After rescuing an engineer from a disabled ship, Kaz and Neeku are in a race to save the Colossus from a First Order attack on the latest Star Wars Resistance.
At this point, anything that happens in the galaxy has to be looked it critically. So when the Colossus receives a distress call on Star Wars Resistance, they manage to find themselves in big trouble.
In this week’s episode, Neeku and Kaz convince Doza and Yeager to check out the distress call. There are two things going on: First, Kaz and Neeku are inherently good and, two, they want to help people. These are good characteristics, but exploitable.
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Kaz takes Synara to the disabled ship and finds Nena, an engineer who claims she was attacked by the First Order and her ship is no longer working. Synara is immediately skeptical, questioning her story, and is reluctant to lower her blaster. Kaz wants nothing more than to help her.
Nena arrives on the Colossus and immediately helps. Her and Neeku fix the issues one by one, but she shows beneath her façade when dealing with pirates. Nena reveals she was taken by pirates as a kid and sold to slave traders.
Nena connects with Neeku and tries to get him to see that he isn’t respected on the platform because the people he claims as his friends never ask about him.
Nena has a point, but there is something she didn’t account for and it’s that people on the Colossus are survivors. Yet that’s not to say they choose to survive by any means necessary. They’re more of the ‘live free or die’ mentality.
It’s quickly revealed Nena is actually working for the First Order whose job it was to get on board the Colossus and sabotage it to leave it powerless against a First Order attacked. The plan worked, but luckily Kaz and Synara figured her out before it was too late.
Kaz and Neeku undid her damage and escaped the First Order.
Nena wanted to be free and would do whatever it took to get her freedom even it meant at the cost the lives. The pirates she hates so much – with good reason – have a different code though. They could have easily sided with the First Order (after the whole mess with working for them first) until they realized they would never be free under their reign. The First Order would use the pirates until they weren’t useful anymore and then would dispose of them.
That’s exactly what the First Order did with Nena. She may be free now, but she is also running for her life because the last thing Tierney did was order Nena’s execution for her failed mission.
The disturbing thing about the First Order, and specifically Tierney, is the way it operates on psychological level. Tierney recognized the good nature in those in leadership roles on the Colossus and knew they would feel the need to help.
The young ones (Kaz and Neeku) aren’t beaten down yet by the atrocities at the hands of the Empire or the First Order. Where Yeager was skeptical, Kaz and Neeku showed their idealistic side.
Tierney tapped into that and exploited their need to help others.
Tierney is a fascinating character because she isn’t just about beating people down with blasters and cannons. The psychological warfare is interesting and more complex than who has the bigger guns and ships.
It was a pretty decent episode; it generally is when the First Order is involved. Thought it’s interesting to see the First Order is still after the refueling station (which Nena called on first reference and made me raise my eyebrows).
Watch Star Wars Resistance on Disney XD Sundays at 6 p.m. ET.