Following The Freemakers: Free Fall

All righty time to talk TFA! There’s a lot here to write about so I’m gonna just cut this intro-thing short. Even though I don’t like cutting things short because it usually ends up sounding stilted. Oh well. Yay Freemakers!

Contains spoilers from Episode VI, Rebels episodes Wings Of The Master and Steps Into Shadow, and Freemakers episode Free Fall (along with many elements from previous episodes this season and the last).

First of all, something I’ve been wanting to say a long while now but never had the opportunity to do so: THIS SHOW HAS THE BEST EPISODE NAMES. All SW shows have great titles, of course. But I adore the Saturday-morning-adventure feeling TFA’s episodes evoke. Just to name a few: A Hero Discovered, The Tower Of Alistan Nor, The Lost Crystals Of Qalydon… every word promises excitement and thrills! And then you have Free Fall. It differs some from the aforementioned titles, as it carries a little TCW and Rebels feel with a serious, intriguing title, while mixing in some Freemaker-brand creativity at the same time. I’ve loved the title from the first time I saw it. And it’s a perfect description as the Freemakers are not only on the crash-landing-central that is Shantipole, but everything seems to be falling apart around them… it’s kind of heavy, but so wondrously poetic.

But anyway that’s not quite as important as the fact that THE FREEMAKERS ARE IN THE PATH OF CERTAIN DOOM RIGHT NOW!!!
I was seriously amazed they didn’t die. Really. It was a bit surprising that M-OC wasn’t all that accurate behind the Arrowhead‘s controls. If he’d just gone straight through the TIE’s pod instead of knocking off the panels, he would’ve won. You’d think a droid as precise and cunning as he is would’ve hit them straight-on the first time. I suppose no machine is perfect though. Or maybe there’s something else I’m missing here. Perhaps M-OC’s developed a bit of cockiness these last few months? Hmm. Can’t tell you how glad I am though that Quarrie came along when he did. The fish-man deserves a Hera-style hug! 😀 And at last I felt I could breathe again.
Y’know, except for the fact M-OC planted a tracker on them. That was… concerning.

Every now and again I actually make a correct assumption while watching this show, and this was one of them. “Ooooh I hope they’re going to Shantipole!” was my last-second thought as Quarrie punched in their last-hope coordinates, and that’s indeed where they went. And seriously what a great, great concept here! Back on Rebels, Shantipole was all kinds of problems for the Ghost crew. Now, the planet’s storms are working in their favor and giving the StarScavenger‘s crew some sanctuary. So genius! I love! Granted, the landing part is never fun. I love how it completely doesn’t rattle Quarrie in the slightest; his chipper “HOORAYYYYYYY!” as the Scavenger falls made me laugh so hard I almost forgot this landing might not go as well as the Ghost‘s did. OK so after that, I was able to breathe again. Wait whoops never mind, forget what I said… M-OC is still circling the planet like a vulture O.O

Oh yeah, anyone else felt kinda bad for Graballa? The Hutt just wants to make his dreams a reality! How hard is it to make a deal with someone who won’t just end up using the Force against you?! And this situation is sadder maybe than the last such incident because Vader really didn’t give him any kind of choice in the first place. From one dreamer to another, I really do hope you get your resort next season, Grabs. And hey! I just got wind your cousin’s palace is vacant now…! It might not be prime real estate for a vacation spot, but imagine all the funds you could get from selling it! 🙂

And can we seriously talk about the score this episode? Honestly I’ve always adored the music in this series… they’ve never once treated it like it was just Lego and I love that. It’s so rich, so driving, so epic, and so perfectly Star Wars-y! And it definitely takes center stage inside of the building montage and during the duel aboard the Arrowhead. It’s just so insanely wonderful, they better be planning on releasing a soundtrack soon! Seriously. *Applauds the composers and musicians heartily*

Yeah this episode gave me quite a few heart attacks you guys. I jumped when that bolt of lightning knocked Quarrie off the StarScavenger, gasped when M-OC threw down the net over the kyber crystal, quietly whispered “NO…” when it seemed Rowan lost his lightsaber, and just about fainted when the hunter droid, after appearing as though he’d fallen, came right up behind Ro. And that’s just all in the course of a few minutes. It’s like everything in this episode was working together to say “Oh? You wanted to breathe? WELL, TOO BAD!!” But then again, this happens a lot with Star Wars. Like a lot.
And then, after keeping me so very on the edge… I started to realize where their plan was ultimately going… and what that would mean for the StarScavenger.
I thought losing the Phantom on SWR hurt to watch. The StarScavenger has been by this family’s side through a lot of salvage runs and a lot of adventures. It was a part of their family, really. Zander’s specially-modified, fast, hard-working, spunky baby. Much as I love the Arrowhead, I think I’m going to miss the Scavenger far more. I do look forward to seeing what the 2.0 might look like, but… nothing will truly replace the original 😢

Finally, one of my favorite things about this episode was watching Rowan step up in a different way than before — as a negotiator. Not many people, not even Jedi, could get someone as dangerous and unfeeling as this droid to stop and listen. But he knows M-OC only listens to logic, and Rowan makes his point quite well. It’s such a grown-up move and again, fills me with such fangirly-sisterly pride. Unfortunately, M-OC got a totally different idea out of all that well-spoken reasoning. And it looks like it’s not going to end well for the Rebels.
If that thing’s not operational yet… it might be now.

Ohhh sweet mercy you guys there are so many emotions up here. And with posts on both Freemakers and Rebels coming in the next week, there’s about to be a whole lot more. Not a lot of room for breathing though, but… you know what? The fact Star Wars takes my breath away like it does is not a bad thing 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Following The Freemakers: The Tower Of Alistan Nor

Hey Star Wars fam! You ready to talk Freemakers? I know I am! ‘Cause The Tower Of Alistan Nor has quickly become a favorite among favorites and I can’t wait to discuss all that has intrigued me and inspired me! Read on!

Contains spoilers from Rebels episode Steps Into Shadow and Freemakers episodes The Maker Of Zoh, Return Of The Kyber Saber, Trouble On Tibalt, and The Tower Of Alistan Nor

It’s an age-old battle I know well from playing with Legos; you get an image in your head of the perfect design… and then you lose it, and the entire building experience from there is spent trying out every brick in the box until you get something close to what you had in mind. Rowan’s got the same problem, except it’s worse because the future of the Rebel Alliance rests on making the image in his head a reality. Also for him it’s not just building a cool plastic model, it’s about building an actual serious war machine. No pressure! No pressure at all! Quarrie casually mentions of a beautiful, inspiring ancient city called Alistan Nor that might stir up some creative juices, and Ro’s off like a rocket!

Meanwhile, “Time to check on M-OC!” Palpatine is me whenever I sit down to a new Star Wars something. I do the little dance and everything XD And M-OC’s got himself a new set of blades… inquisitor blades. It actually makes a lot of sense, because just like the Jedi hunters we’ve seen before, these spinny ‘sabers of death are a more efficient method than learning all the Force-y moves. Unfortunately this is bad news for Rowan… he’s only fought blade-to-blade before, not blade-to-spinning-blade-to-blade. Elsewhere in the galaxy, while in carbonfreeze, Naare sensed her former master was treating a droid better than her XP WELL DROIDS DON’T BETRAY THEIR MASTERS, NAARE!
Well… normally.

Rowan’s ready and rarin’ to go to Alistan Nor, but the sibs happen to be considerably busy. Kordi’s in her prime bosslady mode, sharing her tips on cost-efficient living with her fellow Rebels, while Zander proves he’s the Wedge Antilles of repair — he can fix anything! Though Rowan isn’t pleased to catch them so so busy, I still love how easily the older kids have found their place here. Kordi knows what it’s like to live life running on fumes and pinching pennies, and offers a lot of know-how I’m sure the Rebs could use a refresher on, as well as just offering up a lot of common sense and direction that comes with running a business and looking out for your family at such a young age. (Let’s cut Ackbar some slack tho, he is an aquatic species, guys! Their skin must get awful dry!) And I love that Zander’s earned himself quite a reputation ’round Home One, as well as the respect of Valeria and the other pilots. It may not be where he wants to be in the Alliance, but he’s still giving the daily grind his all, and that’s nothing but admirable. But if you think his family’s work is going to keep Rowan from finding the inspiration he desperately needs, you’re dead wrong. He’ll fly there himself! Guys it’s a miracle that he didn’t damage the StarScavenger. Completely. Totally. Entirely. I kept thinking about what happened to the Phantom and was afraid of a repeat of that. I was really glad he put in those hyperspace coordinates right, too, ’cause yikes. I know I should’ve given him more of the benefit of the doubt, but he’s still a kid, and this is still a fair-sized starship, so… the odds weren’t great. Good thing Rowan has this habit of defying the odds 🙂

Also that Freemaker-branded lunchbox is great. I might need to custom my own! Can’t believe Quarrie went and ate the whole lunch though. “COPILOTS GET FIRST DIBS!” No they don’t, Quar 😑 Oh yeah… apparently mon calamari can digest bones? Unless that was a boneless fried noona leg he scarfed down, which it didn’t really look like… ok so that might not be a canon fact, but it makes you wonder, right?

Despite Quarrie’s slightly frustrating habit of not conveying all the information until the very very last second it’s needed, and a bit of a perilous run-in with a pack of gundarks (but what great Lego sculpts tho!), Alistan Nor is everything the old shipbuilder promised and more. Literally this city is everything. It is utterly utterly awe-inspiringly beautiful. Sometimes I forget that the great Doug Chiang designs for the show, but this was a powerful reminder. I mean… the design looks like it was intended for a movie or Rebels! I can’t help but hope a little that they might throw it in future 100%-canon Star Wars stories. And the concept alone! The idea of a city built by a unique order of Jedi is just amazing! It’s so Lego, but so believably SW at the same time! And we’ve gotta talk about the idea of Forcebuilders. Ever since SWR introduced the idea that certain Jedi can have special Force abilities, I’ve been completely fascinated by this expansion of the mythology, and as you may well know if you’ve read this blog for a while, I have been comparing Ezra’s Force-connecting talent to Rowan’s connection to kyber crystals. Only during the first season finale did I realize the Force must also have enhanced Rowan’s ability to build, and now this confirms it. I’ve spent days pondering what it must’ve been like to live in a city created by Jedi, and I imagine well-populated with Jedi as well. I’ve wondered about what made their order different from traditional Jedi, what gave them their creative energy, what was at the crux of their beliefs, and finally… what became of them. Also I had an interesting theory cross my mind: the Forcebuilders were specifically a branch of the Jedi, so what would happen if one turned to the dark side? We were introduced some time ago to the idea that the light creates and the dark destroys, so would a dark Forcebuilder be extremely adept at destruction? Or would they just build dark weapons? I actually pondered if maybe Naare had been a Forcebuilder Jedi previously, if that’s what gave her her terrible destructive capabilities. It’s certainly something worth chewing on. Anyway, watching Rowan see the city in its majestic, sparkling prime overloaded me with warm fuzzy feels. Basically everything about this entire scene can only be defined as “swoon-worthy”. It’s just. that. solidly. good.

Of course, I also was thinking “if M-OC destroys anything here I’m gonna cry for days”.
Was really really glad he only did a little property damage. But more importantly, I’m really really really glad nobody died. I will say, the fact M-OC uses his ‘quisitor blades separately is pretty cool though. It shows you how good he is… he doesn’t need much practice from what I can tell, he just uses ’em outright and in the most deadly efficient way. The Inquisitors wished they were this good. Forget what I said earlier about the spinning function working better for him. He don’t need it. It’s the things M-OC can’t predict that usually give our heroes a leg up, like falling balconies and gundark stampedes. I feel bad for the gundarks though… 😬

Can I just say again for the millionth time that I love this family? For all the responsibilities Kordi and Zander have now, they still dropped everything to fix up an old wreck to bring their brother home… an old wreck that would ultimately be mowed over by the Starscavenger anyway. But there’s nothing in this galaxy that a precious family hug can’t fix! It’s amazing really. At this point I basically turned into a pile of moved-to-happy-tears mush, and then made a mental note to hug my family more often than usual. Guys, this is nothing but real pure family love ❤ ❤ And now that Rowan has an exact mental picture of the Arrowhead in mind, they’ve made the first step on bringing the fight to the Empire! Augh I’m just so ludicrously happy right now X3

Though I really can’t say that for that Imperial graycoat who got tossed out the window. *Shudders* That’s totally Vader for ya.

Anyway, I think this post turned out really nicely, and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my thoughts with you today. Now go and give your family and basically-family-friends the Freemaker-style hug they deserve! 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebels Season 3 Recap + Padawanline Anniversary IV

OK so I know I’m getting this done later than anticipated, but life has this habit of keeping me from blogging like I should. Anyway, like the posts for the past seasons, I’m just gonna talk about everything I can manage to fit into one post before I lose my train of thought, looking back on the season as a whole, and covering some of the topics I forgot to talk about during the main Transmissions posts. So without further ado…
NOTE: Contains potential spoilers for basically all SWR. Not a post you want to read if you’ve ever missed an episode. Also to be safe there are potential spoilers from many of the films. Just to let you know.

So first area of interest for me to cover is our favorite crew-family, starting with Ezra. Gosh he’s grown up. I say that a lot, but the other day I was watching a Season 2 episode and seeing him so much younger again was almost surreal and made me start proud-mama-fangirling again. But beyond his height, haircut, and thinner face, he’s grown up in many other ways as well. It’s really interesting to note that, at the beginning of the season, I was more than a little spooked by his considerably edgier moves, and though the very thought made me sick, it seemed clear to me he’d begun spiraling down a dark path. But at the end of the season, it suddenly occurred to me that he didn’t go down that path. With Kanan back as his master, he put the Sith holocron behind him and hasn’t touched it since. Instead of taking a turn for the worse, we’ve seen him step up in bold ways, as on fire as ever to do the right thing. He’s become a masterful voice of reason, bringing the final end to the Clone Wars, advising a boy not that different than a younger version of himself, willingly giving a Geonosian the benefit of the doubt… it’s amazing how wise he is, really. And even in the moments he wasn’t quite so wise, he came out of it having learned something (most of the time). It’s just really neat to look back and think about all the little ways he changed and all the ways he hasn’t. Also an interesting think for me to note personally is how much more we’ve seen him involved with the growing Rebellion. Without constant confrontations with Inquisitors, he hasn’t done a lot of dueling too much lately, or even trained that much, that we’ve seen. The Jedi side of him will always be there, but that’s not just who he is. He’s a Rebel, and it’s been great seeing him do a lot of that this season, whether in flying A-wings (which still is such a mind-blowing image to me) or leading missions. But even more than a Jedi and a Rebel, he’s a friend, and among the Ghost crew, family. I love how strong his bond with Kanan’s become, especially after coming out of those months out of balance. I love how firmly he’s stood by Sabine through the trials she’s faced. I love watching him and Zeb pal around and laugh at Wedge and Hobbie. All the teamwork, all the family feels, it’s filled these past seven months with a lot of smiles and happy tears. I guess none of this is anything we didn’t already know, but I just couldn’t not talk about it! I love watching this kid grow up, and I’m excited to see where he’ll go next :3
And of course oh my goodness we have to talk about Sabine, ’cause good gravy she’s grown up a lot too. Pff I feel like I’ve spent most of this season crying “AHHH MY CHILDREN DONE GREW UP!! JUST LOOK AT THEM OMG!! HOW IS IT POSSIBLE??!” even though they’re not my children. Her story went to places I never could’ve imagined, and it all happened so much faster than I anticipated! The past two seasons have only given the smallest little hints of her backstory, and this season, they gave us a massive amount of it. I won’t say “all of it” because I’m sure there’s more we don’t know, but it was still so much more than I expected. And it was epic. I wrote in my post on The Antilles Extraction “I want to be Sabine Wren when I grow up!” and that still holds true, especially after all she’s been through this season. Trials Of The Darksaber remains such a pivotal episode not only in this season, but honestly in the entirety of the series itself. I just love how raw and real it is, just spending 22 minutes with only a few characters, fighting only their own personal battles. And where we went from there was just amazing. It’s interesting though, I thought we might get one episode before the finale to wrap up Sabine’s arc, but no there’s still a lot more story to be told there. But hey, I’m certainly not complaining, even if I’m gonna have to wait a few months to find out what happens next. It’ll be exciting to see! And that was a terrible understatement. I’m also quite curious if this sidestory of the Wrens vs. the Saxons will be a standalone arc, if we’ll have episodes with only Sabine and her family that won’t feature anyone else in the crew-fam. Just an interesting thought, anyway. But yeah, Sabine has grown up a lot, and it still amazes me how she’s able to press on and push through all these monstrous challenges and past hurts, and do so in a way that’s truly honorable. And also it’s been special this season seeing not only her reunited with her blood family, but a strengthened bond with her crew-family. Things have changed a lot since the first couple seasons. I think she sees Kanan more as a mentor/father figure than previously, and certainly she’s come to respect and trust Ezra much more so as well. Following her story this past season has been wonderful, and getting to see where it goes next is among the things I’m most excited to see this next season. And I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about the Wrens and Mandalore and all the epicness that’s sure to come with it! Because Sabine, her family and her homeworld just can’t help but be epic, y’know? 🙂
As for Kanan, it’s been… oh my gosh, just insanely epic watching how far he’s come. He’s learned so much seeing with the Force, not just in sweet Jedi moves (howzabout that blast-deflecting in Hera’s Heroes?!), but a lot about who he is and where he’s going. Again, watching some Season 2 episodes recently reminded me how far he’s come. Kanan’s so much more patient, so much more thoughtful and wise. He lost his way in the months in between the Twilight and the Shadow, but once he found his way back, he’s matured in incredible ways. And I think a lot of this maturity has reflected itself back into his apprentice/honorary son, and also in his other apprentice and honorary daughter :3 OMG YOU GUYS I’M CRYING RECALLING ALL THOSE HUGS. A lot of this is thanks to the Bendu. He taught Master Jarrus some tough lessons, but the challenges ultimately brought out the best in Kanan as well as Ezra. Not to totally change the subject, but I’m still so fascinated by the One-In-The-Middle. Part of him makes sense and the other part remains a mystery dipped in secret sauce! I don’t know if we’ll ever see him in SWR again, but maybe a future series or a book will fill in some of the blanks. Maybe. Either way his voice acting was perfect and he was something so profoundly epic and exciting and different inside of the SW universe, it’s no wonder I’m still hungry for more Bendu action 🙂 Sorry Kanan I totally ended up giving your paragraph to a different character. I love Kanan’s thoughts at the end of the season finale, how he can see a hopeful future in front of them even in the face of defeat… it’s going to be amazing seeing him help further that in the stories to come.
It’s been really cool watching Hera this past season, too. She’s become such a pivotal force in the Rebellion. And while we’ve seen her really taking some serious initiative and an all-business approach inside of this no-longer-mini-Alliance, her crew-family still remains a top priority. She’s faced down Maul, Thrawn, and all manner of challenges and unexpected turns and been nothing short of boss. I know I’m pretty hyped to see where she goes in this next season as we look forward to finally calling her “General” 😀 But oh yeah, if you haven’t heard, we’ll get to see Hera in The Freemaker Adventures this coming season, so there’s plenty of bossladyness to come even before this fall! (And Leland Chee has confirmed her presence in the Empire/Jedi era is totally canon! Woot!) Also I absolutely need to say this because I haven’t found the right time to discuss in the prior posts, but I love this sort of love language Kanan and Hera have right now. Their brief embraces in Holocrons Of Fate and Zero Hour are utterly precious. Perhaps due in part because Kanan can’t see, it’s more natural now for them to interact by touch. It might be something small but it has so much meaning to it I literally haven’t stopped “aww”ing over it since. Such sweet beans :3 Anyway…
It’s been really interesting with Zeb this season. After watching him so awesomely overcome his own personal battles in season 2 I really wanted to see more emotional arcs for him this season. But the further we got into this season, the more I realized he really didn’t need it at this point. Season 3 has seen him really in his element as a full-on military leader and chief of security for the Rebels. Not that he didn’t have a few moments of doubt and frustration (*cough* I’m lookin’ at you AP…), but it didn’t take a whole arc to fight through. He’s just really found his place in the Alliance and has taken it by the horns. But even with all this new responsibility, he’s still remained the fun uncle/older brother figure he’s always been. Especially when it comes to messing with the noobs XD Of course, we can’t forget that one huge contribution of his this season — our newest Fulcrum, Kallus! The ex-Agent’s gotten our Rebs out of many a pickle this past season, and he’s done so in spectacular fashion! Like I’ve said a lot on previous posts, he’s just gone above and beyond the call of duty and it’s been great being able to cheer for him for the first time ever! I can finally appreciate his masterful snark and craftiness 🙂 It’s gonna be a lot of fun seeing how he fits in with the rest of the Alliance and what tricks he’ll have up his sleeve next as things get really real this next season.
And of course there’s not a lot to say about Chop and AP-5 other than that I love every moment they’re on screen. They may not get an arc, but we’ve certainly seen some changes and new developments with them. We’ve seen that compassionate side of Chopper flare up a little more when he offered Sabine some comfort in her trials, and even saw him go through some mourning for his old master. The latter moment made me actually really like the concept of a Chopper anthology film, especially if it centered around his early days in the Clone Wars and Hera. As for AP-5, well, he gained a considerably massive ego… and a lovely singing voice 🙂 But ultimately they haven’t changed a bit, they’re still a couple of the most wonderful and difficult droids to grace the SW galaxy.
Of course I couldn’t write this post without talking about Maul. I really thought after Twilight Of The Apprentice we wouldn’t be seeing him again. I figured he had other things to do, other places to be. But nope, he had quite a bit of unfinished business with the crew-fam. It’s been fascinating seeing how he interacted with them, especially with Ezra, the apprentice he always wanted but would never get. He brought some seriously terrifying moments, but also still some great moments that continued to reveal his humanity. Plus, anyone else sorta just realize that if Maul hadn’t gotten involved, Sabine wouldn’t have found the Darksaber? Mind. blown. This season of Rebels told us the end of his story, and what a great ending it was. That might sound calloused, but you see, the fact that all these years of hurt and desperation for Maul would be capped with hope… went beyond anything I could’ve predicted or imagined. I look forward greatly to digging into those Maul comics and whatever further stories pop up about the troubled zabrak’s life in the future.
And finally, we need a paragraph entirely devoted to Grand Admiral Thrawn. I’m still so so glad they brought him into SWR. I needed to meet this brilliantly devious character I’d heard so much about! They weaved him into the canon perfectly and made him every bit one of the most flawless villains in not just Star Wars, but really in any story. He brought quite a thick layer of intrigue and mystery to this season, and kept me on edge just about every moment he we saw him. He got in a good-sized win in the finale… and who knows what his next move will be? Yet, who knows how Bendu’s prediction will come into play? I’m so ready for more Thrawn you guys. That is all.
There’s just an infinite number of things I could further discuss, I know, but considering the time and that I honestly forgot some of the things I’d intended to talk about, I think it’s best to save those ponderings for another post. It’s really been an amazing season in so so many ways… it still stuns me how much everyone has grown and matured, not to mention the Alliance itself. The whole season’s just about left me breathless, in the best way possible. Just like the show always does :3 Yeah I know words fail me right now, but sometimes the awesomeness is far too awesome for me to describe. I just adore this family ❤

Also, I'm happy to say that today is Padawanline's 4th birthday! It's been a challenging year in some ways, as I've had trouble balancing real life busyness and the blog sometimes, but there's also been so much fun and so much joy, too. So thank you, my reader friends and followers. I'd write about Star Wars even if I didn't have an audience, so it means a lot that you all take the time to share in the fun and joy with me on a weekly basis… even when I misunderstand stuff and make typos I don't notice until weeks after posting :3 So, I leave you first with another link to my readers' survey (Here), so you can continue to help me make this site better, and also a list of my favorite posts from this last year. Thank you all again, everyone. Here’s to another four years of Star Wars love… and many more after that!

Rebel Transmissions: The Forgotten Droid
Rebel Transmissions: Twilight Of The Apprentice
10 Crazy Good Moments From Crisis On Coruscant
Following The Freemakers: A Hero Discovered
SW Summer Reads – The Weapon Of A Jedi
A [Fangirly] Analysis Of The New Rogue One Trailer
SW Summer Reads: Tarkin
Following The Freemakers: Race On Tatooine
Following The Freemakers: The Test
Rebel Transmissions: Steps Into Shadow
Rebel Transmissions: Hera’s Heroes
Following The Freemakers: The Maker Of Zoh
Rebel Transmissions: Visions And Voices
Rebel Transmissions: Double Agent Droid
Rebel Transmissions: Twin Suns

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: The Wynkahthu Job

Finally, the Rebel Transmissions are back! Now that the holidays and head colds have passed, I can finally return to my Rebel writing with this week’s commentary on the wonderful episode The Wynkahthu Job. Read on.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from TCW episodes The Gungan General and “The Gathering” Arc, Rebels episodes Idiot’s Array, Brothers Of The Broken Horn, Steps Into Shadow, and The Wynkahthu Job

It’s time again for another Hondo job! Bring on that #OhnakaFever! It seems though that Ezra’s the only one smiling when the witty weequay walks in. Seems the rest of the crew’s a little sore after the whole skipping-town-with-the-ugnaughts-while-everyone-else-nearly-died incident recently. Y’know tbh I never really thought about them being mad about that. I mean, that’s just what Hondo does! And it’s not that he on purposely left them at the mercy of the Empire, he left a little before things went south. Ezra seemed cool with it, so I certainly had no complaints. Buuut then again I’m just used to Hondo (and love him to death). And of course, we all know Ez’s judgement in general was not great that particular day *coughnolongeralieutenantcommandercough* So yeah I could see why now the Ghost fam had a problem with the pirate. But no worries Captain Ohnaka’s got a plan in mind that’ll make everyone happy — oh and did I mention it involves AZMORIGAN — Hondo’s new partner-in-sorta-kinda-crime? OMG I don’t think I’ve ever seen Hera that mad. I remember being rather surprised seeing Hondo and Azmorigan in the same room in the season trailer, after all, Az kinda sorta tried to KILL HIM. I suppose when the treasure awaiting you is bigger than a bounty, you can afford to let bygones be bygones among your fellow scoundrels. Though money may make friends out of Hondo and Azmorigan, it don’t necessarily make friends out of Hera and Azmorigan. As if the comment about technically still owning her wasn’t bad enough, the guy literally picked his ears and… ugh… wiped it on the door controls. Yes I’d forgotten how gross Az was. But yet, he’s still such a great weird-in-the-best-way bad guy. Both of those rather uncouth moments had me laughing and cringing at the same time. Laughing mostly because Hera is absolutely so done with him. He should be so glad she didn’t have a tray on her right then XP Also it’s kind of hilarious watching Hondo flounder trying to not use potentially insensitive terminology around Kanan. “I knew you’d see it my way! Oh sorry…” Well he’s trying to be considerate so we’ll give him some points for that if nothing else. Kanan doesn’t seem bothered though… I wouldn’t be surprised if he kinda enjoyed listening to him squirm. Anyway, though there’s some bad blood between these crews right now, Hondo’s mention of barrelloads of proton bombs in an abandoned Imperial ship definitely gets their attention. Plan’s easy, the Rebs get some serious weaponry, the scoundrels get some major ka-ching-ka-ching, everyone’s a winner! Well, that’s more of a goal than a plan I guess. Because technically the abandoned transport’s caught in a major storm above Wynkahthu. That makes it significantly more challenging. With AP-5’s know-how and Zeb’s leadership, they just might make it though. Ezra’s rather offended though that he wasn’t put in charge of the mission he set up. And I’m all “yeah because the last mission you led went so spectacularly!” but it’s more than that. Hera doesn’t quite see Ezra leading + Hondo scheming adding up to success. Ez is majorly chummy with the old pirate and perhaps, in his endearing-but-sometimes-misguided way of trying to see the best in everyone, he doesn’t quite see Hondo for who he really is. At that moment I about stood up and said “BUT HONDO OHNAKA IS A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH…!” and then I remembered the whole little thing where he held Anakin and Obi-Wan captive and might’ve *cough* zapped ’em for entertainment, and when he tried to steal kyber crystals from younglings, as well as a few other less-than-noble moments. And then I was all “OK so maybe Kanan and Hera have a point. And they don’t even know about those kerfuffles…” Yeees this should be fun though.
So the plan’s in motion. As long as Ezra does what he’s told, AP-5’s projected success rate of 38.5% isn’t accurate, and Azmorigan doesn’t fall down any more ladders, indeed this could be a win. Pfff I’m pretty sure Azmorigan’s the reason their chances aren’t higher 😛 One thing I absolutely love about this episode is seeing Zeb in charge, doing his boss Honor-Guard-Captain thang! We haven’t really had an opportunity to watch him in his element like this, mostly because in the past it was usually Kanan or Hera or one time Ezra in the lead on missions. And I’m sure, in part, it’s taken him some time to really want to be in that position again after past events. But he’s perfect for the job, especially since he’s had a longer military career than anyone in the Ghost crew. He knows what to do and how to do it and whoo he is so solidly awesome at it! NO ONE QUESTIONS THE PURPLE GUY! Hehe. Good thing we’ve got a solid leader because the Imp ship is dark, creepy, and apparently it has a ugnaught problem. Actually really it’s Hondo who’s got the ugnaught problem, in that this ugnaught works for him and isn’t happy Hondo left him here after they attacked the freighter and failed. In his defense, Ezra’s all “Welll from a certain point of view…!” XD Another reason Zeb makes a great leader is that he’s so intimidating he just knows how to make you listen. “Cargo hold now. I’ll rip your limbs off later” O.O See, it’s easy to assume he’s not serious because that’s not his nature that you know of, but the way he says it — and the fact alone he is an absolute fierce giant — would easily make one second-guess their defiance. It kinda works on Hondo at least. Oh my gracious this episode is so full of so many great little moments I could go on forever. Like the thing where Ezra lightsabers open the door just as Chopper turns out the power. That was so genius and it made what happens later even more genius! And of course, Zeb being so no-nonsense while Hondo and Azmorigan fight over the treasure like children. Things get tense pretty quickly though. All they’ve got to get the bombs from the freighter to the Ghost is a couple of winch cables. And don’t forget this is all happening in an insane storm that’s getting worse all the time. Then suddenly no one knows where Az went off to, and when Zeb goes off looking for him, he instead finds a few of the most utterly terrifying Imperial droids I’ve ever seen. It’s about then when the storm fries the controls and they start goin’ down. Hondo makes clear he doesn’t really care what happens to Azmorigan either way long as he’s got his moola (also drops a crate full of riches on Melch #Rude). And so Ezra sets off alone to find the others, and I’m guessing the old pirate’s no longer on the pedestal Ez put him on. Ezra’s desire to see the best in others is admirable, and I can be just like him in that way, to an extent. I definitely felt for him. I’ve enjoyed seeing this halfway-noble side of Hondo lately too. Just sometimes I get so caught up in his slightly-nicer self I forget that he can be a scoundrel when he wants to be. But even if Hondo’s not going to do the right thing, Ezra Bridger will.
We find Zeb and Azmorigan behind bars in the brig. Apparently AP-5 neglected to mention the Sentry Droids earlier. Let’s give AP a big hand for trying though! JK nope. And whoo yes how about those Sentry Droids? They’re most definitely all kinds of epic and awesome, but I’m honestly surprised they haven’t yet graced my nightmares. They are HUMONGOUS, and the way they walk and the echo of the floor beneath their feet make them seem even bigger. The low creepy vocalizations they make are perfectly shudder-inducing. Though I feel I often overuse the term “terrifying”, it truly feels the most appropriate word to describe them as a whole. Do not blame Azmorigan going all blaster-crazy for a minute. But hey, he actually brought it down! I love how even he can hardly believe he did something so brave while Zeb is all *facepalm* XD Unfortunately you blast one Sentry, all the rest of the Sentries will come join the party O.O Too bad the door has a gaping hole in it, huh? OMG I don’t know right now whether to I’m scared to death or about to die laughing! SO GENIUS. ALL OF IT. Hondo grabs some treasure and hops it aboard the winch back to the safety of the Ghost, with Azmorigan close behind riding the bombs. Even Chopper decides it’s a good time to jet. “WHAT DO YOU MEAN, ‘EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF’?! YOU’RE A DROID!” XD XD After enough close calls with the Sentries, Zeb and Ezra just barely make it to the Ghost themselves. Especially after the droids blasted the winch and sent them falling. Not only should be thankful for Zeb’s superb leadership, but also his prehensile feet! And can’t forget Ezra’s lightsaber-deflecting skills. Man oh man the epicness of it all wow! In case you didn’t know, this is what real friendship and teamwork looks like, Hondo.
Though it might not’ve been the easiest path to get there, the Rebs did score a victory today with a lovely collection of proton bombs at their side. By far though, Hondo and Azmorigan got the best riches of all — FRIENDSHIP! No actually they got Melch. PFFF OMG I DIED. THIS ENDING. THIS IS SURELY ONE OF THE BEST ENDINGS IN STAR WARS HISTORY OMG. I CLAPPED AND LAUGHED SO HARD I’M DOING IT RIGHT NOW. “Because… friendship is the greatest treasure…?” I love that the words clearly sound so foreign to him. He just does not get it. Someday perhaps he’ll figure it out. Someday. Until then, well, Force be with him… and Melch and Azmorigan too. They’re gonna need it 🙂
Yep that was a lot of fun. I’m sorry this wasn’t one of my more insightful posts, but it sure felt good to talk about all the funny moments and the serious moments and the edge-of-your-seat moments and all the other moments! Catch you again next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Imperial Supercommandos

Okeydokey, the Rebel Transmissions are back again! And that’s all I got for a clever opener. You guys know I’m not good at these sometimes. But if you’re looking for a certain [fangirly] point of view, that’s what I aim to deliver! Now for some thoughts on Imperial Supercommandos.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Steps Into Shadow, The Protector Of Concord Dawn, and Imperial Supercommandos

So first of all, I’ve noticed different places spell the title in different ways. I’m sticking with “Supercommandos” as one word because that’s just the way I’ve always spelled it. I might be spelling it wrong but if you’ve read this blog for any amount of time you know I do that a fair amount.
Anyway, you remember Fenn Rau? The Protector of Concord Dawn who tends to fire on people he shouldn’t and is generally not the nicest guy? I’ve been wondering for a while how he’s been doing as the mini-Alliance’s prisoner. Apparently, he’s been playing a Mando game that appears to be a blend of Battleship and Chess with Sabine. What strikes me instantly about all of this isn’t just that I’d really like to learn to play this game, but that Sabine is just casually hanging out with this guy. I know it’s been around a year or something since it happened, but I haven’t forgotten how angry she was with him when he nearly killed Hera. Though she ultimately chose against vengeance, I wasn’t sure she’d ever really be chummy with him or anything. But just goes to show ya how awesome this girl is. And it’s not like Rau’s been such a nice guy either lately. He seems convinced Sabine’s turned her back on her people and makes a point to mention it a lot and not in the nicest way. I wouldn’t call her a “traitor”, just… someone who moved away from her home… for reasons. But you know Mandos they take everything so seriously! Regardless, Sabine is simply hoping that maybe they can get Fenn Rau on their side. And as Zeb calls both Mandos to a briefing, perhaps they actually could. So the mini-Alliance’s lost communication with Concord Dawn and they’re thinkin’ the supercommandos are up to something. Hera sends Sabine, Fenn, Ezra, and Chopper on it. “And try not to wreck the Phantom II… we just got it.” *Cough* She’s looking at you Ez… XP Also it gives me some serious feels to know they named it the Phantom II… its legacy lives on! I’m guessing Sabine’s been busy or she surely would’ve painted it or something in it by now.
And so onward came the awkwardness as Ezra sat in the backseat with Fenn Rau and all of his stoic snobbyness. I pretty much was on the floor laughing the whole time because it was so beautifully awkward. Fenn just keeps on glaring and Ez has no idea how to respond. Thankfully, his interest in the torn-apart world of Concord Dawn is a welcome distraction for everyone in the all-too-quiet shuttle. Fenn explains that its shattered state is due to a lot a lot a lot of not-so-civil civil war amongst the Mandalorians. And then he throws Ezra a solid punch and gives Sabine a stunning. Eyup that’s Mandos for ya. When they work their supercommando magic it happens so fast you barely have time to process it before someone gets K.O.’d. I mean, seriously, how in the universe did he get those cuffs off?? Did he borrow a pen? Snatch the key? Chew them off? I wouldn’t put it past him on that last one. Either way this might be a problem. Apparently Chop was OK though ’cause it was thanks to him he got Ezra up (by grabbing his nose lol) and his and Sabine’s cuffs off. The three find themselves now on the surface of Concord Dawn. Sabine and Ezra were completely expecting a standoff with their prisoner, but he’s no longer interested in a fight. His entire base has been decimated, very nearly burned to the ground, not a soul in sight. And Fenn knows that this attack was delivered by other Mandos. He immediately throws the blame on Sabine, believing he could’ve prevented all of this had he not been imprisoned. She argues against that, as she’s truly sorry for what happened, and knows there must be more to all this. Poor Ez is utterly confused, which I can relate to, ’cause for all of my years of watching animated SW I still don’t get all of Mando culture either. And oh look there’s a probe droid! It’s always somethin’ isn’t it? Using some Forcewielding and blasterwielding, Ezra and Sabine make quick work of the probe, but they’re not interested in sticking around and waiting for the Imps to show up. Fenn is much more interested in staying, and maybe giving the Empire some dirt on the Rebs’ hiding spot. It’s nothing personal– no wait, it’s totally personal because Rau still completely considers Wren a traitor and the reason his men are dead. It’s about then the Imps show up, but not in Star Destroyers or TIEs, but in jetpacks. “…flying stormtroopers?!” Nope just a few of your friendly neighborhood IMPERIAL SUPERCOMMANDOS. Bro when you take a bunch of fierce, fight-ready blaster-slingin’ Mandalorians and put them in Imperial armor you just know you’re toast. So when Ezra makes the mistake of firing at their leader… ooooooh dang he’s dead. The Imp-Mandos quickly give chase. Sabine’s first instinct is to help, but Rau does things the Mandalore way and gladly accepts Ez’s sacrifice and makes a run for it. Yeah, again, I’m so glad Sabine was “raised right”. But Rau does decide to stick around and find out what those Imp-Mandos are up to…
So now Ezra and Chopper are at the mercy of Imp-Mando bossman Gar Saxon. Saxon is certain they’ve got their hands on a couple of Rebels, but Ezra has literally the best cover stories ever. I mean, wow, he’s really good at playing the role of an average everyday pirate-scavenger! Whether he just came up with this on the fly or if he practiced his acting back on the Ghost, it’s impressive any way you spin it. Yep bro still has all that street-savvy swag! But Gar don’t care he don’t buy none of it. Hmph your loss, Saxon, if you can’t appreciate his fantastic improv skills! He does appreciate some things though, like apparently some good ol’ fashioned droid blasting. Uh-oh.
While Ezra further talks his way out of trouble, Sabine’s still thinking up how they’re to go about rescuing her comrade. Rau knows well of Saxon’s doings. Dude wanted to rule Mandalore but didn’t have an honorable bone in his body so the Empire gave him a fancy title and armorsuit instead. Anddd once again Rau turns the conversation back on to Sabine’s so-called treachery. I’d be all “dude let it go already” but he just lost all his friends and fellow soldiers so I kinda have to cut him some slack. Rau wants some vengeance, Sabine just wants outta here, the only way they’re getting that is if they can muster up a little teamworkery magic. It really is super fascinating seeing Sabine interacting with a hardcore by-the-book Mando like Fenn Rau. Looking at how she shares some of the same core values of honor and loyalty, but also furthers those and other values in a way that Rau does not. Wait does that make sense? I think it does. I’m sorry I mighta lost my train of thought somewhere in there.
After a few bolts of laserfire come too close to Chopper, Ezra finally spills his guts. “OK my name’s Lando Calrissian…” XD XD When in doubt, Lando it out! But again… Saxon don’t buy none of this, and soundly kicks Ezra in the head. OMG WHO DOES THAT?? Upon threatening Chopper again, Ezra gives Saxon a half-truth involving The Protector. Now this he buys. Saxon sure would’ve liked to have killed Rau when he killed the rest of them, so he kinda sorta really needs Ezra to give him what he wants to know. BTW guys Gar Saxon is utterly terrifying. Between so callously discussing killing people and the way he uses brute force on our heroes, it’s just… yikes. Sometimes the scariest adversaries don’t wield red lightsabers… O.O Knowing that it was only because he was imprisoned by the Rebels that he wasn’t dead, Fenn finally calls a truce with young Wren. Hooray! All the teamworks!! And the teamwork begins as Sabine casually borrows a jetpack from one of Saxon’s men… yep ’bout time she got herself one of those! I like that it’s a smaller, more compact pack compared to the ones the Fetts and other Mandos use. Just perfect for her, really. All it needs is a splash of color 🙂 Anyway…
It’s a good thing they’d decided to teamwork things ’cause Ezra wasn’t doing so hot. After thrashing him around didn’t work, Saxon decided to take aim at Chopper for a change. Ezra was so clever, using the Force to divert the blasts like that! Unfotunately, Gar caught on pretty quickly as to why he was shooting like a stormtrooper. Which may’ve made the Rebs’ situation a lot worse. But all the same, Ez gets major points for protecting Chop like that. I know I’m stating the obvious, but I seriously love that the Ghost crew’s bond extends to even the grouchy metal family members 🙂 And just then, in rolled a smokescreen detonator… Sabine, Ezra, and Chopper are out, peace! They were so so close to getting out of this Mando jam… and then off went the Phantom II. Thank you, Fenn. Thank you. C’mon man, can’t you trust anyone these days?! And now the three stand alone against four armed Imperial Supercommandos. Gar Saxon recognizes Sabine pretty instantly, being they were both Viszla clan buddies (OK “buddies” is somewhat of a stretch. Try “acquaintances”). That is a good point if he hadn’t seen her in a while… and if she keeps repainting her armor… how did he actually recognize her? Oh wait well there was the whole thing with him being an Imperial and naturally knowing her name and Rebelling career from there. Sorry I’m dumb and forget things sometimes. Never mind. Saxon then mentions Sabine’s mother has been looking for her. He claims that her leaving the Imperial Academy basically dishonored the Wren family name. Sabine don’t buy an inch of that. OK so obviously this is kinda HUGE considering we’ve heard very little of her family before this. What really intrigues me about all of this is that Saxon claims Mrs. Wren is with the Empire now, since sometime after Sabine dropped out. I’d originally assumed that her folks never questioned the Empire and just put her in the academy ’cause that’s just what all Mando parents did. But this sounds like that wasn’t the case…? Intriguing. Aside from that, it’s just fascinating to know her mother’s alive at all. I mean that comment back on the pilot… “What happened to your real family?” “The Empire.” Easy enough answer, but there’s clearly more to it. Plus, how much of what Gar Saxon’s saying is true? I imagine that, unfortunately, there must be some truth in it, because Saxon doesn’t seem to be a big fan of dishonesty. Once again, SWR gives us a couple keys to their pasts, but never all at once. Gosh I hope I’m making sense here I’m so all-over-the-place today. So yeah, Sabine don’t got time for Saxon’s crud. The bossman makes a deal: either she swears allegiance and gives up Fenn or she dies. Well when you put it that way NO DEAL! Chopper transmits some nasty loud feedback through her helmet to knock the Imp-Mandos down, and Sabine grabs Ez and they jet on outta there! Ahh such a beautifully executed plan! And what commences is one of the greatestest chase scenes in all StarWarsdom! I’m a sucker for SW chase scenes, whether it’s the speeder pursuit through Coruscant in Episode II, the speederbike chase in Episode VI, or any of the others throughout the saga, I just love the thrills and excitement and the genius witty witticisms that often come with them! Here we are watching Sabine pursued by Imperial Supercommandos and all the while Ezra’s awkwardly hanging onto her trying to lightsaber blasterfire away as they dart through the rocky terrain of Concord Dawn. It’s all too beautiful for words. Which is probably why I’m writing this so poorly today. Love every moment! Together the three of them hold their own pretty well. Right up until they’re knocked down, anyway. It’s about then when the Phantom II makes an entrance. Fenn could’ve lightsped along his merry way, but he came back for them. Aww yay there’s that teamwork I was lookin’ for! Sabine was about to board when Saxon grabbed her. OK again the way he uses straight-up brute force is genuinely scary. Good thing this fierce little Wren knows how to handle the SupercommanDork. Hehehe I’m so stupidly proud of that zinger I just came up with 😛 She delivers a solid blow to his jetpack, which made me wonder, considering other such incidents, if it might detonate and do him in. Which further concerned me when he fired on Sabine’s. But clearly these jetpacks are built a little better than Boba Fett’s. Or else his was damaged more. IDK. Thank goodness Sabine’s got friends far more dependable than Mando gadgets as Ezra pulls her to safety. I get the feeling Gar Saxon’s not happy though… and that he might be a problem later. But right now let’s just rejoice in all the teamworkness! Fenn Rau’s got serious #respect for the bravery and loyalty young Wren showed to her non-Mandalorian comrades, and with that respect comes a real desire to join the mini-Alliance. Sabine’s “Welcome to the family” gave me such feels. Again, here’s a guy who was an outright jerk more times that we could count, but Sabine not only forgave him for past wrongdoings, but never gave up on him. Yes, Ezra, Mandalorians are crazy, but every now and again there’s one Mando who’s just crazy enough to do something truly crazy: the right thing.
So I hope I did better on this than I think I did. Sometimes it’s just so hard to write down every little thing I’m thinking, ’cause there’s just so much to think about when it comes to Star Wars! If I missed anything I’ll most definitely try and cover again another post. Thanks for reading 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight