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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: The Recruit

Today is a very exciting day, friends, because this marks the first of my new post series, The Resistance Report! Like I’ve done in ages past with Rebels, The Lost Missions, and The Freemaker Adventures, I’ll be digging into each of Resistance’s episodes and all I find intriguing, exciting, and wonderful! And so far, there is no shortage of things to write about 🙂

I again apologize that I didn’t get to talk about all of this a lot sooner. But you understand, I’m sure, that life can be busy and blogging doesn’t always happen. Also wrist problems don’t help. But hopefully, I’ll be able to find the best fit for Padawanline in my weekly schedule as we go. Now, onto Resistance!

If you’re like me, you’ve been hyped since the first trailer. It basically took every expectation that I had and blasted it into microcomponents.
Never had I seen Star Wars quite like this. The first word that came to mind was “zippy”! And then “youthful”, “spirited”, and “fresh and funny” followed it. It’s not that Star Wars has never been those things, but all together it’s a package that made me utterly giddy and gleeful! Though it was not traditionally-animated like I assumed originally, this dynamic style of CG is gorgeous and simply demands attention! Just from that first little glimpse back in August, I could tell I was looking at a winning combination. And now it is here and, like say, there’s quite a lot I need to gush — I mean, write — about!

Contains spoilers from Episode VII and Resistance episode The Recruit.

No matter how many Star Wars stories I watch, read, or play, the thrill of a galactic dogfight never gets old. These battles immerse you quickly into something that’s familiar and beyond your wildest dreams at the same time, inspiring a sense of wonder like nothing else. And when the heroes’ ships are this pretty, well… it really brings out your inner child. Least that’s how it is for me. These sleek, blue T-85s may be my favorite SW vehicle of all time now! Except for the fact this episode introduces all kinds of beautiful vehicles and I can’t play favorites to save my life. But anyway, yes, it’s an amazing opening, and for more reasons than just my obsession with blue x-wings.

As I was watching this the first time, lost in Star Wars-y wonderment, it took me a minute to remember what era we were in. It’s not that I didn’t know that going in, but as I just mentioned, I was lost in the moment, and forgot to turn on my analytical SW side. I think it took Poe Dameron’s entrance to remind me that, though this is familiar, it’s something truly new. Later I was able to take in the fine details, like the exact model of the x-wings and the New Republic crest. But you know, it’s not a bad thing to turn off my writer’s brain for a second and just enjoy the pure joy of Star Wars without feeling like I have to take notes on everything. If this blog comes off clumsily, now you know. But so worth it!

But yeah, I have to talk about those fine details I just mentioned. It’s that moment when I realized “we’re not Kansas anymore”.
Like I touched down on some when the show was first announced, the time in between VI and VII is almost a complete mystery to me. Yes, I’ve seen The Force and The Last, but that’s where my knowledge ends for the most part. I haven’t read any of the surrounding novels yet, and I only know the broad strokes of the state of the galaxy at this point on the timeline. But this is actually a good thing, because there’s just so much to learn! After all, there was once a time I knew very little about the SW galaxy and all its ins and outs. It was through the previous animated series (as well as the books) that I gained a greater understanding and appreciation of the first two-thirds of the Skywalker Saga, and that’s exactly what Resistance shall do for me now!

With that being said, I do definitely have to thank Poe (and the magnificent Oscar Isaac!) for coming along on this one. It’s great having a friendly, familiar face to help us get situated and comfortable in this formerly-unknown chapter of the saga! With Rebels it was different; I understood the surrounding films and prior series enough to not feel like I was constantly struggling to wrap my head around everything. For Resistance, having Poe not only guiding Kaz into this new world and story, but guiding us viewers along with him, really helped. But either way, hey, I don’t think anybody would complain over the presence of the Poe Dameron! Not to mention BB-8! They’re the Resistance golden boys! 😀

Now yes I need to dedicate most of the rest of this Report to the incredible new characters we got to meet today (or, technically for me, last week. But whatever)…

So first of all, my love for Kazuda Xiono knows no bounds. Seriously, where do I begin? He’s got this outrageously contagious enthusiasm, and a fierce (if slightly-naive) drive to do the right thing, even when things take a bad turn. He’s out of his element a lot this episode, and I can almost 100% relate to how he reacts in these situations. But like say, he’s never brought so down that he doesn’t ultimately find his way back up, and that absolutely inspires me, the way any great SW character should! He reminds me in some ways of Ezra Bridger at the beginning of Rebels’s second season; utterly on fire and more than ready to make a difference, even if he still has some obstacles to overcome first. There’s so much I could say, but it’s hard to capture the joy of my first impression of him in one paragraph without worrying I’m repeating myself. I can’t wait to follow him along on this journey, though… and hopefully write many more paragraphs on all that makes him such an instantly-lovable young hero!
Plus, I don’t know if I’ve ever related to another SW character more than when he said “Tell the General I said ‘hi’!” The few chances I’ve had to meet people I greatly admire pretty much went the same way XD

Oh, and guys, wow Castellon is beautiful, isn’t it? The sky and sea just takes my breath away! And just the idea of racing starships around that wide open expanse… man, who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend here? I mean… yeah, the threat of getting tossed over is real, but… I think were I living in this galaxy, I would be willing to take the risk. Well, maybe… considering Kaz and I share a similar lack of coordination and street smarts, I don’t know how I’d do out here in this slightly-less-wretched hive of scum and villainy. But for now let’s just imagine that ocean breeze and the sound of roaring engines and how epic that would be! *Starts singing “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana*
And if I needed any other reasons to vacation here, there appears to be an arcade game at Aunt Z’s and that makes me grin so hard 😀

Back onto the characters, we obviously have to talk about Neeku Vozo! OMG he is just the most precious bean, I truly can’t even! How rare it is to find a character in Star Wars so pure-hearted and sunshiny! It’s not that other such characters don’t exist, but never really has the word “blissfully optimistic” been able to describe them. Understandably because this is Star Wars, and it’s no small feat finding joy in the midst of war. Neeku’s delightfully-quirky personality is such a breath of fresh air, something the Saga could really use! Not to say he’ll always be this sunshiny, because no one is capable of that, but his chipper disposition still makes him a unique, stand-out new character. And one thing I think is really fun and neat about Neeku, is the very fact he’s a nikto. When I think of niktos, I think of tough, possibly dangerous types like Ima-Gun Di, skiff guards, and underworld scoundrels. Those hardened, spined visages certainly give you that impression. But Neeku utterly flips that script! Honestly, with his smooth face and wide eyes, I really didn’t realize he was a nikto until the featurettes pointed that out for me. But I love that concept, taking what we might’ve assumed and instead giving us someone so much more dynamic and interesting that merely another “tough guy” nikto would have been. I can’t wait to see more of this sweet boy! I hope he achieves his fondest dream and gets that room with a view! :3

And on that note, I am so into all the diversely-designed characters we have here on Castellon! Just as they flipped the script on our idea of niktos, I love seeing so many different takes on familiar species in the crowd. Seeing a female of Unkar Plutt’s kind with Aunt Z, a totally unique take on the chadra-fan in Orka (that goatee tho), a big-boned rodian… it’s so fun, and when you start thinking on the diversity within each species, it expands the galaxy in almost infinite ways! Not to mention the sheer variety in the crowds in general, where you have aleen and gotals and whatever Grummgar’s species is. It’s a beautiful (if slightly rough-and-tumble) blend of all kinds of peoples from all the eras, from Episode I to the Sequels, and it delights the living daylights out of my SW-nerdy self! Props to all the supremely-talented, creative artists making this happen!

Right, again, back onto the subject primarily of the new characters. There’s simply too much for me to write about to stick to just logical organization! But yeah we have ourselves a fantastic new squad, no doubt. I have a deep love for characters and character development, whether Star Wars or otherwise, and these guys are prime examples of what great characters look like. I’ve taken to thinking of them as the “Sunshinies” and the “Grumpies”. Already discussed my first impressions with two of the Sunshinies, so next we will talk Torra!

I love the sort-of dichotomy of a character so bubbly and friendly, who genuinely wishes her opponents the best, even though she knows they will crash and burn. She seems to have what I’ve referred to in other characters as a “noble confidence”; the ability to be able to speak highly of yourself humbly. Impossible for most, but apparently not for the immensely talented Torra Doza! Admittedly, watching this again I realize she could just as easily be a little less than noble in the confidence area, but whatever the case, she seems to just really be in it for the love of the game first and foremost, and she’s definitely nowhere near mean-spirited. Anyway, I’m happy to say that the starwars.com personality quiz has deemed her my Resistance twin, and I can for sure kind of see that so far. At least, I know we share a common sense of enthusiasm and a slightly-competitive drive if nothing else. And also red hair. That’s important, too.

And then there are the wonderful Grumpies!
When Tam snapped at Kaz and called him “kid”, I knew I’d found my kin. Partially yes, because we are both a bit on the small side, and I would love to have the confidence that allows her to speak her mind no matter how tall the offender is. But mostly because she is literally me when I’m in a bad mood. I just kept nodding my head saying “yep that’s pretty much what I would say to that”. Actually, now that I think about it, each of these guys is me in some way or another. Torra is me when I’m happy and supportive (and sometimes competitive), Neeku is me when I’m really happy (definitely when I’m in a Star Wars state of mind), Tam is me for reasons we’ve already explained, Kaz is me when I realize I realize I’m in deep trouble, and Yeager is me when I’m just done with everybody XD

And can’t forget Bucket! Bucket’s awesome! I think he may just have beaten Chopper for grouchiest droid, though. Never have I seen a more easily-irked machine in my life. Maybe he just needs a hug? Well, hopefully the R2 Builders will put one together IRL so I may see if this theory works, or if it just ends in me getting smacked in the face. Either way, it’d be worth it!

Now, Yeager has probably taken the longest for me to put together a paragraph on, but that doesn’t mean he’s anything short of a great, fascinating character. Maybe it’s because he’s kind of mysterious in a way. Perhaps because he’s not as much of an open book as the youths, perhaps because we don’t know his history with Poe and why he’s so hesitant to get involved. But if there’s one thing that’s plain to see about Jarek Yeager thus far, is that Team Fireball would probably fall apart without him. He’s a strong and steady voice of reason, and when you’ve got a crew that’s two-parts hot-tempered and one-third overly-literal, that’s an indispensable quality. I don’t know much about Tam and Neeku’s bond right now, but I could see it possible that Yeager probably had to keep Tam from killing the blissfully-naive nikto a few times. The other thing I’m pretty sure of with Yeager is that he does care, somewhere deep down. Something’s keeping him going, despite everything that seems to keep him from wanting to. And it speaks volumes just in the way he smiles at his crotchety old clanker. Otherwise, we’ll just have to watch on and see what more we can learn about him from here. Not too worried about the wait, though. Like say, I love watching characters grow and digging into their complex personalities and stories! I feel we’re going to have a good time figuring out this tough Team-Dad 🙂

Also currently I have this really silly headcanon that Zander Freemaker created the Fireball. Just… seems kind of like his thing, y’know? Sleek, speedy, but explosion-prone! I’ll let you debate this among yourselves, but I’m pretty sold on it.

Anyway, I could go on and on about so much more, but I think I’ll have to save further conversations for another day. Except for this last very important thought: we know Kaz is on the lookout for a First Order spy, but it only hit me in the last few minutes of the episode as we gaze upon the terrible might of Starkiller Base… the traitor could very well be someone we know. From a writer’s perspective, I wouldn’t want my perpetrator to be too obscure nor would I want him/her too obvious. And when you want to throw a good solid wrench into your characters’ lives and a curveball to your audience… a total surprise traitor is a good way to do it. I had to wonder for a moment if the red-helmeted ace was someone we knew. I was wrong on that account, but it did open up the possibility to me… who knows who Kaz might find plotting against the Republic? I’ll let you in on my theory later. I just want to make sure I know my characters better before I jump to conclusions. But… something to chew on before tonight’s airing, right?

It’s been awesome both writing and — honestly and truly — gushing on this thrilling opener. I know it’s got me wanting more something fierce! Hopefully sometime in the next week I’ll have another post waiting for you all.

Keep The Peace,
– Twilight

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