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Following The Freemakers: The Maker Of Zoh

Since the Ghost crew took last Saturday off, you know what that means… it’s back to the Freemakers! And the episode we’re digging into today just so happens to be one of my favorites (even though they’re all my favorites), The Maker Of Zoh! Grab a hot cup of motor oil kaffe and read on!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from The Clone Wars “Siege Of Mandalore” arc, Rebels episode Twilight Of The Apprentice, The Yoda Chronicles, The New Yoda Chronicles, and Freemakers episodes Crossing Paths, The Test, The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase, and The Maker Of Zoh

Things have been pretty tough for the Freemaker fam these last couple days. A certain dark side-wielding Imperial is to blame. But perhaps things might not’ve been so difficult had they known R0-GR’s transmission pack had a tracking device the whole time. Roger knew about it but never considered it might have been the source of Naare’s constant one-step-aheading. Unfortunately this discovery is too late to make much of a difference — the last crystal’s on Hoth and Naare already knows this. So it’s either the Freemakers go to Hoth and she kills them or they don’t go and she finds the crystal and the Emperor kills everyone. But there is a third option, and it’s on Zoh. Rowan recalls what Maz Kanata told him about this person they could go to when things got desperate, and I’d say this whole situation qualifies. The uninhabited trash planet doesn’t sound promising, but hey, it’s not Hoth! That’s already a win! Oh, we’re off to see the Maker, the wonderful Maker of Zoh! *shot*
At first glance, Zoh isn’t terribly spectacular, but as they land the StarScavenger, the Freemakers come upon a fascinating array of massive, eclectic, but incredible scrap sculptures towering above them. The rest of the crew’s not sure what to make of it, but Rowan’s got a good feeling about this… which doesn’t last long when suddenly droids rise from the mechanical refuse. Lots of droids, from super battle droids to astromechs to pit droids and all the others I can’t rightly name. And they don’t like the Freemakers’ presence here. Zander sends Roger out to speak to them, but the instant their skeptical leader eyes the battle droid’s dismembered transmission pack, everydroid and their brother pulls out their weapons on the humans. Surely they would’ve made quick work of the family… had a voice not commanded them to cease their fighting… a voice I felt I recognized from somewhere but wasn’t sure where. With a wave of his hand, the mysterious figure disassembles the boulder of scrap metal that nearly was used on Rowan. The being must be Force-sensitive, but I still couldn’t place who this was. But then his left hand… it glows blue with the pure power of four kyber crystals. I squee-gasped with surprise: IT’S JEK-14. JEK is the one these droids address as The Maker. Oh my gosh you guys this made me so insanely happy I could hardly breathe! Considering how close-to-canon The Freemaker Adventures is, I wasn’t sure if the events of previous Lego SW specials were canon in this near-canon-ness. OK I’m not sure that made sense. What I mean is, one of the things that stands out most about TFA compared to previous Lego SW is that they strive to keep it as true to Star Wars as it gets, with the exception of some fun Lego stuff here and there. The older ones weren’t bad or any less fun by any means, they just mostly kept it light and played around with a lot of jokes that don’t quite quite fit the canon. Because of this, I wasn’t sure if they would consider both The Yoda Chronicles and The Freemaker Adventures in the same boat. I mean, I always kinda did, as I consider most Lego SW stories canon and take it all as seriously as the rest of SW. But whatever the case, they brought JEK-14 back and in the most amazing way. Anyway, JEK apologizes to the Freemakers for his overprotective shootystabbycrushy friends. Bossdroid N-3RO argues he has a right to overreact, looking at the lightsaber wound on one of the super battles, but JEK gets mouse droid Fixer right on it. The old clone gives the young scavengers full reign to take whatever scrap they need, but it’s not scrap they need, it’s help. And seeing how The Maker is a Forcewielder, Rowan believes he can help him with his Jedi training. But that’s exactly what JEK doesn’t want to do. “But the fate of the galaxy is at state!” “That’s what they all say… ‘One last battle to end all battles’, but there’s always another.” OK this just got so deep and so real I can’t even.
Let’s talk a brief history of JEK-14 for a minute or two. JEK-14 began life as a full-grown clone trooper, enhanced by kyber crystals and intended as a Separatist weapon by Darth Sidious. His first words were “I am ready to fight… for the Sith”, and without question he used his own brand of Force lightning on Jedi masters Mace Windu and Yoda. However, when commanded to actually kill Yoda, he couldn’t do it. Both the Jedi and the Separatists wanted JEK on their sides, but JEK refused, and the Force-sensitive clone fled for Hoth, where he found solace in using the Force to build works of art. However, the Separatists found him and cloned his Forcewielding self until he was barely alive. Miraculously, JEK-14 fought back and destroyed the dark side clones. Ultimately he chose to leave on a peaceful note, but intent on never again getting involved with the war. He went from there to Endor, where he helped build things for the ewok community. When the Jedi needed help, they sought him out, and it was only the kindness and innocence of Yoda’s padawans that convinced him to do so. In fact, had he not had such good relations with the younglings, far worse things might’ve happened. Some years later at the end of the Clone Wars, Yoda’s padawans convinced him to come back and help them get back the holocrons from the Jedi Temple. I don’t know for sure what he was doing in the time in between, but as I noticed watching this episode, the decorative clasp on his outfit has the Mandalorian beast-skull icon on it. Hehe I was actually right when I surmised he might’ve gone there! He clearly spent some time one what he assumed was a peaceful world, probably to be highly disappointed when the Siege of Mandalore occurred right before the war’s end. It was thanks to him that the Jedi made it safely offworld, and with the holocrons that Obi-Wan intended to use to train Luke someday. JEK spent the next 20 years in peace on Naboo before Yoda summoned him to Tatooine, where he would briefly join the fight against the Empire. He helped the Alliance for some time, before finally leaving them likely after they established their base on Hoth. And now, he’s made a home on Zoh, where he has all the building material he could ever want, all the friends he could ever need, and no one on his doorstep asking him to fight their battles. Until now. It’s only when Rowan explains how the Sith used him that JEK puts his pride and hurt behind him. Because once upon a time, the clone was used the same way. He’s not a Jedi, but he decides he will teach Rowan everything he knows about the Force. The Freemakers’ll be hanging out here for a while looks like. But N-3… bro’s not a fan…
Meanwhile, Graballa’s fleet was waiting outside Hoth. And waiting… and waiting… and waiting some more. Naare knows they’ll come. Graballa, however, is bored out of his mind. Both get slightly more than they bargained for though when their bosses come on the holo. Naare and Graballa are two very different varieties of scum and villainy, but the one thing they both have in common is that, for all their scum and villainy, they’re still pretty low on the food chain. Jabba doesn’t approve of his cousin’s latest harebrained scheme and Sidious is (as per usual) quickly running out of patience waiting for that Kyber Saber. Unsurprisingly, both Hutt and Imperial Agent are unsuccessful in convincing their higher-ups of their plans. We’re reminded in this scene that there are greater evils at work here and it’s terrifying. I do find it interesting that Naare approaches the Emperor this time not irritated or angry, but honestly kind of… afraid. Many times before, she’s addressed him with a prideful confidence we often see in second-rate darksiders, but it’s almost as though something happened recently to shake that foundation a little. Perhaps Sidious did something to remind her of her place, and what consequences await her if she fails. Maybe I’m reading into this too much, but if you’ve been reading these TFA posts for any length of time, you know I do a lot of that. But can you blame me? They are telling great stories here and I’m super curious about the things left unstated! But yah she feels ya, Graballa.
Watching JEK-14 training Rowan is basically one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life. Like seriously. JEK has always been amazing with kids, and seeing him teaching his understanding of the Force to Rowan his just… wow. It’s something real special. I love his angle on the Force: the dark side destroys, but the light side creates. It’s a really great unique angle that feels appropriately Lego but also perfectly Star Wars. A very tangible point of view that perhaps no other Jedi master could offer… one that could only be explained by a Force-sensitive clone trooper who desired only to create. And perhaps someday Rowan will take these lessons and impart them on another young Forcewielder. FEELS FEELS FEEEEELS. Buuuuut again… N-3 is not a fan. The bossdroid’s convinced that The Maker might join the Freemakers and leave them if something’s not done. And if he leaves, they’ll be back to being useless, purposeless scrap. That does bring up a good question: do they truly see JEK as their friend and simply don’t want him to leave, or are they concerned mostly about being purposeless? Or are they concerned that, without The Maker, they will be have no one to protect them from any scavenger looking for a few spare parts? Or maybe it has something to do with him being “The Maker”, in that to the droids, he’s kind of a deity. IDK Maybe I missed something but any way you spin it it’s an interesting thought. N-3 is a very very desperate droid… and also very very convincing.
Elsewhere, Zander and Kordi hadn’t had much luck salvaging. Not a useful piece of junk in sight, it seems. Roger was trying to help, but after nearly crushing them with a toppled junk sculpture, the sibs give him the slip. It’s then when N-3RO makes his move, inviting his fellow “unappreciated” droid brother for a nice long oil bath. N-3 suggests that, perhaps, the battle droid should remain on Zoh, in paradise, away from ungrateful, uncaring masters who’d eventually scrap him. R0-GR won’t allow himself to believe the Freemakers would ever do such a thing, but considering recent events, there’s perhaps a niggling of doubt. Oh poor sweet Rogerrrr… 😦 Whatever the case, N-3RO’s got other plans for Roger’s masters… plans like leading Zander and Kordi into a trap.
So Rowan’s lessons were going quite well, thanks to JEK, he was able to construct a perfect speederbike out of spare parts. Which, true to his nature, Ro immediately hopped on and rode off. With a smile, JEK-14 follows on his own construction. Again AHHH I LOVE THIS. If Luke doesn’t become his official master then JEK totally should! It’s a good thing Rowan and JEK went for a ride, though, because they soon found Kordi and Zander chained up with a half a TIE hovering above their heads. N-3R0 insists that these trespassers have corrupted The Maker’s mind and that he’s doing the right thing by destroying them. Rowan expertly puts together a crate to shield them and attaches it to the speeders to get them to safety. Now if he and his master can stop the revolt without destroying the droids or getting killed themselves, it’llve been a good day! The two hold their own really well for a while, but when Rowan gets captured and JEK in turn lets his guard down, the droids get the better of them all. Roger returns from his oil bath to find his masters surrounded at all ends as N-3 has decided to “deactivate” them all, including JEK, who he now considers “beyond saving” O.O The bossdroid promises Roger complete freedom once the humans are out of the way. However, the old clanker’s come to a different conclusion. N-3 tried to convince him that the Freemakers’ frustration with him would ultimately end in a garbage disposal, but Roger has no doubts where he stands with his masters, because they’re not just masters, they’re family. In families, people make mistakes, they get mad at each other, but temporary frustration doesn’t turn their bond into scrap; they forgive each other, they love each other, they fight for each other. He might be a droid, but first and foremost he’s a Freemaker. And he takes that transmission pack with the family insignia on it and puts it back on. Now those droids are gonna have a whole ‘nother problem to deal with. OK I’m sorry I botched that moment but it’s truly amazing how strongly Roger cares for his family. In the past, he’s had a tendency to come off a little… I hate to say “jerky”, so let’s just say… “highly opinionated” with the Freemakers’ decisions and ideas. Oh wait “self-centered” that was the word I was looking for! Yeah he sometimes comes off like he cares more about himself than the others, but in his heart he truly considers them family, and he loves them even if they sometimes get on his nerves and force him into dangerous adventures… and vice versa 🙂 But oh yeah now here comes Graballa’s ship! Nuts I wish I knew its name so I wouldn’t have to keep calling it just “Graballa’s ship”. In the midst of the chaos, the Freemakers are able to make their escape. JEK remains behind to protect the droids, even after all they’ve done. But that’s not the last noble thing he’ll be doing today. Just as the Freemakers got out of the frying pan, they walked into the fryer as Naare pulled her red-blade out on them. Rowan was ready to take her on, whatever it took, but JEK-14 stood between them, urging Rowan and his family to go on. Oh man I’m getting all teary-eyed writing this. As Naare addressed him as the “failed experiment”, my respect for her dropped a few points. It’s an amazing duel though, as she fights with her lightsaber, while JEK fights with nothing but the pure Force running through his blood. He creates obstacles to throw in her way, but she just as easily tears these structures apart. Had this been a fair fight, I believe JEK was the stronger of the two, even without formal training. But it was not so… using every inch of darkness in her soul, Naare began to form a mountain of refuse around the clone. Rowan watched in horror as The Maker of Zoh was slowly buried in the scrap. Before going down, JEK called out to his apprentice “Trust in the Force. Be a builder, Rowan!” and I started bawling here, crying out “HE DONE PULLED AN ‘AHSOKA’!!” Because of JEK-14’s sacrifice, the StarScavenger was able to get offworld and away from their enemies’ grasp. Over the transmission pack, Rowan makes very clear to Naare that he will be getting that final fragment. JEK not only taught Rowan a new understanding of the Force, but I believe he’s also heavily inspired bravery in his apprentice, and in the rest of the Freemakers as well, in their most desperate hour.
On Zoh, a recently reconstructed N-3RO (post being blasted by Graballa’s fleet) wakes up to a world without The Maker… and also a restraining bolt because bro was well overdue for one of those. BL-OX now knows they never should’ve listened to him, as now, their master is no more. I started getting weepy again as I recalled all of the amazing things JEK had done and the incredible man he was. And then…
An arm shot out of the scrap.
The spark of the Force still electric in his veins, a blaze of pure Force shoots from his hand.
JEK LIVES.

So I basically drowned in feels the rest of the day. Happy feels that JEK is alive. Sad feels that Rowan believes he lost his friend. Nostalgia feels from seeing JEK again. Really all the feels. I so so much love this episode and, again, this series. It felt awesome writing about them again. And I certainly will soon! Whenever the Rebs go on hiatus I’ll bring some more Freemaker follow-ups until I hit the season finale! As long as I live and breathe I’m never gonna wanna stop talking about Star Wars 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Raid On Coruscant: A Closer Look

So with months off before Rebels comes back, no new really big SW news, and my next Star Wars Summer Read still on its way to my library, it seems like a good time to talk some more about the Lego Star Wars specials! Plus, with Droid Tales on the way it’d probably be a good idea to get back in on this. So I bring you my Closer Look on Raid On Coruscant. Enjoyyyyy.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from The Empire Strikes Out, The Phantom Clone, Race For The Holocrons, Raid On Coruscant

When we last left our heroes, things… didn’t go that well. Guess who has two thumbs and all the holocrons? THIS GUYYY! Er… Darth Vader, not me… I guess that joke doesn’t technically work in this context. Never mind. So yeah that’s a problem. Now the Empire has a full list of every planet sympathetic to the Rebel Alliance. Naboo is next on this list. “I can’t figure out how our sign didn’t throw them off!”, yesss because they’d totally buy the “Not a Rebel Base” sign XD I figure Vader had fun laying waste to this planet… on the list of planets associated with his past he’d like to destroy, Naboo’s probably tops on the list. Yeah this does not look good. Yoda and Obi-Wan know that for sure, that’s why they called up their old buddy JEK-14 to lend a Force-enriched hand. But it seems someone didn’t get the memo on that… Qui-Gon Jinn showed up, ready and rarin’ to go to help his comrades! Well, this is awkward. So Obi-Wan and Yoda give their other old buddy a job opening a pickle jar. Qui-Gon’s totally into it “You remembered how good I am at opening things! Let me at it! I have a very particular set of skills.” XD (OMG I just realized they dropped a Taken reference *dies laughing*)
So Vader was going to give his master an update, but it took a bit longer than he would’ve preferred, having to get past his secretary and being put on hold. Makes sense, though. I mean, if you’re Emperor of the entire galaxy you’ve got to be a busy dude. So Darth takes a tea break, only to have Sidious come on the line a minute later. Palpatine’s glad to see his progress, and now offers up the next planet to mess with — Tatooine. Otherwise known as #1 on Vader’s “planets associated with my past that I’d like to destroy” list. It’s funny I wouldn’tve pegged Tatooine for having too many Rebel sympathizers, but apparently any at all is too many as far as the Empire’s concerned. Looks like Threepio’s interview is over…
In the back of the Mos Eisley cantina, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie discuss their situation and what their next move should be. Luke believes their best move would be to head on over to Coruscant itself and take the holocrons back. Han’s response is hilarious “Kid! You’ve been sleeping with that flashlight-thing too close to your brain!” 😛 Leia’s actually resorted to considering hiding as a good plan, but regardless of the risky nature of the plan, Luke believes that’s their best move. And then in comes a AT-AT… right in the middle of the cantina. Like clockwork, the Empire has arrived. But so also has one JEK-14…
The Falcon crew finds themselves facing down Imperial resistance from both ends, including but not limited to Lord Vader in an AT-AT. Thankfully for our heroes, those things, while impressive and super-cool, take a little work to turn around and that gives them an opportunity to make a run for it. They try for the Falcon‘s docking bay only to be met by Jabba and every bounty hunter he could ever hope to hire to capture Captain Solo. And Luke’s doesn’t work much better… those fangirls of his are back. So things just got more chaotic that it already was. As they were running for their lives, JEK runs up alongside them, introducing himself as a friend of Obi-Wan’s and offering them a lift out of this mess. Luke is a tad skeptical, at least up until JEK uses that arm of his to build a wall between them and their pursuers. But just when they thought they’d gotten out of the soup, they’re met by blasterfire from Vader’s AT-AT. Just when they thought they were back in the soup, Artoo and Threepio take aim at the transport with the Falcon! Vader’s not too happy to see that old thing pwning his weaponry again… and I bet he’d be even less happy to know that two familiar droids were the ones at the controls. So he decides to ditch the AT-AT and meet them full-on with his lightsaber. JEK was about to work his Force-arm magic and turn the Falcon invisible, but his Force-control don’t work as well as it used to. Though it does make an interesting point; obviously age doesn’t impact one’s use of the Force (see: everything Yoda’s ever done), so does that mean JEK’s arm is robotic and not physical? My only problem with that theory is that he was a normal clone who was enhanced by a kyber crystal, so that shouldn’t have turned his arm robotic out of the gate. But technically, JEK isn’t actually Force-sensitive in the traditional sense, he gained some unique abilities via the kyber crystal, but it’s not the same as actual Force sensitivity. He has just as many midichlorians as the rest of the clones (well, maybe a couple more?). So I think my theory of his arm being overcharged by pure Force still stands. Sorry if that made no sense at all, but it’s definitely interesting looking at this concept from a realistic standpoint. So it finally takes Han giving the old guy’s arm a whack to get it back to fully functioning, and with that, the ship disappears from Vader’s sight and flies off to the Kashyyk base. Also yay Qui-Gon got that pickle jar open! “So awkward, this is…” XD
So Vader kinda had to go and explain what happened to Sidious. Sidious isn’t pleased, but there are still plenty of other planets to crush out there. While hunting through the holocrons for a fresh planet, he happens to find one loaded with footage of a young Anakin Skywalker. Consider Darth Vader’s interest piqued. As the master and the apprentice head off to the screening room to find out what their next target is, Vader happens to quietly take the past-self holocron with him. Of course, that “screening room” is technically the senate building (no one told Senator Yawn this, though… poor dude), and in there they find that the planet in question is “Wookiee World”. Vader points out its actual name and location, and to that Sidious drops one of the greatest lines uttered in Lego SW history “Well, you’re a real Star Wars nerd, aren’t you?” SO META! XD XD Though in all seriousness, Rebels, you’re in trouble… but it turns out the Rebels are pretty aware of that. So Luke’s come back to his raid plan again, with help from Mon Mothma and Admiral Ackbar (and of course JEK, who helps polish off the Falcon in a marvelous way), they might stand a chance.
Meanwhile, Vader was taking a moment to watch that holocron he confiscated. It shows an early Clone Wars battle with a younger, nicer him along with Obi-Wan and Mace Windu, all cracking very future-foretelling quips (“When you guys joke around like that it makes me want to get tossed out a high-rise window with my arm cut off!” Seriously? That’s kinda scary…). Vader’s had enough of it and kicks the ‘cron away. It does make you wonder what all Darth’s feeling right now. This is between Episodes IV and V so he knows who Luke is and it’s starting to chip away at his outer shell. He likely still harbors hate for the Jedi and probably still refers to his old self as someone else, but at this juncture I could see him starting to slowly question his allegiances. Face it bro you’ve still got good in ya! But no time to think about that he’s got Rebels to crush!
As for the Rebels, the plan is set, JEK’s knows the lay of the Coruscant land, and Artoo’s got the floor plans! At least, he will once Leia finds the right compact disc to load. Han breaks the awkward silence with “Ever wonder how come we don’t have digital downloads yet?” Pffff XD Luke senses the Empire’s approach, so it’s time for the Rebels to make their move! But by the time they get to Coruscant… the Imperials are gone. That’s because the Imperials already left for Kashyyk! You can imagine how much Vader liked this surprise. Yeahh I had never thought two enemies could miss each other like that, but it’s working in the Rebels’ favor so they have more time to grab those holocrons without opposition. And then enter in the Imperial Guards. OK so the plan’s not entirely without opposition. But duh that’s why JEK-14’s here. #ForceEnhancedBenefits JEK takes a look in the old Holocron Vault and Han and Luke enter into Palpatine’s office. JEK doesn’t find any ‘crons, though he does find himself fighting that old vault droid who doesn’t play fair. But Han knows just how to make their entrance — making one in the Emperor’s office window. And the dark dude hasn’t yet left the building. Then he doesn’t play fair and hides in the closet until he throws all Force lightning on the two young heroes, and that turns into a ‘saber battle between Luke and Sidious. Man, Luke is really doing awesome, standing his ground against such a formidable foe. I mean, Luke’s practically just started his training and Palpatine brought down Jedi masters! Either the Force is really really really with young Skywalker or Palpatine’s just getting old. I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
Oh yeah, and with Artoo’s help, JEK managed to get out of that mess with the vault droid. Artoo grabbed a single ‘cron and whacked him over the head with it (the vault droid, not JEK-14). Back at the battle in Palpatine’s office, the smacktalk had begun. “YOU ARE A WEAK PATHETIC FARM BOY!” “Oh yeah? Well, your teeth are yellow!” “*GASP* WORDS CAN HURT YOU KNOW!” Another one of the best lines ever! 😆 XD Though seriously have we seen one honest-to-goodness Sith without bad teeth? Even most second-rate Sithy-sorts have bad teeth! I guess we can cut Ventress and Savage from this ranking but still! Luke finally knocks the ‘saber from Sidious’ hands, but that only frees him up to Force-grab the boy and throw him out the window. Thankfully, a tour bus full of Jawas was at the right place in the right time. Palpatine thought he could get away scot-free, but didn’t expect to be surrounded at all ends by Han, Chewie, and alllll those Wookiees in the senate building. Luke finally rejoins the party, but the Emperor’s not going to make it easy for our heroes — he threatens to destroy the holocrons! But Skywalker knows how to play his cards right; “Go ahead! Destroy them!” and literally everybody be like “WHUT?“. Luke knows there’s no way Palpatine would really want to destroy all his precious intel. And that’s where JEK comes in, for the good of the galaxy, Luke gives him the command to destroy the holocrons. It’s sad to see all these years worth of documented Jedi history blown to pieces, but if it allows the Rebels to fight another day, then it’s a necessary sacrifice. And with that, the Alliance is heading back to Kashyyk on a good note.
As for Vader, he finally showed up after managing the space battle. And he happened to find Palpatine trapped on top of the senate building, cape caught on its spike, and his heart-print boxers for all the world to see. Yes this was not one of the Darths’ better days.
Obi-Wan and Yoda reflect on Luke’s daring decision. Good news is they can’t be used for evil ever again, bad news is now Luke can’t use the holocrons for Jedi training. It’s Master Jinn who suggests Yoda be the one to train him. And he finally outs them for not being honest with him to start with XD “I would expect more from the guys I taught the ways of immortality to!”
Back on Kashyyk, we’re getting to hang around for the Wookiee party! Sure Ewoks know how to throw an epic soiree but the hairy beasts could give them a run for their money! While the Rebels get down, Luke and JEK talk for a moment, as Luke does regret not being able to at least get ahold of one holocron. But JEK reveals that Artoo did managed to keep one… the one with a young Anakin Skywalker 🙂 Awwwz! “Whoever this Jedi is, he’s amazing! I hope someday I turn out just like him!” Well, I wouldn’t really want you to do that, but still, if one thing tugs at my heartstrings, it’s that image of Luke watching his father as the great man he once was :3
So there you go some random Legoness for your Saturday. Hope all my American readers have a Fourth Of July that’s as much fun as an Ewok-and-Wookiee party! 😀

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Missions: Voices

And now we continue onward, attempting to uncover whatever secrets and mysteriousness lies within these final four of TCW! And if you want secrets and mysteriousness, these episodes sure got ’em! Seriously folks, prepare for a lot of deepish discussion in this one and the ones to follow! That’s all I can really say right now… so… let’s sit down and watch Voices together!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode V, Episode VI, The Yoda Chronicles Episode I, and TCW episodes Overlords, Altar Of Mortis, Ghosts Of Mortis, Orders, The Lost One, and Voices


(Original screencap credit: Netflix)

“Jedi Mystery!” Those are the first words of the narration at the show’s opening, and boyyy is that Tom Kane guy right… we just dug up a lot of dirt on the Clone Wars’ origins. I guess the biggest question is “Why did a Sith just go and create our entire army?” (Welllll y’all could’ve listened to Fives a few episodes back but nooooooo…), and when you’ve got a question this big, the best thing to do is sit down and see if the Force’ll help out. And that’s where we find Yoda, meditating for a bit before rejoining the council in trying to answer these big questions. But instead of further answers on all that craziness, he hears a familiar voice… a voice he seriously isn’t sure he’s hearing: Qui-Gon Jinn’s. Yoda’s all “Uh… you’re dead bro, sooo…” and Qui-Gon’s like “Then explain why I’m still talking to you. I’m part of the living Force now!” and then does a few tricks to further convince his old master of the fact. And Yoda be all O.o It’s rather fascinating, watching Yoda in these episodes… realizing that even he doesn’t know everything. I’m sure secretly Qui-Gon’s all “Heh. And you guys all thought I was the crazy one!” XD
Yoda returned to the council meeting, but he was about as attentive as a fourth-grader in a lecture on politics. For good reason, considering what he just saw and heard. Of course, all the Jedi in the room are all “WURT Yoda wasn’t paying attention?!” (OK they don’t say it but it’s what they didn’t say that says it). Master Windu reiterates the situation… clearly, whoever’s really in charge of this whole Sith deal seems to be someone right in front of their noses. But Yoda doesn’t really have much more to add to that statement… he’s really not in his element today… and Mace and Obi-Wan kinda know it as the two head off for a brief conversation. Also, on a random note, it is really fascinating watching that green bearded Jedi guy in motion, slithering around like he do. For so long he’s just sat in his council chair and now he’s actually moving! Crazy, man… OK anyway, so back to Obi-Wan and Mace. Mace is totally picking up on whatever’s chewing at Yoda, and he’s pretty weirded out about it. The two make a point to keep an eye on the Master, in case something’s seriously wrong. Because yeah Mace is sensing something big (and dark) on the rise…
Meanwhile, Yoda was out mediating outside the Temple. And may I say that it looks like the weather is lovely there right now? Guhh the animation of those leaves… anyway, so Anakin just happened to run into him while he was out there, and Yoda decides to confide in him what he’s been hearing. Yoda’s heard the whole Mortis deal, how Anakin and Obi-Wan evidently talked to Master Jinn while in that “rabbit hole”. Anakin brushes that off that it was just a really weird vision, as most of the stuff on Mortis was. Because of course, the Jedi are pretty sure that once you’re dead you just hang out in that Force-spirit-soup. But Yoda knows that there’s a good chance they don’t know everything… but he also knows he might just be a little crazy and needs a nap. Um I’m going to stick with the first option. Yoda? A little crazy? As if! And yeah the way Yoda says “Rest, I need…” just brings up all this Episode VI nostalgia… noooo don’t die on us Master!!… 😥
So when Yoda goes out to the council and tells them that he’s kinda hearing voices from beyond, the gang bonds together for a good long meditation to see if anyone else hears something. And they do this pretty much all day… and nothing happens. I’m sure Qui-Gon is watching them, chuckling at the way he’s messing with them… kick him off the council will they? 😛 OK so after everyone inevitably got the kinks out of their backs from kneeling for twenty-four straight hours, Ki-Adi Mundi proposes that maybe this voice is just the Sith messing with them. Obi-Wan’s like “Duuude! Yoda’s like, a rock! No Sith could play that kinda game with him!”. Mace is all “Look, Yoda, you’re great and stuff and wiser and older than pretty much anyone, but I don’t think you’re above being manip’d by the dark side.” and Yoda’s like “Yeahhh I could see that… the dark side’s already done so much to blind us; who knows what they might be able to do!” so, the Jedi decide to get a second opinion on the matter. But what do you do when the second opinion still doesn’t clear anything up? According to the Jedi doc, Yoda’s fine physically and mentally for his age. Ki-Adi Mundi, once again throwing out big “what-ifs”, wonders if maybe Yoda having trained Dooku prior to his fall might’ve caused a problem or two. Again, Obi-Wan’s doubtful, as Dooku was just one out of the zillions of Jedi who were Yoda’s apprentices. But Ki-Adi fires back that Dooku could easily use their old bond against Yoda, and what better way to take out the Jedi than by taking out the head honcho? Yikes… the concept of dark side Yoda is unfathomable, yet disturbing. But what if…? The doc proposes a treatment that could possibly give Yoda a closer idea of this “voice”, and naturally, it’s potentially dangerous. But whatever Yoda wants to do… and of course, he wants to do it.
Sooo I’m still no expert on SW-ian medicine, and especially not in the area of Jedi medicine, but basically Yoda’s going in deep, quite literally. Into a tank that will put him into a deep deep meditative state, as deep as one can go without being dead. Whooo boy… this could go south, but Yoda wants his answers and you can’t change that. And as the treatment begins, on cue, Qui-Gon steps in and points Yoda to where he needs to go — to some slimy planet called Dagobah, where he’ll figure it all out. Oh, and he can’t tell anybody else about it. That’s about it before Yoda was fished out and revived by his Jedi buddies. Yoda kinda rambled on about having talked to a couple of dead friends… and that naturally started a tizzy amongst the Jedi, who again, are pretty sure that you don’t just go around having conversations with living people when you’re dead. But Anakin, coming back on what Yoda told him earlier, reminds them that they might not know everything there is to know about the Force. Eh, but Ki-Adi’s still sticking to his “Sith-controlling-Yoda” guns. Mace makes the final call that, until they get everything figured out, Yoda’s going to be hanging out in the medical bay under senate guards for a while. But I have a feeling that Yoda’s not going to be there for as long as the rest of the Jedi want… he has a couple aces up his sleeve… the first being Anakin.
I cannot fully express how much I love Yoda’s little plan here. He pretty quickly convinces (or maybe not so much) Anakin to help him make his escape. Anakin isn’t totally sure if he’s doing the right thing, but Yoda’s like “Dude. You break the rules all the time! You can certainly do that for me right now, can’t you?”. Heheh it’s nice seeing Yoda’s mischievous side again 🙂 So I guess Anakin and Yoda are just going to take a “casual” walk outside… to get some “fresh air”. And once the two have casually made their way past the guards, Anakin gets R2-D2 to set Yoda up with a ship and get him on his merry way. And by the time Mace and the doc show up, Yoda’s already gone, off to Dagobah!
So it’s not long before the Master and Artoo land on said planet. Thankfully, Artoo’s allowed to stay on the ship… understandably so, as the next time he steps into the mudhole he nearly gets eaten. If he could speak Basic, he’d totally be saying the infamous “I’ve got a bad feeling about this…” . I seriously love watching Artoo and Yoda hang out! It’s nice to know that that squabble they have twenty years from now was not rooted in their past XD
So after walking for a bit, Yoda sits down, ready to hear what Master Jinn has to say next. And I about cried when Qui-Gon spoke next… “Yoda, my old friend…” gahhh the warmth in his voice… it’s like getting a vocal hug! I want to be his friend so badddd :3 I’m sure he would’ve probably hugged him for real if of course, he wasn’t currently still trying to figure out the whole “Force ghost form” thing and if it wouldn’tve probably weirded Yoda out. Anyway, but though he can’t be seen yet, Qui-Gon uses a bunch of sparkly lights to guide Yoda to where he needs to go. Qui-Gon’s warm voice and sparkly lights?! Ahhh it’s all so magical!! I’m getting all the feels right now. So Qui-Gon tells Yoda that Dagobah’s a crazy Force-rich planet… it looks like Yoda didn’t just choose Dagobah because “a nice place to live, it is” (cookies if you get the reference)! Apparently Master Jinn is, as he said, made up of the living Force, which is entirely different from the cosmic Force (yeesh the Force is so confusing!). So instead of just joining the Force soup that others would, he gets to hang out and do whatever as just himself… not a bad deal! Of course, just because he’s in this high ranking of deceasedness doesn’t mean he knows everything, and he can’t really say much in regard to Yoda’s wonderings about the Sith and the future. So the sparkly lights lead Yoda to a rather familiar cave… a cave that I really really wouldn’t want to go into anytime soon… why does everything involving the Force has to be so complicated and frightening half the time?! Of course, that’s why they’re the Jedi and I’m not.
Yes, this familiar cave. It’s dark and creepy and has just the right amount of black fog and disturbing foggy visions of what’s to come… visions of Jedi fighting clones and Jedi dying and Darth Sidious doing what he do, plus Sidious inviting Yoda over to the dark side. Anybody else severely shook when they show CG versions of things that will happen in the films? The Mortis episodes and now this… yikes. It’s very clear that Yoda’s as shook as anybody right now, and that’s saying something since Yoda comes off as a pretty unshakable guy. As Yoda stumbles out of the cave, I think it’s safe to say that he wasn’t exactly expecting that kind of answer to his questions… and there’s still so much he doesn’t know or fully grasp about what he saw. Qui-Gon knows that things are getting pretty much worse and worse and the dark side is getting stronger and stronger as the Clone Wars continue, but he also knows that there is always hope. And with that, Qui-Gon points the way for Yoda to his next step on the path to stronger-Force-ness. So someday, Yoda will continue to be able to provide help and hope in the dark times ahead, even post-death (any chance that means we’ll see Yoda in Episode VII? Just wondering… the only time we saw him in his Force ghost form was when he stopped by the ewok party). So with the Force as his guide, Yoda steps back in his ship, ready to be lead to a mysterious place that will deepen his understanding, test his limits, and get him ready for the future to come…
OK that was so deep I literally can’t wrap my head around this. And not just because my understanding of the Force is kinda iffy. Dang, man… uh… perhaps some secrets are harder to uncover than most. I think I’m going to stop blogging now because I’m not sure there’s anything else I can really say to aide us in our understanding. Just WOW.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Escape From The Jedi Temple: A Closer Look

Sorry to interrupt the awesomeness that have been the Uncovering The Lost Missions posts, but I can’t pass the newest Lego SW special by without writing a Closer Look on it! When I first heard there would be a new Yoda Chronicles episode, I was shocked; it seemed that it’d all been wrapped up nicely after Attack Of The Jedi, and I certainly didn’t think it’d be airing on Disney Channel! And it didn’t get any publicity on starwars.com, which also felt weird. But it was awesomely awesome, so really who cares that it didn’t get as talked-about as the other three before it? So I bring to you, my friends, the first blog on The New Yoda Chronicles, Escape From The Jedi Temple! Let’s get talkin’ shall we?
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, The Padawan Menace, The Phantom Clone, Menace Of The Sith, Attack Of The Jedi, Escape From The Jedi Temple and the TCW episodes Conspiracy, Fugitive, and Orders.

So our story opens, as far as I can tell, in the moments after the Death Star was destroyed in Episode IV. I mean, it’s hard to tell in some ways, because, I mean, Luke was more-or-less in the cockpit of his x-wing after that, and here’s the whole gang in the Falcon, partying it up! And yeah Leia might’ve been at the command center and stuff, too… I know that most don’t consider the Lego SW stuff canon but I kind of try to for the most part, and I’m a little stumped on this one. Unless, of course, it’s wedged somewhere in all the craziness that conspired between episodes IV and V that we don’t know a lot about. But anyway, what do you know, the Falcon really does still have its party lights! Whether the disco floor is still there is unknown, but still! Haha I’d called it from the get-go back when The Phantom Clone debuted! But Threepio’s not enjoying himself too much as the giant scrolling credits in front of the ship seem to denote that their victory is a tad premature. And that’s where I busted out laughing; that was one of the absolute funniest jokes Lego SW’s done yet! No one else is really worried though and Han’s all “Relax, Goldypants…” (which is an awesome line because that’s exactly what Han called Threepio back when he met the golden droid as a kid in The Padawan Menace). Oh but thennn along came Vader, sending major threats their way, even if the Falcon crew couldn’t hear it (which the rest of the Imperials seem to enjoy reminding him of; dude just let Vader do what he wants! He’s VADER!). So what did Luke do? He decided to take the wheel and drove the Falcon right over the Star Destroyer! And his hard-for-a-Star-Destroyer-to-imitate manuevers worked… at least until Luke accidentally turned the funkadelic lights back on and the onward came the TIE fighters! I think it’s a universal rule that Luke shouldn’t ever drive the Falcon and Han shouldn’t ever use a lightsaber, and this is why (unless, of course, lives are stake and they’re desperate, but otherwise it’s not a smart idea).
Now, Master Yoda didn’t have to be there to know that Luke just did something majorly stupid, he could totally sense it. And that’s about when he got a knock his door from his now-one-with-the-Force buddy Obi-Wan, who comes with important news. And it’s news best shared over a fire with MARSHMALLOWS!!! So Obi-Wan got all hyped telling Yoda about him helping Luke destroy the Death Star while Yoda attempted to decently roast his marshmallow. I just love seeing them together again, doing something kinda normal, just hanging out like nothing’s weird — even though Yoda’s been living here alone for some time and Obi-Wan’s um… a Force ghost. Pass the marshmallows, guys! 🙂 So anyway, despite Obi-Wan’s thrilled with Luke’s progress, Yoda isn’t too sure that Luke’s ready for legit Jedi training, but holocron training might be up young Skywalker’s alley! Ah yes, the holocrons… that takes the two Masters back to the last time they hung out, back when they found themselves in a rush to recover those very holocrons from Empire-heavy Coruscant…
A longer time ago in the same galaxy… (hehe I love that) we find ourselves in the throes of the events of Episode III, as Obi-Wan just minutes ago brought little Luke to Tatooine. And you know I’ve always wondered what went down when Obi-Wan first arrived on Tatooine, evidently he wasn’t done with his special delivery for three minutes before a bunch of tusken raiders showed up and Ben had to coin his inhuman easily-startles raider screech (I’ve always found that majorly impressive! My other question is whether or not they made Sam Vincent actually do it of if they recovered old archive audio from Episode IV). Master Kenobi makes one last (assumptively) transmission to Bail Organa and Yoda, his post-Order 66 comrades when Yoda’s all “Wait… you did get all the holocrons from the Jedi Temple right?” and Obi-Wan’s like “I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO GET THEM!” and Bail’s all “Uh… I have no idea what you’re talking about… holo-what?”. Recently they released a new Lego SW short that explains exactly why they had this communication mishap (See it here), but either way, it looks like the threesome’s adventures weren’t over yet. And then the tusken raiders came back — AND IN GREATER NUMBERS!! 😆 Obi-Wan was forced to grab Jabba’s sail barge and make a run for it. and the Hutt didn’t know what hit him.
Meanwhiles on Coruscant, the Senate’s under new management as the Emperor himself rocks out to the Imperial March and re-clarifies his new role (and reminds a Republic-minded senator who’s the boss), and on top of all of that, he reveals Vader to the public for the first time! Vader tried for a majorly dramatic intro, but things didn’t go as planned… he hasn’t quite gotten used to the new legs, which seem intent on walking him into a wall. Nice to see that even Vader has his awkward moments every now and again.
So back on Kashyyk, the threesome met back to discuss the plan, where we get to meet up with the droids again, and Threepio is a completely new droid — not just because he’s had his memory wiped, but since then he’s become a more daring, takes-his-own-orders Threepio. Yoda thinks he’s pretty cool up until Threepio calls him a “little green boy”. Oooh that wasn’t cool. But then again, it’s got to be a little nice for Yoda to be considered much younger than he already is 🙂 And while it at first seems it’s going to be a small team, who would show up but the younglings themselves! I am so so so thankful for the fact that Rako, Bene, Vaash Ti, and Bobby escaped Order 66. All of them were evidently in the Outer Rim when the cray happened. And considering all of the near-death escapes they’ve had, I’m just glad they survived the Clone Wars to begin with! And they happened to have brought their friend JEK-14 along as well! Again, so happy he’s alive! And since learning the secrets of Order 66 in the first few episodes of The Lost Missions, I’m really happy to see he’s not in a Jedi-killing mood (I’m hoping he got that chip removed, assuming it was just a weird tumor and never questioned it). Now, the second before he switches to his ‘Trooper armor, I can’t help but notice that he’s dressed to the nines, looking like he must hold a very important role in politics. I’d always figured he stayed on Endor, but I guess he found a new home at some point. Maybe somewhere nearish Endor? Or maybe whatever planet the forest moon orbits? I can’t stand the fact that I’m not SW-literate enough to recognize his outfit! Either way, it’s good to see he’s been doing well, living a chill pacifist life, and now he’s back to fight for his good guy friends. And finally, along came… an Ithorian Jedi nobody remembers. The situation is incredibly awkward as Yoda tries to be cool and not let on that he doesn’t remember the guy’s name. The Ithorian tries to clear things up; friends call him “Rusty” and he was in Obi-Wan’s class when they were younglings. Obi-Wan plays the card a lot more smoothly, after all, he’s known for having friends all over the galaxy. But Rusty picks up pretty fast that his old lab partner/roommate doesn’t remember diddly about him. And I have to say it’s pretty cool that they have lab in the Jedi Temple Academy 🙂 But all awkwardness aside, the team sets out to recover the Jedi holocrons!
By the time the team had infiltrated the Temple grounds in their awesome stealth ships (courtesy of JEK), they find a kink in their plan — Sidious is using the holocron room as a home theater (watching Attack Of The Jedi, of all things… smiling ’cause he knows how it all ultimately ended). Obi-Wan, watching from the safety of Yoda’s ship outside the planet, attempts to ask Rusty to create a diversion, but he’s not having it; “OH SURE NOWWW YOU REMEMBER ME!” “Dude how many times must I say I’m sorry?!” XD But when you need a diversion, Threepio’s your droid! He steps out with a blaster and starts taking down the stormtroopers one by one while Bail is sorta freaking out. Ah gotta love it when Threepio’s all “THIS IS NOT THE DROID YOU’RE LOOKING FOR!” and “NOW IT’S YOUR LOT IN LIFE TO SUFFER!”. And with all that scuffle going on, Sidious had to leave his popcorn behind and look into it himself. And dude, Threepio takes down the Emperor like a champion, knocking down a couple of statues on top of the dark dude! WINNING. But it may not be for long, as Vader just got word of the crazy going on outside, and he makes a dash for the door — and the realizes he forgot his helmet and has to go back and get it. Yeesh don’t ever do that again, Darth…
And with that, Vader walks out to find all the carnage caused by a protocol droid, of all things. You’d think that Vader would’ve recognized Threepio, but with that personality, he didn’t know him from an astromech! (Like “didn’t know him from Adam”? Get it? Sorry.) But all the same as soon as Darth points out Threepio’s being a protocol droid, Threepio loses his cool (quite literally) and starts panicking. So basically after accidentally alerting Vader to the younglings’ mission, Bail and the golden droid start running for their peace-loving lives.
So with the Emperor out of the way, the younglings and JEK start getting the holocrons together. It’s quite convenient that they stack together like Lego bricks! …Oh, right… that would explain it; but I wonder if they really can do that! But then in stepped Vader, knocking JEK against the wall, and in turn knocking his Force-enriched arm off. This got me thinking… I’ve always figured that JEK’s arm was a real flesh-and-bone arm (yes I think about these things – I want to make an action figure of him), and you know how eyes and his arm are glowing blue? I like to think that that’s because he has so much of the Force running through him it can barely be contained and somehow most of it accumulated in the veins of his left arm and in the blood vessels in his eyes. But this begs the question… is it just a mechanical arm? Or is this just something that again only Lego characters can do? I still like my theory, so I might just stick it to them being Legos. If this was an episode of Rebels or something he probably wouldn’tve knocked his arm off. But whatever the point was that now these kids are alone facing Vader (well, they wouldn’t be alone if Rusty hadn’t so quickly gotten Force-pushed, but at least Vader remembered him!), and we know that younglings are rather his specialty… but these four are giving Vader a run for his money!
So I wanted to stop for a second and talk about the younglings some. This episode has made me love them even more, because it just goes to show a bit how they’ve grown up and how they’ve bonded, and hey all the respect to ya, you SURVIVED ORDER 66! I also really really want to make action figures of them, too 🙂 And since we know that Vaash Ti is twelve, I’ve made some assumptions on the ages of the others. Bobby is clearly the youngest and is still fairly young, so I’m figuring him for ten at least, which would mean he would’ve been about… what? Seven in the first few episodes? IDK. Considering Rako’s slightly-matured voice, I’ll peg him as somewhere around fourteen, maybe thirteen or fifteen even. Bene seems to be the second-oldest, so maybe a year younger than Rako, though she might be even older for all we know. I want to know more about these kids so much more now! They’re just the greatest! *Crosses fingers in hopes that they might join the Rebel Alliance and show up in SW Rebels*
So in the midst of it all, Rusty managed to get ahold of JEK’s arm and helps the clone get back on his feet, where he could help fight, but Vaash Ti throws him an idea that could be a better alternative to fighting…
But while they were off elsewhere, Vader had Rako, Bene, and Bobby in his grip, and we pretty much undeniably cringe for what could happen next and just minutes before the last blow was struck, a familiar voice rang out in the distance… “LET HER GO, ANAKIN…” so naturally Vader’s all “Whut.” and drops the kids to find out if he was hearing who he thought he was hearing. And walking down the hallway, it appears that Obi-Wan’s come back. Lord Vader’s up for a showdown, but doesn’t see it coming that, oh hey, it’s kinda just a hologram, and Vaash Ti and JEK are at the other end of it *facepalm*. You think he would’ve sensed his presence if it was the real Obi-Wan, but perhaps all the head trauma he’d been through the last couple of days numbed his Force-sensing abilities some (catching fire can do that to a guy). And so, JEK Force-pushed him against the wall and built a nifty set of jail bars (the guy is definitely a Master Builder; Lego Movie reference). Onward went the good guys with the holocrons!
But fact is… keeping Vader down for a long period of time is generally impossible.
Whilst all this insanity was going on, Threepio and Bail panicked their way into hiding in a Imperial ship, which as you can figure may or may not end well. And it doesn’t seem to promise a better ending when they accidentally start it up in all of their panicking. I usually think of Bail being a braver guy than this, but cut him some slack! The Republic he’s been serving for so long just got fried, and also he’s on a risky mission with a bunch of Jedi, who tend to get involved in scary situations at times (better not tell him his daughter is Force-sensitive…).
JEK, Rusty, and the younglings had finally gotten aboard their stealth ships and moved out, but that’s where our little panic team comes in and well… exposed them. FAIL. Thus began the space battle!
Now, early on in the battle, Vader’s TIE fighter shoots down JEK’s ship pretty quickly. And what scares me is that WE DON’T SEE HIM AGAIN AFTERWARD. Auggggh did JEK-14 just die?! I seriously hope not! Though if he did, he went down helping his friends and doing the right thing, and if a SW character goes down, going down a hero is the best, most respectful way to do it. I suppose we’ll have to see if our clone friend ever shows up again, even if it’s as a Force ghost (with all that power, I would be surprised if he didn’t already have the ability to keep his identity in the Force). Oh wait, I just checked, he’s not dead! His ship is still flying aside the younglings and he’s still in the cockpit! *Phew* OK sorry for freaking out there. JEK LIVES!!
But JEK’s not the only hero out here today; Rusty finally made his mark and kept the holocrons safe when the back of their ship was damaged. You go, Rusty! In the end, Threepio and Bail unexpectedly saved the day by ramming their ship into the TIE fighters! And in the process, Vader’s TIE fighter gets its Episode IV look (you’d have to see it for it make sense) 🙂 Though it looks like ultimately, Threepio’s getting his memory wiped yet again… yeah that had to happen. So quite the victory today! And now Obi-Wan’s buried the holocrons in the Tatooine desert where a arrow-shaped formation of bones marks the spot until the day Luke gets his Jedi training on.
So after the fond walk down memory lane, Ben can’t stay and chat much longer as he rushes off to tell Luke about the holocrons. But what he doesn’t know is that it’s kinda at a bad moment… the Falcon’s still on the run from the Vader and his gang. Han and Leia are arguing the heads off (what else is new?) and Luke’s feeling like dirt from the mistake he made. And then he hears Ben’s voice once more, which wasn’t a big deal, but when Ben meets him in the hallway in his ghostly form, Luke freaks out and pulls out his lightsaber on him (which btdubs is kind of pointless). Wow. Dude, it’s a Force ghost, get over it. You wished that Ben was here and now he is! What’s your problem?! And then when that fails Luke pulls out a blaster, which again, does no good… in fact, it hits the hyperdrive button and sends the Falcon blasting into hyperspace without any clue of where they’re going. Oh, and Vader continues the chase into hyperspace as well. Soooo that’s really not good. Ben apologizes to Luke for getting in the way, but it’s then when the two get a marvelous idea! Luke slams the hyperdrive button again, which basically slams the brakes and stops them from crashing headlong into Naboo. While Ben shows up in his ghostly form and freaks Vader out (like father, like son, right?), causing him to make quite the crash landing… and his day only gets worse from there. He lands dead-on into Naboo, right at the feet of (who else?) Jar Jar! And the gungan can’t help but be happy to see him, more machine than man and all! Plus, he brought his three kids along to play with “Uncle Ani”! (I know I’m not the only one wondering when that happened…) So let’s just say that Vader is no match for three little gungans and their crayons 😆 Quite a fitting defeat on Vader’s part, I’d say!
So the Falcon crew is safe because Luke finally figured out that being humble is one of the first, most important things about being a Jedi, and now, Yoda knows that Luke is more than ready to start his holocron training. So now, as the holocrons call out to Luke and to Vader as well, the race is on to see who will get to them first…
So YUS!! Thank you Lego for bringing back The Yoda Chronicles and making them so so awesome! I anxiously await the next part’s arrival! So hope you guys enjoyed 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Attack Of The Jedi: A Closer Look

What a treat to get the finale for Lego’s The Yoda Chronicles right before Thanksgiving and the Christmas Season! Thank the maker we didn’t have to wait a whole three months like last time. All the same, it was worth the wait and a fantastic final chapter for this great series! So now, why don’t we get started and join me on my commentary and thoughts on Attack Of The Jedi!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Attack Of The Jedi, Menace Of The Sith, The Phantom Clone, Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episode V, Episode VI, The Ewok Adventures Films, Various Ewoks Episodes, and TCW Episodes Duel Of The Droids, Landing At Point Rain, Weapons Factory, Legacy Of Terror, Brain Invaders, and Nightsisters.

First of all, let’s give the Tom Kane narrator guy a round of applause; the guy just read a sentence that hardly made any sense. And his honest response “…I have no idea what I just read. Let’s just say that the bad guys are losing.” is said without missing a beat. OMG I’m sorry that’s too funny…
So the story opens up on a battle on Geonosis with Yoda, Artoo, Threepio, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the crackerjack team of younglings taking on the Sith and Separatists once again, and ultimately winning. Of course, the fact they’re on Geonosis again gets me thinking… didn’t Obi-Wan, in the TCW Season 2 episode Landing At Port Rain, tell Cody that the upcoming battle would be the second time they’d had to take Geonosis? And Obi-Wan was all “I can’t believe we’re back here again… *frowny face*”. Well, I take it that he’s never exactly thrilled to hang out on that buggy planet, and who would be? My theory is simple: the Geonosis four-parter was a lot harder than this three-minute battle, so I suppose it only counted as taking Geonosis twice. What we’re seeing in the beginning of this escapade is more like a skirmish. And I think we tend to forget that, you know, Geonosis is a planet, not a country. There could easily be a small battle going on in one part while the whole “brain worm” debacle would be coming up elsewhere before long. I guess that makes sense… let’s just go with it, ‘k?
So yeah, the good guys were compeletely pwning the Clone Wars. Funny to think that there was a time in the earlier days of the war when victory was so common, the Senate became a dance floor. Of course, this is Lego SW, which tends to be on the lighter side versus TCW itself when it was sort of a victory-loss-victory-loss sort of pattern on a regular basis (one of these days I ought to try and keep score). And when you think of the fact that in their latest battle, the Jedi just whupped Dooku, Ventress, Grievous, Maul (yuuuupp he’s still hanging around…), and an entire droid army! In ONE LITTLE SKIRMISH. What’s up with that? The fearsome foursome, known for their insane evilness and killing tons of good folks, are forced to abandon ship when Yoda and his gang show up! Wow… but I guess if we’re talking early in the Clone Wars era, Ventress and Grievous are still rookies in the Sith game, and for pete’s sake, Dooku and Maul aren’t too great at evil planning. So I suppose that makes sense. But yeah, Palpatine’s putting on his fake smile on the regular as he makes note of the Republic’s latest win. Also: could this be one of the most interesting Senate meetings ever? Not necessarily because of what was being discussed, but because of Lando Calrissian Sr. and a Basic-speaking wampa with a British-y accent, both reppin’ their planets XD The wampa totally caught me off-guard and got me laughing for ten minutes after the joke was over!
So just as Palpatine stops the pre-party party at his words of “caution”, Commander Cody has made a very interesting discovery: the fearsome foursome are all on Mustafar! And the Jedi are like “BOOM! We got this in the bag!” and are off to what they assume to be their newest victory. Of course, Palpatine just heard all of this and has a chance to surprise attack the Jedi’s surprise attack… >:)
Why exactly are all the baddies in one place? Because after deciding that Sith clones weren’t the way to go, they decided they need to fight fire with fire… or in this case Padawans with… “Bad-awans”.
They figured they needed their own crackerjack team of adventurous kids to help them win! I found this concept quite fascinating; whenever we’ve seen Sith apprentices, they tend to be on the older side. Mostly because, I guess, Force-sensitive people have a choice between sides, and the Jedi just happen to be better at getting to these kids first. Ventress and Dooku were both ex-Jedi, Savage Opress kinda got pulled into it without much choice (not that he’s really Force-sensitive, I don’t think…), Grievous and Maul? Who knows. Soooo… my questions are where on earth (figuratively speaking) did they find this class of Sith Padawans? And the evil little astromech? (Goldie isn’t the only one, I guess…) Perhaps they were all delinquent Jedi students? The kids that all got a “clouded future” report from Yoda? Frankly, I’m scared to ask about the droid. But yeah, they come off pretty cool at first, but the fact that these kids turn on their new masters pretty quickly… well, as far as Dooku and his gang are concerned, that makes them not so cool. THE TWI’LEK GIRL INSULTED MAUL’S LIGHTSABER WHAT THE HECK?! You have to have a seeeeeeriously awful attitude and a serious lack of fear (not to mention a serious lack of respect) to be able to make fun of who is arguably the most terrifying of these second-banana Sith! Perhaps the reason the Sith don’t have younglings is because the kids are literally meaner and harder to control than young adults. The Sith’s little team has a nice lineup of “knights”, a bunch of tough-beans Badawans, and a quirky little darkside droid… all they need is their wise old leader, their “Yoda” shall we say, Darth Sidious, and they will be truly fighting fire with fire!
Buuuut Sidious? He’s sitting in a cockpit crammed in with Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Threepio. His plan was going awesome and he was just swaggering out of his office singing “I AM SO GONNA WIN, GONNA WIN, GONNA WIN…!” to the tune of The Imperial March when he had to switch back to his faux friendly persona at the sight of Master Kenobi and Young Skywalker. So yeah, they naturally wanted to join up and protect him, and it’s all awkwardness and surpressed rage from Palpatine for the rest of the ride. Oh, and that awkward moment when Grievous showed up outside the shuttle window. BWAAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAAA! XD
Though in all seriousness, a part of me sits and watches this and screams “HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THIS, GUYS?! THE TRAGEDY YOU COULD’VE AVOIDED!!” But you’ve got to love the irony and humor of Palpatine’s little “identity crisis” throughout The Yoda Chronicles all the same.
But yeah, naturally, to cover up for Grievous showing up claiming he’s a fellow employee, Palpatine commenced a chase scene and had the entire fleet head after him. Whiiiiiich naturally led to an asteroid field and basically, the entire armada of good guys got creamed and stranded on an asteroid. I must not neglect to mention how fun it is to watch Anakin and Obi-Wan fighting over how to put the pieces of their fleet back together 🙂 Annnnnyway… with the Jedi Temple Bus/Battleship the only thing left standing, the Padawans know just who could help our Republic friends… JEK-14, the “Phantom Clone”.
So currently, JEK is hanging out on Endor, helping out the ewoks. Makes sense in retrospect. I admit I questioned both Naboo and Mandalore, but certainly they’ve had their share of scuffles. Aside from the ferocious beasts, witches, and the occasional crashed ship, Endor’s probably on the top ten list of the most peaceful SW-sian locales. Oh yeah… and the traps. *Sighs* Ackbar tried to tell you… XD
Though anyone else wonder how it is a guy in clone armor managed to befriend the ewoks when in a couple decades they’d go and beat the crud out of guys in very similar armor? Food for thought.
So once again, a bunch of Jedi come to the doorstep of a pacifist sort and ask for a helping hand and well… you know… the pacifist’s all “no way, no how, forget it.” And that’s still how JEK-14 feels right now. I mean, helping fix up the ewoks’ home is more his game right now, and clearly he still wants nothing to do with the Jedi and Sith sides of him. Usually in these scenarios, you send in The Negotiator, or another peaceful sort… but today, the Jedi send in Bobby. If the Jedi are trained in charm, it’s doesn’t surprise me, especially when Bobby’s sweet little puppy dog eyes pretty much turn around JEK’s final answer just like that. “All right, but only because you asked nicely and smiled.” Also: do you guys really think that Yoda looks weird when he smiles? I don’t think that!
So while JEK joined the Jedi to help piece together their fleet, Palpatine got left on Endor with Threepio and all the happy little ewoks. I can’t help but laugh at how his day is slowly becoming the WORST. DAY. EVER. X)
Meanwhile, in a glorious show of the Force at its finest, JEK-14 puts the fleet back together in the form of a huge, amazing ship (that for whatever reason reminds me of The Axiom in WALL-E…). And it’s in this scene that we see once again Anakin and Luke’s crazy resemblance when he’s all “I don’t believe it.” and JEK is all “And that is why you fail.” Sooo one of Yoda’s most soul-stirring quotes was borrowed from someone else? Ehhhh it’s best not to think about it… anyway, with their new ship, the good guys headed out to Mustafar sending their kind-hearted farewells JEK-14’s way. In that moment, JEK starts to have a change of heart, and right on cue with many of these hard-headed peaceful-y sorts, he now decides to do more to help his Jedi friends.
So as for Palpatine? After having taken more than enough ewok singing and dancing, he pretty much cracks, fakes an ewok allergy, and makes a dash to JEK’s ship, leaving Threepio behind, wondering what just happened. Of course, this doesn’t work well in the future Emperor’s favor, because Grievous once again shows up at the worst possible moment and thinks that it’s JEK-14 in the cockpit… and yeah, he kinda blew it up. Palpatine was not happy. AT. ALL. But at least he finally made it to Mustafar and was able to kick those Badawans into gear… right as the good guys showed up. From then on out, the battle is kinda crazy as the Chancellor “helps” one side and the Emperor helps the other. Just when it seemed the Jedi had lost, JEK-14 shows up on his hastily-constructed little Lego speeder-thingy. And he ulimately fries the baddies, especially considering what Dooku and Grievous put him through last time around. Yes, it’s REVENGE OF THE JEK-I! #terriblepunalert
In the end, the Republic is victorious once more, having themselves a Calrissian-style dance party. Well, Palpatine is still hanging around playing his nice old man card, but for now, we don’t need to worry about that. Except perhaps for the fact that he gave a friendly pat on the back to Anakin, who’d been a bit of a sourpuss at JEK getting all the glory…
“…I think you’re a great Jedi.”
“Thanks. And you’re a good man.”
“And you are an excellent judge of character…”
Whoop, here we goez.
As for JEK, who knows what his future holds? Here’s hoping it’s going to involve a generally peaceful lifestyle that won’t end in some manner of SW-sian tragedy. Perhaps a job making Legos 🙂
And then there’s Threepio. He’s stuck going out of his circuits while the ewoks sing their little song instead of helping him out of yet another trap (well, they think he’s a god, remember? They probably thought he could get himself out!) Hahahaha. XD
So what a fantastic series we’ve had to enjoy this year! Exciting, funny, heartfelt, and all-around fantastic! So until another Lego special rolls around, I’ll still be looking for more to chat about in the Star Wars Universe!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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