Hello everyone and welcome back to the StarWarsReference blog. Today, we are bringing to you the first of our Star Wars: Resistance reviews. Nine of us came together to provide bite-sized, paragraph reviews of the newest episode to give a little insight into our thoughts on the episodes. So, without further adieu, here are the reviews!
I think “The Doza Dilemma” is the best of the pirate episodes that Star Wars: Resistance has provided thus far. The episode gave a healthy amount of screentime to Synara while also giving Kazuda time to shine, helping to show him becoming more competent. Synara’s conflict between helping the pirates and keeping Torra safe on the Colossus was interesting and may lead to Synara eventually turning her back on Kragan and the pirates in favor of the Resistance. It was interesting, as well, that the First Order backstabbed the pirates. As it was likely to gain Captain Doza’s trust, this could mean that the pirates will launch an offensive against the First Order on the platform or they will end up joining the Resistance in the fight. Either way, Resistance has been getting better and better, and I can’t wait for the next episode.
Resistance was a show that I was very apprehensive about when it was first announced. However, with each episode that has been released, my opinion has continually gone up and this episode is no exception. I loved the espionage and intrigue that this episode, and the First Order plot in general, showcases. It was good to see Kaz continue to become more competent, as he has throughout the show, while not feeling like a different character. I enjoyed how competent the First Order is shown to be in this episode as one of my biggest problems with Rebels was that the Empire would appear less effective than they should. The FO in this episode, and Resistance in general, is shown to be a mysterious, all-knowing threat that is always one or two steps ahead of the good guys. I was honestly not expecting Major Vonreg to betray the pirates and it was great to see that these villains are actually intimidating and shouldn’t be treated lightly. It was good to see Synara’s character continue to grow and her shift to becoming friendly with the protagonists doesn’t feel forced. Her turn wasn’t out of nowhere as they lied to her and went after someone who she did not want to be hurt. It’s good to see this kind of character arc done well.
Anyone on Reference can tell you that I was the furthest thing from excited for Resistance for the majority of the time before it’s release. However, the show really started to grab near the end of the first half and, wow, this episode is exactly what I had hoped to see out of this show. Kaz is finally being portrayed as an adult human with actual talent and is doing some great work to advance the plot. Synara is a great foil to Kaz as well and I think their uneasy relationship is something that will really get the show going. My favorite part of the episode, however, is that the First Order was actually shown as competent. Too many times the Empire in Rebels was just downright stupid so it’s awesome to see the FO playing a pivotal role in this show and actually succeeding somewhat. Overall, aside from a few nitpicks, this episode really blew me away and might be my new favorite. I am very excited for what’s to come.
When the episode preview was released on the Star Wars YouTube channel, the premise of this episode seemed obvious. That being said, this is, in my opinion, the best Resistance episode thus far. Synara bonding with Torra, Tam, and Kaz is great and adds a lot to everyday life on the Colossus. Plus, it’s nice to see Torra out of the Tower more and more. Kaz’s maturity is also well developed from how we originally met him. He’s cocky when competing against Torra, Tam, and Synara, but shows great maturity when helping Torra and talking with Synara about her pirate allegiances. This episode also makes great use of the First Order. Their betrayal of Kragan Gorr and his pirate gang, while I did see coming, was a smart way to get Captain Doza to see the benefits of having them occupy the Colossus. I am very much looking forward to next week’s episode.
I really enjoyed this episode! It was nice to see the set up with Synara on the Colossus finally pay off, and in such bombastic fashion, too! Kaz continues to grow as a character and, more importantly, a spy; I thought that the tension between his infatuation for Synara and the realization that she’s not-all-that-she-seems was well-played. The First Order has been cranking the heat on Doza all season, and I was glad to see a little bit of resolution to that side of the plotline–although, that said, now I’m wondering if the pirates will play a part in the conflict that we all know is coming. (Kragan redemption arc, anyone?!) Overall, I thought the episode served as good forward momentum (and, for my own tastes, it didn’t hurt that it felt consistent in terms of tone and lacking in too much of the jokiness of other episodes).
This episode mostly centers around Synara, the pirate infiltrator character introduced earlier in the season. I’ve been wanting to see more from this plot line since it’s clear that Synara is conflicted; she has found genuine companionship on the Colossus station but her very presence there threatens the friends she’s made should she decide to go through with her mission. Synara instantly betrays Torra’s (perhaps too easily given) trust and the pirate group is able to kidnap Torra. On top of that, Immanuel Doza continues to delay on the First Order’s protection racket against the pirate crew Synara is aligned with. Their ability to quickly resolve an issue that they are the cause of has been alluded to before in the canon materials, but it’s good to see it finally come into play here. It appears that with this pirate crew the First Order has lost all their credibility in the relationship as they instantly betray the pirates to get Torra back. Maybe the pirates themselves felt they could get a better payday by ransoming Torra back to Immanuel, but from the First Order’s perspective, it would be more advantageous to keep them on the payroll as a constant threat to Colossus Station’s security, and cast the First Order as the reluctant protectors of the weak. The episode ends with Kaz having figured out that Synara is working for the pirates and in perhaps his best move as a spy yet he keeps this information to himself. It will be interesting to see how Kaz leverages this information when his friends could constantly be in danger because of it.
The Doza Dilemma is one of the better episodes of the series so far. This episode really did a lot to strengthen Synara’s bond with her friends on the Colossus. I really enjoyed seeing Tam, Kaz, Torra, and Synara all hanging out together as friends with the added dynamic of Kaz and Synara both being actual spies. I also thought that the episode started to pick up speed and even felt a little intense in the second half of the episode, I was actually taken aback at first when the First Order shot the pirates and rescued Torra. It’s great to see that Kaz has been getting better and better these last few episodes, especially with him finding out about Synara’s secret. I think this episode was very good. In conclusion, I think this episode was very good and I’m interested to see what happens next.
This week’s Resistance was pretty great. One of the things that I really like about this show is no episode feels pointless. Basically, every episode so far has done something to develop the plot or the characters in some way. This episode continued both the Synara and First Order plots in big ways, and it was cool to see them come together. It’s also nice to see Kaz become more and more competent as time goes on. I liked the throwbacks to TCW (Weequay pirate sounding the same, droid poppers, another of Aurra’s species, giving it a name after twenty years). Overall, really enjoyed it, and I’m hyped to see more.
In my opinion, “The Doza Dilemma” represents a definitive turning point for Resistance. Kaz has finally begun to put the pieces together in regards to the First Order’s plans, the reasoning behind the pirate attacks, and Synara’s true role aboard the Colossus. It’s amazing to see how much he has grown from the fish-out-of-water hotshot pilot we met in the first episode and into a semi-competent mechanic and spy as the series has progressed. Still, it couldn’t hurt for him to visit the firing range every once in a while. It was nice seeing the plot seemingly move into its next phase, though I wonder whether Kragan’s Warbirds will continue attacking the station in retaliation for the First Order’s betrayal. It will also be interesting to see where Synara goes from here, having been abandoned by Kragan and Kaz suspecting her true loyalties. All things said, this episode is easily one of my favorites of the series thus far and I am excited to see where the series takes us. If the rest of the season can consistently reach this level of quality, we’re in good hands.
Overall, we all really liked the episode. Some highlights for everyone seem to be the maturing of Kaz’s character, Synara, and the espionage/First Order plot. We are all really excited for next weeks episode and we hope you are too. Thanks, everyone for reading and stay tuned for next week’s review on ‘The First Order occupation’
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Edited by Confed
Reviews by Confed, Darkaid, Vid, Ian, SenatorConfer, Revan, NumidianPrime, AV, and Hondo