Star Wars: Resistance premieres in ten days, and recently the plot synopsis for each of the first five episodes were released!
These brief blurbs about the first five episodes help us to get a better idea as to what to expect from the show, at least early on, and two things are clear: there figures to be plenty of flying and plenty of spying, just like we’d heard all along.
Let’s take a look at these plot summaries, and then we’ll point out a few things that are noteworthy.
Episodes 1 & 2: “The Recruit: Parts 1 & 2” – October 7, 2018
X-wing pilot Kazuda Xiono is recruited for the Resistance, but finds himself in over his head when Poe Dameron assigns him to a remote fueling station to spy on the First Order. Then, after Kaz boasts about being the best pilot around, he is forced to compete in a dangerous sky race.
*Guest starring is Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) as Poe Dameron, Jim Rash (“Community”) and Bobby Moynihan (“DuckTales”) as Flix and Orka, respectively.
So obviously these two episodes will air together for the series premiere, and we’ll get to see Poe Dameron right away. That makes sense, too, given that it’s Poe who recruits Kaz for the Resistance. I’m hoping that we’ll actually get to see Kaz’s recruitment, and from the looks of the trailers (where we see Kaz wearing a New Republic jumpsuit), it looks like we will. Then he’ll be assigned to this station, called the Colossus, as a spy. That’s stuff we knew already, but it should provide a good introduction to the show. What this synopsis does reveal is that the reason Kaz gets into racing is because of his boasting about his flying skills. So perhaps he’s not quite as skilled of a pilot as his boasts suggest? Either way, we should get some cool flying action in the first episode(s) as well.
Episode 3: “The Triple Dark” – October 14, 2018
Kaz and BB-8 uncover information on an imminent pirate attack and must find a way to stop it.
*Gwendoline Christie (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) guest stars as Captain Phasma.
It won’t take long for Captain Phasma to appear in the show, as she’ll be guest starring in the third episode, just the second week of the show. I’m happy about that. I’m interested in seeing how Phasma fits into this episode, as it looks to be about a pirate attack. Is this pirate attack just a ruse for the First Order? Is the First Order involved somehow? And who are these pirates (namely, do we know any of them already)?
Episode 4: “Fuel for the Fire” – October 21, 2018
Kaz befriends a sky racer named Rucklin who pressures him to take some rare and dangerous hyperfuel hidden in Yeager’s office.
* Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) guest stars as Jace Rucklin.
First of all, we should note that Elijah Wood will guest star in this episode; Wood is obviously best known for his starring role in the incredibly well-received The Lord of the Rings films as Frodo Baggins, and this will be his first appearance in the galaxy far, far away. He’ll be playing another racing pilot, named Jace Rucklin, and it sounds like Rucklin may not be the best influence on Kaz – as Rucklin apparently convinces Kaz to steal hyperfuel (is it coaxium??) from Yeager, who acts as Kaz’s boss of sorts on the Colossus. If this hyperfuel is coaxium, that’d be a nice tie-in to Solo, too.
Episode 5: “The High Tower” – October 28, 2018
The First Order arrives at the platform for mysterious reasons and Kaz and BB-8 are determined to sneak into the tower to find out what they want.
*Donald Faison (“Scrubs”) guest stars as Hype Fazon.
This episode sounds really cool, and it’s the first of the episode descriptions that suggest the episode will be centered around Kaz’s spying. It sounds like a pretty cool episode, though, as the First Order is apparently hiding in this tower that Kaz and BB-8 have to stealthily infiltrate to figure out what’s going on.
All together, I think these episode descriptions are about what we should have expected: we’ll really get to meet Kaz at first, and then we’ll get to see a lot of flying and a lot of spying. I’m excited that the First Order apparently plays into things really early on (by at least the third episode, if not sooner) and think that the basic ideas for these episodes could work out well.