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Following The Freemakers: Crossing Paths

OK now the Freemakers posts are back in full swing. At least until Rebels gets here anyway. Oh goodness I missed doing these! This post ought to be interesting as it’ll be written from the perspective of when I first saw it, so I’m not going to allude to anything that happens after this episode. So if you’re still behind a few episodes, the Force is with you! But either way, I’m excited to be bringing you a Closer Look commentary on Crossing Paths!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode III, Episode IV, Episode V, Episode VI, Episode VII, and Freemakers episodes Zander’s Joyride and Crossing Paths

We open up on a slightly different side of the galaxy today as we find a team of Rebels pursued by TIEs. And two of those Rebels look awfully familiar… hmm. I was going to lead up to this with some poetic descriptions of the two but I’m so excited I can’t wait any longer IT’S LUKE AND LEIA!!! >W< I had no clue we'd run into such major players this early in, but oh it's so so wonderful seeing them again! And not only is Luke doing his fantastic piloting again, Leia's manning the aft guns! SHE'S BLASTING TIES IN A SPACE BATTLE!! Put that on the list of SW things I never knew I needed to see until I saw them! I mean, Leia is always awesome whatever she’s doing, she don’t got anything to prove. It’s just seeing her copiloting a Y-wing (and blasting TIEs) is so so utterly cool! I think we can all agree on that! Sorry for fangirling all over the place but it’s just one of the awesomest things in the whole episode. Anyway, a combination of clever maneuvers, a shortcut across a rocky asteroid, Leia’s firepower, and some assistance from Ben ultimately win the day for the Skywalker twins. But not without their Y-wing taking some damage… and their best bet is at The Wheel…
The Wheel is home to what some would call the “worst repair station in the galaxy”, but what I would call “the friendliest family-owned repair station in the galaxy”. Granted I’m very biased. Were I a regular citizen of the Galactic Empire, they probably wouldn’t be my first choice for repairs either though, since my knowledge of vehicles is limited and I’d probably be dumb and depend on which place had the best customer reviews as versus the most heart. It’s hard to say really for sure, but I probably should stop talking about me and get back to talking about the Freemakers, who just received a visit from our old friend Wic Cooper. Is it wrong that I was sorta hoping he’d died when he got stuck in space after his Z-wing blew up? Love him as a character, but as a person he’s kinda a jerk. Well I guess every SW baddie (or somewhat baddie-ish sort) deserves a shot at redemption. And then Wic called Zander a womp rat and I lost all respect for him again. Not to mention the fact he came back here just ’cause he likes messing with the starship-obsessed child. (well it also had something to do with a coupon but dang it he’s rich a coupon is just mean at this point!) But Kordi masterfully and professionally takes it all in stride.
Meanwhile, Naare is off on secret “Jedi business” and Rowan is absolutely thrilled at the very prospect of coming along. Rowan’s been doing a lot of growing up lately so it’s nice to see that he’s still got that excitable nature he had at the beginning. In his excitement Rowan shows Naare his Force skills and picks up a couple of bricks… right in front of Mr Cooper. Naare solves the problem with some mindtricking but again reminds her padawan to keep his abilities to himself. And with that she’s off to her “Jedi business”. At least after she barely avoids the Y-wing that crash-lands into the Freemakers’ hangar. Kordi’s cool with that though ’cause crash-landings usually need more… costly repairs. It’s impossible to keep the fangirl button on pause when we see Rowan and Kordi and Zander and Luke and Leia all in the same room. It’s downright amazing. And so begin the repairs as Rowan and Luke hunt down some spare parts in the Star Scavenger. But it seems Ro’s not the only one guarding some pretty big secrets when an Imperial feed goes out warning The Wheel’s residents of the dangerous rebel leaders who just arrived. Anyone else asking how they new? A few surviving TIE pilots? Naare took a glance back? I kinda don’t think it’d be the last one because she probably would’ve mentioned it to Vader and he’dve definitely made a big deal of it. Probably just a tracking device. That or Wic Cooper caught a glimpse of the Rebs and decided to ruin things. Also, “THEY MAY BE WEARING DISGUISES” *holo of Luke and Leia looking fabulous in fake ‘staches appears* XD XD Kordi is no longer interested in the money… at least until Leia adds five times the cost onto their already-high repair bill. Makes you wonder what would happen if an Imperial came by and offered five times that. Eh I betcha she wouldn’t take it. She’s into the money ultimately to protect her brothers and droid, she’s not going to fork over cash to someone who’d really cause them trouble. Oh and then here comes trouble! A graycoat and her posse of ‘troopers! Also yeah it’s very cool seeing a female Imperial out here. Just a nice change of pace. Did I mention though that Roger maaaaaaay have spilled motor oil all over the Star Scavenger‘s control panel? And in the process he inadverdently sent the ship off into hyperspace? Oooh boyyy. OK so now there’s one less Rebel in the hangar, but Zander and Kordi still have another to deal with… and she can’t hide in the trash bin forever. Especially when Imperial Bosslady points out the garbage incinerator. Luckily Leia has experience with avoiding refuse disposal-related injuries… even if an incinerator is totally different ballgame from a compactor. And then unluckily more stormtroopers come along. Aw crud.
With the door locked on them Luke and Rowan have no idea what R0-GR is up to, so Skywalker finally takes it into his own hands — with some assistance from the Force. Rowan is all O.O in a good way. And then Luke does it again to get ’em out of hyperspace, only then for his friend’s wise words about hyperspace travel safety to come back to mind as they pretty much crash head-on into Felucia. But in a magnificent flash of green, Skywalker carves out an escape route and gets him and Rowan to safety before the Star Scavenger hit the ground. Rowan is all-out fanboying at this point, and I do not blame him one bit. If only he wasn’t still sworn to secrecy regarding his own powers. Roger’s OK too, not that anybody cares XP
Elsewhere on The Wheel, Zander took care of their little buckethead problem with help from an old droid. “ZANDER FREEMAKER: SUPERSTAR HERO GUY!” Hehe I feel like I should start using a similar version of that line in everyday life, like “TWILIGHT545: SUPERSTAR HERO LAUNDRY DO-ER GIRL!” XD So while he dealt with them, Leia and Kordi headed for the turbolift to hide where the Imperials would never look — the Upper Ring. Only the richest get in there, and Leia, as the princess of Alderaan, qualifies. Kordi is kinda blown away by the notion this wealthy princess would put everything she has into the scrappy, small, works-hard-but-is-still-pretty-outgunned-in-most-cases Rebel Alliance. It sort of puts it into perspective for her that she’s done very little in the way of generous. I still believe her drive for credits still is rooted in a desire to protect her family, and that she’s still trying to do the right, selfless thing. But it’s also true that there’s still much they could do beyond themselves in a galaxy that’s just about falling apart. Anyone else want to go donate something now? Anyway yeeees that Upper Ring is indeed swanky. I mean, look at how much space there is! The Middle Ring is claustrophobic by comparison. Not to mention the free food. Kordi puts aside her thoughts on generosity for a while to focus on this glorious concept of “complimentary h’ors deurves”. They really do look seriously good. Probably wouldn’t be hard to recreate something similar in real life either. It’d be perfect for a party! And this has officially made me hungry now dangit. But oh look stormtroopers! So much for being safe here. In looking for a hiding place, the girls accidentally walk right on into Wic Cooper’s apartment. Oh joy.
Elsewhere on Coruscant, we finally catch up with Naare. And OMG I just realized this was Coruscant. Everything I just read in Tarkin is here! The fact the Emperor lives in the refurbished Jedi Temple, the way the city looks more industrial than artsy these days, everything! There’s something just fascinating to me about seeing the core’s capital in the OT era. Seeing it go from its bright grandeur in the Prequels to this sort of dark brooding melancholy under the Emperor’s rule is just really really cool. But that’s not the point. The Imperial agent’s here for a meeting with her bosses. Yikes I still can’t imagine working under their command, let alone attending a one-on-one with them. The Royal Guard offering kaffe isn’t so bad tho 🙂 Sidious takes it from a “standard performance review” to something a tad darker very quickly. I have imagined quite a bit of what might’ve been discussed. Probably a few “if you can’t do it, we’ll find someone who can!” sort of comments from the Darths. I believe Naare is driven mainly by a desire for power, and her dependence on Rowan’s crystal-sensing, and her powerlessness to control that or do something similar, is beyond aggravating. So having her bosses bring that up would probably throw her into rage mode. I’d wager some things were probably Force-thrown during that meeting. And probably a few people Force-choked… but I’m gonna stop now before this entire blog turns into a long list of headcanons.
So Rowan was absolutely amazed seeing what Luke could do with the Force as they repair the Scavenger. In the process, Rowan discovers some small flowers that bloom when the Force is used around them. Watching Luke quietly touching the buds with the Force and seeing them slowly bloom into beams of light is absolutely beautiful. Like seriously seriously beautiful. At this point all I could think of was that Luke would be an amazing master for Rowan. I love the almost master-like role Luke takes on with young Ken in the Jedi Prince series, and obviously I’m dying to know more about his relationship with Ben Solo and all the small Jedi kids he attempted to train. Point is, i love seeing Luke in the role of teacher, even in only these small glimpses. And somehow I could see this happening with these two young Jedi-in-training, something akin to Kanan and Ezra that would be absolutely amazing. And then suddenly came an ACKLAYYYYY!!! Which at first glance I find really cool because acklays are amazing but then I’m like “oh yeah it could kill them”. It didn’t seem to care too much about the padawans and the droid (it’s the second time R0-GR’S been spit out by something since they got here… at least, that we know of), but it does seem to like the Scavenger‘s hyperdrive motivator… and that could be a problem.
So under the guise of a cleaning crew, Leia and Kordi sweep away at Wic’s place. Kordi is needless to say pretty done with the jerk. Leia encourages restraint until they can make their escape. At least until Mr. Cooper makes an Alderaan joke. Then all bets are off. Um yeah respect levels for Wic Cooper are going into negative digits now. Bro. is. a. jerk. So I don’t blame Leia for a minute for knocking that guy clean through the wall. Yeah it meant that attracted the attention of stormtroopers again, but it was something well-overdue. Y’all don’t mess with #PrincessBosslady! Another awesome thing among many awesome things we get to see Leia do this lovely episode 🙂
The obvious answer to losing your motivator to a sharp-clawed multi-legged giant lizard is obviously to use the Force to get it out, right? Unfortunately all that resulted in was Rowan falling into the pit with the beast. I was mentally screaming “CONNECT WITH IT! CONNECT WITH IT! PULL AN “EZRA” AND CONNECT WITH ITTTTTTT!!!!” but I think Rowan’s better at connecting with Kyber Saber fragments than with critters. So Luke brilliantly distracts the acklay by throwing a few rocks at it and Force-grabbing Rowan. Unfortunately it was still purty mad and gave chase. Well, it was worth a shot.
In attempt to shake the ‘troopers off their tail, the girls ducked into a Middle Ring diner, but Kordi’s hiding spot wasn’t as good as she might’ve hoped. Lieutenant Estoc clearly looks forward to putting the young Rebel sympathizer beyond bars… but not if the Princess has anything to say about it. Leia turns the eaterie’s specials into lethal weapons and soundly kicks the graysuit into the path of a vacuum droid. “I know. Most people don’t expect this from a princess.” YOU JUST DONE GOT #BURNED! And Zander swoops in on Cooper’s bike like a boss, though he was a tad late to the party. Also… those storms blasting each other by accident? Ohhhh that was genius X3
So the young Jedi were still trying to figure out what to do about their little acklay problem. But ultimately, a comment from Luke inspires Rowan to take a different approach. By planting a long trail of these Force-flowers, they’re able to gently lead the acklay away with its own curiosity, not by fighting. And with every passing minute I more and more love the idea of Luke being Rowan’s master. I JUST STINKIN’ LOVE IT.
Rowan’s not the only one who did some growing up today. Kordi didn’t fully understand why Leia risked everything to save her, but it’s the Princess’s firm belief in self-sacrifice that gives Kordi an idea. It sure looked bad when TIEs brought down the Y-wing, but the Empire didn’t know there wasn’t a Luke or Leia in it! OK so sacrificing the ship isn’t quite quite literally self-sacrifice but it was pretty close. Actually, the real moment of self-sacrifice comes when Kordi sells Luke and Leia a Z-wing… with quite a Rebellion Hero Discount. Everybody, a round of applause for the Freemaker Bosslady. The Freemakers have officially taken their first step into a larger world.
So it looks like Naare had a successful day. Or not. She looks about ready to kill something. And then in walks Rowan, bringing her a Force-flower. Immediately I’m thinking “Oh shoot she could kill that thing just looking at it.” But little did I know how true that would be. They don’t fully explain how the Force-flowers work, but clearly it took one whiff of the hatred running through Naare and died. She rolls if off like nothing’s wrong. But Rowan… for the first time… looks at the woman he called “master” with uncertainty. Dare I say… suspicion. And it was about an hour before my eyes returned to their normal size. Of all the Freemakers, I figured Rowan would be the least likely to figure it out first. I’d had my money on Kordi the whole time, as she was the only one who really didn’t like her. It’s not that I ever thought Rowan was dumb, of course not. I just always loved how much faith he had in people, how he first looked at Naare with all the respect in the universe. He was so innocent, he didn’t deserve that burden. But… oh my… things are getting real up in here man. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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Following The Freemakers: The Mines Of Graballa

Thrilled to be comin’ back to the Freemakers’ corner of the galaxy! This fandom has hit me so hard this past week. Any minute I wasn’t throwing around headcanons and waxing philosophical, I was working on perfecting my drawings of them! I mean, this is normal for me with all SW things but it feels awesome having something new in the galaxy to fangirl over! Anyway, now the Kyber crystals are calling me to just start writing this post already. Onto The Mines Of Graballa!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Freemakers episodes A Hero Discovered and The Mines Of Graballa

Day one of Rowan’s Jedi training: I figured teaching him to use the Force on an object wouldn’t hurt. Three seconds in he Force-grabbed my lightsaber instead and nearly killed me. Part of me is impressed he had so little trouble Force-grabbing it, but part of me is slightly terrified… Mostly I just hope it won’t be too expensive to fix the burn mark on the floor. – Excerpt from Naare’s nonexistent journal that I totally just made up.
Y’know I really like this concept to open up on! It is an interesting thing to note though… lifting the small brick took more work than the assumptively heavier blade. Considering the trance he falls into when he senses the pieces of the Kyber Saber, it makes you wonder if he has a unique Force ability, like Ezra’s ability to connect. Though he’s still a little distracted, I think Rowan’s already made some improvement today alone! Again, Naare’s patience is pretty impressive, especially knowing her true loyalties lie elsewhere. She re-reminds him of the task at hand, but just about as soon as she brings up the holomap, Rowan picks up on the location of a piece of the Saber, hidden somewhere in an asteroid field. The master and padawan are off! Well, actually no they have to get through Kordi first. Though Kordi’s overprotectiveness isn’t appreciated by Rowan and Naare, I’ve gotta admire her strength and protective instinct. Who knows what these three kids have been through? Kordi’s the oldest and clearly takes it upon herself to keep her brothers safe in a war-torn galaxy. Naare argues the sheer importance of the mission, but Kordi don’t care, this is her little brother. Let the galaxy fall apart around them if it must, family comes first for the Freemakers! So Naare tries option two: a little mind trickery. Soon as she pulled that I was all “OH NO YOU DIDN’T.” and that’s pretty much exactly Kordi’s response, ’cause Freemaker bosslady ain’t no weak-minded fool! And then out come the claws. Rowan decides if you want something done right, you’ve gotta do it yourself. He cries “reactor leak” and he and Roger make a break for a Z-wing. Also “I’m sorry about your brother and sister, but as the last of the battle droids, I must be preserved at all costs!” WOW nice to know you care, Roger! Of course, as it turns out there might not’ve been a reactor leak so… R0-GR you just got played like an idiot’s array!
So the two-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen drama played out for a while. Harsh words were spoken, Naare smashed a crate (with her bare hands yikes), and only after that did it occur to everyone that their youngest crewmember and droid were gone. Also the Z-wing’s gone too, but only Zander cares about the “ugly” 😛 The two ships head off into hyperspace with a few more snide comments thrown over the com. I applaud your boldness, Kordi. She don’t sugarcoat nothin’! Though I might be a tad concerned about Naare still. Let’s not forget she destroyed that crate with her bare hands
“AN ASTEROID FIELD!! WHY. DO. YOU. HATE. ME?!” Again, can I just say that Roger is perfect? XD Though they had a rough time getting there, it’s not long before Rowan senses the crystal’s presence. And oh look it’s somewhere in an illegal Hutt mine. And once Rowan gets into crystal-trance mode, he can’t be stopped, even when walking right into a dangerous mining facility. It’s only thanks to a certain R0 unit something horrible didn’t happen to him. Well, we can also thank the mining droid Roger befriended for catching him before he fell into that firey pit. All I can say is those ancient Jedi were smart to hide the thing where they did. It might’ve been a little trouble for Ro to get it, but the fact an entire mining operation’s going down here and nobody ever noticed it is pretty impressive. So with kyber crystal in hand, looks like our duo’s heading back home. And then they run into some trouble… and the trouble’s names are “Raam” and “Baash”.
Meanwhile Naare is seriously trying not to kill Kordi and Zander right now. Kordi, you’re awesome and I love you but please stop making her mad. Though tbh I’m guilty of the same thing. Once she gets going on something, it’s hard to get her to stop! Ooh boyy did you see how close those asteroids were to the Star Scavenger?? YeEeeEeeEsh…
So Raam and Baash come off as a threat at first, but I think they lost that image as they start literally butting heads over who likes watching mining droids blow stuff up more. Did get me thinking, is this something males of their species typically do? Honestly I forgot those horns of theirs were actually solid horns and not something softer, like a nose. Perhaps Saesee Tiin is just a rare polite guy for his kind? Or maybe Raam and Baash are just dorks. Either way it makes sense. After the bros recover from the head trauma, Rowan decides to properly introduce themselves… as bounty hunters. Amazing what a spare Boussh helmet can do, right? Clearly you can’t argue with the galaxy’s most dangerous ugnaught and better-than-IG-88 droid IG-89! It’s just math! XD (Though technically Rowan is probably taller than an ugnaught, but I guess it makes more sense in Lego logic than in SW logic) Unfortunately Rowan’s plan backfired a teensy bit ’cause now Raam and Baash insist on the “hunters” meeting their boss. And oh right their boss is a Hutt. Graballa The Hutt, to be precise. It’s tough being a second-rate Hutt, especially when you’re Jabba’s cousin and all he does it put you in charge of some desolate mining operation. Graballa has dreams, man! Granted, I don’t know how many would go to a resort owned by a Hutt, since well, if there’s a decent Hutt out there I sure hadn’t met him yet. Somehow you still gotta admire his drive and determination… even if he is rather a slippery slug. OK so oohhh myyy gravy I love this buhkee! He drops that wit and sarcasm so effortlessly and so perfectly, and Dana Snyder’s voice just brings him to life! I mean, when a Hutt speaks basic… the things they say are too fun XD The headbutter boys take great pride in the fierce bounty hunters they dug up, but Graballa isn’t impressed. “I’ve already got Dengar. Sure he’s no Boba Fett, but… OK there’s no but, he’s no Boba Fett. But he’s still a bounty hunter!” XD XD But he’s willing to pit them against each other and see who’s best. Roger’s seriously not loving this plan, but Rowan figures after finding a kyber crystal on his own, he can handle anything. And Dengar seems harmless enough, conked out on the couch with an teddy-ewok in hand. But well… let’s just say I’m glad Ro was wearing a helmet. Dengar is like a ninja, man! He literally uses one of his opponents as a weapon! I know he’s no Fett but that’s some pretty ingenious skill. And using his head wrap to bind Rowan’s hands? Yeah my respect for this guy just went up a few notches. And then Roger steps back into the fight and uses Rowan as a weapon and starts whacking Dengar with his “sidekick”‘s helmeted head XD Give Roger a break his head’s on backwards! He’s doing the best he can right now! Does make you wonder if R0-GR still has any of his blaster skills from back in the day. I don’t think he’s had his memory wiped since he recalls a number of details about the Clone Wars, but there’s clearly not an inch of the shoot-up-the-innocents mentality battle droids were programmed with. I assumed he was destroyed in some battle and the Freemakers found him decades later and fixed him up, which I’d assumed meant he was completely memory-wiped and reprogrammed. But apparently that last part isn’t the case. So that means either he simply chose to remain loyal to the Freemakers, or maybe he only remembers certain details about the Clone Wars? Good questions. Now before I start thinking deep thoughts about droids and free will vs. programming, let’s get back to this already. Where were we? Oh yeah then Dengar PICKS UP THE COUCH and HITS ROWAN AND ROGER WITH IT. And then goes right back to his nap. Again, #Skillz. But when Rowan got thrown ‘cross the room… a certain small glowing blue something left his grasp and rolled over right at he feet(?) of Graballa. When Rowan’s unable to convince him it’s worthless, Roger accidentally buries them in deeper trouble by mentioning there’re more of them and the Emperor wants ’em. Because clearly if the Emperor wants ’em they’re really really worth something. And until the boy and the droid spill… they’re gonna have to play with Smiley… and Smiley is a NEXU. Also just to note there happens to be the remains of a lightsaber in Smiley’s litterbox. That beast ate a Jedi recently. As if we weren’t terrified already! Oh and yeah that litterbox looks awfully small for a critter that big… but you know what let’s not talk about that. Anyway, it looks pretty grim for Rowan and Roger as they dangle precariously above the Nexu’s deadly maw. And just then Kordi and Zander strut on in. With a pile of parts and Kordi’s winning salesperson skills, they’re offering only the finest merchandise this side of the Outer Rim! As you might’ve figured, this is a distraction, and Naare is slinking around in the shadows looking to free her pawn padawan. Honestly with only the headbutter bros in her way, it was so easy it’s not even fair. Unfortunately though Graballa saw through the whole charade. Fortunately Zander built a makeshift spacecraft out of those parts. Unfortunately again, the Freemakers’ little space minivan is shortly thereafter pursued by every single one of the Hutt’s cronies. It ultimately comes down to Kordi’s quick fixes and Naare’s show of Force to get them out of the soup. Kordi miiiiight have a little more respect for the Jedi now. I’d hope maybe Naare garnered some respect for Kordi’s mechanical mastery, too, but let’s be honest, darkside girl probably don’t care XP
So everybody’s finally back in their own ships and everyone can breathe again. Though Kordi is frustrated with all the trouble her sib’s caused today, she doesn’t regret a second of the trouble she went through to save him. Bro I just died of feels. AWWW FAMILY YAYYY >w< On the other hand, Naare doesn't share the same opinion when she hears Rowan found a crystal and lost it during the battle. Here this precious child is bearing his soul in his apology and Naare is so done she LITERALLY HAS HER TARGETING SYSTEM ON THEIR SHIP. And if it weren't for the fact Ro suddenly located the Kyber crystal and turned the Star Scavenger around… Naare would have stinkin’ killed them. The fact that she actually had already fired is what’s really scary. Would’ve been nerve-wracking enough if they’d just had her nearly fire on them, but nope she did, and it just. barely. missed. them. Like OMG. So though Rowan’s happy he got the crystal back, I’m still pretty shook. Oh who am I kidding Rowan’s enthusiasm is downright contagious! Let’s just all be happy right now! “Who’s got two thumbs– er… two hands, and the Force flowin’ through him? This guy!” Oh right there is that problem with Graballa though… and the fact he still wants them thar kyber crystals… and he knows Rowan can lead him to ’em. Enjoy the happy moment while it lasts, Rowan… ’cause you’re about to get pretty popular.
AAHHH THIS SHOW IS SO SOLID. THAT IS ALL. Can’t wait to dig into the next chapter next time ’round!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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