Following The Freemakers: The Embersteel Blade

So once again, I’m so excited to begin writing some Star Wars-ness up here that I end up with absolutely no idea how to begin. Sometimes just diving in does the trick, so that’s what we’re gonna do today as we dig into the ingenious Freemaker escapade called The Embersteel Blade. Oh shoot now I’m rhyming how’d that happen??

Contains spoilers from Freemakers episodes The Lost Treasure Of Cloud City, Showdown On Hoth, and The Embersteel Blade

Darth Vader has complete faith in his work-in-progress Death Star II, but definitely a lack of it in his graycoats’ ability to find kyber crystals. I gotta say I am so so glad right now that the Imps evidently have forgotten Rowan’s connection to kyber. Well… of course, I have wondered if maybe it was more of a connection to the Kyber Saber itself more so than the crystals, but honestly that doesn’t make nearly as much sense to me. But oh right I just remembered: Sidious wants Rowan alive in hopes of finding the Kyber Saber, so if he doesn’t get his superweapon, he might very well use the boy’s crystal-sensing abilities to his advantage for the Death Star. Uh yeah we should all be very concerned. I can’t believe I only made this connection now! On a somewhat lighter note though, that one particular Imp screaming his head off had me laughing louder than I should’ve XD

The Freemakers have located what they need for the first piece of the Arrowhead. Yay! Problem is, the embersteel they’re wanting is part of a very very pricey shuttle that’s being sold at an Imperial auction. Little bit less of a “yay”. That’s why I’ve got nothing but solid #respect for Kordi’s supreme businesswoman superpowers, because you and I both know it’s only that and the fact she’s got a solid plan to back it up that they put those creds in the Freemakers’ hands. Also guys, I am so so glad Ackbar didn’t spit-take in Mon Mothma’s direction. That is all. I mean… not sure there’d be enough OxiClean in the galaxy to fix that perfectly regal ensemble of hers if that happened, and that would be among the greatest Star Wars tragedies to date. Sorry for General Madine though. Poor dude’s a kaffe magnet!

So yes we have to talk about the dress! But not just because I’m majorly into costuming, sewing, elegant shades of purple, and glittery embroidery, but because it brings up a good question: where did Kordi actually get the gown in the first place? At first, I figured she went out of her way to find exactly what the real Princess Kortessi was wearing and bought a designer knock-off of it. But then I remembered there’s no proof they knew the Princess was attending the auction in the first place. So then I thought maybe it was a spare dress of Leia’s, which is a reasonable theory, BUT! That would not explain the matching guard uniforms Kordi already had before they left to Mygeeto… guard uniforms that must’ve been tailor-made, as I imagine most uniforms aren’t sized for a twelve-year-old boy or made without sleeves. So at that point I assumed there must be a few people in the Alliance who specialize in stitching up stuff. But then, remember the adorable matching uniforms the sibs wore on Cloud City? And the snowsuits on Hoth? I’d bet anything Kordi is secretly a seamstress, and that she hand-made the guard uniforms and dress herself. I don’t know when she found time to (there must have been a timelapse between the end of her meeting and the StarScavenger‘s departure), but that’s the most logical answer I’ve got. She can make fast ships and fabulous dresses! I wanna be Kordi Freemaker when I grow up! 😀 (Well, I’ve at least got the tripping-over-long-skirts thing down. 110% relatable) The plan itself is pretty fabulous, too; going in disguise as a changeling is straight-up genius! It’s neat getting to learn a tiny tiny bit about their species’ culture in the process, too. Kordi’s acting was completely on-point, after all, playing a takes-crud-from-no-one bosslady with fine tastes is basically like playing herself, just with a slight accent 🙂 Yes, this stellar plan was smoother than the surface of a Naboo starfighter!

It’s the things that weren’t part of the plan that aren’t so fabulous. I just knew there was no way whatsoever you could give Zander 75,000 credits, put him in front of a stunning lineup of starships, and expect him not to blow it. I just knew. All I could do was sit back and watch how they’d ride this one out. You know though, you’ve gotta give these kids some serious credit. They’re actually going to all this trouble to legitimately buy what they need. In Rebels, our heroes rarely hesitated from stealing what they needed from the Imps. I’m certainly not saying the Ghost crew was wrong in that; they did only what was necessary for their cause to grow and succeed and ultimately bring down this terrible Empire that was stealing from innocent people already. It just impresses me the kids found their own way. The Freemakers aren’t the Ghost fam, I think as a whole they take the peaceful route before anything else; remember how many times they didn’t blast their foes when most Rebels would have been in their right to do so? That’s really pretty amazing guys.
Oh yeah, my favorite line in this episode might be “IT’S LIKE SOMEONE REACHED INSIDE MY HEAD AND SCOOPED OUT ALL MY DREAMS!!” I have entirely felt that way before, Zan, especially around fresh-baked desserts, Christmas decor, and Star Wars merch :3

And who could’ve bargained we’d find Graballa the Hutt at a fancy place like this? Not that I’m not always happy for the brilliant comedic timing Dana Snyder’s delightfully outrageous character brings to the table, but throwing him into the equation certainly complicates things for our young heroes. Well, doesn’t matter how noble you are I guess… you do not say “no” to a Hutt. They’re kind of a big deal and dangerous to mess with. And that’s saying something, because Graballa’s still considerably more decent than most of the Hutts we’ve seen! The guy just wants to live his resort-owning dream! That’s a pretty normal decent desire! Except perhaps for the fact he’s willing to steal and kill to get what he wants in many cases. That might be why it’s taking so long for him to get there. Also I do question where he was planning this resort in the first place. I mean, he runs an illegal mining operation in the middle of nowhere. I hope he wasn’t settling for that kind of location (unless maybe it was all virtual a la Hologram Fun World). I’d think maybe Scarif would be a nice locale, but wherever this is, it’s got blue sand, so… IDK. It’s certainly an intriguing prospect, whatever the case. And if it were a legitimate business, it might be ultimately a good thing! Maybe. It’s a big “maybe”, though.

So yeah anyone else’s ears still ringing from Kordi’s brief meltdown? I had my volume up so I could easily hear all the quieter bits of dialogue… and shortly thereafter came to regret that. I’d always heard of the term “hair-raising”, but hadn’t ever felt anything like that until now. Vanessa Lengies deserves a round of applause… and quite possibly some hot tea ’cause that scream sounds like it hurt. But I don’t blame Kordi for one minute because siblings can do that to ya, I know. Oh, and the fact the stormtroopers completely ignored it had me laughing ’til I cried XD
Also it’s nice knowing that Roger has dreams of his own, too. A Separatist battle droid, leader of the Rebel Alliance! What a comeback story! I admire your gumption buddy, but I’ve seen you under pressure. You’re better off sticking to your repair work and writing that bestseller.

When you think of heroic moments in Star Wars, most of us think of lightsabers clashing and blasters blasting, not necessarily business smarts. But financial know-how is to Kordi the way the Force is to Mace Windu — a deadly serious, fierce, powerful weapon. If you follow the blog’s tumblr you might have seen I came out Kordi on a Freemakers personality quiz, and to this day I’m not sure how I didn’t get one of her bros instead. I understand how good business works, but a lot of that really complicated managerial/financial stuff goes right on over my head. I shall forever strive to achieve her masterful levels of savviness. I mean, guys, using good business tips to get out of a dangerous situation? That’s just too good. Oh and just a small thing but it was nice seeing Naare again. Kordi’s quiet “ew” cracked me up; she acts like she’s looking at an ugly vase and not someone who tried to kill them on multiple occasions and it’s the best ironic thing XD

Oh yeah! It only just occurred to me now that, while Zander owns the stars in his Jedi starfighter, Rowan’s manning the StarScavenger… and doing really awesomely at it! Not at all like the rough take-offs and landings an episode ago! NOOO STAHP GROWING UP PRECIOUS CHILD!!
Oh, and “Are they shooting people at us now??” 😂 No Ro that’s just what a #KordiWin looks like!

For all the craziness Kordi’s once-flawless plan spiraled into, it made watching the Arrowhead‘s embersteel blade being installed all the sweeter. But as DARTH VADER decides to make a deal with Graballa… well, the craziness is far from over. The concept really is too perfect though! I really wasn’t sure how much more the Hutt would get involved this season, but this works just downright perfectly, drips with a unique kind of intrigue, and ascertains we’ll have much more of the slimy slug’s shenanigans to come. You’d think maybe Graballa’s previous experience with darksiders might have made him consider the offer though… but then again, while saying “no” to a Hutt is dangerous, saying “no” to Lord Vader is instant death…

Yep, can’t wait for the next episode. Seriously. Things are getting so good and they were already so good to start with!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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If Not For IV…: A Special Star Wars Day Story

So first of all, let me start by saying Happy Star Wars Day! I hope all my fellow fans are finding a way to make today extra-special and Star Wars-y! Because of a busier schedule than that of past years, today will be a more casual Star Wars day for me, but that doesn’t make it any less special. I’m looking forward to watching Attack Of The Clones (since I haven’t watched it yet this year and I prefer to watch ’em all in chronological order), a classic Rebels episode, and those exciting new Freemakers shorts! And all while wearing a shirt the color of Naboo starfighters and drinking my first real glass of blue milk! (I finally had some food coloring on hand 😀 ) Considering I’m doing all those things on top of writing my 149th post on a blog entirely dedicated to Star Wars, sometimes it’s hard to remember what my life was like before I got into Star Wars. But I can never forget the story of how my love for it began, especially considering it happened almost exactly ten years ago.
NOTE: This post contains some minor spoilers from the Original Trilogy films

There are so many wonderful stories of people’s first time seeing A New Hope, stories of wonderment and joy and being so amazed they couldn’t speak. I wish I could say that was my story, too, but… mine’s a bit different. Star Wars has always been a part of my life as I’m surrounded by many family members in the fandom, so in 2007 I decided I wanted to finally see Episode IV in all its entirety. My brother and I watched it together on his ’95 VHS tape (from the classic trilogy set). I liked it, but I really didn’t know what to think of it otherwise. At the time I was foremost an animation buff and wasn’t as drawn to live-action. And I was a bit confused by the space politics. I do remember R2-D2 and C-3PO made me laugh, and I really liked Luke and Leia (as individuals and um… *cough* together… I may have gotten them confused with their parents. I’m not proud looking back). But that’s about all I can recall on my thought process. So yeah, it’s not a particularly heartwarming tale. But it was my first step in a larger world. ‘Cause if I hadn’t seen A New Hope that late May day…

I wouldn’t have gone on to watch Empire a few months later, which started to reel me in further. And I liked it a bit more because I finally understood all those quotes and references I was seeing elsewhere in pop culture.

If not for IV, I wouldn’t have been intrigued by The Clone Wars when it came out the following year. I didn’t know much about the Prequels, but animation was a language I understood. I can’t remember for sure what my first episode was, but I do remember that Destroy Malevolence was one I couldn’t get enough of. (The excitement! The romance! The battle droid shenanigans!)

If not for IV, I wouldn’t have continued to grow interested in the Star Wars galaxy as I watched more Clone Wars adventures. Blue Shadow Virus and Hostage Crisis are also super super memorable. I didn’t understand a lot, but I understood that I could really relate to Ahsoka, and that Cad Bane was a boss 🙂

If not for IV, I wouldn’t have decided, on a May day in 2010, to check out the Clone Wars microseries. Then that growing hype would convince me to finally watch Jedi a short time after. And the hype would continue to grow when I sat down and rewatched Empire later on. By the end of the year, I could call myself a Star Wars fan.

If not for IV, the fandom that exploded in 2011 wouldn’tve happened. My first Star Wars Day celebration watching Phantom for the first time, catching up on The Clone Wars with a brand-new appreciation, reading my first Star Wars novels and novelization, seeing the rest of the Prequels… it was a whirlwind of excitement and happiness as I began to finally understand it all.

If not for IV, I wouldn’t have continued to explore and love the Star Wars universe in 2012, and get super super excited for the new films they announced later that year.

If not for IV, well… Padawanline wouldn’t exist. I wouldn’t have had so many thoughts on Star Wars that I needed to write them down here! And as you may remember, 2013 was also the year I finally rewatched A New Hope. It probably seems silly there was such a gap between reviewings for me, but I got a little caught up catching up with the Prequels and Clone Wars in the years prior. But that viewing that Star Wars Day… it was like seeing it for the first time. And it was as wondrous and joyous as the many fans’ stories I’d heard ❤ The circle was at last complete.

And now, the Star Wars galaxy is less of a circle and more of an infinity symbol. The years since have been full of so many new amazing stories and characters, and there's still so much more to come. None of that could've happened without IV coming out forty years ago. And the reason I'm writing this here today, is because of the seemingly average day I saw IV ten years ago.

So, wow. I could've never predicted how much I would ultimately love this beautiful series, and how much sheer enjoyment it's brought me. Though I have to wonder if this comic in the Sunday paper way back then was a sign of things to come…

This appeared the Sunday following my first viewing of IV. I remember getting a chuckle out of it and thinking it was cool that this would appear not long after seeing the movie for myself. But now it has more meaning, because it made sure I remembered the seemingly average day. I didn’t realize it then how meaningful and special these films would become to me, but it sure is amazing what can happen in a decade 🙂

With that said, I think it’s time I let you get back to your celebrating. Again I say, Happy Star Wars Day! May The Fourth Be With You, and like I always say before the post’s end…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Following The Freemakers: The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase

FREEEEEEEMAKERRRRRRRR TIIIIIIIIIIIME *blows air horn*
Was I out of ideas for an opener? Yes, yes I was. Here at Padawanline we’re an honest bunch. And by “we’re” and “bunch”, I mean “I’m” and “person”, but it sounded better using the royal “we”. Yep this ought to be an interesting blog today! Let’s get started digging into the fast-paced excitement of The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, The Empire Strikes Out, and Freemakers episodes Peril On Kashyyyk, The Test and The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase

We reunite with the Freemakers right where we left off last episode as they finish up final repairs on the StarScavenger. With a new Kyber Saber fragment in hand and their ship “purring like a nexu”, things are looking hopeful for the first time since yesterday’s frightening events (or however long it’s been… the amount of time that passes in SW confuses me sometimes). Then came a peppering of laserfire from Graballa’s fleet. And the Eclipse Fighter’s joined in too. Freemakers be like “HOW EVEN???” But before they know it, Naare Force-grabs the kyber crystal right out of Rowan’s hands. OH NOES WHYYYYYY. *Sigh* So much for hope. Time for the Freemakers to get the heck outta Tako-Dodge. They set their hyperspace for “anywhere” and fly off. Despite this, Naare doesn’t seem worried. And when a villain doesn’t fret over their prey getting away… it usually means they’ve got something else planned…
None of the Freemakers can figure exactly how she found them, especially when there’s no tracking device on their ship. Rowan feels terrible that, once again, he’s allowed pieces of the ultimate weapon to fall into their enemy’s hands. But Kordi surmises if they can keep at least one crystal out of Naare’s grasp, she won’t be able to reconstruct the Saber and the galaxy will be saved. So Rowan decides they’re heading to a certain water planet I’ve already forgotten the name of to grab the next crystal. To navigate the planet’s depths, Zander reveals his newest creation, the Z-Sub. Unfortunately for him, his siblings find his technological marvel to be adorable. I’d say I get Zan’s feelings on the matter, but it really is pretty darn cute :3 I know I wanna build that Lego set when it comes out! Kordi henceforth and forevermore dubs it the Bubbly Subbly. The Freemaker firstborn is not amused, buuuuut he ends up going with it anyway. To the deep blue sea! Ugh I gotta tell ya I am not good with new planet names… if it’s not readily accessible in the starwars.com databanks I won’t have a clue how to spell it, if I remember it at all! 😛 It is a really cool planet though. I wonder if it’s got any sentient life on it, or if it’s just a wild planet like Dagobah. It certainly does have life on it though, as it seems a massive anglerfish-like beast is using the Saber fragment as a light source. I’m guessing that the ancient Jedi probably didn’t hide it there. The fish probably found the crystal and took it for itself later on. The idea of a creature that uses found objects for their lures is seriously cool. Even though yeah it’s causing some major problems for our heroes today. The fish gives chase for a while until the Freemakers realize their now-broken light was competing with his lure. Once Rowan repairs it with the Force, the creature and the sub make a trade and go on their merry ways. Success! But then… NAARE?? AGAIN?? With the Fighter tethered to the sub, their best move is to head back underwater. The Agent’s ship was built for the stars, not the sea, which works well in the Freemaker’s favor as the Eclipse Fighter’s controls get fried. Zander made a spectacular move as he shot the sub back into the StarScavenger, but unfortunately, though the Fighter couldn’t fly, Naare still swiftly takes the new crystal for her own. Kordi insists Roger get get them into hyperspace now… while they’re still on the planet. What happens is magnificent. The force of the lightspeed jump causes the waters to rise in a massive wave. And Naare and her spacecraft are caught right in it. Truly MAGNIFICENT. But the score remains Naare: 2. Freemakers: 0. And Naare is well-aware of this. She’s usually so… well, short-tempered, to put it mildly. I’m seriously impressed with how chill she’s been today. But honestly she’s even scarier when she’s chill than when she’s full-blown enraged. Also the thing with Graballa and Dengar. It seems Vader’s not the only one to show up late for his dramatic entrance XD
Ooh finally a new paragraph! So the Freemaker’s next stop is Naboo. Beautiful, peaceful, well-populated-enough-to-help-them-lay-low Naboo! Unfortunately it’s also the Naboo that’s home to the new Palapatine Museum. OMG THIS CONCEPT. IT IS PERFECT. AND MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. Why wouldn’t the Emperor have a whole educational building dedicated to his greatness on his homeworld? Of all the places to hide a Kyber Saber crystal though…! Also Wic Cooper, “Palpatine’s biggest fan“, literally cuts in line to get the most expensive tour they’ve got. And this is a museum dedicated to Darth Sidious. Cooper you have no clue how messed-up this all is. Anyway, this calls for a master plan! That’s why R0-GR’s puttin’ on his fake ‘stache. OK actually Zander’s the one with the master plan, but it does still involve the droid. Zan’s just an ordinary deliveryman with a droid for the Clone Wars exhibit! But as soon as he runs into Durpin and Plumestriker… he’s an ordinary deliveryman with a fake mustache. Oh yes I missed Durpin and Plumestriker! It’s been too long! Now they’re museum officials, and Durpin is happy just to be doin’ nothing much of anything. Plumestriker doesn’t seem to share the opinion but he is Durpin’s subordinate, so whatcha gonna do, right? But while they go about their “business” (read: playing dejarik), the Freemakers go about some business of their own. With Roger on the inside, the sibs are able to get in without a hitch. But about two seconds in Zander darts off to the gift shop. I don’t blame him I have a serious thing for museum swag. And museums in general. Were I living in their galaxy I’d probably not be as fond of the Imperial merch, but in this galaxy, all I want right now is that little AT-AT XD Kordi and Rowan remind him to remain focused (and also that btdubs Palpatine wouldn’t bat an eyelash at killing them so why would you buy his merch?) but man… this museum is a treasure trove of beautiful distractions. Roger goes off to talk to some old (deactivated) friends, Zander can’t resist the allure of the vintage starships… even Kordi isn’t immune when she eyes all the pretty Queen Amidala dresses! That made me laugh so hard, because honestly I’m just like her in that way. Most of the time, I’ll dress casually and chill livin’ my average-American life, but I do love to dress up and act fancy from time to time XD Who knew financially-attuned Kordi would have such rich tastes? Also I really like the museum covers more than just Palpatine himself, but every aspect of his devious plan, which I just realized is actually kinda sad… but at risk of me talking about Clone Wars philosophy I should just move on back to the story. I never thought I’d see the day when Rowan had more focus than the rest of his family, but that day has come. OK well he was briefly distracted by a floor buffer, but still not as long as the others. Not that things go perfectly by any means though. Rowan was startled by a Palpatine animatronic and backed into a giant Palpatine statue that knocked over the other Palpatine statues and I’m literally already tired of saying “Palpatine” in this paragraph. And then one thing led to another and there was a… small explosion. Who’s bright idea was it put fully-armed blasters and N1 starfighters on display anyway?? Plumestriker won’t let Durpin ignore that. So he presses an alarm button and from behind the doors come a whole squad of storms. Wait… were those stormtroopers standing behind the door the whole time? Just waiting for something to go wrong? That must be insanely boring. But either way, it’s time for action! Whether Durpin likes it or not! Another question: though Kordi absolutely rocked the classic Queen Amidala dress, how did she do the makeup? Did they have actual samples of the makeup on display or does she actually carry some face paint around? And how’d she do it in the dark to begin with? The world may never know, but again, it’s fun seeing the secretly-fancy side of the Freemaker Bosslady. But now they’ve got stormtroopers staring them down with the dork Imps in tow. Plumestriker recognized them and had no problem ordering his men to fire… until THE EMPEROR HIMSELF SHOWED UP. I wasn’t really freaked out though, I figured it might’ve been Rowan taking advantage of the 50% off sale on the Palpatine voice changers. He orders them to let the “generous donors” go and Durpin is happily demoted to ensign. And turns out the kyber crystal was hidden away in the Queen’s headpiece. Y’know wow that must be one ancient headpiece if that was where the Jedi had hidden it all along. Wonder if Padme or Sabe ever noticed the small sharp pain whenever they put it on? And also why the ancient Jedi thought that was a good hiding place. But either way it worked out well for the Freemakers! Oh they weren’t gonna get off that easy though… look! It’s Naare! Again! And this time with Dengar! Of course this couldn’t just be easy. Also funny Kordi and Zander and I were thinking the same thing when Roger pulled out a loaded blaster on their foes. It just seems like an all-around bad idea, man! Insurance must be steeeeeep. But then again this is Palpatine we’re talking about “I AM THE INSURANCE!” XD Naare faces Rowan head-on this time, clearly looking forward to another win. But this time, Rowan fights back and Force-grabs it himself. Oooh Force fights are always fascinating to me. Who has the greater focus, who has the stronger ability? Unfortunately (also getting kinda tired of saying that), Naare gets into his head and takes it for herself. However, Rowan’s not going down without a fight, and unsheathes the red blade. OK am I the only person who really loves the imagery here? Our hero is clothed in black and fights with a red lightsaber, while our villain wears the traditional garb of a Jedi and wields a blue-blade. It’s seriously fascinating. As though an illustration that the light and dark lie in all, regardless of who we believe we are. No Sith is too far gone unless they choose to do so. Just as no Jedi is 100% pure of heart all the time. We’re human. We’re imperfect. But we always have a choice. After this episode I definitely toyed around with the wondering if Rowan might ever walk down the dark path Naare did, and if she might ever return to the light. Oh I just love talking SW philosophy! It’s so legittttt. This duel was equal parts exciting and terrifying, as we’re finally getting to see Rowan in a duel, but we’re all aware he’s not as well-trained as Naare is… and she fights dirty and mercilessly. So I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, knowing that one move and someone could be dead. Or minus a limb. And darn it all, Naare won again as she slammed Rowan’s lightsaber out of his grip, and followed that up by Force-grabbing him and throwing him into the N1. Now she approaches Rowan with two blades in hand, dragging them along the ground, surely about to end her pawn’s life, and I’m basically sick with fear at this point. “With me, you could’ve reached your destiny”. To which Rowan awesomely replies “I’m going to reach for something else.” Anyone else just realize how amazing that line is? Naare implies his destiny could’ve been with the dark, but Rowan knows he has a choice. Also it was a pun because he was about to drop the N1 on her, but it’s still amazing all the same. And like that, the starfighter explodes and sets off a chain reaction, most certainly sending everyone packing. With the museum falling down around them, it looks like the only kyber crystal they’ve got was in the blue-blade Rowan has now claimed as his own. It’s only when they’re aboard the StarScavenger once more they find out exactly how it is she knew their every move… Roger’s pack O.O *SHOCKING TWIST*
Turns out Naare actually somehow survived the wreckage. I was relieved in some ways because she’s an awesome villain and I didn’t really want her dead yet if she was going to die at all, but I was also kinda freaked out because… well, she’s a villain. And she’s only a a centimeter away from reconstructing a handheld superweapon. Though as Graballa suggests, she gonna have to do some explainin’ to her boss regarding all this property damage… but that’s not important right now. The Imperial Agent’s quest is almost complete. Everything that happens in the next few episodes will determine the very fate of the galaxy. *OMINOUS ENDING AGAIN*
Oh wow oh wow what an episode! So great I kinda messed it up at the end. I do regret to say this’ll be the last Following The Freemakers post for a while, since we’ll soon be reuniting with the Rebels. If I could I’d write about SW all day, but I can’t. But I’ll most definitely write on the next episode when I can. So thank you for joining me and let’s get hyped for SWR Season 3!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Following The Freemakers: Zander’s Joyride

…And with a title like that, you just know it’s gonna be a fun one! Time again for another edition of Following The Freemakers, where I write the world’s most fangirly (and probably weirdest) commentary on each exciting episode! Yeah I don’t have a clue as to how to open this do I? Let’s just go already. *Slams foot on the gas* *Realizes starships don’t have gas pedals* *Finally locates hyperspace controls after thumbing through the manual* *Finally makes the jump to light speed*
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode IV, TCW episode Mystery Of A Thousand Moons, and Freemakers episodes A Hero Discovered and Zander’s Joyride

So throughout these last couple posts I’ve spent whole paragraphs on what I love about each character; Rowan’s innocence, Kordi’s strength, R0-GR’s wittiness, even Naare’s craftiness. But I think out of all of this I’ve only given Zander a few sentences. That’s not fair in the slightest. So I’m glad I have the opportunity to give him the attention he deserves throughout this post.
Yes, there’s no doubt that Zander is a boss with his tools, and he darn well knows it. Guy could do it blindfolded and chained, which is good when you’re trying to sneak in a ship you don’t want him to get near. Unfortunately well… Zander knows a Naboo starfighter when he smells one. He breaks through them chains and pretty much falls on his knees before the might of the beautiful, sleek spacecraft. I can completely understand the feeling ’cause whooo those N-1s are purty! The reason this is a problem is because the ship belongs to a wealthy gentleman who’s trusting the Freemakers to fix it right. Bro’s a little high-maintenance but clearly he has the ca$h to be that way. Kordi expertly reassures Mr. Cooper his baby’s in good hands. Buuuuuut… well… his siblings’ insistence to not fly the N-1 goes unheard. And the second they turn their backs, Zander is off to the races! Again, I can’t really blame him. I mean, yes, I know that it wasn’t the wisest decision, but watching that golden beauty fly I can understand why you’d want to. Zander may be a little rash and unfocused and susceptible to Jedi mind tricks, but he knows a good spacecraft when he sees one! So now it’s up to Rowan, Roger, and Kordi to keep their customer busy. Also one thing I absolutely love about this show is all the stuff we learn about SW vehicles and how one might repair, build, or modify them. That makes sense right? I mean… just Star Wars mechanical jargon! It’s cool! IDK I think I’m failing to make my point clear. Moving on.
So it looks like Zander has the most marvelous time in that starfighter. He soars through asteroid field, does plenty of spins and dives, and doesn’t hesitate to challenge a bunch of X-wings to a race. ‘Course, no one told him that those X-wings technically belonged to the Rebel Alliance… and that he just flew right into a battle. I don’t know how it is someone could shoot down TIEs without even realizing it but wow Zander’s good. I really do love the fact that the Freemakers have utterly no interest or involvement in the war right now; it’s just a fantastic unique angle that we haven’t seen a lot of and it makes for spectacular storytelling, and certainly will be interesting if these guys ever find themselves Rebels. But yeah though Zander didn’t notice the damage he done, that Star Destroyer noticed. As the tractor beam pulls him in and a prerecorded message states his crime and potential punishment, Zan realizes that yeah he might be in trouble…
In continuing in the buying-some-time game, Kordi sends Roger to keep Wic Cooper entertained. C’mon you know you’re at a fancy hangar when you get to enjoy a celebrity (holo?)book reading before its release! Roger’s autobiography sounds like a good one! I mean, when you’ve been around the galaxy for forty years or so and fought on the opposing side of the Clone Wars, you’ve gotta have some good stories to tell! Also, I guess that answers a few of my questions as to what Roger can remember or can’t since he obviously remembers most of his life story. I mean, regarding battle droids, here’s what I’m thinking: they would march out and shoot clones and Jedi and other soldiers generally without question, but often we would see glimmers of the droids’ personalities when they would question their leaders’ plans, casually talk with each other, and of course panic. And it took Jaebo Hood nine months to reprogram a slew of battle droids into the Iego welcome wagon/personal slaves. So I guess my thought is: is there some part of their programming that restrains them from directly disobeying orders, but allows them to have some personality? Perhaps that violent part is what the Freemakers simply reprogrammed? OK I know that completely bored most people but it’s fascinating to me. I think Mr. Cooper is done with everything right now XP
Thankfully Zander was able to get a transmission out to his sibs before he was dragged off by stormtroopers. Kordi is in no way thrilled about this development (“I’M GONNA THROTTLE HIM!” were her exact words). Rowan suggests Master Naare help them, which Kordi is also not thrilled with until she remembers nutjob Jedi cost less than bounty hunters. As for our favorite Darksider-next-door, we catch her in the zone doing some lightsaber practice (with her red blade, of course). She’s clearly very good at this and enjoys doing it and did it just occur to everyone that it looks like she only has one lightsaber? And that that lightsaber has two differently color blades in it? How does that even work?? Of course she might just have two and I haven’t been paying attention but is the idea of a dual-personality blade not the coolest? Also interesting note: she’s practicing and seems chill and at ease, but the minute Darth Vader interrupts, she goes into a brief rage mode. Her markings and Sith eyes flare up and she powerfully and forcefully decimates the training probes. I mean yes it’s obvious she’s frustrated with the dark lord’s interruption, but it almost seems like the way she was fighting in the beginning was more Jedi-like, and she was at her best in that way, more balanced emotionally and physically. At risk of dumping out every theory I have on her, I will say I believe she was trained as a Jedi before deflecting to the Dark Side. Soooo might this sort of be a sign that maybe she’s not as good at this whole Sith-y thing as she wants to believe? Maybe the slightest bit of a Kylo Ren “remind-me-again-how-awesome-the-darkness-is” thing? I don’t know maybe I’m completely off but it’s just a thought. Anyway so Vader has a whole thesaurus of ways to describe his master’s impatience with her progress, but um yeah Naare don’t got time for that, her padawan’s at the door. “Of course! You can put your trust in me! I am a Jedi after all…” Yikes there are some close calls in this episode. You have to wonder how long she can keep up this charade. I’m really enjoying the tension, but I’m kind of terrified as to when the other shoe will drop. Anyway, at word Zander’s on the Vendetta, Naare suggests bailing out. But Rowan instantly sees this, not as anything suspicious, but as a test, and that forces Naare to go back to her Jedi master guise. So the rescue mission is back on! And Kordi’s got the game plan: a makeshift TIE fighter! Master Naare just smiles, backs away, and heads off to her own spacecraft this time. Only the first of many awkward moments for the Imperial agent today.
Also the thing with Vader and his subordinate was perfect. “I TOLD YOU TO CHEW MORE CAREFULLY!” and then just when the dude could breathe again he actually does start Force-choking him XD Hehe I kinda missed seeing Darth Vader around here! But when he gets word a Rebel’s been captured and he has an opportunity to bring out the interrogation droid, Lord Vader drops everything. Boy man when I heard the words “interrogation droid” I shuddered. NOOO NOT ON SWEET PRECIOUS ZANDERRR!!
So after a really really close call with a damaged Imperial transponder, Rowan and company make it on board the Vendetta. Not unfortunately without drawing some attention to themselves in the process. Well, it’s not that they were trying to they just opened the door and BOOM! Stormtroopers! Makes you wonder why Kordi doesn’t carry a blaster around in situations like this. In fact, calling back to the scuffle in the pilot, she probably should’ve had one there, too. How do you survive in a war-torn galaxy making deals with potentially dangerous people without a good blaster in your hand?? Oh yeah probably because she knew Rowan might get ahold of it and we know how that would go. Good thing Naare handled it with her lightsaber and her fists. Also I did just notice it looks like her lightsaber is double-bladed, she just only turns on one end at a time. Still cool how she carries two different blades at once. I wonder if it was always this way, like, if she made a lightsaber as a Jedi, did it start out a double-bladed blue but then switched one crystal out for a red later? Or is this a specifically designed lightsaber for her current career? Theories! Theories everywhere! I really hope I’m not the only one thinking up theories and headcanons on this series…
As for Zander… poor guy doesn’t have a clue about the Rebel Alliance and he still gets tortured anyway. All he knows is his name, where he lives, and that he likes pickles, starships, and some girl a few floors up. But you know the Empire they don’t care. UGH WHYY MUST YOU HURT THIS POOR DUDE?! Though anyone realize that Darth Vader knows where they live now?? Man if the day comes when the Freemakers become a threat to the Empire… ohh… dang O.O I can only hope Zander slipped that part about The Wheel out so fast that Vader and the Imp didn’t catch it. Though it is good to know he likes pickles ’cause that means pickles must exist somewhere in the SW galaxy and that’s a good thing 🙂 But seriously wow this is kinda scary. And I’m realizing I still haven’t given Zander a proper paragraph forgive me. Words are failing me so hard today.
Again, I think Roger’s a pretty good writer! And that’s by human standards! He’s very descriptive, y’know? Though word to the wise, if he offers you anything to drink and it doesn’t look like kaffe DO NOT DRINK IT. IT IS MOTOR OIL. Wic learned that one the hard way.
“Utter nonsense. He’s either highly trained to resist interrogation or a complete imbecile.” Hey, what some might see as weaknesses can actually be strengths! Aw Zander you may not be the sharpest sometimes but we love ya 🙂 Oh and apparently Kordi doesn’t carry around a blaster, but she does keep around a screwdriver… or is that what they call a hydrospanner? Or something totally different? But no time for whatever she was gonna do with that Naare’s got this. Mostly because she already knew the code. Wow is there nothing she can’t do? So this whole rescue mission was giving off serious Episode IV vibes, right up until Kordi gave her brother the biggest chewing out of his life (or at least of the last week). But Zander is more than aware of his mistake and gives a genuine tearful apology… and then he realized Naare was there and then he went back into smooth mode XD Well, he was doing pretty good there for a while! Further discussion will have to wait — now’s the time to go. But soon as they turn the corner, there stands Darth Vader. And Naare’s done flown the coop. I’m all “OH NO SOMEONE’S GONNA DIE!!” because that’s generally what comes to mind when pretty much anyone runs into Darth Vader. The Freemakers plead their case that they’re not Rebels, just a few young scavengers. When the dark lord doesn’t buy it, Zander spills everything about how this joyride led him into a battle. Vader’s still skeptical up until he catches glimpse of the N-1 himself. Oh man it’s love. It’s like the first spacecraft he ever flew! And knowing his former self’s love of cool fast vehicles, it’s no surprise Vader absolutely fanboys over it. So no questions he took that puppy for a spin, happily proclaiming “YIPEE!!” XD And that’s when Naare showed up again, alerting the other Imperials that the “Rebels” were escaping in that ship. Hehe nice. Darth Vader was enjoying every moment in that old fighter, right up until he was surrounded by TIEs… ‘course, true to Vader form, he then enjoys every moment firing back and destroying those TIEs. Finally, it’s up to Rowan doing an Imp impersonation to rein the N-1 back in. And yeah after all that action the golden beauty isn’t quite so pretty anymore. Can’t tell who’s madder right now — Vader at his stormtroopers, or Kordi at Zander. But thankfully, with the troopers no longer buying any comment on escaping Rebs, the Freemakers and co have time to slip on outta there.
So things went well back at the hangar. Or at least, about as well as you might’ve figured considering Cooper’s precious baby came home a pile of scrap metal. He was pretty steamed, at least until he eyed the Blazemaker. Zander is reluctant to give up his latest greatest creation, but considering Cooper wouldn’t bat an eyelash at reporting them to the Empire… sacrifices had to be made today. Anddd thennn just as Mr. Cooper flew off in his new baby… it exploded. Welp that’s just how it goes. Assuming he gets back to solid ground before he suffocates, I’m betting the Freemakers are gonna owe someone a lot of money… or else Naare’s gonna have to mind trick someone again. Ah, fun times!
So that was a blast! After all the peril and shocking turns I’m glad we got a slightly lighter episode so we can catch our breath for a second. Sorry this blog’s kinda thrown-together, but hopefully you enjoyed all the utter nonsense anyway 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight