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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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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Bridger Transmissions #3 – In the Name of the Rebellion



Hello everybody!

The final season of Rebels hit another gear this week with In the Name of the Rebellion! It was as much about Saw Gerrera vs Mon Mothma as it was Rebels vs the Empire. What did we think of the 2-part episode? Click play to find out!

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Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Name of the Rebellion Part 1 And 2 Review

We are back with another review of Star Wars Rebels. This week we got an in depth look on how the rebellion continues to grow, Saw and his path on finding the empire’s super weapon, the Rogue tie ins. Overall I thought that these two episodes was rebels at its best!

Character Dialogue 5/5

The character’s dialogue this week’s episodes, I discovered, to be more satisfying than the premiere. You see the defining cracks between Saw and Mon. There’s the also touching moment between Master and Padawan.

Music 4.7/5

Kevin Kiner, the man is such a music master genius. I loved every moment of the soundtrack.

Plot 4.5/5

The plot was extremely well done. And you see the quest and the hell bent Saw determined to find the Empire’s secret weapon.  

Animation 5/5

The animation was unbelievable. The two explosions from the listening outpost on Jalindi and the kyber crystal were defining moments in both episodes. You can tell that the animation has evolved from season one to now. I look forward to what’s in store created by the animators.

Saw Gerrera

Welcome back-ish! We saw Saw come back with a hell-bent quest to find the Empire’s super weapon! But he came back with his extremist ideology that some deemed toxic. Nonetheless it gave us more insight on how much Gerrera wants to take down the Empire. What he’ll take to defeat his enemies, as he stunned Ezra and Sabine after he had their help.It may seem that Saw has developed a schizophrenic mind .I’m curious to see where he goes on from this point. After hearing about the Jedha system, does he carry on his quest there? How does he get maimed? I feel that this is still a loose end that hopefully will be tied whether in the dwindling events of Rebels or in Canon. Forrest Whitaker couldn’t have performed any better with this iconic character! The transition he makes from rogue one to Rebels….words can’t really describe how talented this man really is!

“If you continue to fight the empire on there terms, not yours, you are going to lose!”

“Sorry Captain, No time, your kids will be fine with me, besides they might enjoy fighting with a real army for a change”

“Let me ask you this? What would you do to save your world?”

Mon Mothma

The way that Mon Mothma handled herself has become crystal clear that she is the leader of the Yavin 4. The way she composes herself and holds herself to an elegancy like no other. It was really fun to see her get into a small debate with Saw. We finally see her crack down and show what her angry self can be. I can imagine that she has quite the hard task of what assignments that her cell can carry out. She can’t liberate her home as much as Ezra want to save his.  

“Captain, I commend you for your bravery, for protecting you and your fellow pilots”

“But instead, when we amassed our forces we were taught a valuable lesson, that we are not ready for open war”

“I will not be lectured on military strategies from a man who has proven himself a criminal”

 

Yavin IV

All paths are coming together. We are seeing the almost-final formation of the rebel alliance. We are finally here! We see that phoenix squad lives and continues on after Sato’s death, as they carry themselves here. The amount of troops and ships that are around is pretty cool to see. As Zeb said “there are cells gathered from every corner of the galaxy, it’s still not enough to fight the Empire”. Aesthetically speaking Yavin was stunning. It was fantastic seeing the one scene of Ezra and Kanan mediating in such a serene scene.   

However, in the current state, there are only of a few rebels on the base. Eventually I hope to see more of the Alliance on Yavin IV at the end of the season. After all we are edging ever so closer to the events of Rogue One. Is Blue leader, Red leader and the pathfinder units already on secret missions? Where’s Cassian and K2SO? Raddus? Ackbar? We’ve yet to see everyone here.

Ezra

It is clear that Ezra wants to save Lothal. Honor his parents dying wish. After witnessing Sabine lead her people out of darkness, he must look at it like a calling to his people.  I feel as though he would break of his ties to from the rebellion to go home just to do so. I loved the fact that he basically challenged Mon Mothma to figure out when they were going back to Lothal to support Ryder. When on mission, I believe we’ve seen Ezra come into full understanding of the bigger picture of the rebellion. He’s see what Saw had done wrong. And Ezra rises up against Saw’s way and chooses and follows the righteous path. There was some significance growing on his part. I loved how they touched some of Ezra’s force sensitivity. His connection with the kyber crystals is reminiscent of the sound from the purgell, and the echoing of the force throughout the whole series. Once again Ezra continues his charismatic,dorky, lovable attitude, despite what kind of burden he has on his shoulders. From Brom Titus, to now his legendary wave! I don’t think I can ever get past how comical he is! Keep on smiling and waving!   

“I just feel so helpless. I thought being here would help me get me closer to helping Lothal. But Now that i am it seems further away than ever”

Uh meridian, This is Jalindi outpost, you weren’t scheduled until next rotation, You’re causing a lot of problems for us. Maybe come back tomorrow?”

“But we still do have something Saw. The people on this ship. I just want to help them”

Sabine

Yay! Sabine is back in action with the ghost crew! It seems as though she has come back refreshed without the responsibility of leaving home on awful terms. How she composed herself in the most difficult situation shows her maturity as well. The banter that she had going on with Ezra was absolutely entertaining! Also trying to keep Ezra in check with his smile and waves! ^_^ ^_^! <3

“Hey I like abstract art, I just don’t want to become it”

“Ezra! Don’t you want to salvage something from this mission or what?”

“Oh stop complaining! I kinda like it better than the orange”

Chopper

Give it up for the best droid that you can ask for! From funny to be very serious. Chopper knows how to act accordingly when it counts! Even in the beginning of the first episode Chop is already up to his antics. And the comfort that we saw (somewhat) when Hera was frustrated with her failed mission. Lets not forget the story behind the paint job. Dave’s beloved NHL team, The Pittsburgh penguins who won the lord stanley twice in a row! Blah for a Toronto Maple Leaf fan!  

Death Troopers

It was an awesome surprise to see the death troopers! Although there was a lot of negativity to how easily to see Saw, Sabine and Ezra defeat them. I see the point of view. The death troopers should have been more difficult to beat. After All the have green visors so they should have seen through with night vision.This was a critical flaw. However, they were up against a Jedi, Mandalorian and an Extremist. It was awesome to see that death troopers can be female as well. We haven’t seen many troopers that have been female in all of the Star Wars Rebels era. Besides the upcoming Star Wars battlefront 2 video game and Captain Brunson from Ghosts of Geonosis we haven’t seen any females at all.  

Family Reunion

It was such a touching moment for them all to be reunited. The first time since Zero Hour. (even though it was a very short time). The delight I got when I saw the interactions, from Zeb and Sabine, to Hera and company brought quivers to my heart! You can see how the bond is strong between them all.  

“Zeb!!!…..What you haven’t got weak since I last Saw you eh big guy?”

“Kanan? You’re all here! And Sabine! You came back! What about your family on Mandalore?”

Kanan And Hera

What kind of trust level goes beyond a normal relationship!? Kanan was the force eyes and Hera was the pilot hands! The level of thought that went into this scene was phenomenal! The movement of the ghost is exactly what we’ve been waiting to see. I can’t wait to see more for what’s in store for the already-shipped couple.

“Boy I must really trust you!”

“I know you do”

Before I sign off be sure to check out the episode guide and the latest rebels recon episode! I’ll link it down below. All in all this was a really great episode and the countdown is on! Also check out whats in store for us next week!

http://www.starwars.com/tv-shows/star-wars-rebels/in-the-name-of-the-rebellion-episode-guide

 


Saw Gerrera .Vs. Mon Mothma/In Depth Look

In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first act commenced with Senator Mon Mothma dispatching Jyn Erso to the planet of Jedha to mend the rift between herself and Extremist Saw Gerrera. After Saw Gerrera made his debut in Season Three of Star Wars Rebels, he resurfaced in the second trailer for Star Wars Rebels Season Four. It is clear based off of footage from the trailer that we will see the dramatic schism of the Rebel Alliance, mentioned in Rogue One, play out  between cell leader and extremist Saw Gerrera, and major alliance leader Mon Mothma. In a clip of upcoming episode, “In the Name of the Rebellion,” Saw and Mothma have a very heated argument. From this, it is clearly evident that a break is going to happen.

Before we dive deep, Dave Filoni, touched that topic in Rebels recon back in Season 3 of the finale, “You will see Mon Mothma again, you will see Saw Gerrera again, You’ll get much more of an insight into seeing how that relationship breaks down and breaks apart….”

First we need to take a closer look at the history of these two different leaders. The morals and values that they each believe in are a result of the different lives that have each led up to this point.

We saw, Saw (no pun intended) fight for his home planet, Onderon, back in the Clone Wars. As was frequently hinted, Saw viewed the war as a “crusade” to liberate the planet from the Separatists one that depended solely on military action. As he mentioned in the first episode of the arc, “War on Two Fronts,” “politics have failed us. We have no choice.” For this reason, he loved do heavy damage against the Separatists. However, he already showed signs of being a different leader. Unlike his sister Steela, who stressed the objective of winning the ‘hearts and minds’ of the Onderon people, Saw had no qualms about the collateral damage that took place despite. (S05E05). Things drastically changed in the final battle of the war when a Separatist gunship killed his sister. He blamed himself for her death and deeply regretted what had happened. In this way, Saw became aware of the bitter cost of war.

 

Many of these continuities that took place in the Onderon arc returned in Star Wars Rebels. After the Republic became the Empire, Onderon endured another military occupation. With all of his hard work undone, it is understandable that Saw became bitter. He blamed the Jedi for losing the war (as he hinted in Ghosts of Geonosis part II) and thus once again believed that Onderon was on its own in its fight against the Empire. This most likely built his extremist mind. He created his own rebel cell and committed himself to the fight against the Empire. “I’m fighting for you and everyone not to lose what they’ve got” Then after the empire took over he was one of the first leaders to create a rebel cell.

Mon Mothma, the Senator of Chandrilla, is different from Saw in that she views war from an opposing lens. In the final years of the Galactic Republic, she engaged in a political endeavor to preserve the democratic institutions of the Republic from within the Senate, on Coruscant. However, she was fighting against an unstoppable force: the Emperor and his gradual takeover of the Senate, which gradually became less democratic and instead more upholden to the Chancellor’s dictatorial policies.  In some deleted scenes back in Revenge of the Sith, we see her working alongside Bail Organa, Padme Amidala and some other senators in a coalition known as the Delegation of 2000 draft a petition demanding that Palpatine restore democracy once the war was at an end. But it was an unmitigated failure. In this way, when the Emperor announced the creation of the “first galactic empire,” what Mon Mothma and other Senators lost was the democratic government that she was so desperately trying to save and preserve.

Later when both leaders appeared in Rebels we see the leaders enter Season three in two very unique ways. Saw is already on a mission, and he lost his entire team. Mon, on the other hand, is on the run and hunted by the Empire. He is very aware of the evil of the empire and has only suffered another loss. Mon is still holding out that diplomacy will prevail.In an interview with EW Filoni spoke about Saw, “Saw’s always seeking his own path, and he’s certain of the evil the Empire’s up to and there can be no peace,” he says. “He’s been pushed even further down that path of belief.” How can that be hard to believe given that he became the guardian of the creator’s daughter of the Death Star project? Along the way hes also found bits and pieces indicating “that the empire was up to something big”. Word passes around. He was on Geonosis looking for clues.

How can that be hard to believe given that he had the creator’s daughter of the evil project? Along the way hes also found bits and pieces indicating “that the empire was up to something big”. Word passes around. He was on Geonosis looking for clues.

So how does the ghost crew fits into this storyline? What kind moves do they make? The Rebels in season 2 were unaware when they found the debris and stations surrounding the planet Geonosis that that they had stumbled onto the biggest project in the galaxy. However, they were suspicious, given that there were no signs of life on the surface.

It also seems as though Ezra could start to see Saw’s point of view, although they didn’t see eye to eye with their first counter. “The Empire is already on the verge of winning a war. Most of the rebel alliance doesn’t already believe it’s begun” Does his opinion change after losing in Zero Hour? We know how desperate he wants to save his home, Lothal. Love for his home is not the only thing that drives his character. A large part of Ezra’s arc was to learn more about what happened to his parents, and after he discovered from Ryder Azadi that they had heard his message in Season 1, Ezra perhaps hopes to honor his parents dying wish. And ironically in the clip we see Ezra talking to Kanan and making his thoughts known on how they should fight.

In the same interview Dave added that Alliance leaders including Mon and Bail, “still hold out hope the Senate can find a peaceful way to resolve everything, and it won’t come to all-out war. Saw is trying to get the evidence and prove out that he’s right. We have some fun scenes when he interacts with Mon Mothma and it shows the fractures between the two.”

The new clip definitely shows the fractures. The voice of Mon Mothma sent shivers down my spine. Such command in her voice, it was quite a performance! Most likely when we see the episode, it will only get better for what she has to say.

 

Mon wanted to talk to Saw…..but why? Agreeing to disagree? How this war should be fought? It was clear that she would stand her ground.”So long as our allies in the senate have hope of a peaceful resolution to this conflict. I will not risk” Then she called Saw a criminal. Naming what he has done to innocents and his enemies that have surrendered. She has a moral code of honor and highly believes in rules of engagement and on not rising to their opponent’s level. Which moves on to the second topic  

Is Saw really a criminal? “The empire considers us both criminals, at least I act like one”.  He openly admit that he is a criminal. And he wasn’t ashamed of it. He targets civilians and as Mon pointed out he “breaks every rule of engagement”. However, up until this point, and until his death in Rogue One, Saw was fighting an actual war. Unlike Mon, he sees men and women die every day and has become quite aware of how bloody and costly war is. Saw perhaps feels that Mon is not aware of what it takes. And sometimes sacrificing honor is necessary. It’s hard for a man to feel pain when they’ve already been through too much.

I personally don’t agree with his extremist ideology, but war, as it does with all soldiers, gradually makes them more implacable and resistant to the costs. As Mon Mothma says, it “degrades them” to the point of becoming inhuman. In the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan also says: “war also distorts our point of view. If we sacrifice our code even for victory, we risk losing something more important. Our honor.”

The issue of becoming too embroiled in open warfare against the Empire is a theme that plagues the Rebels at the end of the third season of Star Wars Rebels. In the Zero Hour, we saw the rebels forces crushed! They were plainly unprepared to fight. It is not just a catastrophe since the Phoenix Squadron lost on Atollon. The fact that General Dodonna, General Sato and Captain Syndulla, three of the best generals in the Alliance, got outclassed by Thrawn, convinces Mon Mothma that full scale war would destroy the Alliance. This only shows how weak, and disorganized the Rebellion still is, and how much growth it still needs to make. Mon, understandably, doesn’t want to fight and would prefer to wait for the right time. Part of this mindset may be hers and Bail’s goal of keeping Senator Amidala’s memory alive. Even in Rogue One, we may see how divided the Rebel Alliance council leaders were on whether or not they were prepared for war against the Empire. As one of the leaders stated, “if it’s war you want, you will fight alone.” Another questioned General Dravin’s decision of attacking the Imperial base on Eadu. Earlier, when we meet Mon Mothma in Secret Cargo, a team of Rebels from Gold Squadron escort her. In the Rebels Recon episode of Secret Cargo, Dave Filoni and Henry Gilroy note how different many of the rebel cells are. In the case of General Dodonna and Gold Squadron, they most likely operated on a more covert level, protecting convoys and attacking soft Imperial targets. This may explain why they were so critical of the Phoenix Squadron and their bold attacks on the Empire. As Gold 2 scolded Ezra, “You might think twice before you pull off another stunt like that. The imperials have tightened security throughout the entire Outer Rim as a result. You are making things harder for all of us.” The fact that Gold 2 thinks this way shows how not all of the rebellion fights in the same way. Nor do they all see eye to eye. This is a brilliant move on the part of the makers to make the Rebellion that much more complex and realistic as an organization.

In our current story in Season 4, the reference about ignoring the ‘Delindi relay’ only shows the actual struggle that the Rebels have, and how important this episode will be to the larger story on ‘the growing up story’ of the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

In conclusion, this story will show of that the rebellion was not a well-oiled machine when we first saw them in A New Hope. These two unique leaders of the star wars universe are both wrong and right. A decision of war is a hard one. There is always conflict within. And I can’t wait to see the story unfold until then. Watch the clip that I was referring to below. And May the force be with you.

 


Bridger Transmissions #2 – Heroes of Mandalore Review



Hello everybody!

Get ready for a spoilery review of Heroes of Mandalore, the season 4 premiere of Star Wars Rebels! What did we think? Hit play and find out what we loved, what we didn’t and what’s next for everyone’s favourite Mandalorian Rebel!

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Bridger Transmissions #1 – Rebels Season 4 Preview



What’s this? Another new podcast? Yep! Not only that, but we’ve added to the team, as well!

It is our pleasure to introduce Em as the newest member of the TumblingSaber team! Em is going to join us on the Bridger Transmissions Podcast to recap the final season of Rebels. Beyond that, she’ll be here when we talk animation, and you’ll see her write here from time to time. You can follow Em on twitter here, and check out her blog here. Just make sure to reach out and say hello to Em! We’re excited to have her as a part of the team and part of our awesome community!

We sat down and recorded our thoughts on season 4, talking about each member of the Ghost crew and some of the issues facing our favourite motley crew! In true TumblingSaber fashion, we veer all over the map and have a fun, but far-ranging discussion about the final season of this excellent show!

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Episode 95 – Sage Wisdom



It’s once again time for Totally New TumblingSaber Tuesday, and time for another whopper of a podcast!

In this week’s show, we discuss:

  • A collecting update
  • Millie Bobbie Brown magazine cover
  • Confirmation of TLJ trailer on Oct 9?
  • Domhall Gleeson on reading TLJ script
  • Battlefront 2 trailer & extended clip
  • Rebels Season 4 poster
  • Descriptions for first 6 Rebels episodes
  • Speculating on the next animated series
  • New Force powers in The Last Jedi for Luke or Snoke?
  • What movie memorabilia would you like to own?
  • Rumored runtime of The Last Jedi
  • Ahsoka and missed opportunities
  • Cameos in Rebels season 4?
  • Messy canon, and
  • Solving crazy political problems

Is that a long enough list for you? No need to keep you any longer. Hit play and enjoy nearly 3 hours of Star Wars ramblings!

 

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Episode 70 – The Last Nerfherder



We’re back! Well, two of us, anyway as James in on the disabled list for this week’s episode.

On the docket this week, we discuss

  • Todd Fisher’s comments on General Leia in Episode IX,
  • The Freemaker Adventures are back for a second season,
  • Potential Spoilers for The Last Jedi,
  • A Rebels season 3 retrospective and look ahead into season 4,
  • Our life and identity in the galaxy far, far away,
  • Personal holy grail of Star Wars collecting,
  • Expectations from Star Wars Celebration Orlando,
  • Theory about the inevitable Obi-Wan movie (it is coming, right?).

As can see, it’s a jam-packed show and we hope you enjoy it! So strap yourselves in and hit play!

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Endless Star Wars #2 – What if Maul Had Killed Kenobi in Twin Suns?

What if Maul had Killed Obi-Wan in Twin Suns?

Welcome back to the second edition of Endless Star Wars! Last week’s installment went over so well that we’ve added 3 more panelists to kick around this week’s question.

Got a Star Wars blog or podcast? Aching to connect with other fans and share some of your opinions on some unanswerable questions? If you want to be a part of Endless Star Wars, we’d love to feature you! Drop me a line on twitter, facebook, or email kyle@tumblingsaber.com and we’ll get you in the rotation asap!

While we digest the finale of Star Wars Rebels season 3, let’s not forget what we saw a week ago in Twin Suns. So with that in mind, this week we flip the script and ask:


“What if Maul Had Killed Kenobi in Twin Suns?”


Nathan Roberts, from the Luminous Beings Podcast:

All it took was the same manoeuver that had cost Qui-Gon Jinn his life: a knock to the nose with the hilt of Maul’s saber and a quick run through with the blood-colored blade. There were no robes falling to the floor, no mystery. There lay Maul’s foe of decades, his torment. Ben Kenobi was dead. In a panic of confusion and lack of purpose, Maul was silent. His great accomplishment, the anticipation of decades dissolving, finally broke him. His madness had returned, and with an anguished scream he ran into the desert.

But where the body of Kenobi had fallen, there were only dusty robes.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

“Obi-Wan!”

The voice was familiar. Could it be? Running across what seemed to be pure light was Qui-Gon Jinn.

“Master?”

“Obi-Wan! Oh, sorry. You probably haven’t heard that name in a long time – a long time. You’re going by Ben now?”

“Uh… yes Master. But… what happened?”

“Old Maulio hit you with the same move he got me with. Really, Ben, you should have seen that coming.”

“Huh. Well, this certainly throws a hydrospanner into things. So this is the Force then?”

“Oh, yes! This place is great! I’ll show you around. It turns out that we can do anything here! We each have a palace, death sticks are actually good for you, and there are as many skimpy Twi’leks as you could ask for!”

“It’s certainly not what I expected, Master.”

“No kidding! After years of living in that temple with the pleasures of the Galaxy forbidden us, I figure we’ve earned this. Now, speaking of pleasures, my friend, let’s go get a few rounds of Jawa Juice. Then I’ll introduce you to the rest of the Ghosty Gang.”

“Oh my.”

You can find Nathan on twitter, and his podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!


 

Ben from The Skyhoppers Podcast

Obi-Wan Kenobi lies dead at Maul’s feet in the cold Tatooine night. What are his next steps? After reveling in what he believes to be his final victory over Obi-Wan Kenobi, he’s reminded of the fact that Kenobi was on Tatooine protecting something. Never one to leave vengeance half-delivered, Maul makes it his new goal to find and destroy whatever Kenobi deemed important enough to waste away on Tatooine for all those years for. Being as crafty and intelligent as he is, Maul makes short work of finding Luke and his family and wiping them out, completing Obi-Wan’s failure and dooming the galaxy in the process.

Outside the Lars homestead, Maul’s exultant screams of victory morph into sobs of despondency. He’s coming to terms with the fact that his hatred of Kenobi is the only thing he was living for. It was the only thing that sustained him in his exile on Lotho Minor, and it was his primary motivator for all of his actions during his life after his return. Now he has nothing. He does not feel fulfilled or vindicated, just alone and directionless. In a strange twist, he ends up living as a hermit in Obi-Wan’s hut in the Dune Sea, attempting to recapture the hatred that once drove him forward and completely oblivious to his former master’s now-unbreakable hold on the rest of the galaxy, having laid all blame on Palpatine’s throwing him aside on himself for being defeated by Kenobi on Naboo.

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Devin from Unmistakably Star Wars

I would’ve hurled my TV through the front window, tracked down the nearest Girl Scout troop to drown my outrage with Thin Mints, and weaved together a tapestry of expletives so profane that even the President of the United States would blush. I mean, can we possibly get any more sacrilege than this question!? Whose in charge of this thing!?

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Tim from The Nerd Room Podcast:

Having satisfied his thirst for revenge by killing Obi-Wan, Maul now set his sights on destroying Palpatine and the Sith. Maul now knows Obi-Wan’s purpose on Tatooine was to protect ‘someone’ of great importance.

So let’s assume that Maul eventually finds Luke (the last name might give it away) and slowly corrupts and manipulates him into a weapon against the Sith.

For the sake of the argument, let’s also assume that Maul and Luke don’t immediately factor into the greater narrative. I want to take a closer look at some of the other direct repercussions of Obi-Wan’s death.

Most galactic events leading up to the battle of Scarif would continue relatively unimpeded. In the build up to the battle of Scarif Bail says he needs to send for Obi-Wan as opposed to directly contacting him. So it is entirely possible that due to Obi-Wans isolation and lack of communication, his death would have gone unnoticed by the very few who knew he was alive (assuming Ezra didn’t witness it).

At the end of the battle of Scarif, Leia finds herself in possession of the Death Star plans heading for Tatooine to seek out Bails ‘Jedi Friend’. With no Obi-Wan (or Luke) to receive and act on Leia’s message, the droids would eventually be captured along with the Death Star plans.

Han Solo’s encounter with Obi-Wan on Tatooine wouldn’t have happened and he and Chewy wouldn’t have joined the Rebellion or met Luke or Leia. With the mission to Alderaan no longer occurring Princess Leia is left imprisoned on the Death Star and without capturing and tracking the Falcon, the Empire has no means to immediately locate the position of the hidden Rebel base, delaying or even preventing the Battle of Yavin.

So the drastic altering of Luke’s path in the wake of Obi-Wan’s death has its merits to consider but the more immediate galactic repercussions would be felt in the events following the Battle of Scarif. Obi-Wan’s death would completely alter the course of the Galactic Civil War and although the Rebellion would live to fight another day, the ‘hope’ delivered after the battle of Scarif is lost (maybe forever) and the Death Star is left to force the remainder of the galaxy into complete submission.

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Michael O’Connor at RetroZap and George Shot First

To quote Yoda, “To a dark place this line of thought will carry us.”

Obi-Wan is the linchpin of A New Hope. Without his involvement, things get real dodgy real quick for the good guys. And then you have to factor in the curveball that is Darth Maul still being alive.

Knowing Maul’s obsession with Kenobi, the first thing he does is track down this promising disciple that Obi-Wan speaks of. He discovers Luke and realizes he should upgrade his apprentice plan. So he knocks off Ezra and begins to train Luke in the Dark Side of the Force, promising him adventure and glory amongst the stars and a surefire way to destroy the hated Empire.

Meanwhile, those Death Star plans never make it off Tatooine. While R2-D2 goes searching for a Jedi Master who is no longer alive, the stormtroopers eventually track him down and blow him to pieces. Princess Leia is executed as a traitor about the Death Star. And the Empire keeps on keeping on, just blowing up planets left and right until they locate the Rebel base on Yavin IV.

While the Rebellion dies a hideous death, Maul and Luke confront Darth Vader. That’s when the plot twist happens. Darth Vader reveals that Luke is his son, and he turns him against Maul. With lightsabers flashing, the two butcher Darth Maul, cutting him in half and then into quarters, just to make sure. Then Vader and Luke set their sights on the Emperor; not even the dreaded Sith Lord can stop the both of them from overpowering him.

Together, they rule the galaxy as father and son. At least until Luke decides the old man is cramping his style…

Michael is a writer for RetroZap regularly contributing to the Power to the Prequels and Bond Night columns: https://www.retrozap.com/power-to-the-prequels/ and https://www.retrozap.com/bond-night/
He’s also the co-owner of George Shot First, an apparel company dedicated to celebrating and showing support for George Lucas: http://www.georgeshotfirst.com
You can find him on Twitter @oconnoblog and @georgeshot1st; He also has Facebook pages for both George Shot First and OCONNOBLOG.


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