Star Wars Resistance is an upcoming 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 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.
It will premiere on Disney Channel in Fall 2018, then move to Disney XD.
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The show provides examples of:
- 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.
- 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: 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.
- Author Appeal: Filoni has said that he partially started working on the show due to his love of sky battles.
- Big Bad: At least based on the promotional image at the Disney France Partners Event, Phasma will likely be this for the series.
- Continuity Nod:
- One of the banners in Yeager's shop is the symbol of the Protector of Concord Dawn.
- Torra's racer number is 5, which is decorated on her shoulder pads, similar to Sabine. Also, this is the third time the number 5 has been prominently associated with a character, the first time being with Fives.
- Aunt Z has a space waffle tattoo. Space waffles were first seen in Rebels.
- Greater-Scope Villain: While Phasma will be The Heavy, Snoke and Kylo Ren will be acting behind the scenes.
- Interquel: It's set after the founding of the Resistance in Bloodline, but before the Sequel Trilogy.
- 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 reserved black girl, a Space Jews alien dude, and their boss is an older black man who is a war veteran.
- Old School Dogfight: Dave Filoni stated air/space battles will be central to the series.
- Recurring Element:
- The primary setting being a barren, plain-looking planet.
- Kazuda looking out at twin moons in the night sky on Colossus in the series premiere, just like Luke looking out at Tatooine's twin suns at sunset and Ezra looking out at Lothal's twin moons at night.
- Torra's race-ship looks like it is based off of the Ford GT40 and/or the Porsche 917.
- 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 an apocrypha that Tora! was a Japanese radio codeword used to report that the surprise attack was a success.
- Jarek Yeager is almost certainly a reference to legendary pilot Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier (at least, first recorded to do so).
- Single-Biome Planet: The Colossus refueling station, the main setting, is located on an Outer Rim ocean planet.
- Those Two Guys: The titular store owners of Flix and Orka's Station.