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Star Wars Resistance is the newest addition to the animated world of Star Wars, and I, for one, can’t wait to see where this is going.
While the new Star Wars films have been a mixed bag, one place you can always find high-quality in a galaxy far, far away is in the animated series. The Clone Wars series was the best thing to come out of the Prequels. Star Wars Rebels was another great animated effort that, in some ways, felt as though it was gone too soon.
On Thursday Lucasfilm announced that the team behind the previous two series are coming back for a new effort entitled Star Wars Resistance.
The new series will focus on the time period before Star Wars The Force Awakens and will deal with a new pilot named Kazuda Xiono who has joined the fledgling Resistance that is growing to counteract the threat of the First Order. The new series will feature more of an anime style to it and will feature BB-8 is a key character. Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma will feature in the series and be voiced respectively by Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie.
“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest in World War II aircraft and fighter pilots” said series creator Dave Filoni. “My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that’s been a big influence on me. There’s a long history of high-speed racing in Star Wars, and I think we’ve captured that sense of excitement in an anime-inspired style, which is something the entire team has been wanting to do for a long time.”
Both Clone Wars and Rebels are considered some of the best Star Wars stories ever told. Capturing lightning in a bottle a second time was no small trick, and it’s hard to imagine doing it for a third go. With the team coming from those previous successes, it does seem as though things could be on the right path.
The animated series have done a great job of finding gaps to fill in the overall Saga, and this is another one. It wasn’t clear how the Resistance came to be. There have been a few mentions of Leia breaking off on her own, but nothing concrete to fill it in. Seeing it through the eyes of a young pilot will also make it fun as the audience will be learning along with them.
Star Wars Resistance will debut on Disney Channel this fall and then move over to its regular home Disney XD.