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Rebel Transmissions: Through Imperial Eyes

Yayzers it’s Rebel Transmission time! Well that didn’t sound stupid at all 😛 But needless to say I’m really excited about writing this one. Forget my lame opening line and let’s look deeper into Through Imperial Eyes!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes A Princess On Lothal, An Inside Man, and Through Imperial Eyes.

The alarm goes off as another day begins for our double-Agent Kallus, except that the alarm isn’t from a clock, but from yet another Rebel problem. I have to applaud Kallus, really, because I’m never that alert in the morning. I mean, did he even have time for kaffe or breakfast or anything? This opening never fails to fascinate me as we catch a glimpse at just what the average everyday Imp goes through on the regular. Agent K literally just woke up like this! How does he do it?? I mean, you’d think those sideburns would take a little more work, but nope he’s just naturally fabulous! XD But clearly friends the most fascinating thing here is that he actually manages to sleep in his armor. Though I guess if I were secretly helping the mini-Alliance while working for the Empire I wouldn’t take my chestplate off either. Like, ever. So yes as you can imagine I’ve spent the last week making a lot of jokes and observations about Imperial morning routines, sadly I could not include them all here due to, well, forgetting most of ’em. But still, what fun 🙂
So guess who our little Rebel problem was? Just some random grouchy Lothalian bounty hunter who’s actually Ezra Bridger. Ezra just thought he’d swing by and rescue their fantastic Fulcrum from potentially-suspicious Imperials, like NBD just another ordinary day. Kallus is like “OMG DO YOU REALIZE WHAT A BAD IDEA THIS IS?!?” Ah you guys I just love it when Kallus freaks out. David Oyelowo’s voice acting is perfection. Also I love the familiarity of the setting in the interrogation room. You guys remember the pilot back when Ezra was smol and Kallus was a jerk and Ez sarcastically dubbed himself “Jabba”? Boy they’ve come a long way. Ezra honestly doesn’t still 100% trust him but he still came all this way to save ‘im, even if Agent K didn’t necessarily want to be saved. But no time for “interrogating”, Thrawn’s destroyer just showed up and you know he means business. Kallus is off to a meeting with the rebel prisoner in tow. This should go well, though it does definitely throw a wrench in the Rebs’ plans. It’s kind of all up to Chopper and AP now. Seeing Kanan and Rex in ‘trooper armor again was such a wonderful surprise though. Men In White, back in action!
I don’t blame Lieutenant Lyste for his nerves going into this meeting. I was kinda surprised he hadn’t been demoted right on down to sub-ensign since the Leia incident (if not just straight-up Force-choked by a certain someone). And now he’s attending a meeting with the Grand Admiral that’s a big enough deal it involves confiscating code cylinders. Also I’m glad to know that what those things are officially in-canon because until I read the OT Costumes book I always sort of thought they were ballpoint pens. We learn so much in this episode. Including the fact that Thrawn spends his spare time sparring with those giant sentry droids and he’s awesome at it. Just an ordinary everyday workout regimen! Like OK wow I’m both majorly impressed and majorly terrified. I don’t think there’s anyone who couldn’t be. While Kallus and Lyste wait for the Grand Admiral, they get a second to say “hello” to Colonel Yularen. You probably didn’t know this but I’m a pretty big Yularen fan. What would The Clone Wars have been without this uptight mustachioed gent of an admiral constantly questioning Anakin’s plans? 🙂 Turns out the no-longer-quite-as-uptight-but-just-as-fabulously-mustachioed-as-ever-colonel trained Kallus back in the day, and he seems quite proud of his former pupil. So again lots of nice surprises all around today. And then Grand Admiral Thrawn enters the room ready to talk business, business involving this “Fulcrum” character within their ranks. He’s come down to the wire on the last few possible Rebel base locations and they can’t have a turncoat running around causing trouble. Thrawn and Yularen warn their subords to keep an eye out, and that wraps up their meeting. I don’t know how in the galaxy Kallus managed to keep a straight face when the Colonel asked him his thoughts on the spy. Agent K’s cool as a cucumber. Or whatever the SW equivalent vegetable is. I mean seriously Kallus is so so good. He goes from there and quietly convinces Lyste that Pryce is the traitor, and then casually saunters over and lets Ez out of his cell. Pfff after Ezra’s hiding-on-the-ceiling-stunt it’s all I can do not to start calling him “Spider-Ez” XD They’re still gonna need those clearance codes if they want to get out of here, and Kallus wants to help Ezra get their base off the map, so to Thrawn’s office we go! How’ll they get in there you ask? Cosplay. Ezra is a pretty convincing Lieutenant Lyste to the average weak-minded stormtrooper. Even kinda got the accent down! Y’know one of the things I just love about this episode is watching the endless cleverness Agent K and Ezra possess. Kallus playin’ Lyste and the Imps and Ez in disguise… they’re just so good! They may not entirely trust each other, but both trust themselves and know what they’re fighting for. Smooooooth criminals bro. In a good way 🙂 Once inside Chopper quickly gets them codes and casually makes Abafar (forgive me for misspelling) disappear. If only AP-5 had mentioned Thrawn’s arrival a teense bit sooner… with the Grand Admiral now suspicious of Lyste, it’s a really bad time to be cosplaying him. Ez’s only hope right now is Sabine’s firebird-and-lothcat, which happens to be big enough to hide him for the moment. Well not his only hope, he’s also got the timely arrival of sentry droids who don’t listen to no override codes. Thank you, Kallus!
Everything ’bout this plan is beautiful it seems. Thrawn thinks Lyste is behind the droid attack, Lyste sees Pryce fighting ‘troopers (not realizing they’re our Men-In-White Rebels) and is certain she’s the Fulcrum, and when Lyste stuns Pryce, all eyes are on the perhaps-too-eager little graycoat. I couldn’t help but applaud the ingenuity of it all! With the heat off, Kallus chooses to continue his Imperial career. But… oh boy… Thrawn took one look at the art on the “bounty hunter”‘s helmet and saw the truth no one else saw. And he’s gonna make this work in the Empire’s favor… O_O
Welp that’s not good. I was rather nervous going into this episode, worried about whether something might happen to Agent Kallus. But then, there were so many great fun moments, I might’ve let my guard down by the end, and now I’m really really nervous. Force be with you, Agent K… Anyway, I just love this one to pieces and I’m glad I was able to talk ’bout it with ya today!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: A Princess On Lothal

And so the another Rebel Transmission has arrived! And yes I know it’s another late one. *Crosses fingers for another hiatus so I won’t have to blog about two episodes in one week when the finale gets here* But there’s no doubt it’s an episode worth writing for. So thus arrives A Princess On Lothal!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode V, Episode VII and Rebels episodes Legacy and A Princess On Lothal

So I was pleasantly surprised to see this episode follows immediately off the heels of Legacy. The last episode could have easily been wrapped up then-and-there, but they did an absolute beautiful job carrying over the events and emotions of Legacy in On Lothal. Hera has called in for an update while Speedster the white lothcat watches curiously (yes I have named the lothcat deal with it). Hera clearly feels for Ezra’s situation, but just as quickly shows her gratitude to Governor Azadi. And she bears good news as well with Bail Organa delivering some reinforcements and a few big magnificent ships to Lothal. Kanan hopes a little action’ll get Ezra some of his mojo back. Now… if only those reinforcements could get to Lothal already. Lieutenant Lyste isn’t making it easy for ’em. It shouldn’t be hard for a little Imperial senate relief mission to come through, right? Well, it’s not that it’s hard, really, it’s just that it comes with TIE escorts, which wouldn’t be a problem if these were normal Imperial senators, but this is PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA, and she is NOT a normal senator. And thank goodness for that. Also yes let’s just fangirl/fanboy over Leia’s arrival to SWR, shall we? SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! It’s always great seeing the cast run into familiar faces, obs. But seeing them cross paths with a character with such a massive impact to the galaxy as she does… it’s just phenomenal. Her Rebels look is absolutely perfect (I MUST TRY AND STEAL HER HAIRSTYLE) and her voice is spot-on. There’s no doubt the future-general-who’s-always-royalty-to-me is here in the flesh! And it’s definitely a ton of fun seeing her as a young but still just as strong-spoken teen. Just like her mama 🙂
OK so I’m getting ahead of myself a bit. We find Ezra still working through the aftermath of it all. Chopper is being an absolute sweetheart and standing by his side, just being there for him. But now it’s time to get up and go meet with the reinforcements. And they get to do it in stormtrooper disguises, how fun is that? Young Bridger doesn’t seem quite as thrilled as Kanan might’ve been hoping for, but it’s a start. Azadi gives them his ride, but isn’t terribly interested in getting involved beyond that. Poor Kanan… he’s seriously the only person with any enthusiasm today. So with that the boys are goin’ to town to find three old freighters now a part of their squadron and one young senator who don’t take crud from nobody. “WELL EXCUUUUUUSE ME PRINCESS!” (hehe I need to go make that a meme now). Leia don’t need anyone to tell her anything. She’s already familiar with these Rebs and has a plan of her own. Ezra’s all “WHY DOES SHE GET TO GIVE ORDERS?!”. Because she’s the boss lady EZ, that’s why. And then there was a tiny hitch in the plan. Lyste brings out what are basically giant parking boots to keep the senator’s ships from being pilfered by rebel scum. Whee fun being a double agent! They even brought a couple AT-ATs for backup. Yeesh talk about overkill. It’s like the entire universe is against Leia and the Rebs right now. Paranoid much, Lyste? Yet he doesn’t look too paranoid… in fact it looks like he kinda having fun making her day more complicated than it needs to be, even though he has no idea where her real loyalties lie. But Leia knows how to handle this dork. First by correcting his use of “miss” into “your highness” XD And then insisting she use the Lieutenant’s shuttle. Lyste don’t look too smug now. DA PRINCESS IS BOSS. But the minute they get on board, Leia admits there were some flaws in her plan. Her honesty on the matter makes her even more boss. Just now all they need to do is get a new plan. Especially when Chopper finds that ‘troopers captured Ryder. Kanan’s gonna make this up as he goes. Clearly since he didn’t have all of his lines rehearsed when explaining himself to the buckethead commander. The commander don’t got time for that because he has a prisoner to execute (le gasp!). Leia steps up to question why, and that’s when Hera arrives right on time as usual. Those troop transports got some paint scratched, as well as few other things that may not buff out. Indeed it is good to have friends in high places. Especially if that’s literal because they fly a lovely Corellian craft. So in the midst of the chaos, Kanan comes up with the next phase of the plan: taking the princess hostage. Or at least making it look like they are. Azadi grabs Leia, Kanan goes after Leia, Zeb gives Kanan a facefull of bowcaster. Hehe I think Zeb enjoyed his part of the plan a bit more so than the “troopers” did. “They’re taking prisoners??” “They do that now?!” XD Stormtroopers who comment on stuff like real people are my favorite stormtroopers (I mean, aside from Finn, if he still counts). And with that, the Ghost and Phantom are outta here! Yes Ezra and Kanan are gonna feel that for a week. If they were cartoon characters, Kanan would have a black eye and Ezra would be minus a tooth or two. Seriously, what purpose do those helmets serve? Lyste, meanwhile, is quite freaked out now knowing he lost the very person he was intending to protect. Boy do those Rebs know how to put on a show! 🙂
As the Ghost flies along, Leia takes note of Zeb and Sabine offering Ezra some genuine words of comfort, which btw is amazingly sweet to witness. Like I went on and on about in the last Transmission, I adore how much these guys are there for each other, that they truly will stand by him as long as there are stars in the galaxy. There are plenty of times where they don’t get along and/or poke fun at each other, but their bond is solid, man. Kanan explains a little of the situation to Leia, and suggests that Ezra might could use another friend to talk to. Leia continues her streak of boss-lady-ness by doing so. And also yes Kanan, that’s what Ezra’s really needed today… ‘trooper helmets and mini-Alliance missions are fun, but just talking with someone who cares can often be the best kind of healing balm. So yes, watching Ezra look at his family portrait once again brings many tears to my eyes once again. Leia gets him man… it’s hard to have this much responsibility at their age, it’s hard sometimes to keep fighting when it seems like nothing will change. But they both know that fighting for what’s right is the right thing to do regardless. Just… wow. The conversation gives Ezra the encouragement and strength to get back in the game and finish helping Leia on her mission. Now, when I first saw that ad and the whole “You think that’s impressive? Watch this” bit, I start thinking “Ohhhmygosh he is literally crushing on Leia… this is going to be a thing…”. But they totally didn’t go that route, which I’m totally fine with, though the notion was quite funny. Instead we get some real solid friendship moments that are worth their weight in gold, in addition to some wonderfully well-played bits of sarc. Leia and Ezra have more in common than they know, and that makes it all the more amazing seeing them cross paths. The whole “impressing the princess” thing would’ve been fun, but the Lucasfilm crew went an even better route that leaves me reeling with feels. Besides, I rather ship them respectively with a couple of sometimes-scoundrely sharpshooters with fabulous enviable hair (*coughHanAndSabineIfThatWasn’tObviouscough*) 😉
Ezra and Leia walk in on the rest of the Ghost crew trying to figure out the next step to the plan. It’s not looking too too good with all those AT-ATs and Imperial forces in the way of their ships. Even Hera isn’t sure what to say this time around. So enter PRINCESS BOSS LADY! Leia recognizes these are tough obstacles, but she’s full of serious can-do spirit and insists on hearing not what they can’t do, but what they will. Dude I so wish I had that kind of attitude. *Bows to Princess Boss Lady* And so one idea leads to another, Ezra and Kanan keep stormtroopin’ and the Rebs do some distractin’. Even grumpy Ryder can offer some knowledge on how those Imperial parking boots come apart. YAAS ALL THE TEAMWORKZ!! So you can imagine Lyste’s surprise when Leia and her brave ‘troopers showed up unscathed. She may insist Kanan deserves a medal, but Leia herself deserves an Oscar for the performance she puts on as Azadi, Sabine, and Chopper make quick work freeing those ships. Oh it’s delightful watching Lyste assure her the ships are “safe and sound” just as one starts to fly away XD “If you’re trying to impress me Lieutenant, you’re doing a miserable job!” Another golden SW quote to use in everyday conversations 🙂 The stormtroopers point all blasters in Azadi and Chopper’s direction, to which Sabine points some guns of her own back at them. A shot from an AT-AT knocks Sabine out of the driver’s seat (dude why do these things not have seatbelts?), but Hera and Zeb quickly return fire from the Ghost‘s cockpit. One down, two to go, for both ships free and AT-ATs downed. When one ‘trooper decides to take aim at Azadi from the ground, Kanan finally stops playing the role and smacks that guy down. And then Ezra takes on another. It took a minute for him to figure out where exactly to aim his fist but once he did he made a solid punch that actually made me cringe a little thinking how it must hurt. Again, useless helmets are useless. Especially when they evidently come off quite easily. Skillz bruh. Anddd then enters AT-AT #2. Leave that to Kanan. He causes quite the stir whipping out his blade. Azadi’s mindblown, the AT-AT drivers are like “whut”, and indeed Leia is impressed… just about borderline fangirling (“DID YOU SEE THAT?!”). Because seriously he SLASHES THE LEGS and knocks it down just like that. I’d say “why didn’t Luke just try that?” but I’m betting after this stunt the Empire made the legs stronger from there on out. Kanan is the living breathing McQuarrie painting of the stormtrooper with a lightsaber. Too awesome for words man. Not to be outdone Ezra shows off some of his Force skillz, which was great up until he smacked himself in the head with the blaster he Force-grabbed XD Doesn’t take any use of Force for Leia to turn and one-up him though as she nails a couple ‘troopers with a blaster. Awz again just like her mom 🙂 But she encourages her comrade to keep up the good work anyway XD So now only one freighter remains. Leia slips back into the role of the disgusted Imperial senator and acts relieved to see some more ‘troopers. Unfortunately this somewhat backfires as the commander throws out orders to shoot to kill. The Ghost continues trying to keep the last AT-AT busy and its guns away from the Rebel ships. Azadi makes a risky move and starts getting the next ship off the ground before Chopper’s fully unlocked it. And then quite epicly blows that walker right over. Hehe bro totally enjoyed that, you can tell X) Before Ezra leaves with the rest of the crew, he has one more scene to perform. They say their goodbyes right before Leia gives Ezra clearance to stun her. Ahmagoodness love all the friendshipness!! So while Lyste panics over the stunned senator, the Rebels fly off victoriously. And Princess Boss Lady has a few words to say to the Liutenant XD Yes, it’s not always easy, but I think she really enjoys the role of Imperial-Senator-By-Day-Rebel-By-Night. That’s just one of the things that makes Leia Organa such a truly amazing character 🙂
It’s been a crazy day for our Rebels, but a good one for sure. And now Governor Azadi’s decided he belongs among them, helping in their noble quest. All I can say to that is “YAAAS ALL THE TEAMWORKZ!” (pff sorry I’m terrible) 🙂
So that was fun. Glad I could write it and maybe spark some discussion or give some feels or make you laugh! (at the funny moments or at me, whatever works)

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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