Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episode 17 Assessment: Rebuilding the Resistance

Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episode 17 Review: Rebuilding the Resistance

The penultimate episode of Star Wars Resistance desires to encourage the necessity to struggle, however doesn’t dig deep sufficient.

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Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episode 17

There’s a degree in “Rebuilding the Resistance” the place Tierny calls Tam into her workplace. She praises Tam in that coy, sly, manipulative method that she’s been doing all season. She then mentions that she wasn’t born into the First Order. It’s an intriguing assertion, made extra intriguing when she then says she needed to “scrape by” for years within the New Republic. “Scrape” does quite a lot of heavy lifting right here. Was she harmed or disillusioned by the New Republic’s “shining beacon” ideology, its false sense of an “American Dream” that left her pinching pennies or worse?

However Tierny by no means will get into particulars about her life or upbringing. She simply jumps again into the second and dismisses Tam with extra pointedly calculating reward. It’s a misplaced alternative to develop this character, even just a little bit, but it surely’s fairly on par for the course for this present at this level. It doesn’t assist that this present iteration of Star Wars has muddled what, precisely, the First Order, the Resistance, and the New Republic truly are. Say what you’ll in regards to the prequels, it put within the work to element its conflicting factions.

“Rebuilding the Resistance” is a fundamental “mini-Star Wars” film in execution. A bunch of Resistance fighters meet up together with Tora’s mom Venise, Norath from “The Lacking Agent” and “Breakout,” and Hugh Sion – who was within the pilot so that you’ll be forgiven if you happen to don’t bear in mind who he’s – whose objective is simply to throw shade on Kaz. They alternate pleasantries and ominous warnings. They stand round a hologram of a planet to plan a mission to information some Resistance fighters off mentioned planet. They fly in. They skirmish a bit. The First Order management arrives. They struggle some extra, but it surely’s extra intense. They escape comparatively efficiently. That’s about it.

The one new plot factors is that one Resistance ship goes down, and one main First Order commander goes down. We by no means discover these folks in any depth, not even just a little. Nevertheless it triggers very particular issues on the finish of the episode, which I’ll get to in a bit. However in any other case “Rebuilding the Resistance” is content material to run by means of the sort of generic entertaining Star Wars beats that we’ve seen so usually, with out committing too onerous on improvement or execution. There’s a neat collection of pictures the place Venise performs a fairly sick barrel roll (excuse me, an aileron roll), and takes out a bunch of TIE Fighters. That’s the brightest spot in an general flat episode.

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This episode seeks to trace parallel experiences alongside two totally different thematic strains: a cloth/guardian relationship, and the emotional response to loss in relation to the trigger. The connection between Torra and Venise, for instance, is rewarding and affecting with the 2 searching for one another and even working in symbiosis when taking down some First Order scouts. In distinction, the scene I discussed above has Tierny working over Tam with a false sense of emotional connection, which in some methods could also be why Tierny by no means delves into something deeper than a floor rationalization of her previous–or hell, perhaps she’s simply mendacity.

In regard to the second thematic line, one can look to how all sides responds to vital dying: the Resistance is despondent, grieving, affected by their (semi)failure, however Venise drives within the level about sustaining hope in these you care about, by no means giving up, and letting such losses by no means being in useless. In distinction, the First Order supplies solely an off-the-cuff aspect point out of the dying of Lt. Galek earlier than pushing Tam into changing her as squad chief. Rucklin is rightly indignant since he did all of the work, which I really feel like is a richer thread that the episode, and the collection, has by no means bothered to drag.

Every theme actually might have been supplied its personal episode, although – to let the energy (or weaknesses) of relationships breathe, or to discover the price of battle and learn how to press on, if it’s even attainable. The episode fails to decide to both one, and whereas it’s attainable to generate a connective tissue between these themes, “Rebuilding the Resistance” misses the mark. That’s primarily as a consequence of having no actual connection to the established relationships (except for Venisa and Torra’s, which is simply endearing sufficient), nor anybody who did not dwell. We by no means even get the names of these downed Resistance fighters, not to mention see their face. And Galek’s dying might be welcome to most, since she insults Tam earlier within the episode.

Nonetheless, the reunification of his household, the need to guard them and the trigger, and the witness of the never-ending, dedicated, Resistance spirit, spurs Captain Doza to cease operating and begin preventing the First Order as soon as and for all. This implies that Imanuel himself might have made this connection between the need to struggle for these we love, and to struggle for the respect of these they’ve misplaced, but it surely appears like a sentiment we by no means actually see, that we fail to witness Doza come to. It’s unlucky, particularly since we all know Doza was as soon as a member of the Empire. An incredible story someplace is the through-line of a person once-loyal to a trigger now preventing towards it, however like these above themes, just like the collection as a complete and the characters inside it, it’s by no means given an opportunity.

Kaz smiles on the finish although. In order that’s… one thing?

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Kevin Johnson

Jan 19, 2020