Things I Learned From Forces Of Destiny, Part 1

So glad I’m finally getting around to these posts! These last couple seasons of Forces Of Destiny have been a complete blast! And super special, too, as we look at some small moments in the lives of our favorite heroines and heroes. There’s a lot you can learn from sitting down with Maz Kanata for tea πŸ˜€ But it’s not just in the simple-but-beautiful life lessons her stories convey, it’s in all the cool Star Wars connections, revelations, and factoids we get to discover, too! So here’s a few things I learned from the stories inside of the first special.

Contains spoilers from Forces Of Destiny Volume One (but you can watch those shorts here), and a number of elements from The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One, Episode VI, and Episode VII

#1. Nightwatcher worms have feelings, too. And they’re also really big.

The first time I watched this, I really needed some cheering up. Soon as BB-8 and Rey showed up, though, I was all smiles, and so thrilled to be exploring an unseen moment inside of The Force Awakens! So this one will always be quite special to me. But what really makes this one special is that we see Rey’s kindness brightly shine through. Not only in her fierce dedication to the little droid she just met, but also in the way she treats the seemingly-terrifying nightwatcher. When she takes a running leap off the beast, she make a point of apologizing to it! I think it’s fair to say most of us wouldn’t think of doing that, were we in her situation. And then she offers it a meal, which, by the way, was junk she could’ve gotten paid a meal from. It’d be easy to get jaded and angry at life living in a place like Jakku, but somehow, Rey still has maintained a strong sense of compassion and generosity. Not really something we didn’t already know, but this was a powerful reminder. She may not yet know the power she holds, but she’s got the selflessness part of the Jedi down pat! πŸ™‚

And like say, if not for this short, I never would’ve known how much I would want to hug a nightwatcher worm.

#2. Ketsu’s a real Rebel.

One of my favorite things about FoD so far has been getting to see more of Ketsu Onyo. She was such a great character, and her and Sabine’s friendship is epic! It’s so cool seeing what ultimately led Ketsu to join the mini-Alliance, which, otherwise, we wouldn’t know about until the last two episodes of Rebels. And though there’s an awesome brawl with a bunch of bucketheads (who would’ve guessed you could weaponize food crates?!), it doesn’t overshadow the loyalty present in the girls’ actions as they try to bring home the bacon (by which I mean ration sticks), and protect an adorable chandra-fan kiddo in the process. It’s really quite amazing to see what a solid impact Sabine has had on Ketsu, taking the truths her Ghost family’s taught her and imparting it in a way Ketsu genuinely responds to, helping this former Black Sun bounty hunter find a new purpose and a new direction as not only a Rebel, but as a Ghost family cousin.

Plus, since this was the first of the Rebels-related shorts I saw, I couldn’t help but get a little giddy seeing the bright lights of Garel again!

#3. Jyn and I are cut from the same cloth.

As I’ve said before, any opportunity we have to learn more about the late amazing Rogue One heroes is a great opportunity! Jyn’s always been a very relatable heroine, but I never realized until I watched this short that we have even more in common than I thought. Watching her defend a little girl and her tooka, all I could say was “Whoa! That is so me!” I hate injustice in any form, but when someone’s mean to children and/or animals? I absolutely would aim a fruit in their direction. Always nice to see a little (or a lot) of me in these amazing characters! And considering we know that Jyn was a bit of a rebel (note the lowercase “r”) at this point in her life, it’s really special to see these small moments where she was a little bit more of a Rebel, with a capital “R” πŸ™‚

Also, how great is it seeing tookas again? The original Star Wara cat is back, and with a vengeance! Like seriously, that Tooki’s tough as nails. Guess that brings the number of stormtroopers who’ve been trounced by small cats to three! Hehe. Oh, and it kinda cracks me up that right after Jyn shushes the cat, Tooki gives a rather insulted growl XP

#4. Ahsoka gives piloting lessons in her spare time.

Another thing I love about FoD is catching some of my fave characters outside of work. OK so maybe flight combat training isn’t really a relaxing hobby, but it helps when you’re learning from a friend! Like with Sabine and Ketsu, it’s just fantastic getting to see more of Padme and Ahsoka’s friendship that we don’t get the chance to see at this juncture in The Clone Wars. Ahsoka’s still the little sister, but she’s also older and more mature now, and you can tell their bond has strengthened over the period of time between their earlier adventures and Ahsoka’s trial. And it’s also really cool getting to see Ahsoka in the role of teacher, and then seeing her student take what she’s learned and own it! Yes it’s so special getting go back to the Clone Wars days for a bit and appreciate the friendships that thrived even when the war was at its worst. And also watching Naboo starfighters dash dazzlingly through comet trails πŸ˜€

5. Paintbombs are canon!

Though I made mention of this already on the post for Heroes Of Mandalore, this is how I found out about it first. I sort of predicted something like this and it made me really happy to see it for reals. And something about watching stormtroopers run around with big blobs of yellow paint on them just cracks me up X) But there’s much more to this short than clever weaponry. We get to see Leia and Sabine cross paths, for one thing! Though Leia at least partially knows Sabine from her last encounter with the Ghost crew, it’s too much fun watching them team up. As an artist, I love how they contrast visually, with Leia wearing stark white and Sabine covered in vibrant colors. But that’s about where the contrast ends, because both of these young Rebels know how to aim a blaster, and how to put on one epic show for the Empire! I certainly hope we’ll get to see them fight side-by-side one of these days, because that might be the epic-est performance the Rebels could put on!

Also was really cool getting to see IG-88 in action for the first time in the canon (I think)! Really made me realize how terrifying he is. Not a word spoken, not a single readable emotion, every move is calculating, and he’s his own master. That’s a recipe for the shivers if you ask me. But mad respect all the same!

6. Unkar Plutt’s nothing if not thorough.

Soon as I saw Rey and Han in the Falcon’s cockpit, my fangirl self completely exploded. And then seeing Chewbacca and Finn made me explode again. Seeing the Force Awakens squad all together filled me with so so much joy! The scenes with the five of them in the film were among my favorites, so this was an absolute treat to visit a small incident we didn’t see before! It’s got just the best blend of comedic camaraderie and frantic action that makes up some of my fave Star Wars moments. And just look at that last shot of them! They really do make a good team — maybe the best team! All of them do! You don’t have to go back to Jakku to find your family, Rey, all the family you could ever need is right here on the Falcon! :3

But yes, back on the original topic, I’ve gotta give Plutt some credit… he knows his ships! Because why else would he be so determined to keep his mitts on what most people thought was garbage?

7. Ewoks invented sandals! Apparently…

We learn lots of neat stuff in this one. Like that one ewok is equal in weight to two stormtroopers! (Or else the gravity on Endor is weird) And that Dee Baker does an amazing job voicing Wicket, because I seriously thought those were all original archived dialogue recordings. We already knew that ewoks can sew, but it wasn’t until I saw this short I realized Leia had a matching pair of sandals! Considering that’s hardly a pair of shoes you’d take to a battle, I think the ewok village has some majorly-talented cobblers out here! Honestly this short brought up a lot of questions about the ewok dress in general. It was apparently a surprise, so how in the world did they make something so nice without taking any measurements or likely having any reference for sewing human clothing? It’s a bit of a mystery, but it might just be sheer talent on the little guys’ part πŸ™‚

8. Cliches die when Yoda’s around.

This one has so much wow factor to it. We get to watch Ahsoka during some lightsaber practice! Which I don’t think we really ever got to see inside of The Clone Wars! And not only that, but we get to watch her figuring out her second blade. I would love to know the story of how she found her new ‘saber. It doesn’t seem a terribly common thing among Jedi. And I doubt you can just go out and decide you’ll get a second lightsaber; how did she know that’s she needed one? Though we don’t yet know these answers, we do know now adding it to her existent fighting style wasn’t easy. Leave it to Yoda to find the best way to bring out her best. You know how often you hear people throw around “just be yourself”? It’s easy for phrase to get old and lose its meaning. But when Yoda says “Yourself, you must always be”, the meaning is clear, and the cliche disappears! That’s why he’s the master! πŸ˜€

And yes, of course there were some bittersweet vibes for me watching Ahsoka and Anakin duel… but it certainly doesn’t lessen how wonderful their bond was back then. Watching Anakin, I think for the first time that we’ve seen, doing some formal training with Ahsoka really is a special thing!

So those are just a handful of the neat things I’ve discovered watching these delightful short stories, and I look forward to sharing more at a later date!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Family Reunion – And Farewell

Here it is. The very last Rebel Transmission on Padawanline.
*Dramatic pause*
OK so that’s a little too dramatic. I highly doubt this will be the last time I talk about Rebels on the blog, just the last time I’ll do it in this format.
Whoo boy there’s a lot to talk about on this one. A lot. But it’s all stuff that has been on my mind for well over a month now, so hopefully I’ll be able to stir up some satisfying discussion for you all on this last Transmission. Get comfy, this is gonna be a long one…

Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode VI, Episode VII, Episode VIII, TCW episode Point Of No Return, and much of Star Wars Rebels, including Family Reunion – And Farewell.

From start to finish, this is a story about family. Not just this episode, but every episode these last four seasons.
And we’re not just talking the dictionary definition of family, of people related by flesh and blood. We’re talking about what I’ve come to term as “thicker-than-blood”: friends who are basically family, bonds that far exceed any shared DNA. SWR painted the most beautiful picture of this idea over the course of the series that I’d never really seen anything quite like before.

At the very beginning of it all, Ezra was separated from his birth family. He wasn’t looking for anyone to fill that void, especially not a group of individuals that, like his imprisoned parents, Rebelled on a daily basis. But one day, the boy was called to be part of something more. In doing so, he found a dad, a mom, a brother, a sister, and a pet droid. And through this new family, values instilled in him by his birth parents would grow from a spark to a raging wildfire, making him the selfless, determined-to-help-others-at-any-personal-cost young man he is today. I know I’ve talked about this before, but frankly, it’s worth saying over and over again. Ezra Bridger’s journey is truly amazing. And watching the beginning again stirred up so so many memories, I didn’t have a choice but to write this paragraph.

Yes, watching Ezra talking to the holo-portrait of his parents melted my heart in all the ways, but to realize how final it all sounded… that concerned me. “Hold on! We’re not seriously going to lose Ezra, right?? We can’t! It’s hard enough losing Kanan! I’M NOT READY!!”
I’d spent so long pulling for the Ghost family Jedi to make it somehow despite Yoda’s deathbed claims, that watching Kanan go really hit me hard out of left field. So I was clinging pretty darn hard on the technicality that since Ezra was not an official Jedi, so he could make it.
But somehow, it wasn’t as hard to watch Ez go as I thought it would be. Not just because they gave us the inkling of hope that he may still be alive, but because his act of self-sacrifice was so noble and so powerful. And it was even more meaningful when I remembered he was doing what Kanan taught him in that last lesson. Wow. The end of his story (for now) was the best it possibly could have been. A fitting last chapter to really show just how far he’s come from that first spark of rebellion ❀

You know, I had a neat revelation after watching this the first time. It's easy to see that Hera is what ultimately brought the Ghost family together. She’s in the business, it seems, of pulling together the most broken, flawed people and turning them into heroes. Just look what she did with a noncommittal, bitter ex-Jedi, an old, broken astromech, a guilt-ridden, hopeless warrior, a disgraced, unjustly-accused Mandalorian, and a self-serving street kid! And from there, this family she brought together helped expand that family as they did the same thing — making real heroes out of often the galaxy’s lowest of the low. Forgotten, cast-aside clone troopers became leaders again. A crusty pirate with no crew found new purpose and new friends. A high-and-mighty ISBN agent gave up all his prestige to do the right thing. A young bounty hunter chose to do something with far greater reward than money. A dishonest dealer who caused a lot of trouble in the past stepped up to the cause. A jaded former governor found a new mission. Even seemingly-ordinary kids like Jai and Mart were brought into this family of heroes. And I don’t know why Melch keeps getting involved, but I’m hoping it’s because all this selflessness is contagious πŸ™‚ And it all started with Hera, not just because of her natural-born leadership, but because she saw something in all of them that made them family, somehow.
This might not be anything new, but it’s just such a cool thing to think about and it’s just another thing so meaningful about this finale — that we get to spend it with just about all the family :3

Like I talked about some last episode, all the teamwork in the room is just amazing. We have the most unconventional set of Rebels working together and they’re just owning it! It’s more than I ever expected to see in the finale, and it continues to blow my mind and gives me all the feels. And it’s also so fun watching the most mismatched of teams working together amidst the varying levels of personality clashes, like with the oh-so-precise-and-well-planned Kallus stuck with the more action-oriented, blast-down-the-doors wild cards Gregor and Zeb. “He’s crazy!” “BUT IT WAS YOUR PLAN!” Delightful!
But on that note, yes, I will miss Gregor something awful. I’ve been holding my breath, unsure of what would become of all these once-lost commanders for years now, not wanting to see another brother down, but knowing it was well-likely to happen. But Gregor did good. I thought we’d lost him ages ago, so getting to spend the time with him that we did was special no matter what.

And wow was Thrawn on his A-game today. Like, he was honestly as cool, calculating, and downright cruel to me as he’s ever been this series. I mean seriously some of what he did got me wincing for all the good people left in the galaxy. But at the same time, his confidence and well-thought-out plans never ceased to impress. Again, I really have to thank Lucasfilm for putting the Grand Admiral in the canon and in this series. I’m sure the original novels are solid, but having so little knowledge of that era of books, including him inside of a series I was already very familiar with was the perfect way to meet him. His comeuppance was masterful, but I appreciate they chose to leave it open what ultimately happens to him… either way, Grand Admiral Thrawn was a truly awesome adversary and I definitely look forward to digging into his story some more later. *Sighs because she still has so many novels to catch up on* *But smiles because what a great problem to have!*

Seeing Palpatine again brought the best kind of intrigue for me. I loved this revelation that the Emperor presents himself much as he appeared in the years past. I guess I’d figured people always saw him in that dark cloak, like in Episode III, but this makes so much more sense! Once again, he’s doing a really solid job playing the galaxy like a card. Who would doubt such a finely-dressed, kindly politician? But that’s exactly what he wants you to think! It’s genius! Terrifyingly genius! And then we watch, eyes wide, as the Emperor offers Ezra a family reunion on a silver platter. I don’t know about you, but I could almost physically feel the pain of Ezra’s inner battle. It’s the ultimate temptation, to abandon everything and regain a peaceful life like he had before. And though we know Ezra has a solid sense of right and wrong… we also know Sidious is a master at pulling lightsiders over to the dark. SO MUCH TENSION! SO MANY EMOTIONS! I COULDN’T BREATHE!! DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED WHEN PALPATINE UNDID EZRA’S CUFFS! AND THEN WHEN EZRA UNLOCKED THE GATEWAY AND I WAS ALL “OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING??”!! OH MAN!
But there are few greater moments in Star Wars than when a hero wins this battle with himself, overcomes temptation, and defies the darkness.
Couldn’t applaud enough.
Also those totally-different red guards were so epic… or are they normal red guards with different armor? Need to read up more on them!

I definitely need to talk about Sabine and Ezra, guys. I remember when the series first began and what I liked most about them was that one-sided-crush dynamic. Every one of Ezra’s failed flirts and every one of Sabine’s sarcastic replies got me laughing hard. But their relationship has become so so much more since then, and not in the ways I might’ve assumed. In the last few seasons, we’ve watched them go from a slightly-lopsided sorta-friendship to a concrete bond of trust, honesty, and faith in each other. I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating. They’ve stood alongside each other in their darkest moments, fought impossible odds together, and they just get each other. It’s astounding how far they’ve come. Every moment of this understanding and shared trust, whether spoken or unspoken, speaks incredible volumes, and it could not be more perfect. And the fact that Sabine ultimately (if my understanding’s correct) puts aside her own homeworld and her place in the Alliance to protect Lothal for years? This is as real a friendship as it gets. Some days I can’t believe how much they’ve both grown up, how far they’ve come! I just love them, and who they truly are together — something far more meaningful than just a teenage crush. Something that’s nothing short of rock-solid. Something that I just have to describe as powerful.
But all the same… I couldn’t help but smile when Sabine quietly caressed his portrait, making me wonder if maybe, just maybe, the feeling’s mutual now… :3

Random note, but one of my favorite bits of animation in the whole episode is watching Mart trying to see over Zeb and Kallus’ shoulders XD I can relate, Mart! #ShortPeopleUnite! Except he’ll probably grow out of it, of course… but, still!

Once the Ghost headed off into the sunset, I wasn’t expecting anything but the credits.
Instead, they gave me so much more — a new hope for Kallus, a new chapter for Hera, and a new mission for Sabine and Ahsoka! And also the fact Rex made it to VI which was obviously so epicly cool. I like that none of these stories are really the “end” of their stories, each of them are just an important moment for each of them, and a way to wrap up their arcs in SWR nicely. Let’s dig into those first three a little further, OK?

Zeb’s impossibly kind gesture to Kallus just wows me. All that time ago, he helped spur the Agent to change his ways, and he could’ve stopped there. But instead, not only does Zeb forgive his once-mortal enemy, he says “Guess what? You’re one of us!” Before this, I had never considered how much Kallus might still be carrying with him, the belief that he’d helped in the purging of an entire people. So what a gift this is, to know there’s still hope, and that he is entirely forgiven! I like to think that, in Ezra’s absence, that Zeb found a new friend in Kallus. Likely not quite the same level of friendship, but one that still maintains an unshakable loyalty. Leave it to Star Wars to paint such an amazing image of forgiveness and hope, and the truth that real friendships can come from anywhere πŸ™‚ As one of my fave songs goes: When I look into the face / of my enemy / I see my / brother!

I’d spent plenty of time over the last couple years thinking “I could totally see Hera legally-adopting kids after the war’s over.” OK granted a lot of that was me liking the idea of Hera adopting the Freemakers, but still, it wasn’t hard to imagine. So when I Saw the adorable green bean in her copilot’s seat… I SQUEE-ED SO HARD! General Syndulla looks so in her element, flying with little Jason (hopefully I spelled it right) by her side! Of course, now I really want to see Jason join Rowan on some Freemaker Adventures… but I’ll take any story about Hera and her boy I can get πŸ˜€ What a truly perfect way to cap off her story!

And I really thought we’d reached the end of Ahsoka’s story. It was enough to know she’d survived the duel with Vader. But then… there she stood, ready to fulfill her promise to find Ezra. I love her new look, and not just because it has a bit of a Gandalf-feel to it, but it begs so so many questions! My assumption is she’s become a priestess of sorts for a new branch of Forcewielders apart from Jedi and Sith. But if she is, what does that mean later on for Luke and his attempts to rebuild the Jedi? What does it mean for Rey, trying to find her place in the Force? Or does this supposed new sect of Ahsoka’s even make it that far in the future? Or maybe it just took 30-odd years for Ahsoka and Sabine to find Ezra and then they show up in the middle of Episode IX all “Whoa what happened while we were gone??”. Honestly, I’d be totally up for something like that!
But wherever they go from here, they go with hope. The kind of hope that can save the galaxy.. and actually did ❀

I've got so many feels I don't know what to do with them. What an amazing journey it's been! But thank you so much for reading this.
Thank you for reading all these Rebel Transmissions over the years.

And this all comes around the time my blog just turned five years old, so even more thanks for reading this blog, for fanboying/fangirling alongside me, and for making Padawanline what it is today! Just.. thank you!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

WAIT! THERE’S A NEW TRANSMISSION COMING IN…
SOMETHING ABOUT…
THE RESISTANCE!

Wow I couldn’t have planned this if I tried. We will talk more about this soon!

Oh, right, and here’s the Best-Of posts for the year πŸ™‚

Following The Freemakers: Return Of The Kyber Saber
If Not For IV…: A Special Star Wars Day Story
Fun With The Freemakers Shorts!
Following The Freemakers: The Tower Of Alistan Nor
Following The Freemakers: The Pit And The Pinnacle
A Very Fangirly Analysis Of The New Last Jedi Trailer
Rebel Tranmissions: In The Name Of The Rebellion
Rebel Transmissions: Kindred
Looking Back On The Original SWR Shorts
Rebel Transmissions: Jedi Night

Rebel Transmissions: A Fool’s Hope

Oh my word, am I seriously on my second-to-last Rebel Transmission?? The time flies so! Let’s see if I can make this post count and give you some unique fangirly perspective on the second-to-last chapter in this glorious series, A Fool’s Hope. Read on.

Contains spoilers from much of Star Wars Rebels, including A Fool’s Hope. At this point I hope you know by now you should be caught up.

First of all, funny note: I first mistook the AT-AT landing pad for a tennis court. Considering Rex and his bros had turned that AT-TE into a fishing boat/retirement home, I wouldn’t have been surprised! Haha I’m so weird.

It felt awesome seeing the home-sweet-home Ghost again, but it was merely the beginning of a marvelous family reunion! I knew from Celebration that we were going to see Gregor and Wolffe at some point, but going into these last episodes, I figured they’d keep the very personal, very intimate feel we’ve had for much of the season with most focus on the main crew. I was, admittedly, a little blue thinking I wasn’t going to see certain characters again inside of SWR, like Hondo Ohnaka. But then guess what they gave me? HONDO. And KETSU. And Melch as a bonus! All of the Ghost fam’s uncles, great-uncles, and cousins in one room! And all here for Ezra and the world he calls home. I was just overwhelmed with warm fuzzies seeing all these amazing characters working together towards a common goal! Not many series could successfully pull together such an unexpected unlikely squad and make it work for the story at hand, but Rebels most definitely did πŸ˜€

So who else thought Ryder did an epic job at keeping us guessing? My immediate reaction was that he was leading Pryce on the whole time, but knowing how Star Wars tends to flip the script, I allowed for a little doubt there. After all, there was a time he wasn’t so keen on rebelling. I’d forgotten that a little until I watched this one. But at the same time, even with his occasional disagreements and uncertainties, Ryder has been nothing but dedicated to this Alliance these past couple seasons-and-a-half. So what would he gain with betraying them now? I wanted to stick to my guns that this was part of a greater plan, but with that guilty look on Ryder’s face and Ezra and Sabine’s accusations, I had to admit I was never totally sure. And so, this year’s Oscars go to Ryder Azadi for best actor, and Ezra Bridger for best supporting actor! Give ’em a hand, everybody! Because wow, I did not have a clue what to believe, and that’s for sure a mark of superb storytelling.

The battle scenes in this one were thrilling. I know that’s not news to you, most likely, but I felt I needed to say it ’cause I honestly don’t talk about fight scenes and battles enough. It’s not because they’re not always awesome, but I feel sometimes like it’s somewhat out of my realm of understanding. The Force? SW Politics? Character development? I can talk all day on those things. But… a military analyst, I am not. I’m gonna at least try and throw in a few highlights. Like Chopper faking out that one ‘trooper, Sabine firing in flight, the epic choreography of Ezra and Ruhk’s duel, Zeb finding another use for a heavy blaster and looking like a sick boss the whole time, the Ghost‘s fabulous entrance, and the coolness of seeing both familiar faces and some unfamiliar faces manning the guns side-by-side. Oh, and obviously the final wolf attack. I can’t remember the last time I cheered so hard (tbh probably during another Rebels episode). Pryce was at the height of her deviousness, as cunning and nasty as she possibly ever has been at this point. But once the lothwolves join the fight, all that confidence goes right out the window, and it’s so utterly, delightfully satisfying to watch!

Andddd I guess that’s all I’ve got on this one. But it’s still such an awesome episode! And trust me, there’s going to be plenty to discuss on the final Transmission. Plentyyyyy πŸ™‚ I shall see you in a week or two! Except for the fact I may need to do a trailer reaction for a certain Anthology film soon…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: A World Between Worlds

Another Rebel Transmission’s coming in, and I have no idea what it will hold as we dig into even more mysteries and more insanely incredible revelations inside of A World Between Worlds!

Contains spoilers from The Clone Wars arcs “Mortis” and “Yoda’s Journey”, and much of Star Wars Rebels, including Wolves And A Door and A World Between Worlds. Episodes beyond these will not be covered.

I knew this episode was gonna be something special from the very first second in, as one of my favorite Yoda lines rang through my speakers.
Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is!
And from there, this starlit void is filled with voices upon voices, taking me back to so many stories, so many places. My mind was so blown. So very very blown. And it only got more blown from there, if that’s possible. This episode proclaims loudly in every moment, (like I said regarding The Last Jedi) β€œOh so you think you know everything there is to know about the Force? Well guess what? YOU DON’T!”. Forgive me if anything, and I do mean anything, in this post comes out poorly or inaccurately, because I’m still trying to wrap my head around all these new revelations and ideas.

So a small thing that was very interesting to me is the discovery that the Mortis Forcewielders were commonly depicted in Jedi art. It’s super neat to be reminded of the creative talents of past Jedi, but it left me with something else to ponder. When Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka had their mysterious Mortis encounter in TCW, they were completely unfamiliar with the Father, Son, and Daughter. Or at least, it seemed that way. Is it possible the three of them all didn’t pay attention to their Jedi history and art appreciation classes? Or maybe was some of that art and history forgotten? Did the Jedi themselves not consider it a big thing to mention? Did Jedi, at that time, actually believe in the Forcewielders’ existence, or just consider them legends or archetypes? Good grief that’s befuddling. But also fascinating! Though I don’t have any exact answers, this episode and the former have had me looking at that enigmatic TCW arc in a totally new light. So for now I’ll assume art was not the threesome’s fave subject. But perhaps more will be revealed in time…

Obviously we have two pretty major subjects we must discuss today, the first of those being AHSOKA.
When Dave Filoni first gave a hopeful hint that maybe we’d see Ahsoka again, I expected her to return in a quiet way, with no actual questions answered as to how she got there or where she was going. Or maybe her return would be just in a dream or vision. I certainly would’ve never expected we’d find out how she survived her confrontation with Vader. But even more than that, we get to see an astounding reversal of roles! Ezra saving Ahsoka through the portals right after she saved Ezra on Malachor! Absolute whoa. I loved getting to spend time with Ahsoka and Ezra so so much. They’ve always had a sweet bond there, but perhaps it’s even more special now, with this understanding between them that comes from them both being not-so-average Jedi apprentices, and both wrestling with the loss of their masters. And it meant so much that, not only did Ahsoka return, but she made a huge difference in Ezra’s life while she was at it. There’s still much i’m pondering over (like the story behind Morai), but I was couldn’t be happier to see Ahsoka still had stories to tell πŸ™‚

The second major subject has to do with a certain guy named EMPEROR PALPATINE.
I knew when he appeared in the portal I should be very afraid, but I literally couldn’t stop grinning. I had similar feelings the last episode, but seeing him and hearing him so unhingedly evil here… I was in terror and in awe. We’ve had a lot of fantastic voices for Palpatine over the years, but man… there ain’t nothin’ quite like the real deal, Ian McDiarmid! That chilling laugh, that snarly growl! He. was. PERFECT!
I thought it was really cool how Sidious doing his dark side sorcery seems to call back to the final arc in The Clone Wars. In both cases, we see this impossible, gutwrenchingly horrible evil being combated by a small force of good. Kind of bookends the two series a little, doesn’t it? Or maybe that’s just me, but I still think it’s neat.
Oh, and crazily enough, this episode proved to me that the way Lego’s portrayed the Emperor isn’t too far from the truth. Watching The Freemaker Adventures, it was pretty funny how bent and determined Sidious was to get ahold of the deadly Kyber Saber when he already had the Death Star II in the works. But look here now! Palpatine’s not satisfied with just controlling the whole galaxy and wielding the Death Star, he wants to control all of time and space now! Seems to me he’s a little easily-distracted, isn’t he? Pfft πŸ˜›
But in all seriousness, these scenes were both harmonious and horrifying in the best way possible. It brought my Star Wars-loving self so much joy… and gave me a heart attack at the same time. Much applause is in order!

And whoa OK, so this is the second time I’ve watched the episode and the feels have decided to hit me even harder than they did the first time around. Something really powerful I found in rewatching this, was how much Kanan accomplished through sending Ezra and the rest of the family on this mission. Not only was Ezra able to keep the temple and the portal forever safe from the Empire and other evildoers, but Kanan was able to give the family he left behind final closure and his apprentice one final lesson. The revelation that Kanan, though of the Cosmic Force, was still able to reach his family like this… it blows all my former Force knowledge out of the water, and it’s incredible to discover.
It’s also occurred to me just how hard this last lesson was for Ezra. Can you imagine knowing you had the power to save someone you love from harm, but the right thing to do was to do nothing? Can you imagine how hard that would be? That was a massive feat of strength on Ezra’s part. But knowing he took that lesson to heart… like, wow.
I don’t really know what more to say at this point, honestly. My mind’s just that blown. But don’t worry, more will be discussed another day!
Especially once my mind has some time to recover from all the blowing going on.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Wolves And A Door

Hello there Rebels fans! If you came here for knowledge… well, I can’t guarantee you’ll find anything you don’t already know. But join me as I dig into the deepest depths of this intriguing, enigmatic episode and let’s see what we can learn together πŸ™‚

Contains spoilers from The Clone Wars “Mortis” arc and much of Star Wars Rebels, including Dume and Wolves And A Door. Episodes beyond these will not be covered.

If you’re wondering why it is I’ve chosen to write these Rebels posts one at a time instead of combining the pairs, this episode is a solid example of that. There is so much to this episode that I’d sort of forgotten in watching it with the second half of the pair. So many small moments and intriguing nuances and neat discoveries that deserve a discussion all on their own. It certainly puts me at a disadvantage when I can’t discuss what happens next, but I really can’t complain considering how well all the Rebel Transmissions for this season have come out so far.

You know, as I watch the small scene in the beginning with the lothcat and the lothwolf, I feel a need to just take a moment to appreciate Lothal. From the beginning of the series, I was astounded by its McQuarrie-inspired natural beauty and the warm old-school-Original-Trilogy-feel. The discovery that it has such a powerful Force connection astounded me further, and continues to astound me, and in many ways, it also confounds me, as it seems there’s always something new to challenge my existent SW knowledge. But you know it’s occurred to me as I’ve been writing this that this is not a new revelation: it’s been there since Path Of The Jedi, since we first saw how the Lothal temple is part of the planet itself. It’s not something I really thought on a lot four years prior, but it’s fascinating to notice looking back and looking forward as we revisit the temple in a totally new way, and further unravel the mysteries the world holds. The cat and wolf look to be as on the edge of their seats as I am πŸ™‚

So can I just talk about how amazing this family is again? For probably about *checks tag count* the 103rd time, I think? OK it’s probably more than that, but anyway…
They’re the kind of family that will drop everything and jump onto a mysterious giant wolf’s back if they’re called to do so. Even when not everyone understands why, they just do it. That kind of loyalty gives me the feels in ways I almost can’t explain. But it’s not only loyalty to Ezra, but to Kanan, and to this world that they became a true family on. Going into this, I actually wasn’t sure why exactly this mission was “for Kanan”. It’s still not entirely clear to me, but I believe it probably has a lot to do with Kanan’s connection to the temple and Lothal itself as well as his Jedi legacy. I may have missed something in a huge way (which unfortunately happens a lot more in my understanding of Star Wars than I would like), but whatever the answer to my queries, there’s no missing the loyalty and love present in their actions today.

Another thing I so love about this episode is how two different storylines that I never expected to see again resurfaced, and not only that, but these seemingly unrelated events have a major purpose inside of the story. Like with the Lothal temple. After the Empire seized it, I really didn’t know what that would ultimately mean, aside from the fact our Jedi-Rebels weren’t going to be visiting anytime soon. Though it doesn’t really surprise me, it’s interesting to see the Empire treating this living, breathing spot on the planet as nothing more than an ancient artifact dig. Of course, we know the Emperor has other things in mind for it (which we’ll talk more about next post), but you certainly get a feel for what the galaxy at large understands and believes about the Jedi, especially as Minister Hydan talks about it from such an unattached, intellectual point of view. It’s not a huge thing maybe, but personally, I’m fascinated by these moments in SW where we dig into differing perspectives and ideas, especially on things that we as an audience haven’t considered. So much depth!
Also two thumbs way up for hearing the Malcom McDowell in Star Wars! I didn’t place his voice instantly, but once I saw the credits I was more than a little psyched πŸ˜€

Also also I just learned that nothing is more startling than a listening to a deathtrooper speak after a long period of silence.
*Watches episode some*
*Pauses*
*Writes last paragraph*
*Resumes episode*
ALL RIGHT, YOU TWO…
*Keels over from shock*
These are the things that happen when I’m writing these posts that I never tell you guys about…
*Decides to turn the volume down*

And oh my goodness… the moment where Hera feels Kanan at her side… it’s perfect. It’s so perfect I hardly know where to begin.
I’d assumed this episode would be so focused on the mission at hand that perhaps, at this point, Kanan wouldn’t come up in conversation again. After all, we got a whole episode surrounding our characters working through that, right? Wrong. And I was so glad to be wrong. What ultimately we’ve seen in all these last episodes is that Kanan is not gone. He is so a part of the fabric of the Ghost family and who they are, that his presence is felt every moment, whether you’re strong with the Force or not. The Clone Wars taught me a lot about the literal understanding of Jedi immortality and how one would maintain a Force ghost form. But Rebels has reminded me that the Force is bigger than even that, like with Ezra’s vision of his parents in Legacy. I like to think Kanan was really there somehow, his essence in the form of a gentle breeze that only Hera maybe would recognize. Seeing Kanan well and whole, Hera’s downcast face fading to a smile as she takes his hand… it’s just the most tender, beautiful thing. On my first viewing, I gave a weepy “aww…“, and that remains my reaction to this day. It’s the precious memories they shared, and the unmistakable legacy he left behind, that are spurring her on to complete this mission that she doesn’t yet understand, and that also gives her that small spark of hope once more. *Applauds the entire crew*

Returning to the earlier conversation about unexpected returns to previous storylines, if you’d asked me what I never expected to see in Star Wars again, I would have said “Oh, definitely anything to do with Mortis”. And then lo and behold, there lie the Forcewielders Of Mortis, painted gloriously onto the temple’s walls! My jaw was on the floor. The Mortis arc in TCW remains one of the absolute most fascinating in the series, and at least from what I’ve seen going through the season 3 DVD’s bonus material, they deliberately chose to say very little about what it all meant. So I’d assumed that was that. Conversation was over. Once again, I was wrong, and so so glad to be wrong! I’m definitely going to need to revisit those episodes soon so I can do some further digging on the subject for the next post. But even if there’s still some elements that remain unclear, there is nothing unclear about how neat it is watching Ezra and Sabine work together to decipher to code, or how epic it is to see the painting literally come to life, or how much more incredibly intriguing this episode gets just as it ends…
Yep, that’s pretty much crystal clear.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight