Looking Back On The Original SWR Shorts

As the last Rebels episodes come closer and closer, I find myself looking back a lot, going back to those early days on Lothal, when we were just getting to know the Ghost crew. Back when we were all taking our first steps together into a time previously unexplored in the canon. Back before we knew of wonderful things like space waffles and purrgil! I find one of the best ways to venture back into this time and space is by watching the delightful character-centric shorts that were released in preparation for the series. Join me as I rewatch each one and then discuss what made them so great! Get ready for some serious reminiscing 🙂

Contains spoilers from many elements in Star Wars Rebels. Don’t recommend reading if you aren’t caught up.

THE MACHINE IN THE GHOST: THREE’S COMPANY

So in case you haven’t heard the story, this was the only of the shorts I saw before the series debuted. I thought originally they were clips instead of original shorts, and being the really-likes-to-keep-things-a-surprise fan that I am, I waited. I don’t remember what convinced me to watch Machine, maybe it was on the socials or something and made it clear it was a short. But either way… this one gave me one of the best tastes of what was to come in Rebels. And also the utter preciousness that is Kanera ❤ ❤

The threat of oncoming TIEs is real, and it gets you on the edge of your seat. But it's clear quickly that this crew can handle it, so the battle takes a backseat while the characters take the stage. And what a performance we get! Most of us wouldn't consider an argument like poetry, but every retort and reply is perfect, with the most harmonious bits of sarcasm weaved in. And even though they argue, you get a sense of warm familiarity in it that says there's infinitely more to their relationship, even before they exchange compliments at the end. And then you have Chopper in the middle of it all, greatly irritated, but seemingly used to this sort of thing as he puts up with their oft-opposing commands. But ultimately he steps up and gets the job done, proving to the audience he can do more than just fix shields and comms. It's all so classically Star Wars and it all comes together smooth as kaadu butter!

“As I recall, raiding an Imperial supply convoy was your plan, love…”
“Well, it made sense at the time.”
If you’ve read my posts on Rebels for any amount of time, you know I refer back to the novel A New Dawn a lot. I won’t spoil anything on it here, but it sheds so much light on who Kanan once was, and makes watching his character growth these last four years even more amazing. I’m highlighting that lovely bit of banter here for more than just that it makes me chuckle, but for the fact that this whole incident began with Kanan taking charge. Because once upon a time, Kanan didn’t have any interest in fighting the Empire. I might be stating the obvious, but it’s such a great story element that I have to state it again and again. He wasn’t always Spectre One; he earned that rank. And he deserved it… even if sometimes things like this happen.
And also on the topic of the novel, though Machine takes place much closer to the events of the series than New Dawn, the short still is a nice glimpse into what life with just the original three crewmembers might’ve been like.

Anyway, Machine is such a fantastic little treasure, flawlessly introducing the Ghost crew’s founding members by giving each character just the right amount of time in the spotlight… and giving us more reasons to laugh and smile than we could count 🙂

ART ATTACK: A SABINE WREN ORIGINAL

Though this was not the first time I’d met Sabine, Art Attack is a great way to introduce her to the audience. We catch her at her best and most Mando-masterful, nimbly and swiftly leading the stormtroopers on an impossible chase. She doesn’t even pull out a weapon until the end; for most of the short, she simply relies on her smarts and agility to pull off the perfect Rebel distraction. It brings a lightly comedic tone as she darts around, always one step ahead of the bucketheads, delivering stellar jabs as she goes. But even more so, it makes very clear that Sabine is a different kind of warrior than we’ve seen before; she is a true artist. Not just in the lovely purple starbird she adorns a TIE’s panel with, but in the way she carefully crafts her plan. Like a brush on a canvas, every move has purpose, and the end result is a dazzling piece that surely inspired all the innocent Lothalites who witnessed it. And you can tell it was a piece the artist was proud of as she remarked “…look at the color!“, which remains one of my favorite Sabine lines to this day. The notion of an artist Rebel was something so new and different at the time, but being an artist myself (or at least an aspiring one), it was the coolest thing to see someone in Star Wars who shared that interest with me and used it to make a difference. Like say, by the time I first watched this short, I already knew Sabine and how awesome at Rebelling she was, but it never hurts to be re-reminded of the facts, especially when you’re waiting for the season two to arrive.

“Always by the book. I read your book… it’s a short one.”
It’s another great Sabine line, but it’s also a really neat little clue to her past that’s amazing to find looking back. Though she may not have specifically read “their book”, she had trained under Imperials and knew plenty of their rules and protocol. I’d always loved that quote but hadn’t remembered it was spoken so early-on. They’re clever, those writers at Lucasfilm 🙂 It’s almost hard to remember what things were like before Sabine’s backstory was fully told, but this short definitely takes me back, and of course, makes me so very proud knowing how far she’s come since.

It’s astounding what Art Attack was able to accomplish in three minutes’ time — lots of action, some solid laughs, but still every moment has meaning in the grand story surrounding it. That is definitely what I’d call art!

ENTANGLEMENT: YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD HONOR GUARD

OK so rewatching this one has me smiling so hard right now. It fills me with so much joy I hardly know where to begin.
But that’s the beauty of this one: where it begins.
It’s a blast watching Zeb take down buckethead after buckethead, but it all started because he couldn’t stand quietly in the face of injustice. That endlessly noble spirit has always been one of my favorite things about him, and watching him put everything on hold for one poor shopkeeper makes that part of him plain as day, whether you’re meeting him for the first time or you’ve been following him for four seasons. And with that all-important trait in mind, the most wonderfully explosive story unfolds in spectacular fashion. The speed at which all the action happens is the best kind of dizzying. And every twist and turn of the fight showcases both Zeb’s incredible strength as well as his finesse and ability to plan on the fly. It’s an unexpectedly beautiful sight, and for those new to the series, it’s not quite like anything we’d seen in Star Wars before. I mean, when Zeb grabs that one ‘trooper and flings him into the other?? That’s just WHOA on so many levels.

“Well that’s great! You get lost in the middle of a mission and decide to start your own battle — again!”
“I didn’t decide, it just… happened. This time.”

But like with the last two shorts, the action ultimately takes a backseat to the characters, and the end result is priceless. Zeb is enjoying every minute of this battle, you can tell. And Kanan is more than a little frustrated that his friend and fellow Rebel has strayed away from the original plan. This hilarious back-and-forth carries through almost the entire short and is nothing short of fantastic writing and a fantastic performance. The fact that this has obviously happened more than once makes it all the funnier, but also continues to say so much about who Zeb is. You know he’s not just bashing bucketheads for sport; it’s because of his burning desire to protect the innocent. Just like he did once as an Honor Guard, he continues to do for the people of Lothal, and that is nothing short of admirable… even when it miiiiiiight cause a few delays 🙂

Whoops now I went from being all giddy to being all feelsy. But that’s just what happens with shorts this great!

PROPERTY OF EZRA BRIDGER (or: NOT WHAT YOU THINK):
NO SIR, THANK YOU

It was impossible not to rewatch this short and proclaim “OH, HOW EZRA HAS GROWN!!”. A lot of it for me was just remarking over how young he was back then (even his voice sounds younger somehow!), but it’s Ezra’s character growth that truly astounds me. We watch here Ez playing the role of a “helpful, concerned citizen” as a cover for a good steal. But over time, we’ve seen him transform into a truly selfless, generous, driven young man who has no ulterior motive for doing the right thing. It was almost as though this jaded young thief is a totally different person — except maybe for the fact his sense of humor and irony hasn’t changed much 🙂

“Now remember, sir, no ‘thank-you’s. You didn’t need my help. And besides… I didn’t come to help!”
It’s easy to see though that Property really does make a good introduction for Ezra. It’s hard not to be won over by his clever wit and smooth moves as he rather puts this incredibly belligerent Imperial in his place. He doesn’t immediately strike the audience as a “hero” type, but soon as we watch him dodge the TIE’s guns with what could only be help from the Force… we know there might be a chance of heroism in his future. And it has a lot to do with that cargo ship he caught a fleeting glimpse of that day… or more so, the people on that cargo ship. Rewatching it really is a wonderful feeling, because seeing him cross paths with the Ghost for just the smallest, tiniest moment is a reminder of how beautifully things have come together since then. So much wow, you guys.
Plus, is there anything more satisfactory than watching the pilot’s overconfident smile disappear once Ez sends that energy blast his way? That might be my favorite part XD

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these little three-minute gems are amazing. All of them thrilling and laugh-out-loud funny, but with so much more beneath the surface that gives it so much more meaning, especially the longer you follow this precious family’s story. Together, these four shorts make the perfect mini-prequel to Spark Of Rebellion, and the perfect quick nostalgia trip. Also again, I just love this show so so much ❤ Though the end is near, I'm still beyond excited to see where the story goes next, and that's likely when I'll post again in a couple weeks. Though keep an eye out, 'cause post inspiration may strike again even before that…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebels Reflections: A Season Two Recap

Over the course of this past season of Star Wars Rebels, I’ve faithfully written out my fangirly junk commentaries every episode. But even with all that, I find it’s nice to do a little recap and just spew out all my fangirly thoughts at once with no particular organization. So I’m just gonna sit here and blab about everything, from the episodes, to the events, to the characters, and all the incredible stuff that’s happened this season. And then I’ll stop talking about Rebels for a little while and shift gears to another area of the fandom. Fair deal? OK let’s go then!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from the entire second season of Rebels, and a bunch of stuff from the first season too. So really don’t read this without having followed it as consistently as I have. Also seeing all the movies would help.

So wow. So much wow. I’ve said that a lot this season, but it’s entirely true to how it’s made me feel. This show gets amazinger and amazinger every minute, and it was already amazingest to start out! (Lol ignore my fangirly grammar logic) I’m literally not sure where to begin… so let’s start out talking about our wonderful family of friends, the Ghost crew, starting with our boy Ezra.
Ezra’s growth over the second season is truly amazing, mainly because an absolute ton of his personal growth happened in the first episode. When everyone else thinks they’re wasting their time helping high-and-mighty Maketh Tua, Ezra don’t bat an eyelash “We help people, it’s what we do!”. When faced with the gutwrenching ruins of Tarkintown, he still sees hope in the midst of it. Ez is absolutely a new man in Siege Of Lothal and that hopeful skip in his step makes all the difference. Yet the things we’ve always loved about him, like his sharp wit, street savviness, and natural confidence, have remained the same. And though he faced many many challenges and difficulties over the season, how he’s handled them and how he’s approached them have been incredibly mature. He even gave Hera some stellar drop-the-mic advice in Homecoming! Not that he hasn’t faced hurdles and decisions that weren’t really really hard. I mean, he finally found out what became of his parents, and that was by no means an easy truth to swallow. Something that still clearly hurts, as he came close to shedding some angry tears when telling Maul of their fate. But he continues to live out the Bridgers’ legacy with a fierce determination. And alongside his new family, that core value of hope and helping others his parents ingrained in him has been fanned from a spark to a flame. Of course, I’d be dense not to discuss his growth in the Force. Between Kanan’s teachings, Rex’s military-based tips and tricks, and some supplemental holocron footage of Anakin Skywalker, he’s absolutely been killin’ it out there! He’s taken on some pretty powerful and dangerous adversaries, from the inquisitors to Darth Vader himself, and still managed to come out alive. One of my favorite examples of this will always be when he used the Force to turn on his ‘saber while a stormtrooper had it holstered in Stealth Strike. What an awesome idea! Ezra’s Jedi abilities are amazing to watch because he has so many influences in his training. Not to mention his unique ability to connect! He’s not your average Jedi, and we wouldn’t have it any other way 😀 I’ve always called Ezra the “Force-sensitive everyman”, because he gives us an idea as to what it’d be like learning the Light Side without the formality of a proper temple upbringing. We can relate to him as he attempts to understand all the mysteries of the Force and the how-tos of being a Jedi. Now, though he started this season with a newfound optimism… the season ends with uncertainty on his part. He’s played with the Dark Side, questioned who was the better master, and now, hurt by the tragedy that happened on Malachor… well, as I said on that episode’s post, he’s got a lot to think about and a lot of decisions to make. It’ll be interesting to see what he’ll be doing by the time season 3 starts, and what knowledge he might gain from that Sith holcron…
Oh and then there’s Kanan. The only one of the crew who wasn’t all-in on the idea of a larger rebellion. It took him the entire season to finally admit that maaaaybe it wasn’t so bad. Thankfully, for some things, it didn’t take him nearly as long to figure out. His training Ezra really exploded this season; the things they accomplish when they use the Force, together or interchangeably, are truly incredible. Again, that mixture of real-world skill and Jedi prowess make for some really awesome stuff. Homecoming has one of my favorite examples of this as they make their dash to the bridge. Just… AHHH WOW!! That and the beginning of Shroud Of Darkness, too. OK pretty much all the time. They’ve become an in-sync, formidable duo, and we owe Kanan a lot of that. He’s become more confident in his role as master and Rebel, though like say, it took some time to get there. It’s hard to forget his “clone issues”, right? His difficulty with trusting them was understandable, considering all he’s been through over the years, but once he put aside that fear and frustration and learned to trust, it made for a world of difference both for him and for his relationship with Rex, too. I remember before the season started thinking that, with Ahsoka around, maybe there’d be a bit of a too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen situation going on, but ultimately that role would fall to the good Captain instead XD Stealth Strike is an incredible episode for many reasons, and the moment where Kanan says “I’m going to rescue my friend” is one of those reasons. That’s not the only character growth we see out of him, of course… let’s spend the rest of the day talking about what conspired in the Lothal Jedi Temple! For all he and Ezra had accomplished together, he still had doubts and fears concerning his apprentice’s future. But when he finally learned to be let go of what he feared to lose… HE DONE GOT KNIGHTED. Ahhh I got chills! Definitely one of his most defining moments. ‘Cause you know I hadn’t considered this until now, but yeah this was an example of how to handle attachment. I mean, you wanna freak someone out? Tell them their padawan will become an agent of evil! Kanan fights the guard with both his blue blade and a red blade, likely signifying the dark and the light in him as he wrestles with this fear. And when he finally drops both lightsabers and realizes all he can do is start Ezra down the right path… a very glorious thing happens. Also yeah WHOA THE GRAND INQUISITOR WAS A JEDI OAO Explains how he knew so much about Depa Bilaba’s fighting style. I guess. Maybe they were friends back in the day? Weird thought. But more on the inquisitors later, this is Kanan’s paragraph! This whole situation of Ezra’s uncertain future definitely comes back in to light on the finale, as he watches his padawan and an ex-darth being all chummy all of a sudden. Again, Ahsoka’s reminder “because you taught him” was all kinds of perfect timing. And wow when he faced Maul there… he couldn’t see, but yet… HE. COULD. SEE. I absolutely can’t wait to see how he furthers and fine-tunes his skills in this way, as well as how he might use that in training Ezra. I foresee him becoming the Daredevil of Jedi — whupping the Empire with the combination of his other four senses and the Force!
And wow we’ve really gotten to really know Hera over this season too. THE BOSS LADY HAS BECOME MORE BOSS! We’ve finally gotten to meet the rest of the Rebellion she had hiding behind the curtain for all of season one, and seen how she takes charge long before she became an official squad leader. Especially when putting up with Kanan’s “bleh larger rebellion” crud XD She’s still remained the heart/soul/team mom she’s always been, but we’ve also gotten to see more than just that side of her. We’ve seen her heart and passion for flight, and for helping others while doing it, we’ve seen a deep selflessness shine through as she allowed herself in the path of danger to save the rest of her squadron (not that we didn’t already know that she was capable of it, but we hadn’t actually seen her come out nearly killed because of it), we’ve seen her less-than-sweet side as she deals with her difficult dad’s ideas of rebelling, and we’ve seen her have a little trouble letting go herself as she watches her boys walk away to a place she can’t go. These ups and downs have only made us love her more as we see the human/sentient being side of her. With her leadership and her crew-family by her side, I have no doubt as to how far-reaching her influence will be for the Rebel Alliance, and the galaxy itself.
SWR is really good at not revealing too much but revealing just enough when it comes to backstories. This is definitely the case with Sabine. We find she’d had a stint as a bounty hunter and that she’s a rock-solid Viszla clan Mando through-and-through. Things have been rough for her, what with being betrayed by a close friend all that time ago and more recently nearly losing Hera. But she’s still come through and come back stronger. And ultimately, she’s gone right up against the Mando code in the choices she’s made. She forgives Ketsu without expecting anything in return. She chooses not to get revenge on Fenn Rau. Her line from The Protector Of Concord Dawn “I guess I was raised right”, pretty much encapsulates the entirety of her character growth in season 2. Sabine remains the cool, confident Mando we’ve known her to be, but her strong morals and the choices she makes ultimately make her even cooler 🙂
Like with Sabine, we don’t get all the backstory with Zeb. They give us keys to open future doors to learn more instead of giving us everything at once. This season’s had a lot of tides turn for Zeb. He’s overcome his own self-doubts as he pulled off a fantastic rescue in Always Two There Are, battled past regrets and hurt and found hope in Legend Of The Lasat, spent a day with his enemy and found out there was more than met the eye in The Honorable Ones… honestly he’s been through a lot and it’s amazing. We see a wounded, vulnerable side of him, as well as one that bleeds respect and honor, and yet he hasn’t lost that stormtrooper-bashing edge and flawless ability to punctuate a sentence with a smart comment. So much of what we thought we knew about him and the story surrounding him has been rewritten. Seeing him come through this season the way he has has made me love him even more. He is no longer alone, he lost who he thought to be a mortal nemesis, he protects his crew-family, he protects the innocent, he is both child, fool, and warrior… he is a true captain. Also on a weird note I had a dream a month or so ago that I was a Jedi-Rebel and I was going to join Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka on Malachor, so I gave Zeb a friendly goodbye hug… to which he pushed me away and was all “Um sorry not a hugger” XD XD
Then there’s Chopper, who naturally didn’t really change a bit XP He powered through that season mercilessly running into people, zapping his crewmembers, outright hitting them, and dropping droidspeak-snark every ten seconds, like he do. And we wouldn’t want him any other way. But he did make one exception to the rule, he did grow just the teeniest teeniest bit… he made a friend. Who’da thunk an old persnickety protocol and an attitude-laden astromech could become friends? Though they spend most of their time squabbling, you can’t watch Chopper stand by AP-5 in what appear to be his final moments and not feel the friendship feels in the room. So proud of that C1-10P 🙂 And it’s great learning his backstory too… combination grumpy cat and war hero! Funny I think he’s the only crewmember to get their entire backstory told. Wow. Though I do want to know how long it took for Hera to fix him up and when exactly she did, since he seems absent in A New Dawn… oh well. Another mystery for another day!
Obviously I needed to talk about Ahsoka. Her presence in this season has been an absolute dream come true and then some. She was not only a member of the growing Rebel Alliance, but was a true friend and hero! The way she fit in so perfectly with the Ghost crew, always helping them out when they needed her most, the way she easily could strike up a conversation with Ezra and Kanan, her incredible Jedi prowess when she fought the inquisitors, her ever-present hope and optimism, her courage when she laid it all down for her friends. It’s truly truly beyond amazing. I don’t know if we’ll ever see her in this time and place again, but her impact will always be there, and she will always be one of the biggest highlights of season two 🙂
And of course AHH REX!! We got to see a lot of amazing characters return this season… Hondo, Leia, Vader, Cham, Yoda, Maul, but reuniting with Rex and a couple of his fellow brothers was the first one I knew about, and the one that made me absolutely cry/squee with delight that day during Celebration last year. Still as sharp and fearless and a strong leader as ever. But what made it even a further joy to have him in the mini-Alliance was watching him teach Ezra in a grandfatherly way, seeing him and Kanan become an unlikely set of friends, witnessing his sweet reunion with Ahsoka all the way to their final goodbye… Rex has always been and continues to be a great, loyal soldier, but without a constant war to be fought, we have more time to see his heart and soul and it’s been too amazing. And I’m excited to see how his journey continues from here. Rex is living proof that no matter how dark the situation, good will ultimately triumph in the end. Rex was intended as just one small component of Sidious’s horrible plan, but he is so so very much more than that… he’s a true hero :3
Shifting gears, let’s talk a little about them ‘quisitors, Fifth and Sev. Yesss for this season the trouble done got doubled! And though they didn’t hold the high position their nefariously classy boss held, they were by no means any less of a threat to our heroes. They pretty much scared the midichlorians outta me on the regular with their strength, power, and unshakable confidence. I mean, if you need an example, look no further than the time they tore up a public shuttle and everyone on it to kidnap a Force-sensitive child. That’s ’bout bad as it gets man. But regardless of their actions, they still can’t help but be cool. With Fifth Bro so deadly serious and Seventh Sis so devious and crafty and flirty, they make a pretty aweaome team despite their differences. Le sigh they will be missed. They made for some delightfully dangerous foes, constantly keeping us guessing, and both freaking us out and majorly impressing us at the same time 😀
Also wow Kallus made some great strides, didn’t he? And I mean REALLY great strides. Like, planet-wide strides. At the start of the seaaon, it seemed working alongside Vader went to his head, and his jerkyness went up one-thousandthfold. Everywhere we turned, he waa dishing out some surefire sarc and finding the best new ways to make things difficult for our heroes. Agent K was at the top of his bad guy game, it seemed. Right up until one episode came along and blew our tiny minds, anyway. Give it about 22 minutes and my entire view of him was decimated and I found myself crying for him. He was hurt and talked a lot of talk. He went into things without asking why. He’s not really all that bad. WOW. I’m definitely excited to see what happens next in Kallus’s story. After all, if there are heroes both sides and evil is everywhere, I’d sure like to see a real hero on the Empire’s side 🙂
And then we owe Darth Vader a paragraph. *Is Force-choked for not doing it sooner* It probably won’t be too long a paragraph since he really doesn’t exhibit any character growth. But his role this season has been utterly terrifyingly fantastic. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again: seeing Vader in his merciless, nightmarish prime has made me greater appreciate him as a villian. I love his redemption story so much I often look past the horrible things he’s done. I was squarely reminded of how far he’d fallen through basically every minute he was onscreen the entire season, especially in Siege and Twilight. Whether nearly in killing Ezra twice, burning Tarkintown, or giving his former padawan no mercy, he gave me all the chills all the time. But through it all, it’s a good reminder as to why his ultimate redemption is so powerful. The entire Ahsoka-Vader-Anakin story weaved throughout is a solid reminder as well. And still I be wondering… if Ahsoka is truly alive… how is he still alive? We may never truly know, but either way, his role this season has added much to the emotional side of the story as well as being a genuine threat to our heroes.
Gosh, there are honestly a ton of things worth talking about in Rebels season two, but due to my lack of time and likely your lack of attention span, I think I’ll be wrapping this up. We’ve seen so much this season, seeing the mini-aliance come to be and expanding across the galaxy, and seeing this beautiful cast of characters grow and thrive. Every episode went above and beyond what I ever could’ve imagined, and continue to inspire me and encourage me and make me laugh and cry with every viewing, and really just about every day. I can only predict more excitement and more feels and more joy from here.
And since I’ve been terrible and haven’t recapped as thoroughly as I should’ve, I’ve compiled links to all the original Rebel Transmissions from the past season, so you can dig even deeper if you haven’t already. And don’t worry… anything I haven’t covered here will eventually come up, I promise ya 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

The Siege Of Lothal
The Lost Commanders
Relics Of The Old Republic
Always Two There Are
Brothers Of The Broken Horn
Wings Of The Master
Blood Sisters
Stealth Strike
The Future Of The Force
Legacy
A Princess On Lothal
The Protector Of Concord Dawn
Legends Of The Lasat
The Call
Homecoming
The Honorable Ones
Shroud Of Darkness
The Forgotten Droid
The Mystery Of Chopper Base
Twilight Of The Apprentice

Rebel Transmissions: Relics Of The Old Republic

Hey everybody! I apologize for yet another late-ish post… the last couple of weeks have been stupid busy! And plus Sundays are just good blogging days. So let’s just say that whatever day I write on it will always be the weekend. OK so enough of my jibberjabber OUR HEROES ARE IN PERIL!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes The Siege Of Lothal, The Lost Commanders, and Relics Of The Old Republic.

So did I mention OUR HEROES ARE IN PERIL?! Yeah I think I got that across. The Phantom‘s downed by a probe, the Empire’s on its way over, and oh yeah, there’s a huge sandstorm coming too. Hoo boy. It’s definitely time for the Rebs to jet. Good thing Hera’s still in the clear up above Seelos. Oh wait Hera jinxed it along comes a Star Destroyer. Anyone else have a bad feeling about this? So with the Ghost playing dead they’re really not going anywhere. And that’s about when Agent Kallus made a call. Wolffe tries to shrug off the whole “Jedi alert” thing as a false alarm, but Kallus has probe evidence and bro don’t play. Rex drops an awesome zinger in return “…hope you brought a better class of soldier than those stormtroopers” MUCH BURN! Yeah let’s be honest clones just are better at what they do *ducks from tomatoes thrown by stormtrooper fans*. Zeb definitely likes how these guys operate 🙂 Kallus is so not impressed, ’cause he still has more men regardless. Yeah Agent K has always been nasty but ever since the season started his nasty level has heightened. I think working with Vader’s gone to his head. And then boom along comes a TIE. It’s all blasterfire and ‘sabers ablaze as the Rebels work to defend the Phantom and the AT-TE, but it’s ultimately a well-aimed shot from Gregor that knocks that TIE outta the sky. Ezra once again uses this fantastic display of teamwork as support for his “clones-join-the-mini-alliance” plan. But now our heroes direct their attention to the coming storm and getting the Phantom back on its feet. In the midst of their gearing up, adorableness happens when Rex shows Ezra the ropes to working the big gun 🙂 Again with the nostalgia feels!! Ahh I’m sorry but there’s this wonderful grandpa-grandson thing happening here and I can’t even! Kanan’s still clearly not sure what to think, but it’s given him something to think on as Rex talks about the Jedi general he worked with and their loyalty to each other. Seriously man seeing Rex and his bros out here still blows my mind. It’s something I’ve been aware of being the case for months now, but when you actually get down to it and watch them in action… it’s truly incredible. So returning to the story, with a little work it looks like our Rebels are home free! Andddd then came three AT-ATs. Ohhh yes. Empire be bringin’ the big guns. I love that Wolffe is thinking the same thing we are “How many legs does it have?” “Four.” “Four? How’re they not falling over?” XD Yeah honestly the fact that these things can move as well as they do is amazing. But there’s no time to be impressed and/or fascinated by these big guns, it’s time for a good ol’ fashioned WALKER CHASE! Which is basically walking considering how fast they are. Also is it weird that I was bummed they never got to cook the jupa? Suppose it comes with being a foodie… you don’t want anything to go to waste, even if it’s something you personally wouldn’t eat. Or maybe I would eat the jupa? Depends on what it tastes like I suppose, and I definitely wouldn’t want to see it cleaned… oh never mind. WALKER CHASE! The AT-TE’s makin’ a dash for the cover of the storm! The Empire’s scanners won’t be able to see them, but the Jedi’ll be able to see the Imperials. Smart plan… assuming all goes to plan.
Up above, Hera decides she’s waited long enough to take action and turns Chopper back on so they can finish getting the Ghost fixed up. Chopper has some rather differing thoughts on the matter, if his snarky-looking “arms-on-his-hips” pose has anything to say 😛
So there they were, our heroes caught in the blinding sandstorm, with only one chance, one shot to get them out of this soup. It’s up to Kanan and Ezra now, for Kanan to locate the lead AT-AT and for Ezra to make that one shot. Quite a few nail-biting moments here, it gets super-tense. Gives me some major chills, especially as Ezra plays his part, wearing Rex’s helmet in the middle of the gale force winds as he takes aim at the neck of the AT-AT. Young Bridger uses the Force and hits that armored transport where it hurts. It’s impossible not to cheer at this moment!
Out on the Star Destroyer, Konstantine’s at the ready to do whatever he needs to to help the ground assault, but he might’ve been called to something more important… by someone a bit more important… Lord Vader. Bro can’t get a break, can he? So just like that the Destroyer turns tail and hyperspaces away. Kind of a yay/aw situation. Yay the Destroyer’s gone! Aw, they’re leaving to go find new ways to cause trouble for our Rebs. Chopper’s weary sigh needs no translation… we’ve all felt that! XD Needs to be one of those sound bits you can play on the app…
Our heroes were out of the literal storm, but not quite out of the figurative storm. The Ghost crew’s gotta move, and the clones are staying behind the cover their escape. So it’s just one little AT-TE against the world, where three incredibly brave men stand tall and fight, even though they know it may be their last. I was geniunely terrified that they really wouldn’t make it out. Enough good clones have died over the years… I wasn’t sure I could bear it if we lost them. But all the same the clones keep movin’! They literally ram that tank of theirs right into the AT-AT’s legs! Ezra knows they have no business leaving these guys behind, and in his heart Kanan knows so too. Yes much cheering happened here as our heroes turn that ship around! And then more cheering as Rex literally stood on top of that AT-TE and called out “COME OUT AND FIGHT YOU COWARDS!”. These guys are so incredibly incredibly brave I can’t even! And just as Kallus was about to make the shot that would end the Captain’s life… the Phantom zoomed on in and out jumped two Jedi and a Lasat, ready to show the Empire’s who’s boss! They pop that AT open, knock out the drivers, and blast down the other one just like that! And since Konstantine is elsewhere, there’s no one who can help Kallus and his boys now. And then Rex makes a fantastic final shot that obliterates that four-legged death machine, sending the Agent and his gang running! Quite literally for that one driver who didn’t get a speederbike XP With that, Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor shoot a salute Kanan’s way, as they have no doubt who helped lead them to victory, and Kanan shoots back a respectful nod (a smile would’ve been a nice touch, but baby steps). And then arriveth the Ghost, ready to take ’em home 🙂
So Konstantine was all ready to greet Lord Vader when instead walks in someone totally different. He’s all “I dropped everything and possibly ruined Kallus’ mission for this?!” but oh ho I don’t think bro cares. The Fifth Bro to be exact. The newest (and super creepy) inquisitor only cares about nabbing those elusive little Rebs that no one else has been able to nab thus far. Konstantine looks terrified of this guy. I don’t blame him. *Shudders* He’s so chilling I’m not sure I can add much more description of him at the moment… except that I’m still nicknaming him “Fivey” 😛
However, all is well back on the Ghost. Our Rebels are home and we get to witness what is among the greatest reunitings in SW history: seeing Rex and Ahsoka together again. If you didn’t just die from the tsunami of feels at that hug you aren’t alive. Did that make any sense? I hope it did. ‘Cause GUHHHHHHHHHHHHH IT’S SO BEAUTIFULLLLLLL Ahsoka and Rex buddies for life!! >w< And just think… if it weren't for these Rebels, and for Kanan allowing himself to trust, this amazing moment wouldn't have happened. It may not've been easy… but as Ahsoka said, "nothing worth doing is" 😀
OK so I'm gonna stop blogging now 'cause I'm all teary-eyed right now and I can hardly see the screen and I'm sure it's the same for you. Until next time 'round…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: The Lost Commanders

It’s here friends! The Rebels are back in the swing of things, and I’m here to blog about all those things! Sorry this is late… I promise you wild tauntauns will not keep me from getting these back on a Friday/Saturday sched from here on out. So enough random jabbering, it’s time to reunite with The Lost Commanders! Or at least one commander, one captain, and one survivor. Onwarddddddddds!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, TCW episodes Point Of No Return, Orders, Rebels episodes The Siege Of Lothal, The Lost Commanders.

So things have been a little rough for our crew since we last left. The Phoenixes and the Specters don’t really have any base to call home right now since a certain dark lord got involved. Leave to Ezra to walk right in on the meeting and throw out a suggestion! Of course, he still tries to show respect where respect is due, unlike Kanan. I love how Ahsoka smiles at him, probably recalling all the times she spoke out of turn at meetings back in the day 🙂 Oh it still astounds me seeing her here in SWR! And though I’ve kinda gotten used to the fact that she’s a regular now, it still blows my mind thinking of just how her story will continue to be told! And sorry that was totally irrelevant but look at her sweet but knowing expression and tell me it doesn’t give you all kinds of nostalgic feels! Anyway regardless of the slight interruption Sato thinks Ezra’s right when it comes to finding a new place for the mini-Alliance to hang. It’s Ahsoka who knows just the right guy to help them out, and young Bridger’s the first to volunteer to find him! Apparently said commander guy hasn’t answered any of her calls, but Commander Tano knows another way to find him, and it involves an old tactical droid’s head. Isn’t it great that one of these calculating, and not to mention rather creepy, droids finally served some good purpose? I love how Ahsoka clearly remembers a few scuffles with these guys. So mush memories!! :3 Dang the fangirling has increased tremendously! Anyway, Ahsoka’s not going to be able to join the Ghost gang this time around; she’s got questions that need answering. But before she leaves, she gives it straight to Kanan that he needs to trust her comrade. Like seriously TRUST. HIM. Kanan’s all NBD ’cause he’s dealt with plenty of less-than-trustworthy people and knows who to trust and who not to. But boyyyyy he has no idea…
Next thing we know there’s chaos in the cockpit. Apparently the hyperdrive wasn’t exactly fixed and now Hera and Chopper are locked in a shouting match. OK Hera’s doing the shouting and Chopper’s doing his rude-sounding “wa-wa-wa”-ing but you get the picture. Is it wrong I love how mad Hera is at Chop? It’s kinda hilarious ’cause she usually pretty chill even when she is mad. She tells Kanan and the rest to just take the Phantom down to Seelos. Hehe I also love Kanan’s eyeroll at the scuffle XD So off head the rest of the gang to the white-desert-y planet where might be hiding the mystery commander. It takes a minute for that droid to track anything down, but he does his job. Picks up on the number 7567, and that soon leads them right into an old rustbucket of an AT-TE just moseying along the surface. Ezra and Sabine are majorly impressed though, what with its colorful modifications and it being a pretty cool vehicle they’ve never seen before. Kanan is quite curious, since he’s a bit more familiar with that kind of tank. I really do love its old-car charm, plus it’s not just a Clone Wars-era vehicle, it’s a home for the gents that live there (I mean, it’s got windchimes man! Doesn’t get any homier than that!). And yesss getting to those gents since it seems I’m writing in that weird way where it sounds like I’m trying to keep it secret but I know that if you’re reading this you’ve already seen it anyway, and even if you haven’t seen it you’ve seen the ads. Though if you’re here and haven’t seen the episode you probably oughta leave. Unless you like my blog so much you actually read my ramblings before you watch the episodes, in which I say “I wouldn’t do that personally, but clearly you’re super-cool and thank you immensely”. But yes our heroes meet at the door three guys in their golden years and a little white armor. Zeb is not impressed. Sabine’s a bit more so. The rest of us as an audience are so far beyond impressed we are fangirling/fanboying our heads off. Turns out 7567 is a number belonging to one of these fine gents… specifically, the gent who calls himself “Rex”. But Kanan has no reason to fanboy over this news; he whips out that ‘saber fast as lightning, to which Wolffe whips out his gun out and then Zeb and Sabine pull out their weapons and then Gregor throws out his and all goes cray. Jedi obviously aren’t big fans of clones these days, and Wolffe thought the Jedi came back for revenge. Huh I never would’ve thought surviving clones would worry about that, but it makes total sense. It takes Rex and Ezra to calm things down. Rex is all “heyy sorry about that bro… just… been a while y’know? Since we’ve seen any of you guys… ’cause y’know… stuff…”. It’s understandable why Kanan reacts the way he did, but man as for me… guhhhhh so much feels!! That moment when he tells Ezra how he and Ahsoka fought together… the feels are on overload man. Rex might have (more than) a little white in his beard, but he never forgets a friend, and any friend of hers is a friend of his! There is seriously so so very much to say about this but I’ll try and break it down according to scenes so I don’t overwhelm anybody. And mergosh when Ezra picked up Rex’s old helmet…! Sorry can’t stop the fangirling. And you can tell Ezra might be fanboying a little just on account of that awesome helmet because y’know he collects them. Anyway, Ezra lets them know why Ahsoka sent them here, about how they need some help in their fight. But Rex doesn’t feel he has much to offer as one of many retired, useless clonetroopers in the galaxy; they just do what folks their age tend to do. Though they don’t seem to jump at the idea of joining this mini-Alliance, they are willing to help them find a new base. OK at least Rex and Gregor are, Wolffe’s the grumpy one. Endured wayyy too many of Threepio’s stories I guess 😛 He’s worried helping out these guys’ll get them into trouble. But Gregor don’t care he has other things in mind for their guests…
Gregor decides to ask our heroes for a little something in return for their hospitality and help. Nothing much really, just a little help hunting down a jupa (forgive me if the spelling is incorrect) that could make a good dinner for the bros. Ezra once again jumps at the opportunity to help (I’m sure Kanan’s thrilled). What Gregor didn’t tell them is that he’s using Zeb as live bait. And that these jupas are pretty huge and kinda scary. Hehe aw that stinker 🙂 Yeah I remember back in the days of TCW Season 5 when Gregor risked everything to save the D-Squad. I was certain he was dead as a doornail. My brother argued he could still be alive. Turns out he was right. Once I ate crow for losing that argument I was able to be really happy that Gregor survived. Man you gotta love his enthusiastic, slightly-crazy disposition! I’m sorry but I love Gregor something awful now. Not just a brave soldier who was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, but also the perfect slingin’ buddy. And he probably makes a mean jupa sandwich too. After all, he did spend a few years working a restaurant in the middle of nowhere 🙂 Anyone else feel sorry for the other retired clones who don’t know how to cook? I imagine a lot of pork and beans are involved. Nuts now I’m hungry. Anywayyyyy…
So before all the craziness broke loose, Kanan was taking a moment in the back of the TE for some alone time. Ezra doesn’t really get his problem with Rex and the bros, especially since Ahsoka trusts them. And then Kanan bears his poor wounded soul a bit as he relives the terrible day when his clones turned against him and his master. Bro the acting is so raw and so real there’s no doubt it still hurts. That break in his voice…! Someone hug this guy OK? He mentions that it later became public knowledge that apparently the clones had no choice, but who to believe? Rex walks in a makes very very clear he didn’t turn against the Jedi, and neither did Wolffe or Gregor. They are 100% control-chip-free. I have so many questions and queries about this. Does that mean Rex somehow believed Fives? And if he did get it removed before the end of the Clone Wars how did Palpatine not find out? You’d think with how much his hand was in all of that he’dve found out and killed Rex. But it seems Rex and his bros are just retirees, not fugitives. In Episode III we see a couple times where one clone got the order and then somehow a couple others knew it too. Maybe just vaguely overhearing it triggers something? So is it possible that maybe Rex and Wolffe witnessed some of this at a distance enough they didn’t fall under its control and then they decided to go get those chips out? Does it just not work on some clones, even though it clearly worked on clearly good guys like Tup and Cody? Did clones who committed Order 66 only remain loyal to the Empire, or did some remove their chips and regret they didn’t know what had been done to them? Obviously Gregor was stuck in the middle of nowhere still so likely he never knew he’d almost been used as a weapon. But how in the galaxy they found him is a story I want to hear 🙂 So many questions! However it happened, it definitely sheds a lot of light on things. Especially as I always wanted some sort of happy ending for these brave troopers, as long as the end wasn’t “they all killed the Jedi and they all went on to serve the Empire”, which clearly it isn’t. Despite knowing this about Rex, Kanan still doesn’t let his guard down. After all, when someone looks exactly the same as someone who hurt you… it just can’t be easy. Though new problem! A probe droid just landed!
OK done with all the deep convos let’s go slingin’! Yep it’s all kinds of fun, at least if you’re the one slinging and not the one being “slinged”. But that’s just what happens when you’re one of the beast’s favorite snacks. Something about the texture I guess XD XD Yeah suddenly the rest of the crew’s not quite as happy to help as they were earlier. But once they get in on helping reel ‘im in they have a good pretty good time. OK maybe not Kanan so much. He no likey them sending his buddy quite literally into the belly of the beast. Again, Gregor’s enthusiasm is electric. Kinda like with Wrecker… just being around him gets me excited too! YEAH LET’S CATCH THAT SUCKA!!! Sorry see what I mean? Also “Here you go General!” “I WAS NEVER A GENERAL.” “Oh, my mistake. Here you go Commander!” “I WASN’T… ughh” Would you have preferred he call you “padawan”? XD So with a little elbow grease, firepower, and teamwork, the Ghost crew and the bros bring down the big one! And Zeb came out all right, just a little… moister than usual. They really outdid themselves animating that jupa slobber… it’s perfectly disgustingly gross! Zeb seems pretty proud of himself for being their best bait ever 😀 Kanan’s thinking now would be a good time to get their list of new hideouts and head on back, but when jupa’s on the menu, you have to stay for dinner… especially when Gregor’s cooking 🙂
Later on, Kanan gave Hera a call. She picks up pretty quickly that he isn’t overly fond of these guys. But she encourages him to give the clones a chance, since, after all, they fought valiantly with the Jedi for so long, and even saved her life once. Oh I definitely want to know what happened there. Especially since all my searching in TCW for a perky green twi’lek tween has come up empty so far. Anyway so yeah, Hera knows best. Kanan can’t argue with that. Oh and AHH THE PROBE DROID AGAIN!!
Out on the deck (or whatever you’d call that on an AT-TE), Rex and Ezra have a nice little chat that just warms the socks off my heart …and wow I just realized that made no sense whatsoever and honestly just sounds weird. The point is FEELS FEELS FEELS! Ezra asks again if there’s any way the bros might consider joining them. Rex gently turns him down again; he just doesn’t feel cut out for that anymore, especially after fighting a war that had no point. “…All those men died, and for what?” “I guess… what they thought was right.” no I’m not crying I’m just… OK fine I’m totally tearing up but you probably are too. Because it’s so very true. The war may’ve been a cover for something horrible, the clones may have been made as a part of that horrible plan, but Palpatine’s ways couldn’t keep good from still coming out of it. Because these men had full intent to do the right thing, to save lives, to help others, to fight for justice. Wow. Is that not awesome? And suddenly Sabine comes out with evidence that the clones sold them out, and apparently also a whole bunch of messages from Ahsoka that were never answered. Rex is all “whuuuuuut??” on all accounts. He’d never do that and he’d never heard back from Commander Tano! Kanan is so done with them. SO. DONE. And that’s when Rex turned to Wolffe. Poor poor Wolffe. Poor poor Wolffe who might’ve sent more than a few distress calls to the Empire. He hasn’t quite left the war behind him and so his need to protect his bros drove him to do some stuff we can’t entirely approve of… read: not at all. To his credit, Wolffe apologizes for screwing things up, but that’s not necessarily going to keep that probe droid from causing problems like completely disabling the Phantom. And though Rex shot the probe down like a boss, that’s not necessarily going to keep the Empire from causing problems now… yeah this isn’t looking too good…
Wow. Barely into the second season and it’s a cliffhanger. No idea what else to say but HURRY UP WEDNESDAY! And also NEW EPISODE VII STUFF TOMORROW WOOT!! OK I’m done now.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Why I’m Hyped For Rebels Season 2

We’re less than a month away from reuniting with our Rebels. Just let that soak in for a minute. Hyped now? Of course you are! And for sure so am I! That’s why I figured I ought to take a moment and just talk about all the things to get hyped about in the weeks to come as we come closer and closer to the next big day in a long line of SW-related big days. So on we go!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels season 1 and The Siege Of Lothal.

1. The Family Reunion

Yes this for so many reasons. And after getting our early Life Day present with The Siege Of Lothal, I’m even more excited to hang out with the Ghost crew again! Their bond has strengthened, their world has expanded, the danger has grown. And soon we’ll get to see how these forces combine and how they will react with our heroes, as a group and as individuals. We’ll get to learn more about them, their pasts, their presents, and their futures. And all the while we’ll get to eat up that wonderfully wonderful family dynamic of theirs! You gotta love!

2. The Jedi’s Journeys
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I could easily ramble on about each character and what I’m excited about seeing them do next, but for now I’m just gonna talk about our Master and Padawan. Kanan and Ezra are facing the same situation with different perspectives. I love Ezra’s newfound hope and optimism that we see in Siege Of Lothal; I watched Spark Of Rebellion the other day and was blown away again realizing just how much he’s grown and how much he’s changed his outlook. He sees defeating the Empire as something attainable as long as he’s got his fellow Rebels by his side. Then there’s Kanan… the trials and tribulations he’s been through have left a bad taste in his mouth for fighting wars. He makes that point very clear when last we saw him. And though he went along with it as they joined up with Phoenix Squadron, he never exactly committed to anything. I’m very interested in seeing what becomes of their differences, and if it will affect Ezra’s training in any way. They’re both still figuring it out, what it means to be a Jedi in this day and age, and now what it means to be a nearly-official Rebel. Only time will tell where their paths lead…

3. Ahsoka’s Continued Story

I thought nothing could make me happier the day Ahsoka climbed down that ladder and introduced herself to the Ghost crew. But seeing Ahsoka fighting alongside the Ghost crew made me explode with happiness! Of course I’ve said this stuff a thousand times before so I’ll just go ahead and cut to the chase. The fact she has so quickly befriended our Rebs is awesome, and promises for some great stories to come. Seeing how her story entwines with those of the growing Rebellion and its members is going to be truly fantastic… as well as we see what becomes of that one little tiny fact about her past that the rest of our crew doesn’t know yet…

4. Sending In The Clones
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When I first saw the season 2 trailer on the Celebration live stream, I couldn’t hear the dialogue for some reason. So I could only wonder if those armor-clad gents were clone troopers. And then Dee Bradley Baker walked on stage and I started crying because I knew that indeed those were clones. When I finally watched the trailer with the dialogue, I squeed so loudly when I first heard Rex’s voice it probably broke windows. The Clone Wars made us love these guys so much and I always wanted to see a redemption story for these guys. And not just with Lego’s JEK-14. So this… this is still beyond anything I could’ve hoped for. Captain Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor live on. Reuniting with these guys is going to be amazing. I have so many questions about their past as well as ponderings on what their future holds. Either way, I’m overjoyed to be able to join back up with these three amazing troopers and see what they do in the fight against the Empire.

5. Hondo
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Another face I’m elated to be seeing again. Adventure with this old space pirate’s going to be a blast! That is all.

6. The New Inquisitors

Darth Vader can’t do it all, and so another couple of Jedi-hunter-downers have been unleashed. Hopefully they’ll have names so I won’t have to call her “Quizzy #2” and “The ‘Quiz #3” or something like that. Who’s the mask-clad girl and why’s she wearing that mask? I mean, aside from the fact that masks are super cool. Who’s the dude with the big hat and creepy face? All good mysteries that I can’t wait to see unfold.

7. MOAR EPISODES

Because they made mention at Celebration that there’d be 20 or so of them. I don’t care how long the seasons are really but the more the merrier, as Ezra might say!

8. Everythingggg

Obviously. ‘Cause Rebels is that awesome. Obviously.

Ahh it feels like it was just yesterday when I was writing about why I was hyped for the series itself! Only 26 more days until its glorious official return! And we shall spazz and fanboy/fangirl about it until the day comes! And then every day after! XD

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight