SW Summer Reads: The Rebels Novelizations, Part 1

It’s time again for some Star Wars Summer Reads! Or I guess Summer-ish Reads for some of you guys. Anyway, the first Star Wars novel I ever read was a Clone Wars novelization compilation called Grievous Attacks. It was a really fun experience and a great introduction to SW books, so I decided it’d be fun to revisit some classic Rebels season one episodes in junior novel form! Let’s talk about Michael Kogge’s takes on Machine In The Ghost, Art Attack, Entanglement, Property Of Ezra Bridger, Spark Of Rebellion, Droids In Distress, and Rise Of The Old Masters!

I honestly forgot until I read these how fun novelizations can be. You get to dive further into the story you’ve seen on-screen, learning more little things about the SW galaxy, as well as the chance to delve into what’s going on inside the characters’ heads. Mr. Kogge did an excellent job at this, especially inside of Rise Of The Rebels, the shorts compilation. He writes a lot of depth into these already-deep little stories as we explore different perspectives (like those of Chopper or a stormtrooper), and even adds some nice new lines and moments that compliment the source material rather than overcrowding it.

Droids In Distress was a very well done compilation as well, though Spark Of Rebellion suffered a little. But I’m not really complaining; it can’t be easy trying to fit a richly-written 44-minute episode in less than fifty pages! So due to the format, Mr. Kogge was forced to skip over some of the best lines and rush much of the story. But the following novelizations were near-perfection!

Both compilations have hiccups in story compared to the actual episode, but most likely that’s because these were written before the episodes were completed. Doesn’t take away from how much I enjoyed them, though! Of course, half the fun for me was just revisiting these great early episodes! The other half, well… I’ll let you in on a secret: ever since Grievous Attacks, I read all SW books out loud to myself. I just can’t pass up an opportunity to practice my character impressions! I found out reading these that I do a pretty mean Grand Inquisitor 😀

Anyway, if you love SWR and want to explore these stories from a new angle, I totally recommend. And they’re definitely great if you’re new to Star Wars books and need a light, easy introduction. Plus, the Sabine-like graffiti artwork dispersed throughout the books is an epic bonus 🙂

Now, for the fangirl-musings commentary portion of the post.

Contains spoilers from the original Rebels shorts and episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Droids In Distress, and some important elements from the seasons beyond.

– Apparently “understatement” is a distinctly twi’lek sort of humor? I must be part twi’lek then.
– I really appreciate also that they simplify some of the technical terms a little bit. Definitely the difference between a potential first-timer’s SW story and something intensely detailed for the long-timer like Tarkin. But it’s still not oversimplified, it’s just right and makes for a pretty easy read.
– Kanan, master of a thousand one-liners. True dat.
– Considering how much they argue in this short, I might not’ve guessed that Hera was actually worried about her copilot for a moment. Awwz #feels.
– We actually get a chance to get inside Chopper’s dome in this book! Some seriously funny stuff here. Now give this hard-working little droid an oil bath already!
– This book seems to imply that Chopper’s exact “words” couldn’t be understood by organics. Always Two There Are confirmed for me that “droid” is a language you can learn. I originally thought that this fact was just something I missed in the other films and shows, but this seems to mean I wasn’t the only one who was unclear on the do-people-actually-understand-astromechs-or-are-they-just-assuming-what-they’re-saying-like-when-people-talk-to-their-pets situation. Or maybe Chopper’s comment is true, and though you can learn basic astromech, a sentient being will never understand the fine details. Knowing Chop’s ‘tude, perhaps this is a good thing…
– Apparently Ryloth is known for their firework shows. I could see that.
– Chopper has good relations with the Phantom, while the Ghost tends to be pretty rude with him. Things only ‘mechs know!
– “A thousand thousand worlds sparkled in the night sky above the capital city of Lothal.” I absolutely love how Mr. Kogge writes for Sabine. He captures so well her fiercely artistic mindset with heavily poetic descriptions. I can’t help but be a little bummed they didn’t make more of these novelizations.
– Sabine has heard the tales of Boba Fett! I still almost can’t believe we never got to see them in a face-off, but I suppose the writers knew that would be far too easy and more of a what-the-fans-want than a what-the-series-needs. But I suppose there’s nothing to say it still couldn’t happen…
– I really hope TK-626’s number was a Lilo And Stitch reference.
– The idea of the Empire specifically recruiting known bullies as Imperial Cadets at first sounded a little too obvious, but then again, remember Oleg? Frankly, I can imagine a lot of storms might’ve been ne’er-do-wells in grade school. Perhaps it’s not what the Empire is looking for alone, but it doesn’t hurt…
– “Artists were almost as bad as rebels. They could draw, paint, and create things he couldn’t. And for that, they deserved to be crushed.” Oh you guys, I think I figured out why TK-626 was a bully. THIS POOR STORMTROOPER CHILD!! I actually feel really bad for him! Thank you Mr. Kogge for helping me consider the human inside the inhuman white armor.
– I think it’s neat that Mr. Kogge paints (so to speak) Sabine as an artist first and a warrior second. Sometimes it’s easy for me to think vice versa, considering her warrior Mandalorian heritage, but when you think about her close relationship with her artistic dad, and consider the life she maybe knew before the Imperial Academy and then the mini-Alliance, it makes sense that art is her first love, and what she wants to do for a living once the war is over. Maybe once she gets Ezra back home, she’ll finally get her chance 🙂
– Apparently, Zeb isn’t all that fond of his nickname. There’s a certain way his people roll their Rs in the lasat language that most just can’t match. I like this angle. I wonder if this is a fact decided upon by the Story Group or an early assumption Mr. Kogge made. It certainly is a fascinating idea! I didn’t know they spoke anything beside Basic! Well aside from the ancient chants, but maybe that should’ve clued me in.
– Imperials don’t know many languages beyond Basic. Didn’t know that, but makes sense in retrospect.
Whoa I didn’t remember the stormtroopers being that mean to the salesnaught. All the more reason Zeb is one noble dude.
– We learn reading this that Zeb isn’t fond of ugnaughts or astromechs, but all the same, he can’t turn a blind eye to their troubles. It makes this already-amazing little story even more meaningful. AHHH SO SO NOBLE :3
– The Empire made slaves of the lasat? My first reaction was “THAT’S NOT ACCURATE! THEY WERE KILLED OFF!“, buuuuuut what if slavery was where it started? Something to consider, anyway. But I gotta say, it’s hard to imagine lasat being good slaves. The wookiees don’t work well under Kessel heat, making them less of a threat, but I imagine that wasn’t as much of a problem for the less-fuzzy-but-still-deadly lasat…
– “My old gran’s a better fighter, and she’s only two meters tall!” Pfft that’s a good one, Zeb. Wonder if this was purely Mr. Kogge’s clever writing or an unused line they recorded. But they actually elaborate further on Granny Orrelios, saying she’d lived for “three hundred dust seasons” (I’m assuming that’s 75 earth years, depending how long a dust season lasts and how many seasons they have). This is the first time we’ve ever heard of any family Zeb had, and it makes me super happy to know an inkling of his personal life before the Empire.
– I love the idea Ezra’s already had a few moments where the Force came into play before he finds himself avoiding TIE fighter fire. It makes sense, and kind of makes you wonder what adventures (and misadventures) he might’ve had on the streets of Lothal.
– Interesting that Ezra’s pretty willing to take any sort of reward, even an Imperial rescue! But hey creds are creds. Perhaps it’s this pilot’s snobbiness that drives Ez to decide to just rescue the helmet instead…
– Considering not long from now Ezra’s back to stealing food, I guess those parts didn’t get him as much cash as he hoped. Or they were stolen. Or maybe food on Lothal these days just costs a lot.
– “A sitting hawk-bat“… could that also be comparable to a lothbat?
– The second book has cool alternate episode titles: “Ezra’s Story”, “Disrupted”, and “Old Masters”.
– Sabine was drinking blue milk?? Obviously I haven’t been paying attention. Or that maybe that’s because her cup wasn’t a clear glass. Question: if blue milk is from banthas (which I’ve been led to believe), since banthas don’t live on Lothal (that we’ve seen), does that mean the Rebs are getting their food supplies from offworld? That makes sense enough. Guess I didn’t need to waste a whole paragraph on it…
– You know, unless my memory fails me, I thought the Rebels merely rescued the wookiees on Lothal before their were transferred to Kessel. I was pretty sure after seeing the hopeless world in Solo that my assumptions were for sure right. This novelization says they actually went to Kessel. I’m starting to think these books were written before the shorts and episodes were completed. That must’ve been confusing to do.
– I’ve never heard of a silverback wookiee before, but that’s a neat concept!
– I’ve always wondered what a nerf sounded like. Apparently they’re a lot like Amda Wabo…
– “Chopper recognized the astromech’s response as typical of the new R2 series. Compassion was the biggest flaw in their programming.” Suuuuure Chop, it’s a thing about their programming! ‘Cause we know you certainly don’t have a soft side!
– Also if he considers him a new R2, then how old does that makes Chopper? Well, I’m not saying he’s old, but I think I once saw a droid that looked like him in a trailer for KotOR. *Chopper soundly zaps me for the bad joke*
– In Chopper’s words, he’s only “a few decades past his expiry date”. But he knows there are far older droids than him.
– It’s rather unusual seeing Threepio and Artoo’s roles in this story flipped, with Threeps a little more confident and Artooie a little less than happy. But an interesting twist for a story I already know well.
– Knowing that Zeb had been having horrific nightmares when he shut Ezra out of their room… even though I’ve watched this episode seven times, and though I know his story doesn’t end here, I can feel his pain as strongly as ever.
– I love the creepy last line Kallus gets in as he’s about to strike down Zeb…
– But more so, I love the way Mr. Kogge describes the Force throughout these novelizations. He makes it feel very tactical, very real, this undeniable spark!

I don’t know about you, but I had a ball reading these. I’ll be taking next week off for my birthday, but after that, you should expect some more Star Wars Reads posts to arrive!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Rebel Transmissions: Hera’s Heroes

Today we’re taking a closer look into Hera’s Heroes, but if you read the title you probably already knew that. Regardless of my tendency for redundancy, this one’s gonna be a fun one to dig into and discuss. Saddle up your blurrg and let’s go!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode VII, TCW episodes Innocents Of Ryloth and Liberty On Ryloth, and Rebels episodes Homecoming and Hera’s Heroes

True to SW nature, the episode pulls us in within seconds as we find Cham and Numa riding blurrgback, on the run from bucketheads on speederbikes. It’s fun to get to see the Rylothian rebs for a bit before we meet up the Ghost crew again. Last time we saw them, they did a few things we didn’t approve of, so it’s great being fully able to cheer them on this episode. And that takes me back to the last time we saw them before that, when the Syndulla bossman was fighting alongside the Republic and smol Numa adorably befriended a couple of clones. Ahh nostalgia feels! And of course, Cham and Numa can handle just about anything the storms can throw at them. But they do know their limits, and that about when Hera shows up with the rest of her extended family. Again, so wonderful seeing everyone on the same side with the same goals! Apparently the Ghost crew’d been helping them out a little before this, as Gobi’s already hitched a ride. Just shows ya what an incredibly strong bond this family has. Only two of them are actually related, but between the Ghost crew and Cham’s team, they’ve got a family bond like no other. They say blood is thicker than water, but I believe this combined team is thicker than blood. Like, molasses-thick. And that’s because Hera’s at the heart of it all :3 Hera and company’s daring rescue works nicely for the twi’lek fighters. Not so well for that biker scout. Hehe the Empire sure don’t hire them for their brains! XP Zeb K.O.ing the dude to add to Ezra’s helmet collection hit me with even more nostalgia feels. This time around, the Syndullas don’t neglect to hug, and OMG this episode is chock-full of feels. Most of the post is probably gonna be concerned with highlighting all those feels. Sad news from Cham though, the Empire’s taken over their entire hometown and the Syndullas’ home itself. I can’t begin to imagine what it’d be like to have the place you grew up, the place you love, suddenly under the control of such a brutal, soul-less government system, so I completely feel for you girl. And considering where the rest of the Ghost Rebs came from, I think they all can relate. It seems Hera is particularly concerned with what became of the family kalikori, an artistic heirloom the Syndullas have held onto for generations. It was something she would’ve inherited and something her mother dearly loved, so she absolutely needs to retrieve it. And her thicker-than-blood extended family is with her all the way. Hera’s always been there for her crew-family, whatever the situation, whatever the need, big or small. Now they’re all doing the same for her. Brb crying.
To get Hera in, Ezra will play the part of a biker scout, and the rest of the fam will distract the storms. Good gracious seeing Ez perfectly filling out that armor suit re-reminded me how much he’s grown up and in turn made me cry like a proud parent. Don’t tell me you didn’t, ’cause I know you did too. And wow again watching them all fighting together… it’s an absolute thing of beauty. So well executed, so very fierce and formidable. Also watching Kanan bring the fight out there was epic. He swings his ‘saber and runs right into battle without an ounce of hesitation, clearly mastering seeing with the Force. I can barely walk in the dark without stubbing my toe on something. Major applause is in order for Master Jarrus. Anyway, so Ezra and Hera get in easy, but seeing the Empire tromping all over your childhood home’s hard. Even Chop’s feeling some feels right now as he looks upon the Clone Wars-era Y-wing wreckage that still stands there. Oh poor childddd. I’d thought we kinda knew all his story, but clearly much to learn we still have. His sad “whah-whah-whah…” breaks my heart man. Though seriously… Cham didn’t particularly approve of the “rustbucket” his daughter was intent on fixing up back in the day… and yet he kept a Y-wing in his front yard. Um… what gives? Returning to the story at hand, Ezra and Hera continue their sneaking about the homestead. It’s not too hard when your enemy’s troops all wear the same outfit. I know the Empire does it to promote their anti-humanity, anti-individuality stance, but you’d think that maybe they’d have less Rebel problems if their troopers wore something a bit more… distinguishable. Oh well their loss is the Rebs’ gain. A little searching around Cham’s office leads Hera right to the beloved kalikori. It’s really quite a cool idea, each generation carving something into it. And of course I’d be amiss to mention the precious family portrait on the wall. Oh it’s so beautiful and sweet, and it’s wonderful getting to actually see her mom. Not to mention seeing Hera is a tineh little girl with a mischievous, adventurous glint in her eye :3 Seeing that glimpse of her past makes me really want to see a novel centered around Mr. Syndulla’s adventures during the Clone Wars. Such a beautiful family *makes squee-like noises* With the kalikori in hand, all they’ve gotta do is get out. Perhaps not gonna be an easy task when they spy a graycoat, a buckethead, and this “blue guy” we know goes by Thrawn. Hera suggest they take the secret exit… andddd the secret exit is loaded with graycoats and bucketheads. If only they actually had some meilloruns down here, this whole mission might’ve gone smoothly. Also good point I guess meilloruns are native to Ryloth? Or did they just get a lot of the fruit exported there? Yes folks these are the questions that keep me up at night. And I’m only half-kidding.
As for the rest of the Rebs, it seemed they’d lost the Imps, but apparently they’re not all as dumb as that biker scout and know their way around Ryloth a little too well. Kanan lightsabers and Sabine blasters, but ultimately a well-aimed rocket from Gobi sends boulders down on their stormtrooper friends. Yay Gobi! Dude needed some time to shine! Unfortunately it didn’t last long before one trooper and a chicken walker shot through the rubble. With Hera still unaccounted for, Cham and crew are gonna head for the homestead and get her outta there.
So when you’ve got an Imperial problem in your house, call Chopper. He showed up just in time, back to his spunky sassy self! While Hera and Ezra make for the door, Chop’ll keep the storms busy. He rolls right on over to ’em and starts talkin’. “Heyyy my muchachos! Fancy digs here amiright?” Too bad the stormtroopers clearly failed droidspeak classes at the academy. But a distraction’s a distraction I guess. Hera was this close to the door, and to illustrate I’m holding my thumb and forefinger about an inch apart. And then… quietly and with no grand entrance, Thrawn comes through the door. RIGHT. AT. HERA. Chiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiills. Slavin thinks she’s just another average everyday Ryloth citizen, and Hera would much rather they thought that, too. But the Grand Admiral isn’t so easily fooled and gets right to the questioning. He sees right through her every attempt to disguise her identity, he’s studied her peoples’ culture, he’s studied the very art in her own home. And all that together reveals her to be the Hera Syndulla. Instantly Ezra takes aim… and instead takes a stunning from Thrawn. Slavin don’t get his superior’s methods, but you gotta admit they sure do work. Before they know it, Slavin and Thrawn have the Rebs in a cell, with the blue guy triumphantly holding the kalikori. Thrawn doesn’t get it when Hera says she’d rather’dve destroyed the precious heirloom before allowing it to fall into his hands. But she knows that her family legacy doesn’t lie in an object. It says a lot about both individuals. Hera is family before anything else, and the only love Thrawn seems to have is for art. Hera knows what matters most, and in most cases, the Imps don’t, and generally that brings about their downfall. But eh again their losses, our gains. I can get Thrawn in some ways though… his response to Slavin’s “trash” comment is not far from my own when someone criticizes something SW. I’m only half-kidding. Anyway, so now the graycoat’s gonna make a deal he knows Papa Syndulla can’t refuse…
In the cell, Hera apologizes for putting Ezra in danger over some junk heirloom, but Ez assures her he’d wanted to help her to begin with. I’m sure watching her youngest stunned by an Imperial admiral put a lot in perspective for her. I don’t really believe her desire to have the kalikori was wrong, as someone who has great emotional attachment to many of my possessions, I can understand very well how she felt. I’d do the same were I in her situation. But I also understand how easy it is to, well, get attached to “things” and sometimes forget for a moment what the “thing” represented doesn’t disappear if the “thing” does. Every single one of her extended family members wanted her to succeed and find this object of precious value, because of the love they have for her, and the love she’s shown them. They all understood, they all wanted to show her that love. It might’ve just been a “thing”, but because it mattered to her, it mattered to them. And realizing that undoubtedly reminded her that what she’d had all along was a treasure itself. As she told Thrawn, a legacy that was real, breathing, and far more precious than something carved out of wood. AHHHHH FEEEEEEEELS *choking sobs* Sorry I hope that made sense. And then in comes Chopper! He tells Ezra about Cham going through with Slavin’s prisoner exchange deal. Hera decides to go through with it, or at least make them think she’s gonna go through with it. And then she tells Chop to get all the Imperial explosives he can carry, ’cause they’re bringing down the house. Literally. But again, Hera knows what matters above all else: “My home is with my crew” *Dies of feels* But no one looked happier today than Chopper, who is definitely all heart-eyes-emoji over all the glorious detonators at his command XD As you can figured, the prisoner exchange went well… for the Rebels more so than the Imps. Cham was a little shocked watching his house go up in smoke, but I think he’ll be OK. Also OMG WOW Kanan redirecting the projectile with the Force…! Kylo Ren you ain’t the only one who can do that kinda thing! In the Ghost family, bossness is in the genes 🙂 Looks like the crew-family’s home free… except for the fact that Thrawn let them go. He’s got something else in mind I imagine… CHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLS.
On the Ghost, we find Hera, Kanan, and Cham talking over kaffe, Sabine and Numa chatting while Chopper looks on, Zeb giving his little bro a noogie, Gobi smiling, looking like the fun uncle… this is home. This is family. Hera knows this. She doesn’t need a “thing” to remember her mother or carry on her legacy. She has those she loves all around her. And whatever the Empire’s got planned next, they’ll handle it together. And as they raise a toast, I gave a quiet “awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…” as I melted into my sofa with pure happy feels. This is one of the things I love most about Star Wars: in the midst of this constant battle between light and dark, there is hope, there is love, there is family, both those of blood… and those thicker than blood
Oh my gosh, the warm fuzzies right now! I don’t have anything useful left to say, but thanks for reading this and I look forward to delivering the next Transmission next time ’round!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: Homecoming

Silly computer… you think a messed-up monitor can keep me from writing about Star Wars? You thought wrong. And so in continuing getting caught up with these Rebel Transmissions, I bring you some riveting discussion on the absolute gem known as Homecoming! Forgive my rambling I’m so excited about writing this one I’m a little all over the place. Let’s get to it already!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode VII, The Clone Wars episodes Innocents Of Ryloth, Liberty On Ryloth and Supply Lines, and Rebels episodes The Protector Of Concord Dawn, and Homecoming.

It shouldn’t be so difficult to nab a few supplies from the Imperials right? This is just a normal cut-and-dry run right? Eh not so much today. The Ghost and Phoenix crew got what they came for, but at an unfortunate price. RIP Phoenix Squad Girl 😦 Hera is well aware things haven’t been going as easy as they were a season ago. Sato knows of something that could help though — a big ol’ Imperial ship ripe for the Rebs’ taking, and a handful of freedom fighters… right there in the Ryloth system. Time for the Captain to make a call. A call she seems… well, less than thrilled about making. Might have something to do with the fact she’s addressing the leader of this cell “father”. *Dramatic pause*
And then Twilight abruptly ended the dramatic pause so she could fangirl over the presence of Cham Syndulla, Hera’s backstory, and Kanan being incredibly adorably awkward. It’s not abnormal for me to want to discuss a flood of things all at once when blogging about a SW something but this one is really hard to sort out without spewing my fangirling over three systems. But I shall tryz my best. First order of business is 100% the Kanan awkdorableness. And I know “awkdorable” isn’t a word but it is now. Bro’s all nerves when it comes to meeting Cham, who is not only a big deal Clone Wars hero who served with Jedi he knew, but is also, well, Hera’s dad. Ohohoho I enjoyed this whole little scene too too much… Kanan attempting to spiff himself up, attempting and somewhat failing at keeping his cool (“JUST STAY CALM!”), and of course, getting the kids’ names completely mixed up (Ezra’s little head shake in response is just perfect) XD Prior to this episode, I’ve thought up a few stories as to how the potential meeting might’ve gone, mostly a lot of awkward-funny protective-dad stuff. Lucasfilm took what I’d always wanted to see and made it a thousand times better than I could’ve done it. I simultaneously died laughing and died of Kanera-related feels the entirety of this little nugget. It didn’t occur to me until I watched the Recon that some of this awkdorbsness might’ve had to do with Cham’s connections to Kanan’s past as well, but hey my first instinct is to fangirl and I trust my instincts. So now that the unavoidable romance-related fangirling is over, we move on to the next area of nerding out, Cham Syndulla. Ah yes as soon as I found out how Hera related to the Syndullas all that time ago, I was dying to learn more and maybe, just maybe, see this boss twi’lek walk into Rebels. Plus, watching TCW episodes Liberty On Ryloth and Supply Lines didn’t help because I spent the whole time saying “HOLY CRUD THEIR FACES ARE SO MUCH ALIKE…!”. Yeah Kanan and Sabine aren’t the only ones who are huge fans. I’ve always found him a cool character, but came to love him even more this past year having understood his ties to Hera. And so here we are! Finally getting to reunite with him at last! And he still is a seriously cool dude, full of an honorable confidence and a killer smile. With fearless comrades Gobi and Numa(!!) by his side, he’s everything the history holos make him out to be. Though we do need to note that he greets Kanan first and Hera doesn’t drop any pleasantries. Something’s not quiiiiite right here still, and that becomes more evident during the briefing…
So problem: Hera wants that Imperial ship for the mini-Alliance’s use, Cham wants it destroyed since that same ship hurt his people so many times. You know how awkward it gets when you’re at the dinner table and two family members start arguing but they start out really quietly and passive-aggressively in an attempt to keep it from getting awkward but it still gets awkward anyway? *Takes breath* Well that’s pretty much what happened here. YOU DO NOT MESS WITH BOSS LADY CAPTAIN SYNDULLA AND HER PLANS!! But similarly CHAM IS BOSS LADY’S FATHER SO YOU DON’T MESS WITH HIS PLANS!! And Kanan’s all “Heyyy everybody howzabout we all just work together and hug it out?”. Cham and his crew seem to be pleased with Kanan’s answer and go with the plan only because the Jedi goes with the plan. Hera’s day just gets worse all the time. Is it just me or does Cham look a little smug about all this? *Cough* makes sense in retrospect… either way, we get why Hera needed some alone time after this. While she did some therapeutic bolt-tightening, she explained to Ezra a little of what went down. How the Empire’d cost her family and homeworld much and how it sorta made her dad put fighting over family… at least, the family he had left, anyway. So considering all things it shouldn’t be a surprise that Hera and Cham aren’t exactly on the best of terms. And then Mr. Syndulla decides to interrupt for a moment. Ezra decides now’s a good time to go, but also drops some serious wisdom before leaving “More important than family? There’s nothing more important to me.” #SickBurn #YouJustGotServedButDidntRealizeIt Funny, wasn’t it only a season ago that Hera was dropping mind-blowing shuts-everyone-up wisdom on Ezra? Whoaaa dude again #Sick. #Burn. And yes I realize hashtags don’t work on WordPress but I don’t care it just felt right. Anyway, yeah… so there they were, Hera and her dad and her droid all alone. The conversation starts on Chopper, as Cham recognizes the rustbucket as a droid she’d found during the Clone Wars. Wow not only do we get a heap of backstory on Hera today but we even get a good chunk of Chop’s origins in here too! (Though #rude don’t refer to Chopper as a junk pile… at least when he’s right there in the room with you; that’s just common courtesy) But we’ll talk more about that another day. For now… yeah… the Syndullas have other things to talk about. So again, long as I’ve known Cham was Hera’s father, I’ve had plenty of ponderings on where that left them now. Was he still in the business of rebelling? Did he support her decision to go off Rebel-ing? Heck, I didn’t know if he was even alive or not until this episode aired. After all, when Hera remarked “we’ve all lost enough family to the Empire” a number of episodes ago, it could’ve easily referred to Cham. Though technically I suppose it could still refer to him, at least in an emotional way, in that he’s not the same man he was before the Empire royally screwed things up, in addition to losing her mom. I’d had the tiniest hope that maybe things were better somehow and that he’d supported her mission from the get-go but well… I’d always allowed for the thought that that might not be the case. Hera goes for the galaxy at large while Cham aims for just Ryloth. Both noble missions, but it’s hard for either of them to see the nobility of each other’s missions when they so firmly believe that neither are what’s right for the galaxy. It’s easy to side with Hera, especially as her legit Rylothian accent sparks up and makes her bossladyness all the more boss, and of course, since we see most of the war from her perspective and understand her point of view more clearly. It makes it equally easy to discredit Cham for his seemingly small-minded view and the fact he dissed her lifework and her droid, but when I think of how difficult it must be have lost your family in some way to the Empire (in one way physically, in the other way by physical and emotional distance as Hera chose to fight the Empire on a bigger scale), I can allow myself to see both sides of the situation. Cham’s always been a bit different in the way he does things and the choices he makes. After all, once upon a time he was hesitant to work with the great Mace Windu — all because of political differences! But he always means well, ultimately. So boring philosophical stuff over. Bottom line, no, the conversation did not end well. Poooooor Chopper getting caught in the middle of all that. And poor Hera, too, because you know she didn’t really want things to go that way. I mean, turning things into a shouting match is not how she rolls. Hera’s more often than not been the peacekeeper, the one everyone else talks to when they have a problem. Since when does Hera have any problems, y’know? Because she’s so great at dropping wisdom and being a great listener and friend/surrogate mom we sorta forget she has problems like anyone else. Kind of like how The Protector Of Concord Dawn reminded us she’s not above physical injury or accidents, we’re reminded that yeah SHE’S HUMAN. Or perhaps the SW-correct term would be SHE’S A SENTIENT BEING. But knowing this doesn’t make her any less of an amazing character, only makes her more relatable to those of us who can only dream of possessing her levels of bossladyness and kindness.
So considering all that shook down today, it’s no surprise that Hera’s not interested in hearing her dad’s Clone Wars stories. Hehe her face is pretty much the same as mine whenever I hear someone hate on SW 😛 I do love the enthusiasm Cham puts into his storytelling though. Who can forget that thrilling adventure when Mace and Cham and the clones and twi’leks bonded together and liberated Ryloth and whupped Wat Tambor and his crew?? RIVETING!! And oh so many nostalgia feels! Kanan is all “OMG HERA YOUR DAD IS SO COOL!!” and at this point it’s hard to tell who’s fanboying over who XD This does nothing to shake her opinion on her dad at the moment. Though Hera doesn’t quite feel like agreeing to the statement, I find Kanan’s compliment on “seeing a lot of him in you” to be too darn sweet… after all, it’s kinda true y’know :3 And I just realized I’ve spent two hours on just eight minutes of this episode so I better get a move on already. But hey you try writing with this many feels in a short period of time!
So how exactly do you go about grabbing hold of an Imperial cruiser? Well, it all starts with a TIE Bomber and Kanan’s spot-on imitation of a Bomber pilot. With some fellow Rebels on their tail, our heroes look like any other innocent Imperial spacecraft. Then Hera plays her part and does a spot-on imitation of a crash landing in the hangar. Spot-on mostly because that’s pretty much exactly what she did. Seriously these things really could use some seatbelts of some kind. So the Empire totally bought it and everything was going pretty well right up until it didn’t… precisely the moment when it became clear to the Ghost crew that the twi’lek fighters had other plans. More so precisely when Numa PULLED A STINKIN’ BLASTER ON THEM!! It wasn’t part of the plan for Sabine to do a spot-on imitation of TR-8R, but it happened anyway. But yeah that was terrifying. We didn’t realize for a few moments that she’d had it on stun so there was a brief horrifying moment where it seemed darling little Numa and diligent loyal Gobi KILLED THEM! Y’know Cham I get you want to inspire your people with a little anti-Empire fireworks show but if you wanted to potentially patch things up with your daughter… this was not the way to do it. Granted, despite I was pretty shocked and disgusted at Cham’s decision, he got some cool points back as he and his crew pwn those ‘troopers. May be traitors but still one fiercely cool crew, am I right? Though once we go back to Hera, he loses cool points again because he cuffed his daughter to the seat. Classy move, Mr. Syndulla. Thankfully, the effects of the stunning don’t last long on the Ghost family, ’cause Hera still intends to stop her dad and keep this ship in one piece. Zeb and Sabine take on Gobi and Numa and a slew of stormtroopers along the way. OK still despite Numa’s betrayed the snot out of the Rebs, it’s still truly truly cool seeing her in Rebels all grown up. And hey, she could’ve grown up to do anything, she was just one incredibly adorable little girl, after all, who might or might not remember that one day she called clone troopers her brothers. Seeing that she chose to fight for the right thing, and not only that but she’s stellar at it, is the perfect capper to her legacy. Waxer and Boil would be proud :3 But anyway right now most of us have a problem with Numa’s choices. She’s just being loyal, I guess, so you gotta give her some credit despite pointing a weapon at our heroes is a major party foul. Numa warns Cham of the Rebels getting back on their tails, and Mr. Syndulla assures her he can handle his boss lady child if she and Gobi handle the rest of ’em. And with the way Cham knocks down those stormtroopers, well… it definitely gives the impression he’s right. Yikes. But guess what? The bossness in this family runs both ways as potential son-in-law and honorary grandson absolutely TEAR IT UP. Ahhhh it’s too cool watching Kanan and Ezra use the Force so interconnectively and so flawlessly. You thought doors and blasterfire could keep them down? Please. All #FamilyGoals are to be as cool and united as the Ghost family is. Also, applause is in order for Ezra mastering his first Jedi mind trick! Kanan looks so terribly proud it gives me many feels. He did well even if he did lay it on a bit thick “I reallllly mean it… this is the captain” XD XD Best use of mind trick since “…and you’ll drop your weapon”? Your call. Anyway, so basically the bridge is no longer on their list of obstacles and all the storms are abandoning ship. And Sabine makes quick work of Cham’s cronies with a nice zapping from a mouse droid, so #win. Unfortunately that’s where the wins stop because as Hera and the crew find out a bit too late, Cham turned off the hyperdrive. Greaaaaaat. Hera tries again to explain how much better having a ship to use against the Empire would be than just blowing it up to make a show, but once Cham gets his mind set on something, he sticks to it. To a slightly unhealthy extent. And with Imperial reinforcements on their way, this is really a bad time to have an unhealthy obsession of any kind except maybe an unhealthy obsession with NOT DYING!! It’s only when Hera decides to talk about the heart of the matter over the logic that she finally starts to get through. When she tells her dad how he inspired her to fight for others, and how far that desire’s led her… it gives reason for Gobi and Numa to switch sides pretty quickly, and gives Cham a moment, just a smidge of a moment, to give his little girl a chance for once. No one didn’t follow up with a triumphant “YAAAAS!!” I don’t think 🙂 For once the family’s working together on all fronts as each and everyone mans the guns and knocks down TIE after TIE and bomber after bomber. On a brief random note, let me just say it made me smile a little to hear Zeb refer to them as “lousy Imps”; I’ve been using that shortened term on the blog for a while so it was nice to know it’s a canon phrase 🙂 Things go pretty well up until one torpedo fries the ship’s controls and the craft starts to descend. It’s only when Cham grabs hold of the yoke along with Hera that they’re able to get it back under control. AWWZ SWEET DADDY-DAUGHTER FEELS!! Sorry anyway, now’s the time for a “lousy Sabine plan”! Or better yet a “lousy Sabine-and-Ezra plan”! Cham’s willing to help though he has no idea what to think of their madcap methods. And ultimately, hey, is there any better recipe for success than bomber + Force push + explosives? In this situation, I think not. Those reinforcements went down just like that. So how’s about that? The mini-Alliance gets their ship, Ryloth gets its fireworks show, long-broken family ties get some major healing, and Twilight gets feels. Beautiful, just beautiful. And then, before their goodbyes, Cham and Hera finally get to hugging it out. That’s what was missing beforehand! A sweet tender daddy-daughter hug! Hera’s a dreamer like her mom, but learned to be a leader like her dad. So if you think about it… we owe this great twi’lek some major thanks. Because without Cham having been a strong, inspiring leader to Ryloth… his young daughter likely wouldn’t have set off that first small spark of rebellion in a long chain of sparks that would lead to the firey blaze that continues to get bigger by the day, the blaze that is clearly seen in the six individuals who stand together now.
*Sniff* Is someone cutting onions?? WHO AM I KIDDING I’M A HOT MESS RIGHT NOW. I LOVE STAR WARS SO MUCHHHHHHH. *Cough* sorry I really should stop now. Congrats for making it to the end! You deserve a medal! Until the next Transmission…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

Rebel Transmissions: The Lost Commanders

It’s here friends! The Rebels are back in the swing of things, and I’m here to blog about all those things! Sorry this is late… I promise you wild tauntauns will not keep me from getting these back on a Friday/Saturday sched from here on out. So enough random jabbering, it’s time to reunite with The Lost Commanders! Or at least one commander, one captain, and one survivor. Onwarddddddddds!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, TCW episodes Point Of No Return, Orders, Rebels episodes The Siege Of Lothal, The Lost Commanders.

So things have been a little rough for our crew since we last left. The Phoenixes and the Specters don’t really have any base to call home right now since a certain dark lord got involved. Leave to Ezra to walk right in on the meeting and throw out a suggestion! Of course, he still tries to show respect where respect is due, unlike Kanan. I love how Ahsoka smiles at him, probably recalling all the times she spoke out of turn at meetings back in the day 🙂 Oh it still astounds me seeing her here in SWR! And though I’ve kinda gotten used to the fact that she’s a regular now, it still blows my mind thinking of just how her story will continue to be told! And sorry that was totally irrelevant but look at her sweet but knowing expression and tell me it doesn’t give you all kinds of nostalgic feels! Anyway regardless of the slight interruption Sato thinks Ezra’s right when it comes to finding a new place for the mini-Alliance to hang. It’s Ahsoka who knows just the right guy to help them out, and young Bridger’s the first to volunteer to find him! Apparently said commander guy hasn’t answered any of her calls, but Commander Tano knows another way to find him, and it involves an old tactical droid’s head. Isn’t it great that one of these calculating, and not to mention rather creepy, droids finally served some good purpose? I love how Ahsoka clearly remembers a few scuffles with these guys. So mush memories!! :3 Dang the fangirling has increased tremendously! Anyway, Ahsoka’s not going to be able to join the Ghost gang this time around; she’s got questions that need answering. But before she leaves, she gives it straight to Kanan that he needs to trust her comrade. Like seriously TRUST. HIM. Kanan’s all NBD ’cause he’s dealt with plenty of less-than-trustworthy people and knows who to trust and who not to. But boyyyyy he has no idea…
Next thing we know there’s chaos in the cockpit. Apparently the hyperdrive wasn’t exactly fixed and now Hera and Chopper are locked in a shouting match. OK Hera’s doing the shouting and Chopper’s doing his rude-sounding “wa-wa-wa”-ing but you get the picture. Is it wrong I love how mad Hera is at Chop? It’s kinda hilarious ’cause she usually pretty chill even when she is mad. She tells Kanan and the rest to just take the Phantom down to Seelos. Hehe I also love Kanan’s eyeroll at the scuffle XD So off head the rest of the gang to the white-desert-y planet where might be hiding the mystery commander. It takes a minute for that droid to track anything down, but he does his job. Picks up on the number 7567, and that soon leads them right into an old rustbucket of an AT-TE just moseying along the surface. Ezra and Sabine are majorly impressed though, what with its colorful modifications and it being a pretty cool vehicle they’ve never seen before. Kanan is quite curious, since he’s a bit more familiar with that kind of tank. I really do love its old-car charm, plus it’s not just a Clone Wars-era vehicle, it’s a home for the gents that live there (I mean, it’s got windchimes man! Doesn’t get any homier than that!). And yesss getting to those gents since it seems I’m writing in that weird way where it sounds like I’m trying to keep it secret but I know that if you’re reading this you’ve already seen it anyway, and even if you haven’t seen it you’ve seen the ads. Though if you’re here and haven’t seen the episode you probably oughta leave. Unless you like my blog so much you actually read my ramblings before you watch the episodes, in which I say “I wouldn’t do that personally, but clearly you’re super-cool and thank you immensely”. But yes our heroes meet at the door three guys in their golden years and a little white armor. Zeb is not impressed. Sabine’s a bit more so. The rest of us as an audience are so far beyond impressed we are fangirling/fanboying our heads off. Turns out 7567 is a number belonging to one of these fine gents… specifically, the gent who calls himself “Rex”. But Kanan has no reason to fanboy over this news; he whips out that ‘saber fast as lightning, to which Wolffe whips out his gun out and then Zeb and Sabine pull out their weapons and then Gregor throws out his and all goes cray. Jedi obviously aren’t big fans of clones these days, and Wolffe thought the Jedi came back for revenge. Huh I never would’ve thought surviving clones would worry about that, but it makes total sense. It takes Rex and Ezra to calm things down. Rex is all “heyy sorry about that bro… just… been a while y’know? Since we’ve seen any of you guys… ’cause y’know… stuff…”. It’s understandable why Kanan reacts the way he did, but man as for me… guhhhhh so much feels!! That moment when he tells Ezra how he and Ahsoka fought together… the feels are on overload man. Rex might have (more than) a little white in his beard, but he never forgets a friend, and any friend of hers is a friend of his! There is seriously so so very much to say about this but I’ll try and break it down according to scenes so I don’t overwhelm anybody. And mergosh when Ezra picked up Rex’s old helmet…! Sorry can’t stop the fangirling. And you can tell Ezra might be fanboying a little just on account of that awesome helmet because y’know he collects them. Anyway, Ezra lets them know why Ahsoka sent them here, about how they need some help in their fight. But Rex doesn’t feel he has much to offer as one of many retired, useless clonetroopers in the galaxy; they just do what folks their age tend to do. Though they don’t seem to jump at the idea of joining this mini-Alliance, they are willing to help them find a new base. OK at least Rex and Gregor are, Wolffe’s the grumpy one. Endured wayyy too many of Threepio’s stories I guess 😛 He’s worried helping out these guys’ll get them into trouble. But Gregor don’t care he has other things in mind for their guests…
Gregor decides to ask our heroes for a little something in return for their hospitality and help. Nothing much really, just a little help hunting down a jupa (forgive me if the spelling is incorrect) that could make a good dinner for the bros. Ezra once again jumps at the opportunity to help (I’m sure Kanan’s thrilled). What Gregor didn’t tell them is that he’s using Zeb as live bait. And that these jupas are pretty huge and kinda scary. Hehe aw that stinker 🙂 Yeah I remember back in the days of TCW Season 5 when Gregor risked everything to save the D-Squad. I was certain he was dead as a doornail. My brother argued he could still be alive. Turns out he was right. Once I ate crow for losing that argument I was able to be really happy that Gregor survived. Man you gotta love his enthusiastic, slightly-crazy disposition! I’m sorry but I love Gregor something awful now. Not just a brave soldier who was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, but also the perfect slingin’ buddy. And he probably makes a mean jupa sandwich too. After all, he did spend a few years working a restaurant in the middle of nowhere 🙂 Anyone else feel sorry for the other retired clones who don’t know how to cook? I imagine a lot of pork and beans are involved. Nuts now I’m hungry. Anywayyyyy…
So before all the craziness broke loose, Kanan was taking a moment in the back of the TE for some alone time. Ezra doesn’t really get his problem with Rex and the bros, especially since Ahsoka trusts them. And then Kanan bears his poor wounded soul a bit as he relives the terrible day when his clones turned against him and his master. Bro the acting is so raw and so real there’s no doubt it still hurts. That break in his voice…! Someone hug this guy OK? He mentions that it later became public knowledge that apparently the clones had no choice, but who to believe? Rex walks in a makes very very clear he didn’t turn against the Jedi, and neither did Wolffe or Gregor. They are 100% control-chip-free. I have so many questions and queries about this. Does that mean Rex somehow believed Fives? And if he did get it removed before the end of the Clone Wars how did Palpatine not find out? You’d think with how much his hand was in all of that he’dve found out and killed Rex. But it seems Rex and his bros are just retirees, not fugitives. In Episode III we see a couple times where one clone got the order and then somehow a couple others knew it too. Maybe just vaguely overhearing it triggers something? So is it possible that maybe Rex and Wolffe witnessed some of this at a distance enough they didn’t fall under its control and then they decided to go get those chips out? Does it just not work on some clones, even though it clearly worked on clearly good guys like Tup and Cody? Did clones who committed Order 66 only remain loyal to the Empire, or did some remove their chips and regret they didn’t know what had been done to them? Obviously Gregor was stuck in the middle of nowhere still so likely he never knew he’d almost been used as a weapon. But how in the galaxy they found him is a story I want to hear 🙂 So many questions! However it happened, it definitely sheds a lot of light on things. Especially as I always wanted some sort of happy ending for these brave troopers, as long as the end wasn’t “they all killed the Jedi and they all went on to serve the Empire”, which clearly it isn’t. Despite knowing this about Rex, Kanan still doesn’t let his guard down. After all, when someone looks exactly the same as someone who hurt you… it just can’t be easy. Though new problem! A probe droid just landed!
OK done with all the deep convos let’s go slingin’! Yep it’s all kinds of fun, at least if you’re the one slinging and not the one being “slinged”. But that’s just what happens when you’re one of the beast’s favorite snacks. Something about the texture I guess XD XD Yeah suddenly the rest of the crew’s not quite as happy to help as they were earlier. But once they get in on helping reel ‘im in they have a good pretty good time. OK maybe not Kanan so much. He no likey them sending his buddy quite literally into the belly of the beast. Again, Gregor’s enthusiasm is electric. Kinda like with Wrecker… just being around him gets me excited too! YEAH LET’S CATCH THAT SUCKA!!! Sorry see what I mean? Also “Here you go General!” “I WAS NEVER A GENERAL.” “Oh, my mistake. Here you go Commander!” “I WASN’T… ughh” Would you have preferred he call you “padawan”? XD So with a little elbow grease, firepower, and teamwork, the Ghost crew and the bros bring down the big one! And Zeb came out all right, just a little… moister than usual. They really outdid themselves animating that jupa slobber… it’s perfectly disgustingly gross! Zeb seems pretty proud of himself for being their best bait ever 😀 Kanan’s thinking now would be a good time to get their list of new hideouts and head on back, but when jupa’s on the menu, you have to stay for dinner… especially when Gregor’s cooking 🙂
Later on, Kanan gave Hera a call. She picks up pretty quickly that he isn’t overly fond of these guys. But she encourages him to give the clones a chance, since, after all, they fought valiantly with the Jedi for so long, and even saved her life once. Oh I definitely want to know what happened there. Especially since all my searching in TCW for a perky green twi’lek tween has come up empty so far. Anyway so yeah, Hera knows best. Kanan can’t argue with that. Oh and AHH THE PROBE DROID AGAIN!!
Out on the deck (or whatever you’d call that on an AT-TE), Rex and Ezra have a nice little chat that just warms the socks off my heart …and wow I just realized that made no sense whatsoever and honestly just sounds weird. The point is FEELS FEELS FEELS! Ezra asks again if there’s any way the bros might consider joining them. Rex gently turns him down again; he just doesn’t feel cut out for that anymore, especially after fighting a war that had no point. “…All those men died, and for what?” “I guess… what they thought was right.” no I’m not crying I’m just… OK fine I’m totally tearing up but you probably are too. Because it’s so very true. The war may’ve been a cover for something horrible, the clones may have been made as a part of that horrible plan, but Palpatine’s ways couldn’t keep good from still coming out of it. Because these men had full intent to do the right thing, to save lives, to help others, to fight for justice. Wow. Is that not awesome? And suddenly Sabine comes out with evidence that the clones sold them out, and apparently also a whole bunch of messages from Ahsoka that were never answered. Rex is all “whuuuuuut??” on all accounts. He’d never do that and he’d never heard back from Commander Tano! Kanan is so done with them. SO. DONE. And that’s when Rex turned to Wolffe. Poor poor Wolffe. Poor poor Wolffe who might’ve sent more than a few distress calls to the Empire. He hasn’t quite left the war behind him and so his need to protect his bros drove him to do some stuff we can’t entirely approve of… read: not at all. To his credit, Wolffe apologizes for screwing things up, but that’s not necessarily going to keep that probe droid from causing problems like completely disabling the Phantom. And though Rex shot the probe down like a boss, that’s not necessarily going to keep the Empire from causing problems now… yeah this isn’t looking too good…
Wow. Barely into the second season and it’s a cliffhanger. No idea what else to say but HURRY UP WEDNESDAY! And also NEW EPISODE VII STUFF TOMORROW WOOT!! OK I’m done now.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

SW Summer Reads – Jedi Prince #3: Zorba The Hutt’s Revenge

It’s time for another edition of Star Wars Summer Reads! And we’re returning once more to the epic post-Episode VI galaxy as written by the great Paul and Hollace Davids in the third installment in the Jedi Prince chronicles! I read this last SW Reads Day but didn’t get a chance to blog on it since, you know, all the other things I was blogging on, but now I am doing so, so yay! Ah, the exciting adventures in this series! They may be a little older than some books but they’re still among my favorites… and are currently all I know about this era in the SW universe (I know I know shame on me! XP ). If you want to read my take on the previous chapters, jet on over here for that thing with Vader’s glove and the whole lost Jedi city debacle. So enough chatter let’s find out exactly what secrets and fascinating tidbits we can discover in the midst of Zorba The Hutt’s Revenge! Ahh those crazy Hutts am I right? 🙂 I mean just look at that crazy hair he’s got on the cover!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode V, Episode VI, The Clone Wars Movie, Rebels episode Idiot’s Array, The Glove Of Darth Vader, The Lost City Of The Jedi, and Zorba The Hutt’s Revenge

So we reunite with our heroes as they’re heading off to a party! Han Solo’s housewarming party, to be precise. And even more precisely, for Han’s super-amazing floating skyhouse in Cloud City (pretty much everyone’s dream house, am I right?). As it seems though, Luke hadn’t really thought of a housewarming gift until literally the last second, so he and his young Jedi prince ward, Ken were spitballing gift ideas. But what do you give the Rebel hero who has everything? Turns out Ken has the winning idea — a housekeeping droid! Threepio, Artoo, and Chip are in on the idea. Luke’s not sure how keen Han would be on the idea, considering he’s a bachelor and junk (not to mention his short temper with Threepio some days XP ). But Threepio believes it would definitely be in Captain Solo’s best interest to have someone help keep that place of his in shape, considering he’s… a bachelor and junk. Haha so true. Luke finally decides to go with it and he and his comrades take a detour to the Tatooine Droidfest to do some shopping! It may not be the brightest spot in the galaxy, but Droidfest has the best selection and the best prices. Like Black Friday, but… no, on second thought it’s pretty much exactly the same as Black Friday! Right down to the chaos that ensues before long. The shopping was the easy part, finally settling on KT-18, or Kate. A friendly, top-of-the-line housekeeping droid who’s worked for a number of Corellian pilots and turned them into gentlemen (RUN HAN RUN!! XD ). Not cheap in the slightest, but worth the moola for sure. Oh, and then there came the chaos… Tusken Raiders on Banthaback having a land dispute with the Jawas. And Luke gets caught up in the middle of it while Ken and the droids dive for shelter in a sandcrawler. See? Exactly like Black Friday! That’s why you should’ve done this earlier and done it online, Luke! I know you’re a Rebel hero and stuff but you should be able to make time to do nice things before they become a burden! 😛
Quick history lesson: do you know what became of Jabba’s Palace after the Rebs did him and his whole crew in? It just sorta sat there ’cause there was no will and now it’s owned by the government. Makes you wonder where Rotta is right now (hopefully living a slightly more respectable life than his dad did, I would hope). Whatever the case, Jabba’s dad Zorba didn’t get the memo about anything that happened these last few months. So big daddy Zorba ain’t too happy about not being let into the palace (apparently the government’s sanctioned it off as a “No Hutts Allowed” zone #uncool) and not knowing where his kid is. He heads off to the Mos Eisley cantina for some answers, but doesn’t come back liking those answers too much for, well, obvious reasons. So Zorba decides to hire some scum and villainy on the spot to hunt down Jabba’s killer — Leia Organa. And on top of that, Zorba happens to know exactly where that will is: right inside an old droid. The Hutt’s back in business and he’s got a score to settle! This could be a problem…
But Luke and the gang already have a few problems of their own. Remember what cray happened at the Droidfest? Yeah Commander Skywalker finally was able to join Ken and the droids in their sandcrawler hideout. It’s hot and slow but it gets them out of that mess in the end, even though it happens to be night by the time they get out. Then new problem: someone else hired bounty hunters that day — Trioculus. Now not only is Luke gonna be late for the party but now he’s got to fight a pair of hunters! The Twi’lek and the Aqualish hunters put up a bit of a fight, but Luke put up a bit more of one and lightsabered them like a boss. On their way back, Luke asks Ken if he knows something as to what the new Emperor wants with him. Ken really really doesn’t want to tell him; DJ-88, the teacher droid who raised him, had warned him not to spill anything he learned in the ancient Jedi library to anyone, not even his mentor. He finally decides to tell him at least a little something… that he knows quite a bit of dirt on Trioculus, stuff that would only put Luke in further danger. Luke doesn’t press on further in that, but he still hopes that someday Ken’ll open up to him more. And in other news I just adore Luke and Ken’s relationship! While not officially a master and padawan, you can very much see the similarity. And Luke makes a really great master for someone who’s never done it before 🙂
They finally make it to Bespin, though. The description of the lovely city in the clouds makes me so badly want to see more of it. *CoughputitinthenewtrilogypleaseCough* They’re met by Rebel, ex-scoundrel, and governor Lando Calrissian, who quickly befriends the young prince. They have a pretty nice view of where Han’s place lies, with the exception of the serious air pollution going on. Yes indeedy this series definitely reminds you that sometimes the Star Wars galaxy has the same problems we do here in the Milky Way side of town. Though at least we don’t have to worry about Imperial factory barges causing said problems, which is why lovely Bespin isn’t so lovely to breathe right now. Lando shoots a rental his friends’ way and promises he’ll join the party after he handles some trouble at Holiday Towers Casino. Fun seeing how much this ol’ smoothie’s grown up, isn’t it? He used to break the rules and now he makes the rules!
So clearly Han’s housewarming party was the event of the year. Swarms of Han’s friends from throughout the galaxy made it and it truly sounds fabulous. And Leia happens to have the best (read comfiest) seat in the house through it all. The Captain himself is pretty busy, between chatting with friends and serving refreshments, it’s no wonder he stuck Chewbacca on cooking duty (I really really hope they make hairnets that big… it’s best not to think about how much hair might’ve gotten in the food). ‘Course he did get some breaks, there are dances with Leia to be had man! #Priorities! And of course Luke, Ken and the droids arrive fashionably late. And turns out Han is definitely into Kate. Quite frankly I’m jealous I don’t have a droid who can zap stains off the ceiling without breaking a sweat– er, circuit. It was worth all the trouble they went to to get her! In the midst of the housewarming, Ken, with the aide of a set of long-range macrobinoculars, happens to spy what appears to be a Huttian ship entering Cloud City. Well, this really could be a problem…
Yes, Zorba’s come for a visit, but not yet to the princess. First, he’s got some legal biz to tend to at the casino. Technically he owns the place… well, sorta, Jabba used to own it, but after he bit the dust nobody else knew that so Lando owns the place now but Zorba ain’t havin’ it. The only way to settle this is with a friendly game of sabacc. What could possibly go wrong, right? And as far as Lando can tell, big daddy Hutt don’t got game. So betting the entire future of Cloud City is hardly something to worry about right? I’ve said it before… sabacc has a higher ratio of misses than hits… when you see guys playing this game, be aware somebody’s losing their fabulous Corellian ship, or their fabulous C1-1OP, or in this case, an entire city and role as governor. It’s not entirely Lando’s fault, I mean, who would’ve guessed that Zorba’s deck had markings that only he could see that could help him win? But the end result is still the same… Lando seriously seriously lost, and a Hutt now owns the place — the entire place. As in, the whole city. Well, this really is a problem…
However, things were going along quite swimmingly at the skyhouse. The party was over, but the rest of the gang was still hangin’ around. And Kate had the place sparkling as if a party’d never happened! It’s all good… and then Lando called. “Soooo here’s the thing… I’ve heard the theme park business is booming right now…” jk I’m glad that’s not quite how it went down (though he’s totally serious about the theme park thing. I mean, we are talking about the guy who smuggled a puffer pig on a chance he could make a quick buck… he’s an entrepeneur, after all). And the final blow of bad news is that he may’ve overheard Zorba talking about the whole “revenge” thing and yeah… as Mace Windu once said, “This party’s over.” O_O So Han’s thinking getting Leia off-planet would be their next best move, and then to add to the chaos Kate takes a fall off the skyhouse observation deck! Luke and Leia jump into action (and a sweet cloud car convertible) to save their droid friend. But Luke handled that car in a way that would make his dad proud and managed to save Kate before she hit the planet’s liquid core. But while they’re down there, Luke spies Trioculus’ sail barge. A floating factory that makes a pretty scary array of Imperial weapons… and a pretty scary amount of braze. They come down for just a little look and that’s when the laser defense system comes on and now we really really have a problem! Crashed car, stormtroopers all over the place, Luke gets trapped in a tunnel filled with poisonous gas, Leia gets taken hostage… fun right? Though yeesh I’m glad Luke got outta there that was pretty scary.
Of course Han and Ken had no idea as to what had conspired, so we find the Han showing off his awesome racecars to the young prince. Yeah racecars plural. The Rebel Alliance must give him some kinda paycheck! Then Luke sent Han a distress call and Han made the huge mistake of leaving Ken alone with his gorgeous super-fast racing machines. Ken’s clearly a good kid, I’m certainly not saying he’s not, ’cause he is. But heck, you couldn’t leave me alone with one of those things and expect me not to at least try and drive it a little! So I don’t really blame the boy for taking it out for a spin (and admittedly, it was kinda an accident). Problem is is that he’s kinda not the legal age to drive and… yeah… cops come along, and then they’re all “hey whaddya know the Emperor’s been looking for you!” and Ken’s all “aw dang.” because who wouldn’t be right now?
And guess where Leia ended up? On a very much unwarranted “date” with Trioculus. Ohhh yes. Bro tries to be smooth, but Leia answers that with a sound and well-deserved slap to the face. The only reason she can’t take her eyes off him is because his scarred three-eyed face is downright horrifying. Obviously Trioculus doesn’t pick up on that red flag. He’s certain he can win her over with his tall, dark[sidery], and (perhaps not so) handsome self. He’s like “C’mon I’m not so bad bae. It’s not like you haven’t killed someone before” and she’s all “IT WAS IN SELF-DEFENSE AND IT WAS JABBA I WAS WELL WITHIN MY RIGHT!” and he’s all “Psh you totally want to kill me now right? See it’s not hard. So how’s about getting married?”. Oh yeah real classy Emperor, really classy! Despite her complete and utter disinterest (and disgust), he’s willing to wait for her to figure it out. Well, he’ll be waiting forever ’cause dude that ain’t happenin’! But as we know, Trioculus here isn’t the only one who wants Leia… and that is seriously a problem.
Zorba’s glad to be back in some sort of seat of power, but he’s not lovin’ the braze Trioculus brought with him. One of his hunters, however, may have brought him the key to getting all his scores settled. Leia’s on Trioculus’ sail barge, a kid named Ken was taken in by Cloud City police… a trade is in order, I do believe. Ken wasn’t about to talk to the old Hutt, but that’s where having sweets covered in truth serum comes in. You gotta give Zorba credit for being prepared though, I mean, not everyone just carries around avabush spice every day. I’m pretty sure most people don’t expect to need to get the truth out of someone on the regular. So good for you Zorba– er, not good for you! Making the young prince spill the fact that he’s very much a Jedi Prince! And then in turn imprisoning him in the casino basement! Duuuuuude! When Trioculus shows up for the trade, he’s hardly impressed with this great and mighty Jedi Prince being a boy… up until Ken in a rather sleep-deprived state points out just how much dirt he knows about him, including the fact that Trioculus is not the rightful Emperor and isn’t Sidious’ kid. Yeah Trioculus definitely gets why now he needs to kill this kid. But he’s not feeling the trade. They have quite the… intellectual conversation (read: a lot of yelling that doesn’t get either baddie anywhere) and basically there is no trade. They entered casual acquaintances and left mortal enemies. And Zorba’s somehow too fast for the the Emperor’s ‘troopers. Yeah that must’ve been a real blow to their confidence. You don’t mess with Zorba, ’cause this all ended with the Emperor in a block of carbonite. Ken played the mind trick card on a prison guard and a taxi driver and made it back without much problem ultimately. Though Han and Luke had a slightly harder time busting Leia out of the Emperor’s place, mostly on account that Zorba was in on the chase too. Zorba had no idea though that they’d rescued Leia so as far as he knew, he’d gotten his sweet revenge on both of his worst enemies! Though unfortunately for him it won’t be the last he sees of either of them…
So the good news is Trioculus is out of commission. The bad news is, Leia’s gonna have to lay low to avoid Zorba and his hunters. But Han really has no problem with this; he’s all there for his girl, even if he has to leave his skyhouse behind for a bit. He’s aiming for somewhere hidden away from Imperials and hunters alike, somewhere kinda romantic. Hehehe Han let Luke drive after that. He had other things to tend to… 😉 While having this brief sweet moment with his princess, he allows the thought of a proposal to cross his mind. If he can find the right words for it… just maybe… ❤ *Fangirl squees loudly* Yus while the danger's not behind them yet, there are plenty of good things in front of them, for Jedi, Jedi Princes, and Rebels alike 🙂
Awwww… I know right? Ah this series is so much fun! They may take a while but I'm glad to be writing these book Closer Looks again! Also ALMOST ONE MORE WEEK UNTIL REBELS SEASON 2!! GET EXCITED PEEPS!!

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