Star Wars Resistance – “Synara’s Score”

Hello there! Welcome to my latest review for Star Wars Resistance. It took me a few weeks to get into the show, but by the end of “The High Tower” I knew that I was in for the long haul and have decided to start writing about it. This post will be focusing on episode 8: “Synara’s Score”

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Plot Summary

Yeager’s team are working on repairing the targeting computer for the Colossus’ anti-aircraft cannons. Flix and Orka do not have the part they need, so Tam and Kaz go to Synara – who is working with the scavengers – to see if they have the part. Synara is able to find the piece they need and Tam is impressed with her.

Suspicious at the need for military-grade parts, Synara does some spying and, having seen Yeager in a meeting with Doza, contacts Kragan to inform him she thinks the cannons are out of action. She confirms her suspicions by dropping in on Yeager’s team under the pretense of gifting them some surplus supplies, Tam hurries her away to have lunch together as the team are meant to be keeping the repair job a secret.

“Just let me do the talking. She’s obviously kinda dangerous, I’ll handle the danger.”

As Synara and Tam get to know each other, they see all the Aces leaving on a mission. Tam rushes back to the repair garage to finish the targeting computer, while Synara contacts Kragan to confirm the station is vulnerable.

The pirates attack the station in force. Tam sees the loading docks where Synara works is taking a beating so goes to help Synara, with BB-8 following her. Kaz and Yeager rush to install the now-fixed targeting computer. Both groups end up fighting pirates, until Kaz and Yeager get the targeting computer installed and the cannons force the pirates to withdraw.

Following the battle, Synara seems surprised that Tam would come to help her, while Yeager praises Kaz’s efforts helping save the station. Up in the tower, Captain Doza contacts Pyre to discuss the First Order’s plans to protect the Colossus from the pirates’ attacks.

Review

I really enjoyed this episode! The story tied into a number of previous episodes (the First Order’s offered to protect the Colossus from pirates in “The High Tower”; the pirates are shown to be aligned to the First Order in “The Triple Dark”; Synara’s infiltration of the Colossus from the last episode was key to this episode and Commander Pyre from “The Children From Tehar” returned) and did a great job of progressing the story as we creep towards the halfway point.

“I really don’t know that much about her, she’s a bit of a mystery.”

A few weeks ago I bemoaned the lack of growth from Kaz, but in this episode we see him working well as part of the team, even if he is not yet as good as Tam, while he also admits that he is not fully trusting of Synara, which is good to see following his previous naivety. It was great to see Tam have a larger role in this episode and get more of her backstory of having previously been a racer, which makes me think that she could end up in the cockpit later in the season or in later seasons. It was also great to see Yeager ave a larger role in this episode and get a chance to show he has some skill as a pilot, which has been hinted at previously. I also felt by the end that Yeager may be getting more involved in Kaz’s mission following his conversation with Doza about the increased pirate raids and his discussion with Kaz about how convenient it was the station was attacked the moment it was undefended. Unfortunately, Neeku really annoyed me in this episode with the constant hands over his mouth to stop him talking. It was a nice gimmick, but it was used too much through the episode.

I remember before the show started I was hesitant as to the different animation style but I am fully on board with it and thought the battle looked great. My one problem was that we finally appeared to reach the limit on character models with multiple Hassk and Trandoshan pirates looking the same but appearing to fight both Kaz and Tam. It was great to see the pirates in force but would have been nicer to see a bit more variation even in just the outfits they were wearing. The show has done such a great job of making the Colossus feel alive with so many different models, it was a shame we did not get the same from the pirates.

“The Aces are launching?!”

“Where do you think they’re going?”

“I don’t know, but it looks like all of them.”

Last week I predicted that Synara would remain as a spy for the pirates, but having watched this episode and the way she reacted to Tam coming to help her I now think that she will turn against them as the season goes on. I get the feeling that she and Tam could be set to develop a close friendship, which would contrast well with what we saw when she contacted the pirates and could also lead to an emotional moment if her prior associations are discovered. I am also interested to see where things go off the back of Doza’s contact with Pyre. Will the First Order now be seen to have a larger presence or will Doza continue to rely on the Aces and cannons for now, and how will Doza react when he (surely inevitably) finds out that the pirates are acting on the orders of the First Order. Part of me thinks that both these storylines could be intertwined, with the First Order coming in to save the Colossus by completely wiping out the pirates, but Synara having to reveal her past to warn the station of the two groups’ association.

Moments in canon

“You mean… I might not be the only spy on this platform?”

“Kaz, you were never the only spy on this platform.”

  • Kragan’s pirates wear a variety of pieces of Imperial armour
  • Kragan’s main ship is also a highly modified Lambda-class shuttle
  • Tam suggests the chip they need could be found in an old Y-wing

 

Let me know in the comments what you thought about the episode. Where do you think the story is going? Thanks for reading and May the Force be with you…

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