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The Resistance Report: The Disappeared

Coming down on the last few episodes of Resistance’s first season and I’m all kinds of hype! Pun partially intended. Read on for more story analyzing and fun highlights! And hopefully this’ll be a little lighter than the last two Reports; those were kind of exhausting to write…

Contains spoilers from Episode VI, Rogue One, and Resistance episode The Disappeared and other events from the season so far.

I feel I need to dedicate the majority of this post to the Aces. In one short scene with all of them together, I suddenly realized what an amazing group of characters they are, and that I need to see more of them somehow.

I understand why they aren’t as involved in the series as the initial ads might have made them out to be. The role of the Aces is very important to the overall story in many ways, perhaps most so in the supposed threat they pose to the First Order, as we see here. However, they aren’t the sole focus. With the exception of Torra, they’re more of (if I’m using the term correctly) an ensemble cast. That’s not a bad thing, though; ensemble casts add color, humor, and often most of all, a sense of community to a story. The Aces have long reminded me of some of my favorite ensemble casts in other series and movies in their wide, colorful range of personalities and character designs. But the best ensemble casts are more than just a group of individuals, it’s who they are as a team. I figured they probably had a relatively strong connection to one another. After all, they’re not just competitors, but the Colossus‘s air force. They have to be able to trust and rely on each other when lives are on the line. But from this one short scene in The Disappeared, I feel I see more clearly now what it is that bonds them so well.

First of all, racing is not just a part of their job, it’s something they genuinely love to do. I have seen that passion before individually in Torra and Hype, but it was seeing the disappointment in the rest of the crew, even for gruff Griff Halloran and quiet Bo Keevil, that convinced me this is so much more than work for the Aces. This common passion and common goal appears to have created a unique kinship among them. When Hype storms off, it’s only Freya keeping Torra from going after him. Torra’s concern for Hype and Freya’s response to that says to me that their bond is closer to that of a family than just coworkers or casual friends. I think that comes naturally when you have friends of different age groups; some become like parents or mentors, some like siblings, and others like aunts and uncles. And beyond this scene, we learn that Torra and Hype have a really great big-brother-little-sister bond that I never would have imagined in the beginning. Though we don’t know everything there is to know about the Aces, at this point, it’s hard not to imagine them a crew-family. And so, I can’t help but want to learn more about them! Freya’s clearly the team mom. Is Griff the team grandpa? Is Bo more of a big brother or an uncle? And what do they do when they’re not racing, defending, or chilling in the Tower lounge? (I guess not much, if Bo’s comment is to be believed)

I don’t know what’s next for this vibrant, fearless crew. Novels? Comics? A story-driven video game? A Lego short series? A spinoff animated series? I’d happily take one of each, if I could! But until then, I’m delighted that I got to know them a little better this episode 🙂 And hey, the season’s not over yet!

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– Is it not completely surreal that this episode’s title is the same as a Clone Wars S6 two-parter? Can’t blame ’em for using it twice, though; it adds such an air of mystery!
– A day at the races! Oh, it makes me so happy to see the kids so happy again!
– Y’know it’s interesting… most Imperial droids were just poor oft-abused mechs trying to do their job, but FO droids are just plain nasty! They got ‘tude to spare!
– “What, a battle? No, I just like to street-race. The guys I hang with are… a little rowdy.” “Street racing? In spacecraft??” “Haha what can I say? I’m a rebel. I mean, figuratively speaking…!”
– Y’know I realized Neeku always drinks from this econo-size travel mug. Three theories: a) niktos need a larger amount of water than most, b) Neeku bought the cup as a part of a deal to get free or discounted beverages, or c) Neeku just has a tendency to spill drinks, so he gets the only cup with a lid on it.
– Bravo, Neeku, for thoughtfully considering all the angles to this issue. Think that makes you the smartest in the room right now! Though I’ll cut Kaz a little slack, what happened last episode makes it hard not to be anti-First Order.
– Interesting that Tam and Torra have had such different experiences with Hype. I mean, he may be a dork sometimes, but his interactions with Torra this episode convinced me he really does care for people, and I don’t think it’s just because Torra is part of the “in crowd” and Tam is not. I could be off here, but I love characters like that, who seem shallow on the surface but are amazingly kindhearted once you get to know them. Curious to see if ever get any other answers on this.
– Sneaking around is a Kaz-and-Torra speciality! 😀 Yeah, I so missed their misadventures. They make such a great team! I think CB-23 was a smidge unprepared for the shenanigans tho.
– I don’t know why, but the stormtroopers being attacked by gorgs cracked me up so hard! And the one leaping into the turbolift at the last minute was icing on the cake! XD
– Y’know, the ridiculous number of FO prisoners in the Lego Resistance Rises short, Poe To The Rescue, makes total sense now.
– And so, these four unlikely heroes will bond in this trying time and become a great set of heroes for the Resistance! Like the Rogues and the bothan spies before them, perhaps any victory the Res has will be in part thanks to the rebellious barkeep, the egomaniac racer, the aleen with anger issues, and… that fourth guy I don’t know his name. We’ll call him “Snag”.
– I keep thinking Kaz will eventually get better at this spy thing. Buuut he never does. At all.
– “You’ve got this, man.” A little surprised he didn’t refer to himself as something more species-accurate (like “Rod” maybe?), but I guess that might’ve been confusing to a newcomer. Anyway, I think that answers my older query about whether it’s OK in Star Wars to call a nonhuman guy “man”.
– Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Z and Maz are besties. Aside from being total rebel bossladies, their bars/cantinas are the homiest in the galaxy — even when they serve the scoundreliest of scoundrels 🙂 Of course, Z could have a different friend on Takodana, but regardless, this makes me all the more certain this squad’s on their way to heroism! Now go put ’em in Episode IX! 😀

Keep the peace,
– Twilight

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The Resistance Report: The Core Problem

Things are coming down to the wire on Resistance right now (at least for me, being so late to the party), and I have no doubt it’s ’bout to get really real! Let’s see if a little fanalyzing can clear up The Core Problem… or at least help you enjoy it a little more 🙂

Contains spoilers from Episode VII and Resistance episode The Core Problem, along with other events in this season thus far.

So anyone else find it interesting that Kaz held on to a tooka doll for about half the episode?

Yes, it’s a nifty little Easter egg for longtime animated Star Wars fans like myself (and you too, I imagine), but I take note of this gesture for more than just nostalgia’s sake.

This simple toy is a painfully harsh reminder of the depths of the First Order’s malice. It’s not that we didn’t already know of that, of course. Our first glimpse of the FO in The Force Awakens takes us to a village whose fate is similar to the ruins we see today. And we learned from Kel and Eila that the ravaging on Jakku was nothing new for Ren’s forces. Either way you spin it, it’s gut-wrenching. But there’s something about this lone doll lying under the rubble that brings home the reality of this destruction in a very tangible way. It’s one thing to know that many died or nearly died, but to consider deeply what those lives looked like before they were lost makes the loss much more vivid.

From the instant we see the little city, with its beautiful, ancient architecture, it’s clear these people must have been thriving. With the Force temple (I’m assuming) at its center, we gather they were likely a peaceful people. From the tooka doll, we know, of course, that children lived here. But more than that, I get the sense that these children were happy and playful. We don’t know for sure how economically-successful these people were, but still, the fact they could buy or make toys says they had time, ability, and a desire to do so in some way. But whatever the case, whether this city was more like a Jakku village, a rich epicenter like Theed, or something in between, there was a little boy or girl here who had a beloved raggedy tooki. And now that child is gone. Whether prisoner of the First Order or dead by blasterfire, we don’t know for certain. But a profound sense of loss is still felt.

The fact Kaz holds on to the toy for so long, even in the midst of battle, says to me this affected him deeply.

He knows the stories of the children from Tehar (who apparently share some connection to this ruined city), he’s dodged fire from stormtroopers and TIE fighters, he’s found proof of terrible industrial doings, but now Kaz sees the destruction for himself. He sees the lost child behind the tooka, a child who he didn’t have the chance to help like he did Kel and Eila.

I figured he ultimately would leave the doll, or find a place in the ruins for it to rest as a way to honor its owner, like in Mulan. But instead, Kaz carries the toy with him back to the Colossus. I might be way off here, but I imagine this encounter in the lost city was the moment the weight of the war became real. He’s been raised as a defender of good in the New Republic, trained to fight in the Navy, recruited to help the Resistance; he has a pretty firm idea who the good guys and bad guys were/are. But I imagine it’d be easy to be disconnected from what’s really at stake when you haven’t experienced those stakes personally. Our young hero has yet to encounter first-hand the kind of carnage Poe will face on Jakku, but what the little tooka represents is enough. If Kaz was on fire for the Resistance before, he must be a raging inferno now. I know I would be.

Yes, what I talked about last post is still true, you have to be willing to talk, listen, and be considerate to those on the “other side”, those who don’t share your beliefs. But some things, like the value of life, are always worth being on-fire about.

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– Since Kaz did so well fixing up the Fireball back on Dangerous Business, I would’ve expected he’d be better at mechanics in general by now. But yeah I guess communicators are a totally different ballgame. Stay strong spyboy-flyboy!
– Are you sure that BB-8 was believing in you, Kaz? Because what I got from those uncertain bwurps was: “Oooh boy this is it. The kid’s gonna die this time… what’ll I tell Poe?” XP
– “Lone Wolf” is a great codename, though the way Poe makes friends I find it hard to believe it’s all that accurate (probably has more to do with his battle stunts TBH). Whatever the case, wolves are cool and Poe Dameron is cool, so it makes sense for that reason if nothing else!
– Good point, shouldn’t Kaz have a codename too? I like “Green Bean”, but I think that would suit Neeku better. Maybe a shortened form of my nickname for him, “Flyboy”? No, that’s not specific enough. Would “Tooki-Cat” be unfair at this point? The emotional story arc aside, Kaz somehow always manages to land on his feet (figuratively speaking) no matter what curiosity nearly gets him killed 😛
– Man, add “ninja” to Poe’s increasing list of mad skillz!
– We also have more to add to Kaz’s skillset: he knows both his military strategy and his dad jokes! XD
– They’re goin’ gravity well-surfin’! Half of me thinks this looks like great fun and the other half is mortally terrified of the prospect.
– OH DANG IT’S BABY STARKILLER BASE! Wait, if Poe’s going to Jakku tomorrow, then how much time passed between that event and its first attack? The FO must’ve done a rush job on the machine or something. But then again the timespans in-between SW events usually surprise/confuse me.
– All I want for Christmas is for Kaz to somehow be in Episode IX so we can get more of this buddy-comedy gold!
– Well can you blame Kaz for losing focus here?? That probe looks like an evil ice cream cone! It’s very distracting!
– Whoa I think Poe and I are on the same wavelength here. My reaction seconds before his “KIDS! IT’S GOT KIDS!” was “AHHH IT HAS BABIES!!”
– BB and CB floating past each other in the droidswap struck me with shades of WALL-E :3
– Same here, Neeku, same here. Having BB-8 around so much of this season has been something really special ❤

Keep the peace,
– Twilight

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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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The Resistance Report: The First Order Occupation

This episode, you guys! This. Episode! Forgive my giddy fangirling, but The First Order Occupation was a sheer delight, and if I didn’t fangirl a little, I’d probably explode. Don’t worry though, there will be some deeper thoughts in here as I dig into the heart and soul of this exciting-but-sweet chapter in the Resistance story.

Contains spoilers from The First Order Occupation and related events from this season thus far. Also some minor spoilers from Episode V and Rebels episode The Mystery Of Chopper Base.

With a title like “First Order Occupation”, I was expecting this episode to go in an entirely different direction. Perhaps something to do with Kaz’s role as a Resistance spy in a sea of growing hostilities and suspicions. And for the first chunk of the episode, it really felt like that’s where the story was going. But Kaz’s kind heart changes the course dramatically as he takes the focus off his own problems and risks everything to help Synara escape. I was expecting an exciting adventure no matter what this episode entailed, but it was this beautiful picture of love that made it so much more.

Yeah, I know… “love” is a rather strong word for an awkward spy boy and a conflicted pirate girl who doesn’t seem terribly impressed with the aforementioned awkward spy boy. But let’s remind ourselves that love is more than romance; it’s taking the focus off yourself and what you want, and thinking of and acting on what others want or need — whether friend, enemy, or someone you’ve never met. I don’t know about you, but Kaz risking his life and his Resistance career for Syn’s safety? That’s love. And then Synara giving up her newfound freedom to help him back? Also love.

Let me expand a bit on these kinds of love. Yes, it’s been quite obvious these last few chapters that Kaz has a schoolboy crush on Synara. I wouldn’t deny that it had some effect on his decision-making (I mean, Kaz did make it sound like she single-handedly fought that mama rokkna… a slight exaggeration, I do think), but I’d argue that he would have helped her regardless. His kindness has shone through in so many other ways throughout the series so far. And the very fact he was where he needed to be to rescue Synara in the first place, right back on Signal From Sector Six, is because of a love-rooted truth that he believed in: “When people are in need, we help“. Even when it meant fighting ill-tempered monkeys and a hulking ape-lizard, and even now when it meant saying goodbye, likely for good.

There’s a lot I wish we knew about Kaz and Synara’s friendship. Their initial relationship seemed a bit stilted, obviously since Syn wasn’t trying to make friends while undercover, and I’m sure also due to some of her suspicions about his identity. But by the time we get to The Doza Dilemma, while she still seemed unsure of how to respond to all the kindnesses she’d been shown by Kaz and his friends, it clearly meant the world to her — enough so that she absolutely couldn’t go through with a plan that would hurt a friend. I have little doubt that Kaz’s kindnesses in the past had an influence, even in some small way, on who she became. But regardless of what all happened in between, this last great kindness of Kaz’s seems to have deepened their bond, and it’s not just in that he put himself in danger to help her. I think Synara knew last episode that Kaz didn’t believe her claims, that she’d likely just lost his friendship. The fact he still decides to help her despite her deception, that he still could see the good in her, must have blown her away. It’s an act of forgiveness as well as kindness, and when you’re a pirate… I can’t imagine you get either very often. No wonder she couldn’t stand aside and let Kaz get caught, and no wonder that she seemed reluctant to leave Castilon in the end…

Her world had completely changed. All because of a young pilot who, in helping the Resistance, would ultimately be led to her distress signal.
Indeed, he helped her more than he realized.
More than she realized.

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– I was a little surprised that the First Order got on Doza’s good side so quickly, but the FO certainly knows how to play their cards. I wonder how much time passed between last episode and now? By Neeku’s comment, it’s at least been a week. Again it fascinates me how fast this show’s moved and makes me wonder what’s gone on in between. Perhaps an opportunity for some comics, youth novels, and Lego shorts? 🙂
– “If ‘thrilled’ is code for ‘nauseated’, then yes, Neeku. I’m extremely thrilled.” XD Man, I wanna write like these guys!
– There is a lesson here in what Kaz is saying, guys. History is super important!
– Aw, Kaz just wants to help the poor guy! 3: Now would be a great time to have a spare com and a penchant for voice acting… oh wait that’s Ezra’s thing. Um, any chance you’ve got another gorg in that thermos? That could work…
– Nice save, Neeku! Though yikes dare I ask how he would’ve finished that sentence? “…and he has been following you all around nonstop since your arrival! He’s that big a fan!”
– You stormtroopers are looking for all the wrong droids! If anyone’s a spy on the platform, well… I’d bet my credits on Garma. Just look at her in the crowd back there, smiling at that guy like nothing about this present situation is concerning! And I can’t remember the episode now, but we’ve seen her steal a crate outright. Actually, maybe she’s working for the FO instead! Perhaps that’s the real reason she’s acted so nice to Kaz! Gotta keep an eye on her, folks.
– Whoa so this is what it looks like when Kaz gets worked up. Back up everybody! He’s on fire!
– THE STORMS ARE ON TO HIM! KAZ IS SO TOAST IT’S NOT EVEN FUNNY. Well, it’s kind of funny… mostly because his acting skills are so bad and Yeager knows it.
– OK so I just noticed that little janitor dude has robotic hands and a tiny hat. So coot!
– Conversational skills are on-point! 😛 Seriously though, I think Kaz got his metaphors mixed up a bit in there.
– Good job not drawing attention to yourself, spyboy-flyboy. That guy back there must think you’re nuts talking to a crate like that XP
– Is the “neekto” in “great-grand-neekto” a nikto word for “mother” or “father”, or someone’s actual name? Either one sounds possible.
– “To the turbolift!!” Well now I’m gonna have to whisperscream the same anytime I get on an elevator XD
– Heyy we finally get to hear StarWarsian elevator music! Perfect! It makes this moment even more hilarious!
– Of all the heartfelt “sensitive” goodbyes we’ve seen in Star Wars… this is the only one that had me get a little misty-eyed and laugh out loud. It may not’ve been a tearjerking “I love you/I know” or a tender “We’ll see each other again”, but Kaz’s kind heart still shines through — even when being bonked squarely on the head by an escape pod door. Good thing he still had that helmet!
– Aww look at Synara and the fish-birds! I think she’s secretly a Disney Princesses. If that ship hadn’t arrived so soon, she’d probably have sung an “I Want” song! Just watch and you’ll see, someday she’ll be part of this world!

Keep the peace,
– Twilight

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The Resistance Report: The Doza Dilemma

So whoa you guys, The Doza Dilemma was a supremely-awesome episode and I’m so ready to get all my thoughts — both analytical and fangirly — out of my head and on-screen!

Contains spoilers from Resistance episode The Doza Dilemma and related events from the season thus far.

When Kragan chastised Synara for forgetting who her “real friends” are, I thought he was being a bit paranoid. After all, nothing had really convinced me so far that Synara wasn’t 99.9% committed to this spy job. Yeah, Tam saved her life once and Kaz brought her lunch that time (he technically also saved her life, though she probably doesn’t know it), but I doubted that would be enough to make them totally her new best friends. We soon find out, however, a lot has changed since she first arrived.

Walking into Aunt Z’s, Synara is bombarded with kindness, caring, and acceptance. Kaz genuinely wants to know if she’s doing all right. Tam’s quick to offer up a round of darts. Even Torra, who’s only just met Synara, is more than happy to invite her over along with Tam and Kaz. Watching the four of them together chatting and playing hologames, it’s impossible not to feel how much Synara wants this. To have real friends, to be part of a supportive community, to actually be trusted! It about broke my heart at the time, imagining what was bound to happen when everything came crashing down.

I kept thinking “Anytime now, Syn, you can just walk away! You don’t need Kragan or anyone on that nasty old crew! You don’t need to kidnap anyone or steal anything ever again! Just stay on Castilon and live your best life with your new besties!” But I know it’s more complicated than that. We don’t really know her backstory (or how much of what she’s said about it is true), but there’s something apparently keeping her tied to Kragan and her fellow pirates. Something that won’t let her just ditch them outright, even after the pirates’ job goes south and there doesn’t seem to be a need for her spy services anymore. My theory at the moment is that she was raised by pirates, maybe Kragan himself. If so, no wonder she’d be so torn. Or it may not be so much to do with family ties as it does with the bad things that happen when you doublecross pirates (or do anything that looks like a doublecross). Whatever the case, I hope Synara ultimately finds her way out. And that she’s able to hold on to these wonderful friendships she’s formed… somehow, some way.

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– “Hey, Synara! We never see you anymore! Everything OK?” Has it really been that long? This show’s moving so fast! Also awwz Kaz you are just too sweet for this galaxy :3
– Synara’s use of “cycles” here sounds like another term for “hours”. Interesting.
– I just love that Torra’s become a part of their squad now! I still have questions as to why she decided to (mostly) trust Kaz again… perhaps Tam helped put her at ease. “Kaz? A spy? Ha! That’s a good one. He couldn’t spy to save his life!”
– Hehe I just noticed Buggles trying to play with the holo-drones! Too cute!
– 4:37 may be the most adorable Kaz face ever X3
– I was thinking Kaz would be better at this since he’s trained with simulated weapons and all, but… he’s doing exactly what I do whenever I play fast-paced shooting games, where I get frazzled in the heat of the moment and start blasting all over the place! I’d wondered if he was faking it to throw the others off his Resistance-spy trail, but TBH I think he’s just bad at it, period.
– This time “cycle” is used in place of “shift”. Still not very clear here.
– Oh I see Bucket’s been napping on the job again! Hehe BB-8 you little stinker 😛
– Hmm wonder what Neeku was up to while the others were hanging out? They must have different break times, because otherwise I can’t imagine him turning down fun times with friends!
– Not gonna lie, this episode’s made me a hardcore Kaznara shipper right now. I don’t know if it’ll last but AHH KAZ IS SUCH A SWEETHEART! Plus, you long-time readers know I love this kind of one-sided crushy stuff :3
– I know that apparently Valik is the same species as Aurra Sing, but I’m convinced she must have some zabrak genes with that horn-mohawk there. Unless getting horn implants in this galaxy is as common as ear piercings and tattoos.
– OK here’s a long-held SW query of mine: why is it that droids always seem take a second to stare at the droid popper (or other similar weapons) before they get zapped? Doesn’t matter whether it’s a dopey-but-endearing B1 or a hulking guard, the clankers apparently find random metal balls fascinating! So much so that they don’t consider they probably should get rid of the projectile and fast. Welp Doza doesn’t have ’em around for their logic processors (or their Clone Wars-less memory banks).
– THE LIGHTING IN THIS CHASE SCENE!! OHMYGOSH I’M IN LOVE!! It’s so Pirates Of The Caribbean!
– Hey there’s a nikto pirate back there! The skin on their faces must get a lot rougher as they get older. I initially thought Neeku’s smooth face was just a design choice, but there you go! Learn something new everyday!

Keep the peace,
– Twilight

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