This week's episode of Star Wars: Resistance brings back a few familiar characters, as Kaz becomes convinced he's cursed. After winning a few hands and cleaning the pirates out of their bounty, a vengeful pirate curses Kaz. He thinks it's all a joke until things start to go wrong, and he has to seek out Mika Gray to lift it.
Warning: This recap will contain spoilers for Season 2, Episode 10 of Star Wars: Resistance.
Swapna: Mika's back!!! She's one of the most interesting characters we've met this season, and while we didn't get much more information on her ability to wield the Force in this episode, it was nice to see she's still aboard the platform.
Preeti: I really enjoyed her, even if we only get a small taste of the character this episode. I love that her (very expensive) advice boiled down to … mind over matter.
Swapna: It's so true, though! But I also loved that her advice was to find a new totem or lucky charm, instead of berating Kaz for giving the curse power. It's practical and realistic.
Preeti: This really was a great Kaz-centric episode. It still didn't particularly advance the overarching plot much, but I enjoyed the drama of it because it felt very real. Everyone has those days where it feels like everything that can go wrong does, but in Kaz's case, those stakes are way higher and have the potential to impact so much more than just his life.
Swapna: Yes! We were hard on the last episode, though for good reason. This was the perfect contrast to it because the stakes felt very real in this episode. I believed that, even if the "curse" was of Kaz's own making, it was impacting his flying in a very real way and putting everyone he cared about in danger.
Preeti: No reactions felt out of place this week, and I understood everyone's motivation, which is a key difference between the two episodes. Doza's words to Kaz were harsh when he let the Guavian Death Squad scout get away, but that slip up put the entire Colossus population at risk. Though, again, I'm wondering when this pirate issue is going to come to a head.
Swapna: Agreed, Doza was hard on Kaz, but I actually appreciated it. If Doza didn't expect more of him, he wouldn't have been so forceful. I think the team aboard the Colossus is seeing Kaz more and more of a capable leader, rather than the klutz they perceived him as last season. It's up to Kaz to live up to that responsibility.
And I agree about the pirates — I love seeing them, but they are pirates, not Resistance fighters. They look out for their own good, and they are up front about that. At some point, allying with the Colossus is no longer going to be in their interest.
Preeti: It just feels like it is the slowest burn of all time. There's been potential for a fight since the beginning of the season and I'm dying to see how that's going to play out… because no matter what, it's going to go badly.
Swapna: I do wonder, though, if they're setting the pirates up for in-episode conflict but not overarching conflict. Last season, we asked again and again who this show was for (age range-wise) and I think the nature of this season has shown us it skews quite a bit younger than Clone Wars and Rebels. I guess I'm starting to wonder if there really is an endgame with the show, or if it's just going to continue the episode-to-episode storylines.
Preeti: If nothing else, there is the ongoing issue of Tam. She's been missing for the last few episodes, so that plot thread is still dangling and ready to be pulled back into the forefront. I agree with you, the show is seeming to aim at a much younger viewer than previous animated series, but it's still got all these potential issues ready to be written out.
Swapna: You're right about Tam! I think she's going to come home at some point, and that's going to set into motion any larger storyline they have planned for Resistance. At least, I hope that's what is going to happen.
Preeti: I think it must have to. This week may have been an insular episode, but the tension for the Colossus is ramping up. There's not only Tam, but also Doza's wife who is such a staunch supporter of the cause. I'm really hopeful that all these pieces are going to come together to do something big. And the Force stuff with Mika!
Swapna: Me too! There are a lot of disparate pieces floating out there, not to mention the back half of the season takes place after The Rise of Skywalker. So there's hope that the Colossus will finally meet up with the Resistance!
Preeti: You know, I'm surprised there hasn't been more conversation about where Poe Dameron is. He was such a big part of the first season, and Kaz's immediate connection to the larger world, it's strange that he hasn't been referenced at all.
Swapna: That's a great point. In fact, thinking back, since missing the Resistance at D'Qar, they haven't really mentioned much about meeting up with them at all?
Preeti: I don't think this will happen, but I'd love to see a moment where they get the call for help from General Organa but aren't able to get there in time.
Swapna: Oh, I would love to see that. I also wonder if Doza thinks that keeping the platform away from the Resistance is what is safest, since there are very few fighters aboard and he's responsible for everyone.
Preeti: It could be that he's keeping his own counsel there! I can't imagine Jaeger being on board with that, but I could absolutely see Doza keeping it on the DL and just making the decision to keep moving.
It'll be interesting to see how the back half of the season plays once The Rise of Skywalker is out and they aren't tethered to being a part of an unfinished story any more.
Swapna: Until then, I'm guessing we can expect more standalone episodes and slow-building storylines!