“A Quick Salvage Run” was a better episode than the premiere, introducing intriguing layers to the characters and building a better sense of desperation aboard the Colossus.
This recap of Star Wars Resistance Season 2, Episode 2, “A Quick Salvage Run”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
While still imperfect, “A Quick Salvage Run” was a better episode than the Season 2 premiere, with less slapstick, more interesting character drama, and a better sense of how the Colossus being displaced and desperately low on resources is affecting its residents. And its closer proximity to the rest of the canon helps it to feel less inconsequential than usual, as the Colossus attempts to rendezvous with the Resistance on D’Qar.
Of course, the Resistance base isn’t there — it has been wiped out, which has a fitting out of the frying pan and into the fire feeling that works well with the Colossus being desperately low on coaxium fuel. They’re suddenly sitting ducks, with Kaz (Christopher Sean) and Captain Doza (Jason Hightower) having to broker an uneasy alliance with Captain Kragan (Gary Anthony Williams) and his pirates in order to salvage the fuel from a derelict dreadnought.
To make matters worse, Tam (Suzie McGrath), now DT-533, is caught with Kaz’s message by her bunkmate and fellow First Order cadet Jace Ruklin (Elijah Wood), and convinced to present it to her insincere mentor Agent Tierney (Sumalee Montano). While the First Order tracking the Colossus’s location obviously allows for some tension and action in Star Wars Resistance Season 2, Episode 2, it also prompts some intriguing character dynamics. Kaz doesn’t want to believe that Tam would betray them, and Tam on some level doesn’t want to betray them, but Synara (Nazneen Contractor), having been through a similar arc, recognizes that she will, inadvertently or otherwise. And Kaz also has to recognize that, by contacting Tam in the first place, he has committed a betrayal himself.
With such short episodes and a lightning-quick problem-of-the-week pace, there isn’t much time for Kaz or anyone else to ruminate on these things. But I hope at least some time is spared for him to confront his own recklessness. It’s further reinforced in “A Quick Salvage Run” by the reveal that his family survived the destruction of Hosnian Prime, but that his father blames him for putting the family in danger. This is the kind of storytelling that Star Wars Resistance should be engaging in, and with the ever-present threat of dwindling supplies, I hope that this second season continues to force these characters into decisions they might live to regret.