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Star Wars Resistance is an animated series set in the Star Wars universe and created by Dave Filoni, the Lucasfilm animation veteran behind The Clone Wars and Rebels. It is executive-produced by returning Star Wars animation alumni Athena Portillo and Justin Ridge, as well as newcomer Brandon Auman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Iron Man: Armored Adventures).

Taking place six months prior to the events of The Force Awakens, Resistance depicts the story of young Resistance pilot Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean), who is given a top-secret mission by Poe Dameron and General Organa to spy on the First Order at the Outer Rim fuelling station Colossus. Working undercover as a mechanic, Poe stations him with an old friend of his, a veteran pilot named Jarek Yeager (Scott Lawrence), who runs a starship repair shop on the Colossus with his crewmembers Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath), Neeku Vozo (Josh Brener), and Bucket. Along the way, Kazuda befriends starfighter racer Torra Doza (Myrna Velasco), and accompanied by BB-8, he keeps his true mission a secret from his newfound friends — after all, you never know who's a friend in the Outer Rim.


Appearances of BB-8, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), FN-2187 (AKA Finn, John Boyega), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) are confirmed.

It premiered on Disney Channel in Fall 2018, then will move to Disney XD.

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The show provides examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: Unsurprisingly, no one in the Colossus likes the First Order anytime they come to visit.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Neeku's design is much softer and cuter than most examples of the reptilian Kadas'sa'Nikto race.
  • Adventure Town: The series is set on the Colossus, an old refueling platform on the Outer Rim ocean world of Castillon, a haven for smugglers, fighter pilots, and criminals that's now of interest to both the Resistance and the First Order.
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  • All-CGI Cartoon: Like the previous Star Wars animated series, the show uses CG animation. Unlike them it uses cel-shading, making it look significantly different.
  • The Alleged Car: The Fireball, the ship Kaz is loaned to race in, is old and has a distinct tendency to malfunction and fall apart while it's being flown.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Whereas The Clone Wars was a series of war stories told from the perspective of soldiers and Rebels was a serial about a ragtag squad fighting the smaller fights in the eve of a war, Resistance is a serial about a spy preparing for possible conflict while in the guise of a normal citizen in peacetime.
  • Animesque: It has been described as being anime-like, as evidenced by the show's cel-shaded art style, character design, and the more over-the-top expressive way the characters are animated when compared to the more realistic The Clone Wars and Rebels. It tends towards a Studio Ghibli style more than mainstream anime, though, with many settings and characters that would look right at home in one of their films.
  • Author Appeal: Filoni has said that he partially started working on the show due to his love of sky battles.
  • Black Comedy: There’s quite a few jokes about racers dying by having their ship explode/crash or getting thrown off the Colossus if they back out of a race, in which either they die from falling headfirst or getting eaten by the various sea monsters that lurk in Castilon's waters.
  • Bling of War: Commander Pyre is a First Order stormtrooper officer with gold-plated armor.
  • Beneath Notice: The Chelidae act as maintenance workers and custodians for the station. They look slow and unassuming but they are everywhere on the station and they know just about everything going on in the station.
  • Character as Himself: Bucket. Whether, like Chopper before him, he secretly has a voice actor is unknown.
  • Chrome Champion: In addition to Phasma and Vonreg, there's the golden stormtrooper Commander Pyre.
  • Close on Title: Each episode's title is, like Rebels, only shown early in the credits.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • One of the banners in Aunt Z's Tavern is the symbol of the Protector of Concord Dawn. There's also a Mandalorian Protector helmet there on display.
    • Torra's racer number is 5, which is decorated on her shoulder pads, similar to Sabine. Also, this is the fourth time the number 5 has been prominently associated with a character, the other times being with Fives, and Luke Skywalker/Red 5.
    • Aunt Z has a space waffle tattoo. Space waffles were first seen in Rebels.
    • Poe mentions the battles of Scarif and Jakku. Yeager also served at the Battle of Jakku.
    • Yeager has some sort of connection regarding his family to Batuu, the setting of the Galaxy's Edge attraction. Thrawn: Alliances released prior to Resistance used Batuu as a setting, introducing it to canon for the first time as a tie-in to Galaxy's Edge.
    • One of Torra's posters in her bedroom is of Sabine's starbird.
  • Cover Identity Anomaly: Kaz's cover is that he's a mechanic and aspiring pilot. So his distinct lack of mechanical skills is enough of a problem to make Tam suspicious. He's slowly picking up skill, though.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Unlike Rebels, these are a lot more tame, but they’re still there. For whatever reason, Yeager is not with his family and clearly misses them dearly, but we don't know what exactly happened yet.
  • The Faceless: Captain Doza's droids, which makes their presence feel unnerving, cold, and intimidating.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: The crew will never get the Fireball in a condition where it won't literally crash and burn, no matter how much they try. Or so they say.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Zigzagged. Like its predecessor shows, Resistance will eventually catch up to The Force Awakens (and therefore The Last Jedi), that point of time being the Season 1 finale. But other than that, the upcoming Episode IX will come out during Season 2, so viewers have no idea how post-The Last Jedi content in Resistance will go, similar to how Clone Wars led up to the release of Revenge of the Sith.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: While the show is aimed at a younger audience than Rebels and The Clone Wars, this is still Star Wars, so naturally, there's still some risqué content. Especially since the main setting is essentially a pitstop.
    • Posters of pin-ups can be seen hanging around, such as in Rucklin's hangar.
    • On the literal sense of "crap", Neeku more-or-less implies that eating his pet gave him diarrhea before Kaz interrupts him.
    • While sneaking around in Doza Tower at night to spy on Captain Doza and Major Vonreg's meeting, Kaz stumbles into Torra's room while fleeing from Stormtroopers. Torra mistakes him for being into her and wanting to do "something" with her, but she turns him down. She then warns him that her father will be furious if he finds him with her and then she tells him to sneak out through her window. Even if they were to have a relationship, Torra is below the age of consent (or barely passes it) in numerous countries, since she's 15 and Kazuda is 20. No word how that works in this galaxy, but Kaz is clearly uncomfortable when she implies it.
    • Aunt Z's Tavern is a recurring location, and the protagonists often go there for drinks. While no one's been seen drunk yet, the patrons are rowdy and Kaz is seen nursing a glass after he screws up with Yeager.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While Phasma will be The Heavy, Snoke and Kylo Ren will be acting behind the scenes. The first we hear of Kylo Ren, he attacked a village on Tehar and killed off a prominent family as revealed in "The Children from Tehar".
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Kazuda's clumsiness and naivete towards how things work on the Colossus earn him a reputation of being a complete numnoid. At least it means he's the last person anybody would suspect of being a spy.
  • Infraction Distraction: Part of why Kaz being a spy works. Nobody would suspect a dummy like Kaz to be able to perform espionage and perform it well.
  • Interquel: It's set after the founding of the Resistance in Bloodline, but before the Sequel Trilogy.
  • Intelligent Gerbil: The Chelidae are pretty much intelligent turtles.
  • Lead You Can Relate To: A young space-Asian boy who wants to be an Ace Pilot, a young space-Latina girl who is an Ace Pilot, a feisty black girl who also wants to be an Ace Pilot, a Space Jews alien dude, and their boss is an older black man who is a war veteran.
  • Leave No Witnesses: The First Order doesn't want the New Republic to know about its violations of the various treaties, its expansion in the Unknown Regions and the various atrocities it has committed. So in one episode, Commander Pyre is dispatched to the Colossus to eliminate the two remaining witnesses to the First Order's operations on Tehar.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than both of the previous shows or any of the new movies, with the possible exception of Solo, at least so far. Justified since unlike The Clone Wars and Rebels, which were both set during periods of galactic civil war, Resistance takes place in a period of relative peacetime shortly before the Cold War between the Resistance the First Order fully ignites into open conflict.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Much like they have done in other stories the First Order is using proxy forces to get what it wants, in this case Kragan's pirate gang.
  • Meaningful Name: Kaz's ship, the Fireball, according to Yeager and Neeku.
    Yeager: It's called the Fireball because it has this habit of bursting into flames.
    Neeku: Only when you accelerate, or shift or steer or land...
  • Mythology Gag:
    • A piece of Kazuda's ship comes off while he's flying it, much like Poe's ski-speeder in the climax of The Last Jedi.
    • One of the droids on the Colossus appears to be based on the T3 droid model or may possibly be a successor in that line. We also saw a similar droid under Jaxxon's ownership in Adventures.
    • Torra's ship has design elements of the classic A-Wing interceptor and the older R-41 Starchaser from the X-Wing games.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted as soon as the first episode, when Kazuda panics after Vonreg shoots his ship.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Downplayed, but the first trailer for the show made at least the first season out to be purely a lighthearted Denser and Wackier slapstick comedy with bits of action, while in reality, Resistance (although dealing with less heavy subject matter than the previous two shows) isn't much different in tone from an early episode of Rebels or The Clone Wars.
  • Nobody Poops:
    • Averted. In the first episode, Kaz asks for the refresher, but it's an excuse to cut the scene from Poe telling Kaz to stay where he is to Kaz disobeying Poe's order to look around.
    • In "The Triple Dark", Neeku mentions that after he ate his pet, he got an extreme case of something before Kaz cuts him off.
  • Old School Dogfight: Dave Filoni stated air/space battles will be central to the series.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Early on, a recurring problem for Kaz is that he's constantly broke since the repair shop doesn't get a lot of customers and Yeager pays him based on how much good work he's done (which is not very much). This leads to Kaz trying to seek out easier ways to make more money or get to a better situation, but he ends up not going through with these for one reason or another. Since Kaz is from a privileged background, this is part of his Character Development into becoming an independent hard worker who can hold financial stability.
  • Recurring Element:
  • Red Baron: Major Vonreg, an ace First Order TIE Interceptor pilot and recurring antagonist. For added comparison, his armour and ship are also coloured red.
  • Robot Buddy:
    • BB-8 sticks with Kaz to keep an eye on him at Poe's request.
    • Each Ace has their own unique astromech droid co-pilot, with paint schemes that match their fighters.
  • Role Reprisal: Oscar Isaacs, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, and Anthony Daniels reprise their respective roles as Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and C-3PO.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Torra's race-ship looks like it is based off of the Ford GT40 and/or the Porsche 917.
    • The Fireball's design is a cross between the original trilogy X-Wing and the Chance-Vought F4U Corsair from World War II. A very deliberate choice by the creators, who wanted Team Fireball to be the underdogs flying an old bucket of a 'propeller plane' against the sleek modern 'jet-fighters' of the Aces.
    • Torra's name is a reference to Tora! Tora! Tora!, a biographical film about Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. The film's name is based on the alleged Japanese radio codeword used to report that the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was a success, itself a portmanteau of the Japanese words "totsugeki raigeki", or "lightning attack".
    • Jarek Yeager is almost certainly a reference to legendary pilot Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier.
  • Single-Biome Planet: The Colossus refueling station, the main setting, is located on an Outer Rim ocean planet.
  • Space Pirates: Kragan's pirate gang. They are currently staging regular attacks on the Colossus so that the stations' owners will be forced to turn to the First Order for protection, allowing them to seize control of the Colossus.
  • The Teaser: Every episode has one.
  • Those Two Guys: The titular store owners of Flix and Orka's Station.
  • Title-Only Opening: Episodes open, as in Rebels, with the show's title and logo after a teaser.