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Tera Sinube Appreciation Post

Back when Padawanline was still in the works, one series of posts I planned to write were character appreciation posts, so I could have fun expressing my love for every single SW character and what makes each of them individually awesome. The idea got shelved for a long while, but I was gearing up to watch one of my many favorite TCW episodes, Lightsaber Lost, when it hit me: why not just write a blog on the awesomeness that is Master Sinube? And so that is just what I’m aiming to do! The first in hopefully a long line of character appreciation posts, I’m going to highlight some of my favorite things about this wonderfully wise Jedi master.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from TCW episode Lightsaber Lost.

Lightsaber Lost is a great episode for so many reasons. One of those is that it reminds me that Jedi are human, too; they make mistakes just like the rest of us! I can’t throw stones at Ahsoka for losing her ‘saber, ’cause I would’ve done the same were I in her shoes! But that’s where a little help comes in via Tera Sinube. So just what makes this old Cosian the coolest?

1. He keeps his priorities straight
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The first time we see him we catch him “resting his eyes”. But hey, you can’t be a good Jedi if you don’t get your recommended 8 hours! (or whatever it is for his species) These “rest sessions” probably help keep his mind sharp so he can adequately catch lightsaber thieves and the rest of Coruscant’s scum and villainy. Plus, if relaxing your mind helps you pick up on the potential anxieties of others, then it can’t hurt to just flat-out relax now and then…

2. He keeps it lively

While perhaps his jokes aren’t always appreciated by the younger crowd, he knows a sense of humor is healthy to have around. And he knows just how to sprinkle in the right amount of wit in the midst of his wisdom. Heh heh… “‘fishy’ about him”… it’s actually pretty funny when you think about it. No? Just me? OK then.

3. He’s got the skills to pay the bills

I’m sure all the nasties he encountered that day must feel pretty dumb being pwned by a gentleman in his golden years. But as SW has proved time and time again, age does nothing to lessen one’s awesomeness; in fact, it can even increase one’s awesomeness. This guy knows the Coruscant underworld like the back of his hand, he knows how to talk the talk, he picks up on things others might miss… it’s no surprise he’s trumped some of the galaxy’s best detectives. And he can fight as good as any other Jedi to boot. Jocasta didn’t make a mistake picking him for this mini-mission, that’s for sure.

4. He’s the “grandpa” of the Jedi

While there are numerous other Jedi who would qualify for a senior discount, Sinube seems the most grandfatherly of the bunch. He’s both wise and witty, courteous, careful, loves kids (as we know from seeing a glimpse of him teaching younglings in The Wrong Jedi), takes naps, and drives really really slowly XD These qualities make him an especially endearing character. Yoda would qualify for this title too, but I haven’t yet seen him do anything typical of a senior citizen, which is kinda funny since I think he’s older than Tera here.

5. He makes friends easily

He didn’t even know Ahsoka before she came to him for help, but it didn’t take long for him to take a liking to this determined, though slightly impatient, young padawan. And his amiable nature made it easy for others to trust him, like a certain seemingly-innocent girl who’s not quite so innocent. Plus, he’s clearly a good friend of Yoda’s and Jocasta’s. I would love to know of their adventures as young Jedi, wouldn’t you? OK so I know I’m rambling but friendly Jedi are awesome Jedi and that’s just something I love about him 🙂

6. He don’t rush awesomeness… or anything else
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It’s easy to get impatient, I know that from experience, and Sinube knows it too. Knows it enough that he calls it from the get-go Ahsoka would rush into things trying to find her ‘saber. He follows the Entish philosophy of “not-rushing”, knowing that taking your time to think clearly works a lot better than going in fast. I even had to remind myself of this as I was writing this post, as I had to make sure I wrote this carefully and thoughtfully, just as Master Sinube would want me to 🙂 For all his “slowness”, he’s always one step ahead! And that’s a lesson I don’t think Ahsoka would ever forget 🙂

Add in his cool species points, his clever retooling of a lightsaber into a walking cane, his great voice acting, and the way he inspires greatness in others, Tera Sinube is clearly deserved of his own character appreciation post. Even though we don’t get to see a whole lot of him over the course of TCW, he shines brightly every episode he’s in. *Applauds*

So I think that was a good start for these CA posts (which will hopefully get a better name down the road). Looking forward to writing whatever post comes next!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Rise Of The Old Masters

All right it’s that time again… time for another Rebel Transmission! And man oh man this episode is all kinds of intense-ness! I guess I should’ve figured, what with The Inquisitor making his official debut and all, that duh it would be a pretty serious episode, but I was completely unprepared for the gutpunch of feels and near-misses this one brought to the table… but that’s why it’s so great! So I’m not just gonna try and blog, I WILL. Onward we go into our exploration of Rise Of The Old Masters!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode V, TCW Episode The Wrong Jedi, and the Rebels episode Rise Of The Old Masters.

Header for Rebel Transmissions Post #4

As we open, we catch Ezra in the middle of some Jedi training. Dude, Luke had nothing to complain about in Episode V. Sure doing a handstand with Master Yoda on your foot is hard, but at least Luke wasn’t doing it on the Ghost‘s gun turret… WHILE IT’S FLYING! And Zeb and Chopper as an audience doesn’t help much, either. So yeah Ezra’s not having the best time at the moment, but Kanan’s doing everything he can to teach him the best he can. Ezra’s all “Dude I’m trying mkay?” and Kanan answers that with a familiar slice of Yoda wisdom: “Do or do not, there is no try”. Ezra doesn’t get what that’s supposed to mean, and as it turns out… Kanan doesn’t really know either. Wow, feels like it’s the first time in a long while I’ve seen a Master who didn’t have all the answers! And I guess he just pulled out that line because he was running out of material himself and “when in doubt, Yoda it out!”. It’s crazy to sit and let it sink in for a moment that Kanan was only 20 or so when the Jedi Order fell, he was still pretty young and not quite done with his studies. And now all these years later he’s trying to bring back to mind all he learned to train Ezra, who the Council would’ve likely deemed “too old” to become a Jedi. So it’s not easy on either side of the situation for these two. Of course, again, cue Zeb’s unhelpful comments and playing around with the turret. Ezra landed in a crate of what looks to be old milk cartons two seconds later. So Kanan decides to switch lessons today… lightsaber practice! Ohhh goshhh yeah let’s just hand the kid a ‘saber right off the bat! That never ends badly! Well, I guess technically I’ve never heard of it going really wrong before, but I’m kinda worried about Ezra’s safety… and if not him, everyone else’s! Because yeah he turned it on right when it was pointing in Kanan’s direction. Good thing Master Jarrus still has those Jedi reflexes or he’d probably be dead now. Kanan does point out there’s a length adjuster, which is something I had no idea lightsabers were capable of! Unless it’s just what Kanan’s can do, IDK, but it’s quite cool, and definitely helpful. But yes, for today’s lesson, Ezra’s going to use the lightsaber with his eyes shut while being thrown projectiles (aka milk cartons). Sounds simple enough, but it doesn’t help that Chopper’s playing the role of pitching machine today, and he throws hard. The boys have their fun for a while, whacking Ezra with cartons… but it’s all fun and games until someone gets knocked over the side of the ship and proceeds to fall to their doom. *Facepalm* Did Obi-Wan have this much crud to deal with training Anakin? I kinda doubt. But Kanan still manages to use the Force to guide Ezra back to safety… barely. Kanan’s frustrated with Ezra’s lack of discipline, Ezra’s frustrated with his teaching methods, and it looks like Kanan’s a bit fed up with playing teacher. But before any further conversation can be had, the crew finds themselves getting a juicy tidbit from an Imperial senator on their side… a tidbit involving the fact that Jedi Master Luminara Unduli is alive and imprisoned by the Empire. Whoaaa. It’s then that Kanan gets an idea; Luminara is a seriously awesome Jedi who has all the skillz and knows how to raise her Padawans right (well mostly… but what happened to Barriss wasn’t her fault), so maybe if they rescued her, she could train Ezra! No questions the gang is up for a rescue! But Ezra’s not quite sure how he feels about the fact that Kanan’s seemingly dumping him as his student, no matter how great this Master Unduli is.
So yes, it’s clear that one does not simply walk into the Spire, this particular Imperial prison. But Kanan’s armed with a crazy plan and his comrades, so what could possibly go wrong? They’re locked, loaded, and it doesn’t take long for the first port and its Stormtrooper guards to get Kanan’d (ermagosh I really like that! We need to make that a thing peeps!). The first thing to not go to plan would be young Bridger, hoping to get ’em Ezra’d too. Yeah real smart just jump out of the ship and just sorta barely land on your feet and accidentally alert another handful of ‘troopers. Good thing they had our resident Mando and Lasat along for the ride. Poor Ezra… he was just trying to do it like his Master! But Kanan wasn’t cool with it. So after some door unlocking and Zeb’s artfully fixing up one of the ‘troopers to look alert (it’s so fun watching him doing a little of this, a little of that, making sure his buckethead looks perfect XD ), our team’s off once more!
In the halls, Kanan picks up on Luminara’s presence, only it’s clouded. Sooo assuming you’ve all watched this and know what all happens, I had to wonder about something. Is it possible to still sense a presence after death? Because of the whole “becoming-one-with-the-Force” thing? Do their bodies still emanate something after death? Or did the Empire and The Inquisitor fakes something to mess with him? How would one do that? It’s not exactly easy fooling a Jedi. Lots and lots of questions here. Hadn’t really thought about it until now. Anywayy.
So they find that, evidently, Master Unduli is on a lower level than they thought, so now it’s off to the turbolift! Hehe I love that Sabine and Zeb talk about Kanan’s crazy plan as if he’s not even in there XD All that moment needs is an elevator music version of The Imperial March!
Meanwhile, Hera usually gets to relax more on these missions, since her place is with the ship, but maybe not so much this time. The Phantom just got pretty popular with a flock of manta-ray-incectoid-critter-things… evidently, what’s a frequency jammer to her is a mating call to these guys. Wonderful. At least they’re not fighting over her. So yeah, she decides that now would be a good time to move…
I must say, I’m impressed at how big those turbolifts appear to be. I mean, how else does one K.O. two Stormtroopers in a small room with four people? Or perhaps I should be impressed with the fact that Kanan can do that in a small space. And on top of that, Zeb brings in another two downed ‘troopers shortly afterward! What happened to the other two?? Must have a garbage chute in here or something. Anyway, he and Ezra make a run for Luminara’s cell while Zeb and Sabine keep watch over the turbolift. And after a bit of Jedi-Mind-Tricking the ‘trooper guards, our duo has found their way in. But yeahhh problem it appears that Luminara is actually a really fancy realistic hologram-thing. And she’s been dead for a while. A part of me was really bummed because I got my hopes up a lot, and of course, Master Unduli is one of my favorite Jedi. But honestly, though I couldn’t predict exactly what would happen to her, I kinda figured she wouldn’t make it out of this episode alive one way or the other. If she had been alive and able to train Ezra, it probably would’ve split him up from the rest of the Ghost crew, and certainly we can’t have that happen. It’s a sad thing, but honestly necessary for the situation. I was just watching the Geonosis 4-parter yesterday, actually, and it felt good to see her in her prime, being the wise, brave, (though slightly bullheaded) and awesome Jedi she was. However she died originally, it’s good to be reminded of who she was. Ah but here I am writing this whole obituary for Luminara when we’re about to find out why the Empire used her to lead our heroes here. Cue The Inquisitor. Ah yes! The ‘pauan guy I said was so scary “he made Darth Maul cry” (among other terrible memes I did that I won’t bother linking here)! Boy it really is something seeing him up close and personal right now. Man he really is a pretty frightening sight with those red-yellow-black eyes and those nasty sharp teeth. And yet he’s actually very classy. I might not’ve pegged him for that at first, but I like that he’s rather distinguished in the midst of his malice. So after reiterating that he did use Luminara as a trap (and apparently for other remaining Jedi too… O_O ), a seriously intense lightsaber battle broke out between The ‘Quiz and Master Jarrus. It’s definitely one of the coolest lightsaber duels I’ve ever seen ever, no question about that. And then Quizzy has to go and start pointing out all of the flaws in Kanan’s ‘saber moves and all the different ways his master’s teaching didn’t work. Yeah like you have any say in this at all, Mr.-I-Throw-Around-A-Fancy-Lightsaber-But-Aren’t-A-Sith! And Ezra’s on the sidelines watching this, perhaps some of this discussion on Kanan’s Jedi schooling bringing about some understanding. Though really, again, ‘Quiz, why would you waste your time reading up on every Jedi’s history?? Guess there’s something to be said for thoroughness, but it’s still not cool. Ezra finally pulls out his laser-slingshot, which has little to no effect on Quizzy… but does make for a sufficient distraction to pull out a detanator to make an exit for our heroes. But that hardly stops The Inquisitor. ‘Cause btw his lightsaber is double-bladed and has a spinny thing so he can do fancy tricks without a lot of effort. He obviously doesn’t see these two Padawans as much threat, but Kanan’s still slinging his ‘saber and Ezra’s still throwing in some laser-slingshots. And then ‘Quiz finally decided to level the playing field and Force-throws Kanan across the hall, putting Ezra in the middle. Ezra is totally awesome here as he still stands to defend Kanan, even with only his slingshot. And wow I must say I’ve never heard anyone say “Are you ready to die?” with such class as Quizzy here. And then Master Jarrus does something incredibly awesome and uses the Force to paste ‘Quiz to the ceiling, giving Ezra a chance to escape death by red blade. Gahh the feels!! OK so yeah now the two are back on the run… with The Inquisitor close behind, showing off his spinny lightsaber thing.
Our heroes finally join up with Sabine and Zeb as they make a dash to the landing dock, and all the while the Spire’s going on lockdown and doors are closing left and right and oh yeah Quizzy’s still following. And not even a closed door can stand between that guy and his nasty ‘saber. As for our heroes, it seems they’ve reached a dead end… up until Kanan and Ezra work together to use the Force to raise the door! Yay teamwork! And then there’s a bunch of ‘troopers on the other side. But problem solved by teamwork (and detanators!). Oh, and Hera now had the power of her flying-critter “boyfriends” at her side. Those gentle giants aren’t so gentle to the Imperials, that’s for sure 🙂 And thus our heroes make it safely aboard the Phantom and are on their way! Just after narrowly missing a flying lightsaber courtesy of the ‘Quiz, who seems a bit quietly amused by their escape attempt. Yeah he knows he’ll get ’em one of these days… or so he thinks.
Later on, in the quiet outside the Ghost, Ezra and Kanan unexpectedly have a really heartfelt talk. Kanan didn’t really want to stop training Ezra, he just didn’t see himself as qualified, like Luminara would’ve been. But Ezra makes all of us “aww” our heads off when he said “But I don’t want the best master, I want you!” (which he realized shortly afterward sounded pretty lame). Kanan then went on to say that he wouldn’t try to teach Ezra, but he would, in his own way coming to understand the meaning of Yoda’s words, and showing some real amazing growth between this unconventional master and apprentice. And then they go and do some lightsaber practice together, evoking the feeling of a father and son playing catch. Who knows what will ultimately become of these two and where there journey will lead, but whatever happens, they’re going to do their best, and they’re going to do it together.
So wow oh gosh the feels right now…! I am constantly amazed at how much they continue to raise the bar with each episode! So yeah I have nothing important to add here. Except perhaps to say Happy Halloween to everybody out there 🙂 And of course…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Lost One

With only a few weeks left before Rebels comes out, it’s time to get down to the very last of The Lost Missions! Which of course reminds me that we’re getting down to the very last of The Clone Wars period… *sniffles* But within these last four Uncovering blogs are to be so much awesome that four posts can barely contain it! Seriously. So join me, will you, for a bit of discussion and thoughts on this incredible episode? 🙂
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode V, and TCW Episodes The Lost One


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So we get to see Plo Koon again (yayyyy!)… or not see.. I mean, that planet he went out to respond to that distress call is dusty like heck! Not the point, but seriously we can’t really see anyone in all this mess! Plo and the clones are searching high and low in the soup, but not really coming up with anything for a while. Untillll suddenly comes into the picture a crashed ship… (am I the only one wondering how a distress call came from a totally crashed abandoned ship? Was it sent a long time ago and it just didn’t reach the Jedi until now or what?) oooooh mysteriousss!! It’s even more mysterious on the inside, as yeah, it’s a totally crashed abandoned ship, emphasis on the “abandoned” part… it’s emptier than Palpatine’s soul (sorry not sorry)! Except then Master Plo finds something in the dust and debris… a lightsaber. That belonged to somebody. And that somebody might be someone we have yet to get some dirt on… all this junk is heading back to Coruscant!
So if you didn’t already know, that somebody would be Master Sifo-Dyas (*phew* I spelled it right!). This Sifo guy has always been a mystery to us SW fans… at least to me, anyway. I remember my curiosity and confusion watched Episode II for the first time, being all “Whuuuuut…? A Jedi said ‘Hey! Let’s make a clone army for whatever reason!’?”. And the thing about that was, I had been watching TCW for a few months at the time I saw Episode II (I already understood enough from just having seen Episode I to be able to enjoy TCW Seasons 1 & 2). And even now, after having watched all the movies and almost all the TCW, this Sifo-Dyas thing was something I still couldn’t figure out. Well, good thing The Lost Missions decided to answer those questions, right? Anyway, the Jedi are intrigued by Plo Koon’s find, but still as confused as we are. Obi-Wan knows what he heard, that on that fateful day he walked into the Kaminoan cloning facility, the Kaminoans were expecting Master Sifo-Dyas, who apparently was in charge of the whole cloning deal. And of course, Sifo-Dyas pulled that stunt entirely without asking the Jedi Council. Apparently, this guy was quite the rebel in his own right… just… not in a good way as far as the Jedi are concerned. But evidently, Sifo had figured they’d eventually need an army, even though the rest of the Jedi were all “Psh! You cray!”. But certainly no one was complaining when Yoda arrived in that gunship with a bunch of ready-to-fight-for-the-good-guys clonetroopers when droids and Geonosians had them surrounded! And ever since then, they’ve kinda dropped the subject. But now… the big questions have returned, and the Jedi are interested in getting some answers.
So they dropped by the temple library to get some answers. But things aren’t matching up… so Sifo-Dyas died trying to resolve conflict on Felucia, but exactly how is it the ship crashed? (OK maybe I’m just wondering that) And on top of that, the rest of the information on the case has been mysteriously locked up… by the supreme chancellor. Why am I NOT surprised about that? Yoda sends Obi-Wan and Anakin off to gather some dirt on Felucia, and Yoda decides to have a little talk with the Chancellor. Oooooh this is getting all so mysterious!!
But man oh man, am I the only one who shudders a little watching Yoda and Palpatine talk… kinda normally? It’s not the only time they’ve talked, I know, but as far as I can remember, the only time they’ve talked mano y mano! YeeEeeeEeeesh it just gives me the shivers… how is it this guy pulled off such a charade with such smart, strong Jedi around?! Just watching the Supreme Chancellor in this conversation… seeing him clearly play dumb and act like he doesn’t know stuff… I’ve been talking about how, throughout most of the episodes this season, he’s been particularly wily and sneaky and creepy, and yeah it’s all accumulating here. I mean, really… dude, we know you know something about all of this… a lot of somethings, actually. About Sifo-Dyas, about the clone army, about this wonderful plan of yours that the Jedi are completely oblivious to… all I can say is that he’s one good Sith, clearly, if he can play innocent around this amazing Jedi and not arouse his suspicions. Palpatine’s all “Hey look man, I wasn’t even in office at the time Sifo died. Go talk to Vallorum if you want answers!” and that’s what Yoda does… as the secret Sith gives his “little green friend” the creepiest, nastiest look ever upon his departure. Ohhh I literally got goosebumps people… YIKES.
As Yoda’s about to head out, he gets word from Obi-Wan and Anakin that, despite some communication difficulties with the Felucian natives, they’ve found out that another Jedi accompanied Sifo-Dyas on that fateful mission. The communication issues have kept them from knowing who it is, though, soooo yeah… “one of those days, it has been”, but at least Yoda’s got an idea where to head next.
So wow, it feels really crazy to be seeing ex-Chancellor Valorum in TCW. I honestly feel bad for the poor guy… he’d tried to do his best as chancellor back in the day and got kicked out of office by some swaggering Naboo senator (who, may we mention, turned out to be a Sith Lord). Ughhhh if he was going to get kicked out of office why couldn’t they have elected Bail Organa?!?! What grief you could have spared!! Sorry back on topic… the point was, it’s really interesting seeing Valorum again, no longer in the big chair, but doing all right, seemingly. Anyway, according to Vallorum, the reason for the secrecy was because Sifo was originally involved with some serious spice ring busting, and the then-chancellor didn’t want the very sensitive, potentially dangerous information to get out there at the time. But what he didn’t call for was that the Master would get sidetracked trying to make peace between the Felucian tribes, and well, not make it off the planet alive. So that explains the whole mix-up, I guess. As far as this other Jedi, Valorum has no clue what that was about, though he had sent his personal aide Silman along with Sifo-Dyas on that mission. Again, not exactly the info our heroes were looking for, but enough to lead them down another path, hopefully closer to finding the answer to their questions.
Meanwhile, yeahhh Sidious wasn’t too happy about this Sifo-Dyas mess coming up again, and he has to wonder if Dooku might’ve been responsible. The talk went over rather well, Sidious got his “stop-the-Jedi-at-all-costs” point across, Dooku got Force-choked by his boss’s hologram. Andddd I got a serious case of the heebie-jeebies watching the Darth do that. He don’t mess around, that’s for sure.
On the flipside, Obi-Wan and Anakin haven’t been able to find out anything about this Silman character from the natives, but they decide to take a turn to the Pikes, a crime gang on a moon nearish the locale where Plo found Sifo’s downed ship, to try and get some answers once more. And thankfully, the Pikes’ place isn’t all dust, dust, and more dust… our heroes dock into a relatively swanky set of digs, which leads to a long hallway where a guy of questionable integrity sits on a throne surrounded by “friends”. Looks like the dusty moon is also the perfect place to dig up some dirt (see what I did there?? Haha yeah I’m not funny). This guy of questionable integrity is somewhere between really cool and really creepy. Cool points go to his glowy purple eyes and his voice; creepy points go to his snakelike head and the whole “questionableness” about him. As per us'[ual], even though Anakin just plain wants to get it done and done, Obi-Wan takes a bit more colloquial route and willingly accepts a friendly drink from this dude of questionable integrity. Then Master Kenobi picks up on something… the necklace this guy’s wearing has what looks like Valorum’s crest… something that Silman guy probably wore. Our new friend isn’t too keen on talking about it, and naturally it takes Anakin about three seconds before he takes matters into his own hands. Yup, classic Anakin and Obi-Wan negotiating! Woo-hoo…! Eh, it kinda works. Surprise of surprises, this Silman guy’s alive! And our Pike friend is (seemly) happy to oblige in letting our heroes meet the guy. Apparently this Lord Tyrannus character wanted Sifo-Dyas dead and the Pikes were like “OK cool.” and helped in such, but decided to keep a hold on Silman, just in case. So amidst the bowels of this swanky hangout is a dungeon, and in one of those rooms lies someone who could seriously help our heroes piece together the puzzle. Orrrr maybe… not? Let’s just say that Silman’s not who he used to be; he’s kind of a quintessential crazy old man, except with a little extra insanity sprinkled on top. Hehe I love that Silman takes Anakin’s offering of food akin to Yoda’s taking Luke’s food in Episode V… well, except for the fact that Yoda wasn’t crazy like this guy is… er… yeah. Mainly because Silman decides to use it for a tea party with his grub friends. No I’m not kidding. OK, a little, it couldn’t be a tea party because he had no fine china! Sorry that really wasn’t funny. Anyway yeah poor Silman’s been down here for ten years with no one knowing he was alive, so yeah I can cut him some slack for his craziness. And what they don’t know is that just moments ago, Dooku walked in, Force-pushing and Force-choking anyone out of the way who dare cross him! Which becomes a real problem when said guy comes and Force-chokes Silman right before he was about to spill the beans on the whole thing. AW DANG. And Anakin and Obi-Wan don’t have time to be bummed out that they didn’t find out the truth… they kinda have to duel with Dooku now. Oh man it is an epicsauce lightsaber battle! My estimate is that this was the last time Anakin and Dooku fought, so wow… I will have to go watch Episode III sometime soon so I can see for myself if Anakin’s powers doubled since they last fought XD Ahhh the stunts! The close calls! The near-misses! The intensity! So much coolness! And then in a weird moment, the Pikes all come out in the middle of the duel and are all “You have no business with us, Tyrannus,” and Obi-Wan and Anakin are like “WHAT?!?! DOOKU IS THAT TYRANNUS DUDE?!”. I know I was all shocked like that too when I realized that that mooka is out of the bag! Dooku’s like “Dur ‘course I am. Again, bro, there is a Sith Lord involved here! I wasn’t doing all that monlogueing on Geonosis just to hear myself talk!” to which Obi-Wan’s like “Psh yeah right!”. But even with all the Pikes and their blasters and our Jedi heroes combined, Dooku still manages to slip out at just the right moment, all while lightsabering a few of our Pike friends while he’s at it. Just as the Count was headed off on his ship, Anakin made quite the impressive leap and gave one last duel in an effort to bring him down. But you know what Dooku always says… “When in doubt, down the ship!” (OK so he doesn’t actually say that but he probably would since he does that a fair amount), and that’s what he does… leaves Anakin hanging (literally), destroys the ship he’s standing on, and makes a jump over to his real ship and is gone. Yep that happened.
So wow… the Jedi did ask some questions and got some answers. Answers they don’t entirely like, like the whole “a Sith helped create our entire army” thing. They decide to keep this matter on the down-low, as they believe in their awesome troopers, but they don’t know what the rest of the galaxy would think. All our heroes know is that the bad guys are up to something seriously convoluted… and seriously awful. And all they can do is keep it secret…
OOOOOOH MYSTERIOUSNESS LEVELS AT A DANGEROUS HIGH!! Yeah seriously, this episode blew my mind in a good number of ways… and having already seen Voices that’s continued to blow my mind, and these episodes will only continue to blow my mind further as the story unfolds. The Clone Wars are going out with a bang. For. Sure.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Missions: The Rise Of Clovis

I apologize this blog’s late arrival, but dang man does this episode have a lot to talk about! I’ve spent days organizing all my thoughts on this one! I mean, I can write a pretty good-length in-depth blog on a TCW episode that focuses on a battle, but if you want to get my thinker thinking and my thoughts spread out in thousands of words, give me a character-driven, emotionally-focused episode like The Rise Of Clovis! Better make sure you’re comfortable, because you’re probably going to be spending a good chunk of your day reading this one…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode III, Episode VI, the Clone Wars Microseries, TCW episodes Senate Spy, Overlords, The Lawless, Conspiracy, An Old Friend, The Rise Of Clovis

Lost Missions Phototitle 06
(Original screencap credit: Netflix)

So while Anakin, Padme, and Clovis made quite the escape after the craziness on Skipio, the Banking Clan dudes (who I’m now aware are Muuns) are freaking out amongst themselves now that Padme has all their profiteering secrets in the palm of her hand. Though I just can’t help but wonder… is there some unwritten rule that all Muuns have to have goofy-sounding voices? I mean, it’s not something you’d think about just watching Episode II when San Hill talks, but then you go and watch the Clone Wars microseries when Durge was defending them on Muunilist and yeah, they all sound a little funny. And that’s been proved in these last couple of episodes once again. A part of me is snickering at their voices while a part of me reminds me that this is a serious situation… it’s quite a battle, I must say 🙂 So anyway, they’re trying to make sure their plans go unnoticed, and one of them in particular has a brief meeting with none other than Darth Sidious. First the Kaminoans and now the Muuns? Is it just me or is Palpatine weaving a common thread of treachery in this season? The Muun dude’s a bit concerned about this situation at hand with the Senator’s escape, but Sidious reassures him that the Muuns aren’t in any kind of trouble and that he’ll be fine… or so he says.
Meanwhile, our heroes just got off the ship back on Coruscant to Yoda’s greeting. “Adventures on Skipio, have you had?” ohhh Yoda you don’t know the half of it. Evidently, they’ve all met, including Yoda and Clovis… one has to wonder how and when that happened, but eh, it might not be anything special, perhaps they were both in line at Starbucks or something. But Yoda came out to meet them mainly because Palpatine was to have a meeting concerning the whole Banking Clan debacle.
As soon as we get into the meeting, it’s clear that Rush Clovis is no fan favorite simply by the words of Bail Organa “EXCUUUUUSE ME IF I DON’T TRUST HIM AFTER WHAT HE DID!”. And I’m guessing that everyone else there’s probably thinking similarly. Clovis tries to calm the waters and again tries to make it clear he’s a changed man and he’s got serious dirt on this huge-deal situation. Even Padme shows her sliver of support (though as expected, Anakin’s kinda on Bail’s side of the matter). He sounds pretty sincere in all of it, though… I suppose we’ll have to see whether or not a Nexu can changes its stripes (see what I did there?? 😀 ) Ultimately though, Palpatine in his always-convincing manner decides that they should cut Clovis some slack and assigns him and Padme to the case once more. And at the words “Clovis and Padme must work closely…”, you can just see Anakin flinch just the slightest (Anyone else wondering if Palpatine’s trying to make Anakin freak out? Either way, he’s doing a pretty good job). As everyone departs from the meeting, Anakin singles his significant other out of the crowd in 1.2 seconds and totally blows up “WHY DID YOU AGREE TO WORK WITH HIM?!”. It’s getting kind of sad how many times Padme has to tell him “I’m not into Clovis, I’m just trying to do the right thing!” as of late. And then Anakin does what no smart husband would ever do… he “suggests” she bail out, no, he demands she do so! I’m all “oh no he didn’t!” and Padme probably would’ve too if it weren’t for the fact she was trying to avoid unwanted attention, instead she attempts to re-remind Anakin what an important thing trust is between them, only for Clovis to awkwardly interrupt. Aw man, how long was he standing there?? So now Anakin looks like the bad guy in all of this, still going all “mother hen” on Padme. I had thought about something interesting in all of this, he wasn’t nearly this crazy back in Season 2’s Senate Spy. Yes, he was a bit edgy, and yes, he was both not a fan of Clovis and concerned for Padme’s safety, but he certainly didn’t go to this level of angriness and jealousness, at least, he didn’t seem to. I think that it partially has to do with the fact that Anakin’s not as in control as he was back when all he had to do was tip the ship and lock them down a distance apart. Now, that little control freak side of him is grappling for something to hold on to in his mission to protect Padme, and ironically she’s in less danger this time around. That, and well… ever since some time in Season 3, Anakin’s gotten a bit more tense, a bit more trigger-hair, a bit more scary when he gets mad… slowly but surely coming up to where it all accumulates in Episode III. Plus, Padme’s fake flirting probably never sat well with Anakin, even with it being fake (like perhaps the hug she gave Clovis to keep him from noticing Anakin). A part of him stillllll worries… *sigh*. Get it together, man! So Padme shoots Anakin a “This conversation isn’t over” look and heads off with Clovis to get to work. Meanwhile, Dooku and Sidious conjure up a little plan that could potentially get Clovis back on their side of the game…
All while that drama was ensuing, Anakin found solace in his Jedi quarters, doing some metalwork. It reminded me of the bit from Jude Watson’s Jedi Quest #1, about how Anakin still enjoyed working with machines because it let him fix something in a world where not everything can be fixed. Makes complete sense in the midst of this difficult situation. I have to wonder what he’s actually fixing up, though… looks kinda like a droid, maybe? Oh can we talk about the fact that we get to see Anakin’s quarters? It’s super cool for me, as I’ve never really seen them in great detail before. I mean, the attention to detail is fascinating!! The podracer posters on the walls, the little model ships, the large accumulation of metal junk! It takes us back to Anakin’s roots! I think we’ve seen other Jedi’s quarters before, but I can’t remember for certain, but even if we did, they didn’t have a lot of character. Comparably, Anakin’s room looks a whole lot like his bedroom on Tatooine, and gives you a look into his interests aside from peacekeeping and war general-ing; it actually looks like a normal bedroom with loads of personality!
Anyway, as Anakin was blowtorching, Obi-Wan came in. To which I’m like “YAY it’s been so long since we’ve had actual conversation with him!”. And he’s sorta awkwardly wondering if Anakin’s okay… and awkwardly brings up “Yoda was sensing something wrong with you and I kinda am too… and it sorta seems like it has something to do with Clovis… what’s up, bro?”. Naturally Anakin’s all “It’s all cool, just worried about him being a bad guy and junk. And Senator Amidala nearly, you know, died and stuff last time they hung out.”, but Obi-Wan isn’t buying it, after all, this certainly isn’t the first time Padme’d courted danger (um… “courted” was a poor choice of words). And that’s where the lightswitch was flipped for him: Anakin still has a thing for Padme! He probably found it pretty obvious back in Episode II with Anakin’s majorly awkward-schoolboy-crush hello and gundark-nest nerves, and I could see points throughout TCW where he might’ve wondered, but now it’s a lot clearer. I guess this is why it didn’t take too long for him to figure out why Padme wasn’t too keen on giving away Anakin’s location in Episode III. Obi-Wan’s response is not too far from what a parent would say to a tween in distress over their first zit: “Feeling feelings is completely normal! I mean, you know I had a thing for Satine and stuff. Acting on them is the problem.” I was pleasantly surprised to see the Duchess get brought up again. While The Lawless got wrapped up well ultimately, I couldn’t help but wonder how Obi-Wan made peace with her passing in the interim. Maybe I’m crazy, but when I look at his face at that moment, I’m not sure that Obi-Wan’s passive mentioning of their “thing” is totally “past-tense”… good ol’ Obi-Wan, always trying to be the best Jedi he can be, even at expense of his own emotions. But at risk of me spending another long paragraph on this subject, I’ll save other thoughts on them for other posts and we’ll get back to the situation at hand. Because as we know, Obi-Wan doesn’t do the “hate” thing like Anakin more-or-less does. Anakin responds the way most people do at that kind of assumption: “WE’RE JUST FRIENDS.” and Obi-Wan’s all “Uh huh. Well, then you shouldn’t have any problem turning the jealousy train around back to station”. I love this scene to pieces because it shows just how great Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship is, that they (or at least Master Kenobi) can be honest about stuff, even sticky areas like this. Of course, Anakin sorta still chalks it up to wanting to protect the Senator, while we know that he probably didn’t get much out of the conversation, especially knowing how this episode ends.
On the other side of things, awkward moments continue to dominate as Padme and Clovis get down to business… sort of. Apparently, the two just got back from the opera (again, something I would’ve never imagined to exist in the SW universe), and it was not Padme’s idea to have gone in the first place. We meet up with them at her place, making a nice meal between friends while they continue to dig deeper into the conspiracy. They get to talking a bit, recalling their own series of adventures in SW-ian politics, as we see Clovis not-so-subtlely attempt to slip his arm around her (Ugh he has it so so bad for her). Padme stands up and quickly changes the subject and asks her just-friend how he got involved with the Muuns to start with. Turns out, as he explains, his family worked for them and later, when he was orphaned, he was practically adopted by them. One has to wonder… if he spent his tween and teen years with the Muuns, how did that even go? Middle school and high school are a time when everyone’s concerned about how they look and who they are, and when you’re the only kid in school with hair and without a crazy lanky frame and tiny eyes, that must’ve been extremely awkward. Yeesh. No wonder he must’ve liked Padme from the get-go as young politicians, he probably had almost forgotten what a human girl looked like! Haha. Unfortunately their moment of honesty is broken up by Clovis again trying a bit too hard. Padme’s not cool with it. And thennnn Clovis voices something I figured he never bring up: “Waaaaait are you into that Jedi or something? Aren’t Jedi not supposed to be romantically involved with anyone or risk getting kicked out of the Order?” I remember when they first showed a fragment of this episode in the trailer for Season 5 (even though it turned out not to be in Season 5), and the theory I put together was that Anakin accidentally revealed his and Padme’s relationship to Clovis and he (assumptively still a big-time Seppie) in turn had major dirt on them that he could reveal to the big shots, risking everything about their well-kept secret. As I learned, that was slightly off, but he still sorta figured it out. And to that, Padme’s all “We’re just friends! Seriously, you shouldn’t just assume.” which, oh gosh… Clovis sees as an opportunity to make a move. Now, I’m sure that Padme could’ve handled herself and pulled out her blaster on him again, but seconds before that potential kiss could’ve happened, ANAKIN WALKED IN. Of course, I can’t help but wonder why Anakin was coming over in the first place. Was he coming over to potentially patch things up between the two of them? Was he bringing her coffee as a sweet little “heard you were working late” gift? Did he leave his cloak in the closet again? Well, whatever it was, Anakin forgot about it and turned his focus to his evident rival and Force-choked and Force-threw the Separatist prettyboy against the wall. Clovis isn’t one to be intimidated, though, and incites a little hands-on no-Force, no-Lightsaber fistfight. Clovis is pretty good, but nobody told him that Anakin has a robotic arm and has a major advantage. All light description aside, this fight is seriously kind of terrifying; Anakin is seriously dangerous in this fight, and he is in no way holding back, even as Padme keeps yelling at them to knock it off. Until in a sudden moment of clarity, Anakin realizes what he just did. I’ve enjoyed seeing the light, fun, chill, not-angsty side of Anakin in the TCW series, so it always knocks me for a loop when the dark, not-fun, scary, beyond-just-angst-this-is-anger side of him shows up in the later seasons, and the connection between this CG Anakin and the Episode III Hayden Christiansen Anakin becomes clear. It’s not a bad thing, really, it’s just an often harsh reminder of what is to come; without darkness, the light doesn’t shine as brightly, shall we say. So anyway, Captain Typho heard some of the scuffle and came with the guards to find out what happened. Now, as Clovis is on his knees all black and blue, he had total right to oust Anakin in this situation, but he did a rather honorable thing and said “Some hired attacker came in and did this, if it weren’t for General Skywalker, I’d probably be a lot worse off”. And Anakin, kinda shocked at Clovis covering him, agrees to that statement as the guards help Clovis to a medical droid. Without notice from anyone else, Anakin gives her this “OMGosh I’m so sorry” look and Padme gives him this “You’re so sleeping on the couch tonight!” glare. And it only goes downhill from here…
Clovis turned out to be pretty much OK, but he was in for yet another surprise this evening — his med droid doc turned out to work for Count Dooku, and the Count gave him a call. Now this always gets me wondering… why a medical droid? Of all the medical droids in the vicinity, how was it just this particular one? And how would Dooku have known Clovis would need a medical droid? My theory is that there was a hired attacker involved, but by the time he parked outside the window, he caught a glimpse of Anakin and Clovis’ scuffle and was all “Nuts! That guy beat me to the punch! Eh at least I’ll still get paid…”. However it happened, Dooku was here talking to him. Dooku offered him a new job opportunity as the new head of the banks, and at first Clovis is all “No way! I know you Seps haven’t been handling money right!” but Dooku knows how to convince, and before he knew it, Clovis had a new position. And that could either be really good or really bad ultimately… and I’ve got a bad feeling it’s the latter.
So as for Anakin and Padme, there was more than a little tension between them. Anakin finally realizes he’s gone too far with the whole situation and he’s sorrier than sorry about it. He apologizes profusely even before he questions what he thought he saw, to which again Padme repeats herself “NOTHING. HAPPENED. HE’S. JUST. A. FRIEND.”. While Anakin hasn’t been a shining example of goodness or anything lately, I still can’t help but feel sorry for him somehow. I’m reminded much of the part in the episode Overlords where Anakin has a vision of his mom and he confesses to her how much he feels like he’s failed his mom and how much he wants to protect his wife. While we know that that wasn’t really Shmi, she only spoke the truth, that Anakin’s overprotectiveness and determination to keep her alive “isn’t love”. Of course, we know Anakin has attachment issues, but he wouldn’t really get it until the day he’d save Luke and in turn Luke would save him. But before I get on to a really long paragraph on my thoughts on the “love vs. attachment” thing, let’s get back to the story. Padme’s crazy frustrated with the whole thing, and she just sorta breaks down and says “Look, if we can’t have trust in the midst of this already living-a-lie marriage…” I shuddered to hear the next part, “…we shouldn’t see each other anymore, at least not for a while” O.O I never thought I’d see the day when the kinda most important couple in the entire Prequel Trilogy would break up! And it’s really bad considering they’re married and they’re breaking up! Even if it is temporary it’s still sad! Aughhh!! 😥 Yet in Episode III they’re all lovey-dovey and cute and nothing’s wrong (at least not until Anakin goes all dark side on us)! So that was that… Padme goes off to have a good cry and Anakin drives off in his starfighter wondering what the heck just happened.
The next day, Clovis seems to have brought the bad guy Muuns to justice and steps up in front of the Senate to potentially be the new head of the banks. He’s met by quite an angry crowd, but with Padme’s support, somehow the vote ends up going to him in the end (Though Bail still isn’t convinced, no vote from him…). And Anakin can only watch in the background, looking a little lost, and watching this guy he still doesn’t trust majorly win with help from the wife he still loves. After the meeting, Anakin turns to Palpatine for a little counsel, and the Chancellor admits that, evidently, he’s doesn’t entirely trust Clovis either. Palpatine encourages Anakin that the two of them just continue keeping an eye out… but we can only imagine what the guy has planned that neither Anakin nor Padme and not even Clovis know about…
*Whew* I’m finally done! But it was pretty fun to write this one, considering what a great episode it is! I suppose we can only wait and see what will happen next in all this craziness, because I’m quite aware that all these Uncovering blogs are ending on intriguing terms. But until next time…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Padawanline Anniversary I: The First Year

Today is a very exciting day for the blog, as it has been ONE YEAR since Padawanline came into being!! It seriously feels just like yesterday… any chance you guys would like to hear the story of the blog’s origins? Great! Let’s see…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III and the TCW episode The Wrong Jedi
It was early-ish 2013, and there was a lot going on in the world of Star Wars. Season 5 had just passed and we were all wondering when those new episodes would arrive, it hadn’t been long since the news that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and the arrival of Episode VII, and I myself had just gotten ahold of the TCW Season 2 DVD and the hardback copies of Paul and Hollace Davids’ Jedi Prince series. So Star Wars was pretty much on my mind all the time, and I realized that I needed some place to talk about it to anyone who would listen… a blog. I did some looking around for a blogging site that would work best, and WordPress proved to be that. Then I had the challenge of figuring out the blog’s title and my own username. My username came a lot quicker; I thought it’d be really cool to be named after a SW ship of some variety, and I admit I almost called myself Falcon, but I figured someone else probably already had taken that one, so I chose Twilight, after Anakin’s earlier ship in TCW, on account it was both a cool ship and that the name was somewhat feminine, so readers would assume I was a girl without me having to repeat myself. Haha, I’m aware that Anakin probably didn’t consider it a feminine name at the time… 🙂 But yeah, with the username out of the way, I needed a blog name, and that is quite a story in itself, in fact, its origins began in the earliest days of 2011…
The original name was “Star[Wars]Struck”, I kid you not. I thought it was a clever way of describing my love of SW, but the more I thought about it, it was sorta long and convoluted. But then another name came to mind: Padawanline, a meshing of “Padawan” and “online”. Flashback to February 2011, I was growing in the SW fandom, mostly just in coming to re-love the Originals, and since reading one of my brother’s SW Insiders, I was both completely wowed by all the things I learned and perplexed by just how big the SW Galaxy really was and all I didn’t understand. At this time, I hadn’t yet seen any of the Prequels, had seen probably less than fifteen episodes of TCW series, and even then was more familiar with the Clone Wars microseries (as my brother had DVDs of those recently as well), but the one thing they all shared was that I only vaguely understood them. But yet, after reading that particular Insider, I started imagining funny SW stories, like I still do today, including one I dubbed “Padawanline”.
Part of the reason I hadn’t watched TCW recently at that time was that a part of me feared, as we were already in the thick of Season 3, that something bad could happen to Ahsoka. Ahsoka had been an easy character to love, back when TCW debuted and I watched only a few episodes, I grew to like her pretty quickly because she was a little like me in the sense that she was just a girl in the thick of a war she didn’t fully understand, just as I didn’t fully understand The Prequels and related stuff. Seeing the Clone Wars from Padawan Tano’s point of view helped me understand it better, even when I still was like “Wait… I’m confused…” about the politics or something. And I might not’ve really known it was called Order 66, but I knew that a lot of good Jedi didn’t make it out of Episode III. So I started theorizing that perhaps Ahsoka evaded the whole thing somehow (not knowing that she would ultimately leave the Jedi Order anyway) and placed her in her mid-thirties working an office job on Tatooine, her Jedi past unknown, accidentally meeting Luke Skywalker through Facebook and ultimately joining the Rebel Alliance. With it came a drawing of Ahsoka in a very Earth-esque cubicle working on a “Windus 7” PC with a togruta-variant smiley “Have a nice day!” coffee mug. The drawing was pretty awful at the time because I had no reference of her and certainly didn’t know we’d ever see what she might look like as an adult, so I’m not posting it here (though a redo drawing might happen someday 😀 ). And with what I know about SW now, it seems almost too silly to work. However, I still have this little hope that Ahsoka might be fighting in the Battle of Endor as a Rebel… at least, that’s my theory, however she might’ve gotten there, social media or otherwise 🙂 When I recalled the title, I realized it worked even better than I would’ve thought; “Padawanline” would clarify that this blog is for everyone, not just the people who understand everything about the SW Galaxy, but for those who are like me and are always learning new things about it! The conversation would be light and fun and hopefully not cause headaches of confusion, it would be positive and love all things SW, it would not filled with an excess of confusing or weird headcanons, it would be the SW blog I myself would want to read! And I can only hope that I have achieved that in this past year. So, on April 21, 2013, I started putting the site together, and the first blog was published on April 23rd!
This past year has been an exploratory year for Padawanline, I’ve learned a lot about blogging and my writing abilities, it’s helped me dig in deeper into the SW Galaxy, and while it’s not the most popular SW blog ever, it’s done very well and I’m very proud of it. And with its expansion on Tumblr, it’s done better than I could’ve imagined just writing my first short introductory blog that April evening! With 28 blogs under our belt, who knows what will come for this blog in the next year? This truly is an exciting time to be in the SW fandom, and being able to blog about these things as they happen is amazing to me! So thank you so much to all readers, followers (WP and Tumblr), and well, everyone who’s enjoyed Padawanline! Thanks for taking the time to read my random ramblings and actually enjoy them!
So as I continue putting together blogs (like on The Lost Missions and Star Wars Day), I’m glad you’re all here to join me on this exciting journey of blogging and learning more about this wonderful world of Star Wars.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

P.S. For your enjoyment, here’s a list of some of my favorite Padawanline blogs from the last year.
Every Saga Has A Beginning
Star Wars Day Is Coming…
From Clones To Rebels
SW Summer Reads – Jedi Quest: The Path To Truth
SW Summer Reads – Jedi Prince #1: The Glove Of Darth Vader
Why My Family… ‘woks
Menace Of The Sith: A Closer Look
Obi-Wan Wednesday!
The Art Of Quist’ring…
What Would Go Into A Star Wars Haunted House…
My Star Wars Twin? Looking @ The Myers Briggs Test
REB UP: Thoughts On The Newly-Revealed Rebels Crew
Uncovering The Lost Missions: Orders

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