Another month, another new Star Wars TV show. On Friday morning, Disney released a trailer for Star Wars Resistance, a new animated series that debuts on the Disney Channel on October 7. Set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the show will follow the adventures of Kazuda Xiono (voiced by Christopher Sean), a young pilot in the resistance tasked with gathering intelligence on the First Order.
Xiono gets his orders from the Poe Dameron—played by Oscar Isaac—and will be helped in his mission by everyone’s new favorite astromech droid, BB-8. Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma will also appear in the animated series. The first episode takes place on the Colossus, a giant fighter base floating above the surface on an ocean planet in the outer rim, and the show looks set to feature plenty of aerial combat.
Star Wars Resistance is the brainchild of Dave Filoni, who was also responsible for The Clone Wars animated series. As we detailed in July, that show is being resurrected for a new season that will appear in 2019 on Disney’s planned over-the-top streaming service. Luckily we don’t have to wait as long to see this new show, which uses a distinctive anime-inspired style that—like almost everything else Star Wars other than Rogue One and maybe Solo—is obviously meant to appeal to children.
In the Ars office, reactions to the Star Wars Resistance trailer are rather mixed. I think it looks great. My misanthropic friend Lee Hutchinson, on the other hand, went off on an unrepeatable tirade that conflated the now-abandoned Star Wars extended universe with previous canonical works like The Clone Wars. All I wanted to know was whether he recognized the yellow-and-white fighter that features in the trailer. It looks to me like an Incom design that shares some design elements with the T-70 X-Wing flown by Dameron in the most recent live-action films, but you try telling Lee that while he’s ranting about the Naboo navy…
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