SW Summer Reads: Tarkin

So I know this is late… probably too late to be referred to as Summer Reads, anyway. But the book we’re looking at today amazing enough to be read at any time of the year: James Luceno’s Tarkin. There’s much to discuss so let’s get goin’!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode IV, TCW “Citadel”, “The Wrong Jedi”, “Crystal Crisis” arcs, Freemakers episode The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase, and Tarkin.

A long time ago in the same galaxy, I saw Episode IV for the first time. Unfortunately I didn’t grasp it as well as I should have. I understood the basics, but I could not tell you the name of the man we know as Tarkin. Nearly ten years later, countless rewatchings of the film as well as many viewings and re-viewings of The Clone Wars and Rebels truly brought to light this truly amazing and fascinating character. And now, upon reading the book bearing his name, I know him now more than ever. Oh gosh where do I begin? James Luceno covers nearly every angle of Tarkin’s story, from his earliest adventures to the events that bestowed him the title of “Grand Moff”. But not a word of it is unnecessary; every chapter is a piece of what made Tarkin, Tarkin.
Strong, undaunted, articulate, fearless, calculating, and firm in his beliefs, I was re-reminded what an incredible character he is in just about every paragraph. Mr. Luceno wrote so well for him that I often forgot he was supposed to be a villain. But that’s just one of those things that make him such a fascinating character; he so believes in what he considers right, that he’s willing to do whatever it takes. In several situations I could agree with what he was after, but I couldn’t fully agree with his methods to get it. And as we watch him take on a group of less-than-scrupulous rebels, we really get to dig into deep thoughts on the difference between right and wrong… and how easily those lines can be blurred. Dude this book’s got philosophical thoughts for days! It’s amazing stuff!
And there is so much I learned from this novel. Tarkin’s had connections with just about all the big events in SW history in one way or another, and we get to experience those from his unique perspective. Not to mention just the general discussion on SW tech, warfare, and everyday life. There’s something special about knowing the inner workings of these things, even something as seemingly average as a comlink. I also learned quite a few new big words I had no idea existed in the English language, and i consider myself very well-read so it rather took me aback I didn’t know every word πŸ˜› (Please don’t tell me I’m the only one who didn’t know what an “adjutant” was!) The book’s both deep and in-depth, definitely not a beginner’s SW novel, but a truly incredible one nonetheless.
Tarkin’s life story brings both a sense of empowerment as an ordinary guy achieves great status, but also one of sadness as, for all of his intelligence and cunning, he still understood so little of what truly mattered in life. Many times throughout the story that last fateful image of the Grand Moff came to mind. That last shot as he quietly observed the battle, not truly believing anything or anyone could knock down the battle station he put so much faith in. And then he and that battle station were gone in an instant. The book is a powerful reminder to be careful of where the lines blur, and that power gained by wrongdoing ultimately fails us in the end. I’m sorry if I butchered that in any way but ahhhh this book’s so so powerful! Every inch of Mr. Luceno’s story was masterfully written, so much so I can barely put into words how much so it was.
And now, some other thoughts I had while reading the book. Enjoy the randomness (and the occasional moment of deepness).

– Had to read this one slowly. A lot of information, a lot of politics, a lot of stuff to digest.
– Tarkin sounds 100% like I’d expect him to.
– Gets fashion advice from a protocol droid. #Fabulous
– Scars from previous battles? Hmm Tarkin’s had a lot of adventures hasn’t he?
– THE HOLOFASHION MACHINE OMG I NEED THAT.
– What’s a fitness apparatus?? Hah yeah he totally lifts bro.
– Wow such great descriptions…
– Hehe Tarkin was a ginger just like me, has blue eyes too– wait oh dang I hope I don’t look like Tarkin when I’m his age O_O
– Nah I could never match his cheekbone game.
– “Outer Rim” is an accent??? Mind. Blown.
– Wow someone likes looking at himself, don’t he?
– So all that stuff on the Imperial uniforms actually has a purpose? Not just greeblies anymore? Cool. Imperial cosplayers take note!
– Pff this is gonna be one of my weirder posts.
– Ehhh not a big fan of Grand-Uncle Jova… but fascinating trying to imagine Tarkin as a small child. I can barely see it.
– BTdubs I imagine a name like “Wilhuff” got him bullied a bit as a kid.
– Whoa dude’s a real multitasker. I never thought I’d say I’d want to be like Tarkin in any way, but I’d sure like to do that.
– YAYY I LOVE A PARADE!! Oh wait it’s full of Imperials bleh XP
– Parking lots are a thing in SW. Good to know.
– I’m really enjoying learning more about how the Empire works. Makes me feel super-smart, too πŸ™‚
– Thing I learned today: “Comm” applies to the hologram communication devices as well as the little microphones they talk with… at least, I think so. I could be reading it wrong…
– Also I realized I think I typically have spelled it “com” with one m. Not feeling quite as smart right now.
– Hmmmm Tarkin’s good. *Nods*
– Can I just say I love learning about SW tech? I know I’ve said it before but it’s still seriously cool.
– Admiral Trench! I knew that guy! I remember that battle!
– OK wow this whole thing with the Droid Gotra. A bunch of battle droids gone rogue! Kind of a scary thought, but also kind of cool to know they had that kind of free will. Think R0-GR ever ran in that crowd?
– Wait I’m confused… Poggle The Lesser didn’t design the Death Star? Or did he? The Death Star’s origins remain a mysteryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy it seems…
– Man it’s kind of amazing how much effort truly went into the Death Star. All these millions of probably decent people contributing to this mysterious ultimate weapon in many ways. It’s astounding, though in a rather sad way.
– Hey look it’s Mas Amedda. Vizier is quite a fancy title. Much better than “secretary” like I was calling him πŸ˜›
– Did they seriously just describe him as an “ambitious amphibian”? I mean, that’s really good wordplay, but is his species actually amphibious? Huh the things you learn from SW books!
– Is it wrong I really enjoyed Tarkin and Amedda’s conversation? Hehe so much snarkiness, my goodness!
– Wooo galactic history lesson! I love how this novel was written as if speaking to the everyday citizens of the galaxy, not to us dumb Earth people πŸ˜›
– Actually maybe it’s more like a galactic news report than a history lesson.
– The ancestral pioneer Tarkins sound like cool peeps.
– Keep in mind I said “ancestral”. Tarkin’s parents are purty snooty.
– Also if they’re as rich and fancy as they are, why does his dad even consider putting his elbows on the table, even for emphasis? Breakin’ your own rules Mr. Tarkin.
– It’s funny though… little Wilhuff sounds like an adorable kid. I can see it now.
– But seriously still what kind of parenting is this?? “Oh look here come the men to kidnap you for your rite of passage! Have fun honey!”
– Joke’s on them though ’cause little Wilhuff was prepaaaaared.
– Oh hi Grand-Uncle Jova. Ah this explains the “blood” comment. All about the context.
– So far this makes me feel really bad about my lack of survival skills.
– Think using animal interiors (like tauntauns) as shelters was a covered topic? Ew…
– Such a waste of a perfectly good vest. Not to mention the poor critter. But I don’t need to tell you that.
– AHH DANG BRO ATE RAW LIVER. THAT’S GROSS.
– Smol Tarkin has guts. (Absolutely no pun was intended)
– Seriously.
– He has GUTS.
– He did some gross stuff out there.
– I couldn’t do what he did.
– At all.
– #Respect
– Wonderful childhood amiright?
– OK Tarkin just figured out that Imp was using spice from a stain on his shoe. Wow he’s good. So so good. Hey, he may be considered a slightly bad dude but at least he expects his crew to be decent!
– Oooh the Carrion Spike is a stealth ship! Very fancay.
– Not sure his uncle gives the best advice still tho.
– Any weird chance this Q’anah girl might be related to Aurra Sing? Or if not, that maybe they hung out on the weekends and talked piratey-bounty-huntery things?
– Yay he caught the pirates. But yikes the way he did ’em in… that’s all I got: YIKES.
– OMG Palpatine’s living in the former Jedi Temple?? UGH YOU SCUMBAG.
– Sorry that might’ve sounded mean but it’s kinda true.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP IMPERIAL GUAAAAAARDS!!! ❀ ❀
– *Is punched for that brief fangirly outburst*
– New thing I learned: Coruscant natives are referred to as "Coruscanti".
– AHHH TEACH ME YOUR STAR WARS WRITING WAYS, MR. LUCENO!
– Pff the Emperor is such a diva.
– Well actually he's just a very very busy man with his Death Star and stuff… oh who am I kidding he's still a diva XD
– If you think that's scary, wait 'til they hear about the Palaptine Museum they're building!
– Anyway, it's nice to know Wilhuff had a friend or two. He doesn't typically seem like the social type.
– Maybe if he used a different cologne. Whatever it is, it's not a scent that the Rebels care for. *Tomatoed*
– Oh yeah I remember the Citadel escape! That was fun πŸ™‚
– *Cough not for most everybody tho cough*
– Hehe the looks Ahsoka gave him were well-deserved, but priceless XD
– And I'm getting off-track again.
– Whaaaat Palpatine was a ginger too?? So when we see him in Episode I, that blonde hair of his is fake? Haha he really is a diva.
– DON'T FORCE-CHOKE ME EMPEROR SIR.
– Hehe Tarkin's absolutely fanboying getting to meet the good Senator here.
– And by "teacher" you mean Plagueis, right?
– *Is punched for stating the obvious*
– Yeesh stop punching and tomatoing me already dude!
– Wow Palpatine is so good at being bad.
– Tarkin's entrance game is 110% on-point. I wish I could rock that confidence.
– *Stupidly imagines Tarkin as Kuzco from The Emperor’s New Groove* BOOM BABYYY!
– Get it? Because his entrance game was on-point…?
– Just… trust me on this. It’s hilarious.
– *Tomatoed*
– Lol haters gonna hate, Wilhuff. Just shake it off.
– *Ducks from tomato and fist*
– Hmm bro was a bit of a bad boy in the academy. Who’da thunk?
– THEY’RE JUST JEALOUS ‘CAUSE YOU’RE SO FABULOUS AND CLASSY.
– “Lightsaber diplomacy”… I like it. Or as some call it, “aggressive negotiations”!
– My first instinct is to assume Tarkin’s reading into the Jedi all wrong, but who knows? They’re might’ve been some snobby ones back in the day.
– Tarkin’s survival skills are also 110% on-point.
– If you ignore the fact it was an act of survival, it sounds like Tarkin could host the best campouts ever!
– …no, not really.
AHHHHHH VADERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!
– Also boo Tarkin you were such a jerk to Ahsoka.
– But whatever it’s VADERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!
– Yep that’s Vader. Still as scary and awesome as ever.
– Though yikes the way he killed that guy…
– Please Amedda, Darth don’t care about your dumb rules.
– “I will give the matter some thought…” translation: not ever.
– The fact they literally have to designate where and when he executes people really says something about where the Dark Lord is right now.
– He powerful and he angryyyyy.
– Fascinating seeing the mutual respect Tarkin and Vader have for one another. Seriously.
– Oh wow Tarkin figured it out. Bro’s smart.
– It’s kind of freaky seeing the two Empire big-shots engaging in some casual small talk. Aside from the Lego one-liners, what must it’ve sounded like to hear Lord Vader just talk casually without intending to strike fear into someone? Can he even do that??
– Uh-oh did they end up finding that massive kyber for the thing?? How??
– Man they put so much work into that Death Star. How did they forget that one teeny little hole…?
– Only Tarkin could tell the Emperor “I like what you’ve done with the place”, and not be severely Force-lightninged.
– Somehow I’m not surprised Palpatine’s proud of his decor.
– Seriously Tarkin’s theories are right again! Mostly.
– Like I said earlier, watching Tarkin having pleasant conversations with the Darths is amazing. Just the fact that either of the darksiders could ever act like a decent human being is fascinating and really cool.
– Tarkin does freelance writing in his spare time. Who knew? Maybe he runs a holoblog? I’d read that. “Talkin’ Tarkin: Thoughts Of An Imperial Governor” or maybe “Keep Calm And Carrion Spike: A Governor’s Life”?
– THAT MOMENT WHEN IT SUDDENLY OCCURS TO YOU YOU KNOW WHO NILS TENANT IS AND YOU FEEL LIKE AN IDIOT FOR NOT RECOGNIZING HIM.
– Hi Yularen! Fun fact I seriously didn’t realize he was in Episode IV up until a few months ago.
– Took a minute to look up Janus Greejatus in the starwars.com databanks just out of curiosity and boy is he scary-looking.
– Interesting stuff happens when all the big-shot Imps get together in one room…
– It’s fascinating watching Sidious and Vader interact one-on-one… and quite chilling.
– Wow Tarkin and Palpatine knew each other on a first-name basis. Practically BFFs.
– Lol not really. OK maybe a little.
– Whoa a clone-turned-storm. I feel kinda bad for this Sergeant Crest.
– Really interesting seeing what Tarkin understood about the Jedi from his side of the story. What difference would it have made if he’d known the truth about the Clone Wars and the role the Jedi played in it? I’m gonna shoot looks at him like Ahsoka did though XP
– Oooh a little Dooku backstory! This novel literally has everything!
– Seems he made a different kind of spark of rebellion, huh? Not the good kind, but still veryyyyyyyyyy interesting…
– I want a book on Dooku’s life story now, OK? That would be awesome.
– Tarkin and Dooku in the same room but on opposing sides! Great stuff!
– Sidious’s droid is Plagueis’s old droid. Goodness, he must be an old thing.
– Oh wow I read into that wrong. Vader might have some respect for Tarkin, but apparently he’s been a little sore with him since the Ahsoka incident. Heh I know I would.
– When you read a SW book you learn something new just about every page! It’s seriously amazing.
– So the Emperor’s plan: let’s stick the two on a mission together and see what happens! Great idea! This won’t end badly at all!
– Well I guess it actually might not and they’ll become buddies up until the Death Star goes boom.
– Just have to see I do suppose.
– AHHH WOW SIDIOUS IS TERRIFYING. HE KNOWS EVVVVERYYYYYYYYYYYTHINGGGGGGGGGGGGG.
– “Chapter Ten: A Better Womp Rat Trap”. These chapter titles are amazing btw.
– He literally just compared the smell to rancid cheese. I like Mr. Luceno’s style. Serious, but completely honest πŸ™‚
– Wheeeee we’re takin’ a ride in an old-school gunship!
– Koorivar have a single cranial horn… so they’re unicorns then??? *SHOT*
– *Twilight wracks her brain trying to recall where she last heard the name “Crymorah” in SW*
– Uh-oh there went the Carrion Spike.
– And Tarkin ain’t a fan of none of this.
– He got some doubts.
– Vader’s patience with him is impressive.
– Oh yeahhhh I remember the Sugi now. From back on Anakin and Obi-Wan’s crystal misadventures!
– That’s probably where I remembered the Crymorah from too.
– OK so that clears that up.
– Note to self: it’s spelled “gotal” not “gothal”. *Sigh* now I gotta fix the tags again…
– Wow a whole paragraph just talking about different varieties of body odor. Lovely.
– Again, love this book.
– Zygerrians have some fur. I did not know this.
– The fancy royal ones in TCW probably just shave it.
– The things ya learn!
– Pirates they may be but I like ’em. They’re the cool crew.
– DUDE DON’T TELL VADER HOW TO DRIVE. HE’S GOT THIS.
– AND DON’T QUESTION VADER’S PLANS. HE’S GOT THIS.
– Whoops. Nevermind they’re gone.
– Noooope Vader’s stillll got this bro.
– “DARTH SIDIOUS WAS ANNOYED…” What else is new? XD
– More cool SW tech terminology: “holocams”!
– These rebel-sorts are gooooooood.
– Governor Motti’s first name is “Antonio”. Fabulous name bro.
– Pooooor sleepy Tarkin…
– But he’s still sharp as ever when figuring out the rebs’ next move.
– Interesting looking at the opposing angles of Teller and Hask’s thoughts on innocents in the Empire. These rebs work well together and that’s likeable, but they’re not quite the rebs you wanna cheer on. They’re not the Ghost crew, who try to keep from killing people they don’t have to. These piratey rebs don’t seem to care who gets caught in their crossfire, with the exception of Hask, it seems. Seriously this concept is genius. They make you subliminally root for who we usually know as the “bad guys”. Wow. first time seeing some actual depth in these observations of mine in a long while.
– Oooooh Tarkin isn’t gonna be too happy when he gets a load of all that damage done to his ship…
– Y’know is it just me or does it seem that Teller doesn’t like Tarkin? /sarc/
– OMG HASK IS RIGHT. HASK IS SO RIGHT.
– When lines get blurred… stuff happens. Not good stuff usually.
– Ahh wow this book!
– “Magnetically sensitive”? Is that normal for all gotals or just Salikk?
– Sounds like Salikk leads a hard life.
– I’m sorry I’m not saying more right now but there’s so much to wrap my mind around OMG.
– Yep you can still tell that’s Anakin in there. Just as impatient as ever…
– Ohhh it’s read as OneOne-FourDee not Eleven-FourDee I feel dumb.
– SW computers are cool. It’s fascinating how they work and what they’re capable of compared to our technology.
– It’s too bad, Tarkin could’ve been a great wildlife journalist (or whatever you’d call it) had he not ended up in the Empire.
– That and the fact he didn’t bat an eyelash at killing anything he deemed dangerous or edible.
– Vader is so terrifyingly good.
– “Moff Tarkin sends his regards” *Drops the mic*
– “…Race to the light of the lasers!” might be the coolest line in the whole book.
– Coruscant has weather control waaaaat??
– They seem to consider “humanoids” and “nonhumans” two different things. Wonder why?
– Guess maybe humanoids have mostly human anatomy, while nonhumans have more “alien” anatomy.
– Tarkin is absolutely all smugness right now.
– Anora deserves a medal for that beautifully poetic burn.
– Tarkin don’t care tho he jus’ gonna shake it off, shake it off.
– But seriously she is 110% right.
– So right it’s scary.
– Hey hey everybody there’s a new GRAND MOFF in town!
– It somehow never occurred to me what a big deal being grand moff is until this moment.
– And then I only now realized this story takes place after Rebels. At least, I think so. In Rebels he was only governor and I don’t think the Death Star was quite under construction yet.
– It only took me nearly the entire novel to figure that out!
– Orrrrrrrrrr maybe not?? Apparently he still goes by “governor” in most circles. So maybe this was before and the Death Star was just well-hidden when the Ghost crew passed by Geonosis?
– IDK man it’s all a mystery to me.
– Wow the Tark is some celebrity. Have to wonder if people still thought that after the Death Star went up in flames…
– How is it that Tarkin’s connection to the Carrion Spike inspires in me both a feeling of warmth and unease?
– Oh hey Jova how ya doin’? And hey Teller– wait waht?? How’d he get here?
– Kind of hilarious watching Tarkin and Jova just catching up like nothing’s weird while the dork reb is stuck in a trap below them.
– I’d wish Teller good luck but I don’t think he deserves it.
– THERE ARE HEROES ON BOTH SIDES AND EVIL IS EVERYWHERE!
– Oh yeah and THA DEATH STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!!! Or at least the BABY DEATH STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!!!
– It’s sad to think that this battle station he loves so much will one day be the death of him.
– Though I’m not gonna lie. When it first moved… I got chills, too.

And so that concludes the final SW Summer Read of the year. So glad you all got to read along with me!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Storyreels: Unfinished Business

And so we’ve reached the finale of this fantastic storyarc! Love that it’s an exciting awesome episode, sad that it’s the last of ’em. Hopefully my blogging skills are more astute than they were last time around. Either way, it’s time to dive deep into the episode called Unfinished Business!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from the Clone Wars Microseries, Rebels episode Out Of Darkness, TCW episodes Counterattack, Orders, The Bad Batch, A Distant Echo, On The Wings Of Keeradaks, and Unfinished Business (Storyreels)

Phototitle for Unfinished Business

So if you thought our heroes could get a break after all the insanity regarding Echo’s rescue… you were wrong. But obviously by the episode’s title you could probably tell that we weren’t just going to join the Bad Batch for a sandwich break (though come to think of it, I really want to see that episode now XD ). They’re still fightin’ Trench on Anaxes (also I recently figured out that this is the fyrnock-ridden base we see in Out Of Darkness; too bad they couldn’t connect with some of the critters to help them fight the battle! But perhaps the fyrnocks are why the base was abandoned in the first place), so no breaks for Jedi or clones right now. Master Windu has proposed a drop into the Sep’s Anaxes assembly complex, sounds easy enough, but it’s kinda crazy fortified so yeah maybe not that easy. But it happens that Echo has an idea. Omygoodness… I got all feely seeing Echo again… I rewatched a couple of the Citadel episodes this past week and relived his last normal mission and lost it when Fives had to move on without his friend… and then again when I realized Fives and Echo wouldn’t see each other again… πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯ Sorry, boy this became a mess of emotions real fast! But anywayyyy despite Echo’s still recovering, he isn’t about to back down from helping a brotha out. He and his bros in the Clone Force 99 got this. I understand that, in unmade episodes later on, Echo became one of Bad Batchers, which of course makes perfect sense. Can’t help but notice he’s sportin’ a set of dark armor similar to that of the 99s’. So in some ways, he’s already one of them before even officially joining them. Please excuse my flawed logic. But yeah you go Echo! Steal dat Seppie algorithm and win this for the Republic with your epic tech skillz! Rex to Tech: “Don’t worry, Echo’s got a plan” “That makes me feel sooo much better…” XD C’mon Tech have faith in your fellow bro! Might he be a little jelly he can’t hook up into computers like Echo? Haha I know I would! What I would give to just write blogs in my brain instead of typing for hours! And onward our heroes go, with the Bad Batch gang leading the way!
And seriously these guys drop the best lines without even meaning to… “Pleaaaase tell me we’re gonna blow something up!” XD XD If it were up to me, I’d say “Yes you blow up all the things, Wrecker!”, but that’s on account of the fact I’m not general material and I love him to pieces. Again, Crosshair slept through most of it XD Echo then links in and masks their ship’s signal the boss way he do so the bad guys won’t take notice. And it works — battle droids can’t tell it from any other in their fleet. And our team lands without a hitch.
Meanwhile, the battle on Anaxes is already underway, with the usual droids shooting and gunships and Y-wings flying. With Mace and Obi-Wan leading the troops, they make quite the entrance to the assembly complex. Especially as Mace does something wonderfully unexpected… he bargains with the swarms of droids. He’s giving them the chance to peacefully surrender so they can be reprogrammed for the Republic. This coming from the guy who tore apart super battle droids with his bare hands? One of the battle droids has no clue what to make of this and gives this confused shrug to his companion, and Obi-Wan’s like “dude really?”. But you gotta admit Master Windu is awesome at giving speeches! Unfortunately, battle droids don’t give much thought to the concept of “peace” and “nonviolence”… the fact that the battle droids even ceased fire for that moment just to listen to him is astounding! And so the blasters go blasting once more. Well, you can’t blame a Jedi for trying… destroying droids probably gets old after doing it just about every day for nearly three years. But yeah after that the clones rejoin the generals and bring their own blasters. It seems they’ve got this win in the bag, but Admiral Trench has a sneaky little plan of his own… DUN DUN DUN.
It’s hardly a challenge for Anakin, Rex, Echo, and the Bad Batch to make their way into Trench’s ship. And it’s NBD for Echo to link into their systems. Though as Tech finds out, it may be a bit of a problem for the guys at the complex ’cause Trench just sicced all his droids on ’em. Or is it? Actually, it’s all part of Echo’s genius plan. He told Trench to send all the droids there… and once they’re there, he’ll shut them all down. Boom shake the room! That earns a pat on the shoulder from Tech and a smile from Rex πŸ˜€ Though admittedly Mace and Obi-Wan aren’t quite looking forward to all the new droids joining the party even so. ‘Cause just when it seems they’d decimated them all… suddenly there are literally zillions of them. “Does this meet your expectations?” “This… exceeds my expectations.” Hehe. And then boom! Echo fries ’em all! Love how one droid cries out “WHYYYYYYYYYY” as he gets shut down XD Yeah the Admiral wasn’t too happy… but he knows that the command came from his ship so that likely means trouble for the good guys.
It seems to be a pretty clear victory on the Anaxes front, but Echo soon finds that there miiiiiight be a bomb there… like, a really big could-cream-the-whole-planet bomb. Echo sends out a message to Master Windu while Anakin decides to have a little chat with the spider-guy. Indeed Mace finds a bomb in the complex’s fusion reactor, and the panel to shut it off is sorta kinda rayshielded. But again, another area of Echo’s expertise. Echo loads up each number to the passcode while Mace uses the Force to punch it in. The process is going great right up until one of the battle droids finally finds where Echo’s signal is coming from and decided to fry him. NUUUUU!! And then on come the super battle droids and our heroes are forced to make a run for it, carrying Echo’s unconscious form. Admiral Trench is feeling pretty good about his chances… and then he opened the door and there was Anakin. General Skywalker cuts up all his clankers real fast, and not even Trench’s arm-gun can bring him down. Yeah he’s not interested in any talking beyond what the final number to the passcode is. And Trench isn’t particularly interested in giving him it. Trench is all “pff you can’t do nothin’ to me you’re a Jedi and your nobility is a weakness” and to that Anakin sliced his robotic arms off. Yikes don’t mess with the General peeps. After that the Admiral was a bit more willing and spilled it, allowing for Mace to finally turn off that bomb. But not missing out on a chance to get even, Trench hits Anakin with his prod-staff and then Anakin hits Trench with his lightsaber. Ohh yes. You really really really don’t mess with the General. Before leaving the spider-Seppie with a fond farewell, Anakin happens to find a detonator… for the whole ship. Why would they even have that detonator?! Regardless, Anakin knows Wrecker will love it. Meanwhile, Wrecker is in his element in “wrecking ball mode”, smashing battle droids with nothin’ but brute force. Hunter caps it off well with “Honestly, I feel bad for those droids…” XD And Crosshair does a fantastic job aiming a refracting detonator at a battle droid. The droid’s all “sticky!” and then… well, you know what happened next XD As our troopers meet up with Anakin again, Crosshair hangs behind to pepper the walls with more refracting detonators. OK I’m not saying these guys’ll show up in Rebels or anything but I think Sabine would have a lot of fun with them πŸ˜€ Crosshair’s so good Wrecker can only hang his head in shame XD But he cheers up pretty fast because as soon as our team flies off, Anakin shows him the detonator! Big guy can’t help but shed some tears and remark “this… is the greatest day of my life!” just before he hits the button and the entire ship explodes! VICTORYYYYY
And back on Anaxes, we’re actually getting a legit medal ceremony! Mace gives the speech and Anakin and Obi-Wan gives the medals and all the clones cheer and clap and celebrate these brave not-so-clonelike clones! Even the astromechs are dancing with glee! SO MUCH YAY!! It’s always been said that differences make us stronger, well, that is perhaps even more so the case for these incredible troopers πŸ™‚
AHHH I’M SO HAPPYYY!! AND HONESTLY PRETTY GLAD I’M DONE WITH THE BLOG BECAUSE IT SHOULDN’TVE TAKEN THIS LONG BUT THE VIDEO HAD PROBLEMS LOADING! AND I FORGOT TO TURN THE CAPS LOCK OFF AGAIN BUT I’M IN A HAPPY CAPS LOCK MOOD! UNTIL NEXT WEEK…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Padawanline Anniversary II: Year Two

Hehe the title may or may not be a nod to Rogue One… but yeah it’s probably not my best Star Wars pun…
So anyhow today marks my two-year anniversary since Padawanline came into existence! I’ve told you the blog’s backstory before (read here), how I absolutely needed a place to talk about Star Wars to anyone who would listen and how a goofy SW fanfic of mine inspired the title and all that. So I’m not going to bore you with all that again (at least not this year), but I absolutely needed to write a thank you letter to my followers and readers…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from the Rebels episode Fire Across The Galaxy

When I first joined, I just blogged whatever whenever I felt like it, meaning sometimes I’d go for weeks without posting something. But this past year has given me a great opportunity to do what I’d always wanted to do.
Back in early 2013, as I was continuing to expand my Star Wars knowledge every day, I would always take notice of things. I’d be watching a new episode of TCW or reading a book or watching one of the movies and suddenly find myself intrigued by something, confused by something I didn’t fully understand, made a fascinating connection with something, or just plain WOWed by something, and when that would happen, I couldn’t keep quiet about it. I’d talk my brother’s ear off, I’d jot down notes, sometimes I’d just flat-out talk to myself about it! And thus I had to make this blog, so I could organize these thoughts and people who were just as into SW as I was could read them!
During the first year, though, I found it’s often hard to write, and I can talk faster than I can type, so sometimes I would just keep my thoughts to myself instead of making posts on them. If you’ve ever written a blog, you can understand this difficulty. But this past year… things definitely changed. The Lost Missions and Star Wars Rebels allowed me do what I always wanted to do… to talk about SW as it was happening, as I was seeing them! And before I knew it, I would be blogging almost every single week. With the exception of a few breaks, I’ve been blogging consistently since September 2014! Especially once Rebels started… it became the norm to sit down, grab a snack, log into WordPress, open up whatever the Rebels episode of the week was, and start writing. A 22-minute episode became 2 hours within the course of that time, and while it wasn’t always easy, and some days I didn’t always feel like doing it, the end result was always worthwhile!
I look back now feeling incredibly blessed to have been part of this. As I’ve said a thousand times before, it’s an amazing time to be a SW fan right now, and being able to talk about it and write about it as it happens is absolutely amazing.
You know that header image up there with that sunset-colored screencap from Duel Of The Droids? I picked that because, at the time, I wasn’t sure what else to use, and intended to later find a better picture (I’d originally wanted to find a high-res pic of that art piece of Luke and Anakin from the Saga Blu-Ray). But now looking back, I realize that screencap couldn’t be more perfect. That image encompasses the feeling of being a new Star Wars fan… you look out and in front of you lies miles worth of stories told and stories to be told. It can be kind of intimidating at first, but with friends in the fandom by your side, you can have the confidence to run out and jump into it, calling out “Follow me, boys”! And having been a true-blue SW fan for only around four years now, I can speak from experience.
As I have also said many times before, I am very much Ahsoka. I gravitated to her quickly even when I didn’t fully understand Star Wars, not only because she’s an incredibly awesome character, but also because she was a lot like me… a girl caught up in the middle of a war she didn’t fully understand. While she grew up, I grew in my understanding of these incredible stories. She was a huge key for me in my love of SW. If I’d never found myself liking her and relating to her character… I might’ve never decided to dig further into The Clone Wars and the Prequels and the Originals and everything else! So thus it truly made me cry buckets of happy tears when Ahsoka stepped into Rebels. We indeed both “grew up” together πŸ™‚ I understand SW to a much deeper extent than I did two years ago, let alone four or five years ago, and Ahsoka’s helping lead the Rebel Alliance! Who’da thunk we’d end up where we did? But that’s just the magic of being a Star Wars fan and making the decision to jump out of that gunship πŸ˜€
Having this blog has helped me much in learning and understanding the SW Galaxy and has played a part in making me love these stories even more than I ever possibly could, to the point I was literally shaking and crying watching that Episode VII teaser. Amazing how it all comes together, doesn’t it? Being a Star Wars fangirl is seriously amazing. Just is.
And I, for one, am glad I not only jumped out of that gunship, but decided to write about how that felt.
So I absolutely just had to say “thank you” to everyone who has supported this blog on both WordPress and tumblr. I cannot thank you enough. This blog has exploded like the Death Star this past year and I truly don’t know where I’d be without my fellow Star Wars fans. Thanks for putting up with all my insane fangirly fangirliness and my overuse of the words “feels”, “ermagosh”, and “squee” and somehow getting something out of this blog. And though I have not heard everyone’s response to the blog, those of you who have reblogged a post on tumblr and said something nice about it … you guys are absolutely beyond awesome and deserve a medal ceremony. But really all you readers and followers deserve medals and as many “thank-yous” as there are stars in the galaxy and as many hairs are on Chewbacca πŸ˜€ Just… thank you!
Here’s to the future of Star Wars, for all the shows, all the movies, all the books and games and every way this galaxy will expand. Here’s to never stop learning about Star Wars, to never stop loving Star Wars, and to coming together as fans united.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

P.S. For your enjoyment, here’s a list of some of my favorite Padawanline blogs from the last year.

Essentials For A Not-So-Ordinary Star Wars Day!
Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Rise Of Clovis
Escape From The Jedi Temple: A Closer Look
10 Reasons I’m Hyped For Rebels!
Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Lost One
Uncovering The Lost Missions: Sacrifice
Rebel Transmissions: Spark Of Rebellion
Rebel Transmissions: Fighter Flight
Rebel Transmissions: Out Of Darkness
Rebel Transmissions: Empire Day
Rebel Transmissions: Path Of The Jedi
Of Crimson Kybers: Looking At Sith Lightsabers
Rebel Transmissions: Fire Across The Galaxy
A [Fangirly] Analysis Of The New Ep VII Teaser!

Rebel Transmissions: Call To Action

Hello SW fans out there! Apologies for not having done this Transmission sooner… last week was a bit busier than I anticipated, but thankfully, the Specters had this week off, so I wouldn’t have to worry about doing two in one week. Anyhow, let’s get to Tarkin talkin’ about the amazingly powerful episode that is Call To Action!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, TCW story arcs “The Citadel” and “The Wrong Jedi”, Rebels episodes Empire Day, Vision Of Hope, Call To Action.

So it’s literally a second into the episode and my mind’s already blown… that gorgeous matte painting of the Imperial Lothal skyline! No words can adequately describe it! But yeah it’s not just there to look pretty, it’s there because there happens to be a Star Destroyer on its way… with someone pretty important on board. Someone important enough that three of our chief baddies, The ‘Quiz, Kallus, and Minister Tua, are here to greet him. Only one person could deserve such an arrival, with the epic ship, a mile’s worth of Stormtroopers, the three amigos, and the Imperial March all at once… Governor Tarkin! Yup, that guy. One of the most calculating, nasty, and frightening villains to ever have graced the Star Wars galaxy! Maketh tries to give him a proper greeting, but Tarkin is not impressed. “YOU HAD ONE JOB, TUA… ONE JOB!” is one way to put it. That job was to keep the Imperials and the planet itself safe, and he’s evidently gotten wind of a bunch of ragtag rebels messing around. Sooo understandably he’s not happy. He literally renders the Minister speechless. Which is saying something ’cause when she gets worked up about something she knows how to speak her mind! Half-expected her to live the stereotype and faint… I know I would’ve! Then the Governor turns to Agent Kallus. Nothing can rock that rock-solid commanding sideburns, right? Right? As soon as Tarkin starts chewing him out for all the rebels he’s let slip out of his grasp, Kallus has this glimmer of uncertainty in his eyes. He’s all “But, but, sir! It’s not like I’m not trying here!!”. I could totally see Kallus going to his office after this and having a good cry XD Maketh leaps in then “Well, hey, it’s not his fault these insurgents are led by some punk Jedi!”. And with that, Tarkin turns his disapproving eyes to The Inquisitor. ‘Quiz looks like he’s having one heck of a time trying to not let on how badly he wants to lightsaber the crud out of his superior. Tarkin, of course, doesn’t believe worth diddly that any Jedi are left. He don’t wanna hear no excuses about that! He knows Jedi and he would know if there were any still alive! And he talks all about this, giving what could only be called a death glare. The Governor don’t play. Man alive, this episode just made Tarkin all the scarier now. Having seen him in his exploits in TCW to his days in the Death Star, he’s always been all kinds of intimidating. But the episode lets us see him in a really creepy light that quite literally gave me the shivers. I don’t blame ’em if indeed Maketh fainted, Kallus shed some tears, and ‘Quizzy vented all his anger on a Tarkin hologram. Anyone who can shake these unshakable bad guys has to be terrifying, and Tarkin is definitely that, in a way that differs from any other SW nasty, that simultaneously makes him pretty awesome all the same.
On the other side of town, Ezra and the gang were caught in a speederbike chase with some ‘troopers. Just another day in the life, right? Kanan knows how to get the bucketheads off their tail as they take a shortcut through town. Sabine takes a detour of her own that doesn’t end well for one such ‘trooper, and our resident Jedi have no problem knocking another off his speeder. One Stormtrooper seems to think he’s got this, but well, tell that to Ezra’s blaster-saber. Victory for todayyy! Our heroes head on back to the Ghost with no further complications.
On board, the three catch Hera, Zeb, and Chopper watching “The New Gall Trayvis Hour”, as the so-called senator-in-exile recommits himself to the Empire, and shrugging off the Rebs as a bunch of insurgents who twisted his “peaceful” message. Oh, and offering a handful of credits for the first to nab ’em. No surprise our gang’s not happy about this. Ezra puts it well when he says “Every time we win, we lose”. But Master Jarrus has other plans… plans to hijack an Imperial broadcast tower and send out their own “Rebel Transmissions” to the Outer Rim. They’re gonna get some honesty and hope on the air for all who hear it! Ezra’s not totally sure how it’s going to work, but he’s in fo’ sho!
I’m pretty sure Aresko and Grint, AKA Jerk Imperials #1 & #2, weren’t expecting anything out of this meeting with Tarkin and the “amigos”… but things start going downhill for ’em pretty fast. Tarkin, as usual, cuts to the chase and asks them how they’re doing with these rebels. Which of course they’re not doing that good. Most of the conversation that they have seems to be mostly Tarkin thinking out loud, figuring out why these particular rebs do what they do. Buuut he turns that discussion back onto #1 & #2 pretty quickly, instead of pointing to the rebels, he points to the twosome who let them get away. Tarkin knows that long-term, the lasting effect of the Ghost crew is hope, and he don’t like that (Yeah you and President Snow would get along real well, you know that? But if that team-up ever happened we’d be dead. Sorry, obscure reference for Hunger Games fans). Because if folks start believing in something beyond the Empire… well, you know. And then we realize why exactly it is The Inquisitor is standing right behind Aresko and Grint… wow… I don’t know about you, but I audibly gasped. Even Kallus and Maketh are shocked at this move. I literally went and looked up their names, ’cause I don’t think I’ll ever be able to call them “Jerk Imperials” again… they deserve more respect than that, even with all the crud they’ve given our gang since day one. Tarkin definitely don’t play. And thus, Tarkin sends Kallus to go get out some probe droids, ’cause this little rebellion’s ending here and now.
We catch up with our heroes as Kanan, Ezra, and Sabine overlook the Imperial communication tower. With ‘troopers at all ends, Sabine’s having trouble figuring out exactly how they’re going to get their plan in motion. So right now, it’s all “ifs”; if they can get inside, if they can plant that data spike. And then another problem rears its ugly head… a transport zooms on by and drops off a probe droid! Oh joy! The rebs have an advantage for the moment, as they’re above the probe’s line of vision. But they can’t hang out up there forever… and their bikes happen to be in the probe’s line of vision. But Ezra’s got this; he reaches out with the Force and gets some help from a furry friend. And before the probe droid can spot their speederbikes, a wild tooka leaps on top of it! (Aren’t you proud of me for spelling that right?!) Needless to say, the tooka makes toast out of that thing fast. And the Empire has no clue that anyone destroyed the thing on purpose. Ezra majorly wins here and our heroes are able to make a dash for it. But what they don’t know is that the probe was working just the slightest… and it caught our Specters on camera.
It doesn’t take long for Kallus to show this to the Gov’. But Tarkin decides to not jump in immediately, to allow the rebels to think they have the upper hand. Kallus is all “Um okayyyy…?”. Hehe I’m guessing the Agent here’s not liking not being in charge this time around. And to leave on an ominous note, Tarkin’s assigning ‘Quiz to the task of capturing the Jedi-in-charge. He may have to bring him back alive, but don’t think for a minute it wasn’t chilling all the same.
Meanwhile, the Ghost crew was finishing off their little broadcaster and got Chopper loaded up with the data transmitter spike. It looks like they’re good to go — if all goes according to plan. And it seems Ezra’s having some doubts. His parents did broadcasts of their own, and he ended up losing them, and he can’t help but fear for his surrogate family now. Kanan tells him that making sacrifices is inevitable; they’ve had their share of losses and they’re going to have more before they achieve ultimate victory. It’s not easy for Ezra, and Kanan admits it wasn’t something he really understood prior to now either. But whatever comes, they’re in this together, and they can’t turn away just because of fear of what could happen. Guhhhh knowing how this ends I can’t not be moved right now…
Before they know it, the plan is in motion. Sabine drives in with a full tank of rhydonium and guns blazing. Zeb dives in and mans a turret, doing what he do. And Ezra, Kanan, and Chopper are making their move inside. Once at the controls, they have three minutes for Chopper to get that spike in the system. But turns out there might be a problem… in comes some Imperial aircraft… and some troop transports. The whole shebang. Right here and now. Aw crud. Sabine and Chopper’ve gotta move fast, Ezra’s gotta go and get Zeb, and I’d say on all accounts it’s time to move.
“Kanan says we need to move!” “But I like this gun!” “We’ll get you another gun!” *Zeb ducks from laserfire* “Yeah… I can get another gun…” OK sorry but that bit was hilarious XD Anywur, Ezra, Zeb, Sabine, and Chopper all met back up at the front with Kanan, but he led them on ahead to meet up with Hera while he pulled out the ‘saber. Ahh so brave!! Kanan tells Ezra he’ll be right behind him, even if the odds stacked against them seem to deny him that privilege, and Ezra knows it. But Kanan shuts the door behind the rest of his crew and faces head-on all the Imperials staring him down. Which would naturally include Agent Kallus and The Inquisitor. AND THEN KANAN SLAMS HIS LIGHTSABER INTO THE DOOR LOCK OHMYGOSH. Ezra and the gang arrive on top of the tower, and instead of finding Kanan and jumping aboard the Ghost and going on their merry way, they find what looks like a cross between a TIE fighter and a Republic Gunship loaded with ‘troopers. Is anything ever easy around here?
Down below, Kanan squares off for a brief ‘saber duel with Quizzy. The Inquisitor makes mention of his superior, who might let the crew live if Kanan surrenders. Master Jarrus turns off his weapon, but not in surrender — in the fact that here comes Hera on the Phantom, blowing the TIE-gunship to pieces. Then they go back to dueling again. And man I can’t help but shudder when The Inquisitor drives his blade through the wall right where Kanan was standing a second earlier. Doesn’t matter that he was told to bring Kanan back alive, it’s still one terrifying little battle here. And then ‘Quiz goes and Force-throws Kanan against the wall, and just as the Phantom came over to pick up the crew. Ezra, like all of us, freaks out. And then there’s blasterfire coming from all over, making it almost impossible for the Phantom to stay where it is. Kanan comlinks to the crew and insists they make a run for it. Hera refuses to leave him behind, but as the forces outside get worse… she finds she has no choice but to do as he says. And man oh man the way Hera looks when she realizes she has to do so… and the way Ezra looks when she closes the door… so many tears on my part. So many tears. NUUUUUUUU KANAN WHYYY?!!
Kanan watches from below as the Phantom flies to safety… and then watches The Inquisitor point his red blade at his throat. Next we see him, he’s cuffed and surrounded by Stormtroopers at both sides. And then Tarkin showed up, looking at least a little pleased at Kanan’s capture. But then Kallus alerted him to the fact that the rebels had taken over their communication tower. And just like that, Ezra’s voice begins to sound from every streaming source. Even as the Imperials move Kanan on board, Ezra’s message of hope, of courage is heard everywhere. People in the streets hear and are given something to genuinely think about. Something to hope for. He may not have all the experience some fancy-pants senator-in-exile might have, but Ezra is an absolute natural, surely doing his parents proud. I just… wow… can’t even…! FEELS. Even as the Imperials destroy the tower, Young Bridger’s words ring strong and true. And that is something that not even the Empire can destroy. No massive weapons, no battle stations, no red ‘sabers, no nothing can destroy hope. And Star Wars proves that time and time again, no matter the hard times, no matter the hurt, no matter the losses. NO MATTER WHAT.
Well nuts now I can’t top that can I? I think I oughta end the post now so I can end on that note best I can. But yeah… it’s far from over… you don’t mess with the Ghost crew, no sir. So yes, stand strong, stand together, and speak life. That is all. Now I need to go and recover from all these feels. Oh who am I kidding? Like I can do that!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Idiot’s Array

Hello, what have we here? Another Rebel Transmission! And if you’re wondering why I’m talking like Lando Calrissian… please stop reading this, go and watch this episode, and then come back. Because yeah this awesome episode involves everyone’s favorite old smoothie! No not Han… though that would make sense since Lando called him an “old smoothie”, but in this case I’m referring to Lando! If I were referring to Han I’d be calling him “everyone’s favorite scoundrel” or “everyone’s favorite nerf herder” or something of that sort. Wow I am just chatty as a bird today aren’t I? Just excited! After a handful of emotionally-stirring, heartstring-tugging, tear-shedding episodes, Idiot’s Array brings us back to the more lighthearted side of the show with all the Ghost fam’! So let’s get started shall we?
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, Zorba The Hutt’s Revenge, and Rebels episodes Empire Day, Path Of The Jedi, and Idiot’s Array.

We start off at a familiar old joint, the same we saw back in Empire Day. Though we get to see it from the outside… and it literally has a Republic gunship built into it! Seriously it never ceases to wow me when I see those subtle ties to the world fifteen years past. Kanan was here, asking the Ithorian barkeep for some potential work. While Zeb plays Sabacc with a couple of strangers. Somehow just knowing it’s Sabacc immediately makes me think “Zeb’s gonna lose”. Between incidents involving the Falcon, and in one of Paul and Hollace Davids’ books, Cloud City’s casinos, it seems that there’s a hit-or-miss ratio in this game… and Lando was the loser in both the ones I mentioned! But yeah I love how well they concealed Lando’s presence. If not for all the footage of him going around prior to the episode’s debut I probably wouldn’tve picked up on it either! But yeah even Chopper knows this won’t end well, as he bangs his dome against the table. Seriously is it just me or does Chopper get more entertaining to watch each episode? πŸ˜€ As far as the “job hunt”? Old Jho redirects Kanan to the gentleman at the Sabacc table, who might be looking for a pilot. Once Kanan gets over there… it seems that Zeb might’ve bet Chopper in their little game. Kanan objects for ten seconds before seeing that there’s seemingly no way Zeb could lose. And those of us in the audience immediately mutter “I’ve got a bad feeling about this…”, because again, the hit-or-miss ratio in this game. It can’t be that easy, right? Chopper’s clearly saying “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!” XD But yeah Chopper and all of us are right. The only thing that can trump a “sabacc” is an “idiot’s array”. And Chopper goes and bangs his dome again. So the winner and apparently Chop’s new owner is… Lando Calrissian! YUS this guyyy!! Once I first heard that he was going to be in the next episode and saw his Rebels look, I exploded in fangirliness. I mean, it’s been great having Billy Dee Williams himself playing Lando for the Lego world (in both The Yoda Chronicles and The Lego Movie), but there’s definitely something just amazing about seeing him in the amazing animation and awesome visual style in Rebels. That first cocky expression he makes…! I about died squee-ing! This episode reminded me why I love this guy so much. Ahhhh I need to watch Empire Strikes Back now!! *Ahem* so anyway… yeah the guys are in troooooooublllllle…
So you know something’s wrong when Chopper comes in griping, Zeb says “I can explain…”, and the three are joined by an uninvited new guy. Kanan introduces him to the others, letting them know they’re intending to help him get past the Imperial blockade. Hera picks up pretty fast that something’s up, but that’s just what she do. And once Lando mentions that he’ll be returning their droid along with their payment, Hera is not happy. We’re talking using-Zeb’s-full-name not happy. And when Zeb throws the blame back to Kanan… she literally goes and slugs him in the arm. Yup this is why we don’t cross Captain Syndulla. Hehe I love how Kanan shrugs like “hey that’s just Hera for you, whatcha gonna do?” XD So now the Ghost crew doesn’t have much choice in helping out Mr. Calrissian. Off they go…!
And they haven’t gotten far before Lando interjects some of his charm into the conversation… ermargosh the way he sorta compliments Hera’s piloting skills and the way she rolls it off…! Priceless. So much priceless. Gotta love that swag, am I right? OK Hera’s not loving it, and Kanan shoots quite the look of disapproval in his direction. Chopper seems to be enjoying himself a bit, though, ’cause now that he’s Lando’s droid, he doesn’t have to take orders from the Ghost crew anymore. So Lando takes advantage of this and asks Chop for a tour, which the little booger does without question. Ah ironyyyy. And THEN he brings him coffee! We all know that this was part of the droid’s little plan to take Mr. Calrissian’s fuel in the end, but for a while it seemed that all that charm of his was working on Chopper. Ezra doesn’t seem terribly impressed either. Especially after Lando compliments Sabine’s artwork. Ohhhmergosh… XD He compared it to that of another great anti-Empire artist’s work, but “more stunning”. That’d be like someone telling me my art outdid that of Jason Deamer, or Carter Goodrich, or Killian Plunkett! And this pretty much one-upped any compliment Ezra made on her art because Lando has something to compare it to. Yeah methinks Ezra feels Lando to be too smooth for his own good. And the way Zeb is holding back laughing at the whole scene XD Yes whether you’re Han, or Ezra, or to a lesser extent perhaps Kanan… smoothness is overrated.
So on their way to Lando’s supplier’s place, well… yeah… “You got the goods?” “…Always.” THAT LOOK ON HIS FACE. HERA’S EYEROLL. KANAN’S DISAPPROVING GLARE. CAN’T. EVEN. OK so anyway, Lando’s got this as he, Hera, and Kanan board. Or so he says. Just sayin’, this ship does have escape pods. And yes behind every swaggy scoundrel is a dude you don’t want to cross paths with. In this case, Azmorigan. Yeahhh… just watching him eat like he does made me immediately check my manners while eating. Props to his voice actor though, who I believe was Chi Fu in Mulan. He’s got what Lando wants… and Lando happens to be offering up a fabulous deal on a TWI’LEK. On HERA. WHUT. And now we’re torn as to whether Calrissian knows what he’s doing or if something’s seriously wrong here. And good question; Lando didn’t know the ship he’d be riding on would have a Twi’lek captain… so what was he originally going to trade? Or was he intending to trade whoever was on board? It’s all a mystery. Anyway, Kanan wasn’t really fond of this deal, but Hera is a bit more savvy that he knows and goes along with it. It’s definitely interesting watching this. When they were introducing the Rebels cast for the first time, I loved that the captain was a girl Twi’lek, mainly because, well, who was the first girl Twi’lek in Star Wars? Oola, the unfortunate dancer who got eaten by the rancor. It’s a completely common sight in the SW universe, seeing Twi’lek ladies in seedy places. Hera’s far from that, and is a self-reliant, caring, strong individual who doesn’t take crud from anyone. So yeesh it must’ve been weird for her to suddenly kinda play the role of the naive slave girl. She may play her voice a little bit softer, but the looks she’s shooting Lando’s way are not too sweet. And so, Kanan and Lando return back to the Ghost without their captain. Lando’s chill with it, as he believes Hera will stick to the plan. The “plan” being the one he vaguely hinted at earlier. Kanan is so not happy right now. First Chopper, and now Hera! Greaaaaat. And what was it that Lando was willing to trade for Hera for? He calls it “sophisticated mining equipment”, and tells Zeb and Ezra not to startle it. Real smart. Leave a box with something mysterious inside alone with these two. Honestly Lando you have no one to blame but yourself for what happens later.
Sooo how’s Hera enjoying the new master? Not so much. Azmorigan’s not as bad as Jabba… but he’s not really much better either. I did find it funny how much he really digs into that fruit, and then two seconds later throws the thing over his shoulder like trash. Thankfully he’s more into his food than his Twi’lek right now, ’cause Hera’s sticking to her own plan. Yup, it’s amazing what a food tray can do! Along with a little sweet-talking, you can do pretty much anything… or at least escape from this punk’s ship. Hehe I’m getting all these Indiana Jones vibes right now… πŸ™‚ Like a boss, Captain Syndulla. Like. a. boss.
And right on schedule, Lando spots the escape pod Hera took. “…You really should have more faith in our captain,” “Our captain?”. Might Kanan be a little jelly? I’m sure he’d deny it if you asked him. So Hera made it off that pod and back on board without any problem. Though Lando did not quite expect the greeting he got from her… dang that must’ve hurt. And did anyone pick up on the way his voice kinda went up a couple of octaves after that blow? Yeah, now you know even more why we don’t cross the captain. Oh and new problem: Imperial blockade. Hera asks him what exactly he was smuggling that was so important, and it seems Zeb and Ezra have already discovered that for themselves. A chubby little critter that soon reveals itself to be a puffer pig. It makes Ezra and Zeb give chase and gets looks from everyone else. Oh, and the whole frightening experience may have triggered the whole “puffer” part of “puffer pig”… it expands. A lot. Like the whole hallway’s width. Kanan won’t even ask. I have to say the puffer pig might be one of my fave SW critters now. Right up there with tauntauns, monkey-lizards, mookas, whatever Boga is, and a bunch of others I don’t know the name of. She’s quite the adorable little piggy isn’t she? Also, she’s the perfect mining tool, a digger with a nose for precious minerals. And something that would go undetected by radar after the last mining-equipment-smuggling job he pulled here. But to make sure the Imperials don’t pick up on who they are, Lando sends out Chopper to fix that cloaking device. And again, Chopper is a good little droid and does just that. The Ghost was about to get through with flying colors… and then Ezra overheard Lando asking about purchasing some of Sabine’s art. You’d think a twentysomething smuggler wouldn’t be worth worrying about at his age, but Ezra is willing to climb over an inflated puffer pig to give Lando some choice words. But then Ezra stepped on the pig’s head, startled it again, made it expand again (while plastering young Bridger onto the roof), and the force threw Zeb into the control panel, turning off their cloaking. Much facepalm. And onward cometh the TIEs! With Miss Puffer Piggy blocking the door, it’s just Zeb and Kanan at the controls, trying to figure out how to fly and shoot at the same time. It’s a bit of a challenge until Hera brilliantly suggests to take a turn into the clouds, which ultimately steers the team to victory!
Finally the Ghost touches back down on Lothal at Lando’s little neck of the woods. But so much for getting paid and hitting the road, because… yup, Azmorigan showed up. With bodyguards. And guns. And he wants his pig and his Twi’lek back. Oh, and to “bury Calrissian”. Yeah let’s just say the negotiations were short. Really short. ‘Cause before you know it Azmorigan’s shooting all over the place and his men are shooting all over the place. In the midst of the battle, Ezra pulls out his new ‘saber… except that he’s using it to shoot energy blasts. I love Kanan’s response; “Wait… mine doesn’t do that!” XD XD Good point, do you think any Jedi has ever had a multi-use lightsaber like that before? Like, in the way that it shoots and ‘sabers? I don’t know, but it couldn’t be more perfect for him. After all, now he can carry his lightsaber for when he needs it without arousing Imperial suspicion and still be able to fight baddies when need be! Maybe he should offer to built these extensions onto the lightsabers of other surviving Jedi, that’d be cool. Though considering Obi-Wan’s doesn’t have one I guess it didn’t catch on. Though our team does have a secret weapon — the pig. After Zeb scares the poor thing again, Miss Puffer Piggy inflates and actually bounces like an oversized balloon into the paths of Azmorigan’s gunmen. Zeb gives the expression that seems to say “What… just happened?” and Sabine’s all “IDK but I’m just gonna roll with it”. And all the while, Chopper is bent on getting this fuel tank into the Ghost. But then alas… Azmorigan has Zeb at gunpoint and makes a deal: Lando for Zeb and all their freedom. Kanan and Ezra don’t bat an eyelash and agree to this. But Hera has other plans. Because guess who was at the guns inside the Ghost? Chopper! Yeah Azmorigan and his goons were outta there in a hurry.
Ultimately, it seems things went… mostly well. The payment Lando intended to give them was to take place after his pig found something of value. So the most they got out of this deal was Chop back. Hera makes it clear that Lando still owes her big-time. But Mr. Calrissian still brushes it off in the cool and confident way he does. He promises Chopper they’ll meet again… and I say “YESYESYESYES!!” to that, though our heroes may have some differing opinions on that matter πŸ™‚ But in the end, it did give the gang a greater appreciation of their faithful droid and their faithful captain. Hurhur Ezra doesn’t miss a beat though “I always appreciated you, Sabine” “Yes Ezra I know…” XD And Chopper stole Lando’s fuel. So the crew’s got what they need to fight another day. Woot teamwork! But turns out that Lando had fully intended for them to take the fuel as payment. Aw, you ol’ smoothie πŸ˜€
So that was awesome. Seriously seriously awesome! I thank you all for joining me on this fabRebelous journey through Idiot’s Array (sorry terrible pun I will never do it again *crosses fingers*). So until we meet again, Star Wars fans!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight