Like Star Wars Rebels before it, Star Wars Resistance met some, no pun intended, resistance with certain Star Wars fans – especially fans who feel the Disney XD series is targeted specifically to kids and not themselves. But Star Wars Resistance is already showing signs of moving past its initial childlike wonder into a richer story that will weave itself into the larger Star Wars tapestry as a whole.
Fans aren’t wrong in the sense that both Resistance and Rebels have a younger age demographic target. When you’re a Star Wars animated series on a Disney Channel, that’s sort of par for the course. That said, as we learned with Rebels – where a Star Wars animated series starts and where it ends up are two completely different things.
I won’t lie to you. The first episodes of Star Wars Resistance left me… wanting. It was cute. I like cute but it didn’t grab me. Rebels grabbed me from the beginning. But, while I liked everyone on the show as a character, I didn’t hook in immediately. I didn’t watch the episodes multiple times. It was cute. It was amusing. It was Star Wars for kids and that was great and I was happy to leave it at that.
Then I changed my mind. Star Wars Resistance is much more than cute and amusing. It’s important.
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Fans attending the Star Wars: Resistance panel at Star Wars Celebration were the first to get a sneak peak at the first episode of the second season.
Executive producers Justin Ridge, Athena Portillo, and Brandon Auman were joined by cast members Christopher Sean, Suzie McGrath, Scott Lawrence, Myrna Velasco, Donald Faison, and Bobby Moynihan. The early portion of the panel was devoted to the roots of the series, the look, and the timeline.
During the panel, cast members shared some thoughts on their character,s but also what it means to be a part of the Star Wars universe. With SNL alumni Bobby Moynihan being in the cast, it also meant a reference or two to Drunk Uncle.
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(This post contains spoilers for season 1 of Star Wars Resistance.)
Like its spiritual animated predecessors, Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars, Star Wars Resistance complements the Star Wars movie trilogies. In this case, it’s the Sequel Trilogy, with a tale of underdogs fighting their battles in other corners of the galaxy. This time, creator Dave Filoni and his team tells this story in a lighter cell-shaded palette than other Lucasfilm Animation productions.
Resistance begins with Poe Dameron, a star of the Sequel Trilogy, installing the hotshot pilot Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean) into a Resistance spying mission on the Colossus, a fueling and racing station located on an isolated ocean planet. As a blundering young adult from a privileged background, Kaz has trouble acclimating into his blue-collar mechanic employment as he keeps an eye on the First Order’s takeover of the platform.
Resistance takes its time to gain altitude. After lagging with low-impact episodes focused on Kaz, “The High Tower” finally anchors Resistance to a consistent tone of levity mixed in with comedy. From then on, even stand-alone lighthearted episodes like “Bibo” and “Platform Classic,” where the events don’t have much long-term impact, tended to stick the landing. Resistance’s strongest episodes lets its ensemble cast interact, harkening to the found family themes that made Rebels strong.
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From the first episode of Star Wars Resistance, I knew I was falling in love with the Colossus, one of the finest locations in the Star Wars universe. The Colossus is simple in concept: an isolated refueling station on a water planet, a speck from space. Yet it is inhabited by characters, an economy, colorful ships, a culture of racing, and a thriving community of humans, aliens, and droids.
With an eye-catching light palette, Resistance offers something different from previous Lucasfilm Animation productions in that it offers a glimpse of a lighter post-war era (before the shadow of war that will inevitably arrive when the events of The Force Awakens strike). The dimensions of Resistance owe much of its wealth of vision to Amy Beth Christenson, the show’s art director. You might recognize her name in other productions like The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and the Force Unleashed video games.
In an interview, Christenson told us what it means to be an art director on the show.
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Star Wars Resistance returns from its winter break in just a few days, and now Disney Channel has debuted a new trailer showing some highlights of what fans can expect when the animated series makes its big comeback. One of those highlights is a crossover with a key moment in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that involves one of that film’s major villains.
Plus, the show has officially been renewed for a second season. Check out the new trailer and learn more below. Read More »
The animated series Star Wars Resistance is on a short break right now, but there are a few more episodes left to air later this month. In the meantime, you can hang out with the gang from the Colossus in a new series of animated shorts featuring the show’s characters in a series of mini-adventures. They’re all nearly two minutes long, and you can check out the Star Wars Resistance shorts below. Read More »
Despite the appearances of some familiar faces like Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), it was never quite clear when exactly Star Wars Resistance takes place. Now, a new report reveals that the timeline of the Disney Channel animated series from Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni will take place around the same time as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and possibly run parallel to the rest of the new Star Wars trilogy.
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Bill George is one of the living legends of ILM. He’s been with the company since 1981 and has built some of the most iconic models in sci-fi film history, from Star Wars to Star Trek. He built the models for Ghostbusters 2 and even won an Academy Award for his work on Innerspace. In the world of Star Wars, he built the incredibly detailed models for the B-Wing, the Shuttle Tyderium and the second Death Star all at the dawn of his career.
These days, he works with Walt Disney’s Imagineering department to work on attractions at the theme parks. He worked on updating Star Tours, the incredible new vision of Pirates of the Caribbean in Shanghai Disneyland, and is currently working on Galaxy’s Edge.
You can imagine our surprise when we discovered that he’d built models for use in Star Wars Resistance, the new animated Star Wars television show that begins airing this week.
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If you’re not yet excited about the forthcoming animated series Star Wars Resistance, this latest trailer might do the trick.
Star Wars Resistance is an anime-inspired series from Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni that focuses on an ace pilot team stationed on the space station Colossus. When they’re not racing around the ocean, they’re taking to the skies and space to battle the First Order, and a new trailer has plenty of starship action, as well as some appearances of familiar faces from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read More »
That small (or maybe large?) cross-section of Star Wars Resistance fans and Lord of the Rings fans are about to get a whole lot happier.
The Disney Channel animated series has just revealed that Elijah Wood will be guest starring in an upcoming episode of Star Wars Resistance, joining his fellow Lord of the Rings co-star Dominic Monaghan, who was recently announced to appear in Star Wars Episode 9, in the Star Wars universe.
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