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Things I Learned From Forces Of Destiny, Part 4

A new Forces Of Destiny compilation has dropped and I’m here to write once again on all the fascinating and inspiring things I’ve learned. This time will be a little different, though, because this is actually the first time I’ve watched them all, period, so my thoughts on each short are all completely fresh on my mind (and hopefully, in turn, will be a little clearer than all those posts where I’ve forgotten some of my original impressions from the first viewing). You can read the first three posts here, here, and here. Now, off to Takodana we go! (And everywhere else in the galaxy, for that matter)

Contains spoilers from Forces Of Destiny Volume Four (but you can watch those shorts here), and several elements from Star Wars Rebels, Solo, Episode VI, Episode VII, and Episode VIII.

OK first of all never mind, looks like we’re not on Takodana today. I miss the pretty green planet a little, but I can live with that because today we have HONDO!!! I loved seeing him and Maz at odds in The Freemaker Adventures, and I’ve always wanted to see them cross paths again. So this is just spectacular! Their obviously long-time rivalry is just too fun to watch! Now, maybe I’m off on this, but this looks like a slightly-younger Hondo than the one we see in Rebels. I’d assumed all these Maz stories framing the shorts happened in or around the Sequel era, but it seems the clock goes back a little further for this one, which I love! It does bring up an interesting thought, though, because I had somehow assumed Maz really was the one telling these stories. In truth, looking back, I’m not sure how she could’ve been there for all these small moments with all of these characters, unless she heard them by word-of-mouth. But I guess it’s reasonable to say she’s not the one telling all these stories, at least for the ones that happen much later on. I think that’s how both parts of the Forces Of Destiny volumes remain canon. Or I could be wrong and Hondo just got back all his old pirate-y garb and he only looks younger. Either way, wow there’s so much I’ve already learned, and I haven’t even gotten to the shorts yet!

#1. Chopper is a surprisingly great leader.

I wouldn’t normally have expected Chop to do so well with the ewoks. I mean… his track record of being friendly to people really isn’t that great. But maybe the years since Ezra’s departure have made him a better, nicer droid somehow. Hera’s always had a knack for finding just the right crewmembers, no matter who they are or where they’ve been. Now Chopper seems to be taking a page from his mom’s book, convincing her that his ewok buddies are the perfect new Ghost crew gunners! It’s all just too cute and too fun. And my inner ewok nerd is happy to see Princess Kneesaa joining the fight! Now I want to go rewatch some old Ewoks episodes…

#2. Baby sando aquas are precious and must be protected!

Seriously WOW THAT IS CUTE!! I think I might have a new fave on my list of favorite Star Wars creatures. I’ve always thought the monsters impressive, but getting to see them closer, and in a sweeter light, I find I love them more than I did before! Beyond that, it’s really neat seeing Padme take charge like she does and help her guardsmen consider all the angles in a frightening, dangerous situation. And it’s important to note that, though the guards don’t know how to handle the exact situation at first, they don’t come off as incapable or powerless, just in need of a little extra advice. It’d be easy to make them look dumb in contrast to Padme and her strong-but-peaceful approach, but they only give us the facts: that any of us might be prone to making a rash decision in a crisis, but if you can keep a cool head, a solid solution might be easier to find that you once thought. Strong characters all around, that’s just how Star Wars rolls!

#3. Tristan’s the little brother.

I honestly never considered that before. I assumed he was either older by a year or two, or he and Sabine were twins. But I’m glad they set the record straight. And from the instant she said “C’mon, little brother” and he gave a quiet unamused “ugh”, it’s impossible to miss those sibling-bond vibes! It’s the kind of bond where you follow your sibling into trouble and say snippy things you don’t really mean, but you love them anyway, and even find you have more in common than you thought. It’s a sibling bond I can almost 100% relate to! Just to hear Sabine talk to her bro about things they did growing up gives such a sense of history and warmth to the Wren family. I adored every minute of this one. Getting to spend a slightly-quieter moment with the Wren kids and a closer look at their friendship is an absolute treat!

Also, I will need to check back on Legacy Of Mandalore and see if Tristan still has that painting on his shoulder armor, ’cause Sabine did a great job on it ๐Ÿ™‚

#4. Hondo doesn’t like droids.

And if you had to put up with droids like IG-88, I could see why! It’s pretty hilarious watching the two argue over who has the bigger bounty. It continues to fascinate me that IG cares about credits in the first place, but I guess self-reliant bounty hunter droids need new parts every now and again. But though the pirate and hunter steal the show, the short’s focus is Qi’ra, who clearly has had enough experience with scoundrels to know how to best out-scoundrel ’em. I think it’s really neat to see a Qi’ra story in Forces Of Destiny, because she’s not quite like any of the other heroines we see in these stories. She’s not a Rebel leader, not a senator, not a Jedi, doesn’t steal the Death Star plans… she honestly might deserve the title of “scoundrel” almost as much as her adversaries do! She ultimately earns the title of “heroine” in the way she defends Han from Vos, but we’re not at that point yet. None of this is to say Qi’ra’s isn’t still a good person at heart, but I think we can agree she’s not a typical role model. This is a good thing, though, because I would honestly love to see some Forces Of Destiny stories surrounding more characters like her; bossladies who might not be the obvious heroine, but who still might have some shining moments in their stories yet to be told. Like Ventress, Sugi, or Naare! (ok that’s just a pipe dream but still would be cool)

#5. Porgs make great parents!

Until I watched this short, I had no idea both the mama and the papa porgs take care of their babies! Not surprising since they’re bird-like, and a lot of birds do the same. But still neat to know and too cute to see! Not only are porgs great parents, but we also see Chewbacca being a fantastic uncle! Though the porgs have caused their fair share of trouble, Chewie can’t turn down an opportunity to help the fluffball porglets. It’s seriously the sweetest thing, and shows so much his respect for nature and his huge heart :3 I honestly spent this entire short going “AWWW!!”, because I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to react in any other way. But I do have to wonder if it’s this kind act of Chewie’s that made all the porgs decide “Hey! Let’s go hang out in the Falcon! The hairy guy who lives there is so nice, he surely wouldn’t mind if we made ourselves comfortable!” XD #MoPorgsMoProblems

#6. Always let Rey drive.

Or at least don’t let Finn drive! And I think he knows it. I love seeing extensions of scenes like this, and I love chase scenes, and I love Finn and Rey, and I love the background paintings, and I still will always love the fact Finn loaned Rey his jacket (such a gentleman). So… yeah this short’s got a lot to love! It’s so fun watching more of this dynamic duo doing what they do (by figuring out what they do best) and making one seriously great escape on scenic Starkiller Base! I need to rewatch VII so I can spot exactly when this scene would’ve taken place, because I’ve sort of forgotten…

#7. The Ewoks animated series was right…

The citizens of Bright Tree Village have had other problems besides the Empire. Like this giant beastie! It certainly looks like it would’ve fit in well with the old show. It’s been a while since I’ve watched them, so I can’t remember for sure if I’ve seen the giant before. Either way, Wicket and Kneesaa aren’t alone, they have the original SPACE TWINS on their side! There’s so much I haven’t gotten to see with Luke and Leia’s sibling bond between the trilogies, so I was totally stoked for this one! It’s not exactly the quieter moment we see with Sabine and Tristan, but it’s thrilling all the same, and so special to see them working together — with both getting a chance to wield the green-blade ๐Ÿ˜€ Space Twins forever!

#8. Ahsoka’s a very creative teacher…

And maybe a tad intense! But when I think about who her master was and how she fights, I’m not surprised. I don’t know what I loved more — getting to watch Ahsoka impart wisdom on a young Jedi, or the fact that the young Jedi in question was Ezra. It made me realize how much I missed seeing them together, and how great their friendship is! And thinking back on all I’ve seen in Rebels, I can see where Ezra was absolutely taking Ahsoka’s wisdom to heart. Everything about this short is so epic and so meaningful and I’m almost at a loss for words. Just hearing them laugh together… FEELS. ALL THE FEELS!

Also another thing I learned: I’m assuming this is Garel we’re on right now, and if so, then Garel actually has some grassy areas! It’s not all just a big city world, it has really gorgeous natural beauty as well, including some killer sunsets ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes I just love all these so much. Thanks for reading, and hopefully if my schedule allows, I will have more Star Wars to write about next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Secret Missions: The Unknown

So I know I’m not the only person who last Friday got warm fuzzies being reunited with the Clone Wars gangย for the first time in forever (*Twilight resists urge to sing Disney song of same title and ultimately fails*). I got to catch the first two episodes, and I’m planning to watch a new one every week from here on out. OK, so you may be staring at me right now thinking “You had warm fuzzies at The Unknown and Conspiracy? Aren’t they a smidge dark for that?” I meant that just seeing these guys again made me so blissfully fangirly it made me warm and fuzzy inside. I was all “ANAKIN! REX! FIVES! AHHH I MISSED YOUUUUU!!!” and wanted to just soak all the wonderfulness up even in the midst of the episode’s opening battle! Overall, yeah, it had its dark moments, but I love this show too much to focus on that! So let’s get on an get into the awesomeness that is the Season 6 opener!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode VI, the Clone Wars Microseries, the TCW episodes The Unknown, The Wrong Jedi, and Cat And Mouse

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(Original screencap credit: the official Star Wars Youtube)

So as I said, I spent most of the opening battle fangirling it up, just happy to see my fave characters again! And even more so as, if you guys remember, a chunk of this particular episode was sneak-peeked in that “Future Of TCW” video. I met many a freaked-out TCW fan with it, letting them know “Dude, it’s cool! We’re getting more episodes! It hasn’t ended yet!” and it was indeed a shining light on my horizon, reminding me that it wasn’t the end, either. I mean, I figured we might get a couple of bonus episodes, but it turned out that we got 13 of ’em! And for that, I’m eternally grateful! Anyway, Anakin, the clones, and the two new Jedi Tiplar and Tiplee were tearing it up — well, the miles and miles of battle droids, anyway, and they were majorly winning. Soooo can I just stop a minute and talk about the Jedi who I wish I’d met sooner? Tiplar and Tiplee are the originale Jedi twins, and they’re so so cool! I’m not familiar with their species, but they’re absolutely epic! Again, I wish I’d met them sooner, especially since Tiplar (I think; I get them mixed up) bites the dust in this episode. What must it be like being a Jedi and a twin? As a twin myself, I bet they’re not always so in sync. I mean, when they were kids, they probably weren’t thrilled that they both were Force-sensitive, because both of them wanted to be a bit “more special” than the other. Think that the other younglings ever made fun of their similar-sounding names? Do you think that maybe they had trouble being unique when the others got them mixed up or when they were treated as if they were the same person? And what’s “twintuition” like when you have Force abilities? Oh wait — Luke and Leia are twins. That answers that question, I guess. But still! So many wonderings. And above all, they literally have the same voice, the awesome Anna Graves, who gave voice to awesome characters like Satine and Sugi! Plus, Tiplee actually pulls off blue makeup with a red complexion! That’s not an easy feat. No matter what these sisters have dealt with in the past, they fight completely and totally awesomely and know how to lead the troopers. And thankfully, they don’t have to share one lightsaber or anything like that ๐Ÿ™‚
And it’s worth wondering about Anakin… I recently did have my assumptions that these episodes do take place directly after Ahsoka’s departure proven true. So… how he’s doing, suddenly going it solo? I mean, he seems pretty chill and about as, well, Anakin-ish, as usual in Episode III and the Clone Wars Microseries (which leads directly into Episode III). When did he let it go? It’s not as if it’s that obvious in this episode, but we’re all wondering it… we just don’t know how to say it. And considering his temper lately, I think it’s better not to bring it up… but that’s the least of our worries at the moment, moving back to our story.
This episode really is a big old family reunion as we find out who’s in charge of that whole slew of droids — the one and only Admiral Trench! We haven’t seen him since Season 2 (unless he showed up in one of the few episodes I’ve missed in Season 3…), and last we saw him, his ship kinda blew up. And here he is! None too worse for the wear! Except for the fact that he’s literally half machine now; yeesh, and you thought he was rather scary-looking just as the spidery dude he is… now he’s a robo-spider-humanoid! Eek!! But despite his new arms and eyes and stuff, he hasn’t changed much; still a dignified, fairly creepy-looking, and tough-to-beat separatist as always.
So our team of good guys was majorly winning — and then something went completely wrong. The clone they call Tup took his blaster to Tiplar for literally no reason. When things like this happen, the only thing to do is fall back and figure out what in the world just conspired. And as it seems, Tup isn’t sure why he did what he did either, but he can’t think too long on it before he suddenly makes it all-too-clear that he wants to do the same to Anakin and Tiplee. The mess has left everyone confused… the medical clones, poor mentally messed-up Tup, the Jedi, even Trench is all “what they hey hey?” and calls up Dooku to tell him what happened. When Dooku catches wind of this, he’s like “Ohhhh noes, this isn’t good…”. And once he lets Sidious knows, the big cheese Sith isn’t too thrilled, either. He said something about “a programming error” that could “ruin all his plans” to which I’m all “RUIN THE PLANS!! RUIN THE PLANS!!“, ’cause I very much know what plans he’s talking about. But it struck me as to what the “error” might’ve been… perhaps Order 66 is something that they’ve been designed to carry out no matter what, and Tup accidentally got it a bit prematurely? Hmm… (not to be confused with Order 6, the one where you’re supposed to throw your comlink as far away as you can; that’s a Lego short joke if you’re confused) This is one of those times where my mind reels at the fact that one small thing could’ve possibly halted the entire tragedy that ensues in Episode III, like seriously. But ah well… the way the cookie crumbles, that is.
So, the Jedi and clone meds come to their own conclusion that, whatever’s wrong, the Separatists might have something to do with it. And thus, they send Tup off to Kamino to find out what they can do to help him. But getting our clone friend shipped off didn’t go as smoothly as planned, because the Seps sent a barrelload of buzz droids and super battle droids… which, as you can imagine, did a heck of a lot of damage on the ship (and the other clones caught in the crossfire), and took Tup with them! The only thing I could say while watching all that unfold was “UNCOOL”.
But the good guys aren’t giving up! Anakin, Rex, and Fives head out to save their ill compadre the way only they can — really, really awesomely. DUDE, they landed on the underside of the Separatist ship and spacewalked their way up to the docking bay! And then they got a look and saw about a bazillion battle droids… Rex was all “Uhh… are you serious, bro?” to which Anakin was like “What? You think taking down that massive horde of droids isn’t going to be easy?”. But Fives had a better idea — grappling gun hitchhiking! They got a grip on the ship and floated behind them. A few minutes later, the trio made their entrance, and the way Anakin takes down those droids… it’s a thing of beauty! We only wish we were as good as he is! Major epic points for General Skywalker! And I laugh every time the droid pilot, unaware of the craziness going on behind him, says “Hey… now we’re experiencing turbulence!” right before he gets blasted XD And with no way to get the head droid to spill his guts, all the threesome can do is get Tup to Kamino ASAP. And as we prepare to continue to the tale in the episode to come, Fives does the right thing any friend would do and goes along to support his friend in this difficult time. So what’s to happen next?? What exactly is wrong with Tup?? What are the Seps really up to? And most importantly… is the hospital food on Kamino any better than what we have at Earth hospitals?? OK, I’ve actually already seen Conspiracy, but for the sake of things, I wanted to end on that kind of note (Spoiler alert: We still don’t know what Kamino hospital food is like). It’s a really epic start for The Secret Missions, intense, intriguing, and exciting all around! Really digging deep into the SW Galaxy!
So until the next Uncovering post, just remember…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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