Onceagain, some people have voiced strong disinterest in Resistance for its art style, animation, and tone, dismissing it as a kids show, even though its predecessors and the movies have been pointed out to be ultimately aimed at children.
While this show has obviously been in the works for a long time, ever since 2015 fans were annoyed at how little Captain Phasma was given to do in The Force Awakensand were really annoyed when she was killed off in The Last Jedi; since they're brought Gwendoline Christie back to voice the role, they'll probably have plenty for her to do as the main villain of this series.
The show uses more familiar alien species and a more vibrant usage of color, as some common complaints regarding the Sequel Trilogy were that the minimum amount of aliens seen were boring and uncreative, and that the overabundance of earthly colors didn't make the films feel like they were in alien environments. Even better is that one of the main cast is a Nikto, an already established species who is however a very Seldom-Seen Species in the franchise. Even the Prequel Trilogy species of Aleena, Kel Dor, Nautolans, and Neimoidians can be seen.
Some fans have lamented the fact that most of the spaceships in the Sequel Trilogy films are, with a few exceptions, mostly just variations on designs we've already seen before. Here, almost all of the main characters (and even some of the one-off characters) have a unique and colorful Cool Ship of their own.
A complaint about Rebels was the repetitive use of incidental animation models, particularly Minister Tua-lookalikes, Rodians, Gotals, and Ithorians. Resistance uses a wider variety of incidentals, from all sorts of species and looks. This also works in favor of the show's setting, which is essentially a pitstop town as opposed to Lothal being a dust bucket in the middle of nowhere.
Ironically, the Lighter and Softer, more upbeat tone for which it was initially so heavily criticized online has been noted by some people as an unexpected asset. Some fans felt turned off by the Sequel Trilogy because it seemingly showed all the victories of the original trilogy had been undone and all that struggle was for nothing. While the personal story of the Skywalker family and the Jedi has still turned tragic, Resistance shows that the rest of the New Republic is nevertheless a relatively clean, happy, and orderly place to live, even on an "outlaw town" like the Colossus, and the galaxy has enjoyed thirty years of unprecedented peace and prosperity thanks to the heroic efforts of the Rebellion.
One of the criticisms involving Starkiller Base in The Force Awakens was that the destruction of the Hosnian system lacked emotional resonance due to the audience not getting any time to really know the New Republic or any of the characters having personal connections to it. In Resistance, the lead character, Kazuda, is from Hosnian Prime, so when he witnesses the event, it's much more personal and emotional for him in the vein of Leia witnessing Alderaan's destruction.
"Common Knowledge": For whatever reason (presumably due to some residual feelings over Star Wars: The Clone Wars's own cancellation, heavy dislike of Star Wars Resistance throughout the Internet, YouTube's abundant amount of clickbait content focusing on negativity, and how uncommon it is to have a show that naturally lasts two seasons), word soon spread upon the release of the show's Season 2 trailer that the show had been cancelled, even though this was not confirmed by official sources and even Pablo Hidalgo hinted that it was a decision made by the crew.
Crosses the Line Twice: Neeku reminisces about a pet he once had that reminded him of home... before it died. Then he perks right back up and says he ate it. And we learned in the previous episode that the shows cute critter mascot, the gorgs, aren't usually kept as pets, but for food. In "Bibo", Kaz tries to cheer Neeku up after he's forced to let Bibo go by getting him a gorg for a pet, only for Neeku to immediately eat it alive when shown to him.
Draco in Leather Pants: Carrying over from the movies, some Kylo Ren fans were happy to hear him get namedropped in early Season 1... and the context of said namedrop was from an orphaned girl and her brother who had survived a massacre that he led on their village all because the First Order had secret plans there.
The gorgs, frog-piranha... things with big bulging eyes and razor-sharp teeth when it opens its mouth. It's been compared to the Hypnotoad. And then Neeku mentions that he had no problem eating his last pet after it died, which helps or does not help matters.
Stephen Stanton's character, Griff Halloran, became this based just on the fact that he's a grumpy ex-Imperial TIE Pilot who's on the heroes' side.
Flix, and to a lesser extent, Orka, for being Those Two Guys with fun character designs.
Neeku for his optimistic and kind personality. It's also believed that he may be autistic, which most fans have no problem with.
Hugh Sion, one of Kaz's squadmates at the beginning of the show, due to his voice actor being beloved franchise veteran Sam Witwer.
Synara San, for being a Mirialan pirate — a never-before-seen purple and non-Force-sensitive Mirialan at that.
Opeepit, the janitor who appears in every Colossus episode scrubbing the floors of the station. Even more so towards the end of Season 1, where the First Order confiscates his machine and he has to scrub the floors by hand.
Garma, a strange old Arcona lady who seems weirdly into Kaz and is apparently not above stealing.
Many fans think that much like Rebels did for The Clone Wars, Resistance will continue the character arcs and storylines started in Rebels. The most prominent theory being that, given how heavily the show centers around starship racing and combat, Hera Syndulla will show up in the Ghost at some point, possibly with Jacen in tow. With the mention of pirates in the second trailer, others are hopeful for the return of Hondo Ohnaka.
In contrast, many other fans believe that Resistance will not continue the Rebels storylines, but rather a purported as-of-yet unannounced CGI-animated series will. Evidence comes from the fact that Pablo Hidalgo tweeted that fans should not expect any continuation of Rebels' storyline until Celebration 2019, as well as a mysterious Lucasfilm job posting for a CGI animator in early 2018. Though this was possibly for the Clone Wars revival that would later be announced in July 2018.
Torra having some sort of connection to Sabine Wren based on the sole fact that she wears colorful armor and has the number 5 painted on her shoulderpads, just like Sabine. The fact that she and Sabine share a similar skin tone and has Sabine's starbird painted on her wall has led many people to conclude she's Sabine's daughter.
Given the ridiculously short time gap (just half a year; by comparison, The Clone Wars begins about 3 years prior to Revenge of the Sith, while Rebels begins 5 years prior to A New Hope) between the time the show's events presumably begin and the events of The Force Awakens (which in turn is followed immediately by The Last Jedi), many have speculated that the show will at some point feature the destruction of the New Republic via Starkiller Base, cover what happened to Kazuda and co. during the events of TLJ, and even fill out some of the likely Time Skip between TLJ and The Rise of Skywalker. Many of those fans have guessed the show will undergo a shift in tone at that point, similar to the one Rebels went through with the arrival of Governor Tarkin. The fact that Starkiller Base actually appeared in the second trailer only added credence to this theory. The mid-season trailer shows General Hux's infamous speech, all but directly confirming this.
With the reveal of Freya Fenris, many have suspected her of being a relative of the background character Astrid Fenris, thanks to a shared surname and a similar appearance.
With Kylo Ren's command shuttle and Starkiller Base showing up in the second trailer, some fans are expecting Kylo Ren, Snoke, or General Hux to actually appear at some point in the season, if only briefly (similar to how Vader briefly appeared in the first season of Rebels). Ren being name-dropped in a recent episode has only added fuel to the fire.
A number of fans are already expecting Disney to pull an act of brand synergy and have the (as of this writing) currently unnamed main character of The Mandalorian show up in a later season.
Some particularly ambitious fans are even hoping that Han Solo and Chewbacca might show up (possibly looking for the Falcon) at some point, since the show is so heavily focused on piloting and dogfights and Colossus is explicitly stated to be a haven for smugglers and other criminals, the kind of place where Han would fit right in. Especially because at least part of Han's time post-ROTJ was spent racing while Leia was a senator, and challenging a bunch of punk kids in a race is exactly the kind of way Han would spend his free time. This was later confirmed, to a degree: Han was originally planned to be the famous racer who comes to the Colossus in "The Platform Classic", but they changed it to Yeager's brother so it would have a stronger personal connection, and because Han would have overshadowed the rest of the cast too much.
Due to the heavy role the pirate characters have played in the series so far, many fans have assumed it's only a matter of time before the illustrious Hondo Ohnaka or the Crimson Corsair (who would already have Kix in his crew by the time of the series) shows up. The Crimson Corsair would be confirmed by the Season 2 trailer.
Fans have already been shipping Kazuda and Torra from the get-go, and there are already moments of Ship Tease since their first interaction onward, despite the fact that Torra is only 15 while Kaz is 20. Perhaps jossed in "The High Tower", where Torra tells Kaz that she isn't romantically interested in him, with Torra's own voice actress also emphasizing that they're just friends. It hasn't stopped anyone, with just as many calling Trolling Creator on any official statement and the moment in "The High Tower".
There are also a number of fans who ship Kazuda and Synara, as the latter is around Kaz's age range and they seem to act a bit too close for friends.
Likewise, there's also a sizable following for Tam and Synara, since Synara got along with Tam quicker and Tam seemed more mature for Synara than Kaz.
Kaz and Neeku also seems popular for how cute they are together. Funnily enough, this got jossed in "The New Trooper", where Kaz says that "[he] could kiss [Neeku] right now" when Neeku shows up to help him, which leads to Neeku saying that he doesn't feel the same way about him.
There was already a famous anime-style fan animation that also focused heavily on space battles. Though it's possible that Resistance was based off of the positive reception that this fan animation received.
Resistance has been compared to TRON: Uprising in terms of being a show accompanying a movie(s) that are sequels to older movies as well as being a Disney cartoon with similar animation and more "realism" as well as worries that Resistance may be Screwed by the Network like TRON: Uprising before it. And then Elijah Wood, the voice of the main character from TRON: Uprising, is announced to play a character who is a rival to Kazuda.
As several fans of Star Wars Rebels carried over to Resistance, many of those same fans were quick to object to Kaz saying that he'll be the best pilot in the galaxy, because that title has already been taken by the one and only General Hera Syndulla.
A week before the release of "Secrets and Holograms", in Elena of Avalor episode "Snow Place Like Home", Myrna Velasco's character also received backstory, particularly in regards to her character's parents.
In Season 1, there's a Ship Tease joke between BB-8 and CB-23. The Poe Dameron comic also had a joke that Jessika Pava's droid, Ivee, and BB-8 were together for some time until Ivee died in a Heroic Sacrifice soon after. Looks like BB-8 is a Chick Magnet.
Saturday Night Live's Bobby Moynihan playing Orka, then Season 2 having Kaz and Neeku disguise themselves as radar technicians as well as having a brief appearance from Kylo, whose main scene is being a Bad Boss about to kill one of his own men for failing him, almost exactly as Matt the Radar Technician's attitude from the skit.
Some feel that Kazuda looks and acts a bit too similar to Ezra. He does develop into his own character as the show goes on though.
Bucket being described as a gadfly and an old mismatched astromech belonging to an Ace Pilot in a group sounds too on the spot for Chopper. In the show, though, Bucket appears to be on the quieter and snarkier of things akin to an old cat rather than being a trolling prankster that Chopper often was.
Despite the mixed reception of The Last Jedi and the Sequel Trilogy era in general, some circles have cautiously opened up to at least watching Resistance due to the production crew behind it being Star Wars alumni who have proven with The Clone Wars and Rebels that they know what they're doing for the most part. A number of fans believe that Resistance will be an Author's Saving Throw for the Sequel Trilogy.
As Rebels had proven it true with the return of multiple The Clone Wars characters and tying up loose ends from The Clone Wars, there are quite a number of fans that have stated they'll tune in simply to see if any Rebels characters (particularly Sabine, Ahsoka, Ezra, Thrawn, and Jacen) will reappear in Resistance. This is rather ironic given the Fandom Rivalry by The Clone Wars fans that dismissed Rebels with the exception of its returning The Clone Wars characters (particularly Ahsoka, Rex, and Maul).
A number of Sequel Trilogy fans have stated they'll be dropping in just for Phasma and Poe Dameron. There's also fans who have said they'll only watch the show if Kylo Ren and possibly General Hux are in it. As of the mid-season trailer, Hux fans have gotten their wish, even if it's going to be a replay of his speech from The Force Awakens.
Launcher of a Thousand Ships: So far, Kazuda has been shipped with Torra, Tam, Neeku, Jace, and Synara, who are just about the only characters on the show that are his age, or in Synara's case, slightly older.
LGBT Fanbase: LGBT+ fans were pleased to hear that Christopher Sean, an actor known for playing an openly gay character in Days of Our Lives, with a sizable LGBT Fanbase of his own, would be playing the main character. And like The Clone Wars and Rebels before it, it appears popular to headcanon the main characters as LGBT+. A popular ship has been Tam/Synara.
Like You Would Really Do It: Killing off Kazuda's father when he's voiced by a prominent actor and was not even physically present for his sole scene in Season 1. Come the Season 2 trailer and it turns out he's alive.
Memetic Molester: Garma, the elderly blue Arcona who invites Kaz to come stay with her in "Fuel for the Fire" in the creepiest possible tone. Some have called her the Star Wars version of Herbert.
Kaz cant be the best pilot in the galaxy because that name belongs to Hera.
Kaz's air-pumped "Yes!" from the first episode is used as a reaction image/gif.
A shot from the expanded trailer showing Poe panicking as he's getting sucked out into the vacuum of space being compared to a rabid dog (particularly the "He don't bite!" "Yes, he do!" meme).
Yeager took his family to Disneyland.note Detail-oriented viewers noticed that the background of Yeager's family photo seen in "Fuel for the Fire" matches up with an image of Batuu, where Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at some Disneyland Resorts takes place in.
Asking if Hype is going to do the infamous Fortnite default dance, which is based on a dance that his voice actor, Donald Faison, did in Scrubs.
That Kaz has a one-sided crush on Poe.
Kaz and Yeager with wet hair after being drenched in water while wearing short sleeves while on a mission in "Descent" seems to be building up to be on the same level as Obi-Wan and Kallus's loose locks of hair after getting beaten up. It's gotten comparisons to an emo bang or even Shiro's hair.
Ron the Death Eater: With Tam having a FaceHeel Turn, some came to negatively view her and hope that she dies horribly, even though the point of her descent is to show that good and ordinary people can be misguided and that this isn't unlike every other redemption arc in Star Wars should Tam's story follow that path as well.
Tainted by the Preview: The first few videos related to the series were massively downvoted on YouTubenote For reference, in the like-dislike ratio for the first trailer, the dislike ratio immediately outbalanced the likes — in four days, it got nearly a million views... but 9.4K likes against 50K dislikes. For the record, early promotional material for Rebels had a like-dislike ratio that was 50/50 when they were first released. for the same reasons as with Star Wars Rebels: An apparent childish tone/humor and an unfamiliar new art style. Despite this, other people have positively acknowledged the similarities in reactions to the two series and have pointed out that Star Wars: The Clone Wars went through the same reaction phase, after all. This seems to have come true as of the mid-season trailer, which received far more approval as the show seemed to be getting into darker territory.
Even after the conclusion of Rebels, there were still people that complained upon the announcement of Resistance simply because it wasn't a The Clone Wars continuation. At least until Disney announced an official The Clone Wars continuation.
One of the most consistent criticisms upon seeing the trailer is that the new art style is just too different from The Clone Wars or Rebels and looks incredibly cheap and undetailed in comparison.
Michael Tavera replaces Kevin Kiner as the music composer due to the latter working on The Clone Wars revival. But a common complaint is that Tavera's music isn't as unique and iconic as Kiner's.
Some feel that Kaz joining the Resistance simply because Poe decided to recruit this kid he just met seems rather convenient, and that a better backstory would have been if Kaz had been washed out from the naval academy for a severe screw-up, considering his determination to prove himself despite his clumsiness is a Fatal Flaw he struggles with throughout Season 1.
In "Secrets and Holograms", it is revealed that Captain Doza is a former Imperial. Like Kaz, the audience is left in the dark as to who exactly Captain Doza is and what his past was... unless you watch the tie-in Resistance Rewind webshow episode, "Doza's Deal", where the writers are up front about him having deserted after realizing the Empire was evil.
Ugly Cute: First introduced in The Phantom Menace, the art style of Resistance has turned the gorgs into this by making them more colorful, giving them bulging eyes and piranha-like teeth. Kaz even thinks they are this, wondering why they're considered a delicacy before one bites his finger.
Unintentionally Sympathetic: CS-515 from "The New Trooper", who receives a ton of grievous harm to his head and body for finding out about Kel and Eila and almost turning them in. While that alone would've just made him a Butt-Monkey, no one is aware that he, like many other First Order Stormtroopers, was taken by the First Order as an infant and brainwashed to believe in it. Given the way he acts while disoriented (such as being calmed down by Kel and Eila or finding Neeku "nice"), you might wonder if there was a chance for him to have a HeelFace Turn.
Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Yeager comes off as this especially after Tam finds out that he and Kaz are helping the Resistance and keeping it from her. On one hand, Yeager has gone through considerable loss and tragedy from being a veteran of the Galactic Civil War and his wife and daughter in a racing incident. However, it's hard to deny that several of the things he's done with respect to Tam end up being insensitive in hindsight; when he tells Tamara that he always believed in her and that she's capable of great things, in several ways it falls flat because Tam has been stuck at that dead-end job for years with no progress and Yeager did little to support her dream of being a racer. The way Yeager was being lenient to Kaz regarding the Fireball and somewhat tolerant of his antics later on looks as if he's playing Kaz as his favorite, since it was supposed to be Tam's ship and is thus doing a disservice to the work she put towards it. When Tam feels like she's been betrayed, Yeager was set on getting Tam to see reason, he only ends up hurting her further by not stopping to think about how she feels at that point. That being said, it's difficult to sympathize with him in light of Tam's accusations of him.
Some fans were turned off by the show's comedic, kid-friendly tone, but the trailer for the second half of Season 1 was received more positively due to a darker tone, a more menacing First Order, and tying in to the events of The Force Awakens.