Following The Freemakers: Trouble On Tibalt

Hello my Star Wars-loving people! You’ve probably been wondering why I’ve been on an unannounced hiatus for the last couple months. Well it started out with just not having a good post idea one week… and then was followed by a major bout of IRL busy-ness and a general lack of desire to write. I know I’ve missed a lot of great opportunities to talk about Star Wars since then, with Disney Parks and John Powell and porgs(!). But hopefully I can start to remedy that in the weeks to come. Now we shall begin again by discussing the utter excitement of the Freemakers’ most recent escapade, Trouble On Tibalt! And hopefully this will be a much more efficiently-written post than my previous work.

NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode VI, Rogue One, Rebels episode Wings Of The Master, much of the Freemakers season one, and Trouble On Tibalt.
(Also yes now I’m linking my previous Closer Look posts into the spoiler warnings so you can refresh your memory if need be. But you still should read this with caution if you haven’t actually seen an episode or film listed here.)

That Darth Sidious is something else, right? He’s the emperor of the whole galaxy right now, has an amazing virtually unstoppable Death Star II in the works, but he’s still sore about the Kyber Saber incident and that “Reginald” Freemaker kid. Not gonna lie, my instantaneous thought was “OMG OMG IS THAT THE FREEMAKERS’ DAD?? IS HE IMPORTANT TO THE EMPIRE LIKE GALEN ERSO?? WOW!!” and then I suddenly realized the joke and felt like an idiot. Probably better that way… “Reginald” is just not the most appropriately Star Wars-y name out there. But though Palpatine doesn’t have everything he wants, he does have one particular new something. Something special. Something downright deadly. Its name, or more precisely, his name, is M-OC. You know, the prospect that Palpatine built M-OC himself (which is what I’m assuming at the moment) is quite intriguing. I had no idea he knew anything directly to do with droid engineering. I honestly doubt he built it all himself though. Probably had a few Imperial technicians involved I would think, I mean… as we soon see, this intimidating-looking hunk of metal is no average Imperial droid…

Elsewhere in the galaxy, it seems the Freemaker family has taken to their new careers in the Rebel Alliance like a sando aqua monster to water. Salvage and repair is second-nature to them, and now they get to do so for a noble cause. That’s a win if I’ve ever heard one! Plus, they get these great new khaki uniforms that both serve their workday purposes and celebrate each of the kids’ unique spirits! Only downside to the job is the constant moving around the galaxy every time the Empire shows up. “Stupid Empire! Stupid timing!” Yesss Rowan I have thought that many a time over the years watching, reading, and playing Star Wars. But on a different note, I will say I realize now that it’s better he didn’t tell Luke of his abilities. It might’ve caused some complications with Yoda’s “last-of-the-Jedi-you-will-be” claim if Luke literally knew another Jedi. And though TFA is technically not 100% canon, I don’t think they’d want to outright go up against a fact like that. Unless, of course Rowan actually doesn’t… um… yeah I’d like to hope he lives at least a few few more decades, if that’s all right. Anyway I hope I made my point there, I wasn’t intending to spend so much time on that one topic. One of the many things I love about TFA is that the only noncanon stuff they really ever do are fun Lego-y self-awareness gags, compared to the blatant (though still funny) inaccuracies in the other specials.

Check it out I’m finally separating my paragraphs so this blog is easier to read! Anyway, so even with an Imperial fleet causing trouble, Kordi, Zander, and even Roger are completely in their element, fixing up the fighters as they go out into the battle and fixing them up again when they come back to the hangar. They’ve totally got this… to the point that Rowan finds himself overlooked in the midst of it all. I know well how you feel, sweet child… it’s no fun feeling useless and not knowing how to help. But enter General Syndulla: spacemom bosslady extraordinaire! I was so utterly thrilled when I first found out Hera was going to be in this season, not just because she’s one of my most favorite characters, but because she’d fit in so perfectly. I knew that long before I knew she’d be a general by Rogue One, and definitely long before I found out her presence in this timeline is canon. I had so many questions though. What would she be like at this point? What has she faced since the days spent with the Ghost crew? What actually happened to the Ghost crew? Of course we won’t know that last part for a while. And while I would like to hope that everything is peachy and everyone lived, I simply don’t know, especially this far down the timeline. But though only a small moment in this episode, it had me smiling hard, because even with a high rank and I imagine some tough times in her more-recent past, she’s still completely the caring, thoughtful Rebel mom she’s always been :3 She sees Rowan looking down and decides to give him a special assignment all his own. OK so right now all I want is for Hera to unofficially adopt these precious kids. Like seriously. That, and that awesome jacket of hers, because isn’t it the coolest?!

It’s absolutely no question, M-OC is a walking nightmare and I adore him. He doesn’t just look intimidating, he’s got the skills to back it up. Lots of skills. He can saw, burn, blast, and outright tear people apart. Not to mention he’s super super agile. And his entirely cold, logical personality (or lack of one) sets him apart from a number of villains. There are a lot of scary droids out there, no doubt. But this guy is all of those scary droids and more, I think. I mean… guys. He can turn his head all the way around. He might just be a droid but that’s never not creepy, unless you’re an owl. Can you imagine what M-OC would look like in the films or Rebels? I’m gonna say likely this guy won’t make it out of the season fully-functioning, so he wouldn’t be able to cross over to the canon like that, but wouldn’t that be something! He’s awesomely terrifying either way, though. And cool as he is… I’m a tad concerned for Rowan atm.

So you guys we’re going to have to talk a while ’bout Quarrie! In a way, I wasn’t terribly surprised to see him in TFA; considering shipbuilding’s his thing, he would be a logically perfect fit for the Lego-verse. But what did surprise me was the idea that Hera would want Rowan to become his apprentice. That is most definitely a perfect fit! Though only the first time we get to see him interacting with the youngest Freemaker, I foresee a lot of fun and excitement and a bit of a grandpa-grandson bond in the near future πŸ™‚ And any time to learn more about this beautiful crazy (though a bit cranky) mon calamari is a good time! I’m so so glad they found this role for him alongside the Freemakers!

It’s both impressive and pretty gut-wrenching how quickly M-OC’s able to nab Rowan. Had me thinking several times he might actually get away and we might be minus Ro for a couple episodes. And isn’t M-OC’s ship cool? Yeah I know Quarrie, Imp ships lack real craftsmanship, but it’s still so so very cool! My brother and I debated a bit whether it was a specific existing ship; he thought it was closer to the upcoming TIE silencer, and I was thinking it was more of a TIE striker, but looking at it now I think it’s something entirely different. Either way, it’s sleek and it’s dangerous and me likey. Of course, M-OC (quite literally) didn’t call into account his captive wielded a lightsaber. Oh yeah, here’s a good question: where was he keeping his ‘saber? I don’t think it was holstered, and considering the danger of being a Jedi right now that probably wouldn’t be the safest place to keep it. I’m gonna assume it might’ve been in his jacket. His boots I figure are a bit small for the standard hilt length. Just throwing out some possibilities here, anyway. So glad he didn’t leave home base without it!

β€œAnybody know what that thing is?!” β€œNo, but let’s blow it up anyway!” Sounds good to me XD
But seriously. It’s kind of disgusting to think that someone would build a machine so utterly deadly, so completely merciless and cruel, to hunt down a child. A CHILD! It’s hard to tell whether Sidious wants him alive or dead, which just makes it all the scarier. *Shudders* They might look like small plastic people but the danger is all kinds of real. Once M-OC threw out that net I was horrified, certain that Rowan would soon find himself at the feet of the Emperor. But β€œNEVER TELL ME THE ODDS! Mostly because I don’t understand how they work.” Hehe that might be my favorite line this episode πŸ˜€ I getcha Ro, math is hard. Granted I’ve always been pretty good at statistics but… oh never mind. We’re getting off-track here. Family wins the day and it is beautiful!

But M-OC’s not so easily defeated. Watching him walk out of the fire, missing limbs but still as threatening as ever, his voice a bit more disturbingly distorted than before… CHILLS. MANY CHILLS. THEY GOT LUCKY YOU GUYS. OR NOT LUCKY SO MUCH AS THE FORCE WAS WITH THEM BUT… AHHHH!! He’s gonna give them a real run for their credits this season. As Rowan fills in his family on the walking death machine’s identity and purpose, his voice is so quiet and small it about tears me apart. Things have gotten very very real. But hope is still very very real, too. Rowan has a master now, of a different sort than he’s had briefly with Luke and JEK-14, but one who will surely help him grow in many ways.

He also has a dream, an image of a beautiful ship with a heart of kyber, a powerful shield, and all the hope in the galaxy. A ship he calls the Arrowhead.

Wow yes that was so fantastic! And so fun to write on! It feels good being back with the Freemakers! See you on the next episode next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Fun With The Freemakers Shorts!

OK so you know I wasn’t gonna not talk about the Freemaker Adventures shorts that came out Star Wars Day! They’re absolutely golden little nuggets of wonderful that tie in perfectly with the rest of the series, and also make it harder and harder for me to wait for next season, in a good way πŸ™‚ I’m gonna link them all up here and talk about some of the coolest tidbits, nerdy thoughts, and interesting connections in each one as we go!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rogue One, the first season of The Freemaker Adventures, and Rebels episode Double Agent Droid

HOME ONE: The Job Interview

After months spent soaking in the reruns, laying awake at night lost in my headcanons and theories, and occasionally worrying a second season might not even happen, seeing these shorts was like coming home! It’s so cool seeing exactly what conspired immediately after the season finale’s end (not a lot of shows do that, y’know?). I thought it was interesting the Alliance showed interest in recruiting him just on Palpatine’s rage alone. I figured word got around about the Kyber Saber incident on Coruscant, but clearly, if you end up on the Emperor’s “public enemy” list, you’re a friend of the Rebels! But the Freemakers’ job wasn’t signed and sealed until they saw what the kids could bring to the table, that being a lot of guts, ingenuity, creativity, and some serious business skills a la Kordi! Also any and all spare parts, ’cause the poor Rebs could really use ’em. Ah you guys I’m so pumped for what comes next with the series! We’re not only getting to see the Rebel Alliance in a little-explored era, but we’re getting to see what it’s like on an everyday daily basis… with a few Freemaker hijinks along the way πŸ™‚

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– LIEUTENANT VALERIA HAS A U-WING AND I AM BOTH IN AWE AND INSANELY JEALOUS.
– I seriously can’t believe the wookiees and the trandoshans are still going at it tho.
– I may be mistaken, but I love that they finally got Lego jawas to say something besides just “uttini”.

THROWN INTO BATTLE: How To Make Friends And Win Battles

My literal reaction to seeing Chopper was a big feeling-all-gooey-inside “AWWWW!!”. I know we’ll get to see Hera in the coming season, but I had no idea if her grumpy droid would make it this far (with all the Rebels he’s angered and annoyed, it’s a little surprising he hasn’t been “dismantlated” yet). So seeing his rusty orange dome and hearing his grunts was an absolute treat. But this short’s not about Chopper, it’s a Roger adventure! It’s fun seeing the old battle droid’s creative side as well as his sociable side. And boy was that battle a close call! The Star Wars galaxy is just chock-full of beautifully unexpected heroes! πŸ˜€

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– I’m still confused as to whether Roger’s number is spelled “Ar-zero-gee-ar” or “Ar-oh-gee-ar”. I think a lot of sources spell it with a zero, so that’s what I do, but Roger referred to it with an “o”. I guess it doesn’t really make that much difference either way, but the last thing I want to do is mispell a character’s name if I can help it.
– Anyone else crack up when Roger utilized the peg on top of an astromech’s head as a cupholder? XD #OnlyInLegoStarWars
– The very fact Chopper went after Roger with blasters in hand honestly made my day. I’d originally theorized Chop and Roger wouldn’t get along well because they were on opposite sides during the Clone Wars, but getting past the initial first impressions, it looks like Chop’s found himself a new buddy to mess with! πŸ˜›
– Not gonna lie, I was kinda hoping we might get another droid musical number when R0-GR was floating around at the end… yeah I’m guessing that’s something you can only do maybe once in Star Wars, though…

ROWAN’S SECRET ADVENTURE: Caught Up In The Action

Early on, I’d originally theorized that perhaps the Rebels hired Rowan for more than just as a mechanic, maybe as a lieutenant commander! After all, he’s only twelve and he’s already saved the galaxy as well as possessing some mighty Force powers. But right now at least, he’s on the outside looking in… literally as he’s in the hangar sneaking a peek at a Rebel briefing. Ahh he’s still got that utterly precious curiosity and infectious spirit that makes my insides melt like he’s my own kid! :3 And seeing him to continue to grow his Force-building prowess just makes me so darn proud! Not to mention watching him hold his own pretty awesomely in that Y-wing… second season’s not even begun and I’m already getting feels up here over how grown-up he’s become! This one’s just too much fun you guys.

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– I never thought burnt cookies could do so much damage. Yikes.
– I’ll talk more about her later, but Valeria’s the bomb. When she don’t got time to waste, she blasts whatever’s in her way! Including large awkward chunks of Rebel ships. #Bosslady
– “BEEP BOOP! WE’RE GONNA DIE!! BOOP!” I dunno Roger makes a pretty convincing astromech to me! XD
– Think Galen Erso designed this Imperial base too? His exhaust port self-destruct functions are a trademark of his work!

ZANDER FREEMAKER, SUPERSTAR PILOT GUY: Blaze-Making

I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Zander would go into the Alliance with a burning desire to be a pilot; that’s math even Raam and Baash could understand! But I also knew someone was gonna stand in his way, and I actually theorized early on it might be a bosslady pilot. So, cool! I’m on a roll! When I’d first read the main cast listing for the coming season, I’d thought this Lieutenant Valeria was an Imperial graycoat, but I was pleased as punch to hear Yvette Nicole Brown’s stellar voice acting coming from a Rebel instead. Valeria is all energy, enthusiasm, and an honorable confidence with a touch of sass and I love her already. Also she gets to fly a U-wing and gets an awesome blue flightsuit, which just ups her coolness levels. I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about her in the coming season. In fact, the theories have already begun (Anyone else wondering where she got that scar on her left temple? Also I’m assuming Valeria’s her last name, so I want to know if she’s got a first one). But I had no idea though that Zander was gonna get into a battle this soon, and he really does own it out there! You guys don’t doubt Superstar bro here! Granted I don’t think even Sabine would approve of that much firepower on one spacecraft, and ultimately I’m getting the feeling this incident may keep Zander out of the pilot’s seat for a while, but you gotta love his zest and spunk anyway! πŸ™‚

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– Quick thought: soooo the Rebels hardly have enough spare parts as it is, but… they somehow had enough cannons and guns lying around that they could fix ’em onto the Blazemaker? Hondo must’ve come through for them again. Heh boy’d be interesting if Captain Ohnaka crossed paths with the Freemakers again now… I bet he’d consider them friends if he knew one was a Jedi.
– Love the video game-style shots! That got a big laugh out of me and my bro.
– Anyone else think he shot down a lot a lot of bucketheads though? I get he’s defending his comrades, and I know not all of them died, but it almost seemed a bit of an edgy move for him to make, especially when he went after those TIEs in retreat with the megacannon. If it weren’t for the fact that the Rebels had already lost a couple fighters themselves it might’ve been kinda cruel. This may be war, Zander, but I don’t want you losing that noble part of you that I love. Wow that got probably a little too deep there. This is still Lego, after all… (EDIT: FORGET WHAT I SAID; TFA IS NEVER JUST “LEGO”! I meant it only in that stormtroopers don’t get killed off much in Lego but I realize that sounded like I was saying it wasn’t worth taking seriously. Forgive me for any miscommunication.)
– RIP Blazemaker. I just got around to fully appreciating it and now… yeah I sorta went through a brief period of mourning. Here’s hoping he’ll put together a 3.0 version for the next season!

BEWARE THE GAMMOREAN FLU: Sick Moves

We close out the shorts with a riveting adventure focused on the entire fam and their clever plan to help some old acquaintances. Nice seeing Durpin and Plumestriker again, though I found it interesting Durpin has suddenly gotten himself some motivation. I’m thinking his desire to arrest the Freemakers is more of a personal interest than work-related. We also learn that Durpin is a hypochondriac and I can kinda relate to that XP I love that it looks at first like their plan failed, but it turns out that was the whole point! The Imps didn’t suspect a thing! All the teamworks, all the excitement, all the Lando and all the Chewie! And of course, all the feels as the Freemakers call the Rebellion “home” :3

Assorted Fangirl Musings:
– It’s embarrassing for me to admit, but I realized watching this that I’ve been pronouncing “gammorean” wrong all these years. I’ve put more emphasis on the “mor” instead of the “rean”. Oh well you live and learn.
– This did get me thinking a lot though on SW diseases and this concept of illnesses only certain species can contract. I mean, I guess it’s not that weird, it’s just easy for me to forget that, just because certain humanoids may have similar forms, doesn’t mean that they’re all the same on the inside. It’s reasonable that gammorean immune systems and human immune systems can handle different things differently. I’d like to see some canon perspective on this though because science. Fascinating.
– “Well… here we are… watching a cell door…” “Yep…” Stormtroopers say the best things sometimes XD
– Also remind me to never get on Roger’s bad side when he’s wielding one of his own legs. K.O.’D! Anyone wonder though if he’ll have a new leg this season? Wouldn’t surprise me somehow… everyone else is getting a new look, so why leave the droid out of it? πŸ™‚

So this was a blast to write and I look forward to writing more deep nerdy thoughts in the weeks to come as we anticipate some new Freemaker Adventures, as well as everything else exciting coming next in the Star Wars galaxy!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Secret Cargo

All right, hopefully I can write a Transmission today worthy of this majorly-epic episode! When I saw Secret Cargo the first time, I didn’t have a single inkling of the epicness about to shake down. I mean, it’s Rebels, I expected epicness because it’s always epic, but… whoa. The epicness was *makes explosion noise with mouth* So as you can imagine, I’m a little nervous tackling this one. So yes hopefully I can write something worth your read. Let’s go!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rogue One and Rebels episodes Warhead and Secret Cargo.

So I was quite delighted to see Hera and Zeb’s faces again! And the Ghost too! It feels like it’s been a really long time somehow. Along with Ezra and Chopper, they’re just hanging around in the middle of nowhere waiting to meet up with some fellow Rebs and looking utterly bored while they’re at it. I betcha watching the Imperial holonet doesn’t help much. I’m sure they’re listening out for good news in the midst of it, but ugh I’d lose my mind watching that all day (if I were a Rebel, anyway; as a fan it’s actually probably interesting). Think Ezra and Zeb make the time pass by poking at the news-Imps? “Pff look at that guy’s hair. How much you wanna bet it’s a toupee?” πŸ˜› But you never know what interesting tidbits’ll make the air (or whatever holos stream via) if you watch it long enough… a certain Senator Mothma just made some waves giving the Emperor a well-deserved calling-out. I’ve always been a big fan of Mon Mothma and was excited to see her in this one, and first time we see her she’s dishin’ out the sass like an absolute boss! OK not really “sass” it’s more of masterfully-spoken honest-to-goodness needed-to-be-said truth. But either way levels of respect went wayyyy up for her, and they were already pretty high to start with. No doubt the crew’s impressed. Then OMG ONE OF THE NIGHTMARISH INFILTRATOR DROIDS SHOWED UP 😱 (Oh look I finally got some interesting emojis in here!) It’s not looking for the Ghost crew, but if it finds the Ghost crew, well… it’s not gonna be good. After a few tense moments of it looking their way, Ezra finally takes aim… but the infiltrator is too fast! Also yikes you guys I’d forgotten how frightening those infiltrators are. The voice alone is just shudder-inducing! Ezra’s eventually able to fire on it thankfully… just as Gold Squadron shows up. An explosive first impression, I’d say πŸ™‚ Pff that was terrible I know, but terrible puns are fun! Yes it’s fascinating really meeting the Gold Squadron. Back when Rebels was first announced I’d assumed the series would surround mainly Rebel types like these guys: orderly, endearlingly-scrappy orangesuits we already knew and loved from the films. So after spending these last few years following a squad that’s more like family than anything else and doesn’t do uniform anything, seeing these two teams together was a bit of an interesting contrast. The Gold Squad dudes are all biz. Like seriously the first two bros don’t even smile and go by ranks and squad names instead of real names, so watching Hera give them a warm welcome is refreshing in comparison. They’re all “CAN’T GO ON OUR SHIP, STUFF’S CLASSIFIED” and Hera’s all “C’mon in and have some kaffe! And there’s a casserole in the oven!” πŸ˜€ A couple of the Golds aren’t too impressed with the Phoenixes’ methods, blaming them for all the heightened Imperial security lately. Zeb’s response “Well, we don’t mind doing things the hard way” is golden (pun not intended). I admire the Phoenixes’ moxie and desire to do the right thing even when it’s tough, but the Golds clearly like things a tad more organized. Like with Rogue One, it’s super interesting watching people with the same ultimate goal in mind not agreeing on how to get there. Just something inevitable I suppose when you’re all sentient beings with different opinions. Again, I’ve just been so used to the greatness of the Ghost fam it’s easy to forget not everyone thinks the same way or does the same things. But perhaps the grumpy Gold Squad has a right to be tense right now because they’re even more unpopular with the Empire than usual, thanks to the cargo they’re carrying. As if to prove their point, a Star Destroyer arrives on the scene just like that! Their blows to the Ghost leave the Golds temporarily minus a pilot, so Ezra volunteers. Ohhh yess when I first saw that first screencap of Ez piloting a Y-wing I ’bout exploded with a mixture of excitement and a fangirly-motherly pride. HE LOOKS SO GROWN UP IN THAT HELMET WHAAAT. I’d love to hear the stories of how Hera taught him to fly! It’s just all-around so so cool. Our young Bridger, a pilot! And not only is he pretty darn good at it, he looks like he really enjoys it :3 Unfortunately the sudden appearance of the Empire didn’t do the Golds’ ship too much good, so they’re coming aboard the Ghost, the Golds and their “cargo”, Senator Mothma! Hera reacts like she’s in the presence of royalty. But our royal-Rebel doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty and helping the Rebs make their escape, and she’s not about to miss her big meeting with all the Rebel cells. Again, so so much respect for this girl. Like on a respect scale of 1 to 7 she’s a 52 now.
Meanwhile, Thrawn’s quickly figured out where Hera’s likely to go, and he’s sent Pryce on their trail along with his new prototype. The Grand Admiral is literally so deviously cunning in this scene it’s scary. It’s also super awesome, but still pretty scary. Don’t know how he does it, except for the fact he’s, well, awesome πŸ˜€
So I’d like to imagine now that Hera and Mon are both kaffe connoisseurs. Seeing more of the galaxy’s choice hot beverage made me wonder again what it tastes like. I’m assuming it’s basically like our coffee but with different beans from different worlds. Must be a whole lotta variety! Haha I’m a little tired today so I guess I’ve got coffee on the brain. But yeah it’s really cool seeing these two supreme bossladies of the mini-Alliance in the same room just talking. Mon’s done her best for a long time to fight back through the senate, but now that she’s out here on the run, she knows it’s time to bring the fight on a grander scale, but it’s a fight Hera knows is worth it. But oh boy… yeah Thrawn was completely unquestionably right about the Rebs’ shortcut and ’bout as soon as the Ghost and company enter the nebula, so also does an Imperial fleet and their little friend, the prototype TIE defender. Ezra and Hera already know this thing’s bad news, and the Golds aren’t arguin’. The Archeon Nebula is gorgeous though. You know me I always love seeing cool space-y stuff like this out here! Unfortunately though the nebula shortcut’s now working against them, because it’s too dangerous to bring out the proton torpedoes and the defender’s got a wicked shield. But Hera’s found a way to make the nebula work for ’em again as she decides to bring the chase a little closer to some of these new stars. The other TIEs couldn’t take the heat, but as it was, the Ghost only did slightly better and came out of the nebula with more than a little paint scratched. It was impossible not to shed a couple tears looking at the ship’s charred hull. I mean, the Ghost‘s been through so much! And now, with two Star Destroyers looming overhead, could this be the end?? OmO Back in the nebula, though, it’s just Ezra and Gold Leader against the world. Technically Vult Skerris and his defender. Them TIE defenders are impressive for sure. They look a little dizzy to fly in but otherwise they’re tough stuff! For our Rebels’ sakes though I’m glad they apparently didn’t catch on later. But they hold their own pretty well in the end… especially when they decide to, per Hera’s genius suggestion, give the Imps a taste of what happens when you mix proton torpedos and nebula gas πŸ˜€ That was one beautiful explosion! From there, Mon Mothma’s able to make her meeting and absolutely wins the day with her stirring speech. And now… the mini-Alliance ain’t so mini anymore. “This is our Rebellion” 😊
AHH what an incredible, triumphant, epic ending! Can’t help but stand up and cheer! I’m sorry it took so long to write about it, but I’m glad I was able to say all I needed to say πŸ™‚

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Ghosts Of Geonosis

All right, it’s Transmission time again! Get comfy because I betcha this’ll be a long one. But perhaps the longest posts have the most interesting stuff to talk about…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rogue One, Episode IV, the TCW “Onderon Rebellion” arc and TCW episode Legacy Of Terror, and Rebels episodes The Honorable Ones, Imperial Supercommandos, and Ghosts Of Geonosis

The Ghost crew has a pretty huge mission ahead of them today, delivered by Bail Organa himself. After the crew-fam found Geonosis virtually lifeless a while back, the mini-Alliance sent a squad in to investigate. Now they’ve lost contact with the squad, and it’s up to Hera and company to find ’em again. Rex, Kanan, Ezra, and Chopper head out into the underground hoping to find the Rebs and their leader, Saw Gerrera. So yes I could talk about Saw for a long long while. He’s never failed to be an utterly fascinating individual, from his earliest days in The Clone Wars to his last days in Rogue One. So I’m utterly glad they brought him into Rebels so we can see him at the halfway point between those events. I recently finally got me a copy of TCW season 5, and yesterday I started revisiting the Onderon arc again, so Saw G. is completely fresh on my mind right now. It warms my heart hearing Rex speak so highly of him. Also I can’t help but get nostalgia everywhere I look as we enter the Geonosian temple ruins and then into the tunnels below. Though I’m forever thankful there aren’t any living dead down here, I definitely feel the absence of life. It’s way too quiet… way too still. And then they come upon a long trail of helmets without any Rebels in them. And Kanan hears something — or perhaps someone — in the distance. Though he’s not terribly fond of the idea, Ezra and Rex insist on pressing on. Then a whole squad of battle droids show up! Along with one of their destroyer friends! Does anything good ever happen on this planet?? They’re all a little rusty but they still know how to “blast ’em!”. But they really don’t see it coming when someone else sneaks up behind them and blasts ’em. That someone is our boy Saw Gerrera! Like say, it’s amazing seeing him here… it makes the connection perfectly between the fierce, driven young man he was and the perhaps more fierce and driven, but broken, man he becomes. And oh wow Forrest Whitaker does such an incredible job! I mean, that’s a no-brainer, he did incredibly on Rogue One to start with. It’s just really nice to hear Saw’s voice in its prime, before the injuries he’d take would leave it so raspy. He sounds so perfectly like an older version of the character we met on TCW so long ago it’s seriously too great! Plus, I mean, just being able to see him in a much larger role and get to know even more about him… I love it all to pieces. Also AHH THAT SMILE OF HIS! I can’t thank Lucasfilm enough for bringing Saw back into the SW galaxy; so many new stories to tell, and so many new reasons to love him! (Even when he can be, well… y’know… not lovable)
So Sabine and Zeb were having a good time I guess, trekking through the sandstorm looking for whatever that power reading came from. And what they found was a fully-operational shield generator. Hera’s delighted to find one for the mini-Alliance, but Zeb is wondering exactly why there’s one here the first place. That’s what Saw’s thinking, too. He knows there’s a Geonosian alive down here and that it’s likely responsible for the droid attack. Which might have something to do with the fact Sabine and Zeb quickly find themselves in a droideka minefield. Hera’s thinking everybody ought to be gettin’ on board and off this cray planet, but again, Saw has no interest in leaving until he gets what he came for. If they can find that bug, they can find some answers on the Empire’s doings. And right across that terrifyingly deep chasm is the bug in question — who, upon his discovery, decides to wake those droids on the surface up. Ezra, Kanan, and Rex are ’bout ready to head back up, but Saw believes they’re more likely to stop those droids if they go after the Geonosian instead of trying to get back there in time. And so starts some major epicness that I feel I cannot describe in a way that fully captures its epicness. Kanan force-throws Ezra for the first time in ages, which I just love because it feels so classically season 2 again. And when he then turns around and uses the Force to bridge that gap… oh wowzers. He defs been practicin’. And that Force-jump was awesome too. WHAT’D YOU MEAN “HE’S NO SKYWALKER”?! HE’S AMAZING!!! XP Hehe I love watching Rex and Saw pallin’ around though… even if it’s at Kanan’s expense XD And we can’t forget Sabine and Zeb using the very shield generator for their benefit as they slowly work their way through the destroyers’ path. The bug gives the crew quite the chase, but thanks to Ezra they’re able to apprehend him and turn off those destroyers just in time before the shields were downed. Andddd now we can breathe. Though probably not for long…
(BLOGGER’S NOTE: I sincerely apologize for the real lack of interesting thoughts in this post at this point. I am stupidly distracted today but I’ll try and remedy this shortly)
Yeah soon as he got the chance, Saw was ready to get some answers from the Geonosian. Really really ready. Ezra quickly senses the bug’s pretty terrified, so he tries to make a friendlier first (or second, I guess?) impression. I’m amazed that Ezra’s ability to connect allowed for the Geonosian to somewhat understand him. It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve seen Ez using his connecting much so this was a neat revelation. And from here on out the Geonosian shall go by the exceptionally cute nickname of Klik-Klak! One thing that absolutely blows me away about this episode is that, after all this time of knowing Geonosians to be generally horrifying and dangerous… they made a Geonosian we can root for, a Geonosian who clearly has feelings, a Geonosian who is actually pretty adorable. (C’mon just listen that weird-cute squeaky voice of his! I can’t be the only one!) Klik-Klak is proof again that SW can do anything, even give these bugs a redemption story. Ezra nicely asks what Saw wanted to know, and Klik-Klak gave them nothing but the truth. Yeah it’s kind of sad that I know what it is, and we all know what it is, but… they might not figure it out for a while. Saw’s not satisfied in the least, and cuffs KK for further questioning. Ezra finds that his comrade dropped something in his haste — a holo of his sister, Steela. It’s truly fascinating watching Saw at this point. At first, he seemed like a nice guy who had his priorities straight; when he suggested going after the Geonosian instead of going back to help the others, it seemed just like it was a matter of his logic over their emotion. But now, we’re seeing a rougher side of Saw as he gives Klik-Klak nothing but a hard time (to say the least). We are reminded he lost his team to the droids the bug built, but seeing him react to the image of his sister really drives it home how personal all of this is. In the midst of all his sudden jerkiness, we see him wounded again by her loss. It breaks my heart to see he’s hung onto this hurt for so long. But as someone with a close sibling, I could understand how easy it would be to do so. Excuse me while I go get the tears out of my eyes. Wait OMG. A LIGHT CRUISER JUST SHOWED UP WE SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED.
Meanwhile, searching through Klik-Klak’s quarters reveals an intriguing discovery: a queen egg, the last hope for the Geonosian people, and likely the whole reason he was commanding armed droids in the first place. Upon hearing of the Imps’ arrival, everyone’s ready to go, but Saw’s not leaving without KK to question further later. Ezra argues that it’s best to leave him be so he can focus on caring for the egg and restoring his kind, but um yeah it don’t look like Saw cares. Kanan makes a deal that they’ll question KK at their base and then bring him back, which seems to satisfy everyone for now. It’s a good thing the rest of the crew on the Ghost is on the same page though. I mean, firing at TIE bombers with a dust-clogged barrel is universally not fun for anyone, but Hera, Zeb, and Sabine manage to come out on top anyway. It’s a bit of a tight fit getting the Ghost into the chasm, but soon all our Rebs and KK are safely aboard. Right off the bat though, Hera don’t look at Saw with too much enthusiasm. Quite the opposite really. She pulls Kanan aside to explain that Saw’s been known to do some questionable crazy things, and they turn around and suddenly Gerrera’s zapping the living daylights out of Klik-Klak. Ezra and Rex try and stop him but neither get far. ‘Bout lost all respect for Saw when he flipped Rex like that. And just like that he’s got his blaster up against the egg. Saw reallllly likes to play with my emotions. One minute he makes me smile and then I cry for him and then he gets me steamed. Le sigh that’s just Saw for ya though. Ezra and Rex both make great arguments. That egg is the only family Klik-Klak’s got, and Saw of all people knows what it’s like to lose family. But his heart’s just too hardened to change his mind. “Then you’re no better than the Empire.” CHIIILLLLS. One of the things Rogue One did so well was in introducing us to the darker side of the Alliance. Not everyone had each others’ best interests, not everyone had the same morals. Now we’re getting to see one of those Rebels colliding with our considerably-more-noble Rebels and it’s nothing short of intriguing to watch unfold. Lol that’s an understatement. But there’s no time for debate WE’VE GOT FLYING STORMTROOPERS HEADING OUR WAY!! With them coming down and that light cruiser blocking their exit, there’s nowhere for the Ghost to go but down. Saw quickly puts aside his tiff and joins the rest of the crew for a little fight-bringin’. Ohh it is a battle for the history books, my friends. The rocket troopers are epic, but not quite as epic as our heroes are today ’cause everybody’s bringing their own kind of awesome to the table! Especially perhaps Sabine, whose jetpack is in working order and ready to more than level that playing field. I understand Ezra, I think we all want jetpacks after that πŸ˜€
The Ghost soon reaches what seems to be the lowest level, and that’s just where Klik-Klak wanted to go. We find massive Imperial canisters of poison gas, making clear what ultimately happened to KK’s people. Seeing this, Saw finally seems to understand what Ezra had been saying all along, and chooses to let the Geonosian free. Aww yayy. I love that we get a little redemption for him as well as for the Geonosians. Because Saw, despite all he’s done, and whatever he might do, he’s still a good man with a good heart. And now, beneath the level where their civilization was destroyed, Klik-Klak and the future queen have the opportunity to build it back again. Again, aww yay for hope! (Yes I know that apparently stuff will happen later with the Geonosians that’s not-so-great but I haven’t read those comics yet so I’ll just enjoy the moment) This is also a win for the Rebs, as now they can show the Senate the proof of what the Empire’s up to. Of course the Imps don’t make it easy for ’em. But they make it even less easy for the Imps! You try and bury the Ghost, the Ghost will blast its way through your light cruiser. Just science. The Rebs sadly lost their physical evidence in the process, but even without the Senate yet on their side, they’ve got the rest of the Aliiance growing bigger by the day. And even when they’re not always on the same page, we know that together, they can make some pretty huge stuff happen πŸ™‚
Pff I can be so cheesy sometimes sorry. But yay I’m glad I got this one done! And I’m really glad I finally got to talk about Rogue One some because it’s been so thoroughly on my brain lately, I was about to explode if I didn’t get these thoughts out. Until next post…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

A 2017 Built On Hope + Remembering Carrie Fisher

Happy 2017, my fellow Star Wars fans! Nothing quite beats that New Year’s rush, does it? New opportunities await and the air is rich with the feeling of hope! Not to mention all the new Star Wars that lies ahead.
Indeed, since seeing Rogue One, Cassian’s wise words “rebellions are built on hope” come to mind often. And with all the excitement and hope still in front of us, I feel like writing about SW more than ever.
I’m tired of just posting one big blog a week, talking about just the newest episode of Rebels or just the most recent book I’ve read. These grand, amazing stories are on my brain everyday seven days a week 366 days a year (no that’s not a typo that’s true even for normal not-leap-years). Sometimes writing can be tough and it feels like a burden, but honestly, this is the best platform I’ve got for gushing over — I mean, discussing — Star Wars. So why would I be quiet? Why would I not take a few minutes every Tuesday or so to write some more? This is the year I finally start writing for Padawanline like I always should’ve. My hope is that I’ll be able to write at least one other post a week to discuss the latest news, or whatever fascinating SW thoughts come to mind. I rather doubt I’ll be that consistent all the time (especially around the holidays), but I’m gonna try. Even a duck has to be taught to swim.
Yes, I regret I haven’t discussed more things lately. I mean, Rogue One was amazing! How haven’t I talked about it yet? Well partly that’s due to the fact no one in my family’s seen it yet so I gotta keep the spoilers on the down-low. Other part is… well, yeah, I typically don’t write much around Christmas because obviously it’s Christmas and I have merriment to make before anything else. But um… yeah I’m rambling. I will definitely have to write about that some more soon.

Now, I didn’t start writing this just to tell you about what I’ve got planned for the year. My main intention was to say something in honor of Carrie Fisher. I know it’s been a week now, but I wanted to make sure I got all my thoughts in order before I said anything. If you follow Padawanline on tumblr, you’ll notice I now use a storybook illustration of Leia for my avatar in honor of her. It actually was on tumblr I found out the sad news. There’s no doubt it was a massive shock. It… just didn’t seem possible. Even the most casual of Star Wars fans feel what I’m feeling. It had only been a week before that I got to see Rogue One, and literally the night before, I was watching Episode IV again. There were tears on my part, absolutely. But after the tears had fallen, the sadness I felt was overtaken by warm memories. From my first viewing of A New Hope almost ten years ago, to seeing her wonderfully reprise the role for The Force Awakens, to seeing her interviewed at Celebration Europe last year. Even Lego and Rebels and the books came to mind, because even though Ms. Fisher herself didn’t play the roles or write the books, it was her utterly perfect performances, how she portrayed the Princess in the films, that inspired the authors and voice actors and animators to reach for the level of awesome she defined. As strong and witty and wonderful as the character she brought to life, Carrie Fisher… she was not only one of the greatest actors to walk the earth, but also clearly one of the greatest people, period. I know this might all sound cliche, but it’s nothing short of the truth. She’ll always be royalty to me ❀

So yes… I have no idea how to segue after pouring my heart out like that. It's tough trying to find something to say when you're not sure what to say even after a week of reflection. Forgive me if anything I said in that last paragraph sounded dumb because I did not intend it to.
I’m highly looking forward to talking Star Wars even more thoroughly this year. Thank you all again, readers πŸ™‚ I’ll see you all on Thursday for a fresh new Rebel Transmission!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight