Star Wars Resistance: Are Eila and Kel children of the Force?


Eila and Kel return, and we have a major question about their recent appearance in this week’s episode of Star Wars Resistance. Are they Force-sensitive children or is there another explanation?

Big brother Kel and little sister Eila were first introduced in “The Children from Tehar.” Their home was destroyed by the First Order, specifically by Kylo Ren, which forced them to flee. Thanks to Kaz and Neeku, they trick the First Order into believing they died. Since then, they’ve been living quietly with the Chelidae in engineering.

We don’t know anything about their people, except that they come from the Unknown Regions. Also, the only piece that remains of their past resides with Captain Doza. He has in his possession the small wooden symbol Kel wore on his wrist. We still don’t know what that symbol means. Is it a word or letter from their native language? Is it their family crest? Does it represent an organization their family took part in?

In “Bibo,” Eila and Kel warn Tam that something big is coming to take Neeku’s new friend. Kel says his sister has had the same dream about the impending danger and how her dreams always come true. Kel also says how he and his sister have felt the change in the air, noting how the animals have fled for safety. It sounds like Eila and maybe Kel are Force-sensitive children.

Then again, they might not be in the classic sense, but they might be connected with the Force in a different way, like Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Talzin once said, “I am not a natural Force wielder like the Jedi or Sith. I use dark magic to achieve power.” This magic was connected to the dark side of the Force.

There’s also Chirrut Îmwe from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Chirrut was not Force-sensitive, but he was deeply spiritual and trained himself both physically and mentally in such a way that he appeared to be a Force-sensitive individual. Depending on their traditions and customs, maybe Eila and Kel grew up with a similarly deep and spiritual connection.

Still, Eila’s repetitive dream is reminiscent of a Force vision. In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode “Assassin,” Ahsoka Tano was plagued by recurring dreams of Aurra Sing and helped prevent an assassination attempt on Padmé Amidala’s life. Ezra Bridger had Force visions about the traitorous senator Gall Trayvis, his parents, and his final actions in the Star Wars Rebels series finale.

With Star Wars Resistance edging much closer to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it could be the Force is “awakening” not just in Rey, but in other Force-sensitive people across the galaxy. Even Star Wars: The Last Jedi ended on a close-up of a Force-sensitive child. These children of the Force are popping up in various places and Eila (and possibly Kel) could be one of them.

This connection to the Force could also explain why Kylo Ren destroyed their village and massacred their people. After all, he is known as the Jedi Killer. The name obviously reflects how he destroyed and killed the Jedi apprentices Luke Skywalker was training, but it might also reflect his continued rampage. He even wanted to kill the supposed “last Jedi” (Luke) and complete Darth Vader’s dark legacy, so killing Force-sensitive children who might have the potential to grow into Jedi is in the realm of possibility.

For now, there isn’t a lot of concrete evidence to go on, but the seed has been planted. We know this has the potential sprout into an interesting story down the line. Maybe not in Star Wars Resistance, but in a future Star Wars story filled with more wonders about the Force.

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The next episode of Star Wars Resistance, “Dangerous Business,” airs on Sunday, Jan. 20, on Disney Channel at 10 p.m. EST and on DisneyNOW.