Given that today is May the 4th I feel it is only apt that I release this review of Star Wars: Resistance which concluded this week in the UK.
The series follows Kazuda Xiona, a young former New Republic pilot who has been recruited Poe Dammeron to act as a spy on Colossus station. The station is a refueling platform of an aquatic planet and is protected by a set of ace racing pilots. Kaz works for Yeager a former Rebellion soldier, a nikto called Neeko and a young mechanic called Kam.
The series is a kids cartoon and with more elements of kids slapstick than say Rebels ever did. When I first started to watch it I found the whole show too childish but hang on in their for the odd snippet of interesting story. Set just prior to the Force Awakens Kaz teams up with various people, like Poe and BB8 and starts to realise the First Order is up to something.
Things really start to heat up in the last 3 or 4 episodes as the First Orders use Pirate raids to place security on the station and then take it over. We get to see a Gold Stormtrooper, subordinate to Phasma and a Red armoured ace pilot. The last two episodes cover the events of the Force Awakens with the destruction of Hosnian Prime and the death of Kaz’s senator father,
The series ends in a promising way, the station is actually a space ship and is on its way to D’Qar to link up with the Resistance but their coordinates are not quite right so they could end up anywhere. Feeling betrayed by Yeager and Kaz, Kam turns her back on them and joins the First Order. This sets up an interesting second season which can explore the gap between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.
Resistance is very much a children’s show and the morals and issues are broad brush but its strength is in its portrayal of the other occupants of the galaxy. In Rebels and Resistance we see ordinary people going about their lives and how the big issues are affecting them. This series shows great promise for filling in more of the blanks that the movies aren’t able to show us.
May the force be with you all.