The Disney XD animated Star Wars Resistance requires patience in ways that frustrated while also marveled. Even when it literally launched into the stars in season two, its tests its own range without really transcending it. There are times where Resistance, set before and during The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, takes the path of least resistance. But it is not inherently negative if Resistance had breezier aims than other LucasFilm animated productions than Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Its commitment to the smaller stakes is part of its spark. But the more it moves forward, the more it displays untapped potentials that could have complemented its lighthearted mission.
This article contains spoilers for the entire series.
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The ending of Star Wars Resistance feels like a paradox, finished and unfinished. So many opportunities have been untouched in the previous season, yet so much has unraveled in the finale that provides a closure that feels decisive and open-ended without being a cliffhanger. All the little humanities in the past bubble up into emotional highs in the finale “The Escape.”
Tam Ryvora (Susie McGrath) and Jace Rucklin (Elijah Wood) observe as the First Order lay waste on the Aeosians, who allied briefly with the Colossus in “The New World.” The genocide horrifies Tam but pleases Rucklin. Using her old comlink, Tam relays a coded message to Team Fireball back on the Colossus. Kaz (Christopher Sean) and Neeku (Josh Brener) decode it and surmise Tam wants to come home. Read More »
I’ve written before that I found it concerning that there is so little time now to flesh left out the major conflicts of Star Wars Resistance. Which is why “Rebuilding the Resistance,” which can be considered a penultimate chapter before the two-parter series finale, pulls off an impressive feat as it picks up on the slack of more underwhelming developments of the past season.
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After fleeing the First Order untold times, the Colossus seems to have found a permanent home on an aqua planet low on the First Order radar—or so Captain Doza (Jason Hightower) assumes—and endowed with freshwater and food sources. Kaz (Christopher Sean) is naturally skeptical about a return to the old relative status quo. First, they have to face the humanoid amphibious natives who are still ailing after a First Order assault and are unhappy about new visitors. And second, the First Order increased their surveillance so that even a planet they already accounted for is still probed.
With “The New World” and “No Place Safe,” Star Wars Resistance grapples with the attempt to return to the status quo while challenging it. Both episodes echo Star Wars Rebels “Mystery on Chopper Base,” a slice-of-slice episode that featured action while meditating on the dramatic stakes.
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The end is near for Star Wars: Resistance and there’s a new problem aboard the Colossus. As foreshadowed in “Hunt on Celsor 3,” Captain Kragan (Gary Anthony Williams) and his Warbird pirates are set on committing mutiny on the Colossus.
Defying the lockdown orders, Kragan and his gang, sans their token renegade Synara, travel to an asteroid where the Captain makes a dealing with the red-clad Sidon Ithano, part of the Crimson Corsair (whom movie-verse viewers will recognize as the being who offered safe passage for Finn in the Force Awakens to flee the First Order). Kragan purchases Clone Wars-era B2 bots, recognizably Separatist droids, to take over the Colossus. Naturally, Captain Doza (Jason Hightower) is suspicious about Kragan’s clandestine trip, and Synara (Nazneen Contractor) faces her true loyalties.
Written by Mairghread Scott, “The Mutiny” brings out the fun but also has glaring shortcomings that reflect upon the series’ overall consolidation of character arcs.
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If you found the recent The Mandalorian “The Reckoning” cliffhanger anxiety-inducing, now you’re faced with a Star Wars Resistance cliffhanger in the latest “The Missing Agent.”
The episode opens on an unknown planet with a humanoid alien fellow, Norath Kev (Daveed Diggs), and his rollie droid running fast in the night from an ominous force. He takes refuge, conceals intel, and sends a distress signal on a Resistance frequency. But then he is snatched away by a hulking bounty hunter.
The Colossus receives his Resistance distress signal. Captain Doza (Jason Hightower) worries it could be a trap (he’s right). Kaz (Christopher Sean), Yeager (Scott Lawrence), and Synara (Nazneen Contractor) decide to investigate the planet for the missing agent. If they don’t make it back on time, the Colossus must hyper-jump away and leave them behind. But as they get closer to Norath’s whereabouts, things go wrong. Read More »
A love and pining for home haunts the fast-paced action of Star Wars Resistance in “Station to Station.” This episode would not have worked as well if the viewer hadn’t witnessed the civilian idyllics on the Colossus in the lighthearted “Kaz’s Curse.” Even though the Colossus never appears in this episode, its humble homeliness is an emotional core in “Station to Station”. Read More »
The day on the Colossus starts off idyllic in this episode of Star Wars Resistance. While no spoken attention is brought to it, the Colossus citizens seem to be enjoying a spurt of economic activity after the Aces’ racing stint in “The Voxx Vortex 5000.” Kaz (Christopher Sean) is blithely gambling against a pirate. And miraculously, he’s winning jackpot after jackpot! Aggravated, the pirate, Leoz (Steve Blum), mumbles some words and licks Kaz’s forehead, instilling him with a supposed curse. Kaz dismisses the idea of the curse, but his supposed bad luck sabotages his Ace obligation to protect the Colossus. So he and Neeku (Josh Brener) sets out to reverse the curse. Read More »
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“The Voxx Vortex 5000” is a rather breezy episode in the second season of Star Wars Resistance. Bored by the absence of racing aboard the Colossus, the lead Ace, Hype Fazon (Donald Faison), proposes that the Colossus pay a visit to a floating space-station casino owned by a hutt known as Vranki the Blue (John DiMaggio), his former employer, so he can race again as well as earn money for the Colossus.
Hype wagers himself to Vranki, confident he can traverse the hazardous asteroid-littered racing course. If he wins, he gets the money. But if he loses, he works for Vranki. At first, Hype’s run on the asteroid belt goes fine, but he discovers that Vranki deployed racing droids that play dirty and sabotage Hype’s run. Not only that, Vranki has seeded fatal obstacles into the racecourse. Read More »
In the second season of Star Wars Resistance, “Rendezvous Point”opens on fire across the stars. The First Order is ambushing the Colossus and the Aces have their hands full defending the Colossus. But Captain Imanuel Doza (Jason Hightower) is reluctant to escape into hyperspace, holding out for the arrival of a mysterious pilot who might assist them. However, the critical loss of power forces the Colossus to light-speed away, right before the pilot pops up.
Who was Doza waiting for? Kaz (Christopher Sean) theorizes Doza was contacting the Resistance. But they’re contacting just one Resistance pilot. And it turns out, it’s Imanuel Doza’s wife and Torra’s (Myrna Velasco) mother, Venisa Doza (a snappy Tasia Valenza). And the First Order has captured her. And next thing you know Tam (Suzie McGrath) becomes tangled in Venisa’s escapade. Read More »