into Shadow

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

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

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: The Honorable Ones

I’m well-aware my timing is terrible. Here we are, hours away from the thrilling season finale and I’m still four posts behind! While it would be easy to just skip all these episodes and write a post on the newest episode, I care enough about the journey and the amazing things that have happened in these last few episodes that I’m still gonna go through them chronologically! So let’s turn back the clock a bit to the one where Zeb and Kallus get stranded on a moon and craziness ensues, The Honorable Ones. Oh this should be fun 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode VII, TCW episode Duel Of The Droids, and Rebels episodes Droids In Distress, Breaking Ranks, Legends Of The Lasat, and The Honorable Ones

We start things off with a place we haven’t seen in quite a long while — Geonosis. The Ghost crew finds that the Empire’s working on something out here… but what and why? They don’t find any answers to that, but instead find a much bigger question… where are all the Geonosians? Chopper’s scans pick up on nothing, and Ezra senses no life. Yeeesh is that not creepy? A planet once quite literally crawling with life now just… lifeless? Pff that Empire. Shows how grateful they are! A Geonosian takes the time to design an ultimate weapon for ya and how do they return it? Either they wiped ’em out or put them all to work. However you spin it, it’s not looking terribly promising. Definitely interested in what this absence means. I mean, they may be a rather frightening bunch but those bugs are people too! Kanan, Ezra, Zeb, and Sabine head out to one of the construction modules to investigate. Already Kanan and Hera are starting to see a pattern here in the way things usually go on these missions. And Zeb sees that pattern too, as he somehow realizes they’re walking into a trap just as a nasty Imperial astromech opens the door for some ‘troopers. And leading the way would be Mr. High-And-Mighty-Sideburns himself, Agent Kallus. Oh joy. As Han put it, “man I hate being right all the time”. The rest of the crew handles the storms the boss way they do, while Zeb takes on Agent K the boss way he does. Considering his incredibly smug opening line, I’m guessing Kallus has known for a while that the Rebs survived after their seemingly imminent destruction a few episodes back. So yes it’s pretty much inevitable, if you put Kallus and Zeb in the same room they’re going to fight. It’s just science. Another fact of life is that if some Imp-droid starts messing with his crew, Chopper will OWN YOUR FACE! (Or would that be dome?) Boy I would not want to be that droid right now… Chop body-checked him solidly! Recalling TCW Duel Of The Droids, it seems astros tend to fight with their tools, like their prods and oil and such, more so than anything else. Chop, on the other hand, is a wrestler. A brawler. He fights dirty, in a good way. And his proud “Whoop-whoop” clearly states he knows how awesome he is. BUT THEN THE IMP-DROID GETS BACK UP!! AND HE’S GOT A PROD!! Chopper’s all “Puh-lease” and uses his little arms and karate-chops the snot out of that guy, only using his prod to deliver the final blow. Seriously I have so much respect for his fighting skills now. Hands up if you’d like to see him in a Big Hero 6 botfight! *Raises hand excitedly* Sorry wrong fandom what were we talking about again? Oh yeah Chopper saved everybody. Well, almost everybody. Someone was still preoccupied fighting his worst enemy. Zeb tells Ezra he’ll catch up with them in a minute. Just right after he kicks Kallus in the gut and knocks down a few stormtroopers and hitches a ride on an escape pod. But that plan changes pretty quickly as Agent K catches up with him and they start a scuffle in the already-too-small escape pod AS IT’S MOVING. And the Ghost crew can’t help much ’cause they’ve got problems of their own and they’re spelled T-I-E-S and W=A=L-K-E-R-S. The fighting sorta makes their pod veer off a tad off-course to a nearby moon and they make quite a crash landing. Yes that kids is what’s called “a major understatement”. It went really badly, and Kallus got really hurt. At least now that the family’s got their little problem out of the way, they can get to work on finding Zeb. And Ezra’s not taking any of Chop’s crud about it.
As for our dueling duo, with Kallus’ leg out of commission, it seems Zeb most definitely has the upper hand. K’s more than a little freaked out, which is kind of really enjoyable to watch because he’s usually so overly confident. But the Captain would much rather finish the fight like men. For a second Kallus gets his mojo back and starts singing the Empire’s praises and the inevitability of the Rebs’ defeat and gets really close to grabbing his borifle. And Zeb’s all “NOT ON MY MOON YOU’RE NOT!” and snatches his weapon out of reach. And Kallus suddenly remembers “oh yeah I’m in pain OW”. So with no fighting about to happen, it looks like the two are just gonna have to sit this one out until they can finish it. Kallus turns off his fight mode for a minute to point out they need to find something to help keep them warm before it gets frostier than it already is. Hehe he’s still not hurt enough to turn off his high-and-mighty switch yet though, as he points out “NO THIS IS NOT GEONOSIS THIS IS ITS MOON, DOI.” Zeb just rolls him off his shoulders and goes about his own business. Once Zeb fixes up the transponder, all they have to do is wait. Kallus is very convinced the Empire’ll be the first to get here and that Zeb’s friends are gone baby gone. He makes the best conversation ever, just bragging on how many Rebel-sorts they convince to join the Empire on the daily. Orrelios handles him well, throwing back “Yeah maybe but guess how many folks are done with the Empire and join us on the daily?”. Well. Played. Also, I used the term “folks” but he used the term “beings” and I really like now knowing how to appropriately address all SW people. I’m not a fan of calling them “aliens” or “nonhumans” so that just makes infinitely more sense. Anyway sorry just a neat thought. And then goody their power cell goes out. Zeb must be furrier than he looks ’cause he’s literally wearing no sleeves and shorts and doesn’t look cold at all, while Kallus is wearing long sleeves and is shivering like a chihuahua. Aww poor baby. Granted those Imperial grays are probably built more for looks than for comfort. So I’ll cut him some slack. Plus, he is freezing on top of being in pain. Zeb happens upon a glowing meteorite that radiates heat as a replacement. And actually gives it to K first. Huh interesting. With a frightening growl echoing off the walls from the inside of the cave, the Agent starts to question the point of all this. How could they possibly survive this junk? Thankfully the Captain ain’t one to give up. Maaaan just goes to show you how different the perspectives of the Empire and the mini-Alliance are. Zeb figures the transponder will reach better above the cave, so logically climbing up out of the cave is the answer. Unfortunately for all this logic, it’s easier said than done. Even with claws icy walls are unforgiving. Kallus enjoys watching him fall down a bit more than he probably should XD Andddd then in walks the beastie we were hearing from earlier. And it’s big and scary and 100% deadly. Yet another understatement. Zeb hits the monster with everything he’s got, but it doesn’t do much damage. Kallus has a chance to finally grab his weapon, and after a minute of trying to decide who was more important to shoot, he starts firing at the beast too, driving it away from Zeb. Together they manage to drive it back into the shadows where it came from. What is this? Is that teamwork I see? Whuuuuuut?? O.O But then they sorta get on the subject of the Geonosis thing and all teamwork goes out the window as Zeb has some thoughts on the whole survival-of-the-fittest adage Agent K lives by. Kallus is all “Uhh I dunno what happened there I never asked!”. Whoaaa wait did Kallus… just…? Admit he didn’t know everything?? MIND. BLOWN. Kallus can’t find any logical reason as to why the Empire would want to wipe out the Geonosians. Zeb tells him he might want to try thinking harder. Changing the subject, the Agent is all “y’know if you want to get out of here you’re gonna need my help”. Zeb begrudgingly agrees and starts fashioning Kallu’s borifle into a makeshift splint. Captain Orrelios shakes his head again at the idea of him treating the powerful weapon as a trophy, and then Agent K casually says “Wellllllllll it’s not really a trophy…” WHAT. He explains that actually he only had it because the Lasat he fought gave it to him after his defeat, something Lasat do out of honor. He was just being a good ISBN agent and doing what he was told. All that “LASAT! FACE MEH!” “I TOOK IT FROM HIM WHEN I KILLED HIM!” stuff was just his attempt at making himself bigger somehow. This seems to surprise Zeb a good bit, but he still doesn’t have any sympathy to offer. But wait there’s more — on his first mission, a Lasat Rebel cruelly injured Kallus and his crew, and killed his team without a shred of honor. Um. Wow. This just got real. Kallus’ jerkiness all the way back on Droids In Distress also probably had something to do with a general problem with Lasat. I mean dude it sounded like those guys were his friends! You don’t think of Imps having friends, but when you think about the camaraderie of the cadets in Breaking Ranks, you realize it’s not unheard of. And ughh thinking there’s some guy out there who has the nerve to dub himself a Rebel…! I mean, even though stormtroopers get blasted and walloped on the regular by the Ghost crew they never intend to do more than injure them! Zeb’s all “you can’t judge all Lasat by one bad Lasat”, to which Kallus utters “well the same should go for us Imperials, too.” Again MIND. BLOWN. This whole thing is MIND. BLOWN. At least for me anyway Zeb still hasn’t let his guard completely down. He’d rather throw his borifle through the hole above than trust K to it (and also wow what a throwing arm! Half-expected he’d throw Kallus up there too XD). And so with the commanding sideburns on his shoulders, the dueling duo heads on up, climbing the icy pillars instead of the wall for a change. And then returneth the giant ice lizard! And with a friend this time! I absolutely love Kallus’ line “The goal here is not to fall!” XD XD Thank you Agent Obvious. I can promise you I will quote that the next time I’m in a situation where I could fall. I might even quote that when I’m not in that kind of situation. Continuing in adding to the list of things that made Kallus suddenly a billion times more relatable, his freaking out when the beasts start snapping up at them is priceless. And also yeah very very relatable. I would do the same probably. Actually forget “probably” I would do it. Ultimately it did come down to Zeb throwing the Agent, but in this case, throwing him at an angle where his borifle splint would get stuck in the ceiling. Then Zeb slipped right off the pillar and RIGHT ON THE ICE LIZARDS! Captain Orrelios has no problem ultimately grabbing the Agent and tossing him out of the cave. But getting himself out… now therein lies the problem. He barely had a grip on the mouth of the cave, and then he looked up and saw Kallus pointing the borifle at him. Well, actually, at the beasts. And then he offered his rival a hand. OH MY GOODNESS THE TEAMWORKNESS IT IS BEAUTIFUL! On the incredibly frigid surface, all they can do is wait for someone to find them. And as they’re waiting… Kallus sorta apologizes regarding the purge of Lasan. It most certainly didn’t start out that way until the Empire decided to “make an example” out of them. Zeb finally offers something that sorta looks like the tiniest bit of forgiveness, saying that the past is in the past. And also gives him his name 🙂 Would’ve been nice for Kallus to give his but it must’ve been something incredibly embarrassing. I’ve started calling him Marion Kallus now just because I can XD But seriously what went down here today is amazing. When I first found out about this episode, I was truly fascinated; normally in situations like this where two enemies or rivals are forced to fight a common evil, they become friends, or at least gain a greater respect for each other. But how could you have any respect, let alone befriend, someone who killed your people? I didn’t think that could happen. But that’s why SW and the people who make it know better than I do, ’cause they found a way it completely made sense and was completely amazing. More on that later. Of course they’re not exactly best friends riding rainbows or anything. They are both incredibly mortified to wake up finding they were leaning on each other XD Upon waking, however, it looks like Zeb’s friends got here first. Before he goes, this once-dueling duo exchange a respectful Lasat farewell. So much wow again at how far they’ve come in such a short time. The Ghost crew is ecstatic to see their friend again. Might be cold out there but this reunion gave me all the warm fuzzies. Though Ezra’s pretty much been out there two seconds too long… “OH YOU’RE COLD?” XD So all went wonderfully and Zeb is back home where he belongs! As for Kallus though… well, if it weren’t for the fact that Star Destroyer was in space, I’dve thought Kallus walked all the way back. And instead of a warm welcome from friends who are practically family, he gets a pretty meh “greeting” (if we can call it that) from Konstantine. He’s all like “What? You were gone?” and walks away. And now he sits alone in his boring basic quarters, where the only warm thing he has is that meteorite. By his dejected slump, I think it’s safe to say he’s ready to start some serious thinking…
And that was when I truly starting sobbing. If you had told me that one episode could change my entire opinion on the guy I’d been dubbing as the “jerkiest of them all”, I might’ve been skeptical. Well, it happened. IT COMPLETELY DID HAPPEN. What made it happen was realizing that there was more to him than we knew. It’s what made this episode make perfect sense, it’s what made it easy to have respect for someone who seemed to never give any respect himself. No, I wasn’t sure there was a way to even come close to befriending someone like Kallus, or finding compassion for someone like Kallus. But again, that’s why I’m just the dumb padawan and they’re the masters. And the truth to it all is just flat-out amazingly beautiful. Everyone’s fighting a battle, even those who look like they’re on top of the world. Maybe if we all got caught on frozen moons fighting ice lizards, we might be able to get past some of our far more petty disagreements. OK so I’m realizing that sounds completely loony but it’s still got some truth to it. Seriously WOW what an EPISODE! I’m excited to see where Agent Kallus’ story goes from here and where his destiny will ultimately lie. So thank you for joining me today. Forgive me if there’s anything I neglected to discuss on this. Now if you don’t mind there’s some major feels I need to prepare myself for tonight…

Keep The Peace,
– TWilight

P.S. Alsooo if anyone wants to know who i came out as on the Zeb or Kallus personality quiz…

Rebel Transmissions: Relics Of The Old Republic

Hey everybody! I apologize for yet another late-ish post… the last couple of weeks have been stupid busy! And plus Sundays are just good blogging days. So let’s just say that whatever day I write on it will always be the weekend. OK so enough of my jibberjabber OUR HEROES ARE IN PERIL!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes The Siege Of Lothal, The Lost Commanders, and Relics Of The Old Republic.

So did I mention OUR HEROES ARE IN PERIL?! Yeah I think I got that across. The Phantom‘s downed by a probe, the Empire’s on its way over, and oh yeah, there’s a huge sandstorm coming too. Hoo boy. It’s definitely time for the Rebs to jet. Good thing Hera’s still in the clear up above Seelos. Oh wait Hera jinxed it along comes a Star Destroyer. Anyone else have a bad feeling about this? So with the Ghost playing dead they’re really not going anywhere. And that’s about when Agent Kallus made a call. Wolffe tries to shrug off the whole “Jedi alert” thing as a false alarm, but Kallus has probe evidence and bro don’t play. Rex drops an awesome zinger in return “…hope you brought a better class of soldier than those stormtroopers” MUCH BURN! Yeah let’s be honest clones just are better at what they do *ducks from tomatoes thrown by stormtrooper fans*. Zeb definitely likes how these guys operate 🙂 Kallus is so not impressed, ’cause he still has more men regardless. Yeah Agent K has always been nasty but ever since the season started his nasty level has heightened. I think working with Vader’s gone to his head. And then boom along comes a TIE. It’s all blasterfire and ‘sabers ablaze as the Rebels work to defend the Phantom and the AT-TE, but it’s ultimately a well-aimed shot from Gregor that knocks that TIE outta the sky. Ezra once again uses this fantastic display of teamwork as support for his “clones-join-the-mini-alliance” plan. But now our heroes direct their attention to the coming storm and getting the Phantom back on its feet. In the midst of their gearing up, adorableness happens when Rex shows Ezra the ropes to working the big gun 🙂 Again with the nostalgia feels!! Ahh I’m sorry but there’s this wonderful grandpa-grandson thing happening here and I can’t even! Kanan’s still clearly not sure what to think, but it’s given him something to think on as Rex talks about the Jedi general he worked with and their loyalty to each other. Seriously man seeing Rex and his bros out here still blows my mind. It’s something I’ve been aware of being the case for months now, but when you actually get down to it and watch them in action… it’s truly incredible. So returning to the story, with a little work it looks like our Rebels are home free! Andddd then came three AT-ATs. Ohhh yes. Empire be bringin’ the big guns. I love that Wolffe is thinking the same thing we are “How many legs does it have?” “Four.” “Four? How’re they not falling over?” XD Yeah honestly the fact that these things can move as well as they do is amazing. But there’s no time to be impressed and/or fascinated by these big guns, it’s time for a good ol’ fashioned WALKER CHASE! Which is basically walking considering how fast they are. Also is it weird that I was bummed they never got to cook the jupa? Suppose it comes with being a foodie… you don’t want anything to go to waste, even if it’s something you personally wouldn’t eat. Or maybe I would eat the jupa? Depends on what it tastes like I suppose, and I definitely wouldn’t want to see it cleaned… oh never mind. WALKER CHASE! The AT-TE’s makin’ a dash for the cover of the storm! The Empire’s scanners won’t be able to see them, but the Jedi’ll be able to see the Imperials. Smart plan… assuming all goes to plan.
Up above, Hera decides she’s waited long enough to take action and turns Chopper back on so they can finish getting the Ghost fixed up. Chopper has some rather differing thoughts on the matter, if his snarky-looking “arms-on-his-hips” pose has anything to say 😛
So there they were, our heroes caught in the blinding sandstorm, with only one chance, one shot to get them out of this soup. It’s up to Kanan and Ezra now, for Kanan to locate the lead AT-AT and for Ezra to make that one shot. Quite a few nail-biting moments here, it gets super-tense. Gives me some major chills, especially as Ezra plays his part, wearing Rex’s helmet in the middle of the gale force winds as he takes aim at the neck of the AT-AT. Young Bridger uses the Force and hits that armored transport where it hurts. It’s impossible not to cheer at this moment!
Out on the Star Destroyer, Konstantine’s at the ready to do whatever he needs to to help the ground assault, but he might’ve been called to something more important… by someone a bit more important… Lord Vader. Bro can’t get a break, can he? So just like that the Destroyer turns tail and hyperspaces away. Kind of a yay/aw situation. Yay the Destroyer’s gone! Aw, they’re leaving to go find new ways to cause trouble for our Rebs. Chopper’s weary sigh needs no translation… we’ve all felt that! XD Needs to be one of those sound bits you can play on the app…
Our heroes were out of the literal storm, but not quite out of the figurative storm. The Ghost crew’s gotta move, and the clones are staying behind the cover their escape. So it’s just one little AT-TE against the world, where three incredibly brave men stand tall and fight, even though they know it may be their last. I was geniunely terrified that they really wouldn’t make it out. Enough good clones have died over the years… I wasn’t sure I could bear it if we lost them. But all the same the clones keep movin’! They literally ram that tank of theirs right into the AT-AT’s legs! Ezra knows they have no business leaving these guys behind, and in his heart Kanan knows so too. Yes much cheering happened here as our heroes turn that ship around! And then more cheering as Rex literally stood on top of that AT-TE and called out “COME OUT AND FIGHT YOU COWARDS!”. These guys are so incredibly incredibly brave I can’t even! And just as Kallus was about to make the shot that would end the Captain’s life… the Phantom zoomed on in and out jumped two Jedi and a Lasat, ready to show the Empire’s who’s boss! They pop that AT open, knock out the drivers, and blast down the other one just like that! And since Konstantine is elsewhere, there’s no one who can help Kallus and his boys now. And then Rex makes a fantastic final shot that obliterates that four-legged death machine, sending the Agent and his gang running! Quite literally for that one driver who didn’t get a speederbike XP With that, Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor shoot a salute Kanan’s way, as they have no doubt who helped lead them to victory, and Kanan shoots back a respectful nod (a smile would’ve been a nice touch, but baby steps). And then arriveth the Ghost, ready to take ’em home 🙂
So Konstantine was all ready to greet Lord Vader when instead walks in someone totally different. He’s all “I dropped everything and possibly ruined Kallus’ mission for this?!” but oh ho I don’t think bro cares. The Fifth Bro to be exact. The newest (and super creepy) inquisitor only cares about nabbing those elusive little Rebs that no one else has been able to nab thus far. Konstantine looks terrified of this guy. I don’t blame him. *Shudders* He’s so chilling I’m not sure I can add much more description of him at the moment… except that I’m still nicknaming him “Fivey” 😛
However, all is well back on the Ghost. Our Rebels are home and we get to witness what is among the greatest reunitings in SW history: seeing Rex and Ahsoka together again. If you didn’t just die from the tsunami of feels at that hug you aren’t alive. Did that make any sense? I hope it did. ‘Cause GUHHHHHHHHHHHHH IT’S SO BEAUTIFULLLLLLL Ahsoka and Rex buddies for life!! >w< And just think… if it weren't for these Rebels, and for Kanan allowing himself to trust, this amazing moment wouldn't have happened. It may not've been easy… but as Ahsoka said, "nothing worth doing is" 😀
OK so I'm gonna stop blogging now 'cause I'm all teary-eyed right now and I can hardly see the screen and I'm sure it's the same for you. Until next time 'round…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: The Siege Of Lothal

So here we are… all these months later, finally digging into the start of Rebels Season 2! I can’t begin to tell you how awesome this feels… the fact I am sitting here writing about this amazing episode… the fact that we have reunited with the Ghost family… just how much we’ve been through in this past episode… it’s all kinds of WOW. So wish me luck this is gonna be a long blog and I’m so much fangirling right now it’ll be a miracle if this post makes any sense XP
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode V, Episode VI, TCW episode The Wrong Jedi, Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Call To Action, Fire Across The Galaxy and The Siege Of Lothal.

Title image for Rebel Transmission 201

So it was an ordinary sort of day for our Rebels as we catch them in the middle of a scuffle with the Empire, but there is something new in this familiar (but wonderfully so) scenario — they’ve brought some new friends, the Phoenix squad. The Phoenix dudes know a thing or two about knockin’ down TIE fighters and flyin’ A-wings (if I am wrong forgive me), and Hera’s glad to have some helping hands around. Kanan voices some disagreement on that matter hidden in the form of banter, but that conversation didn’t last for long because well, TIEs. Ezra’s doing awesome manning the turret, though Zeb’s not doing quite as good at holding his balance when Hera makes a few sharp turns XD Sabine’s at the Phantom‘s controls and getting those Imperial crates loose with flying colors (I don’t think there’s a phrase that suits her better 🙂 ). Chopper is also a victim of Hera’s sharp turns as flails about in the Ghost‘s cockpit. Ah I tell ya this is the best way they could’ve opened this episode… getting us right on in with the Ghost crew doing their thang! You get this thrilling battle, Ezra’s enthusiasm, Sabine’s natural flair, Hera and Kanan’s adorableness, Zeb and Chopper bringing a couple of laughs, and all of that awesomeness in the first couple minutes! Oh but just as Hera was about to grab those crates, two Star Destroyers crash the party! Ezra appropriately drops the “k-word” to that. Sabine helps one of the Phoenixes with getting a TIE of his tail. The command ship’s under fire and Commander Sato’s not lovin’ the turn this battle just took. The Ghost manages to grab those crates at the last second and just like that the mini-Alliance is headin’ home into hyperspace. A win for today!
Now, it’s safe to say that a certain Prime Minister wasn’t having any wins today. All eyes look to Lothal’s Imperial gal-in-charge to get those Rebels under control. Tarkin’s mad after he lost that ship of his to the rebel scum, Kallus is seemingly enjoying throwing all this pressure on her, and oh yeah DARTH VADER has some choice words. Ohh yes the Darth don’t play. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get what he wants. Tua’s not sure what exactly she’s supposed to do about all of this. But Vader’s all “you can tell that to General Tarkin when you visit him.” BOOM DROP THE MIC. She tries to use her standings to get her out of this but Kallus leaves her with a rather chilling “don’t worry, we’ll manage in your absence.”. *Shudders* Much yikes. Poor poor Minister Tua! She may’ve been one persnickety Imperial in the past, but I can’t help but feel bad for her in this mess. On another note, it’s kinda funny that Kallus seems to be placing himself on the same level as Vader… somehow I get the feeling that Lord Vader’ll be the end of the agent ultimately. Y’know Kallus if you’re thinking of retiring it might be a good time to do so… because as we see, quitting is kinda… impossible in this business…
Meanwhile, the Ghost crew was at a mini-Alliance meeting with Sato and Tano (sorry I’m just gonna keep calling them the “mini-Alliance” right now XD ), discussing the end results of the mission, which apparently wasn’t a total win ’cause there weren’t any shield generators in those crates, something the Phoenix guys could most certainly use. Ahsoka throws in some of her trademark optimism with a hopeful “maybe next time”. And then in runs Chopper with a transmission. Sato don’t like the interruption, but Kanan, all-too bored with the meeting, is more than glad for the distraction. Hera shoots him a death glare, Kanan gives her this face that says “yeah and whatchu gon’ do bout it?” XD Hera consents to at least a one-way transmission. Old Jho comes on with a… friend… that friend being Maketh Tua. Kanan isn’t interested in what she’s got to say, but Hera’s willing to hear her out. Tua really really wants to get off Lothal ASAP and she’s willing to trade secret Imperial intel for such. She is completely and utterly done with the Empire, and Ezra can sense her fear and knows she’s not lying. If that’s not enough, she knows why exactly the Empire came to Lothal, and it’s Emperor-ordered kinda stuff. Oooooh intrigue! Whilst the Rebels discuss among themselves what the best move is, Ezra is the first to step up and agree to help her. And with that, the Ghost crew and the Phoenixes follow. Help is on the way! But oh ho ho Hera is not done with her copilot. Ahsoka’s expression as Hera storms off after Kanan seems to say “psh good luck bro” XP As soon as the Captain catches up to him in the hallway, she starts laying down some choice words (and another Rebel sorta weaves around them with a “I am so not getting involved in whatever this is” expression on his face XD ). Kanan rather has a problem with being part of a militant group; he liked it better doing his own thing when it comes to fighting the Empire. Hera literally has him backed up against the wall to try and get it through his head why this is a good thing, I mean these guys did kinda save his life (and ultimately all of theirs). But he’s just not comfortable with the idea of getting mixed up with another war after what conspired during the Clone Wars. Hera softens her approach a bit after this. It’s easy to see both sides of this, to get Hera’s logic, but also hurt for all the hurt Kanan’s been through. And at the same time I can’t help but devour their honesty with each other and the bond they have. My heart melts the way she puts her hand on his arm… :3 Well that sure took a rabbit trail, didn’t it now? I’m sorry, but that’s how my mind works… I observe something squee-worthy, I talk about said squee-worthy something! I can’t deny that part of me! OK so anyway Ezra witnessed a bit of their conversation, and I have to wonder what he’s thinking, as Ezra seems really into this not-fighting-alone thing. It’ll be interesting if we see his loyalties challenged later on in the series, if Ezra ever finds himself potentially choosing between Master Jarrus and the rest of the Rebels. Food for thought indeed. But elsewhere, things are heading in a southerly direction… as in the quiet of the Lothal Imperial Complex as Tua casually walks out of her office, she doesn’t see Kallus sending off his good friend an Imperial Probe Droid in her direction. Hoo boyyy.
So now the Rebs are off, this time in a shuttle with Chopper driving (which as you can imagine everyone questions). Hehe Chopper totally takes his piloting job seriously. “HEY AS LONG AS I’M DRIVIN’ I AIN’T TAKIN’ ANY OF YOUR BACKTALK KIDS! Now, please remain seated, we are about to depart.” XD Well, this is the kinda thing you’ve gotta do when the Empire knows who you are. So Ezra’s got the plan down as to when and where they’re picking up Minister Tua. Zeb and Sabine voice again their uncertainties over all of this and why they’re even bothering to help someone who gave them so much crud in the past. Ezra’s answer is incredibly tear-jerking awesome: “Because that’s what we do, we help people”. Regardless of who they are and what they’ve done, Ezra doesn’t change his mission, he will help those who need help. Hera gives him a “proud parent” smile, and I basically start sobbing because that is so so amazing. It’s only been a handful of episodes and look how the boy’s grown already! I am digging on this somewhat newfound optimism; I guess it’s only natural after facing impossible odds and even the possibility of your own demise and finding out you’re part of something greater. He came out of it with a scar, but at the same time, he came out of it with a new attitude! OK enough feely rambling… it’s about to get real as they come back to the home planet. As they begin their descent, Ezra is hit by an unfamiliar feeling… one that leaves him… cold. Sgain *shudders*. And on top of that, Ezra can’t help but notice the sudden spike in the number of Star Destroyers in the docking bay. Clearly their last stunt got them even more attention than they thought. Yeah this has “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” written allllll over it (Anyone notice that I don’t think one character has spoken those words since the show began? Seems odd, doesn’t it?). But the show must go on. As they’re sneaking through the alleys, they’ve got a few white-armored problems standing in their way. Kanan’s solution? FRIENDSHIP! OK not exactly. He took a second to get chummy with an old Stormtrooper “buddy” and then pulled out the fists. As far as Kanan’s concerned, being a Rebel doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun once in a while! And just like that, Master Jarrus is now donning the buckethead’s duds. Classic move, my brotha! Ezra punctuates the moment in the best way… “I’m kinda jealous all I’ve got is the helmet!” XD XD
So while Kanan scoped around down below, Hera, Ezra, and Sabine took to the upper levels. And it seems they’ve got a new problem… it seems Kallus didn’t just send a probe droid along, but he also managed to give the Minister an escort. Looks like that was the most uncomfortable drive ever. Yeesh if Kallus wasn’t an absolute jerk before he’s become even more so as of late… I betcha he knew all of what Vader was planning beforehand, hence all of those ominous, foreboding statements and creepy smiles. Though he has no clue that there’s one buckethead out there who’s not like the rest… and then Sabine makes the first move and starts sending out some laserfire! Once she starts, everyone gets in on it, Rebels and ‘troopers and jerk ISBN agents alike! In the midst of the chaos, our heroes send the Minister off to their getaway shuttle. And they were almost home free when that very shuttle — with Minister Tua on it — goes up in smoke. Even with all the trouble she’s helped cause, I admittedly was saddened by her loss. She was probably the least jerky Imperial we’ve seen the entire series, and the fact she ultimately chose the right path — even if it was a little too late — is pretty noble. I applaud you, Maketh Tua, for being a pretty awesome Imperial. She will be missed. Yeah just like with Aresko and Grint, you kinda can’t help but feel bad for them, I think because we see just how cruel the Empire works. You’re always at the mercy of someone greater, someone crueler, someone with no mercy, and that “someone” will end your life if they see fit to do so, and when you’ve got Sith and Sith-y sorts involved, it’s inevitable. It’s understandable as to why our heroes can’t help but look on in shock and dismay. And as the Rebels work to avoid Kallus and the rest of the ‘troopers, they don’t see the terrifying, dark presence watching from above… and as they make their getaway, the return of Kallus’ chilling smile. And their getaway doesn’t last for long as a walker takes aim at their shuttle. I’d say that today was not a win for them. Especially since the crew’s now on the lam more than ever with the death of the Prime Minister apparently on their hands. All as Lord Vader predicted…
The Ghost crew finds shelter for the moment in the Bridgers’ place. Hera believes their best move now is to leave Lothal behind for good. Ezra, however, wants to find some way to show Lothal the truth, about them and about the Empire. But that looks like it won’t be happening anytime soon because in come a slew of Stormtroopers knockin’ the door down! Chopper fights back the best he can, zapping one buckethead and sealing the door shut, but there’s not much he can do against thermal detonators. I think it’s safe to say Ezra’s old home is no longer 😦 Without many options, our Rebels decide their best bet is to break for the Imperial Complex and grab a ship there. Oh the way Ezra looked back at his house… I can’t even 😥 “Guess there is no going home.”
Mission “Get Off Of Lothal Alive” is a go. Kanan, still in his ‘trooper suit, and Ezra, back in his old cadet uniform, are making their way in. A suspicious buckethead causes some problems, but nothing a good ol’ fashioned Jedi mind trick won’t help, at least when done by a “professional” like Kanan. You know if mind tricks only work on the weak-minded, then the Empire really should consider hiring some smarter people. You’d think of all people Vader would know this, but I suppose he doesn’t screen all their employees. Nevertheless, it’s a good thing they don’t hire strong-minded folks ’cause Kanan and Ezra had some important cargo to get in — the rest of their crew. Zeb took it like a man NOT 😛 I was thinking at first “It’s nice to know claustrophobic people like me exist in the SW Universe!” and then he drops one of his best lines ever “What? I need to breathe! Have you smelled me?!” XD 😆 But he’s back in his element once he can squish a couple of ‘troopers again. Looks like this plan’s gone quite well. Perhaps today could at least be a little bit of a win for them. On top of that, they find a whole bunch of military-grade shield generators just lying around waiting to be used by the mini-Alliance! Ka-win! They were this close to their ride off this rock… and then Kanan and Ezra stopped dead in their tracks. That cold presence again. It’s Darth Vader. Our heroes don’t know this guy as well as we do, but with a red lightsaber and his helmet putting off a dark, soulless, deadly vibe, they just know they’re in trouble. Man oh man I remember seeing the season 2 trailer for the first time and just how much this terrified me. I’m all “aw dang someone’s gonna die this season”. I mean, a couple of padawans are completely NBD to Vader. Kanan and Ezra put up quite a fight, but throwing them around is as easy as (or perhaps in his case, easier than) breathing for the dark lord. I’m not sure I’ve ever feared for a character’s life more than when Vader pinned Ezra against the walker and slowly used the Force to aim his own lightsaber at his throat. OK that’s probably not the only time (do we even need to discuss the events of the TCW season 5 finale?), but you get what I mean! If you say you were completely not worried about Ezra you are a liar. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again IT IS A SHEER MIRACLE ANYONE SURVIVED THIS. Kanan was lucky to only have his shoulder grazed. Sabine was lucky to only have her armor damaged. The Vader of Star Wars Rebels is the stuff of nightmares. He’s in his prime here, no son to make him question himself yet, just a whole lot of angry in there. HE LITERALLY SURVIVES GETTING HIT BY A COLLAPSED WALKER. And nothing comes off more terrifying than something you (seemingly) can’t defeat. You can definitely see the difference between what a guy with a red lightsaber can do as versus what an actual Sith can do. And even though the Rebels manage to get away with their lives… Darth has complete confidence he’s still got this.
The whole debacle still has the Rebels reeling. I mean, fighting a Sith Lord is not what you would call an everyday occurrence, and Kanan knows just how fortunate their escape was. And the cold hard fact is they still have really no way offworld as long as Vader and the rest of the Empire’s on their tail. But Hera hatches a brilliant idea, perhaps a certain smuggler can help. A certain smuggler who, at the suggestion, gets a big fat “NO” from the boys 🙂 Yeah you know who that would be!
Back in the Imperial Complex, Vader too has a “brilliant idea” (at least from his point of view). Whether or not it would ultimately lead them to the Rebels, he wants Tarkintown burned. GASP! He’s gonna hurt innocent lives just so he can mess with the compassion-driven help-anyone-who-needs-help Ghost family! Because I’ve seen so much of the good Anakin has done as of late and because I know he redeems himself ultimately, I admit sometimes I don’t consider Vader so much as a straight-up villain as a misguided hero-turned-villain. But man… this really reminds me that he really can be a straight-up, cruel, merciless villain. At this juncture, it doesn’t matter what he’s done or who he will be, right now he’s pretty much all bad. BOO VADER! WHY YOU GOTTA DO THAT?!
On a much, much lighter note, yep, the Rebels called up Lando Calrissian! The bro seems pleased to have gotten a transmission from the captain. Kanan’s the first to point out this a business call XD It takes a little convincing to get Lando to give them a hand (and a promise of three of those shield generators), but he agrees and puts them in the capable hands of his droid back at his place. And yes I happen to love that his droid rocks a Texas drawl… I think that’s a first for SW! 😀 But while they’re there, Ezra sees smoke rising from a distance. He doesn’t hesitate for a minute to grab a speederbike and follow it. And at the other end lies smoldering rubble where Tarkintown once lied. The very town where Ezra started to question what it meant to help others. Everyone is gone. They’re Imperial prisoners, but considering how the Empire works, I don’t think that’s much better than if they had just killed them. TEARS. SO MANY TEARS. But even in all of this, Ezra still holds out for hope that they can still fight this. Kanan has his doubts in the midst of such a difficult situation, but Ezra isn’t afraid to do the right thing. Again, WOW, Ezra you are amazing in this episode. I mean, he’s always amazing, but seeing him taking this stance, seeing hope in the midst of destruction… that’s not easy for anyone to do, and yet he does it. Oh, how he’s grown up! I’m sorry let’s get on to the next scene before I start crying again– whoops, too late. So anyway, plan B for Mission “Get Off Lothal Alive” involves some old transponders Sabine wired to give off the same signals as their shuttle, to confuse the Imperials as they try to get offworld (“Sounds like a lousy Lando plan” “It’s my plan, just his gear” “Sounds like a lousy Sabine plan” “Better than Lando’s!” XD ). It does work for a bit, but the Imperials are cleverer than they look and they send out some TIEs to take care of the extra signals. But as soon as they figure out which signal’s the real one, our heroes dash off down hyperspace lane! They’re home free! Though Kanan’s still unsure about being a member of the mini-Alliance, he’s outvoted on this one. The Ghost crew’s next move is back with the Phoenixes.
Admiral Konstantine was probably terrified to make that call to Vader to tell him the Rebels escaped. I half-expected Darth would do his thing and give him a good Force-choking, but he’s chill and struts off to his ship. As we find out from Kallus, that particular shuttle’s got a tracking device on it. This sinks in as the scene comes to an end. Minimal dialogue, no score, 100% chilling.
Yeah just when we thought they’d be home free, Chopper happens to take notice of the transmitter. Not really the first thing you want to say to Sato and Tano when you run into the conference room. And guess who the first guest to show up to the party is? Darth Vader. The Phoenix crew thought one TIE alone was no big deal… emphasis on “thought”. Two fighters are down and Vader has no problem hitting the command ship where it hurts. Hera’s the first to get involved, and the rest of the Ghost team follows, with Ahsoka in tow. Ah it felt so so good seeing her smile as she asks “mind if I tag along?”! She’s grown up, but she has not lost that optimism of hers that is among many reasons she’s such an incredible character 🙂 And on top of that, seeing her interact with Ezra and all the Rebels is just so stinkin’ cool! It’s more than I could have ever asked to see in this awesome series! OK putting the fangirl button on pause now. We’ve got a battle to fight. Vader downs another two Phoenixes, and it’s go time for our heroes. I love it when Hera says “OK kids, make mom and dad proud” 😀 Aw nuts I hit the “play” button on my fangirl remote again! Sorry *hits pause*. The command ship is just about done for, and it’s all up to the Ghost now. Ahsoka can tell that whoever’s flying that ship is pretty strong with the Force. And I think it’s safe to say those of us in the audience held our breath as she reached out with the Force to uncover this guy’s identity. I mean, I had no clue we’d be seeing their worlds collide just yet. It’s one of those things you know is inevitable but you just don’t see coming when it does happen. Ezra recognizes the pilot as that Sith Lord they fought earlier. And Ahsoka… I think she just recognizes him period. And Vader recognizes her. We all know it was pretty horrifying for Luke to find out his dad’s a dark lord, but imagine how it must feel for Ahsoka! Luke found that out at the last minute, but Ahsoka spent years with him. She and Anakin were like brother and sister, they fought together, he taught her almost everything she knows, they laughed and cried together, and saved each other’s lives many times. In some ways, this reveal is more heartwrenching to experience than Luke’s. I know that’s a very controversial statement, but just put yourself in Ahsoka’s shoes, regardless of how she felt when she left the Jedi Order. Not to steal thunder from Episode V, of course, both reveals are different and terrifying in their own way. You know what? Perhaps it’s just safer to say they were equally terrifying and world-rocking reveals. Disregard the whole “more than” thing. Any way you spin it it’s a hard truth to swallow. Whether Ahsoka knows for absolute absolute certain who’s flying that TIE or not, knowing anything at all knocked her out like a light. At this point, it’s looking like the mini-Alliance’s best option is to make a run for it, especially when a few Star Destroyers join the party. And now Vader’s very very interested in finding out who’s aboard that ship. At least this gives the rest of the mini-Alliance a chance to abandon ship safely. Hera’s escape plan is absolute genius, though… she hits the hyperspace just as the Star Destroyers were zeroing in on them, and guess who’s in the Imperial Fleet’s path now? No one important just LORD VADER!! Konstantine’s shocked face is priceless XD They managed to turn off their targeting before they fry their boss, but yeah somebody’s getting a whole lotta Force chokin’ tonight… but forget the random Imperials our Rebels live to fight another day!
Later on, in the quiet of the Ghost, Ahsoka decides to talk a little with her fellow Jedi about whoever this Sith is. Ahsoka claims she doesn’t know who the guy is, though I suppose “from a certain point of view” she could mean she doesn’t know who he is as versus who he was, if that makes any sense. So in that case I wouldn’t say she’s lying. But regardless, both Ahsoka and Kanan know that this guy is something they haven’t tangled with since the Clone Wars, and it won’t be the last time they’ll tangle with him. Ezra’s still all gung-ho for fighting back, and then Kanan drops a lovely piece of Gandalfian wisdom: “We must find the strength to fight; the greater courage is knowing when not to fight”. EPIC. Hera and the rest of the crew walk in then, making it clear “we’ll be beside you either way” 🙂 AWW FEELZ! Ahsoka smiles, clearly glad to have such amazing cohorts. But while the Ghost team exchanges a happy moment, Ahsoka still has to come to grips with a very painful reality… that her teacher, her friend, her “big brother”… has gone to the dark side.
Elsewhere, Vader was having a similar conversation with the Emperor. Now that he knows his apprentice lives, Vader and Sidious see this as a new opportunity, as she could potentially lead them to more remaining Jedi. For now, they’ll leave the job of hunting down the Rebels to a new inquisitor. All I can say to that is “May the Force be with you, Rebs… always. SERIOUSLY. Especially now.”
And thus the second season of this amazing show has blown all our minds! So much so it took me two days to write all this! But YAYYY REBELS! Only a few months until the show is back officially! I’ll be watching all the reruns a million times until then! So thank you for joining me… this was fun! Until next post…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight