The First Order Just Changed the Course of History on Star Wars Resistance

A familiar moment from The Force Awakens, as revisited on Star Wars Resistance.
A familiar moment from The Force Awakens, as revisited on Star Wars Resistance.
Image: Lucasfilm

The moment Star Wars Resistance finally crossed over with The Force Awakens changed everything for both stories. In the movie, when Starkiller Base destroyed the planets of the New Republic, the Resistance realized it was all on its own. At the same time, on Star Wars Resistance, Kazuda Xiono just watched the same thing occur. 

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“No Escape Part 1” saw Kaz and his friends executing a plan to save the Colossus from the First Order who, by now, have taken full control by arresting Captain Doza. The biggest moment, however, came at the episode’s end as Kaz and Torra watched General Hux deliver his frightening Force Awakens speech from Starkiller Base, destroy the Hosnian system and with it, the New Republic. You may have forgotten this (because it hasn’t been brought up in many episodes) but Hosnian Prime is Kaz’s home planet so when that exploded, Kaz lost his entire family.

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Obviously, that’s horribly sad but, in Star Wars, it’s not uncommon. Anakin never had a father and his mother was basically tortured to death. Luke’s family was murdered by Stormtroopers. Leia saw Alderaan destroyed in front of her eyes. Han left his home planet and never looked back. Ezra Bridger grew up an orphan, barely knowing his parents. Ben Solo killed his father and on and on. There aren’t many stable family units among the stars of Star Wars. Now, add Kaz to that list.

How exactly losing his family will change Kaz is something likely to be stretched across not just the season one finale next week, but season two and beyond, if Resistance gets there. Especially since Kaz’s plan after liberating the Colossus was to bring everyone back to Hosnian Prime with him. Where does everyone go now?

Underwater troopers are the shit.
Underwater troopers are the shit.
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As for the rest of the episode, it was noteworthy for a few reasons. One was the introduction of those sweet-ass underwater Stormtroopers that I now want to watch an entire movie about. There was an awesome ball droid fight. Plus, there was the slow corruption of Tam by Agent Tierney and the First Order. It’s looking less and less likely that Tam is going to help Yeager and Kaz and more likely that she may be a foil for them moving ahead.

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One thing is certain though. There’s just one more episode left this season. It’s time to free the Colossus.


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DISCUSSION

mike-mckinnon
Chairman Kaga

I generally love the episode and where the story is (finally) heading, but can I be the old grouch who lodges one major if pedantic complaint?

The show wastes a LOT of time in each episode.

What I mean is, watch the OT. Yeah yeah, I know. But pay attention to the editing and the overall pacing. You don’t see the characters devise a plan, then slowly carry out all of the mundane lever pulling. Like, you don’t see Hand and Chewie lift off the cover plates to the smuggling compartments and everyone crawl down and then carefully pull the covers back over them. You see them pop out, and you instantly understand what just happened. Say what you want about TFA, but the editing keeps the story moving without wasting time on interstitial action.

For example, this ep of Resistance lingers on Kaz and Torra spending a good 30 seconds or more tugging a stunned stormtrooper into a closet. There’s no meaningful action or dialogue otherwise. Just two people dragging an inert stormtrooper across the floor and into a closet.

Also, the way the characters are animated is so... casual. People casually strolling form one place to another. People casually doing their jobs. People casually flying their ships. People casually reacting to being shot at. So. Slowly. Like when I tell my daughter the bus is coming and she’d better hurry and get dressed and get her teeth brushed, and if she misses the bus again because she’s dawdling then she owes me $5...

I digress.

Yes. So the characters’ animations are just so casually nonchalant and slow and there’s not much kinetic energy in their actions. I just perceive everything and everyone moving at like 80%.

And for whatever reason, it just bugs me this 22 minute-per episode TV show is so languid with a lot of its editing/pacing and animations. Maybe there are reasons (money) that drive it, but it still bugs me.

Hurry up! Everyone is in danger! Faster. Move. Faster.

(I really do like the show and so do my kids)