Bucket’s List Extra: 7 Fun Facts from “The First Order Occupation” – Star Wars Resistance

Learn which shot is a nod to Star Wars: A New Hope and more!

Star Wars Resistance is here! The animated series follows Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Visit StarWars.com following each episode for “Bucket’s List Extra,” an expansion of our weekly fun-facts video series Bucket’s List. In this installment, we look at “The First Order Occupation.”

Bucket’s List Extra – “The First Order Occupation”

Kaz and BB-8 talk with Synara on Star Wars Resistance.

1. Great, Kaz. Great.

Kaz tends to think with his stomach. This is the second time he’s grasped for straws while lying to Synara by talking about food. The first: trying to explain a targeting computer component was a food steamer in “Synara’s Score.”

Colossus ID concept art for Star Wars Resistance.

An alien shows its ID to stormtroopers on the Colossus in Star Wars Resistance.

2. Badge story.

The Colossus identification badge design is based on the ID badges worn by employees at the Letterman Digital Arts Center, where Lucasfilm Animation is based.

Stormtroopers come to Yeager's garage in Star Wars Resistance.

3. Stormtroopers, you’re on!

The first act originally ended with the scene of the stormtroopers in Yeager’s garage, but this was moved earlier in the edit, in part to keep the drama focused on Synara’s story.

Opeepit is accosted in First Order Occupation, an episode of Star Wars Resistance.

4. The Opeepit saga.

The elevator scene was a late addition during editing, adding a fun bit of closure to Opeepit’s drama of having had his floor scrubber confiscated.

An escape pod blasts off from a Star Destroyer in Star Wars: A New Hope.

An escape pod blasts off from the Colossus in Star Wars Resistance.

5. Pod cast.

The shot of Synara’s pod launching is a visual nod to the launch of the escape pod in Star Wars: A New Hope, which was one of the very first shots ever completed by Industrial Light & Magic.

Concept art from First Order Occupation, an episode of Star Wars Resistance.

6. That’s no coral reef.

As Synara’s escape pod flits away from the Colossus, we get our first — albeit murky — look at just how big the station is below the surface of the water. 

Kaz, having just launched Synara in an escape pod from the Colossus in Star Wars Resistance.

7. Don’t open that door.

The Aurebesh warning text on the escape pod hatch reads “POD DEPLOYED DO NOT OPEN.”

In case you missed this week’s Bucket’s List video, check it out below!

Bucket’s List

Star Wars Resistance airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.

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