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Things I Learned From Forces Of Destiny, Part 1

So glad I’m finally getting around to these posts! These last couple seasons of Forces Of Destiny have been a complete blast! And super special, too, as we look at some small moments in the lives of our favorite heroines and heroes. There’s a lot you can learn from sitting down with Maz Kanata for tea 😀 But it’s not just in the simple-but-beautiful life lessons her stories convey, it’s in all the cool Star Wars connections, revelations, and factoids we get to discover, too! So here’s a few things I learned from the stories inside of the first special.

Contains spoilers from Forces Of Destiny Volume One (but you can watch those shorts here), and a number of elements from The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One, Episode VI, and Episode VII

#1. Nightwatcher worms have feelings, too. And they’re also really big.

The first time I watched this, I really needed some cheering up. Soon as BB-8 and Rey showed up, though, I was all smiles, and so thrilled to be exploring an unseen moment inside of The Force Awakens! So this one will always be quite special to me. But what really makes this one special is that we see Rey’s kindness brightly shine through. Not only in her fierce dedication to the little droid she just met, but also in the way she treats the seemingly-terrifying nightwatcher. When she takes a running leap off the beast, she make a point of apologizing to it! I think it’s fair to say most of us wouldn’t think of doing that, were we in her situation. And then she offers it a meal, which, by the way, was junk she could’ve gotten paid a meal from. It’d be easy to get jaded and angry at life living in a place like Jakku, but somehow, Rey still has maintained a strong sense of compassion and generosity. Not really something we didn’t already know, but this was a powerful reminder. She may not yet know the power she holds, but she’s got the selflessness part of the Jedi down pat! 🙂

And like say, if not for this short, I never would’ve known how much I would want to hug a nightwatcher worm.

#2. Ketsu’s a real Rebel.

One of my favorite things about FoD so far has been getting to see more of Ketsu Onyo. She was such a great character, and her and Sabine’s friendship is epic! It’s so cool seeing what ultimately led Ketsu to join the mini-Alliance, which, otherwise, we wouldn’t know about until the last two episodes of Rebels. And though there’s an awesome brawl with a bunch of bucketheads (who would’ve guessed you could weaponize food crates?!), it doesn’t overshadow the loyalty present in the girls’ actions as they try to bring home the bacon (by which I mean ration sticks), and protect an adorable chandra-fan kiddo in the process. It’s really quite amazing to see what a solid impact Sabine has had on Ketsu, taking the truths her Ghost family’s taught her and imparting it in a way Ketsu genuinely responds to, helping this former Black Sun bounty hunter find a new purpose and a new direction as not only a Rebel, but as a Ghost family cousin.

Plus, since this was the first of the Rebels-related shorts I saw, I couldn’t help but get a little giddy seeing the bright lights of Garel again!

#3. Jyn and I are cut from the same cloth.

As I’ve said before, any opportunity we have to learn more about the late amazing Rogue One heroes is a great opportunity! Jyn’s always been a very relatable heroine, but I never realized until I watched this short that we have even more in common than I thought. Watching her defend a little girl and her tooka, all I could say was “Whoa! That is so me!” I hate injustice in any form, but when someone’s mean to children and/or animals? I absolutely would aim a fruit in their direction. Always nice to see a little (or a lot) of me in these amazing characters! And considering we know that Jyn was a bit of a rebel (note the lowercase “r”) at this point in her life, it’s really special to see these small moments where she was a little bit more of a Rebel, with a capital “R” 🙂

Also, how great is it seeing tookas again? The original Star Wara cat is back, and with a vengeance! Like seriously, that Tooki’s tough as nails. Guess that brings the number of stormtroopers who’ve been trounced by small cats to three! Hehe. Oh, and it kinda cracks me up that right after Jyn shushes the cat, Tooki gives a rather insulted growl XP

#4. Ahsoka gives piloting lessons in her spare time.

Another thing I love about FoD is catching some of my fave characters outside of work. OK so maybe flight combat training isn’t really a relaxing hobby, but it helps when you’re learning from a friend! Like with Sabine and Ketsu, it’s just fantastic getting to see more of Padme and Ahsoka’s friendship that we don’t get the chance to see at this juncture in The Clone Wars. Ahsoka’s still the little sister, but she’s also older and more mature now, and you can tell their bond has strengthened over the period of time between their earlier adventures and Ahsoka’s trial. And it’s also really cool getting to see Ahsoka in the role of teacher, and then seeing her student take what she’s learned and own it! Yes it’s so special getting go back to the Clone Wars days for a bit and appreciate the friendships that thrived even when the war was at its worst. And also watching Naboo starfighters dash dazzlingly through comet trails 😀

5. Paintbombs are canon!

Though I made mention of this already on the post for Heroes Of Mandalore, this is how I found out about it first. I sort of predicted something like this and it made me really happy to see it for reals. And something about watching stormtroopers run around with big blobs of yellow paint on them just cracks me up X) But there’s much more to this short than clever weaponry. We get to see Leia and Sabine cross paths, for one thing! Though Leia at least partially knows Sabine from her last encounter with the Ghost crew, it’s too much fun watching them team up. As an artist, I love how they contrast visually, with Leia wearing stark white and Sabine covered in vibrant colors. But that’s about where the contrast ends, because both of these young Rebels know how to aim a blaster, and how to put on one epic show for the Empire! I certainly hope we’ll get to see them fight side-by-side one of these days, because that might be the epic-est performance the Rebels could put on!

Also was really cool getting to see IG-88 in action for the first time in the canon (I think)! Really made me realize how terrifying he is. Not a word spoken, not a single readable emotion, every move is calculating, and he’s his own master. That’s a recipe for the shivers if you ask me. But mad respect all the same!

6. Unkar Plutt’s nothing if not thorough.

Soon as I saw Rey and Han in the Falcon’s cockpit, my fangirl self completely exploded. And then seeing Chewbacca and Finn made me explode again. Seeing the Force Awakens squad all together filled me with so so much joy! The scenes with the five of them in the film were among my favorites, so this was an absolute treat to visit a small incident we didn’t see before! It’s got just the best blend of comedic camaraderie and frantic action that makes up some of my fave Star Wars moments. And just look at that last shot of them! They really do make a good team — maybe the best team! All of them do! You don’t have to go back to Jakku to find your family, Rey, all the family you could ever need is right here on the Falcon! :3

But yes, back on the original topic, I’ve gotta give Plutt some credit… he knows his ships! Because why else would he be so determined to keep his mitts on what most people thought was garbage?

7. Ewoks invented sandals! Apparently…

We learn lots of neat stuff in this one. Like that one ewok is equal in weight to two stormtroopers! (Or else the gravity on Endor is weird) And that Dee Baker does an amazing job voicing Wicket, because I seriously thought those were all original archived dialogue recordings. We already knew that ewoks can sew, but it wasn’t until I saw this short I realized Leia had a matching pair of sandals! Considering that’s hardly a pair of shoes you’d take to a battle, I think the ewok village has some majorly-talented cobblers out here! Honestly this short brought up a lot of questions about the ewok dress in general. It was apparently a surprise, so how in the world did they make something so nice without taking any measurements or likely having any reference for sewing human clothing? It’s a bit of a mystery, but it might just be sheer talent on the little guys’ part 🙂

8. Cliches die when Yoda’s around.

This one has so much wow factor to it. We get to watch Ahsoka during some lightsaber practice! Which I don’t think we really ever got to see inside of The Clone Wars! And not only that, but we get to watch her figuring out her second blade. I would love to know the story of how she found her new ‘saber. It doesn’t seem a terribly common thing among Jedi. And I doubt you can just go out and decide you’ll get a second lightsaber; how did she know that’s she needed one? Though we don’t yet know these answers, we do know now adding it to her existent fighting style wasn’t easy. Leave it to Yoda to find the best way to bring out her best. You know how often you hear people throw around “just be yourself”? It’s easy for phrase to get old and lose its meaning. But when Yoda says “Yourself, you must always be”, the meaning is clear, and the cliche disappears! That’s why he’s the master! 😀

And yes, of course there were some bittersweet vibes for me watching Ahsoka and Anakin duel… but it certainly doesn’t lessen how wonderful their bond was back then. Watching Anakin, I think for the first time that we’ve seen, doing some formal training with Ahsoka really is a special thing!

So those are just a handful of the neat things I’ve discovered watching these delightful short stories, and I look forward to sharing more at a later date!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Blood Sisters

Woot it’s Rebels time again! Yes recapping and commentating on this lovely episode will be a delight. So much excitement! So much feels! And of course, so much Sabine! So let’s cut short this rambling and start focusing on rambling on about Blood Sisters!
Note: Contains spoilers from Episode VI and Rebels episodes Fighter Flight and Blood Sisters

So it’s chore day for the Mini-Alliance, and Hera’s got a job for everybody. For Sabine it’s getting some super-important intel from an unknown shuttle passenger. Sounds easy enough right? Welp it’s indeed “a long way to Alderaan”. Heh that was one of my cornier bits but it works. Not to miss the fun, Ezra and Chopper manage to join as backup. Yep, a very long way to Alderaan. Especially when Ezra boy gets chatty. He casually brings up that she’s rather a lone anooba, at least, as far as it seems to him. No it’s not that she’s a loner Ezra, she’s just trying to keep away from you XP OK OK that’s not entirely true. Funny thing is I would’ve never pegged her for a loner. She seems pretty amiable, at least with her Ghost family. But in some ways it makes sense, after all, sometimes it’s just good to get away from the chaos of everyday Rebel life and do a little painting (or texting perhaps), have a little “me” time, y’know? I think Ezra might just scrambling for something to talk about. Because clearly asking her about her personal life is a good conversation starter! Haha I’ll be honest with you guys I’ve been hoping for a little one-sided Ezra-Sabine cute-awkwardness to surface again. This episode delivered nicely 🙂 So yeah Ezra just kept going, apparently still playing psychologist, when a painted mark on the wall catches Sabine’s attention. Something she very much recognizes. After her backup expresses some curiosity about it, she bypasses it and they move on to the rest of their mission, but don’t think that it won’t be important later. So basically they spend the whole afternoon commenting on the distance to Bail Organa’s homeworld and weirding people out as they go. Pff that one girl they both try dropping the code to… XD And then just when they thought they’d somehow missed the courier for good, a GOM droid responds to their code. Yay GOM droids! It’s nice to finally get a character out of one of these little guys! And I’m aware they might also be known as Gonk droids so please don’t chew me out for that hole in my droid knowledge. So it looks like they got what they came for, but it seems there’s one other person still hanging around the hangar… and she miiiiight be interested in EG-86 too. Ladies and gentlemen, Ketsu Onyo! Former friend of Sabine, current bounty hunter working for the Black Sun with intent to trade in Miss Wren for some cash. BTdubs this completely breaks girl code Ketsu. Ezra is smart and doesn’t get in between their standoff. Perhaps he needs to drop some psychology on these two? “So she left you for dead after you became bounty hunters… how does that make you feel?” 😛 And wow Sabine did some hunting not too long ago. Seems kinda crazy considering she might not’ve been much older than 15 or so, maybe even younger. But she is Sabine after all; something about that supercommando Mando blood. Yeah this sorta explains why she has paintings of Cad Bane and Embo on her wall… they’re not just cool guys with weapon skillz and big hats, they’re probably role models to her. And now half of you have gone to check Fighter Flight to see these drawings for yourself. Anyway, the tension in the room was cray thick as both girls kept their hands at their holsters. Ezra was about to start a therapy sesh when suddenly in walked a bunch of stormtroopers, not terribly happy a bunch of people are here after closing. Ketsu is completely ticked off that these losers broke the tension and starts shooting at them. And then Sabine’s shooting and everyone’s making a run for it. Despite the girls still aren’t on the same page right now, they can’t help but compliment each other’s blaster skills 🙂 With Ezra covering them with his blaster-saber, he directs Chop and EG to the nearest shuttle, and Sabine and Ezra follow shortly thereafter. The shuttle’s pilot droid is rather insulted with their barging in, but Chopper takes care of him pretty quickly. My that sounded dark didn’t it? DON’T PANIC THE PILOT’S OK HE JUST SHUT HIM OFF THAT’S ALL! Sabine wastes no time after that getting that shuttle airborne and outta there. Ezra covers his comrades the whole way, at least until blasterfire knocks him off the ship, anyway. He throws out an update to Hera on the situation as he makes his own exit outta there. As for Miss Onyo… she don’t give up so easily. The ‘troopers foolishly think they’ve got her, and then Ketsu whips out a deadly blade to match her blaster. She pretty much beats the living daylights out of those bucketheads. Yeah the armor don’t do the job it probably ought to, considering the way she whammed one in the jaw. And dang not just anyone would use a stormtrooper as a living shield! That’s a good move, right up there with Chewbacca’s pick-up-a-trooper-and-drop-it-on-another! Honestly I’m surprised any of them lived. But as we find out along the way, she’s not a heartless sort of girl. But with that out of the way, she effortlessly bounds her way to her ship and sets off after Sabine and Chopper. Yeah just when our heroes thought they had some breathing room… you can kiss that hyperdrive goodbye. Same for that hatch. Few situations in SW would terrify me more than being about to be sucked out into space. You can recover from a nexu bite, you can get a robotic arm if a lightsaber knocks one off, but you end up in space, especially minus the proper headgear, you’re done for, man. EG was the only thing keeping Sabine from that fate, and of course the button to turn on the shields was at an inconvenient distance. Yep that is definitely what I would call terrifying. It’s definitely even scarier when using the Force isn’t an option. She made it though. Just barely. Meanwhile Chopper was having a little space adventure. I’m always amazed he can get around as well as he does. And he has a little plan of his own…
*CoughIprobablyshould’vestarted newparagraphlongbeforenowcough* So Ketsu makes Sabine a final offer, to surrender the droid or the shuttle goes down. Neither have any interest in backing down though. And then Sabine spots Chopper on Ketsu’s ship, as in literally on her ship. And he happily goes about fiddling with its weapons systems, all “Let’s see… you don’t need this important-looking part do you?” *throws away* XD All the while Sabine keeps talking and keeps Miss Onyo distracted. Ketsu makes mention of her high status as a Black Sun hunter, and Sabine combats that with the fact they’re not the most reputable people to be employed by, considering, to put it lightly, they’re all a bunch of backstabbing jerks. Ketsu gets tired of the conversation after that and throws out the “surrender” option again. When that doesn’t work, she goes to the guns. And as you can figure, nothing happened. Except for Chopper laughing as he holds a dismembered weapons array in his clutches. Nicely done Mr. Chop 😀 Nicely. Done. With that, Sabine’s out with Chopper following closely behind. Unfortunately not closely enough though, ’cause that’s when Ketsu grabs him in her tractor beam. EG-86 is all “NOOOOOOO CHOPPERRRRRR!!”, as I’m sure we all were at that moment. Chop can only cover his optical sensors as he draws closer and closer to Ketsu’s grasp. Looks like Sabine’s gotta turn around and try for a new deal. Also, Chopper’s ninja skills are unparalleled. His form when Ketsu first faces him is pretty impressive… up until she throws out that blade anyway. So the girls meet in the middle in a docking ramp between ships, and Sabine has no intention to take any offers on EG. In fact, Sabine’s not making any offers at all. Not for any kind of extra cash or anything. Ketsu remains unimpressed, as she sees little merit in her Rebelling or in some loyal droid. And then Sabine just out-and-out says “I forgive you”. That is literally one of the most noble things I’ve ever seen. She forgives her for that incident from the last time they hung out, and she forgives her for what she’s doing now. And above all, she’s offering her old friend a new start. Mic drop. Ketsu has no idea how to respond to that, but she seems rather floored. And then a few Imperials interrupted what could’ve been a peaceful resolution. Apparently they haven’t forgotten that Sabine kinda stole that shuttle. But hey, nothing better to bond over than fighting the same enemy, right? And like that, these two severely awesome ladies are friends again. Though yeah admittedly they are in a bit of a pickle… especially considering Ketsu’s got no firepower. I love the subtle huff Chopper gets into on that comment 🙂 But Miss Wren has a plan, and it involves possibly blowing up the shuttle. And thankfully, Ketsu and Sabine love explosives the way some teen girls love shoes… never can have enough of ’em! 😀 Anyone else getting friendship feels right now? True they may not’ve always had each other’s best interests (OK mostly on Ketsu’s part), but it’s crystal clear they get each other, and you can see why they became friends to start with, so I think becoming BFFs again, even after all that crud, is entirely possible. Anyway Sabine plants more than a few detonators and decides to let the pilot droid have most of the conversation with the Imperials. Hehe the little guy seems a bit panicky. I’m pretty sure RX would’ve handled this a bit more smoothly had he been piloting. And then the Imps blast the ramp while Sabine’s in there and it throws her back into the shuttle and knocks her out! Ketsu risks everything to save her friend as the threat of both Imperials and their own firepower come ever closer. They make it back on the ship just in time, and just like that the Imperials get a face full of massive explosion! And with them distracted, our heroes’ next stop is hyperspace! YUS all the teamwork all the friendship!! And then it’s to Alderaan to deliver EG-86! Oh, and they happen to be met by R2-D2! Artoo’s all “Well you people sure took your time” to which Chopper’s like “NBD you can thank us later” and they left in a huff, clearly glad to be out of each other’s domes. Heh heh and you thought Threepio was tough to get along with… 😛
So the girls arrive back on Guerell shortly thereafter. Hera congratulates them both for the success of the mission. And Ketsu seems genuinely appreciative of the thanks. Ezra, now gone from psychologist back to complete teenage guy, reintroduces himself. “Yessss she’s told me all about you…” “Good things right?” Pfff Sabine shoots him such a look XD No I’m thinking Sabine probably referred to him as the “helmet-collecting dork who shoots well and flirts badly” XP Oh and the whole thing where she wanted a moment to say goodbye to her friend and Ezra completely misunderstood that? So very awkward but utterly delightful. Hehe Ketsu seemed to enjoy the awkwardness as much as I do 🙂 So some thanks were in order as was a solid sisterly handshake. And Sabine did offer up that if Ketsu ever wanted to lend a hand they’d be happy to have her. Ketsu doesn’t make any promises per se, but I think it’s safe to say the next time we see her, she’ll be all there for her BFF 🙂
And then as the end credits started rolling I yelled triumphantly “FRIENDSHIP!” to no one in particular. Ahh this episode makes me so happy! It’s just too wonderful seeing our heroes’ worlds expanding and seeing more tiny glimpses of their pasts. So I hope my wonderful American readers have a great Thanksgiving and I will see you next week for the next episode!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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