Rebels Recap: Zero Hour

The Rebels plans to stage and assault on Lothal fall through when the Empire attacks them instead.

Everything’s Coming Up Empire

  • I get that Thrawns tendency to narrate his plans and line of thinking is a narrative tool so we understand what the hell is going on, but Kallus is right. He talks too much. It costs him valuable time and makes him sound like an arrogant jerk.
  • Tarkin wants the Rebel commanders so he can make an example. I’m thinking really public execution, how about you?
  • Thrawn plays games within games within games. Did he know Kallus was recording him? He was probably counting on it? Did he allow Kallus to destroy the signal jammer so he could contact the rebels? He was probably counting on that too. The ground assault showed that he’s perfectly willing to sacrifice pawns in a move designed to draw the Rebels into revealing their weaknesses and resources.
  • I love how much infighting there is among the upper echelons of the Empire. Konstantine pulls his ship out of alignment because he wants the glory and recognition he feels Thrawn’s plan denies him.
  • Governor Pryce takes Sabine’s return so personally. Look how angry she was. She finally loses her trademark composure when Sabine and friends destroy her interdictor. 
  • Thrawn is just so damn pissed when Bendu says he sees more than him. Even without Bendu taunting him about defeat embracing him with cold arms he was itching to shoot him in his giant face. Disappearing in a puff of smoke and ominous laugh was just a dick move on Bendu’s part.

Bendu in the Middle

  • Bendu is basically the god of Attalon, isn’t he. I mean, he controls the weather, conceals the planet, and appears in ancient art. Yup, chaotically neutral trickster god. Or the Force…that works too.
  • Maybe it was the will of the Force that the Jedi be destroyed. Well, considering the part the Force’s kid played in it, Bendu just might be on to something.
  • Bendu attacks both the Imperial forces and the fleeing Rebels because he’s just a chaotically neutral asshole like that and Kanan called him a coward. 

Easily the Most Political Show on Television

  • Star Wars Rebels, actually, every Star Wars film and show to date, is incredibly political. It’s just that Rebels and Rogue One have also been incredibly timely, especially for American audiences. 
  • Kanan calls Bendu out on his apathy and privilege. Bendu thinks he can sit this one out because the war doesn’t effect him and who gives a fuck about what happens to pesky little mortals. Kanan tells him that a) oppression effects everyone and b) failure to stand up is nothing less than cowardice.
  • Sato and the crew members who insist on staying are willing to die for a freedom they will never get to experience. Without their sacrifice, no one would have survived.
  • Hera won’t surrender. Ever. She knows what is right and she will not back down. She’s afraid. You can see it in her face during the bombardment, but she won’t surrender to threats, not even when Thrawn threatens to shoot Kanan right in front of her.
  • Team work works. The Phoenix Squadron couldn’t have survived without help from their allies including Sabine & the Wrens, Dodana’s fleet, and Bendu. The Wrens and Bendu had different priorities, but coalition building is about finding common ground to defeat common enemies.
  • Successful rebellions aren’t built in a day. They take years and the efforts of so many people. The Rebels have a pretty crushing defeat at Attalon. They lose so many people, ships, and other resources only to barely make it out alive. Ezra is utterly demoralized, but Kanan tells him that he still believes in a future where they will all be free, they just all have to keep working together to make that happen.

To the human being nature is anonymous. Its scattered elements exist, potentially defined by their own names. True rapport between nature and human beings begins when we name things. It is then that the real exchange between things and man begins. When one sees a humanized tree, that tree truly exists. In other words, I strive to create an unnatural environment in my world. That is really a natural thing to do. For me, the naturalizing through allegory and metaphor that one finds in Japanese folk songs is completely unnatural. On numerous occasions I have written about the reconciliation of the Japanese people and nature. But now, by turning away from such thinking, I want to try to understand it in a new way.

What I have been saying is that we must give meaning to sound by returning it to its original state as a naked being. Sounds themselves, their movement as personalized beings—that is what we must discover and continue to discover anew. Organized sound is merely a subjective creation of the human being and is not the personalized sound I am discussing. My phrase “give meaning to sound” refers to something other than mere naming and differentiating. It concerns a total image. Both my acceptance and my suspicion of “chance music” stem from this point of view.

I want to carve away the excess to expose the single real existence. I must continue to work, striving always for precision and clarity.

from Confronting Silence: Selected Writings, Toru Takemitsu.

anonymous asked:

so i always see blue diamond in "the answer" pointed out as homophobic & i agree that that is the main parallel being made but also i don't think i've ever rly seen someone bring up how it (probably unintentionally) parallels interracial relationships. ruby was the one who was going to be shattered & honestly the first thing i thought when i saw that scene was how black men would be lynched for any sort of romantic interest in white women? (i don't see sapphire as white but she is higher class)

hmm…well i don’t like equating ruby to a man; i think aside from the allegory to homophobia, it would also be about a relationship restricted by rigid social structures/a social hierarchy, which homeworld clearly loves. i think it’s more about an interclassist relationship.

Nature in her forge

(Roman de la Rose vv. 15897-15905: ‘Nature, whose thoughts were on the things enclosed beneath the sky, had entered her forge, where she was concentrating all her efforts upon the forging of individual creatures to continue the species. For individuals give such life to species that, however much death pursues them, she can never catch up with them.’ – transl. F. Horgan)

Roman de la Rose, Bruges ca. 1490-1500

BL, Harley 4425, fol. 140r


“Down you must go then, each in his turn, to the habitation of the others and accustom yourselves to the observation of the obscure things there. For once habituated you will discern them infinitely better than the dwellers there, and you will know what each of the ‘idols’ is and whereof it is a semblance, because you have seen the reality of the beautiful, the just and the good. So our city will be government by us and you with waking minds…”

- Plato, The Republic (Allegory of the Cave)