Star Wars Resistance
|Star Wars Resistance|
|Created by||Dave Filoni|
|Based on||Star Wars|
by George Lucas
|Directed by||Justin Ridge|
|Composer(s)||Michael Tavera |
(Based on themes by John Williams)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||Lucasfilm Animation |
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel |
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||October 7, 2018– present|
Star Wars Resistance is an American animated television series inspired by Japanese anime and produced by Lucasfilm Animation. The series premiered on Disney Channel on October 7, 2018, and later debuted on Disney XD in the United States and worldwide.
The series is set decades after the events of Return of the Jedi, in the era of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. It follows Kazuda Xiono, a pilot who is recruited into the Resistance to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. The series begins six months before The Force Awakens and will eventually cross over with it.
Cast and characters
- Christopher Sean as Kazuda Xiono
- Scott Lawrence as Jarek Yeager
- Josh Brener as Neeku Vozo
- Suzie McGrath as Tam Ryvora
- Bobby Moynihan as Orka
- Jim Rash as Flix
- Donald Faison as Hype Fazon
- Myrna Velasco as Torra Doza
- Lex Lang as Major Vonreg
- Stephen Stanton as Griff Halloran
- Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Freya Fenris
- Diedrich Bader as Bo Keevil
- Rachel Butera as General Leia Organa
|No.||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|"The Recruit"||Steward Lee and Saul Ruiz||Story by : Dave Filoni |
Teleplay by : Brandon Auman
|October 7, 2018||101|
|Young New Republic pilot Kazuda Xiono is recruited into the Resistance by Commander Poe Dameron, who brings Kaz to Colossus, an aircraft refueling station on the ocean planet Castilon. Kaz's mission is to get to know everyone at this haven for the galaxy's best pilots, and learn who is working with the First Order. After a misunderstanding paints Kaz as the self-declared "best pilot in the known galaxy", he must compete in a dangerous race to prove himself. Poe's associate Jarek Yaeger lends Kaz a ship in need of repairs, The Fireball, which irks mechanic Tam Ryvora. Kaz chooses young pilot Torra Doza as his opponent, soon learning that she is undefeated. Kaz runs a good race, but crashes when he pushes The Fireball too hard.|
|3||"The Triple Dark"||Sergio Paez||Kevin Burke and Chris Wyatt||October 14, 2018[note 1]||103||0.47|
|While Kaz struggles to maintain his cover as a mechanic at Colossus, Yeager's shop receives a new customer in the form of the Neimoidian Hallion Nark, who wants the repairs to his ship to be completed before the next "triple dark", a storm that causes low visibility on Castilon. Besides juggling his work as a mechanic and spy, Kaz also has to contend with the Aleena Grevel over debts accumulated during a game of holodarts. The Quarren pirate Kragan Gorr and his gang attack the Colossus during a "triple dark" storm. Kaz manages to drive away the pirates by using a comlink to beam a jammer into their communications systems. At the exposition, it is revealed that Kragan and his pirates are proxies serving the First Order, which hope to use the chaos to establish a foothold at Colossus.|
|4||"Fuel for the Fire"||Bosco Ng||Eugene Son||October 21, 2018[note 1]||104||0.39|
|Still struggling to fit in as a mechanic at Yeager's repair shop, Kaz is befriended by the young racer Jace Rucklin and his associates. Having gained Kaz's trust after staging a rescue during a swoop bike ocean race, Rucklin convinces Kaz to let him visit Yeager's trophy room under the pretext of seeing Yeager's racer. Rucklin steals a bottle of Corellian hyperfuel for his racer. Upon learning of the theft and the volatile nature of hyperfuel, Kaz saves Rucklin's life but earns the enmity of the young racer and his friends. Despite his unsatisfactory performance, Yeager gives Kaz a second chance because he views him as a good person who saved Rucklin from himself.|
|5||"The High Tower"||Steward Lee||Stephany Folsom||October 28, 2018||105||0.38|
|Captain Doza's fuel rationing forces Kaz and the rest of Yeager's team down to Aunt Z's cafe, where Kaz meets Hype Fazon. Hype reveals that the First Order is bringing fuel to Colossus, and Kaz runs outside to watch the First Order's ship as it comes in. Hype then invites Tam, Kaz, and BB-8 to visit the High Tower, and Kaz excitedly agrees, hoping to find out what the First Order is doing on the platform. Using a comm link, he is able to listen in to Major Vonreg's meeting with Doza and discovers the First Order is offering protection from the pirates in exchange for control of the station, however as he leaves Vonreg discovers Kaz's actions. After a daring chase-and an encounter with Doza’s daughter—Torra, Kaz eventually ends up back at Yeager's shop, but not before Doza begins to suspect him as the spy.|
|6||"The Children from Tehar"||Saul Ruiz||Paul Giacoppo||November 4, 2018||106||0.41|
|Kaz damages Tam's acceleration compensator, and promises to replace it although he is short on credits. At Aunt Z's, Kaz hears about a 20,000 credit bounty on two runaway children, which could solve his money issues. Kaz runs into the children, Kel and Eila, at the market, but they escape. Neeku introduces Kaz to the platform's engineers, the "shellfolk" Chelidae, who promise to look out for Kel and Eila. Kaz is summoned by Doza, who questions him about the children. Once Kaz leaves, Doza contacts Captain Phasma of the First Order, who sends troops to retrieve the fugitives. Out of sight of the troops, two Chelidae take the children's place and jump into the water. By slowing their life signs, the two Chelidae fake the troopers into believing that the children have drowned. Kaz passes on intelligence to the Resistance about Kylo Ren and the First Order wiping out Kel and Eila's village on Tehar in the Unknown Regions.|
|7||"Signal from Sector Six"||Sergio Paez||Brandon Auman||November 11, 2018||107||TBD|
|8||"Synara's Score"||TBA||TBA||November 18, 2018||108||TBD|
|9||"The Platform Classic"||TBA||TBA||November 25, 2018||109||TBD|
|10||"Secrets and Holograms"||TBA||TBA||December 2, 2018||110||TBD|
|11||"Station Theta Black"||TBA||TBA||December 9, 2018||111||TBD|
On April 26, 2018, the series was officially announced and scheduled for a Fall 2018 debut. The show was created by Dave Filoni, veteran Lucasfilm animation worker, who previously directed the 2008 film Star Wars: The Clone Wars, developed the subsequent television series, created, developed, and executive produced Star Wars Rebels, and in 2017 became the head of Lucasfilm Animation. Filoni said the show was influenced by anime, and by his grandfather's experiences in World War II. By August 1, 2018, Polygon Pictures was selected as the animation production company.
On August 12, 2018, Filoni stated that he will not work as directly on Resistance in a day-to-day capacity as he has on previous projects due to his work on the final episodes of The Clone Wars. However, he will provide direction and notes to the story team, a role he compared to George Lucas' input on The Clone Wars.
Along with the official series announcement, it was announced that Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie will reprise their roles as Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, respectively. They will be joined by Christopher Sean, Bobby Moynihan, Suzie McGrath, Scott Lawrence, Myrna Velasco, Josh Brener, Donald Faison, Jim Rash, and Rachel Butera. Leia Organa (voiced by Butera), Kylo Ren (voiced by Adam Driver) and BB-8 were also announced to appear on the series.
On September 27, 2018, Rachel Butera, who voices Leia Organa, created controversy with a video post on Twitter in which she mocked the voice of Christine Blasey Ford while Ford testified before the US Senate about her allegations of sexual assault against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Receiving fan backlash, Butera deleted the tweet and issued an apology, later deleting her Twitter account. However, a number of fans petitioned Lucasfilm to replace Butera in Star Wars Resistance before the series premiered.
A trailer was released on August 17, 2018, showcasing the new animation style and characters. It received a negative reaction from fans, including criticism for its apparent targeting of younger viewers and both praise and criticism for the anime-style CGI. Blair Marnell of Nerdist compared the initial reaction to the early stigma The Clone Wars and Rebels suffered for similarly targeting younger demographics during release, only for both to become more positively received with subsequent seasons.
The series debuted in the United States on Disney Channel on October 7, 2018, with Disney XD airing the series later in the United States and worldwide, with the exception of all live-action shows are sold by Disney Channel in Southeast Asia.
Reviews for Resistance were generally positive. It holds a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's consensus stating "Star Wars: Resistance's streamlined story sets the stage for exciting adventures—and seems poised to explore a canvas stocked with immediately relatable characters and plenty of potential."
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