Padawanline Anniversary III: The Third Awakens

Betcha thought I was going to save that title for next year didn’t you? 🙂
Today is Padawanline’s third birthday, can you believe it?! Feels like just yesterday when I sat down and decided to put my SW fangirling into words! (You can read the entire backstory here and last year’s “thank you” letter here) It’s been a truly incredible year for the Star Wars fandom… in these last twelve months, we’ve fought with the Bad Batch, ran alongside Rey and Finn, witnessed Vader and Ahsoka’s epic confrontation, met and immediately wanted to befriend Jyn Erso, and a number of other things that blew our minds and made us feel all the feels. And it’s been a blast getting to write about all those things.
Once again, all I can say ultimately is “thank you”. I have the best readers and I’m constantly amazed that people actually want to read my spazzy all-caps fangirly gobbledygook. With new SW happening on the daily, being a fan right now is a thrilling adventure (as always), and I’m so glad you readers of mine have joined me in this incredible journey. There are so many more things I could say, I honestly don’t know where to begin. I don’t think I can really say anything more that hasn’t already been said, just that YOU ARE ALL AMAZING and THANK YOU SO SO MUCH. *Gives BB-8 thumbs-up*
Now, normally at this point I’d just give you my list of my favorite posts from this year, but I have something else for you…
You’ve probably noticed I don’t allow comments on this blog. Y’know… ’cause trolls and spammers and stuff. Though I don’t want negative comments, I do want to hear from you, my regular readers. Which is why I’ve come up with a solution: a SURVEY! I have put together a survey so you guys can give me some feedback and help me make Padawanline even better! You won’t be able to make actual comments, but I think I’ve figured out a good spread of questions and answers for you. If you wish Padawanline was better organized, you can let me know! If the color scheme hurts your eyes, let me know! If absolutely nothing’s wrong, let me know! Help me reader friends, you’re my only hope! It’s not too long or complicated, just want to know how I can improve this blog.

Take the survey HERE

Many thanks if you took it. You should start seeing some improvements by the beginning of next year!
Anyway, just thank you again for making this another amazing, exciting year for Padawanline! I’m sorry this post isn’t the best-written… let’s just say I’m happy beyond words 🙂
*Raises glass of blue milk* TO LIFE NEVER WITHOUT STAR WARS!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

P.S. And now for the BEST POSTS OF 15/16!

Uncovering The Lost Storyreels: The Bad Batch
Rebel Transmissions: The Siege Of Lothal
The Han Movie, The App, and The Journey To The Force Awakens
Tera Sinube Appreciation Post
SW Summer Reads: A New Dawn
Rebel Transmissions: The Lost Commanders
Rebel Transmissions: Always Two There Are
Rebel Transmissions: Stealth Strike
Rebel Transmissions: A Princess On Lothal
Rebel Transmissions: Homecoming
Rebel Transmissions: The Honorable Ones
This Is Madness 2016 Recap
Rebel Transmissions: Shroud Of Darkness (100th post woot woot!)

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Rebel Transmissions: Shroud Of Darkness

And so we return to our regularly-scheduled Rebel Transmissions. And with many feels all the while! Ahh wow this episode tho…! Join me for some fascinating commentary on Shroud Of Darkness! Also, for the record, I’m going to be writing this from the perspective I had at the time I saw it, so there will be no discussion in this as how it connects to the finale or any other episode after this one. That I’ll save for another day. Got it? Good let’s read.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode VII, Raid On Corsucant, TCW episodes Overlords, The Wrong Jedi the Crystal Crisis arc (storyreels), and Destiny, Rebels episodes Path Of The Jedi, Fire Across The Galaxy, The Siege Of Lothal, and Shroud Of Darkness

So much for that potential base, huh? It’s too bad really… it had great weather (nope), friendly wildlife (maybe), and incredible rock formations (truth). Unfortunately, it was also infested with Inquisitors. OK really only two but that’s still two too many for our resident Jedi to be comfortable with. Ohh I adore this opening! We get an intense lightsaber battle right off the bat! Basically this means our emotions don’t get a break for the entirety of the episode, but hey, that’s just one of those things I love about SW 🙂 Ezra does a stellar job at holding his own against these guys, like seriously, it feels like his skills increase every episode. Also yessss “I don’t go for crazy… anymore!” XD XD Oh goodness that was perfect. Hard to believe the guy was ever a ladies’ man right? Plus, c’mon seeing Sev flirt with Kanan is hilarious, considering where their voice actors stand. Delightful. AND THEN FIFTH BRO FORCE-PUSHES EZRA OFF THE CLIFFSIDE OH NOES!! Kanan grabs him, but with the ‘Quizzes coming up fast, this miiiiight be a problem. A few well-aimed jump-flip techniques get master and padawan back in the game, which again, WOW their level of pwnage is just too amazing. But this fight can’t go on forever, which is why Ezra had a plan, and it involves jumping off the cliff. Though Kanan entirely questions the plan, you gotta give him credit, he did go along with it anyway. But THE EAGLES HAVE COME! Wait wrong fandom. I mean THE FLYING CRITTERS I CAN’T REMEMBER THE NAME OF HAVE COME! Speaking of Ezra’s stellar skillz…! And with Chopper flying the Phantom, our heroes fly off into the stormcloud sunset! Aside from the fact that they didn’t get the base and had some close calls with the Inquisitors, I think that went well. OK not really, I’m just glad they lived. Seems Ez’s gotten used to this and sits back and relaxes like that whole life-and-death fight was nothing more than a workout. Kanan’s not liking the fact that he’s gotten used to it too. How can they keep doing their Rebelling when there’s always some Darksider close behind? Their next move is to talk Jedi business with Commander Tano.
Ezra walks in on Ahsoka viewing an old holocron where stands a familiar face — Anakin Skywalker. Oh sweet mercy THE FEELS! IT’S TOO MUCH!! Turns out young Bridger’s a fan as much as we are, as he’s watched this holocron to help improve his own ‘saber moves. Ahsoka recalls not only his Jedi prowess, but the all-around nice guy he was, the friend he was. GUHHHH WHYYY. Sorry expect a lot of this in this post. Reminds me a lot of the moment in Lego’s Raid On Coruscant where Luke watches his father being a boss Jedi in the last surviving Temple holocron. I never thought I’d get to see a similar scene in something 100% canon so that just made me feel feels all over. Anyway, Ezra queries as to what became of such a boss Jedi. Ahsoka doesn’t know for sure, as the last time she saw him, he was off to save the Chancellor. That certainly brings up some questions, don’t it? I had always sorta figured that after Ahsoka left, they fell out of touch. Something hinted at pretty well in the TCW Crystal Crisis arc when Anakin’s all “I know! I’ll just call Ahsoka– oh… right… *sad face*”. But evidently… she was sorta there either a) when Anakin set off to rescue Palpatine from Dooku and Grievous or b) when he believed the Jedi were revolting. So does that mean they were still chatting here and there and meeting up when they could? Or is it simply that Ahsoka was across the road getting coffee and got a glimpse at what was going on? Definitely a question I’d like answered at some point. Absolutely fascinating. So Kanan suggests maybe doing a solely Jedi mission where they could hunt down the Inquisitors. Ahsoka’s not sure that wouldn’t just cause more problems ultimately, but what to do then? Ahsoka wishes that they had another, wiser Jedi to turn to, and wellll it happens Kanan does know where they can talk to such a Jedi. TO THE LOTHAL TEMPLE!
Again, always nice to see Lothal again, back where it all began. Still kinda chilly up there at the Temple. How is Ahsoka not cold in that though-fabulous-probably-isn’t-very-warm sleeveless outfit? Yes isn’t Star Wars weather fascinating? Anyway so Ezra offers to let the masters take the lead and open up the Temple, but Ahsoka explains she’s rather… unqualified. Ezra raises an eyebrow at the knowledge that Ahsoka’s not a Jedi in the technical sense, but hey, none of them really are. So looks like that’s a job for Kanan and Ezra to do. But things are a bit different this time around — the Temple rises up a bit higher this time, revealing a new door. Ooooh much intrigue. I mean, you really can’t go to this Temple without a lot of intrigue following, but it’s still cool all the same. As they walk into the Temple, Ahsoka’s all “OK now what?”. Kanan and Ezra have no clue how to explain how they talked to Yoda last time around, but mediating is a good start. After a few moments, Kanan sees a bright light shining from a doorway. Ahsoka and Ezra don’t see it, so Kanan figures this is where he’ll be going today. Once he walks through, he finds himself in a Jedi training room of some sort, and in that room sits a temple guard. All Kanan wanted was to find some answers, and instead this guy just shrugs his shoulders, snaps open his yellow double-bladed, and is all “Man, you’re gonna fail and that padawan of yours is gonna end up a servant to evil. I think I might just get rid of him before he does anything.”. Which garners a “WHUT??” from the audience and a “OH NO YOU WON’T” from Kanan, who ignites his blue blade with a protective ferocity. On a scale from 1 to 10, the levels of intensity just got amped to a 13.
Meanwhile, Chopper smelled trouble, and that “trouble” came in the form of two TIEs with the Inquisitor sibs in tow. Fifth Bro isn’t impressed, as it seems Sev’s instincts are a tad off and they’ve missed them. But Sis’s confidence doesn’t shatter in the slightest as she sends her miniprobe to get a closer look. Fifth eerily punctuates the scene with “Their sanctuary will be their tomb”. They make a great team, these two… they’re both completely terrifying, but in different ways, and though they take very different approaches to things, they both really can fight something fierce. And right now they very much scare me. Last time around, it freaked us out thinking The Inquisitor could break in to the temple, and now… well… O.O
So while waiting for their cue to know how they’d be spending their day here, Ezra and Ahsoka talk about Yoda. Again FEELS. Ahsoka has this whole great speech about Yoda and who he was and how he viewed the Clone Wars, only to find Ezra gone by the time she’s done. It’s nothing personal ‘Soka, I could listen to your stories all day! He just had somewhere to be right then, that’s all. That somewhere is in the starlit Force-y realm he visited a while back. And right behind him sits Yoda. THE. ACTUAL. YODA. Not a trail of sparkly lights with a voice anymore! It’s him, all green and wrinkly with pointy ears and all! Brooo if I’d been there I woulda done hugged him, even if he was just a Force-y image that wasn’t really there. Apparently the fact he’s there in the almost-flesh isn’t due to any training on Yoda’s part, but on Ezra’s growing abilities. But they can’t have a casual conversation for long, because there’s also this danger that Yoda wants to talk about…
Back to Kanan’s side of the story, it seems he was doing all right dueling with the very very very unimpressed guard. Understandable since the guard seems to have a move to combat every one of Jarrus’s. Kanan manages to reach for another ‘saber on the wall, and interestingly enough grabs a red-bladed one. Hmmm fascinating imagery. WHAT DOES IT MEANNN? Then Guard-bro just be all “Look you’re just gonna die trying so let’s make this quick” *clap clap* “OH BOYYYS!” And then more guards show up. Oh so much fascinatingness.
Now for Ahsoka… aw man… this… scene. If I flub up anything writing for it, you have the complete freedom to hit me with a cartoony oversized hammer. That second when she suddenly recognizes the voice calling her name. And then when we see him… Anakin… standing there in the shadows behind her. She can’t even look, but she knows. She knows. He questions why she left him, she tries to justify her reasons. He berates her for being selfish and failing him. There are tears on her part. And then… “Do you know what I’ve become?”. And now the shadows form Darth Vader where her best friend once stood. Ahsoka knows. Really knows. I can’t man… *sobs* It was easy enough to believe that she knew all the way back on the season opener, but I could totally see her pushing those thoughts away, calling them “crazy” and assuring herself that there’s no way in the world he had anything to do with the Dark Side. Remember the Mortis episodes? Remember how she saw a vision of her adult self warning her against staying Anakin’s apprentice? “Seeds of the Dark Side” and all that? Ahsoka was quick to defend him and likely never thought about it again. But now… oh man. Ohhh man. What happened in Siege Of Lothal was the “it’s not true… that’s impossible”, and this is the “search your feelings, you know it to be true”. Heartwrenching. Absolutely heartwrenching. Ahsoka cries out a pained “no!” and turns around, lightsaber ablaze, but nothing’s there. And in the dark room alone, she allows her tears to fall. I can’t. I’m sorry if the rest of this post comes off sloppily-written but I am absolutely wrecked right now.
Ezra cut to the chase, asking how he might go about defeating Vader and crew. Yoda answers that with the mind-blowing notion that fighting’s not the best option. The Master looks back to the days of the Clone Wars, how the Jedi got pulled into the fighting, not taking the time to further dig into what they were truly truly fighting for. Yoda doesn’t shy away from admitting the fear he felt during the war blinded him to what was to come. And then OH DANG THE INQUISITORS ARE BREAKING IN! The grounds outside the temple glow red as Five and Seven use the Force to open the doors. This lesson may need to be cut short. But seriously though Yoda you keep on blowin’ my mind open! Fighting for the right thing is one of those things I’m all-for, and, as Maz Kanata put it, we’re in a constant battle between the Light Side and the Dark side, so doesn’t that justify it? Or is Yoda simply warning Ezra to be aware as to how he chooses to fight? So many questions! Forgive me if that made no sense.
Kanan was still keeping up the fight with the guards to the best of his abilities. As the temple shakes with the arrival of the inquisitors, the lead guard says again “you can’t fight the inevitable”. At this, Kanan finally puts down his ‘sabers and admits that he can’t protect Ezra forever, he can only do his best to train him and hope his padawan will continue down that path. Then, instead of the guard striking the final blow, he KNIGHTS HIM. Yes you read that correctly. And it was beautiful. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. The man once known as Caleb Dume is an apprentice no more. Kanan don’t quite get it though. And then… the guard takes off his helmet, and we find ourselves looking the face of a much-purer version of who we knew as The Grand Inquisitor. “It means you’re what I once was, a knight of the Jedi Order”. SAY WHAT?! It kept nagging at me I knew that voice, but the only thing that came to mind was Plo Koon, which didn’t make any sense. But yeah boy did my jaw hit the floor. Assuming this is true and not something thrown together by the vision, which I believe is the case, that is an amazing discovery. My respect for The ‘Quiz-turned-temple-guard just went way way up. I MUST KNOW MORE!! But what else is new today? So many questions.
Also, though only a brief moment, I love seeing Ahsoka pick herself up and say bravely “There’s still a way”. SO. AMAZING. GAHHH. Anyway, yes Ezra’s conversation with Yoda was indeed cut short. And his final answers on the “fight or not fight” thing were a bit enigmatic, to say the least. The one thing he did pick up though, was the simple command “Go to Malachor”. And now Ezra stood alone in the crumbling temple once more. The three Jedi now reunite and decide that now’s the best time to go. The Inquisitors are here. They’re all confidence and Darkside swag as they step into the temple, but what they find knocks that confidence down a few notches: their old boss, the former Grand Inquisitor, and his temple guard friends. ‘Tis a beautiful capper for his legacy. This guy, who I always saw as a straight-up terrifying, cruel Darksider, who last time we visited this temple scared the snot out of us in the audience, has not only taught Kanan a powerful, beautiful, real lesson, but done went and kept Fifth and Seventh from catching the Jedi! It is interesting I had no idea Guard-Quiz could appear to anyone but Kanan, and for a split-second I thought he might be alive. But I’m thinking in the Force, you can do whatever you want, and since he was likely a Jedi most of his life, Guard-Quiz’s spirit decided it wouldn’t hurt to mess with his former employees a little. However that works, it’s an amazing sight to behold.
Anyway, and as the Jedi made a run for it, Ahsoka stopped and turned around to see Yoda. Oh my land this was so so sweet. He gives her a small smile and a wave, and she returns that with a smile and a nod. I’ve read several different interpretations of that moment, but for me it will always be a genuine tender moment between the master and padawan. The moment in Destiny where Yoda sees a vision of Ahsoka dying breaks my heart, so this is as much a comforting exchange for Yoda (who feared what would become of her) as it is for Ahsoka (who just found out a horrible truth). Beautiful. Seriously beautiful. No matter what would happen ultimately, it was a beautiful moment. And so, our heroes escape the temple and hop on the Phantom to head for home. Ezra tells them about what Yoda said going to Malachor. Kanan and Ahsoka exchange a look, though they seem to know more than they’re letting on, they do divulge that Malachor is a place. But what kind of place and why that place are another couple of questions added to the long long list of questions this episode has given us. And only in time will we find these answers…
As for the Lothal Temple, the Empire’s got ahold of it now, sadly. Fifth is all “dangg these Jedi are getting stupid powerful!” to which a certain masked dark lord replies “It will be their undoing…”. *Shudders* did it just get colder in here? I think that’s the darkness I feel. Yikes.
OK wow that was a lot to wrap my head around. I’m rather amazed this Transmission turned out as well as it did. So there you go, some food for thought and some questions to get asking. I’ll meet you back here for more posts next time 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Uncovering The Lost Storyreels: Unfinished Business

And so we’ve reached the finale of this fantastic storyarc! Love that it’s an exciting awesome episode, sad that it’s the last of ’em. Hopefully my blogging skills are more astute than they were last time around. Either way, it’s time to dive deep into the episode called Unfinished Business!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from the Clone Wars Microseries, Rebels episode Out Of Darkness, TCW episodes Counterattack, Orders, The Bad Batch, A Distant Echo, On The Wings Of Keeradaks, and Unfinished Business (Storyreels)

Phototitle for Unfinished Business

So if you thought our heroes could get a break after all the insanity regarding Echo’s rescue… you were wrong. But obviously by the episode’s title you could probably tell that we weren’t just going to join the Bad Batch for a sandwich break (though come to think of it, I really want to see that episode now XD ). They’re still fightin’ Trench on Anaxes (also I recently figured out that this is the fyrnock-ridden base we see in Out Of Darkness; too bad they couldn’t connect with some of the critters to help them fight the battle! But perhaps the fyrnocks are why the base was abandoned in the first place), so no breaks for Jedi or clones right now. Master Windu has proposed a drop into the Sep’s Anaxes assembly complex, sounds easy enough, but it’s kinda crazy fortified so yeah maybe not that easy. But it happens that Echo has an idea. Omygoodness… I got all feely seeing Echo again… I rewatched a couple of the Citadel episodes this past week and relived his last normal mission and lost it when Fives had to move on without his friend… and then again when I realized Fives and Echo wouldn’t see each other again… 😥 😥 Sorry, boy this became a mess of emotions real fast! But anywayyyy despite Echo’s still recovering, he isn’t about to back down from helping a brotha out. He and his bros in the Clone Force 99 got this. I understand that, in unmade episodes later on, Echo became one of Bad Batchers, which of course makes perfect sense. Can’t help but notice he’s sportin’ a set of dark armor similar to that of the 99s’. So in some ways, he’s already one of them before even officially joining them. Please excuse my flawed logic. But yeah you go Echo! Steal dat Seppie algorithm and win this for the Republic with your epic tech skillz! Rex to Tech: “Don’t worry, Echo’s got a plan” “That makes me feel sooo much better…” XD C’mon Tech have faith in your fellow bro! Might he be a little jelly he can’t hook up into computers like Echo? Haha I know I would! What I would give to just write blogs in my brain instead of typing for hours! And onward our heroes go, with the Bad Batch gang leading the way!
And seriously these guys drop the best lines without even meaning to… “Pleaaaase tell me we’re gonna blow something up!” XD XD If it were up to me, I’d say “Yes you blow up all the things, Wrecker!”, but that’s on account of the fact I’m not general material and I love him to pieces. Again, Crosshair slept through most of it XD Echo then links in and masks their ship’s signal the boss way he do so the bad guys won’t take notice. And it works — battle droids can’t tell it from any other in their fleet. And our team lands without a hitch.
Meanwhile, the battle on Anaxes is already underway, with the usual droids shooting and gunships and Y-wings flying. With Mace and Obi-Wan leading the troops, they make quite the entrance to the assembly complex. Especially as Mace does something wonderfully unexpected… he bargains with the swarms of droids. He’s giving them the chance to peacefully surrender so they can be reprogrammed for the Republic. This coming from the guy who tore apart super battle droids with his bare hands? One of the battle droids has no clue what to make of this and gives this confused shrug to his companion, and Obi-Wan’s like “dude really?”. But you gotta admit Master Windu is awesome at giving speeches! Unfortunately, battle droids don’t give much thought to the concept of “peace” and “nonviolence”… the fact that the battle droids even ceased fire for that moment just to listen to him is astounding! And so the blasters go blasting once more. Well, you can’t blame a Jedi for trying… destroying droids probably gets old after doing it just about every day for nearly three years. But yeah after that the clones rejoin the generals and bring their own blasters. It seems they’ve got this win in the bag, but Admiral Trench has a sneaky little plan of his own… DUN DUN DUN.
It’s hardly a challenge for Anakin, Rex, Echo, and the Bad Batch to make their way into Trench’s ship. And it’s NBD for Echo to link into their systems. Though as Tech finds out, it may be a bit of a problem for the guys at the complex ’cause Trench just sicced all his droids on ’em. Or is it? Actually, it’s all part of Echo’s genius plan. He told Trench to send all the droids there… and once they’re there, he’ll shut them all down. Boom shake the room! That earns a pat on the shoulder from Tech and a smile from Rex 😀 Though admittedly Mace and Obi-Wan aren’t quite looking forward to all the new droids joining the party even so. ‘Cause just when it seems they’d decimated them all… suddenly there are literally zillions of them. “Does this meet your expectations?” “This… exceeds my expectations.” Hehe. And then boom! Echo fries ’em all! Love how one droid cries out “WHYYYYYYYYYY” as he gets shut down XD Yeah the Admiral wasn’t too happy… but he knows that the command came from his ship so that likely means trouble for the good guys.
It seems to be a pretty clear victory on the Anaxes front, but Echo soon finds that there miiiiiight be a bomb there… like, a really big could-cream-the-whole-planet bomb. Echo sends out a message to Master Windu while Anakin decides to have a little chat with the spider-guy. Indeed Mace finds a bomb in the complex’s fusion reactor, and the panel to shut it off is sorta kinda rayshielded. But again, another area of Echo’s expertise. Echo loads up each number to the passcode while Mace uses the Force to punch it in. The process is going great right up until one of the battle droids finally finds where Echo’s signal is coming from and decided to fry him. NUUUUU!! And then on come the super battle droids and our heroes are forced to make a run for it, carrying Echo’s unconscious form. Admiral Trench is feeling pretty good about his chances… and then he opened the door and there was Anakin. General Skywalker cuts up all his clankers real fast, and not even Trench’s arm-gun can bring him down. Yeah he’s not interested in any talking beyond what the final number to the passcode is. And Trench isn’t particularly interested in giving him it. Trench is all “pff you can’t do nothin’ to me you’re a Jedi and your nobility is a weakness” and to that Anakin sliced his robotic arms off. Yikes don’t mess with the General peeps. After that the Admiral was a bit more willing and spilled it, allowing for Mace to finally turn off that bomb. But not missing out on a chance to get even, Trench hits Anakin with his prod-staff and then Anakin hits Trench with his lightsaber. Ohh yes. You really really really don’t mess with the General. Before leaving the spider-Seppie with a fond farewell, Anakin happens to find a detonator… for the whole ship. Why would they even have that detonator?! Regardless, Anakin knows Wrecker will love it. Meanwhile, Wrecker is in his element in “wrecking ball mode”, smashing battle droids with nothin’ but brute force. Hunter caps it off well with “Honestly, I feel bad for those droids…” XD And Crosshair does a fantastic job aiming a refracting detonator at a battle droid. The droid’s all “sticky!” and then… well, you know what happened next XD As our troopers meet up with Anakin again, Crosshair hangs behind to pepper the walls with more refracting detonators. OK I’m not saying these guys’ll show up in Rebels or anything but I think Sabine would have a lot of fun with them 😀 Crosshair’s so good Wrecker can only hang his head in shame XD But he cheers up pretty fast because as soon as our team flies off, Anakin shows him the detonator! Big guy can’t help but shed some tears and remark “this… is the greatest day of my life!” just before he hits the button and the entire ship explodes! VICTORYYYYY
And back on Anaxes, we’re actually getting a legit medal ceremony! Mace gives the speech and Anakin and Obi-Wan gives the medals and all the clones cheer and clap and celebrate these brave not-so-clonelike clones! Even the astromechs are dancing with glee! SO MUCH YAY!! It’s always been said that differences make us stronger, well, that is perhaps even more so the case for these incredible troopers 🙂
AHHH I’M SO HAPPYYY!! AND HONESTLY PRETTY GLAD I’M DONE WITH THE BLOG BECAUSE IT SHOULDN’TVE TAKEN THIS LONG BUT THE VIDEO HAD PROBLEMS LOADING! AND I FORGOT TO TURN THE CAPS LOCK OFF AGAIN BUT I’M IN A HAPPY CAPS LOCK MOOD! UNTIL NEXT WEEK…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Uncovering The Lost Storyreels: On The Wings Of Keeradaks

All right friends it’s time for another exciting commentary on the Bad Batch storyreels! Hold on tight ’cause we’re about to take a ride On The Wings Of Keeradaks! And yes I just did that whole meshing-the-episode-name-with-my-opening-line thing again even after I said I wouldn’t do it again. But you gotta admit that was a pretty good one, right? No? OK then…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from the Clone Wars microseries, TCW episodes Rookies, Arc Troopers, The Bad Batch, A Distant Echo, and On The Wings Of Keeradaks (storyreels)

On The Wings Of Keeradaks Phototitle

So the good news is, Rex, Anakin, and the Bad Batch found Echo. Not in the greatest shape, but still alive. The bad news is they’re surrounded at all ends by a gaggle of Wat Tambor’s Swiss Army battle droids and Echo’s hooked up to quite a few gadgets and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon unless Tech and Rex can get him out of there. But you know the Bad Batch… pummeling battle droids is rather a hobby for them. A new bunch of droids attempts to enter through another door, but they don’t do so well ’cause that’s when Wrecker rips the lead clanker’s head off. And with that, Hunter and Crosshair start welding the door shut. Despite all that excellent droid-pwning, they still can’t move until Echo is freed, and Tech’s still trying to crack that code. Knowing that out heroes have nowhere to go, Tambor finds this a wonderful opportunity to bring in his ORGANIC DECIMATOR, which automatically sounds terrifying, before giving General Skywalker a call. Tambor used the Techo Union’s so-called neutrality as an excuse, claiming also that Echo was their purchased-from-the-Seps property as their own personal lab [womp]rat. Yeahhh Anakin does not agree too much. But an evil-scientist-villain-type such as himself knows how to make people listen, see the ORGANIC DECIMATOR (it’s so bad I can’t not refer to it in all caps). Anakin definitely don’t agree when the droids bring in an innocent Poletec to showcase the Decimator’s abilities, but you know Tambor, he only cares about his tech and his cash. I don’t think anyone out there didn’t cringe when he vaporized that poor guy. We always talk about the giant impressive war weapons in SW, you know, the Death Star, AT-ATs, the Malevolence, stuff like that. But somehow this small probe-looking device is in some ways more terrifying. Just the fact that it can single out organics, as in human (and humanoid) beings and all other living things, and literally disintegrate them is flat-out horrifying. *Sigh* these guys probably have the brains to cure cancer and all they do is sit around and find new ways to kill people. Do we even need to bring up the Nelvaan-mutating in the Clone Wars microseries? Ugh. I almost don’t blame Anakin for choking that one guy later on. And now I’ve gone and let my mind wander off again. So yeah this is bad… with a bazillion new battle droids on their way, a device that can fry anyone in its path, and Echo still stuck, they’re running out of time that they desperately need. And did I mention that the Decimator has a laser and can carve its way through the door? AW DANGGG. But somehow Tech pulls off a miracle and he finally sets Echo free of his tubes and wires. Now alert and coherent again, Echo quips on having a bit of a headache. Rex and Echo are palling around again! Yes all is right in the world once more! OK sorta… they’re still on the run from Wat Tambor and his crazy killing machines. However, Echo happens to know about an exhaust vent that the other guys didn’t know about and is able to pop it open with his new computer-controlling skills. Then Wrecker works his magic and tosses the bros to their upward exit, all except for Anakin, who can manage the jump on his own. But then Wrecker decides to hang around downstairs a bit and leave a few gifts (read: thermal detonators) JUST AS THE ORGANIC DECIMATOR COMES THROUGH THE DOOR!! Anakin uses the Force to bring the bro into the vent, and I gotta tell ya that was one of the most nail-biting moments ever, period. I was so afraid that Wrecker would join the ranks of clones like Hevy and 99 and would end up dying a hero. Dude I love these Bad Batch guys so much I don’t think my heart could’ve taken it if any of them died that fast. But Anakin got him to safety and the vent shut just in time and I could not be more grateful. Yeahhh Tambor was not happy when he found they’d somehow vamoosed… he was even less happy when he found all of Wrecker’s “gifts”. “Orders, sir?” *SHOVE* XD Yeah I’ve never heard him more emotional than when he walked through the carnage going “MY MACHINES! MY BEAUTIFUL MACHINES!” aw poor guy… I almost feel bad for him, but he made all those said machines that kept Echo prisoner and killed a guy sooo… yeah not really.
As our heroes were making their way through the ventilation system, they learned from Echo that he’s been able to gain knowledge of basically everything in the building since he’s been stuck here. He also knows of a way to a landing pad that would hopefully have ship on it… problem is, the only way over there is on a long, skinny pipe that really wasn’t intended for people to walk on that also happens to be towering some billion feet of the ground. Wrecker’s definitely gonna have a “problem with gravity” now… though his show of honesty and humanity with the line “I think I’m gonna be sick…” got a chuckle out of me XD I apologize if I sound like a terrible person because of that. But then there’s a new problem — droids coming at them from the right! And before they can try going back, there’s droids coming at them from the left! Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Crosshair slips off and Wrecker has to grab him, which basically leaves them both hanging upside down and completely useless in this situation. Tech and Anakin knock off a few of the droids, but it won’t work for long. Tech then has a moment of genius and calls back a recording of the keeradaks’ distress call (while I know he recorded it from the mission, I could see him carrying around a Skako Minor wildlife field guide with him XD ), and shortly thereafter arrive the creatures, like Gandalf calling the eagles! They all make some precarious, but magnificent jumps onto their flying steeds and it looks like they’re in the clear. But what they didn’t call for was the fact that these Swiss Army droids can sprout wings and fly. These clankers have everything… and I’m sure the kitchen sink! Thankfully, flying battle droids still blow up like normal battle droids, and our heroes make it outta that soup quickly. Echo is definitely lovin’ getting back to his old job!
General Skywalker and the clones arrive back in the Poletec’s neck of the woods, letting them know that there’s still trouble coming their way, and that trouble is named “Wat Tambor”. The Poletecan leader’s not too happy that they’ve led the war to his hometown, but he definitely listens when Rex and Tech show him what the Seps did to Echo. The war’s not fun and it’s understandable why some don’t want to get involved, but sometimes you just gotta fight for what’s right. And that’s exactly what these guys decide to do. Good thing, since the Technos are bringin’ the heat… and quite a number of droids. But I’d say that our heroes, along with the Poletecs, are completely capable of bringin’ their own kinda heat 🙂 Rockslides, daggers flying, Hunter knifing them to pieces… Wrecker actually grabs a droid and uses it to bash the others! And the Poletecs don’t need fancy gadgets to kick a supreme amount of tail 🙂 It’s not always easy, especially when they bring out some bigger clankers (and I do mean big), but the two crews make quick work of the Techies’ team and send ’em running! (OK sorry for cutting all that action short but my blogging skills are an epic fail right now for whatever reason) But woot! Everyone’s celebrating! All except, of course, Tambor, who’s not thrilled over losing his test subject, but let’s be honest he’s not done here… not for a minute. And it’s definitely worth celebrating seeing Echo back where he belongs — free and amongst his awesome brothers once more! YAYYYYY 😀
So that was fun. Forgive the scatteredness of this one… sometimes SW is so awesome it’s hard to find all the words to describe it! And sometimes I just have an off day in my writing. Either way, hope you got something out of this mess! Next week we’ll finish up with the epic finale!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Uncovering The Lost Storyreels: A Distant Echo

Yes I’m back to the digging into the Bad Batch arc! Much yays! I’m so excited I think I’m just gonna cut the usual chatter and get right to bloggin’ as the search for Echo begins! And remember: I will do my very best to write this, but this episode’s unfinished format may make it hard for me to recognize places, character expressions, etc. Admittedly the last one turned out pretty good but you never know… andddd I’m chattering again.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from TCW episodes Rookies, Clone Cadets, Counterattack, Orders, The Bad Batch, and A Distant Echo (storyreels)

So Captain Rex and our Bad Batch bros originally set out to find a strategy algorithm, and in the process, have found the assumptively long-gone Echo. OK they haven’t technically found him yet but they found a live signal but that’s something, right?? I mean… it would make him the only surviving member of the Domino Squad. And thinking about that got me a little teary. I mean, when the whole “Echo lives” message came out I hadn’t yet seen The Citadel storyarc and I hadn’t watched Clone Cadets or Rookies in a long while sooo yeah my troopers were a little blurred (you have full right to hit me with a brick, fanboys and fangirls, though in my defense it was 2013 and much to learn I still had). But man oh man now… I couldn’t help but be excited for Echo’s hopeful return! But I’m getting ahead of myself. So the mission was set; Rex, along with the Bad Batchers and General Skywalker, were off to follow the trail that would hopefully lead to Echo. Though apparently the mission wasn’t exactly… well, OK’d by the Jedi Council. Obi-Wan steps in and makes that point very clear. Hunter wisely decides to not get involved and wait on the ship XD Obi-Wan doesn’t quite get why Rex would pull an “Anakin” and disregard authority for the sake of some wild bantha chase. The Captain points out that Echo is still in possession of the algorithm, so technically it’s not just about saving his friend. But dude I just love so much seeing the incredible dedication and bond these troopers have… they’re far from just armored yes-men, they’re thinking, feeling human beings with strong hearts… but you knew that right? 🙂 *Starts crying from a sudden rush of feels* Aw nuts I’m totally off-topic again aren’t I? Anyway, Anakin assures his former master that the mission won’t take long and the Council won’t even know they left. And thus Obi-Wan admits defeat and walks off, leaving them with a genuine “May the Force be with you”. Looks like the game’s still on!
As they were boarding the Batch’s ship, Anakin couldn’t help but notice the nose art… which happened to be of Padme. I remember seeing that concept art on tumblr and thinking “Um does Anakin know about this…??”. Apparently he didn’t until now. Yeah the Batchers happen to be Senator Amidala fans… “She can negotiate with me anytime!” pfff that Wrecker XD Rex picks up on the awkwardness really fast and decides to keep moving. And Anakin… yeah I don’t think he liked it. I’m sorry this moment was just too funny XD
Elsewhere, Wat Tambor and one of his Techno Union friends are doing whatever when Admiral Trench gives them a call. The Admiral warns them that a handful of clones are comin’ their way, and Tambor’s all “no worries bro we go this”. Ah yes those crazy Techno bros… fun to see them again! But seriously they’re probably up to no good…
As our heroes were nearing the temp yellow planet… er… Skako Minor, we find them preparing for the mission ahead. Though quick note… it’s Tech who’s flying the ship this time. Sooo was it him who did all that crazy driving in the first part? I’d totally pegged that for Wrecker. Of course, right now Wrecker’s using a GOM droid as a dumbbell while eating what looks like a turkey leg XD Maybe that first fly-in was off just because Tech or whoever wasn’t used to gunship controls. Maybe Wrecker pressed a button he shouldn’tve pressed. Maybe the rest of the Bad Batch dared Tech to make an entrance. Who knows? But yes I can’t tell you how much I’d love to see more of these guys! So much so the other night I dreamed they made action figures of them and I was fangirling my head off X3 Anyway, regardless of Tech’s driving skills, the rough terrain and stormy skies of Skako seem to spell another crazy landing for our crew. Though actually things go rather well in the end… evidently Crosshair slept through the landing! Anything close to a crazy landing is NBD for that dude. Actually, I’m not sure anything is really a BD for him. But anyway, before heading out on the surface, Rex and Tech give the crew some pointers on the locals — a native race called Poltecs who happen to worship flying reptiles. And speak of the devil a giant reptile lands on the ship. Oh joy! As our heroes vamoose the ship, however, they find that this beast has a rider. But they don’t have a lot of time to talk over tea because then more of these lizards show up — also with Poltec riders. And one goes and snatches the general, leaving the lightsaber behind. But doing the awesome the do, Tech calculates the distance, Crosshair shoots the grappling hook, and Hunter holds on for the ride! Yeah the music gets really really fun here as Hunter hangs on to the rope with one hand and aims at the kidnapper with the other. And all this while other riders fly in pursuit behind them. But it seems these critters know how to deals with hitchhikers and snap back that rope so Hunter loses his blaster. He finally cuts loose as they come upon a cliff, a cliff, which he finds branches right over the Poltecs’ home, and now the rest of the troopers can meet up with him.
So Anakin was having a lovely conversation with the Poltec leader who’d nabbed him… OK not really their language is probably one of the most confusing and unusual I’ve ever heard leave the mouth of a SW character (when Tech does it later, he sounds like he’s speaking backwards). Anakin would rather’d the dude just got the keeradak’s foot off him. Thankfully, it’s not too much longer before Rex and the Bad Batch make another entrance, with a rockslide and blasters blazing and well-aimed electrical dart to the keeradak’s leg. After all the scuffle quiets down, they finally get a chance to talk, with Tech translating with a supercool instant translator device in his helmet. Who needs protocol droids when you’ve got him 🙂 *Threepio shoots me a look* Anyway, they find that the Poltecs just don’t want the war here (hence the kidnapping). But once Tech explains it was Wat Tambor and his Seppies who’re to blame, and that one of their men is believed to be held hostage, the Poltec leader is cool with sending a few of his guys to help them. Dude everyone needs one of those instant translators; Google Translate doesn’t count 😛
The Poltec scouts lead our team to a cliffside overlooking Tambor’s city. Anakin’s all “hope no one’s afraid of heights” and then everyone turns their eyes to Wrecker. He calls it “a problem with gravity”… sure bro XD But it’s about then when Tech suddenly loses Echo’s signal. Could be a bug with his device, could be interference… or could be a trap, as Hunter suggests. Rex understands that, but he urges them on at least to grab that algorithm. Then Crosshair happens to unhelpingly mention that Echo might not be alive… and if he is, he could be a traitor. OH NO HE DIN’T. Rex barks at him for even suggesting such a thing. Crosshair, again, throws out some ‘tude and is all “well if I were left for dead I wouldn’t be so loyal” and that was it. Rex had no problem slamming his fist into Crosshair’s skinny head. Wrecker then picks the Captain up by the armor and throws him. Rex and Wrecker have a bit of a staredown, but before either one could make the first move, Anakin steps in between them and stops the fight, sending Hunter and the Batch to further scout around while he has a talk with the good Captain. Yeesh tensions are running high a lot lately, huh? “CROSSHAIR STARTED IT!” “I DON’T CARE WHO STARTED IT!”. Even with the helmet on, you can see that Rex kinda feels bad for going all crazy like that, no better than Jesse and Crosshair the other day. Anakin tells him he hasn’t let the possibility that Echo might’ve gone rogue slip his mind. Rex is certain that Echo would sooner die than go against the Republic, but he’s willing to do what he must if for some reason it’s not the case… as long as he’s the one doing it, not the Bad Batch. Can I just say again how awesome Rex is? OK so I’m not endorsing the fact he got into a fight (though *coughCrosshairDeservedItcough*), but it shows just how deep his loyalty goes. No one talks smack about one of his bros! Not even one of his other [uniquely-mutated] bros.
As for the “bad boys”, they found themselves lead by Echo’s returned signal on Tambor’s front door, Tech working to get in and the rest of the guys standing guard. Anakin and Rex rejoin them shortly. Tech is completely and utterly focused on getting that door opened… he doesn’t say a word to his superiors, just keeps typing. And just like that, boom! It is open! Tech is boss 🙂 It seems Wrecker isn’t thrilled about the tower’s height though… “Don’t worry Wrecker… I’ll hold your hand!” pfff I love watching these guys pal around like they do 😀 But there are more things to be worried about here than just the height… they open the turbolift doors and find a whole gaggle of Swiss army knife-esque battle droids with zillions of extra attachments. Oh wait did I say worried? Nope not Wrecker. Guy ran in yelling with his blaster held high! He’s in his zone! So much for stealth. The Bad Batch makes quick work of these little guys. Extra arms do not a better battle droid make. And Wrecker ends it all carrying on like a football fan whose favorite team just won the Super Bowl XD Everyone else just kinda stares. C’mon guys, we all have moments where we want to do like Wrecker and whoop and holler like no one’s watching! OK so anyway somehow our heroes still haven’t garnered any attention, and they’re back on the move. But problem… they’ve lost the signal again. Tech believes now it has to do with whether or not Echo’s sending any information, and at the moment, he’s not. So General Skywalker sends them to every door and every nook and cranny. Anakin’s the first to find something… in this case another run-in with a couple of these newfangled Swiss army droids, and they’re a little harder to handle alone. While that cray was happening the signal came back and led the Tech, Hunter, Rex, and Wrecker to a door that Echo surely must be behind! Anakin’s still caught up in lightsabering droids, though… they just keep on coming and coming and coming! Just when one was about to sneak up on him from behind, Anakin turns around and sees Crosshair, a blaster, and an example of the bro’s epic aim. That droid is totally out of commission 🙂
Before Tech could even touch the door, a message comes through from Wat Tambor himself. Totally monologueing on how predictable clones are and how the algorithm nailed their every move and how awesome he is (that last part’s not obviously stated but you know he’s thinking it) and stuff like that. And then throws in even more of those Swiss army droids! But with Anakin and Crosshair rejoining the crew, the floor is quickly covered in metal carnage. But then more of these droids start coming, like ants to a picnic factory! The rest of the team covers for Tech as he finally gets a chance to crack open that door. It doesn’t take long, and it takes even less time for Tech and Rex to dart inside. What they find is a control panel, and what appears to be some sort of stasis chamber. Tech is able to get it open, and what lies inside isn’t too pretty… Echo, pale and skinny, wired and hooked up to all sorts of who-knows-what, wearing a pair of robotic legs, and in a complete daze. It makes me want to cry man… I’m so glad Echo’s alive, but this is the last place I expected to see him. I get the feeling Rex agrees with me as he looks on his absolute shock. While Tech works to figure out how to unhook him, Rex tries to talk to his old friend. Poor Echo seems to not be fully aware of where is, but when he knows his Captain when he sees him. Even in the midst of this terrifying situation, I can’t fight the tears as Rex tells this brave former arc trooper “…we’re going home”.
And yup there it is, one of the most cliffhangery cliffhangers ever!! My heart just breaks for Echo soooo muchhh… and just WOW, this entire episode! Definitely looking forward to writing about what happens next!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight