mmm quite the predicament we are in
Anyway it is horribly mean and evil that in order to read the fic I want to read I have to write it first. That feels like a crime.
"Are your scopes Jedi-issue, sir?"
"Stay focused, Fives."
Fives and Anakin Skywalker from The Clone Wars season 6 episode 1 "The Unknown"
Let the boys have fun from time to time!
DID I YELL A LOT ABOUT THIS MOMENT? YES, I DID.
I’ve yelled about this very thing before, but to have it smacked right into our faces again in this final season was pretty damn satisfying, because it’s such an important point–in this war, neutrality is not the ethical option.
Neutrality is an ethical option in a galaxy that’s operating on good faith, when both sides are entering into the conflict for valuable reasons and behave reasonably. But that’s not what’s happening in the Clone Wars, where this scene illustrates it beautifully.
Yes, many of the Separatists worlds joined because of disenfranchisement and dissatisfaction with the Republic for very valid reasons, because they were ignored and overlooked and taken advantage of. There were valid reasons for many of them. But where those valid reasons get left in the dust is in the way the Separatist army behaves–they attack and oppress worlds, they enslave the populations, they strongarm and kidnap, or even outright murder leaders who disagree with them.
We see a perfect illustration of this when Bail Organa goes to Toydaria and begs them to let the Republic use them as a staging area to send aid to Ryloth. The Trade Federation shows up and says, no, you can’t do that, because then the Separatists will see that you’re joining the war and all your contracts with us will be void and your economy will tank. Toydaria, known for its compassion, says, no, they can’t do it. Not until the episode progresses and King Katuunko realizes, no, they do have to join the war because the people of Ryloth cannot be left to suffer and be oppressed just for the sake of their neutrality.
(Neutrality that doesn’t even work really. Mandalore tried to be neutral and it was wrecked for it. Scipio tried to be neutral and it was wrecked for it. This war left no one out of it. And, frankly, given the parameters of this war, no one should be sitting it out.)
And then we have “The Wings of Keeradaks”. Where they’ve crash-landed on Skako Minor, the native population saying that they don’t want the Republic bringing war to their village, that the clones and Anakin say they just want to rescue their friend and be gone, but ultimately, yes, war does come to Skako Minor. The war was already there.
And Rex says, yeah, we did bring drag the war over here (it’s left unsaid that Wat Tambor and the Techno Union weren’t going to leave the native population alone for long anyway), but look what they did to one of our people! They stripped his humanity from him, they tried to turn him into nothing more than a machine! You have to choose a side.
Because this isn’t a war where both sides are equally at fault. Yeah, the Republic sucks in a lot of ways, but fighting in the war wasn’t one of those ways, not when this is what the Separatists did. Not when they murdered and oppressed so many worlds, like Ryloth, like Mon Calamari, like Kiros, like the virus they wanted to unleash on Naboo. Not when they literally tortured their prisoners, like Even Piell and Agen Kolar. Not when they literally enslaved people, like aligning themselves with the Zygerrians to restart their slave empire and kidnapping the people of Kiros to make them literal slaves. Not when they’re taking someone like Echo and doing this to him.
Neutrality was not an ethical choice when this was on the table and being done. The Republic needed to fight. The Jedi couldn’t have stood by and watched this happen without doing something. More worlds should have joined this fight and stood up against what the Separatists were doing and made sure their Senators were actually being held accountable for what they were voting for.
In the end, the Poletec people agree to help and even say that the Jedi will always have an ally on Skako Minor.
The people of Skako Minor make a choice because evil must be fought. Just as the people of Onderon made a choice to join the Republic after working with the Jedi, who was fighting evil. Just as the Toydarians joined the war, after listening to Bail, who was fighting evil.
The politics of the prequels are pretty damn fantastic and this episode just nailed yet another point home about why it may not have been just black and white, but sitting it out wasn’t a good option, either. Real people were really being hurt and it’s the duty of the people who live in that galaxy with them to help when they can.
Having some fun, feat. baby Ahsoka
Broke: Rex and his batch all had Latin/Roman inspired names, hence why his name means “king” in Latin
Woke: Rex had a dinosaur hyperfixation and in fact did name himself after the Tyrannosaurus Rex
Oh shit it’s your birthday? Happy birthday! If I’d have known I would have made something for you. Do you have any prompts or requests you might like to see?
Thank you and Ooooooh yes PLEASE I wanna be bent over Maul's knee(s) and spanked so bad it makes my heart ache
The Clones As People and Things At The Drive In Theatre
Decided to take my siblings to our local drive in on route 66 and while the first movie is playing (Top Gun 2, I'm here for Jurassic World next) I had to do one of these bad boys because I forgot how ridiculous people were at these places.
Rex- foot long greasy corn dog I ate as soon as we got here
Echo- cursing as you try and find the fucking drive in channel on the radio because you didn't read the sign at the front
Fives- the high schoolers working security. Bless them they are taking it so seriously
Jesse- the guy next to me already asleep in his lawn chair
Kix- the lady in PJs and slippers down the row, living her best life.
Tup- cash only concession stand without an ATM
Dogma- the dad threatening to take his kids home because they keep going to the bathroom and wanting snacks, running to the playground and back, etc
Hardcase- the oldies music playing before the shows.
Coric- the heart attack I am going to have from eating all of the concessions food
Bly- teen couple making out in the kids beat up pick up trucks bed on our other side
99- golf cart attendants driving around helping people in the dark
Cody- looking up and seeing stars. I love this
Waxer/Boil- kids running and playing tag between the cars
Wolffe- the neon lights and classic vibes of the concessions building
Boost/Sinker- the asshole behind me whose headlights keep turning on every 5 minutes
Hunter- some fucking nerd next to me is dressed up in an aviator jacket and sunglasses like Maverick, to note it is currently 101 degrees Fahrenheit
Wrecker- the massive humps in the parking spots to angle ur car, I swear I almost lost my exhaust
Tech- the kid in the car next to us playing on his iPad instead of watching
Crosshair- the stinky and smelly microscopic bathroom
Omega- the truck bed of kids in my dad truck. Little brothers, nieces, and nephews all bundled up and having a great time 🥰
Howzer- cute manager 👀
Gregor- girl complimented my shirt at the exact same moment I complimented her hair 😭
Fox- the amount of caffeine I drank in order to stay up til 2am for both of these movies
Aayla beloved <3
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[owen lars voice]: mr kenobi. mr kenobi please stop sobbing into my vaporators. there's a perfectly good patch of sand that u can lie facedown in. yeah. any other patch of desert that isnt my front door. please kenobi––yeah of course anakin called you that. that's ur fucking name. christ. god. please get off my lawn
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Image Description: Fives, back turned to viewer, looking at his reflection in the mirror but only seeing Echo. The mirror is foggy, and you can see a handprint on the glass over the chest of Echo/Fives's reflection.
Make some noise if you miss the pulse rifle
Apparently ‘Odd Ball’ is a nickname?? His real name is Davijaan???