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A closer look at the ‘Star Wars Resistance’ mid-season one trailer

StarWars.com recently released an intense and thrilling mid-season one trailer for Star Wars Resistance, and we can’t stop thinking about it.

We’re also happy to know the series will be back for a second season in Fall 2019, so we will no doubt get a Star Wars Resistance panel at Star Wars Celebration Chicago to highlight what we’ve seen in season one and hint at what’s to come in season two.

For now, here is a closer look at the mid-season one trailer. We combed through it, tried to piece the puzzle together, and came up with a few and intriguing theories. We hope you’ll participate along the way and leave comments of your own.

The first episode to kick off the second half of the season is “Bibo.” Neeku adopts a strange sea creature and things start to unravel from there. Elven Padawan on Twitter pointed out how this particular shot is reminiscent of the purrgil in Star Wars Rebels. It does give me a similar vibe, especially since both creatures have tentacles. I can’t help but wonder how Ezra would handle this situation if he was there.

In “Dangerous Business,” Kaz minds acquisitions for Flix and Orka in exchange for parts. In the process, he comes into conflict with a shady alien customer in league with the First Order.

Kaz looking after the acquisitions office sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, but he has surprised us in the past on more than one occasion. I’m also curious if Flix and Orka themselves have done business with the First Order. It’s a random idea that just popped into my head, but I wouldn’t be surprised, especially if money was involved.

In “The Doza Dilemma,” Synara settles into her life on the platform, but her pirate compatriots have other plans for her. That will no doubt spell trouble for Kaz and his friends as well.

With the image on the left, I love how the pirate ship comes out of the fog in a Pirates of the Caribbean kind of way. On the right, one of the pirate gunners takes a shot at the Fireball. Just when you think that ship is close to being fully functional again, it takes another damaging hit. Here’s hoping Tam won’t take off Kaz’s head in the process.

At some point, the First Order shows up to stop the pirates. I wonder if it’s part of the whole plan, like they’re pretending to fight to put on a good show for Captain Doza and lure him into a false sense of security. Or is this a real attack? Have the pirates outlived their usefulness? The First Order only needs them to make problems for Doza and force him into making an alliance with them. Once they have what they need, the pirates become a liability because they know too much. It’ll be interesting to see how the relationship between the First Order and the pirates plays out moving forward.

Although these two screenshots don’t give anything away, I decided to highlight them because they remind me of the Empire mistreating people in Star Wars Rebels.

This shot is incredibly heart-wrenching. I have two theories: (1) This is a testing site for Starkiller Base, similar to how the Death Star was used on Jedha and Scarif in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prior to being used on Alderaan. (2) This is after the Hosnian system has been destroyed. Theory #1 is more likely to be the case, especially since there’s no trace of the system’s sun. It sounds like Starkiller Base showed up, took energy from the sun, and destroyed the planets to make sure the system was fully operational.

Also, if you’re a fan of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, the planet in the distance looks a lot like the planet Master Kantoo accidentally destroyed with the kyber saber.

Poe and Kaz land on one of the planets and discover ruins. Moments like this remind me of Saw Gerrera and Star Wars Rebels because he spent so much time and effort looking for the Empire’s weapon, but all he kept finding were remnants of what was left behind.

I don’t recall seeing this weapon before, but it brings to mind one of the Seventh Sister’s ID9 seeker droids. This one just happens to be much bigger and packs a lot of firepower in the form of what I like to call “spheres of death.” I imagine it’s something the First Order leaves behind to take out any witnesses that might pass through.

In the ruins, Kaz discovers a tooka doll. It obviously belonged to a child. It helps re-emphasize how many innocent lives were lost in the pursuit of power and so-called order.

As if the spheres of death weren’t enough, Major Vonreg and his TIE fighters show up to take Poe and Kaz out of the picture. I particularly like how we see the TIE fighter attacking from the pilot’s point of view, as seen in the right-hand image. I also like how Poe covers and protects Kaz in the left image.

Poe and Kaz manage to get back to their ships, but they still have to fight off Vonreg and his crew. BB-8 and CB-23 floating around in space might belong to a different episode, but I included it in this batch because of the hints of blue in the deepness of space. I also love how those two droids have grown closer to each other, and I will riot if something happens to CB-23!

Some people have already deciphered the aurebesh text, so the planets highlighted on the star chart include Jakku, Takodana, Jedha, Yavin, and Twon Ketee. I’m curious what the red dots represent. Maybe they represent locations where the First Order has a major presence. When you look at the map, it’s sort of the opposite of how the Empire operated. The Empire was born on Coruscant and it spread outward from there. The First Order is creeping in from the Unknown Regions into the Outer Rim and potentially into the inner territories.

We’ve seen a fuel tanker similar to this one before, specifically in “The High Tower.” The First Order used it to transport themselves and the fuel to the Colossus. That could explain why the smoke is thick and black as the ship descends into the water because the fuel is on fire. It also looks like escape pods are flying out from underneath it, so at least I have the comfort in knowing that people working in this vessel manage to escape with their lives.

I can’t say for sure, but it looks like the ship from the previous screenshots is flying in the background while Poe tries to grab onto the Fireball. He’s also wearing a breathing mask.

I wonder if Kaz is flying the ship or whether Poe was flying it himself. That would be an interesting sight see, Poe flying the Fireball, especially since he called it a death trap before.

Also, given the timeline, this probably takes place before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and this might be when BB-8 and CB-23 switch places.

This part of the trailer is surprising because it reveals where the second half of Star Wars Resistance sits in the Star Wars timeline. We also get a glimpse of an animated version of General Hux, which I found interesting because it makes sense that First Order forces stationed elsewhere at this time would be witnessing this event via hologram.

That said, I hope Kaz managed to get in touch with his father and/or family beforehand. I know Star Wars likes to rip our hearts out, but I don’t want Kaz to lose his father without making amends first. Regrets are the worst, especially when things go unsaid and the opportunity is taken away forever.

I’m happy to see CB-23 and Kaz working together and how she’s just as quick and resourceful as BB-8, as seen in this shot. CB is going to use her cable to grab Torra before she plunges into the ocean.

At some point, it looks like Yeager and the others fight back against the First Order presence. It seems like a risky thing to do, especially because they don’t have the resources or the manpower to fight back against First Order forces. I imagine what forces them to act is the destruction of the Hosnian system. They feel a desperate need to do something, so they fight back.

Kaz’s reaction to Tam getting caught hits me right where it hurts most. Yeager appears to be punching in his code to enter his private hangar. I know he’s preoccupied with getting them to safety, but I hope we get to see a visceral reaction from Yeager when he realizes Tam’s life is in danger. There’s something about Yeager and Tam that reminds me of a father and daughter relationship. Then again, Yeager is a man who is constantly in control of his emotions, so even though Tam gets caught, he’s resilient enough to move forward.

A few fans have pointed out the Agent Kallus type helmet the officer is wearing beside Tam and how this person could be part of the First Order Security Bureau. Since there’s resistance spreading throughout the Colossus, they might be using Tam to get information out of her. The sad thing is she doesn’t know anything about the Resistance or Kaz’s mission (assuming he still hasn’t told her the truth by this point). It reminds me of the storyline in Star Wars Rebels when Kanan is captured by the Empire. Hera tells the others Kanan doesn’t know anything. He has no details or contacts regarding a growing Rebellion. Tam appears to be caught in a similar situation.

Tam isn’t a damsel-in-distress, though. I have a feeling she’ll get herself out of this and commandeer the ship. I don’t know how she would go about accomplishing something like this (or even if she will), but I do know she’s more than capable.

At the same time, what if Tam turns out to be a First Order spy? What if she let herself get caught on purpose and plans to reveal information once she’s aboard the command shuttle?

A sleeveless Yeager is the kind of A+ content I look for when it comes to Star Wars. I love these little alterations they make to the characters. Removing their jackets is a great way of changing things up without introducing new wardrobes or props.

And again, I appreciate how CB-23 and BB-8 have swapped places because at this point, BB-8 is with Rey and the others. CB will have her time to shine, and I’m more than happy with that.

It looks like First Order aerial security arrives and jacket-less Yeager and Kaz as well as Torra get caught in their attempt to carry out whatever plan they’ve devised. I think it’s something related to releasing the ships from their magnetic lockdowns. Also, in my mind, Tam has already commandeered the First Order command shuttle, so I like to think she shoots down the two TIE fighters. We’ll have to wait and see if that pans out!

After they get out of the TIE fighter situation, I imagine they all take their respective fighters to eliminate the remaining (or incoming) First Order reinforcements. Then again, this could be a race. Personally, I think it’s not because Yeager’s ship is part of the line-up and he doesn’t strike me as the type to start racing during troubling times on the Colossus.

We’ve seen Yeager racing, but we haven’t seen him fighting in the air, so this scene against Vonreg will no doubt be very intense. I can’t wait to see what tricks he still has up his sleeves that will rival Vonreg’s techniques. (Yeager’s also not wearing his jacket in this screenshot.)

When this series first started, my impression was that the ace fighters would eventually become pilots for the Resistance. It looks like they’re well on their way to becoming that, especially since they have the skills necessary to take out well-trained First Order TIEs and not just untrained pirates.

I don’t know what Neeku is doing, but I hope he comes out of it unscathed. It could be he’s overloading the system on the Colossus or redirecting energy for some other purpose. Either way, Neeku is the best person for the job, since he knows his way around the Colossus better than most and he has the knowledge necessary to deal with machinery of this nature.

The beam of energy Neeku is facing could be related to the Colossus descending into the ocean. It never dawned on me before, but the middle part of the Colossus looks like a submarine. The triangle portions on either side could potentially detach and leave behind the main vessel.

This part of the trailer also brings to mind an episode of Stargate Atlantis. If I remember correctly, there’s an incoming threat and the Atlantis team use a device called a ZPM to cloak the city. They do this in an attempt to make the threat believe they’re no longer there. The Colossus could be doing something similar. Instead of a cloaking mechanism, however, they’re hiding the station beneath the water. As we know from the past, the ocean floor is covered with scrap, so maybe they won’t be easily detected.

It could also explain why the flooding primarily takes place in the hallways because those parts could detach, as previously mentioned. Meanwhile, Kaz and Torra are trying to get to the main part of the Colossus to escape the rising water levels.

It’s super exciting to see the show take the action and the story beneath the water. With the Colossus sitting in the middle of the ocean, it was only a matter of time before the environment itself became more than just a pretty view. We’ve seen underwater storylines before, specifically in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but I can’t wait to see what Star Wars Resistance will do and how they plan to make it their own.

This sea creature looks like the one Neeku and his friends encounter in the “Bibo” episode. Neeku is such an interesting and unusual character, it wouldn’t surprise me if he somehow makes friends with this creature and it manages to help them in a purrgil-like way.

I’m still sticking to my “Colossus is a submarine” theory. Since this show is heavily influenced by Robotech, a series in which a spaceship can transform into a giant robot, then it’s easy for me to believe the Colossus can transform into another vessel of some kind.

Also, it looks like Kaz swam up from the opening beside him, which explains why he’s sporting a wet (and handsome) hairstyle.

Kaz says, “We are the Resistance now and we’re taking back the Colossus.” I love sound of determination in Kaz’s voice. In a way, he reminds me of Ezra and Hera in the final season of Star Wars Rebels. When the Rebellion refused to help them protect Lothal, Ezra and the team handled the situation on their own. It looks like Kaz and his friends are doing the same here.

It’s great to see Kel and Eila working with the others and being included in this fight against the First Order. They are literally the future generation fighting for their future, so in their own Star Wars way, the creators are basically saying, “Look. The galaxy is in a messed up place and we need all hands on deck.” It’s representative of what’s going on in the world of politics and government today, and as a viewer, I appreciate seeing kids involved because it encourages kids in the audience to get involved as well.

I don’t know why, but I get the feeling Aunt Z and the others are inside the First Order command shuttle. The lighting fixtures above them remind me of the troop transports that carried Finn and the other stormtroopers at the beginning of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It could also be that they’re being held as prisoners somewhere. That said, Kaz isn’t the only who’s willing to take the Colossus back. Aunt Z, for example, strikes me as the type of person who won’t go down without a fight, so it’ll be interesting to see what role she and the others will pick up as the tension continues to build with the First Order.

The structure jutting out from the ocean is the highest point of the Colossus. The command shuttle could be preparing to fire, but come to think of it, this whole scenario could be a ploy to trick the First Order. Looking back at the first half of the season, the First Order and their theatrics with the pirates made Captain Doza believe he needed their help. What if Kaz and the others make the First Order believe the Colossus is damaged and no longer of use to the First Order? What if they purposefully sink it to get the First Order off their backs? It’d be an interesting “tables have turned” tactic, but we’ll have to wait and see what the creators truly have in store for us.

Let us know what you thought about the mid-season one trailer. Do you have any theories you want to share? Any comments in response to my theories? Share your thoughts down below.

Star Wars Resistance will return on Sunday, January 13, on the Disney Channel at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Cable and satellite subscribers will have early access to the episodes through the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel VOD.

About Johnamarie Macias (1212 Articles)
Content Creator of TWG. I love everything pertaining to the 'Star Wars' animated shows! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram by searching for @BlueJaigEyes.

2 Comments on A closer look at the ‘Star Wars Resistance’ mid-season one trailer

  1. So thorough! Thanks as always, Johnamarie, for your thoughts and theories. I don’t have anything to add, really— I’m just excited. :DDD

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