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9 Totally Unlikely Episode IX Predictions!

Pretty much since the credits started rolling on The Last Jedi, I found myself wondering what the next chapter would hold. Sometimes these wonderings would be reasonable assumptions, but other times… well, I like to imagine totally ridiculous possibilities! There are no certainties as to what awaits us in the Skywalker Saga finale. So I figure, with all of us formulating our own theories, it wouldn’t hurt if I shared some of my favorite ridiculous predictions! Don’t worry, though; there might be some more reasonable ideas tucked in the paragraphs 🙂

Contains spoilers from Episodes IV, V, VII, and VIII, along with elements from The Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Freemaker Adventures.

1. Kylo Ren now sits on Snoke’s throne and eats Hot Pockets straight from the nanowave oven.

OK the Hot Pockets joke is there because, before the third VII trailer debuted, I burned my mouth on a Hot Pocket sandwich. And for some reason that made me decide to draw Finn, Rey, and Ren all eating the same, with only Kylo immune to the searing hot insides. But I do wonder how the First Order is faring without the Supreme Leader. Or was he even really that big an influence on them? Maybe they’re doing perfectly fine without a Supreme Leader. But either way, his death opened up a seat of power that I could see Kylo wanting. If Hux doesn’t fight him to the death for it first…

2. Poe’s the Falcon‘s new copilot because Chewbacca is stuck caring for the Resistance’s new porg mascot.

Well, that last half isn’t so unbelievable, right? Considering the little fuzzball made the ride over to Crait, I doubt they had time to take him back to Ach-To! And clearly Chewie has a soft spot for them when you consider this FoD short. As for the first half… I think it’s feasible. In truth though, I just really really like whatever’s going on between Poe and Rey, (as evidenced in their brief exchange at the end of VIII) and I’m pretty sure the Falcon is one of the most romantic Star Wars locations to date (I mean, it worked for Han and Leia!). I suppose we’ll have to wait and see if there might be some sparks flying! Aside from the porg getting caught in the wiring.

3. Ezra and friends return!

Thirty-five years? Has it really been that long?
This most likely wouldn’t be a believable turn of events. Mostly this came out of my thought, “Hey, maybe Ahsoka could cross over to live-action if she was older in the film and wouldn’t sound or look the same, making it easier to find an actress to portray her!” So I figured it might be funny to wrap up the events in the Rebels finale with them showing up at the Resistance’s front door with no idea what happened since they left. For their sakes, though, I would much rather Sabine and Ahsoka’s search would take significantly less time. So I’ll just hope for an Ahsoka anthology movie! 😀

4. Rowan Freemaker is Rey’s new master.

Because of course I couldn’t leave the Freemakers out of these theories. I imagine Rowan becoming a masterful light-alligned Forcebuilder, continuing to uncover the history of the Forcebuilder sect of the Jedi Order on Alistan Nor. A couple years ago I began shaping a little story in my head of him meeting Rey, and suddenly it occurred to me: they both studied under Luke Skywalker! Plus, they both grew up as scavengers, and both didn’t have their parents in the picture for long (evidently). Perhaps they could both learn something as master and apprentice in a way Luke couldn’t teach them! And if you’re new to my blog, yes, I believe the majority of The Freemaker Adventures are canon. And yes, I know this is a total pipe dream, but Roger made it to the canon, so… it’s not completely impossible, right?

5. The Force Ghost gang shows up at inopportune moments in Rey’s adventure.

I know they’ve confirmed nothing as to whether Mark Hamill will be returning to the role of Luke or not, but I think it would be great to learn more about Luke and what further wisdom he could impart to Rey. Plus, I mean, he was on that island for years. If his dad got his Force Ghost form just considering the possibility of immortality, surely Luke could’ve easily done his immortality homework, too! Of course, I could totally be off on this logic, but mostly the above prediction is due to years’ worth of jokes about what Force Ghosts do in their free time. It’s basically retirement, right? XD Their many likely-differing opinions and brands of wisdom might drive Rey crazy though…

6. Finn’s a Windu!

Though we may simply never know where Finn came from, it would be nice to see a last name attached to that first name. Soooo what if he was distantly related to the Windus? Doesn’t make him a Jedi, though. Force isn’t strong with every family, I don’t think. It’s a long shot, but would be interesting to delve into his past some. Maybe he just should be Finn Tico? Not a conventional method for the groom, but I’d be content if that worked! :3

7. Rey actually is a Skywalker!

It recently occurred to me this could work without her being Luke or Leia’s daughter. Perhaps she’s a granddaughter of a second cousin of Shmi’s! It would explain her connection to the Skywalker blade. Sort of. *Shrugs* I like this theory, anyway. Again, though, maybe she should just be Rey Dameron. It would happen anyway, I betcha! Hehe.

8. Lando hosts an epic disco party when they defeat the First Order!

The one thing we do know about IX is that Lando Calrissian will be there, and that still has me so darn hyped! So I say he goes from just clapping along at the ewok party to cementing the end of IX as “the Lando party”! If you’ve watched The Yoda Chronicles, you know what I’m talkin’ about. Either way, there ain’t no party like a we-just-defeated-the-bad-guys party!

9. Hux is on vacation most of the movie and misses the aforementioned party.

I don’t know if Hux has that overconfidence gene Tarkin possessed, but I could somehow see the General, convinced Kylo and the rest of the FOs could handle the Resistance, heading off to Scarif for a cruise, and then coming back only to find the First Order in ruins. Would his know-how have spared this horrible defeat? Or would it have made zero difference? Honestly I don’t know… but his reaction would make for a great after-credits scene! If, of course, Star Wars did after-credits scenes. Which they don’t. But hey, it still would make for some good comedic timing! XD

So whatever the trailers reveal, whatever we learn from Celebration, and whatever happens when we head to the theaters in roughly eleven months, there’s a lot of joy in the anticipation! Thanks for reading this fun-filled nonsense.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Rise Of Clovis

I apologize this blog’s late arrival, but dang man does this episode have a lot to talk about! I’ve spent days organizing all my thoughts on this one! I mean, I can write a pretty good-length in-depth blog on a TCW episode that focuses on a battle, but if you want to get my thinker thinking and my thoughts spread out in thousands of words, give me a character-driven, emotionally-focused episode like The Rise Of Clovis! Better make sure you’re comfortable, because you’re probably going to be spending a good chunk of your day reading this one…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI, the Clone Wars Microseries, TCW episodes Senate Spy, Overlords, The Lawless, Conspiracy, An Old Friend, The Rise Of Clovis

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(Original screencap credit: Netflix)

So while Anakin, Padme, and Clovis made quite the escape after the craziness on Skipio, the Banking Clan dudes (who I’m now aware are Muuns) are freaking out amongst themselves now that Padme has all their profiteering secrets in the palm of her hand. Though I just can’t help but wonder… is there some unwritten rule that all Muuns have to have goofy-sounding voices? I mean, it’s not something you’d think about just watching Episode II when San Hill talks, but then you go and watch the Clone Wars microseries when Durge was defending them on Muunilist and yeah, they all sound a little funny. And that’s been proved in these last couple of episodes once again. A part of me is snickering at their voices while a part of me reminds me that this is a serious situation… it’s quite a battle, I must say 🙂 So anyway, they’re trying to make sure their plans go unnoticed, and one of them in particular has a brief meeting with none other than Darth Sidious. First the Kaminoans and now the Muuns? Is it just me or is Palpatine weaving a common thread of treachery in this season? The Muun dude’s a bit concerned about this situation at hand with the Senator’s escape, but Sidious reassures him that the Muuns aren’t in any kind of trouble and that he’ll be fine… or so he says.
Meanwhile, our heroes just got off the ship back on Coruscant to Yoda’s greeting. “Adventures on Skipio, have you had?” ohhh Yoda you don’t know the half of it. Evidently, they’ve all met, including Yoda and Clovis… one has to wonder how and when that happened, but eh, it might not be anything special, perhaps they were both in line at Starbucks or something. But Yoda came out to meet them mainly because Palpatine was to have a meeting concerning the whole Banking Clan debacle.
As soon as we get into the meeting, it’s clear that Rush Clovis is no fan favorite simply by the words of Bail Organa “EXCUUUUUSE ME IF I DON’T TRUST HIM AFTER WHAT HE DID!”. And I’m guessing that everyone else there’s probably thinking similarly. Clovis tries to calm the waters and again tries to make it clear he’s a changed man and he’s got serious dirt on this huge-deal situation. Even Padme shows her sliver of support (though as expected, Anakin’s kinda on Bail’s side of the matter). He sounds pretty sincere in all of it, though… I suppose we’ll have to see whether or not a Nexu can changes its stripes (see what I did there?? 😀 ) Ultimately though, Palpatine in his always-convincing manner decides that they should cut Clovis some slack and assigns him and Padme to the case once more. And at the words “Clovis and Padme must work closely…”, you can just see Anakin flinch just the slightest (Anyone else wondering if Palpatine’s trying to make Anakin freak out? Either way, he’s doing a pretty good job). As everyone departs from the meeting, Anakin singles his significant other out of the crowd in 1.2 seconds and totally blows up “WHY DID YOU AGREE TO WORK WITH HIM?!”. It’s getting kind of sad how many times Padme has to tell him “I’m not into Clovis, I’m just trying to do the right thing!” as of late. And then Anakin does what no smart husband would ever do… he “suggests” she bail out, no, he demands she do so! I’m all “oh no he didn’t!” and Padme probably would’ve too if it weren’t for the fact she was trying to avoid unwanted attention, instead she attempts to re-remind Anakin what an important thing trust is between them, only for Clovis to awkwardly interrupt. Aw man, how long was he standing there?? So now Anakin looks like the bad guy in all of this, still going all “mother hen” on Padme. I had thought about something interesting in all of this, he wasn’t nearly this crazy back in Season 2’s Senate Spy. Yes, he was a bit edgy, and yes, he was both not a fan of Clovis and concerned for Padme’s safety, but he certainly didn’t go to this level of angriness and jealousness, at least, he didn’t seem to. I think that it partially has to do with the fact that Anakin’s not as in control as he was back when all he had to do was tip the ship and lock them down a distance apart. Now, that little control freak side of him is grappling for something to hold on to in his mission to protect Padme, and ironically she’s in less danger this time around. That, and well… ever since some time in Season 3, Anakin’s gotten a bit more tense, a bit more trigger-hair, a bit more scary when he gets mad… slowly but surely coming up to where it all accumulates in Episode III. Plus, Padme’s fake flirting probably never sat well with Anakin, even with it being fake (like perhaps the hug she gave Clovis to keep him from noticing Anakin). A part of him stillllll worries… *sigh*. Get it together, man! So Padme shoots Anakin a “This conversation isn’t over” look and heads off with Clovis to get to work. Meanwhile, Dooku and Sidious conjure up a little plan that could potentially get Clovis back on their side of the game…
All while that drama was ensuing, Anakin found solace in his Jedi quarters, doing some metalwork. It reminded me of the bit from Jude Watson’s Jedi Quest #1, about how Anakin still enjoyed working with machines because it let him fix something in a world where not everything can be fixed. Makes complete sense in the midst of this difficult situation. I have to wonder what he’s actually fixing up, though… looks kinda like a droid, maybe? Oh can we talk about the fact that we get to see Anakin’s quarters? It’s super cool for me, as I’ve never really seen them in great detail before. I mean, the attention to detail is fascinating!! The podracer posters on the walls, the little model ships, the large accumulation of metal junk! It takes us back to Anakin’s roots! I think we’ve seen other Jedi’s quarters before, but I can’t remember for certain, but even if we did, they didn’t have a lot of character. Comparably, Anakin’s room looks a whole lot like his bedroom on Tatooine, and gives you a look into his interests aside from peacekeeping and war general-ing; it actually looks like a normal bedroom with loads of personality!
Anyway, as Anakin was blowtorching, Obi-Wan came in. To which I’m like “YAY it’s been so long since we’ve had actual conversation with him!”. And he’s sorta awkwardly wondering if Anakin’s okay… and awkwardly brings up “Yoda was sensing something wrong with you and I kinda am too… and it sorta seems like it has something to do with Clovis… what’s up, bro?”. Naturally Anakin’s all “It’s all cool, just worried about him being a bad guy and junk. And Senator Amidala nearly, you know, died and stuff last time they hung out.”, but Obi-Wan isn’t buying it, after all, this certainly isn’t the first time Padme’d courted danger (um… “courted” was a poor choice of words). And that’s where the lightswitch was flipped for him: Anakin still has a thing for Padme! He probably found it pretty obvious back in Episode II with Anakin’s majorly awkward-schoolboy-crush hello and gundark-nest nerves, and I could see points throughout TCW where he might’ve wondered, but now it’s a lot clearer. I guess this is why it didn’t take too long for him to figure out why Padme wasn’t too keen on giving away Anakin’s location in Episode III. Obi-Wan’s response is not too far from what a parent would say to a tween in distress over their first zit: “Feeling feelings is completely normal! I mean, you know I had a thing for Satine and stuff. Acting on them is the problem.” I was pleasantly surprised to see the Duchess get brought up again. While The Lawless got wrapped up well ultimately, I couldn’t help but wonder how Obi-Wan made peace with her passing in the interim. Maybe I’m crazy, but when I look at his face at that moment, I’m not sure that Obi-Wan’s passive mentioning of their “thing” is totally “past-tense”… good ol’ Obi-Wan, always trying to be the best Jedi he can be, even at expense of his own emotions. But at risk of me spending another long paragraph on this subject, I’ll save other thoughts on them for other posts and we’ll get back to the situation at hand. Because as we know, Obi-Wan doesn’t do the “hate” thing like Anakin more-or-less does. Anakin responds the way most people do at that kind of assumption: “WE’RE JUST FRIENDS.” and Obi-Wan’s all “Uh huh. Well, then you shouldn’t have any problem turning the jealousy train around back to station”. I love this scene to pieces because it shows just how great Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship is, that they (or at least Master Kenobi) can be honest about stuff, even sticky areas like this. Of course, Anakin sorta still chalks it up to wanting to protect the Senator, while we know that he probably didn’t get much out of the conversation, especially knowing how this episode ends.
On the other side of things, awkward moments continue to dominate as Padme and Clovis get down to business… sort of. Apparently, the two just got back from the opera (again, something I would’ve never imagined to exist in the SW universe), and it was not Padme’s idea to have gone in the first place. We meet up with them at her place, making a nice meal between friends while they continue to dig deeper into the conspiracy. They get to talking a bit, recalling their own series of adventures in SW-ian politics, as we see Clovis not-so-subtlely attempt to slip his arm around her (Ugh he has it so so bad for her). Padme stands up and quickly changes the subject and asks her just-friend how he got involved with the Muuns to start with. Turns out, as he explains, his family worked for them and later, when he was orphaned, he was practically adopted by them. One has to wonder… if he spent his tween and teen years with the Muuns, how did that even go? Middle school and high school are a time when everyone’s concerned about how they look and who they are, and when you’re the only kid in school with hair and without a crazy lanky frame and tiny eyes, that must’ve been extremely awkward. Yeesh. No wonder he must’ve liked Padme from the get-go as young politicians, he probably had almost forgotten what a human girl looked like! Haha. Unfortunately their moment of honesty is broken up by Clovis again trying a bit too hard. Padme’s not cool with it. And thennnn Clovis voices something I figured he never bring up: “Waaaaait are you into that Jedi or something? Aren’t Jedi not supposed to be romantically involved with anyone or risk getting kicked out of the Order?” I remember when they first showed a fragment of this episode in the trailer for Season 5 (even though it turned out not to be in Season 5), and the theory I put together was that Anakin accidentally revealed his and Padme’s relationship to Clovis and he (assumptively still a big-time Seppie) in turn had major dirt on them that he could reveal to the big shots, risking everything about their well-kept secret. As I learned, that was slightly off, but he still sorta figured it out. And to that, Padme’s all “We’re just friends! Seriously, you shouldn’t just assume.” which, oh gosh… Clovis sees as an opportunity to make a move. Now, I’m sure that Padme could’ve handled herself and pulled out her blaster on him again, but seconds before that potential kiss could’ve happened, ANAKIN WALKED IN. Of course, I can’t help but wonder why Anakin was coming over in the first place. Was he coming over to potentially patch things up between the two of them? Was he bringing her coffee as a sweet little “heard you were working late” gift? Did he leave his cloak in the closet again? Well, whatever it was, Anakin forgot about it and turned his focus to his evident rival and Force-choked and Force-threw the Separatist prettyboy against the wall. Clovis isn’t one to be intimidated, though, and incites a little hands-on no-Force, no-Lightsaber fistfight. Clovis is pretty good, but nobody told him that Anakin has a robotic arm and has a major advantage. All light description aside, this fight is seriously kind of terrifying; Anakin is seriously dangerous in this fight, and he is in no way holding back, even as Padme keeps yelling at them to knock it off. Until in a sudden moment of clarity, Anakin realizes what he just did. I’ve enjoyed seeing the light, fun, chill, not-angsty side of Anakin in the TCW series, so it always knocks me for a loop when the dark, not-fun, scary, beyond-just-angst-this-is-anger side of him shows up in the later seasons, and the connection between this CG Anakin and the Episode III Hayden Christiansen Anakin becomes clear. It’s not a bad thing, really, it’s just an often harsh reminder of what is to come; without darkness, the light doesn’t shine as brightly, shall we say. So anyway, Captain Typho heard some of the scuffle and came with the guards to find out what happened. Now, as Clovis is on his knees all black and blue, he had total right to oust Anakin in this situation, but he did a rather honorable thing and said “Some hired attacker came in and did this, if it weren’t for General Skywalker, I’d probably be a lot worse off”. And Anakin, kinda shocked at Clovis covering him, agrees to that statement as the guards help Clovis to a medical droid. Without notice from anyone else, Anakin gives her this “OMGosh I’m so sorry” look and Padme gives him this “You’re so sleeping on the couch tonight!” glare. And it only goes downhill from here…
Clovis turned out to be pretty much OK, but he was in for yet another surprise this evening — his med droid doc turned out to work for Count Dooku, and the Count gave him a call. Now this always gets me wondering… why a medical droid? Of all the medical droids in the vicinity, how was it just this particular one? And how would Dooku have known Clovis would need a medical droid? My theory is that there was a hired attacker involved, but by the time he parked outside the window, he caught a glimpse of Anakin and Clovis’ scuffle and was all “Nuts! That guy beat me to the punch! Eh at least I’ll still get paid…”. However it happened, Dooku was here talking to him. Dooku offered him a new job opportunity as the new head of the banks, and at first Clovis is all “No way! I know you Seps haven’t been handling money right!” but Dooku knows how to convince, and before he knew it, Clovis had a new position. And that could either be really good or really bad ultimately… and I’ve got a bad feeling it’s the latter.
So as for Anakin and Padme, there was more than a little tension between them. Anakin finally realizes he’s gone too far with the whole situation and he’s sorrier than sorry about it. He apologizes profusely even before he questions what he thought he saw, to which again Padme repeats herself “NOTHING. HAPPENED. HE’S. JUST. A. FRIEND.”. While Anakin hasn’t been a shining example of goodness or anything lately, I still can’t help but feel sorry for him somehow. I’m reminded much of the part in the episode Overlords where Anakin has a vision of his mom and he confesses to her how much he feels like he’s failed his mom and how much he wants to protect his wife. While we know that that wasn’t really Shmi, she only spoke the truth, that Anakin’s overprotectiveness and determination to keep her alive “isn’t love”. Of course, we know Anakin has attachment issues, but he wouldn’t really get it until the day he’d save Luke and in turn Luke would save him. But before I get on to a really long paragraph on my thoughts on the “love vs. attachment” thing, let’s get back to the story. Padme’s crazy frustrated with the whole thing, and she just sorta breaks down and says “Look, if we can’t have trust in the midst of this already living-a-lie marriage…” I shuddered to hear the next part, “…we shouldn’t see each other anymore, at least not for a while” O.O I never thought I’d see the day when the kinda most important couple in the entire Prequel Trilogy would break up! And it’s really bad considering they’re married and they’re breaking up! Even if it is temporary it’s still sad! Aughhh!! 😥 Yet in Episode III they’re all lovey-dovey and cute and nothing’s wrong (at least not until Anakin goes all dark side on us)! So that was that… Padme goes off to have a good cry and Anakin drives off in his starfighter wondering what the heck just happened.
The next day, Clovis seems to have brought the bad guy Muuns to justice and steps up in front of the Senate to potentially be the new head of the banks. He’s met by quite an angry crowd, but with Padme’s support, somehow the vote ends up going to him in the end (Though Bail still isn’t convinced, no vote from him…). And Anakin can only watch in the background, looking a little lost, and watching this guy he still doesn’t trust majorly win with help from the wife he still loves. After the meeting, Anakin turns to Palpatine for a little counsel, and the Chancellor admits that, evidently, he’s doesn’t entirely trust Clovis either. Palpatine encourages Anakin that the two of them just continue keeping an eye out… but we can only imagine what the guy has planned that neither Anakin nor Padme and not even Clovis know about…
*Whew* I’m finally done! But it was pretty fun to write this one, considering what a great episode it is! I suppose we can only wait and see what will happen next in all this craziness, because I’m quite aware that all these Uncovering blogs are ending on intriguing terms. But until next time…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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SW Summer Reads – Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth

If you’re wondering why there hasn’t been a blog in a while… I suppose you can blame it on all these crazy SW-related happenings happening on a day-to-day basis. Between rewatching TCW episodes I haven’t seen in forever, finally seeing The Ewok Adventures movies, and all this crazy exciting new SW news in general (including a rumored Clone Wars Soundtrack… aw yeahhhh!), it’s been difficult to figure exactly what to blog about! And by the time I finally got to rereading the book I’m blogging about, writing notes about it, and getting all prepped to make a post, I just had to catch a cold! 😦 Sigh… such is life oftentimes, but now at last I’ve got my creativity regained (I usually lose some of it when I get the sniffles and have to wait until I’m well again to get it back; To make it clearer, I stink at writing and drawing when I’m sick) and everything ready to make a fantastic new blog!
So, to explain this new series of posts I’m calling Star Wars Summer Reads…
As a SW fan, I love reading SW stories. Love ’em. After I finally got acquainted with the Prequel Trilogy in 2011, I was excited to read some SW fiction for realsies, because after all, watching Episode I alone helped me understand and have a greater appreciation for the Originals. But well, there’s something rather intimidating about the section of Timothy Zahn novels at my library… I didn’t know where to begin! To me personally, I prefer SW stories that involve the characters I’m familiar with in timelines I’m familiar with, that mainly feature the good guys and keep them good guys (I’ll be honest, folks, there’s small chance I’ll ever read Dark Empire), and are legit Star Wars without being confusing (as I am still a Padawan SW fan). So I found the best place for me to start was in my library’s children’s section. Not saying I’ll never read the “grown-up” SW novels (especially considering that I really want to meet this Mara Jade I’ve heard so much about), but for now, this is where my comfort zone lies. Anyway, my library have two shelves of just their SW young readers’ fiction… and I just ate. it. up! That day, a few weeks past seeing Episode I, I grabbed ahold of Grievous Attacks (a novelization of TCW Season 1 episodes Rookies, The “Droid” 2-Parter, and Lair of Grievous) and Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth. Since then, I have enjoyed three particular series: Jude Watson’s Jedi Quest, Paul and Hollace Davids’ Jedi Prince, and Ryder Windham’s The Clone Wars: Secret Missions. I thought it’d be fun to give you guys a Closer Look and my thoughts on each series’ first book. So now if you haven’t read them, you can read them and then read the following blogs and enjoy my random ramblings and spazzings on each. I’ll eventually get to the other chapters in each series, but until then, you can enjoy the ride! I’m writing a Closer Look on each of these books in chronological order of its happening in the SW galaxy, so it makes sense to start off with the series that meets in between Episodes I and II. Now, making the jump to LIGHT READ!
Ugh that was terrible… I’m sorry… (HyperCollinsSpace?) AGAIN. I’m SORRY. I’ve got too many SW reading puns… just you wait until Star Wars Reads Day! If you’re not annoyed now, you will be… 😛
Grievous Attacks was the first SW book I ever read, (I hadn’t really seen much of TCW at the time but I knew enough to feel comfortable reading it) but as for Jedi Quest… that was the first SW fiction I ever read! Rereading this past week has been fun, especially considering I barely remembered what happened in it. Bottom line, when I first read Jedi Quest, it was right around a difficult couple of days in my life and I barely remembered the book itself. Plus, it’s been over two years, so it was overdue for a reread anywayz.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth, and various TCW Episodes Blue Shadow Virus, Deception, The Gathering (and the episodes that follow), Revenge, and The Lawless.
Cover Art of Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth
(Image credit: Amazon.com)
Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth, is written by the awesome Jude Watson and is the kickstarter for her Jedi Quest series. The Path To Truth is sort of the #0, as it precedes the events of the following series and can be read separately from the rest of the series, so it’s simply referred to as Jedi Quest on the cover. Just don’t want us get confused when I do my next blog on the actual series’ first chapter. Upon rereading this book, I was shocked that I had forgotten so much of this story’s intense fights, daring escapes, and raw emotions! At the time I’d first read it, I had only just seen Episode I, so it was a perfect bridge to seeing Episode II several months later. Ms. Watson has some serious skills when it comes to writing; the way she gets into the minds of Obi-Wan and Anakin is astounding… so if you haven’t read this yet, go and read it! It’s nothing new (in fact, it was written a year prior to Episode II’s release, 2001), so you shouldn’t have too much trouble digging it out of your library. But still, it’s so so worthwhile!
The story opens in a pretty planet-shaking flashback of a younger Anakin on what began as a perfect day on Tatooine. Perfect weather, no work, and a picnic with a friend… what could possibly go wrong, right?? Well, as any SW fan knows, peace and perfection will often be interrupted by something like war, battles, bounty hunters, explosions, etc… in this case, it was a very sad thing as Anakin’s community was hit by a slave trader named Krayn (using the term “slave trader” loosely here; the guy’s horrible! But you knew that). My heart breaks for dear little Anakin as he sees his friend lose a parent and his mom in mortal fear. Poor kid… it’s hard to ignore what exactly shaped his life. Give us about six years later, and the tides have shifted; Anakin’s a Jedi Padawan and he’s helping Obi-Wan drive through… Illum, of all places. It’s funny to think that Anakin’s only twelve and may I repeat HE’S DRIVING?! Not all the way of course, but dang. How must it feel for Obi-Wan here to admit that his very young apprentice can drive better than he can? XD
It’s like poetry reading what Ms. Watson wrote from Master Kenobi’s point of view. You see this side of Obi-Wan that we don’t see a whole lot; a more vulnerable, caring side. Not that he doesn’t ever come off as such (Anakin to Obi-Wan: “How can you be so calm?!” “I’m not; I just hide it better” – TCW Season 1 episode Blue Shadow Virus), but as my theory still states, a part of him is trying to be a “perfect Jedi” after all of the mistakes he’s made in his youth and his standing as the likely youngest Jedi to have a Padawan, so of course he sticks to his “focused Jedi” guns. This book, and the other Jedi Quest books to follow, give us a lot of time to see into this awesome guy’s heart and soul. And being a huge fan of Obi-Wan, it’s TOO MUCH AWESOME!! X3 It’s really something seeing the way these two work together, especially as what started out as a lightsaber-building excursion became an intense near-death fight with a herd of vicious gorogodons (don’t you just love when stuff like this happens?! 😛 )! I think to call the battle “nail-biting” would be the understatement of the century (I don’t know how it is but I spent a whole lot of reading this book crying, gasping, and spazzing); I mean, Anakin was knocked off his feet for a long enough time for us to figure that Obi-Wan, who was already in over his head, was a goner. And then, sweet victory, Anakin makes his move at just the right moment and they both lived! Gosh, that was scary! OK OK we’re moving on from all that drama. Can you believe that it’s only been a couple chapters at this point??
So as you know, this is how Anakin made his lightsaber. It’s always interesting to note how many different ways I’ve seen lightsabers made… some make ’em hands-free (Barris Offee in the Clone Wars miniseries), some make them with friends and a cool droid (the younglings in TCW Season 5), and some just buy a SW Science Lightsaber kit from Toys R Us (that’d be me) 🙂
My guess is that methods changed after the Clone Wars started so they could get it done faster, but IDK. This method is one I’m not entirely crazy about… it’s a pretty frightening, rattling experience from what this book exposes (and btw, this was one of the first ideas about this, as Illum and the lightsaber-making process are never seen in the movies). I never said it was easy, but this whole “shadows and visions” thing… that makes it a smidge harder. This particular chapter in the book was one of the hardest to read as it hits really hard emotionally, but its being deeply emotional is one of the things that make it such a great chapter despite its sadness. Obi-Wan’s vision is so heart-wrenching to read… this is one of those parts I really teared up reading. His vision was a repeat of Qui-Gon’s death. Ouch. No Maul involved, just the feeling of helplessness as Obi-Wan once again can’t do anything to help his dear master. And the vision repeats itself until it brings Obi-Wan to his knees in tears (you read that right: tears), even more so as the vision has some sort of message in it that our awesome Jedi can’t decipher. Exposing this side of Master Kenobi, like I said before, is one of the best things about the Jedi Quest series. But boy, is it hard to not get caught up in the emotion of the moment.
On the other hand, Anakin had two disturbing visions: one involving his mom getting kicked around by Krayn and another where he faced… Darth Maul. Obviously, the first vision is both heartbreaking and infuriating as images Anakin had tried to forget resurface in his mind, and young Skywalker takes it about as well as he um… usually does when someone hurts someone he loves (which isn’t very good, and especially not the case when he’s a Padawan). And while I could ponder on this vision and Obi-Wan’s for weeks and still wonder about their affect on the duo’s lives, the second one really deserves some conversation. When I read this first time around, the whole “Darth Maul returns” TCW episodes hadn’t aired yet; in fact, it was entirely unknown to me at the time. So the fact that Maul is not only challenging Anakin, but he’s doing a lot of talking, is absolutely surreal. I was all “When did Maul get so chatty??” Looking back, I’m quite shocked how accurate his dialogue is as compared to say, Maul’s disgusting taunting of Obi-Wan back on TCW Season 5’s The Lawless. And back when this book was written, it was still assumed that Maul was dead. Maul’s going on and on about how awesome Anakin would be in the Dark Side, and somehow Anakin managed to win this battle… for now, as Maul makes it clear that the little dark part of Anakin will always be there. Yikes. It’s certainly not the last future-foretelling vision Anakin would have, but it doesn’t make it any less of a harsh reminder. Creepier still, the lightsaber Anakin made seemed to be a gift from our Dathymir friend, just Anakin got a blue blade instead of the red one that Maul offered up in the vision. Again, yikes… how it is that Obi-Wan and Anakin just walked out of the Crystal Cave like nothing happened?! I guess the fact that they had themselves called for a mission before they even left the Cave.
It’d be worthwhile to take a minute and mention something I’d thought about as the duo gets their mission from the Council. Man, the reputation these guys must have around the Jedi Temple! Anakin being mostly distrusted and doubted and Obi-Wan being so young and all… the briefing went well in the long run, but it wasn’t without some serious awkwardness. Of course, that’s what comes from the fact that this mission involves one of Anakin’s least favorite people, Krayn. Obi-Wan sorta thought for ten seconds that maybe his Padawan wasn’t the one for the job, Anakin totes didn’t agree (that awkward moment when a Jedi Padawan speaks up entirely out-of-turn in the Jedi Council; see also Ahsoka Tano) and Obi-Wan had to backtrack his thoughts and try to pretend he didn’t say that. Boy, that’s a sour way to kickstart a mission. That and having to ride in a lovely, cramped, boxy Collicoid ship. Sounds like a lot of fun, right? Don’t worry, it gets better. So, the ride begins and Obi-Wan has to take some time to reassure Anakin that he still trusts his abilities. You see through Obi-Wan’s thought process that it truly isn’t easy being a Jedi Master, nor is it easy living up Qui-Gon’s legacy. But the obvious (dare I say it) love he has for Anakin and for Qui-Gon is a constant motivator despite the difficulties.
We also learn a few intriguing things from Master Kenobi… a) he was once temporarily suspended from the Jedi Order at 13 (WHUT?!), b) Qui-Gon had a Padawan prior to him, Xanatos, who turned to the Dark Side, and c) An old Jedi friend of Obi-Wan’s has switched sides and is working for Krayn. I still don’t know all the deets on the first two, but the third one we’ll get into soon. Because thennnn Krayn ended up attacking the ship. You know how they say “be careful what you wish for”? Anakin’s learned the meaning of that one, big-time. Thankfully, the genius mind of Obi-Wan’s and the exceptional abilities of Anakin are on it. This is where the fun begins…
It would’ve been a much shorter, less complicated mission if Anakin hadn’t decided to go face Krayn… but I suppose it would’ve been a much shorter book then, too. Whyyyy do Padawans do this?? They just go off thinking they can fight anybody and then they get into trouble and their Master has to get them out of it! Of course, it’s not worth complaining about, but I was certainly ranting that right after Anakin did as such.
The trouble wasn’t Krayn this time, it was a girl named Zora. Obi-Wan knew her better as Siri; Adi Gallia’s Padawan and one of his best friends. She kidnaps Anakin, Obi-Wan outs her for leaving the Jedi Order, Siri fires back her distaste for the Jedi, and Anakin’s all “Master, could you just reprimand her over the internet and, I don’t know, consider SAVING ME?!”. #Awkward
So when one misplaces their Padawan and starts suspecting the Collicoids, it’s best to dig up some info, and Obi-Wan is especially good at digging up info. Somehow, he does a lot of it at eateries. We all know about Dex’s Diner in Episode II, but prior to that, he stopped at Didi and Astri’s Café. I love how Obi-Wan has so many awesome friends here and there and everywhere. We get the chance to meet Didi, a guy who initiated an unexpected mission for Qui-Gon a while back (uh yes, he is a guy despite the name), and his daughter Astri. What could be a better combo? Good food, good friends, and some good information delivered on the side 🙂 Oh, and free hugs! You’ll need ’em if the tip from your friend takes you to the seedy Coruscant underworld.
So getting back to that whole “Zora/Siri” thing… Obi-Wan, after some thought, believes now that she wouldn’tve abandoned the Jedi, and the Council proves his assumption to be true. Siri was indeed part of a mission spying on Krayn by masquerading as a pirate. Remember that Obi-Wan/Rako Hardeen craziness back in TCW Season 4? I get why the Jedi do things like this, but these are both situations when faking your death or pretending to go rogue don’t sit well with those left out of the plan. I for one was super happy that Siri was still a good guy; see, I somehow totally forgot her role in this book, but I remembered her better in her role in the first book of the Jedi Quest series The Way of The Apprentice from reading it for the first time last year, where she was a really cool, strong, and dedicated Jedi. So when I first read the stuff about Zora being Siri once, I had to question “Is this the same girl?!” She is, but she’d never truly been a bad girl to start with. Thank goodness… Siri is truthfully one of my fave SW fiction characters.
And what about poor Anakin? Yes, Siri is protecting him, but he’s also a slave in the Nar Shadaa spice mines. Under Krayn and his droids. A slave… again… that stinks beyond belief. The excellent description makes this terrible world a reality to the reader. But despite the horribleness of the situation, Anakin brings a little hope and an unexpected helping hand to the slaves around him, one of those being a Twi’lek woman named Mazie… and she was kind of a jerk to him! But that shouldn’t surprise us too much, considering what Shmi said about how generous and kind to others Anakin is in Episode I. In the long run, they become good friends. All the while, Anakin still holds out for his Master to rescue him
Not too far away, that’s what his Master intends to do, and he’s going to do so disguised as a slave trader. And he might also fight a wookiee henchman along the way (letting the wookiee win is out of the question; if he wins, Obi-Wan loses).
Meanwhile, despite getting into their own brand of hot water, unexpected friends Anakin and Siri have their own rescue to perform: that of Krayn’s slaves. I love how they mesh together; while some of Obi-Wan’s wisdom has rubbed off on her, Siri still maintains an understanding of both the awesomeness and frustration of working with him, in a way that relates well with Anakin. She has a good sense of wit and sarcasm amidst the insanity of it all.
“…He has this habit of telling you the truth just when you don’t want to hear it.” – Siri, on Obi-Wan in this chapter. That’s so true XD
So as they put their heads together to escape their cell, meet up with Master Kenobi, and free the slaves, it’s plain and evident they’re fast friends and work together awesomely, just as it seems was the case for Siri and Obi-Wan not too long ago.
Now, with the plan falling perfectly into place, you’d think everything would stay that way, right? But somehow, we find Krayn and Anakin staring each other down, and this time around, Anakin’s got his lightsaber. Hoo boy… this will get ugly… throughout the fight Anakin is fighting with himself as to why he’s doing this – for himself in anger or for others in justice. I mean, I’m personally glad he managed to defeat Krayn, but I do have to wonder if Anakin truly did the right thing. Anakin pushed away any thought that what he was doing was wrong with the thoughts that this was justice. But is his definition of justice correct? I myself am not entirely sure. D’oh, my head always hurts when I start going on these “Was this character truly right or wrong?” thoughts. I mean, we all know where Anakin ends up in the long long run in the SW universe and this had to have had an effect, but has Anakin always been wrong in his defeating of truly terrible villains? It’s worth some more thinking, but not right now.
It’s oftentimes a little jarring to have such a dark moment followed shortly by a light, victorious, satisfactory ending. Siri’s back to where she should be, the galaxy’s rid of Krayn, a ton of slaves are free, and the awesome threesome that is Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Siri are heading back to Coruscant in class and comfort by Senatorial escort. Even a sweet farewell between Anakin and Mazie. All is well for the moment. Yet we’re left with some concern from Obi-Wan, but he reassures himself he’ll continue to do his best to make a true Jedi out of his Padawan.
So of course, there had to be a whole series to follow this story, to tell more pre-Clone Wars tales of a younger Anakin Skywalker becoming a Jedi. Despite it may come off a tad dark in parts, Jedi Quest is an awesome awesome 5-star book and it remains a favorite of mine (even if all the SW books I’ve read have become favorites). And now you’ve managed to read through my longest blog to date, so that’s cool. So you can get excited for the next SW Summer Reads blog next week! Yayyyyy 🙂 Until then…
Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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