Rebel Transmissions: Rebel Resolve

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

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

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Droids In Distress

So it’s time once again for another Rebel Transmission! A fantastic-ly fun episode with humor, heart, seriously close calls, and of course, a couple of familiar droids! And yeah I don’t know why I’m having trouble opening up this post right now… er… let’s just cut to the chase and take a deeper look at Droids In Distress!
Note: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, the first four episodes of Droids, and Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion and Droids In Distress

So here we are, back with the crew of the Ghost, as they’re being chased by TIE fighters and an Imperial Star Destroyer! Just the normal everyday routine for these guys, NBD. But that’s what hyperspace is for! With that out of the way, our heroes have time to focus on the other important matter at hand… the matter of money. It’s not easy feeding (and arming) a family of five (and fueling a ship) in the galaxy these days (especially when they’re against the Empire), so Kanan makes the suggestion “why not go and grab some weapons to sell to Vizago?”. Zeb isn’t too keen on the concept, but it’s either that or they’re giving up the Ghost… quite literally. So off to the weapon-nabbing races it is!
And this time, our heroes are taking the bus. Or technically the public transport shuttles. Yup, just the norm around here. So an Imperial senator is also on the shuttle, with a non-Basic-speaking comrade, and where there are failures to communicate, a protocol droid is necessary… enter C-3PO! And R2-D2! And I’m all “OHMYGOSH DEH DROIDSEHS!! …Wait they’re hanging out with this Imperial girl? What’s up with that?”. Well, we shall soon see. Now, originally, when I’d heard that Threepio and Artoo were going to be joining us at some juncture in the show, I really really had my fingers crossed that we’d see a character from the 80’s Droids cartoon. The show also takes place before Episode IV, and we meet a rebel or two ourselves out there. And what else would explain why these two aren’t in the care of Captain Antilles or the Organas? How cool would it be to see Kea Moll or Mungo Baobab or whoever in the flesh out here! But as I was watching this, I realized that those guys being involved at this point wouldn’t line up; the droids met Kea Moll in the first few episodes, and she happened to be a member of the growing Rebel Alliance, but at this juncture there is no official Rebel Alliance — just a few who believe that freedom is everyone’s fight (anyone catch the reference? anyone? no one? *sigh*). So yeah maybe we’ll meet some of these heroes in the future, but not yet, at least, probably not hanging out with the droid duo.
Anywayyyy, back to the episode. Man, if everything that conspired really was all to Kanan’s plan… he’s really really good. Our heroes were just playing the role of normal bus passengers, but Chopper appeared to have been in a “mood” and started playing the game of “I’m-not-touching-you…” with Ezra XD OK so looking back it seems to have been all part of the plan, so Ezra could complain and they could make a point to separate the senator from her protocol droid so in turn Sabine could get the dirt in the business of translating, but at the time I had no clue. Either way, it’s downright hilarious to watch! And then when Chopper starts hitting Ezra with a little electricity… ermagosh aren’t you glad your kids don’t do that in the backseat on long trips? Hehe. So that scuffle leads to all the “astromechs” in the passenger area being stuck in the back (Threepio did not like being mistaken for an astromech). And now what’s a senator to do? Enter Sabine, convienently located one seat behind them. One thing we learned from the last episode was that she understands Wookiees, which was pretty impressive, but now she offers up her abilities in translating this fellow’s language to the senator. Multitalentedddd the girl is!! Of course, all of this was in picking up exactly where a certain weapons shipment would be 🙂 Question is, if the whole thing about her being a level five student at the Imperial Academy isn’t true… how does she know all these random languages? Something to query about.
Meanwhiles, Threepio was no enjoying sitting backseat with Artoo and Chopper. The astromechs were just talking about something and then a fight sorta broke out and they started shoving each other. It makes me laugh hearing Threepio say “See Artoo? Here’s a droid with manners!”; pshh Chopper? Mannerly? As if! Artoo just rolls his dome, mentally rolling his eyes if he had them.
Ah yes, so the plan was falling into place just perfectly. Now Sabine knew where they’d be needing to go, and she may have mistranslated as such for the good senator hehehe. Now it’s Ezra’s turn to get to work…
As we can see, Ezra’s not exactly impressed with his time on the Ghost so far. He signed up for Jedi training, not exactly… well, stealing junk. But here he is all the same, crawling through the vents, leaping over buildings, doing his thing as per us’. But thanks to him, he was able to sneak into Bay 7 and get the door opened for his crew. And in the bay lies crates among crates of a very nasty variety of blasters. Blasters that Zeb is far from thrilled to see. And did I mention that they’re kinda banned? O.O But they’ve got more trouble than the bargained for… the senator figured out that Bay 17 was not the right one. Thank goodness good ol’ Chopper decided to slow the Imperials down and started another “brawl” with Artoo! Which kinda worked up until the Imperial recognized the droid and realized something was really up. And Chopper seems to be saying “NO WAIT WAIT WAIT! I’M NOT THE SAME DROID! I’M ANOTHER ONE! DON’T GO TO BAY 17! Aw dang.”. Well you tried, little buddy.
So it takes about three seconds for the Stormtroopers to show up and catch our heroes in the act. But that’s where Zeb comes in, doing his awesome thing and throwing them ‘troopers like footballs! As well as punching, kicking, and some prod-staff-swinging. In the midst of all the insanity, Threepio’s in a bit of a panic, as he has no idea what to do in this sort of situation. But Artoo has a plan of his own, and it involves following Chopper. And despite his mixed feelings about it, Threepio follows the astromechs aboard the Ghost as our heroes make a dash for it.
Onboard, Chopper’s “friends” don’t quite get the welcome they might’ve wanted… restraining bolts whoohoo. But of course no one listens to Threepio, who might’ve had some things he wanted to point out to these “ruffians”. Oh, and Sabine gets the idea that maybe Vizago would be interested in buying the droids, too. So yeah this is not how Threepio had planned his day to go…
Now in the midst of all this, Zeb is really not sure if they should be selling the disruptors, unsure of whose hands they might fall into. Kanan and Sabine aren’t too worried; as long as the Empire doesn’t have them, that’s what counts right? Zeb isn’t too sure. Next thing we know, it seems Zeb is in major need of some alone time and kicks Ezra out of their shared quarters. Ezra was not having it, but that was before Hera told him a little of what’s bothering Zeb. Those disruptors were the Empire’s choice weapon when it came to destroying the majority of the Lasat people. Oh gosh my heart so goes out to Zeb right now… Empire y u b such jerks?! 😦 Ugh sorry not sorry. But we’ll have to save this conversation for later, as the Ghost has landed on Lothal at last, ready to deliver the goods to their Gothal(?) business partner. It’s in these last few moments aboard that Sabine finds out that Artoo is actually on a different sort of mission, and that his owner has some serious ca$h. So wait Sabine can understand astromechs too?! Wow! Oh wait… so do, evidently Hera, Luke, Anakin, and a bunch of others. Well, it’s still cool anyway. So, even with Zeb’s discomfort with the concept, Kanan and the crew are still about to hand over the guns to Vizago. But no one called for Threepio to make a huge mistake in all of this… the golden droid may have made a distress call to the Empire, making a point he’d been kidnapped a bunch of thieves. And guess who was at the other end of the line? Agent Kallus. *Sigh* of course… why Threepio, why?? I’m guessing he has some trust issues. Or maybe some memory issues, considering he has no clue whose side he’s on. Either way, that is not good for our Rebels.
Sooo yeah they were just about to get that long-awaited, much-needed moola from Vizago when the Empire shows up. And Vizago makes a run for it, naturally. Man, that guy is about as shallow as they come, yet he’s still a rather entertaining character. OK but yeah… now it becomes clear that destroying those disruptors is how it’s gonna go down. And then comes to the party a couple of predecessors to the AT-STs, andddd that Imperial ship, loaded from top to bottom with Stormtroopers and our very own Agent Kallus. I’ll go make some more ice. Yeahhh Threepio figured it out pretty quickly that Stormtroopers are indeed the bad guys. That droid can sure run when he wants to!
But in the midst of all this, in comes Kallus, holding a electric-prod-staff-thing, and igniting a little head-on fight with Zeb. Needless to say, Orellios couldn’t back away from a fight, especially not with some punk Imperial who’s throwing around Zeb’s hometown’s weapon-of-choice. This duel is pretty incredible to watch, reminding me of some of the scarily intense duels of The Clone Wars. Zeb comes out on top for a while and does a good job at giving Kallus a run for his money. And man, the minute Kallus starts doing his Imperial thing of getting personal with his badmouthing and talking all about the small part he played in killing off the Lasats, oooooooh man Zeb is downright furious, which is somewhat of an advantage. But it doesn’t last too long before Kallus got the upper hand and knocked the Lasat to his knees. And one more blow would’ve been the end of him. Man I will never forget how on the edge of my seat I was at this point. I had no clue how this was going to fan out, and I really seriously thought Zeb was about to die. But in the heat of the moment, Ezra does what he had no clue he was capable of… he Force-pushes Kallus into a building at the last second! Kanan’s like “Danggggg…” and Ezra’s like “Whut did I just do…?”. The others rush aboard while Kanan runs off to get Zeb. Oh right, they did successfully blow up all those disruptors, btw, but I should’t have to tell you that. So yeah, even just seeing Zeb nearly dead had me worried for him. But the two made it just in time… just as Kallus woke up. Thankfully, Zeb will make it, thanks to a little unexpected help from Ezra. And now, Kanan’s making a point to start the potential Padawan’s training the next day 🙂 Ermagosh that silent “thanks” and “anytime brotha” between Ezra and Zeb about made me start tearing up… ^w^ But there’s still one last thing to do… getting the droid duo home.
And while I might’ve suspected it, I was hugely happy to see Bail Organa the one reuniting with Threepio and Artoo! Knowing what ultimately happens to him in Episode IV, I was really glad we get to see him again, and wearing a fantastic sweater 🙂 Man, anyone ever wonder if maybe Bail and Kanan had run into each other during the Clone Wars? Or even before then? Kanan takes notice of the Jedi-ism Senator Organa says, but otherwise doesn’t seem to pick up on it. Isn’t it funny how this simple kind act of returning the droids would be returned by getting everything they needed? Yeahh I can’t help but get all feely at their brief interchange. And now, Bail turns to Artoo, wanting to know what he learned about this small group of rebels…
So WOW! This episode is seriously amazing! One of the highlights about this one for me would have to be getting to know more about Zeb. I mean, I’m amazed at how the folks at Lucasfilm have made me love him more than I ever thought I would. The way they make him emotionally relatable, yet also a bit of a frighteningly fierce fighter, is so awesome. You both want to hug him and keep your distance from him at the same time, if that makes any sense 🙂 So yeah anyway, two thumbs up for the guys behind Rebels, and to this incredible episode itself! Who knows what adventures await us next?

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight