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Recap / Star Wars Resistance S1E11 "Bibo"

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This episode aired January 13, 2019.


Kaz and Neeku arrive at the salvage docks, where Synara San has just pulled up the wreckage of a Z-95 Headhunter from the Clone Wars which could have parts useful for the Fireball. However, there's something else inside: a small, extremely smelly creature that Neeku is instantly enamored with, although Kaz and Synara are squicked. Adopting the creature as his pet, Neeku dubs it "Bibo".

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At the repair shop, no one else is enamoured with Bibo, since he eats anything and keeps getting loose and causing trouble... not to mention the atrocious smell. Yeager eventually gives Neeku an ultimatum: if Bibo causes trouble one more time, he goes. Kaz heads back to the salvagers to see if Synara has another stabilizer, since the one they got from the Z-95 was corroded, and unknowingly interrupts her talking to her boss, Kragan. He informs Synara that he's found out that the two pilots who rescued her were members of the Resistance, and shows her an image from a security camera, with two humans and two droids shrouded in darkness and steam. Synara studies the image, but finds it hard to recognize anyone in the picture, and is forced to switch off her comlink when she hears Kaz approaching. She invites him along on her last salvaging run of the day.

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When Bibo gets out and causes trouble again, Yeager tells Neeku he has to get rid of his pet. Neeku, upset, threatens to quit his job, surprising everyone, only for Bibo to escape and take off, causing Neeku to run out after him. Tam decides to go after him, and Yeager lets her when she points out that Neeku has never acted like this before. She eventually finds Neeku outside at the edge of the platform, crying because he's looked everywhere and can't find Bibo, as his adorable path of destruction ends here. Tam offers to help him look, and, checking on her comlink, learns from Yeager that there's a report of a disturbance down in engineering. Cheered up, Neeku suggests they go down and look, telling Tam that there are friends down there.

Tam is introduced to the Chelidae, as well as Kel and Eila, who have Bibo. Neeku is overjoyed to be reunited with his pet, but Tam is puzzled at the presence of two human children living down there. She easily accepts the explanation that they just do, only for Eila to make an ominous remark. As she and her brother reveal, she occasionally dreams of the future, and when she has the same dream over multiple nights, it always comes true. And what she's dreamed of is trouble, and the potential destruction of the Colossus, all because of Bibo. Tam finds the vagueness frustrating, and Kel and Eila elaborate that if the attacker doesn't get what it wants, the platform is done for.

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Out on the ocean, Kaz points out that salvaging is hard work, and Synara reminds him they've only been out for 15 minutes. Synara asks him about the pilots who rescued her from the derelict freighter, and Kaz lies that he doesn't know who they were, that they were just pilots — although one of them was kind of handsome. This doesn't deter Synara, who tells Kaz she knows who he really is: someone who likes secrets, just like her. Kaz denies it, but before anything more can be said, he and Synara notice something enormous underwater. When they decide to return to the Colossus, they realize the creature is heading in the same direction. Down in engineering, Tam asks Eila what's coming, only to hear a roar from outside. Kel and Eila respond in unison, "That."

Kaz and Synara see a giant tentacle rise above the water, and have to steer quickly to avoid it. When they reach the marketplace, they attempt to warn people, but no one takes them seriously. Kaz suggests pulling the pirate alarm, but before they can, they're stopped by two security droids, who ask them if they're trying to get people to panic, which Kaz readily admits to. The droids attempt to take Kaz and Synara into custody, but the appearance of the monster stops that, as they realize there really is a situation. Synara pulls the alarm, causing the market doors to begin to close.

In engineering, Tam tells the Chelidae and the kids to get to shelter, as she and Neeku take Bibo and run upstairs. Captain Doza, seeing the giant tentacles, orders blast doors closed and the Aces to launch. He orders them not to use their missiles due to how close the monster is to the Colossus. As people flee to the shelters, one of the tentacles grabs the marketplace door, so Synara suggests that, as she's heard Kaz is a really amazing pilot, he go help the Aces, while she works on getting the door to close. Kaz, running to the repair ship, calls Yeager and asks him to prep the Fireball.

Synara manages to get the door shut. Kaz, flying to help the Aces, gets a wave from Torra, but Hype tells him to clear the airspace. However, when Bo Keevil is knocked out of the fight by a tentacle, Kaz points out that the Aces need all the help they can get. Watching from inside, Tam and Neeku are shaken by the size of the monster, and come to the conclusion that it must want Bibo for food, which horrifies Neeku. Doza eventually gives the pilots permission to use missiles against the monster, which do have an effect. Tam tries to get Neeku to give Bibo to the sea monster, as that's the only thing that will stop the attack. When several station residents, including Jace Rucklin and Jooks, learn that Neeku's pet is the reason for the attack, they gang up on Neeku and back Tam up, demanding he surrender Bibo. Eventually, Neeku regretfully acquiesces.

However, when Neeku sees the creature's eye looking through a window, it dawns on him, via the resemblance to Bibo's eyes, why the creature is really here. He calls Kaz and asks him to get the Aces to break off their attack, as he's going to give Bibo to the monster. Kaz tells Hype, and Hype orders the Aces to cease fire. Neeku runs outside with Bibo and offers him to the monster. Tam, following with BB-8, is surprised when it dawns on her that the giant creature is Bibo's mother, given the dramatic difference in size. The monster extends a tentacle, and Neeku puts Bibo down, giving him one last hug. The monster peacefully departs.

Later, Kaz gives Neeku a gorg he bought, intending it as a replacement pet, but Neeku eats the gorg instead, to Kaz's shock. The gift does have the intended effect, though: Neeku is now cheered up.


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  • All There in the Manual: Courtesy of "Bucket's List", Bibo's species is called rokkna, and Synara found the wreckage he was inside at a place called the Karavian Trench.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Synara knows who Kaz really is... someone who likes secrets, just like her.
  • Black Comedy: At the end, Kaz tries to cheer Neeku up buying him a gorg for a pet. Except Kaz forgot that gorgs are considered a delicacy on the Colossus. As such, Neeku immediately eats the poor creature as soon as he sees it. However, it did have the intended effect.
  • Blunt "Yes": Kaz's response to the security droids asking him and Synara if they're attempting to make people panic.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: Synara asks Kaz who the pilots who rescued her were, after being informed by Kragan that they were members of the Resistance. Kaz claims that he didn't know them, but adds that one of them was kind of handsome — referring, of course, to himself.
  • Character Title: "Bibo" is the name Neeku gives his new pet.
  • Call-Back:
    • Over her comlink, Kragan shows Synara a picture of Poe, Kaz and the droids from "Signal from Sector Six". Thanks to her having to cut the link short due to Kaz approaching, she doesn't get to study the picture enough to recognize Kaz, due to the darkness and smoke in the picture.
    • Tam meets Kel and Eila, who have been living with the Chelidae since "The Children from Tehar".
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Kaz knows military history quite well. He did go to the New Republic military academy.
    • Kaz apparently smelling bad to his teammates is something he has in common with Ezra.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Neeku's reaction when he first sees Bibo. Kaz and Synara are both grossed out.
  • A Day in the Limelight: This episode is one for Neeku, and for once, Kaz doesn't cause any of the problems in this episode.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Bibo’s mother seems poised to attack Neeku, but to Tam’s surprise just appreciatively takes the baby.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Eila has this power, although she can't control it, which is how she learns of the impending monster attack. It's hinted that this may be how she and Kel escaped the First Order on Tehar. It's explained to a skeptical Tam that if she dreams about the same thing over and over again, then it's going to happen.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Tam and Neeku initially think that the giant sea monster wants Bibo because it eats creatures like him, due to the dramatic size difference between adults and children of this species.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Little Bibo eats anything, including engine parts, to Tam's frustration.
  • Facepalm: Yeager facepalms upon seeing Bibo for the first time.
    Yeager: No pets!
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Seeing the mother's eye up close is what leads Neeku to realize that she's the same species as Bibo, and thus why she wants him.
  • Genre Blind: The often used Monster Is a Mommy plot will dawn on the viewer long before the characters catch on; Neeku eventually catches on though, stating that it was obvious the whole time in his Eureka Moment.
    • Tam in particular assumes that Bibo is the monster’s prey. Not a terrible guess but wrong all the same.
  • Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies: The difference between Bibo, who is small enough to be comfortably carried in Neeku's arms, and his mother, who is practically as large as the Colossus, is pretty dramatic.
  • Given Name Reveal: Neeku reveals that Tam is short for Tamara.
  • Humans Are Smelly: When Kaz complains about Bibo's smell during the argument in the repair shop, Neeku retorts that he finds Bibo's "natural musk" more pleasant than Kaz's smell, causing Tam to laugh and Kaz to feel self-conscious.
  • Immune to Bullets: The giant sea monster is unbothered by the laser fire from the cannons of the starfighters attacking it. It is injured when Captain Doza gives the Aces permission to use missiles.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When several Colossus residents, including Rucklin and Jooks, learn that Neeku's pet is the cause of the attack, they gang up on him and, with Tam, demand that Neeku give the monster what it wants as it's the only way to stop the attack.
  • Kaiju: This episode has Kaz fight a giant sea monster that threatens to destroy the platform.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: It takes a while for the characters to realize this, but the giant sea monster attacking the Colossus is, indeed, Bibo's mother, and she wants him back, not to eat him. She stops her attack when Neeku returns Bibo to her.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Neeku takes in a strange pet from Synara's salvage run, and it draws in a monster that almost destroys the platform.
  • Not Helping Your Case: When the guards ask Kaz if he's trying to incite panic, he misunderstands the context of the question and answers "yes", not realizing inciting panic is a serious crime, and the guards take his response as a confession.
  • Oh, Crap!: Kaz and Synara's reaction when they see the giant sea monster approaching the Colossus.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: For once, Rucklin is not being a jerk and is actually concerned about Neeku putting the platform in danger by refusing to let go of the creature.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Inciting panic is usually a major felony in most places. Kaz and Synara nearly get arrested for attempting to pull the pirate alarm before the monster actually appears.
    • A sea creature is going to smell bad.
  • The Reveal: It appears that Eila is Force-sensitive, something not hinted at in the children’s debut episode.
  • Rule #1: "Yeager's Rule #7: No pets."
  • Shoot the Dog: Several Colossus citizens demand Neeku do this to Bibo. He refuses, only to then realize Bibo was never in any harm anyway.
  • Squick: In-universe, everyone but Neeku's reaction to the stench of the sea monsters.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: When Eila and Kel describe what she's been dreaming about to Tam, she calls them out for doing this.


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