Monday, January 30, 2012

The Irresistably Sweet Blog Award

Thanks to James and Jacob at J&J productions for giving me this award!!! It's an honor!
Rules:
1. Post Seven random things about yourself.
2. Award this to 10 other bloggers!

7 Random things about myself:
1) I love golden yellow, since it shows the Jedi Sentinel blade color, whose job is balance. It's also the color of the Jedi Tunic! Well, kind of for some...
2) I'm a Libra, which has a scale sign. So I value balance as much as what a Jedi views!
3) I repeat Star Wars quotes to my friends normally and the Jedi Code to myself when I'm angry.
4) I own only a few Star Wars books, and the rest I printed out from the Internet :(
5) I don't know much about the original trilogy and beyond.
6) I'm currently in Thailand.
7) English is NOT my first language.
8) I love photography, Pendragon, Harry Potter, and Taylor Swift, though not as much as Star Wars.
9) My goal is to go around the world, hopefully stick with Star Wars.
10) I happen to hate being a girly girl... if you get what I mean :)

I don't know who got it or not, so those who haven't, I guess I'll just give it to you :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Box

Ahhhhhhh, it's finally here! I've been waiting for this one ever since I heard the strange name. Now the pieces is starting to fit together and now it doesn't sound that ominous. At first I thought it was gonna be some kind of holocron and bounty hunters, but now I know how close I was from the answer. Not that close though. It's about bounty hunters but not holocrons... but a big fighting ring. Uh oh. Doesn't sound good. Poor Obi.

Official Description
"The disguised Obi-Wan accompanies Cad Bane and Moralo Eval to Serenno, where they enlist in a brutal competition with other bounty hunters from around the galaxy to determine who will participate in a plot to kidnap the Chancellor."

Serenno!!! Dooku's birthplace!!! This is gonna be interesting...

Moral
"The strong survive, the noble overcome."

Another nice one to add to my list :D

Pictures
Got alot today

Reminds me of Pendragon: The Quillian Games. If any of you have read that book :)


Dooku's always behind nasty plots

The bounty hunters assembling...

Dooku gives his speech... then recognizing the bounty hunters below for their special traits :)

























Back to the sith...


THE BOX
Wow that's big :P

That's alot for now! Until next time, MTFBWY!!!

Friends and Enemies Review

I have so much to say here. When watching this episode, I felt like I'm on the best roller coaster ride ever. This story is a great addition to the saga like icing on a cake. It enhances the overall plot of the saga as well as shaping it. On its own, it is awesome. To the arc, even more awesome. To the whole saga, awesome times infinity to the power of infinity (Or whatever. You get the idea. I'm not that good at math.) For a moment I felt as if I sprung back in time to season two, The Rise of the Bounty Hunters. Like the last episode, it has a season two feel and touch. It really connects to other episodes.

This episode could just go on with the last one and we wouldn't know the difference. The time period between it was just a hyperspace jump. I find that... interesting somehow. Anyway, when the crash came my head turned with the ship and I was saying "ouch" in my mind over and over. That gotta hurt. It's not really a pretty sight, since Obi-Wan is in that ship. I wonder how he feels? Maybe he's just thinking that he hates flying. But like the bounty hunters, he had seen worse. Heh. When Bane's hand was reaching out like that (Which reminded me of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in the cave), I thought he was injured and I was kind of pleased with that thought. But when he came out again with the others... oh well.

I liked the shopping part. The new clothes were awesome, especially Cad Bane's hat (Ahsoka really made a good point later on when she asked who would wear a hat like that). And... Bane can kill a rodian with a tooth pick?! Wow, that's awesome. I'm glad the rodian stayed alive, though.

Next stop is the ship! Yikes... Bane sprayed Obi-Wan with that toxic gas when the argument was... ugh. I didn't see that coming! The shot of the blurry people through Obi-Wan's eyes was very well done. I was worried when Ugly-Poodoo (My nickname for that guy) raised his staff and hit him and the screen went black.

Obi-Wan had also seen worse than the torture, like in Slaves of the Republic. Still, it's great for him not to take the full torture. I guess he's willing to cooperate, because if he's not he would have accepted the fact that he's gonna be tortured to death! I don't like that idea... Besides, I guess he wanted the bounty hunters to stay. When they were coming back I liked how Obi-Wan casually drank and talked. Though Bane has no time for stuff like that. I would be really surprised if he asked nicely, though. It would be like Sidious handing out sweets.

I really loved the action!!! The dogfight plus Bane vs. Anakin on the ship while flying was awesome. I guess Obi-Wan wanted to go first since he wanted to tell Anakin. When Obi-Wan rushed out of the ship after the crash to see Anakin, I noticed he used a blaster, despite his dislike of it. I guess his lightsaber was hidden or back in the Jedi Temple. I half expected him to use it and blow his cover. The fog was done well, and Anakin leaping out of nowhere reminded me of Grevious vs. Fisto. When Anakin was gonna kill his best friend in disguise for "killing" his best friend (lol), I thought there was much emotion in there. I wouldn't be surprised if Obi-Wan lectured about it to Anakin in the future. Then...

THERE WAS A BUFFERING IN THE VIDEO!!! I screamed at the cliffhanger.

Okay. Back to the action. Bane came and saved a Jedi when he actually wanted to kill one. How ironic. The ending, when Anakin finally realizes something and Obi-Wan put some Force thingy on him or whatever, was good. And of course, the Ahsoka Tano. She was really good at the end, defending Anakin and all. If it was a switch of roles, Anakin would have gone after the bounty hunters.

Anakin's emotions was displayed well in this episode. His slide to the dark side was enhanced in this episode. His scene with Palpatine was great. His use of the Force to threaten innocent people to get information on revenge was... not so good. He broke so many Jedi rules. First, he force choked the guy. Second, he seeks revenge. Thirdly, he wouldn't let go of his emotions. Fourth, he ignored Master Windu's call and most likely told Rex not to tell anyone he's on Nal Hutta. Fifth... I'm gonna stop now. You guys get the idea.

Ahsoka played a nice role in the episode. I noticed she didn't hold Anakin back. Maybe because she knows it's not gonna be much use, or she wants information as much as her Master does. Or something else. Her piloting skills were awesome, and even though she crashed at the end and hurt her head (Ouch. I thought of the fate of Ahsoka Tano and fervently hoped that this won't be it, because it'll be kind of pointless. I didn't think that she's gonna die, and I hope I'm right.) I'm glad she was up and fighting soon. Her skills improved so much since her first time as a Padawan.

The Chancellor's hints about his true identity was more or less clear here. Since Count Dooku showed in holo, Sidious would most likely have set all this up. His plan to make Anakin join the dark side is working. For one who are watching all this in order and not knowing what will happen next would probably pick up some hints.

For those who don't like it, whyyyyy? What's wrong with it? Come on! It's great! A jedi "dies". A friend seeks revenge. A hero is fulfilling his destiny. An architect of genocide builds yet another plot. Okay, I'm being kind of dramatic *plays battle of the heroes and duel of the fates*, but that's how I think of it.

So, done with the boring review yet? I don't have more to say, so yes. I'd just conclude that it has been one of the best episodes in the season, and even though I like most of them, this one stood out like Slaves of the Republic did to me. I'd give it a 9/10. What are your thoughts? State them below! May the Force be with you!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Love Story: Anakin and Padme


Above is the first video I ever edited. I posted it on Youtube, in case you wanna check the page out :) I also posted the link on Facebook.

Sure, the graphics sucks at times and there were some problems, but I got to learn some stuff, and this is a good addition to my star wars fan made things :D

I really enjoyed making this video. Padme and Anakin's love inspired me for a long time. I thought the song by Taylor Swift captured Anakin and Padme's love story as perfectly as Romeo and Juliet's love story. Well, that's the name of the song! Love Story... told from Padme's point of view.

We were both young when I first saw you...
Yeah, they were. Padme was 14 and Anakin was 9.

I close my eyes and the flashback starts...
There were many times when I imagined Padme having a flashback, so I can just pick a scene where she closes her eyes, and I thought the one I put was the most likely for her to have one.

I'm standing there... on the balcony in summer air... see the lights, see the party the ball gowns... (and so on)
The scenes were all easy to find and place in the story, reshaping it to fit the song. I needed to reshape it to the fact that Palpatine was Anakin's father, which was kind of awkward. I wish I could find someone else like Obi-Wan, but it seemed just as awkward.

Chorus
I can imagine Padme saying that in her head. I always thought inside that Padme wanted nothing more than Anakin to say yes, but, as you all know, there were reasons keeping them from it.

I would really appreciate it if you check it out and give me your feedback. May the Force be with you!

***Credits are at the end

The Dawn and Dusk of the Dark

Chapter 6

I must reach the button.

I moved onward, ducking blaster bolts with seeming ease. The ozone was thick in the air, but I did not smell it. The smoke blinded everything, but I did not see it. All I thought of was reaching the button.

An agonizingly slow second later, I just in front of it. I thrusted my hands out to press it. I'm almost there...

I stopped. I can't imagine why. Maybe it was something in my head. All I knew was that a leg was swinging towards me. Before I could react, it hit me hard.

For a second, I did not feel the pain. I blinked. Reality hit me. I must hit the button.

The pain is just searing in and I fell, the button just a hair width away from my fingers. My mouth opened up for a scream...

I woke up.

Simple as that. I. woke. up. It had all been a dream. A really strange nightmare. Like my mom used to say, a horrible, empty dream where hope faded like a slow, dying star.

Then I saw more Déjà vus again. I don't even think I should mention it, since it happens so many times. But still...

People stole dirty looks at me (well, carefully avoiding Kalifa's eyes), and Kalifa (and Barriss), who slept through the countless screams all night, was shaken awake by mines. Then Kalifa said, for the second time, "Good morning. For a moment I thought that was the breakfast bell."

I nodded wearily. I lost my sense of humor when my died. I tried not to make much attachments since then. But Eroda ans Ward still stayed. They're my closest friends. Like sisters. And brothers.

Then... déjà vu again. Both seemed to know exactly what I thought of. I could see it clearly on Kalifa's face, but not Barriss's. Maybe she was better at hiding her facial expressions, or she didn't comprehend that clearly. Anyhow, I didn't care that much then. I just rolled over the slimy floor, threw a rock at a rat, and went back to sleep. Or at least, I tried to.

I stared at the durasteel walls, going over the two dreams I had lately. They're not like other nightmares I had. It was so... real. It shook me hard. I wanted to know more about it. Questions zoomed through my mind. What happened to Kalifa after the blaster bolt grazed her shoulder? What happened to me after the leg caught my guts? Who did that leg belong to? Why must I reach the button. Where was I? How was I in that position? When... AHHHHHHHHH!!! I must stop or I'll go crazy. Taking a deep breath, I calmed myself. I was aware that Eroda's, Ward's, Kalifa's, and Barriss's eyes were on me. Once again, I yearned for morning to come.

The doors finally swung open, and we all headed out. Barriss looks more prepared that Kalifa. It looks as if Barriss was the one telling Kalifa about the prison, instead of the other way round. She seemed determined. Focused. On the other hand, Kalifa was just going along. They make an odd pair.

I recalled what Kalifa said to Barriss just before the doors opened. "Innocent or guilty, it doesn't matter here. I guess you already know, but sometimes you seem like you don't," she had said.

Barriss had rolled her eyes, and then she had arranged the game look on her face. "Don't worry," she had said, "this time, I'm here to get your sorry self out of here, not you rescuing me."

I wonder what's their history?

They fell silent as the guards pass, and they shuffled out with us. Like yesterday, Kalifa blended along with the other prisoners. She did better today now that she spent more time in prison, which means not only more experience but also less rest and food. Barriss followed her suit. At the breakfast table, Kalifa was me to her. When Barriss was gonna spit her food, she shot a look at her so forceful that she abruptly swallowed it. It was impressive for a first try. Three prisoners got dragged off for spitting their food out.

The rest of the day went normal. Barriss got assigned to another platform near us, not the factory building whatever it was building. We worked. And worked. And worked some more. Then we moved on to the next platform and worked. And worked more. And more. And... well, you get the idea.

At the prisoner drop-off time, we found beings scraped every corner of the galaxy, rebels and rebel sympathizers, workers and gamblers, and basically the innocent and, of course, the guilty. It wasn't as much as yesterday but it was still massive. I saw Kalifa stiffen when she saw her friends caught, but thankfully she didn't swear. I guess she knew that they weren't here on their own will unlike Barriss.

After a disgusting dinner, we headed back to our cell in orderly lines supervised by the guards. The ray shields activated with a buzz, and the five of us started talking about our plans through the hole near the button.

"Okay. Here's the plan," Barriss said immediately after the ray activated and the cell bars closed with the creaking lock as double protection. I wonder what her plan is, getting through all this security here. I don't have to wait for long.

"Eroda, Ward, Kaayla, the day after tomorrow is the day of the New Year Fete week. And you too, Kalifa, if you lost track of time."

"I don't loose track of time."

"Sometimes you do."

"You guys are loosing track of the conversation," I chimed in.

Barriss straighted up and said, "Right. The day after tomorrow is the day of the New Year Fete week. I assume you know what that is?"

I knew. New Year Fete week was the first week- the first five days- in the Galactic Standard Calendar. There was usually parades and stuff. There is also an execution of "Enemies of the Empire". About a hundred people are killed, usually the most famous rebels. My mom told me.

"There are no famous rebels this year," Barriss continued, who as usual was picking my thoughts up.

"So, as our spies report, they're choosing alot from this prison- about 200. There are other places where they took too. There has been alot of secret uprisings, so they felt they needed to execute more. But they're not gonna execute all 200. They're choosing the most 'appropiate' person to execute from the lot. Those are the ones that won't get to see another sunset of the new year," she added quickly after looking at my horrified face.

Kalifa allowed a look of sympathy on her face. "So we're going to-"

"Yeah."

"There's the factory hall. But the access is strictly controlled."

"So the best way is-"

"You're right. But we have to do it-"

"Exactly. So we don't have to worry about being seen. Not until-"

"Yeah, I know. So that's it, then."

"That's what?!" Eroda cried. It seems as if she didn't get it anymore than I did. "Are you speaking Huttese?"

Kalifa turned to us. "There's gonna be a ship coming to take some prisoners out of here. They already decided which wing to take. Guess who's the lucky ones?"

"Us," Eroda, Ward, and I said in unison.

"Nope," Kalifa said with a shake of her head, "The wing next to us. Which means we need to creep on board. Other ways is almost impossible, for the security is way too tight. And we'd be dead before the day ends if we go out in the junk."

"We're gonna escape to our deaths by going on that ship?" I asked in disbelief.

"Nope," Kalifa repeated, "I am guessing there will be a few bunch of resistance in the execution grounds when we arrive. We'll cut out way out with the help of out rebel friends. Right, um... Barriss?"

Barriss nodded confidently. But I'm not so confident myself. There's alot of things that can go wrong in a plan. But I wasn't about to argue. I don't have a better one. And risking your life for freedom is better than staying in this stink hole forever.

Barriss said, "I'll explain this to you in detail. Next morning we'll go to the path near the factory, but not into it. There we can take a route to the landing platform. There's... some smoke, too. So you need to wear goggles and a small breathing mask. If it runs out, then we'll switch to plan B, which we'll make up when it happens. The others I'll explain on the ship, when we have completed this step. You have enough to deal with now."

I asked, "Where would we get the goggles and the breathing mask?"

They shrugged and Barriss pulled out six pairs. Wow. If she managed to smuggle that into prison, then I guess I shouldn't worry about her smuggling us out.

Ward, who was silent for the whole conversation, had other ideas. Well, I can't blame him. The plan sounds reckless. But I'm in. Actually, I'm astounded they took us along. I'm as surprised as when I found out that Barriss came for Kalifa. It was surprising that she'd risk their life for another person. I never saw it before.

Ward said instead, "Why can't your forces come crashing in?"

Kalifa and Barriss looked at him and laughed. He shrugged. "It was Eroda's idea."

"Who, me? What?!" Eroda demanded.

We spent more time just fooling around.

"Let's get to sleep, okay? Tomorrow's the big day," Barriss said finally.

Kalifa and Barriss continued talking for a moment as I readied myself to sleep.

A few minutes later, I lay on my cell floor, just like I had yesterday. See? déjà vu again. Anyway, ready or not, it's time. So now, I must prepare for it by getting a good night sleep.

If you can, I said to Kalifa two days ago. I told you about the nightmare screams. Ugh. Déjà vu. I'm really getting tired of that.

That was my last thought before I drifted off to the comforting sensation of weightlessness...

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Dawn and Dusk of the Dark

Chapter 5


Déjà vu.


Everything in my life seems to be that. Wake up by a scream. Lie awake. Get up and eat breakfast of slop. Work all day. Eat dinner of slop. Go back to cell and try to sleep.


It's only lately that I see weird Déjà vu stuff. But still, it's a Déjà vu.


The weird Déjà vu stuff started when I screamed in the morning, then I saw the whole scene acted out when Kalifa first arrived, and now what? I can only imagine...


I stumbled into my cell. It has been a long day. Though the nights were usually the worst, today I looked forward to sitting still for many hours, just simply resting down on hard cell floor. I had seen nothing better in my life, but I knew there was better stuff than this. 


Uh huh. That's yesterday. And today as well, actually. Great. Another Déjà vu. I'm getting tired of that. Sheesh. Will I ever get out of this stupid cycle?


Kalifa came next to me. As soon as the guards were out, she became herself. Her face had a soft smile that curved up, transforming her into a whole new being. Her gait became graceful (not that there's much place to walk). Her back came up straight. Her eyes had a positive spark. The only thing that still remained was the annoyance and sadness in her eyes. She took a deep breath, and most of that was gone, too. Most. Not all.


The only thing that was new was her skin. It was turning gray, like the bright skin tones of other species are. She'd been here for only a day and she, one of the toughest I've seen, was already showing the effects of the lack of sleep and food.


Kalifa looked at the world around her and said, "I'm still getting used to this place. It's so... gray."


True, like I've said. But I've been here my whole life, so I was used to the gray world as well as the lack of food and sleep.


"You haven't told me how this prison works," she reminded me suddenly.


"You seem to be doing fine."


"I might do fine working, but I won't do fine escaping if I don't know."


I took that by surprise, even though I knew deep down that she's gonna do it. "A day before you came, I would've said death was your only escape. But now... I know better. I've seen what you've done."


A smile flicked up her lips and her eyes soften more and more as she said, "Thank you."


I dismissed that and said, "It's simple. The prisoners work to make something big, which makes money, which makes the emperor rich, which he use to pay the guards, which keeps us in line." I twisted my last words with contempt. If looks could kill, the one on my face then would do the trick at the guards.


"Which makes the prisoners work to make something big. If if you die, it's your problem. What a swell system to be stuck in," Kalifa finished.


"Yeah. You've seen prisoners go down that nightmare place. And they can't wake up. We're lucky not to be there."


"There's no such thing as luck."


"Whatever. Now you've got some explaining to do. Who's that you cursed at, going down the entire alphabet?"


She smiled. "She's a chance for me to escape. For us, I mean."


"We're gonna escape?" A hopeful yet doubtful voice behind me told us that Eroda and Ward has entered the conversation.


Kalifa hesitated, and was about to say something when the door beside me creaked open. Great. Another Déjà vu coming up.


"I think she's gonna explain everything," Kalifa said.


I felt a warm glow beside me, similar to Kalifa's. Weird, huh? But what haven't been weird in my previous days, anyway?


"Who?" Eroda and Ward said together. It looks like they didn't feel it.


"The woman who was at the platform," Kalifa and I said at the same time.


Kalifa looked at me, surprised. "How did you know that?"


I shrugged. "Lucky guess"


"There's no such thing as luck," she responded, studying me.


"You don't need to remind me. I-"


Before I could continue, the Déjà vu came up. Swell.


"So you work in the hangar I came in. Great job they gave you."


That was the women. She said the exact same thing Kalifa said to me. Like everything else these days, it was bizarre. 


"Stop reading my mind," Kalifa snapped, "And why the hell are you here?"


The women looked at her in mock hurt. "To save your sorry neck from hell, of course."


"This isn't so bad. We've seen worse. Besides, they don't know who we really are, so this is not the worst in the galaxy."


"It sure isn't. But I don't think you wanna die in this trash dump."


"Nah. I got better plans. Once we get out of this place, I want to give you a good talking to."


She smiled. "Now you're talking!"


I decided to enter the conversation. But I had nothing to say, so I said, "uh..."


They turned to me, the women having a surprised look in her eyes. A second later it vanished and she smiled warmly. "Hi," she said, holding out her hand.


I took it. She squeezed it so hard I felt my hands turn into hutt slime. Ouch. But just when my bones felt like breaking, she let go and looked deep into Kalifa's eyes. An unspoken message passed through them that left me curious. 


"How did you get here?!" That's from Eroda.


"Easy. I wanted to break into prison to save Ah-"


"Kalifa," Kalifa interrupted firmly. 


"Sorry?"


"Kalifa," she repeated. Another unspoken message passed. A tingling feeling passed through me. It was odd... something's out of place.


"Whatever," the women continued, "As I was saying, I broke into prison to save... ah, Kalifa's sorry neck. And yours now too. So I came in during a droid security sweep, and they took me up and dumped me here. I had to go through a couple of check points, so I had some tricks up my sleeve to get things in here. I had to convince the guards to put me into this cell. That's all the easy part. The hard part is getting out, which we're about to do. By the way, my name's... Barriss."


Yet another unspoken message passed through the pair, and then she pulled out some comlinks and a set of stuff. she gave them to me, explained how they work, and I gave two to Eroda and Ward.


Barriss's eyes glittered at us. "You haven't told me your names."


"Kaayla, Eroda, and Ward," Kalifa said.


"Okay. Eroda and Ward, sorry I'm not gonna be able to sake your hands, we're just too far and the darn cell is keeping me inside."


They nodded, somewhat relieved. I guess they saw on my face that it was a bone-crushing grip.


With incredible speed like Kalifa had, Barriss grabbed a rock a smacked it hard on the ground, making us jump up. Then she threw the rock away. It skittered across the floor. Lying in front of her was her handiwork- a dead fat rat. One of the biggest I've seen.


"Those reflexes come in handy," she said.


"You should leave it there. The others will get the message," I said.


She put on a disgusted face similar to Kalifa's sometimes (I thought of Déjà vu again), but said, "All right. Kalifa here will tell me the wonders of the prison while you guys should sleep. It's been a long day for you guys, I guess. Good night."


Eroda and Ward went to sleep in their cell and I laid down and closed my eyes. 


"...and use your boots as a pillow, so rats won't eat on them," Kalifa was saying.


"er... the duracrete floor is nice enough for me. I went through a run in the junk. Then they told me not to ask anything because I won't get it anyway, just when I was opening my mouth. I asked, 'Not even a blankie?' and they gave me a blow on the ribs. I guess that was stupid. I need some time to adjust to this place, like you do."


I could hear the grin in Kalifa's voice as she said, "All right. We should get some sleep. Tommorow we can plan out escape with them. Good night."


My last thought before I went to sleep, hopefully not awoken by another scream, is that I could trust these guys, even though I know they're keeping something from us. And, oh yes, they know that I heard what they were saying.


I felt Kalifa next to me as I drifted away...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Friends and Enemies

Can't wait for this!!!

Moral
"Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer."
Interesting one. I think the "friends" one is in relationship, and the "enemies" one is literally. No, I'm pretty sure. :)

Official Description

"Fleeing across the galaxy with criminal fugitives, a disguised Obi-Wan, Cad Bane and Moralo Eval are tenaciously pursued by Anakin and Ahsoka, who have no idea they're chasing their friend."

Changed a little from last time, right?

Pictures
Wonder if he found out?

Cad Bane's shopping for hats. XD I like that Indiana Jones one :)

 What an odd pair o.O

 There's gonna be trouble

 Yep, there is

I'm afraid he'll blow his cover :O

That's it for now!!! May the Force be with you!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

George Lucas is retiring?!

I'm pretty sure all of you heard this before.

My first thought was, "Didn't he already retire?"
My second thought was, "Uhh... why did he do that then? If it's old age then..."

I read on and when I found out that he's not making another Star Wars film, I felt as if I was punched in the stomach. He says that people hate the prequels so much, and they just spread it over the internet. Seriously, people, watch what you say. You can have your own opinions, but at least state them nicely. I suppose you know the definition of that word- some people don't.

Personally, I love the prequels more than the original trilogy, and I just can't seem to find out what's wrong with it. Episode one sets the stage for everything, and it's awesome. Episode two develops the plot, and it's full of action and romance and everything. Episode three is the turning point and simply marvelous, boosted by the awesome book. What's wrong with them??? Actually, nothing. It's what's wrong with the people who crushed his spirit.

If I am George Lucas, I'd keep doing what I love to do and not let other people's spirits crush it down. People still watch it too, right? I know I will. Star Wars taught me a lot of things, basically saying them all would be like saying Star Wars taught me how to live. I learnt from the Jedi not to let other people's feelings interfere with your judgement and action. No. Not from the Jedi. From George Lucas. He created it all, did he not?

If by any chance you are reading this (highly unlikely), George Lucas, please consider your choice. I don't know what Star Wars would be without you. I know I'm just another person, another fan, but still. If not, I guess I have to accept that like the Jedi taught me... no, like you taught me. I wish you the best in your retired years, and May the Force be with you.

I somehow feel unworthy to say that to the God of the Galaxy, but well, I said it anyway. On the side note, my mom says that I almost worship him.

May the Force be with you all. But I don't know what the Force will be without him. It may grow dark, who knows?

The Dawn and Dusk of the Dark

Chapter 4

I really needed to hand it to Kalifa today. Not only did she adjust to the rules like she'd been here with me her whole life, but also she got me out of difficult spots. So let's start in order. It's gonna be hard, since so much has happened.

Another day of hard labor. Another meal of slop.

As soon as we walked out and guards flanked us, Kalifa lost her usual grace and shuffled along with the other prisoners. Her normally calm face transformed into a face of desperation and pain, similar to other prisoners. Her gait was slow and weak. Despite how real it seemed, I knew it was all acting. If she maintained her usual self, she would definitely be in trouble.

One of the prisoners came out to the line too slow and received a blow in the stomach by a force pike. Ouch. Kalifa winced as if it struck her. Good thing nobody noticed, or the emperor help her. I hope that wasn't her ally or anything.

We entered the cafeteria, Kalifa mirroring my every move. When she had some slop, I had to shoot her a look so she won't spit it out. Good thing she didn't, because she would have done it in the face of a prisoner that's nothing but trouble. Suddenly the huge prisoner came swooping by and snatched my breakfast tray away before I could move. Well, he was simply so fast. Stealing food everyday definitely gave him an advantage.

But Kalifa also had an advantage. She just came and still had her strength and reflexes. With surprising speed, she whipped her hand out and slashed the prisoner. Crying out, he dropped both his tray and my tray. Again, Kalifa whipped her hands out to catch them before they fell. She gave both to me and put her head down just before the guards came. All this happened in less than a second.

My mouth dropped open but I disguised my shock by putting some nasty slurp into my mouth. But the other prisoner was not so lucky. The guards gave him a blow in the gut and dragged him away. Knowing that he's gonna die anyhow, he cursed at Kalifa and me until the guards paralyzed him. I glanced at Kalifa, expecting her to be triumphant, but then her face was full of pity and sorrow. A second later, as the guards pass again, her face became a mask of hunger.

Making sure the guards won't see, I darted my eyes across the room. Beings everywhere were making a mental note not to cross us. I almost sighed in relief, but caught myself in time. Guards were everywhere. I guess the enemies I made from my scream won't be bothering me anymore.

So, today I had two plates of slop. Eroda and Ward got one and one-quarters since Kalifa wasn't hungry. Bingo. Well, who could blame her? It's just... ew. But I was so hungry I didn't care, and Eroda, Ward, and I were already used to it since it's the only thing we had in our whole life.

The bell rang and we all got up. Except one, who was gobbling down his food until he choked. You know what happened to him. Anyway, the men and some strong women went to work at the factory building whatever it was building. Kids and some weak women (including us) started to clean around. If only they'd let us clean our cells instead... but cleaning here's easier. I could feel my strength returning when we went to go clean the platform. Kalifa, too. I guess she didn't qualify for the dangerous work yet.

The rest of the day went normally, though the work was done faster because four people are on it. I knew that Kalifa was doing the barest minimum she could (like we did) without receiving a blow from the guards. When the ship came and dropped some prisoners off, we stepped aside. I was grateful for our rest break.

Today prisoners came not as much as yesterday, but still alot. We could feel their hopes slipping. We wore a face of exhaustion and sadness. That is, until something caught my eye like yesterday. A women who was built like Kalifa was also moving through the crowd.

Kalifa noticed it too. Her expression turned from sadness to shock then to exasperation. She started cursing uselessly over the noise, working her way through the entire basic alphabet starting from Aurek. She moved on the cursing in Sy-Bisti and who knows what language. I would have found it funny if I did not know something was wrong.

The woman turned and winked at Kalifa, ignoring the curses. I felt like I was watching a Déjà vu. Kalifa was me, complete with her mouth hanging open. The women was Kalifa, complete with the smile and shushing gesture before she was swept away by the guards. I can only imagine what was reeling inside Kalifa's head. I found that Eroda and Ward were also looking curiously at the scene. Well, that's something you don't see everyday.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Deception Review


Just another Clone Wars episode...

Most of the episodes in the series so far satisfied me, and this one is added on the list. I'm pretty sure that I'm not the only one that feels that this episode would fit in Rise of the Bounty Hunters well. Not only did we Cad Bane, Bossk, and young Bobba Fett back here (At first I thought it was Lux because of his new haircut, though I knew it couldn't be), a new awesome character is added into the scene- Morallo Eval.

I am puzzled by the fact that neither Count Dooku or Chancellor was displayed in the short episode. If they say Count Dooku was "planning" an assassination of the Chancellor, wouldn't it be better if he showed up a little in hologram or something just to build up the plot a little? As for the Chancellor, I'd like to see his reaction on this one. Usually his face is almost clueless, but it would still be nice to know how he fits into this. Unfortunately, Dooku and Palpatine are not meant to be in this episode.

I still feel sorry for how young Bobba Fett turned out to be. Also, it intrigued me to see how a young prisoner would be the most fearsome bounty hunter in the Galaxy. I guess his difficult childhood made it that way, but really, he wasn't a bad guy. Now he's older and probably wiser. Usually I detest bounty hunters. Killing is bad- and doing it merely for money is even worse. But despite my dislike of those scum, I have a special place for the young man. Sometimes I wished it could play out differently, but it is not supposed to be that way. 

I'm glad to see Bossk there as well, more or less protecting the boy. I wish Aurra Sing was there too though. If she was there, then I missed her. It was also funny to see Cad Bane looking like this. Morallo, though he was new, had already joined my "scum" list. Still, he was a nice addition to the episode.

This brings me to the star of the episode, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The way he faked his death... well, it didn't look fake. I recall seeing him being shot by a blaster bolt, and it somehow tore me along with it. Seeing him fall really made me feel like falling. Although I know that the death was fake, I still worried whether he'd be okay. I was relieved to see him up for his next mission, but then it was really strange to see him bald. For a moment he looked like a young man again. I hoped that the disguise he took wasn't as painful as it seems.

He played his part well in prison. Obviously he had a good reputation in there as a Jedi Killer, and it did him good. The food slop he was given maybe was really bad, but he wouldn't normally spit it out like that. The only time he faltered was when he held his blaster at the officer. I was glad the decision was taken out of his hands when Cad Bane killed him instead. For a moment I was afraid that he might blow his cover.

The episode showed Anakin's path to the Dark side. I was surprised that the Jedi left him out of the show, but maybe it was a test of how far he would go. Ahsoka was the only thing that kept him from cracking up. Apart from Ahsoka's eyes watering, it seems that she moved on like a Jedi, but Anakin always have problems with that.

The episode opened up pretty well with the small talking then action. The prison breakout was chaotic... and perfect. I liked it when the prisoners revolted, and I was enjoying the ride when the trio broke out the rest of the way. I wondered what happened with the rest of the prisoners? Oh well... the part where the guard stupidly called the ship back was hilarious.

The plot was pretty good, but I was disappointed that we were left at a cliff hangar at the end of the episode. I'd give this episode an 8/10. Something felt missing... something I couldn't put my finger on.

So until I figure it out, May the Force be with you!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Dawn and Dusk of the Dark

*** Nothing very special for this one... it just sets the stage for the story :/

Chapter 3

"A piercing scream echoed through the eerie silence. Startled, I opened my eyes and looked out of my small cell wildly. People all around me just threw dirty looks to the right of me. Oh. It turned out to be just another prisoner nearby having a nightmare. This horrible place was never short of it."

That was yesterday. My first day I recorded, the day some weird stuff started happening. I guess I shouldn't get ahead of myself and write down things in order, so here I go.

This day started the same way yesterday did. Except for a few changes. So I'm writing it all down again with the changes here.

A piercing scream echoed through the eerie silence. Startled, I opened my eyes and looked out of my small cell wildly. People all around me just threw dirty looks to the STRAIGHT AT me. Oh. It turned out to be just another prisoner nearby having a nightmare. This horrible place was never short of it. AND THAT PRISONER IS ME.

Shoot. I just made some enemies.

I was dreaming about this thing- but it didn't make any sense. Kalifa and I were running through a narrow corridor and there were Imperial guards behind us. I remembered my heart thumping wildly and a blaster bolt hitting the wall just where I was a second ago.

"After this run, there's someone I'd like you to meet. She-," I heard Kalifa saying calmly through the chase. I couldn't remember what happened next. But I guess it didn't really matter because the next moment or so another blaster fire came, but this one grazed Kalifa in the shoulder. I screamed. That was the scream everyone heard. Oops.

I shook myslef back to reality and glanced at Kalifa again. She slept through the countless screams around us all night, but was shaken awake by mines. Instead of throwing me a dirty look, though, she grinned and said, "Good morning. For a moment I thought that was the breakfast bell."

I ignored the curious glances around me. "Hi. You wouldn't find it a good morning soon. I'm not even sure this is morning. I think it's still last night. Let's get sleep while we can," I added, giving her a guilty look.

By the expression on her face, it seemed that, as usual, she knew what I was thinking about. But she nodded and went back to sleep anyway. I can't. I stared at the durasteel ceiling for the rest of the night, replaying the dream in my head.

I longed for morning to come so I get my mind off the dream by doing some hard labor. For the first time in my life, I actually looked forward to it. Besides, the nights were always the worst. And the longest, since there's no way for a good sleep to come.

"Kaayla," a hoarse wisper called

I heard my name being called, but I thought it was a voice in my head. After several times, though, I got up to see who it was. It was Eroda. Remember her? She works with Ward and me at the platform. She's just the next cell from me.

"What?" I hissed back.

"Wassup with the togruta?"

"Kalifa. Her name is Kalifa."

"Whatever. Is she gonna join us working at the platform? We could use some help since your mom's... death." Her voice cracked at the end of the sentence, as mines surely would. She loves her as much as Ward and I do.

"I'm not sure. I guess so. And she's built for action, too. Have you've seen her? She told me she was fighting with the Republic at the Clone Wars, if you paid attention to my mom when she gave us some history. She-"

I couldn't continue. There was a lump in my throat. My mom's death was still painful. It, if possible, was intensified with the knowledge that I was helpless with it.

I tamped down my memories as it rose up. It wouldn't do me any good to grieve. My mom wouldn't want me to anyway. I swallowed the lump in my throat, but it only made my neck sore because I had no water. I saw Eroda doing the same.

Ward joined the conversation and lightened things up a little. "If that Togruta's a high military officer, maybe we have a chance to break out with her."

"She is. But we're on Raxus Prime."

"Oh."

Of all the words in his vocabulary, I don't think I'll rate this "oh" as very optimistic.

"But we still have hope," he said, breaking the silence.

I tamped down the memory of my mother's quote as said, "Yeah. Sure. We can sneak out of these bars, avoid the surveillance devices, climb over the electric charged wall, and somehow manage to escape the trash planet."

"Exactly," Eroda said with a strained smile, "Or Kalifa's forces can come crashing in and break us out."

"Oh," Ward and I said. I wouldn't rate that as very high either. But still, there's a chance, right?

We went through the conversation of Kalifa and breaking out, which to me was very odd since I never gave a thought about escaping. My life is always the struggle to survive in this prison- which I always thought would be the long road I will walk on forever. As I said before, it disappears into the darkness. I can't see after that.

"Walk on the road, but beware. Someday it might end. No, it will end. But at the end of the path, there is another path. Who knows where it might lead to. Expect the unexpected. Who knows what the future may hold."

As much as memories like these are painful, yet comforting. It's incomprehensible. I'll try my best to put it simply: I miss my mom so much, but the memories come in handy sometimes.

"Let's stop talking, okay? Tomorrow's another long day," I heard Eroda say.

A few minutes later, I lay on the cold floor, waiting desperately for morning to come. I counted the seconds off in my head, but I don't have a clock. As agonizingly slow as this was, come it did.

Everyone stood up, Kalifa looking as fresh as ever. And we headed out for the day.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Deception

Looks like there's another good episode comin' up!

Moral
"All warfare is based on deception"

Nice one. Not the best, but nice. :)

Official Description

"When the Jedi learn of a Separatist plot to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine, one of them must go deep undercover as a hardened criminal to extract information from the conspirators."

"Obi-Wan fakes his own death and goes undercover in a Republic prison, in order to gather information on a plot to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine from a convict named Morallo Eval. While there, he learns that another prisoner, notorious bounty hunter Cad Bane, is also involved. Anakin seeks vengeance over the death of his former master." 

As interesting as ever :) I've got two of 'em, but I'm not sure which one's right. :/ My heart is pumping too fast to care. :)

Pictures

Looks like blasters are involved. There's gonna be some action for sure :)


Night falls on the Jedi Temple. Seems gloomy.


The Jedi and everyone else around Obi-Wan's fake corpse. :(


Anakin is struggling...


Ahsoka confessed with Master Plo that she's worried about Anakin. As she well should...


Lots of sobbing... :'(


The tomb is closing...


Uhh... what is that?!

So that's it for now! ;) Until next time, May the Force be with you!!!

A Friend in Need Review

My first reaction of this episode? It's gonna be awesome. My last reaction? It was awesome. I watched a small clip, like most of you did, in the beginning of the season. When the clip ended with Ahsoka saying Death Watch, I was screaming, "NOOOOO!!!" louder than Vader did the Force Scream (It got me into trouble, but I cant help it).Yep, the episode I have been waiting for since the start of season four is here, and it sure did satisfy me. Not only satisfy, but it impressed me. I had trouble putting this episode all into words.

First of all, I would like to say that I'm happy to see Death Watch back in play, because it was kind of left in a cliff hangar in the previous season or two. I'm also happy to see Lux back as well as certain senators. However, I'm pretty disappointed to see only one Jedi in the episode, if you don't count Anakin in the hologram, that is. Still, Ahsoka needs to be a star in some episodes, and it looks like this one is the right one for her. For this epsiode, even though I knew what she had gotten herself into, I keep asking myself, "What has Ahsoka gotten herself into?". I know, it doesn't make any sense, but I found myself still asking that question.

I like Ahsoka's winter outfit as well as other costumes. I'm also happy to see other costumes as well as such a beautiful planet (Did I miss the name?). At least, in the daytime. At night, it was kind of spooky, which is the perfect place for Death Watch. I'm also glad to see a female villain, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.

It's nice to see Ahsoka kick some butt. When she took off her winter coat to fight since she couldn't stand people dying, I first thought it was a little reckless, but I know that's what other Jedi would do as well. I really enjoyed the lightsaber to darksaber dueling. It reminded me of the previous duel, though it was Obi-Wan instead of Ahsoka. Ahsoka seems to handle it almost as well as Obi-Wan did, if not equally well. When she was about to be executed, I remember her closing her eyes and maybe reaching the Force to find Jedi serenity. Or preparing to escape. Either way, it was clear that Ahsoka was not the young and enthusiastic youngling when she first became padawan, but a great, mature soon-to-be Jedi Knight. I can't help feeling proud of her, and I can only imagine how her master would feel.

Lux reminded me of young Bobba Fett. They both aren't a really bad guy, good at heart but driven by revenge. Ventress also fits this category- since she turned right in the end. I feel sorry for them all. I don't know how I would feel if I lost a loved one, but I think I would be like them. I find it hard to be like Ahsoka- letting grief pass away like the Jedi taught her.

R2 played a nice role in this episode. I always liked that little astromech- good at getting every one out of trouble. In my previous post, I said, "Don't worry, they have R2 with them!" copying Anakin in AOTC. Turns out I'm pretty right.

My eyes were wide with all the romance in there. Their holding hands after Ahsoka saved Lux was... uhh... I don't know. This kiss... I reckon I'm as surprised as Ahsoka is. But still, it's a good way to stop Ahsoka babbling about Lux's plans. The end was touching... and I see from their smiles that there was some chemistry going on. And Ahsoka wouldn't let Lux go if it wasn't they way she felt for him, I guess. And the hand on the glass... oh my. I feel happy for them, but I really hope Ahsoka wouldn't do something stupid because of Lux. He might be a bad motivator in the future. Just maybe.

It started off with some politics, then a little action, then Lux betraying Ahsoka (Well, kind of. But I can't say I'm surprised), then action, more action, and even more action. Of course, there were some breaks between the action that help the plot thicken, but unlike some stories, this one made the story even more awesome. As I said, the end was touching, and it blew me off.

All in all, this episode has a pretty good balance of everything. The action was especially awesome. If I am to give this episode a score, I would give a 9/10. It's one of my favorite episodes in the season and I'm looking forward for more.

Until next time, May the Force be with you.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Drawings #2 :) AHSOKA TANO


Something I drew out of boredom :)
Took this with my webcam... so the quality ain't so good :/
I had a sample for this one. It was when Ahsoka said, "Where are my lightsabers?"
Hope you like it!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Alderaan's Last Moments: Through Leia's Eyes

This is a poem I made myself. I did it rather hastily, but I'd still thought I'd share it. I guess it's not so bad for the first poem I did... though some of the things get a little off-topic to make it rhyme in an AA BB format. The ones that don't rhyme are the thoughts I'm force to put since it's in the novelization of the movie.
Enjoy!

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The rolling hills and rushing rivers calmed my mind,
As I looked out of my window from the city behind.
This is a perfect world, as perfect as it can be,
And I knew this as I looked out to the sparkling sea.
The children laughed and the music played,
As I guided my eyes to the beautiful bay.

I loved this place as it is my home,
Where I never, ever feel alone.

I smiled as I looked out to my world,
The world of peace, harmony, and art.
The world I love with all my heart.

The sound of whining engines came to life,
And reality pierced me like a knife.
I was at the Death Star, the nightmare of doom,
And it made my beloved planet become a tomb.

With a flash of deadly light my planet met its terrible fate,
Along with my family, my friends, my city, my state.
I’m so sorry, Father…

I turned to where it was, and stared as hard as I can stare,
I can’t believe it’s gone… it must be there.

There’s nothing but rubble,
And I think of other worlds, which soon might be its double.

I love Alderaan; it’s my shining star,
But everything dies, all even stars,
And I was just too far… too far…

All of them are gone, as gone as can be,
This is enough to bring me to my knees.

Alderaan is dead, but is it really?
I remember what my father told me, on a day that was chilly.
“What you love will always be there… in your heart.”
So Alderaan and I were never far apart.

I must stand strong, so their death will not be in vain,
But for now I mourn, and hope they didn’t die in pain.

The day will come when the terror will go,
Because even stars die, this I know.

There is still hope, because there is always hope,
Because new stars will be born, and there’s no time to mope.

I will honor their deaths, I swear I will,
And justice I will instill.
I will do it or die, for this day has come.
I will step up and bring the Empire down until it’s nothing but crumb.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The rest of the episodes...

video

The scenes for the rest of the videos are above. I can't believe season four is more than halfway! It seems like only yesterday when I was counting the days off my calendar to the season premiere.

The video... it's awesome. I love the action scenes. And Obi-Wan got shot?! It tore my heart...

Remaining Episodes:
A friend in need- I did a preview for this :)
Deception- Lux is betraying Ahsoka?! Nooooooo!!!
Friends and Enemies- It's gonna be tricky
The Box- sounds ominous
Crisis on Naboo- uh oh...
Massacre- I have a bad feeling about this... PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE!!!???
Bounty- bounty hunters on the work? Maybe...
Brothers- I guess it's something about the clones
Revenge- Makes me think of Bobba Fett

May the Force be with you.