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The Elven Padawan – #11- Super Special “The Last Jedi” Community Episode!!

In celebration of the premier of Star Wars VIII: THE LAST JEDI, there’s something really special going on with The Elven Padawan: a whole episode of your pre-TLJ thoughts!
Shay asked for your thoughts on a few key things concerning THE LAST JEDI, including porgs, R2-D2 vs. BB-8, lightsaber colors, and more, and now she’s back with all your answers, compiled into a “questions-on-the-street” news channel style. But don’t worry, there are no spoilers here; all questions are speculations and personal opinions only, and all answers were sent back and compiled before TLJ premiered, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, there’s nothing to worry about.

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElvenPadawan. Please subscribe to the show on iTunes, GooglePlay, or SoundCloud and leave me a review! You can also follow this site, and get updates on every new post. If you have a question or comment to be read and answered on the show, send them to me at shay@elvenpadawan.com (if you’d like to record you asking the question yourself, feel free to send that as well, and I’d love to include the clip in the next podcast!)

Shownotes:

Melissa Villy- The Ramblings of a Jedi Librarian (personal blog) & Future of the Force

Audrey – writer for The Elven Padawan blog

Johnamarie Macias – creator of The Wookiee Gunner 

Caitlin – co-host of Skytalkers Podcast

Em Mallem – co-host of TumblingSaber’s Bridger Transmissions

Ryan Bullock – on Twitter

Aaron Harris – host of Coffee with Kenobi’s Rebels Reactions

 

Music/Sound effects:

Sound effects were from the Free Sound Project. 

Complete list of effects used for this episode:

How Lanais Make Music and Other Facts from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

*This post contains information that would be considered spoilers for The Last Jedi to some people. 

Crait! Rose and Paige! Elite Praetorian Guards! And of course, Porgs! Star Wars: The Last Jedi introduced many new people, places, ships, and creatures, while continuing the exciting story that began in The Force Awakens. I decided it would be interesting to dig a little deeper and see what I could find about all these new components, and ended up finding some more information about previous characters and places as well. Whether you’re wondering what the name DJ stands for, or just how many explosives those Resistance Bombers can carry, I guarantee you will learn something new. (Unless you’re Pablo Hidalgo, in which case you wrote the book much of this information came from.)

Resistance 

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First off, I’m starting with some of the many dedicated pilots, Admirals, Lieutenants, and soldiers who either lost their lives in this movie, or were part of the lucky few to make it out on the Falcon.  Then I’ll write a little about the starfighters used in this galactic conflict.

Kaydel Ko ConnixPromoted to Lieutenant for the D’Qar evacuation, Connix decided which supplies were priorities and made sure the escape ran in an orderly manner. Once aboard the Raddus, she resumed her role as operations controller, helping the pilots communicate with their commanders. She is from the planet Dulathia.

Caluan EmattIn its earliest days, General Ematt served the Rebel Alliance. He accompanied Leia on her recruitment of Poe Dameron, and has been watching the pilot’s career with great admiration. The defense of Crait was organized and led by him.

Larma D’acyCommander D’acy comes from a military family charged with the protection of the Warlentta system. Warlentta declined to join the New Republic, and its independent culture made an impact on Leia. When forming the Resistance, Leia visited to personally recruit D’acy.

Amilyn HoldoAs a teen, Holdo met Leia while they served in the Coruscant Apprentice Legislator. During one of their path finding expeditions they often went on, Holdo discovered Leia’s involvement with the Rebellion, and later helped her find a way to warn them of an Imperial attack. Gatalenta, which is known for its poetry and compassionate, tranquil inhabitants, is her home world. Her uncommon clothes and hair color reflect her independent spirit, and her arm brackets depict star constellation patterns. As a Vice Admiral in the Resistance, Holdo was originally in command of the Ninka during the evacuation, but was moved to command of the Raddus after General Organa became unconscious. Her sacrifice of jumping to hyperspace through Snoke’s  ship bought the Resistance valuable time to escape.

Tallissan LintraPart of the Blue Squadron, 22 year old Tallissan Lintra, or Tallie, was one of the most capable pilots in the Resistance. She learned the basics of flying in an old RZ-1 A-Wing her father used on their farm. While she initially survived the evacuation of D’Qar, she was killed by Kylo Ren’s shots to the hanger bay.

C’ai ThrenalliAn Abednedo pilot like the late Ello Asty, Threnalli doesn’t speak Basic. He’s skilled at both star fighter and air speeder piloting. In addition to being Poe’s wingman, he is also one of the Resistance members Poe convinced to be part of his mutiny.

Paige TicoCobalt Hammer’s ventral gunner, Paige is five years older than her sister Rose. Their parents, Hue and Thanya, gave them a strong sense of right and wrong. The First Order mined their homeworld of Hays Minor, as well as stole children for the Stormtrooper program, and tested weapons on its cities. After witnessing the horror of the First Order, the sisters left their home in the Otomak system to fight for the Resistance. Paige loved animals, especially Fathiers. She was the only one able to drop her pay load of bombs, allowing the rest of the fleet to escape.

Rose Tico: As a mechanic, Rose’s innovations include a system that makes Resistance Bombers and escape craft harder for enemy sensors to detect. Her ring with the Rebel crest is an antique once used to show support for the Rebellion in the halls of the Imperial Senate. The matching medallions that her and her sister Paige wear show a map of the Otomak system, and are made of Haysian smelt.

Idrosen GawatCaptain Gawat joined the Resistance after retiring from his job as leader of the planetary defense forces that patrolled the space in the Mykapo system. He was another leader lost in the command bridge explosion.

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MG-100 StarFortressAlso known as a Resistance Bomber, this ship began being produced towards the very end of the Galactic Civil War. Because it was no longer needed for combat for many years, people then used its huge bomb magazine as a repurposed cargo drop for wildfire prevention and for dropping mining explosives. When used for proton bombs, the clip, as it’s called by the crew, can hold 1048 explosives. Since there’s no gravity in space, the pay load is magnetically drawn to its target once released. Helping with the retreat were the Cobalt and Crimson squadrons; they were previously unavailable for the attack on Starkiller because they were delivering supplies to others opposing the First Order. Each ship has a crew of five: a pilot and flight engineer in the cockpit, two gunners operating the rear and ventral cannons, and a bombardier controlling the targeting pedestal.

V-4X-D Ski SpeedersThese ultra light, low-altitude speeders were manufactured before even the time of the Rebellion. Also known as skim speeders, these ships deploy a halifoil for stabilization and maneuverability.

The RaddusOne of the last ships designed before the end of the Galactic Civil War, Leia’s flagship served in the New Republic fleet under the name Dawn of Tranquillity. When it entered the service of the Resistance, Admiral Ackbar suggested they rename it in honor of Admiral Raddus, who served in the Battle of Scarif. It has heavy deflector shields, and so is placed in the back of the retreat to shield other ships from fire.

The Resistance In GeneralBeing so under-staffed, people in the Resistance don’t have a set role. Soldiers are technicians, pilots are medics, and gunners become mechanics as needed. Members are a mix of Alliance veterans, ex-leaders of independent defense forces, and New Republic converts. While the Raddus had enough room for all members to escape on it, three other ships, the Ninka, the Vigil, and the Anodyne, also held fighters so that all of the Resistance was not reduced to one target.

The First Order

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Now I’ll move on to the First Order command that get ignored because of others like Hux and Phasma, as well as Snoke and his guards, and the Supremacy.

Armitage HuxAlthough he has the title of General, his ability to communicate directly with Snoke suggests the higher rank of Grand Marshall, which Snoke will not grant him. Before he was eliminated by Hux himself, his father, Brendol Hux, was highly ranked in the First Order, credited with being the one to propose the idea of taking conquered world’s citizens for Stormtrooper training.

Tritt OpanCaptain Opan has worked with both Brendol and Armitage Hux as an assassin and saboteur.

Moden CanadyDuring the time of the Empire, Captain Canady served aboard the Star Destroyer Solicitude. Now that he’s in his 50s, most of the people in his command on the Fulminatrix are many years younger than him. He is greatly displeased with their failure to work together effectively, though he can appreciate their zeal. When Paige drops her payload on his ship, he accepts his defeat rather than trying to flee.

Supreme Leader Snoke: Though he is not a Sith, Snoke is extremely strong in the Dark Side of the Force. He decided to take Ben Solo as his apprentice because he believed only someone from the Skywalker bloodline could destroy the last Jedi. He has a ring with writing from the Four Sages of Dwartii on it. The Four Sages were philosophers and lawgivers of the early Republic. On top of this ring is rumored to be obsidian from underneath Vader’s castle on Mustafar. He was also the leader of a mysterious group known as the Attendants.

Elite Praetorian GuardsNamed for the real-life guards of Roman Emperors, this group of eight deadly fighters served as Snoke’s bodyguards. The eight were actually four sets of pairs with the same electro weapons, an Electro Bisento, a Vibro Voulge, Twin Vibro Arbir Blades, or a Bilari Electro Chain Whip. These weapons are high tech versions of ones found in primitive societies across the galaxy. Their armor is deliberately symbolic of the Emperor’s Royal Guards, and contains conductive wirepaths that create a local magnetic field that can deflect blaster fire, and even a lightsaber will glance off if it is not a direct hit. This comes at a great cost, as the magnetic field is very painful to the user. While their origins remain a mystery, their name dates back to the 14th Atrisian Emperor of Kitel Phard.

Stormtrooper ExecutionerAny Stormtrooper could be found having to preform this role depending on that day’s assignment; they weren’t taken from a special group. Preforming this task was even considered a test as to whether you would make it in the Stormtrooper corps or not.

Captain PhasmaPhasma grew up on the harsh and primitive world of Parnassos as part of a tribe. When she met Brendol Hux after he crashed his Star Destroyer near her home, he was looking for warriors to recruit for the First Order. Immediately, she jumped at the chance to get off world. Her skill with melee weapons is a part of that past. While Finn and Han tried to get rid of her by putting her into a trash compactor, she used anti-armor acid to melt the door and escape. Then she went to work removing anyone who knew about her treason of lowering the shields. Even though she appears loyal to the First Order, she would betray them in an instant if it suited her needs.

Ansiv GarmuthTipped off by BB-9E, this Colonel of the First Order Security Bureau informed Phasma of the intruders.

The AttendantsMute alien navigators from the Unknown Regions, they created the hyperspace paths used by the remainder of the Empire. They also designed and operated the viewing oculus in Snoke’s throne room.

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The SupremacyThe only Mega-Class Star Destroyer in existence, Snoke masked its sensor by hiding it close to highly energetic stars in the Unknown Regions. The crew numbered in the millions, and was made up mostly of those too young to serve in combat positions.

Creatures and Caretakers 

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Yes, it is time for Porgs! And crystal foxes! And Fathiers, which I think are really cute, but don’t get as much attention. 😦 And if some of you have been wondering what Lanais even are, wonder no longer.

LanaisDistant relatives of Porgs, females are called Caretakers and carefully keep the ancient island of Ahch-To in order. The males return only once a month with fish, and are called Visitors. Their culture is very musical; they sing through whistles and throat sounds while using their tools as impromptu instruments. Although they have no connection to the Force, they can tell what a newcomer’s intent is. Their non-Basic language consists of spoken words and hand signals.

Porgs: With great swimming skills and vision, Porgs are good at catching fish. A baby Porg is called a Porglet, and a group is supposedly called a “murder”. Their noise was made by mixing the sound of doves, turkeys, and chickens. They are based off of the Puffins that live on the real-life Skellig Michael Island.

Vulptex: Plural being Vulptices, these creatures get their name from the Latin word for fox, Vulpes, and the word for the corners of a polyhedron (a shape associated with crystals), vertex/vertices.  A group is called a skulk. They have great eyesight, and have coats made of crystals due to eating things on the crystal salt planet.

Fathiers: Also know as “space horses”, these creatures are found across the galaxy, and their homeworld is unknown. They are bred for their speed and endurance in races, often being mistreated. Standing over nine feet, people are surprised at their height. During the Galactic Civil War, the Rebels used them occasionally for hit-and-run missions.

Planets and Places

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From Ahch-To to Crait, there’s more to these new locations than meets the eye.

Cantonica and Canto Bight: Away from the conflict that is now sweeping the galaxy, this world has given corporate enterprises the freedom to govern their own territory. It is mostly a desolate, desert world, but a huge sum of money has been spent to create a fake ocean, and city: Canto Bight. Property crime is not tolerated here, and things like littering, parking in the wrong place, or vandalism, are punished more severely than on other worlds. In the casino, games such as Sabacc, Binspo, and Dejarik are frowned upon in favor of more upclass games such as Savareen, Zinbiddle, and Hazard Toss.

Crait: Scouted by Bail Organa as a possible base location for the Rebellion, Crait had to be abandoned after someone blew their cover. The mineral world is covered in a permanent layer of salt, with red amirite underneath, and an underground ocean that creates cave systems. It may resemble an ice world, but Crait is actually temperate. The Mining Guild once had operations here, but it has since been abandoned. Though old, the base does have shields, which prevented an orbital bombardment. Days last 27 hours, and it takes 525 days for it to orbit its star, also named Crait.

Ahch-To: From the time of the Republic, there had been many debates about what planet the Jedi Order had begun on. Some said Jedha, or Coruscant, while others argued Tython or Ossus. Luke was finally able to uncover its location in the Unknown Regions. Key in locating it was studying Uneti saplings, a rare type of tree that resonates with the Force.

Other Characters

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DJA thief who steals whatever he needs to survive, DJ purposely gets arrested, claiming the jail is the only place he can get any sleep without the police bothering him. He is also a slicer, creating his own computer spikes and bypass keys. His motto is “Don’t Join”, because he believes all causes just use you for their own purposes.

Temiri Blagg, Arashell Sar, and Oniho ZayaAll three children work for Bargwill Tomdar by taking care of Fathiers. They were abandoned by people who lost gambles and are inspired by tales told by travelers.

Master CodebreakerThe Codebreaker Finn and Rose were supposed to find, he keeps his identity a secret. But he has put his personal data in the public system for anyone who can crack the code and become the new Master Codebreaker. No one has ever come close. In the casino, he is banned from any electronic form of entertainment.

Other Fun Facts

Other interesting things that didn’t fit anywhere:

  • Poe wears the wedding ring of his late mother, Shara Bey, on a chain around his neck.
  • AT-M6 stands for All Terrain MegaCaliber 6, which are those huge walkers used on Crait.
  • The Resistance treats their droids like sentient beings, not property. The First Order treats them like droids, which results in cold personalities.
  • The Resistance has found that pairing old R series units with newer BB units causes them to learn from each other.
  • A standard squad of Stormtroopers is ten troopers. They train in groups called batches. Finn was in batch eight, which had graduates on the Supremacy.

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And lastly, I found out this little guy’s name is Thamm. He emits a pleasing aroma.


What is your favorite new character or creature from The Last Jedi? 


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How to Survive Rebels Hiatus

*This article contains spoiler-ish things for Star Wars Rebels season four: proceed at your own risk.*

“Noooooooo!” I wanted to yell at the TV, as the end credits rolled for the Star Wars Rebels mid-season finale, “Rebel Assault”. That episode had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, and then ended with several huge cliffhangers. What’s going to happen to Hera? What has Kanan come to realize? Are the Rebels ever going to be able to launch a successful strike on Lothal? And most importantly: How am I going to survive mid-season break?! If you’re asking similar questions, here are some things I came up with that will (hopefully) help the time go by faster.

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1. Fangirl/Fanboy with others

I do this nearly everyday, and it’s one of my favorite things to do! I could do it forever, but unfortunately there are very few people who enjoy carrying on a conversation about Rebels for more than two minutes. If you can find a group to talk with, whether it’s on social media, the comments section on here, or in real life, I guarantee that you will learn so much and find details you’ve never thought of. You’ll also have a place to share your ideas and thoughts. Another great thing is then you can all suffer together. 😄

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2. Use your Interests 

Get out your pencils, markers, paint, and make some fan art! Maybe art isn’t your thing. Write some fan fiction, or a poem. Make up a song that reminds you of one of the characters. Create a cosplay. Make some Rebels themed crafts. Act out an episode with your friends or siblings. Be creative!

3. Have a Rebels Marathon 

The journey of Rebels has been amazing! We’ve come so far since the beginning; the characters, the plot, the galaxy. Sometimes I can hardly believe it’s the same show when I look back on how much has changed. It’s fun to go back and watch all 68 episodes that have been released so far. (That’s approximately 23 hours!) Since many things this season have mirrored season one, you’ll see the parallels and all the pieces that are now falling into place. It also gives you a chance to look for hints of things that may happen, such as why the Empire is on Lothal. So far, I have only made it to the episode “Out of Darkness”, but there’s still weeks of break left. I’ve been noticing details I’ve never seen, and I’m enjoying revisiting old times before the crew had this much responsibility and weight on them.

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4. Theorize       

I don’t know about you, but it is going to take me all of this break to really process everything that has happened so far, particularly with the Loth-Wolves. I have no idea what is going on, but maybe if I think about it enough, I’ll have a somewhat reasonable theory by the time Rebels starts up again. We should also get a mid-season trailer in a few weeks that will provide us with some new information to make predictions around. It never hurts to watch the trailer several times, pausing it to find any small details.

5. Convince Someone Else to Watch It 

There are some people who have never heard of Star Wars Rebels, some who decided that they didn’t like it too early and should give it another try, and some who just don’t think it’s worth watching. They’re missing out, so to help convince them, I have made a list of ten reasons they should watch Rebels:

1. It’s the formation of the Rebel Alliance. It begins with six individuals, and as it continues you see different Rebel cells join together to form the group we see in A New Hope.

2.  Space Family! Kanan, Hera, Chopper, Zeb, Sabine, and Ezra are each extremely different from each other, but work together just like actual families do. They’re always there for each other. Hera and Kanan are the authorities; Zeb, Sabine, and Ezra are the kids; and Chopper is like a mom’s favorite cat. It’s something we haven’t seen anywhere else in Star Wars and I love it!

3. It has strong lessons. Characters struggle with responsibility, trusting others, holding onto hope, choosing the right way to fight, overcoming their past, and many other things. As they learn, the stories stick with you, and you learn right along with them.

4. Amazing Character Development. Take Sabine, for example. She started off as a young teenager who was hurt by her family and didn’t always think through her actions. Now, she’s grown up, freed her family, and has led several successful missions. Agent Kallus’ journey from an Imperial Agent to Rebel Officer was not one I expected, nor thought I’d care about, but he is now one of my favorite characters. They push these characters to their limits and places you never thought they’d go.

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5. Thrawn. This does not need any further explanation.

6. Returning Characters. We’ve had Lando, Leia, Obi-Wan, Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, Wedge Antilles, Hobbie, Maul, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Darth Vader all make appearances. If you’re a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, we’ve also had Hondo Ohnaka, Saw Gerrara, Clone Commander Wolffe, Gregor, Captain Rex, Bo-Katan Kryze, and of course Ahsoka Tano. If you’re one of those people who think Clone Wars is waaay better than Rebels, you should still watch it, because it finishes many plot lines Clone Wars was unable to.

7. There’s so Much at Stake. What if Sabine had never gotten Wedge and Hobbie out of Skystrike Academy? What if Hera hadn’t helped Mon Mothma escape to the meeting at Dantooine? Or if those two huge kyber crystals had reached their destinations? The decisions characters make in this show do affect the galaxy and how later things play out, and them making different choices would drastically change many things later.

8. It’s not just a “Kids Show”. Yes, Rebels doesn’t have many things shows for older people contain. You know why? Because those are things like language, over-done violence, and other not-so-great content. Those are not what make a story good. Rebels does have some intense moments. People do die, or take other hard losses. But beyond that, Rebels has the good-against-evil theme, adventure, and imperfect heroes that make it a great show.

9. It’s Funny. There’s some great humor in Rebels. Even when they’re in life threatening situations, they’re still able to keep their cool. Whether it’s Ezra doing one of his impersonations, Chopper causing trouble, or Kanan making a joke right after nearly dying, there’s always something that makes me laugh.

10. Everything is Important. There are no filler episodes in Rebels; each one has at least one thing important to the story. Take “The Wynkahthu Job” for example: It may seem like just a silly Hondo episode, but they stole proton bombs, which were more than likely used by Y-Wings in “Zero Hour”. Or the episode “Fighter Flight” from season one. This is a really goofy episode where Zeb and Ezra steal a TIE fighter while on a supply run. It seemed like a filler episode at the time, but the TIE fighter was a very important part of the season finale.

Even if you decide in the end you don’t enjoy the adventures of the Ghost crew as much as I do, at least you gave them a chance, and became knowledgeable in another part of the Star Wars galaxy.

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6. Read “A New Dawn”

A New Dawn is the story of how Kanan ended up joining Hera as the first member of her crew. It has lots of action, and made me realize just how long and hard Hera has worked to help build the Rebellion.  It also shows that Kanan has come a long way from when he had given up any connection to his Jedi past. If you haven’t read it, and want some Rebels back story, then this would be a good thing to do over break.

7. Watch Rebels Recon and Check out the Episode Guides

After each episode, at StarWars.com you can find a behind-the-scenes video called Rebels Recon. Each one has interviews with the cast and crew, answers to questions people have asked, Chopper antics, and a clip for the next episode at the end. (Unless it’s the one right before break. No, of course I’m not still bitter about that.) They also release an episode guide, which has a breakdown of the episode, concept art, behind-the-scenes facts, and my favorite, a piece of music from the episode.

8. Go See Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ok, so this one is kind of obvious, but thinking about a different part of the Star Wars fandom will help get your mind off the Rebels‘ cliffhangers. Also, it will more than likely leave off with another cliffhanger that we have to wait two years to resolve, so the ending to “Rebel Assault” won’t seem as bad in comparison. I know some people may not get to see The Last Jedi for a little while, so I hope changing some of these examples will help that time go faster too. (Like having a Star Wars movie marathon or convincing someone they should watch Star Wars. Yes, some people have actually never seen Star Wars.)

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9. Enjoy the Time Before the End

We only have seven episodes of Rebels left, ever, guys.  It’s going to be over so fast and who knows what is going to go down in these last episodes? At least we have some time to reflect on the journey and prepare for what ever they’ve got planned. If what we’ve seen from Rebels in the past is anything to go by, the final chapter isn’t going to be without losses of some kind, but it’s also going to be exciting and finish the story for these heroes in an amazing way.


How are you planning on surviving Rebels Hiatus? What are you looking forward to the most in the second half? Let us know in the comments!

A Note of Thanks

Hey everyone!!

Or, maybe the more appropriate greeting would be…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

This Thanksgiving, I wanted to just take a moment and say a huge THANK YOU to all of you guys who have contributed to The Elven Padawan in any way.

I wanted to re-post this series of tweets here on the blog for those of you who might not have Twitter, and haven’t seen them already.

To my readers here on the TEP blog, and those of you who tune into the podcast: Thank you all so much for supporting The Elven Padawan, and helping me get it started. I know it’s nothing like a lot of the big networks and fan sites out there, and what I write isn’t even all that great; I’m just a teenaged fangirl who got tired of annoying my family members who didn’t know the difference between an ewok and a hobbit with all my ridiculous rants and theories and ended up creating this whole mess. But I’m so thankful for those of you who do read and listen, who diligently “like” and comment on each post I publish, and check up here to find out the latest Star Wars related news. I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year, and can’t wait to show you some of the new things I have in mind for around here. Much love and thanks again! – Shay 🙂

To my Father, the King: Thank you for everything you’ve given me, and specifically for these amazing stories you’ve given us the inspiration and imagination for. Thank you for all the amazing people who I’ve met because of them, and the fascinating conversations we’ve had, and all the valuable moments I have experienced as a direct result of this endeavor. I pray that I will be able to continue this path for a long time to come. Love from your crazy daughter – Shay

Star Wars Rebels: “Rebel Assault”: episode review

Welcome to this final Star Wars Rebels review of the year from The Elven Padawan!

That’s right, this Monday’s episode, “Rebel Assault”, led us right into the mid-season hiatus screaming and yelling. Well, maybe not literally, but it definitely was a major cliffhanger to end on! Shay and Audrey once again give you their big thoughts on this episode, which aired in the U.S. on Disney XD on November 13, 2017.

This episode gave finally gave us that long-awaited attack on Lothal by the Rebels, but things didn’t go as anyone was hoping. Instead, it quickly morphed into a battle for survival in the Imperial-occupied streets of Lothal, as Hera tried to make her way to safety after her attack goes horribly wrong. As usual, this review is full of SPOILERS! so continue forward at your own risk!

I hope you enjoy this review from The Elven Padawan, and be looking for more when Star Wars Rebels resumes its fourth and final season in early 2018.


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Shay: So starting off, this was definitely a very Hera-based episode. She really got her moments to shine in here, and it was actually a lot different from the episodes focused on her that we’ve gotten in the past. I enjoyed it myself, and we’ll talk about that in a minute, but I’ve seen some people who are a little annoyed with it. Because they really advertised that, after the first several episodes, this season would really focus mainly on Ezra and tying up his story, while some people feel that it’s actually been focusing more on Kanan and Hera.
What did you think about the flip here to centering in on her?

Audrey: We haven’t really seen a ton of Hera this season. I felt like before, Ezra and Sabine were getting a little too much screen time, so I was excited that we got some Hera action in this one. I think all the others’ stories are going to end up influencing Ezra’s, so in a way it’s still about him and his desire to help Lothal.

Shay: That’s been pretty much my thoughts as well. I mean, yes, they are putting a lot of focus on Kanan right now, and on his and Hera’s relationship. But in my opinion, that is all going to go back to Ezra. Whatever happens to those guys really determines where Ezra goes from here, from whether or not each of them survives, to what they choose to do with their lives from here on out if they do… honestly, whatever happens between Kanan and Hera is going to really affect him as well, because it will lead them to make certain choices about their lives, and the way all these characters are tied together as a family means that no one’s choices only have consequences for that individual, they affect all of them, together.

Right now, I’m really liking how it’s being balanced between all the characters. I’m glad it’s coming back to focus on the Ghost crew family unit and their interactions with each other, instead of each of them off on their individual adventures. We get a couple episodes of Sabine-focused story, then on Ezra and Sabine, then one with Ezra and Kanan, then one with Hera, but ultimately they’re done in a way that ties whatever happens to one or two of the crew to everyone else, and they’re balanced out so no one individual, or duo, gets too much screen time while the others just kinda tag along.

Audrey: Every time someone called Hera “General” in this episode, I wanted to go “Yes! General Syndulla!”

Shay: Oh yeah!!
So, I think everyone probably has already picked up on how much I love Hera, so for me personally, it was so amazing to see her get this focus, which was literally an entire episode showing us why she ends up as such a legend in the Rebellion. Not only is she crazy good at flying, but this was the first time we got to see her doing a lot of ground fighting, unless you count some parts in A New Dawn. It was really cool to see her doing all that sneaking around, trying to stay away from Ruhk and help Mart, and eventually going hand-to-hand with Thrawn’s assassin.
We’d never seen her fight like that, and it reminded me of a few things: first off, she was born for this war. It’s like Thrawn said back in season 3, he studies it, but she was forged by it. And also, it reminded me that she is not invincible. It’s sometimes really easy to see Hera as being this perfect, invincible pillar of strength all the time, but sometimes there are places where she’s really in trouble. I’m not trying to say she’s weak or can’t take care of herself or anything like that, but when she was fighting Ruhk hand-to-hand, it reminded me of how easily something actually could happen to her. Especially when he picked her up and threw her back down. He actually *lifted her completely off the ground and threw her across the street*. We’ve known for a little while now that she has to survive at least to Rogue One, and now we know she gets at least as far as Return of the Jedi, but I was really starting to get worried for her!! She’s not totally “unbreakable”.

Audrey: The first time she faced Rukh, when she got away, (go Chopper!), I thought that was it, that Rukh wasn’t going to take her. I wasn’t really expecting her to actually get taken. It was painful to watch Hera get thrown around like that; I especially hated the end when Pryce stunned her and took her away. Other than the very beginning, this episode didn’t have any victories for the Rebels, they lost a lot in it. Which is why it bugs me that I saw somewhere that someone said something along the lines of, “… but no real losses, nope, not on Rebels.” They lost nearly an entire squadron, they failed to destroy the factory, and two pilots were taken prisoner! Those are real losses, a “real loss” doesn’t mean a main character has to die.

Shay: Ug, I just wanted to punch Pryce then!! She’s been even more annoying that usual lately, but when she caught Hera and then says, “Such a small victory,” then stuns her right out, it made me so mad!! She just had such disdain in her voice; even Tarkin and the Grand Inquisitor knew that catching Kanan in season one was really helpful to taking out that Rebel cell. I was like, “Do you know who this woman is?! Do you know that she’s literally the main reason you’ve been chasing these people across the galaxy for this long, and why Thrawn is getting fed up with you right now???” I mean, I didn’t want to see Hera captured at all, but it made me like Pryce even less than I already did when she didn’t even have respect for how hard to catch Hera has been. When Thrawn got her in season three he knew right off exactly who she was and what was up with her, and you can tell he’s pretty impressed with how well she’s thwarted all his plans so far, or has at least escaped and kept her family safe.

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And I know what you mean there, too. I’m seeing people who seem to be getting bored with it already because “nothing big has happened”. I don’t know how they can say that, honestly. Yes, we haven’t seen any main characters die yet. Yes, there are a lot of mysteries that we still don’t have a lot of clues to. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been big already! Just the fact that they’re finally dealing with the Kanera is huge, since they’ve been teasing their relationship since A New Dawn and the first Rebels character shorts.

And here’s something I’m thinking people aren’t picking up on: how is their failure here going to contribute to other things that may happen soon?
Yes, Rebel pilots do die frequently on here. So maybe people are a bit desensitized to what it means for Hera to have lost almost her entire squadron. But keep in mind that the Alliance didn’t want to let her have this mission in the first place. In their eyes, there are much bigger things to worry about right now than just a TIE Defender factory on a little Outer Rim planet. They’re starting to hear rumors of a superweapon, they’ve just found out about Protocol 13, and Saw is really starting to get out of hand. They’re already lost a lot to Thrawn, and they don’t want to continue trying to do things that will just cause them to loose even more resources.
While they did say “yes” to Hera in the end, it was because she begged them, and they finally became convinced that she could do the job. But now they’ve lost a ton of ships, and we know from earlier storylines like “Steps into Shadow” just how hard it is to get more. We know they’ve lost a bunch of good pilots, which is not only saddening because those were individual people and the Rebellion values the lives of everyone, but also because fresh pilots are hard to find and train. We know that from “The Antilles Extraction”. And we also know what a great leader and fighter Hera is, and how they’re finally starting to realize that, and now they’ve lost her, too.
It’s really starting to make a lot of sense how the Rebellion doesn’t want to send people out to Scarif in Rogue One, but beyond just that, I’m a bit worried about how they might respond to any other future tragedies that Hera may ask for help on once she’s able to escape.

Honestly, I’m almost starting to think the reason that she wasn’t there at the meeting with Jyn and Bodhi was because they’re making her have some “cool off time” because of all the trouble she’s been causing lately.

Audrey: And it’s not her fault that they failed either! She got them through the blockaid, and got rid of Skerris, although she did have a bit of help from the Imperials shooting towards their own disobedient pilot. I try not to cheer when characters die, but I was so ready for that guy to be gone.

Shay: Yes, finally! He was such a pain. Why can’t anyone in the Empire just listen to Thrawn when he tells them stuff? I mean really, his track record should show that every. single. stinking. time. this happens, who ever is not listening dies, and he goes on the win the day anyway!
Of course I wouldn’t have to Empire to actually win, but really, if they would actually just work with each other, and especially with Thrawn, they would have crushed the Rebellion within about 5 years.

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I hope you enjoyed this review of “Rebel Assault”! Did you have a favorite shot or line from this episode? (Some of those views from the space battle were just plan epic!) Are there any parts of the episode you’d like to discuss with me? Let me know in the comments, I always love chatting with you guys!

Star Wars Rebels: “Kindred” and “Crawler Commanders”: episode review

Welcome back to another Star Wars: Rebels review from The Elven Padawan!
Shay and Audrey return once again to give you their thoughts and reactions from the two most recent episodes of this final season of the hit show: “Kindred” and “Crawler Commanders”, both of which aired in the U.S. on Disney XD on November 6, 2017.
These episodes saw the Ghost crew continue their efforts alongside the Lothal rebels as they encountered new enemies and began to discover more about the larger forces at play behind the battle for this seemingly-insignificant world. Things are beginning to move forward for the Rebels as they face new revelations and mysteries, triumphs and challenges, both in the battle and on a personal level. This episode review is full of MAJOR SPOILERS, so read on at your own risk!!
I hope you enjoy what we have to say, and be looking forward for The Elven Padawan’s final review for this half of season 4 after the mid-season finale, “Rebel Assault”, airs next week on Monday, October 13, 2017.

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Even more questions begin to rise about the connections between the mysterious creatures on Lothal, the Force, and the Jedi of the Ghost crew. Source: StarWars.com
Shay: So starting right out, what was your big initial reaction to this set of new episodes? Favorite moment, line, scene, ya know?
And I already have a feeling a lot of ours are gonna be very similar…
Audrey: They were both really good! I loved seeing more wolves, Hera trying to convince the Rebels to launch an attack, and that Kanera part! My favorite line was probably Ezra’s entire impersonation attempt.
And Hera’s speech. Those parts are tied.

Shay: That speech was definitely amazing!! We had already heard a lot of it through the trailers for this season, but her determination to show the Rebel Alliance that this chance was worth taking was so great. I love how they’re not simply accepting that Hera’s a flat, “Rebel-leader-plus-mom-figure” at this point. I think she’s still got a lot of struggles to work through, even though they won’t be as front-and-center as those of some of the other members of the crew. She’s having to realize that the Alliance isn’t perfect, and many times she’s going to disagree with them and will probably even have to take things into her own hands when it gets in the way of what she believes is right. It’s a lot like the the Battle of Scarif. We still don’t know exactly how that went down, but we know that Admiral Raddus and all the others who went there, including Hera probably, weren’t technically supposed to, but they did it anyway. We saw some of her struggle in that way through these episodes, where she was told to leave the conversation and later worried that they didn’t trust her judgement.

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Hera is upset when the Alliance doesn’t seem to be taking her warnings on the danger of the TIE Defender, and the need to help Lothal, seriously enough. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: On the other side, I laughed so many times throughout both of these episodes, and that actually surprised me a lot! Not that I was expecting them to be super dark or heavy or anything, but just because it catches you off-guard so much. Here they are in really a very dire situation, and we’ve got a lot of jokes about Ezra going through the vents, Seevor horrified at what he sounds like, and then Ezra cracking a joke when the poor guy got incinerated!!
What did you think of the humor in these episodes? In some places, even though it was very funny and I loved it, I kinda felt a little bad for laughing because of what was actually going on, like Zeb repeatedly beating Seevor up to keep him quiet, and like I said before, when he actually met his end.

Audrey: I’m glad they put some humor in to balance out all the fighting and other things going on. The whole scene when Seevor falls backwards was framed really oddly to me though, and kind of worries me, but other than that, the other funny moments were well thought out.

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Desperate to get a transmission through to Hera and the Rebellion on Yavin 4, the crew hijacks a Mining Guild crawler and meets its very interesting captain, Seevor. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: These episodes were actually a lot more “hopeful” than I thought they would be… I don’t want to say “light-hearted”, but that’s actually the closest word I can think of to what I was feeling from them…
The last several episodes before these weren’t too terribly heavy, but they were much more so than these, what with seeing just how bad Lothal has gotten, and the ones before that, with Saw and then with what was going on with Mandalore.
When these episodes finished up, it really felt like things could be looking up for the Rebels, and I found myself wanting to believe it could all go OK. But I’m afraid they’re just setting us up with false security, and then the second half of this season is gonna come rushing in with everything going downhill really fast.

I wonder if they’re setting it for for the characters to feel that way, too, though. Especially with that very last scene in “Crawler Commanders”, where Hera calls in to tell them they’re bringing the attack force to try to help Lothal; everyone is smiling, and especially for Ezra, things are finally starting to look up. I wonder if they’re going to be in for a very hard truth on just how desperate the situation is next episode?

Audrey: Can they even pull off destroying the TIE factory? I don’t know if that would count as a major victory or not, since they can’t have one until Rogue One. From what we’ve seen in the trailers, it’s not going to go very well. But even if it fails, I did love seeing them so hopeful and happy for a moment, especially Ezra. He’s had to wait so long for this!

Shay: Ah, I know! And after last season, too, when everything seemed so dark and it looked like it was all falling apart so fast. In just a few episodes it’s like everything has turned around, and it both warms and break my heart to see them all like this. Ezra’s so excited that his home will finally get some help from the Rebellion, Kanan and Hera seem to have a promising future to their relationship, Sabine’s family problems and the occupation on Mandalore have all been resolved, and Zeb’s just happy to be there and support everyone. I honestly have no clue what Chopper is feeling, but he seems pretty positive right now too, so that’s pretty major.
But then I remember that part from the opening crawl of A New Hope, and I start to worry.
I personally think being able to do that much damage to the Empire, especially on a planet like Lothal, which seems to be really instrumental to their plan for some reason, would be a pretty big victory…

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The Rebels look forward to the future in hope, as Hera tells them the the Rebel Alliance is planning an attack on the Empire stationed on Lothal. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: Ok, so now lets talk some specifics on these episodes.
“Kindred” was the first appearance of a new character pulled from Legends, Ruhk! This guy was Thrawn’s personal assassin in the Old EU, and he’s carried that same occupation over into his role in New Canon and in Rebels specifically. He’s also a Noghri, which is a race we’ve never seen on-screen before. And of course we can’t forget that he’s voiced by Warwick Davis, which a lot of Star Wars fans should know as Wicket!
What did you think about Ruhk and the way he was portrayed here? Do you think he’s a legitimate threat to the Rebels, and they should be really aware of him? Or will he turn out to be more like the Fifth Brother was, and look and seem creepy, but not end up actually doing any damage?

Audrey: He is pretty creepy looking. And his voice is creepy sounding too. I definitely think he’s a threat for the Rebels, they’ve never had an experienced assassin hunting them before. Ezra was losing that short brawl before he Force-pushed him away. He’s got a lot of cool gadgets and weapons. I think he may have been part of the group that went to wipe out all the Lasat, because seemed to single Zeb out a lot and has a Bo-rifle.

Shay: That’s a really interesting point, and something I hadn’t thought of before! Obviously he did seem to have something going on about Zeb in particular, so I wonder if it could be a personal thing between himself and that race, like with Kallus, or maybe something where those two groups have never gotten along, kinda like the Elves and Dwarves in Middle-Earth?

Audrey: I feel like I’ve heard something about Noghri and Lasat before, but I can’t remember where.

Shay: They seem to have a similar sort of culture, based on just the little bit we know of the New Canon version of the Noghri…

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Ezra battles Thrawn’s assassin, Ruhk, as he and Jai Kell try to escape from the Imperial forces. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: We also saw Pryce again in these episodes! I feel like that woman is standing on a very slippery slope right now, in a balance between being able to hang on to everything she’s fought her way to having and losing it all to Thrawn’s plans… She always thought she was the one in charge and had brought Thrawn in to help her, but now it’s beginning to appear that he’s the one calling the shots. Especially in the way it looked like she was being sent out into the field to greet Ruhk and start tracking the Rebels, while Thrawn got to just sit in his office.

Audrey: She and Rukh did not get along well. The first time they’re working together, and they’re already arguing and snapping at each other about who let who get away.

Shay: I just had a thought: I wonder if Thrawn is doing all this on purpose?? Perhaps he’s bringing in his own guys, knowing full-well how Pryce will respond, in order to show how she’s not really running things in the most productive way for the Empire, and to kinda get her out of the way so he can do what he really wants to? Knowing what we do of the way Thrawn thinks and plans all this stuff out, it definitely seems like he would already know how the two would get along and have a plan for it.

Audrey: That is such a Thrawn thing to do. I know he definitely can’t be working for the Empire at the end of this season, but I wonder if Price isn’t so prominent that she would have to go just because we don’t see her later.

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Governer Pryce is beginning to have things slip out of her control, and she does not like it. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: Next thing up: #Kanera!
Ok, so I know we’ve already discussed this a little together, but there has been a lot of stuff between Kanan and Hera going on lately, and there still is, but “Kindred” finally got us some stuff we’d been waiting for a very long time on.
What do you think of where their relationship is headed, and how it looks like it’s finally getting some resolution?

Audrey: I do not have a very good feeling about where it’s going to lead. One of the reasons Mr. Dave decided to finally get around to addressing it was probably because he knew he could make fans feel more if Kanan doesn’t have a place to stay through the Original Trilogy.

But even though it will probably make things that might happen later harder, I am very happy we are at least getting some happy moments.

Shay: I’m both very happy and very worried about it… You’re right, it only makes sense that they’re finally getting around to it now just to make it hit us all the harder when it doesn’t end well for Kanan, but I’m drawing a little bit of hope from the fact that Han and Leia got their happy ending (well, for about 30 years, anyway…)
And finally including some moments between those two actually served to lighten these episodes up quite a bit. Especially with their scene right before Hera leaves. I had thought that if they resolved anything between them, it would be when things were already pretty bad, much like Han and Leia’s scene at the end of TESB, when he’s about to be carbon-frozen. And while I think we might still get something like that between them, it was really sweet to do it the way they did, and remind everyone that even with as dark as things are looking, there’s still some moments of light in there. The way the rest of the crew, and even Ryder, started smiling when they saw what was going on just really made me grin.

Audrey: I’ve forgiven Ryder for ruining it the first time, he even tried to be polite and said “s’cuse me”.

Shay: Yeah, I think I have to forgive him too…. And I have to forgive Zeb, because his grin over that was really cute…
I feel like Ryder and everyone else have been kinda watching them this whole time, knowing something was coming, but just waiting for it to actually happen. The way he said “Excuse me” made it sound like he’d been standing there for a bit.

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Kanan and Hera share a moment together as Hera prepares to leave for Yavin 4. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: And finally…. the Loth-wolves!!
We’ve all been begging for more of those guys, but every time we get them back we just end up with more questions!! Like why is that one calling on Kanan? And why does it keep referring to him by his real name?? And how in the galaxy did they travel halfway across the planet like that??? So many questions!!
We knew it was going to start getting “weird”, and I know a lot of people, including myself, kinda worried about that, but right now I’m just intrigued. I really want to know what’s going on here, and I’m really excited to find out more!

Audrey: All the wall designs are really mysterious too. I found Yoda in one of them, but I have no idea what any of it means.

Shay: I know, right?! I wonder if this is connected to how Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are able to “become One with the Force at will”, as well know they are able to “teleport” as Force Ghosts. Though that actually is pretty different, as they’re more or less just a presence within the Force, whereas these wolves seem to actually be living beings.
The wall designs to indeed seem to be telling a story, and I’ve seen people already speculating on who the different individuals they portray could be. I guess it’s also possible that they’re just random people and Jedi (or Force-users).

Something that really interested me about all this was the fact that not only the Jedi, but also Zeb, Sabine, and Ryder were able to be transported, and they didn’t have to be knocked out, like when Sabine and Ezra rode on the wolf in “Flight of the Defender”. I wonder how that works? I definitely can not wait till we get to find out more!

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The mysteries of the Loth-wolves deepen as they take the Rebels deep into the caves of Lothal, and seeming to walk across space, transport them halfway across the planet. Source: StarWars.com

What did you think of these episodes? Do you have any thoughts, theories, or speculations on what’s up with the Loth-wolves? What do you think of Thrawn’s recent moves against the Rebellion? Let me know in the comments!