Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Curse of Oak Island S05E13


There's a new theory on THAT cross, Rick finds a post in the swamp, there's more finds in "The Dump", and there's another problem in the Money Pit.

What I thought

We’re in the Money Pit area, where the grabber is starting to get the spoils from within the casing of the new hole, called DMT, at about 30ft depth so far. This hole is 10ft south of the previous hole, H8, in the hope to get hold of what they think is an object they moved when drilling H8 – possibly, if that’s what it was, if anything. I’m sceptical how they came to any conclusion that they made have “pushed” an object out of the way previously.

In War Room, Rick, Gary and researcher Doug are present to discuss THAT cross. They call up Xena, Warrior Princess. Ok, not her, but another researcher called Xena, the one who dragged them to France recently. She’s really impressed and excited by the cross and says she believes it’s the Goddess Tanit, which isn’t a Christian cross at all. This doesn’t rule out the Templar’s as they were known to revere this goddess too. They also tell her about the middle eastern bone fragments found in the Money Pit’s H8, which almost causes her to explode with joy. She needs a serious lie down after that.

Back into the Swamp area now, and Rick and Charles are there, following up on their new rights to access Fred Nolan’s property by draining the very north portion of the Swamp. Don’t worry, they have permission.

We’re also back in “The Dump” from last week, where pottery was found. Things have really accelerated as it’s like a real dump site now of earth and trenches everywhere. Boom! Lagina style! Gary is metal detecting with Jim and Jack. First up, he finds a decorative hinge, probably from a chest. Jim finds another hinge, it’s a rather plain one though.

Next Day, the Lagina brothers, Gary and Alex head back to the swamp which has now drained. Well, a small portion of it in the North. The guys wade through sludge and water whilst metal detecting and hacking about. Rick finds a wooden post that’s axe shaped at the end, possibly one of the survey posts used to map out the area to validate Fred Nolan’s theory that a pirate ship was sunk and hidden under the swamp.

Next day, at the money pit, they are down to 70ft now, and mostly pulling up earth. Then, OIL LEAK! The oscillator shuts down. The grabber can keep going but they reckon there’s an object blocking the path but it’s not rock. They are going to use a massive chisel piece to break up the object. Hopefully it’s not a treasure chest they are bashing. In the spills, Gary finds some of metal teeth from the casing, showing that whatever the object is they have reached in the shaft, it’s cutting off the teeth! There’s a crisis meeting, and they decide to send a camera down the casing to find out what the obstruction is. Naturally, this looks like a very good moment to speculate wildly by the narrator and end the episode with us just getting excited.

Rating 5/10 - Not a lot to report in this episode that's anything really significant.

Xena is not referring to the mobile phone.

Rick decides against using a bucket and gets in the hose.

It's a decorative hinge - or was.

Charles finds a less decorative hinge.

It's another post in the Swamp.

Monday, 2 April 2018

The Curse of Oak Island S05E12


Tom Nolan takes over his father's island venture, sharing information, as more supported evidence comes from experts about the cross and finds from H8.

My Thoughts

In the War Room a few of the team meet to discuss that cross from Smith’s Cove with Jerry Glover, the French Templar’s expert we met a few episodes ago. He concludes that the cross is like the graffiti on the castle room walls at Domme (which the Templars made) and reveals other evidence that suggest the cross was probably 13th century but could have been worn by anyone of any class. Still, at least we have a better idea of date. Like Gary said last week: it’s an oldie.

Rick and Charles head miles NE to Waverly to meet fellow Oak Island property owner, Tom Nolan, the son of Fred Nolan. It’s a little emotional, given the situation that his dad did so much towards Oak Island but never got a real conclusion. Tom kindly agrees to do whatever is needed to help Rick and Co solve the mystery. He also shows them the maps that Fred created surveying the island over 50 years. Those maps are so full of lines and dots that you can see the work Fred put into it; Fred was very methodical in regard to these survey maps.  Then then talk about the swamp, and how Fred found what he believed were 15th century ish surveying marker posts for whatever went on in the swamp. Tom then shows them a metal key, which folds in half, that Fred found on the island. There’s also a cross in the handle part of the key. Odd. How structurally safe is that key turning a stiff lock?
Next day the two are in the house with the maps all laid out on the floor. Clearly these are photocopies of the maps as they are on white sheets and not translucent ones which we saw before. Given the lack of any supporting information, exactly what the map shows, or its scale is totally unknown and requires more work.

Later, the gang are out in Lot 21, one of Fred’s Plots, to do some metal detecting, via way of a Lagina style JCB. They are digging a trench to find what is described by Fred Nolan as a dumping site near his house. Here he found a ton of pottery years ago. There were traces of mercury found in this site, which was also found down the Money Pit. First up there are plenty of rusty nails before Jim notices a selection of pottery. Finding this amount suggests to the gang that they’ve found the dump site, although I’d say it’s early days myself. So quick to jump to conclusions this lot.

Jack and Alex are in Halifax, to meet Joe Landry, a book binding expert and his female apprentice, whom both Jack and especially Alex seem enamoured by. Joe concludes that what they found down H8 is parchment and book binding material, as well as that the coloured piece of wood (which I don’t recall seeing before) is likely “bleached” with a purple substance usually used in religious and important documents. He’s really fuelled these guys with all sorts of words they wanted to hear! If it is evidence of book down the Money Pit, it’s probably in pieces by now!

Rick and Gary head to Dan Blankenship’s house and show him the lead cross; there’s nothing new gained here though. Nor are the final few minutes which is simply watching the oscillating casing start drilling in Drake’s named hole.

Rating 6/10 - Not a lot new really in this episode that we didn't already suspect, aside from more confirmation from experts.

Rick and Jim meet Tom Nolan where they see those famous maps again.

Tom gives them a key, but to what?

Twister - Oak Island style.

Jim's eagle eyes perform amazingly here as he finds pottery.

Alex is in loooooovveeeeeeeeee.

This expert says that the parchment and binding are exactly that without any close examination.

The Curse of Oak Island S05E11


H8 produces only miniscule results, Smith's Cove produces a few more intriguing finds, and there are lots of meetings in the War Room.

My Thoughts

In War Room with lots of the gang and extras Laird and Gary talking about that cross found in the same day, primarily to show Laird who doesn’t actually say very much other than he’s not seen anything like it before. Well, other than every other cross in existence over 2000 years of course. The conclusion is to find an ancient artefact expert.

In the Money Pit, 2 days later, the casing drill is going down another 5 feet after last episode’s pause. More spills are being investigated from 150ft, with a lovely piece of pottery being discovered. Seems there was a lot of tea parties in the Money Pit in the past. Very intriguing piece as it has a decorative leaf on it. Back with the drill and it’s slipped through 10ft of nothing from 162ft to 170ft ish. Is it the chapel vault or a shaft?

Gary and Rick head back to Smith’s Cove to do more metal detecting. This time they find some sort of lead spoon handle near to where the cross was found. Interesting item, I’m not sure what it is. Minutes later they did up a long thin strip of brass, maybe from the side of a ship.

Back in Money Pit and the casing is at 168ft odd. More spoils work from 162ft and there’s some leather and bone, probably from a joint. On the whole though, they’ve found little more with the larger casing than they did from the smaller Geotech one. Everyone is disappointed although I’m not surprised as I thought their theory on it being a solid hole to drill larger was a little inconclusive.

In the War Room, it’s a big meeting time as there’s also a GeoPhysicist present who believes he has important information to help the team after he put a sensor down every of the Geotech small boreholes several weeks ago – don’t they all say that! His computer graphics shows lots of lines from going down the holes in a 3D grid with shapes at various depths in some places which depict anomalies of various strengths. Near where H8 is, there are some larger anomalies about 150-160ft deep and spread other about 7 foot wide.

Next day, another War Room meeting, this time with geologist and historian in tow. Several give their views on what to do next, with most understandably on the “let’s keep going” point of view. Craig Tester announces that he’s probably not going to come back after this season, as he’s still grieving; it must be very hard to be on the island for him. Eventually the gang decide to plough more money on another hole in the Money Pit, based once again on circumstantial evidence and a whim. Hey, it’s their money, not mine.

Rating - 6/10 - The finds help drag this episode out of the ordinary, even if they don't really add anything new to things.

Another interesting piece of pottery coming out of H8.

Smith's Cove reveals a strip of brass.

And, more lead, this time in form of a handle to a spoon perhaps.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

The Curse of Oak Island S05E10


The team unearths a ship's log detailing the burial of treasure on an island eerily similar to Oak Island.

What I thought

At the Money Pit, excavation on H8 has reached 115ft. They are turning up a lot of wood from centuries of previous treasure hunters, most likely the Chappell shaft from early 1900s. The big hammer picker is being used to bring up all the spoils from within the casing as they head towards 150ft.

In War Room, researcher Doug Crowell Is back with the gang to reveal more: 6 pages of a ship’s log from a French fleet in 1700s who were on their way to battle the British and take back Nova Scotia. They failed due to sickness and weather to even begin the siege. Over 100 of them died on the crossing, including the duke in charge (who was a Larchwood). The log entry (in English??) says they decided to dig a pit on an island, of which references in the text suggest it’s in vicinity of Oak Island. Marty doubts it due to how “perfect” it is although I’m still wondering why it’s in English when it’s a French fleet?

Now that the casing is at 155ft and grabber at 150ft, Rick wants to go a little more carefully as it’s near where they believe the anomaly is that they found last week. Now, at this depth, the spoils first go to an area to be metal detected by Gary Drayton before being put on a custom-built wash table to be cleaned and searched more thoroughly. With the pressure of that water hose on the contents that Jack uses, I wouldn’t be surprised if he nukes any evidence! Gary has a few finds in the spoils; first a small metallic nail of sorts (it’s not really explained) before he comes up with a decent sized metal spike with some concrete still on it. This must be from Chappell vault as they didn’t have concrete hundreds of years ago. In the next spoils more goodies start to appear, like a pick n mix as there’s bone, pottery, bolts and glass. As the casing reaches 170ft, things grind to a halt as the chief guy controlling the equipment says that the pressure is so high he feels they are on top of something significant, although they feel it’s wood. Seems it’s not just the pressure from x millions spent that’s on everyone’s shoulders …

It’s time for a meeting to discuss what’s next which basically means they decide to keep going; didn’t see that coming did we? Rick is still worried about destroying any finds, which is sensible, although most of their methodology in the past has hardly been gentle. However, whilst the casing is given new teeth and the outer casing made permanent, Rick and Gary head to Smith’s Cove for more metal detection. Here they first find a modern bottle top before the discovery of the season so far; a lead cross!! Rick reckons it looks like the crosses etched on the wall of the castle room in France that he saw made by the Knight Templars. I see similarities, I agree. Gary reckons it’s old. Something like 1200s-1600s. It certainly looks crude and an old style. It’s got everyone excited, including me, as this appears to be a very significant find, and a fascinating one.

Rating: 8/10 – Numerous smaller finds from H8 show real promise, but the find of the cross just knocks the socks off everything else.

The grabber continues to get all the spoils from H8.

Gary does his metal magic.

Jack insures they keep the workload down by nuking any evidence in the spoils.

Gary finds a spike.

The spoils reveal more bone.

Jack relives his childhood by rolling in the mud.

Gary and Rick find a lead cross!

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Curse of Oak Island S05E09


A research expedition to a French castle reveals new clues, including ancient carvings that could link the Knights Templar to Oak Island.

What I thought

In Money Pit the large 50” hole in H8 is starting to take shape with only 10ft done thus far. Casing is being joined up and prepped but it’ll be several days until they get down to a decent depth of 200ft.

Meanwhile, in PARIS, Rick, Alex and Peter are off to meet their new researcher Nichola and head on a train to meet the Rochefoucauld family in Charente whilst nattering about the last 5 seasons and more of Oak Island history. Hopefully they didn’t do a narrator recap every 5 minutes to her. However, we do get a reminder of a large rock on Oak Island with symbols on it that was blown up in 1921 in the hope of finding treasure underneath but alas they found nothing and destroyed evidence in process. And to think I complain and the Laginas??? However, one small rock did remain with H O on it as well as a cross with symbols around it which the Knight’s Templar also had on their shields and that it might be written in Greek. The researcher is really convinced on the Templars being involved. At Rochefoucauld Castle, they are greeted by the curator to show them around. This castle begun being created in late 10th century to protect against Vikings. Rick shows off the map with the family name on it. She says her family were involved in the crusades and may as well met the Templars, but she’s not heard of any evidence. She says the writing on that map is in Old French (or slang) and says the top right writing relates to ‘in the direction’ of, and not something about a drink that the researcher thought, who probably was consuming a few bottles whilst she was doing the translation! She gives them the keys to go down the tunnels underneath the castle which has no foundations but is instead on top of a large rock. It’s impressive down there but there’s no carvings, which she says is probably because they’ve been washed away as river used to be diverted down there. Now that’s how you clear up a mystery quickly!

Next day in France the team head to the village of Domme, were they met Jerry Glover, a Templar expert, who has arranged them to visit a 14th century castle called The Dome; I see what they did there with the village name. The Knight Templars were arrested, imprisoned and executed here and thus spent a lot of time banged up in a building where they carved lots of various shapes on the wall (allegedly via their teeth!!!), of which the expert says to Rick that what Rick calls the Templar Cross isn’t exclusive to the Templars but more used by crusades. Rick also believes that one of the symbols looks like the Rochefoucauld family emblem. Is that a link? It’s safe to say that this expert gave more information about Templars than the Rochefoucauld lady although she did translate a bit of the map. There’s also a link, made by Rick, of the tree of life symbol to Nolan’s Cross. This concludes their visit to France, which in my view was totally unnecessary as all this information they could have got elsewhere or via the new technology called the Internet. Maybe Rick had built up some airmiles to use?

Back on Lot 24, Samuel Ball’s lot, with Gary the metal master, Laird the archaeologist, Marty and Jim. Laird has them doing things properly as they gradually remove dirt, sift it and slowly uncover more rocks. Laird thinks the stone formations indicate a man-made floor, but it’s not a large structure so maybe a lookout post? They also find some pottery that Laird dates to around 18th century.

War Room meeting, everyone is back. They go over pretty much what we’ve just seen from their France visit. It’s the same old stuff regurgitated, as is the last minute of the episode as the casing in the Money Pit is shown drilling onwards to it’s first target of 100ft odd.

Rating 5/10 – I understand their visit to France but all of that could have been gained quicker and just as easily without heading anywhere. On the island, very little activity or progress.

More drilling in H8 as they reach a massive 10ft deep.

Bonjour! The 3 walk the streets of France.

This whole episode felt like a long train ride.

Laird has the gang doing things the right and long way.

Somebody's teapot is found in the lot. Ok, it's 18th century but could of been part of anything.

Despite an intercom and doorbell, Rick knocks on door, where of course the owner is waiting just behind.

The castle owner corrects the historian.

As Rick and Peter touch the ceiling, the historian prays all doesn't cave in.

Welcome to the Dome Castle!

Inside, they look at carvings by the Knight Templars.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Curse of Oak Island S05E08

Dan's Breakthrough


New evidence confirms a European presence on Oak Island 100 years before the discovery of the Money Pit.

What I thought

The main 3, Rick, Marty and Craig, arrive in the Money Pit, which is now full of cranes and other machinery. We’re reminded of the GeoTech system for the 44th time, which is handy because they apparently drilled 44 smaller holes to narrow down where the Money Pit was. Now, they begin to make the bigger 50” hole down the magic hole that is H8 using a rotating oscillator. Well, not quite yet, as they first use a JCB to start the hole, whilst Marty drops a coin down the current plastic coated H8 hole for “Good luck”. You know, if they don’t find that coin again, I’ll be worried. Anyhow, there’s more heavy-duty equipment yet to arrive before drilling commences.

In War Room, a small gang, including Dan Blankenship, assemble to hear results of carbon dating on those two bone fragments found deep down H8. The Middle East bone is dated to 1682-1736 with the European one dated 1678-1764. Puzzling. Naturally, the Knights Templar are mentioned once again as possibilities. They’ve got to be flavour of the month on Oak Island?

Back in that pub, a whole lot of the gang are there to meet historian Doug once more. We’re going back to last season now and the 14th century hand drawn map from Zena Halpern, another researcher. See S04E12. On that same piece of paper that had that map was some text which Doug has researched and connected to a family of kings linked to the crusades. More research needed it seems Doug.

On Lot 16, north of Money Pit, Gary the metal detector wizard is with Jim, Ricky and Marty where two 17th century coins had been discovered previously. First up, they find a small horseshoe. That’s lucky right? Well, it’s part of a horseshoe. There’s then discussion about the depressions in this area that look like wells but are believed to be search pits from previous treasure hunters. Next, Gary finds something a good 12 inches deep, finally digging up what Marty thinks is from a cannon. Possibly it’s ammunition called grapeshot. Not much further away, Gary digs up a coin, irregularly shaped (usually meaning old). It’s hard to see anything on it so it needs cleaning.

Alex, Peter and Jim (the regular researching gang it seems) go to meet Doug at the centre of geographic sciences some 80 miles away. It’s all about Rochefoucauld this time, the name on that map, and finding any links to that French family and Oak Island. There’s talk about Samuel de Champlain, a cartographer who made a 17th century map that bizarrely omitted Mahone Bay, where Oak Island is located. They then find a book about Du Gua, who was one of the first settlers in Nova Scotia who has a family tree saying that a member of the Rochefoucauld  married into the Du Gua family. Fireworks go off, and more connections than a telephone exchange are made in gang’s minds. Rick and Alex meet later in War Room to chat to Nichola Lewis, a researcher in France via skype, who has been hired to help them liaise with the Rochefoucauld family. She’s setup a meeting with a Rochefoucauld who lives in the namesake castle. I feel a longer trip coming on.

At the Money Pit the gang inspect the grabber machinery and casing for H8. More equipment is then setup for the large casing drill site including a custom-built oscillator. No wonder it’s expensive! There’s an emotional moment as Ricky names the casing ‘Dan’s breakthrough’ and Jack writes with chalk ‘Forever Family’ on the casing in memory of his brother, before Dan Blankenship starts the oscillator going on H8. Oh, it’s starting to get exciting so it’s time to … Cue the credits …

Rating 5/10 - Drilling getting ready to commence, ammunition, an unidentified coin and more potentially wacky links to Oak Island, mean this is classic episode for the show.

Marty drops a coin for luck down H8.

Gary digs up a horseshoe.

... then a grapeshot

... then a coin!

A map with Oak Island omitted.

The casing for H8 is given an emotional naming.

Dan the man starts the oscillator on H8.

Star Wars Rebels S04E12 "Wolves and a Door" & S04E13 "A world between worlds"


Ezra and the Ghost crew learn the Empire has plans for the Jedi Temple on Lothal. While the other rebels engage the Imperial forces outside the Jedi temple, Ezra gains access inside and experiences a revelation.

What I thought

After the traumatic events of the previous double-episode, we're back with another two that are so closely aligned that to watch them in two parts is almost cruel. Thankfully, most of us get to see them back-to-back, as they really should be. If you thought Rebels could not ever be a touch on The Clone Wars, then think again, as it came mighty close here.

Leading straight on from last week, Ezra leads the gang via the Lothal style of public transportation, the Loth Wolves, who take the gang, via a force dimensional jump of sorts, to near where the Empire is busy in a quarry working on getting into the jedi temple. Yes, previously this temple was above ground but the Empire has been very busy digging deeper and trying to get in. They've hit a wall though. Literally. It's a wall with a mural on it that anyone who has seen The Clones Wars will recognize for it depicts the Mortis Gods. Sabine and Ezra sneak in disguise into the quarry to investigate the mural in a rather frank fashion. Security checks in the Empire are still not really up to much quality although I guess they don't suspect intruders. Via Chopper, they listen in to a transmission between the overseer of the quarry investigation, Minister Veris Hydan and ... THE EMPEROR! OMG. Yes, he's here and it's awesome. Ok, he's via hologram but just hearing and seeing him in conversation with the minister is brilliant and absorbing. And, what a joy it is to actually discover more about these background characters in terms of the minister, whom we've seen numerous times in Star Wars lurking around the Emperor, but never knowing what they actually do. Of course, in Rogue One, Vader had one of those robed men in his castle who actually spoke a few words, but this is the most we've ever seen of them and it's a great payoff for a long overdue years of wondering. It seems, as one might expect, they work for the Emperor and take on a somewhat Sith Religious Investigator role for he's there to find out more about the Jedi Temple on behalf of the Emperor who wants to unlock it's secrets which he knows will help him control the past and future.

Whilst Ezra checks out the mural closer, finally someone notices Sabine's stormtrooper disguise as she's randomly standing around in a secure location.  Ezra meanwhile, remembering the hand stone tablet he got from the Loth Wolves, presses in force wise on the Daughter's hands on the painting, which activates the painting, bringing it to life! This is an absolutely amazing sequence of events, watching parts of a painting light up, move and play out a scene. The loth wolves in the painting run away, which Ezra follows further along the wall until they form a circle which is the entrance to the portal. Guards finally notice all this fireworks and lights, alerting the minister, whom tries to stop Ezra but it's too late, as Ezra enters the portal.

Sabine is brought before the Minister. This is an extra opportunity to learn more about him. In a rather Thrawn like similarity, his office is full of various paintings. Because Sabine likes art and does graffiti, the Minister keeps her about to discuss the main painting. This is a little odd. She's hardly a renowned Turner Prize winner, but given he can't work out anything more about the painting, I guess he's desperate to please his Emperor. She reveals the hands are the key, something I'd have thought he'd have worked out by now.

Inside the portal we have a sort of stargate like look and feel as numerous shaped gateways are joined together by paths that are spread in all sorts of directions against the vast openness of black space. There's a lot of voices occasionally in the background, most of which we will recognize from the Star Wars universe. Drawn to the attention of a bird on top of one of the portal gates, Ezra sees Ahsoka Tano's battle with Vader from Series 2 appear. With Vader on the attack, Ezra reaches in to pull Ahsoka out of the battle! WTF? Yes, Ahsoka is back! In this world between world, it seems the past and future is sort of available on some level to those within the portal. In some ways it's made to look easy to do what you want in here, but I somewhat doubt it's anything like on-demand access to Time Travel. For starters, access was restricted to within the Temple, and via an instructional tablet. Also, why did Ezra see Ahsoka's battle out of a million and 1 other things he could have witnessed and been interested in from the past or future? He later does see Kanan's last stand from last week in another portal but is talked out of saving Kanan by Ahsoka. She knows that wouldn't be right, and would have condemned them all to death as Kanan couldn't save them last week without sacrificing himself. Quite how Ahsoka works this all out so quickly, with little information, I'll put aside for now. Taught a lesson, to let his master "go", there's a new threat as the Emperor appears behind one of the portal windows and starts firing force fire/lightning at them, trying it seems to capture them and thus help him link to the portal properly. Both escape via separate portals, barely, from the Emperor, with Ahsoka ending up back where she was on Malachor, and Ezra popping out in the quarry. Quite convenient that they both took the right portals, or is this just the will of the force guiding them?

With Chopper, Zeb and Hera causing all sorts of chaos for the Imperial forces and rescuing Sabine along the way, they help Ezra seal the portal (by way of force holding the Son's hand on the painting) and then leg it out of the quarry as everything starts to demolish itself, leading to the temple eventually disappearing and just barren land remaining. 

Although it seems this was guidance by the loth wolves to save the temple from the Empire, it was also somewhat somehow contrived by Kanan as a last lesson for Ezra. Exactly how Ahsoka played into proceedings, either by the will of the loth wolves, Kanan or just the force, I don't know. Also, the Empire must have been working on this temple for many months, if not years, but at 11th hour the wolves let Ezra know?

Sure, there's a few questions generated but this is a magnificent episode that is absolutely gorgeously rendered, not least by the animated painting, which is simply the best thing I've seen in a cartoon ever. We also get the Emperor, who steals every scene he's in, and learn more about his minions and what he's getting up to now that he's leaving running the actual Empire to his subordinates.

Rating - 9/10 - Things don't get much better than this, although a little more context would have helped me just a tad.

What I liked
  • The Emperor - he's a showstopper!
  • Minster Veris Hydan - learning about him and these servants of the Emperor was totally engaging.
  • Death Troopers! They even spoke in code for once.
  • Painting design and movement is best thing ever in a cartoon.
  • The internal workings of the portal just create so many questions!
  • Ahsoka Tano - need I say more?

What I didn't like
  • Unsure what the "point" was here. It's said that it was Kanan's last lesson, but it really was to shut down the portal I guess? Did Kanan have any input into Ashoka in this? There's a little something here missing that I can't put my finger on.

The quickest way across Lothal is via the Loth Wolves.

Very Indiana Jones like, this is the quarry.

Here's the minister, complete with a hump.

Moooorrreeeeeeeee, give me mooorrreeee Emperor.

Absolutely no one else notices Sabine and Ezra in the restricted zone.

The painting comes to life!

The wolves form the gateway.

Inside the portal, stargate style!

Don't fall!

Ezra rescues Ahsoka.

But leaves Kanan.
Sabine and the Minister talk art.

The Emperor tries to get inside the portal.

Ezra deactivates the portal.