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F is for Fives

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SPOILERS for The Clone Wars animated series, SPOILERS for the fact that I feel the Clone Troopers were incredibly ill-served, SPOILERS for my hatred for Palpatine. Long story short: my clone boyos deserved so much better.

So. CT-5555, aka ‘Fives’. Clone cadet assigned to Domino Squadron, so designated because they fell and toppled one another when confronted with adversity. While expected to fail in their final test, they found their mutual strength and were graduated to the GAR.
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Domino Squad’s first assignment was a listening outpost on Rishi Station. When it fell to a separatist atack. CT-5555, aka ‘Fives’, was one of the few survivors.
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He went on to assist in the attack on the Citadel and rescue of Jedi Master Even Piell.
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Was a soldier of Umbara (willing to flail through using foreign tech to gain the day).


Was a victim of Umbara, of a traitorous General and a broken Republic.
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A champion for his brothers.
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One who questioned blind orders.
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One who caught a glimpse of the fate that beheld all of his brothers.

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Leave my clone boyos alone, DARTH JERKIUS.

One who paid the price.

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Oh, great. More infinite sadness for Rex.

I can’t leave you on that heartbreaking note. Here. Have some more second-handsomest clone*.

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Also, this bit of delight.

*yes, they’re clones. they all look mostly alike. But Rex is still first-handsomest, Fives is second, and everyone else falls in after that.

 

 

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E is for Embo

The GFFA is rife with bounty hunters. They serve the story in any number of ways: take down the hero, separate lovers, infiltrate the Jedi temple to steal a holocron that has the names of Force sensitive younglings, chase a Truman Capote-esque Hutt while wearing rocket boots. Y’know. The usual.

We meet Embo in a reasonably noble endeavor: protecting the peaceful farmers and their crop* against vile Space Pirates**.

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Let us not forget, though, that he is a bounty hunter: a hunter, assassin, and all around badass for hire. He pops up in the Clone Wars doing various jobs, including breathtaking intrigue in banking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[side note: I’ve come to a much greater appreciation of the prequel trilogy, trade negotiations, senate minutiae, floating pears, awkward ‘milady’s & all. That being said? Holy cats, y’all. The Rush Clovis/banking arc of TCW is rough going]

He’s well armed. #bowcastersarecool

 


He’s got a badass hat Cad Bane should envy. It’s a weapon…
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… but it’s also a snowboard.
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Best of all, Embo has a partner.

Marrok, the faithful, fierce, and super-cute anooba who always has his back.
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And side.
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And detonators.

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Best space doggo. 10/10 would hire for assassination support team.

And finally, because Dave Filoni is the gift that keeps on giving:
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* an homage to Seven Samurai
** Hondo, I love you, but you know what you did

D is for Depa Billaba

There’s a lot more to Depa Billaba – adhering to current Canon alone – than I can possibly cover in a single, attempting-to-be-brief blog post. To that end, I’ll stick to a bit of her story in the Star Wars: Kanan comics.

The Clone Wars are raging. Servants of the Republic, the Jedi have been put to service as military leaders, in charge of troops from Kamino. In a battle against Separatist General Grievous, Master Depa Billaba lost nearly all of her Clone troops and was desperately injured.

Comatose, she’s placed to heal in a bacta tank. And then a youngling named Caleb Dume wanders by, and the Force perks up.
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Upon waking, Depa has to prove herself ready to resume her Jedi responsibilities.

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Obi Wan Kenobi: incapable of NOT flirting since forever. Also: glib? Not an attractive quality? Wonder if that lesson will stick.

 

Worth noting: as she goes through her trials, she chants an adapted version of the Jedi Code.
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She spends a bit of time continuing to heal, connecting with young Caleb Dume*, and being undeniably badass.
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She’s drawn to a youngling who questions everything, a padawan who will be both challenge and joy.

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Her padawan is eager, and desperate to assure his new Master that he’s ready to be the perfect Jedi. But she isn’t quite so strict, so stringent. She isn’t sure that this war is just, that the path the Jedi tread is true.

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Elsewhere in the GFFA, Windu and Yoda are applying bacta to that sick burn.

She takes to heart every loss, every life.
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But she takes on every battle, every enemy, with all of her considerable might.
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She inspires fierce loyalty in her men, despite what she feels she deserves.
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In a perfect world, this Master and Padawan would have grown into a brilliant pair. In this world, Order 66 happens. The Clones who were their fiercest defenders, their loyal soldiers, turned. And Depa did what she was born to do, what in her soul she was made to do: she saved lives. She told Caleb to run.
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And in the aftermath, in the dark and fear and chaos and the struggle to simply survive, Caleb (who became Kanan) still carried his Master’s teachings.
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He buried them as he hid his true self from the galaxy for many years, and let them slowly emerge once again years later: when he met a rebel pilot with the voice and spirit of an angel, when he met a street rat with a heart of kyber.
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It was there that Depa was truly with him again, so very proud of her padawan.
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Of her brave, curious, bold, selfless Jedi Knight.
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*because gossip is a thing everywhere, word in the temple is that Depa is Damaged Goods. Wee Caleb Dume, curious, goes to the source and asks the newly awakened Master. She’s quite frank about the battle, the heartbreak, and how she feels about the Jedi presence in the Wars. It’s a lovely and refreshing bit of storytelling, and cements the relationship between the two characters.

A is for Ahsoka Tano

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Welcome to round two of Blogging From A to Z: Fictional Characters. Apologies in advance: while I have every intention of drawing from the full array of fandoms and pop culture properties I enjoy, there’s a significant chance that this is going to be a whole lot of Star Wars. NOTE: there will be spoilers for all of the movies as well as the animated series, including the recently concluded Star Wars Rebels. SO MANY SPOILERS.

So, buckle in. Prepare for light-speed. Here. We. Go.

I have Issues with the Prequel Trilogy*, not the least of which is we never really got to explore just how Anakin Skywalker made the transition from adorable, tow-headed moppet to Samurai Robot/Force Choking Champion Darth Vader. Enter the surprisingly** brilliant animated series The Clone Wars***.

It launched with a theatrical release (really, three episodes of the television series stitched together) that gave – wait for it – A PADAWAN LEARNER to Anakin Skywalker. And suddenly, over the course of five seasons, I came to care about him. I understood him. He was still a glorious human disaster, but I got to see how he changed, how he feared, how he loved. And it all started with Ahsoka Tano. Sent as a fourteen year old (!!!) in a questionable costume to the battlefield of Christophsis, Ahsoka was the padwawn Anankin neither requested nor wanted.

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Yoda figured giving The Chosen One a student would be a great way to teach him about releasing attachments. Nice job, short stuff! I’m sure that’s going to work out just fine. Anakin and Ahsoka butted heads, they snarked, and they ultimately found a way to work together. Though the fandom bristled (she’s annoying!) and nitpicked (but she isn’t in the movies!), George Lucas had spoken. Skyguy and Snips were born.

While quite capable, Ahsoka was overconfident (but also: 14. Years. Old. And given the rank and responsibility of Commander. WTF, Jedi Council? Yeah, sure: shadow of the Dark Side, machinations of Sidious. Still seriously uncool). She made big mistakes. On her first command, she ignored orders and lost most of her squadron. She snuck onto missions. She complained. She chose poorly.

And yet… she grew. She learned. She was good for Anakin – he learned to take a breath, to think of his student, to rein in his wildest impulses. He was good for her – she learned to balance order and instinct, to use her emotion wisely, to look to others even as she looked to take down those arrayed against her. She got a better costume. She was drawn to jar’kai. He encouraged her.

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She learned from Jocasta Nu, from Padme Amidala, from Plo Koon, from Chewie, from Hondo Freakin’ Ohnaka. Let us not forget that this is the girl who went from ‘bound and on her knees’ to ‘decapitating four Death Watch Mandalorians in an single stroke’.

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Enjoy this moment from a kids’ show for kids. Also, I love her SO FREAKING MUCH.

But when she was betrayed by the Order itself, it was Anakin (and Obi Wan, because Ahsoka most certainly had two dads) who had readied her.

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She made the most difficult, heartbreaking decision. She walked away.

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Click through for the full scene, and composer Kevin Kiner’s BRILLIANT Ahsoka Theme (starts about 1:25).

In the real world, Disney bought Star Wars. The Clone Wars never got its finale. But Ahsoka, once an annoyance and now a rightful fan favorite, lived on.

She slogged along, heartbroken, after Order 66. Living every single day ‘cause that’s what you do, even though every single light in the Force had been extinguished. She found purpose in helping Bail Organa build the Rebellion. She created Fulcrum. She forged new, pure white lightsabers. She continued to rail against the darkness, even as she found moments of light.
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She came to realize, heartbreakingly, what Anakin had become. She fought him, reached out to him, sacrificed herself when it came clear he was too far gone (until much later, when his son was able to connect him to the Light once more).

 

And then, she was drawn back. There was more to do. Her final stories are yet to be told.
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From the awkward fourteen year old, thrust into war and cheekily nicknaming everyone to the cheerful badass to the kyber-bright heart of the Rebellion, there is no character in all of Star Wars that speaks more to me than Ahsoka Tano. May the Force be with you, always.

 

* I’ve come around in the past few years, but still… not the greatest.
** so speaketh the disillusioned Kelly of years past

*** You know what? I’m going to stop here. My thoughts about the series as a whole need their own blog posts. Maybe a podcast. Maybe a puppet show. I HAVE FEELINGS is what I’m saying.

X is for X-Wing: #AtoZchallenge

Hello. I am the X-Wing fighter.
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There have been many variations on my basic model, but one thing is clear: I am THE fighter of the Rebellion and the Resistance. I am sleek. I am strong. I am ready to bring the pain with my s-foils, my maneuverability, my adjustable weapons array.
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I have been paired with the finest pilots.

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Wedge Antilles.

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Luke Skywalker.

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*grrroowwwrr* I mean, Poe Dameron.

I am down with the astromechs.
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I can not promise I won’t fall to enemy fire, but I will do my best.
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I am as beautiful in flight as I am deadly. Rebellion, Resistance, whatever comes next…

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*pew pew pew*

… I am there for you.