Uncovering The Lost Storyreels: Unfinished Business

And so we’ve reached the finale of this fantastic storyarc! Love that it’s an exciting awesome episode, sad that it’s the last of ’em. Hopefully my blogging skills are more astute than they were last time around. Either way, it’s time to dive deep into the episode called Unfinished Business!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from the Clone Wars Microseries, Rebels episode Out Of Darkness, TCW episodes Counterattack, Orders, The Bad Batch, A Distant Echo, On The Wings Of Keeradaks, and Unfinished Business (Storyreels)

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So if you thought our heroes could get a break after all the insanity regarding Echo’s rescue… you were wrong. But obviously by the episode’s title you could probably tell that we weren’t just going to join the Bad Batch for a sandwich break (though come to think of it, I really want to see that episode now XD ). They’re still fightin’ Trench on Anaxes (also I recently figured out that this is the fyrnock-ridden base we see in Out Of Darkness; too bad they couldn’t connect with some of the critters to help them fight the battle! But perhaps the fyrnocks are why the base was abandoned in the first place), so no breaks for Jedi or clones right now. Master Windu has proposed a drop into the Sep’s Anaxes assembly complex, sounds easy enough, but it’s kinda crazy fortified so yeah maybe not that easy. But it happens that Echo has an idea. Omygoodness… I got all feely seeing Echo again… I rewatched a couple of the Citadel episodes this past week and relived his last normal mission and lost it when Fives had to move on without his friend… and then again when I realized Fives and Echo wouldn’t see each other again… 😥 😥 Sorry, boy this became a mess of emotions real fast! But anywayyyy despite Echo’s still recovering, he isn’t about to back down from helping a brotha out. He and his bros in the Clone Force 99 got this. I understand that, in unmade episodes later on, Echo became one of Bad Batchers, which of course makes perfect sense. Can’t help but notice he’s sportin’ a set of dark armor similar to that of the 99s’. So in some ways, he’s already one of them before even officially joining them. Please excuse my flawed logic. But yeah you go Echo! Steal dat Seppie algorithm and win this for the Republic with your epic tech skillz! Rex to Tech: “Don’t worry, Echo’s got a plan” “That makes me feel sooo much better…” XD C’mon Tech have faith in your fellow bro! Might he be a little jelly he can’t hook up into computers like Echo? Haha I know I would! What I would give to just write blogs in my brain instead of typing for hours! And onward our heroes go, with the Bad Batch gang leading the way!
And seriously these guys drop the best lines without even meaning to… “Pleaaaase tell me we’re gonna blow something up!” XD XD If it were up to me, I’d say “Yes you blow up all the things, Wrecker!”, but that’s on account of the fact I’m not general material and I love him to pieces. Again, Crosshair slept through most of it XD Echo then links in and masks their ship’s signal the boss way he do so the bad guys won’t take notice. And it works — battle droids can’t tell it from any other in their fleet. And our team lands without a hitch.
Meanwhile, the battle on Anaxes is already underway, with the usual droids shooting and gunships and Y-wings flying. With Mace and Obi-Wan leading the troops, they make quite the entrance to the assembly complex. Especially as Mace does something wonderfully unexpected… he bargains with the swarms of droids. He’s giving them the chance to peacefully surrender so they can be reprogrammed for the Republic. This coming from the guy who tore apart super battle droids with his bare hands? One of the battle droids has no clue what to make of this and gives this confused shrug to his companion, and Obi-Wan’s like “dude really?”. But you gotta admit Master Windu is awesome at giving speeches! Unfortunately, battle droids don’t give much thought to the concept of “peace” and “nonviolence”… the fact that the battle droids even ceased fire for that moment just to listen to him is astounding! And so the blasters go blasting once more. Well, you can’t blame a Jedi for trying… destroying droids probably gets old after doing it just about every day for nearly three years. But yeah after that the clones rejoin the generals and bring their own blasters. It seems they’ve got this win in the bag, but Admiral Trench has a sneaky little plan of his own… DUN DUN DUN.
It’s hardly a challenge for Anakin, Rex, Echo, and the Bad Batch to make their way into Trench’s ship. And it’s NBD for Echo to link into their systems. Though as Tech finds out, it may be a bit of a problem for the guys at the complex ’cause Trench just sicced all his droids on ’em. Or is it? Actually, it’s all part of Echo’s genius plan. He told Trench to send all the droids there… and once they’re there, he’ll shut them all down. Boom shake the room! That earns a pat on the shoulder from Tech and a smile from Rex 😀 Though admittedly Mace and Obi-Wan aren’t quite looking forward to all the new droids joining the party even so. ‘Cause just when it seems they’d decimated them all… suddenly there are literally zillions of them. “Does this meet your expectations?” “This… exceeds my expectations.” Hehe. And then boom! Echo fries ’em all! Love how one droid cries out “WHYYYYYYYYYY” as he gets shut down XD Yeah the Admiral wasn’t too happy… but he knows that the command came from his ship so that likely means trouble for the good guys.
It seems to be a pretty clear victory on the Anaxes front, but Echo soon finds that there miiiiiight be a bomb there… like, a really big could-cream-the-whole-planet bomb. Echo sends out a message to Master Windu while Anakin decides to have a little chat with the spider-guy. Indeed Mace finds a bomb in the complex’s fusion reactor, and the panel to shut it off is sorta kinda rayshielded. But again, another area of Echo’s expertise. Echo loads up each number to the passcode while Mace uses the Force to punch it in. The process is going great right up until one of the battle droids finally finds where Echo’s signal is coming from and decided to fry him. NUUUUU!! And then on come the super battle droids and our heroes are forced to make a run for it, carrying Echo’s unconscious form. Admiral Trench is feeling pretty good about his chances… and then he opened the door and there was Anakin. General Skywalker cuts up all his clankers real fast, and not even Trench’s arm-gun can bring him down. Yeah he’s not interested in any talking beyond what the final number to the passcode is. And Trench isn’t particularly interested in giving him it. Trench is all “pff you can’t do nothin’ to me you’re a Jedi and your nobility is a weakness” and to that Anakin sliced his robotic arms off. Yikes don’t mess with the General peeps. After that the Admiral was a bit more willing and spilled it, allowing for Mace to finally turn off that bomb. But not missing out on a chance to get even, Trench hits Anakin with his prod-staff and then Anakin hits Trench with his lightsaber. Ohh yes. You really really really don’t mess with the General. Before leaving the spider-Seppie with a fond farewell, Anakin happens to find a detonator… for the whole ship. Why would they even have that detonator?! Regardless, Anakin knows Wrecker will love it. Meanwhile, Wrecker is in his element in “wrecking ball mode”, smashing battle droids with nothin’ but brute force. Hunter caps it off well with “Honestly, I feel bad for those droids…” XD And Crosshair does a fantastic job aiming a refracting detonator at a battle droid. The droid’s all “sticky!” and then… well, you know what happened next XD As our troopers meet up with Anakin again, Crosshair hangs behind to pepper the walls with more refracting detonators. OK I’m not saying these guys’ll show up in Rebels or anything but I think Sabine would have a lot of fun with them 😀 Crosshair’s so good Wrecker can only hang his head in shame XD But he cheers up pretty fast because as soon as our team flies off, Anakin shows him the detonator! Big guy can’t help but shed some tears and remark “this… is the greatest day of my life!” just before he hits the button and the entire ship explodes! VICTORYYYYY
And back on Anaxes, we’re actually getting a legit medal ceremony! Mace gives the speech and Anakin and Obi-Wan gives the medals and all the clones cheer and clap and celebrate these brave not-so-clonelike clones! Even the astromechs are dancing with glee! SO MUCH YAY!! It’s always been said that differences make us stronger, well, that is perhaps even more so the case for these incredible troopers 🙂
AHHH I’M SO HAPPYYY!! AND HONESTLY PRETTY GLAD I’M DONE WITH THE BLOG BECAUSE IT SHOULDN’TVE TAKEN THIS LONG BUT THE VIDEO HAD PROBLEMS LOADING! AND I FORGOT TO TURN THE CAPS LOCK OFF AGAIN BUT I’M IN A HAPPY CAPS LOCK MOOD! UNTIL NEXT WEEK…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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How I Spent My Star Wars Day + News

Hey to all my Star Wars fangirls and fanboys out there! Just wanted to do a real quick news roundup and talk about SW in my everyday life. So this shouldn’t take up too too much of your valuable time…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from The Clone Wars movie, the Rebels Season 2 trailer, and the Episode VII second teaser.

So how’d my Star Wars Day go? Two words: BINGE. WATCHING. Well, I hadn’t originally intended to do that. My original game plan was to watch Episode IV like I’ve done for the past three years and finally see the TCW movie. Buuuut well… I have this thing for watching all the films in order and I hadn’t gotten around to watching Episode III earlier and I also really really wanted to watch the Clone Wars microseries, so it was basically SW from dawn ’til dusk, which honestly isn’t a bad thing 🙂 Seeing the earliest and latest points in the Clone Wars era through the microseries and Episode III was super cool. One of the many things I love about SW is that no matter how many times I watch the films or the animated series I always learn something new, notice something I hadn’t before, or make a new, interesting connection that blows my mind as to how incredible the overall story is. And as per usual every time I watch Episode III I cry buckets. OK all the films get me teary-eyed, really, but… you know. And thennn I watched Episode IV! Which always without fail hits me with the feels and makes me laugh and I always cry at the end because I’m so overwhelmed with feels and a deep deep love for SW and I so much love these characters’ amazing bond ^w^ ^w^ You know what I mean! And I decided to save the newest thing for last… The Clone Wars movie!! I know I know how is it possible this thing’s been out for years and I haven’t seen it? Welp my brother got me the Blu-Ray as a birthday present a couple years back so I wanted to wait until we could watch it together. So yeah… but boy oh boy am I glad I finally saw it! While I didn’t need to have seen this before to enjoy the TCW series, because of course I’ve been lovin’ it for the last four years, seeing the movie helped me love it even more than I thought I possibly could! Seeing Anakin and Ahsoka’s friendship from the beginning… it’s too wonderful. Her boundless enthusiasm versus his less-than-thrilled frustration, their adventures in Huttlet-sitting, the wins and fails, the moments of honesty, and of course, the bestowing of the titles of “Skyguy” and “Snips”… it couldn’t be more perfect a way to introduce that era of Star Wars! I’m sorry it took me so long to see it! And now I shall rewatch it over and over again from here on out! Oh, and that moment where Ahsoka’s telling the clones how she saved the day… just thinking about the fact we’ll be seeing Ahsoka and Rex and the bros together again made me explode with feels! And then I capped off the day with watching Unfinished Business, the last chapter of the Bad Batch storyreels! So yup consider that Star Wars Day seized! All while wearing my new Yoda shirt that alludes to my vertically-challenged stature with the words “Size Matters Not” 🙂

As for the newest news in the SW galaxy, there’s some seriously exciting stuff on the rise…

First up, Star Wars is joining Disney Infinity 3.0! My life is complete!! Haha!

The main starter kit comes with Anakin and Ahsoka for Twilight Of The Republic, and there will also be another set for the Original Trilogy with Rise Against The Empire. And they’re already talking about a new one they’ll do for Episode VII’s release! Being as I’ve always loved Disney and Pixar, I’ve wanted to get Infinity since it came out, and now I have even further incentive to do so. Absolutely can’t wait to have Ahsoka and Tinkerbell go on adventures and watch Merida and Luke fight the Empire! I’m aiming to get the PC version so I can screencap all the fun we’ll have there 🙂 No set release date yet, but it’s aiming toward this Fall. So get excited guys!

The next interesting tidbit is something not yet officially announced: the next Anthology movie… Boba Fett’s backstory? I’ve seen a headline one place and read a brief article on Animation Magazine that seem to make this fact. I won’t fully believe this until StarWars.com makes it known, but I am most definitely lovin’ the concept! Part of the reason Boba is so loved has to do with all the mystery surrounding him as well as the Legends lore he’s been a part of. So now we could indeed see how this epic bounty hunter got to where he did. My biggest question is will we be seeing Daniel Logan in the role or Temura Morrison? Or someone else entirely? Only time will tell if this is the next story after Rogue One. Though seriously man I really do love the Anthology concept, telling more stories that connect the main story! Can’t wait to see where they go!

And finally, if you were wondering when you could finally get one of those new ‘troopers in 3.75 inches, StarWars.com has announced Force Friday, the day Episode VII stuff will start lining the shelves nationwide! September 4th is the big day! Admittedly, I probably will wait at least until I’ve seen Episode VII to buy any merch (not that I have any doubt it’ll be amazing, just a bit of a merch purist), but it’s still very exciting. And it most likely means another trailer is on its way, as they can’t just market the action figures as “Finn” and “Rey”… we need to know those last names and further connections and other characters! Dude it really is so exciting just knowing it won’t be long before more questions are answered and more is revealed of The Force Awakens. And it doesn’t hurt to go ahead and make a game plan for my Christmas wish list… 🙂

So good luck to containing your excitement for all this stuff guys! Until next time…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight