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! πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Following The Freemakers: A Perilous Rescue

OK so I know I say this a lot on this blog, especially on the topic of The Freemaker Adventures, but… THINGS ARE GETTING SO REAL RIGHT NOW OMYGOSH. I can only hope I can get all my thoughts out in a coherent way because I still haven’t processed all that went down in this one. Either way this ought to be an interesting post. Read on, Freemaker fam!

Contains spoilers from Episode V, The Empire Strikes Out, TCW episode The Lawless, Rebels episodes Rise Of The Old Masters and Twin Suns, and Freemakers episodes The Lost Crystals Of Qalydon, Flight Of The Arrowhead, and A Perilous Rescue.

So I’ve told you guys before that I got Kordi in a TFA personality quiz and, even though I know we have things in common, I still felt like she was more of the character I’d like to be than the character I feel I am (which would probably be Rowan). But soon as she started rambling excitedly in front of the Rebellion’s big shots, I finally truly truly saw myself in her and exclaimed β€œOMG that is so me!” Talking really really fast, forgetting to breathe except in squees, realizing I said something that I feel came out sounding dumb even if it’s true, and then trying to overexplain myself which ends up sounding dumb all over again. I’ve literally done it all. All Star Wars characters have something I can relate to, but it’s really fun and really special when a character shares something this specific in common with you πŸ™‚ Random way to start the blog, perhaps, but something I really needed to say before anything else.

Anyway, it’s so wonderful watching Kordi and Zander begin a new chapter with the Rebellion, in an even bigger way than when they first got here. I was so thrilled to hear Kordi addressed as β€œcommander” as she joins the ranks of Rebel bossladies before her! And Zander is finally able to show Blue Squadron what he’s capable of as the Arrowhead makes quick work of an Imperial fleet. I’m even prouderer than I was at that medal ceremony! But for Rowan, his new title’s brought him back to square one — a place where he’s unsure of what he can do for the Alliance. Poor child. I don’t think Ro’s had an uneventful day since he first heeded the Kyber Saber’s call, so I could understand why it’d be a challenge to slow down. Wonder if he has any hobbies from before all of this. After all, he’s a master builder now, but he wasn’t always. Well if you recall back on the pilot Kordi commented on him having a great singing voice, so maybe he should take up karaoke! But that’s a moot point right now. I can see why Jedi are better off not craving adventure and excitement, because sometimes when you go off looking for such things, you get something far more dangerous than you bargained for…

On that note, I was thinking a lot today about the fact that Rowan is figuring out all this Jedi stuff on his own, that he has no master who could’ve reminded him not to seek adventure, not make rash decisions with no plan, and not let emotions cloud his judgement. Now true Luke had two masters teaching him and they couldn’t keep him from making a decision with mixed results, but you’ve gotta wonder a little. What would it be like for this masterless padawan to have had a real master the whole time? Or to even have had a master right now? Would it have made a difference? How would it have influenced him? Rowan is in such a unique position compared to other Jedi we’ve seen, learning much from his family and his wild adventures that I’m not sure a Jedi master could teach. As a whole I don’t think Ro has suffered being masterless, but as you watch him do stuff that would’ve gotten him kicked out of the Order back in the day, it’s easy to wonder if a wise voice (that wasn’t from a well-meaning-but-easily-destroyed battle droid) would have kept Rowan from attempting this perilous rescue. Again, it’s all a moot point now, but the what-ifs can be interesting to ponder on. I hope I got my point across, that was a lot all at once.

So Vader and M-OC make quite the dream team, don’t they? πŸ˜› I’ve always loved what they did with The Empire Strikes Out with the concept of Sith-y sibling rivalry, and since the special’s not even close to canon now (RIP Maul), I’m quite happy they gave me something in a similar vein here that’s both funny and honestly believable. Yep the boys are Palpatine’s pride and joy!
Exceptthathehasnoproblemkillingthembutwhatever.

Y’know it’s interesting… I’ve been analyzing Star Wars thoroughly for six years now, and it still keeps keeping me guessing. Every time I think I know what’s going to happen next, I miss the mark like a stormtrooper in the dark! I really bought Maynar’s transmission at first. I think I was just so happy to get an opportunity to see her and Rowan on an exciting mission again, that I didn’t quite consider that maybe this wasn’t the direction the story was heading. As the episode went on, I started to think that this had something to do with Vader or M-OC. Once they landed, I began to wonder if maybe this was a trap in the vein of TCW’s The Lawless or SWR’s Rise Of The Old Masters. But for all the pieces I put together, I couldn’tve predicted in a million years that M-OC was the holo of Maynar all along. *Shudders* that reveal will never cease to terrify me. I’m glad this didn’t take the same kind of dark turn the aforementioned episodes did, but… it still took a really dark turn. You have Rowan alone up against M-OC in a dark, locked-down Imperial transport. It’s basically what nightmares are made of. Rowan puts up an amazing fight with the crafty hunter droid, but it’s Darth Vader who wins the battle. He dismembers Sidious’s creation in no time at all, he downs the boy in one swift move, and his dark master’s quest seems to be fulfilled at last. In case anybody forgot who the real most-terrifying force in the galaxy is… you won’t forget again. You can fix up a droid with all the weapons you want, but it’ll never be as efficient and deadly as Lord Vader. Such a cool, unexpected twist! BUT STILL SO TERRIFYING.
The very thing I’ve feared could happen this whole series has happened.
The last of the Forcebuilders is about to be at the mercy of the most evil, powerful man in the galaxy.

Anyone else still in shock? OK technically you might’ve already finished the season at this point but still! There are no words. Just can’t wait until I see what happens next on this amazing amazing show.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Following The Freemakers: The Pit And The Pinnacle

OK so I hope I can do the post on this episode justice because OMG this episode is so deep and so beautiful I just can’t get over it! Join me in feeling some serious feels as I analyze some major elements of The Pit And The Pinnacle.

Contains spoilers from Freemakers episodes The Maker Of Zoh, Return Of The Kyber Saber, The Lost Crystals Of Qalydon, and The Pit And The Pinnacle

You’d think things would be easier since Rowan rediscovered his crystal-sensing power, but even Jedi-in-training can’t work under pressure. Or awkward silence. Did get me wondering if the StarScavenger has personal quarters on board at all, ’cause I know that a little space can do wonders when you need to think, and that probably applies to meditating on the Force, too. But then again, I suppose the whole point is that Rowan would find their next destination as soon as possible. Once a certain death machine gets involved though… Ro has no choice but to work under pressure. Yikes M-OC was terrifying. It’s amazing how stating nothing but cold, hard facts can often strike harder than even the most craftily-constructed insults. Watching the droid working his way into Rowan’s head like that… *shudders* I applaud our young hero heartily for ultimately being able to work through all that. M-OC don’t play. I really don’t know how it is he hasn’t shown up in my nightmares yet, but good thing…

So any time this episode wasn’t making me hold my breath, it was making me weep. That’s a fact. Seeing Rowan so down, so hurt, so… hopeless. It breaks my heart you guys. This precious child has burdens on his shoulders no twelve-year-old should bear. He has grown so much over the last season-and-a-half, mostly in good ways, but this is one of those times it’s not so good. His spirit has been crushed by the seemingly futile nature of the war, and it’s virtually impossible not to feel his pain. There are truly few things sadder than watching one’s childlike innocence slowly disappear… and it’s even harder when it’s with a character so genuine, trusting, and caring…
Thank goodness this wasn’t where it ends.

I cannot tell you how much I loved getting an episode mainly focused on Rowan and Kordi. Like seriously. I’ve always been moved to mush by their sweet brother-sister bond, which so far we’ve only gotten in smaller moments, and now we get to further explore that relationship for a longer period of time and in perhaps a deeper way than we’ve gotten to see before. Whenever Ro’s at his lowest, Kordi does everything she can to lift him back up. Even when she’s uncertain about the situation, she’s patient with him and constantly encouraging. And when she lifts Rowan up, he’s able to encourage her in turn. It’s perfect. She makes me want to strive to be a better sister myself! Wow the feels! I’d definitely be up for more one-on-one adventures like this in the future πŸ™‚
And of course I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with Zander and Roger. A story following those two could only equal some epic misadventures. And some really bad mynock puns XD Seriously they need to do like Hera and find some way to reroute the power to the hull and make an instant β€œbug zapper” of sorts. Something to work on once they get back to Home One.

Soon as the sibs walked into that cave I immediately thought β€œOMG this is a Jedi temple and that means this episode will be gutpunch me with emotions” and while that last part is still pretty true, the Jedi-built challenge offered a totally different experience and made for some really exciting, unique storytelling here. Again, I’m in love with this perfect blend of the Star Wars mythos and Lego’s creativity-driven mindset, which you can see clearly in every step of Kantoo’s challenge. Oh yeah it was really cool seeing Master Kantoo for the first time since the pilot (yes I’m aware now I was misspelling his name before sorry). There’s so much I would really like to know about him and what all went in inventing the lightsaber… and how he regained the confidence to do so after what happened with his dangerous first version. Not to throw too many random theories into this post, but wouldn’t it be interesting if the Freemakers were descendants of Kantoo? Just spitballing but… maybe that’s why Rowan remarked on the cave feeling β€œfamiliar”? Yeah it’s a dumb thought but you gotta admit it would be kind of cool. Anyway, on to more important things.

The emotional climax of this was just outstanding. The writers and Nicolas Cantu and Vanessa Lengies all deserve multiple Oscars even though television shows don’t get Oscars, but the Emmys just don’t seem good enough. Though I’ve never faced a decision as monumental and planet-shaking as Rowan’s, I understand his fear, his uncertainty, and the suffocating, deceptive feeling of powerlessness in the face of evil. I could almost physically feel his pain, his struggle. But Kordi doesn’t let her little brother remain in this darkness.
β€œThe galaxy needs us to be brave, because when we give into fear…”
β€œ…the dark side wins.”
WOW.
THAT. WAS. PERFECT.
β€œDo you remember the last thing JEK said to you?”
β€œ…he said, ‘be a builder’!”
BRB CRYING.
Literally. I had my head buried in my hands sobbing when Rowan started piecing together the crystals. I was a wreck. Still am. Everything about this scene is perfection.
You ask me why I love Lego Star Wars so much? There’s your answer.
Or at least one of several thousand answers.
They’re never just little plastic people.

So OK that might’ve gotten a tad cheesy there but I’m just being completely honest. Every time I think I’ve seen my new favorite episode, another one comes along and becomes my new-new favorite! This show is just so special you guys :3 We shall talk more about it around this time next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Following The Freemakers: The Lost Crystals Of Qalydon

All righty it’s time to talk Freemakers! I still wish I was better with coming up with opening paragraphs, but that’s certainly not going to keep me from writing my little heart out on this wonderful family :3 Read on as we dig into The Lost Crystals Of Qalydon!

Contains spoilers from TCW episodes Jedi Crash and Defenders Of Peace, and Freemakers episodes A New Home and The Lost Crystals Of Qalydon

So I’m glad this episode finally answered some questions for me on Rowan’s crystal-sensing. They hadn’t brought it up in so long I really wasn’t sure whether it was more to do with the Kyber Saber itself than crystals in general. Turns out my assumptions have been right the whole time; Rowan has a particularly strong connection to all kyber crystals, and this ability is far stronger than he believed it to be. It’s an amazing power that has the potential to aid them greatly in their mission to complete the Arrowhead, but I still shudder to think what could happen if the Empire gets to him first. Wow you guys this is such solid writing I’m blown away every time I hit β€œplay”!
Anyway, now that this question is out of the way, I need answers on some other subjects, such as how Kordi so successfully avoids helmet hair, and what actually goes into an ugnaught bean casserole. Well, technically maybe it’s better I don’t know that last one. Or do I? IDK man a part of me’s really liked the idea of attempting to cook earth versions of Star Wars dishes so… yeah I still wanna know. But that’s another story for another day.

OK so I’m gonna be honest with you all right now: this post is going to probably be 90% me going on and on about lurmen. When I first heard this episode would involve these magnificent lemur-people I about exploded. What can I say? I have a serious soft spot for fuzzy floofy SW species! And plus, these guys are complete Clone Wars nostalgia! I was super super excited to see new lurmen in a new time and place, and how they’d work with our heroes. Let’s see… where do I begin…?

For one thing, I definitely appreciated that their views on peace and war aren’t quite as black-and-white as the last colony we met. It’s a refreshing difference and allows the story to flow very well and for our heroes to bond with them. Also we get the joy of watching Grandma Ymojin smack Zander in the head with space coconuts XD It’s great getting to learn more about their culture and their angle on the Force, too. And it’s interesting to know that their species seems to favor similar architecture in their homes. The Qalydon colony’s little huts are clearly put-together parts, but they closely resemble the shapes of the other colony’s giant seedpod homes. Seriously revisiting the lurmen was so fun and has me wanting more stories of ’em! While I know it’s probably not fair to call them adorable… they really really are. And the fact they raise kaadu takes the adorableness up a notch. I’m pretty sure my exact words were β€œOMG THIS MUCH CUTENESS SHOULD BE ILLEGAL!!” 😍 I don’t know how this show does it, but they know what I want before I even think it. Every. single. time.

And oh my stars wasn’t Maynar a delight? She seriously added so much to this episode. This is the first time we’ve seen Rowan interacting with someone his age, and that someone happens to be a clever, confident, but jaded lurman girl who doesn’t believe in the Force. Maynar’s realist perspective makes for a rather complimentary contrast to Rowan’s optimistic disposition. But all the same, her jadedness doesn’t make her off-putting in any way; you understand where she’s coming from and why it’s hard for her to believe. Ultimately though, their common spunk and determination bonds them in the best way and their sweet friendship gives me many feels :3 Oh, and her fashion sense is great too! That dress is utterly too cute and I might have to steal her lavender hair streak! But anyway I’m rambling and I can only hope I got my point across all right. Whatever the case, I just adore this furry child and she and Rowan make the best team πŸ™‚

Also Roger and Ymojin are totally perfect for each other, right? XD OK maybe that’s a stretch, but it’s sure darn funny to watch anyway. You’d think she’dve remembered the Clone Wars and the damage the battle droids did across the galaxy and wouldn’tve been so fond of him, but clearly that’s all water under the bridge. They don’t come much taller, darker, or handsome-er than R0-GR! And he’s just so utterly confused it cracks me up. β€œ…it’ll cost ya a kiss!” β€œUH… I DON’T HAVE LIPS.” β€œI can work with that!” 🀣

It’s always fun seeing Durpin and Plumestriker, of course. Well… mostly. Some days I’m still amazed they still have their jobs at all. And that they aren’t dead yet. Like I noted on the short Beware The Gamorrean Flu, it’s fascinating to me to see a motivated, ready-to-get-the-job-done Durpin. But if there’s any chance the Commander can finally get his dream desk job, he’s gonna do whatever it takes — even attacking a peaceful village for a few spare kyber crystals. I gotta say, even though the graycoats’ goals and personalities haven’t changed, it feels like they’ve upped their ante a bit with how they lead this rather brutal pillaging. For the first time I think ever Durpin and Plumestriker genuinely had me concerned. Scared a little even. The first couple times we met them, they were just keeping an eye on stuff and not doing much of anything. Now they’re out here, commanding stormtroopers and raiding these gentle people of something that holds a great deal of meaning to them. And on top of that, they go after Rowan and Maynar, who are just children! Yeesh what nerfherding scumweasels! Sorry that was uncalled for. I am a bit impressed though still. It’s nice to know they actually are quite capable Imperials and they can be an actually serious threat.
OK mostly. Mostly. They’re still kinda dorks XP

So with its high-stakes climax and inspiring heartfelt ending, this episode was just too special and too awesome. Thank you for taking the time to read all my fangirly (and often lurmen-y) musings today!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight