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 🙂 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!

“Anybody know what that thing is?!” “No, 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 “NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS! Mostly because I don’t understand how they work.” Hehe that might be my favorite line this episode 😀 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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What Would Go Into a Star Wars Haunted House…

So Halloween’s tomorrow, and of course I’m excited! I think the majority of us Star Wars fans are. Candy, kids (I love door-greeting), and costumes! (Oh, and pretty much anything to do with pumpkins) Some of my favorite things year-round are center stage this time of year! Now I’ll be honest… I don’t care too much for the “spooky” side of Halloween; I mean, I really don’t care for horror movies and gore, is that so weird? I’m scared enough by some of the yard decorations people put up. But I do like parodies and “fun-spooky” stuff, if that makes any sense. Let’s just say I like movies best when good guys win and bad guys don’t terrify me to the point of covering my eyes. And as you all know, I love the SW movies and shows. So… how is it I could come up with a whole post’s worth of ideas for a Star Warsian Haunted House?
Well, part of the reason is thanks to my cousin’s boyfriend, who is a master at scaring people and runs haunted houses every so often. Oh, the hilarious stories he’s told of making grown men cry… XD So that’s partially inspired me here. Plus, there are situations, creatures, people, and places that would make any of us scream and freak out if we were there in our heroes’ shoes. I mean, when I watch Episode II, I delight in watching Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padme taking on those monsters on Geonosis. But if I were there? The nexu would’ve killed me in about three seconds (I’m in decent shape, but I am not a fast runner), if it hadn’t, I would’ve been screaming the whole time. But that’s why they’re the Jedi and the super-strong politician and I’m not. And hey, now that Disney own Lucasfilm, maybe they could do something like this for their Halloween festivities at the parks! So I’ve taken the time to visualize what a super-cool, super-creepy, and super-fun SW Haunted House would look like! My recommendation is to turn the lights on if you haven’t already, because it’s about to get spooky up in here… O.O
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, and the Clone Wars episodes Lair of Grievous, Cat And Mouse, Legacy of Terror, Brain Invaders, and Witches Of The Mist.
So imagine this: you walk in, and it’s dark and dusty…
It’s Palpatine’s office. As you all know, it has big windows, very red, contemporary-ish. A lot of SW heroes have walked in there, not knowing the horrific truth of the old man in the big chair… but no one’s been in here for like, ever. And the lights are long gone, with only the flickering lights of Coruscant traffic to see by. If some form of spiders exist in the SW Universe, they’ve probably weaved their webs all over the place (Admiral Trench, perhaps? :lol:). Perhaps the window’s still broken from where a long-ago struggle took place? You feel a chill, but you’re not sure if it’s the wind coming through the hole in the window or if it’s your own fear…
You tell yourself that there’s nothing to be afraid of, and you decide to walk (ratherly quickly) down a strange hallway that you, as the SW superfan you are, know was never there… and you walk right smack into a freaky statue, hidden in the shadows. Of some gaunt-looking alien. In fact, there are a lot of these statues. You wince at this, seeing that the fellow wasn’t the most friendly or jovial sort. But then you see… a bunch of masks. Old, dusty, still untouched for the most part… and the strange thing could only belong to GENERAL GRIEVOUS! As soon as you realize that somehow you’ve wandered into Grievous’ lair, you want to get out. Was that an old dismembered robotic hand of his laying in the foyer, one he lost when Kit Fisto had entered in? Sheesh, the kaladeesh could’ve stood to clean up around here. But you, having seen the TCW episode Lair Of Grievous, know that there’s a trapdoor somewhere around here, and you do NOT want to fall down it. So now you’re torn between running for your life or walking carefully to avoid said trap. You have a seriously bad feeling about this… but all the same…
YOU RUN.
After running for a bit, trying to find an exit, the ground suddenly falls out from under you. You fear the worst, that a boiling red pit awaits you. Oh, but it is so much worse…
You’ve suddenly fallen into the Death Star trash compactor.
The very thing that gave SW fans everywhere clastrophobia. It’s old, untouched, and not moving. But aside from the fact it smells more rank than usual, you flinch at the slightest creaking sound. And oh yeahhhh there might be… something… in the sludgy water. It’s dark; you can’t see anything up there, so against your better judgement, you hold your breath and dive under, hoping a vicious dianoga doesn’t await you.
Down there, the water seems strangely clearer; still murky, but it doesn’t seem to be trashy and gross. But that’s the problem… there’s always a bigger fish. All around you in the shadowy, dark water, you don’t need Jedi powers to sense that something, or some THINGS are swimming around you.
Liiiiiike maybe some of those infamous Naboo water creatures? Was that the tail of a sando? It takes you about three seconds to swim to the surface. And once you’re able to breathe again, you realize you’re not in the trash compactor anymore.
You’re in one of Jabba’s Palace dungeons. Ohhhh noes…
It’s old and musty, and nothing seems to be in there. Except perhaps, the large rodent-like things creeping around the walls, squeaking an unearthly squeak that makes your skin crawl. You turn around to where a sliver of light has fallen and you see something small and green and round… OMG THAT IS A GEONOSIAN BRAIN WORM EGG. The knowledgable SW fan you are can’t comprehend as to why the dungeon has brain worm eggs in it, but your body’s fight-or-flight response could care less. You start looking around everywhere for an exit, for the source of the light, for something… as one of the worms cracks out of its shell.
It was then you see that the sliver of light was coming from an small opening near the floor, perhaps where guards poked through prisoner’s food. You desperately try to fit through, but it’s too small. However, somewhere, wedged in that old thing is a rusty key. You jam that sucker in the gate’s lock faster than you can say “that is one ugly bug” and make a run for it down yet another hallway. And you start thinking “why are there so many stinkin’ hallways??” But dude, it’s a haunted house. What do you expect?
And the hallways naturally have creepy crawlies crawling about. Your foot squishes in something; you tell yourself to not look. You keep running. You trip over something. And yeah, it’s something, or somebody’s bone. This place may be deserted, but you aren’t alone… it must be huge. Rancor? Acklay? Wampa?
Out of nowhere, a blood-curdling shriek rips out as a mynock on the dungeon wall jumps out at you! And there’s no glass between you this time! Again, you get up and run. Spooked by the critter, but knowing that mynocks are hardly the most dangerous creatures, you feel a little better. You finally see the hallway open up.
At first glance, it seems just like a normal old room. But as a small light reveals, this is an old, crashed ship of some sort. As you look closer… it’s the ruins of an AT-AT. You can’t make all the details out, but there might be some dead stormtroopers lying around, and that’s quite enough evidence for you. Huh. For as long as you’d been a SW fan you’d always wanted to see the inside of an AT-AT… now all you want to do is get out as you check behind you for any more creepy creatures.
You finally find an opening, and once you’ve squeezed your way out of the old machine’s exit, you think it’s all over, and a part of you’s like “I think I want to go in that haunted house again!” But then you realize that everything is really, really red. You have walked out of that All-Terrain Armored Transport into Dathomir. You turn your head over an inch and choke back a scream; it’s one of those pods where the zombie Nightsisters come out of!! You soon realize it’s empty, and that’s because… THERE’S ONE RIGHT BEHIND YOU!!!
You let loose a scream. If you’re a guy, it’s embarrassingly girly.
Then you realize that the zombie happens to be dead still. just happened to have been stuck in that old tree behind you. Or at leas, it seems to be dead. But you don’t stick around to find out.
Again, you run. You find what looks to be an old crashed Republic Cruiser. You get on, only to suddenly find yourself, well, not on a ship of any sort, but back in Palpatine’s office.
Do you choose to vamoose out of the Haunted House entirely, or do you choose to go try a new hallway?
I’ll leave that up to you. Where you go next is your choice. If you could build anything into a SW Haunted House? What would you choose?
Oh, and a quick word of advice…
Star Wars eCard: Beware of Dianogas...

Keep The Peace and Have a Star-Wars-tacular Halloween!
– Twilight