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The Resistance Report: The New Trooper

Whoa boy I’ve got a lot of stuff to write about on this one! I mean seriously I think I almost could write two blogs, ’cause The New Trooper delves into everything from galactic politics to space waffles! Let’s see if I can get all this organized right…

Contains spoilers from Resistance episode The New Trooper and elements from the first season thus far. Also some minor spoilers from Episode IV.

Star Wars has taught me a lot over the years; one of those things is that war is complicated. Resistance isn’t the first time we’ve encountered this reality — just watch The Clone Wars or Rogue One, or read James Luceno’s Tarkin. However, this series is the first time in my Star Wars experience that I’ve been able to sit down and really explore the average Joes’ and Janes’ thoughts on war, both the one of the past and the one to come. We’ve seen hints of Kaz’s on-fire Rebel heart and Tam’s respect for stormtroopers in past episodes, but in The New Trooper we watch these perspectives clash and emotions rise in a surprisingly volatile way I was not expecting.

I think it’s very easy for young people to get caught up in taking sides on an issue without actually knowing all the facts (I certainly have been there). The actual nuances of political matters can be super boring, while the energy of a heated debate can be an attractive force. But fierce passion without knowledge has a tendency to lead to shouting matches and hurt feelings. I know that’s not entirely the case with Kaz and Tam here; they both have strong reasons for believing what they do. Much of the problem is that there’s more arguing going on than there is listening or discussing. But I get it — it’s so much easier to stick to what you know and refuse to even think about there being multiple sides to an issue.

And this growing battle with Kaz and Tam has even more complications than stubbornness alone. Kaz knows things that would support his concerns with the First Order, like their interest in dedlanite and that powerful phase connector, but he can’t say much beyond references to his history lessons. Tam, on the other hand, has family who had a very different experience with the Empire, and her personal experience with the First Order so far has been positive. I can see, from her perspective, how it would seem dumb to accuse the local police of wrongdoing just because a similar set of troops did something wrong decades ago. Were I an ordinary galactic citizen (minus all my experience and knowledge as a Star Wars fan IRL), I might have agreed with Tam. At least, until I was faced with proof that said otherwise. Proof like Kel and Eila. I don’t know about you, but anyone being cruel to children would make me lose respect real fast! And since Tam is friends with these kids, I don’t think she can ignore this red flag so easily. It’ll be interesting to see what impact they may ultimately have on her perspective.

I think the biggest takeaway from this episode is that, no matter how complicated things get, we have to be wise and discerning with whatever we support and fight for. Even when some issues seem awash in a sea of gray, truth is still truth, and we shouldn’t stand quietly if darkness begins to outweigh the light. We have to dig for this truth so we can know when, where, and how to fight for what’s really right. And we need to constantly remind ourselves in every battle we approach, large or small, that the people we disagree with are still human under the helmets we mentally assign to them.

Maybe this song will explain this better than I can alone…

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– Hey look! Normal, non-zappy fishing (slinging?) poles exist! It makes sense, but still fascinating to learn.
– Look how happy the Tehar kiddos are! They deserve to be happy for a change of pace! So YOU BUCKETHEADS BETTER LEAVE THE POOR CHILDRENZ ALONE!
– Ah the old weaponizing-the-food trick! Well played, Padawan Kell. And yes I’m still on the train of thought that these kids are Force-sensitive…
– OK I can’t get past the blue jerky right there. It looks more like Fruit By The Foot than meat! Does it turn your tongue and lips blue, too? (Author’s note: I later found out this is puffer pig bacon, so I guess it probably would have the consistency of Fruit By The Foot!)
– You know what guys? I just realized I’m sitting here watching a Star Wars family breakfast! Kind of like I drew for Rebels four years ago! Ah that’s kinda cool!! 😀
– And safe from what exactly, Tam? You’ve never struck me the type to appreciate someone’s protection. Perhaps some connection to her past and family here? I mean, yes, there was a pirate problem earlier, but… how much damage did they really do long-term?
– But forget the deep political discussions WE’VE GOT SPACE WAFFLES AGAIN!!!! YAYYYY!!!
– Also I love that the possibility of helping his big sis is the best thing ever to Neeku :3
– Is Yeager eating ration sticks? Do they still make those these days? I guess they’re like granola bars — fast and nutritious. Whether they taste as good as most granola bars, though, I’m not sure. Apologies for all the food talk, but this is fun stuff for me!
– Some days I wonder how Yeager’s Repairs ever gets anything done! I guess it’s just that the boring workdays don’t make it onto the show.
– Wow those helmets really are useless. Perhaps, like i imagine Palpatine did before him, Snoke is devoting more of the FO finances to his yacht and fancy sweater than strong armor XP
– OHMYGOSH. ARE WE ALLOWED TO TAKE STORMTROOPER HELMETS OFF AND SEE THEIR FACES BEFORE FINN’S CAME OFF?! I THOUGHT THAT WAS A BIG RULE IN CANON STAR WARS! I guess they figured we’re used to the idea by now? It’s not a huge-huge deal, I guess, but I’ve been so used to that element in storytelling we’ve seen in Rebels (you know, where they’d casually angle the camera so you didn’t see the trooper’s face as Ezra punched the bucket off him) that it came as a bit of a shock to me. Perhaps there’s more to this decision than I know, though…
– That was a beautiful acting job, Kaz! Just as splendidly awkward as Han’s “How are you?” thirty-odd years back! I give it two thumbs way, way up! And hey, the other trooper fell for it, so he’s not doing a bad job, even without the Ezra-style use of accents.
– We’ve seen a lot of great stormtrooper switcharoos, but I think Kaz is the awkwardest fake ‘trooper we’ve ever had don the armor. I’m kind of amazed the other CSs haven’t noticed the totally non-rigid, noodle-y way he moves!
– OK dumb costume-related question: Kaz is apparently wearing the full bodysuit under his confiscated armor. But the original CS-515 still has a full bodysuit. Do storms wear double layers? Unless this is a continuity error of some sort, it seems to be the case. If so, that answers a lot of questions I had back on Rebels when they were stealing white armor left and right and I was a little grossed out at the thought they were leaving the soldiers, well… not wearing much, let’s just say. So *phew* that’s reassuring!
– Still having a tough time getting used to a face attached to that voice (as in, the “stormtrooper” voice in general, not Steve Blum!). I mean, yes, I’ve always known there are people under those buckets. But it’s still so easy to forget that they’re human (or more apropos to this galaxy, sentient beings… although stormtroopers are all human far as I know), especially with our (or at least my) limited knowledge of the First Order troops. They’re bred to be perfect, unfeeling soldiers who shoot when commanded to and keep their helmets on. But yet, they do have some personality and opinions on things, like the other CS complaining about his workload from earlier, and of course our good friend TR-8R who was plumb mad at Finn. It gets you thinking, right? I wonder what these guys will do with their lives should Rey and the Res defeat the First Order for good.
– Also there’s something profoundly sweet about the way Kel and Eila try to calm 515. Perhaps they now see the sad soul that was buried in that inhuman armor, and aren’t so scared of him anymore.
– Trust him, Neeku’s a doctor! XD
– My literal response when Kaz successfully beheaded the ball-droid was “OH MY GOSH!” Partly because I was really expecting Kaz to be the one to suffer a debilitating injury, but also ’cause I felt bad for the little angry dude. But it’s OK it looks like their heads are detachable anyway. They kind of need to be so they can keep rollin’ I guess.
– I don’t know what in the world Kaz was thinking waving at Torra while undercover, but it cracks me up nonetheless XD
– Doza should’ve said “Well then, you can just take your troops out to the snack bar!” Then all the storms would want to go to the snack bar and Pyre would lose all order XD

Keep the peace,
– Twilight

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SW Summer Reads: Shipyards Of Doom

So this particular edition of Star Wars Summer Reads is pretty special, because this is the first time I’ve written one on a graphic novel — and the first SW graphic novel I’ve ever read at that!


(Credit: Amazon.com)

I know… you’re probably thinking I’m nuts for never having read Star Wars comic books before. It’s not that I didn’t want to! When I first got into SW, I was overwhelmed by how many were out there and didn’t know where to begin. I thought it would get easier after the canonicity rule came into play, so just like with the novels, I could focus primarily on 100% canon stories. But then there have been so many and they keep coming out so fast! I still wasn’t sure where the best place to start was.

I actually was intending to do a regular young readers’ novel for my SW Summer Reads this year, but the author’s name on this book’s spine caught my attention. With Henry Gilroy of TCW and Rebels aboard, it surely would be a good story! And even though it was written long before the Legends designation, Mr. Gilroy would definitely know how to keep it true to Star Wars form (an issue that’s made me hesitant to read other Legends-era Star Wars stories). Plus, I haven’t watched Clone Wars reruns in a long while, so a tale with Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and Rex at the center was sure to be a balm to my prequel-era-loving soul 🙂

And I was right ultimately on all accounts! Filled to the brim with action, drama, heart, and bright spots of levity and laughter, Shipyards Of Doom captured that Clone Wars magic I was craving. It also delivered a nice sense of nostalgia, taking me back to the very earliest TCW adventures with some of my favorite heroes taking center stage — even Admiral Yularen, Plo Koon, and Saesee Tiin got some to shine! But it’s certainly not magic and nostalgia alone that make this such a great book. It really does feel like Star Wars, as we see the Jedi faced against an adversary who knows well their “weaknesses” — their ideals — and doesn’t fight fair. And it’s special seeing Anakin and Ahsoka working through their master-padawan struggles and learning respect and honesty with each other this early on. It’s just a great, satisfying blend of some of my favorite Clone Wars elements, and a perfect first SW graphic novel for anyone ready to step into in a larger world! No doubt I’ll seek out other titles from Mr. Gilroy in the future!

Yeah, there’s definitely something to this whole newfangled novel-with-pictures thing… 😛

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
(Contains spoilers from Episode II, Shipyards Of Doom, and other story elements from The Clone Wars seasons 1-6.)
– I gotta say, the idea of Yoda and Jabba The Hutt forming any sort of alliance sounds like a truly awesome story. I need to know if that ever happened! Or ever could have happened!! That one panel is a whole new story right there!
– Ghost Squadron is an epic name! Hmm you wonder if that name possibly inspired the Ghost in Rebels later on…?
– “You say something, Master Obi-Wan? I can’t hear you over all these enemy fighters being destroyed!” That’s so Anakin XP
– Ah, a classic Clone Wars moment with young Ahsoka pining away to join the fray! It’s so fun and special revisiting this side of her after all these years :3
– I love that the Invisible Hand (or whichever one of Grievous’s ships this is) looks kind of like an angry shark in this panel on page 10.
– “Is anything in this war ever easy?” “It is for me, master.” Classic! Can I just bottle up this fantastic writing here?! *Feels nostalgia feels*
– Interesting, I don’t remember this sort of theater seating in the Temple before. It makes sense that it’s not the council’s chamber since only a handful of the councilmembers are actually here. But yeah makes me wonder, since this was a 2008 book, if some sets hadn’t been designed for the show yet and the illustrators had to try some new stuff.
– Ah yes now we’re getting into some shades of the “Citadel” arc in S3! If this particular rescue actually happened, it would make sense why no one questioned the carbonfreezing process in the later episode. But then, it does bring up a question as to how Ahsoka could pull the same “tagalong” stunt all over again… and ultimately learn somewhat of the same lesson, too. Whatever the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if the S3 arc was rooted in some of this novel’s ideas.
– “Don’t worry, Rex, we won’t be frozen long enough for [hibernation sickness] to take effect.” So this confirms my earlier assumption that time has a major influence on how the body reacts to carbonfreeze. Fascinatinggg.
– I love that Ahsoka goes into the freezing chamber oozing confidence with her arms crossed! I’m not sure I would be so brave. I mean, from what we know from Episode V, there’s some inherent risk in carbonfreezing. That’s actually a good question though… how come it’s such a worry-free process in TCW, but something worth Boba Fett’s concerns twenty-odd years later? My theory is that there’s a bigger risk if the person being frozen is ill or injured, like how Han had been tortured shortly before. If you’re healthy and strong, perhaps it’s not such a shock to the system. Yay science!
– “The greater our navy, the longer the war will go on, and the more Jedi will die.” Hmm is that really Dooku’s endgame here? Come to think of it, what is Dooku’s endgame, actually? He knows “the Sith control everything”, and wants to destroy this Sith, but what after that? Galactic domination? Retirement on Serenno? I don’t know! Man I can’t wait to read Cavan Scott’s backstory for this guy. Back on-topic, I guess it’s possible that this desire to eliminate the Jedi might be more of Palpatine’s plan than Dooku’s. Not that he’s a fan of the Jedi or anything, but he’s never struck me as wanting to outright purge them. That’s more of Grievous’s thing. I would love to sit down and chew on this with a fellow SW nerd sometime. Dooku’s a complicated guy.
– Is “plunk droids” an insult or just another word for GNK droids? Pfft battle droids are so high and mighty.
– Separatists don’t give out medals, Juhm! At least, not when you’re working under Count Dooku and Darth S…
– I love how Mr. Gilroy captures R2-D2’s voice. Artoo talks like Artoo should talk, with very specific lines and reactions. more of a “VWOoo-bwee” than “beep-boop”.
– But disobeying direct orders is just what Ahsoka do! It’s her thing! 😛 I like what Mr. Gilroy did here, though… it’s easy to assume immediately that it’s a good thing Ahsoka tagged along, just like in the Citadel arc. But truth be told, Artoo could’ve helped Anakin, too. We see later on that Ahsoka ends up playing an important part, but at this point, she doesn’t really have a good excuse for what she did. That’s OK though Snips, your inability to stay still and sit quietly on the sidelines is why you’re so awesomely relatable!
– I would’ve loved it if Juhm hadn’t recognized Ahsoka as a Jedi at first and instead thought she was some kid making prank calls XD
– It’s really interesting watching Rex learning to trust Ahsoka here, and it gives me many feels. Such precious buddies!!
– Saesee Tiin is both a daredevil pilot and a math nerd! Boi got skillllll.
– “Shocker sticks”? Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, muun? I think Juhm legit doesn’t know what they’re actually called.
– Wow Juhm is not good at this. First he tells the slaves that the Jedi are murderers, than he tells them the Jedi wouldn’t risk innocent lives in sn attack. You’re just asking for a revolt, dude. He’s such a terrible (as in, terrible at his job) villain and I love him XD
– This is brilliant. Anakin and Ahsoka are having a deep meaningful conversation and learning lessons while being tortured! Reminds me kind of that scene in The Incredibles.
– The running gag with the clones betting drinks got me thinking about a TCW element I haven’t thought about in a while: 97’s. I always knew it was a clone bar run by clones, but I only just considered how amazing it is to see these guys becoming businessmen and cooks and bartenders! It says something, perhaps, about their creative ability. Not entirely unheard of (don’t forget fry cook Gregor!) but just kind of cool to me. Maybe these business-clones were army rejects? Or maybe the small business is just a hobby. Have to take some notes next time I watch season 6.
– Real men (or should I say muuns?) wear pink! XD I love muuns you guys, they’re such cartoon characters!
– Also Juhm has a goldfish and for some reason that cracks me up. Yet he can’t keep his slaves from running out on him…
– “How about the Force backed up by laser cannons?” Wow, Saesee Tiin can be SASSY Tiin! *Respectfully bows to his superior burn*
– OH SNAP. VENTRESS JUST SHOWED UP AND KILLED THE GUY. Seriously, I didn’t realize she was even in the panels until she was center stage. Good job, artists!
– It’s interesting that Palpatine cares about even the length of the war. He’s got every dark detail down-pat and it kind of scares me.
– Nah we can’t have Obi-Wan and Ahsoka thinking too deeply about the moral nature of this war, Anakin makes sure everyone remembers “We’re the good guys! The Republic needs us!” Welp, they’re something said for his enthusiasm…

Keep the peace,
– Twilight

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A Totally Fangirly Analysis Of The Episode IX Teaser

In part due to a busy schedule (and being very very behind on Resistance), I haven’t been able to keep up with Star Wars Celebration the way I usually have. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t had Star Wars on my brain in a big way these past few days — especially since that IX teaser dropped!

Typically, normally because of time, I wait to write these analyses until the trailer/second teaser. But guys, this is the last chapter in the Skywalker Saga. I want to capture as many of my thoughts as possible as we rise up to meet the big finale! So let’s rewatch this thrilling taste of what’s to come together, and I’ll share my moment-by-moment first reactions and the deep thoughts that followed.

Contains some spoilers from Episode VII, Episode VIII, and some of the other films before it.

0:00 – Rey’s intense breathing is equal to my own every time I watch this. Granted, mine has more to do with a severe case of fangirlitis than whatever has her on-edge.
0:03 – A part of me is a little annoyed the logo came in and made me wait five whole seconds to find out what was going on XP But hey, Lucasfilm deserves to take the spotlight for a moment! Without Lucasfilm, we wouldn’t have Star Wars anything!
0:08 – Stiiiiill trying to catch my breath. But how could I possibly do that when this is a Star Wars teaser? Epicness is about to hit me like a bomb and the anticipation is killing me!!
0:10 – YAY IT’S REY!
0:13 – What could she be facing down?
0:16 – I think it’s really fascinating that Rey’s outfit has gone from tan to gray to white. It’s very different than Anakin in the Prequels (who went from tan to reddish-brown to black) and Luke in the Originals (who went from white to tan to black). There some sort of symbolism here? Not that I could ever imagine Rey really wearing black, though.
0:18 – Oh so dramatic!! BUT WHAT ARE YOU FACING DOWN, GIRL?!
0:21 – OMG LUKE! Who is “we” though? Has Rey been having conversations with the other Force Ghosts? Is Luke himself a Force Ghost now? I’d like to think this narration is some sort of proof, but… you know how these trailers are at including great dialogue that doesn’t make it into the final film. Have to wait and see. But I kinda really’d like to see Yoda and Rey having a chat 🙂
0:24 – Whatever she is facing requires a lightsaber… (I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t recognize the hilt at first)
0:25 – What a shot, wow! Also wondering a bit where this desert is? Are we back on Jakku like Luke came back to Tatooine? Or could it be Tatooine? Or some place entirely different? Those mountains seem new, though — something neither desert world had…
0:27 – Again more beautifully intriguing dialogue from Luke. Maybe this has something to do with her reading all those Jedi texts. That would make sense why there’s a “we”.
0:29 – I KNOW THAT SOUND. THERE’S A TIE COMING.
0:31 – Weirdly enough, just one TIE. From my experience, they usually come in packs.
0:33 – OK soooo what’s the plan, Rey? How does one lightsaber stack up against one TIE? I feel like I’ve seen something similar in Rebels but I really can’t remember.
0:34 – That right there is the face of determination!
0:37 – “Every generation has a legend.” I love how this quote calls back to mind Episode I’s tagline, “Every saga has a beginning”. It might not’ve been intentional, but to me, it helps bookend the entire Skywalker story.
0:43 – Again, wishing I could figure out where this is. I am no expert on sand, sad to say.
0:46 – But that ridge does look a bit Tatooine-ish. It would be fitting to end the Saga on the world part of the story began on — that hot, dusty, irritating old sandpit that has witnessed some surprising moments of heroism over the decades.
0:51 – That TIE sounds like it’s coming up fast! ‘Course, I’ve never heard a TIE that didn’t sound fast.
0:53 – Yep that is fast. So fast I haven’t been able to figure if that’s Ren’s Bat-TIE Silencer or something else.
0:54 – THE BLUE BLADE LIVES!! After it was assumptively destroyed, I figured she’d do like other Jedi before her and get a new lightsaber next time around. And just like Luke and others, the new ‘saber would be a symbol of growth in skill and in the Force. But I like the idea that, instead, the mended Skywalker blade could be a symbol of her gaining a newfound strength, rising above the hurt in her past and the mistakes she’s made. #Inspiring
0:56 – Same lightsaber, but definitely some new skillz.
0:57 – Ren’s gloves, I presume. Pardon me for asking, Kylo, but don’t you have anything better to do right now than fly your TIE at people? I mean… who took over for Snoke? Surely you wouldn’t trust just anyone to lead the First Order, right…? I’ve been wondering that one for a while.
0:59 – Hold up I thought that TIE was coming toward her– oh wait now I remember she turned around.
1:00 – Seriously what’s the plan here Rey??
1:03 – Whatever it is, I know it’s gonna be cool.
1:05 – Hmm I think that’s the Silencer now. Not that I’m an expert or anything.
1:07WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Just when you think you’ve seen all the epic things the light-aligned can do…! Though I just realized we still don’t know what her plan was. Is Rey going to ride the TIE and lightsaber its panels off? Or something even epic-er?
1:09 – It always feels like it takes forever, but Christmastime and Star Wars go together wonderfully!
1:11 – These mountains call to mind Solo a bit… nuts, I can’t remember the world’s name.
1:14 – If it is the same place, it seems a bit more populated.
1:16 – Kylo Ren seems to enjoy happy jaunts in the woods with his lightsaber, doesn’t he? 😛 Sorry that wasn’t nice (to Kylo or the guy he stabbed).
1:17 – Is that red sky just a result of sunset, or is it always a red sky? Either way, very cool.
1:18 – Interesting… while Rey has repaired her lightsaber, Ren is repairing his mask. Why does he decide now to wear it again? And how did he find all the pieces??
1:19 – Hey check out the bros’ cool adventure duds! Oh, and hmm is that Rey’s old staff Finn is holding?
1:21 – BB!!! I know I see you all the time in Resistance now, but I’m excited to see you here all the same! And his new little buddy D-O, too!
1:23 – YAS LANDOOOO!!!! And he’s wearing something akin to one of his Solo outfits! Oh I’m still so happy he’s back for this one!
1:24 – I know I questioned eariler if Poe might end up flying the Falcon for a bit, but I don’t think Lando would let him now XP
1:26 – All the bittersweet feels. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be crying when the credits start rolling.
1:28 – Looks like some kind of battle going on. With some kind of speederbike! Hehe I love speederbikes!
1:30 – THREEPIO!! Oh my gracious I didn’t even remember he was there! (Yes I’m weird and only watched the teaser one time the day it came out. But hey I wanted my thoughts on the blog to be fresh!) I have a feeling he and Poe won’t get along very well (same for Finn), but it’ll be delightful to watch!
1:32 – Whoa I didn’t even catch what was about to crash there! Hope it’s nobody I know…
1:33 – One of the medals of Yavin! Another great thing I somehow didn’t fully comprehend in my first viewing. Thank you StarWars.com for reminding me.
1:34 – Oh this shot is so precious. And again, it wasn’t until afterward that I remembered “Right… Carrie isn’t with us anymore. How. did. they. DO. that??” and my mind got so blown.
1:36 – THE FEELS!
1:38 – I so love this shot. Ever since the end of VIII, I’ve loved that it feels like Rey has found home in her friends in the Resistance, both new and old. I’m glad, as we’ve learned, that there’s a bigger time gap between VIII and IX, because that means we’ll get to see how much these great friendships have strengthened since then, and how they’ve shaped Rey into the more confident and fearless individual she is today. Again, all the feels!!
1:39 – My first reaction was, of course, a continued sense of awe and mystery. But it was thanks to my brother’s observations that I finally took notice that those ruins look awfully Death Star-like… which might explain what happens next.
1:43 – “No one’s every really gone.” is such a beautiful line! Or again, so it seems…
1:46 – My exact reaction: my jaw dropped, somewhere in between a gasp and a smile, and I slammed my hands down on the desk and remarked “OH MY GOODNESS, WHAT?!” I don’t know if I’ve ever felt such a wild mixture of shock, horror, and pure joy! I don’t know what it all means, whether he’s survived those Death Star ruins all these years, or if he’s gained some form of Sith immortality or what, but I am so looking forward to seeing what Sidious is up to. I’m sorry for the Resistance’s sake, but… there are just some villains who, despite they are so vile and so detestable, you love them anyway, and you greet them with open arms! Yeah that may have been the best villain reveal ever. Period. In all of film trailer history.
1:56 – And whoa such a cool title! It leaves me with endless questions, though. Who’s the Skywalker we’re talking about? Luke, because he’s “risen” to a place of immortality? Kylo, because he is part Skywalker? Rey, because she actually is a Skywalker somehow, like the granddaughter of Shmi’s second cousin like I theorized?? I do not know but, OH WOW THIS WAS WORTH WAITING FOR!

So yep I’m still not over it, are you? Not sure I ever will be! You guys, it is good being a Star Wars fan! Anyway, I’ll keep working on the Resistance posts from here, and hopefully whatever else exciting comes next in the SW galaxy!

Keep the peace,
– Twilight

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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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