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The Resistance Report: The Platform Classic

OK guys, I am so ready to dive into The Platform Classic and all its fascinating backstory reveals, character complexities, and pure heart! So let’s get goin’ why don’t we?

Contains spoilers from Resistance episodes The Recruit, Fuel For The Fire, Synara’s Score, and The Platform Classic, and Rebels episodes Homecoming and the Legacy Of Mandalore storyarc

After spending last week’s Report talking about soul sisters, it seems super appropriate that today we’re talking blood brothers. I seriously did not see that coming at all, and not just because Marcus’s stage name threw me off for two seconds (though I was fairly sure “Speedstar” was a little too on-the-nose to be a real StarWarsian surname). A lot of the surprise is simply that I’m not used to this kind of story/character progression in animated Star Wars, primarily with Rebels. Considering how long it took to reveal all of Sabine’s backstory and family life — with just small keys in the earlier seasons before delving in deep in the third and fourth — I was expecting a similar pattern for Team Fireball here. It already felt like a lot learning as much as we did about Tam last episode, so I was rather unprepared for so many shockers in this episode. It’s not like we hadn’t had some clues to Yeager’s past leading up to this — his hesitance to get involved with the Resistance, the family holophoto — but again, to me, that felt in line with the Rebels method of leaving a trail of keys little by little. Never did I expect the sheer explosion of reveals that awaited me! I’m certainly not complaining, though; just fascinated by why the writers have made these story moves, and what these story moves might mean in the future. Because though we learned a great deal about Jarek Yeager today, I know we don’t know everything (like that aforementioned hesitance in The Recruit). Much intrigue!

So going into this episode, I again was mentally referring back to Rebels, because I believe it’s in episodes like Homecoming and Legacy Of Mandalore that we got a feel for the Star Wars flawed-family-reunion. No doubt what Hera and Sabine went through with their families was terrible, but in some ways, Jarek and Marcus’s reunion is even worse. While the Syndullas and Wrens share similar struggles with the Yeagers, like losing family, and prideful decisions resulting in horrible mistakes, there is one major difference that’s very important: war did not have a hand in the Yeagers’ division. That means there was no third party to shift the blame to, and interestingly, no obvious common goal (like fighting the Empire) to reunite them. This actually makes Jarek and Marcus’s family struggle even more relatable, more painful. Even if none of us has ever made a mistake that life-shattering, who among us hasn’t still made a terrible mistake that hurt someone dear to us, whether a sibling, or other family member or friend? A mistake we so wish we could fix, angry words we wish we could take back? The Platform Classic offers a familiar lesson about family and forgiveness, but the way the story comes together puts a new spin on it, and makes the lesson powerfully personal, just in case we didn’t get it the first couple times around (and let’s be honest, most of us need to re-learn this lesson constantly, me included).

Yes, the Yeagers’ reunion is definitely one of the absolute most painful in SW history. The enthusiasm in the room is gone in one quick stroke, like an airlock was opened and sucked it all away. Yeager’s conversations with his brother are icy cold for much of the episode. It’s like Yeager has no emotion left whatsoever. This is especially prevalent when the brothers are off to the races, and Yeager says bluntly, “You came here to lose,”. A phrase likely said with jovial brotherly competitiveness decades ago, is now just spoken as harsh fact, made all the harsher for us in the audience who know that it’s not just Marcus’s mechanic whose life is at stake with this race, but his only friend. Not to mention, of course, how Yeager finishes that sentence, But how else would you talk to someone who was responsible for the death of your family? Man alive, when they finally revealed that as the accident, I was just thrown. It’s not that I didn’t sort of wonder if that’s what happened the more we delved into each brother’s side of the story, but actually hearing Yeager confirm that… I hurt for them both so badly. Again, it’s just so personal. It’s not war, it’s not politics, it was one terrible accident. And it’s such a terrible accident, that my first instinct is to assume it would be nearly impossible to get past. No wonder Yeager has lost almost all feeling, no wonder he has no passion left for racing. But that’s maybe what makes his ultimate forgiveness of his brother so striking. It doesn’t mean that Yeager doesn’t still have a lot to work through, it doesn’t mean everything is automatically better between them, but the fact he took such a difficult step and accepted Marcus’s apologies after all this time, the fact he still found it in him somehow to hug his brother… that speaks infinite volumes. *Applauds Lucasfilm once again*

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– OK one of the best moments in the whole episode is within the first ten seconds where, if you look carefully, you’ll find BB-8 and Bucket are clearly having a disagreement and ramming into each other XD Either that, or Bucket just can’t see well.
– Kaz on his knees backwards in a “desk” chair is such a wonderfully relatable thing to see. The enthusiasm goin’ around is contagious!
– My literal train of thought at this point on my first viewing: oh nooo you’re not planning a surprise party for Yeager, are you Kaz? I don’t foresee that going well… but it would be gloriously hilarious! Very Emperor’s New Groove X)
– Whoa you guys. Doza has the classiest hairstyle.
– Marcus’s black-and-purple look is on point!
– I’m not surprised Marcus decided on a name change. There’s something about the name “Yeager” that calls to mind “Eeyore”. That might suit Jarek, but not his spontaneous little bro. Of course, the name change might be more to do with that past tragedy instead. Hard to say.
– Ohhh dear nobody seems to have good experiences with the Guavian Death Gang.
– Hmm I guess “genarians” is the SW galaxy’s politically-correct species-neutral term for “gentlemen”?
– *Shoves Kaz over* “There. You’ve got my best mechanic.” Haha yes I see what you did dere Yeager. Well. Played. (Sorry Kaz)
– OH HELLO THAT IS A PRETTY SHIP RIGHT THERE. If you guys remember the way this site looked before, you know I’m really into purple 🙂
– Well there’s something I didn’t know about niktos. But I’m glad to know that unshakable loyalty isn’t just Neeku’s thing.
– I’ve never seen Bucket so happy! In fact I wasn’t certain he had the ability to be happy. Also, when Yeager was talking to Bucket, I think that’s the happiest Yeager has ever sounded. At least in this episode for sure.
– Still get so hyped watching those fast beautiful machines go!
– This, little pit droid, is why we don’t sit on the railing here. Or sit behind Kaz XP
– The fact the Yeagers can have such an important, emotional conversation while flying at a zillion miles an hour is pretty mind-blowing.
– BB-8’s all “Uh sorry but you are still no Poe Dameron, man.” But it’s OK Kaz. If you get Yeager to be your friend the way BB-8’s your friend (and I do believe he is, in a Pinocchio-Jiminy Cricket kind of way), you’ll still be doing pretty good 🙂

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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The Resistance Report: Synara’s Score

Ready for another Resistance Report? I hope so, ’cause I’m always up for more Resistance! Join me as I dig into some of the most interesting and intriguing story elements in Synara’s Score.

Contains spoilers from Resistance episodes Fuel For The Fire, The High Tower, Signal From Sector Six, and Synara’s Score. Also a couple character arc-related spoilers from TCW and Rebels that hopefully you know already.

So when I said we’d be digging into some of the most interesting and intriguing story elements this episode, I was mainly thinking of one big specific story element — the unexpected friendship that forms between Tam and Synara. But it’s a story element with a lot of little story elements worth taking the time to chew on. Don’t worry, there will be some Twilight’s Highlights at the end to add some extra flavor 🙂

As soon as I saw Tam and Synara chatting and sharing life stories (sort of), I couldn’t help but instantly hurt for Tam. It wasn’t that long ago we learned how she’d befriended Hype — and then he’d decided he was too cool to hang with her. And now here she is befriending someone we know to be a doublecrossing pirate! But yet, I so understand. Tam really really needs a sister. How could she not want that, when she’s stuck at her work-home with Kaz and Neeku all the time? Having a gal-pal to talk to makes all the difference when you’ve got a brother (or two, in Tam’s case) at home, I know that from experience! Plus, they already have a lot in common — shared aspirations, a shared interest in mechanics. The only thing better than a gal-pal is a gal-pal who just gets you! It’s heartbreaking to think that Tam could get hurt all over again. Like I’ve said before, what’s made Tam such an interesting character thus far is that she comes off suspicious and jaded, but she clearly craves friendship. She needs people in her life who care, who encourage, who stand by her. She doesn’t have her real family to do that for her, so she looks to those who could be thicker-than-blood friend-family. It’s not that she doesn’t have that in some ways, of course. Kaz and Neeku are her adoptive bros. However, I think Tam hasn’t yet taken the time to truly appreciate their friendship. Perhaps, like Kaz (as we discussed on Fuel For The Fire), Tam has this very particular idea of what a real friend’s supposed to look like. Something seemingly bigger and better than just the folks she’s stuck with. But what I hope Tam and Kaz ultimately learn, whatever happens, is that best friends rarely come in perfect packages. It’s not just the friends who never annoy you, never argue with you, and always share your favorite things. Thicker-than-blood family is made of people who care, encourage, and stand by you, whether they “get you” or not. Maybe that’s what it’s really supposed to be when someone “gets you” — something deeper than lunch break hangouts and common interests.

But with that being said, this doesn’t mean that Tam and Synara aren’t destined to be soul-sisters. I was so pleasantly surprised to see the respect on Synara’s face when Tam saved her. But yet, maybe not as surprised as I could’ve been. Though Synara only speaks vaguely of her past, and under the guise of her scavenger alter-ego, there’s little doubt that she had to have come from hard times to be a pirate. That shared desire for something greater has to be genuine. Plus, as far as I know, Kragan’s crew is mostly made up of guys, so I can’t imagine the idea of a having a little sister wouldn’t hold some appeal. Beyond that though, it’s clear she’s not all that chummy with them, either (yeah I’m lookin’ at you jerk weequay boi). What Synara has with her crewmembers can’t be anything close to the friend-family bonds Tam has with her crew. Certainly, I doubt any of Syn’s “friends” would be so quick to rush out and help her in a fight. I’m not saying this guarantees Synara puts her life of crime behind her and stays BFFs with Tam, but the fact that Tam’s kindness seems to have made a real impression on her… I think there’s a chance they could still be sisters 🙂 I love stories where we follow an antagonist’s journey from baddie to hero. Will Synara join the ranks of the Ventresses and Kalluses of the galaxy? We can only wait and watch! (Yes I know I’m terribly behind on Resistance. I’ll keep working on it)

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– Is that gorg here for lunch or a visit? And is it the same gorg from last time??
– Is it wrong that I rather admire the way Flix so classily calls Kaz an idiot? Perhaps it’s something about the guy’s voice…
– You make some really good friends, Kaz… when will the day come this guy becomes a better judge of character? Well, not with Tam and Neeku and all… I’m thinking more of the hotshots he hung out with a few episodes ago. And Synara, of course. Apparently…?
– Interesting. How long is “a while back”? Wonder why Synara waited so long to cause trouble. Well, that actually makes sense. She’s a smart pirate.
– Right because you’re sooo good with dangerous people… you can barely handle Tam!
– Just noticed Kragan’s edgy-cool face tat. The #DesignGoals never stop around here!
– Oh so now you want to be friendly, huh Synara? “Hey guys!! How’re my besties? I brought some potato chips! Get it ’cause I got you guys that chip earlier?”
– This would be a good time for a Jedi mind trick. Too bad we don’t have any Jedi ’round here.
– Omg there are two other lasat. That makes me feel better about the one who got eaten. They look awfully alike — I bet they’re brothers.
– Funny that Tam and Yeager hold their own pretty well in a fight, but Kaz? Well… Force’s just with him.
– Kaz is like “OW. What is even the point of this shoulder armor?!”

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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The Resistance Report: The High Tower

You guys, things are getting so good on Resistance, and that means it’s high-time I get bloggin’! Now don’t mind me… I’m just gonna take a casual visit to The High Tower and see what I can write on… *Sneaks on over in a Kaz-like manner* *Immediately trips over Bucket*

Contains spoilers from Episode VI and Resistance episodes The Recruit, Fuel For The Fire, and The High Tower

First of all WHOA YOU GUYS, THIS IS MY 200TH POST! I almost can’t believe I made it this far… now back to my Resistance ramblings.

After watching Kaz make some less-than-stellar friends last time ’round, it’s really nice seeing him in a friendlier place with Tam and Neeku. Even if Tam still treats Bucket with more respect and Neeku’s still… well, Neeku. Ah well, the road to true friendship is not always easily-walked. But they’re looking a little more like a real crew-family already! Just seeing them chat over drinks gives me some warm fuzzies, because it says to me that, despite all their differences, Kaz genuinely appreciates their company and wants to be friends, not just a reluctant alliance that’s part of his secret job. It’s just too fun spending time with this fabulous threesome this episode. I love ’em more the more I get to know them!

And in particular today we got to know more about Tam as Hype Fazon came into the picture. If there was one thing I knew about Hype before the series debuted (from just those early character introduction videos), it was that he looked like the last person someone like Tam would’ve been friends with. Hype was clearly the definition of “hotshot”, and Tam has never been one with the friendliest disposition… or so it seemed. But this fractured friendship might explain some of her edge. Will be interesting to dig into her past more. But as is true to just about everything Star Wars, I think this’ll be something we’ll be uncovering slowly, piece by piece.
Also Hype Fazon is a pretty cool dude despite his Starkiller Base-sized ego. Honestly, I love ridiculously flawed characters like him… especially when they seem blissfully unaware of how flawed they really are XD And yes, he does get lots of points for his epic name. I think I might have to name someone or something after him. No, not my kid, that might be going too far…

OK, so remember back on my post for The Recruit I mentioned I had a theory in mind as to who the First Order spy was? You can imagine my surprise when right off the bat, Aunt Z’s theory was the same as mine! I was kind of excited to think I might be right, but as the episode went on, my certainty waned. Prior to this episode, Captain Doza made sense because he was in a high place of power, and that power could go either way. Doza might be in the market for more power and want to work with the First Order, or, the First Order might be expecting him to share that power and he has no choice. And at the same time, he’d also make for an unexpected traitor; all we saw of him in those character introductions was him being Torra’s worrisome, caring daddy. Who would suspect that? Having seen the episode now, I still don’t know. The truth might simply be the truth, and this makes Doza the spy… but this could just be a cleverly-devised red herring. Knowing Star Wars, I’d almost think it was the latter. Maybe it’s a little of both! Doza could be trouble, but someone else far more surprising might be the real trouble. Oh, how I love the twisting turns of a good mystery-laden plotline! It’s music to my analytical writer’s brain!

And we have to talk about Torra’s room, right? We can’t not! When I came out as Torra on the starwars.com quiz, despite I knew we shared similarities, I couldn’t 100% see myself in her. And then I saw her toy collection. Plushies, action figures, and vehicle models? Well that’s settled, Torra Doza is just about exactly me! I need one of those teddy ewoks. And also that Sabine Wren original on her wall! It is fun thinking on the hows and whys some of this stuff exists inside the SW galaxy. Like, I assume the teddy ewok was made because, after the Battle of Endor, their people gained much notoriety. But the Boushh action figure? I have no idea. Maybe Torra does customs? Either way, it’ll never stop being cool seeing such fun surprises in the Star Wars galaxy 😀 Also tbh this scene totally cracked me up in general… poor Kaz!

Yes, this episode is so much joy! *Shoots fists in the air like Neeku* I know there’s still a lot of Star Wars to talk about as the new year arrives, so hopefully I’ll catch you back here for a new post next week!

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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The Resistance Report: Fuel For The Fire

OK, so now that the Thanksgiving leftovers are eaten and the Black Friday deals have been achieved, I’ve got a burning desire to write about some Resistance antics! Yes that pun was intended, because today I’m going to be fanalyzing Fuel For The Fire! Hmm “fanalyzing”… I need to keep that one.

Contains spoilers from Resistance episode Fuel For The Fire.

It’s a story we all know in some way, a well-understood struggle we all have at least once in our youth. That moment when something fun arises, but you’re stuck with chores or some other less-exciting thing to do (usually mom or dad’s idea, not yours). Who doesn’t get Kaz right now? And then as he tries to hang with the cool kids and the cool kids lead him into trouble? That also seems familiar, whether you were a “cool kid”, wished you were one of them, or grew up on Disney Channel sitcoms and knew better than to get involved. It may seem ordinary, but I love it to pieces. Because through the Star Wars lens, the ordinary becomes extraordinary in the most beautiful way. Whether this is your first episode or your third, knowing Kaz shares our childhood/teenhood struggles makes him so incredibly relatable right out of the gate. And it continues Star Wars’ great tradition of incredibly relatable heroes in a unique way, showing a Resistance spy in the midst of a somewhat-ordinary struggle that quickly spirals into an extraordinary problem. *Applauds the writers heartily*

So how ’bout those aforementioned “cool kids”? They may not turn out so cool when it comes to their code of ethics, but the fan/writer in me still is pretty impressed. What’s fantastic is, they’re not remotely a suspicious-looking bunch to begin with. It’d be so easy to write the characters as a little questionable upon first glance to get the audience wondering. Instead, they present Rucklin and his crew as the kind of best friends we’d like to have! Up until eight-and-a-half minutes in when we realize something is really not ok. And it’s a great concept too when you look at Kaz. He clearly is good at making friends when he wants to, at least when the friends in question are at least half as easygoing as he is. With a social circle made up of a reluctant alliance with a grouchy boss, a grouchy mechanic, a grouchier ‘mech, and an outrageously literal beam of sunshine, you could see why he might be starving for some real friendship, perhaps like friendships he may’ve had back home. But true in life as well as in fiction, sometimes real friendship doesn’t look like you think it’s supposed to. Perhaps real friendship awaits him inside of Team Fireball 🙂 Anyway, they may not be shining examples of goodness, but I’m looking forward to digging more into their story, and how exactly they might clash with Kaz next…
Also yeah the other reason it was really hard to distrust Rucklin was because he’s voiced by ELIJAH WOOD. I kept thinking “Man he has a great voice! He sounds familiar but who…?” and I was very giddy once I spotted his name on the credits 😀

A little of the mystery surrounding Jarek Yeager was lifted today, and my curiosity is piqued at peak levels. It’s easy to think of Yeager as the team dad, especially this episode with him having to go into full-on “dad mode” with inadvertently-irresponsible Kaz. But knowing he is/was a dad… that puts a lot into perspective, and breaks my heart a little wondering what led him into this lonely corner of the galaxy. I must know more! But alas, I can only watch and wait. But yes this opened up a lot of questions, and a new level of respect for the former Rebel pilot.
Also aren’t holoframes the coolest?! I’m so glad such a thing exists in the SW galaxy!

So yes that felt so good to write ’bout! Don’t know what my blogging schedule looks like from here, but hopefully they’ll be at least a post or two more before Christmas gets here. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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