Following The Freemakers: Free Fall

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

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

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

But anyway that’s not quite as important as the fact that THE FREEMAKERS ARE IN THE PATH OF CERTAIN DOOM RIGHT NOW!!!
I was seriously amazed they didn’t die. Really. It was a bit surprising that M-OC wasn’t all that accurate behind the Arrowhead‘s controls. If he’d just gone straight through the TIE’s pod instead of knocking off the panels, he would’ve won. You’d think a droid as precise and cunning as he is would’ve hit them straight-on the first time. I suppose no machine is perfect though. Or maybe there’s something else I’m missing here. Perhaps M-OC’s developed a bit of cockiness these last few months? Hmm. Can’t tell you how glad I am though that Quarrie came along when he did. The fish-man deserves a Hera-style hug! ๐Ÿ˜€ And at last I felt I could breathe again.
Y’know, except for the fact M-OC planted a tracker on them. That was… concerning.

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

Oh yeah, anyone else felt kinda bad for Graballa? The Hutt just wants to make his dreams a reality! How hard is it to make a deal with someone who won’t just end up using the Force against you?! And this situation is sadder maybe than the last such incident because Vader really didn’t give him any kind of choice in the first place. From one dreamer to another, I really do hope you get your resort next season, Grabs. And hey! I just got wind your cousin’s palace is vacant now…! It might not be prime real estate for a vacation spot, but imagine all the funds you could get from selling it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Yeah this episode gave me quite a few heart attacks you guys. I jumped when that bolt of lightning knocked Quarrie off the StarScavenger, gasped when M-OC threw down the net over the kyber crystal, quietly whispered “NO…” when it seemed Rowan lost his lightsaber, and just about fainted when the hunter droid, after appearing as though he’d fallen, came right up behind Ro. And that’s just all in the course of a few minutes. It’s like everything in this episode was working together to say “Oh? You wanted to breathe? WELL, TOO BAD!!” But then again, this happens a lot with Star Wars. Like a lot.
And then, after keeping me so very on the edge… I started to realize where their plan was ultimately going… and what that would mean for the StarScavenger.
I thought losing the Phantom on SWR hurt to watch. The StarScavenger has been by this family’s side through a lot of salvage runs and a lot of adventures. It was a part of their family, really. Zander’s specially-modified, fast, hard-working, spunky baby. Much as I love the Arrowhead, I think I’m going to miss the Scavenger far more. I do look forward to seeing what the 2.0 might look like, but… nothing will truly replace the original ๐Ÿ˜ข

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

Ohhh sweet mercy you guys there are so many emotions up here. And with posts on both Freemakers and Rebels coming in the next week, there’s about to be a whole lot more. Not a lot of room for breathing though, but… you know what? The fact Star Wars takes my breath away like it does is not a bad thing ๐Ÿ™‚

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Following The Freemakers: Flight Of The Arrowhead

OK so this episode was a ton of fun and there’s a few things I’m going to need to write on about, so feel free to join in on my Freemaker follow-up on Flight Of The Arrowhead!

Contains spoilers from Episode VI, Episode VII, and Freemakers episodes The Pit And The Pinnacle and Flight Of The Arrowhead, along with some minor stuff from the episodes prior.

OK so this is just a nerdy realization on my part I should’ve remembered last episode, but that whole thing about kyber crystals being highly volatile finally clicked with me. Watching them go off like firecrackers I was all โ€œWell I guess that makes sense…โ€ and only later did I remember that the Death Star was powered by them. Le duh. If you’re new to Star Wars, you should never feel dumb because even those of us who’ve been in the fandom for a decade don’t always know what’s going on! Just something on my brain the last few days. Also โ€œkabloomeyโ€ might be the best descriptive word ever XD

So when Quarrie was talking about an ideal pilot for the Arrowhead‘s maiden voyage, I’d really sorta thought it might be Hera he was thinking of. But then I did notice that I haven’t seen her around Home One lately, not even at the medal ceremony at the end. Wonder what she’s up to? I’m quietly hoping that she’s getting some family time in with her crew (and that nobody’s died in the last few years), but who knows? Makes you curious though doesn’t it? Anyway, I certainly wasn’t disappointed though to see Lieutenant Valeria again! I’d actually been missing her a bit, even as a supportive character she’s just so fun and full of energy I was hoping she might get involved in a Freemaker misadventure again. And they decided today to grant my wish! Granted, I’m sure she would’ve rathered come back this episode flying something a little more put-together, but it made for some great burns and banter! Quarrie we love you but you gotta start giving us the important info the first time around.

So I love not only that we got to visit Jakku this episode, but that they integrated it in a really neat way. I would’ve loved to have seen Nima Outpost and all that craziness there, but by just portraying it as a ludicrously barren wasteland as far as most of the galaxy knows, it really sinks in just how truly awful and desolate the place is, and how it’ll likely feel for Rey thirty years from now. Also they gave me another one of my favorite SW creatures and brought in some happabores! Yay for slow slobbery space pigs! ๐Ÿ˜€

But who’dve guessed the guys riding the slow slobbery space pigs would be Ensign Plumestriker and Sub-Ensign Durpin! I really don’t know how they keep failing and still manage to avoid Force-chokings, but thank goodness ’cause they’re fun to foil. And yeah now go-getter Plumestriker’s in charge! He tha bossman! I also do wonder why they keep getting stuck together on missions when clearly their differences in work ethic clash to an often dangerous level. I think maybe some higher-up graycoats just don’t like either of ’em and want them out from under their command. Yikes Imperial politics can be mean. But either way, I’m impressed Plumestriker got as far as he did (and his acting chops are pretty on-point, too. I really thought he was buying that Vader disguise). Just… maybe they need to go into Imperial janitorial services for a change. Hehe that would be a fun confrontation! Roger could clean ’em up with his mop skills! XD

Another kind of random query but… when Zander and Roger got captured, it was daytime, but by the time โ€œDarthโ€ Kordi showed up, night had fallen. Did it take that long to craft the dumb thing?? OK suddenly I just remembered they were probably planning on using the darkness to their advantage I don’t know why I even wrote this paragraph. Can’t believe the Imps argued that long tho. Really, have neither of them gone to HR about this? Oh right this is the Empire. I don’t get the feeling they care much about creating a friendly workspace…

OK so as a whole, I’m not the kind of fangirl who ships on sight. There needs to be something obvious there and it has to be reasonable before I can mash up a certain guy’s name with a certain girl’s name and start squeeing over ’em. Sometimes I wonder on things, but I don’t make a habit of writing the wonderings here… usually. BUT THE WAY ZANDER LOOKED AT VALERIA WHEN SHE RAN OUT TO FACE THAT AT-ST…
I’d sort of tossed the concept around back when she debuted in the shorts, but clearly they saw each other as friendly coworkers and that was it. So it seemed, anyway. Now, I’m aware I could be way way off, like, the-distance-between-the-inner-rim-and-wild-space kind of way off. And I’m OK with that. But there’s something about the look on his face and his quiet โ€œwow…โ€ that comes off as more than just impressed… I suppose we’ll just wait and see where this goes :3

But moving on, how about that Arrowhead?! Might be one of the prettiest ships ever to grace the Star Wars saga! Its shape, its speed, its sound, its firepower, its blue kyber-y glow… it. is. magnificent. I definitely am eyeballing that Lego kit now. I have some questions on what will come next for the vessel, though… because we all know that it’s not going to be what ultimately saves the Rebellion. If it had been, well, the battle of Endor would’ve been over a lot sooner. But at the same time, Rowan’s vision was not for nothing, it was part of his destiny to build the Arrowhead. But for what reason, ultimately? Some deep thoughts there. Either way, watching it cut through that star destroyer was a bea-utiful sight to see! โ€œLike a lightsaber through kaadu butter!โ€ indeed.

And we finally got ourselves a medal ceremony! And our three young heroes got some fantastic new promotions! I could not have felt prouder! It’ll be neat to see how the Freemakers embrace their new roles as shipbuilder, quartermaster, and cadet. And it’ll also be quite interesting since we know that this isn’t the end of the season… and again, that the Arrowhead is not the final answer. Strange how such a victorious ceremony can also leave you with a bad feeling about this, huh?
But don’t worry Roger, we’ll get you one of those reward stickers from The Yoda Chronicles ๐Ÿ™‚

Wow I had a lot more to talk about this post than I thought I would! But that’s great. I hope I was able to deliver some fun stuff and some StarWarsian food for thought today. Until next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Following The Freemakers: The Pit And The Pinnacle

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

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

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

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

I cannot tell you how much I loved getting an episode mainly focused on Rowan and Kordi. Like seriously. I’ve always been moved to mush by their sweet brother-sister bond, which so far we’ve only gotten in smaller moments, and now we get to further explore that relationship for a longer period of time and in perhaps a deeper way than we’ve gotten to see before. Whenever Ro’s at his lowest, Kordi does everything she can to lift him back up. Even when she’s uncertain about the situation, she’s patient with him and constantly encouraging. And when she lifts Rowan up, he’s able to encourage her in turn. It’s perfect. She makes me want to strive to be a better sister myself! Wow the feels! I’d definitely be up for more one-on-one adventures like this in the future ๐Ÿ™‚
And of course I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with Zander and Roger. A story following those two could only equal some epic misadventures. And some really bad mynock puns XD Seriously they need to do like Hera and find some way to reroute the power to the hull and make an instant โ€œbug zapperโ€ of sorts. Something to work on once they get back to Home One.

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

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

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

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Following The Freemakers: The Embersteel Blade

So once again, I’m so excited to begin writing some Star Wars-ness up here that I end up with absolutely no idea how to begin. Sometimes just diving in does the trick, so that’s what we’re gonna do today as we dig into the ingenious Freemaker escapade called The Embersteel Blade. Oh shoot now I’m rhyming how’d that happen??

Contains spoilers from Freemakers episodes The Lost Treasure Of Cloud City, Showdown On Hoth, and The Embersteel Blade

Darth Vader has complete faith in his work-in-progress Death Star II, but definitely a lack of it in his graycoats’ ability to find kyber crystals. I gotta say I am so so glad right now that the Imps evidently have forgotten Rowan’s connection to kyber. Well… of course, I have wondered if maybe it was more of a connection to the Kyber Saber itself more so than the crystals, but honestly that doesn’t make nearly as much sense to me. But oh right I just remembered: Sidious wants Rowan alive in hopes of finding the Kyber Saber, so if he doesn’t get his superweapon, he might very well use the boy’s crystal-sensing abilities to his advantage for the Death Star. Uh yeah we should all be very concerned. I can’t believe I only made this connection now! On a somewhat lighter note though, that one particular Imp screaming his head off had me laughing louder than I should’ve XD

The Freemakers have located what they need for the first piece of the Arrowhead. Yay! Problem is, the embersteel they’re wanting is part of a very very pricey shuttle that’s being sold at an Imperial auction. Little bit less of a “yay”. That’s why I’ve got nothing but solid #respect for Kordi’s supreme businesswoman superpowers, because you and I both know it’s only that and the fact she’s got a solid plan to back it up that they put those creds in the Freemakers’ hands. Also guys, I am so so glad Ackbar didn’t spit-take in Mon Mothma’s direction. That is all. I mean… not sure there’d be enough OxiClean in the galaxy to fix that perfectly regal ensemble of hers if that happened, and that would be among the greatest Star Wars tragedies to date. Sorry for General Madine though. Poor dude’s a kaffe magnet!

So yes we have to talk about the dress! But not just because I’m majorly into costuming, sewing, elegant shades of purple, and glittery embroidery, but because it brings up a good question: where did Kordi actually get the gown in the first place? At first, I figured she went out of her way to find exactly what the real Princess Kortessi was wearing and bought a designer knock-off of it. But then I remembered there’s no proof they knew the Princess was attending the auction in the first place. So then I thought maybe it was a spare dress of Leia’s, which is a reasonable theory, BUT! That would not explain the matching guard uniforms Kordi already had before they left to Mygeeto… guard uniforms that must’ve been tailor-made, as I imagine most uniforms aren’t sized for a twelve-year-old boy or made without sleeves. So at that point I assumed there must be a few people in the Alliance who specialize in stitching up stuff. But then, remember the adorable matching uniforms the sibs wore on Cloud City? And the snowsuits on Hoth? I’d bet anything Kordi is secretly a seamstress, and that she hand-made the guard uniforms and dress herself. I don’t know when she found time to (there must have been a timelapse between the end of her meeting and the StarScavenger‘s departure), but that’s the most logical answer I’ve got. She can make fast ships and fabulous dresses! I wanna be Kordi Freemaker when I grow up! ๐Ÿ˜€ (Well, I’ve at least got the tripping-over-long-skirts thing down. 110% relatable) The plan itself is pretty fabulous, too; going in disguise as a changeling is straight-up genius! It’s neat getting to learn a tiny tiny bit about their species’ culture in the process, too. Kordi’s acting was completely on-point, after all, playing a takes-crud-from-no-one bosslady with fine tastes is basically like playing herself, just with a slight accent ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, this stellar plan was smoother than the surface of a Naboo starfighter!

It’s the things that weren’t part of the plan that aren’t so fabulous. I just knew there was no way whatsoever you could give Zander 75,000 credits, put him in front of a stunning lineup of starships, and expect him not to blow it. I just knew. All I could do was sit back and watch how they’d ride this one out. You know though, you’ve gotta give these kids some serious credit. They’re actually going to all this trouble to legitimately buy what they need. In Rebels, our heroes rarely hesitated from stealing what they needed from the Imps. I’m certainly not saying the Ghost crew was wrong in that; they did only what was necessary for their cause to grow and succeed and ultimately bring down this terrible Empire that was stealing from innocent people already. It just impresses me the kids found their own way. The Freemakers aren’t the Ghost fam, I think as a whole they take the peaceful route before anything else; remember how many times they didn’t blast their foes when most Rebels would have been in their right to do so? That’s really pretty amazing guys.
Oh yeah, my favorite line in this episode might be “IT’S LIKE SOMEONE REACHED INSIDE MY HEAD AND SCOOPED OUT ALL MY DREAMS!!” I have entirely felt that way before, Zan, especially around fresh-baked desserts, Christmas decor, and Star Wars merch :3

And who could’ve bargained we’d find Graballa the Hutt at a fancy place like this? Not that I’m not always happy for the brilliant comedic timing Dana Snyder’s delightfully outrageous character brings to the table, but throwing him into the equation certainly complicates things for our young heroes. Well, doesn’t matter how noble you are I guess… you do not say “no” to a Hutt. They’re kind of a big deal and dangerous to mess with. And that’s saying something, because Graballa’s still considerably more decent than most of the Hutts we’ve seen! The guy just wants to live his resort-owning dream! That’s a pretty normal decent desire! Except perhaps for the fact he’s willing to steal and kill to get what he wants in many cases. That might be why it’s taking so long for him to get there. Also I do question where he was planning this resort in the first place. I mean, he runs an illegal mining operation in the middle of nowhere. I hope he wasn’t settling for that kind of location (unless maybe it was all virtual a la Hologram Fun World). I’d think maybe Scarif would be a nice locale, but wherever this is, it’s got blue sand, so… IDK. It’s certainly an intriguing prospect, whatever the case. And if it were a legitimate business, it might be ultimately a good thing! Maybe. It’s a big “maybe”, though.

So yeah anyone else’s ears still ringing from Kordi’s brief meltdown? I had my volume up so I could easily hear all the quieter bits of dialogue… and shortly thereafter came to regret that. I’d always heard of the term “hair-raising”, but hadn’t ever felt anything like that until now. Vanessa Lengies deserves a round of applause… and quite possibly some hot tea ’cause that scream sounds like it hurt. But I don’t blame Kordi for one minute because siblings can do that to ya, I know. Oh, and the fact the stormtroopers completely ignored it had me laughing ’til I cried XD
Also it’s nice knowing that Roger has dreams of his own, too. A Separatist battle droid, leader of the Rebel Alliance! What a comeback story! I admire your gumption buddy, but I’ve seen you under pressure. You’re better off sticking to your repair work and writing that bestseller.

When you think of heroic moments in Star Wars, most of us think of lightsabers clashing and blasters blasting, not necessarily business smarts. But financial know-how is to Kordi the way the Force is to Mace Windu — a deadly serious, fierce, powerful weapon. If you follow the blog’s tumblr you might have seen I came out Kordi on a Freemakers personality quiz, and to this day I’m not sure how I didn’t get one of her bros instead. I understand how good business works, but a lot of that really complicated managerial/financial stuff goes right on over my head. I shall forever strive to achieve her masterful levels of savviness. I mean, guys, using good business tips to get out of a dangerous situation? That’s just too good. Oh and just a small thing but it was nice seeing Naare again. Kordi’s quiet “ew” cracked me up; she acts like she’s looking at an ugly vase and not someone who tried to kill them on multiple occasions and it’s the best ironic thing XD

Oh yeah! It only just occurred to me now that, while Zander owns the stars in his Jedi starfighter, Rowan’s manning the StarScavenger… and doing really awesomely at it! Not at all like the rough take-offs and landings an episode ago! NOOO STAHP GROWING UP PRECIOUS CHILD!!
Oh, and “Are they shooting people at us now??” ๐Ÿ˜‚ No Ro that’s just what a #KordiWin looks like!

For all the craziness Kordi’s once-flawless plan spiraled into, it made watching the Arrowhead‘s embersteel blade being installed all the sweeter. But as DARTH VADER decides to make a deal with Graballa… well, the craziness is far from over. The concept really is too perfect though! I really wasn’t sure how much more the Hutt would get involved this season, but this works just downright perfectly, drips with a unique kind of intrigue, and ascertains we’ll have much more of the slimy slug’s shenanigans to come. You’d think maybe Graballa’s previous experience with darksiders might have made him consider the offer though… but then again, while saying “no” to a Hutt is dangerous, saying “no” to Lord Vader is instant death…

Yep, can’t wait for the next episode. Seriously. Things are getting so good and they were already so good to start with!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Following The Freemakers: The Tower Of Alistan Nor

Hey Star Wars fam! You ready to talk Freemakers? I know I am! ‘Cause The Tower Of Alistan Nor has quickly become a favorite among favorites and I can’t wait to discuss all that has intrigued me and inspired me! Read on!

Contains spoilers from Rebels episode Steps Into Shadow and Freemakers episodes The Maker Of Zoh, Return Of The Kyber Saber, Trouble On Tibalt, and The Tower Of Alistan Nor

It’s an age-old battle I know well from playing with Legos; you get an image in your head of the perfect design… and then you lose it, and the entire building experience from there is spent trying out every brick in the box until you get something close to what you had in mind. Rowan’s got the same problem, except it’s worse because the future of the Rebel Alliance rests on making the image in his head a reality. Also for him it’s not just building a cool plastic model, it’s about building an actual serious war machine. No pressure! No pressure at all! Quarrie casually mentions of a beautiful, inspiring ancient city called Alistan Nor that might stir up some creative juices, and Ro’s off like a rocket!

Meanwhile, “Time to check on M-OC!” Palpatine is me whenever I sit down to a new Star Wars something. I do the little dance and everything XD And M-OC’s got himself a new set of blades… inquisitor blades. It actually makes a lot of sense, because just like the Jedi hunters we’ve seen before, these spinny ‘sabers of death are a more efficient method than learning all the Force-y moves. Unfortunately this is bad news for Rowan… he’s only fought blade-to-blade before, not blade-to-spinning-blade-to-blade. Elsewhere in the galaxy, while in carbonfreeze, Naare sensed her former master was treating a droid better than her XP WELL DROIDS DON’T BETRAY THEIR MASTERS, NAARE!
Well… normally.

Rowan’s ready and rarin’ to go to Alistan Nor, but the sibs happen to be considerably busy. Kordi’s in her prime bosslady mode, sharing her tips on cost-efficient living with her fellow Rebels, while Zander proves he’s the Wedge Antilles of repair — he can fix anything! Though Rowan isn’t pleased to catch them so so busy, I still love how easily the older kids have found their place here. Kordi knows what it’s like to live life running on fumes and pinching pennies, and offers a lot of know-how I’m sure the Rebs could use a refresher on, as well as just offering up a lot of common sense and direction that comes with running a business and looking out for your family at such a young age. (Let’s cut Ackbar some slack tho, he is an aquatic species, guys! Their skin must get awful dry!) And I love that Zander’s earned himself quite a reputation ’round Home One, as well as the respect of Valeria and the other pilots. It may not be where he wants to be in the Alliance, but he’s still giving the daily grind his all, and that’s nothing but admirable. But if you think his family’s work is going to keep Rowan from finding the inspiration he desperately needs, you’re dead wrong. He’ll fly there himself! Guys it’s a miracle that he didn’t damage the StarScavenger. Completely. Totally. Entirely. I kept thinking about what happened to the Phantom and was afraid of a repeat of that. I was really glad he put in those hyperspace coordinates right, too, ’cause yikes. I know I should’ve given him more of the benefit of the doubt, but he’s still a kid, and this is still a fair-sized starship, so… the odds weren’t great. Good thing Rowan has this habit of defying the odds ๐Ÿ™‚

Also that Freemaker-branded lunchbox is great. I might need to custom my own! Can’t believe Quarrie went and ate the whole lunch though. “COPILOTS GET FIRST DIBS!” No they don’t, Quar ๐Ÿ˜‘ Oh yeah… apparently mon calamari can digest bones? Unless that was a boneless fried noona leg he scarfed down, which it didn’t really look like… ok so that might not be a canon fact, but it makes you wonder, right?

Despite Quarrie’s slightly frustrating habit of not conveying all the information until the very very last second it’s needed, and a bit of a perilous run-in with a pack of gundarks (but what great Lego sculpts tho!), Alistan Nor is everything the old shipbuilder promised and more. Literally this city is everything. It is utterly utterly awe-inspiringly beautiful. Sometimes I forget that the great Doug Chiang designs for the show, but this was a powerful reminder. I mean… the design looks like it was intended for a movie or Rebels! I can’t help but hope a little that they might throw it in future 100%-canon Star Wars stories. And the concept alone! The idea of a city built by a unique order of Jedi is just amazing! It’s so Lego, but so believably SW at the same time! And we’ve gotta talk about the idea of Forcebuilders. Ever since SWR introduced the idea that certain Jedi can have special Force abilities, I’ve been completely fascinated by this expansion of the mythology, and as you may well know if you’ve read this blog for a while, I have been comparing Ezra’s Force-connecting talent to Rowan’s connection to kyber crystals. Only during the first season finale did I realize the Force must also have enhanced Rowan’s ability to build, and now this confirms it. I’ve spent days pondering what it must’ve been like to live in a city created by Jedi, and I imagine well-populated with Jedi as well. I’ve wondered about what made their order different from traditional Jedi, what gave them their creative energy, what was at the crux of their beliefs, and finally… what became of them. Also I had an interesting theory cross my mind: the Forcebuilders were specifically a branch of the Jedi, so what would happen if one turned to the dark side? We were introduced some time ago to the idea that the light creates and the dark destroys, so would a dark Forcebuilder be extremely adept at destruction? Or would they just build dark weapons? I actually pondered if maybe Naare had been a Forcebuilder Jedi previously, if that’s what gave her her terrible destructive capabilities. It’s certainly something worth chewing on. Anyway, watching Rowan see the city in its majestic, sparkling prime overloaded me with warm fuzzy feels. Basically everything about this entire scene can only be defined as “swoon-worthy”. It’s just. that. solidly. good.

Of course, I also was thinking “if M-OC destroys anything here I’m gonna cry for days”.
Was really really glad he only did a little property damage. But more importantly, I’m really really really glad nobody died. I will say, the fact M-OC uses his ‘quisitor blades separately is pretty cool though. It shows you how good he is… he doesn’t need much practice from what I can tell, he just uses ’em outright and in the most deadly efficient way. The Inquisitors wished they were this good. Forget what I said earlier about the spinning function working better for him. He don’t need it. It’s the things M-OC can’t predict that usually give our heroes a leg up, like falling balconies and gundark stampedes. I feel bad for the gundarks though… ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Can I just say again for the millionth time that I love this family? For all the responsibilities Kordi and Zander have now, they still dropped everything to fix up an old wreck to bring their brother home… an old wreck that would ultimately be mowed over by the Starscavenger anyway. But there’s nothing in this galaxy that a precious family hug can’t fix! It’s amazing really. At this point I basically turned into a pile of moved-to-happy-tears mush, and then made a mental note to hug my family more often than usual. Guys, this is nothing but real pure family love โค โค And now that Rowan has an exact mental picture of the Arrowhead in mind, they’ve made the first step on bringing the fight to the Empire! Augh I’m just so ludicrously happy right now X3

Though I really can’t say that for that Imperial graycoat who got tossed out the window. *Shudders* That’s totally Vader for ya.

Anyway, I think this post turned out really nicely, and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my thoughts with you today. Now go and give your family and basically-family-friends the Freemaker-style hug they deserve! ๐Ÿ™‚

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight