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Following The Freemakers: The Test

It’s Freemaker time again! And have we got a lot to talk about today! So that’s why I’m cutting short the usual long rambly opener so we can study The Test together 🙂 Hehe yeah if Star Wars were a school subject, I’d be acing it! Well maybe not acing it acing it, considering the times I misunderstand stuff and misspell stuff but hopefully I’d at least be getting a B+…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode VII, Rebels episodes Always Two There Are and Brothers Of The Broken Horn, and Freemakers episodes A Hero Discovered, Peril On Kashyyyk, Race On Tatooine, and The Test

I remember writing a while back that, though I was really enjoying the often-humorous daily tension of who Naare really was vs. who the Freemakers thought she was, I was kinda terrified as to what would happen when the other shoe would drop. Because the instant they found out who she really was… ooooh boy… things were gonna get really real. It was a beautiful day on The Wheel and it seemed nothing was out of the ordinary. Until Naare rang the doorbell and the Freemakers wouldn’t open it. Unfortunately when one wields a lightsaber doors don’t typically stay closed for long. I’d stupidly half-expected the Darksider-next-door to walk right into a surprise party… but as she catches the family in the process of packing their bags, it’s evident she no longer has the fan club she had last episode. Because ROWAN KNOWS. And wielding her red-blade, it’s clear his family knows too. “…the Jedi are all gone. Destroyed… by people like me.” I can’t express how much that line terrified me. THERE HAVE BEEN OTHERS SHE HAS DECEIVED. AND KILLED. Naare is basically an unofficial inquisitor. I’d theorized she might’ve been trained by inquisitors but I had no idea she’d done this before. All I can say is she is one very scary lady. *Shudders* But Rowan’s not alone in this fight, because he has Kordi and Zander (and technically R0-GR too but let’s be honest he’s not all that helpful right now). They’re somehow able to board the StarScavenger just in time, but their foe literally Force-grabs the ship. Comparably it took two inquisitors just to grab the considerably-smaller Phantom back on Rebels. Good night she’s powerful. I’m guessing that was a trick the higher-up Darksiders taught her. But Rowan also knows that it’s hard to keep your concentration when someone’s firing at you and mans the guns. Which it then occurred to me “oh right their ship does have a weapons system.” They hadn’t really shot anything I don’t think since the Imperial freighter in the pilot so for some reason I’d forgotten they could at all. I’m thinking just as a whole they don’t shoot at people if they feel they really don’t have to, which says something about this beautiful family’s morals. But yeah I think they have full license to shoot at Naare right now. But if you think for a second that that’s going to stop this Sith-y sort you’re dead wrong. ‘Cause now here comes the Eclipse fighter! And she’s enjoying blasting their ship wayyyy more than she should. After a few perilous turns, Naare sends them a holo, making a deal that I guarantee she’ll alter further. Zander calls no deal and charges the Eclipse dead-on, which masterfully tears her ship apart. Is it wrong I applauded? Naare challenges them, promising she’ll come after them if they don’t just destroy her now. They had the opportunity and all the reason in the galaxy to do so, but Zander simply sends the StarScavenger into hyperspace. Like I was saying, the Freemakers have more morals than most these days. And seeing Zan step up like this is really great. It obviously stung for him to realize his crush is an absolute monster, but when the lives of his brother and sister are in question, he knows where his true loyalties lie. But even then, after all she’s done, he still doesn’t take the shot. Blasting people is just not the way he rolls, even when certain people don’t deserve that kind of mercy. ZANDER FREEMAKER YOU ARE AN AMAZING PERSON. ‘Course, Roger knew all along she wasn’t trustworthy, just by his past experience with Jedi, “the bad guys of the Clone Wars”. Zander and Kordi set him straight by explaining a) Naare’s not a Jedi and b) technically battle droids were “the bad guys”. Roger is horrified and literally deletes the last few minutes from his memory so he never heard such a thing. OK so that answers a lot of questions about battle droids and free will. I guess it turns out they were just an extremely loyal bunch who never once thought that maybe they were doing the wrong thing, even when their superiors were killing innocents and being all-around jerks. Fascinating. But of all the Freemakers, Rowan’s the one hurting the most right now. Naare had made him feel special, making him believe he would be a great Jedi and hero. Now, he doesn’t believe he’s any of those things. I about started bawling there NUUUU DON’T SAY THAT LET ME HUG YOU CHILDDDD! But before Kordi can say anything their ship’s damage throws them out of hyperspace and they find themselves crash-landing. Zander does bring up a good point do starships actually have brakes? And if they don’t, why don’t they? But I found myself taking note how very green this planet is… and also oh look there’a castle right there. Wait are we on Takodana?? Otherwise known as one of my favorite new SW planets?? Oh right they were crash-landing. Well the good news is they managed to come to a stop without utterly destroying anything! “ZANDER FREEMAKER: SUPERSTAR PILOT GUY!” Pfff the looks Kordi and Rowan shot him I died laughing. “Only in your mind, my very young apprentice.” XD Oh right usually when someone gives you the good news there’s usually some bad news that follows. The bad news is, though they didn’t utterly destroy anything, they did slightly dent a ship and its crew was none too happy. And guess who its owner was? HONDO. OHNAKA. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH #OHNAKAFEVER IS REALLLLLLLL AGAIN. So I’m figuring things’ll go OK at this point, ’cause these days the old pirate’s a decent guy, right? Welp um… you see… back in Rebels, Hondo was on his own and didn’t have a crew or a ship or anything. So being a decent guy was kind of all he could do. Now as you might notice he has a ship and a crew and that crew has I think Grumgar on it so… Captain Ohnaka is back in business. And he’s got a pirate-y reputation to keep. Gotta say it was a really genius move to make Hondo more of the bad guy again after we’ve kinda gotten used to his nice-ish self in Rebels. But either way, I love him and I love seeing him finally make his way to the Lego SW side of things. Besides, we’ve got MAZ KANATA to keep him in check. Oooh my gracious goodness I’m sorry I haven’t really had a chance to talk about Maz much these days but she is so so so so awesome. The Pirate Queen ain’t takin’ any sass from one of her “subjects”! Especially not Captain Ohnaka here. Can I just say seeing Maz and Hondo in the same room is one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever seen in my life? Seriously. Her bossladyness up against his roguish charm is a delight. As long as Hondo’s still making mischief in SWR, I’d sure like to see him run into Maz again while we’re at it. Anyway, so Maz insists Hondo work it out with the kids peacefully, and so he decides to give them a little job. But as he fills the Freemakers in, Rowan finds himself drawn to something in the castle… I admit I kinda forgot about the Kyber Saber crystals for a second and thought “Wow did she have Luke’s old ‘saber already? Wait a darn second only Rey’s allowed to find that!” by the end of the episode everything made sense though. Maz is curious what it is he was seeking. Though I wouldn’t put it past her that she might already know. I mean, she is Maz Kanata after all. She just knows things. Augh I need to watch The Force Awakens again hurry up and release already 3D Deluxe Blu-Ray!! So the job is simple: grab a few golden orbs from Takodana’s third moon and bring ’em back. Simple enough, if they can survive the trip, ’cause all they’ve got to get there is their little scavenger-scooper thing. And with three people and a droid in there, there’s not much elbow room. And for anyone who’s ever traveled in a packed vehicle (including myself), you know that the drive is half the battle.
As for Naare, she had no choice but to land the Eclipse back in the Freemakers’ hangar. And just as soon as she got there, Graballa and his gang show up. She absolutely don’t need their crud right now and sends that message via lightsaber-ing and Force-throwing. The Hutt’s completely fine with calling it quits at this point. But once Naare sees they both want the same thing, she sees a new opportunity. They fix her fighter and she’ll give them half the crystals. And they’ll even work together to find Rowan. Sounds like a plan! Sure it’s not a plan that will likely end well for Graballa, knowing how Naare works, but it’s still one plan more than anyone else has right now. Yeah this will most definitely a problem for our heroes. And whether you’ve seen how the season ends or not, you just know…
Yep that little scooper is not by any means a family vehicle. I’m not sure it should be even allowed for space travel with four individuals in it. Good thing that moon was right nearby ’cause then it probably would’ve gone a lot worse… and that’s saying something. So they find their sinkhole where the orbs were supposed to be, but they also found a large herd of VARACTYLS. Remember a few blogs ago when I briefly fangirled over the presence of a varactyl in the dejarik game but remembered varactyls aren’t a playable creature in any other dejarik game we’ve ever seen so I just assumed my fangirliness was making me see things? Well, first of all, I watched that episode again and found out I was right to begin with. Second of all AHAHAHHAHHAAAA LOOK AT ALL THE PURTY VARACTYLLLLLLS!!! And they’re so detailed! So much more detailed than previous Lego versions! Thank you Lego SW for giving more of these amazing feathery reptiles, thank you! Although I would be quick to run over and hug them all, the Freemakers are a little more concerned because they’d rather not get eaten. Zander decides their best move is to wait until nightfall and grab the orbs while they sleep. The plan from there is for Kordi and Zander to lower Roger into the sinkhole while Rowan keeps an eye out for trouble, a job that both Roger and Ro aren’t thrilled about. Kordi felt it was best Rowan get an easier job after all that’s happened, but I can’t help but think this whole job might’ve gone easier had they had someone other than their three-fingered droid getting the goods. Especially when Kordi decides they should grab a few extra for themselves. It doesn’t take long for him to drop the orbs and awaken the beasts. And them beasts ain’t happy whatsoever. With the scooper falling apart and Roger torn to pieces, it looks like Rowan’s all they’ve got left. With only the red-blade by his side, Rowan takes a spectacular leap of faith and of Force as he rushes in to defend his family. However, not long after he gets down there, he starts to sense what the varactyls are feeling, and it’s a feeling he can relate to. The pain of uncertainty. The fear of loss. But also the fierce love of family. These orbs are eggs, and for all their desperation to survive, and their own fear and pain, the Freemakers aren’t about to let their gain be someone else’s loss. FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELS. Also OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH BABY VARACTYLS!!!! THEY’RE SO TINEH AND THEY MEW LIKE KITTENS OHMYGOSH I CAN’T IT’S TOO PRECIOUS. X3 X3 X3 THANK YOU LEGO STAR WARS THANK YOU SO MUCHHHH ❤ ❤ *Falls to knees sobbing with joy* It's like they know what I'd like to see in SW before I even do. Anyway, so as the new varactyl families play together, Kordi makes clear to her little brother that he was wrong about himself — "You are special. You’re the most special kid in the whole galaxy!” and so all of the family feels going on sent me into a coma of warm fuzzies. But I didn’t stay that way for long because I still needed to know what the Freemakers’ next move was. Yeah Hondo knew they were eggs, and he wasn’t terribly thrilled he didn’t get any because they could’ve gotten him some mighty fine creds. Remind me never ever to cross Captain Ohnaka when he’s got a crew because before they knew it, our heroes were surrounded at all ends by blasters O.O That’s about when a flying cup smacked Hondo in the head. Maz has a serious problem with Hondo taking advantage of a bunch of kids and smacks him with glassware and mugs until he and his crew finally vamoose. You go, Pirate Queen! Good seeing ya Hondo. Even if this wasn’t one of your more shining moments 😛 I hope to see you again soon! Just maybe as an ally next time, mkay? Anyhow, Maz does her awesome thing and decides to help out our heroes. She literally pulls the exact part they need out of a set of drawers. She’s amazing, but you knew that. And then… out of a heavily-locked set of drawers, she hands Rowan a Kyber Saber fragment. I think it’s safe to say, yeah, she knew what he was looking for all along. With that, she sends the Freemakers on their way. But not before giving Ro a small piece of advice — to seek out the Maker of Zoh when things get desperate. The youngest Freemaker isn’t sure what that means, but I know from experience… when Maz Kanata tells you something, you better remember it 🙂
Oh yes I just love this one! Another exceptional adventure loaded with excitement and laughs and feels and basically everything! I’d keep going on about how much I love the show and this episode but I figure you’re bored with me by now so I’ll just stop talking.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Twilight Of The Apprentice

And so we’ve finally arrived at the last Transmission of the glorious second season, the episode that transcends all epicness and changes everything and sent me spiraling on an emotional rollercoaster. Though it took a while to get to writing on it, I’m glad I had a month to process everything before I started blogging on it. Still, there will be major feels, and there’s a good chance I’ll mess up this post due to the excess of feels. Also I will probably overuse that internet-jargon word for “feeling strong emotion” to such a bad extent you’ll question if I know any other word to describe it. With that understood, we begin… except first let’s get the spoiler alerts out of the way. Then we begin!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode III, Episode IV, Episode VII, TCW “Maul Returns”, “Fall Of Mandalore”, and “Yoda’s Journey” Arcs, Rebels episodes Gathering Forces, The Siege Of Lothal, Shroud Of Darkness, and Twilight Of The Apprentice.

So right off the bat they decide to mortally punch me with the feels as Ahsoka talks with Rex on the flight to Malachor. Rex is completely ready to go should Ahsoka need his help, but she knows this is the Jedi’s journey alone to make. After a few friendly who-outranks-who jabs to one another, Rex signs off with a sweet, honest “May the Force be with you”. THIS FRIENDSHIP. I CAN’T. I CAN’T EVEN. Yep this post is gonna take a while to write. Ezra wonders what the deal is with this mysterious Malachor he’s heard so little about. Welllll, Kanan and Ahsoka know a few things about it, mostly legends. But bottom line it’s not really a good place. One might say, “off-limits”. Ahsoka puts it well when she says “There’s always a bit of truth in legends”. And yeah for the record I know very little of The Old Republic era so Malachor’s as much a mystery to me as it is to these three. But certainly after all we see in this episode I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about that era, especially from a canon POV. None of them know why Yoda sent them here, but they can only trust he knows what he’s doing. Also yeah it’s not just the Jedi who were heading out here, Chopper came with. I’m guessing he didn’t get any tearful goodbyes from anyone though 😛 It happens to be as the Phantom approaches Malachor, Chopper picks up on another ship nearby. Oh joy. Can’t anything just be simple?? Of course not, it’s just life. But first things first.
So Malachor has quite an eerie air to it, not quite as obviously dark-side-y as say, Moraband, but still really unsettling. But also still really cool, too. The trio comes upon a towering stone covered in carvings in the Old Tongue. As Ahsoka attempts to decipher the lettering, something about that rock sorta calls out to Ezra. Dark whispers convince him to get closer, reach out his hand, and… well, his touch leaves a frightening red glow and shatters the ground beneath them. Yeah Ez immediately regrets that decision. But OMG so much intrigue!! And it’s only a few minutes in! And there’s still so much more to discuss!! Like for example, the fact that the three Jedi have landed at the foot of an ancient Sith Temple. O.O And of course they’re going to go in it, after all, Ahsoka believes inside they’ll find the knowledge they need to defeat all them Darksiders. PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE SHADOWY INQUISITOR-ISH-LOOKING FIGURE WATCHING FROM ABOVE! Ezra right now is a mixture of fascination at the mysterious ruins and caution at who or what could be down here. They come upon the remains from some ancient Jedi vs. Sith battle, where of major note Ezra finds a green three-blade! Basically this means Kylo Ren wanted to go really old-school with his choice of weapon. Coooool. Anyway you all know that by now, let’s talk about that battlefield. Very fascinating, seeing another glimpse at this history, but still very eerie. “From what I can tell? Looks like nobody won”. Eerier still might be the fact that THERE’S AN INQUISITOR RIGHT BEHIND THEM!! And they really play it well because you only notice the slightest twitch of movement behind Kanan just as Ezra’s witty retort was cut short by the sudden attack. This particular inquisitor’s new, he goes by Eighth Brother. And danggggggg he’s good. Ignoring his epic fail later on, he’s about as deadly as they come, agile and flexible and moving constantly and not afraid to throw a few grenades around. It all happens so fast my brain can barely comprehend what just happened. The explosion causes the ground to fall out from under Ezra in the midst of the fight. He urges Kanan and Ahsoka on to continue pursuing the fiend. Also wow the fact that they can fly with those spinny lightsabers is awesome. Granted, we find it’s not the safest method, but it sure looks cool! Eighth kept wanting to join Sev and Fifth on their missions, but they didn’t think he was good enough. So now that’s he’s gotten his chance, he’s making sure he proves he’s the coolest, toughest ‘Quiz ever! HE SHALL NOT BE SHUNNED AT THE COMPANY PICNIC AGAIN!! Yep I’m still making these jokes because I’m not sure I can make ’em again after this one.
So while Kanan and Ahsoka have all the fun, Ezra’s kinda stuck in a hole. Then out of the shadows comes a weary voice. Bridger’s not about to let his guard down and throws out his lightsaber. The voice belongs to an old man in a hooded cloak, poor fellow’s been stranded here for years. Ez has other things to worry about besides this random guy, but the shadowy figure offers help, considering he came here for with a similar goal in mind: the pursuit of knowledge. Dude knows how to get in the temple if Ez’ll help him open the door. And so begins a shaky alliance between “Jabba” and “The Old Master”. OK so before seeing the episode, the fact that we’d be seeing Maul again was spoiled for me. Regardless, this episode still knew how to keep me guessing. The couple of screenshots I’d seen made him look so fierce! Who was this old man with the robotic legs and yellow eyes? How could they be the same person? Were they the same person? Those were some of the first thoughts I had running through my head while watching this. And also the biggest thought of all: “What are you up to, Maul…?”. Plus, I’m at somewhat of a disadvantage because I haven’t read the Son Of Dathomir comics, assuming that they’re canon, of course, since I can’t remember if they were published before or after the canonicity rule came into play even though it was based on an unmade TCW storyarc. So who knows what he’s been up to since I last saw him? I wasn’t even sure if at this point he was alive! Well, I could only sit back and watch and see which of my questions would be answered. Until then, I gave Maul the benefit of the doubt that he was just a nice old stranger… mostly.
Meanwhile, Kanan and Ahsoka started to wonder if there might be a reason this ‘Quiz was giving chase. Kanan sends Chopper to find that ship and find out if there are any other surprises waiting for them here…
As Ezra and the Old Master continue on their journey, some interesting things come to light. OM is not a fan of that inquisitor down here. Ezra queries if that’s ’cause he’s a Jedi, but OM’s all “Naahh I just used to do… other… Force-related stuff”. Bridger raises an eyebrow to that “You is Sith then?”, and then something happens I never thought I’d ever see… Maul showing his humanity. A wounded, feeling side of him reveals itself as he recounts all that the Sith took from him, and how they used him and then cast him aside. I’m not gonna lie this threw me majorly. I mean, back in the olden days of Episode I, he was a good little apprentice and did his job without question and with malice. When he resurfaced during the Clone Wars, he was so bent on revenge and power he was pretty much a monster. I’ve always loved him as a villain, but I could never really empathize with him, he was just so evil! Or so I thought. Seeing him here, mourning the family he was taken from, the brother he lost, and how the Sith treated him like garbage ultimately, actually makes me feel for him. And I still do, even knowing the horrendous things he will do before this episode’s end. Proves once again that SW 100% knows how to write their villains, because they’re not just evil, they’re people. Dude if this doesn’t remind you how messed-up the Sith are then IDK what will. Ezra can also feel for him, because he lost his family too, except he’s more interested in justice than revenge. So Maul is quite excited to show him the secrets in the temple that will help them destroy the Sith for good. And at this point I’m struggling to keep my feelings from blinding my suspicions…
This episode is full of many great heroics, but we’d be foolish to overlook those of Chopper’s. He may not get a planetshaking fate-determining lightsaber duel, but he does break into Eighth’s ship and gives the foe a taste of his own firepower! And may we mention he nearly DIED? Dude, Eight knows how to use that ‘saber in the most terrifying way as it blazed right past Chop, just barely hitting him! “Chopper, sometimes you do it right”. #Understatement #SortaKinda
Things get honestly really unsettling once Maul and Ezra reach the door to the temple. Knowing your enemy is one thing… doing what your enemy does is another. And Ezra’s still a bit suspish of the old Zabrak. Buuuut all he has to do is open the door so what’s that gonna hurt? It doesn’t work on the first try, and then Maul suggests using a little anger to gain the strength and power he needs. I recently reread my post on Gathering Forces, talking about how frightening it was to see Ezra tampering with the Dark Side when he brought forth the fyrnock queen. This is far scarier, and all he’s doing is opening a door. As the Old Master and Ezra open door after door with the Dark Side, I pretty much spent the entire time muttering “NUUUUU EZ WHAT’RE YOU DOING?!”. Maul is a really good teacher… which in his case is not a good thing. Taking a moment from the intense workout, Ezra finally gives him his real name… and in return, Maul, well, confirms his Maulness. And everybody but young Bridger got serious chills. Though I guarantee you he was kinda freaked out by those horns and dramatic markings.
So turns out Eighth wasn’t here for Jedi, but rather “a shadow”. You can guess who that is. It’s the guy currently walking alongside our young hero. And now the two come upon the key to defeating their mutual enemy: a Sith holocron. At first glance it looks almost like it’s right there and all they’d have to do is grab it and go, but did I mention the major 100-foot-deep gap in between them and the ‘cron? Ezra suggests Maul Force-toss him like he and Kanan do. I’m literally all “YOU WOULD TRUST HIM TO THROW YOU?!?!” and about grabbed and shook the screen. And yet Maul does it pretty well. It’s downright frightening that Maul and Ezra work together so well already. But as soon as Ezra has the holocron in his hands, the temple both starts to crumble and starts to light up and– ooh is that Force lightning coming from an orb in the ceiling? Kanan and Ahsoka decide they need to go find their young comrade NOW, and run off with their captive Jango Jumper in tow. It looks like now Ezra has little choice but to make a jump for it with the Old Master’s help. Ez comes dangerously dangerously close to falling, especially as it seems the ex-Darth might be doing a “you-throw-me-the-idol-I-throw-you-the-whip” sorta deal. I’m all “SEE?! I TOLD YOU NOT TO TRUST HIM!!” >A< I mean, when he grabbed Ezra's clutching-the-'cron hand I could only hold my breath. And then… though he was clearly conflicted about it, he surprised me again and helped the apprentice up instead. DANG IT MAUL STOP KEEPING ME GUESSING! (OK not really, I seriously enjoyed this drama) Ugh I felt like I botched that entire scene forgive me. Also did I mention outside the temple Fifth and Sev showed up? And having freed Eighth, things are definitely about to get intense. Then Maul casually uses the Sith holocron to open a few doors and they walk right on into that very fight. Ezra’s ready to help Kanan and Ahsoka take on the ‘quizzes with help from his new friend. But weeeeeeelllll… Ahsoka’s all “OMG MAUL???”, the inquisitors are all “OMG THE SHADOW???”, and Maul suddenly loses the nice old man vibe as he proclaims delightfully in a very creepy way “Oh, what fun!“. Kanan’s all “Wow I leave you alone for one minute and you become BFFs with a previous Sith apprentice.” Ezra still defends him despite the array of shock and accusations. And then Maul takes what looks like a cane and reveals it’s a double-bladed. Ah now this is the fierce Zabrak I remember seeing! Maaaaaan with these lightsaber skillz he really done aged well. And you’d think he’d be rusty from not having performed any combat for a while but evidently no. Maybe a little Nightsister magick still working for him? Or maybe Zabraks just don’t get old the same way humans do. Or maybe he’s killed a few other ‘quisitors while he was down here. Who knows, but whatever the case, this solitude on Malachor has really worked for him. This entire scene is tense and terrifying and amazing, with lightsabers goin’ everywhere. OK realization: Sev comments “What’s he doing here anyway?” and Fifth replies “Loser probably wants that artifact” which occurs to me he probably hasn’t been here that long. Just took Sidious a long long long long while to figure out what “other uses” he had for the ex-apprentice I guess. Maul probably lives in a regular suburban neighborhood with a pet massiff and goes to the gym to practice lightsabering and works a day job at an insurance company. Then Sidious called him up all “So hey remember that favor you owe me? Could you possibly get me a certain Sith holocron and make a superweapon for me?” to which Maul is all “Um no I can’t stand your guts remember?” “BUT IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO YOUR PUPPY…” “ok ok fine whatever.” I’m totally sure this is how it went XD Though yeah good question is he doing this for himself or for someone higher up? I believed him when he said he was done with the Sith, but is he really truly done? I know I might be way off with this theorizing but I’m just thinkin’.(NOTE: I just got further into the episode and realized this entire conversation is inaccurate and I’d kinda forgotten everything but it’s so funny I had to keep it in here) But yeah after a brief confrontation the inquisitors are all “NOPE WE’RE GONE” and fly away. Now that the lightsabers are put away, Ahsoka asks the question we’ve all been asking since he showed up: “What game are you playing?” “The end game” WHUT. Also I find it interesting it almost seems like Ahsoka and Maul know each other. I’m pretty sure they never clashed during the Clone Wars, though I’m sure Ahsoka heard a lot about him from all that Obi-Wan put up with. So maaaaaybe they met sometime before this?? Both hung out at the same gym in the same suburban neighborhood? Interesting thought. Regardless I give Maul props for being classy and calling her “Lady Tano”. Bottom line, Maul is also a rebel… of sorts, and with Vader surely on the way, he knows the four of them need to get going. Ezra attempts to further convince, showing the Jedi the holocron and how it could be used for good. Maul knows a place in the temple they can open the ‘cron, so what’ve they got to lose? Plus, he’s not facing Darth Vader alone, no sir. Though not entirely convinced they can trust the old Zabrak, Kanan and Ahsoka decide to give it a shot.
Meanwhile, the inquisitors know they really need to get that holocron back, so Eighth Bro excitedly volunteers to go find them. Yep I definitely think he’s trying to prove himself. Poor guy’s sat alone in the cafeteria for far too long. I could entirely hear Sev mutter “He’s such a dork” and Fifth respond “Indeed” XP
So yaaaas all the teamworks with Ezra, Kanan, Ahsoka, and Maul! OK maybe not so much. Maul triggers a temple lift for him and Ezra to ride, but Kanan’s all “haha no rule of two here buddy” and gets on the lift instead. I’m sure Maul and Ahsoka had a great time on their turn on the lift. Probably some awkward small talk. Seriously still makes me wonder if they’ve met before. Lookin’ forward to that Ahsoka backstory book for sure. Anyway, on the lift Kanan voices his concerns that Ezra’s being used. Ezra argues that Maul sees his potential and trusts him. Oooh some drama here… and once again there’s no time for talking things through because out of the sky comes Eighth Brother, kicking Kanan in the face! Ezra pulls out the blaster-saber and holds his own well… at least for about five seconds before Eighth knocks him over the side, demands the holocron, and then makes his spinny-blade into a sharp-edged wheel of death. I’m all “OH NOOO EZRA’S GONNA LOSE A HAND!!” and then suddenly Maul jumps into action, giving that jerk a real lightsaber duel, and then knocking him off the temple. While Eighth flies away, Maul offers Bridger a hand. And Kanan and Ahsoka look on like “WHUT”. To better handle the inquisitors, Maul suggests splitting up, and this time goes with Ezra. Ez once again implores his master to trust him. And that’s really all Kanan can hope to do as he watches the dark dude and his padawan go up the lift. Yet another amazing line on Ahsoka’s part: “He’ll be OK” “How do you know?” “Because you taught him”. DEEEEEEEEEEP.
On the lift, Maul encourages Ezra to fight mercilessly if he wants to win these battles, something Ezra’s not entirely sure what to think considering what his master has taught him. “You’ve been given a gift for one reason only, to use it”. Yeesh that Maul is slipperier than a sidewinder in a pickle barrel. The master vs. master conflict in this episode is absolutely fascinating to watch, especially as the former-Darth is as I’ve said before, a super-good teacher. He knows what to say and how to say it, gives positive reinforcement, and treats Ezra pretty well. Not at all like you think a Darksider would do it. Well, Maul was taught by the best… or should I say worst? ‘Cause if you look at the way Palpatine reeled Anakin into the Dark Side not too long ago… it was kinda in the same manner. And then just as they turn around, Maul and Ezra have miniprobes to deal with… and soon after that, the most sinister of sisters, Sev. And then Kanan and Ahsoka come face-to-face with Fivey… and Eighth too. Whoopee. As Ezra duels with Sev, Maul continues to encourage him to use that anger. And I’m sitting here wondering if we’re about to get one of those mirroring moments, if Ezra will be to Sev as Anakin was to Dooku. Maul decides to make this easy for his “apprentice” and Force-grabs the inquisitor and allows Ezra to choose how he’ll go about killing her. I’m all OmO But Ezra… he can’t bring himself to do it. Sev seems pleased for a second, buuuuut yeah… Maul decides to handle it. Dude… Seventh Sister was a nasty villain, that’s for certain, but she did not deserve that. Even Ezra is shocked, though who wouldn’t be if you saw someone die like that? THE GREAT SEVENTH SISTER WILL BE MISSED. Maul encourages him again to maybe not hesitate next time. Next stage of the plan is that Ezra will take the holocron to the temple and Maul will help the others. Yeah in a weird way Maul, Kanan, and Ahsoka make for a pretty boss squad takin’ on the ‘quisitor boys. Of course, I can really only applaud Ahsoka and Kanan’s methods, as they merely busted the inquisitors’ lightsabers. Again, Fifth didn’t deserve to go down like that, but I suppose it was the only way he could. Eighth, well… he’s the example of what not to do as a ‘quiz. Perhaps future generations of inquisitors will learn from his mistake. RIP Eighth Brother; he will always be one of the cool kids to me. And then things get really really painstakingly real, starting with Maul laying claim to Ezra as his apprentice now… and making that point by using his double-blade to blind Kanan. Not gonna lie I cried out “NOOOO NOT HIS PRETTY BLUE-GREEN EYES!!!!“, even though I know that makes me sound horrendously weird. I think it hit me hard personally because I’m very visual; if there’s one sense I couldn’t live without it would be sight. As an artist and lover of art forms (such as Star Wars), I can’t fathom how major a loss that would be. So my heart went out to Kanan 100%. MAUL WHYYY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME?! ALWAYS PLAYING WITH MY EMOTIONS!! Ahsoka rushes to defend her friend, while Maul fully explains that Ezra’s actually about to activate his new battle station, so no one on his long list of foes gets left out of the revenge party! Well, gee, you couldn’ta mentioned that BEFORE? Just Maul for ya… unfortunately.
So I’m sure Ezra wished he’d known that ahead of time too, because the explosion of Force energy that followed was not the kind of knowledge he’d been looking for. Also Nika Futterman doing awesomely as the Presence. Scared me for a second ’cause she sounded so much like Ventress, but nope Presence-voice is a whole different ballgame… an absolutely terrifying one. Wow Maul defs means business right now. Definitely seen as he continues evilly ranting as he fights Lady Tano, if the firey blast shooting through the temple through the ground to the sky to potentially space wasn’t proof enough. Ahsoka handles herself awesomely against Maul, not letting his crud get to her once and slingin’ her white ‘sabers like an absolute boss. And then Kanan gets up, an Old Republic mask shielding his wounded face, but looking all kinds of unshakable nonetheless. Also can we just note the mask kinda resembles the Jedi Temple Guard mask the ex-Grand Inquisitor wore in Shroud Of Darkness? WHOAAA THE IMAGERY AGAIN. Maul thinks Kanan’s easy prey. But ohohoho Master Jarrus was more than ready. Those brief moments where you can tell Kanan is picking up on the sound of Maul’s footsteps to locate his position… WOW! Just WOW! He deflects his adversary’s every move, and ultimately grabs him by the arm and pitches him over the side of the temple. Talk about “making this quick”! And then he gets a call from Chopper, who may’ve seen a TIE nearby…
Yeah Ezra is not interested in the kind of power the Presence is offering. Now he might’ve realized Maul played him like a card. The Presence is all “well if you’re not gonna do it maybe that guy will”, and that’s when DARTH VADER entered, in spectacular fashion, standing on his TIE fighter, red blade in hand, cape flowing. Both incredibly cool and incredibly gutwrenchingly terrifying. And in one swift move, he leaps from the TIE and right. at. EZRA. “I’m not afraid of you” “Then you will die braver than most” OH WOW. Ezra deserves a serious amount of credit for how awesomely he fought Vader. His abilities have definitely grown since their last confrontation, and very rarely does anyone confront him more than once and actually live. However, despite this, one swing of that red ‘saber, and Ezra’s beautiful blaster-blade is in pieces. Bridger’s look of terror as Vader brings down his blade brings out the dark lord’s comment “Perhaps I was wrong” and then… “Wouldn’t be the first time…”
AHSOKA…
And VADER…
IN THE SAME ROOM.
“Our long-awaited meeting has commenced.”
CANNOT. COMPUTE. THE EARTHSHATTERINGNESS.
I don’t even dare try to reiterate what happened. Except that what happened was one of the most simultaneously exciting and simultaneously terrifying and simultaneously doubling-over-with-feels-inducing things I have ever witnessed in Star Wars history, and possibly my life. Because I don’t dare try and act like I’m explaining it all to you for the first time, let’s just talk about my own thoughts.
I was not prepared when Vader found Ahsoka in the season opener. And despite I could see it as something that would likely happen… when I first heard the title of the finale, Twilight Of The Apprentice… I realized how truly unprepared I was. With a title like that, I knew that no one would come out of this episode unscathed in some way. After all, even with Kanan’s knighting, the three are all still apprentices in some way or another. The very idea of Ahsoka and Vader facing each other was almost unfathomable. Yes, I’d always wanted to see Ahsoka join the Rebels, but no, I wouldn’tve wished for her to fight the man once her master. But yet, it was also unavoidable. I had no idea what to expect ultimately. Ahsoka and Vader would know each other’s weaknesses and strengths better than anyone, but they’ve also both grown, Vader in Dark Side prowess, and Ahsoka in real-world skill that enhanced and added to her Jedi training. Who’s side would the fight tilt in favor of? And considering Darth Vader is alive and well by the time we get to A New Hope… how could she be by then? But the one thing I knew for sure, that IF Ahsoka went down, she was not going to go down in vain. That was my sole comfort in all of this. I could only watch and see what would happen. And I was on the edge of my seat, breathing like I’d run a marathon. I don’t think I’d felt this on-edge since Kylo Ren and Han Solo’s confrontation a few months ago. And then when Ahsoka sliced open his mask… and saw the fragment of his face… oh wow. Even after all he’s done, she still refuses to give up on him. Something not even Obi-Wan or Yoda could do. She saw past the dark, monstrous form, and saw her friend. Ahsoka’s always loved people, maybe even more than traditional Jedi values would allow, and that’s something I’ve always loved about her character. And we see that part of her crystal-clear as she sacrifices herself to save Kanan and Ezra. As that happened I cried out “AHHH SHE’S PULLING AN OBI-WAN!!”, recalling Master Kenobi’s own great sacrifice in his final confrontation. Ezra’s tears match my own. But they did it just the right way, respectful and a shining example of her selflessness and kind heart.
And in the stirring, enigmatic, and epic-in-scale last few minutes of the finale, we see the mini-Alliance react to the losses and scars (as if I didn’t cry enough seeing Hera’s reaction, Rex’s face pretty much shattered my heart). We see the Darth and the ex-Darth walk away from Malachor, Vader looking worn, and Maul looking for his next big revenge plan (I’d make some reference to Lego’s The Empire Strikes Out but I don’t want to come off as disrespectful). We also see a figure in the shadows… a figure who looks a whole lot like… AHSOKA?? (I’d sit here and dump all my theories on that matter too but again, not the right time and place to do that) We see Kanan Jarrus, unable to see, but with the Force as his ally, not truly blind. And then we come upon Ezra Bridger, who with a Sith holocron in hand and a glint of red in his eyes, has many difficult decisions ahead of him. But in the midst of the uncertainty and the pain and confusion, life goes on… and so too will the growing Rebel Alliance.
OK brb crying. But seriously wow, there are no words. This episode, this series… I love it. So so much. And next week I’ll do my annual recap post to look at the season as a whole and cover any interesting thing I might’ve missed. And so the Rebel Transmission comes to a close.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Shroud Of Darkness

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

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

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: The Protector Of Concord Dawn

In continuing on my week-late Transmissions, today we’re talking about The Protector Of Concord Dawn! Oh I’m excited to be writing about this magnificent clash of the Mandos and the Rebs and what is most definitely one of Sabine’s most shining moments! So let’s get to talkin’!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from The Clone Wars Season 5, Rebels episodes Legacy and The Protector Of Concord Dawn

So since the Empire sent them back on the run, the mini-Alliance has been having it tough trying to do anything these days. They’re in need of a new hyperspace route, and Sabine has brought an option of her own to the table, a shortcut through a Mandalorian territory called Concord Dawn. Ohhh yess I love that we got to see some more Mandos in this episode! They’re an absolutely fascinating bunch, from their history to their politics to their fancy armor, and ever since that last time we saw their world in The Clone Wars, I’ve had about a zillion questions consuming my mind like so many rathtars. And instead of simply just going back to Mandalore, we get to explore a new branch of their society and a new chapter of their history, as well as new things we didn’t know about their politics and warfare. Anyway, so while Mandalore itself is under Imperial control (yus I was right!), the Imps don’t dare cross the Protectors, who actually helped train clones and fight the Clone Wars back in the day. That last fact is really cool, isn’t it? More on that later. Right now the Rebs are trying to figure out how to go about taking this shortcut. Sato figures it’ll involve the big guns, but Kanan suggests asking nicely. Never would I have figured Kanan to be a “negotiator”. Not that I don’t think he’s capable of talking stuff out, but he just tends to go the more lightsabering-blastering route in most cases. But this is the first time we’ve seen him with a real opportunity to do so, since most of the time they Rebels are lightsabering-blastering those who really wouldn’t listen to diplomacy. Kanan figures they’d be better served not to start any more wars, and Hera wholeheartedly agrees. Plus, having a crew like them on their side would be epic. Sato can’t deny that logic. So Hera heads out with Sabine at her side to go and meet up with the Protectors. Ezra’s all “Whoaaa we just have to ask them? I didn’t know you could do that!”. Well, unfortunately it didn’t quite quite go that way. The Protector known as Fenn Rau has had some dealings with the Empire and doesn’t particularly think highly of these Rebels, and all the guns end up getting pointed in the Phoenixes’ direction. With two Rebs downed Hera sends Sabine and the last Phoenix ahead of her. That very brave move ultimately puts her in the path of laserfire, and her ship comes out of hyperspace decimated… and with her injured and unconscious inside it. Aughh I don’t know about you but this had me so scared. Of course it’s partly due to the fact that we love Hera to pieces, but it’s also because of all the Ghost crew, she seems to always have everything under control. When Kanan and Ezra and Sabine and Zeb and Chopper are fending off red lightsabers and laserfire, Hera’s always at the helm of the Ghost and has their backs from the air. Though we’re all aware the space battles are dangerous and anything could happen, I think it’s easy to just automatically assume Hera’ll come out on top every time. So the one time she doesn’t… ohh I was terrified. This episode definitely is a wake-up call reminder as to how absolutely dangerous this job is, and the risks our heroes take every day. Kanan and Sabine’s expressions… they show such a deep concern and fear for her it breaks my heart and tears me all up emotionally. I don’t think I breathed normally again until it was confirmed that Hera was alive and would heal. I’m sorry I might cry right now rewatching this… seriously man. The rock-solid, heart-and-soul of this family… downed just like that… it feels so wrong, so unfair… can’t blame Sabine for wanting Rau to pay. Forget negotiating, Sabine’s done ready to “negotiate” all over that punk’s FACE! Wait that didn’t make sense, but you get the picture. Kanan’s going to go on a solo mission to their base, but Sabine has no interest in staying behind. Ezra and Zeb wanted to join up too but Kanan decided they wouldn’t be in this episode and picks Chopper as his sole crewmate. Chopper proudly whacks Ezra on the leg to celebrate his win XD I’m so glad I at least got to include one XD moment so far. These posts usually have that emoji in large numbers but this one’s pretty heavy so yeah…
So as you can figure, Sabine does not stay behind. It doesn’t take long for Kanan to find the Mando girl tagged along aboard the Phantom. It’s absolutely great getting to see Kanan and Sabine have an adventure of their own. We haven’t gotten to see a lot lot of how they work together one-on-one, and we get a pretty spectacular blend of dad-and-teen-daughter vibes and Jedi-Mando friction 🙂 Turns out Kanan was coming here to more so try and recruit the Protectors rather than fry their fleet. Sabine is completely against this plan, figuring that this is one situation where peace isn’t the best answer, and also not a fan of having these vicious supercommandos as coworkers. But bro don’t care he’s doin’ what he’s doin’. Ah yes Jedi and Mandalorians… I could talk awhile on this subject. Luke vs. Boba Fett, Obi-Wan vs. Jango Fett, Obi-Wan vs. Deathwatch, Obi-Wan’s Jedi ideals vs. Satine’s pacifist ideals, Ahsoka vs. Deathwatch, the entire history of Mandos vs. Jedi itself! Somehow, even when they’re fighting the same battles, they still don’t get along! It’s almost as if high levels of midichlorians and Mando blood are akin to oil and water. But whether it’s a full-on fight or just a pointed discussion, it’s still so darn fun to watch every time XD And oh wow I just got really really off-subject. But man after seeing this episode and watching the Rebels Recon it was impossible for me to stop talking about all this Mando-ness.
Anyway, so Kanan’s going to do some talking and if that doesn’t work, Sabine blows stuff up. Which seems to be likely to happen as they witness Fenn Rau getting some cash from an Imperial, and making a point to let them know if there’s any more Rebel trouble. So while Miss Wren starts sticking some explosives around, Kanan goes to have a little chat with Rau. And by “little chat” I mean literally an actual discussion. Makes sense he would keep things chill since once upon a time, Fenn saved him and his master during a Clone Wars battle. It’s really cool learning about this, because it seemed more than often that most battles were fought by Jedi, clones, and Republic militants, but we now know that they were only scratching the surface of people who fought. And if you think about it even more, it’s really really cool knowing Fenn and his Protectors joined the fight, considering Mandalore generally kept their noses out of the war business. Despite Fenn very nearly killed Hera, Kanan doesn’t do anything but treat the Protector as a friend. Who’s got two thumbs and supreme negotiating skillz? THIS GUY! Fenn is still pretty suspish but actually listens instead of bringing out the blaster. Getting a weapon-wielding Mando to listen… didn’t know anyone was capable of doing that! 😛
So Sabine was doing well blanketing the base with detonators, up until once false move led to her coming face-to-face — er helmet-to-helmet — with quite a few Manderrs. She handles them with straight-up confidence, making it clear she’s no stranger, no offworlder wearing stolen armor. She’s all Mando and this armor was hand-made with her folks. Yes prior to this episode’s release, I remember seeing a headline on Animation Magazine’s website… “SABINE HAS FAMILY REUNION ON STAR WARS REBELS” and I’m all O.O at that. So I got this ridiculous image in my head of a 1960s squeaky-clean domestic American sitcom family wearing Mandalorian armor XD Ultimately that wasn’t the case, but this isn’t the first time that site’s gotten their SW logic backwards. But it sure had me intrigued. We do learn a bit more about who she is and where she came from, however. She’s a straight-up Wren clan girl from house Vizsla! Only Deathwatch on her mom’s side of the family. So yeah wow that offers up some major intrigue-yness! Don’t have a clue who her parents are, but they must be fun people if they hung out with the DW (though they do lose some cool points for putting their daughter into the Imperial Academy, but nonetheless they’re Mandalorians which by default makes them super-cool). I have a few theories, but I’ll save them for another day. But right now Sabine has no time for “family reunions” of any sort, she’s still got a score to settle!
So Kanan’s discussion was going well… sorta. Fenn really isn’t interested in being on a side that he feels won’t win, even though Kanan makes some pretty solid points on the Empire’s loyalty, or lack of it. And then rushes in another Protector with news on an intruder. You can probably figure who that is. Fact is, Wrens and Protectors don’t get along too well and Fenn calls out a fight to the death. Sabine eagerly accepts the challenge. And we’re all “OH DANG WHAT ARE YOU DOING GIRL?”. Kanan interjects that they’d all be better served to all leave as friends, but it seems Miss Wren is dead serious about making Fenn Rau seriously dead. Master Jarrus is just about done with everybody right now. “WHAT IS WITH YOU MANDALORIANS?! CAN’T SOLVE ANYTHING EXCEPT THROUGH THE END OF A BLASTER!” Yep we’ve all thought that. He knows good and well this is not the right move, but Sabine only asks he trust her. And like that the standoff began and we were all on the edge of our seats. I was literally thinking “OhhhMG someone is going to die today…”. But then in one swift move, Sabine shoots first… and only hits Fenn’s hand, knocking the blaster out of his grip. “There are alternatives to killing” comes Sabine’s well-timed Obi-Wan-esque reply, right as she set off the detonators and made sure those Protectors wouldn’t be shooting anyone down for a bit. Much applause is in order for her. It happens to be though that Rau’s ship was the only one she didn’t blast into oblivion, so it’s time for Sabine and Kanan to make a dash after him. Also this line… “ARE YOU HAPPY? YOU GOT TO BLOW STUFF UP!” “I thought you’d be glad I didn’t kill anyone!” XD Anyway, so Kanan skipped the trouble of getting in the Phantom and just jumped right on top of Rau’s ship. It would’ve worked really well had the guy not been flying so fast. Well, at least he got in a good lightsabering of one of the engines while he was hanging around. He did eventually get his balance and went and lightsabered the controls as well as knocking our Protector friend into dreamland. Then Sabine and Chopper flew in and the guys got aboard and the day was saved! Well that last line I wrote was stupid cheesy. Sorry about that. So naturally the rest of the Protectors are ready to bring the fight to the Rebs, but Fenn… considering he’s sorta here as a prisoner, he’s going to let the Rebels take whatever shortcuts they need. He may not be the nicest guy right now, but I wouldn’t say he’ll never be… I think he might enjoy being a part of the mini-Alliance. Only time will tell. At least the Empire won’t be getting involved, and that’s I think the only thing these two sides can agree on right now. Good thing is Hera’s definitely feeling better. Upon Miss Wren making note she made sure not to take any lives when there didn’t need to be, Hera comments “you’re starting to sound more like a Jedi than a Mandalorian”. “I guess I was raised right” is Sabine’s perfect reply. And I pretty much died of feels right here. Mandos definitely have this thing about revenge; they fight over principles more often than real problems, and they don’t take failure among each other too lightly. By their standards, avenging Hera by killing Fenn was perfectly acceptable, but that doesn’t make it right. When facing down this man who’d hurt her and the people she cares for, she was amazing and did the right thing… a truly straight-up Jedi thing. And seeing how Kanan and Hera have made such a positive impact on her… that could not be more beautiful.
And I think words failed me there. But seriously what an episode! It’s been a blast (pun intended) unlocking another key to Sabine’s past as well as seeing her grow as a person as well as just seeing her blow things up 🙂 Can’t wait to bring you another Transmission next time around!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: A Princess On Lothal

And so the another Rebel Transmission has arrived! And yes I know it’s another late one. *Crosses fingers for another hiatus so I won’t have to blog about two episodes in one week when the finale gets here* But there’s no doubt it’s an episode worth writing for. So thus arrives A Princess On Lothal!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode V, Episode VII and Rebels episodes Legacy and A Princess On Lothal

So I was pleasantly surprised to see this episode follows immediately off the heels of Legacy. The last episode could have easily been wrapped up then-and-there, but they did an absolute beautiful job carrying over the events and emotions of Legacy in On Lothal. Hera has called in for an update while Speedster the white lothcat watches curiously (yes I have named the lothcat deal with it). Hera clearly feels for Ezra’s situation, but just as quickly shows her gratitude to Governor Azadi. And she bears good news as well with Bail Organa delivering some reinforcements and a few big magnificent ships to Lothal. Kanan hopes a little action’ll get Ezra some of his mojo back. Now… if only those reinforcements could get to Lothal already. Lieutenant Lyste isn’t making it easy for ’em. It shouldn’t be hard for a little Imperial senate relief mission to come through, right? Well, it’s not that it’s hard, really, it’s just that it comes with TIE escorts, which wouldn’t be a problem if these were normal Imperial senators, but this is PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA, and she is NOT a normal senator. And thank goodness for that. Also yes let’s just fangirl/fanboy over Leia’s arrival to SWR, shall we? SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! It’s always great seeing the cast run into familiar faces, obs. But seeing them cross paths with a character with such a massive impact to the galaxy as she does… it’s just phenomenal. Her Rebels look is absolutely perfect (I MUST TRY AND STEAL HER HAIRSTYLE) and her voice is spot-on. There’s no doubt the future-general-who’s-always-royalty-to-me is here in the flesh! And it’s definitely a ton of fun seeing her as a young but still just as strong-spoken teen. Just like her mama 🙂
OK so I’m getting ahead of myself a bit. We find Ezra still working through the aftermath of it all. Chopper is being an absolute sweetheart and standing by his side, just being there for him. But now it’s time to get up and go meet with the reinforcements. And they get to do it in stormtrooper disguises, how fun is that? Young Bridger doesn’t seem quite as thrilled as Kanan might’ve been hoping for, but it’s a start. Azadi gives them his ride, but isn’t terribly interested in getting involved beyond that. Poor Kanan… he’s seriously the only person with any enthusiasm today. So with that the boys are goin’ to town to find three old freighters now a part of their squadron and one young senator who don’t take crud from nobody. “WELL EXCUUUUUUSE ME PRINCESS!” (hehe I need to go make that a meme now). Leia don’t need anyone to tell her anything. She’s already familiar with these Rebs and has a plan of her own. Ezra’s all “WHY DOES SHE GET TO GIVE ORDERS?!”. Because she’s the boss lady EZ, that’s why. And then there was a tiny hitch in the plan. Lyste brings out what are basically giant parking boots to keep the senator’s ships from being pilfered by rebel scum. Whee fun being a double agent! They even brought a couple AT-ATs for backup. Yeesh talk about overkill. It’s like the entire universe is against Leia and the Rebs right now. Paranoid much, Lyste? Yet he doesn’t look too paranoid… in fact it looks like he kinda having fun making her day more complicated than it needs to be, even though he has no idea where her real loyalties lie. But Leia knows how to handle this dork. First by correcting his use of “miss” into “your highness” XD And then insisting she use the Lieutenant’s shuttle. Lyste don’t look too smug now. DA PRINCESS IS BOSS. But the minute they get on board, Leia admits there were some flaws in her plan. Her honesty on the matter makes her even more boss. Just now all they need to do is get a new plan. Especially when Chopper finds that ‘troopers captured Ryder. Kanan’s gonna make this up as he goes. Clearly since he didn’t have all of his lines rehearsed when explaining himself to the buckethead commander. The commander don’t got time for that because he has a prisoner to execute (le gasp!). Leia steps up to question why, and that’s when Hera arrives right on time as usual. Those troop transports got some paint scratched, as well as few other things that may not buff out. Indeed it is good to have friends in high places. Especially if that’s literal because they fly a lovely Corellian craft. So in the midst of the chaos, Kanan comes up with the next phase of the plan: taking the princess hostage. Or at least making it look like they are. Azadi grabs Leia, Kanan goes after Leia, Zeb gives Kanan a facefull of bowcaster. Hehe I think Zeb enjoyed his part of the plan a bit more so than the “troopers” did. “They’re taking prisoners??” “They do that now?!” XD Stormtroopers who comment on stuff like real people are my favorite stormtroopers (I mean, aside from Finn, if he still counts). And with that, the Ghost and Phantom are outta here! Yes Ezra and Kanan are gonna feel that for a week. If they were cartoon characters, Kanan would have a black eye and Ezra would be minus a tooth or two. Seriously, what purpose do those helmets serve? Lyste, meanwhile, is quite freaked out now knowing he lost the very person he was intending to protect. Boy do those Rebs know how to put on a show! 🙂
As the Ghost flies along, Leia takes note of Zeb and Sabine offering Ezra some genuine words of comfort, which btw is amazingly sweet to witness. Like I went on and on about in the last Transmission, I adore how much these guys are there for each other, that they truly will stand by him as long as there are stars in the galaxy. There are plenty of times where they don’t get along and/or poke fun at each other, but their bond is solid, man. Kanan explains a little of the situation to Leia, and suggests that Ezra might could use another friend to talk to. Leia continues her streak of boss-lady-ness by doing so. And also yes Kanan, that’s what Ezra’s really needed today… ‘trooper helmets and mini-Alliance missions are fun, but just talking with someone who cares can often be the best kind of healing balm. So yes, watching Ezra look at his family portrait once again brings many tears to my eyes once again. Leia gets him man… it’s hard to have this much responsibility at their age, it’s hard sometimes to keep fighting when it seems like nothing will change. But they both know that fighting for what’s right is the right thing to do regardless. Just… wow. The conversation gives Ezra the encouragement and strength to get back in the game and finish helping Leia on her mission. Now, when I first saw that ad and the whole “You think that’s impressive? Watch this” bit, I start thinking “Ohhhmygosh he is literally crushing on Leia… this is going to be a thing…”. But they totally didn’t go that route, which I’m totally fine with, though the notion was quite funny. Instead we get some real solid friendship moments that are worth their weight in gold, in addition to some wonderfully well-played bits of sarc. Leia and Ezra have more in common than they know, and that makes it all the more amazing seeing them cross paths. The whole “impressing the princess” thing would’ve been fun, but the Lucasfilm crew went an even better route that leaves me reeling with feels. Besides, I rather ship them respectively with a couple of sometimes-scoundrely sharpshooters with fabulous enviable hair (*coughHanAndSabineIfThatWasn’tObviouscough*) 😉
Ezra and Leia walk in on the rest of the Ghost crew trying to figure out the next step to the plan. It’s not looking too too good with all those AT-ATs and Imperial forces in the way of their ships. Even Hera isn’t sure what to say this time around. So enter PRINCESS BOSS LADY! Leia recognizes these are tough obstacles, but she’s full of serious can-do spirit and insists on hearing not what they can’t do, but what they will. Dude I so wish I had that kind of attitude. *Bows to Princess Boss Lady* And so one idea leads to another, Ezra and Kanan keep stormtroopin’ and the Rebs do some distractin’. Even grumpy Ryder can offer some knowledge on how those Imperial parking boots come apart. YAAS ALL THE TEAMWORKZ!! So you can imagine Lyste’s surprise when Leia and her brave ‘troopers showed up unscathed. She may insist Kanan deserves a medal, but Leia herself deserves an Oscar for the performance she puts on as Azadi, Sabine, and Chopper make quick work freeing those ships. Oh it’s delightful watching Lyste assure her the ships are “safe and sound” just as one starts to fly away XD “If you’re trying to impress me Lieutenant, you’re doing a miserable job!” Another golden SW quote to use in everyday conversations 🙂 The stormtroopers point all blasters in Azadi and Chopper’s direction, to which Sabine points some guns of her own back at them. A shot from an AT-AT knocks Sabine out of the driver’s seat (dude why do these things not have seatbelts?), but Hera and Zeb quickly return fire from the Ghost‘s cockpit. One down, two to go, for both ships free and AT-ATs downed. When one ‘trooper decides to take aim at Azadi from the ground, Kanan finally stops playing the role and smacks that guy down. And then Ezra takes on another. It took a minute for him to figure out where exactly to aim his fist but once he did he made a solid punch that actually made me cringe a little thinking how it must hurt. Again, useless helmets are useless. Especially when they evidently come off quite easily. Skillz bruh. Anddd then enters AT-AT #2. Leave that to Kanan. He causes quite the stir whipping out his blade. Azadi’s mindblown, the AT-AT drivers are like “whut”, and indeed Leia is impressed… just about borderline fangirling (“DID YOU SEE THAT?!”). Because seriously he SLASHES THE LEGS and knocks it down just like that. I’d say “why didn’t Luke just try that?” but I’m betting after this stunt the Empire made the legs stronger from there on out. Kanan is the living breathing McQuarrie painting of the stormtrooper with a lightsaber. Too awesome for words man. Not to be outdone Ezra shows off some of his Force skillz, which was great up until he smacked himself in the head with the blaster he Force-grabbed XD Doesn’t take any use of Force for Leia to turn and one-up him though as she nails a couple ‘troopers with a blaster. Awz again just like her mom 🙂 But she encourages her comrade to keep up the good work anyway XD So now only one freighter remains. Leia slips back into the role of the disgusted Imperial senator and acts relieved to see some more ‘troopers. Unfortunately this somewhat backfires as the commander throws out orders to shoot to kill. The Ghost continues trying to keep the last AT-AT busy and its guns away from the Rebel ships. Azadi makes a risky move and starts getting the next ship off the ground before Chopper’s fully unlocked it. And then quite epicly blows that walker right over. Hehe bro totally enjoyed that, you can tell X) Before Ezra leaves with the rest of the crew, he has one more scene to perform. They say their goodbyes right before Leia gives Ezra clearance to stun her. Ahmagoodness love all the friendshipness!! So while Lyste panics over the stunned senator, the Rebels fly off victoriously. And Princess Boss Lady has a few words to say to the Liutenant XD Yes, it’s not always easy, but I think she really enjoys the role of Imperial-Senator-By-Day-Rebel-By-Night. That’s just one of the things that makes Leia Organa such a truly amazing character 🙂
It’s been a crazy day for our Rebels, but a good one for sure. And now Governor Azadi’s decided he belongs among them, helping in their noble quest. All I can say to that is “YAAAS ALL THE TEAMWORKZ!” (pff sorry I’m terrible) 🙂
So that was fun. Glad I could write it and maybe spark some discussion or give some feels or make you laugh! (at the funny moments or at me, whatever works)

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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