The Disney Channel's Star Wars Resistance has always been a bit of a mystery. Set six months before Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, the relatively peaceful life on the Colossus seems out of place given our knowledge of what havoc the First Order is about to wreak.
One of the big questions lurking in the background of the show has always been "Why does the First Order care about a tiny little outpost like the Colossus?" This week's episode "The New Trooper" – and with a little help from a classic Star Wars bit – we begin to see how the Colossus fits into the events happening throughout the galaxy.
Be on the lookout, a whole bucket-head of spoilers below.
In "The New Trooper," First Order Commander Pyre (Liam McIntyre) and his troops have taken control of security aboard the Colossus, and making their presence felt by the locals. When a Stormtrooper comes across orphans Kel (Antony Del Rio) and Ella (Nikki SooHoo) from "The Children of Tehar" – who have no way of proving their right to be on the refueling station – the children incapacitate the trooper and come to Kaz (Christopher Sean), Tam (Suzie McGrath), Neeku (Josh Brener), and BB-8 for help.
After taking stock of the situation and with an intense desire to know what the First Order knows, Kaz makes the most predictable move in Star Wars history and puts on the Stormtrooper's armor. After infiltrating the troop transport, taking out a droid, and stealing a data stick, the fellow troopers are finally alerted to the fact that one of their troopers may not be who he appears to be.
You would think after the number of times the Empire – and now the First Order – have been burned by this particular trick that they would have created see-through face-masks.
After several typical "dropping the unconscious bad guy on the floor" scenes, Kaz finally manages to escape by putting the armor back on the stunned Stormtrooper and leaving him to deal with his angry comrades. Assured that Kel and Ella are safe from the First Order, Yeager (Scott Lawrence) begins to analyze the data Kaz stole from the troop transport. The two men discover a map covered with red dots (what is it with maps and red dots this season?) that are possibly the locations of scores of First Order ships.
Yeager hypothesizes that due to the location of the ships, the Colossus would make a vital supply and refueling station for the First Order war fleet. But why does the First Order have a war fleet? What are they planning to do with it? How does this fleet fit into the events that we see in The Force Awakens?
In The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi films, we get the impression that the First Order has been around for a while making things hard on the New Republic – but the people of the Colossus don't seem to have any knowledge of the First Order or what they have been up to. I still have a lot of questions about how the two timelines are going to intersect and what part the Colossus is going to play in the larger intergalactic struggle. So far, the only thing I've been left with is questions – still no clear answers.
At least we know that in times of uncertainty, we can always be secure in the knowledge that putting on Stormtrooper armor always gets the job done.
The next episode of Star Wars Resistance "The Core Problem" airs Sunday February 17, 2019 at 10 p.m. EST on The Disney Channel.
Star Wars Resistance s01e18 "The Core Problem": Poe and Kaz make an unsettling discovery and must evade the First Order when they are spotted by an enemy probe droid. Oscar Isaac ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi") returns as Poe Dameron."