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The Resistance Report: Dangerous Business

Ready to dive into some more Resistance with me? I sure hope so, because whether you saw it the day it aired or you’re like me and just saw it a couple weeks ago, there’s always some fascinating factoids and engaging character arcs to explore! 😀

Contains spoilers from Resistance episode Dangerous Business (and some other events from the season thus far).

At first, I wasn’t sure where to begin with writing this post. It’s a very good episode, no doubt. A fun, fast-paced blend of humor and action that seems to be preparing us for uncertain times ahead. But beyond the nifty and nerdy things that I was sure to include in the Twilight’s Highlights section, what else would I write about? What would be this Report’s major focus? What was the big takeaway from this episode in the middle of all this chaos, comedy, and danger? Once I thought on that question, though, I soon had my answer. An answer that greatly improved my initial perspective on the episode.

At the very beginning, we find Kaz, our noble-but-not-mechanically-gifted young hero working on the Fireball. My first thought was “Wow, how far he’s has come! He hasn’t even blown anything up!”. But I’d soon find he’s come far in more ways than one. We don’t know for sure how long he’d been fixing it up, but considering he was up before anyone else, he very well could’ve spent all night on it. And all for Tam, who he knew had her heart set on that ship, and didn’t appreciate that he’d been flying it so much lately. It wasn’t part of his job or his real job, but he wanted to do it all the same (and let’s not forget that Kaz is no early bird! That he managed to fix it with only a single error on little-to-no sleep is pretty miraculous). If you think that’s impressive, then think about this: for Kaz to accomplish this gift, he had to go an extra mile further. He could’ve waited until eventually he had the money to buy those parts outright, but he clearly felt he needed to get it done ASAP so Tam could fly same-day like she was hoping for, and that meant getting a second job at Acquisitions — well, a third job, actually! And even though Flix and Orka haven’t exactly been the kindest to him, Kaz was willing to put in the work and treat them and their shop with respect. Though Flix and Orka don’t know all that Kaz actually accomplished in destroying the stolen phase connector, they’re right to take notice of his loyalty. Something these crusty moneygrubbing shopkeepers might could stand to learn.

And it gets better! Though Kaz continues to find himself in danger just about every time he turns around, there’s a difference in how he got in trouble this time. When Flix and Orka warned him about the back room, I immediately assumed Kaz was totally going to go in that back room and trouble would meet him there. After all, his decision-making skills are kind of… iffy some days (like helping “friends” steal a dangerous fuel additive and all those times he’s skipped work for non-Resistance reasons, just to name a couple). He ultimately got into trouble because he was trying to do the right thing and make the customer happy, like a good employee should do! (Plus it helped his spy work, win-win!) The only real mistake he made this episode was biting off more than he could chew. But his motives were ultimately pure (even if slightly tainted with that “I got this” brand of overconfidence). So when you really think about how much Kazuda Xiono has grown since we first met him, how generous and loyal he’s become, how much he cares about his friends and the people around him, it’s pretty astounding… and I can’t help but be warmed by it 🙂

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– So was the Resistance unable to fix the Fireball last time back on Station Theta Black? Or is this a totally different “Kaz-tastrophe” that Tam’s referring to? From what it sounds like though, there have been multiple ones…
– Y’know I should’ve mentioned this episodes ago, but Kaz really rocks that black tunic/tee right there.
– How’d Flix rope Orka into that? Maybe their families were friends growing up? That or Flix had to do a lot of begging and/or bribing. Or else Flix’s mom makes a mean ugnaught bean casserole.
– Balarian pie! Sounds good… whatever “balarian” is. I’m imagining it at the moment to taste like Fig Newtons for some reason. More Star Wars food to attempt recreating!
– There’s still a Mining Guild in the galaxy? I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, but that’s rather intriguing to discover.
– Ohhh that’s why they keep Bitey around. He’s a guard-gorg!
– But everyone knows ball-droids are much more effective as guards! Git ‘im BB!
– This has just not been Kaz’s day. But this is kind of the norm for him.
– I legit just realized Kaz’s gloves have glowing buttons. How does that work? Does he have to charge them? But I think the question I really should be asking is why the gloves have glowing buttons in the first place…
– Star Wars is full of unlikely heroes. We can now add Bitey to the list!
– Hmm, is Orka implying that Flix’s kind is typically featherless?? And so opens up another unsolved SW mystery!
– Do days on Castilon work differently, because it’s still pretty light outside for it being evening.

Keep the Peace,
– Twilight

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The Resistance Report: Bibo

Time for a new Resistance Report, everybody! I’m excited to share my thoughts on all the great storytelling and “purest rapture” that Bibo brings to the table 😀

Contains spoilers from The Freemaker Adventures and Resistance episode Bibo, as well as other earlier events this season.

I know it’s only been a couple of episodes since we last saw him, but I’ve been missing Neeku something awful. So it was just the right time for an episode with the sunshine boy center-stage! I had deduced months ago that Bibo might be Neeku-centric from a glance at a screencap on StarWars.com, and that filled me with all kinds of curiosity, especially as fragments of other characters’ backstories started popping up in other episodes. We don’t know much about where Neeku came from or how he got to Castilon. So far, the only small clues to be found (or so it seems) are in his references to random nikto cultural/species quirks. It may not seem like much to know how many hearts they have, or that young ones are called “hatchlings”, or that Neeku speaks Mountain Nitko (thank you StarWars.com for explaining that one), but it all leads me to believe that Neeku must’ve had a healthy upbringing on the nikto homeworld. How else would he know his people and customs so well? Not to mention his references to childhood pets. So that begs the question: why is Neeku here, then? How’d this impossibly happy kid end up working as a mechanic in a relatively rough, low-income part of the galaxy like this? Was he abandoned? Orphaned? Banished maybe? I certainly don’t think this is a matter of Neeku just wanting such a job. Right now, there’s nothing I can do but speculate. But what we do learn about Neeku today in this episode of his, is that his tender heart(s) goes far deeper than just a cheerful personality.

Long before my first viewing of this episode, I couldn’t help but think the title sounded like a pet name. Once I knew Neeku was involved, I was just about certain that was the case (lest we forget the tragic story of his beloved pet gorg in The Triple Dark). Ultimately, as Obi-Wan would say, my insight served me well. It’s the classic story about a boy and the wild pet he loves but cannot keep, except that this “classic story” serves a much greater purpose in the larger story of Resistance: it gives us a chance to see what drives Neeku, what really matters to him. I’ve wondered if there is some tragedy in his past that made him fight so fiercely for little Bibo. It’s not impossible, but I think this just comes back to Neeku’s kind heart, pure and simple. In a very short amount of time, this troublemaking baby rokkna becomes his top priority — and practically his firstborn child. We’ve known him to be endlessly loyal to his friends and crew-family, but he will not stand quietly if it means turning his back on an innocent life that he feels needs his protection. It may seem kind of silly and childlike to us at first glance, being this attached to a such a peculiar little pet, but it takes great strength and great love to make such hard decisions, especially when he realizes that he has to give Bibo back. I hope I could be that brave if I were ever in his shoes, if my beliefs put my job at risk — or even scarier, risked people’s lives, and I had to make a difficult choice. You’re an inspiration, Neeku Vozo. Don’t ever change, sweet one ❤ ❤

It flat-out broke my heart to see Neeku so broken in so much of this episode. As an animal lover myself, I definitely could understand what he was going through, even without having been in his exact situation. Plus, I mean… I'm not sure there's anything sadder than a sad Neeku. But it gave us an opportunity to see a new side of Tam — who ever thought she would be such a great "big sister"? (Yes I know Neeku could actually be older, but you know what I mean) I've long wondered how the two really got along. After all, Neeku's literalness could drive anybody crazy… and Tam has a pretty low tolerance for crazy. But when I think about it, she's usually quite patient with Neeku (maybe it's just Kaz's brand of crazy she can't stand :P). Whatever the case, it's clear here that it hurts Tam to see her little brother hurting, and she will not rest until he smiles again — even if that means she may have to put up with a stinky little eating machine for a while. The loyalty and trust present in Tam and Neeku's bond makes this episode all the sweeter and gives me all the family-feels :3 And Yeager and Kaz's added loyalty is the icing on the cake!

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– Never thought of Kaz as a history buff, but there you go! Or to quote Lego Palpatine… “Well, you’re a real Star Wars nerd, aren’t you?” XD
– Still not clear why Kaz seemed so insistent on offering Synara lunch. I considered that maybe he rigged that thermos with a com or something, but (unlike those of us in the audience) he has no reason to suspect her. It could have just been a last-minute decision resulting from his awareness that he may’ve said too much about his military know-how. Or it may be that Kaz is lowkey flirting. Now, don’t take my word for it, but… you know those stories where a guy tries to ask out a girl to lunch or something and then the guy’s best friend is all “Oh yeah, I could eat!” and third-wheels the whole thing? That’s the vibe I was getting here. Yes, I do overthink everything; I’m a writer, after all!
– I have a feeling the “no pets” rule was written for Neeku. The child must’ve brought home quite a few other adorable animal sidekicks.
– The Freemakers vibes are back, though I’m still holding out for hope that Synara is a nicer person than Naare. Either way, I think they both understand all too well the frustration of doing a spy job while your boss is breathing down your neck and calling you every half-hour.
– Smooth, Kaz. If you’re trying to keep your job a secret, you’re not helping yourself by so obviously calling out your rugged good looks! But uh yeah guys, I’m really starting to think he’s flirting with Synara. It’s kind of adorable… but also kind of concerning…
– “Tamara”? I’m a little insulted it took me this long to know that “Tam” wasn’t her real name.
– UM maybe I’m off my rocker here, but… if Eila has semi-predictive dreams… does that make her strong with the Force? What about Kel’s sensitivity to other creatures? We already know Kylo Ren destroyed their village and was insistent on getting them back… you guys think it’s possible that we have some future Jedi on our hands?
– “Pirate alarm!” “Good to know.” Uh-oh this will be a problem later.
– Does mama rokkna smell with her tentacles? Is that how she seemed to know where Bibo was?
– I guess Torra’s not entirely sore about Kaz’s obvious deception earlier…?
– WHOA OK. I did not know Neeku ate gorgs live. For future reference, Kaz, maybe you shouldn’t give him a pet in anything that stores food. I think that might’ve thrown him off a tad.

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 Children From Tehar

It’s time for another Resistance Report! This should be a good one 🙂 If you’re looking for intel on The Children From Tehar, look no further! Unless of course if you’re with the First Order, in which allow me to show you the door. No? OK good, let’s go!

Contains spoilers from Episode VII and Resistance episode The Children From Tehar.

I know I say it a lot, but Kaz really is such a good boy. We see that shine through very clearly this episode as he willingly takes on a huge challenge in hopes of repaying Tam, and then as he willingly takes a great risk to save the kids. But at the same time, Kaz never loses sight of the fact Kel and Ella need his help, even when he’s not aware of the whole situation, and you gotta admire that. It’s never just a job to him. But selfless as Kaz is, Neeku can still teach his friend a thing or two about true generosity. Doesn’t matter how little Neeku has, he’s unrelentingly kind and doesn’t hesitate to meet a need, be it a quick drink or an important remedy. So, yeah, they’re both such good boys! It’s great hanging out with them in this one!

And can I just say I adore the chelidae? I think they just won the “Cutest New Species” award! I really can’t get over how intriguing and perfectly-Star Wars their design is. And though they’re not the first turtle-people we’ve seen in SW (remember the Felucian farmers in TCW’s Bounty Hunters?), their hulking, shell-clad frames sets them apart in a way that’s fresh and unique. Also I love that their grunt-speak is courtesy of the amazing Frank Welker! ‘Bout time he got into Star Wars! Unless I’ve forgotten…

Perhaps the most intriguing topic for me this episode would be some of the mystery surrounding Kylo Ren. The mention of his name made my eyes widen. Knowing he’s the reason these kids are alone and on the run, knowing he likely used the same brand of cruelty on their family as he did with the village on Jakku in Episode VII… that made my heart break. But there’s also a lot of curiosity here for me. Was Kylo looking for traces of his missing uncle? Or could there be something worse he’s up to? Like… *shudders* Jedi-killing…? What if he was going out of his way to find Force-users and try to recruit them for his Knights, and then when they refused he’d “show them the Dark Side”? That’s a terrifying thought. And whatever happened, what does any of this have in connection to the First Order’s greater plans, as Phasma seems to imply? I can’t help but wonder. I mean, there’s still so much I feel I don’t know right now. Again, I know the broad strokes of VII and VIII and how that connects to the series, but after years of feeling like I understood the Star Wars galaxy inside and out (even if, in truth, that has never been the case), it’s a tad disorienting to realize how much there is about this time and place in the Sequel/Resistance era that I don’t know. When does this series take place, exactly? Is it years before VII? Is it weeks before? How long has the Resistance been around? Same for the First Order? How long has Ben been wearing that mask? Sometimes these unanswered questions have my analytical writer’s brain running around like a panicked chicken screaming “AHHHHH!! SOMEONE’S GOTTA GET ME SOME CLEAR DETAILS OR I’M GONNA EXPLODE!” But I’m sure this series will shed some light on all my ponderings in time, and I’m sure some further reading would help, too. And no matter what, it’s OK that I don’t know everything about SW — I likely never will. And still, really, just knowing that Kylo Ren is actively up to something right now, that consequently a few in the galaxy have some idea of this dark figure, is an intriguing development all by itself. Who knows what we might discover next?

And now, for a sort-of new feature to the blog, Twilight’s Highlights! Formerly Fangirly Musings, I’ll now be doing these with every more in-depth post to highlight the wonderful little things that I couldn’t write a whole paragraph on.

– DON’T MAKE TAM ANGRY, Y’ALL. YOU WON’T LIKE HER WHEN SHE’S ANGRY. This situation probably wouldn’tve gone well either way, but at least it led Kaz to the kids, right?
– Wasn’t the water free last episode? I’d say that’s just Aunt Z’s way of getting back at her apparently cheapest customer, but what if there really is some unfair rationing going on courtesy of the FO? Hmmmm…
– I feel sorry for BB-8 this episode. He keeps getting tripped over! It’s tough being a little guy.
– I love that Neeku makes friends so easily. You’d think a bright smile in a tough galaxy wouldn’t win over people so easily, but Neeku is living proof that’s not always the case!
– Bro the view from Doza’s office is amazing. I get why everybody wants that #TowerLife. Hehe now I’m imagining Captain Doza with an Instagram account posting all kinds of FOMO-inducing photos with that hashtag XD
– Ok wow I just remembered that Phasma lied about the kids’ true identities to Doza. Not surprised she’d want to keep Ren’s doings under wraps. She probably also knew that Doza, as a father himself, would sympathize with the situation one way or another. The silver-clad captain plays her cards well. Probably nothing you guys don’t already know, but fascinating to observe in retrospect.
– Kel and Ella, personality-wise and relationship-wise, remind me a bit of Mace and Cindel in the Ewok Adventures movies. And with the friendly kind-of-ewok-like chelidae around, the similarity is even stronger!
– I’m yet to be convinced that Commander Pyre isn’t trying to one-up Captain Phasma in the shiny armor department. It’s an epic look, but seems to me he’s fishing for attention with that much gold bling XP
– Pfft I love how Kel is so much stronger than Kaz XD
– Awwz I so want to pet a gorg now :3
– ELLO ASTYYY!! *Flails about fangirling*

Until next report…

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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