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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

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Uncovering The Lost Storyreels: On The Wings Of Keeradaks

All right friends it’s time for another exciting commentary on the Bad Batch storyreels! Hold on tight ’cause we’re about to take a ride On The Wings Of Keeradaks! And yes I just did that whole meshing-the-episode-name-with-my-opening-line thing again even after I said I wouldn’t do it again. But you gotta admit that was a pretty good one, right? No? OK then…
NOTE: Contains spoilers from the Clone Wars microseries, TCW episodes Rookies, Arc Troopers, The Bad Batch, A Distant Echo, and On The Wings Of Keeradaks (storyreels)

On The Wings Of Keeradaks Phototitle
(Original screencap credit: StarWars.com)

So the good news is, Rex, Anakin, and the Bad Batch found Echo. Not in the greatest shape, but still alive. The bad news is they’re surrounded at all ends by a gaggle of Wat Tambor’s Swiss Army battle droids and Echo’s hooked up to quite a few gadgets and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon unless Tech and Rex can get him out of there. But you know the Bad Batch… pummeling battle droids is rather a hobby for them. A new bunch of droids attempts to enter through another door, but they don’t do so well ’cause that’s when Wrecker rips the lead clanker’s head off. And with that, Hunter and Crosshair start welding the door shut. Despite all that excellent droid-pwning, they still can’t move until Echo is freed, and Tech’s still trying to crack that code. Knowing that out heroes have nowhere to go, Tambor finds this a wonderful opportunity to bring in his ORGANIC DECIMATOR, which automatically sounds terrifying, before giving General Skywalker a call. Tambor used the Techo Union’s so-called neutrality as an excuse, claiming also that Echo was their purchased-from-the-Seps property as their own personal lab [womp]rat. Yeahhh Anakin does not agree too much. But an evil-scientist-villain-type such as himself knows how to make people listen, see the ORGANIC DECIMATOR (it’s so bad I can’t not refer to it in all caps). Anakin definitely don’t agree when the droids bring in an innocent Poletec to showcase the Decimator’s abilities, but you know Tambor, he only cares about his tech and his cash. I don’t think anyone out there didn’t cringe when he vaporized that poor guy. We always talk about the giant impressive war weapons in SW, you know, the Death Star, AT-ATs, the Malevolence, stuff like that. But somehow this small probe-looking device is in some ways more terrifying. Just the fact that it can single out organics, as in human (and humanoid) beings and all other living things, and literally disintegrate them is flat-out horrifying. *Sigh* these guys probably have the brains to cure cancer and all they do is sit around and find new ways to kill people. Do we even need to bring up the Nelvaan-mutating in the Clone Wars microseries? Ugh. I almost don’t blame Anakin for choking that one guy later on. And now I’ve gone and let my mind wander off again. So yeah this is bad… with a bazillion new battle droids on their way, a device that can fry anyone in its path, and Echo still stuck, they’re running out of time that they desperately need. And did I mention that the Decimator has a laser and can carve its way through the door? AW DANGGG. But somehow Tech pulls off a miracle and he finally sets Echo free of his tubes and wires. Now alert and coherent again, Echo quips on having a bit of a headache. Rex and Echo are palling around again! Yes all is right in the world once more! OK sorta… they’re still on the run from Wat Tambor and his crazy killing machines. However, Echo happens to know about an exhaust vent that the other guys didn’t know about and is able to pop it open with his new computer-controlling skills. Then Wrecker works his magic and tosses the bros to their upward exit, all except for Anakin, who can manage the jump on his own. But then Wrecker decides to hang around downstairs a bit and leave a few gifts (read: thermal detonators) JUST AS THE ORGANIC DECIMATOR COMES THROUGH THE DOOR!! Anakin uses the Force to bring the bro into the vent, and I gotta tell ya that was one of the most nail-biting moments ever, period. I was so afraid that Wrecker would join the ranks of clones like Hevy and 99 and would end up dying a hero. Dude I love these Bad Batch guys so much I don’t think my heart could’ve taken it if any of them died that fast. But Anakin got him to safety and the vent shut just in time and I could not be more grateful. Yeahhh Tambor was not happy when he found they’d somehow vamoosed… he was even less happy when he found all of Wrecker’s “gifts”. “Orders, sir?” *SHOVE* XD Yeah I’ve never heard him more emotional than when he walked through the carnage going “MY MACHINES! MY BEAUTIFUL MACHINES!” aw poor guy… I almost feel bad for him, but he made all those said machines that kept Echo prisoner and killed a guy sooo… yeah not really.
As our heroes were making their way through the ventilation system, they learned from Echo that he’s been able to gain knowledge of basically everything in the building since he’s been stuck here. He also knows of a way to a landing pad that would hopefully have ship on it… problem is, the only way over there is on a long, skinny pipe that really wasn’t intended for people to walk on that also happens to be towering some billion feet of the ground. Wrecker’s definitely gonna have a “problem with gravity” now… though his show of honesty and humanity with the line “I think I’m gonna be sick…” got a chuckle out of me XD I apologize if I sound like a terrible person because of that. But then there’s a new problem — droids coming at them from the right! And before they can try going back, there’s droids coming at them from the left! Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Crosshair slips off and Wrecker has to grab him, which basically leaves them both hanging upside down and completely useless in this situation. Tech and Anakin knock off a few of the droids, but it won’t work for long. Tech then has a moment of genius and calls back a recording of the keeradaks’ distress call (while I know he recorded it from the mission, I could see him carrying around a Skako Minor wildlife field guide with him XD ), and shortly thereafter arrive the creatures, like Gandalf calling the eagles! They all make some precarious, but magnificent jumps onto their flying steeds and it looks like they’re in the clear. But what they didn’t call for was the fact that these Swiss Army droids can sprout wings and fly. These clankers have everything… and I’m sure the kitchen sink! Thankfully, flying battle droids still blow up like normal battle droids, and our heroes make it outta that soup quickly. Echo is definitely lovin’ getting back to his old job!
General Skywalker and the clones arrive back in the Poletec’s neck of the woods, letting them know that there’s still trouble coming their way, and that trouble is named “Wat Tambor”. The Poletecan leader’s not too happy that they’ve led the war to his hometown, but he definitely listens when Rex and Tech show him what the Seps did to Echo. The war’s not fun and it’s understandable why some don’t want to get involved, but sometimes you just gotta fight for what’s right. And that’s exactly what these guys decide to do. Good thing, since the Technos are bringin’ the heat… and quite a number of droids. But I’d say that our heroes, along with the Poletecs, are completely capable of bringin’ their own kinda heat 🙂 Rockslides, daggers flying, Hunter knifing them to pieces… Wrecker actually grabs a droid and uses it to bash the others! And the Poletecs don’t need fancy gadgets to kick a supreme amount of tail 🙂 It’s not always easy, especially when they bring out some bigger clankers (and I do mean big), but the two crews make quick work of the Techies’ team and send ’em running! (OK sorry for cutting all that action short but my blogging skills are an epic fail right now for whatever reason) But woot! Everyone’s celebrating! All except, of course, Tambor, who’s not thrilled over losing his test subject, but let’s be honest he’s not done here… not for a minute. And it’s definitely worth celebrating seeing Echo back where he belongs — free and amongst his awesome brothers once more! YAYYYYY 😀
So that was fun. Forgive the scatteredness of this one… sometimes SW is so awesome it’s hard to find all the words to describe it! And sometimes I just have an off day in my writing. Either way, hope you got something out of this mess! Next week we’ll finish up with the epic finale!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Uncovering The Lost Storyreels: A Distant Echo

Yes I’m back to the digging into the Bad Batch arc! Much yays! I’m so excited I think I’m just gonna cut the usual chatter and get right to bloggin’ as the search for Echo begins! And remember: I will do my very best to write this, but this episode’s unfinished format may make it hard for me to recognize places, character expressions, etc. Admittedly the last one turned out pretty good but you never know… andddd I’m chattering again.
NOTE: Contains spoilers from TCW episodes Rookies, Clone Cadets, Counterattack, Orders, The Bad Batch, and A Distant Echo (storyreels)


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So Captain Rex and our Bad Batch bros originally set out to find a strategy algorithm, and in the process, have found the assumptively long-gone Echo. OK they haven’t technically found him yet but they found a live signal but that’s something, right?? I mean… it would make him the only surviving member of the Domino Squad. And thinking about that got me a little teary. I mean, when the whole “Echo lives” message came out I hadn’t yet seen The Citadel storyarc and I hadn’t watched Clone Cadets or Rookies in a long while sooo yeah my troopers were a little blurred (you have full right to hit me with a brick, fanboys and fangirls, though in my defense it was 2013 and much to learn I still had). But man oh man now… I couldn’t help but be excited for Echo’s hopeful return! But I’m getting ahead of myself. So the mission was set; Rex, along with the Bad Batchers and General Skywalker, were off to follow the trail that would hopefully lead to Echo. Though apparently the mission wasn’t exactly… well, OK’d by the Jedi Council. Obi-Wan steps in and makes that point very clear. Hunter wisely decides to not get involved and wait on the ship XD Obi-Wan doesn’t quite get why Rex would pull an “Anakin” and disregard authority for the sake of some wild bantha chase. The Captain points out that Echo is still in possession of the algorithm, so technically it’s not just about saving his friend. But dude I just love so much seeing the incredible dedication and bond these troopers have… they’re far from just armored yes-men, they’re thinking, feeling human beings with strong hearts… but you knew that right? 🙂 *Starts crying from a sudden rush of feels* Aw nuts I’m totally off-topic again aren’t I? Anyway, Anakin assures his former master that the mission won’t take long and the Council won’t even know they left. And thus Obi-Wan admits defeat and walks off, leaving them with a genuine “May the Force be with you”. Looks like the game’s still on!
As they were boarding the Batch’s ship, Anakin couldn’t help but notice the nose art… which happened to be of Padme. I remember seeing that concept art on tumblr and thinking “Um does Anakin know about this…??”. Apparently he didn’t until now. Yeah the Batchers happen to be Senator Amidala fans… “She can negotiate with me anytime!” pfff that Wrecker XD Rex picks up on the awkwardness really fast and decides to keep moving. And Anakin… yeah I don’t think he liked it. I’m sorry this moment was just too funny XD
Elsewhere, Wat Tambor and one of his Techno Union friends are doing whatever when Admiral Trench gives them a call. The Admiral warns them that a handful of clones are comin’ their way, and Tambor’s all “no worries bro we go this”. Ah yes those crazy Techno bros… fun to see them again! But seriously they’re probably up to no good…
As our heroes were nearing the temp yellow planet… er… Skako Minor, we find them preparing for the mission ahead. Though quick note… it’s Tech who’s flying the ship this time. Sooo was it him who did all that crazy driving in the first part? I’d totally pegged that for Wrecker. Of course, right now Wrecker’s using a GOM droid as a dumbbell while eating what looks like a turkey leg XD Maybe that first fly-in was off just because Tech or whoever wasn’t used to gunship controls. Maybe Wrecker pressed a button he shouldn’tve pressed. Maybe the rest of the Bad Batch dared Tech to make an entrance. Who knows? But yes I can’t tell you how much I’d love to see more of these guys! So much so the other night I dreamed they made action figures of them and I was fangirling my head off X3 Anyway, regardless of Tech’s driving skills, the rough terrain and stormy skies of Skako seem to spell another crazy landing for our crew. Though actually things go rather well in the end… evidently Crosshair slept through the landing! Anything close to a crazy landing is NBD for that dude. Actually, I’m not sure anything is really a BD for him. But anyway, before heading out on the surface, Rex and Tech give the crew some pointers on the locals — a native race called Poltecs who happen to worship flying reptiles. And speak of the devil a giant reptile lands on the ship. Oh joy! As our heroes vamoose the ship, however, they find that this beast has a rider. But they don’t have a lot of time to talk over tea because then more of these lizards show up — also with Poltec riders. And one goes and snatches the general, leaving the lightsaber behind. But doing the awesome the do, Tech calculates the distance, Crosshair shoots the grappling hook, and Hunter holds on for the ride! Yeah the music gets really really fun here as Hunter hangs on to the rope with one hand and aims at the kidnapper with the other. And all this while other riders fly in pursuit behind them. But it seems these critters know how to deals with hitchhikers and snap back that rope so Hunter loses his blaster. He finally cuts loose as they come upon a cliff, a cliff, which he finds branches right over the Poltecs’ home, and now the rest of the troopers can meet up with him.
So Anakin was having a lovely conversation with the Poltec leader who’d nabbed him… OK not really their language is probably one of the most confusing and unusual I’ve ever heard leave the mouth of a SW character (when Tech does it later, he sounds like he’s speaking backwards). Anakin would rather’d the dude just got the keeradak’s foot off him. Thankfully, it’s not too much longer before Rex and the Bad Batch make another entrance, with a rockslide and blasters blazing and well-aimed electrical dart to the keeradak’s leg. After all the scuffle quiets down, they finally get a chance to talk, with Tech translating with a supercool instant translator device in his helmet. Who needs protocol droids when you’ve got him 🙂 *Threepio shoots me a look* Anyway, they find that the Poltecs just don’t want the war here (hence the kidnapping). But once Tech explains it was Wat Tambor and his Seppies who’re to blame, and that one of their men is believed to be held hostage, the Poltec leader is cool with sending a few of his guys to help them. Dude everyone needs one of those instant translators; Google Translate doesn’t count 😛
The Poltec scouts lead our team to a cliffside overlooking Tambor’s city. Anakin’s all “hope no one’s afraid of heights” and then everyone turns their eyes to Wrecker. He calls it “a problem with gravity”… sure bro XD But it’s about then when Tech suddenly loses Echo’s signal. Could be a bug with his device, could be interference… or could be a trap, as Hunter suggests. Rex understands that, but he urges them on at least to grab that algorithm. Then Crosshair happens to unhelpingly mention that Echo might not be alive… and if he is, he could be a traitor. OH NO HE DIN’T. Rex barks at him for even suggesting such a thing. Crosshair, again, throws out some ‘tude and is all “well if I were left for dead I wouldn’t be so loyal” and that was it. Rex had no problem slamming his fist into Crosshair’s skinny head. Wrecker then picks the Captain up by the armor and throws him. Rex and Wrecker have a bit of a staredown, but before either one could make the first move, Anakin steps in between them and stops the fight, sending Hunter and the Batch to further scout around while he has a talk with the good Captain. Yeesh tensions are running high a lot lately, huh? “CROSSHAIR STARTED IT!” “I DON’T CARE WHO STARTED IT!”. Even with the helmet on, you can see that Rex kinda feels bad for going all crazy like that, no better than Jesse and Crosshair the other day. Anakin tells him he hasn’t let the possibility that Echo might’ve gone rogue slip his mind. Rex is certain that Echo would sooner die than go against the Republic, but he’s willing to do what he must if for some reason it’s not the case… as long as he’s the one doing it, not the Bad Batch. Can I just say again how awesome Rex is? OK so I’m not endorsing the fact he got into a fight (though *coughCrosshairDeservedItcough*), but it shows just how deep his loyalty goes. No one talks smack about one of his bros! Not even one of his other [uniquely-mutated] bros.
As for the “bad boys”, they found themselves lead by Echo’s returned signal on Tambor’s front door, Tech working to get in and the rest of the guys standing guard. Anakin and Rex rejoin them shortly. Tech is completely and utterly focused on getting that door opened… he doesn’t say a word to his superiors, just keeps typing. And just like that, boom! It is open! Tech is boss 🙂 It seems Wrecker isn’t thrilled about the tower’s height though… “Don’t worry Wrecker… I’ll hold your hand!” pfff I love watching these guys pal around like they do 😀 But there are more things to be worried about here than just the height… they open the turbolift doors and find a whole gaggle of Swiss army knife-esque battle droids with zillions of extra attachments. Oh wait did I say worried? Nope not Wrecker. Guy ran in yelling with his blaster held high! He’s in his zone! So much for stealth. The Bad Batch makes quick work of these little guys. Extra arms do not a better battle droid make. And Wrecker ends it all carrying on like a football fan whose favorite team just won the Super Bowl XD Everyone else just kinda stares. C’mon guys, we all have moments where we want to do like Wrecker and whoop and holler like no one’s watching! OK so anyway somehow our heroes still haven’t garnered any attention, and they’re back on the move. But problem… they’ve lost the signal again. Tech believes now it has to do with whether or not Echo’s sending any information, and at the moment, he’s not. So General Skywalker sends them to every door and every nook and cranny. Anakin’s the first to find something… in this case another run-in with a couple of these newfangled Swiss army droids, and they’re a little harder to handle alone. While that cray was happening the signal came back and led the Tech, Hunter, Rex, and Wrecker to a door that Echo surely must be behind! Anakin’s still caught up in lightsabering droids, though… they just keep on coming and coming and coming! Just when one was about to sneak up on him from behind, Anakin turns around and sees Crosshair, a blaster, and an example of the bro’s epic aim. That droid is totally out of commission 🙂
Before Tech could even touch the door, a message comes through from Wat Tambor himself. Totally monologueing on how predictable clones are and how the algorithm nailed their every move and how awesome he is (that last part’s not obviously stated but you know he’s thinking it) and stuff like that. And then throws in even more of those Swiss army droids! But with Anakin and Crosshair rejoining the crew, the floor is quickly covered in metal carnage. But then more of these droids start coming, like ants to a picnic factory! The rest of the team covers for Tech as he finally gets a chance to crack open that door. It doesn’t take long, and it takes even less time for Tech and Rex to dart inside. What they find is a control panel, and what appears to be some sort of stasis chamber. Tech is able to get it open, and what lies inside isn’t too pretty… Echo, pale and skinny, wired and hooked up to all sorts of who-knows-what, wearing a pair of robotic legs, and in a complete daze. It makes me want to cry man… I’m so glad Echo’s alive, but this is the last place I expected to see him. I get the feeling Rex agrees with me as he looks on his absolute shock. While Tech works to figure out how to unhook him, Rex tries to talk to his old friend. Poor Echo seems to not be fully aware of where is, but when he knows his Captain when he sees him. Even in the midst of this terrifying situation, I can’t fight the tears as Rex tells this brave former arc trooper “…we’re going home”.
And yup there it is, one of the most cliffhangery cliffhangers ever!! My heart just breaks for Echo soooo muchhh… and just WOW, this entire episode! Definitely looking forward to writing about what happens next!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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