Ah, is there any better way to spend a chilly day than by bundling up in a cozy blanket and writing about Star Wars? The weather is especially appropriate as I’m writing on the Freemakers episode Showdown On Hoth today. Let’s dig in.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode IV, Episode V, Freemaker episodes The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase, The Maker Of Zoh, and Showdown On Hoth
“We’re only talking about the fate of the galaxy here, but y’know… no pressure!”
OK that is seriously one of my favorite quotes from this episode and this season and the series period. It carries such a classically iconic Star Wars vibe it just bowls me over with feels. And it’s highly appropriate, as we watch Rowan and Kordi man the StarScavenger‘s guns as Graballa’s fleet and the Eclipse Fighter follow closely behind, who are aiming to get to that final Kyber Saber fragment before our heroes do. Zander goes for cloud cover, but ehhh you know how Darksiders are… sorta able to see with the Force and all that. Before they know it, their ship’s minus its stabilizer and caught in a freefall. But Rowan has the Force on his side as well, and he miraculously reattaches the all-too-important piece before they could crash. Naare almost avoided that mountain… key word being “almost”. Because the rest of the fleet didn’t pick up on it as quickly as she did, there might’ve been some crashing. I don’t know how it is nothing exploded, but *shrugs* wouldn’t be a very long episode if the family got off that easily.
As the Freemakers fly over the remains of walkers and snowspeeders, what would normally be perfect scrap for the grabbing is a reminder of the importance of the task ahead. They can’t go back to salvaging, all they can do is find that crystal. Rowan voices a thought that maybe he’d be better served to do this on his own, but his siblings won’t have it. “The Freemakers fly together or they don’t fly at all”. After a slippery landing, the ground search is officially on. Also OMG their matching cold weather outfits are just too darling. And they look super warm, too, which is good considering this is the kind of weather that could drive a man to take shelter in a dead tauntaun. Roger, meanwhile, stays behind on the StarScavenger and out of the cold. He may’ve made a mistake though, turning on the engines to keep warm… they did land on some kind of frozen lake. I guess it’s a lake I’m not really sure. I always thought Hoth was sort of a frozen desert without much aside from cold ground and more cold ground, but considering the snow out here, it makes sense why there’d be other water sources. But yeah the fact their ship sinks and Roger freezes up… oh boy.
So as we catch up with the scum and villainy, first thing of note is: how is it possible that Graballa is literally the only one here dressed for the weather?? And even then he mentions later his adorable hat and scarf are more fashionable than functional. I mean, Dengar’s just chillin’ out here in the frigid cold like nothing’s weird! HOW. EVEN?? Only logical answer I’ve got is that they must have extra layers on. As for Graballa, that just might be something they wouldn’tve done if this weren’t Lego SW. Other major thing of note: Graballa asks Naare if she can just sense Rowan with the Force and figure out where he is from there, but Naare says she can’t. Why? Why can’t she? Why did she need a tracking device on Roger in the first place? I mean, Vader picked up on Obi-Wan’s presence pretty quickly, so it’s not that the Sith can’t do it. Is this just a hole in Naare’s knowledge? Or is it something else? Perhaps maybe Vader and Obi-Wan’s previous bond allowed them to recognize each other more easily, while because Naare and Rowan didn’t have a genuine bond, she isn’t as familiar with his Force essence? Just spitballing here. Just when I think I know how the Force works I end up spending hours contemplating stuff like this. However, Naare can sense fear… and on a lifeless frozen rock like this, it could only be coming from a few particular people…
It’s easy to see why the Freemakers were kinda freaked out. Adding on to the obvious fact they’re in a constant struggle for their lives as they’re being pursued by a red-blade-wielder who works for the most evil man in the galaxy who desires to do even more evil, they’re in a dark cave, on a cold, unpredictable planet… and there’s a WAMPA!!! OK actually it turns out it’s a baby wampa. A very adorable baby wampa who decides he wants to cuddle with Zander. “Aww! He thinks you’re his mother!” “Yeah but what happens when his real mother shows up?” “You can exchange parenting tips.” XD The family plus their furry addition soon come upon a magnificent array of crystals upon crystals. Amidst all the ice there’s a Kyber Saber fragment in there. So Rowan tries something different and attempts to call the crystal to him. I never fail to be fascinated with Rowan’s connection to the Kyber Saber. I’ve likened it to Ezra’s ability to connect with creatures. But is it just the ancient weapon he has this connection to? Could he, say, connect with other kyber crystals? Maybe in the second season he could use this ability to locate surviving Jedi by connecting with the crystals in their ‘sabers? Interesting thought. Also, how is it the crystal led him to this particular area of this particular cave, but it wouldn’t call out exactly where it was. A test of the Force, perhaps. But whatever the case, Rowan’s calling works, and soon finds the final piece in the palm of his hand. And then THE CAVE COLLAPSES!! Thank goodness for lightsabers. I am definitely glad Rowan evidently pocketed that fragment because I almost expected them to have lost it in the pile of ice. But then I remembered that if they did lose it Rowan could just call out to it and find it again. Yeah the ancient Jedi definitely wanted to make it a challenge. But of course nothing could be easy today as the Freemakers walk out of the cave and find the StarScavenger frozen beneath them with their frozen droid on the side, stuck saying nothing but “genius” until he thaws. An abandoned Rebel base across the way looks like their best bet for now. Even if, well, guess who’s in the base right now? Ensign Durpin and Sub-Ensign Plumestriker. Plumestriker’s just been itching for some action despite his superior’s uninterested lazy mindset. So he leaps at the chance to nab these troublemakers. After much of a scuffle between the graycoats, the Sub-Ensign finally gets out a request for backup… which makes its way to Naare. And then, in the tradition of today’s many surprise special guests, enters Mama Wampa! Thankfully, her battle today is with the Imperials. And that’s the last we saw of Durpin and Plumestriker… for now. I have a feeling we’ll see them again sometime soon. Now, the Freemakers have a battle of their own to fight… and it won’t be nearly so simple. But with some battle of Hoth remains, a few tools, a little creativity, and the Force, they might stand a chance. Also this just occurred to me: if the battle of Hoth hadn’t happened, the Emperor could very well have the Kyber Saber. It may’ve been a terrible defeat, but good has still come out of it, because it’s allowed the Freemakers to bring the fight that will determine the fate of the galaxy. Seeing good coming out of evil never fails to be cool to me 🙂 It’s all quite “genius”! Hehe R0-GR you better be complimenting these kids when you say that XD
So boy, was Graballa’s fleet in for a surprise when a fully-functioning AT-AT and a snowspeeder came right at them! Yeah them Freemakers be livin’ our dreams! I mean wow they pretty much brought down Graballa’s ship right off the bat. And in a twist of great fortune, his ship crashing knocked the StarScavenger right out of the ice! #WIN! Naare proves to be a slightly more stubborn problem though. So much for that lovely snowspeeder. But Kordi’s got this; she’s been wanting to bring some firepower Naare’s way long before they knew she was a darksider 😛 The Eclipse Fighter goes up in smoke, and it looks like they’ve won the day. Unfortunately, again, Naare has this really bad habit of not dying. SHE’S IN AN EXPLODING SPACECRAFT AND SHE DOESN’T DIE. WHAAAAT. But hey I’m not complaining really. She’s a great villain and I wouldn’t want her to go down like that. Mostly I’m just astounded. And then she uses the Force to bring forth a mighty avalanche, something not even a huge, well-armored AT-AT can handle. Now it seems the Imperial Agent has the upper hand… until she doesn’t. Because hey look! We do see Durpin and Plumestriker again, with Mama Wampa and Junior, too! Runnin’ right over her! And I’m serious I actually forgot that happened. How easily power can change hands, amiright?
Taking shelter in a cave, the Freemakers have a minute to breathe… least until Naare shoots them a holo and makes an offer to [possibly] spare [some of] their lives. But what can they do? Rowan can’t best her in a fight, but they surely can’t just turn over the crystal to them… right? For a moment, Rowan considers what would happen if they’d just give up the fragment and go home. But if the Emperor got the Kyber Saber… “no one’s home will ever be safe again”. Basically got gutpunched with feels just now. The Freemakers spent their whole lives up to this point avoiding the war, keeping out of it, not getting involved. The war was not relevant to them, the war didn’t effect them. But when the war tilts to the side of the enemy… it will eventually effect everyone. They’ve gone too far, there’s no turning back. There’s only one thing for the Freemaker family to do. Rowan walks right up to Naare… and hands over the crystal? Naare is delighted at this turn of events and eager to piece the elegant blade together. But the instant she fuses it together… one piece melts, and the whole thing falls apart. Eyup I kinda wondered if the Freemakers might use the crystal’s similarity to ice to their advantage. Ah that was too perfect! Naare is not a happy camper right now, I’ll tell you that. Also btw they’re all gonna have to rebuild their ships and stuff before they can leave Hoth so basically the day only gets worse from here. Happens when you go around trying to kill people. Just sayin’.
Rowan and family have escaped Hoth with the crystal in hand, but where now? Anywhere, ’cause as long as they’re together, they’re home. Kordi and Zander debate for a little as to which world they’re going to, and it’s as they’re doing this that Rowan and Roger quietly walk out and commandeer one of their scavenging vehicles. Over a holo, Rowan explains he feels protecting the crystal is his responsibility, and he no longer wants to put his family in danger because of it. As he puts it “If the Freemakers keep flying together… then they’re not going to fly at all.” With a final heartfelt goodbye, the little scooper flies off into hyperspace, leaving the StarScavenger behind. The sound you just heard was my heart shattering into a million pieces. It’s beautiful the love and dedication he has for his brother and sister, and just as beautiful is his dedication to the Jedi code he barely knows, his desire to protect, to do the right thing, to keep this precious object out of the Empire’s clutches. He’s grown so much ohmygosh… I don’t know whether I’m happy-crying or sad-crying right now. Probably a little of both. Now, only time will tell where the youngest Freemaker will venture to in his efforts to protect the galaxy…
Yup a lot of happy-and-sad-crying right now. Can’t even. Just can’t. AHH THIS PRECIOUS FAMILYYY!! Speaking of which, I probably won’t be posting next week since I’ll be spending time with my own family for Thanksgiving (as well as eating cranberry sauce directly out of the can). Thanks for joining me, readers 😀
Keep The Peace,