Our heroes arrive at D’Qar in “A Quick Salvage Run” only to find a graveyard of ships and the Resistance base wiped off the surface of the planet. Definitely not a great start to the day, especially since they needed to regroup with the Resistance to acquire resources.
With some quick thinking from Kaz, they decide to take much-needed fuel from a First Order ship. The only people capable of doing the job are the pirates. Who better to pillage and plunder, right? The thing is the First Order shows up, and for the next 15 minutes, it’s nothing but heart-pounding stress and anxiety as our heroes attempt to extract the highly-explosive coaxium in order to escape into hyperspace. Talk about having us on the edge of our seats, especially when the shields go down and the Colossus is fully exposed.
If this is a taste of what’s to come, consider us both excited and scared (because it’s too stressful and we don’t want anyone to get hurt or worse)!
For now, here are 6 highlights from the episode that caught our attention.
It seems most people on the Colossus try to steer clear away from the pirates because they’re a wild and rambunctious group. They live a particular lifestyle and not many are cut out for it, least of all Neeku. But here, we have a situation in which Neeku is intrigued by the latest additions to the Colossus. We love when Neeku displays his natural and innocent sense of curiosity because it often leads to plenty of laughs.
We also can’t help but wonder if this pirate interest is going to go somewhere down the line or if it’s just a random occurrence. Will Neeku join the band and become Pirate Neeku? It’s a funny thought, but whatever makes Neeku happy will make us just as happy.
Heart Eyes for Synara
It’s no secret we have heart eyes for Synara San, especially given what happened the last time we saw her. She intercepted Kaz’s message at the end of season one and helped bring the pirates into the fight against the First Order. Now that she’s back on the Colossus and she’s not hiding any secrets, she’s free to be herself.
What we love most about Synara’s presence in the second season so far is how she’s the voice of reason when it comes to Tam. While it would have been great to see Synara and Tam’s friendship continue to grow, it’s interesting to see how she’s quick to connect the dots between Kaz’s message to Tam and the First Order arriving at their location. After all, Synara used to be in a similar predicament, secretly betraying the people who were nothing but kind to her when the pirates were working with the First Order. She also knows how Tam felt about her situation on the Colossus. They had that lovely heart-to-heart chat in “Synara’s Score,” where they both felt like they were dealt a bad hand in life.
It’s nice that Kaz and Neeku want to believe their friend didn’t give them up, especially since Tam has shown signs of loyalty to people in the past. That said, Synara isn’t someone who lets emotions cloud her judgment. She lets the facts speak for themselves, and right now, they’re telling her Tam was behind it. And technically, she’s right in assuming that.
We suspected Kaz’s father was alive, especially since we had this running theory that Hamato Xiono was in league with the enemy and profiting from the production of First Order weapons. Turns out, that’s not the case. As a result of Kaz jumping into a Resistance spy mission with no alias or fake credentials, the First Order identified his family and they essentially had to go into hiding. What a clever and brilliant way to get them off Hosnian Prime!
We’re also fans of the parallel between Kaz and Hamato and Leia and Bail. They’re both children of senators who grew up to fight for others. Unlike Leia and Bail, however, Hamato hasn’t been a supportive parent. We saw this as far back as “The Triple Dark,” when Kaz said his dad didn’t want him to compete in his first race and said he wasn’t ready. Kaz won that race and proved him wrong.
We can’t wait to see where this brief interaction between Kaz and his father leads next, especially since we went through the entire first season without touching that story line.
What’s even more exciting about this reveal? Kaz’s mother is also alive! Star Wars has been doing a better job in recent years to include mothers (Hera Syndulla, Ursa Wren, Shara Bey), so here’s hoping she has a name and a speaking role in the near future.
The Last Jedi Connection
This episode did a fantastic job at connecting the show to the events in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. After Poe’s fight against the First Order dreadnought ends and the Resistance jumps away, most people don’t give a second thought to D’Qar and the evidence of battle left behind. We absolutely love how the writers recreated that scene and gave us a look at what happened after the Resistance and Hux’s forces jumped away.
Not only that, but our heroes in the show turned to the decimated dreadnought to retrieve the coaxium they needed. That was such a brilliant way to expand the story. It changes the way we see the beginning of The Last Jedi and reminds us how multiple stories are happening simultaneously, even if we’re not aware of them yet.
Most importantly, it’s interesting how both this episode and The Last Jedi boil down to the fact that the Resistance has no fuel and little resources. They are ill-prepared for this war against the First Order, and it makes us all the more curious how things will go down in The Rise of Skywalker.
Ace Pilots in Action
We have no doubt the ace pilots are feeling like they’re completely out of their element after this recent encounter with the First Order. They’re racers first and protectors second. They’re not equipped to handle trained TIE fighter pilots or the other variables that get tossed in their way, like the debris from the previous battle.
While they did a great job working together in the season finale, they still have a lot to learn as a team. In a way, they remind me of the Paladins in Netflix’s Voltron. Their ships aren’t going to connect and form a giant robot (sadly), but they need to use the free time they now have to build the skills they need later. All that said, it was great to see them in action.
We’re also curious to see if any of them feel like this fight against the First Order is too much for them to handle and whether there’ll be any pushback. Griff Halloran, for example, used to be part of the Empire. Does he want to be involved in another galactic fight? Hype also remembers the days of the galactic civil war and how the Empire treated non-humans. In fact, he almost got shipped away to who knows where in season one. What does he have to say about all of this?
We want to see the ace pilots be more vocal and have a say in what happens next. They’ve been flying in the background for far too long, so here’s hoping we hear more from them because the First Order is ready to wipe them out and it’d be a shame to see them crash and burn without learning more about them.
Sigh of Relief
While Tam looks the part of a First Order cadet, she doesn’t have a malicious heart, like Jace Rucklin or Agent Tierny. She has these bad people whispering in her ear and telling her how she should feel, but the sigh of relief she releases after the Colossus disappears into hyperspace also gives us some relief. She’s still the Tam we know and love. We know she’s angry at her friends and wants to see them pay for their actions, but she doesn’t want to see them die unjustly in the process.
Commander Pyre’s comment about conditioning Tam also raises some warning signs. Last season, we saw from Kaz’s experience in “The New Trooper” how soldiers of the First Order have been conditioned to follow orders without question. That’s also the same episode where Tam rationalized the First Order’s actions against Kel and Eila’s people. We’re curious to find out if Tam picks up on this kind of conditioned behavior from her fellow cadets and whether something like that will give her a much-needed dose of reality.
Catch the next episode of Star Wars Resistance, “Live Fire,” on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 6:00 pm ET on Disney XD and 10:00 pm ET on the Disney Channel. It will also be available to watch on DisneyNOW.