Breaking down the Star Wars Resistance season two trailer!

Last week, the first trailer for the second – and final – season of Star Wars Resistance was released, and it’s action packed!

You can check out the trailer here:

I’m sad that this series is ending, as I really enjoyed the first season, but I’m glad that they’re able to know that now and bring a satisfying conclusion, while I’m also hopeful that it means another Dave Filoni show isn’t far behind. But regardless, the trailer looks awesome.

Typically, these trailers only show stuff from the first half of the upcoming season, so I’m guessing that there’s a lot packed into the first half of season two. Let’s dive in and break it down.

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The trailer begins with several audio flashbacks to the end of the first season, as Kaz and the others on the Colossus escape the First Order and head into hyperspace. That’s where we pick things up in the trailer, too, as we see Bucket and CB-23 looking at the stars go by in hyperspace.

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We then see the Colossus emerge from hyperspace above an unknown planet. It seems like we’ll literally pick things up immediately where we left them in season one, as we’ll see the Colossus come out of hyperspace and begin looking for a new home (more on that in just a bit).

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We then get several shots in a row of people at work fixing the Colossus. We see Opeepit cleaning, Kaz trying to fix something, and then Captain Doza looking at a screen and saying, “It’s going to be hard to keep this station together with the First Order at our backs.”

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But that’s not all: in addition to the needed repairs to the station and the looming threat of the First Order, the people on the Colossus are also running low on much needed supplies. “We’re running low on everything,” Yeager says, after which we hear Neeku explaining that means, “Food. Water. Even fuel.” Things aren’t exactly going well on the Colossus.

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And that has led to people getting upset. We see the residents of the Colossus gathered in a room, with Captain Doza standing in front of them addressing them, urging them to, “Please, be patient. We’re in the middle of a war!” One of the interesting aspects of the situation the Colossus is in is that there are quite a few people who surely don’t want to be there – and probably people who don’t want to be caught up in the war in the first place. I’m sure that will lead to quite a bit of conflict amongst the residents.

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In case you needed a reminder that there is indeed a war going on, we cut briefly to some shots of conflict: we see a turret firing, and TIE Fighters and X-Wings fighting in space. The last couple of episodes of season one really escalated things to open warfare with the First Order, and I’m really excited at the prospects of the show being able to indulge that for an entire season.

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One of the people who doesn’t seem to be a fan of the war is Kragen Gor, the pirate captain, who here is seen telling Aunt Z that, “and you can thank you captain for that!” Presumably, the way the trailer is cut, he’s blaming Captain Doza for the fact that the Colossus is in the middle of a war. We know that’s not entirely true, but Doza is nonetheless the captain of the ship and has done enough to become an enemy of the First Order. So Doza, Yeager, Kaz, and the other leaders on the Colossus are aligned with the Resistance, but we don’t really know how many others actually are.

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Here we see Yeager’s ship hitting the thrusters, and then we see some of the Aces flying over the water. We hear Kaz saying, “The Colossus deserves a new home,” while we then get a shot of the Colossus hovering over the the bright blue water of this planet, with flying creatures moving through the air. Based on what we see later in the trailer, it looks like this planet will be the location of a significant conflict between the Colossus and the First Order, so I wonder if this will be a place where the heroes want to hang out.

We also learn that though the Colossus is a ship, the heroes are apparently looking for a permanent home for the massive vessel. It resided on Castilon for a couple of decades as a stationary home, and it sounds like they’re looking for a new one. Since this is a water planet that we see, it would make sense for it to be a prime candidate.

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But that water planet doesn’t appear to be the only candidate scoped out for a new home. We see a shot of Torra and Kaz scouting out a snow world, and then we see a jungle hangout – which is presumably another different option. We also see what looks like some Gozzos (the bird-like species of which Flix is a member) volunteering to help, while we hear Kaz saying, “We have to work together if we’re gonna survive!” It sure looks like not only are the heroes of the Colossus looking for a new home, but hey’re also seeking help where they can get it.

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Cutting back to the Colossus and Kragen Gor’s pirates, we see the pirates rounding people up, with one of them telling Kaz, “We only take orders from one tyrant: Captain Kragen.” Is this the formation of a pirate mutiny? Are Gor’s pirates trying to seize control of the station? If so, that would make for some pretty interesting drama: while the heroes try to fend off the looming threat of the First Order, they’re also facing threats from within. Not an easy situation…

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Speaking of the First Order, though, the trailer shifts attention to them. We see Commander Pyre and Agent Tierny standing on the bridge of a Star Destroyer with Tam, and then we see the Star Destroyer emerge out of hyperspace.

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Tam is seen running through a door wearing a First Order TIE Pilot outfit, and Tierny gives her a talk: “Tamara, if you are to rise in the ranks, I will require your total cooperation.” To this, Tam responds, “Yes sir,” as we see her put on a TIE Pilot helmet. We then see a squadron of TIE Fighters, and I’d guess that Tam is probably one of them. I’m really interested in seeing Tam’s storyline this season – it’s probably one of the things I’m most excited about. We don’t often see a story of a hero defecting and joining the bad guys, and though it might not be permanent, it will still allow us to see the First Order from the inside and from a more personal perspective. I’m also a big fan of Agent Tierny, as she seems to be a rational person who isn’t just pure evil like so many other villains. That might make her even more dangerous, but definitely more interesting of a villain.

And we hear that Tierny has sinister motives behind befriending Tam. We see Tierny saying, “She’s key to finding the Colossus.” So part of why Tierny is treating Tam so well seems in an effort to find the Colossus. Which makes a lot of sense.

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Commander Pyre says, “Finally we will wipe them out,” and we see that he’s talking with Captain Phasma via hologram, with Tierny there too. Phasma responds, “Fail, and I will see to your execution personally.” I assume that this happens before the events of The Last Jedi because, well, Phasma died. At least as far as we know – and I kinda hope they keep it that way. But this would be perfectly explained by having this take place early in the season, in the span of days before the events on the Supremacy. And that would add a level of irony to Phasma’s statement, because she says that she’ll personally see to their execution, yet it’s seeing to another execution that leads to her death.

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A couple of quick First Order shots: some stormtroopers firing, a Star Destroyer in orbit, and a new First Order trooper! We’ll discuss the latter in just a bit.

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There’s a lone X-Wing fleeing from TIE Fighters, with a Star Destroyer looming. Then we see a Star Destroyer blasting some debris. Once again, the threat of the First Order looms large, and I’m excited to see the conflict become more direct.

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We see an unknown alien acting dejected and saying, “They’re everywhere. Entire planets are just giving up.” During the time period this season takes place in, the Resistance is fledgling and just trying to survive, while the First Order – under the leadership of Supreme Leader Kylo Ren – is surely growing in strength. I’d love for this show – at least the first half of the season – to build some context for The Rise of Skywalker, letting us know just how powerful the First Order is becoming and just how desperate of a situation the Resistance is in.

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This looks like that water planet where we saw the Colossus earlier (and where we’ll see a battle later), so that’s probably a pretty important world in this season. And in this shot, obviously, we see a ton of TIE Fighters and other First Order ships descending on the planet. But it’s those other ships I’m particularly interested in, because we haven’t seen them before. They look like a modified version of the TIE Silencer, but I wonder if they’re a new version of the TIE Bomber?

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Here’s a First Order transport arriving on a planet… that looks a bit like Batuu, doesn’t it? Or is it just me?

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In light of the reports of planets just giving up, we then see Hype saying, “It’s just like the Empire when I was a kid.” Evil doesn’t die; it just takes on different forms. Some things never change. But as darkness rises, so does light to meet it.

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The Fireball flees a Star Destroyer and is pursued by a TIE Fighter, and then we see up close a TIE – and I’d guess that it’s piloted by Tam. I’m not sure if she’s the one pursuing the Fireball, but that would certainly be an interesting development.

But then we cut to Yeager, who asks, “How did they know how to find us?” Then we transition to Tam holding a comlink – in other words, it seems that the First Order is able to find the Colossus because Tam still has her comlink and is able to listen in on communications? That’s a very interesting direction for her character, as she has to make the choice to be loyal to the First Order, even to the detriment of her former friends. And it makes Tierny even more right than we imagined when she said that Tam was key to finding them.

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Kaz flies the Fireball alongside an unknown ship, and then we see him and Yeager spying on another ship.

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We then see a transmission of an unknown man warning, “Kaz, get as far away as you can. There are bounty hunters who might be coming af–” before the transmission cuts out, to which others gasp. Who is this man? The honest answer is that we don’t know. But I do have a crazy guess: I wonder if it’s Kaz’s father. I’m a bit skeptical because this isn’t something to reveal in the trailer (since we’re supposed to think that Kaz’s family is dead), but then again, we aren’t told who this man is. The voice sounds a bit like Kaz’s father, and I’ve long thought that Kaz’s dad might be a surprise reveal – and might in fact be loyal to the First Order. So I’m just speculating here, but I think it’s possible.

Anyway, though, the message: bounty hunters might be coming after Kaz! But I wonder who they’re sent by? Did the First Order solicit them? The pirates? Someone else?

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Sidon Ithano! The Crimson Corsair! He’s one of the bounty hunters apparently coming after Kaz, and of course we saw him at Maz’s castle in The Force Awakens. He looks awesome, and he has developed quite a reputation as a feared pirate in the Outer Rim. I’m thrilled that we’ll be seeing more of him.

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A new bounty hunter is also seen, and it looks to be an Iktotchi (we see him without the helmet a bit later). And one of the cool things is that the helmet looks to bear a bit of a resemblance to the one worn by Saesee Tiin in Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars.

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Super Battle Droids! A throwback to the Clone Wars also shows up here, as we see the old Separatist droids activated once more. We don’t have any context for how they show up, but allow me to do a bit of informed speculation. Sidon Ithano and his pirates discovered the lost treasure of Count Dooku, which included deactivated battle droids, so with the Crimson Corsair showing up, I bet the droids are connected to him. But here’s what that also would mean: we might see Kix show up too! The clone trooper served in the 501st during the Clone Wars but was eventually frozen by the Separatists and preserved until he was discovered by Ithano in that same search. Kix then joined Ithano’s crew, so I have high hopes that we’ll see Kix make an appearance – which would make an appearance of Clones in all three of Dave Filoni’s animated shows so far.

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It looks like the Guavian Death Gang will be making another appearance in Resistance as well! So there seem to be quite a few pirates and bounty hunters sent after Kaz. Like we’ve said, the Colossus will be busy battling threats from all sides this season.

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A couple of pirates flying a skiff encounter a giant alien that looks kinda like a giant sting ray, and they scream and hug one another in fear. Then we see Flix and Orka aboard a transport with CB-23 bouncing around.

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A transport arrives at a desert planet with a small remote village, and we know that at least Yeager, Kaz, and Synara are there. Yeager says, “Just act casual and keep a low profile,” to which Kaz responds, “I was a spy. I’m a master at keeping a low profile” – right as he trips over something. We then cut to Neeku saying, “Most impressive”, and Bucket laughing. So Kaz is still a bit of a clumsy spy, but we’ve seen him grow a lot.

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Doza tells Yeager, “I trust the Aces can handle this?”, and then we see them flying in the atmosphere somewhere. The next shot gives us a TIE pursuing Hype by the Colossus above that water planet seen earlier. So, again, that planet looks to be the sight of a major battle between the sides.

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We see an alien species, and I’d guess that they’re natives of that water planet we’ve seen quite a bit of. We then see what looks to be the queen of this group, and Kaz whispers to Griff, “I think she’s the one in charge.” That prompts a sarcastic, “Oh, you’re quick” response from the old war veteran.

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The Aces encounter that giant sting ray-like alien seen earlier, and Hype exclaims, “What the –?” This looks like it’s on the same snowy planet that we saw Kaz and Torra investigating earlier.

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Kaz, Kel, Eila, and CB-23 stand in front of an ancient temple-like structure, and the two kids look at a symbol on the floor. Kel says, “What is this place? I don’t recognize all these symbols.” This place looks like it’s long been deserted, as it’s a bit overrun, but I’m curious as to what secrets this could hold. We know that Eila is apparently Force sensitive, so perhaps we’ll dive in a bit into the mythology of the Force.

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Part of the reason I say that is because of this shot, which follows. The red markings surrounding this look a lot like what we expect from a Sith Temple, so I wonder if this could be a Sith holocron? Whatever it is, Kaz approaches it, and we then hear a woman saying, “It’s a power source from an ancient time.” So far, this show really hasn’t done much of anything with the Jedi, Sith, and Force, beside brief moments with Eila. But that might be changing a bit in season two, and I’m all for more Force exploration under the supervision and leadership of Dave Filoni. Even though none of the main heroes are Force users, we may be diving into those things a bit more. 

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The trailer makes the surprise announcement that this is the final season as we see another shot of that battle above this water planet, this time with those aliens riding a dragon-like creature in the battle. So it looks like Kaz and Griff might be successful in recruiting these aliens to their cause.

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Is this Star Wars or Lord of the Rings? Kaz encounters a dragon and flees as it chases him.

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Here’s the same Iktotchi pirate seen earlier, only this time he’s not wearing his helmet (so you can more easily identify him as a member of the species). He’s wielding a green energy weapon and lunges at something, striking the ground and creating an energy blast.

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The trailer follows that with this explosion, though I don’t think it’s connected (it’s a different color, after all). Instead, I wonder if this red explosion has something to do with the Sith artifacts and Temple seen earlier?

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A ship approaches a fancy-looking space station, presumably a place where some of the higher class citizens hang out. But Kaz and Hype encounter a Hutt – and the most friendly Hutt you’ll ever see. He exclaims (in basic), “Hype Fazon has returned!” and then embraces the pilot in a huge hug.

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Kaz and CB-23 are pursued in the Fireball by two red ships. I don’t recognize these ships, so I’m not exactly sure who they belong to. But since we earlier saw the Guavian Death Gang is involved, and they wear all red, I wonder if these ships belong to them? I really don’t know, so I’m just guessing.

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I wonder if this is the same explosion we saw from the sky earlier. It’s a red explosion, which fits, and it would also fit with the idea that this could be connected with the Sith artifacts, as we saw Kaz, Torra, and Freya taking cover from the blast – and earlier we saw them reacting to the elderly woman’s statement.

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First Order stormtroopers fire upon a TIE Fighter in a Star Destroyer’s hangar bay, so obviously something is going on. Is someone defecting? That’s possible, but probably more likely is that infiltrators are trying to flee. I say that because of the next shot, which sees Kaz and Neeku wearing First Order uniforms and attempting to flee. I wonder if they try to steal a TIE Fighter to escape?

But all of that takes a back seat here, because this shot also confirms Matt the Radar Technician as canon! Ok, just kidding on that, but it’s amazing that Kaz and Neeku are wearing the radar technician uniforms! That’s such an incredible touch by the animators of the show, and I love it so much. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check this out. You won’t regret it.

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We then get a series of quick shots while we hear Pyre saying, “The Resistance is proving to be stronger than we anticipated.” We see Tierny watching an X-Wing leave from what looks to be a Star Destroyer hangar (I wonder if this is connected with that infiltration we just saw?), then we see Kaz aiming a blaster and the bolts hitting a Super Battle Droid, and then we see an awesome shot of X-Wings locking into attack position. This looks to be a larger group of them (it’s more than just one), so I wonder if the Colossus meets up with a Resistance cell? Maybe even in the final episode before the midseason break?

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Here’s a better look at that new First Order trooper we saw earlier. As far as I know, this is a brand new design, but perhaps it’s an updated model of the Purge Trooper? That would fit in well with the release of Fallen Order this fall too, so I think that’s possible. But that’s just a guess.

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Perhaps those dragon-like creatures aren’t as friendly as we thought? They’re battling the Aces here, but it looks like the aliens aren’t riding on them, so I’d guess that this takes place before that big battle we’ve seen, which means that the aliens still could join the heroes at some point after this encounter.

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Then we get some quick shots of action sequences. Yeager looks to be fixing something and says, “We’re good to go,” to which Doza – with a Star Destroyer looming behind him – says “Punch it!” Then we get a quick shot of Torra jumping and kicking a First Order BB unit, the pirate ship fleeing an explosion, and Hype blasting a TIE Fighter in the atmosphere.

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The trailer goes black before we then see the First Order’s new Supreme Leader, Kylo Ren, appearing via hologram talking with Pyre and Tierny. Kylo says, “If you are not capable of dealing with them, then I will find someone who can.” As he says this, he uses the Force to push Tierny’s hand toward her own blaster, as she looks terrified. The clear implication is that Kylo is using the Force to threaten her and Pyre’s death, should they not be able to handle the members of the Colossus.

I don’t expect Kylo Ren to be a major factor in this season of Resistance, but I’m glad to know that we’ll be seeing at least a bit of him. He’s the new Supreme Leader, and I want to know all we can about how the First Order is reacting to him and how he’s leading.

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