Rebel Transmissions: Rebel Assault

The pressure’s on for me today because Rebel Assault is a huge, awesome episode… and I somehow have to put all that awesomeness and my thoughts on that awesomeness into words! Hopefully though I will have something worth your read today. *Loading Transmission* *Wishes it were that easy*

Contains spoilers from Rebel Assault and many elements from episodes before that. Ideally you should be caught up with every episode prior to reading.

Yaaaas here come the X-WINGS! With so many amazing vehicles and spacecraft inside of SW, sometimes I forget the sheer epicness that is the x-wing. So agile! So fast! So fierce! I was dead giddy the second they came onscreen. There’s an air of nostalgia and familiarity and an incredible thrill. But the experience was made all the better by the fact Captain Syndulla’s in the lead, bringing the fight to the Empire in a way I don’t think anyone else can! The battle’s a spectacular sight to behold, but it’s also super intense and had me seriously on-edge, because it’s not just a show of skills, it’s also a match between the minds of two masterful militants. Really, I could rave on everything about these scenes for days.
But then, all that excitement fades to heart-wrenching dismay as we watch the x-wings fall from the sky, the fate of their noble pilots unknown…

It was great seeing Mart again, wasn’t it? I kinda hope I’m not the only one who didn’t recognize him at first; seems like he did a lot of growing up since we last saw him! Either that or I’m terrible and just forgot ’cause it’s been a while since I last watched Iron Squadron. They could’ve put anyone in that cockpit, but I’m glad they picked somebody we already knew pretty well to join forces with Hera in this midst of all these dire circumstances. Especially when Ruhk enters the equation. It was really something watching Hera hold her own as well as she did. It’s the first time we’ve really gotten to see her in a lot of hand-to-hand combat and it was just really cool and impressive. And Chopper coming to her defense and sneak-attacking Ruhk had me cheering 😀 Y’all don’t mess with family!

Kanan’s side of the story in this one really had me reeling from feels. It breaks my heart to see him so deeply worried for Hera, yet at the same time, his relentless dedication to her absolutely warms my heart. It’s not that we haven’t seen hints of these emotions at times in the past, but here and now, as their relationship has significantly deepened, these feelings are coming out full-force and unfiltered. I love how absolutely frustrated he is when the lothwolf stops him, because you know that in that moment every fiber of his being is focused on finding and protecting Hera. But I love that the lothwolf did stop him, helping him refocus and carefully consider his next move. Whatever it was these creatures communicated to Kanan, I have little doubt it’s what he needed to hear. The imagery and poetry of it all is simultaneously sad and beautiful. It just floors me, you guys.

Even though most of us already knew ahead of time that Hera’s ultimately going to be OK (if you didn’t know this I suggest listening very closely next time you watch Rogue One, and there might be some Freemaker Adventures and FoD stuff you need to see), it doesn’t make this episode’s ending any less of a cliffhanger. And it certainly didn’t make it any less sad to see the very heart of the Ghost crew down for the count in the clutches of the Empire. I don’t know for certain what will happen next, but I do know that Kanan has a plan in mind… and the rest of the family aren’t going anywhere without her ❤

Yeah, in some ways, we’ve got a long wait ahead of us. But thankfully, a certain new Star Wars adventure coming around this time next week will make the wait a little easier… 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Crawler Commandeers

All right, I’m guessing if you’re here, you’re looking for some interesting Rebels discussion. Hopefully I can deliver! Join me as we crawl through some of the most interesting and fun moments of Crawler Commandeers! (Also known as the hardest episode title to pronounce correctly because my weird brain instinctively wants to say “Commanders” instead of “Commandeers” XP )

Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Kindred and Crawler Commandeers. Ideally, you should be caught up with every episode prior to these before reading. Events from episodes after these will not be covered.

So how about those ore crawlers? They’re impressive, but mostly they’re pretty terrible. The machine burns up everything in its path to benefit Imperial manufacturing, and if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s run by slaves! Like why even??? The one good thing about it, though, is that today it’s exactly what our Rebs need. OK that’s not the only good thing… we get a lot of memorable Ghost fam misadventures aboard it, like preying on unsuspecting trandoshan captains who’ve got their jam on XD
Yeah Seevor was a lot of fun. By far one of the toughest, stubborn-est, and nastiest scoundrel-sorts SW has introduced us to. I love that he was such a constant pain for the Rebs the whole time… never able to shut up, constantly finding escapes, and unable to knock out for very long. Don’t know if that’s part of the reason the Mining Guild hired him, but all of these nasty strengths of his worked well in their favor. For the most part, anyway. But yeah he certainly spiced things up from the usual often easier-to-K.O.-Imps and storms. Almost miss the guy. Almost.

Now, an ode to Ezra’s voice acting skills. I’ve always thought that talent of Ez’s to be such a charming and clever addition to his skill set, something unique and pretty fun we hadn’t really seen in the films or TCW (unless my memory fails me). Even when it doesn’t convince it’s still impressive how good he is at slipping into another role like that. I could almost feel Ezra’s pain though when he was doing his impression of the Captain. Like OUCH. It wasn’t too bad an imitation though. But yeah I don’t blame him for kind of losing the voice at the end; that really sounded hard. Even though the Guild didn’t find it amusing, applause for the performance all around, for both Ez and Taylor Gray! Bonus nominations go to Vizago and Zeb’s (mostly) convincing roles later on.

Speaking of Vizago, OMG did he make an entrance! Sorry, but first he slammed that one slave over, and then he joyfully tossed his (obviously heavy metal) tool away, where from the sound of things (which sounded a lot like “OW!“), it bonked another slave in the head. I didn’t even notice that the first time I watched it and I’m absolutely dying laughing now XD I totally wasn’t expecting to see Vizago for a while, if we saw him again at all, so his part in the episode was a complete delight. And now he’s become his own kind of Rebel! I just love where this slippery sneaky guy’s story ended up going 🙂

I really did love seeing trandoshans this episode. I’ve been a fan of the knucklebrained lizards (Zeb’s words not mine) for a long time now, and had somehow forgotten how much I enjoyed seeing them around. Zeb’s throwdown showdown with the slavemaster was all kinds of intense; with these two huge, deadly-strong guys duking it out on a precarious platform, either of ’em could’ve won! But unfortunately for the slavemaster, (and fortunately for Zeb) laserwhips aren’t the answer to everything…
Also loved the nostalgia of Ez taking to the vents again, even if he totally didn’t share the same sentiment XP

Yeah this episode just has so many great little moments I could easily go on longer and longer on it, but perhaps the greatest biggest moments are the ones that involve Hera. Watching her so unwilling to turn a blind eye to the danger at hand, so determined to do what needs to be done and to say what needs to be said, regardless of the Alliance’s uncertainties… it’s awesome, in the true, non-overused sense of the word. It’s no wonder she convinced the higher-ups as well as she did. And seeing the excitement and determination on the faces of her crew-fam when they hear the fight’s finally finally on… the energy and hope in the room is electric, that even I feel like I could take on the whole Empire myself. Well, not so much by myself, but with these guys? I think anything’s possible 🙂

That is some good stuff right there, guys! I’ll conclude the Transmission posts for the year next week, and then hopefully we’ll have some fun small posts as we anticipate VIII! I’ll see you then!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Kindred

OK you ready for another Rebel Transmission? Good, ’cause I was gonna write it either way. Hopefully all my combined ramblings will give you a worthwhile read today. On to Kindred!

Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes Flight Of The Defender and Kindred. Ideally, you should be caught up with every episode prior to these before reading. Events from episodes after these will not be covered.

We’re gonna have to talk about Ruhk, of course. He is so gloriously creepy and so utterly cool! I absolutely adore him. And also would never want to be on his bad side. I’ve said before that, to me, sometimes the most terrifying adversaries in SW are the ones who use brute force over the dark side of the Force. Such combat often comes off so frighteningly real and raw, and that holds very true for Thrawn’s brutal, dangerous assassin who thrives on instinct over feeling. Much as he gives me the shivers though, there’s no question that Ruhk has one of the coolest voices in SW. Not just in the history of villains, but all characters period. Warwick Davis delivers the most chilling, merciless performance, and it was well worth the long wait to hear him in SW again. And I love everything the animators did for his performance, too. Really everybody involved in bringing Ruhk to life deserves a medal ceremony, ’cause this character’s brought a whole lot of all-out fierce, deadly intense physicality to the fight and I can’t get enough.

And oh my oh my oh my, where do I begin with all the stuff that happened with Kanan and Hera? Watching them talk together at the beginning, getting a small glimpse of some of their post-New Dawn, pre-Spark Of Rebellion adventures, brought along a lot of warm nostalgia. And if that’s all I’d gotten, I would’ve been perfectly pleased. Then somehow, in the middle of all the chaos, Kanan just decides then and there to approach Hera on what might happen after her Rebel work is done. In turn this dropped about 2000 pounds of feels on my head. The reverse “You know how I feel”/”Do I?” turned me to mush. And again, if that’s all they gave my Kanera-loving self I would’ve been totally fine.
But HERA MADE THE FIRST MOVE.
AND IT WAS WONDERFUL.
I can’t type the exact sound I made, but I was something of a mix between a laugh, a cry, and an “aww”. And it was loud and very high-pitched.
I’ve loved these two together from day one. Well, actually before that with the Machine In The Ghost short. Their bond was so natural, so easy, so genuine… I knew from that day one I’d be happy wherever it went from there. As the show went on, I occasionally wondered if we might ever get to see a kiss, but I refused to get impatient. This season right off the bat made it a greater possibility than before, but little did I expect when it would happen… and how incredibly impossibly beautiful it would be. And when the crew put the blasting on hold to watch? Absolutely the icing on the cake X3 Honestly, I could go on about these kids forever (and I probably will given enough time and blog posts), but for now, all I can say is that the moment was more special and more precious than I ever could’ve hoped for ❤

Anywayyyyy I think I got that out of my system so now we can focus on other areas of discussion, like the lothwolves and all these new revelations about Lothal. Kanan’s ponderings in the beginning offered some ideas I’d never considered before with the Ghost family’s connection to this world. These ponderings are furthered as the Rebs follow the wolves straight through the planet to refuge. And then even more questions form even when it seems one question was answered. One of the things this episode has in massive quantities is mystery, and in a way so intriguing and mesmerizing that my brain can’t help but try and put all the pieces together, even if my knowledge of how Star Wars works says it’s better I just wait and see. It’s funny, I’d never ever once considered that the lothwolf might have spoken Kanan’s real last name. And even then I have no idea why. I don’t usually theorize much with Rebels, because I trust Lucasfilm will have a richer understanding than I do alone, but I’ve wondered if maybe the name “Dume” is also a meaningful word in an ancient Lothalian language, so that it holds a double meaning of some kind. Or maybe there’s something in Kanan’s heritage that connects back to Lothal. I have no clue what the answer might be, and if they’ll even give us answers at all (remember the Mortis arc in TCW?). But I love the mystery, and I’m really excited to see what secrets this once-thought-to-be-simple world has to discover… and what that will mean for the family that keeps on coming back to it.

Hopefully that covered the most interesting areas. Oh wait hold on — NAME ONE THING COOLER RIGHT NOW THAN HERA LIGHTSPEEDING RIGHT OUT OF THAT IMPERIAL BLOCKADE IN A U-WING. I’LL WAIT. All right now I think I covered everything. I’ll see you next post next week! Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Flight Of The Defender

All right, so let’s head back to Lothal for this week’s Rebel Transmission! I do apologize that my one-episode-post-per-week sched makes it harder for you to get the up-to-date Rebs thoughts you might be looking for. But as this is the last season, I want to savor every little moment ❤ Anyway, on to Flight Of The Defender!

Contains spoilers from Rebels episodes The Occupation and Flight Of The Defender. Ideally, you should be caught up with every episode prior to these before reading. Events from episodes after these will not be covered.

Star Wars and cuteness: it’s a time-honored tradition that began with the endearing presence of characters like Artooie and Chewie and has gone on for ages since, especially in these days when we’re surrounded by characters and creatures like BB-8, porgs, and of course, LOTHCATS! Right out of the gate we get a darling trio of these space kittehs and they bring me so so much joy! The one grooming Zeb got me somewhere between cracking up and “aww”ing my head off X3 They just steal the show in the best way, always up to something new and adorable! And they can still give a couple of bucketheads a run for their credits! I’ll always champion SW’s use of cuteness because it’s another one of those things that makes these stories and worlds feel so real and relatable. Plus, cute things help make dark times a little bit lighter, and as you know, the perfect balance of dark and light is one of those things I love so much about Star Wars 🙂 And some lightness was definitely needed right now as there’s a new deadlier-than-ever Defender on its way…

I think it’s an unarguable fact that whenever the Rebs take control of an Imperial craft, we’re in for a good time, or at least a good fight. Brings back some good memories there… just this time the stakes might be a lot lot higher. But even with the flight cut short by the Imps, we definitely have some fun with Ezra and Sabine today. It was thrilling watching Sabine leave a trail of firepower at every turn when she first set out. And then Ezra’s piloting skills?? Oh my gosh he’s gotten so good! These two are a force of nature and I loved every minute of their showdown in the skies! And I gotta say, I liked the TIE Defenders the first time we saw ’em, but now I love them. So fast! So firey! And that sound! Whoo!! Not to mention those cool little jet trails it leaves when it spins. If only they weren’t a huge huge problem for the Rebel Alliance, I might love them more… that and maybe if they had some more seatbelts/restraints, considering the way the kids got thrown around in there.
Also can we talk about Thrawn for a sec ’cause WOW he just keeps getting epic-er. With that cool, unrattled stare and his blaster aimed straight and true, I wouldn’tve been too surprised if one shot had brought the Defender down. That is what I’m callin’ #Thrawnfidence! 😀 Yeah we have to make that hashtag a thing now. Absolutely.

OK so I have to say something further about Ezra and Sabine ’cause they just make the best team right now, and in really every episode this season so far. I’ve been thinking back on the first couple seasons a lot lately and it’s amazing to look at how much their bond has grown and strengthened since then. Earlier we saw Ezra standing alongside Sabine on Mandalore, and now vice versa is true amidst all the tragedy surrounding Ez’s homeworld. I just love that loyalty, their honesty with each other, and how they’re so different sometimes, but they’re always on the same wavelength anyway. You see all those elements in a big way this episode. And one thing that caught my attention in this one in an unexpected way, was watching those few times Ezra held Sabine while she was out. There’s something so endlessly noble and tender about that gesture, small though it may be, that it makes me swoon a little (that, and write this whole paragraph here). Of course, it’s easy for me to just make this all about the potentially-romantic angle of their relationship, but looking back on how far they’ve come as a whole, I find I love them together for simply who they are now: Ezra and Sabine, the kids of the Ghost family, the best of friends, and one of the most explosively dynamic Rebel duos to date. Wherever they go in their relationship from here, it’s still nothing short of something really special :3

And obviously we must talk about the lothwolves. They are astounding, aren’t they? As you can figure from the first paragraph, I’m a big animal nerd, with a particular soft spot for furry things including felines and canines. Naturally, I was quite fond of that old idea Dave Filoni discussed at Celebration 2016 of Ahsoka riding a massive white wolf. I was happy to see the concept made it into the canon in some way when I spotted some cave paintings resembling the creature showed up in Thrawn’s studies in Season 3, but little did I expect them to take on such a big role this season. With a creature as mysterious as this, there’s not much I can say other than reiterate again how beautiful, majestic, and intriguing they are. And how awe-inspiring its size is, how chilling its voice is, and that amazingly wise look in its eyes. I’m really excited to further dig into what the lothwolf brings to the SW mythos. They’re just really really neat even if there’s so much I still don’t understand.
But with Star Wars, there’s still a lot of joy in the mysteries…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

P.S. ONE MORE MONTH ‘TIL LAST JEDI WHOOP WHOOP!!!

Following The Freemakers: Free Fall

All righty time to talk TFA! There’s a lot here to write about so I’m gonna just cut this intro-thing short. Even though I don’t like cutting things short because it usually ends up sounding stilted. Oh well. Yay Freemakers!

Contains spoilers from Episode VI, Rebels episodes Wings Of The Master and Steps Into Shadow, and Freemakers episode Free Fall (along with many elements from previous episodes this season and the last).

First of all, something I’ve been wanting to say a long while now but never had the opportunity to do so: THIS SHOW HAS THE BEST EPISODE NAMES. All SW shows have great titles, of course. But I adore the Saturday-morning-adventure feeling TFA’s episodes evoke. Just to name a few: A Hero Discovered, The Tower Of Alistan Nor, The Lost Crystals Of Qalydon… every word promises excitement and thrills! And then you have Free Fall. It differs some from the aforementioned titles, as it carries a little TCW and Rebels feel with a serious, intriguing title, while mixing in some Freemaker-brand creativity at the same time. I’ve loved the title from the first time I saw it. And it’s a perfect description as the Freemakers are not only on the crash-landing-central that is Shantipole, but everything seems to be falling apart around them… it’s kind of heavy, but so wondrously poetic.

But anyway that’s not quite as important as the fact that THE FREEMAKERS ARE IN THE PATH OF CERTAIN DOOM RIGHT NOW!!!
I was seriously amazed they didn’t die. Really. It was a bit surprising that M-OC wasn’t all that accurate behind the Arrowhead‘s controls. If he’d just gone straight through the TIE’s pod instead of knocking off the panels, he would’ve won. You’d think a droid as precise and cunning as he is would’ve hit them straight-on the first time. I suppose no machine is perfect though. Or maybe there’s something else I’m missing here. Perhaps M-OC’s developed a bit of cockiness these last few months? Hmm. Can’t tell you how glad I am though that Quarrie came along when he did. The fish-man deserves a Hera-style hug! 😀 And at last I felt I could breathe again.
Y’know, except for the fact M-OC planted a tracker on them. That was… concerning.

Every now and again I actually make a correct assumption while watching this show, and this was one of them. “Ooooh I hope they’re going to Shantipole!” was my last-second thought as Quarrie punched in their last-hope coordinates, and that’s indeed where they went. And seriously what a great, great concept here! Back on Rebels, Shantipole was all kinds of problems for the Ghost crew. Now, the planet’s storms are working in their favor and giving the StarScavenger‘s crew some sanctuary. So genius! I love! Granted, the landing part is never fun. I love how it completely doesn’t rattle Quarrie in the slightest; his chipper “HOORAYYYYYYY!” as the Scavenger falls made me laugh so hard I almost forgot this landing might not go as well as the Ghost‘s did. OK so after that, I was able to breathe again. Wait whoops never mind, forget what I said… M-OC is still circling the planet like a vulture O.O

Oh yeah, anyone else felt kinda bad for Graballa? The Hutt just wants to make his dreams a reality! How hard is it to make a deal with someone who won’t just end up using the Force against you?! And this situation is sadder maybe than the last such incident because Vader really didn’t give him any kind of choice in the first place. From one dreamer to another, I really do hope you get your resort next season, Grabs. And hey! I just got wind your cousin’s palace is vacant now…! It might not be prime real estate for a vacation spot, but imagine all the funds you could get from selling it! 🙂

And can we seriously talk about the score this episode? Honestly I’ve always adored the music in this series… they’ve never once treated it like it was just Lego and I love that. It’s so rich, so driving, so epic, and so perfectly Star Wars-y! And it definitely takes center stage inside of the building montage and during the duel aboard the Arrowhead. It’s just so insanely wonderful, they better be planning on releasing a soundtrack soon! Seriously. *Applauds the composers and musicians heartily*

Yeah this episode gave me quite a few heart attacks you guys. I jumped when that bolt of lightning knocked Quarrie off the StarScavenger, gasped when M-OC threw down the net over the kyber crystal, quietly whispered “NO…” when it seemed Rowan lost his lightsaber, and just about fainted when the hunter droid, after appearing as though he’d fallen, came right up behind Ro. And that’s just all in the course of a few minutes. It’s like everything in this episode was working together to say “Oh? You wanted to breathe? WELL, TOO BAD!!” But then again, this happens a lot with Star Wars. Like a lot.
And then, after keeping me so very on the edge… I started to realize where their plan was ultimately going… and what that would mean for the StarScavenger.
I thought losing the Phantom on SWR hurt to watch. The StarScavenger has been by this family’s side through a lot of salvage runs and a lot of adventures. It was a part of their family, really. Zander’s specially-modified, fast, hard-working, spunky baby. Much as I love the Arrowhead, I think I’m going to miss the Scavenger far more. I do look forward to seeing what the 2.0 might look like, but… nothing will truly replace the original 😢

Finally, one of my favorite things about this episode was watching Rowan step up in a different way than before — as a negotiator. Not many people, not even Jedi, could get someone as dangerous and unfeeling as this droid to stop and listen. But he knows M-OC only listens to logic, and Rowan makes his point quite well. It’s such a grown-up move and again, fills me with such fangirly-sisterly pride. Unfortunately, M-OC got a totally different idea out of all that well-spoken reasoning. And it looks like it’s not going to end well for the Rebels.
If that thing’s not operational yet… it might be now.

Ohhh sweet mercy you guys there are so many emotions up here. And with posts on both Freemakers and Rebels coming in the next week, there’s about to be a whole lot more. Not a lot of room for breathing though, but… you know what? The fact Star Wars takes my breath away like it does is not a bad thing 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight