Episode 102 – I, Lobot



Hey everyone!

Totally New TumblingSaber Tuesday is back with a brand new episode for you to sip on and savour! This week, Cory and Kyle discuss

  • The latest Breznibomb material, featuring Luke, Rey, Kylo, and more!
  • Two new TV spots,
  • Two new posters,
  • Battlefront 2 landing

And as always, the Powerful Friends make the show that much better and get us talking about:

  • Our Star Wars time capsules
  • Favourite and least favourite changes to the original trilogy,
  • Rey’s violent outburst?
  • Our top Han Solo moments,

and more!

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Star Wars Rebels Rebels Assault Mid Season Finale Review

http://www.starwars.com/tv-shows/star-wars-rebels/rebel-assault-episode-guide

 

“There are going to be some somber moments,” Dave Filoni said back in Rebels Recon Season 3. I often have had to go back and recall the words from the writer himself while we progressed in the season, as we got the ultimate moment of the mid season finale. Hera Syndulla has been captured! We go in deep into the look of this cat-and-mouse episode. X-wings, Hera’s promotion, Mart, Empire, More Lothwolves.

 

Character Dialogue 4.7/5

I felt that there was little less dialogue in this. I wish we saw a bit more character building besides Hera. Yet I believe that this episode was to launch of more of the story for the second half next year.  

 

Music 4.8/5

Soundtrack was on point for the mid season finale. The soundtrack gave more of an echo for when the dog fights began and gave me the goosebumps. Also that caught my ears was Thrawn’s theme as a testament of how smart he is on having a second wave in case Hera did punch a hole through the blockade.

 

Plot 4.8/5

Plot was excellent! However there are somethings that I’m going to be very picky about. One, the fact we didn’t see Hera’s promotion was a very itchy annoyance. Two how did the rebellion acquire the X-wings. I also felt a huge cat and mouse chase that was dramatic to the point that I almost had a heart attack. I felt the empire was slow to action and prolonged the inevitable.

 

Animation 4.9/5

Animation was flawless once again. The dog fights between the X-wings and TIE fighters was excellent. For a few that I know that watch the show said it took them back to when the franchise started in 1977. However my favourite part about the whole animation was the clouds when the X-wings and Y-bombers got shot down.

 

Hera

This episode was a definitely a Hera-eccentric episode. I give Vanessa Marshall huge praise on how much emotion she put into Hera in these tense twenty-two minutes. I admired Hera’s leadership, courage and sacrifice. She has much deserved the promotion she received. Then of course seeing how far chopper would go for Hera. His loyalty is so fierce and protective. It damn near broke my heart seeing him wait for Hera and then told to leave. It’ll be the hanging question over the break. What is Hera going to endure with the empire?

 

“Lock S-foils in attack position”

“Tighten your bolts, Here we go”

“Governor Pryce, I’ve so wanted to meet you”

X wings

Yay the have arrived. However I want to know how they acquired them. Beyond that the dog fights, movements and animation was everything that i hoped for. Seeing Hera pilot one makes it very special since she’s one of the founding members of the Rebel Alliance. The motions also of the X-wings too made it special. The bouncing around, the pilot moving with the fighter and the flashes.

 

Mart

When i spotted Mart in one of the TV spots, I was quivering in anticipation to see him back on Rebels. It makes it so much more personal now that he is in the fight due to his Uncle Commander Sato’s sacrifice. It’s such a nice call back from the Iron Squadron as we also got to see R3. It goes to show that the episode from season three was not a ‘filler’.  

 

Empire

As if the Empire wasn’t going to be prepared after Hera left Lothal with TIE defender Blueprints. The blockade was insane. Give Hera kudos for even getting that amount of ships through! Its clear that the relationship is still strained between Thrawn and Pyrce as she was yelling at him. I also believe that Pryce has begun to get annoyed with Ruhk’s presence of Lothal, even though he did help the capture of Hera.

 

One thing that really annoys the heck out of me is how Skerris died. I knew that his time was coming sooner or later, but how he died ticks me off. And it really isn’t even Hera’s fault. It’s Thrawn’s. I understand that Thrawn caught on to Hera’s tactics but he didn’t really need to open fire on his own best commander of the Navy. Skerris had unquestionable loyalty and if he knew his fate he would have left the empire. It goes to show that Thrawn continues to have problems with his own chain of command and officers drop like flies under him.

 

“Such a small victory” – Pryce

Lothwolves

The mystery of what these wolves signify is still bugging me. And will continue to bug me until i know exactly what they mean. Or at least a better understanding of them. The show has a brilliant way of not giving us answers on what connection they have to the planet and the heroes of Lothal. They are sure to be giving us some closure for the second half.  

 

We will be back next year to kick off the second half the of the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels. It will be stuff not to miss! In the meantime while we wait for it to come back around we have Star Wars The Last Jedi, the episode guide and Rebels recon. Be sure not to miss out!

http://www.starwars.com/tv-shows/star-wars-rebels/rebel-assault-episode-guide.com

 

Bridger Transmissions 6 – Rebel Assault



And just like that, we’ve hit the mid-season break! Man has this gone all too quickly! But never fear, we’re back to talk about the thrilling mid-season finale “Rebel Assault” in all its glory!

We also work in a couple listener interactions, and talk a bit about what’s to come in the final 6 episodes!

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Sith and That: Rian Johnson’s New Star Wars Trilogy

Rian Johnson new Star Wars trilogy

Image courtesy of Lucasfilm

 

Hey gang!

Welcome to Sith and That, a new blog series where I’ll post some scattered thoughts from the galaxy far, far away. Typically these thoughts will have been heard on the TumblingSaber podcast, but for those who have not yet subscribed, I thought I’d put some content here to scratch the itch for those who prefer reading. If you like what you read here, then you may want to listen in to our podcasts and join the fun!

So with that said, he are some of my thoughts related to last week’s bombshell announcement that Rian Johnson is getting creative control over a NEW, totally unique trilogy.

  • This is just the latest in what is becoming a long series of “where were you when this happened in Star Wars” moments? So where were you when this news dropped?
  • The announcement was made by Disney bossman Bob Iger on a quarterly earnings call with investors. Interesting to note that Iger is leaving Disney in 2019, so no doubt he wants to exit with the company on a soaring stock high. Is his golden handshake tied to stock price? I don’t know, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
  • Part of Lucasfilm’s statement: “Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce. As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored. We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
  • We’ve had days to think about this now – but I think this is the boldest thing coming out of Star Wars since Star Wars itself in May of 1977.
  • Given the effusive praise from both sides, I guess we should have smelled something was afoot. We as fans clamoured for him to take over from Trevorrow with only seeing a trailer for The Last Jedi, so we are feeling the good vibes as well.
  • Maybe we’re just homers, but we normally have a good sense about Star Wars movies before they come out, but this one has a different vibe. The lead up feels different this time. Johnson himself feels different – and maybe that’s because of the way the film came together without a hitch, but it feels like he’s got his finger on the pulse of Star Wars.
  • Lucasfilm must really be pleased with The Last Jedi and Rian Johnson as a collaborator to entrust him with such a huge task.
  • Funny, I didn’t see ONE person saying “BAH, they should have taken a break! Enough movies already”. This was met with near-unanimous excitement.
  • For those upset with the announcement – please read the statement. He’s going to write and direct the first movie, not the entire trilogy! 
  • I said this in episode 99 in response to Ads’ question about where we thought Lucasfilm wanted to do with the Skywalkers, I said they would do a new trilogy starting with episode 10 but that it wasn’t going to be about the Skywalkers. I said they must be keen to get away from the Skywalkers and branch out to tell larger stories. “It’s so much bigger”.
  • Is this going to be related to the lore that will be explored in The Last Jedi? Hard to imagine that it won’t be.
  • If they go back in time, (and TLJ looks to be doing that to some extent) exploring Jedi who “had it right”, do they risk totally wrecking the reputation of the Jedi from episodes 1-6? 
  • I personally want them to explore new themes, break new ground and get far, far away from Lucas’ motif of rhyming and poetry. No more of that. It was fine for father and son, but time to smash that mold, right?
  • I don’t want Johnson to adapt Legends material that’s already out there. A lot of people want Old Republic or KOTOR. I don’t think Johnson would do that unless he was completely free from the expectations of bringing in Revan or the like. He’s not going to take that blank slate and load it up with  baggage, expectations, and a somewhat confined frame work. That doesn’t sound like a blank slate to me.
  • Johnson is a creative powerhouse and is going to want to do something totally original. Nobody of his kind of pedigree wants to be tied to something that already has built-in expectations.
  • I have to give Lucasfilm credit here. I didn’t think they’d detach themselves from the marketing leverage of the original Skywalker story.
  • Nobody is talking about this, but what about the music? Surely it won’t be Williams; he’ll be pushing 90. I think we’ll get a new guy soon enough and episode 9 will be Williams’ swan song?
  • Think about this as well: Collecting. This is like pressing the plunger and starting from scratch again. The thought of an entirely new line of Star Wars is daunting to say the least!
  • When do you think we’ll be getting this? There’s no standalone announced for 2020, leaving him plenty of time to get it done. What happens to Obi-Wan then?
  • Potential schedule for movies over the next decade?
    • 2018: Solo
    • 2019: Episode 9
    • 2020: Obi Wan standalone (let’s announce this already!)
    • 2021: Rian Johnson I
    • 2022: Standalone 4
    • 2023: Rian Johnson II
    • 2024: Standalone 5
    • 2025: Rian Johnson III
    • 2026: Standalone 6
    • 2027 50th Anniversary of A New Hope – a year possibly left blank out of respect / full on tributes?

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Episode 101 – Back to the Drawing Board



Totally New TumblingSaber returns with two more hours of Star Wars talk featuring some bombshell news that we still can’t quite believe!

  • Rian Johnson’s groundbreaking new trilogy!
  • Live action TV series announced!
  • Luke ain’t evil,
  • and not another Death Star!

We also field some questions from the powerful friends, including a doozy of a “would you rather”, another Seinfeld-Star Wars mashup, and our favourite Leia moments!

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Star Wars Rebels Kindred and Crawl Commanders Review

“Its funny, no matter what happens, we always end up back here,” Kanan’s opening quote in Kindred. We are back with another review and this week our emotions ran at the ultimate all-time high! The fast action paced of seeing our heroes of Lothal evading the empire, Kanera, more Lothwolfs, mining guild, and the viewing the look at the manipulation of Thrawn and Pyrce. We were jammed packed in these two episodes as we are officially half-way through the season.

Character Dialogue 4.7/5

The character dialogue was excellent in Kindred. It helped build up some more character arc. That kiss was so perfect.  

 

Music 4.9/5

Kindred didn’t miss a beat. The buildup soundtrack of Kanan and Hera from the beginning episode was so perfect. And then that all-so precious moment, the soundtrack was very moving at that point. The rest of the episode of kindred was perfectly paced. Also the perfect timing of Ruhk’s arrival. You definitely get that vibe, he’s a dangerous character and a respected warrior. So far in this season, kindred has been my favourite music for an episode. Yet in crawl commanders some of the soundtrack sounded too heroic in rebel commander and slightly too dramatic in relation to the crawl ore.

Plot 4.8/5

Plot was well laid out. Mystery still delves into the lothwolves in connection to Kanan. Which happened to be my favourite part of the two-parter. It was also nice to get some answers from the storytellers on what made lothal look the way it is. I felt that the crawler commanders was a way to slow down all the excitement and building up the hype for Rebel Assault.

 

Animation 5/5

So far I’ve been loving this season’s animation. They animators have been knocking this out of the park. They continue to show the beauty and destruction of Lothal. It was a welcoming site that not all of lothal is burnt yet. The highlights were Hera’s awesome escape and the Lothwolfs and there very deep roots with Lothal. It was also stunning seeing the ore crawlers flame and the burning of the grass.

Kanan and Hera

Third is the charm as I said to a few people in conversation after the torture of witnessing them interrupted twice.. After four years they finally have the relationship they deserve. Or one that is more open I should say. There’s still the rebellion to be fought and eventually Hera is to become a general. However everything about that scene was so perfect. I loved when in the middle of the touching moments, the kids were watching. And also when Hera grabbed Kanan’s chin was like a call back from the clone wars when Satine grabbed Obi-wan’s.  

Lothwolves

The fascination of the Lothwolves continue to grow for me. These creatures definitely remind me of Bendu. What they still signify for the story is a mystery for me. It’s so like Dave to keep us on our toes and figure out the riddles he lays out for us. What kind of real force does the wolves have with the connection to Lothal? As Sabine pointed out, they crossed an entire plant from the northern hemisphere to the south. And it didn’t seem like they walked that far. Another interesting point is that the two wolves, they glowed the traditional Sith eyes and had black fur. So will we see some dark side elements to them?  I’m still positive that Ashoka has something to do with them. Some else that has been bugging me, as for others, how does the wolves know Kanan Jarrus’s real name? Caleb Dume. Is it perhaps that maybe Kanan’s heritage is from Lothal? As he said he’s always drawn to Lothal.

Thrawn / Rukh Vs Pyrce

We really start to see the two try to manipulate each other. Kanera might have stole the thunder for this specific topic. But you can see the frustration breaking down the facade of a prominent governor of a very important planet so much so that she is personally leading the operation against the Ghost Crew on the ground, and is bold enough to attack Ezra head on.

I’m curious to know what is going through Arindha Pyrce’s thoughts when it comes to seeing the destruction of her homeworld. We’ve seen how Ezra has reacted. But why not her response? Does she care that her planet is being burnt to a crisp? She started off as a young girl whose life overturned when Ryder Azadi tried to make a profit by buying her family’s mining company. In an attempt to thwart his plans, she sold the company to the Empire. In so doing, Pryce was able to give her family a new job on the planet Batonn. As for herself, Pryce was able to leave the planet that she never really cared for. As a secretary of an Imperial Senator, Pryce learned to navigate the channels of Imperial bureaucracy and politics, which is really, to put it bluntly, one of greed and backstabbing. Her ultimate success was overriding an Imperial Moff’s control by forming an alliance with Tarkin, who in return for her help in defeating his enemies, made her governor of Lothal. She was able to make Lothal the center of the Empire in that sector of the galaxy. But in spite of the power she gained, does she realize how much power she is losing as the empire seizes more and more control over her home? She was fully aware of that problem when she signed her family company over to the Empire. But now that she is in control, is she just complacent?  

 

What would her parents think of her and of her actions toward the people of Lothal? At the end of the Thrawn book, she accepted the deaths of unknown numbers of civilians when she blew up half of a city on Batonn to prevent the Empire from finding out her goal of saving her parents. This shows that Pryce has love for something. She used the power that she had gained to take back her world and save her family. But at what cost? Did she lose more than she gained? Her parents were certainly shocked when they discovered that Pryce had changed. This is similar to the present situation. If she only cares for power what love does she have left for her people? I hope to see some sort of redemption story for her. Perhaps when the moment is dire, Pryce will talk to her parents, and they will criticize the person she has become? At that critical time, she might see the light and see the error of her ways. A team-up with her and Ezra as they fight to save Lothal.

 

On the other side of the coin we see Thrawn’s annoyance with Imperial command.

Thrawn and Pryce began their work on Lothal as a “marriage of convenience.” But in many ways, it is also a relationship based on influence and usefulness. Since the Thrawn book, Thrawn has been able to rely on Pryce’s political knowhow while Pryce depends on Thrawn for military support. But in this episode, Thrawn has become fed up with the flourish of the rebels. You can see it in his face and in his voice. Hence, he begins to to butt heads with Pryce. He explicitly criticizes her for letting the rebels escape. On the one hand, he is probably very weary with how his Imperial colleagues continue to make mistakes when fighting the Rebels after the fiasco with Konstantine. But now that the Rebels have the blueprint of his plans, it is also important to note that he fears that his TIE defender program is at risk. The stakes have obviously risen for him. It is odd, however, that Thrawn has not established more security around the program given that the rebels have succeeded in infiltrating Lothal more than once by now. We will most likely see that in the next episode though. For now, I think that THrawn brought Rukh in to help defeat the rebels as soon as possible.

 

Rukh is a creepy Noghri, who Timothy Zahn introduced back in the 1990’s. It is great that he has also made his way to the screen, and I have to say I’m really impressed on how the animators created such a creepy, more animalistic being. He spooked me in a good way. When he spoke it was like daggers going to the heart. I would not want to meet him on his bad side. This is a Norghi that should be feared and respected.

Mining Guild

It was great to see the point of view of the Mining Guild. According to Dave Filoni, the Mining Guild is an independent organization that the Empire has not yet absorbed fully under its control. They are on Lothal as a part of Pryce’s plans to mine the planet for its resources. But they are not evil at all. They are there to make money, and like Pryce, as Timothy Zahn pointed out in his new Thrawn book, made deals with the Empire to benefit themselves. However i still find them evil due to the fact that they are slavers as well.

Ezra

At this point, Ezra is continuing to grow a deeper bond with the lothwolves and his home. He is grasping the very knowledge that he needs to liberate his people. In the first interaction with Ruhk, was calm and cool. First trying the diplomatic way, like a Jedi ,then of course then resolving to draw his blade. The Ruhk chase with Jia Kell reminded me of the Endor scene from Return of The Jedi.  I was just in awe when i saw him walk into a potentially dangerous situation with the wolves. Once again cool and calm behavior. His willingness to trust the wolves goes to show how much he trusts the force and his home.  I also felt that Ezra’s grown into his league where he can command and had some authority. For example, fooling the empire that everything was under control. A little throw-back when he was climbing in the air-ducts was perfect as well. Sabine “Its what you do”. His response when it came to the captain of the crawler puzzled me though. It was as if he maybe, enjoyed seeing him melted to a crisp. I cherish the moment when you can see the glee in Ezra’s eyes when Hera informed them that the fighters and bombers were being fueled and prepare for combat.

Zeb

Zeb was awesome in this episode!!! It was so funny, seeing him steal that transport in the same difference way as he always stole different types of imperial transports. I had to yell at the empire, “Watch the transport Imps”. His reaction of getting shot at by Azadi was a typical Zeb reaction. Humorous. Afterall he didn’t let them know he stole a transport. Lets not forget that hand-holding-the-cliff ending of that scene where Zeb met his match. It was very fun to see Zeb go toe-to-toe with someone his his size and muscle. Yet the Lasat lives to fight another day.

Hera

Without further adieus for the ghost crew, and with Kanan, Hera really stood out, evading the empire and on Yavin IV at rebel command. She really made those TIE fighters silly. Her hyperspace exited really shows how talented her piloting skills are. With that also of the animators. The defining moment for me was her speech for the leaders of the rebellion. She at one point looked impulsive yet bold and fearless. I can understand where she’s coming from though. Her family is on Lothal, relying on her support to destroy the factories and get some imperial occupation off their tail. She is willing to do whatever it takes!

Rebel Command

When Hera arrived with the Old U-wing I felt the nostalgia when the ties come in from Rogue one once again. Witnessing more and more as the rebellion continues to grow. The command structure has really gotten stronger since the name of the rebellion. Asking Hera to remove herself as they have a ‘secret meeting’. I was in disbelief that they asked her to leave. Hera is one of the founding mothers of the Rebellion, and her leadership and sacrifices have been phenomenally important to the Rebellion. Something very chilling though that got me really turning the wheels was from Mothma’s lips, is that the empire has initiated a protocol that was used on Jedah. Protocol 13 where they remove all imperial personal. This could be a scary situation for Lothal if indeed it’s for the planet………..

 

The build-up to the next episode is very exciting. Rebel assault. We are now officially half way through the last season of this incredible show! These two episodes really helped build up to the mid season finale. The last six episodes have really shown the growth of the storytelling, animation and the heart of the rebellion. In the meantime don’t forget to check out Rebels Recon for all the juicy details of these two phenomenal episodes and read the episodes I’ve linked down below. As Always may the Force Be with you!

 

Bridger Transmissions #5 – Kindred and Crawler Commandeers Review



If it’s new Rebels chat you crave, we’ve got you covered! Check out our thoughts on Kindred and Crawler Commandeers. We’re blasting through this final season of Rebels at light speed, but we’re going to enjoy it while it lasts! Come join Em, Cory and Kyle as they discuss the two latest episodes filled with action, mysticism, loth wolves and, the kiss that rocked fandom!

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Episode 100 – Sprinkles



For the 100th time, welcome back to Totally New TumblingSaber Tuesday!

We are so stoked to share this special celebratory episode of the podcast with you. I’ll be honest. At first I didn’t want to make a big stink of the fact that we’ve officially hit 100 episodes. But my two partners-in-crime were hearing none of that so they made things happen, and I think the result is one of the best shows we’ve ever had. Maybe the best show we’ve ever had. If it is the best, it is because of Cory and James’ efforts, and of course, the incredibly kind words that the Powerful Friendz showed us.

We do talk a ton about Star Wars, of course. On top of the revelry, we also discuss:

  • The new International Poster and teaser for The Last Jedi,
  • An incredible new TV spot for The Last Jedi,
  • Nearly 80% of Solo: A Star Wars Story being re-shot,
  • Kathleen Kennedy on the future of Star Wars films,
  • Would you rather a role as a Storntrooper for as long as you live, or a one-off background character?
  • What scene from Rebels would you like to see carried over to live action?
  • What Star Wars movie would you want to see carried over to animation?
  • Top 5 favorite monsters or creatures in Star Wars,
  • What state will SW be in at its 100th birthday?
  • Is Luke’s ego getting the better of him
  • And more!

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Star Wars Rebels Occupation and Flight of the Defender Review

“Look at the sky”…..We have finally returned back to where everything started. Lothal. Things look beyond worst. The devastation that the empire has done to the planet has been nothing but gut wrenching. You can really tell that the writers and animators want us to take this very personal.I know I have. We will see how the ghost crew will rise up to this biggest challenge that they’ll ever face, as the real battle has now ultimately begun.

“This is how a rebellion starts. Small. With the few people standing together….we’ve done it before, we can do it again”

Character Dialogue 4.9/5

The emotional level that Taylor Grey voiced out for Ezra this time around was phenomenal. It brought tears out of me, soul-shuddering and  heartbreak. Such a powerful performance. You can really feel how immersed Grey got into his character. Lets tip our hats for wonderful voice acting.

Music 4.9/5

Kevin Kiner, the guy is a mastermind genius when it comes to creating the soundtrack for such a deep story. He perfectly express through his music when we saw the ruins of Lothal. The soundtrack moved me in ways where I felt super angry from old Jho’s execution, totally distraught on the shape of lothal, feeling bubbly with the loth-cats, and my eagerness to know more about the mysterious lothwolf.

Plot 4.9/5

Exceptionally done once again! Brilliant writing by the team to express what is at stake not just for Lothal but for the consequences that rebellions can bring. The character development has been at its best since the beginning of Season four! The mystery also has been on-spot. Its the first time in Star Wars Rebels where we truly have the mystery. Besides Ashoka. The mystery of the force within Lothal. I believe it will have the Mortis-feel like it did back in the clone wars!

Animation 5/5

Animation again was at its best! The top three highlights of the animation was the current devastation of lothal, the heart-thumping action of stealing the tie defender with those awesome explosions, and the calm yet intense first encounter with Ezra and the mysterious lothwolf.

Lothal

The last time we saw Lothal was back in season 3 during the imperial eyes. Yet it really wasn’t on the planet. Needless to say, too much went on during the last time the ghost crew was on the homeworld of Ezra Bridger. There is no pretty way in putting in the story, however in animation wise the formation is incredible. The transformation from season one to season four just can’t be put into words. The animation team really outdid themselves. The lushful fields we saw, have now been scorched. The skies that were crystal blue with the soft clouds, have turned into a violent orangish-yellow slow ember. The planet is in total despair, drowned in sorrow and the tomorrow looks bleak.

It takes me back to season two, of when minister Tua, was willing to exchange the real reason why the empire really confiscate the planet. Not the reason that lothal had been farming land and mining. Another mystery I hope we get to delve into and they close that book. We never had the real answer from the minister due to her unexpected death. I hope that the storytellers finish that off.

Imperial Lockdown

Excessive. Excessive is the word that comes to mind when I see the imperial presence on lothal.  Back in season two, vader wasn’t that superfluous. Even back in season one, citizens could come and go as they please when they were on Lothal. These days, there is a complete blockade, hand in hand, with large energy spheres. When Vizago was allowed to enter the system, he was still escorted by tie fighters and his ship, the broken horn, was locked down by a gravity lock. There are security checks in around every corner, transportation is under complete isolation for the empire, and as Hera said the city is like a “ghost”. The propaganda is any which way blaring “Loyalty is obedience” “Serve your empire”. The plaster of bounties of the ghost crew warning civilians that this will happen to you, if you don’t stay in line. I was also shocked that the number of probe droids there are and another iconic death trooper stationed. In the current state, the rebels are now on their heels most of the time. It’s a dramatic change because in season one they were left unchecked and unchallenged.

 

One other thing that eats at me is that if Thrawn was smart enough to understand Sabine’s symbol, wouldn’t he be able to take advantage of that? When the rebels see Sabine’s symbol, they automatically assume that Ryder made it. But what if Thrawn did it? Given his genius tactical knowledge, he might have done that as a trap. Something to think about in the coming events.

 

Old Faces

“Im excited for season four because we are going to see some new faces,and some beloved old faces too,”Henry Gilroy told in rebels recon back in season 3. Boy did we ever see some old faces returning to Star Wars Rebels this week. Valen Rudor, Vult Skerris, Vizago, Jai Kell, Erskine Semaj and the learning and mentioning, of unfortunate fate for Old Jho. Much like Ezra Jai has grown too! Im surprised to see him a bit more taller than Ezra. It’s also very cool seeing him involved with the rebel cell on Lothal, and in direct contact with Ryder. Valen Rudor has also aged a bit. I must say he looks terrific and sharp, in the current civilian outfit, then the pilot gear. I held my breath during the interaction with him and Ezra. As Ezra back in the shorts had a funny way of putting him in his place.

 

Zeb

I’m so glad that they brought Zeb in for some humor. We hadn’t seen much of him in the first episodes. It was a nice call back that he had to scare the puffer pigs just like season one. He had the cutest reactions with the Lothcats, and took it like a champ. Then again he gets what he deserves when he disrupted the very touching scene with Kanan and Hera.  We also see another side to Zeb that we haven’t really seen. His worrisome when it comes to the “kids”. Him taking the responsibility of what Ezra and Sabine did when they stole the TIE Defender. I hope to see more story-telling for him in the future.

 

Uh-uh, I’m not allowed near the filthy beast, I scare them, apparently there’s something wrong with my face”

“Get ready things are about to get interesting”

“I should have expected them to do something crazy like that”

Ezra

In the opening scene of the Occupation, you can see the gnawing hole that Ezra has in his heart for Lothal. The piece of home that is being teared away from him bit by bit. The promises that he has for his home, yet hasn’t been able to keep, since his absence is being held with the rebellion. He most likely was homesick. I was also not stunned by the decision he made when he decided to go home to stay! In other terms, he’s willing to leave the rebellion for his people. Of course home for him, isn’t how and what he remembered it by. However he is willing to do whatever it takes to liberate his world, restore to how it was in season one. You can tell how much hes grown by him taking the responsibility to the mess that the empire created. It really is hard to see the boy that we met in season one. His reaction to his home has been nothing more than a cup full of hurt.

“Ive had a long time to think about this. We’ll get that intel, but I’m going home to help my people which means I’m there to stay”

“Saw said it, I didn’t want to believe it, Lothal is gone we already lost”

“Ah looks like my little friends beat you to it”

Sabine

I loved that fact that she was a huge support for Ezra. She made sure that he wouldn’t make costly mistakes out of rash decisions and feelings. For example, the time when Ezra curled his fist of the mentioning of old Jho being a traitor. Another instance is when Ezra felt anguish of how much his planet changed and how Saw was ‘right’. Then again she understands what he’s going through. His planet now looks similar to the planet of Sundari. Not so much the war aspect of things, but the oppression, the destruction, of what the empire can do to one world, and crush one family. I loved how she took the initiative to remove the data from the TIE Defender. She stepped up to the plate and took a big swing. Thanks to her and Ezra, the rebels have some sort of advantage against the empire. They have some data flight recorder and a hyperdrive.

 

“As long as we are together, we have a chance!”

“Well, it definitely would give a ghost a run for its money”

“A lothwolf? Like the ones from those cave paintings

 

Lothwolf

The things really intriguing with this lothwolf. What does the wolf mean? According to Ezra, lothwolfs have not been seen in a hundred years. So what does that mean for Ezra? Is he to really lead his people out of the shadow of the Empire? Is he the one to liberate Lothal?  After all the wolf then said to Ezra “Dume”. We know that Kanan’s real name is Caleb Dume. Is the wolf connected to Ashoka?

“Sleep”

“Dume”

Lothcats

These adorable kittens. You can tell that they are unhappy too with how the Empire has treated their home. Studies have shown that animals, cats and dogs in particular, know when there is a “bad person”. These cats definitely understand that the empire is the “bad person”. It was adorable seeing them interact with Ezra, then helping Sabine and Ezra out finding a distraction. They are absolutely in tune with their surroundings. It feels like they have a reason to push back and fight for their home ever since Ezra returned home.

Kanan and Hera

We were that close!!! That close for a long awaited kiss. I’m pretty sure i was yelling at my laptop. NO NO NO NO!!! It’s odd how much Kanan has changed in the last bit. It’s possible giving the elevated stakes he’s decided to tell hera how he feels? However he is a jedi knight….so what does that mean for him? Orthodox Jedi were never allowed to form attachments and fall in love. Tricky business. Dangerous times for the already shipped couple.

 

Consequences are now what we see in Season four. The consequences of rebellion. It goes to show that war is never easy, and never leaves anyone the same. What does it all mean? Its now an often repeated question. How will this end? I think there are now more questions for the show then there were answers. Heres some of the answers from the recent rebels recon and episode guide I’ve linked below. Don’t forget to also check out our podcast with Kyle, Corey and me as we blast the empire with or motivating words. As always, May the force be with you!

 

http://www.starwars.com/tv-shows/star-wars-rebels/the-occupation-episode-guide

http://www.starwars.com/tv-shows/star-wars-rebels/flight-of-the-defender-episode-guide

Bridger Transmissions 5 – The Occupation and Flight of the Defender Review



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