Star Wars Improves The Force Awakens' Bad "Alderaan" Moment

Princess Leia and Starkiller Base in Star Wars

The latest episode of Star Wars: Resistance, "No Escape Part 1", has just significantly improved the destruction of Hosnian Prime in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When J.J. Abrams launched the Star Wars sequel trilogy with The Force Awakens, he decided to launch a plot that was heavily inspired by the classic Star Wars saga. As a result, his story included everything from a Force-sensitive orphan living in a desert to a world-destroying superweapon.

The First Order's superweapon was Starkiller Base, a mobile ice planet located in the Unknown Regions. It was an evolution of the Death Star's technology, only it possessed the power to destroy entire star systems with a single shot. The First Order held off on their invasion plans until Starkiller Base was complete, and then opened fire on the New Republic capital of Hosnian Prime. Abrams clearly meant this to be evocative of the destruction of Alderaan in A New Hope. Unfortunately, it didn't land quite as effectively. That scene was memorable because of the focus on Leia Organa, Princess of Alderaan, who was forced to watch as her homeworld was obliterated. Viewers had no such connection to Hosnian Prime, in part because a single character who would have gone there - an envoy from General Leia - was cut from the theatrical release.

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Star Wars: Resistance has just corrected that mistake. The latest episode, "No Escape Part 1", opens with the revelation that Kaz himself comes from Hosnian Prime. In fact, his plan in the episode is to escape from the Colossus and go to his father, a Republic Senator who lives on that planet. But first he aims to rescue his friends; the attempt takes him into an area held by the First Order, and he watches General Hux's transmission with horror. Kaz sees his own homeworld destroyed by Starkiller Base, with his entire family presumably killed.

In narrative terms, this is a smart move. It corrects the mistake of The Force Awakens, giving viewers an emotional connection to the destruction of Hosnian Prime. Interestingly, it also turns Kaz himself into an analog for Leia; the last survivor of his homeworld, who watched as his planet was destroyed. If the parallels continue into Star Wars: Resistance season 2, then Kaz will be a crucial figure in the fight against the First Order.

Star Wars: Resistance has been building towards the events of The Force Awakens for some time. In "The New Trooper," Kaz stole a crucial holo-map from the First Order, discovering that their fleets were already in position to launch a Blitzkrieg on the New Republic and take over the galaxy at speed. In "The Core Problem," he and Poe Dameron unknowingly discovered the First Order's first failed attempts to create Starkiller Base, and witnessed destruction on a planetary scale, with entire worlds cracked like eggshells as the First Order attempted to hollow them out. But the intelligence has come too late for the New Republic, and Hosnian Prime has been destroyed.

Next week's season finale is clearly set at the same time as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, meaning a grieving Kaz will be working out how to fight the First Order just as the Resistance strike back. Given the timing, it's reasonable to assume that the First Order will lose the Colossus at the same time Starkiller Base is destroyed.

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