WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the first season of Star Wars Resistance.
Star Wars Resistance gives fans the chance to see a showcase a corner of the Star Wars Universe that's not typically explored. Not only does the show grapple with shifting moralities and unforeseen consequences, but it also features a cast of surprisingly complex characters fueling the narrative. At the center of it is Kaz, a spy for the Resistance who quickly gets in over his head and sets the events of the series in motion.
Going into the season, Kaz has to learn from his mistakes and grow from them, something Kaz's actor Christopher Sean appreciates about the new batch of episodes. During an interview with the media (including CBR), Sean spoke about his favorite elements of Kaz, playing up his goofy nature and how much of himself makes it into the character.
At the end of the first season, Kaz's actions as a Resistance spy have irrevocably changed the lives of everyone living on the Colossus. The mobile refueling station is now on the run from the First Order, trying to find some safe port. Tam has not only been taken in by the First Order but has even willing joined their ranks. And one of the worlds destroyed by the First Empire was Kaz's own home planet, meaning he has nowhere to run to.
Considering how desperate the situation he finds himself in, Sean thinks one of the most interesting aspects of Kaz going into the season is how he's become "aware of the consequences of his actions from [the first season]. Whatever you do, it can not only hurt yourself but when you have no safety net... it can hurt a lot of people if you make bad choices. In [the second season], it's not Kaz making the wrong decisions, it's Tam. And it's blurring the line between good and bad, and he knows she's a good person. A family member, someone he loves is making bad choices. So he has hope she's not completely bad. The cool part is we get to watch the consequences of her actions unfold across [the second season], and him trying to fix that.
"You never want to give up on family. The minute you give up on hope, what's the point then? The greatest strength that Kaz has is his hope. He really believes heavily in Tam, he knows who she is deep down, that's why he's not giving up. It's nice to watch Kaz fight for that, even if she isn't aware of that."
One of the biggest developments in the two-part finale of the first season was the destruction of Kaz's home-world. Hosnian Prime became one of the targets of the Starkiller Base. "The loss of family is always hard for anyone," Sean pointed out. "The loss of home, not many people understand what that is. Home is where the heart is, so when your home is destroyed all that you have left is what's around you. You have to make a new family. Everything is taken away from Kaz, there's no safety net. He has to grow up, it's time to mature. So for him to be in a position, where it's time to mature and be you, not to listen to other people but to be heard... it's fun to watch."
Kaz stands out somewhat from other Stars Wars protagonists. On top of having no connection whatsoever with the Force, he comes from a privileged background in a way that the typically hard-luck heroes of the series were dealt. "Luke Skywalker had nothing. Rey had nothing. Kaz had everything, and it was taken away. Sometimes having nothing from the beginning, you can appreciate it. But to have everything, to lose it and then to try and build it up again can be so much harder because you've never had to deal with nothing. With Kaz, it's a hard, uphill battle. But it's fun to watch someone come into their own and find value in morality.
"He's always had people to bail him out. It's, old habits die hard. So with Kaz, he's coming into his own but there's always going to be that spastic Kaz. But... he's coming into his own and finds... he's still young, he's still going to make mistakes. That's what's great about the series. You don't just all of a sudden become a hero, you have to grow. That's what makes Star Wars so great and relatable."
In fact, an element of the show Sean loves is how much of a silly character Kaz can be. "I'm a big goofball myself, so I really get to be myself in Kaz which is so much fun." It's even an element that the actor pushes the producers to take even further. "There are moments where he'll tell some silly Dad joke and everyone's laughing. And [the crew] was like, 'that's such a Kaz line.' But what they didn't know the next scene, Kaz says 'the gravity is out. I hope everyone is okay. I bet they can't stand it." That was how it was written out. But I read it [as a joke]. Everyone was like 'no, no, no, we have to rewrite the line!' I absolutely love the comedy in it. I try to put more into it. but [the producers] do a really good job of balancing comedy and drama and action and family in this show."
Returning to Disney Channel on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Star Wars Resistance stars Christopher Sean as Kazuda Xiono, Suzie McGrath as Tam Ryvora, Scott Lawrence as Jarek Yeager; Myrna Velasco as Torra Doza, Josh Brener as Neeku Vozo, Donald Faison as Hype Fazon, Elijah Wood as Rucklin, Jim Rash and Bobby Moynihan as Flix and Orka, Liam McIntyre as Commander Pyre, Jason Hightower as Captain Doza, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Sumalee Montano as Agent Tierny. Also joining the cast are for Season 2 are Joe Manganiello as Ax Tagrin, Daveed Diggs as Norath Kev, Matthew Wood as Kylo Ren and Lucy Lawless as the Aeosian Queen.