If the Colossus wants to stand a chance against the First Order, they first need to beef up their defenses and that includes converting their racers into combat pilots. Their last fiasco above D’Qar was the ultimate reality check, forcing them to revise their tactics and turning to other sources for help.
Enter the latest episode, “Live Fire.” We finally get the Aces-centered story we’ve been wanting to see ever since these colorful pilots were introduced at the start of the series. While we wish we had more than 22 minutes to get to know these characters some more, this episode was a good start and we hope it doesn’t end there.
Meanwhile, Tam experiences firsthand how the First Order operates and trains their pilots. The sad part is her expert piloting and teamwork skills would be perfect for the Ace squadron, but the First Order is determined to strip her of her individuality. When is Tam going to wake up and recognize she’s on the wrong side of the war?
We’re hoping she realizes sooner rather than later, but for now, here are 5 highlights from the latest episode.
Yeager is one of our favorite characters in the series and nothing excites us more than to see him take up the position of squadron leader. Not only does he have years of military experience under his belt, but he has the patience to teach and pass on what he knows, making him the right person for the job.
Even though he didn’t want to be roped up into anything when Kaz first arrived on the Colossus, it pleases us to see how he easily steps into the role, as if he’s been doing this for years. He’s one of those people you know you can rely on because deep down, he knows it’s the right thing to do.
We also particularly love how Yeager responds to Hype’s “I don’t remember signing up for the Resistance” line because Hype has a point. None of them signed up for this, and we’re glad one of them was bold enough to say it. Instead of Yeager forcing that on them, he reinforces how they are the protectors of the Colossus. Without them, they have no home. A great leader is someone who motivates others to work together and they’re lucky Yeager’s around to get it done.
The Aces Speak
While we’re happy Torra and Hype were fleshed out in the previous season, it always bothered us how the other Ace pilots were left in the background. We know Kaz is our focus character and we need to pay attention to what’s around him, but we also desperately want to know more about these pilots. Or at least, hear them say more than 5 words.
Thankfully, we get some of that in this episode, especially from Griff Halloran. He doesn’t say much, but he brings in his experience with the Empire, emphasizing how the First Order will be just as relentless. He also mentions how TIE fighter pilots don’t defend each other, and we see that play out during Tam’s training session.
While we don’t learn more about Freya Fenris, we now know she wasn’t part of the Empire. She originally gave us an Imperial Officer vibe, but at least we can eliminate that theory. We’re also happy Bo Keevil (aka Dave Filoni) got a few extra lines in there. His words don’t give much away about his character either, but we know he’s willing to listen and cooperate with the group. He also knows when to assert some authority, given his “that’s my seat” moment with Neeku.
All in all, we’re happy with what we got in this episode, but we hope we get more from the Aces in the future. As mentioned before, it’d be a shame to lose any of them during the heat of a battle and not know anything about them.
Yeager and Kaz Team Up
Much like Captain Doza’s confidence in his daughter, we love how Yeager has that same confidence in Kaz. He might roll his eyes every once in a while at Kaz’s antics, but at the end of the day, Yeager trusts Kaz and vice versa. Besides having military experience on their side, they also exhibited something the Ace squadron and the First Order were missing: communication. When you’re in a team, you have to communicate. As the leader, Yeager knows how to bring out the best in Kaz and that’s why they succeed in taking out the Aces one by one. It’s heartwarming to see how far these two characters have come together and to see them encouraging each other.
Tam’s Training Session
We can’t help but applaud the brilliant parallel between the Aces training session and Tam’s first flight as a TIE fighter pilot. On one side, we see people who truly believe in protecting others and supporting each other along the way. On Tam’s side, we see the opposite. Instead of being rewarded for her heroic act, she’s reprimanded and denied the position of squad leader. You’d think that would set off alarms in Tam’s head, but she just takes it without argument. At least when she was with Yeager, she’d make her opinions and frustrations known.
In the prior episode, Commander Pyre voiced how Tam needed to be conditioned. The thing is she’s already undergoing a different kind of conditioning. The traits that inherently make Tam a good person are gradually being snuffed out through her experiences. We just hope Tam doesn’t completely lose herself in the process.
Aces Working Together
Thanks to the power of friendship, the Aces eventually learn how to work together. We know that sounds silly, but it’s true! We especially like how it happened during an unexpected creature attack. Nothing gets the heart pumping more than a training session turning into a real life-threatening situation. This forces them to get out of their heads and think outside the box. We love even more how the solution comes from the person we least expect.
Hype is a lot of things and he comes across as an egotistical jerk a lot of the time, but deep down, he cares about the people around him. He has a funny way of showing it, but it’s there. We can’t wait to see how they all continue to grow together as combat pilots, but we’re also looking forward to the inevitable clash with Tam in her TIE fighter.
Catch the next episode of Star Wars Resistance, “Hunt on Celsor 3,” on Sunday, October 27, 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.