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Rebel Transmissions: The Siege Of Lothal

So here we are… all these months later, finally digging into the start of Rebels Season 2! I can’t begin to tell you how awesome this feels… the fact I am sitting here writing about this amazing episode… the fact that we have reunited with the Ghost family… just how much we’ve been through in this past episode… it’s all kinds of WOW. So wish me luck this is gonna be a long blog and I’m so much fangirling right now it’ll be a miracle if this post makes any sense XP
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode V, Episode VI, TCW episode The Wrong Jedi, Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Call To Action, Fire Across The Galaxy and The Siege Of Lothal.

Title image for Rebel Transmission 201

So it was an ordinary sort of day for our Rebels as we catch them in the middle of a scuffle with the Empire, but there is something new in this familiar (but wonderfully so) scenario — they’ve brought some new friends, the Phoenix squad. The Phoenix dudes know a thing or two about knockin’ down TIE fighters and flyin’ A-wings (if I am wrong forgive me), and Hera’s glad to have some helping hands around. Kanan voices some disagreement on that matter hidden in the form of banter, but that conversation didn’t last for long because well, TIEs. Ezra’s doing awesome manning the turret, though Zeb’s not doing quite as good at holding his balance when Hera makes a few sharp turns XD Sabine’s at the Phantom‘s controls and getting those Imperial crates loose with flying colors (I don’t think there’s a phrase that suits her better 🙂 ). Chopper is also a victim of Hera’s sharp turns as flails about in the Ghost‘s cockpit. Ah I tell ya this is the best way they could’ve opened this episode… getting us right on in with the Ghost crew doing their thang! You get this thrilling battle, Ezra’s enthusiasm, Sabine’s natural flair, Hera and Kanan’s adorableness, Zeb and Chopper bringing a couple of laughs, and all of that awesomeness in the first couple minutes! Oh but just as Hera was about to grab those crates, two Star Destroyers crash the party! Ezra appropriately drops the “k-word” to that. Sabine helps one of the Phoenixes with getting a TIE of his tail. The command ship’s under fire and Commander Sato’s not lovin’ the turn this battle just took. The Ghost manages to grab those crates at the last second and just like that the mini-Alliance is headin’ home into hyperspace. A win for today!
Now, it’s safe to say that a certain Prime Minister wasn’t having any wins today. All eyes look to Lothal’s Imperial gal-in-charge to get those Rebels under control. Tarkin’s mad after he lost that ship of his to the rebel scum, Kallus is seemingly enjoying throwing all this pressure on her, and oh yeah DARTH VADER has some choice words. Ohh yes the Darth don’t play. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get what he wants. Tua’s not sure what exactly she’s supposed to do about all of this. But Vader’s all “you can tell that to General Tarkin when you visit him.” BOOM DROP THE MIC. She tries to use her standings to get her out of this but Kallus leaves her with a rather chilling “don’t worry, we’ll manage in your absence.”. *Shudders* Much yikes. Poor poor Minister Tua! She may’ve been one persnickety Imperial in the past, but I can’t help but feel bad for her in this mess. On another note, it’s kinda funny that Kallus seems to be placing himself on the same level as Vader… somehow I get the feeling that Lord Vader’ll be the end of the agent ultimately. Y’know Kallus if you’re thinking of retiring it might be a good time to do so… because as we see, quitting is kinda… impossible in this business…
Meanwhile, the Ghost crew was at a mini-Alliance meeting with Sato and Tano (sorry I’m just gonna keep calling them the “mini-Alliance” right now XD ), discussing the end results of the mission, which apparently wasn’t a total win ’cause there weren’t any shield generators in those crates, something the Phoenix guys could most certainly use. Ahsoka throws in some of her trademark optimism with a hopeful “maybe next time”. And then in runs Chopper with a transmission. Sato don’t like the interruption, but Kanan, all-too bored with the meeting, is more than glad for the distraction. Hera shoots him a death glare, Kanan gives her this face that says “yeah and whatchu gon’ do bout it?” XD Hera consents to at least a one-way transmission. Old Jho comes on with a… friend… that friend being Maketh Tua. Kanan isn’t interested in what she’s got to say, but Hera’s willing to hear her out. Tua really really wants to get off Lothal ASAP and she’s willing to trade secret Imperial intel for such. She is completely and utterly done with the Empire, and Ezra can sense her fear and knows she’s not lying. If that’s not enough, she knows why exactly the Empire came to Lothal, and it’s Emperor-ordered kinda stuff. Oooooh intrigue! Whilst the Rebels discuss among themselves what the best move is, Ezra is the first to step up and agree to help her. And with that, the Ghost crew and the Phoenixes follow. Help is on the way! But oh ho ho Hera is not done with her copilot. Ahsoka’s expression as Hera storms off after Kanan seems to say “psh good luck bro” XP As soon as the Captain catches up to him in the hallway, she starts laying down some choice words (and another Rebel sorta weaves around them with a “I am so not getting involved in whatever this is” expression on his face XD ). Kanan rather has a problem with being part of a militant group; he liked it better doing his own thing when it comes to fighting the Empire. Hera literally has him backed up against the wall to try and get it through his head why this is a good thing, I mean these guys did kinda save his life (and ultimately all of theirs). But he’s just not comfortable with the idea of getting mixed up with another war after what conspired during the Clone Wars. Hera softens her approach a bit after this. It’s easy to see both sides of this, to get Hera’s logic, but also hurt for all the hurt Kanan’s been through. And at the same time I can’t help but devour their honesty with each other and the bond they have. My heart melts the way she puts her hand on his arm… :3 Well that sure took a rabbit trail, didn’t it now? I’m sorry, but that’s how my mind works… I observe something squee-worthy, I talk about said squee-worthy something! I can’t deny that part of me! OK so anyway Ezra witnessed a bit of their conversation, and I have to wonder what he’s thinking, as Ezra seems really into this not-fighting-alone thing. It’ll be interesting if we see his loyalties challenged later on in the series, if Ezra ever finds himself potentially choosing between Master Jarrus and the rest of the Rebels. Food for thought indeed. But elsewhere, things are heading in a southerly direction… as in the quiet of the Lothal Imperial Complex as Tua casually walks out of her office, she doesn’t see Kallus sending off his good friend an Imperial Probe Droid in her direction. Hoo boyyy.
So now the Rebs are off, this time in a shuttle with Chopper driving (which as you can imagine everyone questions). Hehe Chopper totally takes his piloting job seriously. “HEY AS LONG AS I’M DRIVIN’ I AIN’T TAKIN’ ANY OF YOUR BACKTALK KIDS! Now, please remain seated, we are about to depart.” XD Well, this is the kinda thing you’ve gotta do when the Empire knows who you are. So Ezra’s got the plan down as to when and where they’re picking up Minister Tua. Zeb and Sabine voice again their uncertainties over all of this and why they’re even bothering to help someone who gave them so much crud in the past. Ezra’s answer is incredibly tear-jerking awesome: “Because that’s what we do, we help people”. Regardless of who they are and what they’ve done, Ezra doesn’t change his mission, he will help those who need help. Hera gives him a “proud parent” smile, and I basically start sobbing because that is so so amazing. It’s only been a handful of episodes and look how the boy’s grown already! I am digging on this somewhat newfound optimism; I guess it’s only natural after facing impossible odds and even the possibility of your own demise and finding out you’re part of something greater. He came out of it with a scar, but at the same time, he came out of it with a new attitude! OK enough feely rambling… it’s about to get real as they come back to the home planet. As they begin their descent, Ezra is hit by an unfamiliar feeling… one that leaves him… cold. Sgain *shudders*. And on top of that, Ezra can’t help but notice the sudden spike in the number of Star Destroyers in the docking bay. Clearly their last stunt got them even more attention than they thought. Yeah this has “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” written allllll over it (Anyone notice that I don’t think one character has spoken those words since the show began? Seems odd, doesn’t it?). But the show must go on. As they’re sneaking through the alleys, they’ve got a few white-armored problems standing in their way. Kanan’s solution? FRIENDSHIP! OK not exactly. He took a second to get chummy with an old Stormtrooper “buddy” and then pulled out the fists. As far as Kanan’s concerned, being a Rebel doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun once in a while! And just like that, Master Jarrus is now donning the buckethead’s duds. Classic move, my brotha! Ezra punctuates the moment in the best way… “I’m kinda jealous all I’ve got is the helmet!” XD XD
So while Kanan scoped around down below, Hera, Ezra, and Sabine took to the upper levels. And it seems they’ve got a new problem… it seems Kallus didn’t just send a probe droid along, but he also managed to give the Minister an escort. Looks like that was the most uncomfortable drive ever. Yeesh if Kallus wasn’t an absolute jerk before he’s become even more so as of late… I betcha he knew all of what Vader was planning beforehand, hence all of those ominous, foreboding statements and creepy smiles. Though he has no clue that there’s one buckethead out there who’s not like the rest… and then Sabine makes the first move and starts sending out some laserfire! Once she starts, everyone gets in on it, Rebels and ‘troopers and jerk ISBN agents alike! In the midst of the chaos, our heroes send the Minister off to their getaway shuttle. And they were almost home free when that very shuttle — with Minister Tua on it — goes up in smoke. Even with all the trouble she’s helped cause, I admittedly was saddened by her loss. She was probably the least jerky Imperial we’ve seen the entire series, and the fact she ultimately chose the right path — even if it was a little too late — is pretty noble. I applaud you, Maketh Tua, for being a pretty awesome Imperial. She will be missed. Yeah just like with Aresko and Grint, you kinda can’t help but feel bad for them, I think because we see just how cruel the Empire works. You’re always at the mercy of someone greater, someone crueler, someone with no mercy, and that “someone” will end your life if they see fit to do so, and when you’ve got Sith and Sith-y sorts involved, it’s inevitable. It’s understandable as to why our heroes can’t help but look on in shock and dismay. And as the Rebels work to avoid Kallus and the rest of the ‘troopers, they don’t see the terrifying, dark presence watching from above… and as they make their getaway, the return of Kallus’ chilling smile. And their getaway doesn’t last for long as a walker takes aim at their shuttle. I’d say that today was not a win for them. Especially since the crew’s now on the lam more than ever with the death of the Prime Minister apparently on their hands. All as Lord Vader predicted…
The Ghost crew finds shelter for the moment in the Bridgers’ place. Hera believes their best move now is to leave Lothal behind for good. Ezra, however, wants to find some way to show Lothal the truth, about them and about the Empire. But that looks like it won’t be happening anytime soon because in come a slew of Stormtroopers knockin’ the door down! Chopper fights back the best he can, zapping one buckethead and sealing the door shut, but there’s not much he can do against thermal detonators. I think it’s safe to say Ezra’s old home is no longer 😦 Without many options, our Rebels decide their best bet is to break for the Imperial Complex and grab a ship there. Oh the way Ezra looked back at his house… I can’t even 😥 “Guess there is no going home.”
Mission “Get Off Of Lothal Alive” is a go. Kanan, still in his ‘trooper suit, and Ezra, back in his old cadet uniform, are making their way in. A suspicious buckethead causes some problems, but nothing a good ol’ fashioned Jedi mind trick won’t help, at least when done by a “professional” like Kanan. You know if mind tricks only work on the weak-minded, then the Empire really should consider hiring some smarter people. You’d think of all people Vader would know this, but I suppose he doesn’t screen all their employees. Nevertheless, it’s a good thing they don’t hire strong-minded folks ’cause Kanan and Ezra had some important cargo to get in — the rest of their crew. Zeb took it like a man NOT 😛 I was thinking at first “It’s nice to know claustrophobic people like me exist in the SW Universe!” and then he drops one of his best lines ever “What? I need to breathe! Have you smelled me?!” XD 😆 But he’s back in his element once he can squish a couple of ‘troopers again. Looks like this plan’s gone quite well. Perhaps today could at least be a little bit of a win for them. On top of that, they find a whole bunch of military-grade shield generators just lying around waiting to be used by the mini-Alliance! Ka-win! They were this close to their ride off this rock… and then Kanan and Ezra stopped dead in their tracks. That cold presence again. It’s Darth Vader. Our heroes don’t know this guy as well as we do, but with a red lightsaber and his helmet putting off a dark, soulless, deadly vibe, they just know they’re in trouble. Man oh man I remember seeing the season 2 trailer for the first time and just how much this terrified me. I’m all “aw dang someone’s gonna die this season”. I mean, a couple of padawans are completely NBD to Vader. Kanan and Ezra put up quite a fight, but throwing them around is as easy as (or perhaps in his case, easier than) breathing for the dark lord. I’m not sure I’ve ever feared for a character’s life more than when Vader pinned Ezra against the walker and slowly used the Force to aim his own lightsaber at his throat. OK that’s probably not the only time (do we even need to discuss the events of the TCW season 5 finale?), but you get what I mean! If you say you were completely not worried about Ezra you are a liar. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again IT IS A SHEER MIRACLE ANYONE SURVIVED THIS. Kanan was lucky to only have his shoulder grazed. Sabine was lucky to only have her armor damaged. The Vader of Star Wars Rebels is the stuff of nightmares. He’s in his prime here, no son to make him question himself yet, just a whole lot of angry in there. HE LITERALLY SURVIVES GETTING HIT BY A COLLAPSED WALKER. And nothing comes off more terrifying than something you (seemingly) can’t defeat. You can definitely see the difference between what a guy with a red lightsaber can do as versus what an actual Sith can do. And even though the Rebels manage to get away with their lives… Darth has complete confidence he’s still got this.
The whole debacle still has the Rebels reeling. I mean, fighting a Sith Lord is not what you would call an everyday occurrence, and Kanan knows just how fortunate their escape was. And the cold hard fact is they still have really no way offworld as long as Vader and the rest of the Empire’s on their tail. But Hera hatches a brilliant idea, perhaps a certain smuggler can help. A certain smuggler who, at the suggestion, gets a big fat “NO” from the boys 🙂 Yeah you know who that would be!
Back in the Imperial Complex, Vader too has a “brilliant idea” (at least from his point of view). Whether or not it would ultimately lead them to the Rebels, he wants Tarkintown burned. GASP! He’s gonna hurt innocent lives just so he can mess with the compassion-driven help-anyone-who-needs-help Ghost family! Because I’ve seen so much of the good Anakin has done as of late and because I know he redeems himself ultimately, I admit sometimes I don’t consider Vader so much as a straight-up villain as a misguided hero-turned-villain. But man… this really reminds me that he really can be a straight-up, cruel, merciless villain. At this juncture, it doesn’t matter what he’s done or who he will be, right now he’s pretty much all bad. BOO VADER! WHY YOU GOTTA DO THAT?!
On a much, much lighter note, yep, the Rebels called up Lando Calrissian! The bro seems pleased to have gotten a transmission from the captain. Kanan’s the first to point out this a business call XD It takes a little convincing to get Lando to give them a hand (and a promise of three of those shield generators), but he agrees and puts them in the capable hands of his droid back at his place. And yes I happen to love that his droid rocks a Texas drawl… I think that’s a first for SW! 😀 But while they’re there, Ezra sees smoke rising from a distance. He doesn’t hesitate for a minute to grab a speederbike and follow it. And at the other end lies smoldering rubble where Tarkintown once lied. The very town where Ezra started to question what it meant to help others. Everyone is gone. They’re Imperial prisoners, but considering how the Empire works, I don’t think that’s much better than if they had just killed them. TEARS. SO MANY TEARS. But even in all of this, Ezra still holds out for hope that they can still fight this. Kanan has his doubts in the midst of such a difficult situation, but Ezra isn’t afraid to do the right thing. Again, WOW, Ezra you are amazing in this episode. I mean, he’s always amazing, but seeing him taking this stance, seeing hope in the midst of destruction… that’s not easy for anyone to do, and yet he does it. Oh, how he’s grown up! I’m sorry let’s get on to the next scene before I start crying again– whoops, too late. So anyway, plan B for Mission “Get Off Lothal Alive” involves some old transponders Sabine wired to give off the same signals as their shuttle, to confuse the Imperials as they try to get offworld (“Sounds like a lousy Lando plan” “It’s my plan, just his gear” “Sounds like a lousy Sabine plan” “Better than Lando’s!” XD ). It does work for a bit, but the Imperials are cleverer than they look and they send out some TIEs to take care of the extra signals. But as soon as they figure out which signal’s the real one, our heroes dash off down hyperspace lane! They’re home free! Though Kanan’s still unsure about being a member of the mini-Alliance, he’s outvoted on this one. The Ghost crew’s next move is back with the Phoenixes.
Admiral Konstantine was probably terrified to make that call to Vader to tell him the Rebels escaped. I half-expected Darth would do his thing and give him a good Force-choking, but he’s chill and struts off to his ship. As we find out from Kallus, that particular shuttle’s got a tracking device on it. This sinks in as the scene comes to an end. Minimal dialogue, no score, 100% chilling.
Yeah just when we thought they’d be home free, Chopper happens to take notice of the transmitter. Not really the first thing you want to say to Sato and Tano when you run into the conference room. And guess who the first guest to show up to the party is? Darth Vader. The Phoenix crew thought one TIE alone was no big deal… emphasis on “thought”. Two fighters are down and Vader has no problem hitting the command ship where it hurts. Hera’s the first to get involved, and the rest of the Ghost team follows, with Ahsoka in tow. Ah it felt so so good seeing her smile as she asks “mind if I tag along?”! She’s grown up, but she has not lost that optimism of hers that is among many reasons she’s such an incredible character 🙂 And on top of that, seeing her interact with Ezra and all the Rebels is just so stinkin’ cool! It’s more than I could have ever asked to see in this awesome series! OK putting the fangirl button on pause now. We’ve got a battle to fight. Vader downs another two Phoenixes, and it’s go time for our heroes. I love it when Hera says “OK kids, make mom and dad proud” 😀 Aw nuts I hit the “play” button on my fangirl remote again! Sorry *hits pause*. The command ship is just about done for, and it’s all up to the Ghost now. Ahsoka can tell that whoever’s flying that ship is pretty strong with the Force. And I think it’s safe to say those of us in the audience held our breath as she reached out with the Force to uncover this guy’s identity. I mean, I had no clue we’d be seeing their worlds collide just yet. It’s one of those things you know is inevitable but you just don’t see coming when it does happen. Ezra recognizes the pilot as that Sith Lord they fought earlier. And Ahsoka… I think she just recognizes him period. And Vader recognizes her. We all know it was pretty horrifying for Luke to find out his dad’s a dark lord, but imagine how it must feel for Ahsoka! Luke found that out at the last minute, but Ahsoka spent years with him. She and Anakin were like brother and sister, they fought together, he taught her almost everything she knows, they laughed and cried together, and saved each other’s lives many times. In some ways, this reveal is more heartwrenching to experience than Luke’s. I know that’s a very controversial statement, but just put yourself in Ahsoka’s shoes, regardless of how she felt when she left the Jedi Order. Not to steal thunder from Episode V, of course, both reveals are different and terrifying in their own way. You know what? Perhaps it’s just safer to say they were equally terrifying and world-rocking reveals. Disregard the whole “more than” thing. Any way you spin it it’s a hard truth to swallow. Whether Ahsoka knows for absolute absolute certain who’s flying that TIE or not, knowing anything at all knocked her out like a light. At this point, it’s looking like the mini-Alliance’s best option is to make a run for it, especially when a few Star Destroyers join the party. And now Vader’s very very interested in finding out who’s aboard that ship. At least this gives the rest of the mini-Alliance a chance to abandon ship safely. Hera’s escape plan is absolute genius, though… she hits the hyperspace just as the Star Destroyers were zeroing in on them, and guess who’s in the Imperial Fleet’s path now? No one important just LORD VADER!! Konstantine’s shocked face is priceless XD They managed to turn off their targeting before they fry their boss, but yeah somebody’s getting a whole lotta Force chokin’ tonight… but forget the random Imperials our Rebels live to fight another day!
Later on, in the quiet of the Ghost, Ahsoka decides to talk a little with her fellow Jedi about whoever this Sith is. Ahsoka claims she doesn’t know who the guy is, though I suppose “from a certain point of view” she could mean she doesn’t know who he is as versus who he was, if that makes any sense. So in that case I wouldn’t say she’s lying. But regardless, both Ahsoka and Kanan know that this guy is something they haven’t tangled with since the Clone Wars, and it won’t be the last time they’ll tangle with him. Ezra’s still all gung-ho for fighting back, and then Kanan drops a lovely piece of Gandalfian wisdom: “We must find the strength to fight; the greater courage is knowing when not to fight”. EPIC. Hera and the rest of the crew walk in then, making it clear “we’ll be beside you either way” 🙂 AWW FEELZ! Ahsoka smiles, clearly glad to have such amazing cohorts. But while the Ghost team exchanges a happy moment, Ahsoka still has to come to grips with a very painful reality… that her teacher, her friend, her “big brother”… has gone to the dark side.
Elsewhere, Vader was having a similar conversation with the Emperor. Now that he knows his apprentice lives, Vader and Sidious see this as a new opportunity, as she could potentially lead them to more remaining Jedi. For now, they’ll leave the job of hunting down the Rebels to a new inquisitor. All I can say to that is “May the Force be with you, Rebs… always. SERIOUSLY. Especially now.”
And thus the second season of this amazing show has blown all our minds! So much so it took me two days to write all this! But YAYYY REBELS! Only a few months until the show is back officially! I’ll be watching all the reruns a million times until then! So thank you for joining me… this was fun! Until next post…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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TIM Recap: Rule Of Thirty-Two

It’s that time of year again, friends…. the This Is Madness Star Wars Character Tournament is in full swing! It’s a lot of fun to participate in something of this sort since basketball’s not in my wheelhouse, but it’s not without difficulty. I mean, picking favorites is not one of my strong suits, especially when I love all the SW characters! Last year I chronicled all my votes on tumblr, but for this year, I’ve decided to recap all of my votes here, since some of my explanations can get pretty wordy 🙂 So without further ado, my votes for the Rule Of 32! And remember, I love all these guys equally, really, so if you don’t agree with my vote, just remember we’re really on the same page still.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode VI, TCW episodes The Mandalore Plot, Sphere Of Influence, Nightsisters, Wookiee Hunt, Brothers, Revival, the “D-Squad” story arc, Shades Of Reason, The Lawless, Voices, Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Droids In Distress, Idiot’s Array, and Fire Across The Galaxy.

DAY ONE: HERA VS. LEIA/INQUISITOR VS. GRIEVOUS.

I was super-excited for TIM this year because this year the Rebels would get to join in! But I guess I never thought as to what it’d be like to have to choose between amazing heroes from the SW films and these new amazing heroes from Rebels. Usually, my method is to choose the hero based on their amount of impact on the SW Galaxy or on the other character. But dang… it’s a lot harder than it looks!
For Rebels, I ended up choosing Leia. In all technicality, Hera’s probably made a teensy bit more impact, as she’s technically Leia’s boss in this situation. But man… I just couldn’t go up against “her worship”! I suppose a lot of it’s because we’ve seen how awesome Leia commands her fellow Rebels through some of the biggest events in SW history. And she’s Anakin and Padme’s daughter and Luke’s sister so that also gave her a bit of a leg up. Leia won, which doesn’t surprise me, and I bet Hera’s proud of her 🙂
For Bad Guys, I ended up giving the vote to The ‘Quiz here. I was a little surprised in some ways that Grievous won. My method for Dark Side votes usually is on account of who’s the badder, but in a way it just seems like I’m oftentimes picking the “cooler” of the two. Now yeah there’s no doubt Grievous is a lean, mean, lightsaber-slashing machine, and I’ve certainly voted for him a good bit in the past two tournaments. Considering how absolutely in-your-face nasty the General is, you’d think he’dve had my vote. But The Inquisitor… he’s got class! He’s just as menacing, even without two less ‘sabers on hand, and he does it all with this seriously chilling flair! I think there’s something to be said for the way he does things as versus Grievous… a quiet evil that isn’t always so quietly evil. Ah well, somehow that came out an underdog vote, but no hard feelings to the General.

DAY TWO: QUI-GON VS. YODA/JANGO VS. GREEDO
TIM Picks: Qui-Gon & Jango Fett
So obviously I’m a terrible human being because every year without fail I keep voting against Yoda on the first round. It’s not that I don’t love Yoda, guys, it’s just they keep pitting him against Qui-Gon or Obi-Wan and I can’t vote against them somehow! It’s useless to resist! But hey, let’s give Qui-Gon some credit here, I mean, he did totally uncover the Force-spirit stuff before Yoda did! So if Yoda shows up in the Sequel Trilogy (and the fact he already did show up in Episode VI), he’s got no one to thank but Master Jinn, the rebel Jedi 🙂 If more people used my methods to vote he might win one of these, but ah well. Maybe next year?
For Bounty Hunters… it’s almost unfair to pit Greedo against a Mando! Even if that Mando doesn’t do too well ultimately! But yeah, even knowing some of Greedo’s adventures prior to Episode IV in The Clone Wars, this guy still doesn’t really hold a candle to Jango in terms of badness, and in some ways coolness (ahh don’t hurt me Greedo fans!! *ducks under desk*). I’d really like to see some of these guys more equally matched in years to come. Perhaps Jango versus Pre Vizsla? That’d be interesting…

DAY THREE: HAN VS. LANDO/MAUL VS. PALPATINE
TIM Picks: Han & Maul
Another year, another win for Captain Solo! I keep feeling bad for Lando and thinking “maybe next year”, but it never happens! Ugh Han’s just one of those characters I can’t vote against! He’s just so amazing! He’s one of the most epic of epic heroes! Here’s a tip, Lando… if you want my vote next year, send me a puffer pig and complement my art. You’ll have it in the bag for sure then 🙂
As for the Sith… yeah another vote for coolness over badness, because dude in the game of evil Darth Sidious here always wins! Even then, Maul’s still quite the terrifying, absolutely nasty guy. He started out so quietly evil and then blossomed into a revenge-seeking, robot-legged crazy man. You could almost say he’s at equals with Sidious, but well… the Emperor did completely pwn him. But not in this battle, no sir! Sorry Sidious but he’s still cooler than you 😛 *Gets hit by Force lightning*

DAY FOUR: REX VS. GREGOR/HONDO VS. VIZSLA

You’re probably thinking I have something against Captain Rex since I seem to vote for every other clone over him. But look, Rex is easily everyone’s favorite clone, and I feel like these other brothas deserve some love, too. Gregor was so brave! He put aside his dead-end job on an even more so dead-end planet to save Colonel Gascon and the droids! He gave up his life to help them succeed in their mission! If that isn’t brave, I don’t know what is. C’mon won’t anyone else give him some love? Yes I know Rex is great and I’ll always love him but there’s no “I” in “The 501st”! (Unless, of course, you spell it out but not the point)
And yeah another underdog vote went to Hondo Ohnaka, and it definitely was on account of who’s the better person. Hondo’s a pretty decent fellow, despite he’s a pirate and may or may not cause you trouble depending on who’s paying him more. But darn it I love pirates! And his sense of wit! And really everything else about him! Pre Vizsla can’t help but be cool, of course, since he’s a Mando, but I’m often surprised he has as many friends as he does… ’cause he sure packs a lot of attitude! That moment in The Mandalore Plot when he throws the word “failure” at his fellow soldier and shoots him without even looking always stands out to me. He is one bad dude, for sure. So bad that I really couldn’t not give it to Hondo. And may I also mention that Hondo took on Darth Maul and lived? Can’t really say that for Pre, now can we?

DAY FIVE: R2-D2 VS. SABINE/TARKIN VS. PIETT
TIM Picks: R2-D2 & Tarkin
This was one of the hardest votes for me. Not the Tarkin vs. Piett thing, that was way too easy, considering I have trouble remembering Piett’s name half the time and how terrifying Tarkin truly is. But man… choosing between Artoo and Sabine was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Because Sabine is just so awesome, and you know how I’ve used the excuse to vote for Qui-Gon because he’s my SW Myers-Briggs twin? Sabine is technically now my Rebels twin! So a part of me still wonders if I should’ve given her the vote. But that little droid’s done a lot in life! He’s been around since day one and will continue even into the new trilogy! And he even played his part in Rebels, giving Sabine the suggestion to overload those blasters as a weapon! It was mostly that last bit that got me to vote for Artoo. That, and he’s just so stinkin’ adorable! Ladies and gentlemen, another character I can’t vote against, R2-D2!

DAY SIX: AHSOKA VS. OBI-WAN/BOBA VS. VENTRESS
TIM Picks: Obi-Wan & Ventress
Boy this was a hard one on both sides. I mean, obviously I knew from the get-go I’d probably end up giving Master Kenobi the vote, since I can’t humanly vote against him. But it hasn’t been long since Ahsoka waltzed back into the SW Universe and made me love her even more! So I had to rationalize it on the account that Obi-Wan trained Anakin who trained Ahsoka. It’s not so much on a level of who made the greater impact, because Ahsoka heading up the Rebel Alliance and Obi-Wan getting Luke involved with the Rebels to start with are both extremely important. But eh that’s how it goes in the TIM tournament! Next year will be your year, Ahsoka… next year!
Now as for the bounty hunters out here… this one was incredibly hard. Because Boba’s a shoo-in, right? He’s everyone’s favorite bounty hunter! (Except for the Dengar minority) And every year I’ve voted for him, because of course he’s just that cool and just that awesome. But Ventress… ugh she’s really really grown on me these past few years. She was already a super-cool Sith-y sort, but then she went and became a bounty hunter and has proved to actually have a heart. And darn it if there’s one thing I can’t vote against, it’s a scoundrel who’s not so scoundrel-y after all! And my inability to vote against her will increase once I read Dark Disciple. So yeah I am sorry, fellow Fett fans, I have let you down. But at least he won the vote and will likely get my vote in the next round!

DAY SEVEN: CHEWBACCA VS. ZEB/VADER VS. DOOKU
TIM Picks: Chewbacca & Darth Vader
OK you know what’s just as hard as choosing between Sabine and Artoo? It’s choosing between Zeb and Chewie. I never would’ve expected it’d be this hard to pick between movie characters and Rebels characters! I mean, they’re both epic and all kinds of awesome and know how to handle bucketheads, but how do you choose between them?? HOW I SAY?! Well, if they could’ve arm-wrestled it might’ve helped me pick, but honestly I have no clue how that’d go down. If perhaps Chewbacca had been among the Wookiees Zeb helped rescue I might’ve given it to our favorite Honor Guard. But then it occurred to me that Chewie helped save Ahsoka, who in turn grew up and played a major part in the Rebellion that Zeb is currently a big part of himself. So there Chewbacca wins! Zeb wasn’t too happy about that, but he went and thrashed a few ‘troopers and he feels better now.
As for the Sith… um… yeah, Darth Vader couldn’t not win. Dooku’s pretty nasty himself but seriously… against Vader? No contest. We’ve all seen Episode III, it doesn’t end well for the Count. And plus, Vader’s just awesome period.

DAY EIGHT: PADME VS. JAR JAR/JABBA VS. FORTUNA
TIM Picks: Padme & Jabba
Honestly, at first, I couldn’t believe they would actually put Jar Jar into the tournament. I mean, I love him, but I’m not sure I can say the same for the majority. And really, I wanted to vote for Padme, because she’s strong, clever, smart, and fabulous, and because of the kinda big deal role she plays in the SW Galaxy as Luke and Leia’s mom. I wasn’t going to vote for Jar Jar just because I wasn’t sure anyone else would, that wouldn’t be fair. I have reasons when I vote for underdogs! But then… well, the sound you heard was the sound of all those who filled out brackets ahead of time crying. Jar Jar’s actually got the majority of the vote! Talk about an upset! So either he has a larger fanbase and less people hating on him now or else a bunch of people just wanted to throw off what everyone expected. But hey, I’m happy for ya Representative Binks! You go win this thang!! And again, in the battle of the baddies, Jabba always wins as versus his lackeys. Though it was nice to see Bib’s face in the ring this time around instead of Salacious Crumb 🙂

So there you have it guys, it’s been some awesome first round of This Is Madness, hasn’t it? I’ll keep you updated as each round continues!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Reveling In Rebels: A Season One Recap, Part 1

So today I’m gonna do something a bit different. Basically I’m gonna sit and ramble on how much I love Star Wars Rebels! OK maybe not entirely… because that could take a long while and we only have, like, six or seven months until the next season! But yeah… this show has become such a part of my life, like everything Star Wars does, and I just wanna pour out my heart on how much this show’s meant to me, and go back and look at this season as a whole, and how incredibly amazing it all is. I know this probably isn’t what you would naturally be looking to read, but hey, what’s a blog if not someone talking about something important to them? So fangirl or fanboy along with me why dontcha? 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from basically the entire first season of Rebels… so don’t read this if you’ve missed a single episode.

14 seems like a small number, doesn’t it? But Rebels has made it a number bigger than you could ever imagine. I can say this because every time I watch an episode, older or newer, I can’t help but take notice as to how the characters have grown, how their relationships have grown, how their world has expanded. A week before the show started, I transformed a piece of Rebels promo art into a wallpaper. I couldn’t wait to meet these characters, and now whenever I look at that wallpaper, it sorta hits me that I have not only met these characters, but that I know them. I don’t know every little detail about their lives and every chapter in their stories, but I absolutely reel when I realize just how much I know about them even so. When I look at these characters, looking all cool and determined and ready to fight, I’m reminded of what they’ve been through. I’m reminded of Ezra’s battle with himself, Kanan’s false guilt, Sabine’s desire to have all the answers, Zeb’s losses. And even not knowing all of Hera’s story, there are plenty of times where we know she has faced plenty of trials of her own. At the same time, I’m reminded of how each of them moved on or won that battle in some way. I get all teary when I see Ezra face The Inquisitor and say “I’m not afraid…”, just as I do when I see Kanan stand tall and say “I have nothing left to fear”. I’m hugely encouraged every time I watch Sabine willing to trust even without all the answers. I keep hoping we’ll see Zeb come to some sort of peace regarding the tragedy the befell Lasan. And I about die “aww”-ing when Hera encourages her comrades at every turn, putting their needs often before her own. Maybe that all sounds a bit crazy, but to me, it’s just amazing realizing how, after 14 episodes, I feel like I’ve known the Ghost crew my whole life. Now to me they are as core to the SW galaxy as the Skywalkers themselves!
Every chapter reveals something, furthers something, expands on something. No episode airs without some sort of overall effect to the series at large. This can clearly be seen in Droids In Distress, as the droids’ seemingly average owner is actually playing his own part in the growing rebellion. Who’da thunk it, right?! And it goes even farther beyond that! So let’s take a second and talk about the episodes, and how each adventure affected the story as a whole.
I still remember the day I first saw Spark Of Rebellion, just how absolutely huge that felt! How I laughed, how I cried, and how it effortlessly snuck its way into my heart, as if I’d been watching it forever! And now when I watch it, I feel this sense of awe as to how much has changed over this season. I actually watched Spark Of Rebellion after watching Fire Across The Galaxy last week. Definitely a cool experience, seeing them from that first rescue to their most recent one 🙂 It’s amazing seeing how they’ve bonded since then as well as how Ezra’s grown up. I mean, we now know a lot more about Ezra’s past than we did on the pilot. He grew up with such incredible parents, but eight years without them and he’s sorta gone against their message of helping others and standing up for those who can’t. Of course I’m not criticizing him, it would be easy to become jaded if I were in his shoes. And of course, he probably connected losing his parents to the good things they did, so he likely wanted to get away from that as far as possible. While I know I probably overuse the Aladdin connection, he really is a diamond in the rough at this juncture, he just doesn’t know it yet. And man oh man… I get all sorts of feely when Ezra watches as Zeb and Sabine give out food to the Tarkintown residents… how he’s really starting to figure it out, how it’s starting to reopen his eyes to why exactly his folks did what they did. And seriously, one of potentially my most favorite moments ever in the show has to be in Path Of The Jedi when he tells Yoda that helping others makes him “feel alive“… just… wow. So much wow. To see him take that leap from looking out for number one to finding joy in giving back just blows my mind every time. It’s hard not to cheer every time I watch Spark Of Rebellion and see Ezra slowly making the right choice in things, and even going out to help when the odds are all stacked against him. And despite all the craziness that conspires, at the end of it all, the crew’s doesn’t seem to want to say goodbye to this thieving street kid. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Ezra makes the right choice at the end when he makes the decision to join the Ghost family. Could there have been a better first chapter for this story? I think not 🙂
Then there’s Droids In Distress again. Beyond just Bail Organa’s connections that none of us had a clue about, this episode has a lot of interesting ties to the rest of the season. I love, of course, learning more about Zeb and his story. As I said on my Transmission on the episode, it really opened my eyes to what a great guy Zeb is, and made me respect and love him even more than I already did. In the days before Rebels debuted, Zeb was kind of an enigma, and seemingly kind of hard to define through just the character intro video alone. I never doubted he’d be an awesome character and that I’d love him, but I had no idea just how awesome he would be and how much I would love him. So yeah this episode went beyond just the concept of the Rebels running into Threepio and Artoo, it gave me a full-on case of the feels and put me on the edge of my seat. And of course, we get to see Ezra’s first really big show of Force as he awesomely defends his comrade, even though he has no idea how he did it. Along with another interesting tie, as we now know Sabine really was an Imperial Academy student. Whether she really was a level five or not I don’t know… pshh she’s so beyond grades. On a scale from one to ten she’s a 37! Watching this episode again recently definitely wet my appetite to learn more about Zeb and Sabine in the season to come. And made me keep crossing my fingers that a character from the Droids series might walk in one day…
Speaking of Zeb, then there’s Fighter Flight! It was pretty cool of Ezra to save Zeb’s life and stuff… up until he started holding it over his head. We got another glimpse at Ezra’s past through the awesome Mr. Sumar, which opened up a whole chapter on his family we didn’t know about. The whole overall story with Ezra and Zeb is an absolute delight, further expanding on the Ghost family’s awesome dynamic. And of course, that infamous TIE… I never would’ve seen coming exactly how that Fighter would end up being used in the end! And an infamous painting on the wall will always remind us of such events. You could say Chopper is the real hero in this because if he hadn’t gotten Zeb and Ezra squabbling they wouldn’t have ended up in the situation that led them to the TIE in the first place and if they hadn’t had that TIE later on Kanan might be a dead man right now. Well, this might not be entirely the case, but yeah no one can deny Chopper the title of “Rebel Hero”… even when he does throw dishes at you, hits you with electricity, removes the screws from your bunk, and laughs at you just ’cause he wants to 😀
Then it got real on Rise Of The Old Masters. This episode really nailed me in the feels. I guess after the mostly lightheartedness of Fighter Flight I had no clue just how much it would blow my mind. But hello The Inquisitor’s in it! And man… Kanan and Ezra’s relationship is so great… you feel for them both in their frustrations this episode as Kanan feels inadequate as a teacher for Ezra, and Ezra, who feels like Kanan’s giving up on him. But after being led into a trap (that only now we realize was totally thanks to Gall Trayvis), nearly dying at the hands of The ‘Quiz, and taking on a good chunk of the Empire, they both are willing to do — not just try. I love how much their relationship grew in this one, and you gotta love Kanan for not being perfect, for being real, for being honest, for being extremely relatable to both Ezra and the rest of us. It just makes their father-son-esque bond all the awesomer. And The Inquisitor’s quite epic in his first flesh-and-blood appearance, too… I always knew he was an intense baddie, but I had no idea he was so classily calculating, and that made him all the cooler! Yeahhh I’m gonna miss him chasing down the Rebels like he do. Most defs. And his epic lightsaber. But eh well I’d miss Kanan a lot more so I won’t miss ‘Quizzy that much… but I’m getting ahead of myself.
And then there’s Breaking Ranks! Ezra’s inside job and the first time we get to meet Zare Leonis! It’s insanely cool getting to dig deeper into the Empire and how it does what it does, like training up young ‘troopers. And yeah Zare is so stinkin’ cool… and the fact he’s got his own book series going on makes him all the cooler! But yeah, it’s nice to know that Ezra’s not the only “rebel” in these ranks. Even when you’ve got crazy cadets who think the Empire hung the moon (pfffff see what I did there?? XD ). There’s so much I can’t wait to dig into further in Zare’s series, but until then, I’m just happy to enjoy this adventure as it is, as Ezra’s made an unexpected friend while undercover and the Imperials get whupped by friendship and teamwork! (Sorry I know that sounds cheesy but it’s true) Oh, and Jai and Zare live our dream and drive a walker. That too.
Of course, we have to talk about Out Of Darkness. This is the episode where we really got to sit down and learn some more about our rebel girls… including a third girl we would have yet to meet, “Fulcrum” 🙂 Getting to see Hera and Sabine bond over fighting Fyrnocks is quite the adventure, and we’re quite glad they made it out alive. And just getting these tiny hints in the direction as to the larger mission at hand is really cool, both in the moment and looking back. Fulcrum — er, Ahsoka — I’m sorry I ever might’ve given you a smidgen of doubt. And I’m sure Sabine’s thinking that a bit now. Though it will be interesting to see if Sabine and Ahsoka ever butt heads over something in the business of rebelling. It’s really amazing seeing how Hera handles this, how she’s able to encourage Sabine to have faith even when she can’t give her all the answers. It is so much legit truth, and it comes to mind every now and then when I’m asking questions that I can’t have answered. Getting to know more of their stories is one of the things that makes this episode so awesome. And it’s really hard to encapsulate all of that in this one paragraph, so go and read the Transmission on the episode for more (and ignore all my ramblings from back before I ever wondered if Fulcrum was Ahsoka). Like say, when you look at how everything comes together at the end… it is all kinds of epic.

Come back next week to read the rest of the recap!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Fire Across The Galaxy

So… here we are… final episode of the first season… final Transmission for the first season… it’s amazing, really. A part of me wishes it had been a longer season, but then I’m reminded just how much adventure we’ve had, and how much we’ve learned about these six Rebels, and how many feels we’ve felt in 13 episodes and a double-length alone and I’m all “Boy that was some epic season!”. And that is nothing short of the truth. I could go on a longgggg while about how much this show’s meant to me these past six months, but I’ll save that for another post… or else the end of this one. For now, we absolutely must dig into the incredible finale that is Fire Across The Galaxy!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode III, Episode IV, Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Droids In Distress, Fighter Flight, Path Of The Jedi, Call To Action, Rebel Resolve, and Fire Across The Galaxy. Like, seriously. MAJOR SPOILERS!!

Photo title for Rebel Transmission #14

So things have been pretty intense lately… I mean, Kanan, our awesome Kanan, has been captured by the Empire and is on a one-way train ride to Mustafar-land! The rest of our Rebs, however, have their own plans. And it all starts one evening as Sabine makes a dash into an Imperial parking lot (sorry words fail me at the moment), airbrush loaded. I like how, at this juncture, our Rebs have made a bit of a name for themselves, or at least Sabine has, who a ‘trooper refers to as “the artist”. Of course, the Stormtroopers don’t exactly know that “the Padawan” and “the warrior” are sneaking around behind their backs… and are in the driver’s seat of an Imperial transport. Sabine’s doing pretty awesome, meanwhile; I mean, she literally uses a buckethead as a springboard! Without firing a single blaster on her part, she totally pwns the ‘troopers, and before she knows it, her comrades are already about to fly off! Sabine expertly makes it aboard and says her sayonaras to the white-armored bunch. And btdubs she left a little surprise for them on one of the TIEs… I just love how that one Stormtrooper mutters “Not again…”; yes, it has been a pattern, hasn’t it? XD And as the TIEs explode away, the transport flies off, and leaves in its wake a cloud of smoke that looks a whole lot like a Rebellion phoenix. Now that’s how you sign a work of art this fantastic! This definitely went from just a “Spark Of Rebellion” to becoming like “Fire Across The Galaxy”! (Quick question though: is anyone else reminded of that bit in the Clone Wars Microseries? “Like fire across the galaxy, these Clone Wars spread”. What just me?)
The game plan ahead of our Rebels isn’t going to be easy. They’re going to be flying into an Imperial fleet, going into Tarkin’s personal Star Destroyer, and if all goes well, getting Kanan back on board the Ghost. All they need is something smaller to dock into the Destroyer… and welllllll Ezra might know of something they can use. Back on Fighter Flight, I knew something seemed a teeny bit off when Zeb and Ezra told Kanan they crashed that particular TIE… and here I thought I was just reading into it too much! Zeb wasn’t too keen on letting the secret out at first, but desperate times call for desperate measures. They totally kept the thing! Hera would’ve been mad… but due to the circumstances, she lets ’em off the hook (though you can be certain she’ll be making sure they don’t steal any more Imperial rides from here on out). Oh, and then remember back on Path Of The Jedi when Ezra was late for Jedi training because he was doing something with Sabine? Welp they might not’ve just been paintbombing unsuspecting Imperials that day… (that’s a theory of mine I mentioned in the Transmission on that episode BTW) there’s a good chance Ezra showed her the TIE. And let her paint it. And it is AWESOME. Though maybe not the most… practical thing, considering bright yellows, oranges, and greens don’t exactly blend in with the darkness of space. Zeb is much less fond of the plan now. But Hera knows that, while the plan is all kinds of crazy and risky and a teensy bit insane, she’s not backing down, and she’s not leaving any member of this crew, of this family, behind. And the rest of the crew agrees, even if Zeb is still a smidge hesitant. So now, with this party TIE in tow, the mission’s back on!
Meanwhile, it wasn’t going so well for Kanan, but really, has much of anything gone well for him much these past couple episodes? Well, I suppose we’ll give him points for not being dead yet, but considering the fleet’s parked outside of Mustafar… the keyword is definitely “yet”. In the meantime, The Inquisitor’s having a nice time torturing and questioning the Jedi. And the torture goes from physical to mental pretty fast, as The ‘Quiz digs into Kanan’s past. We learn that his master sacrificed herself for him during Order 66, and Kanan regrets to this day he didn’t think to do anything to help her. NO I’M NOT CRYING I’M SWEATING THROUGH MY EYES OK I’M ACTUALLY CRYING SUE ME. ‘Quizzy hits all the sore spots as he seems to know that it’s this that makes Kanan wonder what the others would think if they knew he just ran. But you know, if he hadn’t survived Order 66… likely the Rebellion as we know it would not exist. I don’t know what Hera was doing before she and Kanan met, would she have pursued this career if she hadn’t made a friend in him? I don’t yet know all the answers since there’s a certain book I haven’t yet read, but just let that sink in. And even if Hera would’ve become a part of the growing Rebellion, would she have ever met Zeb or Sabine? Who knows what small missions led them to finding our resident Mando and Lasat? And of course, we have Ezra. If the Force hadn’t called Ezra’s attention to what Kanan and the others were doing… Ezra would still be on the streets by now! And do we even need to get into Ezra’s Force abilities? I have no clue what would happen if someone grew to adulthood with loyalty to neither the light side or the dark side, but I’m not sure I want to know. Kanan’s master willingly sacrificed herself, it wasn’t his fault. And now look how Kanan’s been used! He’s half the reason that this spark turned into a fire! And this team, these five people, wouldn’t be the same without him. I just love making connections like this. Anytime you see the dark in SW, just remember that everything works together for good in the end, and this is a clear example of such. And yeah boo Inquisitor! Why you gotta be like that bro?? Not to mention he stole Kanan’s lightsaber. Oh, come on…! Thankfully, help is on the way.
Entering the fleet is the Imperial transport and its brightly-colored TIE. As they fly in, it’s up to Ezra to use the Force to see if Kanan’s still alive and if their mission is a go or over. After a few frightening seconds of uncertainty, both master and padawan pick up on each other’s presence. It’s on with the show! The crew expertly tricks the Imperials into letting their transport dock, and Chopper’s sent out the fabulous little ‘Fighter. “That’s not regulation!” “I kinda like it.” Pffff XD I love seeing the ‘troopers show some personality! Of course yeah the TIE is filled to the brim with electrical-frying detonators, which happily go along and fry every other ship in the hangar and then some. That meaning pretty much the entire Star Destroyer. Now our gang can dock their transport and head out to save Master Jarrus. Chopper’ll be at the ready to fly off when the need arises. And I’m so proud of Ezra today! He carved his first hole in a door with his ‘saber! It made me chuckle seeing him wince for a second when he touched the melted metal; it’s one of those things I guess you don’t think about when you’re a proper Jedi, but Ezra’s layman’s perspective proves what I’ve always kinda thought. And off our heroes go, with only so much time before the konked-out ‘troopers awaken.
Out on the main bridge, Tarkin stays cool even with most of the power down and sends out some backup shuttles. Chopper’s right when he grunts an “Uh-oh…”. Yup the Rebels are about to have company… Stormtrooper company. Sabine figures they’ll have some time before the bucketheads catch up, but then they turn the corner and there they are! And they’re coming at both ends! Our heroes are able to get behind closed doors and Ezra uses his lightsaber to seal them shut. So now, the only way to get to Kanan is for Ezra to take to the sky… er… the overhead vents. Ah yes! Just like the good ol’ days!
As for Chopper, the action’s heating up fast outside, so he decides to make a call to the one and only Fulcrum! Yeah I’m sure she was thrilled that the Rebels she told explicitly not to go after Kanan are doing just that… she seemed to be cool with it later when she meets the crew face-to-face, but I bet she gave Chopper a good chewing out at the moment 😛
And so it was quite the reversal when Ezra walked in to save his captive master, just as Kanan’s done for his Padawan before. Aww just seeing them together again at last gets me all feely all over again!! But thennnn ’bout as soon as they step out of the cell, they find themselves staring down The Inquisitor. Just when we thought this was gonna be easy! Ezra gladly loans his blaster-saber to his master this time around. It’s amazing how quickly Kanan adjusts to using the blaster-blade, as he varies between firing energy blasts at The ‘Quiz’s red blade and using the main blade. Ezra’s all “I never thought of doing that!” XD And then once Ezra grabs Kanan’s lightsaber off ‘Quizzy’s belt this battle gets even cooler than it already was. And as I’m watching this, I’m more and more aware how Phantom Menace-y this is starting to feel, and I start holding my breath, hoping there won’t suddenly be forcefield doors that might well… you know. So I’ll be honest, ever since Rebel Resolve I’ve been holding my breath, wondering if indeed Kanan might just bite the dust in this one. I could almost see it happening, and how it would ultimately affect the Ghost crew. So I didn’t see it coming when, just as Ezra was starting to hold his own out in the three-way duel, The Inquisitor flings his ‘saber, grazes Ezra, and knocks him off the platform to his assumptive death. Color me terrified! Kanan looks so so sad… and ‘Quiz just stands there with the creepiest smile ever. But then… Kanan rises up, looks him square in the eye, picks up both his blade and Ezra’s, and says one of the most epic lines in the entire series: “…because I have nothing left to fear.” The sound you just heard was my mind exploding from the epicness of that line. And then a really epic duel commences.
While all that epicness is going on, the rest of the crew’s navigating the sea of Stormtroopers standing in their way. A well-placed fog detonator evens the score a bit, but they’re still on the move. But problemmmm Ezra’s not answering their com!
We soon find that Ezra didn’t take quite the fall we thought he did. He’s on a platform below, knocked out but still alive… barely. It’s only the voice of Hera, among a few others rattling around his skull, that helps him slowly regain consciousness. And yikes that mark the blade left…! I couldn’t help but wince at it! It’s a legit reminder that Ezra really really could’ve died today. And up above, his master assumes just that, fighting like a boss. And yeah words can’t adequately describe how mind-blowingly amazing this battle is. Ezra puts it well when he tells Hera that he’s doing “better than OK” 🙂 And as they fight, the find themselves standing on the edge of the platform. Then Kanan decides to show The Inquisitor what the Force can really do… and he uses the ‘sabers to literally go and slice through ‘Quiz’s two-blade. WOW. That stark look of terror on The Inquisitor’s face says it all. The force of the blow knocks The ‘Quiz nearly off the platform, hanging by a thread, and his diced ‘sabers land on the ship’s energy core, blowing it up. Looking up at the Jedi standing above him, The Inquisitor knows he’s toast one way or another. Before he lets go, he leaves us with the chilling last words… “…there are some things more frightening than death…”. Just… wow… we’ve been following this epic bad guy since just about the start, and his story just ended. Like with Darth Maul, it was either the good guy or the bad guy in this fight, and his death was unavoidable in this situation, but still wow… yeahhh I think the age of the ‘Quist’r memes is over (*cough* it’s been over for longer than that actually). Anyway, so then we have a super-happy amazing moment as Kanan turns around and sees his Padawan alive and well. And they decide to make a bit of a run for it as the engine room here goes up in smoke.
As the Star Destroyer comes closer and closer to falling apart, one of the Imperials tells Tarkin they need to evacuate. I’m honestly amazed this guy decided to move. I mean, we are talking about the “Leave? In our moment of triumph?” guy here, who two seconds later got creamed in the Death Star’s explosion. Either way, it’s nice to see he’s not completely unreasonable. Though he sure don’t look too happy.
Hera, Sabine, and Zeb had finally gotten to their destination, back to the fabulous party TIE. Ezra insists they go on, and just as Hera affirms she’s not leaving them behind, Kanan’s voice finally comes on the com, and he lets her know that they’ll be joining up with them soon. After all these guys have been through lately, it’s really awesome seeing Hera’s face light up when she hears his voice again 🙂 As they fly the TIE out, they find themselves being pursued by quite a few others. Hera calls out to Chopper to lend a hand, but they get no answer! Where could their little droid be?? Back on the quickly-sinking ship, Kanan and Ezra hop aboard The Former Inquisitor’s TIE and make a dash for it themselves. And they arrive to knock some ‘Fighters off the rest of the crew’s tail shortly thereafter. But with more and more TIEs arriving, it looks like they have nowhere to go. Just when all hope seemed lost, in came first Chopper flying the transport, and then the Ghost, and then a whole armada of Alderaan ships! And together, they make quick work of those enemy ‘Fighters and hyperspace-jump to freedom! MUCH YAYYYYYS!! Darn it I’m so happy about all of this I can’t stop smiling! Not even to comment on Tarkin’s not-too-happy face and what that could mean for our Rebels! And now for some more things that made me even more happy and continue forcing the corners of my mouth upwards.
So first thing is seeing Kanan finally on board and out of trouble, and then furthering it as Kanan and Hera finally reunite. It’s kinda awkward at first but then they cute-banter again and she sorta takes his hand and then there’s that hug ermagosh! So sweet it gave me tooth decay! Yeah I might’ve dorked out over that a good bit but I couldn’t not! And the looks on their faces…! Aw man I just wuv themz so muchhh!! And then we get to see Chopper who’s all “Hey, don’t I get any thanks guys?” and we’re so happy we have a friend like him. But then… who’s flying the Ghost if not Chop?
The crew enters back into the Ghost and find quite a few folks inside. A handful of guard-types stand sturdy in the halls, and then they come upon a hologram of Bail Organa! As we find out, he’s more than just the guy with a couple crazy droids. And on top of that, those extra ships were of other cells of Rebels! They’re not the only ones out there after all — consider the kids’ minds blown! But just when you think our minds couldn’t be blown further, enter in Fulcrum. And man oh man… as soon as I heard that voice… and saw that glint of orangey skin… I gave a happy gasp of explosive joy! It is indeed Ahsoka Tano! Boy words don’t begin to describe accurately what an amazingly huge deal this is… she’s all grown up and leading the growing Rebellion! And seeing her again… just whoa!! And yeah her new design is awesome. She fit in perfectly into the Rebels universe! I always hoped she might’ve joined up with the Rebellion at some point, but I only figured she’d have joined them… I never imagined she’d be leading them! Is it not the coolest thing?! Ahhh so much feels right now! >w< She might've not been crazy about the Imperial attention Ezra's message got, but she knows that that message of hope is precious and important even so and is already making a difference. And thus begins a new chapter in the history of the Rebellion, as a handful of unexpected heroes take their first step into a larger world, and this fire they've started begins to turn into a blaze.
However…
The Inquisitor was small apples compared to who's after them this time.
Yup. DARTH. VADER.
NO WORDS…
Except perhaps "AHHHHHHH!!! WHEN WILL SEASON 2 GET HERE?!"
So yeah… aw you guys I'm so glad you've taken this journey with me, through not just this episode, but through every one before it! Rebels has become a huge part of my life and I'm beyond #blessed to be writing these Rebel Transmissions for you guys! I'll probably need to write a post in the near future that will put together all my thoughts on this amazing show, its amazing first season, and how it's impacted my life. I hope to continue writing about the awesomeness surrounding the world of SW even as we wait for next autumn, but until next post…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Vision Of Hope

This is Star Wars Fan Blogger Twilight, and I bring you more positive discussion and fangirly craziness the haters don’t want you to hear. And you’re reading Rebel Transmissions. Ahh sorry couldn’t resist! Felt appropriate to open up today’s post on Vision Of Hope. And don’t worry, I can promise you that I’m for real 🙂 Whoaa uh that might’ve been a spoiler! If you haven’t seen the episode yet go watch and now and forget you read that last line! Le apologies. Anyway, let’s get to it!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode III, Episode V, Episode VI, the Clone Wars Microseries, Menace Of The Sith, TCW episode The Wrong Jedi, and Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Rise Of The Old Masters, Breaking Ranks, Path Of The Jedi, and Vision Of Hope.

It started out an ordinary day for our crew. Ezra was getting to do some lightsaber training today, with Zeb, Chopper, and Sabine providing some firepower for him to practice deflecting. Kanan encourages Ezra to work harder on aiming the blasterfire at the target, but it’s not too easy. Deflecting blasterfire and stuff is something the Jedi do all the time, and they make it look so easy, so I guess it had never occurred to me that it might be a tricky thing to learn how to do. Ezra definitely shows us what Jedi training is like from a layman’s perspective, which is nice for those of us who like to dream and pretend we’re Jedi ourselves. But Ezra is confident he’ll nail that target; “‘Yet’, the key word is ‘yet'” 🙂 Man I wish I had that kind of confidence in my abilities some days. Kanan just facepalms XD
Stopping the practice, he asks Ezra what his rush is. And it happens to be that Young Bridger is excited to hear from everyone’s favorite rebel senator, Gall Trayvis, and he just knows that he’ll be on today. But Kanan simply reminds him to keep his focus in the here and now where it belongs. I could just hear Ezra say “Y’know, that guide I met in the temple told me to be mindful of the future…” and then Master Jarrus would throw out “Yeah but not at the expense of the moment. Especially when you’re being shot at.” hehe somebody stop me! Anyway, returning to training, amidst the fire coming from all ends, Ezra starts hearing voices… and it goes from there and becomes a full-fledged vision. In the snippets, we get the idea that our Rebels’ day won’t stay ordinary, and it appears to involve a whole lot of running from Imperials, and apparently… Gall Trayvis on the run with them? And if Ezra needed any other reason to be majorly intrigued by what he saw, he catches the Senator saying “…your parents were very brave”! When he comes to, forget that he creamed the target in his trance, he’s got some major news regarding his favorite personality… and the mystery surrounding his folks. Kanan doesn’t really seem to buy into this vision as truth. And understandably… we know that these visions Jedi get have a tendency to be half-wrong a good bit (See: Luke, whose was kinda off, and Anakin, whose was only made true when he freaked out over it). Not to mention the whole idea of the gang running around with everyone’s hero, who just so happens to have known Ezra’s parents, must sound a bit like wishful thinking to the others. But Ezra isn’t about to deny what he saw, and the potential of what it could mean for him. And just then, right on cue, Hera lets the gang know that Senator Trayvis is on the holonet. Don’t think I’ve ever seen Ezra so excited as he dashed into the Ghost, knocking into Zeb in his hurry. Sorry but that subtle gag made me laugh for like five minutes straight XD
It’s definitely interesting seeing just what a big deal Gall Trayvis is to these guys. I mean, these guys gather around the holonet like a family watching The Wonderful World Of Disney! It’s of course not the first time we’ve seen Trayvis on-air, but it’s the first time we’ve sort of gotten a glimpse of the enthusiasm our rebels share for this guy, in particular for Hera and Ezra. As Trayvis eloquently roots on the rebels, he seems to have slipped in a subtle message for the Ghost crew. It looks like the Senator wants to meet the crew! Hera and Ezra deduce it to be at the old senate building at sunset today. Kanan and Zeb are a bit skeptical, but the captain and padawan have an answer for every question they have. But taking into account that the Empire could still be up to something, Hera sends Ezra out to meet up with his friend on the inside to find out if there’s any funny business going on. Before heading out, Kanan tries to talk to Ezra and help him understand to not be too quick to trust his vision to the letter. But Ezra feels beyond a shadow of a doubt that what he saw is true. It’s got to be difficult to be told to trust your feelings, and then have those feelings be called into question. Like say, Ezra’s in an interesting situation, as he’s being raised in the Jedi ways at fifteen, giving him a definite layman’s approach to the Force. And this can be both a good thing and a bad thing. But for now, Ezra goes off to meet up with his friend — the awesome Zare Leonis!
Yeah needless to say I was thrilled to see Zare again. And quite thrilled to know he’s still alive. Seriously I need to read those books!! Uh anyway, so Ezra meets up with Cadet Leonis in a backalley. And Zare’s happy to bring some news, especially now that he’s been recently promoted and can access even more dirt on the Empire that’d be useful to “Dev” and his comrades. Zare relays that a good bunch of the Imperials are planning something at the old senate building, and that’s not good. Ezra believes now that Gall Trayvis might be walking into a trap. Before parting, Zare lets him know that he’s being transferred off-world, so it might be a while before they see each other again. Ezra, in turn was just about to give Zare his real name, but then along come some Stormtroopers and that conversation ended. But it makes you wonder, doesn’t it? I mean, the fact that Ezra didn’t get to tell him… makes me wonder if Zare might be further connected to Ezra’s path than we know. Maybe their families were friends? It may not’ve meant anything, but I can’t help but wonder. But suddenly it hits Ezra… he’s surrounded by ‘troopers at all ends in a backalley… and it looks awfully familiar… because he saw it in his vision. But all familiarity aside, Young Bridger’s forced to make a run for it. The ‘troopers give chase for a bit before Ezra’s agility and blaster-saber aid in his escape.
In that very senate building sits Agent Kallus, intently studying over his plans. Imperial Senator Maketh, as usual, is pretty skeptical of whatever he’s got up his sleeve. But Kallus is looking awfully smug about this one… he’s tired of The Quiz’s focus on just the Jedi, so he’s aiming to nab the whole Rebel gang — Jedi and all. To quote a great Mon Calamari admiral, “IT’S A TRAP!”.
Ezra finally returns to their rendevouz point at the Bridger household, only to find just about everyone downstairs talking about how awesome his parents were. Understood as they are awesome, but wow much awkward for Ezra here. Once that awkwardness clears out, Ezra tells the crew about the Empire’s plans, so it looks like our little gang’s got a rescue mission to attend to.
So there the crew was, crouching on the outskirts of the senate building, surveying for any sign of Trayvis or Imperials. Sabine spots the ship the senator must’ve come in, and Kanan spots the ‘troopers stalking around down below. Now before our heroes go rushing off to save Trayvis, Hera does query as to why the Empire hasn’t gone after the senator yet. Kanan rolls that off as being a trap for the crew, which considering the thing we saw with Kallus, it makes complete sense. Yet, looking back, Hera’s quandry makes a lot of sense, unfortunately. But I’ll save all my kicking myself over not having seen it coming for later, for now, our rebels are putting together a plan, and Ezra decides the next step of said plan is going to involve a little shortcut… to the Lothal sewer systems. Oh joy.
After Chopper has a brief “discussion” with an Imperial ‘mech guarding the sewers, the rest of the crew moves in. As you might expect, not everyone is a fan of this plan. But Ezra knows his way around, and quite frankly the smell beats stormtrooper trouble any day. But hey, the Rebs got off easy… at least the sewers weren’t full and they didn’t have to swim in it like Obi-Wan and Anakin once did! And ermagosh this moment… “It does smell like you…” “Wait. You know what I smell like?” 😆 😆 But their trip underground doesn’t last long, ’cause soon our heroes find themselves back on the move on the senate building premises. With Zeb and Sabine up a level and Kanan, Hera, and Ezra going inside, what could go wrong? Anddddd I jinxed it. Kinda. OK not really but you know how this ends…
So the threesome find Senator Trayvis pretty quickly. Just sittin’ with his droids up front like nothing’s weird. Hera and Ezra warn him of the danger he’s in and he’s all like “Whoa whut??”. Yeah I hate that I didn’t see all this coming to begin with, but Gall’s a pretty amazing actor and I totally bought everything he said. And to think I was genuinely worried about him, the punk! (Sorry that last part was uncalled for. Forgive me.) But on cue come the ‘troopers and their little Agent too, making quick work of Trayvis’ protocol droids. And with all their numbers, it’s uncertain whether Kanan’s blade, Ezra’s blaster-blade, and Hera’s blaster can save the senator… and their own lives. Kallus gives some friendly “hellos” to the crew (fondly throwing out Ezra’s self-titled nickname “Jabba” hehe), and then asks his soldiers if they could help “encourage” the gang into conversing with him. Trayvis is like “Yeah let’s go with that plan I like that plan!” and again, I mentally kick myself for not picking up on his true allegiance. Sounds a lot like Palpatine in Lego’s Menace Of The Sith… “Surrender, we will not!” “Excuse me, but did you say ‘surrender, we will now’? Because I think that’s a marvelous idea! …Just my two cents…”. Here I was just thinking Trayvis was a petrified little ex-Republic senator who was in over his head and didn’t want to cause trouble! Anyway, thankfully the threesome has some friends in high places, and by that I mean Zeb and Sabine, wielding a few tiny “miracles” 🙂 And then they do their awesome thing as Zeb goes all Lasat on them and Sabine goes all… um, Mando I guess, on them. And that gives our heroes a chance to make a run for it. But there’s always some hitch in the plans, and that miiiight include the fact that the senator’s ship is long gone and instead stands an Imperial shuttle. Y’know maybe that should’ve tipped ’em off? The fact that his ship is missing but there’s no evidence it was blown up seems to garner some questions. Questions I should’ve been asking myself! But sue me I was eating dinner when I was watching this for the first time so my mind was a quarter-focused on my chicken tenders and macaroni so I guess I couldn’t get myself to think much further on it. Oh, and speaking of hitches, Kallus isn’t the kind of guy gotten rid of so easily. Andddd it’s back to making a run for it!
The crew finally comes back to the sewer pipe where they left off and Trayvis is all “Um. Ew. We’re actually going in there?“. Well, if nothing good came out of this, at least Trayvis got forced out of his comfort zone a bit (and likely forced to take a shower later). The guy may be a good actor, but his distaste for sewer travel is all real XD Another interesting note: sooo Kallus tried to shoot ’em one last time before the pipe was closed up and then he barked orders to his ‘troopers to go and get them at the next interval. My question is… if he knew Trayvis was a turncoat (which he clearly did), why was he still a bit antsy to nab the Rebs? I guess he knows they have a habit of getting out of sticky situations and won’t allow for anything to go wrong. You know I just realized this was a dumb question so let’s just drop it and move on.
As the gang dashed through the sewer, it seems that Gall can’t quite keep up. I didn’t think about this at first because well, he’s not exactly… young. And plus, I don’t do well with running either, so I could feel his pain. And then his claim that the running plus the less-than-pleasant-smelling environment made it more difficult sounded legit enough. But somehow Hera’s look of suspicion didn’t hit me once. This coming from the same girl who, back in TCW, figured it out that Barriss was the traitor early on. I’m kinda ashamed of myself. Now all of Trayvis’ ramblings sound so fishy they come canned with Starkist on the label. ‘Cause boy that guy can run when he wants to, when the Stormtroopers finally catch up! Kanan sends Hera and Ezra off to get Trayvis to shelter. “How will you find us?” “I can smell you, remember?” and Ezra’s about to throw something out there, but there’s no time for flirty witticisms! Though I would like to throw out one possibility: “Well, what an incredible smell you’ve discovered!” 😀 Ohh I kinda hope that wasn’t what he was thinking though… XD
Think Chopper got the easy part of the mission? Ah no. A couple of ‘troopers came by and sealed the hatch shut and warned their assumptively Imperial droid of the Rebels. Sooo now Chop’s got to go and get the stupid thing un-sealed now! Yup things are just going swimmingly today aren’t they?
So while Hera and Ezra and Trayvis were navigating the tunnels, I get another reason to really should’ve been suspicious of the senator. He sorta casually seems to ask who might be funding or allies to their little gang. Thankfully the answer is no, they have neither, but oh my gosh, what a sneak! And I’m sorry I’m dishing out this much smacktalk on the guy but he is really grinding my gears right now, especially as I look back and see his plan from the get-go. So please forgive me if you’re still a Gall Trayvis fan and I offended you; I hold no real hate for him but he’s definitely not on my good side right now. Ezra comments on what an inspiration the senator’s transmissions have been, and Hera, though slightly less certain of the guy, does remark that it’s nice to know “…we’re not the only ones out there”. The three come to a stop in front of this giant fan blade. And while Ezra checks to see if he can shut down the fan’s power, Hera slips Gall a blaster to “watch their backs”. And again, I don’t know how I didn’t see it coming. Though I can admit I was a bit uneasy here… but I just didn’t want to think for a second that he might not be the real deal! Right now I’m just super-impressed Hera already knew she’d have to slip him an unloaded gun. But man… when he just goes and pulls that blaster on them… it’s just unreal. Yet it totally makes sense in retrospect. And I’ll be honest, I thought the whole Luminara thing from back on Rise Of The Old Masters was a total accident! But how would you react if your hero suddenly turned on you and revealed himself not to be who you thought he was? Well, despite Hera was on to him before Ezra was, she is no less disappointed in him. Ezra can’t fathom this whatsoever, I mean, it’d be like Walt Disney himself revealing himself to be an Imperial officer! (That was not a shot at Disney owning Lucasfilm I promise you it’s a callback to that reference I made earlier) And ughhh I couldn’t not hurt for Ezra when Trayvis brings up his parents… 😥 Of course he was commenting on their bravery in a villainous derogatory manner… just to drop the bomb that they’re… evidently dead. A part of me still hopes it’s not true, but until proven otherwise I can’t say much for now. Man oh man there were tears on my part. But good for Hera, as the senator’s blaster isn’t loaded… and she has no problem punching an “elderly gentleman”. So yeah the rest of the crew’s not too thrilled either, but they’ve got bigger problems as they still have ‘troopers on their tail and a giant fan right in front of them. Kanan uses the Force to stop it while the others stand guard and fire back at the baddies. And just as the Specters left, Ezra shot this look of ultimate disappointment at Trayvis. But Trayvis… kinda looks… well, he doesn’t look at him with an “aw man they got away again!” look, it almost looks… somewhat uncertain, maybe a little apologetic. Maybe I’m just looking into this too deeply, but one has to wonder if perhaps Gall Trayvis is not too far gone. Especially after Kallus shoots him this even more disappointed look. As frustrating as his betrayal is… I can’t pretend that there might not still be some good in him. Hey, if Vader can be redeemed, anyone can, right? But where his story goes next, I do not know…
And so Chopper was just about to carve the hatch open for the Rebels when suddenly Kanan lightsabers the rest of their way out. Ever have one of those days you just can’t win? This little C1-10P has.
The crew is solemn upon returning to the Ghost. But not all is lost. Hera and Ezra have an awesome moment as she makes a point that, despite our feelings can make things confusing sometimes, and not everything goes according to the way we’d like it to, it is never wrong to hope. And something I thought about in regards to this: whether in backtalking Trayvis or just talking to the rest of the crew, Hera and Ezra both point back to the Bridgers and what a difference they made. Fact is, his parents were the true embodiment of hope. You don’t need to be some fancy celebrity rebel superhero, you just need to be brave, have hope, and be willing to fight for the right thing. And that’s what the Ghost crew will continue to do 🙂
So wow so much feels! So much intrigue! So much to think about it took me two days and became the first late Rebel Transmission ever! Ah well it was time worth spent. Until next time around…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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