The Long-Overdue Resistance Rises Post

When brainstorming possible posts to write this weekend, I realized I’d never taken the time to appreciate Lego’s The Resistance Rises shorts. I am remedying that today, because these are super-fun, super-clever, and even know how to bring some serious feels as we get to revisit the Force Awakens era in a whole new way! Let me share some of my favorite things about them as we watch.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode VII

POE TO THE RESCUE

The first of the shorts offers a really nice look at the (sort of) average daily life for the Resistance and the First Order before VII’s events. Starkiller Base has yet to make its first appearance, but Captain Phasma and Kylo Ren are still coming up with new ways to make things difficult for their enemies. But when you’ve got the crack team of Poe, Threepio, and BB-8 on your tail, the odds are not something you wanna hear 🙂

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– Nice hearing Tom Kane’s narrator voice at a different time and place in the SW universe!
– Ackbar is a serious boss you guys. I don’t know how old he is, but he sure hasn’t slowed down! Wow did anyone else sort of just remember that he’s been through the Clone Wars and the Galactic Civil War and now all this stuff with the First Order vs. the Resistance? It’s almost unreal how much of Star Wars history he’s been involved in! Major respect points.
– (Mostly) acid rain-proof umbrellas. A must for any Resistance pilot! How did Threepio get out there though?? For an old droid, he gets himself into a lot of trouble! #Understatement
– Threepio, I think you may be the first person in the world to look at BB-8 and not be excited. But I guess since Artoo’s been out of commission a while, it’s easy to see how Threepio might’ve been bummed out those beeps and chirps were from a different astromech. Aww that just made me a shed a tear…
– Poe and Threepio’s dynamic is hilarious. I could seriously use more of these guys’ shenanigans in my life. The ace pilot and his general’s very-particular protocol droid! Comedy gold!
– Hey Threeps, for what it’s worth, I’d like to hear the story of that new arm of yours. I probably will once I start going through all those comics I’m severely overdue on reading. Until then, maybe R0-GR can help you write your autobiography! 🙂
– That graycoat really should’ve known better than to stand underneath a troop transport’s door #Fail #ButWhatAGloriousFailTho The fact his head got attached to the bottom of the door Lego-style made it all the funnier XD
– Boy they had a lot of prisoners. What’d they have against a wampa and a jawa?? Who knows? Probably Kylo Ren’s just annoyed by everything XP
– “Captain Phasma… you have failed me for the first time. Which is… weird. That’s never happened!” Love that he’s totally channeling his grandpa-senpai again. Also mad props to whoever’s voicing him. I wish these things had credits ’cause if I didn’t know better I’d think it was Adam Driver himself!
POE’S X-WINGGGGG GUYS. IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I WATCHED THIS SHORT SO I FORGOT IT WAS IN THERE AND NOW I’M POSITIVELY GIDDY.

REY STRIKES BACK

Everyday life on Jakku looks to be nothing short of unforgiving and miserable. Episode VII already made that clear, but this short certainly drives the point home again. But Rey ain’t takin’ crud from no one today. Not from Plutt, not from Plutt’s cronies, and certainly not from any space cacti! I love her drive, determination, and outright sass in this short, as well as her impressive building skillz, as she takes on every blow this desolate world can deal her. There’s a reason she’s made it this long out here.

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– “Nothing can flourish there, but a young scavenger named REY is certainly trying….” well-said, Mr. Kane!
– I gotta say, I think my favorite thing about this short is Kevin, Unkar Plutt’s precious pet space cactus and only friend. I just think about it and I die laughing. It’s good to know the guy has a soft spot for something besides money! Also, whenever I want to work on my Rey impression, “‘Kevin’? You gave your plant a name?”, is my go-to XD It’s all just so beautifully hilarious and perfectly Lego.
– Suddenly, Twilight remembers she has named plants before and realizes she’s the pot calling the kettle “black”.
– I love her speeder is like a bucking bronco with those thugs! Don’t mess with her fierce, noble steed!
– Guys! Throwing Lego bricks around is dangerous! Do you know how much those things hurt when their corners hit your skin?! Or when you step on one?! Or when you get your hair caught between them?! Things just got realllllll…
– Random thought: if it weren’t for the fact Luke’s going to be training her, I bet Rowan Freemaker would take her on as his apprentice. Girl can masterbuild!
HOLY MOS EISLEY, THAT’S THE GHOST OUT THERE. WITH MODIFICATIONS. I THINK. I COULD BE WRONG. BUT THIS IS CANON TO ME NOW. Someone from the original crew better be flying it though. I doubt General Syndulla would let some schnook steal it. Goodness this just got me thinkin’ on the Rebs’ futures something fierce. *Gets lost in thought for ten minutes pondering what fate may befall the Rebels in their last season* It could just be another ship of the same variety, but… you have to wonder.

HUNTING FOR HAN

Maz’s Castle looks like a fun place, even with its sometimes-frightening and untrustworthy clientele. Perhaps because its owner is so wise and welcoming and noble. But as we see in this short, for all the crazy crowds it attracts, there are always a few genuine souls who come through the Castle’s doors…

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– You guys ever wonder where Maz finds this stuff? Avid eBayer I guess. And I’m sure having a professional career as a pirate helps you know where to find certain things…
– Knowing how this ends, why would anyone slap a “poisonous” sticker on a suitcase containing musical instruments? Well I guess Bala Tik’s got a reputation to keep. Bartering something so non-lethal would get a laugh out of the rest of the galaxy’s common criminals. That, or maybe certain species are actually negatively effected by the sounds of these space-saxophones, like maybe it makes their heads explode or something. Hmm…
– The “silver fox” comment cracked me up beyond belief. But it’s true… all of it!
– You have to wonder though if all of these incidents were really Han’s fault. I mean, sure he’s not doing the best with his life right now but it doesn’t mean he’s a complete scoundrel! Everyone’s just jealous ’cause they know they will never age that well XP
– “I heard Greedo shot first!” “THEM’S FIGHTIN’ WORDS!!” Oh boy, this again…? Guys. There are far more interesting debates in the world of Star Wars than that old argument.
– Wow can Maz use that lightsaber! She may have been saving it for someone special to find it someday, but it sure has its uses in the meantime!
– And aw yay Lando!! I love so much that, though he and Han seem to have gone different ways over the course of their lives, Lando still always has his buddy’s back. It gives me many feels. Wonder what the old smoothie’s been up to though? Y’know what, I bet he manages that casino Finn and Rose are gonna go on a mission to in VIII. That would be truly awesome. Either way, watching him play the space-sax with Maz Kanata is so sweet and gives me hope that Lando Calrissian’s doin’ all right, wherever in the galaxy he is 🙂

THE TROUBLE WITH RATHTARS

Possibly my favorite short in the bunch, we get to see an average everyday for Han and Chewie and the dangers of their recent business ventures, as well as a softer side to one of my favorite SW monsters.

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– But why did Chewie let the rathtars out to begin with?? Did he feel sorry for them? I could see Chewbacca having some compassion on the poor giant squishy balls of death.
– OK and seriously, despite they’re being pursued by TIEs and they’ve got loose rathtars on board, Han is still handling this clunky ship like a dream.
– “That’s Dooku, Kitster, Lobot”??? Wizard code, bro XD
– Also Han rolling the window down is just so ludicrously hilarious, like OMG that’s so good. I’m convinced this freighter might’ve been rebuilt with some earth-made spare parts. It’s got side-view mirrors, seatbelts (evidently), and brakes! I’m pretty sure none of those things are normal, but hey spare parts are spare parts.
– Chewie lullabying the rathtars to sleep is literally too precious! I’ve always loved the rathtars, as they made a big impression on me as the first SW monster I saw on the big screen, but this short made me love them even more, ’cause really they’re just giant squishy sweethearts :3
– Even if they can and will eat your face any other chance they get.

ATTACK OF THE CONSCIENCE

A surprisingly deep little finale, we get a sense as to where Finn came from and the friends he’d made, and why it wasn’t just that first attack on Jakku that changed his mind on his stormtrooping career.

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– WHOA THEY STILL HAVE AT-ATS! Do you think they finally figured out how to make ’em Jedi-proof?
– I like this concept of ‘trooper training looking like middle school soccer practice XD
– Wait. So they only fight fake Rebels, but with real detonators?? *Shoots a disapproving look at Phasma*
– I think the voice of Finn is also the voice of Zander Freemaker, and he’s doing awesome at it.
– “That’s Kylo Ren! He’s awesome!” “I know! He threatened to have me destroyed once!” “…WHAT?” Um yeah, this really ain’t soccer practice, FN-2187.
– I like that every time Finn starts questioning the plan, he lifts his helmet up, which we know is a major stormtrooper no-no. I’m sure the First Order taught the ‘troopers that they’re the good guys and everything they’re doing is for peace ultimately, but I’m glad that somehow, Finn has a broader moral compass that’s allowing him to see attacking a village as questionable. Guess he was out sick that one day they had the seminar on jerkiness.
– And boy… when you think about what’s about to happen from here… OH YOU POOR CHILD. YOU POOR, POOR CHILD. *Cries for Finn and his friend, too*
– But despite all the pain about to go down, Captain Phasma’s not wrong when she remarks “…your destiny awaits.”

So yeah aren’t those just great? I do so love me some Lego Star Wars! And since I haven’t discussed The Force Awakens as much I’dve like to, I’m glad I could immerse myself in this era again and hopefully start some interesting conversations as we get excited for the next chapter in this beautiful saga in only six more months!

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

Rebel Transmissions: Double Agent Droid

Ah you guys this one’s gonna be funnnnn! I adored Double Agent Droid to pieces and can’t wait to share all that I found fascinating and fabulous and just plain funny! I’m sorry these posts are still late right now. Real life has a habit of getting in the way of my getting these out in a timely manner, but hopefully this’ll still be worth your read even a week and a day later.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episode Double Agent Droid

Again, I am convinced that Ezra and Zeb are having too much fun messing with the “newbie” Wedge Antilles. Their devilish laugh and fistbump says it all. Though they likely weren’t responsible for sticking the newbie with Chopper and AP-5, you can tell they get a kick out of it just knowing what awaits him X) The fact they get a kick out of it only makes me get a kick out of it even more, buuuut yeah I still do feel kinda sorry for Wedge… AP and Chop are in a particularly snippy mood today. I mean, wow, is it just me or is AP-5 more of a control freak than usual? And they proceed to argue like children the whole way there! What’s got their gears grinding? (Literally!) They’re worse than C-3PO and R2 on a bad day! It’s a bad time for Wedge to be in a small Imperial shuttle and a “long way to Alderaan”. But again, it sure made me laugh my head off XD Yeah expect that little emoji a lot in this one. Like a lot. It’s basically going to be punctuation because as I said before, this episode brought me massive amounts of joy.
Though AP-5 didn’t give Wedge any credit whatsoever, the droids didn’t have any real problem getting in. Also though AP’s being all kinds of cantankerous today, I have to admit I completely relate to his sharp retort “I’M AWARE OF THE PROTOCOL.” #DroidBurn I hate people telling me how to do things when I didn’t ask them to help me and I clearly know what I’m doing, so I think I might be using this one a lot irl. “You missed a spot.” “I’M AWARE OF THE PROTOCOL.” I mean, most of his squabbles with Chop have been over his counterpart questioning his abilities, and he ain’t takin’ any of that! AP knows who he is and he has complete confidence in himself and his skills. AP-5 is actually an inspiration. A grumpy inspiration, but an inspiration nonetheless. We could all stand to be a little more confident, right? Unfortunately, AP-5’s confidence may not go as far as he’d like. Because what the droids didn’t notice was that Chopper happened to catch the eyes and ears of an Imperial listening ship, home of all the Empire’s best personality-drained-for-the-sake-of-productivity computer nerd spies! And their leader (who for the sake of this post I will call Nerd Boss (not meant in a mean way whatsoever because we’re all nerds here)) has a smart, devious plan in mind. Also I absolutely must talk for a bit about the fact that Nerd Boss is sporting spectacles! I’ve been wondering for the longest time whether people in SW ever wear eyeglasses, and now my wonderings have been confirmed! I mean, in a galaxy where you have the advanced medical technology to make cybernetic eyes, would glasses even be necessary? For all I knew laser eye surgery could’ve been as commonplace as contact lenses! But turns out they are indeed a thing, and by far Nerd Boss wears some of the coolest nerdy lenses I’ve ever seen. Honestly you guys I love Nerd Boss. Aside from the fact he’s played to perfection by the great Josh Gad, he’s just an all-around interesting guy. He’s incredibly smart and very very crafty and though he wears the Imp headgear, he doesn’t seem entirely devoid of emotion either; he seems to really enjoy formulating his (mostly sorta not really) genius little plan. Also Chopper chasing the mouse droid utterly cracked me up. The life of a mouse droid is hard, bro! They’re always underfoot amongst all the Imperials and considerably larger droids. Hmmm that should totally be a short film or something. Anyway, so while AP decides the only way to do a job right is to do it himself, he might’ve missed what happened to his cranky teammate, who’s now under Nerd Boss’s complete control… OH NO.
You’d think AP would’ve figured it out sooner somehow, but again, he might’ve been too busy singin’ his own praises to consider it. His puffed-up pride is really fun to watch though. After years spent knee-deep in disrespect, he’s finally working for people who appreciate his real talents… and in the process gained himself quite an ego, it seems. There’re no restraining bolts on him anymore and he’s free to speak the truth, whether you want to hear it or not! And he says it all so perfectly in his brilliantly snobby voice. Pff I’m probably giving AP too much credit right now, but this is the first time in a long while I’ve been able to just talk and talk about this awesome droid. Perhaps though it’s all of his pride that kept him from seeing that there was someone else behind Chop’s dome. Apologizing? Helping out just because? Being polite? Bringing you a refreshing beverage?! That’s not Chopper. Chopper can be nice, but he’s only nice one his terms, and usually it’s hidden in some form of grunty sarc or a smack to the leg. Though AP didn’t recognize it immediately, he does start to suspect something’s up not long after their shuttle headed back home, especially when Chop starts talkin’ Imperial codes. Nerd Boss, you’re a great criminal mastermind but your droid-acting skills? They could use some work. But hey only Chopper can really be Chopper. He’s one of a kind! Wedge doesn’t really think too much on the mech’s improved ‘tude, but the longer Chop goes on with all this niceness, the more suspish AP gets. When Wedge turns over the controls to Chopper, I can’t help but imagine a rather cartoonishly fiendish look on his dome. I’m pretty sure AP-5 saw it too, and wasn’t about to miss an opportunity to let their pilot know about it. Even if their pilot is in the refresher atm. Yeahhhhh it took me a few minutes before it occurred to me what exactly the “refresher” is. I’m glad I know the name for it now, but I think I’m good with not knowing anything further on the subject. *Cough* Dude if I were you I would’ve made a point to go before I left. It doesn’t look too comfortable in there. Also zippers exist in SW? I didn’t know that either. They sure hide ’em well. Oooohmg this is so awkward. But still kinda hilarious. I say again, poor newbie Wedge! But yeah you think droids with bad timing are a problem… just wait ’til Nerd Boss gets to work…
So all went well it seems, for once the Ghost crew’s had a good day! It made me grin seeing Ezra and Zeb and Wedge pallin’ around, even if they’re being total boys with their refresher humor 😛 Still no one listens to AP-5’s concerns about Chopper, least not until Hera voices her own concerns, then and only then does everybody listen! If AP had the dexterity I betcha he would’ve facepalmed. And by the time they realize something’s wrong, Nerd Boss Chop has the rest of the crew trapped and a data spike stealing some base locations. And then he opens the cargo bay door on them. Yeah this is no short circuit or loose wire they’re dealing with. AP-5’s been going on and on about his greatness all day, well now he’s gonna have to go and prove it and take a walk out on the Ghost to save them all! Such a delightful turn of events. But bro better watch out ’cause Nerd Boss Chop’s got blasters! I know he’s not himself right now but the image of Chopper wielding blasters is just too awesome. Chopper and AP throw down and Chop wins, only to roll right back on in to the warm welcome of Zeb’s borifle. Zeb looked like he realllllly enjoyed doin’ that though XD Now Hera’s ready to send a little something special back Nerd Boss’s way… Ezra’s quiet “uh-oh Hera’s mad” says it all. A few jillion jolts of feed just got thrown back in their face. Goodbye, Imperial listening ship! Don’t mess with Captain Bosslady and her crew! I was genuinely tearing up when it seemed uncertain if Chopper would ever be Chopper again… Hera giving him that hug…! It’s too precious! But you can’t get rid of this fiesty C1-10P that easily. The family’s all together again :3 Wellll… except maybe for AP-5. He’s still aimlessly floating around space. But he’s actually doing all right… better than all right perhaps. As he takes in the beautiful starlit solitude and the space butterflies, he can’t fight the song in his heart! You guys I absolutely DIED. I laughed. so. hard. I couldn’t breathe. I can’t remember the last time I laughed this hard at anything, and I laugh a lot. It was the most beautiful, delightful, unexpected, hilarious moment! It literally made my day. And every time it comes to mind I have trouble not laughing out loud. It might not be the norm to hear singin’ in SW, but a galaxy without song would be a sad one. And somehow they did it in a way that doesn’t feel weird. It’s just the right amount of unexpected hilarity! Since then I’ve imagined him singing quite a few other songs. Mostly Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World. I’m so glad this uptight protocol finally found his happy place! And then just as soon as it began, it ended with a resounding “clang” as the Ghost scooped him back to reality. And then Chopper gave a genuine apology… followed up by a good roughhousing. AP-5 might not seem too happy, but I betcha he’d get a little lonely in the stars without his Rebel friends. Plus, now AP and Wedge can bond over chasing Chopper! Hard to get a better ending than that! 😀
Yep that was delightful to write on. Star Wars just makes me smile. So, so much. I’ll send another Transmission your way next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

SW Summer Reads – The Weapon Of A Jedi

It’s Star Wars Summer Reads time again, and I’m thrilled that today I’ll be writing my thoughts on a book that actually came out in the last year! I mean, I like taking my time reading SW books, so I can properly appreciate each one and digest all its awesomeness, especially with the 100% canon books. So generally most of my posts are on older books I’ve read more than once. But there happened to have been a sale earlier this year and Jason Fry’s Journey To The Force Awakens Novel, The Weapon Of A Jedi, was there and it was useless to resist. And I am so so so so glad I bought it. It’s without a doubt one of the greatest SW books I’ve ever read. And I shall tell you the reasons why!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VII and The Weapon Of A Jedi

So I’m not going to give you a full play-by-play commentary on this one like I usually do with the young readers books, I feel like honestly the best way to express my feelings for this book is to just talk about them straight-up instead of trying to retell the story and fangirl as I go. That method probably works best for the older books and episodes than this incredible book. So with that in mind it will likely be a less time-consuming post to read today! Yaysies!
Anyway, so this was released in anticipation of Episode VII, with small keys to the future of SW. TBH I probably missed most of those “keys” and I read this after seeing the film… twice. But the coolest of these keys was impossible to miss: a Resistance pilot named Jessika Pava. We open with this sweet little prologue of Threepio telling Jess the story of Luke’s first lightsaber duel. It was absolutely great getting to meet Jess Pava a little here. We haven’t seen a huge lot of her yet but clearly she’s an awesome human being. And she gets a ton of cool points for helping destroy Starkiller Base. Just from the two brief chapters we get to see her in, we feel her frustration with being stuck working on droids instead of piloting, totally understand her slight impatience with Threepio, and 100% get her admiration for the great Luke Skywalker. I do wonder a little what time exactly the prologue/epilogue takes place in, since of course yes Jess is here for the Resistance and Threepio rocks a red arm, but it must’ve been a littler earlier than most of the events in TFA because it sounds like Luke is still around and Artoo is fully functional. You just wonder how long ago it was. How long ago was it before there was a Starkiller Base? Before a young Ben Solo went down the wrong path? Before all that we saw panned out in VII’s opening titles? Even though that’s all still somewhat of a mystery, it’s kinda fun not knowing all the answers in this time and place. But I’m rambling.
So the golden droid’s tale starts out smack-dab in a space battle as Luke and Wedge take on a whole lotta TIEs. It’s truly amazing how Mr. Fry put the dogfight into words. I mean… I’ve tried to write space battles for fanfics. They’re confusing. I write better with characters more than I do with war machines. I have to wonder if any of these great SW authors ever had trouble figuring them out too. I suppose it’s just something that takes time and patience and practice and lots and lots of SW reference books (and probably discussions with the Lucasfilm Story Group would help). But boy oh boy did I learn a lot in just this first chapter alone. Not only is it an exciting opener, but it makes sense for dumb readers like me. Even with all that X-wing jargon I had to learn all the while. I didn’t know they used the terms “port” and “starboard”! Small thing but still cool to know. And wow there are so many ways to describe laserfire and explosions without reusing the same words over and over again! Reading this book was a lesson in Star Warsian vocabulary for sure, as well as a lesson in Star Warsian warfare, Star Warsian technology, and Star Warsian culture. I feel smarter already! I suppose this all sounds dumb to those of you more-seasoned SW fans, but *points to blog site title* I’m still learnin’.
Yeah no doubt Jason Fry knows how to write the wars in the Star Wars, but he equally knows how to write for the stars in Star Wars, too. I am absolutely amazed how well he wrote for Luke. We spend the majority of the book in Luke’s head and it is a mind-blowing feeling. And it’s a great place in time to be there! Just fresh off destroying the Death Star, Luke’s simply trying to be the best Rebel he can be, but this little thing called the Force keeps throwing him off. We learn so much from his perspective it’s astounding. One of my favorite things we get to dig into were those little moments that we didn’t see in the movie. I know I’ve been pretty shortsighted and somehow assumed everything that happens in the films happened somewhere between two hours and two days. Luke recalls a number of times Obi-Wan trained him and gave him nuggets of Jedi wisdom in the days between “Hello there” and “If you strike me down…”. It blew my mind wide open knowing about these parts of the story we didn’t know, and of course, it further reminded me what an amazing person Ben Kenobi is (even though I certainly already knew that). Even knowing just the smallest things, like how very hurt Luke was after Owen and Beru’s death, brings new meaning and understanding to the character and his overall story. From the film, we gather that Owen and Beru care for him, but it also seems that their relationship with Luke was sometimes difficult. Knowing he wrestled with anger and grief over what happened to them says that there was so much more to their relationship that we didn’t know. That clearly, Luke loved them, even when they didn’t get along, and Owen and Beru must’ve loved him too. They were his only family, man… OMG I’m sorry I can’t believe I spent so long on that topic but wow it’s really kinda incredible to think about. *Curls into a ball and cries for Luke* Not to mention seeing how much respect Luke has for his father in this chapter in history. We all know his dad isn’t exactly all that honorable at this point, but seeing him still having this connection with him, even not having ever known him, is all kinds of feelsy :3
Of course, one of the biggest things we really get to dig into in this story is the Force. It’s the kickstater for the whole adventure as Luke finds himself led by the Force to the ruins of a Jedi temple on Devaron. For those of us wondering how it is Luke knew how to use a lightsaber as well as he did in Episode V… this is how. With a few words from Ben and a trio of training remotes and a whole whole lot of patience, Luke gets pretty good at the Jedi-ing by the end of the book 🙂 One of the things I love most about SW books is getting a first-person view of the Force, when an author eloquently paints a mental picture of what it’s like to be surrounded by it, working with it, feeling it… it’s a beautiful thing. And Mr. Fry’s work here is no exception. He just absolutely brings it to life in the most spectacular, poetic manner! Watching Luke gain a better understanding of the Force through every twist and turn is amazing. His training session puts him through a lot both physically and emotionally, with descriptions so amazingly vivid you pretty much feel all those moments of frustration and victory yourself (I know I was pretty exhausted just reading all of his lessons in lightsaber-deflecting). Oh gracious everything about it’s fantastic. I wish I could get my thoughts in better order on all of this, but really you just have to read the book for yourself. Can I just say again that it’s seriously amazing spending time in Luke’s head? All the other SW books I’ve read have bounced back and forth between various characters’ perspectives, but 90% of Weapon Of A Jedi focuses on young Skywalker. It’s different, but a really really cool kind of different. I feel like I know this guy even better than I did before. I don’t think there could possibly been a better book to start with for my first canon novel in the Original Trilogy era. Seriously. Like wow. It all leads up to one awesome duel between Luke and an unexpected foe wielding an electrostaff that is all kinds of edge-of-your-seat. Lol I’m not sure if I’m writing this with spoilers in mind or not anymore. But anyhow this book was truly one of the most epic and wonderful things I’ve ever read. It’s a perfect balance between action and heart, and quite honestly should be read by every Star Wars fan, young and old. Jason Fry’s clearly a master at writing Star Wars stuff and I will definitely have to hunt down some of his other novels. And I certainly can’t wait to dive into the other novels in the Journey To The Force Awakens and see what Han and Leia were doing too 😀
So I’m glad we got to sit down and talk about The Weapon Of A Jedi for a moment. But before I sign off…

FIVE OTHER THINGS I LEARNED FROM THIS BOOK, OR JUST FOUND PLAIN INTERESTING OR WORTH MENTIONING!
1. Getting “spacesick” is a thing.
2. Y-Wings are none too fast.
3. Luke’s acting skills are terrible, but in a rather adorable way XD
4. Screwdrivers exist in the SW galaxy.
5. Luke spends a loooooooot of moneyyyy in this book.

OK now we’re done. See you next month for another Star Wars Summer Read!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

10 Crazy Good Moments From Crisis On Coruscant

You know what’s great? Lego Star Wars. But I don’t need to tell you that. And the Droid Tales miniseries is just one of those great things! Let’s take a second and laugh at some of the craziest moments (in the best way) from Crisis On Coruscant as C-3PO tells a Clone Wars story and Episode III in the wonderful, somewhat-off way he does 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode IV, Episode VI, Exit From Endor, and Crisis On Coruscant.

1. Roger Roger, Negative Negative.

Threepio may not find the once-battle-droids-now-public-servant-droids useful in his search for R2-D2, but it still makes me happy seeing those adorkable clankers redeemed in some way 🙂 They’re still none too bright tho…

2. Being A Cyborg’s Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

“It’s times like this I wish I had more than just half of my original lungs.” XD XD Ahh Lego does the best stuff with Grievous!

3. Sarcasm. Sarcasm Everywhere

“They just jumped out the window!” “Ohhh just realized that now did you??” Pfff Yoda burn. Yeesh the war’s barely begun and already it’s making the Jedi snippy with each other. Also jumping out of windows is better than walking through doors. JEDI DON’T NEED DOORS! XD

4. Very Convincing

“Me? I’m a terrible pilot!” *Unsheaths lightsabers* “But I’m a fast learner”. Nothing like a few blades in the hands of a killer Separatist general to encourage you to try new things! Not that Threepio’s any good at it still, but you gotta give him some credit here. Such fun seeing a new Clone Wars adventure from the relatively unexplored period right after Episode II!

5. Mini Hot Dogs Anyone?

Artoo’s not the only one who did a stint as a butler. Not surprised somehow the Seppies would throw a swanky party like this 🙂 Pass the potato skins, please! Also, Threepio looks super dapper in a tie.

6. On With The Show!

I remember being a little confused at the Palpatine/Sidious thing early in my understanding of Star Wars. I wish the Lego specials had been around back then, ’cause boy there is no confusion in these! It’s hilarious watching Palpatine badly orchestrating the whole kidnapping. Well, it’s not so much that he’s badly orchestrating it as it is that Grievous is as confused as we are. Yep I’m certain this whole scene is canon XP

7. Disarming The General

Clearly, Grievous brings some of my favoritest moments in the entire episode. *Throws lightsaber* “YOU’RE NOT NICE!!” rotfl. Also, leave it to Lego SW to find the best way to lighten up the darker parts. General G. should’ve known better than to put that wheelbike in reverse, especially next to a cliff! Pff so uncivilized.

8. Ninja Of [Force] Lightning

I really really wish I could’ve made a gif off this, but oh well. Look at Sidious’s spin-attack! And this time it’s 80% more spinnier! Yes of course I made a Ninjago reference. Completely had nothing to do with the fact Anakin has the same voice actor as Cole and they sound near-exactly alike and I’m kinda obsessed with both fandoms atm…

9. From A Certain Point Of View

Everything about the way they wrote the Mustafar confrontation is perfect. I mean, yeah I know it’s rushed, but they handle it in a way that both is funny in parts, but doesn’t neglect the heart. I actually think it’s really interesting Anakin described his thoughts on the Jedi with that line. Feel free to chew on that for a while ’cause my brain can’t wrap around it right now. Best concept in the whole scene really came down to Anakin’s fall. HIS FACE OMG…! Really makes you feel for him, to realize that this hurt him a lot more than just getting burned. He lost everything that day, man… it’s a really neat angle on the whole thing. We probably spend more emotional energy in the film focused on heartbroken Obi-Wan and probably don’t give angry burning Vader as much attention. Granted, that might just be me, but either way it’s a super awesome idea and makes his redemption story at the end of this all the sweeter.

10. [Towed] Across The Stars

Ackbar can’t catch a break, can he? Finally gets Daisy Mae back and she gets towed! Dude just the image of a battle droid driving a tow truck is hilarious. Force be with you, Admiral…

Yikes picking just ten was hard, and there were so many great moments I know I neglected to mention, but it turned out well I think. I look forward to talkin’ more Lego SW soon! And I mean really soon ’cause AHHHH THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES IS NEXT WEEK!!!! 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight