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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: Secrets And Holograms

You all ready for another Resistance Report? I sure am! Especially since today I’ll be writing on the pure delight known as Secrets And Holograms! Onward!

Contains spoilers from Episode II, Episode IV, and the Resistance episode Secrets And Holograms (along with other events in the series thus far).

In Star Wars, friendships are, more often than not, made by the times. They’re forged in the midst of battle, when you may not have anything in common with the person fighting with you, but the very fact they are fighting with you, likely fighting for the same things you believe in, makes them go from simply an ally to a real friend. Even if not in a literal battle, the influence of war and politics, in ways both big and small, often finds its way in helping forge friendships. I’d wager you could look at every relationship of every kind in Star Wars and see these influences over and over again. I think that’s because there’s so much truth in it — no matter how dark the times, light always finds a way. The worst situations can ultimately create some of the greatest bonds! You may be wondering, though, how exactly this relates to this episode. Indeed, Kaz and Torra’s paths cross because of the times, because Kaz took the job of a Resistance spy, and perhaps possibly because Torra’s dad is up to something with the First Order. But what I love so very much about their friendship, is that it isn’t just made by the times — it’s also made by a shared love of hologames! You might think that’s silly to point out, but it’s one of those things that makes their bond so refreshing and so special. For much of this episode, they’re just two kids having a good time, and that is so important when you think about everything they have to deal with.

Kaz and Torra are working some pretty amazing jobs for their age. They’re pilots, defending the Republic and the Colossus, respectively. No part-time drive-thru work for them! They clearly enjoy their cockpit-bound careers, but can you imagine the sheer responsibility that work entails? And I’m sure the expectations of their politically-powerful papas don’t help. Kaz and Torra so needed to just be kids for a minute. And they both needed a friend they could “just be kids” with. So what a wonderfully unexpected moment it was when Kaz suddenly threw his spywork aside and started nerding out over Flight Simulator Squadron with Torra! It fills me with such joy to watch them laugh and goof off together, as though they were normal teenagers without a care in the galaxy! And it definitely made me happy to see Kaz so happy. He’s been up to his ears in peril lately (and that peril will resume shortly), so giving him a moment to have a good time was well-deserved.

Anyway, yes, I spent a lot of time this episode smiling widely and whisperscreaming things like “AHH THEY’RE SO GREAT!!” (and for more than just the fact I could see them making a lovely couple down the road) Kaz and Torra really do have a special, genuine friendship!
Or… so I thought. And that’s what made the ending so surprising. But I think that was the point. Once a thread of distrust rears its ugly head, it’s hard to say if we can still call it a friendship, let alone a special, genuine one. Friends are often made by the times, but sometimes the times end up making friendship difficult. Here’s hoping Kaz and Torra find their way back someday.

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– Whoa seeing in-universe video games is so cool and fun! Did get me wondering, though… these stories cover a huge span of history, so how do the writers, designers, and Story Group folks and all decide on how to advance technology or not? How do they make sure it still feels like Star Wars, but also make it feel like a significant amount of time has passed? How do they know when something’s too modern-feeling? Had I been writing, I personally would’ve been wary to put video games in SW, but now that I see it here, it works just fine. Of course, thirty-something years past we had holographic chess, so maybe hologames shouldn’t surprise me so much.
– Look! Torra has even more plushehs!! I don’t even know what all these species are right off-hand, but awwz!! Not sure I’ve ever felt so kin to a SW character!
– OMG THAT PLUSHEH IS REAL!! IT’S A CAT-CHICKEN-OWL-BUG-PUPPY! So weirdly precious! :3
– Once again, we’re getting some familiar real-life scenarios with a Star Wars spin, and I love it!
– Soooo you clearly don’t trust the FO, don’t want your daughter hanging out around the FO, but HERE YOU ARE, INVITING THE FO!
– I think I’m gonna have to call 4D “MomDroid” from now on. She’s so professional — at least until she’s talking to Torra or doing anything with Buggles. Then she sounds like the weariest soccer mom there ever was. “Oh Buggles. Why.” XD
– Forgive me for pointing this out, but Kaz and Torra ran into each other through the shipping-and-receiving door. Coincidence? Or just Lucasfilm poking at us because they knew the Kazorra shipping among us was inevitable?
– Torra collects rocks, too? Lucasfilm, have you been looking around my deviantART and personal tumblr, taking notes on my favorite things?? Because the similarities here are kind of blowing my mind.
– Riiiiiight, ’cause Kaz is totally more interested in spying than in playing hologames XD
– I’m thinking Kaz here is not used to eating on the budget he’s living off of right now. Or it just may be this fancier lounge really does have good eats!
– Oh hello Jace Rucklin. This just got interestinggg. But hey, you could be working in worse places! You’re in the Tower!
– Somehow I’m not surprised that Doza’s finally making the deal. Perhaps he’s as protective with his people as he his with his spitfire daughter.
– What? You, Kaz, a rich kid yourself, don’t have access to expensive hologames? Maybe his New Republic job wouldn’t allow for it. And maybe his straight-laced senatorial parents wouldn’t let him “waste his time gaming”…
– “You can never be too sure with a ball-droid…” Sheesh, what’d the ball-droids ever do to you, MomDroid?
– LE GASP! An Imperial uniform? (I’ll discuss this more next Report)
– The “third day of the second cycle”? I wish I knew how that compared to earth-time. I’m fascinated by stuff like this. A cycle’s a month, right? I need some answers.
– Man I never expected Resistance-era incinerators would be so violent! This is so satisfying for my SW fangirl self tho. I’m getting serious Episode IV and II vibes!
– Also seriously how did Kaz manage to get so much time off today…?

Keep the peace,
– Twilight

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The Resistance Report: Signal From Sector Six

OK this episode is so so fun I have an absolute barrel-load to blog about! And yes the monkey pun was entirely intended. Sorry, Poe. Now let’s delve into some of the most sensational moments of the superb Star Wars escapade, Signal From Sector Six!

Contains spoilers from Episode VI, Episode VIII, and Resistance episode Signal From Sector Six (along with selected events from prior episodes).

So, having Poe Dameron come along for the ride again was an absolute treat! I really wasn’t expecting him to end up being as involved as he was, so that made it even more of a treat! Poe has this awesome energy that just lights up every scene he’s in! And I still can’t get over what an outrageously nice guy he is. Between his big-brother-little-brother bond with Kaz and his clear and evident determination to help others, I don’t know how to stop fangirling, and I don’t think I ever will 😀 I mean, who didn’t get all the feels when he stated so boldly and plainly, “There are a lot of dangers out there in the galaxy. When people are in need, we help“? And yet, in the same episode, we’re reminded he’s not without a chink or two in his armor — the man is not a fan of monkey-lizards, to put it mildly. I can’t help but wonder if there’s maybe a slight phobia involved, something more than just sheer annoyance. Either way, we sure learned a lot about Poe in the span of these glorious twenty-two minutes, and it successfully satisfies both my SW fangirl side and my analytical writer side!

And you guys, there are just too many good things to say about CB-23! I was so pleased to get the chance to meet another of the somewhat-uncommon female astromechs, and plus, I just needed more of these darling spherical droids in my life. I had no idea she’d bring so much personality to the table, though. CB is just the sassiest thing, and her little rivalry with BB-8 left me in stitches! But their brief exchange after BB saved her from the monkey got me “aww”-ing big time. It’s amazing how much you can garner from their little nods, beeps, and purrs. CB goes from being surprised and curious why he helped her, to a little apologetic about her earlier actions, and then to what I read as a look of admiration, while BB-8 remains humble and sweet the whole time. Hehe whoops I think they just became my new OTP :3 This episode really reminded me in general how wonderful BB-8 is, and how much joy it brings having him along for Kaz’s misadventures. He’s more than just adorable, he’s the most endlessly loyal sphere-mech I’ve ever met! And now we know he makes friends as easily as his master 🙂

There could have been anything lurking in the shadows of the freighter. We’ve seen everything from mynocks to rathtars, zombie geonosians to giant Imperial sentry droids, what could be next? Well, boy was I surprised when I caught glimpse of those familiar long ears. Kowakian monkey-lizards aren’t your typical scream-inducing SW creature, but the way they played them out this episode, it was hard not to be on the edge of your seat even so. It’s a unique blend of creepy and comedic than I had no idea anyone could pull off successfully, but leave it to Star Wars! 🙂 The little bogans sure are smart… I was particularly concerned for BB and CB. (Hey don’t forget Threepio almost lost a visual receptor to Salacious Crumb!) And then the ape-lizard shows up and brings some serious intensity. I thought at first the big guy was some sort of experimental cross between a monkey and a rancor, but it’s pretty cool to see there are other creatures in that species family (or is that genus? Order? Phylum? I need to brush up on my biology). So cool animal science for me, but a waking nightmare for the boys and the droids XP I know we have yet to see a monkey-lizard without a penchant for making people miserable, but in their defense, the critters were caged up, probably being illegally smuggled for the pet trade (think about it, the only ones we’ve seen elsewhere in the canon belonged to Jabba and Hondo). I’m thinking they might be more decently-behaved living free and in the wild. It’s possible, right…?

And yeah I gotta applaud the writers again, because they made it so hard for me to determine Synara’s true intent. I honestly didn’t remember her presence in The Triple Dark, and somehow it didn’t click with me that she was wearing pirated storm armor. For all intents and purposes, I was pretty convinced she was just the monkey smuggler or something. I did sense she might not be the most trustworthy character, but I was hoping that underlying suspicion might just be a ruse. I mean, after the incident with Amilyn Holdo I don’t trust my first impressions the way I used to. (I can’t be the only one who sorely regrets spending so much time distrusting Leia’s BFF, right?) But in this case, my suspicions were not ill-placed. That doesn’t make her any less of an intriguing character, though. I look forward to seeing how exactly she decides to cause trouble on the Colossus. Plus it’s so cool she’s a purple-skinned mirialan! Once again, this show keeps #KillingIt in the character designs! 😀

TWILIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
– Major points to the slick-sounding episode title. Which also happens to literally be the sixth episode.
– Ooh, another chance to witness the rarely-seen SW morning routine! Today, we study the waking habits of the young Resistance spy. See how he walks with his head hung down unnaturally low! And how he handles a broken caf machine! Fascinating XD
– Somehow I get the impression that, if anyone discovers Kaz’s secret, it’s gonna be Tam…
– I’m not a morning person, either, Kaz. But you should see that gorgeous Castellon sunrise! Better than caf!
– These background paintings are giving me life you guys.
– You jump into the x-wing, Kaz. You’re a Star Wars character, it’s kind of in your contract to make spectacular leaps off and into things just like Ahsoka, Ezra, and quite a few others before you!
– Whoops the lasat pirate I so fangirled over a few episodes ago just got eaten. Poor dude.
– Those scruffy little pirate-fighters are awesome!
– More reasons to love BB-8: “Stand back, Kaz, I’ll handle this! Put up your dukes, lady!”
– It’s adorable watching Kaz pretend he’s an expert at life on the Colossus. Keep dreaming kiddo.
– “You’ve helped me more than you realize.” A++ foreshadowing right there! I still can’t believe I didn’t see it coming.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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