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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: Station Theta Black

Happy Star Wars Day, friends! It’s the perfect day for me to get back to my Resistance posts! Let’s see what secrets I can uncover and storylines I can analyze inside of Station Theta Black.

Contains spoilers from Episode VII, Episode VIII, and Resistance episode Station Theta Black, as well as earlier events from the season so far.

#ThatMoment when your mentor makes a potentially-disastrous decision and you want to say something, but aren’t sure if you should because you’re not certain whether he’s trying to teach you something or if he’s just plain crazy. From the instant Leia made it abundantly clear to Poe that he wasn’t to engage the enemy, I knew that’s most likely what was about to happen, and I was already feeling sorry for Kaz.

Poe is always one step ahead, always on the move, always jumping into the next big thing. His friends and allies rarely seem prepared when he decides to take a detour. BB-8 might be the sole exception. Well, at least he’s learned to roll with it, anyway (whoops, pun not intended). But yeah, this fierce, determined “let’s blow something up!” mentality of Poe’s does not bode well for our sweet clumsy Kaz. Back on Signal From Sector Six, the boys were up against a threat neither of them quite knew how to handle. Poe and Kaz were almost equally off their game facing down those monkey-lizards, so there was no time for any of his usual “Dameroning-do” (Like derring-do, get it? I think that fits). All that mattered is they rescued everybody who needed rescuing, and then got out alive. Today, however, Poe couldn’t resist pushing the limits of his orders a teeny smidge. The unofficial mission did result an important find, but was it worth risking Kaz and BB’s lives?

It was really something, watching Poe in that uncertain moment when Kaz and BB-8 are nowhere to be found. Despite his earlier quip about not being used to life-and-death situations, Poe does a good job of getting himself into them. And I’m not talking about his Resistance work (though it certainly has its share of peril), I’m talking about the more needlessly-dangerous stunts like this! It seemed like, for those few seconds with Kaz’s x-wing MIA, that Poe was starting to feel the weight of his hasty actions. I wouldn’t be surprised if Poe has lost friends in missions gone south before, but I don’t know if he ever would have been quite this at fault. I love how easily Poe makes friends. I liked him pretty well at the beginning of Episode VII, but it was his unshakable loyalty to BB-8, knowing how much his friends — even this little ball-droid — mattered to him, that made me truly love his character. It’s what makes him still so lovable even when he makes a variety of misguided decisions in Episode VIII… and some more right here in Resistance. My point is, I know how much he cares for his friends and allies, I know he had no intention of putting Kaz in a seriously dangerous situation. He just hadn’t had the chance to stop and think. I think because he’s become an older brother figure to Kaz, Poe would feel even more responsible for anything that happened to him. I would love to think that Poe learned a real lesson today, but it’s hard to say, having seen his shenanigans in VIII. Maybe he’s at least trying, anyway. Perhaps the Poe Dameron we meet in IX will be a wiser, less-dangerous flyboy.

‘Course, where’s the fun in that? 😛 Whatever the case, Poe’s still awesome.

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– 0:56 (on the digital copy, anyway, counting that Disney Channel opener) is a glorious moment! Yeah… Yeager made a mistake, I do think XD
– “C’mon don’t explode on me, don’t explode! Yeahhh… we’re gonna explode.” Me whenever I’m having technical problems of any kind.
– Aww so cute! BB and CB are happy to see each other and havin’ a little chat! I WUV THEMM ❤
– "Lovedroids"? Oh good, I'm not the only one thinking it. #BBxCB4Life!
– What an honor to be in the presence of the Princess– I mean, General!
– Pfft Poe's all "Omg this kid has no chill." What, you weren't ever a fanboy once?
– Haha Poe has quite the reputation, don't he? VIII wasn't the first time Leia had to give him that look XP
– "Never really ready for anything, but that hasn’t stopped me yet!” That is so me! That may be my favorite line in the whole series now.
– Suddenly, at marker 7:03, Poe realized giving Kaz a blaster was a terrible idea XD
– “Simulated weapons?? Kids these days. I’ve been shootin’ womp rats since my daddy could fit a pistol in my hand!”
– I seriously still relate to Kaz so much. He would so be me in a gunfight.
– Poe blows the “smoke” off his blaster. Does that actually work in SW? Ah whatever he’s still so kewl he can get away with it.
– I have to say building a station in a meteor is pretty genius. Makes sense if you’re building a cataclysmic superweapon in a planet.
– I wish I had that kind of Captain Phasma confidence that allows me to look totally cool and have everything under control, even when I’m less than successful.
– Also, Leia’s probably glad for anybody who actually obeys orders. Unlike *cough* certain dangerous flyboys…
– BTW, sorry I haven’t gotten to the “Imperial Doza” discussion I said I’d write about last time. I didn’t know the next episode would take such a detour! But don’t worry I will get to that conversation eventually; I just want to wait until the next episode that revisits that storyline.

Keep the peace,
– Twilight

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