Breaking down the midseason trailer for Star Wars Resistance!

On Wednesday, the trailer for the second half of season one of Star Wars Resistance was released, and it was quite epic!  More than that, it was also officially announced that the show has been renewed for a second season!

That made for a pretty big day for Resistance, which has had a really strong start.  And if the trailer is any indication, we’re in for an even more epic finish to this first season.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out below:

There’s a lot there to take in, so let’s break down what we saw in this trailer!

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TIE Fighters on Castilon!  The trailer opens with a First Order TIE Fighter heading toward the Colossus, accompanied by some flying creatures.  As the TIE passes over the Colossus, we see Kaz, Neeku, Tam, and BB-8 walking in the marketplace.  Neeku remarks naively to Kaz, “That is the fourth TIE Fighter to arrive here this week.  You have such a tremendous interest in the First Order.  Now that they are increasing their security presence on the Colossus, you must be thrilled!”  This, of course, humorously highlights the fact that while Kaz’s friend has noticed his interest in the First Order, he doesn’t have a clue as to why that is.  But Neeku’s comments also convey a couple of other things of interest: first of all, there are several First Order TIE Fighters showing up, and secondly, the First Order’s presence is apparently conveyed to the residents of the Colossus as being for security.

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Kaz knows better, however, and he recognizes that the First Order isn’t there for security: “These guys aren’t security.  They’re stormtroopers.  And stormtroopers are only for one thing.”  We don’t know what that one thing is, but this much is obvious: it’s not good.  Stormtroopers show up for oppression, suppression, and war.  We get a few quick shots illustrating the fact that these guys aren’t the good security guys, as they corner one person and arrest another.  The stormtrooper presence on the Colossus has increased, but they aren’t the only ones there…

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BB-9E is there too!  The First Order’s own BB droid appeared in The Last Jedi aboard the Supremacy and was one of the key figures in catching Finn, Rose, BB-8, and DJ before their plan could succeed.  It sure looks like Resistance will be bringing the droid to the show, which gives us a chance to see more of him!  That’s always great!

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Kaz (flying the Fireball) and Poe (flying a Resistance X-Wing) are flying together here, and they come across this system.  But it’s what Poe and Kaz say that is particularly interesting.  “Looks like there was a system here, but there’s no star,” Poe remarks.  “Those planetoids – what could have done that?” Kaz asks.  It really sounds like they’re describing the site of a Starkiller Base occurrence – perhaps even its first victim!  We know that Starkiller Base drains the energy from the sun, and so that’s possibly what Poe is describing when he notices there is no star.  And Kaz asking what happened to the planetoids could perhaps be interpreted as Starkiller Base having attacked – perhaps as a test.  Either way, it really does seem like these lines are hinting at Starkiller Base, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the heroes get any sort of inkling about it or not.

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We then see more of Kragen Gor’s pirates attacking the Colossus.  They arrive at night, and Captain Doza says, “Pirates!  Scramble the Aces!”  The Aces take off to fight the pirates, including Kaz and BB-8 in the Fireball, but the Fireball is hit.  We don’t know what happens to it, but I think it’s a pretty safe guess that the heroes survive.  But in taking damage (and they might not be the only ones to take damage, either), it likely serves only to increase the pressure on Doza to take radical measures to protect the station…

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Enter Commander Pyre, who via hologram tells Doza that, “You need troops to protect your station, not racers.”  This has been the plan all along for the First Order, and we know what Doza does not: the First Order has actually been working with the pirates to bring Doza and the Colossus to a point of desperation.  The First Order wants Doza to agree to their offer, surrendering control of the station in exchange for a promise of protection.  Given this scene and the rest of the trailer, it is clear that Doza eventually agrees.

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We then hear Doza saying, “The First Order will provide all aerial security,” as we see shots of the First Order taking over.  TIE Fighters descend as Kaz, Torra, and Yeager watch from their hangar, and stormtroopers put a lock on Hype Fazon’s racer – something they apparently do to all the Aces, saying, “All racers are officially grounded.”  This isn’t well-received by the Aces, but it seems that Doza has agreed to the First Order’s proposal in exchange for ‘security.’  While it seems that some (like Neeku earlier in the trailer) do buy this reasoning, there seems to be a growing distrust and disgust over it.  After these shots, we see Tam telling Kaz, “We need a plan.”

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In Yeager’s office, Kaz and Yeager look at a map being projected by BB-8.  It is not clear exactly what this map is depicting, but upon looking at it Yeager offers this important insight: “They could be preparing for war.  That’s why they want this station.”  That’s an astute observation by the Alliance veteran, as we know that the First Order is doing exactly that.  They’re getting ready for war, which is shown officially starting in The Force Awakens.  Yeager’s comment also gives us a bit more clarity as to why the First Order wants the Colossus, though there’s still much to figure out.  The Colossus apparently is a target of the First Order because they’re getting ready for war, but we don’t know what it is about the station that makes it such an attractive target to aid in their war efforts.  But nonetheless, I love seeing Yeager helping Kaz out.  It’s in secret, but Yeager seems to be opening up to aiding Kaz’s mission – perhaps because, as he said in an earlier episode this season, he’s going to have to make a choice.

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The most stunning moment of the trailer happens next.  The screen cuts to black and the music stops, and all we hear is General Hux’s speech from The Force Awakens, right before Starkiller Base destroys the Hosnian system: “All remaining systems will bow to the First Order and will remember this as the last day of the Republic!”  We see Kaz and Torra hiding behind some crates, looking on as stormtroopers watch Hux’s speech.  It’s really cool how the show is going to feature Hux’s speech in animation, and seemingly from a different angle – this time, of stormtroopers watching the speech on the Colossus.  We know that the First Order isn’t entirely on Starkiller Base – since it in fact isn’t even their main base or capital world – so it’s interesting to see how others in the First Order would have seen this speech too.  And, of course, Kaz is secretly watching it.  I imagine this will be a very significant moment in the show on so many levels.  Firstly, it shows definitively this show overlapping with the events of The Force Awakens.  We knew that was going to happen, but this shows it actually doing so.  Secondly, Kaz will likely gain a much, much clearer understanding of just what the First Order aims to do and just how dangerous they are.  Thirdly, I imagine Kaz will be left with plenty of questions, at least initially.  He’ll probably wonder where Starkiller Base fired, and upon learning that it was the Hosnian system, he very well could wonder whether his family survived – or even Leia, Poe, and the rest of the Resistance, too.  And then fourth, it’ll just be really cool to see Hux.  The way the show appears to integrate all of this looks really promising and awesome.

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Starkiller Base!  I love the animation for this show on so many levels, but these shots of Starkiller Base that we’re getting are particularly beautiful, in my opinion.

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A pod underwater travels by a sea creature.  I’m presuming that this is on Castilon (given another shot we’ll see later on in the trailer), and I would also guess that some of the heroes are inside this pod.  I think it’s likely that with the First Order occupying the Colossus, Kaz and the others may need to sneak around beneath the sea’s surface, which could create some cool scenes as we explore new areas of Castilon.

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A First Order shuttle arrives at a very small outpost in the middle of a sea.  If I had to guess, I’d say this is probably another small station/base on Castilon.

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Neeku watches as some sort of energy blast emits from this source.  I don’t really have much of a clue what this is, but my only guess is that it’s probably on the Colossus somewhere, within the station, but I don’t know what it’s for or what is happening.

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After a couple of shots of Kragen Gor running and stormtroopers running, we get this one of BB-8 and CB-23 flying by one another in space.  The way they are reaching out their arms appears to me like they’re waving to one another, but I have seen others suggest that they are reaching for one another.  So one’s interpretation of what’s happening will obviously have a significant impact on the way one views what is going on here.  My initial thought, however, was whether BB-8 and CB-23 are switching X-Wings mid-flight (since BB-8 ends up back with Poe), but that’d be something unique we haven’t seen before.  So it’s certainly possible that there’s something far more dangerous going on here, and that the droids are being tossed into the air against their wills.

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The Aces fly again!  Though they were grounded, the racers take to the skies once more – this time, to confront the First Order.  We get a shot of each of the Aces in their cockpits, and we hear Kaz say, “Let’s blast some bucketheads!”  We then see a shot of Bucket sitting in a ship.  Since BB-8 leaves Kaz, it’s possible that Bucket is serving as Kaz’s replacement astromech droid – though I also wonder if it’s Yeager flying again?  It’d be awesome to see him flying in defense of the Colossus against the First Order too!

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In case there was any doubt as to what the Aces are doing, they are indeed fighting back against the First Order.  We get a pretty cool shot of all the Aces racing out from the station to confront a wave of TIE Fighters approaching, and it looks like the Aces are a pretty good match for the TIEs (at least from the limited shots we see), as a couple of TIEs get destroyed.

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Within the bowels of the Colossus, the same place seen in an earlier episode where the Chelidae reside and where the children from Tehar find refuge (we can see both the Chelidae and the kids are present in this scene), Kaz speaks to General Leia Organa.  She tells him, “Kazuda, if you can leave Castilon, join us.”  It seems that this happens after Hux’s speech (since we can see Kaz’s hair has changed from that shot to this one), so it’s possible that Leia is calling for Kaz to aid the Resistance’s cause in the war.  It’ll be interesting to see what actually happens.  If I had to guess, by the end of this first season Kaz may very well be with the Resistance and not on the Colossus any more.

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Here I’m combining some shots that happen throughout the rest of the trailer, but I think it’s important to look at them together.  It seems that Poe and Kaz arrive at this mysterious planet (that looks like it might be some sort of base?), and the First Order shows up and battles them here – including hitting Kaz.  But where is this?  I think there’s a clue from earlier in the trailer.  When Kaz and Poe are flying and discover what we presume to be signs of Starkiller Base, we see a planet in the background that looks identical to the planet in the background of one of the above shots, as the First Order TIE Fighter approaches and fires at Kaz, Poe, and BB-8 on the ground.  So in other words, I think that this is the same location, and that Kaz and Poe land on one of the planets/asteroids.  Whether there’s an established base there, whether they’re considering making a base there, whether they’re just searching for clues about what happened, etc., it looks like there’s a run-in with the First Order here.  And since it looks like the same place as earlier, I’d assume that this must happen prior to the destruction of the Hosnian system.

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A seemingly important event that happens at some point is that Tam gets taken captive by the First Order.  Kaz, Yeager, and CB-23 watch this happen, as Tam is apprehended by a couple of stormtroopers.  Kaz cries out, “Tam!” but this alerts the stormtroopers that he’s there.  We see them turn their heads toward him as Yeager and CB-23 leave.  Tam is brought by Commander Pyre, stormtroopers, and an intriguing woman to board a First Order shuttle.  Yeager tells Kaz, “The First Order has a way of making people disappear.”  I truly wonder what will happen to Tam, and whether her capture will lead to Kaz taking action against the First Order.  Perhaps the reason the First Order takes her is because they suspect Kaz – or at least someone from Yeager’s crew – is a spy?

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There are a couple more quick shots here.  We see Torra shoot down a TIE Fighter, we see some sort of large transport apparently crashing, we see First Order TIE Fighters and Major Vonreg’s TIE approaching (I’d guess this is in the battle at that planet/asteroid seen earlier), and then a close-up of Kaz.  We hear Kaz saying in a voiceover, “We are the Resistance now, and we’re taking back the Colossus.”  I’m really curious as to what he means by that.  On the one hand, it’s very possible that all he’s meaning is that anyone willing to stand up against the First Order is a part of the Resistance, but I also think it’s possible that he thinks the Resistance is too small and/or decimated to do anything, thus it’s up to them.  Either way, he seems to be taking more leadership and appears to lead an insurrection of the people of the Colossus against the First Order.

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Kaz here is rocking his new hairdo, but the important thing to note is who is with him: CB-23!  We knew that BB-8 would soon be re-joining Poe Dameron, and it looks like that will indeed happen at some point in this show – it appears that Poe leaves CB-23 with Kaz and takes BB-8 with him.  I’m really glad to see this.  While I love BB-8 and the more of him that we get the better, it seems a bit weird that Poe would leave the droid with Kaz for any significant period of time right before TFA.  That just seems… a bit off, in my opinion.  So I’m glad that Poe will be getting his droid back, and he has to – since the events of TFA necessitate it.

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Here’s a better view of Kaz’s hair let down, and in this clip he’s saying the line heard earlier (“and we’re taking back the Colossus”).  He’s in what looks to be the inner regions of the Colossus, and we see shots of so many other familiar faces from the Colossus (Aunt Z, several of the Aces, the children from Tehar, Bucket, Neeku, etc.) seemingly rallying behind him.

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This is pretty crazy, but here’s what appears to be happening: the Colossus is sinking into the water!  Neeku tells Kel (the boy rescued in an earlier episode, from Tehar) to hit it, and we see him press a button.  Then we see these shots one after another.  The first is what looks to be a massive explosion, the second shows the Colossus literally sinking down into the water, and the third shows Kaz and Torra running away from stormtroopers as water crashes through the hallway.  I wonder if Kaz’s plan is to destroy the Colossus rather than let the First Order take control of it, or whether there is some unknown yet strategic advantage for doing this?  If I had to guess now, I’d think it’s the former.  And that’s pretty crazy, but I’m sure will present some stunning and tense moments.

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Here’s a shot of the Fireball in a dogfight with Major Vonreg and the First Order – or at the very least flying away from them.  Since it’s the Fireball I’d assume it’s Kaz flying, though it’s also possible that it’s someone else (like Tam?  That’d be pretty satisfying, though we don’t know what happens to her).

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Others on the Colossus also rise up to fight against the First Order.  Torra Doza appears and taunts these troopers, saying, “Hey frowny-faces!”  The troopers pursue her, but then we see another shot (this time outside) of the troopers running… only to be plowed over by CB-23 driving a lift of sorts.  In another shot, we see several gorgs leaping onto stormtroopers.  So it really appears that the residents of the Colossus are taking up the fight themselves, and I can’t help but wonder whether that will be an important theme for Star Wars in 2019, as I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some of that in Episode IX too.

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Flix and Orka make an appearance in this trailer ever-so-briefly, laughing.

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Here’s a strange-looking transport launching these balls that I presume are probes?  It’s also firing blasts as well.  I’m not sure what this is, but it’s a unique design, and from the background I also wonder whether this is from that same planet/asteroid seen earlier.

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This definitely looks to be from that planet/asteroid, as Poe fires and runs away from fire.  We can see Kaz’s legs sticking out from behind his hiding spot.  But is this before or after he is apparently wounded by that First Order TIE Fighter blast seen earlier?

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In one of the more touching moments of the trailer, Yeager tells Kaz, “Kaz, I’d fight alongside you any day.”  This seems to give us confirmation that Yeager will indeed join the fight.  Many people assumed that he would at some point, but all along so far he has been adamant that he doesn’t want anything to do with Kaz’s spying mission.  But as the threat of the First Order rises, it seems like he may not have much of a choice, and he joins Kaz in fighting to stop the First Order.  The more Yeager the better, so I’m excited to see him truly join the action.

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Kaz appears to have a new blaster, and hopefully he’s far more handy with it than he has appeared with firearms in previous episodes!

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Another highlight of the trailer?  This droid fight!  BB-9E faces off with CB-23, and at least from this one brief shot, it looks like CB-23 quickly gains the upper hand, as the droid stuns the First Order BB unit.  But let’s be honest: it’s just pretty great to see two BB units facing off against each other, one a member of the Resistance and one a member of the First Order.  I’m sure that will be a moment many fans enjoy watching.

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In this shot, we get some underwater action.  Kaz grabs on to CB-23 as they propel through the water, pursued by a couple of First Order stormtroopers.  It looks like we’re going to get some fight scenes underneath the water on Castilon, which will provide a unique angle to some of the action.  As I mentioned earlier, it seems like the heroes may be forced to go underwater at times, and this certainly seems to suggest that as well.  But in these shots, Kaz and CB-23 have company.

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Bucket and Yeager get in on the fighting, as Bucket lets off a smoke screen that Yeager uses to push a table against a couple of First Order stormtroopers.

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On Castilon, Poe grabs on for dear life on the Fireball.  I’m not sure why he’s doing this, but BB-8 is watching as he does so (and Poe has on an oxygen mask, which suggests that this might not be an emergency situation but that Poe at least had enough time to put on this mask).

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The sea creature we saw earlier (at least I’m assuming it’s the same one) looks at Neeku.  The sea creature appears to be above water (as Neeku is presumably on the Colossus), and I wonder whether this creature presents a threat (that the Aces will need to counter) or a help (against the First Order).

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There are a ton of exciting things in this trailer, but one of them that I’m really excited about is this shot, as we see Jarek Yeager flying above the Colossus being pursued by Major Vonreg.  So it appears to me that Yeager is back in the fight, this time flying and fighting against the First Order’s top pilot.  Since Yeager is the best pilot on the Colossus, that makes a lot of sense.  Yeager is my favorite new character in the show, and it’d be really cool to see this former Rebellion pilot re-join the fight and take on the First Order’s dangerous Major Vonreg.  Go Yeager!

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A First Order shuttle fires upon a platform on the Colossus.

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The last shot we’re going to look at is this one, where Kaz and Torra are apparently fighting stormtroopers on the top of the Colossus… only to have Torra and a stormtrooper fall off.  We ever-so-briefly see Kaz, and we see CB-23 launch a wire that falls after Torra – which probably saves her life.

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