When news that Dave Filoni – the man behind the beloved “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and acclaimed “Star Wars” animated shows “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels” – was taking on another “Star Wars” project, fans rejoiced. It is undeniable that Dave Filoni’s animated shows have fleshed out much of the current “Star Wars” canon that fans all over the world enjoy and his take on an animated show focused on the period between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens” was bound to be spectacular.
Almost prophetically, “Star Wars Resistance’s” first few episodes definitely did not disappoint. As an animated show, the primary audience for “Star Wars Resistance” is undeniably children. But much like Filoni’s previous work, the show has also started creating an audience primarily made up of young adults and older generations.
If you’re a fan of Filoni’s work in “Rebels” but have yet to follow the exploits of Kaz Xiono and Yeager’s crew on The Collosus, here’s why you should start watching “Star Wars Resistance.” We assure you, it won’t be a forgettable experience.
The stakes are higher
In the mid-season trailer for “Star Wars Resistance,” fans will notice that the show’s mood has quickly turned more serious in comparison to the first season of “Rebels.” The quickness of its pace is obvious when, in the teaser trailer, Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux is given a short time in the limelight with the speech he recites in “The Force Awakens.”
The fact that “Star Wars Resistance” appears to occur only a few months from the events of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” helps build more tension as we know drastic events are about to happen. We know that the planet Hosnian Prime will be destroyed by the First Order super weapon from “The Force Awakens.” Does this mean that as a New Republic senator, Kaz’s father suffers a grim fate?
The apparently faster pace of “Star Wars Resistance” also means that fans will no longer have to endure as many filler episodes as in the earlier season of “Rebels.” Getting to the more serious plotlines of “Star Wars: Resistance” will be easier for fans who will start watching the series so early in its lifetime.
The conclusions are not as clear
As a series set in between the movies, “Star Wars Rebels” had the challenge of tying its starts and ends to the movies that the fans know by heart. “Star Wars Resistance” is in a similar situation due to it occurring before “The Force Awakens” happens but it’s not in a tighter bind about the future as the third sequel movie after “The Last Jedi” has yet to be released.
Because of this, the show has more room to explore how exactly Kaz and his friends will sustain their fight against the First Order in parallel to Rey, Poe, and Finn’s efforts in the main movie series. There’s hopefully a smaller chance that “Star Wars Resistance’s” protagonists become unsung heroes of the main movies, much like the characters from “Star Wars Rebels.”
Where can you watch “Star Wars Resistance?”
Fans can catch “Star Wars Resistance” on the Disney channel or through the Disney NOW app. For those who can’t wait for the further adventures of Kaz and his crew, “Star Wars Resistance” has been renewed for a second season, just a few days before the first season’s mid-season return on Jan 13.