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

Rebel Transmissions: The Last Battle

You ready for another Rebels Transmission? “ROGER ROGER!” Today we’re turning back the clock a bit and takin’ it back to the Clone Wars in the beyond-thrilling episode The Last Battle. Eeeeeep I’m so excited to be writing this one!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III and the Rebels episode The Last Battle

*Does Tom Kane Clone Wars Narrator impression* HAVING RUN LOW ON WEAPONS, KANAN JARRUS, EZRA BRIDGER, GARAZEB ORRELIOS, AND CHOPPER, LED BY CLONE CAPTAIN REX, HAVE VENTURED INTO AN ABANDONED SEPARATIST DROID BASE LOOKING FOR UNUSED AMMUNITION. LITTLE DO THEY KNOW, HOWEVER, WHAT DANGEROUS GAME IS PLANNED FOR THEM….
That was fun. Maybe I should open up all my Transmissions like this. I was pretty instantly hit with TCW nostalgia when I saw that base. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but I’m certain I’ve seen it before. I guarantee you I’ll rewatch some episode next week and recognize it. But at the same time, we’re instantly hit by that beautiful Ghost family camaraderie. “I’m sure everything will go horribly wrong.” XD As Zeb once said, the only thing we can plan for is the plan changing. At this point the Rebs’ve come to expect that. Ezra is fascinated when he comes upon the dismembered head of a Separatist battle droid, a “clanker” as Rex calls it. Also I do have a query — if Rex didn’t keep track of all the droids he blasted, then what’re the hash marks on his helmet for? Well, it makes sense I guess if you marked all the droids the helmet would probably be blackened. Hmm more things to double-check while rewatching TCW. Ezra isn’t terribly impressed by the dorky droid, but Rex makes very clear they’re no laughing matter; he’s lost a lot of brothers to them. “Wars leave scars, not all of them you can see” Oh goshhh this wouldn’t be the last time my heart broke for Rex this episode. Can I just talk about the Captain for the rest of the blog? I have enough thoughts on him to fill several blogs tbh, but I know I’m need to stay focused on the episode as a whole. I’ve been thinking a lot on him lately ’cause well… the title made me wonder if this would indeed be Rex’s last battle, as in, he might die. I was trying to prepare myself for the worst, but I was also re-remembering all of his great adventures and just what a great guy he is. I’d been preparing so much, I was a bit surprised when we reached the end of the episode and he was alive and well. But hey, I couldn’t be more thankful for that. I remember five years ago, when I first started really getting into the Prequels and TCW and, though I knew there were different clones, I knew there was a guy named Rex and a guy named Cody, I couldn’t always remember how to tell them apart. Fast-forward a few years and much growth in my SW understanding, and now I know and love all the troopers. But I think it’s safe to say Rex is among the most known and beloved. Especially seeing him now in Rebels, getting to know him even better by the day, particularly in this wonderful Rex-centered episode. Hehe I’d honestly missed seeing him around even though it’s only been a few episodes. Sooo yeah… I lost my train of thought. I’ll come back to more Captain Rex convos later. Anyway, so hooray! The Rebs found the mother lode of munitions! But as they walk right into a ray shield… they find something less than thrilling: fully-functioning battle droids, who’ve captured them for the Separatist Alliance. Methinks the clankers don’t get out much. Or have access to the holonet. Also one of the greatest Ezra lines ever spoken: “Wait, who’s Roger?” I utterly died. I laughed so hard and so long it was only the drama going on that got me to stop. ‘Cause yeah the droids followed up with a stunning and dragged the four off. Oh my I’ve missed these clankers. I know they were/are trouble, but they’re downright adorable. The way they light up a room with their honest wit and perfect one-liners! I’m glad we’ve had Roger around in The Freemaker Adventures, but it’s fun to see them all again as a dorky unit, even if, again, they’re causing trouble 🙂
So this would be the second time my heart broke for Rex this episode. Cuffed in a Separatist base, surrounded by battle droids led by a menacing tactical droid, as far as Rex knows, he’s back in the war again. His brief moment of terror hit me hard, and was a reminder of just how much trauma and hurt he’s been through in the last twenty years or so. He looks to Commander Cody for help, but is brought back to reality as he realizes it’s Kanan. I love though that instantly Kanan calls him “buddy” and encourages the Captain to press on. Being reminded of how much their bond has grown is precious. But no time for friendship feels did I mention there’s a tactical droid? A very very smart tactical named Kalani, who, again, I know him from TCW but I can’t place just where right now. Apparently when the Clone Wars ended, the droid army got shut down, but Kalani was smart enough to know there was no reason to, and didn’t allow for his crew to go down. Does bring up a few questions. What about that battle droid gang, the Droid Gotra? How’d they avoid the shutdown so they could go on and wreak revenge? Maybe I’m the only one who found that mention in Tarkin fascinating, but it’s certainly worth pondering on. Kalani’s been planning a long time on how he might win the Clone Wars for the Separatists once and for all, and now he’s got a clone, two Jedi, and a hostage (that’d be Zeb) to play his little war game. Ezra is willing to take on the challenge. He wants to help Rex and Kanan win this last battle, and he ain’t scared of a few wimpy little clankers (said clankers were quite insulted XP ). Though a battle’s the last thing the Jedi and clone want, Kanan knows it’d be easier to fight them head-on than try and escape any other way. And so the game begins…
It’s a good thing Chopper had wisely avoided the ray shield’s deadly maw. Not only that he isn’t going to cross any clankers (not that he couldn’t completely pwn them tho), but he’s also found something that might be of interest: a very nice old shuttle. He’s gonna shoot Hera a transmission about it (and probably also the fact his crew’s taken hostage by battle droids). Problem is, the Empire might’ve gotten ahold of the transmission first, and Pryce is just lovin’ the idea of making the Rebels’ day even more miserable! Ohh dearrrr.
Yes it’s quite a thrill watching Rex leading Kanan and Ezra into battle. Swarms upon swarms of battle droids are no match for some old school sword-and-shieldin’! It seriously feels as though we’ve gone back in time. Seeing these droids, these locations, even just the classic image of a tactical droid observing the battle, flanked by battle droids, is beautifully familiar. It’s not long before the team absolutely owns it. Oh and this: “I am not programmed to comprehend your humor” “I wasn’t joking” “Ha. Ha. Ha.” XD Well Kalani thinks some things are funny, I do suppose… like siccing his destroyers on the “Republic soldiers”. Ezra volunteers to go on ahead while the Captain and the General take on the next battle droid wave. Ez got a little sidetracked though as Chop showed up, the astromech insistent on showing him his amazing find. Though he still comes through and uses the Force to bash the destroyers, his delay caused a few problems for his comrades. Rex took a hit to the shoulder and Kanan just barely fended the battle droids off before Ezra dealt with ’em. Rex was OK, but completely not happy with Ezra. It’s not a game, it’s life and death, and he strongly insists Bridger stick to the plan if they want to survive this. Ezra had reasons for the delay, reasons that will help them out later, but Captain Rex is in full-on Clone Wars mode right now and don’t wanna hear it. I can understand both sides. Ezra and I are alike in that way sometimes we accidentally screw up and get chewed out for something we had no intention of. But with Rex, we’re re-reminded this episode that he’s a clone, bred for a war he spent years of his life fighting. He hasn’t lost that instinct to fight, to protect, to lead. He’s become something of a regular human in some ways since joining up with the Ghost crew, helping lead the Rebs as well as becoming a friend and grandpa-figure to the crew-fam. It’s not that I ever truly forgot who he once was, but I’ve been loving seeing him in this “regular human” role for so long I’d never considered how he might still be carrying the Clone Wars with him. Shoot I don’t know how to segue back to the story now after all those deep thoughts. Anyway, so it looks like Ez was going to make a point to stick to the plan from here on out. And oh look more droidekas. They may be tough but they can still blast like destroyers half their age (for the most part anyway). The “best use of unconventional weapon” award goes to Rex for nailing that one with his helmet. I mean, whoa so BOSS. Just like that the Republic soldiers — I mean Rebels — made it back to the control center. Total win for our heroes right? Ezra’s calling shenanigans. The only reason they got as far as they did is that the destroyers were really old, so it wasn’t a fair fight. And then a simple thought: who actually won the Clone Wars? The Empire. About then when an Imperial fleet actually showed up. Oooh boy. The battle droids were so nice and polite when they went out to greet the stormtroopers! And all the bucketheads did is blast ’em! And walk their AT-ATs all over ’em! OMG rude! Ezra makes the mind-blowing statement that maybe the Republic and the Separatists don’t need to be fighting each other… they need to be fighting their common enemy, the Empire. May sound sorta crazy, but that’s logic both Rex and Kalani can agree on. *Slow clap* Ezra, what you just did there is amazing. And everything that follows is amazing. A clone captain and a tactical droid working on a plan, battle droids and Jedi blasting AT-ATs, droidekas firing at AT-STs… it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Something I never would’ve imagined I’d get to see happen, but I’m so glad I did. As I’ve said before, Lucasfilm knows what I want to see before even I know it. Moment of silence, though, for the battle droid shuttle that didn’t make it. They were some of the nicest battle droids ever to grace the galaxy. But together, these two opposite ends of the spectrum were able to give the Empire a fight and made it safely offworld. The Republic and the Separatists just won the Clone Wars for good, thanks to a wise young man who saw past the politics to the truth. Now the droids and our Rebs go separate ways, with the Captain’s burden lifted, and a shuttle that might just be the Phantom Mark II. Anyone else getting a little misty? And then came the credits, beautiful intertwining the Rebels theme with that of The Clone Wars. ALL. THE. FEELS. After watching I was definitely hungry for some more classic Clone Wars adventures. And y’know that’s one of my favorite things about this episode. The Clone Wars were some dark times on both sides of the war. Palpatine rigged the whole thing for his own gain and both Republic and Separatists suffered because of it. The Last Battle was the perfect redeeming capper on all of this, giving both sides a chance to fight back together. It’s indescribably amazing. As I’ve said before, for all of Palpatine’s planning and plotting, he couldn’t keep good from coming out of it. Not even those sweet dorky don’t-ask-questions-just-shoot-what-you’re-told-to battle droids. And yeah I’m definitely going to have to elaborate further in more posts in the future. Still got a lot of stuff about TCW and Captain Rex to talk about! 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Following The Freemakers: Crossing Paths

OK now the Freemakers posts are back in full swing. At least until Rebels gets here anyway. Oh goodness I missed doing these! This post ought to be interesting as it’ll be written from the perspective of when I first saw it, so I’m not going to allude to anything that happens after this episode. So if you’re still behind a few episodes, the Force is with you! But either way, I’m excited to be bringing you a Closer Look commentary on Crossing Paths!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, Episode VII, and Freemakers episodes Zander’s Joyride and Crossing Paths

We open up on a slightly different side of the galaxy today as we find a team of Rebels pursued by TIEs. And two of those Rebels look awfully familiar… hmm. I was going to lead up to this with some poetic descriptions of the two but I’m so excited I can’t wait any longer IT’S LUKE AND LEIA!!! >W< I had no clue we'd run into such major players this early in, but oh it's so so wonderful seeing them again! And not only is Luke doing his fantastic piloting again, Leia's manning the aft guns! SHE'S BLASTING TIES IN A SPACE BATTLE!! Put that on the list of SW things I never knew I needed to see until I saw them! I mean, Leia is always awesome whatever she’s doing, she don’t got anything to prove. It’s just seeing her copiloting a Y-wing (and blasting TIEs) is so so utterly cool! I think we can all agree on that! Sorry for fangirling all over the place but it’s just one of the awesomest things in the whole episode. Anyway, a combination of clever maneuvers, a shortcut across a rocky asteroid, Leia’s firepower, and some assistance from Ben ultimately win the day for the Skywalker twins. But not without their Y-wing taking some damage… and their best bet is at The Wheel…
The Wheel is home to what some would call the “worst repair station in the galaxy”, but what I would call “the friendliest family-owned repair station in the galaxy”. Granted I’m very biased. Were I a regular citizen of the Galactic Empire, they probably wouldn’t be my first choice for repairs either though, since my knowledge of vehicles is limited and I’d probably be dumb and depend on which place had the best customer reviews as versus the most heart. It’s hard to say really for sure, but I probably should stop talking about me and get back to talking about the Freemakers, who just received a visit from our old friend Wic Cooper. Is it wrong that I was sorta hoping he’d died when he got stuck in space after his Z-wing blew up? Love him as a character, but as a person he’s kinda a jerk. Well I guess every SW baddie (or somewhat baddie-ish sort) deserves a shot at redemption. And then Wic called Zander a womp rat and I lost all respect for him again. Not to mention the fact he came back here just ’cause he likes messing with the starship-obsessed child. (well it also had something to do with a coupon but dang it he’s rich a coupon is just mean at this point!) But Kordi masterfully and professionally takes it all in stride.
Meanwhile, Naare is off on secret “Jedi business” and Rowan is absolutely thrilled at the very prospect of coming along. Rowan’s been doing a lot of growing up lately so it’s nice to see that he’s still got that excitable nature he had at the beginning. In his excitement Rowan shows Naare his Force skills and picks up a couple of bricks… right in front of Mr Cooper. Naare solves the problem with some mindtricking but again reminds her padawan to keep his abilities to himself. And with that she’s off to her “Jedi business”. At least after she barely avoids the Y-wing that crash-lands into the Freemakers’ hangar. Kordi’s cool with that though ’cause crash-landings usually need more… costly repairs. It’s impossible to keep the fangirl button on pause when we see Rowan and Kordi and Zander and Luke and Leia all in the same room. It’s downright amazing. And so begin the repairs as Rowan and Luke hunt down some spare parts in the Star Scavenger. But it seems Ro’s not the only one guarding some pretty big secrets when an Imperial feed goes out warning The Wheel’s residents of the dangerous rebel leaders who just arrived. Anyone else asking how they new? A few surviving TIE pilots? Naare took a glance back? I kinda don’t think it’d be the last one because she probably would’ve mentioned it to Vader and he’dve definitely made a big deal of it. Probably just a tracking device. That or Wic Cooper caught a glimpse of the Rebs and decided to ruin things. Also, “THEY MAY BE WEARING DISGUISES” *holo of Luke and Leia looking fabulous in fake ‘staches appears* XD XD Kordi is no longer interested in the money… at least until Leia adds five times the cost onto their already-high repair bill. Makes you wonder what would happen if an Imperial came by and offered five times that. Eh I betcha she wouldn’t take it. She’s into the money ultimately to protect her brothers and droid, she’s not going to fork over cash to someone who’d really cause them trouble. Oh and then here comes trouble! A graycoat and her posse of ‘troopers! Also yeah it’s very cool seeing a female Imperial out here. Just a nice change of pace. Did I mention though that Roger maaaaaaay have spilled motor oil all over the Star Scavenger‘s control panel? And in the process he inadverdently sent the ship off into hyperspace? Oooh boyyy. OK so now there’s one less Rebel in the hangar, but Zander and Kordi still have another to deal with… and she can’t hide in the trash bin forever. Especially when Imperial Bosslady points out the garbage incinerator. Luckily Leia has experience with avoiding refuse disposal-related injuries… even if an incinerator is totally different ballgame from a compactor. And then unluckily more stormtroopers come along. Aw crud.
With the door locked on them Luke and Rowan have no idea what R0-GR is up to, so Skywalker finally takes it into his own hands — with some assistance from the Force. Rowan is all O.O in a good way. And then Luke does it again to get ’em out of hyperspace, only then for his friend’s wise words about hyperspace travel safety to come back to mind as they pretty much crash head-on into Felucia. But in a magnificent flash of green, Skywalker carves out an escape route and gets him and Rowan to safety before the Star Scavenger hit the ground. Rowan is all-out fanboying at this point, and I do not blame him one bit. If only he wasn’t still sworn to secrecy regarding his own powers. Roger’s OK too, not that anybody cares XP
Elsewhere on The Wheel, Zander took care of their little buckethead problem with help from an old droid. “ZANDER FREEMAKER: SUPERSTAR HERO GUY!” Hehe I feel like I should start using a similar version of that line in everyday life, like “TWILIGHT545: SUPERSTAR HERO LAUNDRY DO-ER GIRL!” XD So while he dealt with them, Leia and Kordi headed for the turbolift to hide where the Imperials would never look — the Upper Ring. Only the richest get in there, and Leia, as the princess of Alderaan, qualifies. Kordi is kinda blown away by the notion this wealthy princess would put everything she has into the scrappy, small, works-hard-but-is-still-pretty-outgunned-in-most-cases Rebel Alliance. It sort of puts it into perspective for her that she’s done very little in the way of generous. I still believe her drive for credits still is rooted in a desire to protect her family, and that she’s still trying to do the right, selfless thing. But it’s also true that there’s still much they could do beyond themselves in a galaxy that’s just about falling apart. Anyone else want to go donate something now? Anyway yeeees that Upper Ring is indeed swanky. I mean, look at how much space there is! The Middle Ring is claustrophobic by comparison. Not to mention the free food. Kordi puts aside her thoughts on generosity for a while to focus on this glorious concept of “complimentary h’ors deurves”. They really do look seriously good. Probably wouldn’t be hard to recreate something similar in real life either. It’d be perfect for a party! And this has officially made me hungry now dangit. But oh look stormtroopers! So much for being safe here. In looking for a hiding place, the girls accidentally walk right on into Wic Cooper’s apartment. Oh joy.
Elsewhere on Coruscant, we finally catch up with Naare. And OMG I just realized this was Coruscant. Everything I just read in Tarkin is here! The fact the Emperor lives in the refurbished Jedi Temple, the way the city looks more industrial than artsy these days, everything! There’s something just fascinating to me about seeing the core’s capital in the OT era. Seeing it go from its bright grandeur in the Prequels to this sort of dark brooding melancholy under the Emperor’s rule is just really really cool. But that’s not the point. The Imperial agent’s here for a meeting with her bosses. Yikes I still can’t imagine working under their command, let alone attending a one-on-one with them. The Royal Guard offering kaffe isn’t so bad tho 🙂 Sidious takes it from a “standard performance review” to something a tad darker very quickly. I have imagined quite a bit of what might’ve been discussed. Probably a few “if you can’t do it, we’ll find someone who can!” sort of comments from the Darths. I believe Naare is driven mainly by a desire for power, and her dependence on Rowan’s crystal-sensing, and her powerlessness to control that or do something similar, is beyond aggravating. So having her bosses bring that up would probably throw her into rage mode. I’d wager some things were probably Force-thrown during that meeting. And probably a few people Force-choked… but I’m gonna stop now before this entire blog turns into a long list of headcanons.
So Rowan was absolutely amazed seeing what Luke could do with the Force as they repair the Scavenger. In the process, Rowan discovers some small flowers that bloom when the Force is used around them. Watching Luke quietly touching the buds with the Force and seeing them slowly bloom into beams of light is absolutely beautiful. Like seriously seriously beautiful. At this point all I could think of was that Luke would be an amazing master for Rowan. I love the almost master-like role Luke takes on with young Ken in the Jedi Prince series, and obviously I’m dying to know more about his relationship with Ben Solo and all the small Jedi kids he attempted to train. Point is, i love seeing Luke in the role of teacher, even in only these small glimpses. And somehow I could see this happening with these two young Jedi-in-training, something akin to Kanan and Ezra that would be absolutely amazing. And then suddenly came an ACKLAYYYYY!!! Which at first glance I find really cool because acklays are amazing but then I’m like “oh yeah it could kill them”. It didn’t seem to care too much about the padawans and the droid (it’s the second time R0-GR’S been spit out by something since they got here… at least, that we know of), but it does seem to like the Scavenger‘s hyperdrive motivator… and that could be a problem.
So under the guise of a cleaning crew, Leia and Kordi sweep away at Wic’s place. Kordi is needless to say pretty done with the jerk. Leia encourages restraint until they can make their escape. At least until Mr. Cooper makes an Alderaan joke. Then all bets are off. Um yeah respect levels for Wic Cooper are going into negative digits now. Bro. is. a. jerk. So I don’t blame Leia for a minute for knocking that guy clean through the wall. Yeah it meant that attracted the attention of stormtroopers again, but it was something well-overdue. Y’all don’t mess with #PrincessBosslady! Another awesome thing among many awesome things we get to see Leia do this lovely episode 🙂
The obvious answer to losing your motivator to a sharp-clawed multi-legged giant lizard is obviously to use the Force to get it out, right? Unfortunately all that resulted in was Rowan falling into the pit with the beast. I was mentally screaming “CONNECT WITH IT! CONNECT WITH IT! PULL AN “EZRA” AND CONNECT WITH ITTTTTTT!!!!” but I think Rowan’s better at connecting with Kyber Saber fragments than with critters. So Luke brilliantly distracts the acklay by throwing a few rocks at it and Force-grabbing Rowan. Unfortunately it was still purty mad and gave chase. Well, it was worth a shot.
In attempt to shake the ‘troopers off their tail, the girls ducked into a Middle Ring diner, but Kordi’s hiding spot wasn’t as good as she might’ve hoped. Lieutenant Estoc clearly looks forward to putting the young Rebel sympathizer beyond bars… but not if the Princess has anything to say about it. Leia turns the eaterie’s specials into lethal weapons and soundly kicks the graysuit into the path of a vacuum droid. “I know. Most people don’t expect this from a princess.” YOU JUST DONE GOT #BURNED! And Zander swoops in on Cooper’s bike like a boss, though he was a tad late to the party. Also… those storms blasting each other by accident? Ohhhh that was genius X3
So the young Jedi were still trying to figure out what to do about their little acklay problem. But ultimately, a comment from Luke inspires Rowan to take a different approach. By planting a long trail of these Force-flowers, they’re able to gently lead the acklay away with its own curiosity, not by fighting. And with every passing minute I more and more love the idea of Luke being Rowan’s master. I JUST STINKIN’ LOVE IT.
Rowan’s not the only one who did some growing up today. Kordi didn’t fully understand why Leia risked everything to save her, but it’s the Princess’s firm belief in self-sacrifice that gives Kordi an idea. It sure looked bad when TIEs brought down the Y-wing, but the Empire didn’t know there wasn’t a Luke or Leia in it! OK so sacrificing the ship isn’t quite quite literally self-sacrifice but it was pretty close. Actually, the real moment of self-sacrifice comes when Kordi sells Luke and Leia a Z-wing… with quite a Rebellion Hero Discount. Everybody, a round of applause for the Freemaker Bosslady. The Freemakers have officially taken their first step into a larger world.
So it looks like Naare had a successful day. Or not. She looks about ready to kill something. And then in walks Rowan, bringing her a Force-flower. Immediately I’m thinking “Oh shoot she could kill that thing just looking at it.” But little did I know how true that would be. They don’t fully explain how the Force-flowers work, but clearly it took one whiff of the hatred running through Naare and died. She rolls if off like nothing’s wrong. But Rowan… for the first time… looks at the woman he called “master” with uncertainty. Dare I say… suspicion. And it was about an hour before my eyes returned to their normal size. Of all the Freemakers, I figured Rowan would be the least likely to figure it out first. I’d had my money on Kordi the whole time, as she was the only one who really didn’t like her. It’s not that I ever thought Rowan was dumb, of course not. I just always loved how much faith he had in people, how he first looked at Naare with all the respect in the universe. He was so innocent, he didn’t deserve that burden. But… oh my… things are getting real up in here man. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Clash Of The Skywalkers: A Closer Look

So with a little less than a month before we meet the Freemakers (*giddily fangirling*), I figure we should get the Closer Looks on the New Yoda Chronicles wrapped up ’bout now. And now, a little Lego SW for your Thursday 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode IV, Episode VI, Episode VI, Episode VII, Rebels episode Shroud Of Darkness, The Empire Strikes Out, Menace Of The Sith, Escape From The Jedi Temple, Race For The Holocrons, Raid On Coruscant, and Clash Of The Skywalkers.

I still do find it fascinating they chose to end the Chronicles with a seventh chapter instead of a sixth or a ninth, and to make it a cliffhanger on top of it! But somehow it works anyway, and it’s still funny, clever, exciting, and sweet the way all Lego Star Wars is. Anyway, so we open with lots and lots of TIE fighter traffic. Hehe those pilots may be ruthless to Rebels, but at least they’re courteous to each other! Vader be like *facepalm* XD They’re in a bit of a rush today, you see… they’re looking for a certain Skywalker who maaaaay have helped destroy all their precious holocron intel a short time ago and a certain Emperor maaaaaay not be happy. Despite the rocky start, the Darth’s on his a-game today ’cause he quite immediately clashes with young Skywalker as he surveys Imperial space. Poor Luke hardly stood a chance it seems as Darth Vader downs his X-wing in about four seconds. Le gasp! Has the dark lord finally won?? And then, amidst the wreckage, Artoo casually saunters over to JEK-14’s stealth ship and we find that Luke was a holograph all along! (Or would that be hologram? I always get them mixed up… either way it’s a holo, I guess) Can’t believe they didn’t take the opportunity to have Ackbar say “IT’S A WRAP!“, but I guess they already did that in The Padawan Menace so it’s OK. Yeah even the masters were a little spooked by the fake-out “I’m a ghost and I still sweated through my robe!” TMI, OBI-WAN…!
So with Vader finally off their tails, the Rebs can finally get off Mustafar and get to their new permanent base. Also, I know I probably should’ve said this by now, but one thing I love about the Lego universe is getting to see characters from the OT hanging out on worlds from the PT. It makes for some really fun stories and is a further reminder that everything is connected and it all exists in the same galaxy. But I’ve rabbit-trailed. So though this is supposed to be a victory, Luke feels it’s a bit of a hollow one, as he much rather’dve defeated Vader for reals. Leia encourages him to be patient as the important thing right now is to lay low, but Luke definitely has a case of the mopes.
‘Course he’s not the only one having a bad day. Han is not a fan of the new base. AT. ALL. Understandable, ’cause it’s Hoth. I mean, it’s great that it’s far from the eyes of the Empire, but that weather though… I mean, Chewie’s done frozen solid! Yeeees Han I would say he’s cold XP
However, I’d say Darth Vader’s having a great day! STORMTROOPAH CONGA LINE EVRAHBODYY!! Needless to say, a couple Imperials aren’t thrilled about bursting his bubble that Luke might’ve not’ve been onboard that X-wing to start with. Vader seems to take it rather well at first… and then retreats to his personal chamber to have a hissy fit that’d make his grandson proud XD If it weren’t for the fact he needed help fixing his chamber afterwards I’m pretty sure his ‘troopers would equally be all “NOPE”.
Oh yeah, I love the callback to Menace Of The Sith with the “Echo Base Jedi Educational Center” sign. Honestly the idea that the Jedi had claimed the base first is really cool and it oughta be no-questions canon. ‘Course maybe it is by now there’s a lot of recent literature I haven’t read yet. Another thing we learn is that Chewie isn’t a fan of celery. The things you can learn from these specials! It’s the little details about their lives that are often the most fascinating 🙂 And oh yeah we also learn THERE’S A WAMPA IN THE BASE! WAMPAAAA!! And the worst thing is not that they could be eaten but that they have to go back into the freezing cold again. Yep, it’s a beautiful day all right.
The fact that Luke has “too much of his father in him” is very clear as he’s beyond impatient waiting for some action ’round here. After all, those Jedi in his ‘cron weren certainly always on the move! He tosses the holocron to the ground in frustration, but soon finds there’s quite a bit more to see than he could just squinting at the smol blue box. Luke finds himself viewing an entire mission as Obi-Wan and Yoda attempt to rescue Sio Bibble from Dooku and his droids. Again, love the collision of eras! Though yeesh you’d think he would’ve put two and two together on the “little green boy” situation 😛 Also good question how did they record these things to begin with? The things these ‘crons can do! Much of it is still a mystery! Unfortunately, Luke is so caught up watching the action he misses out on the… um… Imperial probes hovering nearby. Totally understand though; I don’t notice much of anything when I’m focused on my Star Wars 🙂 “OMG WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN NEXT?! MUCH INTRIGUE! MUCH AWESOME! MUCH– Wait… what do you mean the house is on fire?” #StarWarsLife
So yeah Palpatine wasn’t happy to hear his apprentice blew it yet again. “YOU WERE FOOLED BY AN R2 UNIT?!” “But it wasn’t just any R2 unit, it was R2-D2!” “i’m starting to think I should’ve turned him to the dark side instead.” “You know how to hurt a guy” XD XD But somehow he still gives him one more chance to prove himself. Darth gives a spirted “Yippee!” to that. And I basically died laughing. Also is it weird I’ve become a bit of a Royal Guard fangirl as of late? I’m pretty sure I can blame my Star Wars Costumes book for that development but eeeee they’re just so COOOOOL! Oh, and then the whole “are we there yet?” bit… just too good, man. Solidness.
So Luke’s really getting into that holocron battle, especially when a young Anakin steps out. He immediately recognizes the name and realizes it’s his dad out there being amazing. Though I have to say this probably wasn’t the ideal holocron footage of his dad to view right now… it’s not the patient Anakin teaching younglings we see in Rebels, it’s the rather impatient reckless apprentice Anakin breakin’ all the rules! Luke’s all “Whoa that was the best move ever!” even though this is totally not the lesson he should be picking up atm. I mean, there’s a time and place for that real-world-influenced spontaneity that made the elder Skywalker so darn good, but not when the younger Skywalker’s chomping at the bit to do something. So when Leia and JEK deliver news that the Empire’s on their way over thanks to his holocron, Luke takes a cue from his dad and decides to go meet Vader face-to-face while Leia finishes the evac. OK is that not kinda freaky, the thought that Luke learns a move from his dad to fight his dad? Whoo is it ever gonna be a clash!
Meanwhile, Han and his crew were a bit hung up… haha puns, ’cause the wampa had them literally hung up on his ceiling. I guess he does that to keep the meat cold. Threepio decides to deliver a few choice wampa-ian words that apparently Han said, which ultimately leads to the wampa knocking him down right where his blaster was. They still end up running out of the cave screaming with the beast at their backs but hey, Threepio’s plan actually saved their lives! Crazy!
“…like a space fox!”
I’m sorry that quote is perfect. Probably a bad segue for the post but still a great quote. JEK was entirely questioning Luke’s plan, and that’s about when Palpatine’s shuttle smacked right into his x-wing. Vader don’t buy it at first, but then he’s all “GREAT GUNRAY’S GHOST IT IS HIM!!” and I can definitely tell you I’ll be using that line a lot now too. Dude you just don’t question the Emperor mkay? He may be a little wrinkly but he’s as sharp as a tack! Well, except he did launch the TIEs before the pilots go in ’em… but don’t judge bro anyone coulda done that! But whoa now Luke and JEK have literally the entire Empire after them. Bold move. Veryyyy bold move. Just like a Skywalker to do that 🙂
So Han, Chewbacca, and Threepio were having a pretty good time. Being chased by a wampa in a snowspeeder and all. I don’t even know how that happened, but if not for that, Threepio might not’ve inadverdently domesticated the tauntaun for the Rebels! And Han did some sweet moves on his Wookiee snowboard! Though yeah I’m so sorry you spent the entire episode as an ice block Chewster. Now if they could just get that landing pad lit already, it’ll have been a successful day…
I must take a minute again to applaud the genius and wit of Lego SW. The sign that says “YES. That asteroid field” is among the greatest of the hilarious signs they’ve placed around the SW galaxy XD Vader’s all “OMG HE PULLED AN ANAKIN ON ME THAT COPYCAT!” as Star Destroyer after Star Destroyer takes some serious damage. And then when a few Rebel fighters join the party, well, let’s just say the Empire gets packin’. “DO SOMETHING EVIL!” “Might I suggest we run?” “THAT SOUNDS GOOD TOO!” Finally Ackbar’s the one who gets to set the trap! And man the bros on Hoth almost didn’t get things lit up in time. That is exactly why Chewie carries candles in his bandolier. Pays to be a “sensitive guy” huh? Pff I’m sure Maz approves 🙂 Yay Chewbacca saved the day! Even though he’s probably going to need a lot of time in the bacta tank after this. And the golden droid finally got some appreciation… but not the kind he was looking for. Han… I know you were doing it as a joke, but you should absolutely know better than to kiss a droid on Hoth. Leia, you better go get your blow drier… we’re gonna be out here a while.
Though the Rebels are settled and the Imps are gone baby gone, the Skywalker boys are still at it. However, their exciting one-on-one space battle becomes an exciting one-on-one duel quite quickly after they both crash on the same asteroid. Also Vader finally did get himself an astromech at some point, and he looks like he’s ready to throw down… at least, up until Artoo completely one-ups him in the weapons department and the other R2 runs off screaming. The flamethrower is a nice touch. But then Vader gets personal AND FORCE-SHOVES ARTOO INTO A CRATER!! DUDE THAT’S JUST COLD! So no questions they’re bringin’ out the ‘sabers! Luke fares pretty well for the first couple minutes, but soon finds himself on the edge of that deep crater. But then Luke gets a little idea… also this line “I’d laugh if it didn’t sound weird and cause me horrible pain” is it wrong I laughed really hard at that? As for Luke’s idea, he knew Vader couldn’t resist throwing a rock at him. A rock that ultimately would awaken a ferocious giant SPACE SLUG!! I was applauding young Skywalker for his ingenuity… and then we find out that the beast is actually Darth’s pet. Wow. I guess if you want a pet that makes a statement, you get a legendary giant slug. I wonder if it’s the same one in Episode V, ’cause you’d think he might’ve looked there in his pursuit of the Falcon. Maybe there’re just two giant slugs in this corner of the galaxy. Or maybe this is noncanon and I’m just looking into this way way too deeply. But yeah needless to say things didn’t go that well… the slug ate Luke. Thankfully a lightsaber to the uvula gets him outta there quickly but it looks like Vader actually did win today. Well, I guess you gotta let the guy have a win sometime! It hasn’t happened often lately. But for now, Luke’s off to ride tauntauns for the Rebels… at least if he ever stops floating aimlessly through space. STORMTROOPAH CONGA LINE!!!
Ah delightful! The Yoda Chronicles have been quite the ride, from their beginning to their finale. It felt really good to take a minute and revisit this super-fun chapter in the Lego Star Wars saga as we prepare for its next, and perhaps most thrilling, chapter as we enter unknown between-Empire-and-Jedi territory and make some new friends before too long 🙂 So until next post…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

10 Awesome Moments From Exit From Endor

So I’m finally blogging on the first of the Lego Droid Tales saga! Sorry it took so long… there’s just been too much to talk about as of late! Now, I’m doing something a little different today, instead of writing a full-on commentary, I’m slimming it down to some of the episode’s most ingenious, funny, and clever moments! After all considering it’s a retelling of Episodes I and II retelling that just wouldn’t work. So let’s just get on with it already!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI, The Empire Strikes Out, and Exit From Endor

Droid Tales is absolutely tons of fun, giving us the SW saga in a nutshell whilst peppering in great gags and poking fun at it (and at us as fans) in the best way! (Like, for example, all the gags thrown at the Prequel politics, which to be honest I find fascinating) Whether you’re new to SW or you’ve been loving it forever, it’s a sheer delight! Some new territory for Lego SW that works so perfectly! And so with my raving done, let’s cut to the chase to 10 of the most awesome moments from Exit From Endor!

1. Threepio Remembers!

I would say a good 80% of Droid Tales couldn’t possibly be canon, but there are some things I sure would like to believe really happened, like the fact Artoo had Threepio’s memory the whole time! I remember when I first heard about Droid Tales and I was confused as to why Threepio was telling said tales. Well, he’s pretty amazing at storytelling, as we see in Episode VI, but his memory loss was a bit of a problem. And I always felt bad that Threepio lost memory of all their grand adventures prior to the fall of the Republic, so there you go — a nice little bow tied at the end of all of this! 🙂

2. Best Name Ever…
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“What should I call you?”
“I’ve always been fond of the name ‘Kevin’.”
“Your name is C-3PO!”
Yup that’s the future Darth Vader… only nine and he’s already crushing dreams XP Droid Tales really has fun making the connection between little Ani and Vader quite a bit more obvious to a rather ridiculously hilarious point. This was probably my favorite of those moments… well, that and the “I didn’t do it by accident, I did it on purpose”! bit XD Also, note the Lego instruction sheet on the wall. PRICELESS.

3. Words Can Hurt You Know!
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“YOU ARE THE WORST BAD GUYS EVER!!” As if the “get this stunted slime out of my sight” line wasn’t harsh enough… 😛 Also, I love the callbacks to The Empire Strikes Out with Darth Maul. I love that he clearly knows how awesome he is. Forget revenge this is all about being awesome! If only his master got it… “You never let me be me!”

4. BIIIIIG RED FLAGS…
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“RED FLAGS! GET YOUR RED FLAGS HERE!” Pfff haha yeah I think we get it. But what the hooey he eventually destroyed the Emperor! Don’t blame Qui-Gon mkay?! The real question is why is Watto selling red flags? Probably because he can overcharge for ’em I bet.

5. They’ve Got This (Mostly)

I love how they played up the “we’ll handle this” line with all those petrified little Naboo soldiers making a run for it XD But perhaps they were smart to do so… Sith be scurrrry. Also, I love how they handled Qui-Gon’s noble end. I had no clue how Lego’s take on some of the more tragic or dark events would look like, but it worked well and it was honestly kinda funny the way it was played out, which is something I thought I’d never say about one of the most tear-inducing parts of the film. But hey that’s Lego for ya! ‘Course there was no problem knocking the legs off of Maul, that happens a lot to him as a minifig XD

6. THE HORROR!
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Anyone else read that line in Ziro The Hutt’s voice? Sorry wrong era. But yeah… “AHH!! A LITTLE KID!!” *Dies laughing*

7. Attack On The Clones

Well, that’s one way to avoid assassinations… XD XD Really this needs no further explanation, it’s just that funny.

8. Somebody Call For Me?
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“NOT YOU ARTOO HIM ARE TOO!” Great and powerful Michael Price, teach me your Lego-SW-writing ways! Though I imagine that drove the closed captioning people nuts…

9. OF COURSE I’M CALM LOOK AT MY FACE!!

“…Maybe if you tried acting calmer…”
I AM ACTING CALM!!!
They pretty much summed up all of Anakin’s dialogue in Episode II in that one sentence. Poor boy was all kinds of grumpy and angsty back then, wasn’t he? Aw we love you anyway man! Hehe this is possibly my favorite line in the whole episode XD

10. Ackbar’s Slightly-Not-That-Sweet Ride

I adore the whole thing with Ackbar oogling over his “Daisy Mae”, but I also love the fact that his old ship is up to its gills in takeout wrappers XD Hehe “up to its gills”… I made a Mon Cala joke XD And wow I just realized I’ve really overused the XD emoticon in this post… but how else do I capture how hard these jokes made me laugh? 🙂

Of course, this is only scratching the surface of the great jokes and moments in this episode, but I think I put together a nice variety of the wonderful wacky witticisms of this awesome Lego special! And I can’t wait for all the new Tales yet to be told!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight