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Raid On Coruscant: A Closer Look

So with months off before Rebels comes back, no new really big SW news, and my next Star Wars Summer Read still on its way to my library, it seems like a good time to talk some more about the Lego Star Wars specials! Plus, with Droid Tales on the way it’d probably be a good idea to get back in on this. So I bring you my Closer Look on Raid On Coruscant. Enjoyyyyy.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from The Empire Strikes Out, The Phantom Clone, Race For The Holocrons, Raid On Coruscant

When we last left our heroes, things… didn’t go that well. Guess who has two thumbs and all the holocrons? THIS GUYYY! Er… Darth Vader, not me… I guess that joke doesn’t technically work in this context. Never mind. So yeah that’s a problem. Now the Empire has a full list of every planet sympathetic to the Rebel Alliance. Naboo is next on this list. “I can’t figure out how our sign didn’t throw them off!”, yesss because they’d totally buy the “Not a Rebel Base” sign XD I figure Vader had fun laying waste to this planet… on the list of planets associated with his past he’d like to destroy, Naboo’s probably tops on the list. Yeah this does not look good. Yoda and Obi-Wan know that for sure, that’s why they called up their old buddy JEK-14 to lend a Force-enriched hand. But it seems someone didn’t get the memo on that… Qui-Gon Jinn showed up, ready and rarin’ to go to help his comrades! Well, this is awkward. So Obi-Wan and Yoda give their other old buddy a job opening a pickle jar. Qui-Gon’s totally into it “You remembered how good I am at opening things! Let me at it! I have a very particular set of skills.” XD (OMG I just realized they dropped a Taken reference *dies laughing*)
So Vader was going to give his master an update, but it took a bit longer than he would’ve preferred, having to get past his secretary and being put on hold. Makes sense, though. I mean, if you’re Emperor of the entire galaxy you’ve got to be a busy dude. So Darth takes a tea break, only to have Sidious come on the line a minute later. Palpatine’s glad to see his progress, and now offers up the next planet to mess with — Tatooine. Otherwise known as #1 on Vader’s “planets associated with my past that I’d like to destroy” list. It’s funny I wouldn’tve pegged Tatooine for having too many Rebel sympathizers, but apparently any at all is too many as far as the Empire’s concerned. Looks like Threepio’s interview is over…
In the back of the Mos Eisley cantina, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie discuss their situation and what their next move should be. Luke believes their best move would be to head on over to Coruscant itself and take the holocrons back. Han’s response is hilarious “Kid! You’ve been sleeping with that flashlight-thing too close to your brain!” 😛 Leia’s actually resorted to considering hiding as a good plan, but regardless of the risky nature of the plan, Luke believes that’s their best move. And then in comes a AT-AT… right in the middle of the cantina. Like clockwork, the Empire has arrived. But so also has one JEK-14…
The Falcon crew finds themselves facing down Imperial resistance from both ends, including but not limited to Lord Vader in an AT-AT. Thankfully for our heroes, those things, while impressive and super-cool, take a little work to turn around and that gives them an opportunity to make a run for it. They try for the Falcon‘s docking bay only to be met by Jabba and every bounty hunter he could ever hope to hire to capture Captain Solo. And Luke’s doesn’t work much better… those fangirls of his are back. So things just got more chaotic that it already was. As they were running for their lives, JEK runs up alongside them, introducing himself as a friend of Obi-Wan’s and offering them a lift out of this mess. Luke is a tad skeptical, at least up until JEK uses that arm of his to build a wall between them and their pursuers. But just when they thought they’d gotten out of the soup, they’re met by blasterfire from Vader’s AT-AT. Just when they thought they were back in the soup, Artoo and Threepio take aim at the transport with the Falcon! Vader’s not too happy to see that old thing pwning his weaponry again… and I bet he’d be even less happy to know that two familiar droids were the ones at the controls. So he decides to ditch the AT-AT and meet them full-on with his lightsaber. JEK was about to work his Force-arm magic and turn the Falcon invisible, but his Force-control don’t work as well as it used to. Though it does make an interesting point; obviously age doesn’t impact one’s use of the Force (see: everything Yoda’s ever done), so does that mean JEK’s arm is robotic and not physical? My only problem with that theory is that he was a normal clone who was enhanced by a kyber crystal, so that shouldn’t have turned his arm robotic out of the gate. But technically, JEK isn’t actually Force-sensitive in the traditional sense, he gained some unique abilities via the kyber crystal, but it’s not the same as actual Force sensitivity. He has just as many midichlorians as the rest of the clones (well, maybe a couple more?). So I think my theory of his arm being overcharged by pure Force still stands. Sorry if that made no sense at all, but it’s definitely interesting looking at this concept from a realistic standpoint. So it finally takes Han giving the old guy’s arm a whack to get it back to fully functioning, and with that, the ship disappears from Vader’s sight and flies off to the Kashyyk base. Also yay Qui-Gon got that pickle jar open! “So awkward, this is…” XD
So Vader kinda had to go and explain what happened to Sidious. Sidious isn’t pleased, but there are still plenty of other planets to crush out there. While hunting through the holocrons for a fresh planet, he happens to find one loaded with footage of a young Anakin Skywalker. Consider Darth Vader’s interest piqued. As the master and the apprentice head off to the screening room to find out what their next target is, Vader happens to quietly take the past-self holocron with him. Of course, that “screening room” is technically the senate building (no one told Senator Yawn this, though… poor dude), and in there they find that the planet in question is “Wookiee World”. Vader points out its actual name and location, and to that Sidious drops one of the greatest lines uttered in Lego SW history “Well, you’re a real Star Wars nerd, aren’t you?” SO META! XD XD Though in all seriousness, Rebels, you’re in trouble… but it turns out the Rebels are pretty aware of that. So Luke’s come back to his raid plan again, with help from Mon Mothma and Admiral Ackbar (and of course JEK, who helps polish off the Falcon in a marvelous way), they might stand a chance.
Meanwhile, Vader was taking a moment to watch that holocron he confiscated. It shows an early Clone Wars battle with a younger, nicer him along with Obi-Wan and Mace Windu, all cracking very future-foretelling quips (“When you guys joke around like that it makes me want to get tossed out a high-rise window with my arm cut off!” Seriously? That’s kinda scary…). Vader’s had enough of it and kicks the ‘cron away. It does make you wonder what all Darth’s feeling right now. This is between Episodes IV and V so he knows who Luke is and it’s starting to chip away at his outer shell. He likely still harbors hate for the Jedi and probably still refers to his old self as someone else, but at this juncture I could see him starting to slowly question his allegiances. Face it bro you’ve still got good in ya! But no time to think about that he’s got Rebels to crush!
As for the Rebels, the plan is set, JEK’s knows the lay of the Coruscant land, and Artoo’s got the floor plans! At least, he will once Leia finds the right compact disc to load. Han breaks the awkward silence with “Ever wonder how come we don’t have digital downloads yet?” Pffff XD Luke senses the Empire’s approach, so it’s time for the Rebels to make their move! But by the time they get to Coruscant… the Imperials are gone. That’s because the Imperials already left for Kashyyk! You can imagine how much Vader liked this surprise. Yeahh I had never thought two enemies could miss each other like that, but it’s working in the Rebels’ favor so they have more time to grab those holocrons without opposition. And then enter in the Imperial Guards. OK so the plan’s not entirely without opposition. But duh that’s why JEK-14’s here. #ForceEnhancedBenefits JEK takes a look in the old Holocron Vault and Han and Luke enter into Palpatine’s office. JEK doesn’t find any ‘crons, though he does find himself fighting that old vault droid who doesn’t play fair. But Han knows just how to make their entrance — making one in the Emperor’s office window. And the dark dude hasn’t yet left the building. Then he doesn’t play fair and hides in the closet until he throws all Force lightning on the two young heroes, and that turns into a ‘saber battle between Luke and Sidious. Man, Luke is really doing awesome, standing his ground against such a formidable foe. I mean, Luke’s practically just started his training and Palpatine brought down Jedi masters! Either the Force is really really really with young Skywalker or Palpatine’s just getting old. I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
Oh yeah, and with Artoo’s help, JEK managed to get out of that mess with the vault droid. Artoo grabbed a single ‘cron and whacked him over the head with it (the vault droid, not JEK-14). Back at the battle in Palpatine’s office, the smacktalk had begun. “YOU ARE A WEAK PATHETIC FARM BOY!” “Oh yeah? Well, your teeth are yellow!” “*GASP* WORDS CAN HURT YOU KNOW!” Another one of the best lines ever! 😆 XD Though seriously have we seen one honest-to-goodness Sith without bad teeth? Even most second-rate Sithy-sorts have bad teeth! I guess we can cut Ventress and Savage from this ranking but still! Luke finally knocks the ‘saber from Sidious’ hands, but that only frees him up to Force-grab the boy and throw him out the window. Thankfully, a tour bus full of Jawas was at the right place in the right time. Palpatine thought he could get away scot-free, but didn’t expect to be surrounded at all ends by Han, Chewie, and alllll those Wookiees in the senate building. Luke finally rejoins the party, but the Emperor’s not going to make it easy for our heroes — he threatens to destroy the holocrons! But Skywalker knows how to play his cards right; “Go ahead! Destroy them!” and literally everybody be like “WHUT?“. Luke knows there’s no way Palpatine would really want to destroy all his precious intel. And that’s where JEK comes in, for the good of the galaxy, Luke gives him the command to destroy the holocrons. It’s sad to see all these years worth of documented Jedi history blown to pieces, but if it allows the Rebels to fight another day, then it’s a necessary sacrifice. And with that, the Alliance is heading back to Kashyyk on a good note.
As for Vader, he finally showed up after managing the space battle. And he happened to find Palpatine trapped on top of the senate building, cape caught on its spike, and his heart-print boxers for all the world to see. Yes this was not one of the Darths’ better days.
Obi-Wan and Yoda reflect on Luke’s daring decision. Good news is they can’t be used for evil ever again, bad news is now Luke can’t use the holocrons for Jedi training. It’s Master Jinn who suggests Yoda be the one to train him. And he finally outs them for not being honest with him to start with XD “I would expect more from the guys I taught the ways of immortality to!”
Back on Kashyyk, we’re getting to hang around for the Wookiee party! Sure Ewoks know how to throw an epic soiree but the hairy beasts could give them a run for their money! While the Rebels get down, Luke and JEK talk for a moment, as Luke does regret not being able to at least get ahold of one holocron. But JEK reveals that Artoo did managed to keep one… the one with a young Anakin Skywalker 🙂 Awwwz! “Whoever this Jedi is, he’s amazing! I hope someday I turn out just like him!” Well, I wouldn’t really want you to do that, but still, if one thing tugs at my heartstrings, it’s that image of Luke watching his father as the great man he once was :3
So there you go some random Legoness for your Saturday. Hope all my American readers have a Fourth Of July that’s as much fun as an Ewok-and-Wookiee party! 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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

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

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

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