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Uncovering The Lost Missions: Orders

So we’ve arrived now to the last of this first series of Season 6, and whoo boy, this one’s intense with a capital “I“! But yeah, I think we’re all quite aware of that. It’s about to get crazy heady in this blog… but don’t despair! I’m good at sprinkling in some positivity here and there, even in an intense-ish episode of the sort. And even in the midst of the crazy headiness, I hope I’ll spark some interesting conversations, incite plausible theories, and fascinate with my potentially crazy points of view. Well, I wouldn’t say my points of view are that crazy but… I guess you can be the judge of that. Anyway there’s no point in making you read all this blathering, let’s move along and start my commentary on Orders!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI, The Force Unleashed, and TCW episodes The Deserter, The Jedi Who Knew Too Much, To Catch A Jedi, The Wrong Jedi, The Unknown, Conspiracy, Fugitive, and Orders


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When we last left our clone hero, Fives had dug up a boatload of information that could potentially dethrone the entire Sith game, and the awesomely awesome Shaak Ti decided that the best thing to do would be to let Fives tell Palpatine what’s going on. Of course, as we well know, uhm… the so-called “Chancellor” is kinda orchestrating the whole uncool evil Order 66 thing! I’m sure somewhere in the midst of The Force Unleashed, Shaak Ti is facepalming herself looking back. But at the moment, she’s pretty calm with everything going on. Until then, we as the audience are facepalming ourselves in the crazy ironicness of it all! But unbeknownst to her, the “honorable” Kaminoan doctor Nala Se does something that quite possibly alters the outcome of the entire episode: she rather subtly hits Fives with a medicinal drug (possibly a sedative?). How does that affect him ultimately? We shall see. But looking back myself… let’s just say any sliver of respect I had for Nala Se just went out the window.
So once they get there, Palpatine is all smiles and old-man-charming as usual, and Fives is having a hard time having any meaningful conversation with his vision blurred and his senses dulled. The Jedi and the Kaminoan explain both sides of the story in the midst of Fives’s inability to get his thoughts out right. So then the Chancellor thought it’d be just great to have a casual chat alone with Fives to help chill out his clone “compadre” out. The dueling dudettes comply, even though it was with a bit of a raised eyebrow. We don’t see or hear this mano y mano conversation, but considering what happened in the end, I’m not sure we want to. I’m guessing that Palpatine tried to explain his ultimate plan without giving away all the details and trying to make it sound like he’s the good guy (and he’s aware that he’s really good at that) and Fives read between the lines, leading him to just nearly rid the galaxy of the ultimate terror. But of course, everyone buys his “I’m an innocent sweet old guy and he totally just tried to kill me for no reason!” act as usual; the only one who didn’t was, well… Fives. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a clone run as fast as Fives did as he somewhat groggily made a dash for the door. He was too fast even for Shaak Ti — and she awesomely jumped off the staircase to catch up with him! She explains the situation to Mace, Anakin, and Yoda and they’re all like “whuuuuuuut?”, which is the logical explanation one would have if they heard that a friend attacked the Republic’s grand poobah. Gets a bit more confusing (or not so much for us as the audience) when they’re told the Jedi haven’t been asked to help find him. But Anakin knows that Fives would no doubt listen to him and Rex, so the secret search is on…
Meanwhile, no one looked more out-of-place in the busy Coruscant city than Fives… in full armor, minus a helmet, and walking about, looking lost and little off. He’s about as free at the moment as any clone ever had been or would be (well, if you don’t count the fact that he’s on the run and stuff, and I suppose that’s only if we’re not counting Cut Lawquane from Season 2… oh never mind), but he’s not out here for fun — he’s out here once again searching for the truth, or at least a friend who will truly listen to him (oh, don’t we wish AZ were here right now!). Fives doesn’t know exactly who to talk to, but he knows where to start, and he’s going to get there by taxi.
I must take a moment and talk about the Coruscant taxi and its driver. It’s absolutely surreal seeing something even more so familiar to what we have in our world in the midst of this major drama. And the driver’s kinda hilarious and true to the New York drivers we all know well. And on top of all this crazy similarity, there’s what sounds like hip-hop/rap music going on in the cab! I guess that’s not terribly abnormal really (especially since I watched Episode II not very long ago), but in this scenario, in this episode, it sorta knocked me for a loop. Of course, all the funky music and jabbering drivers couldn’t distract Fives from his clear mission, though he certainly didn’t mind having some rather awkward and not-too-pleasant conversations with the driver, who isn’t surprised or swayed by anything. I’m sure our clone hero was quite glad it was an ultimately short ride to his destination (and that he can just get the fare billed to the Republic, since he probably doesn’t have pockets for pocket change in that armor). His destination was the clone bar 97’s, to which I thought “The clones have their own hangout? Oooookaaaay I didn’t know that…”. Though it almost looks like a club for Imperials, because that infamous gray uniform is evidently party wear for clones. And the fact that the clones have any casual wear aside from their fatigues is mind-boggling to me. And plus, it feels a bit weird to see these normally steadfast clones chilling out (not to mention a tad tipsy…). So in a room full of clones, Fives, wearing only a borrowed uniform hat, scopes out for any familiar 501st face he can find… and the first he finds is fellow teammate Kicks (forgive me if I spelled his name wrong). And in the quiet of the men’s room (again, something else I couldn’tve imagined I’d ever see in the SW Universe), Fives asks Kicks for a favor: to tell Anakin and Rex to meet with him alone. Kicks is awesome and is all “sure thing bro” and Fives proceeds to grab a speeder bike and stealthily sneaks out of the club and to his rendevouz spot. But unfortunately for him, he wasn’t stealthy enough to avoid the eye of a Republic probe droid. You know, a lot of this situation reminds me of Ahsoka’s plight in Season 5, in which we find our hero on the run, searching for truth, and at odds with both our good guys and bad guys (plus, Anakin doesn’t end up helping either of them the way they’d wanted to be helped). It’s one of those episodes that put things in perspective as we recall that the Republic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (as it’s kinda run by the most evil guy in the galaxy and that same guy will shut the whole thing down pretty quickly in favor of his new empire). It’s not easy to return to that viewpoint after so many heroic missions and brave deeds and great rescues by so many Republic heroes these past five seasons, but being reminded of the finiteness of the Clone Wars and where they’re headed is important, so we don’t forget the ultimate outcome and the ultimate victory for the Jedi and Rebels in the end. So yeah I was actually booing the Republic probe droid as he followed Fives closely behind as our hero found an old secluded warehouse of which to meet General Skywalker and Captain Rex. But as far as Fives could tell, everything was going to plan: he’d finally be able to get the truth out.
When Anakin and Rex arrived, they were a bit wary as Fives wouldn’t come out and face them until they put their weapons down. Understandably so, since they’re pretty certain that their clone friend has lost his marbles, oh, and then Fives traps them in a ray shield. Well, maybe “trap” is a bit harsh, but I’m not sure how to say it better. Oh, poor poor Fives… he’s trying to explain the whole crazy conspiracy, but he’s not doing the best job of getting the words out (aside from already being pretty freaked out, he’s also drugged, you might remember) and isn’t doing the best job of not coming off loony. That’s a pretty big question, isn’t it? Is Fives just crazy to reveal the truth… or is he actually just crazy? I like’d to believe that it’s the first option, with the added disadvantage of the drugging. Though he probably shouldn’tve added “I’M NOT CRAZY!”, as that sentence tends to make people believe the opposite. Anakin tries to calm him down and get him to come quietly, but Fives is not having it. He knows that Palpatine’s involved and that a bazillion clones are awaiting orders to kill their leaders and friends in the Jedi, and of course Anakin’s all “Bro, Palpatine’s awesome! How could you say that?? Let’s just chill out and try to think things over” (Yeah, and Ani’s an excellent judge of character, as we all know…). But such chilling out couldn’t happen because along came Palpatine’s clone gang with weapons drawn. Fives doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but they weren’t interested in listening, so he grabbed Rex’s blaster to get them to stop. Buuuut well… the other clones didn’t get that message and shot first. And that’s where I started ugly crying. Anakin and Rex manage to escape the ray shield and come by Fives’s side. And OMGosh there’s not a dry eye in the house… I about lost it further when I saw Rex tearing up just the slightest. The Arc Trooper’s mission has ended, but not alone… with his friends and leaders General Skywalker and Captain Rex, and several of his brothers in armor 😥 IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL AND SO SAD THAT I CAN’T EVEN… 😥
I had originally hoped that maybe Fives would ultimately escape from the eye of Republic, like Cut Lawquane, but in retrospect, Fives joining with the Force was probably the inevitable. And after much thinking, I realized that even if Fives had convinced the Jedi and his fellow clones of Palpatine’s true identity and Order 66, it probably still wouldn’tve changed much. I mean, we’ve seen what happens when Jedi attempt to arrest the Chancellor; it doesn’t end too well. And with Dooku and Grievous still be alive, who knows what they would’ve done! Or would Palpatine have found a way to kill them off early? And I’m guessing that he still would’ve found a way to convince Anakin to join the Dark Side. Plus, any clone with the chip could still be told to execute Order 66, probably even if they did know the truth. Not to mention Fives would probably get killed anyway, and probably in an even worse way, if not just memory-wiped and dumped in the middle of Hoth or something. While I would’ve loved to see the good guys win this one entirely, the likelihood is that the SW story would continue onward as it already does, Vader and all, just possibly even worse (Just thought about this: what if Padme had died before she was pregnant with Luke and Leia? Ahhh the idea is terrifying!! It would definitely be even worse!). So Palpatine supposedly got reports from a biopsy that Tup and Fives both had some parasite they picked up from the last planet they were on, and the Jedi are like “OK, that seems reasonable”. Dooku gives props to Nala Se for keeping the secret (and also being a huge part of what led to Fives’s death; think about that! If he hadn’t been drugged…), and then Sidious gives props to Dooku for overall keeping the secret, and proceeds to emit the most creepy laugh ever as the SW drama continues onward, closer and closer to the day when the he would say the fateful words that would destroy the Republic and the Jedi Order: “EXECUTE ORDER 66“.
So that was indeed a heavy episode and a lot to take in, but amidst tragedies of this sort in the SW universe, I always remind myself of the beauty that will come out of it when Luke brings the good back to his misguided father (and of course the awesome Ewok party the ensues afterward). And it helps to have drawn a very humorous TCW sketch on tumblr yesterday 😀 So I’m glad you guys joined me for this edition of the Uncovering The Lost Missions and managed to sit here and read all my jabberings. I’m quite excited for the next series — Aname draaamaaaaaa!! (My couple name for Anakin and Padme ❤ ) Until next time…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Missions: Fugitive

Yes, I finally noticed that I was calling them The Secret Missions and not The Lost Missions, and I feel really stupid about it. So yeah… thankfully I caught that early on instead of after I finished all 13 posts! Yikes. Thank you guys for not outing me out on it!
So the plot thickens as Fives continues to do what he can to get to the bottom of this Clone conspiracy. Join me on our ride as I break down Fugitive and all its intrigue and awesomeness!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III and TCW Episodes The Unknown, Conspiracy, and Fugitive


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So we find that Fives is in some hot water after his and his droid compadre’s secret surgery that proved that something was most definitely up with Tup. Nala Se’s convinced that it might’ve been Fives’s medical work that killed Tup ultimately, which is by the way the worst assumption ever. But Shaak Ti’s not one to judge, though we do see that she’s one to get her way. If you recall, Shaak Ti wanted the Jedi to take a look at Tup’s tumor while Nala Se wanted the Grand Republic Medical Facility to look at it, and Palpatine naturally went with the doc’s idea. Well… Shaak Ti figured that it wouldn’t hurt to send the tumor by her Force-wielding friends and then send it to the Facility. Gotta love her subtle craftiness; you go, Jedi togruta girl! As for Fives, he apparently has to undergo a couple other tests and then he’s home free. But just as he was walking out the door, he spotted a medical droid making a little switch with the evidence! Oh, but that’s hardly the worst thing Fives found out that day…
He’s barely taken a few steps out the door with his clone escorts when he runs into AZ1-3, who’s also being escorted somewhere. And in their brief chat, AZ kinda says something about hearing that they’d both get their memories wiped. What’s really interesting is that the two are both surrounded by clones and a Kaminoan and they can clearly hear what’s going on and they do nothing, and then when Fives fights his way out and starts running, they’re all “Oh mah gosh, what made him go all rogue on us?! I can’t imagine why!”. Weird. Maybe they figured that Fives wouldn’t listen to a quirky little med droid. Well, they were wrong, I guess. The duo is back on the run on their continual search for TRUTH! They make quite an escape as they sneak their way into a hangar, knock the daylights out of a clone pilot, and then grab a ship and fly outta there. Shaak Ti and Nala Se tried to stop them, but they weren’t fast enough. But what they didn’t know was that, after a couple of miles, Fives’s plan involved them jumping out of the ship and making their way back to the labs. AZ was not a fan of this plan, you can figure, but he went along with it anyway (if you haven’t noticed, AZ is not great at saying “no”, just at saying “uh… are you serious?”). But thankfully, the clone and the droid didn’t have to swim all the way back; let’s just say that AZ has some pretty mad skillz… survival skillz, that is! He transformed into a cute little speeder bike thingy; major WIN. And off they went, knowing that the ship still in flight would throw off the big shots for a while.
Meanwhile, as you can imagine, Nala Se must’ve had her crazy long knees knocking when she explained the situation to Dooku. First a malfunctioning clone and now a renegade clone! What’s next, a juggling clone?! (That would be pretty awesome, though I’d bet they’d want to terminate him, too) She reassures her boss that nobody’s going to find out about Order 66 ’cause she’ll find Fives first. Again, I shudder to imagine what kind of pressure this probably-once-was-a-decent-Kaminoan is under. Though it still doesn’t mean I wasn’t highly offended when referred to Tup as “the clone which malfunctioned”; HE’S A PERSON, NOT A THING, LADY! A “WHO” NOT A “WHICH“!! But what else is new in that viewpoint, right? Ugh.
So our heroes had snuck their way back into the lab, hoping to find out exactly what the tumor is and where it originated from. You’d think it would be easier for a clone to walk into a room of clones and not get discovered, but apparently that’s not the case. Doesn’t help having that tattooed 5-ish-looking numeral on your head. So he had to do the SW-ian thing of “borrowing” another clone’s armor without asking first. Once they were able to get to a computer (or whatever they call them in their galaxy), AZ discovered that not only was there no such tumor in Jango Fett, but it’s not really a tumor at all! It’s some sort of organic-ish chip that was seemingly stuck in Tup some time before. But before anything further can be dug up, Shaak Ti, Nala Se, and their clone cohorts showed up. And *facepalm*, Fives wasn’t wearing his helmet for that moment, so it took them about 2.5 seconds for them to find him (again, you’d think it be harder to notice that tiny 5 tattoo, but I guess if you’re around clones all day, you learn to tell them apart pretty quickly). Thankfully though, AZ is really good at making quick escapes possible and the clone and the droid vamoose into an overhead exit and weld the door shut. And it’s in there that Fives decides he wants the same biopsy done on him to get rid of the chip he believes he has as well. AZ isn’t too certain, considering Tup died after his got removed, but Fives is willing to take that chance if it means they can help other clones (isn’t he awesome that way?). And once they find a safe, sterile room, AZ works his medical magic, even if the results are risky…
Some time later, Fives awakes and finds out that his hunch was correct: he had the same chip, the only difference being that his looked healthier. For the most part, Fives seems to be in decent shape, but neither he nor AZ know what will happen next. So Fives is ready to do some more research with potentially little time left — this time, to find out when these chips are implanted. AZ figures it was before they were born, and after a bit more sneaking around (and some of AZ’s “perfectly normal” act-casual singing XD ), they find that pretty much every third-stage embryo has one. And once again, at the worst possible moment, Nala Se shows up (she has the worst habit of doing that, doesn’t she?). Fives confronts her, Nala Se explains the so-called truth that the chips are supposed to make them less aggressive, Fives isn’t really buying it. And also once again, Shaak Ti kicks in the door and breaks up their scuffle, but in her awesome way, chooses to listen to the clone instead of trying to kill him. The doc is certain that Fives is a major danger without his chip, but Shaak Ti decides the best thing to do is to let him talk to the Chancellor and explain everything. And so, with a goodbye to his droid friend, The Jedi, the clone, and the Kaminoan head off to get it all straightened out. Oh, but if Shaak Ti knew what Nala Se knows, she would know that getting Palpatine involved is probably not the best idea…
So all I can say is WHOA. It’s amazing how intense things keep getting each episode! And augh, I love AZ so much ❤ On top of that, all this uncovering and discovering of Fives's is really cutting it close and makes us all wonder again "what would happen if the good guys found out early?"… and this time, it's not as ironic and humorous as the Yoda Chronicles Lego specials. Ermagosh…
We will get to the bottom of this!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Secret Missions: Conspiracy

And the drama continues…
Also, I’m completely aware that I majorly flubbed on the last Uncovering blog… the screencap I used was from Conspiracy, not The Unknown. But I think I’m OK with it now; it will never happen again. So yes! Let’s put the last episode behind us and get on with the second of the Secret Missions!
NOTE: Contains Spoilers from Episode III and TCW Episodes The Unknown and Conspiracy


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So another funny coincidence with this episode and the one prior: the first words of Conspiracy‘s prologue was The Unknown‘s secondary blog title “a flaw in the plan”! I had totally forgotten that until I watched it again! Looks like I’m on the same level with the Clone Wars folks 🙂 But anyway, we start back on this adventure on the always-rainy Kamino to find out why Tup went all cuckoo on us. Fives was being all legit and wanting to stick by his buddy, but well… Shaak Ti set up a bit of an appointment for him to ascertain that he didn’t have whatever made Tup sick. I love that while she’s explaining the situation, Fives shoots Rex this “Dude, whatdaheck?” look 😆 And yeah, it’s great seeing Shaak Ti again, one of the most awesome and chill Jedi ever, and she’s still here for her clone friends. In fact, she’s there while Kaminoan doc Nala Se is running her tests on Tup. But stranger still is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with him physically…
It’s definitely interesting, SW-ian medicine… it looks vaguely familiar to us earthlings, yet completely not familiar. But just because their stuff is all future-y looking doesn’t mean it can do everything, and that’s where the problem steps up as Nala Se has one idea (kill him and do an autopsy to find out what’s wrong) and Shaak Ti has another (atomic-level brain scan that won’t kill him). It’s absolutely fascinating watching them “argue”, if we can even use that term; with the naturally calm don’t-even-blink Kaminoan disposition of Nala Se and the calm, wise thoughtfulness of Shaak Ti, it’s more like a professional discussion as they both try to one-up the other on whose choice it is to choose Tup’s fate. Shaak Ti wins this round, at least for the moment… she may not look smug, but on the inside, I bet there’s a part of her feeling pretty awesome that she just beat Nala Se. While the doc’s probably steaming a bit under that cold-looking white skin. Tup’s going to, most likely, get his brain scan as the Master wanted… or will he?
So meanwhile, Fives was not having the greatest day. He just wanted to be there for Tup, and instead he’s stuck getting… well, stuck with needles by a quirky little med droid. Despite it all, it didn’t take long for me to love this adorkable doctor. AZ, who is also known by a much longer name, seems to like things by-the-book, even if it means he irritates Fives to no end when he calls them by number and not by name. Agh, so many numbers! Between AZ’s ridiculously-long number and all the clone numbers rolling around, it’s enough to give somebody a migraine! But all the same, he seems to want to relate to people, even if he doesn’t understand them very well. Lo and behold though… Fives is in perfect condition! Doesn’t mean he’s free to go, though… he’ll be hanging at the hospital as long as Tup’s hanging there, too.
Now, while Shaak Ti was talking with Jedi Council about what to do about Tup, we find that Nala Se and Lama Su are hiding a dirty little secret in these pure-white hallways as they make a call to Dooku. Apparently, the Kaminoans have been let in on the whole “Order 66” thing, in fact, they’re talking about some chip that’s connect to that terrible command. You have to wonder how they managed to sucker the Kaminoans into this… I mean, isn’t there a Kaminoan Jedi of some sorts somewhere?? It must’ve been some pretty penny for Lama Su to be all “Sure, whatevz” to Sidious’s “Hey dude, can you install this chip doohickey that will make them kill Jedi whenever I want them to so I can become emperor?”. But who knows? I’m still trying to figure out what in the world is going on here. All we know is that Dooku’s cool with Nala Se killing Tup… and the Jedi have no idea! Oh noes!
While they’re conspiring, Fives is getting suspicious… AZ had been the one to first suggest the brain scan, but Nala Se had turned him down. And you know, who’s AZ to question authority? But Fives is able to convince AZ that not helping save the patient at all costs is going against the droid’s highest priority. Despite never having had broken the rules before, AZ is willing to take a chance, and off the duo goes to give Tup a secret brain scan and get their own “second opinion”.
So after making a (mostly) clean escape, Fives and AZ are able to get workin’ on their diagnosis. And to their surprise, the scan reveals… a tumor, which wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense considering that clones are built to be as perfectly healthy as possible. But before AZ can do anything about it, Doc Nala Se enters in. Fives darts out of sight just in time, but AZ hangs around to explain himself and what they need to do to save Tup. However, Nala Se ain’t havin’ it… she brushes AZ off as “malfunctioning” and again restates her less-than-favorable “cure”. So it seems as if now there’s no way out of this for Fives or AZ or poor Tup… but Fives is cleverer than most, and he’s got a handy little droid on his side, and he’s not giving up without a fight.
Just as Nala Se was about to terminate Tup, an intruder alarm goes off! Major win for our heroes. AZ’s going to get that tumor removed and finally prove it to the doctor. You know, it’s nice to know that Fives is as squeamish as I am when it comes to this kind of stuff 🙂 The removal is successful… but things don’t go quite as well as planned, ’cause Nala Se figured out that it was a false alarm and burst in on the duo. Needless to say, she’s not happy whatsoever. I know that we’re all pretty mad at her because she’s working with the bad guys, but you have to kind of feel sorry for her — I mean, she probably didn’t plan on having it come to this when she was in med school before she found herself putting clones together; she’s been tied up in a really complicated situation and is stuck having to do whatever the big cheese Sith wants, and she knows that things will go majorly sour if the Jedi find out their little clone secret, so yeah that’s a lot of pressure for one Kaminoan. AZ and Fives showed her the legit proof, but Nala Se wasn’t cool with it. She grabbed the encased tumor, Fives grabbed the death-inducing needle that’d almost had been used on Tup, and who knows what would’ve happened next if not for Shaak Ti making her entrance. You just got busted, doc. But the fact that our heroes won this round isn’t quite as sweet a victory when Tup finally comes to; after some brief words, this brave soldier passes on quietly *sniff*. And we’re all still wondering why…
Later on, despite all that’s happened, Shaak Ti’s glad she has her proof and plans to let the Jedi take a look at it. But when trying to convince the Chancellor of this, Nala Se’s bright idea to send the tumor to a big-deal Coruscant hospital is accepted more quickly. This time, the doc takes home a win. And understandably when the old man in the big chair happens to be hiding the greatest secret of all…
So whoa, right? It’s a lot to take in! And we’re not through with this story… not for a moment. Ahhh I hope this all ends on a better note than I think it might! So many questions! And we still don’t know what Kaminoan hospital food tastes like! (I’m sorry I’ll stop making that joke) The first two of the Secret Missions have been great thus far, and we have plenty more to go! This episode’s proved that SW can mix in pretty much any genre — including hospital dramas! So I’ll keep you up to date as the plot thickens…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Menace Of The Sith: A Closer Look

I know it’s been a couple of weeks now since the newest Lego SW special aired, but due to technical difficulties, I was unable to get a digital recording of it sooner. But hey, better late than never, am I right? Anyway, the second installment of The Yoda Chronicles proved once again to be delightfully entertaining, exciting and at the same time heartwarming, and outrageously funny as all Lego SW specials are. So c’mon and let me give you a little commentary of mine on Menace Of The Sith!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Menace Of The Sith, The Phantom Clone, The Padawan Menace, Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, TCW Episodes Brothers, Revenge, Revival, Eminence, Shades of Reason, The Lawless, and Ghosts of Mortis (and the surrounding episodes)

“WAR!”
“…Now that I have your attention…”

Um… let me just say that was potentially the best recap in Star Wars TV history. Kudos to you, Tom Kane and your narrating voice! You have my everlasting respect 🙂
Anyway, you meet back up with our heroes in an all-too familiar Geonosian battle arena, where Palpatine/Sidious and his comrades Dooku and Grievous are about to show just what their new Sith Clone JEK-14 can do to an intrigued crowd of Star Warsian bad guys. But naturally, there’s something in this picture that doesn’t belong… that would be Obi-Wan and Yoda, but don’t tell the other bad guys. For all they know, it’s just another Dathymir and what looks to me like a Boba Fett-style Mandalorian guy (seriously, what is it with Obi-Wan and armor suits? They’re like, always his first choice for some reason!).
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And yes… Yoda just spoke a full sentence in imitating Palpatine. I love how completely weirded out Obi-Wan is. His awkward “Oh…kay…” says it all, doesn’t it? But if I’m not mistaken, hasn’t Yoda said a normalish sentence at least once or twice? Like when he’s all “You are reckless!” to Luke in Episode V? Of course, I could be wrong since it’s been a few months since I last watched it, but still I don’t think it’s entirely new to Yoda to speak with Basic syntax. But not the point! It was sooooo funny.
So the eventual Emperor proves the haters wrong when he gives them a dose of JEK’s awesomeness. And IT IS AWESOME. I mean, I know he’s a Sith tool, but… still, he’s cool! I mean, look what he made out of Lego bricks with the Force!
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And to add to it, Dooku and Grievous show off the fantabulous Clone-cloner (you guys caught the THX1138 reference, right??) and its epic abilities to make… well, tiny Sith Clones (Oh, there’s something downright hilarious about the voices of high-pitched angry men 😆 ) And that was when Master Kenobi ripped his helmet off and Master Yoda got that red-and-black makeup off his face and they both lit up their ‘sabers. BOOM! Chaos!
Now, I know we’re all wondering the same thing… how is it, since this obviously takes place in the earliest days of the Clone Wars, that Darth Maul showed up in his new fancy-shmancy Nightsister-made legs to this thing… and nearly got his revenge early?
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My theory is kinda weird, but since we don’t know how Maul got those creepy robotic spider legs and how he got on that creepy planet, going insane, I think it might work. Basically he somehow managed to buy a quick pair of legs before he left Naboo and then took wayyyy too long to figure out he how wanted his revenge (not too different from what seemed to me like an overly complicated series of plans of his in TCW Seasons 4 and 5). And so, ten years after he got knocked in half, he finally got a chance to be face-to-face with his old foe. But see, in TCW Season 4’s Revenge, Obi-Wan himself didn’t really believe it was Maul he was facing until Maul’s like “Dude, I killed your master back on Naboo, remember?”. ‘Cause, yeah, we all assumed he was dead. So Obi-Wan was cool with it this time around because he didn’t realize it was him. And thus, Maul is really wishing now that he’d bought a nicer set of legs that he wouldn’t literally get knocked off of. Then he got the freaky arachnid legs and spent the next few years going insane. I know you guys are going to try and disprove me on this, but hey, it makes sense to me!
Meanwhile, it seemed that JEK finally had the chance to finish what he’d started on Kamino and kill Yoda. But this time, JEK questioned Dooku. And he still probably would’ve done it if it had been for Yoda’s interjection. The fact is, JEK is sorta half-Jedi, half-Sith; made by Sith with Jedi lightsaber crystals. And so Dooku and Yoda are like argumentative parents (forgive me for the disturbing comparison) who both want what they think is best for their “kid”, and like teenagers often do, JEK decides he doesn’t want to do anything his “parents” do. And then he runs off, grabs a ship, and flies off Geonosis and heads out to find a place for him. Cue the wild goose chase on both ends.
On the other side of things, Threepio is getting a day off from helping teach Padawans, and for good reason, after all those kids have put him through. So he’s working in the Jedi Temple kitchen for a change, and guesssssssss who’s substitute teacher nowwwwww
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I was pleasantly surprised to see not only Obi-Wan, but Anakin too, playing larger roles in this episode. Considering The Padawan Menace and The Phantom Clone only gave them cameos, I found it super-cool to really see them again, and this time in that lesser-known early Clone Wars era. And gosh, the guy playing Anakin (who’s also playing Grievous for this venture) is doing awesome with an excellent somewhere-between-Hayden-Christiansen-and-Matt-Lanter voice, bringing back the angsty Padawan and a bit of the cocky Jedi we’re familiar with. So yeah, Anakin absolutely does a horrible job at hiding his frustration with this job. He doesn’t yet have Ahsoka hanging around him to give him a sense of responsibility, so he’s not enjoying this one bit. And the Padawans are totally aware of it.
Speaking of Padawans, I briefly want to correct myself on a name mistake. I found out that the togruta girl is actually named Vaash Ti, so she’s different from Ashla in The Padawan Menace. It’s hard to tell, but their voices are different, even though they seem one and the same. Anyone else wonder if the “Ti” in Vaash Ti is a last name or just a two-part name? ‘Cause then that would mean she’s related to Shaak Ti, right? Or is it just like being named Mary Jane and the “Ti” is the “Jane”? It’s anotherr SW mysteryyyyy… ooOoOoOOoOOoOOo…
Also, I have found that I still love the human boy youngling, Bobby. Who really has been hanging around with Yoda and Threepio since The Padawan Menace. He’s just so darn cute and his lines make him even cuter and just stinkin’ funny! (To Grievous from the previous chapter: “GIVE US BACK OUR LIGHTSABERS, YOU BAD ROBOT!!“; To Ventress in this one: “YOU’RE NOT A NICE LADY!!!” XD ) Okay, moving on…
So with JEK on the run, the Jedi, I kid you not, hire bounty hunters to help them in the search for the Force-Sensitive Clone. I really almost can’t imagine them doing it, and even Obi-Wan questions “Do we really need these unsavory fellows?”, but hey, it’s kind of a big deal, I guess. Those bounty hunters certainly become a handful for Threepio. Mental note: Cad Bane prefers light mayonnaise on his sandwiches. And with no bounty hunters up for grabs for Dooku, they send out the probe droids.
Also, love the little nod to the SW Holiday Special they stuck in 🙂 Still need to see that…
So as you can imagine, Anakin was all rant-rant-rant-“I’m-the-Chosen-One”-rant-rant-rant-“I’m-totes-awesomer-than-any-Jedi”-rant-rant-blah-blah-blah like he usually was as a very young apprentice. And not to hate on him or anything since most of us would probably do that if we had to let a bunch of kids play with our robotic arm to keep them interested (Rako’s comment: “Hey Anakin! Wouldn’t it be great if your whole body was like this?!” Oh sad, but slightly funny, irony…). Oh, and the fact they’re on a field trip on Hoth doesn’t help. Poor guy, just wanted to help save the day! And then alas! JEK had chosen to find a hiding place on the same planet, and he got a chance to meet the kids. Anakin’s like “YES!”
But as JEK makes Lego flowers, stars, and bunnies with the Force, he explains to the Padawans that he wants to make things, not fight for either side. But then you all know what happened next… young Skywalker scared him off, accidentally alerted probe droids to his presence, and Grievous and Dooku carted him off, ready to now make legit Sith Clones. D’oh, that wasn’t supposed to happen. So naturally, Anakin does the thing where he tries to redeem himself and help clean up the mess he made even if it puts others in danger.
Watching this, Yoda and Obi-Wan start playing the blame game in the middle of the Council. And even Qui-Gon’s spirit gets involved! Long before he’d show up in Mortis and even longer before he’d do a little extra training with his former apprentice on Tatooine, he apparently wanted to make sure that he didn’t take the blame for Anakin’s rashness. Dude, Anakin makes his own choices, it’s no one’s fault, really! I’m sure if Qui-Gon hadn’t zipped out so quickly, the conversation would’ve gone on a bit… longer…
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“What’d you mean I was the one who messed up? You’re the one who thought he was the Chosen One!”
“Uh, again, Obi-Wan, he is the Chosen One. And I say it’s your fault because Anakin’s just like youuuuu were when you were a Padawan!”
“What? I wasn’t brash and irresponsible and whatever!”
“Yeah, you were. Maybe not as moody, but other than that, he totally got it from you.”
And all the other Jedi in the room are like “Yuuuuup.” XD
I would’ve figured that their first meeting since Qui-Gon’s death would’ve been a bit less like… this, but I bet they had their fair share of arguments like this back in the day.
So with Dooku and Grievous on their way with their new cloned-Sith-Clone army, the battle’s on. And upon running into the dear Chancellor, we get a chance to see the two sides of Palpatine again, and again we sit there and say “HOW IS IT THEY DON’T REALIZE THAT HE’S SIDIOUS?!?! HE’S SWITCHING PERSONAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM!!!“.
“An odd twitch, that man has.”
“The pressure must be getting to him, poor man.” 😆
Again, really? All that Episode III grief could’ve been spared…
So the space battle began as Anakin and the younglings… had their ship blown up! And somehow, they’re still alive (If they’d done this in TCW, they would’ve at least been wearing pressure suits). Oh, and if anyone wondered about the sense that Bobby’s line “My mom says I’m not supposed to get sucked into space…” makes, my theory is that Bobby’s mom was a Temple worker whose son just happened to be Force-Sensitive, so they get to see each other routinely (I bet Anakin’s jealous). She’s probably pretty protective, considering she knows that her little boy is getting involved in the Clone Wars at his age. But with a little JEK-14-style creativity, the gang makes a bunch of awesome Lego vehicles to get back home, and to help save the day! And all it should take is a little mirroring of Episode IV. Anakin does a little trench running on Dooku’s ship and hits just the right spot with his laser annnnd… nothing happens. Irony. The little weak spot on the ship is, as he finds out, an obviously marked spot. Just add lightsaber and then, BOOM!
No one would’ve survived onboard if it hadn’t been for Palpatine helping their crash-landing not crash-land. And again, RIGHT UNDER THE NOSES OF THE JEDI! With JEK-14 weak from the cloning and an armada of deadly, full-sized Sith Clones, all hope seems lost… but then JEK gathers the strength to take down the entire Sith Clone army AND make “Team Dooku” go “blasting off againnnn!!!” (Sorry I couldn’t resist throwing that in there)! But all the same, JEK peacefully leaves the Jedi behind, off to find his own destiny. I bet he’ll become either an artist, an architect, or a pacifist politician (if you want to stick to something really Star Wars-y).
And so, Yoda and the Masters give their congratulations to Anakin and the Padawans, Threepio gets his old job back (and is totes relieved), and even Qui-Gon gets to give Anakin a thumbs-up… which results in Obi-Wan chasing his former master around the room, wanting to give him a few choice words about his taking credit when no credit is due. And everyone laughs. All is well for the moment 🙂
So of course, the only thing to say about this awesome special is…
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It seems like The Yoda Chronicles is all tied up neatly, but I heard this was supposed to be a trilogy, so now I really really can’t wait for the next part! Let’s hope the wait won’t be nearly as long as it was for this one. And certainly, I won’t be waiting that long to write my next post. At least we have Lego SW shorts to keep us busy until then! Anyway, hope the wait for the Menace Of The Sith blog was worth it 🙂
Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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The Phantom Clone: A Closer Look

So by now, it’s likely you’ve seen the first installment of Lego’s Yoda Chronicles. I know I have! For the record, I loved it to pieces. Another gem from the Lego SW galaxy! And thankfully, the Yoda Chronicles shorts released before this were not clips from the episode. So, I hope you’ve watched it already because we’re about to take off and take a closer look at The Phantom Clone!
Note: Contains spoilers from The Phantom Clone
So I still don’t entriely get what Palpatine plans to do with this new dastardly plan of his. Even more so as it seems to me that this might’ve taken place shortly after the events of Episode II. I mean, JEK-14 has a TCW Season 3 and beyond-style helmet, but Obi-Wan and Anakin, in their individual cameos, have their Attack Of The Clones hairstyles (Haha, this is how I can tell the Clone Wars eras apart, by their fashion sense! Augh I’m such a girl :P). But I’m still learning, so who knows? Anyway, so let’s get on with some of my thoughts and looks at different scenes…
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So, I was talking about Palpatine… good ol’ nutjog Emperor/Supreme Chancellor Sidious/Palpatine. The Phantom Clone lets us finally see a little of what he probably does on a regular basis as he switches between his true self (Creepy-looking and evil) and his nice old guy cover. I love Palpatine’s exasperation at having to switch back and forth between calls and of course, Grievous’ cluelessness. But did you notice the absolute weirdness of how he shifts between identities. If you watch the animation, it looks like his head is rotating back and forth! Ewww, right? It reminds me of the Halloween Town Mayor in The Nightmare Before Christmas. And in comparison, the Mayor is way less creepy than the Emperor.
Onto a less creepy-ish subject, isn’t it nice to see Yoda and the younglings again? Not since The Padawan Menace have we had the chance to hang in Jedi Academy! And of course, Threepio, who is apparently a big-time braggart. “So like, Anakin Skywalker is my maker! Jelz much, bro?” Of course, this isn’t the only time the Lego specials have made Threepio say ridiculously funny, though somewhat out of his usual character, things. (Such as: “Say hello to my metal friend!” “Yes! I am the man… er droid” “Totally awesome!”) Omgosh I can’t not laugh when Yoda’s all “Yeah, when do you not remind us of that?” 😆
So Palpatine led Yoda, Mace, and Artoo into a trap… can’t say I’m surprised. On a random note, I think it’s too cool that we now know where Obi-Wan spends his vacations! 😀 Alderaan is such a pretty planet… oh wait, now I’m distracted. Sorry. Getting back on track…
It’s a known fact now that Artoo is officially smarter than Master Yoda and Master Windu. *Sighhhh* If only Artoo could speak Standard…
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No I hadn’t forgotten the whole “Grievous walks into the Holocron Vault, steals the younglings’ lightsabers, and the younglings end up on an epic adventure” sidestory. I have to say, that human girl youngling (IDK her name, but I should…) has some insane mechanical skills. I wonder if Anakin tutors her in his spare time or something. As Threepio put it (in a way you will never again hear come out of his voice… thingy) “Totally awesome!” XD
Plus, brave little Ashla used a mind trick on a rancor! If only Luke had known twenty-something years later in Episode VI; would’ve spared him a lot of trouble. Gotta salute the bravery of the younglings for beating the crud out of Grievous, breaking into Jabba’s place, and riding a rancor bareback. Oh, and freeing Han from his first carbonite prison! (That also makes me assume that this happened in the later TCW era, but I’m still not certain)
Meanwhile, Yoda, Mace, and Artoo got a little help from the Calrissians! Lando Sr. and Lando Jr., to be precise. Han, why did you ever take down those party lights and the disco floor?! Maybe they’re still in the Falcon, for all we know… Han’s just embarrassed to show them off 🙂
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“That family knows how to live”. True that, Master Windu.
So then the real battle begins on lovely rainy Kamino. As soon as Dooku and Yoda start staring each other down, a million SW fans start freaking out “OMG OMG!! YODA AND DOOKU WILL FINALLY HAVE A REMATCH!!!!” Annnnd thennnnn Mace steps in and it’s suddenly like two guys sharing one date to prom or something (sorry, that perhaps wasn’t my best comparison).
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“A purple lightsaber. Nice.”
“Thanks for noticing.”
“Green, what’s wrong with?” 😆
Then boom! Enter in JEK-14. I knew that JEK was going to be a Force-sensitive clone and all, but somehow the whole “evil clone army” thing didn’t occur to me. ‘Cause man, once that guy is out of his tube and into his gnarly armor… it gets crazy pretty quickly. I mean, his left arm is nothing but Force lightning! I’m still amazed anyone made it out alive!
But while this wasn’t the expected first impression from JEK, I can’t help but notice that he didn’t kill Yoda when he had the chance. Perhaps this Sith Clone actually has a heart. Here’s hoping…
So then the younglings and Threepio save our heroes and destory the evil cloning base. And everyone got stickers! 😀 Which I guess are what you do when you’re out of medals to offer. But one thing’s for sure… this isn’t over yet.
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But how could I end this post without mentioning Grievous. Poor guy… Palpatine and Dooku have been jerks to him all day and now he’s left rusting in the Kamino rain by Dooku and his new “buddy” JEK-14! I kinda feel bad for him. A wise Jedi once said “The Sith always turn on each other… you’ll find out soon enough,” (Shaak Ti to Starkiller in The Force Unleashed), and another wise Jedi had the gall to call Grievous “Dooku’s errand boy” (From the genius wit of Master Kenobi in TCW Grievous Intrigue). They’re both right. Well, once this whole “evil clone” thing doesn’t work out, I have a feeling that Dooku’s respect for the General will come back.
So now all we have to do is wait for the next part, and until then, they’ll be plenty more to talk about in the Star Wars universe!
Keep The Peace and May The Funk Be With You!
– Twilight

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