RE­SIS­TANCE ISN’T FU­TILE

What sig­nif­i­cance does new an­i­mated se­ries Star Wars Re­sis­tance have for the saga?

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THE TIME­LINE

For the unini­ti­ated, Re­sis­tance fol­lows Kazuda Xiono, a rookie pilot re­cruited by the Re­sis­tance who is as­signed a top-se­cret mis­sion to spy on the mount­ing forces of the First Or­der. It’s set be­tween Re­turn Of The Jedi and The Force Awak­ens — though, in a bit of es­pi­onage of his own, Star Wars spy Jose Ruiz mined meta-data on Starwars.com and dis­cov­ered a de­scrip­tion that says the story is set six months be­fore The Force Awak­ens.

THE OLD HANDS

Given the time­line, it is per­haps no sur­prise that Kaz’s men­tor here is ace pilot Poe Dameron, voiced by Os­car Isaac. (Thank­fully, the an­i­ma­tion main­tains Isaac’s good hair.) Ob­vi­ously where there is Poe, there is BB-8, who shares a mo­ment in the trailer with Kaz star­ing out at twin moons — any re­la­tion­ship to Luke/twin suns is purely in­ten­tional. Gwen­do­line Christie also re­turns to voice Cap­tain Phasma, but the big news is the re­turn of Gen­eral Leia, voiced here by Rachel Butera, who played the equally re­gal Meryl Streep in Fam­ily Guy. There’s no de­tail on the size of her role, but will it in­form her ap­pear­ance in Episode IX?

THE NEW PLAY­ERS

Re­sis­tance in­tro­duces a new clutch of char­ac­ters who could cross over into movies à la Saw Ger­rera from The Clone Wars to Rogue One. The first episode, ‘The Re­cruit’, sees Poe as­sign Kaz to the Colos­sus, a huge float­ing re­fu­elling sta­tion, to work as a me­chanic. Once on board, Kaz en­coun­ters Poe’s old pal, vet­eran pilot Jarek Yea­ger and his re­pair crew: Tam, Neeku and an old as­tromech droid called Bucket. Given the time frame, all these char­ac­ters could im­pact the saga’s fu­ture.

THE LINKS TO THE PAST

Look around the mar­gins of the Re­sis­tance trailer and you’ll find some bridges to Star Wars his­tory. From aliens (Green Nikto, first seen on a skiff in Re­turn Of The Jedi) to tech (hy­per­drive rings for sin­gle fight­ers, first seen in At­tack Of The Clones), Re­sis­tance rep­re­sents the past, present and fu­ture of Star Wars.

STAR WARS RE­SIS­TANCE IS ON DIS­NEY XD FROM OC­TO­BER

Clock­wise from top: A new ship — is this the new A-wing?; Rookie pilot Kazuda Xiono with men­tor Poe Dameron; The ever faith­ful droid BB-8.

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