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Following The Freemakers: The Pit And The Pinnacle

OK so I hope I can do the post on this episode justice because OMG this episode is so deep and so beautiful I just can’t get over it! Join me in feeling some serious feels as I analyze some major elements of The Pit And The Pinnacle.

Contains spoilers from Freemakers episodes The Maker Of Zoh, Return Of The Kyber Saber, The Lost Crystals Of Qalydon, and The Pit And The Pinnacle

You’d think things would be easier since Rowan rediscovered his crystal-sensing power, but even Jedi-in-training can’t work under pressure. Or awkward silence. Did get me wondering if the StarScavenger has personal quarters on board at all, ’cause I know that a little space can do wonders when you need to think, and that probably applies to meditating on the Force, too. But then again, I suppose the whole point is that Rowan would find their next destination as soon as possible. Once a certain death machine gets involved though… Ro has no choice but to work under pressure. Yikes M-OC was terrifying. It’s amazing how stating nothing but cold, hard facts can often strike harder than even the most craftily-constructed insults. Watching the droid working his way into Rowan’s head like that… *shudders* I applaud our young hero heartily for ultimately being able to work through all that. M-OC don’t play. I really don’t know how it is he hasn’t shown up in my nightmares yet, but good thing…

So any time this episode wasn’t making me hold my breath, it was making me weep. That’s a fact. Seeing Rowan so down, so hurt, so… hopeless. It breaks my heart you guys. This precious child has burdens on his shoulders no twelve-year-old should bear. He has grown so much over the last season-and-a-half, mostly in good ways, but this is one of those times it’s not so good. His spirit has been crushed by the seemingly futile nature of the war, and it’s virtually impossible not to feel his pain. There are truly few things sadder than watching one’s childlike innocence slowly disappear… and it’s even harder when it’s with a character so genuine, trusting, and caring…
Thank goodness this wasn’t where it ends.

I cannot tell you how much I loved getting an episode mainly focused on Rowan and Kordi. Like seriously. I’ve always been moved to mush by their sweet brother-sister bond, which so far we’ve only gotten in smaller moments, and now we get to further explore that relationship for a longer period of time and in perhaps a deeper way than we’ve gotten to see before. Whenever Ro’s at his lowest, Kordi does everything she can to lift him back up. Even when she’s uncertain about the situation, she’s patient with him and constantly encouraging. And when she lifts Rowan up, he’s able to encourage her in turn. It’s perfect. She makes me want to strive to be a better sister myself! Wow the feels! I’d definitely be up for more one-on-one adventures like this in the future ๐Ÿ™‚
And of course I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with Zander and Roger. A story following those two could only equal some epic misadventures. And some really bad mynock puns XD Seriously they need to do like Hera and find some way to reroute the power to the hull and make an instant โ€œbug zapperโ€ of sorts. Something to work on once they get back to Home One.

Soon as the sibs walked into that cave I immediately thought โ€œOMG this is a Jedi temple and that means this episode will be gutpunch me with emotionsโ€ and while that last part is still pretty true, the Jedi-built challenge offered a totally different experience and made for some really exciting, unique storytelling here. Again, I’m in love with this perfect blend of the Star Wars mythos and Lego’s creativity-driven mindset, which you can see clearly in every step of Kantoo’s challenge. Oh yeah it was really cool seeing Master Kantoo for the first time since the pilot (yes I’m aware now I was misspelling his name before sorry). There’s so much I would really like to know about him and what all went in inventing the lightsaber… and how he regained the confidence to do so after what happened with his dangerous first version. Not to throw too many random theories into this post, but wouldn’t it be interesting if the Freemakers were descendants of Kantoo? Just spitballing but… maybe that’s why Rowan remarked on the cave feeling โ€œfamiliarโ€? Yeah it’s a dumb thought but you gotta admit it would be kind of cool. Anyway, on to more important things.

The emotional climax of this was just outstanding. The writers and Nicolas Cantu and Vanessa Lengies all deserve multiple Oscars even though television shows don’t get Oscars, but the Emmys just don’t seem good enough. Though I’ve never faced a decision as monumental and planet-shaking as Rowan’s, I understand his fear, his uncertainty, and the suffocating, deceptive feeling of powerlessness in the face of evil. I could almost physically feel his pain, his struggle. But Kordi doesn’t let her little brother remain in this darkness.
โ€œThe galaxy needs us to be brave, because when we give into fear…โ€
โ€œ…the dark side wins.โ€
WOW.
THAT. WAS. PERFECT.
โ€œDo you remember the last thing JEK said to you?โ€
โ€œ…he said, ‘be a builder’!โ€
BRB CRYING.
Literally. I had my head buried in my hands sobbing when Rowan started piecing together the crystals. I was a wreck. Still am. Everything about this scene is perfection.
You ask me why I love Lego Star Wars so much? There’s your answer.
Or at least one of several thousand answers.
They’re never just little plastic people.

So OK that might’ve gotten a tad cheesy there but I’m just being completely honest. Every time I think I’ve seen my new favorite episode, another one comes along and becomes my new-new favorite! This show is just so special you guys :3 We shall talk more about it around this time next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Following The Freemakers: Peril On Kashyyyk

Allrighty the Following The Freemakers posts are back in full swing! Hopefully this post will turn out better than some of my more recent ramblings. So! What’re the fab Freemakers up to today…? Pff I’m so weird writing this like I haven’t seen it. But that’s just howz I roll 8)
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Freemakers episodes The Lost Treasure Of Cloud City and Peril On Kashyyyk

So first thing I learned is that “Kashyyyk” has three Ys in it. I’d always thought there were just two, but I doublechecked the databanks and turns out there are three. Now to go and fix all those posts I’d tagged the misspelled planet in. Anyway, so we catch Rowan and Zander locked in a deadly battle amongst legendary monsters in a game of space checkers Dejarik! How is Zan possibly losing though? It looks like’s got a varactyl! Though technically I don’t think there’s a playable varactyl in the game according to starwars.com so maybe I’m just being dumb and instantly fangirling over a creature that’s not actually there. Have I mentioned I love varactyls? ‘Cause I really do. *Is hit by brick* But the deadly battle is interrupted as Kordi noses around for spare change. They’re pretty much out of money… again. What I don’t get is, Lando paid them mucho bucks last episode! How are they already drained?? I’d say Zander and Rowan spent the credits on something stupid (“It’s not stupid! It’s a massage chair! This job can be very stressful, Kordi…” XD ), but I don’t think Kordi would’ve let them live if that had happened. Plus, she probably would’ve never let ’em forget it either. It must’ve all gone to important things like rent, food, and spare parts. Whatever the case, the lack of funds has Kordi down. And then walks in a potential customer! A rich potential customer! All they have to do to get that sweet sweet cash is to fashion a dashboard from a special wood from Kashyyyk. Yeah, Kashyyyk is under a major Imperial blockade atm, and evidently Wookiees tend to be a little hostile to outsiders, but Kordi can’t quite see past the dollar signs in her eyes. But don’t worry, girl’s got a master plan! Unfortunately that “master plan”, a translator droid, is 30,000 credits more than they can afford. So backup plan, they give Roger translation capabilities. This couldn’t possibly go wrong, right? ๐Ÿ˜› The fact that both Roger and Zander have a bad feeling about this probably jinxed it.
First thing to go wrong today: the Star Scavenger‘s Imperial Shuttle disguise fell apart coming out of hyperspace, which invited quite a few TIE fighters. That ship could really use some weapons systems. Sometimes I’m amazed they’re able to deal with all the scum and villainy in this galaxy without a good blaster at their sides. But perhaps that just makes them better than most. Kordi takes the steering yoke this time and does some maneuvers that’d make Hera proud, leading the TIEs into some rather explosive situations. Bro I wouldn’t dare get between this bosslady and her creds! It’s important to note that, though her somewhat foolhardy determination to get that money doesn’t put her in the best light upon first glance, she’s doing all this for her family. This job is the only reason these kids have survived alone in the galaxy for so long. Though only the middle child, Kordi definitely takes it on herself to protect her brothers at any cost, even if it means she’s got a fly like a crazy person. But we’ll chat more on her character growth later. Let’s talk about Lieutenant Commander Durpin for a second!
The Commander who’d rather lay low than move up; the character concept is fantastic! The fact he does everything in his power to not get involved, not get his hands dirty, not be noticed, and in turn not be Force-choked by a dark-helmeted higher-up, is pretty hilariously genius. And ahhhh Richard Kind did him so well! It may be just a small sidestory in the episode but every scene Durpin’s in is a gem. Hope we see the guy again one of these days.
Second thing to go wrong today: Roger lost his head to the Wookiee chief. Did it ever occur to you guys that maybe sending a Separatist battle droid out to negotiate with Wookiees was a bad idea? Wookiees live a while. These guys probably remember the Clone Wars. And I’m pretty sure they weren’t battle droid fans. That, my friends, is how you alienate a potential ally! It wasn’t looking good for the Freemakers, but turns out, Rowan is actually pretty fluent in Wookiee-speak. It’s interesting, we see characters all over the SW galaxy conversing with the walking carpets without need for basic-to-Wookiee translation. Ahsoka did it, Yoda did it, Sabine did it, Han did it. So they generally must understand basic. But apparently they consider it quite a compliment when someone learns to speak their language. Seems they have no problem giving the Freemakers the wood they need… but there is still somewhat of a price involved that got lost in translation. Rowan apparently agreed to free the chief’s daughter from an Imperial prison in return for the wood. And did I mention there are no backsies? Also did anyone else die laughing when they saw Roger was put back together with some SW variety of duct tape? XD Oh and is it not cute that Wookiee children are called “pups”? Awwwwz :3 But all laughing and “aww”ing aside, it looks like they’re goin’ on a rescue mission whether they like it or not. But honestly Rowan’s definitely likin’ it. Rescuing a princess! What could be more Jedi-y than that?!
So breaking into the prison was fun. Zander did the Masterbuilder thing and turned one of their speederbikes into a catapult, they missed and hit a wall, Kordi threw sass all over a Trandoshan guard and majorly won… good times. And there in cell 1138 (oh look there it is again!) lies the princess, except that he’s actually a prince. A prince who was very insulted that Zander assumed he was a lady and just about mauled him. In Rowan’s defense, the Wookiee language is tough. Also have we ever even seen a canon female Wookiee? How would we know the difference? Y’know, though he’s made a few mistakes here and there, Ro is absolutely nailing Wookiee-speak. I mean, just in getting the growl right if nothing else! I can hardly even attempt to do it without coughing. So cookies to both Rowan and his amazing voice actor, Nicolas Cantu, for doing what I cannot! ๐Ÿ˜€ But after a brief explanation, the prince gives Rowan a hug. And we all know Wookiee hugs are pretty much the best hugs so yay ๐Ÿ™‚ So they were this close to being home free… and then Ro sensed the presence of a Kyber Saber fragment. And then the Trandoshans arrived, armed to the teeth. And that is the… what? Third, fourth thing to go wrong today? Sounds about right. Did I also mention the Wookiees are destroying the prison all the while? This wouldn’t be a problem if they’d just gotten aboard the Star Scavenger and gone back to the Wheel. But Rowan firmly believes that the fate of the galaxy comes first right now. And he goes right back into the crumbling building. Interesting the crystal was in a Trandoshan statue inside the prison. I’m guessing it was moved at some point and the lizards didn’t notice it. Sorry for stating the obvious, just something I only now figured out. Things get crazy intense as the building collapses around them and they have to fend off the guards and Rowan’s trying to get the crystal and Kordi is protecting that wood with her life and may I mention again none of them are armed?? Huh they had a flare gun earlier why didn’t they keep it? Maybe it was only good for one shot. I’m amazed (and super thankful) our heroes lived. It’s so sweet when the chief and his son are reunited; this time Zander gets a hug too! Chief even stroked his head a little X3 The Freemakers and the Wookiees leave on good terms. But once Rowan and Zander make it back to the ship… it seems Lieutenant Commander Durpin finally decided to get involved. While he debates on how to deal with them, the bros look to Kordi, standing behind the Imps… and holding a large piece of hard wood. She looked conflicted on the matter for about two seconds, but ultimately, she knew what was most important right then. And she smacked the crud out of the Imperial Officers with that fancy Kashyyyk wood like a boss. Even though it meant that the piece was broken and they didn’t get paid a cent and they’re back to square one, I don’t think Kordi has any regrets really. After all, it all comes down to protecting her family ๐Ÿ™‚ And the Freemaker kids got their first small taste of Rebel-ing today as they gave the Wookiees hope in their own fight against the Empire. Who knows where these small ripples may ultimately lead? For the first time today… I have a good feeling about this ๐Ÿ˜€
And guesssssss who got promoted? You can call him General Durpin now! Never has a promotion felt like such a well-deserved punishment! “JUST FORCE-CHOKE ME NOW.” XD
Ahh so that was all kinds of wonderful! A classic for sure! So until next post next week…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

EDIT: Sorry I just remembered… next week is my birthday so I’m probably gonna take a break from blogging. I DON’T GOT TIME TO WRITE! THERE IS CAKE TO BE EATEN, MAN!

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