We’ve been waiting a while to get our first look at Star Wars: Resistance, but we need not wait any longer. Lucasfilm today announced the official release date, details on the first episode, and the first trailer!
The show will premiere on Sunday, October 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney Channel VOD, with there will be re-runs on Disney XD.
Additionally, here’s the plot synopsis given for the first episode:
We’re also thrilled to bring you intel on the first episode! In the one-hour premiere “The Recruit,” Poe and BB-8 assign Kaz to the Colossus, where he meets a cast of colorful new aliens, droids and creatures. While undercover to spy on the growing threat of the First Order, Kaz works as a mechanic and lives with Poe’s old friend Yeager — a veteran pilot who operates a starship repair shop run by his crew: Tam, Neeku and a battered old astromech called Bucket.
“Can you imagine what it’s like to be an ace pilot?” Kaz asks.
And for your first look at the show, here’s the brand-new trailer:
The animation is obviously quite different than what we’ve gotten from Star Wars before, but I think it honestly looks better than expected. What is a bit surprising (though not so much after the report from Making Star Wars last night) is that the show will run at 10:00 p.m. on a Sunday night. With the target audience likely to be children, it’s an odd time to premiere the show, unless they’re counting on the subsequent re-airs to make up for it. But it’s nonetheless interesting that this will be the release time, and we’ll have to see how that does with the presumed target market.
The show figures to be quite interesting, given the plethora of stories available to tell from the time period. Oscar Isaac is reprising his role as Poe Dameron, while Gwendoline Christie is back as Captain Phasma. And of course, there should be plenty of BB-8. It also would be absolutely impossible to tell the story of the Resistance without General Leia Organa, and it seems that the press release today gave official confirmation that Leia will be in the show, apparently voiced by Rachel Butera. The show will focus on the young pilot Kazuda Xiono, who will be voiced by Christopher Sean.
I’m excited to see more from Resistance moving forward, and we don’t have too much longer to wait until its premiere this fall.